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Format: 2019-07-22
Format: 2019-07-22
  • 24 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Samling Academy: Come into the Garden
    Ian Tindale, Miranda Wright, Students from Samling Academy
    Saltburn Community Theatre Saltburn by the Sea TS12 1JW
    United Kingdom

    Step into an enchanted world of song and poetry with some of the finest young classical singers in the North East. Gardens have been celebrated through the ages as places for love, romance and reflection. From renaissance madrigals, to German romantics, to the great flowering of English song in the twentieth century, young singers from Samling Academy present a semi-staged programme of song and poetry inspired by the language of flowers.

    Directed by Samling Artists Miranda Wright and pianist Ian Tindale.

    Samling Academy nurtures the next generation of classical musicians in the North East giving them high-level coaching and performance opportunities. Their year of work comes to fruition in this summer concert celebrating the growth and blossoming of young talent.

  • 26 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Samling Academy: Come into the Garden
    Ian Tindale, Miranda Wright, Students from Samling Academy
    Sage Gateshead Gateshead NE8 2JR
    United Kingdom

    Step into an enchanted world of song and poetry with some of the finest young singers in the North East. Gardens have been celebrated through the ages as places for love, romance and reflection. From renaissance madrigals, to German romantics, to the great flowering of English song in the twentieth century, young singers from Samling Academy present a semi-staged programme of song and poetry inspired by the language of flowers.

    Directed by Samling Artists Miranda Wright and pianist Ian Tindale.

    Samling Academy nurtures the next generation of classical musicians in the North East giving them high-level coaching and performance opportunities. Their year of work comes to fruition in this summer concert celebrating the growth and blossoming of young talent.

  • 22 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    Blaze Ensemble and Chris Hopkins perform Sibelius and Mozart
    Blaze Ensemble, Chris Hopkins
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Blaze Ensemble was established in 1997 and aims to give high quality chamber music concerts featuring a diverse range of works: from the baroque to the contemporary, from trios to large ensemble works, from popular mainstream repertoire through to the less familiar.

    Our inaugural concert included the Dohnanyi Sextet and the Kegelstatt Trio at St. James's, Piccadilly. The name 'Blaze Ensemble' derives from the group's association with the music production company, Blaze Music; the very first concert was set up to mark the creation of Blaze Music.

    The majority of Blaze Ensemble performances take place as part of established lunchtime chamber music series in venues around central London. Blaze Ensemble also undertakes performances around the UK and overseas including concerts in Florence, Italy and Switzerland.

    This 2018-2019 season we will be performing at a wide variety of venues including St. James's Piccadilly, St Olave's, St Bride's and returning to St. Martin-in-the- Fields.

    Conductor and pianist Chris Hopkins is enjoying a busy season working on a wide range of projects, with opera and symphony concerts alongside concertos, solo and chamber recitals. Following from the success of his ENO debut last season conducting Cal McCrystal’s Iolanthe, next season he returns to conduct Simon McBurney’s production of Magic Flute and again in 2019/20 at the London Coliseum, alongside work at Garsington Opera, other ENO productions and concerts at Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s, Smith Square and others. Previously he has worked with WNO, NI Opera, Holland Park Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Danube, OTC Ireland, and performed at venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, in the US, Asia and extensively in Europe as well as live and recorded appearances on BBC 1, Radio 3 and Radio 4.

    Chris continues into an eighth season as Musical Director of Orchestra of the City with whom he has conducted a vast array of works from standard symphonic repertoire to world premiere commissions, with soloists including Guy Johnston, Min Kym, Mary Bevan, Ivana Gavric, Josef Spacek, Daniel Hope, Thomas Gould and Charlie Siem, this season continuing their residency at St James Piccadily alongside appearances in Tribe International Art Festival and elsewhere. He continues to be in demand with a wide range of ensembles including at Presteigne Festival, London Mozart Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Blaze Ensemble and has had the pleasure of premiering works by composers including Colin Matthews, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, David Matthews, Thomas Hyde, Detlev Glanert, Gilad Hochman and the Pet Shop Boys.

