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Format: 2018-11-16
Format: 2018-11-16
  • 22 November 2018 - 7:15pm
    Christopher Maltman (baritone) and Joseph Middleton (piano)
    Christopher Maltman, Joseph Middleton
    Howard Assembly Room Leeds LS1 6NU
    United Kingdom

    In association with Leeds Lieder and as part of Opera North’s commemorations of the centenary of the Armistice, brilliantly expressive British baritone Christopher Maltman and Leeds Lieder’s Joseph Middleton perform a selection of music on the subject of war, charting the soldier’s odyssey from home into battle, and his death and epitaph.

    Taking in works by composers from the major nations involved in the First World War including Butterworth, Mahler, Fauré, Ives, Mussorgsky, Wolf and Poulenc, the programme traverses the despair, tender poignancy and rawness of war in songs including Schumann’s devastating Der Soldat, Finzi’s Channel Firing and Ivor Gurney’s deeply expressive Severn Meadows.

    Loveliest of trees from Six songs from A Shropshire lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Black Stitchel
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    On the idle hill of summer from A Shropshire Lad
    Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
    Look not in my eyes from Six songs from A Shropshire lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Les berceaux from 3 Songs
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    He is there from 3 Songs of the War
    Charles Ives (1874-1954)
    White in the moon the long road flies from A Shropshire Lad
    Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
    Severn Meadows
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    Revelge from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Commander in Chief from Songs and Dances of Death
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    In Flanders
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    Think no more, lad, laugh, be jolly from A Shropshire Lad
    Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
    Die beiden Grenadiere
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Der Tambour from Mörike Lieder
    Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
    Der Soldat from 4 Lieder nach Hans Christian Andersen
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Channel Firing from Before and After Summer
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Into my heart an air that kills from A Shropshire Lad
    Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
    When I was one and twenty from Six songs from A Shropshire lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    The lads in their hundreds from Six songs from A Shropshire lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Britten's War Requiem | Tonbridge Philharmonic Society
    Bradley Smith, Matthew Willis, Orchestra of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Sofia Troncoso, Tonbridge Grammar School Motet Choir, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Tristan Hambleton
    Chapel of St Augustine, Tonbridge School Tonbridge TN9 1JP
    United Kingdom

    Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is set to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in the beautiful Chapel of St. Augustine at Tonbridge School. Tonbridge Philharmonic’s Choir and Orchestra will be joined by the award-winning Tonbridge Grammar School Motet Choir, alongside the soloists Sofia Troncoso, Bradley Smith and Tristan Hambleton. Conducting the combined forces of over 200 musicians for this memorable occasion, is Matthew Willis.

    War Requiem was commissioned for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and alongside the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead, Britten chose to set nine poems by Wilfred Owen, who died on 4th November 1918, just one week before the Armistice. The concert will begin with a short pre-concert talk on Britten's use of Owen's poetry, and some selected poetry readings.

    There will be a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion.

    War Requiem
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Handel's Messiah - London Pro Arte Choir
    Elenor Bowers-Jolley, Gareth Treseder, London Pro Arte Choir, Orchestra Nova, Sarah Denbee, Tom Winpenny
    Church of St Michael and All Angels Mill Hill NW7 2JA
    United Kingdom

    Handel's Messiah is always popular and there is always something new to discover. Join London Pro Arte Choir for this performance, accompanied by Orchestra Nova and conducted by the choir's Music Director, Tom Winpenny.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 18 November 2018 - 2:30pm
    Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra
    Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Simons, Lowrie Probert
    Our Lady and St Michael's Church Abergavenny NP7 5UD
    United Kingdom

    The opening piece of this concert is George Butterworth's The Banks of Green Willow. This idyll was written just before the start of the First World War and paints a picture of the peace and tranquillity of the British countryside.

    We are privileged to have local soprano Lowri Probert, currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, with us to sing Elgar's lovely song-cycle Sea Pictures. Elgar took a set of five poems on a sea theme, (one by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, another by his wife Alice), skillfully weaving words and music together.

    We will also be performing Brahms's Symphony No 2 which, although it has no common subtitle, is very much pastoral in nature, and a fitting conclusion to our autumn concert.

    The Banks of Green Willow
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Sea Pictures
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Duruflé's Requiem with works by Pärt, MacMillan and Elgar
    Eric Cross, Magnus Williamson, Newcastle Upon Tyne Bach Choir, Patrick Owston, Rosanna Cooper
    King's Hall, Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir presents a concert of 20th century sacred choral music, with resonances from the tradition of Gregorian chant, accompanied by Magnis Williamson on the marvellous new organ in King's Hall and a small string orchestra. The works of Duruflé, Pärt and MacMillan are complemented by two works by Elgar.

    Requiem
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Magnificat from Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Salve regina
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    O Hearken Thou
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra
    Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, Elizaveta Tyun, Robert Roscoe
    The Old Gym, Wellington College Crowthorne RG45 7PU
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome back the very talented Elizaveta Tyun as soloist in Tchaikovsky's famous violin concerto. And we will also perform Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, another highly popular romantic work.

    Elizaveta Tyun photo courtesy of Andreea Tufescu Photography

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
  • 17 November 2018 - 2:00pm
    Admission: One Shilling - Piers Lane (piano) with Dame Patricia Routledge
    Dame Patricia Routledge, Piers Lane
    Bishopsgate Institute London EC2M 4QH
    United Kingdom

    This musical and theatrical collaboration between multi-award-winning actress Dame Patricia Routledge and international concert pianist Piers Lane, tells the extraordinary, inspiring story of Myra Hess and her famous wartime National Gallery concerts.

