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Format: 2020-06-06
Format: 2020-06-06
  • 12 June 2020 - 7:00pm
    Cancelled: Moonlight Sonata | Douglas Stevens (piano)
    Douglas Stevens
    St Paul's Church Clifton, Bristol BS8 2EG
    United Kingdom

    Celebrating 250 years since his birth, hear Beethoven’s most famous and much loved solo piano piece at the heart of this expressive and moving programme, paired with Chopin’s Nocturne, thought to be inspired by the Moonlight Sonata. Brimming with virtuosic energy the programme also includes Nielsen’s diverse and eclectic Suite, a work of contrapuntal elegance and ingenuity, and Berkeley’s Five Short Pieces, full of wit, vitality and charm.

    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Nocturne No 9 in B
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Suite, for piano
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Five Short Pieces, for piano
    Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
  • 13 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Cancelled: Shostakovich and Mendelssohn | Orchestra of the City
    Chris Hopkins, Orchestra of the City
    Clifton Cathedral Bristol BS8 3BX
    United Kingdom

    The Orchestra of the City makes its Bristol debut this summer with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2. An instrumental tour de force, it flits between mischievous wit and majestic splendour, through the heart-wrenching beauty of its slow movement, to a blistering rhythmic finale.

    Alongside is Mendelssohn’s brooding 'Scottish' Symphony, inspired by a twilight walk around the chapel ruins at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace.

    Since its first concert in 2003, the Orchestra of the City has given over 60 performances including world premieres and performances alongside acclaimed international soloists across London and the UK.

    Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Overture in C
    Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 14 June 2020 - 1:30pm
    Cancelled: Earth and Air and Rain - Gerald Finzi | Edmund Danon (baritone)
    David Bednall, Edmund Danon
    St Paul's Church Clifton, Bristol BS8 2EG
    United Kingdom

    Finzi's fascination with Thomas Hardy’s poetry led to one of the most important contributions to twentieth-century British song. An existential melting pot, questions of eternity, mind and matter, feelings of silliness, regret and joviality are all on show with sweeping variety for voice and piano.

    Finzi’s masterpiece is brought to life by rising star Edmund Danon, an alumnus of the National Opera Studio and Royal Academy of Music.

    “Edmund Danon gave a blinder of a performance…” - Opera Magazine

    Summer schemes from Earth and Air and Rain
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
  • 14 June 2020 - 8:00pm
    Cancelled: Allegri by candlelight | The Erebus Ensemble
    The Erebus Ensemble, Tom Williams
    Clifton Cathedral Bristol BS8 3BX
    United Kingdom

    Step into a candlelit choral journey, taking you through the centuries with sublime sounds from Renaissance Rome, Tudor England and even modern day Bristol. At the heart of the programme is Allegri’s timeless Miserere mei, Deus. Shrouded in controversy, mystery and intrigue this hair-raising work promises to move and inspire, fused with The Erebus Ensemble's signature sound.

    "Clear diction, beautiful blend…” - The Times - Messiah at Bristol Old Vic Theatre

    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Gloria from Missa Papae Marcelli
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    As one who has slept
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Surrexit pastor bonus
    Jean Lhéritier (c.1480-after 1552)
  • 8 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Angela Brownridge (piano)
    Angela Brownridge
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Distinguished international pianist Angela Brownridge makes a much-anticipated return solo recital appearance at Cadogan Hall. Her programme features music by Debussy, Ravel and Liszt followed by Scriabin’s piano masterwork, the 12 Études Op 8, in the second half.

    The New York Times described her as ‘one of the world’s finest pianists’. The Guardian remarked ‘true genius. Her performances were passionate, rhapsodic and totally compelling. She is a marvellously exciting artist with a strong sense of musical structure’. French music critic Adrian Quanier noted her as ‘a pianist of the highest echelon’.

