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Format: 2014-04-24
Format: 2014-04-24
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Northern Lights Series: Grieg with Peter Donohoe (piano)
    Ben Gernon, Bristol Ensemble, Peter Donohoe
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    This Spring, Bristol's professional orchestra explores the atmospheric music of the Baltic region, areas visited in the months of darkness by the Aurora Borealis, the spectacular and mesmerising Northern Lights. The music from these lands is passionate, often fiercely patriotic and full of haunting melodies and soaring lyricism. The Bristol Ensemble is joined by world-class soloists for these three concerts featuring music from Finland, Norway and Russia.

    Johan Halvorsen's colourful Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales opens this programme of music from Norway, the second in the series. Halvorsen considered the dances to be his best work, vividly depicting trolls, kidnapped princesses and fairy tale heroes.

    The extraordinary and unmistakable opening bars of Grieg's Piano Concerto precedes some of the most beautiful and recognisable melodies to be found in any concerto. Some of the best known themes are inspired by Norwegian folk music and the work displays a wonderfully Nordic character. For this performance, the Bristol Ensemble is joined by one of the foremost pianists of our time, Peter Donohoe. In the years since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter Donohoe has built an extraordinary world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire and over forty years’ experience as a concert pianist.

    The programme is completed by Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites, set in the Middle East and including the majestic Morning Mood and the sinister drama of In the Hall of the Mountain King.

    The concert is conducted by Ben Gernon, winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Young Conductors Award 2013 and professor of Musicality at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ben has a natural infinity with the musicians of the orchestra and is a gifted communicator.

    Scenes from Norwegian Fairytales
    Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 1
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 2
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Single concert £29, £25, £20, £15, under 26s £8, under 18s £1. Series ticket offer: buy tickets for two concerts, get third concert ticket free in same price band Available from 0844 887 1500 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    The Gildas String Quartet
    Anna Menzies, Christopher Jones, Gildas Quartet, Kay Stephen, Sophie Cameron
    Influence Church (formerly the Zetland Centre) Richmond DL10 4AS
    United Kingdom

    The Gildas Quartet was formed in 2010 at the Royal Northern College of Music and has already won a Tunnell Trust award and been selected to be Park Lane Group Young Artists.

    How satisfying to top and tail our 2013-14 season with Elgar’s two late chamber works, while Britten’s 3rd quartet encapsulates our 'variety' theme with five movements entitled Solo, Duets, Burlesque, Ostinato and Passacaglia.

    String Quartet No 67 in F
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    £12 online, £13 at the door, £1 for full-time students
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    Fri, 2014-05-02 19:30
    Elias String Quartet: The Beethoven Project
    The Elias String Quartet
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Follow the Elias String Quartet’s rehearsal and interpretation of these masterworks at www.thebeethovenproject.com, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

    ‘Imaginative, full-blooded playing and impeccable ensemble…triumphantly dramatic.’ Classic FM Magazine (Editor’s Choice)

    String Quartet No 6 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 8 in E minor, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 16 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £10 £18 £28 £42 (students £5 off/under 18s half price) Available from 01865 244806 Monday - Friday 9.30am-5pm.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Sat, 2014-05-03 19:30
    Mozart's Requiem - by candlelight | English Chamber Choir
    Belmont Ensemble of London, English Chamber Choir, Peter G Dyson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Ave Verum Corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Gloria in excelsis Deo
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Divertimento No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Suite from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    £29, £25, £22, £16, £9 Available from 020 7766 1100 Mon - Fri : 10am - 5pm.