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Format: 2019-03-26
Format: 2019-03-26
  • 31 March 2019 - 3:00pm
    Kabantu
    Kabantu
    Round Chapel Hackney E5 0LY
    United Kingdom

    Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester who have appeared at the BBC Proms. They describe their performances as 'unravelling new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate'. 'Kabantu' meaning 'of the people' stems from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu: "I am what I am because of who we all are". This is autonomous music bridging countries and cultures. This band has it all, from singing in Zulu, professional level whistling, and amazing instrumental playing. Truly a win for all ages.

    Hackney Proms is committed to presenting brilliant live music on Sundays around the borough. We want everyone to hear it, and so we have 30 tickets at £1 each available for low-income Hackney residents. Please contact Kate Conway to buy these community tickets: info@hackneyproms.co.uk.

  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Singing Heart | The Edinburgh Singers
    Alistair Digges, The Edinburgh Singers
    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    United Kingdom

    The Edinburgh Singers present a programme of choral music centred around the theme of love spanning hundreds of years. We start with early Scottish composer David Peebles and finish with a work from Scotland's most celebrated living composer, James MacMillan's beautiful setting of Scottish text, The gallant weaver.

    Making up the rest of the programme is music of English tradition from Roxanna Panufnik and Bob Chilcott, as well as music from around world by Felix Mendelssohn, Gustav Holst and our continuing celebration of the ethereal works of Eriks Ešenvalds.

    Si quis diligit me
    David Peebles (died 1579?)
    God so loved the World from The Crucifixion
    Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)
    Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt (Psalm 100)
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Set me as a seal upon thine heart
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    I love my love from 6 Choral Folksongs
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Jasmine Flower
    Traditional ()
    The singing heart
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Surge propera amica mea
    Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
    Kyrie from The Bavo Mass
    Andrew Wise ()
    Salutation
    Eriks Ešenvalds (1977-)
    Love endureth
    Roxanna Panufnik (1968-)
    Let My Love Be Heard
    Jake Runestad (1986-)
    The gallant weaver
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Celebrate the coming of spring with Harlequin Chamber Choir
    Amy Bebbington, Harlequin Chamber Choir
    Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh GU6 8AS
    United Kingdom

    Come and join Harlequin Chamber Choir as they celebrate the coming of spring. They will bring us a wide variety of beautiful choral music – from ancient to modern, from the serious to the light-hearted – inspired by the many different joys of springtime! This is a fundraising event in aid of Cranleigh Arts (charity no. 284186) and Smart Cranleigh.

    The choir is now directed by the celebrated Amy Bebbington; great news !!

    Programme:

    Now is the month of Maying - Morley
    April is in my Mistress' Face - Morley
    Sing we and chant it - Morley
    Fair Phyllis - Farmer
    Tanzen und Springen - Hassler
    Revoici venir du Printemps - Le Jeune
    The Springtime of the Year - Vaughan Williams
    Just as the tide was flowing - Vaughan Williams
    As torrents in summer - Elgar
    My spirit sang all day - Finzi

    >> Interval<<

    The Dark-eyed Sailor - Vaughan Williams
    Come Roving Sailor - Bebbington
    The Bluebird - Stanford
    The Cuckoo - Bebbington
    Songs and Sonnets (Nos 1, 3, 4, 6, 7) - Shearing
    Summertime - Gershwin
    Tea for Two - Youmans and Caeser
    Slow train to Cranleigh - Flanders and Swann (arranged by Lydon)

  • 29 March 2019 - 1:05pm
    Britain and Europe Series - opening concert: Boyce symphony cycle
    Adam Heron, Aida Lahlou, Royal Academy of Music Camerata
    St Mary-at-Hill Church London EC3R 8EE
    United Kingdom

    For good or ill, this is the year of Brexit and potentially a major junction point in the history of our island nation. To mark these shifting sands, Music-at-Hill Concert Society is pleased to present a series of programmes featuring a mixture of repertoire from both Britain and continental Europe, performed by a talented cadre of chamber musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

    The initial series of four concerts - spread across spring, summer and autumn 2019 - will focus on a particular British composer whose delightful instrumental music deserves greater exposure than it currently receives, namely the 18th century figure of William Boyce. This will be a rare opportunity to hear all eight of his symphonies, performed in pairs and set against a continental concerto and other lesser known orchestral gems from one side of the Channel or the other.

    Our opening concert, on Brexit Day itself, comprises a delightful cocktail of Boyce, Mozart and Elgar, performed within the elegant Wren setting of St Mary-at-Hill Church in the City of London, a stone's throw from Boyce's own birthplace in Upper Thames Street.

    Free admission, retiring collection; coffee and biscuits served before and after the performance.

    Elegy for Strings
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 13 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 1 in B flat
    William Boyce (1711-1779)
    Symphony No 4 in F
    William Boyce (1711-1779)
  • 31 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Alina Pogostkina, Philharmonia Orchestra, Xian Zhang
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Rising-star conductor Xian Zhang leads a performance of Shostakovich’s towering fifth Symphony, alongside Brahms’s radiant Violin Concerto.

    The possible hidden meanings within Shostakovich's Symphony No 5, composed under political pressure from Stalin’s regime, have long fascinated audiences and critics alike. Along the way, expect a beautiful melody evoking Carmen, circus-inspired spectacle, and majestic brass chords. But beyond the Soviet heroism lies something more: framed by the musical drama lies the hushed religious contemplation of the third movement, the tender heart of the symphony that moved the audience to tears at its 1937 premiere.

