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Format: 2018-11-16
Format: 2018-11-16
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    A hundred years on | St George's Singers
    Andrea Vogler, Graham Eccles, Joseph Judge, Leonie Maxwell, Louise Thompson, Neil Taylor, Peter Durrant, St George's Singers, Terence Ayebare
    RNCM Concert Hall Manchester M13 9RD
    United Kingdom

    A hundred years after the end of the First World War in 1918, this concert presents three works that allow us to reflect on events of this most momentous of years.

    Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light is an intensely moving requiem setting of compassion for the grieving, its text including the poem ‘In Flanders Field’.

    Sasha Johnson Manning’s choral suite War’s Embers was commissioned by the Whittingham Lives project and is based on the poetry of Ivor Gurney, a tragic victim of war who spent many years in an asylum. This will be the premiere performance of this work.

    Leonard Bernstein was born in 1918, and composed his Chichester Psalms in 1964-5, combined the Hebrew and Christian choral traditions in his uplifting setting of the Psalms; a plea for peace in Israel during a turbulent time in the young country’s history. It is jazzy, tuneful, tonal and contemporary, he himself described it as "the most accessible, B-flat majorish tonal piece I’ve ever written.”

    Chichester Psalms
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Eternal Light: A Requiem
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    War's Embers
    Sasha Johnson Manning (1963-)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Britten's War Requiem | Rochester Choral Society
    City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Clifford Lister, Colin Campbell, Peter Bassano, Rochester Choral Society, Susan Young
    Rochester Cathedral Rochester ME1 1SX
    United Kingdom
    War Requiem
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 16 November 2018 - 9:00pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 3 - Ballade No 4 | Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 Friday nights in the 2018-19 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Fantaisie in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 2 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in A 'Military'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 5 in F sharp major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 23 in D
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 21 in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Rondo à la Mazur in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Ballade No 4 in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 25 November 2018 - 2:30pm
    The Dream of Gerontius
    Adrian Lucas, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Choir, David Butt Philip, Kathryn Rudge, Morgan Pearse
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    Premiered at Birmingham Town Hall in 1900, this moving, dramatic and passionate work is regarded as Elgar’s finest choral masterpiece. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this glorious reflection on life, death and the hereafter, performed by the superb City of Birmingham Choir together with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, voted Best Orchestra in the Midlands by What’s On in 2018.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Alke Quartet
    Alke String Quartet
    The Civic Centre Berkhamsted HP4 3HD
    United Kingdom

    The Alke Quartet was formed in 2011 from members of the Southbank Sinfonia. During 2015/17 they were in residence at the Royal College of Music on the Chamber Music Course. Following their highly successful Park Lane Group audition in spring 2015, they have performed at several PLG sponsored concerts and made their Wigmore Hall debut in March 2017

    Finalists in the Bloch Music Competition and St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, they were accepted for the International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, working closely with the Endellion Quartet’s David Waterman. In January 2017 they participated in the Winter Residency Programme at Banff, Canada.

    String Quartet in G major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 18 November 2018 - 3:00pm
    Tea-time concert | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Roger Armstrong, Roger Huckle, Sally-Anne Bartholomew, Simon Kodurand
    Christ Church Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
    United Kingdom

    Be transported to Vivaldi’s Venice in this celebration of the composer’s flamboyant and exhilarating works which remain universally popular because of their ability to speak directly to the heart of the listener. Principals of the Bristol Ensemble perform dazzling concertos displaying exquisite beauty and abundant vitality.

    The programme also include the Sonata for Two Violins by the 17th century composer Isabella Leonarda, one of a set of 11 sonatas which were the earliest published instrumental works by a woman. The daughter of a prominent family of Novara, 40km west of Milan, Leonarda spent almost her entire adult life cloistered at the Collegio di Sant’Orsola, composing around 200 pieces. Throughout 2018, Bristol Ensemble is programming music by women composers, marking the 100th anniversary of women in Great Britain getting the vote.

    Concerto for bassoon and strings in E minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for flute in D major, 'Il Gardellino'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Sonata for 2 violins and continuo
    Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)
  • 22 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Songs of War: Will Todd and Górecki
    Fflur Wyn, Johnny Herford, Orchestra of Opera North, Richard Farnes
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the world premiere of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle. Dedicated to Opera North’s youth ensembles, Todd’s commission is a micro-opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb.

    Renowned for their melodic intensity and harmonic invention, Todd’s best-known works include Mass in Blue, The Blackened Man and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

    Górecki’s third symphony, known as his ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, picks up the theme of loss and separation caused by conflict through three Polish texts. The second text, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, is arguably one of the most famous pieces of music from the late 20th Century.

    Part of the Kirklees Concert Season 2018/2019

    Talking Music starts at 6.40pm - free

    Songs of Love and Battle
    Will Todd (1969-)
    Symphony No 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)
    Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Puccini’s Le Villi
    Arsen Soghomonyan, Brian Mulligan, Ermonela Jaho, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Before Turandot and Tosca, there was Le Villi. Puccini’s first opera is a sumptuous supernatural melodrama: a story of seasons, spirits and a love stronger than death – and as you’d expect from Puccini, it’s bursting with glorious melodies. The fabulous Ermonela Jaho heads the cast in this rare concert performance, given in association with Opera Rara which will be the first hearing in 120 years for Puccini's original 1884 version. And under the direction of Opera Rara's Artistic Director, Sir Mark Elder, one of our finest living opera conductors, it should be a revelation. Emotionally charged music by Bizet and Verdi launches an evening of opera at its most intoxicating. Experience it live.

    In association with Opera Rara

    L'Arlesienne Suite No 1
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Ballet Music from Macbeth
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Le Villi
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:45pm
    Farnborough Symphony Orchestra - La mer, Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
    Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, Janet Shell, Scott Wilson
    Princes Hall Aldershot GU11 1NX
    United Kingdom

    Farnborough Symphony Orchestra's new season begins with a concert of works by late 19th/early 20th century French composers, and particularly commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy. Debussy's 'La mer', the main work of the evening, was premiered in Paris in 1905 and quickly became one of the composer's most admired and frequently-performed orchestral works. Described by Debussy as "three symphonic sketches", it draws inspiration from seascapes in art and literature. His 'Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune', with which the concert opens, was inspired by a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé and is one of Debussy's most famous works. The concert also includes music by fellow impressionist, Maurice Ravel, Ernest Chausson and child prodigy, Lili Boulanger.

    We are thoroughly delighted to welcome Scott Wilson as guest conductor for the concert. Scott is a London-based Australian who has held the positions of Fellow in Conducting and Artist in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He will be joined by mezzo-soprano Janet Shell, who has sung in many major concert venues around the UK and abroad in opera, oratorio and recital. We look forward to performing with them in what will be a thoroughly Gallic evening.

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    D'un soir triste
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    Soir de fête
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
    Shéhérazade, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    La mer
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 23 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Peter G Dyson, Pippa Harris, Ruth Rogers
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Incidental Music from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Divertimento for Strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 2
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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