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Format: 2018-02-25
Format: 2018-02-25
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    2 March 2018 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts: Eblana String Trio perform British chamber works
    Eblana String Trio
    Artrix Bromsgrove B60 1PQ
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts’ forthcoming season is once again attracting attention for the calibre of its internationally renowned guest artists who will be bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2017 until March 2018. Full details can be found on Concert-Diary website.

    Visiting during the 2017-18 season include audience favourites, guitarist Craig Ogden, who brings his own particular warmth and proficiency to an engaging programme of works both new and old, and leading British pianist, Leon McCawley, who brings a classic programme of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Hans Gál - the often overlooked Austrian composer - who he has recently recorded.

    Two outstanding string quartets - the Castalian - following visits to the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall - and the Kodaly -ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture - bring major works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Dohnanyi, Kodaly and Thomas Adès.

    Internationally acclaimed Austrian cellist, Florian Kitt, and pianist, Carlos Rivera-Aguilar, bring the cello into focus with an adventurous programme of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Britten, Takemitsu and Austrian contemporary composer, Friedrich Cerha.

    Period instrument Ensemble DeNote (clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and fortepiano), give their own individual insight into works by Haydn and Mozart, including an arrangement of the Gran Partita K 361, in a programme they will personally introduce.

    The gifted young Eblana String Trio – violin, viola and cello – showcase lyrical British works by Purcell, Finzi, EJ Moeran and David Matthews. The Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group.

    The Van Kuijk Quartet from France, with guest Charlotte Bonneton (2nd viola), bring the season to a close with a programme of works by Brahms, Ligeti and Mozart’s remarkable G minor Quintet K 516. Winners of a string of awards, including 1st prize, Haydn prize and Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the group are in demand internationally and have played throughout Europe, the United States, South East Asia and Australia during the past season.

    “At Bromsgrove Concerts, we aim to provide programmes that are easily enjoyable while offering a varied and imaginative repertoire, and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces”, explained Janet Upward, Chair of the Committee. “Responses from our audience suggest that hearing contemporary pieces alongside more traditional works enhances the listening experience of both.”

    “This season we are particularly keen to extend an invitation to those who may be first-time visitors from across the region; offering a friendly welcome and opportunity to mingle socially”, added Janet. “We regularly link up with compatible arts enterprises to encourage those interested to come along and bring their friends. For regular concert-goers there is a cost-effective Season ticket which allows access to all concerts priced at a discounted rate, or a flexible Rover ticket.”

    Free parking is provided at the venue. A Premier Inn is adjacent to the venue providing overnight accommodation in addition to a restaurant, and there is a café at Artrix.

    3 Fantasias
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Prelude and Fugue in A minor
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    String Trio No 2 in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Trio No 2
    David Matthews (1943-)
    String Trio in G major
    Ernest J Moeran (1894-1950)
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    3 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Mozart: Requiem and JS Bach: Magnificat | Gloucester Choral Society
    Adrian Partington, Angela Simkin, Catriona Holsgrove, Corelli Orchestra, Emily Wenman, Gloucester Choral Society, John Pierce, Richard Walshe
    Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester GL1 2LX
    United Kingdom

    Mozart’s Requiem, completed after his death by Süssmayr, is one of the most popular pieces of sacred choral works with origins shrouded in mystery as no record exists as to who commissioned the work which adds to the Mozart myth.

    Coupled with Bach’s great Magnificat, we bring you another great masterpiece, written during Bach’s time as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. This setting of the 'Song of Mary' is brilliantly crafted and wonderful on the ear.

    Magnificat in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    3 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Leeds Lieder: Schubert Song Series III
    Ashley Riches, Joseph Middleton
    Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall Leeds LS2 9JT
    United Kingdom

    A BBC New Generation Artist, bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent appearances have included with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra of the Age Of Enlightenment and at Wigmore Hall. increasingly recognised as a superb young singer, he appears on Graham Johnson's complete Poulenc Songs for Hyperion. To draw our Schubert series to a close he performs the great non-cycle, Schubert's Schwanengesang alongside what many label the genre's first song-cycle, Beethoven's hymn to a distant beloved.

    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An die ferne Geliebte
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    7 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ensemble Perpetuo - Fenella Humphreys, Andrew Berridge and Christian Elliot
    Andrew Berridge, Christian Elliott, Fenella Humphreys
    Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre Clitheroe BB7 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Ensemble Perpetuo are a collective of highly talented musicians who play a wide variety of chamber music, often in unusual places. The string trio was formed in 2015 by Fenella Humphreys, Cara Berridge (who has played in Clitheroe previously) and Cara's brother Andrew. Cara cannot make it this time and we welcome Christian Elliot, along with Fenella and Andrew.

