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Format: 2019-01-21
Format: 2019-01-21
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler | Bromley Symphony Orchestra
    Adrian Brown, Andrew Laing, Bromley Symphony Orchestra, John Lill
    Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, Langley Park School for Boys Beckenham BR3 3BP
    United Kingdom

    Mozart’s small-but-perfectly-formed Symphony No 32 precedes the internationally renowned John Lill, who joins us in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. Then, Mahler’s monumental First Symphony (the ‘Titan’), which exemplifies his comment: ‘To write a symphony is, for me, to construct a world.’

    Symphony No 32 in G major
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Titan'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem - by candlelight | English Chamber Choir / Belmont Ensemble
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Elizabeth Weisberg, English Chamber Choir, Peter Davoren, Peter G Dyson, Philip Tebb, Rebekah Gilbert
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Ave verum corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Hallelujah from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Arias
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 25 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Carducci String Quartet
    Carducci String Quartet, Emma Denton, Eoin Schmidt-Martin, Matthew Denton, Michelle Fleming
    Leamington Spa Assembly Hall, Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa CV32 4AA
    United Kingdom

    The Carducci Quartet first played for Leamington Music in 2009 and this is its sixth concert in the town. The Carducci’s recent programmes here have included Shostakovich, whose full cycle the Quartet toured throughout 2015 with an accompanying CD release and which won a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award. Last year, a wonderful performance of Philip Glass’s third quartet by the Royal Quartet brought many new faces into the audience.

    “…Dazzling aplomb and accuracy” (Seen and Heard International)

    Concert generously supported by The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa

    String Quartet No 19 in C, 'Dissonance'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 5
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    String Quartet No 2 in A
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 29 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Musicke Companye - A Venetian Carnival
    Daisy Vatalaro, Helen Rogers, Philippa Hyde, The Musicke Companye, Tim Carleston
    Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick CV34 4RA
    United Kingdom

    A Venetian Carnival

    Venice: a city of pleasure, of lovers, excess and extravagance.

    Masked figures, courtesans, the wedding of the Doge to the Sea, the exuberance of Carnivale, tales of lust, betrayal and murder. As the weeks of Carnavale approach, imagine time in La Serenissima, and listen to the glorious music of Cavalli, Galuppi, Handel, Lotti, Marcello, Monteverdi, Stradella, Strozzi and Vivaldi.

    “One of the most gifted of all the early music groups currently before the public” (Musical Opinion)

  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Tring Chamber Music - Midwinter recital in the Ballroom
    James Lisney, Josephine Horder, Paul Barritt
    The Mansion, Tring Park Tring HP23 5LX
    United Kingdom

    In the intimate ambience of the Mansion ballroom we celebrate the influence of the ‘Salon’ on central European traditions of fine music making. Musical soirées in stylish 'Salons' were meeting places for leading figures of the musical world. They were a space for virtuosi and composers alike to mix and marinate, share and inspire. Our concert opens in true grand Bohemian style with Smetana’s magnificent Piano Trio. If Smetana was the ‘Father of Czech Music’, then it was his successor, Dvorak who popularised his country’s rich heritage. Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances (inspired by the Hungarian Dances of Brahms) include some of his most touching moments. Fellow countryman Janacek is represented by Pohadka, or Fairy Tale for cello and piano, an evocative short work dating from 1910. Chopin too would frequent many a fashionable salon. We hear a memorable arrangement by Balakirev of the slow movement of his second Piano Concerto. It was common practice for the greatest virtuoso violinists, in this case Joachim and Kreisler, to arrange the dances of Dvorak and Brahms for their recitals, as colourful and popular today as they were in those nineteenth century 'Salons.'

    Piano Trio in G minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    2nd movement: Romanza from Concerto for piano and orchestra No 1 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Hungarian Dance No 2 in D minor, from 21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Slavonic Dance No 2 in E minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Pohádka (Fairy tale) for cello and piano
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Hejre Kati, for violin and piano
    Jenö Hubay (1858-1937)
    Elegie, for piano trio, in D flat major
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    Hungarian Dance No 5 from 21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 26 January 2019 - 3:00pm
    Tring Chamber Music - Midwinter recital in the Ballroom
    James Lisney, Josephine Horder, Paul Barritt
    The Mansion, Tring Park Tring HP23 5LX
    United Kingdom

    In the intimate ambience of the Mansion ballroom we celebrate the influence of the ‘Salon’ on central European traditions of fine music making. Musical soirées in stylish 'Salons' were meeting places for leading figures of the musical world. They were a space for virtuosi and composers alike to mix and marinate, share and inspire. Our concert opens in true grand Bohemian style with Smetana’s magnificent Piano Trio. If Smetana was the ‘Father of Czech Music’, then it was his successor, Dvorak who popularised his country’s rich heritage. Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances (inspired by the Hungarian Dances of Brahms) include some of his most touching moments. Fellow countryman Janacek is represented by Pohadka, or Fairy Tale for cello and piano, an evocative short work dating from 1910. Chopin too would frequent many a fashionable salon. We hear a memorable arrangement by Balakirev of the slow movement of his second Piano Concerto. It was common practice for the greatest virtuoso violinists, in this case Joachim and Kreisler, to arrange the dances of Dvorak and Brahms for their recitals, as colourful and popular today as they were in those nineteenth century 'Salons.'