    Chris is currently a member of the permanent music staff at English National Opera and with this company and others has been assistant conductor to Mark Wigglesworth, David Parry, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ryan Wigglesworth, Trevor Pinnock, William Lacey, Jane Glover, Christian Curnyn, Dominic Wheeler on a wide range of productions.

    As a pianist, Chris has played for audiences around the world, performing solo and chamber music in New York, Japan, Singapore, Europe and London as well working with orchestras in a range of concertos, from Bach to Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven (complete) Shostakovich and Gershwin; this season he tackles Mozart 15, 16, 19, 22, 23 and 24, Brahms 1, Rachmaninoff 2 and, in May 2018, Prokofiev 3 with CCO.

    Chris was honoured in 2013 to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

    Free concert (retiring collection)

    Valse triste
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 22 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 24 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    Nadine André (piano) plays Beethoven
    Nadine André
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Nadine Andre is a pianist and educator who has given recitals at Steinway Hall and St James’s in London, and at the Irish Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, performing music ranging from the baroque period to works by living composers. In today's recital she will perform one of Beethoven's greatest piano sonatas, Sonata No 21 'Waldstein'.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 21 in C, 'Waldstein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 26 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    J5O Brass Ensemble play Viennese Classics
    Christopher Bearman, David Marley, Eddie Morgan, Haydn Leech, J50 Brass Ensemble, Patrick Dodds
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Today, J5o Brass present a programme of Viennese classics for brasss. The group formed in 2008 and have since gone on to perform at the 'BBC Good Food Show' and 'Gardeners' World Live' (both at Birmingham NEC); charity functions at London Olympia Hilton Hotel and solo concerts across the capital at locations such as Canary Wharf and LSO St Luke's. Their interest in the indigenous folk music of Europe led to a programme of arrangements that were premiered at the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition, where they finished runners-up. A keen desire to promote the growing importance of music in the film and video game industry has seen numerous arrangements comissioned specifically for the group to showcase a genre growing in popularity. They frequently perform varied programmes of baroque and early music; arrangements of popular classics; jazz and world music and original compositions for brass quintet.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Overture to 'Die Fledermaus'
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Morgenblätter
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Filmscore to 'Metropolis'
    Gottfried Huppertz (1887-1937)
    Mnoschil-Polka, for brass ensemble
    Thomas Gansch (1975-)
  • 29 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    Kathy Chow (piano) performs Debussy, Beethoven and Prokofiev
    Kathy Chow
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in 1993 in Perth, Australia, Kathy began piano and cello lessons at age seven and later received a scholarship to study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She made her debut piano recital in 2007 at the Callaway Music Auditorium, raising funds for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Kathy studied piano with Glenn Riddle at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours. She completed a Masters of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Martin Roscoe with distinction and is currently an Artist Diploma candidate, supported by the Guildhall School Trust.

    Kathy has performed in Australia, USA, China, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has participated in masterclasses with international artists including Peter Frankl, Victor Rosenbaum, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Osborne, Tom Poster, Kyoko Hashimoto and Ralf Gothoni. She has performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1 with the Zelman Memorial Symphony.

    Kathy has also appeared as a soloist in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, South Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria, and the Government Ballroom House of Western Australia. Most recently Kathy was invited to perform a solo recital in the 2018 Ribble Valley Music Festival.

    During her studies Kathy has won several awards; including first prize in the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition (formerly Brant International Piano Competition), The Royal Over-Seas League 2019 Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas and is the recipient of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship 2017, and the University of Melbourne’s Sir Arthur Sims Scholarship 2016. She has also won prizes and been a finalist of various other competitions including the Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award, Australian National Piano Award, and the John Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship.

    As an active and passionate chamber and collaborative pianist, Kathy enjoys performing with the Armorel Piano Trio at many concert venues including St Johns Waterloo, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, and St Barnabas Church. She has also been selected to participate in artistic projects such as ‘Stop Repair Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy’ (2008), the art installation for prepared piano by international artists Allora & Calzadilla.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 30 in E
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 7 in B flat
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Prélude No 12, Feux d'artifice from 12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 31 July 2019 - 1:10pm
    The Morton Trio (horn, violin and piano) performs Brahms and Kenneth Young
    Alex Morton, Arna Morton, Liam Wooding, Morton Trio
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    To fulfill their long-held dream of sharing the intimate stage of chamber music together, Arna and Alex Morton have collaborated with outstanding pianist, and fellow Kiwi, Liam Wooding to establish Melbourne's premier horn trio.