    Before, Alina Pogostkina, winner of the 2005 International Sibelius Violin Competition, performs Brahms’s memorable Violin Concerto. Framed by two virtuosic outer movements, the gentle second movement features one of the most heartfelt melodies written for violin.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 4 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Shostakovich: Leningrad Symphony | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Denis Matsuev, Philharmonia Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Yuri Temirkanov brings a personal connection to the Leningrad Symphony, dedicated to the city whose orchestra he has led for over 30 years.

    Whether Shostakovich originally wrote it in response to the Second World War is unknown but from the start of the famous ‘Invasion’ march of the first movement, his symphony resonated with audiences across Russia and beyond. Composed on an epic scale, the music crosses landscapes, from understated string melodies to fierce attacking brass.

    Alongside, a virtuosic work by Shostakovich’s contemporary Sergei Prokofiev. Opening quietly with twinkling melodies and his trademark light touch, Prokofiev’s expansive Second Piano Concerto balances lyrical solo piano passages with menacing orchestral moments - brought into particular focus in the dramatic third movement. Further raising the musical stakes, the devilish fourth movement moves through the piano's entire range, building to a monumental final flourish.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in G minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 7 in C, 'Leningrad'
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 5 April 2019 - 6:00pm
    Music of Today: Wu Wei (sheng) - Artist Portrait
    Jonathan Stockhammer, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wu Wei
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    An ancient Chinese musical instrument is put in new musical contexts in this fascinating programme for sheng and orchestral ensemble.

    Virtuoso Wu Wei has made the Sheng - an ancient Chinese wind instrument - into an innovative force in contemporary music that crosses traditional genre boundaries. In this special Music of Today performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, he performs three contrasting works for sheng and orchestral ensemble with the Philharmonia.

    Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu's Hehkuu exploits the different properties of the sheng all the way from shimmering sonorities to high voltage rhythms; Guoping Jia's The wind sounds in the sky fuses traditional Chinese music with elements of Western classical composition.

    The programme culminates with a new piece for sheng and ensemble by Czech composer Ondrej Adámek, whose music was described by Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph as "sharp, brilliant". Adamek's highly theatrical music and innovative musical language will create new an entirely new context for sheng and orchestral ensemble.

    Ondrej Adámek's New work for sheng and ensemble is jointly commissioned by Philharmonia Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble 2e2m, Asko Ensemble.

    Hehkuu, for sheng and ensemble
    Jukka Tiensuu (1948-)
    The wind sounds in the sky for sheng, cello and percussion
    Guoping Jia (1963-)
    Lost prayer book, for sheng and ensemble
    ()
  • 5 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Lieder: Katarina Karnéus and Julius Drake
    Hamish Brown, Julius Drake, Katarina Karnéus, Peter Harris
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The wonderful Swedish mezzo Katarina Karnéus makes a welcome return to Oxford. She and leading pianist Julius Drake perform songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, including the ‘Mary Stuart’ lieder. They also include Berg’s richly romantic ‘Seven early songs’ and songs by Alma Mahler. Two of Oxford Lieder’s former Young Artist Platform winners, tenor Peter Harris and pianist Hamish Brown, give a short showcase performance at the start of the concert, ahead of tomorrow’s Young Artist Platform auditions.

    Evening Songs
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sieben frühe Lieder (7 early songs)
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Selected songs
    Alma Schindler-Mahler (1879-1964)
    Selected songs
    Ture Rangström (1884-1947)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Bracknell Choral Society perform works by Mendelssohn and Bruckner
    Augusta Hebbert, Bracknell Choral Society, British Sinfonietta, Catherine Backhouse, David Ireland, Greg Hallam, Piet Zorn
    Great Hall, University of Reading Reading RG1 5AQ
    United Kingdom

    This term we will be performing a programme of nineteenth century romantic era music.We open with Mendelssohn's glorious cantata Lauda Sion. followed by his beautiful anthem Hear my Prayer, which includes the well-loved soprano solo 'O for the wings of a dove'.

    The second half of the concert begins with the British Sinfonietta playing Mendelssohn's ever-popular overture Hebrides and we conclude with Bruckner's magnificent Te Deum. The choir will be conducted by our musical director Greg Hallam, with professional soloists and orchestra.

    Te Deum in C
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Hear my Prayer
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Lauda Sion
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Fulham Symphony Orchestra plays Ustvolskaya and Shostakovich
    Fulham Symphony Orchestra, Marc Dooley
    Hammersmith Town Hall Hammersmith W6 9JU
    United Kingdom

    This concert features the UK premiere of Galina Ustvolskaya's Symphonic Poem No 2, written in 1959. Ustvolskaya was a pupil of Shostakovich, but developed her own distinctive compositional style, of which she said, “There is no link whatsoever between my music and that of any other composer, living or dead.” Shostakovich himself wrote, “It is not me who has influenced you; you have influenced me”.

    Scored for an enormous orchestra of over 100 musicians, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4 had its premiere delayed by 30 years due to Soviet censure. On its first performance, the composer told a friend: “In many ways, it seems to me the Fourth is better than the symphonies that came after.”

    Photograph courtesy of ustvolskaya.org

    Symphonic Poem No 2
    Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006)
    Symphony No 4 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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