    Piano Trio in G minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    2nd movement: Romanza from Concerto for piano and orchestra No 1 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Hungarian Dance No 2 in D minor, from 21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Slavonic Dance No 2 in E minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Pohádka (Fairy tale) for cello and piano
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Hejre Kati, for violin and piano
    Jenö Hubay (1858-1937)
    Elegie, for piano trio, in D flat major
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    Hungarian Dance No 5 from 21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 25 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Winter Baroque Spectacular by candlelight
    Harriet Mackenzie, Piccadilly Sinfonietta, Susan Parkes, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate the end of the week on Burns Night with The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, London’s newest orchestra featuring some of the UK’s most brilliant young professional musicians, led by the sensational British violinist Harriet Mackenzie.

    The dynamic Chamber Orchestra presents a programme of some of the greatest Baroque music ever written including 'Winter' from Vivaldi’s masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons' and Bach's thrilling Double Violin Concerto in the beautiful surroundings of St James’ Church, in the heart of London’s West End by the evocative glow of candlelight.

    This is complimented by a rendition of Handel's heart-wrenching Aria 'Lascia ch'io pianga' sung by stunning soprano Susan Parkes and a performance of Bach's sparkling Piano Concerto in D minor featuring exceptional british pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, who has developed a large following across the UK thanks to his effortless technique and charismatic charm. One of his most extraordinary achievements is performing the complete solo works (3.5 million notes) of Frederick Chopin from memory. Mailley-Smith is a firm favourite with the Royal Family and he has been featured as Classic FM CD of the Week.

    Adagio in G minor, for violin, strings and organ
    Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
    Concerto No 1 for keyboard and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 21 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Bernardo Santos (piano) plays Scriabin, Liszt and Frederico de Freitas
    Bernardo Santos
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Bernardo is currently pursuing an PG Advanced Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, under the guidance of pianist Deniz Arman Gelenbe, being a recipient of scholarships from this institution, Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation and GDA Foundation.

    Having graduated from the University of Aveiro and the Conservatori del Liceu, in Barcelona, Bernardo Santos studied under the guidance of Alvaro Teixeira Lopes and Josep Colom, having started his piano studies at age 10 with Klara Dolynay. Santos had the opportunity to study three years with pianist and composer Antonio Chagas Rosa. During his studies at University of Aveiro, Bernardo was laureated with the Aveiro Township Prize, awarded to the best student completing this Bachelor degree in the university, having also completed his Master of Piano Pedagogy degree with the highest mark on piano. Bernardo’s academic interests include research on famed Portuguese composer Frederico de Freitas, being responsible for the critical edition and publishing of this composer’s Theme and Variations.

    Since the beginning of his studies, Bernardo regularly participates in national and international competitions, highlighting his participation in the International Competition of the Russian Conservatory Alexander Scriabin (Paris), where he received the 3rd prize in 2013, in the senior category and the Outstanding Soloist prize in the Mastering the Concerto festival and competition in 2017, in Bulgaria. Bernardo also had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses of pianists such as Aquilles Delle Vigne, Artur Pizarro, Boris Berman, Carles Lama, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Dubravka Tomsic, Guigla Katsarava, Jun Kanno, Luiz de Moura Castro, Manuela Gouveia, Mattia Ometto, Nancy Lee Harper, Pamela Mia Paul, Paul Badura-Skoda and Yi Wu. Recently, Bernardo was responsible for teaching masterclasses himself in several music schools and universities in Brazil.