    While the canonic classics of Brahms and Ligeti continue to be crowd favourites, The Morton Trio is committed to discovering and performing lesser known works from the genre and have plans to further expand the horn trio repertoire through new-work commissions and their own arrangements. The Morton Trio adds even more flexibility to their programming by selecting duos for either violin or horn with piano, and hopes to collaborate with other established ensembles and artists to explore more of the chamber music repertoire. The Morton Trio is looking forward to touring with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2019 as part of their Encompass Regional Series and have recently been awarded the 2018 Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League Arts Chamber Ensemble Music Scholarship which will see them touring the United Kingdom with a concert series in July 2019.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Trio for horn, violin and piano
    Kenneth Young (1955-)
    Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 28 July 2019 - 4:00pm
    La Boutade: French chamber music from Versailles to Paris
    The Parley of Instruments
    Girton College Chapel Cambridge CB3 0JG
    United Kingdom

    Lully’s La Boutade (caprice or mischief) begins this fascinating musical journey from the royal bedchamber at Versailles, where Louis XIV was entertained by chamber music played by court wind and string players, to the bustling streets and the popular theatres of eighteenth-century Paris, where Michel Corrette’s concertos comiques on popular tunes were played and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier wrote his remarkable balets de village evoking rustic music-making. Along the way we encounter music by Marin Marais, Anne-Danican Philidor, Antoine Dornel and Jacques-Christophe Naudot (who contributes another remarkable caprice) for varied combinations of recorders, oboe, violins, bass viol, violoncello and harpsichord.

    Boutade
    Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
  • 31 July 2019 - 8:00pm
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier and François Couperin | The Parley of Instruments
    Claire Coleman, Daniel Auchincloss, Stuart O'Hara, The Parley of Instruments
    Emmanuel United Reformed Church Cambridge CB2 1RR
    United Kingdom

    A double musical portrait of the two greatest French composers of the reign of Louis XIV. We survey some of the extraordinary music Marc-Antoine Charpentier wrote for the virtuoso ensemble in the household of the Duchesse de Guise, including extracts from the chamber opera Actéon, the serenata ‘Sù, sù, sù, non dormite’ and the passionate solo motet ‘Magdalena lugens’. Charpentier’s music is a creative synthesis of French and Italian elements, and his young admirer François Couperin took the process a stage further in the beautiful but little-known motets and sonatas he wrote in the 1690s, soon after he began working at Versailles. We contrast festive motets for St Anne and St Susanna with the dramatic ‘Audite omnes’, a meditation on the passion for solo haute contre.

    Actéon: pastorale en musique
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
  • 25 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto - by candlelight
    Colin Touchin, Piccadilly Sinfonia, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and join us with the music of Beethoven, Bach and Rachmaninov performed by the stunning Piccadilly Sinfonia under the baton of international conductor, Colin Touchin. The virtuoso British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, universally loved for its ravishing harmonies, seductive melodies and hugely demanding piano part this piano concerto was used extensively in the film ‘Brief Encounter’ and has become one of the most beloved pieces of classical music ever written.

    The second half of the concert features Beethoven’s masterpiece, the Symphony No 5 under the baton of the great British conductor, Colin Touchin.

    This is a rare opportunity for audiences to hear such large-scale musical forces at St Martin’s and combined with this exciting programme, the event promises to enthral.

    Described as 'Stunning' by Classic FM and “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of the modern romantic concert pianist” by Musical Opinion, this outstanding pianist is a favourite at St Martin's with audiences and staff alike. Warren Mailley-Smith has performed for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls.

    Resplendent from its recent renovation, the church of St Martin's offers visitors to London a unique concert experience, with its superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of dining downstairs beforehand in the crypt restaurant. Set in Trafalgar Square, this beautiful and self-contained venue is conveniently situated in the heart of London’s West End, offering warm, peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

    So why not treat yourself and join us for an evening of uplifting music at St Martin's? Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in C minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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