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Format: 2019-06-26
Format: 2019-06-26
  • 29 June 2019 - 2:30pm
    Young at Heart Family Concert | Birmingham Symphonic Winds
    Birmingham Symphonic Winds
    Warwick Hall Warwick CV34 6PP
    United Kingdom

    An hour's fun concert for children and adults presented by Keith Allen and the award-winning 45 piece orchestra, with opportunities to join in, hear the sounds and learn about the instruments. This afternoon concert features Paddington Bear’s First Concert with BBC Midlands Today presenter Michael Collie relating the story – bring your favourite teddy to ‘show and tell’.

    Also joining Birmingham Symphonic Winds on stage will be the Warwick School Preparatory School Junior Choir performing some catchy songs.

    Paddington Bear's First Concert
    Herbert Chappell (1934-)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:00pm
    Birmingham Symphonic Winds - Lights, Camera, Action!
    Birmingham Symphonic Winds
    Warwick Hall Warwick CV34 6PP
    United Kingdom

    Even though “Lights, Camera, Action” may have been used by endless film directors, very few will have had the opportunity to cue a 45-piece orchestra playing the best movie themes.

    Warwick Hall will be resounding with all those memorable tunes that allow us to recall the images, be thrilled again and thoroughly enjoy the magic of cinema music on Saturday 29 June.

    After last summer’s Music from the Movies captivated the audience, the award-winning Birmingham Symphonic Winds will be performing once again a selection of the best film themes including: Superman; Henry V; Harry Potter; The Great Escape; The Glenn Miller Story and many, many more!

    Joining BSW on stage to narrate the text to Henry V will be the BBC Midlands Today presenter Michael Collie, displaying his acting talent to the full!

    Concert Suite form Henry V, arranged for wind band
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Gabriel's Oboe from 'The Mission'
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    John Williams (1932-)
    John Williams (1932-)
    Where Eagles Dare
    Ron Goodwin (1925-2003)
    Hightlights form the soundtrack to 'Brave'
    Philip Sparke (1951-)
    Music from Soudtrack to the film 'Out of Africa'
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    Excerpts from The Godfather
    Nino Rota (1911-1979)
  • 30 June 2019 - 5:30pm
    Mendelssohn's Octet and Schubert's Mass with St George's Chamber Orchestra
    Beckenham, Choir of St George's, Dominic Moore, Marcus Wibberley, Nicholas Holland, St George's Chamber Orchestra
    St George's Parish Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    St George's Chamber Orchestra concludes the St George's Festival for Beckenham with a varied programme of chamber music with Mendelssohn's vibrant Octet, solo cello in a beautiful slow movement from an early Haydn Symphony played by Nicholas Holland and Schubert's great choral work, the Mass in G with the excellent choir of St George's Beckenham.

    St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!

    The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.

    We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.

    A few comments from our audience:

    'St George's Chamber Orchestra is pure gold.'
    ‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’
    'Your programmes are always imaginitive and the playing first class.'
    'I have really enjoyed the concerts over these last years. So good and so convenient for me. Long may you continue!'
    'I greatly value the opportunity and experience you provide of "going round the corner" and hearing professionals at work. Thank you so very much.'
    'It was a wonderful concert, very special. No need for any of us to travel up to the Wigmore Hall etc for a performance of the quality we have here in Beckenham. And afterwards we were home again in 10 minutes - fantastic!!'
    'An absolutely first class concert - I wonder how many locals actually realise how lucky they are to have performances of such high quality on their doorstep. It was a privilege to be there.'

    Octet for Strings in E flat
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Adagio cantabile from Symphony No 13 in D
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Mass No 2 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 5 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chantement Cordiale - French and English song and duets with Musicke in the Ayre
    Carmel Edwards, Carol Fieldhouse, Din Ghani, Musicke in the Ayre
    Coach House Studios Wirksworth DE4 4ET
    United Kingdom

    Carmel and Din (plus Carol Fieldhouse in the 2nd half) straddle the English Channel during the 16th and 17th centuries to explore songs amd duets with lute and continuo accompaniment. Music by Dowland, Campion, Johnson, Lanier, Wilson, WIlliam Lawes, Pucell or the English side, and Cnardavoine, Le Roy, Besard, Moulinie, Boesset, Lambert, Le Camus bring up the French side.

