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Format: 2017-09-26
Format: 2017-09-26
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    29 September 2017 - 1:10pm
    Frederic Bager (piano) plays Beethoven, Berg and Schumann
    Frederic Bager
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Frederic Bager is an award winning concert pianist. Currently a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studies with Ian Fountain, he is a beneficiary of the 'Kulturprozent' artists promotion programme of the Swiss retail company, Migros.

    A student of Andrew Ball and scholar at the Royal College of Music, London, he completed his studies there in July 2016 with a First and, for his interpretation of Beethoven, he received the Kendall Taylor Prize.

    Born in London in 1991, Frederic grew up in Switzerland. He began playing the piano at an early age, first studying privately, then at the Lausanne and Geneva conservatories.

    In 2007 Frederic was awarded a scholarship to study with John Byrne at Wells Cathedral School, England. In 2009 he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, and then on tour of China and Hong Kong.

    In 2010 he won the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin, Scotland, and was a keyboard finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition, broadcast on BBC Four television.

    Frederic performs regularly across the United Kingdom, Switzerland and other countries. Always interested in bringing music to new audiences, in 2013 Frederic embarked on a tour of India offering chamber and solo piano music to enthusiastic audiences in Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, Bangalore and Pune.

    Frederic Bager is a versatile accompanist. Whilst at the Royal College of Music he was chosen to take part in a weekend of masterclasses and concerts on Schubert Lieder given by the celebrated accompanist Roger Vignoles. He pursues his interest in song, notably accompanying Dame Felicity Lott in late 2016.

    Frederic has formed successful duos with emerging artists, such as violinist William Dutton, flautist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry and cellist Constantin Macherel with whom, in January 2017, he gave a live concert of 20th century works for the Swiss radio channel Espace 2.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 28 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Gesänge der Frühe
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    27 September 2017 - 1:10pm
    Matthew Scott (clarinet), Christine Zerafa (piano) play Saint-Saëns, Patterson
    Christine Zerafa, Matthew Scott
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    British clarinettist Matthew Scott graduated with a 1st Class honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, followed by an MA with Distinction and DipRAM in 2015. He was awarded a Full Scholarship for the duration of the Undergraduate course and was generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and The Greenbank Scholarship in his Postgraduate studies.

    Matthew works regularly with duo partners Daniel King Smith and Christine Zerafa and is delighted to be an Artist for both Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme in the 2014-16 Season. He was Wind Finalist in the Royal Overseas League 63rd Annual Music Competition, 34th and 35th Bromsgrove International Young Musicians Competition’s and won Wind Category 1st Prize in the 2014 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition. In 2015 he was invited onto the London Sinfonietta Academy and Britten-Pears Young Artists Platform. Matthew has performed at major London venues including Eaton Square, Kings Place, LSO St. Lukes, St. George’s Hannover Square, St. John‘s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. He appears on the RAM Soloists Ensemble’s critically acclaimed CD of Bruckner’s Symphony No.2 under Trevor Pinnock (Linn Records) and has recently performed concertos with orchestras including the London Festival Sinfonia, Southern Pro Musica and Petersfield Orchestra. Matthew also works as a freelance orchestral musician.

    Matthew is founding member of Ensemble Mirage, a dynamic flexi-ensemble based in London, UK. Originally called Trio Mirage (Cl/Vln/Pn), the ensemble won the Harold Craxton Prize and a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2015-16, before evolving into the current quintet; enabling the exploration and programming of the whole range of Clarinet-String-Piano chamber music. Ensemble mirage have since performed at Music Festivals and venues around the UK including the 2015 Two Moors Festival, The Lantern Colston Hall and the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Other collaborations include the Delmege and Fitzroy Quartets, contemporary ensemble Khymerikal and contemporary collective NonClassical. Matthew made his St. Martin-in-the-Fields solo recital debut in January 2015, followed by a second concert in October 2015, and regularly performs solo and chamber recitals for music societies and festivals throughout the UK. Ensemble Mirage are delighted to be 2016/17 St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists, and most recently Matthew has been selected as a 2016/17 Park Lane Group Young Artist with duo partner Christine Zerafa

    During his studies, Matthew has performed in many public masterclasses given by eminent teachers and performers including: David Campbell, Martin Fröst (most recently at Wigmore Hall), Karl Leister, Andrew Marriner, Patrick Messina and Robert Plane. Other teachers include Tim Lines, Chris Richards, Angela Malsbury, Richard Addison, Chi Yu Mo and Lorenzo Iosco.

