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Format: 2019-03-19
Format: 2019-03-19
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society Choir: JS Bach's St John Passion
    Chester Music Society Choir, Graham Jordan Ellis, Liverpool Sinfonia, Quentin Brown, Rogers Covey-Crump, Soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    JS Bach's St John Passion was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724.

    The libretto is compiled from recitatives and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John, with arias reflecting on the action, and chorales using familiar hymn tunes and texts. Compared with the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less 'finished'.

    As Easter approaches this sublime work has great significance for the Christian community, but even for non-believers it represents a glorious example of choral and orchestral writing which deserves to be heard by all music lovers. Sung in German

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Worcester Festival Choral Society perform Mendelssohn's Elijah
    Catherine Carby, Christopher Allsop, Edward Seymour, Meridian Sinfonia, Ruairi Bowen, Susanna Andersson, Worcester Festival Choral Society
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    This spring, one of the region’s most accomplished choirs, Worcester Festival Choral Society, is bringing blockbuster choral masterwork, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, to the impressive surroundings of Worcester Cathedral.

    Brimming with stirring choruses, arias and dramatic orchestral settings, Felix Mendelssohn’s exciting 1846 oratorio Elijah is both tuneful and fulfilling, and bursting with Old Testament fire and brimstone. Telling stories from the life of 9th century prophet Elijah, the work is a favourite of many choral music lovers.

    Performing with the 150 members of Worcester Festival Choral Society – many of whom are selected to sing in the annual Three Choirs Festival chorus – will be the Meridian Sinfonia and acclaimed soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists.

    Elijah
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 26 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook - Skipton Music 2018-2019 : Concert 6
    Anna Tilbrook, James Gilchrist
    Christ Church Skipton BD23 2AH
    United Kingdom

    A prolific and versatile recitalist, James Gilchrist, enjoys imaginative and varied programming in collaboration with acclaimed pianist Anna Tilbrook. We welcome them both back for their second concert at Skipton Music.

    Liederkreis
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Love songs for Mary Joyce
    Julian Philips (1969-)
    O mistress mine!
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Fear no more the heat o' the sun from 5 Shakespeare Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    It was a lover and his lass from 7 Shakespeare Songs
    Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
    Songs of Travel
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 20 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven in Wales 3 - Mary Hofman (violin) and Richard Ormrod (piano)
    Mary Hofman, Richard Ormrod
    Rhyl Town Hall Rhyl LL18 1BA
    United Kingdom

    The third of three concerts in the 'Beethoven in Wales' cycle of his ten violin and piano sonatas includes a newly commissioned work by the US based Welsh born composer Hilary Tann. The 'Beethoven in Wales' project was launched by Rhyl Music Club in October 2018 and involves performances of the sonatas in eight other venues around the country by North Wales based duo of Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod. It includes workshops and talks with the objective of bringing together composers, artists and music clubs to celebrate the musical life of Wales. The commissioning of new works by three Welsh female composers is aimed at celebrating some of the wonderful but largely under-represented female voices coming from Wales.

    Hilary Tann will give a pre-concert talk at the venue at 6.30pm.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 4 in A minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 9 in A, 'Kreutzer'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 10 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano, 'First light'
    Hilary Tann ()
  • 28 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Hasse: Piramo e Tisbe
    Chiara Skerath, Gwilym Bowen, Ian Page, Ida Ränslöv, The Mozartists
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) was one of the most popular and eminent composers of the eighteenth century, and composed a total of 62 operas. For nearly half a century he delighted singers and audiences alike with the classical restraint and lyrical beauty of his music, and he was one of very few ‘foreigners’ to enjoy lasting success in Italy, acquiring the nickname ‘il caro Sassone’ (‘the dear Saxon’). The renowned chronicler Charles Burney wrote that Hasse “may without injury to his brethren be allowed to be as superior to all other lyric composers as Metastasio is to all other lyric poets”.

    Piramo e Tisbe was first performed at an unidentified country estate near Vienna in the autumn of 1768. Hasse himself regarded it as his finest work, and it is by far the most experimental and forward-looking of his compositions, incorporating and developing many of Gluck’s operatic reforms in music of sumptuous lyricism and pathos. The richly textured and often through-composed score was as unusual in its time as the subject matter, which is drawn from a tragic tale in Book 4 of Ovid’s celebrated Metamorphoses, and this long-overdue UK première promises to be one of the highlights of the London opera season.

    Sung in the original Italian with English surtitles.

    Running time approximately 1 hour 50 minutes including one interval.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.15pm (free entry with concert ticket)

    Piramo e Tisbe
    Johann Adolf Hasse (1699-1783)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra
    Aedan Kerney, Boundstone Chorus, Dominic Grier, Elizabeth Karani, Nicholas Mogg, Penelope Cousland, Rita French, Thomas Atkins, Worthing Choral Society, Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra
    Assembly Hall Worthing BN11 1HQ
    United Kingdom

    Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra continue their 70th anniversary season with their anniversary concert.

    Stephen Cranford from BBC Radio Sussex will be narrator for the first half of the programme and Music Director Dominic has written a stunning brass fanfare to open the celebration concert. This will be followed by an oratorio composed In 1947 by Gerald Finzi set to a specially written poem by Edmund Blunden with title ‘For St Cecila’. The composition is intended to be a celebration of music’s patron saint and is for tenor soloist, chorus and full orchestra. Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra is fortunate to have James Olsen as a Composer in residence. To mark the orchestra's 70 year history, he has composed a Worthing Oratorio with title ‘The line is immaterial’ which will have first performance in the Assembly Hall by the orchestra together with Worthing Choral Society, The Boundstone Chorus and Sompting Village Primary School Choir, all regular live music makers alongside the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. The theme for this new work is a celebration of live music making in Worthing and James will be giving a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm and will explain his reasoning and structure of the work. Vocal soloists will be from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme thanks to Dominic’s connection with the Royal Opera House. Having a large symphony orchestra and chorus in the hall, the second half of the celebration programme is devoted to the mighty Beethoven Symphony No 9 ‘The Choral’.

    Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra Fanfare
    Composer Not Known ()
    For St Cecilia
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    The line is immaterial: A Worthing oratorio
    James Olsen ()
    Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 20 March 2019 - 7:00pm
    Youth Concert 2 - Petersfield Musical Festival
    Singers and Instrumentalists from Local Schools and youth music organisations
    Petersfield Festival Hall Petersfield GU31 4EA
    United Kingdom

    The second of two Youth Concerts at this year's Petersfield Musical Festival. Always popular, these concerts feature a varied programme performed by singers and instrumentalists from local schools and youth music organisations.

    The 2019 Petersfield Musical Festival runs from 15 to 23 March, with an exciting programme of concerts, and a wide range of performers and music - including choral, orchestral, traditional Greek music, solo instrumental, and jazz.

    Please consider supporting the Petersfield Musical Festival by becoming a Friend of the Festival. Besides helping the Festival, Friends enjoy priority booking and a voucher towards Festival tickets*, and are entitled to vote at our AGM. Further information can be found on the festival's website.

    [*if you subscribe £50 or more]

  • 19 March 2019 - 1:00pm
    Free lunchtime recital - Petersfield Musical Festival
    Katie Alder, Matthew Lloyd-Wilson, Pradip Tran
    St Peter's Church Petersfield GU32 3HS
    United Kingdom

    This free lunchtime recital features a varied programme from three highly talented recipients of awards from the Michael Hurd Memorial Fund.

    Michael Hurd (1928-2006) was an internationally respected composer, author and broadcaster who devoted much of his time and energy to music in Petersfield and the surrounding area. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to local musical life, the Petersfield Musical Festival Committee set up the Michael Hurd Memorial Fund in 2007, with the aim of encouraging and assisting young musicians to create and perform music of all kinds.

    A retiring collection will be held in aid of the fund.

    The 2019 Petersfield Musical Festival runs from 15 to 23 March, with an exciting programme of concerts, and a wide range of performers and music - including choral, orchestral, traditional Greek music, solo instrumental, and jazz.

    Please consider supporting the Petersfield Musical Festival by becoming a Friend of the Festival. Besides helping the Festival, Friends enjoy priority booking and a voucher towards Festival tickets*, and are entitled to vote at our AGM. Further information can be found on the festival's website.

    [*if you subscribe £50 or more]

  • 21 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Petersfield Orchestra at Petersfield Musical Festival
    Cristian Sandrin, Mark Biggins, Petersfield Orchestra
    Petersfield Festival Hall Petersfield GU31 4EA
    United Kingdom

    Petersfield Orchestra has been a big part of the musical life in Petersfield for over 90 years. Their appearance has always been a highlight of the Petersfield Musical Festival. They return for a varied programme, for the second year under conductor Mark Biggins.

    Prokofiev’ s enthralling third piano concerto, with the outstanding Romanian pianist Cristian Sandrin, forms the centrepiece of this all-Russian programme, which concludes with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’, his last word in symphonic form.

    Conductor and soloist will be in conversation with Piers Burton-Page at a pre-concert talk, giving further insight into the music and the performers.

    The 2019 Petersfield Musical Festival runs from 15 to 23 March, with an exciting programme of concerts, and a wide range of performers and music - including choral, orchestral, traditional Greek music, solo instrumental, and jazz.

    Please consider supporting the Petersfield Musical Festival by becoming a Friend of the Festival. Besides helping the Festival, Friends enjoy priority booking and a voucher towards Festival tickets*, and are entitled to vote at our AGM. Further information can be found on the festival's website.

    [*if you subscribe £50 or more]

    Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Brahms's A German Requiem - Petersfield Musical Festival
    Alton Choral Society, Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra, Claire Seaton, Gareth Brynmor John, Paul Spicer, Petersfield Choral Society, Rogate Choral Society
    Petersfield Festival Hall Petersfield GU31 4EA
    United Kingdom

    We round off the 2019 Petersfield Musical Festival with a performance of Brahms's German Requiem.

    Although the texts are Biblical, Brahms’s Requiem is not a liturgical work but a sustained meditation cast in the form of an extended choral symphony, its moods encompassing despair, hope and consolation. Claire Seaton, who has delighted so many Petersfield audiences in the past, returns as soprano soloist, partnered by Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2013. The Requiem is complemented by music from Brahms’s hero, Beethoven, and his protege Dvorák.

    The 2019 Petersfield Musical Festival runs from 15 to 23 March, with an exciting programme of concerts, and a wide range of performers and music - including choral, orchestral, traditional Greek music, solo instrumental, and jazz.

    Please consider supporting the Petersfield Musical Festival by becoming a Friend of the Festival. Besides helping the Festival, Friends enjoy priority booking and a voucher towards Festival tickets*, and are entitled to vote at our AGM. Further information can be found on the festival's website.

    [*if you subscribe £50 or more]

    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Slavonic Dance No 1 in C from 8 Slavonic Dances
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Slavonic Dance No 8 in A flat major from 8 Slavonic Dances
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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