    The script for Admission: One Shilling was compiled by Myra’s great-nephew, composer Nigel Hess from her press and radio interviews during World War II, as well as a few BBC broadcasts where she said a few words before playing. This is Myra in her own words: redoubtable, courageous and inspiring.

    Through spoken word performance taken from letters, books and interviews given by Myra, interspersed with short piano pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven and JS Bach - hear how the ‘great adventure’ of these lunchtime concerts began, and how they continued while bombs rained down on London.

    Dame Myra was most renowned for her interpretations of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann, but had a wide repertoire rangning from Domenico Scarlatti to contemporary works. Her 'signature' piece, and the one which became most associated with her, was her own arrangement of Bach's chorale prelude Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

    Performances - Saturday 17 November (14.00 and 19.00)

    16 Deutsche Tänze, 'German Dances'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Intermezzo in C from 4 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Eusebius from Carnaval, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Nocturne No 8 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude and Fugue No 46 in B flat minor, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    2nd movement: Allegro molto from Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Impromptu No 3 in B flat from 4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Waltz No 15 in A flat major from 16 Waltzes for piano
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for keyboard in G
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
    Alison Kettlewell, Anne Kimber, Eddie Wade, Jonathan Stoughton, Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
    Plymouth Guildhall Plymouth PL1 1HA
    United Kingdom

    Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir perform together for the first time in Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. These two local musical forces will be joined by soloists Alison Kettlewell (alto) Jonathan Stoughton (tenor) and Eddie Wade (bass).

    The Dream of Gerontius is considered to be the best and is definitely the most well-known of Elgar’s oratorios, as well as being one of classical music’s greatest works. Elgar’s Roman Catholic faith drew him to a text by John Henry Newman which explores the journey of a devout man’s soul through death, divine judgement and purgatory to eternal peace. It is devoutly religious and meaningful as well as being profoundly beautiful music. Sir Edward Elgar himself described this work as being ‘the best of me’. Gerontius became widely recognised as the first great English oratorio since those of Handel, some 150 years earlier and its beauty and depth of expression remain widely admired.

    The Plymouth Symphony Orchestra performs regularly across the region under the baton of Anne Kimber, who will be conducting this concert. The ensemble is one of the longest-established orchestras in the country and attracts many distinguished soloists.

    As one of the largest choral societies in the South West, with over 160 members, the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, founded in 1970, perform three large-scale concerts a year under Musical Director Christopher Fletcher.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Finchley Symphony Orchestra present Russian orchestral fireworks
    David Lardi, FInchley Symphony Orchestra
    Trinity Church, North Finchley London N12 7NN
    United Kingdom

    Tchaikowsky’s Capriccio Italien, dramatic, tuneful and without a trace of the melancholy so often associated with him, will get our concert season off to a lively start. This is followed by Borodin’s best known symphony, packed with lively Slavic rhythms and atmospheric melodies. The ‘Firebird’ suite is one of Stravinsky’s most popular works, drawn from the ballet of that name based on Russian fairy tales of the Firebird and the blessing and curse it bestows on its owner. As the nights draw in stave off the cold with this concert of musical fireworks in the comfortable surroundings of Trinity Church.

    Capriccio Italien
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 2 in B minor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    The Firebird Suite
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Voices Across the Mountains - Jacob Handl and his inspirations
    Huw Morgan, Jonathan Holmes, The Ripieno Choir
    All Saints, Weston Green Esher KT10 8JL
    United Kingdom

    For The Ripieno Choir’s first outing under the baton of Huw Morgan, we return to two key tenets of the choir’s heart and soul – renaissance music at its very best, and discovering rarely performed music. Join us as we explore the music of Jacob Handl, alongside the influencing styles of Lassus, Croce, Willaert and Andrea Gabrieli.

    Jacob Handl (also known as Jacobus Gallus) remains to this day one of the undiscovered treasures of the Renaissance. A prolific composer of such skill and quality that he was able to compose masterpiece after masterpiece in a dazzling array of styles. Born in 1550 in what is now southern Slovenia, he spent much of his short life traveling throughout central Europe, absorbing musical influences from many countries. Handl’s two pillars of inspiration were the intense works of the Franco-Flemish school of polyphony and the open, spacious and generous music of the Venetian composers. Of the former, his settings of both Jesu dulcis memoria and Vidi speciosam are particularly sensuous and expressive; while the Venetian-inspired, thrilling works Cantate Domino and Gloria from his Missa sopra Sancta Maria, and the calmly affecting Adoramus Te, Christe and Ecce quomodo, are amongst Handl’s finest.

    Cantate Domino
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Adoramus te, Jesu Christe
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Jesu dulcis memoria
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Egredietur virga from Egredietur virga
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Ecce quomodo moritur justus
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Vidi speciosam
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Missa super Sancta Maria
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Ave verum corpus
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Carmina chromatico from Prophetiae Sibyllarum
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    O Sacrum Convivium
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    In spiritu humilitatis
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    Regina coeli
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    Mirabile Mysterium
    Adrian Willaert (1490-1562)
    Cantate Domino canticum novum
    Andrea Gabrieli (c1510-1586)
    O crux, ave, spes unica
    Antoine Brumel (c1460-c1520)
    Mirabile mysterium
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
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