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Format: 2019-03-26
Format: 2019-03-26
  • 31 March 2019 - 7:45pm
    RPO Miniatures: Brass
    James Fountain, James Pillai, Kevin Morgan, Matthew Gee, Mike Allen
    The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
    United Kingdom

    The brass players of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are known for their punchy orchestral playing and this concert is a chance to hear them perform some dazzling brass repertoire. This lively programme includes Bernstein’s riotous Dance Suite, Fats Waller’s swinging Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Duke Ellington’s soothing Come Sunday, as well as Gershwin’s infectious Can’t take that away from me, arranged for brass quintet, which contrasts peaceful lullabies with bouncy, spirited movements. With catchy melodies and shimmering tones, this concert is sure to be a toe-tapping delight.

    Adam's Rib
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Dance Suite
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Fire Dance
    Anthony DiLorenzo ()
    Ain't misbehavin'
    Fats Waller (1904-1943)
    Two Haiku
    Timothy Jackson ()
    Come Sunday from Sacred Concert
    Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
    They can't take that away from me
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Pinchas Zukerman conducts Elgar | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    St David's Hall Cardiff CF10 1SH
    United Kingdom

    Five timpani strokes launch Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto; its boldness and unprecedented scale was to set the pattern for the great concertos of the nineteenth century. Few would have anticipated the huge success of Elgar’s orchestral tour-de-force that is his 'Enigma' Variations, and which overnight elevated a moderately successful provincial composer to a national celebratory. His earlier Serenade for Strings is a work of immense charm.

    Pre-concert talk Jonathan James discusses the programme, 6:30pm

    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 27 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Zukerman presents Beethoven | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge CB2 3QB
    United Kingdom

    Legendary violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this richly varied programme, opening with Vaughan Williams’s sublime Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Talli, whose visionary use of a triple string orchestra and was inspired by the atmospheric acoustics of Gloucester Cathedral.

    Mozart’s poised Symphony No 36, which took its name from the city in which it was premiered, shows the composer at his most imaginative, all the more remarkable given that he wrote it in just four days. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto took him rather longer and its lack of showy virtuosity meant that it had to wait several years before it earned its place in the repertoire, but there’s now no doubting the stature of this symphonically-scaled masterpiece.

    “Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company.” LA Times

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 36 in C, 'Linz'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 29 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra
    Dali Gutserieva, Ekaterina Lekhina, National Philharmonic of Russia, Vladimir Spivakov
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Two of Russia’s great symphony composers are celebrated in this all-Russian programme: Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Hear Shostakovich walk the tightrope between his conscience and Stalin’s expectations in his 1945 Ninth Symphony before Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Fifth Symphony.

    In between, hear Russian violist and renowned composer Konstantin Boyarsky’s 2015 Concerto for cello, soprano and symphony orchestra. Who better to perform this trio of works than the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra itself?

    Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2018-19 at Cadogan Hall.

    Symphony No 9 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Concerto for cello, soprano and symphony orchestra
    Konstantin Boyarsky ()
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 4 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Voces8 - Sing Joyfully
    Voces8
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Voces8 is delighted to present Sing Joyfully, a programme that celebrates the joy and beauty of voices in harmony. With music from the renaissance to jazz and pop, this concert shows Voces8 at its versatile best.

    Sacred music from Byrd, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov is followed by English and Italian madrigals, as well as Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, the colours and poetry of which come to life when performed by only eight voices.

    You will also hear (and see!) some of the most popular of the group’s pop arrangements and a work from current Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Dove.

    Part of Choral at Cadogan 2018-19.