    Fenella's playing has been described as 'alluring', 'unforgettable' and 'a wonder' by the press and she achieved a remarkable double-double-double earlier this year when her recording "Bach 2 The Future2" achieved double five stars for both performance and recording in both the Gramophone and the BBC Music Magazine as well as both magazines' Recording of the Month. Fenella has played in many venues in the UK and also overseas including Finland, Germany, Australia and Korea and has recorded for the BBC, ClassicFM, DeutschlandRadio, ClassicFM Australia, Canadian TV and Radio Korea. She also has had works written for her by eminent British composers such as Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gordon Crosse, Sally Beamish, Adrian Sutton Piers Hellawell and Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies. She plays a violin by Guarneri of Venice (1695-1762).

    Andrew Berridge grew up in Leeds, learning the violin from Age 5. He started at the University studying Law before transferring to music. He won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of music for both violin and viola, winning prizes for the viola. He joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2003 as co-principle viola. Since, he has played as principle viola with the RLPO, RSNO and SCO as well as chamber music. He is now a member of the Scottish Ensemble and teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.

    Christian Elliot is principle cellist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and also plays with the Zehetmair Quartet and the Phoenix Piano Trio. His early studies were with his guitarist father and he took his first degree at McGill University in Montreal, subsequently studying at the RNCM in Manchester.

    String Trio in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Spring Masque for violin and viola duet
    Adrian Sutton ()
    String Trio in G minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Duo for Violin and Cello No 1
    Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
    Divertimento for String Trio in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    7 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Endellion String Quartet
    Andrew Watkinson, David Waterman, Endellion String Quartet, Garfield Jackson, Laura van der Heijden, Ralph de Souza, Victor Sun
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    For this concert, the Endellions have invited two extraordinarily talented Cambridge students –Victor Sun and Laura Van Der Heijden (BBC Young Musician of the Year, 2012) - to join them for the ravishing String Sextet (two violins, two violas, two cellos) by Brahms. This Sextet was used as the soundtrack for Louis Malle’s film Les Amants; and the second movement is featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ‘Sarek’, in ‘The Day of the Dead’ an episode of Inspector Morse, and in the film The Piano Teacher.

    This will be preceded by Mozart’s delightfully joyous first mature quartet. Beethoven’s final quartet Op.135 has an almost Haydn-esque feel to it and includes an unforgettable slow movement built from variations, a form that Beethoven raised to unparalleled heights in his final years.

    This concert is one in a series of six at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. The dates for all the concerts in the series are:

    Wednesday, 18 October 2017
    Wednesday, 15 November 2017
    Wednesday, 17 January 2018
    Wednesday, 14 November 2018
    Wednesday 7 March 2018
    Wednesday 16 May 2018

    Individual concert tickets will be on sale from 22 September 2017 for all six concerts at Cambridge Live Tickets, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge. CB2 3QB and online.

    Endellion String Quartet - ‘Quartet in Residence’, University of Cambridge

    Andrew Watkinson and Ralph de Souza (violins), Garfield Jackson (viola), David Waterman (cello)

    The Endellion String Quartet is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. It was founded in January 1979 and three or the original players continue to be members. Ralph de Souza joined them thirty-one years ago in 1986. In 2013, Gramophone stated 'There’s always a feeling when listening to the Endellion Quartet that you’re listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing. Maybe 35 years of playing together has brought to them as a group a uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity.'

    In Britain, the Endellion has appeared at nearly all of the major series and festivals and has broadcast many times on BBC radio and television. It has appeared at the Proms and been featured in the week-long programmes 'Artist of the Week' and 'Artists in Focus'. Its presence in London has been marked for many years by an annual series at Wigmore Hall and also by appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall where the quartet members were Artistic Directors of several 'Quartet Plus' series. The Endellion also continues its prestigious Residency at Cambridge University which began in 1991, gives a regular Spring series at The Venue, Leeds and in 2016, began a series at Balliol College, Oxford. It has worked with guest artists including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Sir Thomas Allen, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins, Benjamin Grosvenor, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida and Tabea Zimmermann.

    The quartet's international schedule includes regular tours of North and South America and concerts in Australasia, the Far East, Middle East, South Africa and Western Europe. Everywhere, the Endellion String Quartet 'sets the audience ablaze' (Daily Telegraph) and 'captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy’. (Guardian)

    After the Endellion performed a Beethoven Cycle at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Strad Magazine marvelled over 'the trust and risk-taking that comes from years of playing together — [it] was a true delight’. Other recent and future highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, the Ittingen Festival, Montreal's Pollack Hall, a tour of Mexico, including a performance at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, a fortnight of concerts and teaching in China and Taiwan - and the Endellion's first concert in Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow. They have also recently performed in Ankara and Istanbul for the first time.

    The quartet has also undertaken three short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA and coached for McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal. From 2001 to 2010 it was Associate Quartet of the Royal Northern College of Music; and 2011 saw the start of its continuing position as Visiting Quartet in Association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2017, the quartet performed and coached at the Singapore Conservatory and at Yale University School of Music.