    Pour le piano
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Sonatine
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Ballade No 2 in B minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    12 Etudes
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
  • 15 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by candlelight | June: 12 Etudes Op 10
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Luke's Church Brighton BN2 0GG
    United Kingdom

    Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

    He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

    His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

    He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

    He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series

    Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

    “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion

    Waltz No 3 in F from 3 Waltzes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 10 in A flat major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 3 in B
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 15 in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Bolero in C
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka in A minor 'Notre Temps'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 13 June 2020 - 7:45pm
    Dvorák's New World Symphony/Verdi's Nabucco Overture
    Christopher McMullen-Laird, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra
    Princes Hall Aldershot GU11 1NX
    United Kingdom

    For the closing concert of the season, we are delighted to welcome Christopher McMullen-Laird as our guest conductor (kindly standing it for Toby Thatcher). Christopher is a young American conductor who is already in demand globally and the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to working with him on a full concert programme. In the first half, Verdi's well known Nabucco Overture will be combined with the seldom-heard Nobilissima visione by Hindemith, which is a fantastic showcase for the different sections of the orchestra. Returning to the outdoors theme, the final work of the evening will feature the great spaces of North America championed by Dvorák in his Symphony No 9. We hope the season will take you to some exciting and unfamiliar musical places as well as some well-loved favourites.

    Overture from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Nobilissima visione
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 13 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Pictures at an Exhibition/Poem of Ecstasy | Southampton Concert Orchestra
    Paul Ingram, Southampton Concert Orchestra
    Romsey Abbey Romsey SO51 8EN
    United Kingdom

    Join Southampton Concert Orchestra in the beautiful surroundings of Romsey Abbey for a wonderful evening of music featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet and the awe inspiring Poem of Ecstasy by Scriabin. An evening not to be missed.

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    The Poem of Ecstasy
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 12 June 2020 - 1:00pm
    Cancelled: Lunchtime Recital - Trio Capulet
    Emilie Capulet, Olivia Watts, Rachel Smith, Trio Capulet
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Music to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday

    Trio Capulet perform together in concerts as well as playing internationally as solo artists.

    Emilie performs as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist in international music festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia. As well as an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has a PhD on music in Modernist literature.

    Rachel studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Northern College of Music, and in 2013 graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford, Manchester. Concerto, chamber music and freelance work have taken her across the UK and around the world. She is currently principal flute of the Coldstream Guards Band, with whom she has toured worldwide on concert tours including numerous solo performances across Europe and Japan.

    Olivia Watts studied at Guildhall of Music and Drama and has freelanced with symphony orchestras across the UK. She is in great demand as a chamber musician and has recently become principal bassoon of the Coldstream Guards Band.

    Trio for flute, bassoon and piano in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ballade, for flute, cello and piano
    Charles Lefebvre (1843-1917)
    Trio, for flute, bassoon and piano
    Jan Koetsier (1911-)
  • 12 June 2020 - 1:00pm
    Cancelled: Lunchtime Recital - Rowan Cello Quartet
    Adam Mazurek, Alicja Kozak, Jakub Wycislik, Joanna Gutowska, Rowan Cello Quartet
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Rowan Cello Quartet is an ensemble of Polish origins established in 2018. Adam, Joanna, Alicja and Jakub first came into public attention while performing together in a concert series during the Krakow Cello Spring Festival in 2018.

    Rowan Cello Quartet’s mission is to unite and inspire audiences from all walks of life. The cello, having a very broad range from bass to soprano register, is particularly suited to form a quartet of four identical instruments. Passionate about music in general and the cello in particular, the members of the Rowan Cello Quartet want to share their enthusiasm and energy through this very particular chamber ensemble. Adam, Alicja, Joanna and Jakub are continuously developing their skills, studying at conservatoires considered as a ones of the greatest in the world: the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Each member is an accomplished soloist and musician, and brings a unique voice to the ensemble. By uniting their experiences, they create a distinctive sound and unanimity of expression.

    The repertoire is not particularly known but it does nevertheless include some jewels which deserve to be discovered. The ensemble is particularly interested in discovering and performing chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Rowan Cello Quartet is dedicated to share the warm vocal quality heard exclusively from four cellos performing together. The ensemble continues to expand the chamber music repertoire by performing works by Tansman, Werner, Bacewicz, as well as Rossini and Haydn.

    Fratres for cello ensemble
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Cello Quartet
    Josef Werner (1837-1922)
    Ballada i Rapsodia, for cello quartet
    Kazimierz Wilkomirski (1900-1995)
    Feierliches Stück from Lohengrin
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    1st movement: Adagio cantabile from Deux mouvements pour quator de violoncelles
    Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
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