    Licensed bar from 7pm and during interval

    Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
    Jehan Chardavoine (1538-c.1580)
    La voila la nacelle d'amour
    Jean-Baptiste Besard (1567-1625)
    Ma belle si ton ame
    Jean-Baptiste Besard (1567-1625)
    Oft have I sighed
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    Faine would I wed a faire young man from Fourth Booke of Ayres
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    Passamezze and Branle
    Composer Not Known ()
    Has tu point veu
    Adrian Le Roy (c.1520-c.1598)
    Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Stay, time, a while thy flying
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Full fathom five thy father lies
    Robert Johnson II (c1583 - 1633)
    Have you seen the white lily grow?
    Robert Johnson II (c1583 - 1633)
    Enfin la beaute
    Etienne Moulinié (1599-1676)
    N'espérez plus mes yeux
    Antoine Boesset (1586-1643)
    Mark how the blushful morn
    Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
    Take, O take those lips away
    John Wilson (1595-1674)
    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
    William Lawes (1602-1645)
    J'avois cru qu'en vous aymant
    Anonymous ()
    Fuyons cette rive charmante
    Sébastien Le Camus (c.1610 -1677)
    Ma bergere
    Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
    An evening hymn on a ground, 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light'
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    When first Amintas sued for a kiss
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    We the spirits of the air from The Indian Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore from First Booke of Ayres
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    Flow my tears
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
  • 28 June 2019 - 1:05pm
    Britain and Europe Series: Boyce symphony cycle
    Adam Heron, Boyce Camerata, Yassine Taoudi Benchekroun
    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.

    Our initial series of four concerts - spread across spring, summer and autumn 2019 - focuses on a particular British composer whose delightful instrumental music deserves greater exposure than it currently receives, namely the 18th century figure of William Boyce. We are offering you 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.

    This second concert of the series 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.

    Nimrod from Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 8 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 2 in A
    William Boyce (1711-1779)
    Symphony No 6 in F
    William Boyce (1711-1779)
  • 6 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Royal Choral Society - Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony
    Edward Grint, Elin Pritchard, Richard Cooke, Royal Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Winchester Cathedral Winchester SO23 9LS
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Choral Society returns to Winchester Cathedral as part of the Winchester Festival to perform music by some of the greatest composers of the twentieth century – Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. The choir is joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists Elin Pritchard and Edward Grint under the baton of Royal Choral Society Music Director Richard Cooke.

    In his matchless ‘A Sea Symphony’ (Symphony No. 1), Ralph Vaughan Williams pair his stirring music with Walt Whitman’s evocative poetry: from the terrific opening: ‘Behold the Sea’, to the thrilling finale, we are in no doubt about the power and drama of the ocean. The concert also includes Elgar’s colourful portrayal of some of his close friends, the evergreen Enigma Variations, and there is also a rare outing for the full-scale orchestral version of Parry’s coronation anthem I was glad.

    I was glad
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 1, 'A Sea Symphony'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 29 June 2019 - 3:00pm
    A New Divan: A West-Eastern Dialogue in Poetry and Music with Simon Wallfisch
    Craig White, Simon Wallfisch
    Bradford Cathedral Bradford BD1 4EH
    United Kingdom

    In 1814 the German poet Goethe read the poems of the great 14th century Persian poet Hafiz in a new German translation and was immediately inspired to create a Divan of his own. Not long afterwards he met Marianne von Willemer, who became Suleika to his Hatem and the conversation begun with Hafiz blossomed into a duet for two lovers: the result was the West-Eastern Divan (1819), which transformed European poetry.

    To mark the 200th anniversary of this major work of world literature, two new books have just been published: a complete, annotated translation of the West-Eastern Divan by Eric Ormsby and A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue between East and West by 24 leading contemporary poets – 12 from the ‘East’ and 12 from the ‘West’ – who have written poems especially for the collection on the themes of the 12 books of Goethe’s Divan but speaking to today’s world.

    In this celebratory event, Eric Ormsby will introduce the Divans of Hafiz and Goethe. A number of the contemporary poets, including Mourid Barghouti and Fatemeh Shams will read their original compositions, while the English-language versions will be read by George Szirtes and Narguess Farzad.

    The conversation in poetry will be matched by a musical dialogue drawing on the repertoire of Viktor Ullmann, Gottfried von Einem and Franz Schubert.

    8 Hafis-Lieder
    Gottfried von Einem (1918-1996)
  • 6 July 2019 - 7:00pm
    Ruby Nightingale (soprano) and Lewis Kingsley Peart (piano)
    Lewis Kingsley Peart, Ruby Nightingale
    Swiss Church, Covent Garden London WC2H 9DY
    United Kingdom

    Please join Australian soprano Ruby Nightingale, accompanied by Lewis Kingsley Peart, for an evening of vocal performance in Covent Garden's otherworldly and resonant space, The Swiss Church. The programme will include a selection of German lieder, French melodies, and 20th/21st century English songs and arias including works by Dove, Rorem, and Copland. Ruby will also premiere her new song cycle for voice and harmonium, 'we will part'.

    All proceeds from this recital will go towards Ruby's postgraduate studies in Vocal Performance at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire this September.

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