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Format: 2014-04-19
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    The Marian Consort: An Emerald in a Work of Gold
    Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort
    New College Ante-Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Music from the Dow Partbooks including works by Tallis, Byrd, William Mundy, Robert Whyte and Nathaniel Giles

    Director Rory McCleery has leaved through the beautifully scripted pages of the Dow Partbooks compiled at the close of the sixteenth century by the Elizabethan scholar and Fellow of All Souls, Robert Dow. They include some of the brightest jewels of the time, preserved in the Library at Christ Church.

    ‘McCleery elicits performances that glow with golden purity and soul.’ The Scotsman

    Christe, qui lux es et dies
    Robert White (c1538-1574)
    Loquebantur variis linguis
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Adolescentulus sum ego
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    Christe qui lux es et dies
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Justus es, domine
    Robert White (c1538-1574)
    Dum transisset Sabbatum I
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    Sive vigilem
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    Ave Maria
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Suscipe quaeso, Domine
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    £20 (students £15/under 18s £10) Available from 01865 244806 Monday - Friday 9.30am-5pm.
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 19:30
    Barbican Piano Trio
    Barbican Piano Trio, James Kirby, Robert Max, Sophie Lockett
    The Hall, Henrietta Barnett School London NW11 7BN
    United Kingdom

    The Barbican Piano Trio is regarded as one of the UK's leading ensembles with a reputation for stimulating performances, breadth of repertoire and exceptional audience rapport.

    Shortly after it was formed, the trio won the South East Arts Young Musicians' Platform which led to concerts throughout the region and a recording contract with ASV. Two years later it won the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and was selected for the Park Lane Group's Young Artists and 20th Century Music Series. Within three years the trio was broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and the World Service as well as on TV and radio in Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC and in Bulgaria.

    The Barbican Piano Trio has performed across four continents, visiting the USA five times and making its debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1994. The British Council has supported tours in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyztan, the Far East and South America as well as in Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. The ensemble has also given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland and Sweden. It was invited to perform in the Phillips Collection's 25th Anniversary 'Celebrity Artist' Series in Washington DC and the Prado's 175th Anniversary celebrations in Madrid. The trio performs regularly at London's Wigmore Hall and their cycle of the complete Beethoven piano trios featured in the Master Concert Series. Their concert diary also includes regular visits to Scotland and performances at many of the UK's major music festivals including Blackheath, City of London, Garsington, Guildford, Harrogate, Newbury, Rye, Sheffield, Spitalfields, St Jude's Proms, Three Spires and Warwick. The ensemble's annual themed series in Bristol, Cheltenham, Shrewsbury and Stamford proved especially successful.

    Although the trio's repertoire comprises over seventy major works, they also enjoy exploring less familiar pieces by composers such as Saint-Saëns, Chaminade, Chausson, Suk, Schoenfield and Martinu. The ensemble's survey of British composers includes works by William Sterndale Bennett, Hugh Wood, James MacMillan and Peter Lawson. The trio also collaborates with exuberant colleagues James Boyd (viola) and Mary Scully (double bass) to perform piano quartets and quintets. The trio records for ASV, Guild, Black Box and Dutton and its discography includes works by Mendelssohn, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schnittke, John Ireland and Alan Bush. Their recording of music by Sergei Taneyev was released to widespread critical acclaim in 2005. As part of their commitment to education work, they hold regular masterclasses and present informative concerts for children and students of all ages. The trio is a resident ensemble at Royal Holloway, University of London and often joins forces with the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and the Wigmore Hall's Education Department.

    The Barbican Piano Trio celebrated the beginning of its third decade with a three concert series featuring music by Haydn, Beethoven and Taneyev at Wigmore Hall and by revisiting many of the places at which it had performed during its first twenty years.

