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Format: 2014-04-16
Format: 2014-04-16
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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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    Thu, 2014-04-17 19:30
    Handel's Messiah | London Chamber Orchestra Singers
    Christopher Warren-Green, Derek Welton, Klara Ek, Lawrence Zazzo, London Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra Singers, Robert Anthony Gardiner
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Surely alongside Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah is one of the world’s most loved and played pieces of music. Could we call Handel the Lloyd Weber of his time? He was hugely successful both financially and artistically. Moving to London in 1712 he changed his style of writing to suit public taste. The Messiah, an English Oratorio, was one of the results of this change. On Handel's insistence the first performance was dedicated to three Irish charities, each of which was subsequently given £127 - this was in 1742 and by our calculation would have realised today (using average earnings as a comparison) £225,000.... for each charity.

    We can promise you a Messiah interpretation by Christopher Warren-Green with LCO and Singers that will bring out the sheer joy of life and fine contrasting pathos that Handel so magnificently conjured.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £28, £22, £15 (16 and under free - limited availability) Available from 020 7730 4500 Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm. Sunday 3pm to 8pm. (performance days only).
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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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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:00
    Sergey Zakharov (baritone) - Best Russian Romance and International Love Songs
    Alexander Kagan, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Sergey Zakharov
    Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music London SW7 2BS
    United Kingdom

    This concert opens the UK-Russian Song Festival 2014. Russian Virtuosi of Europe (string ensemble) will play the overture by Tchaikovsky.

    Sergey Zakharov (baritone), a legendary Russian star from St. Petersburg is performing a programme of his best love songs. Piano accompaniment is by Alexander Kagan, distinguished artist of Russia.

    One of the best Russian voices! A huge name in Russia, and amongst the Russian Community, Sergey Zakharov remains a hidden gem to British audiences. Zakharov has a unique, velveteen baritone voice. His magical appeal has always attracted mass audiences starting from his early years as a leading singer at the St. Petersburg Musical Theatre. He always plays amidst a sea of flowers from admirers. He has been soloist at the State Variety Orchestra under the directorship of Leonid Utesov. In 1996 Zakharov received the most prestigious award as a People’s Artist of Russia.

    The forthcoming performance includes a selection of well-loved and timeless Russian and International classics.

    Any concert by Sergey Zakharov is a special event; a celebration that can’t be missed!

    The concert is part of the Russian Song Festival 2014!

    Listen, if you wish
    Nikolai Shishkin ()
    Don't go, stay with me
    Nikolai Zubtsov ()
    Tigrionok (Tiger cub)
    Composer Not Known ()
    You are 19
    Boris Prozorovskiy ()
    Alone with romance
    Composer Not Known ()
    Priakha (The Spinner)
    Traditional Russian ()
    Vdol po ulitse metelitsa metet
    Traditional Russian ()
    Step, da step
    Traditional Russian ()
    Korobeyniki
    Traditional Russian ()
    Bubentsy (Jingles)
    Traditional Russian ()
    Lubov (Love)
    Composer Not Known ()
    Talaya voda
    Evgeny Krylatov (1934-)
    Lubliu tebia (Love you)
    Evgeny Krylatov (1934-)
    Echo of love
    Evgeniy Ptichkin ()
    Harmonika
    Composer Not Known ()
    Melodies of Love, for piano
    Composer Not Known ()
    On this day
    Composer Not Known ()
    Vstrecha (Rendezvous)
    Composer Not Known ()
    Speak softly love from The Godfather- Russian Lyrics (Ne mozhet byti)
    Nino Rota (1911-1979)
    Love Story-Russian Lyrics (Byla lubov)
    Francis Lai (1933-)
    Skazhite devushki (Dicitencello vuje)
    Rudolfo Falvo (1874-1936)
    Blagodariu tebia (I'm grateful to you)
    Arno Babadjanian (1921-1983)
    Serenade of Don Quixote
    Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
    Serdtse na snegu (heart in the snow)
    Composer Not Known ()
    Andante Cantabile (arr. Serebrier)
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Waltz from Serenade in C, for String Orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tickets £40 (groups of 10, concessions £35). VIP Best seats+Reception £100. Available from 08444 77 1000 .
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    Wed, 2014-04-16 19:30
    BBC Singers - CPE Bach's St John Passion
    BBC Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits, Robin Tritschler
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Carl Philipp Emanuel – one of JS Bach’s 20 children – was one of the foremost composers of the 18th century, though now he is almost completely overshadowed by the reputation of his father. A composer in all sorts of genres, both sacred and secular, his setting of the St John Passion, long thought lost, was re-discovered a few years ago in a Ukrainian library.

    In the year marking the 300th anniversary of CPE Bach’s birth, tonight’s conductor Kirill Karabits performs his own new edition of this missing work, giving audiences an unmissable opportunity to hear a piece probably not heard since its first performance in 1784.

    Sinfonia No 2 in B flat
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    Morgengesang am Schöpfungsfeste
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    Missa brevis super 'Christ lag in Todesbanden'
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    St John Passion
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    £30, £26, £22, £18, £16, £10. Series discounts also available Available from 020 7730 4500 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 3pm - 6pm (concert days only).