    Sing joyfully unto God
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Bogoroditse Devo
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    In beauty may I walk
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Lightly she whipped o'er the dales
    John Mundy (c.1550-1630)
    The nymphs and shepherds danced
    George Marson (c1573-1632)
    Hark! Did ye ever hear such a sweet singing?
    Thomas Hunt (fl early 17th century)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell’amata from Il sesto libro de madrigali
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Underneath the Stars
    Kate Rusby ()
    The Luckiest
    Jim Clements (1983-)
    Sway
    Alexander L'Estrange ()
    Ain’t that a kick in the head
    James Van Heusen (1913-1990)
    It don't mean a thing
    Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
  • 28 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Doric Quartet
    Doric String Quartet
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006, the Quartet went on to wins several prizes.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    String Quartet in B minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 3 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chaplina Kalnits Duo (violin and piano)
    Yulia Chaplina, Yuri Kalnits
    Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre Clitheroe BB7 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Yulia Chaplina was born in Rostov-on-Don and is now London-based. She gave her debut performance aged seven, with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra, performing Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor. Her first major competition win was in Poland, aged nine. Since then she has won first prize in piano competitions in Paris, London, Andorra, Kiev, Kharkov and St Petersburg. She won the First Prize and Gold medal in the junior section of the Fifth Tchaikovsky International Competition. She later studied in Moscow and Berlin before the Royal College of Music in London, where she was awarded a Master of Music (MMus) degree. She has recently played with the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Sinfonietta, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, the Busan (Korea) Philharmonic and the Moroccan National Orchestra. Her CD of Russian Music was described by The American Record Guide as "...an outstanding disc and one I will return to often".

    Yuri Kalnits was born on Moscow. His first lessons were with his father, going on to study at Moscow's Central Music School, then the Gnessin Music School for Gifted Children. At 16 he started to study at the Royal College of Music in London. After winning a number of College prizes, he went on to win prizes at music festivals in the UK, America, France - also the Barthel Prize from the Concordia Foundation. At graduation he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship for post-graduation studies. He then went to the Guildhall School of Music and Trinity College of Music, obtaining further artistic guidance from a number of eminent musicians. Yuri was awarded two prestigious Diapason d'Or awards for his recording of Weinberg's Violin Sonatas.

    Sonata for violin and piano No 1 in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonatina for violin and piano in A minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    In the style of Albeniz, for violin and piano
    Rodion Schedrin ()
    Tzigane, concert rhapsody for violin and piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Waltz from 5 pieces from 'Cinderella', arranged for violin and piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Stockport International Young Musicians Competition 2019 - Final
    Layla Köhler, Michelle Candotti, Philip Ellis, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Tom Redmond, Yue Yu
    Stockport Town Hall Stockport SK1 3XE
    United Kingdom

    The competitors in our 2019 competition have become three. Now we look forward to an evening of three well-known concertos played by three of the most talented musicians in the world in the final of our 2019 event.

    vening and truly inspiring event” - Louise Lansdown President of the British Viola Society and Head of Strings, Birmingham Conservatoire

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Emily Sun (violin) and Jennifer Hughes (piano)
    Emily Sun, Jennifer Hughes
    Martineau Hall, Dorking Halls Dorking RH4 1SG
    United Kingdom

    The violinist Emily Sun comes from Australia, where she has won several prestigious violin competitions. In Britain she gained prizes at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in 2016. She has performed widely in Australia and also internationally, including in Moscow and London. Jennifer Hughes is an accompanist specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings. Among other prizes and awards, she received the accompanist’s prize from the Royal Overseas League, and she is currently a coach in the string department at the Royal College of Music. Emily and Jennifer’s programme includes sonatas by Beethoven and Poulenc.

    At the request of the performers, the programme has been amended from that originally published. The compositions by Mendelsohn, Schumann and Tchaikovsky now replace those by Strauss and Saint-Saens previously included.

    Sonata for violin and piano No 8 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for violin and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Rondo capriccioso in E
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 1 in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Valse-scherzo
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 3 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music and Nature | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Benjamin Baker, Matthew Coorey, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Churchill Theatre Bromley BR1 1HA
    United Kingdom

    Opening this concert will be Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, which conjures the sights and sounds of Scottish scenery, from calm still waters to intense and dramatic storms, which sets the scene for the playful opening of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 3. With its unrelenting energy and use of Russian peasant dance rhythms, this stunning piece is notably one of the most difficult violin concertos in the repertoire.

    Closing the concert is Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral' which provides the perfect conclusion to this orchestral journey through nature.

    Hebrides Overture, 'Fingal's Cave'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Elegy for Strings
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 3 in G, 'Strassburg'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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