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Format: 2020-02-19
Format: 2020-02-19
  • 23 February 2020 - 11:30am
    Noisy Kids: Circus Circus | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Benjamin Pope, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Steiner
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Roll up, roll up and see the amazing Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform the greatest show in Reading.

    Back by popular demand, the Orchestra invites you to come and experience all the magic of the circus in this fun-filled family concert. Bite-sized pieces of well-known music introduce you to the orchestra, mixed with fun and games from your ringside seat!

    Featuring music from The Greatest Showman, Carmen, Monty Python, Entry of the Gladiators and much more!

  • 23 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Brahms's Double Concerto | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Domingo Hindoyan, Duncan Riddell, Richard Harwood, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Rich in harmony and tenderness, Brahms's Double Concerto is a highlight of the 2019-2020 classical season in Reading, not to be missed. Favoured for its heart-swelling melodic balance between the cello and violin, against the abundance of the orchestra; the double concerto climaxes with joyful triumph and majesty.

    The second half of this concert is dedicated to Tchaikovsky's monumental Symphony No 5. Tchaikovsky's use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. It is rightfully remembered as one of the great romantic symphonies.

    Overture from A Life for the Tsar
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 20 February 2020 - 6:15pm
    RPO Preludes: Clarinet Quintet
    Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    RPO Preludes is a series of chamber concerts curated and performed by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These thirty-minute concerts take place on stage at Cadogan Hall from 6.15pm, before the main concerts begin at 7.30pm. The series provides a unique opportunity not only to listen to some astounding chamber music, but also to hear the RPO musicians in a more intimate and personal setting.

    Quintet for clarinet and strings in B flat
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
  • 22 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Great Romantics | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Domingo Hindoyan, Duncan Riddell, Richard Harwood, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Fairfield Halls Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra in Partnership at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, performs one of the great romantic symphonies: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. A cornerstone of Russian music, it presents the ultimate journey from darkness to light with a triumphant conclusion. The use of the recurring Fate theme as an emotional core, though common for the composer, paints new orchestral colours in each movement with intensity and purpose. Its frequent use hints also at a deep anxiety that plagued the composer, underlying even when the sullen fourth movement is broken by a glorious E major finale.

    Brahms’s Double Concerto written for violin, cello and orchestra makes for an exquisite first half with RPO Leader Duncan Riddell and Principal Cello Richard Harwood. A masterpiece of virtuosic writing and instrumentation, Brahms’s last orchestral work set new boundaries for the possibilities of the concerto form.

    Overture from A Life for the Tsar
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 5 in E minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 29 February 2020 - 8:00pm
    Duo Antipodes (guitar and cello)
    Duo Antipodes, Jehanne Bastoni, Manus Noble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Irish guitarist Manus Noble graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2010 with 1st class honours and also from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, where he was awarded a distinction for his Masters in Performance. He was given Performance Awards by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Countess of Munster and Ian Flemming Trust, and was accepted onto the Park Lane Group Concert Series at the Purcell Room. He won first prize in the Royal College of Music Guitar and Ivor Mairants Guitar Competitions.

    “Manus Noble is one of the very best of the new generation of guitarists. His fantastic technique, fluid, intuitive musicianship and warm and engaging on-stage personality make Manus a complete artist.” - Craig Ogden

    In 2011, Australian cellist Jehanne obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, having previously studied at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore as the recipient of a full scholarship. Jehanne has performed solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, as well as playing with orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra in Milan and the Opus Orchestra in New Zealand.

    This is the seventh in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    Musica notturna della strada di Madrid, for string quintet
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Nana from 7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Danza española No 5, 'Andaluza' from 12 danzas españolas, for piano
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Asturiana from 7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    One starry night
    Traditional Irish ()
    Theme and Variations on a Japanese folk song ‘Sakura’
    Yuquijiro Yocoh (1929-)
    Benga Beat
    Gary Ryan (1969-)
    Spiegel im Spiegel
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Theme from 'Howl's Moving Castle'
    Joe Hisaishi ()
    Theme from the film 'Laputa: Castle In The Sky'
    Joe Hisaishi ()
    Heal, for guitar
    Manus Noble ()
    Reflexoes
    Jaime Zenamon (1953-)
  • 20 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Ducasse Trio (violin, clarinet and piano)
    Ducasse Trio
    The Gateway Theatre at Seaton Town Hall Seaton EX12 2LD
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2012, the Ducasse Trio is a young ensemble of award winning musicians who began working together after meeting as students at the Paris Conservatoire and Southbank Sinfonia. They made their Wigmore Hall debut in 2015. They are passionate about presenting neglected works to new audiences.