    Bernardo had the opportunity to play with the Vidin State Philarmonic Orchestra, University of Aveiro String Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Orquestra Jovem Vale Musica and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, having played under the baton of Antonio Vassalo Lourenco, Artur Pinho Maria, Bruno Martins, Charles Gambetta, David Wyn Lloyd and Kira Omelchenko and Miguel Campos Neto. Bernardo has performed recitals all over Portugal and abroad, in venues such as the Rivoli Theatre, Foz Palace, National Museum of Music, Pancho Vladigerov House Museum (Sofia), National Concert Hall (John Field Room), Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, among others. Santos has also played for the Portuguese classical radio Antena2, at the Liceu Camões Auditorium, with his concert being broadcast live. He was one of the artists invited to the II and IV International Festival of Young Pianists in Amarante and was invited as the Artist in Residence 2017 of the Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation, in Agueda, Portugal. Bernardo also recently participated in the project Curtas of the composer and guitarist Israel Costa Pereira, culminating into the edition of a CD.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 2 in F sharp minor
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Danza sacra e duetto finale, d'Aida
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Tema e variações
    Frederico de Freitas (1902-1980)
  • 23 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Izem Gürer plays Mozart, Liszt, Ravel and Scriabin
    İzem Gürer
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Izem Gürer was born in Istanbul in 1999. She started to study piano with concert pianist Birsen Ulucan at the age of eight. She took solfeggio and harmony lessons from Turkish composer Asst. Prof. Mehmet Nemutlu.

    In 2012 Izem won the first prize in the International Young Pianist Competition in Kosovo and honorary jury prize from an Albanian composer Fahri Beqiri. In June 2013, she has performed Mozart's piano concerto KV 271, accompanied by the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Izem has attended a number of masterclasses which was organized by Liszt Academy’s piano Professor Marta Gulyas in Bekescsaba Hungary, where she also worked with concert pianist Luis Fernando Perez.

    Izem has also been a frequent participant in Musical Odyssey masterclasses summer course in Greece and studied there with Professor Yekaterina Lebedeva (Trinity Laban Conservatoire), Professor Vanessa Latarche (Royal College of Music), Brazilian concert pianist Cristina Ortiz and Russian concert pianist Nikolai Demidenko. She was three times Musical Odyssey prizewinner with prize recitals in London (City Lit Institute, Talent Unlimited prize at St James Piccadilly) and at the International Festival in Greece.

    In 2013 Izem has been invited by virtuoso pianist Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov to study with him in Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.

    Later in the year, Izem has participated in Kamuran Gündemir National Piano Competition in Mersin, and rewarded with the second prize and "Best Turkish piece performance Award". Subsequently she was invited to perform a solo recital at the Antalya International Piano Festival, organised under the artistic guidance of a renowned Turkish composer and concert pianist Fazil Say. She has also been awarded the first prize in Hacettepe National Piano Competition in Ankara in 2015.

    Apart from her solo studies, Izem has a keen interest in playing chamber music and has been studying with Özcan Ulucan, who was one of senior students of violinist Maxim Vengerov. Izem is enjoying a considerable success in her chamber music career too and namely: the first prize in International chamber music Competition Arnuero/Santander as well as an award-prize for the best chamber music group of the year by Marta Gulyas.

    In 2017 Izem has been recognised as an outstanding young musician of the year, an achievement prize personally awarded to her by the Queen Sofia of Spain.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Piano No 18 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Vallée d'Obermann from Années de pèlerinage - année 1: Suisse
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Jeux d'eau
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in F sharp minor
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
  • 25 January 2019 - 1:10pm
    Connaught Brass plays Rameau, Michael Tilson Thomas and Bernstein
    Aaron Akugbo, Aled Meredith-Barrett, Chris Brewster, Connaught Brass, Harry Plant, Robyn Blair
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Connaught Brass is a quintet made up of students from The Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. The ensemble was formed in 2016, created by a group of friends who have known each other for several years. The members have previously been principal players in notable orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra’s of Great Britain, Scotland and Wales.

    More recently, members have begun to appear on the professional circuit, including freelance work with the London Symphony Orchestra. The quintet consists of Aaron Akugbo and Harry Plant playing trumpet; Robyn Blair, french horn; Chris Brewster, tenor trombone and; Aled Meredith-Barrett playing tuba. All players hold major scholarships at their conservatoires.

    Since their inaugural performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, the group have been invited to play in several recitals across the south of England. Whilst studying, they have benefited from coaching lead by some of the UK’s leading brass chamber musicians, including Alan Thomas and Matt Knight (Septura), as well as regular coaching with Bob Hughes (Senior Brass Tutor, RAM). They have also represented the conservatoire in a
    masterclass with the contemporary American composer Anthony Plog, performing the composers own work.

    Connaught Brass won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize 2018, adjudicated by Phil Cobb (LSO, Principal Trumpet). Shortly after, they travelled to France to take part in the music festival Ferrandou Musique, where they performed three concerts made up of a vast range of repetoire, including original works for brass quintet and especially arranged vocal and piano works. They will be returning to the same festival in August 2019.

    The ensemble’s ambition is to explore and share the broadest range of musical repertoire with as wide an audience as possible, bringing brass chamber music to the forefront of the musical world.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Overture from Dardanus
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Street Song
    Michael Tilson Thomas (1944-)
    A Quiet Place
    Composer Not Known ()
    Suite from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
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