    Keyboard Trio No 6 in G
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Trio in D minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Andante con moto from Piano Trio No 2 in E flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    £15, free for all under 25 thanks to Cavatina Music Trust Available from 02089593866 09.00am-09.00pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Hertfordshire Chorus - James McCarthy : Codebreaker, a life in music
    David Temple, Hertfordshire Chorus, London Orchestra da Camera, Naomi Harvey
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    Hertfordshire Chorus is one of the finest and busiest choirs in the country. In recent months they have toured in and around Prague, celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee with a concert of coronation music at the Royal Festival Hall, joined the BBC Concert Orchestra in their The Rest is Noise concert series and staged one of the first concerts in London’s newest venue, Milton Court Concert Hall. Now the Chorus is premiering its latest commission, and two shorter pieces that have strong connections with it.

    James McCarthy's Codebreaker celebrates the life of Alan Turing - mathematician, wartime codebreaker and pioneer of computer science. McCarthy sets existing text to music - speeches and texts from well-known poets (Wilfred Owen, Sara Teasdale, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Robert Burns) that reflect aspects of Turing’s life experiences. Soprano soloist Naomi Harvey provides the voice of Turing’s mother - a hugely important figure in his life. Codebreaker is by one of the UK’s most talented young composers.
    James McCarthy received rave critical reviews for his previous major work, 17 Days, about the Chilean mining accident, premiered in 2012.

    Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, (Fingal's Cave), conveys the grandeur of the rocks, the swelling of the sea, the light on the water and the fury of the breaking waves. These very seas saw great U-boat activity in the war, and it was the naval Enigma codes that Turing broke at Bletchley Park.

    In Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region Whitman’s text gives voice to the hope for a better world that Americans and Britons envisioned for the new century. Vaughan Williams’s beautiful setting is as fresh and compelling today as when it was written, in 1906.

    Beethoven's Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (Calm Seas and a Prosperous Voyage) completes the programme with another reference to the dangers of the sea, but with a contrasting musical style

    Codebreaker
    James McCarthy (1979-)
    Toward the Unknown Region
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £25, £19, £15, £12.50, £9; under 18s half price Available from 0870 4580445 24-hours.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Handel's Messiah | Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society
    Alexandra Kidgell, Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, James Geer, James McOran-Campbell, Laura Margaret Smith, Michael Frith, Tim Hooper
    Chelmsford Cathedral Chelmsford CM1 1TY
    United Kingdom
    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Centre block £17 (no concessions); all other areas £14; students/children £6 Available from 01277 810757 .
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Musical Magnificence - Camilla Pay (harp) with the Festival Chamber Orchestra
    Anthony Halstead, Camilla Pay, Festival Chamber Orchestra, Rosemary Rathbone
    Colyer-Fergusson Hall Canterbury CT2 7NB
    United Kingdom

    A magnificent programme of music including Mozart’s sublime concerto for harp and flute, featuring the stunning playing of Camilla Pay and Rosemary Rathbone. The Concert opens with one of Rossini’s most loved overtures, Cinderella, and also features Irish composer, Michael McGlynn’s short piece Farewell to Music, dedicated to the memory of the late Derek Bell (of Chieftains fame). The Concert concludes with one of Beethoven’s dramatic Symphony No 5.

    Overture from La Cenerentola, 'Cinderella'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Carolan's Farewell to Music
    Michael McGlynn (1958-)
    Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Adult £18; student £9; Under 12s £5 Available from 01227 763965 10 - 5.00pm Mon- Friday 10 - 4.00pm Sat.
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    Wed, 2014-04-23 19:30
    Endellion String Quartet
    Andrew Watkinson, David Waterman, Endellion String Quartet, Garfield Jackson, Hok Kiu Johnson Leung, Ralph de Souza
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    The Endellion is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world and it will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary during the 2013-14 season. Over the years, its schedule has included regular tours of North and South America and concerts in Australasia, the Far East, the Middle East, South Africa and every West European country. 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).