    Released by Warner Classics in its 30th year, the Endellion's recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets and viola quintets (supported by The Stradivari Trust) included rarely heard works, movements, studies, and fragments for quartet and quintet, as well as Beethoven's complete early version of Op.18 No.1 and his remarkable quartet arrangement of his Piano Sonata Op 14 No 1. The texts used in these recordings were prepared by the notable Beethoven scholar and editor, Jonathan Del Mar, in collaboration with the quartet. The Observer commented ' … these superb musicians respond to the dark undertow so characteristic of Beethoven's quartets as much as the gentle lyricism which invariably breaks through.' The Endellion has also recorded works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorák, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Walton, Amy Beach, Barber, Foulds, Martinu, Bridge, Britten and Adès. The quartet’s Haydn recording for Warner Classics was called ‘extraordinary’ by International Record Review and its Britten disc was described as 'enormously moving' (BBC Music Magazine, 2014) and 'quartet playing at the top level' (Luister).

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians concludes that 'The Endellion is arguably the finest quartet in Britain, playing with poise, true intonation, excellent balance and a beautiful tone.’

    The quartet won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble in 1996.

    String Quartet No 14 in G, 'Spring'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 16 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Sextet No 1 in B flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    4 March 2018 - 2:45pm
    Spinet recital by Gary Branch and Lorraine Liyanage
    Gary Branch, Lorraine Liyanage
    Clementi House Kensington W8 4BH
    United Kingdom

    Spinet recital by Gary Branch and Lorraine Liyanage in the historic former home of Muzio Clementi.

    Please note that as the venue only seats 25, we are unable to offer ticket sales on the door.

    Clementi House was the London home of Muzio Clementi (1752-1832), composer, pianist, and ‘Father of the Pianoforte’, in the words of the composer’s plaque in Westminster Abbey (where he is buried), during the second and third decades of the 19th century. One of the forte-pianos manufactured by Clementi’s company at that period is the front hall of Clementi House and tuned to a playable (if not performable) condition, with its original strings. Clementi House was visited by many other outstanding musicians of the period, including Chopin, Bellini, Joachim, and Ignaz Moscheles.

    Through Clementi’s presence, the house became the musical ‘home’ in London of the young Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47), who visited the house daily during his prolonged London visits 1830-33.

    Early bird tickets available until 1st February 2018.

    Sonatina for keyboard No 2 in G
    Muzio Clementi (1762-1832)
    Sonatina for keyboard in C
    Muzio Clementi (1762-1832)
    Sonata for keyboard in B flat
    Muzio Clementi (1762-1832)
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    4 March 2018 - 11:00am
    Nicola Benedetti
    Nicola Benedetti
    The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate HG1 2SR
    United Kingdom

    Winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 16, Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. She performs with the highest calibre of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra and makes regular appearances at the BBC Proms. Nicola has won numerous awards including Best Female Artist at the 2012 and 2013 Classical Brit Awards, an MBE in 2013 and she was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017. In this rare and intimate solo recital, Benedetti presents a wonderful programme which includes a new piece written for her by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

    Partita No 3 for solo violin in E
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for solo violin No 5 in G
    Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
    Partita No 2 in D minor, for solo violin
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    28 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Joy and sorrow
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergej Krylov, Vasily Petrenko
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    ‘I gave myself entirely up to Pulcinella, and the work filled me with joy’, said Stravinsky. That joy shines through in every note of his typically bold and witty reinvention of the 18th century baroque – the one thing no one quite expected in 1920 from music’s most dangerous radical. After that sparkling opening, Vasily Petrenko’s programme looks backwards – to Tchaikovsky at his sunniest (with Russian violinist Sergej Krylov making a very welcome return as soloist) and then on to Ravel's luscious score for the Ballets Russes: music that swept audiences away on huge, glowing waves of sensuous beauty.

    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Suites 1 and 2 from Daphnis et Chloë
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    3 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Diana Damrau sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
    Diana Damrau, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Diana Damrau has been called ‘the leading coloratura soprano in the world’ but her gift for characterisation and lustrous, gloriously rich voice makes her a superb interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss. Her performance of the Four Last Songs would light up any concert, but tonight her regular collaborator Sir Antonio Pappano surrounds them with sunshine: Elgar’s lush musical postcard from Italy, and Brahms’s most lyrical symphony. Great opera conductors always bring an extra dimension to symphonic music, so expect Pappano to bring out all the latent drama of these three unashamedly romantic masterpieces.

    In the South, 'Alassio'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    3 March 2018 - 7:30am
    Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar's Cello Concerto / Glazunov's Symphony No 4
    Ealing Symphony Orchestra, John Gibbons, Sheku Kanneh-Mason
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing London W5 1QG
    United Kingdom

    We're super-excited to welcome BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku-Kanneh Mason for Elgar's classic Cello Concerto! Also enjoy the lush melodies of Grieg's first Peer Gynt suite, the bombastic tune of 'The Big Country', and we continue our theme of 'Fourths' with Glazunov Symphony No 4.

    This concert is generously supported by the Pitshanger Community Association. The PCA's support for this concert is part of its annual donation scheme to local charities and good causes.

    Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 1
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Theme from the film 'The Big Country'
    Jerome Moross (1913-1983)
    Symphony No 4 in E flat
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
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