    Having played principal positions in many of the Royal Academy orchestras and ensembles on the whole range of clarinets (Bb/A/C/Eb/Alto/Basset Horn/Bass and Contrabass) he has worked under many of the world’s most celebrated conductors. He has performed in Royal Academy of Music Opera productions of Mozart Die Zauberflote under Jane Glover and Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos under Elgar Howarth. He has also worked with singers at the Aberystwyth MusicFest including a recital performance of Schubert Shepherd on the Rock.

    Prior to Music College, Matthew studied with David Campbell privately for 2 years. He was awarded Distinction in the The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Performance Diploma in 2009. He was a member of the multi award winning Bromley Youth Music Trust, with whom he made 5 summer tours to Europe, including performance at the WMC Kerkrade in 2005 and 2009. Matthew returned as soloist with Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra playing Finzi’s Five Bagatelles on tour in Bromley and across Hungary in summer 2010. He made his concerto debut in June 2009 playing Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.2 with Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra and was invited back to play the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in April 2012 with a specially formed orchestra of ex Bromley Youth Music Trust members in a concert in memory of his early teacher Derek Wallace. He was the Norman Trotman Competition 1st Prize winner in 2007 at Bromley Youth Music Trust.

    In 2002 Matthew was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder. This has brought up many additional challenges along the way but Matthew believes that this does not need to be a bar to achieving a successful career in music. He is grateful to many people who have helped him reach where he is today.

    London ­based Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert series and festivals around the UK and overseas. Performances have taken her to venues in Italy, Malta, England, France, Poland, and the United States, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, the Malta Arts Festival and Victoria Arts Festival, amongst others. She has been described as “a natural musician” and “a musician with a warm and very communicative personality” (The Times of Malta, 2012), and has been recipient of various awards including first prize in the Malta National Bice Mizzi Competition, the RNCM Clifton Helliwell Memorial Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize and Eric Brough Memorial Prize. She has also been selected as a Park Lane Group Artist and a Tunnell Trust Artist for the 2016/17 season.

    Christine has completed a Masters degree in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, under the tuition of Norma Fisher and Paul Janes, thanks to the support of the Janatha Stubbs Foundation and the Silverstone bursary. She also participated in important master class series, including the London Master Classes, the Lake District Summer Music Academy and the Tunnell Trust Coll Chamber Music week. She had the opportunity to participate in master classes with international pianists Klaus Hellwig, Leon McCawley, Barry Snyder, Nelson Goerner, Imogen Cooper, and Helmut Deutsch, amongst others. She also studied for two years with Andrea Lucchesini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence as part of the corso di perfezionamento.

    Christine is a highly sought­after chamber musician and piano accompanist. Having a strong passion for collaboration with singers and instrumentalists, she most recently graduated with a Master of Music in piano accompaniment (with distinction) at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Ian Brown. Her studies were kindly supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship, the Gilling Family Scholarship and the Royal Academy of Music.

    In September 2016 she embarked on a PhD project at the Royal Academy of Music where she will continue her work with singers and instrumentalists on the art of song and song transcription.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Conversations
    Paul Patterson (1947-)
    Sonatina for clarinet and piano
    Joseph Horovitz (1926-)
    Sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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    6 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Original Disney Medley!
    Disney Voices Choir, Emma Taylor
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London is thrilled to welcome Disney Voices Choir to the 2017 Autumn Series for this evening of melody, fun and magic! The Walt Disney Company's very own office choir will treat us to a host of spell-binding Disney tunes from animated classics such as Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, to more recent releases including Moana, Brave and Frozen. With fun facts along the way, discover the musical delights of Disney and join us for an enchanting night of entertainment!