    Concert kindly supported by Ken Thomas

    Trio for clarinet, violin and piano in G minor
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    5 Pieces for 2 violins and piano, arranged for violin, clarinet and piano
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    L'histoire du soldat, 'The Soldier's Tale', arranged for clarinet, violin and piano
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Suite for violin, clarinet and piano
    Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
    Largo for clarinet, violin and piano
    Charles Ives (1874-1954)
    Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven's Choral Symphony with The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder
    Giselle Allen, Hallé Choir, Neal Davies, Sarah Castle, Sir Mark Elder, Stuart Jackson, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Our celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary begin with this concert featuring his epic final symphony. Beethoven’s Ninth revisits the revolutionary impulses of his Third and Fifth symphonies but its journey from darkness to light travels through more daunting terrain. It concludes unforgettably with a heaven-storming finale that adds a chorus and four soloists to proclaim its message of hope and friendship. The audacity of its ambition and its vocal writing not only ensured its immediate success but also set a course for several later composers. Over a century later, Sergei Prokofiev was also looking to reinvent the symphony but in the case of his Seventh, he sought a simpler, more direct style. This was partly driven by his intention to write for the USSR Children’s Radio Division, but also helped him to avoid being censured for the “decadent formalism” of his more experimental works. Whatever the impulse, the Seventh is full of verve and wit, and bathed in Prokofiev’s long-breathed melodies.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Katy Hamilton on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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    Symphony No 7 in C sharp minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 29 February 2020 - 9:45pm
    After Hours: Classico Latino
    Classico Latino
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    This sparky, genre-hopping piano trio was born when Colombian pianist Ivan Guevara met British cellist Graham Walker back in 1997. Since then, they’ve been joyfully mixing classical style with Latin American rhythms and melodies, winning fans all over the world. This first visit to Nottingham gives you a chance to sample their vibrant and seductive sounds.

    This event follows an earlier concert with The Hallé. Tickets are free for Hallé ticket holders.

    Start time may vary depending on the finishing time of the earlier concert.

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  • 21 February 2020 - 7:00pm
    Discovering Music with the BBC Philharmonic and Andrew McGregor
    BBC Philharmonic, Ben Gernon, Stephen Johnson
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    In this unique event, the erudite and affable broadcaster Andrew McGregor and the BBC Philharmonic explore the extraordinary sound world of a true landmark in musical history, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Subtitled ‘Episode in an artist’s life’, it is to an extent an autobiographical piece that begins with innocent daydreams but leads to opium-fuelled visions of murder, execution and a witches’ Sabbath!

    In the first half Andrew gets to the beating heart of the work with the help of live musical examples from Ben Gernon and the orchestra, illuminating both the music itself and the personal and broader contexts in which it was created. A complete performance then follows. The evening will be both instructive and thoroughly enjoyable and is one not to be missed.

    Symphonie fantastique
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
  • 23 February 2020 - 4:30pm
    Arya: Concerto for sitar and orchestra | Opera North
    Harish Shankar, Jasdeep Singh Degun, Orchestra of Opera North
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Two musical cultures meet with a world premiere at the centre of a spectacular programme taking its inspiration from beyond Western Europe. Arya is an exciting new work composed and performed by the remarkable sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun, with the Orchestra of Opera North.

    Erkin’s Köçekçe Suite fuses Turkish folk traditions with western symphonic music. Sibelius’s joyful Karelia and mysterious Swan of Tuonela are steeped in Finnish folklore and atmosphere. His seventh and final symphony, filled with majestic beauty, closes the concert.

    Concerto for sitar and orchestra, 'Arya'
    Jasdeep Singh Degun ()
    Köçekçe Suite, dance rhapsody for orchestra
    Ulvi Cemal Erkin (1906-1972)
    Karelia Suite
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    The Swan of Tuonela from Legends, 'Lemminkainen Suite'
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 7 in C
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
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