    The last of Haydn's three Op 55 quartets opens this concert, which continues with the last of Bartók's quartets. In this late period of exile in the USA, Bartók reverts to a more immediately accessible and expressive style which is startlingly communicative and strong. The Quartet will be joined by Cambridge University Student,Hok Kiu Johnson Leung, piano, for a performance of Dvorak's beautiful Piano Quintet in A. Johnson is an extraordinarily talented engingeering student at the University!

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    String Quartet No 3 in B flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 6
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    £24, £22 (OAP), £16 (restricted view), £12 (child, student, registered disabled). Group discount: 20% for groups of 10+ plus free programmes. Available from 01223-357851 Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm..
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    Sat, 2014-04-19 19:30
    JS Bach's St John Passion | Britten Sinfonia Voices / Britten Sinfonia
    Britten Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Eamonn Dougan, Iestyn Davies, Jacqueline Shave, Jeremy Budd, Julia Doyle, Matthew Brook, Nicholas Mulroy
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Composed for Good Friday vespers in 1724, Bach's St John Passion perfectly balances the theatrical with the devotional. Joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and the ensemble's acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia showcase the technical precision and intense musical beauty of this sacred oratorio in our Easter weekend concert.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    £30, £25, £15, £10, £5 Available from 0845 548 7650 Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.
  • Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Handel's Royal Fireworks Music - by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Peter G Dyson, Philippa Hyde
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Music for the Royal Fireworks
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Gloria in excelsis Deo
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Water Music Suite No 1 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Suite No 3 in G from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto in C for Two Trumpets
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Flute and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'La notte'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £29, £25, £22, £16, £9 Available from 020 7766 1100 Mon - Fri : 10am - 5pm.
  • Mon, 2014-04-21 19:30
    Handel's Messiah by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Ciara Hendrick, English Chamber Choir, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb, Philippa Hyde, Richard Rowntree
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £29, £25, £22, £16, £9 Available from 020 7766 1100 .
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 18:00
    8th UK Russian Song Festival and Contest Finale
    Alexander Kagan, Alexander Naumenko, Alexandra Durseneva, Alexandra Zarubina, Anna Zaytseva, David Serero, Diana Judelson, Faina Nikolas, Irina Tutt, Konstantin Lapshin, Maria Veretenina, Maria Woringer, Mikhail Kazinik, Olga Adamovich, Sergey Zakharov
    Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music London SW7 2BS
    United Kingdom

    Star guest performers and international finalists will sing over 30 best Russian and English songs, arias, romances by famous International, Russian and British composers, as well as classical and folk Russian and British songs! Delightful Show for Russian music lovers!

    Finale of the 8th International Russian Song Festival and Contest, UK Genres of Russian and British song include: Classical, Romance Song, Folk Song, best 20th century. Featuring performances by guest international singers. Special festival guest, and one of the judges-Michail Kazinik! Guest performer from Paris, France - David Serero! The Patron of the Festival is legendary Russian baritone Sergey Zakharov.

    Event is supported by the Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation, and Russian Federal Agency 'Rossotrudnichestvo'.

    Programme of the Finale:
    1. Opening Ceremony including fantastic guest performances!
    2. Over 30 best International, Russian and English arias, romances and songs performed
    3. The Winners’ Awards Ceremony
    4. Drinks reception for the winners, guests and VIP ticket holders

    Smile from the film Modern Times
    Sir Charles Chaplin (1899-1977)
    Aleko
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Nocturne in F minor, 'La Separation'
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Amidst the noisy ball from 6 Songs
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Lubasha's song from The Tsar's Bride
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    The garden blossoms by the River Don
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    Sonata for violin and continuo
    Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky (1745-1777)
    Ochi Chorniye (Black Eyes)
    Traditional Russian ()
    The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
    Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-)
    Zhavoronok (The Skylark)
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Etude No 12 in D sharp minor from 12 Etudes
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Lenski's aria from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    £30, groups of 10 and concessions £25, (VIP 100-best seats and after party) Available from 08444 77 1000 .