    Touch the sky from Brave
    Alexander L Mandel ()
    Can you feel the love tonight? from The Lion King
    Elton John (1947-)
    Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast
    Alan Menken ()
    Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Robert B Sherman ()
    Africa
    David Paich (1954-)
    Candle on the water from Pete's Dragon
    Al Kasha (1937-)
    Frozen Medley
    Kristen Anderson-Lopez ()
    Moana Medley
    Lin-Manuel Miranda (1980-)
    A whole new world from Aladdin
    Alan Menken ()
    I see the light from Tangled
    Alan Menken ()
    Truly brave
    Sara Bareilles (1979-)
    Sylvie
    Lead Belly (1888-1949)
    Colours of the wind from Pochahontas
    Alan Menken ()
    The Jungle Book Medley
    Robert B Sherman ()
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    29 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Windsor Festival | Daniel Kharitonov (piano)
    Daniel Kharitonov
    Eton College School Hall Eton SL4 6DW
    United Kingdom

    Daniel Kharitonov has attracted attention as an ambitious and undeniably talented young pianist. Born in the Russian Far East, he emerged at the very top of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2015 aged just 16 years old. Already enjoying an international career, he is known for his ability to charm an audience with powerful, compelling, and moving performances, full of refreshing ferocity and energy.

    We look forward to welcoming this exceptional artist to Eton College’s stunning School Hall for an evening relishing in some of the most important and well-known piano repertoire.

    Fantasia No 3 in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ballade No 1 in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 2 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 1 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise No 6 in A flat, 'Heroic'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Liebesträume No 3 in A flat from 3 Liebesträume
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    29 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Mozart and Handel by candlelight | London Musical Arts
    John Landor, London Musical Arts
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and enjoy a candlelit concert in the beautiful atmosphere of London's iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The programme features some of the greatest classical music, carefully selected and performed by some of London’s finest musicians.

    For details of all our concerts please visit the London Musical Arts website.

    Divertimento for Strings No 3 in F, 'Salzburg Symphony No 3'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Overture from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Minuet from String Quintet in E
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony No 1'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto Grosso No 12 in B minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto Grosso in C, 'Alexander's Feast'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    6 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    Basel Symphony Orchestra with Oliver Schnyder (piano)
    Basel Symphony Orchestra, Ivor Bolton, Oliver Schnyder
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Cadogan Hall is proud to welcome back one of Switzerland’s leading orchestras, the Basel Symphony Orchestra with acclaimed British conductor Ivor Bolton.

    They are joined by Swiss pianist Oliver Schnyder for a performance of Mozart’s celebrated Piano Concerto No 20, requiring an intense and dramatic relationship between soloist and orchestra. This is the Mozart piano concerto that Beethoven admired above all others, figuring prominently in his repertoire as a concert pianist and for which he even wrote cadenzas.

    Beethoven is noted to have said Symphony No 7 was one of his best works at its premiere in Vienna and the drama of this evening’s repertoire continues with this energetic symphony.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Eine Lustspielouvertüre (Comedy Overture)
    Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 20 in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    30 September 2017 - 1:05pm
    Reiko Fujisawa (piano)
    Reiko Fujisawa
    St Alfege Church, Greenwich London SE10 9BJ
    United Kingdom

    Reiko Fujisawa is delighted to be performing a recital at St Alfege Church in Greenwich. Such a special location – King Henry VIII was baptised here in 1491. Damaged during WWII, the church was restored in 1953.

    Rain tree sketch II
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    3 Mazurkas
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    30 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Viva London: Viva Acappella, Double Date and Portobello Road
    Double Date, Portobello Road, Viva Acappella
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    This autumn, Viva Acappella are very excited to announce our big concert of the year, Viva London! Our roster includes some incredible champion quartets, and this isn't a concert to be missed.

    Our first very special guests will be two times World Mixed barbershop champion quartet, Double Date, in their UK concert debut! Spearheading the growth in popularity for mixed quartets in the USA and barbershop-worldwide, we can't wait to share the stage with this incredible group.
    From their website:
    "Double Date is a vocal quartet formed in 2012. They met in choir at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In both 2014 and 2016, they won the Barbershop in Germany! World Mixed quartet competition.
    The quartet consists of two couples: Michaela and Nathan, and Blair and Ravi. They're best friends. Their two beautiful dogs are best friends, too."

    Fresh from their BABS Gold Medal win we're excited to have Portobello Road joining us!
    With an impressive performance heritage of over 100 years between them, the current British Association of Barbershop Singers Gold medal quartet Portobello Road could, justifiably, describe themselves as experienced. Formed in 2013, winning in 2017 was the crowning glory for this group who have, between them, amassed 13 Gold medals along with numerous other colours.

    Our MC for the evening is barbershopper and musician extraordinaire, Simon Arnott.
    Simon is a young British composer, music educator, arranger and barbershopper. He is currently the Director of two choruses in London, London City Singers (current Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers International Chorus Champions) and Meantime Chorus (current British Association of Barbershop Singers Small Chorus Champions). He is bass of two award-winning BABS quartets: Park Street Quartet were 2012 Youth Champions and 2014 National Champions, and Trailblazers won the Youth contest in 2015 and are current SABS International Quartet Champions.
    This is only a small amount of Simon's musical pedigree (as well as his BA Hons in Music and current Head of Music position in a London Pre-Prep)! We're delighted to have him on board for the concert in September. Follow his Facebook page: Simon Arnott: Composer, Arranger, Conductor and Educator.

    Viva Acappella is an award-winning all female a cappella choir based in Kent, ranked 20th in the world at the Sweet Adelines International Convention in Las Vegas October 2016. We're taking a year out of competing after our wonderful trip across the pond last autumn, but we haven't been sitting idle - we can't wait to share our new music as well as old favourites with you all!

    With a central London venue, some of the biggest names in British barbershop and a US quartet like no other, this isn't a gig to be missed! Click attending now to keep up to date.

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    1 October 2017 - 6:30pm
    The Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize
    Fulham Opera
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Conway Hall is delighted to welcome Fulham Opera in for their bi-annual Verdi Prize, in memory of baritone Robert Presley. The competition will be judged by Sir Thomas Allen (international baritone and patron of Fulham Opera, David Syrus (former Head of Music, Royal Opera House) and Pamela Kuhn (US soprano).

    Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where in 2011 he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut with the company, he has sung over fifty roles. The same year he also celebrated the 30th anniversary of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

    He has been particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelléas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart roles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno, Guglielmo and, of course, Don Giovanni. His recent engagements have included the title role in ‘Gianni Schicchi’ for Los Angeles Opera and at the Spoleto Festival; the title role in ‘Sweeney Todd’, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and Don Alfonso at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Don Alfonso, Ulisse and Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Faninal at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia; Eisenstein at the Glyndebourne Festival; Don Alfonso at the Dallas Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals; Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) at the San Francisco Opera and Beckmesser, Don Alfonso and Music Master at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

    Operatic Soprano, Pamela Kuhn has dedicated her life to the art of singing. She has thrived in bringing her sumptuous sound to the stages of Vienna, London, Venice, Paris and cities across America. After gaining her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, she based her career in London for twenty years, performing her recital debut with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall and numerous performances with legendary pianist, Geoffrey Parsons. Since her return to America she is now recognised for her work as a voice teacher and mentor to her young professional singers. She maintains voice studios in New York City and Greenwich, CT and works with a wide variety of artists. She is the Director of Opus 8 Vocal Consultants offering voice and speech therapy and presentation skills. She is the Music Director and Conductor of both the Angel Choir and The MasterSingers Chorus and is the radio talk show host of 'The Center Stage' on WGCH Greenwich.

    David Syrus recently retired as Head of Music at the Royal Opera, where he worked for over 44 years, conducting many operas, including 'Traviata' [with Sir Thomas] and 'Falstaff'. Recent conducting includes the Chilean premières of 'Billy Budd' and 'The Rake’s Progress'. He has assisted on the complete Verdi canon at the Royal Opera, including playing 'Otello' for Carlos Kleiber. He is Chairman of the Maggie Teyte Competition, and has worked with young artist programmes in Tokyo, Marseille, Colorado, Duesseldorf as well as with the Samling Programme in the UK. He has recorded continuo in Mozart and Rossini operas, lieder with Hildegard Behrens, and 18 th century arias with Annette Dasch. As a recital accompanist he has appeared at the Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.

    Opera excerpts
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    1 October 2017 - 2:30pm
    Timothy Ravenscroft - Beethoven Sonata Cycle
    Timothy Ravenscroft
    G Live Guildford GU1 2AA
    United Kingdom

    To complement our 2017/18 concert series, the internationally renowned Timothy Ravenscroft will return as our pianist in residence. Timothy will perform the Beethoven piano sonatas across four dates, in the intimate setting of our 80-seat Bellerby Studio. The perfect accompaniment to the rest of our classical season, be sure to book your tickets early.

    Sonata for Piano No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 15 in D, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 4 in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 28 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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