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Format: 2018-10-19
Format: 2018-10-19
  • 21 October 2018 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Young Artist Platform: Harriet Burns and Michael Pandya
    Harriet Burns, Michael Roshan Pandya
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The second winning duo of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform give their showcase recital. Their programme includes songs by Wolf and Tchaikovsky.

  • 22 October 2018 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Heimat |Benjamin Appl (baritone)/James Baillieu (piano)
    Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Benjamin Appl has rapidly established himself as one of today’s most exciting and in-demand singers. His debut album for Sony Classical, ‘Heimat’, is in part an autobiography in song and today we hear a concert version of this, with music from Schubert to Warlock to Grieg.

  • 22 October 2018 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Nuits d'Afrique
    Adam Walker, Ailish Tynan, Brian O'Kane, James Baillieu
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    An astonishing team of artists assemble for this concert, including star flautist Adam Walker. They perform Ravel’s Chansons madécasses - ‘Madagascan Songs’ - scored for the unusual ensemble of voice, flute, cello and piano. They also include a new cycle by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir: Nuits d’Afrique. This was written for the same forces as the Ravel, and was premiered last year at Wigmore Hall. We also hear works by Saint-Saëns and Berlioz in this glorious programme.

    Chansons madécasses
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Nuits d'Afrique
    Judith Weir (1954-)
  • 21 October 2018 - 3:00pm
    Paul Lewis
    Paul Lewis
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    “Intelligence and intensity” were the two qualities that The Guardianfound in Paul Lewis’s playing, but as Saffron Hall regulars already know, that’s not the half of it: everything Lewis touches says something personal and poetic. We’re delighted to welcome him back to continue his project, which traces the musical connections that run between Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.

    7 Fantasias
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for piano No 20 in C minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    7 Bagatelles
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for piano No 51 in E flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • 26 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    English Touring Opera: Triple Bill
    Adam Wiltshire, Bernadette Iglich, English Touring Opera, Jonathan Peter Kenny, Old Street Band, Rory Beaton, Seb Harcombe
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    A rare concoction of 17th century music and opera, featuring fully-staged works by Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. Best known is Dido and Aeneas, and the aria ‘When I am laid in earth’. “Remember me!” the abandoned Dido calls, and in Purcell’s melody she will be remembered forever. Director Sebastian Harcombe promises to conjure a Jacobean night-world, in which a great woman contemplates her ruin.

    The priest-composer Giacomo Carissimi made a series of short musical dramas for his Roman audience, depicting scenes from the Bible in which humans wrestle with God. One of the finest is Jonas, or Jonah, which depicts the story of Jonah and the whale. Dancer/director Bernadette Iglich will make a new piece of drama on this story with Carissimi’s sensuous music.

    The third part of the evening showcases music of the prince-murderer-compose Carlo Gesualdo. Tortured by his mortal love affairs and by his intense love for an absent God, Gesualdo was a striking original. Eight singers and eight players will perform some of his most intense madrigals in a landscape of shadows and candle-light. You will not have heard anything like this before.

    Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)
    I will not speak
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    English Touring Opera: Radamisto
    Ellie Laugharne, English Touring Opera, Grant Doyle, James Conway, Katie Bray, Old Street Band, Peter Whelan, William Towers
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Radamisto is one of Handel’s most appreciated operas, not least for its famous aria ‘Ombra cara’. The dramatic story of a royal family in old Armenia, locked in mortal conflict, is brought to life in this fully-staged production. A moving piece of music theatre and a perfect introduction for anyone new to Handel’s operas.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 28 October 2018 - 3:00pm
    Jess Gillam
    Jess Gillam, Zeynep Özsuca-Rattle
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    When the 17-year old Jess Gillam became the first saxophonist ever to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician in 2016, it was blindingly obvious that she had star quality. Her Saffron Hall debut is a showcase for a young artist who transcends genres; as The Times put it, prepare yourself for “hot licks, lustrous tone and winning passion”.

    Free tea, coffee, sherry and squash will be served after the concert.

    Pequena Czardas
    Pedro Iturralde (1929-)
    Concerto for oboe in D minor
    Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
    Valse Vanité
    Rudy Wiedoeft (1893-1940)
    Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
    If (from the Diary of Anne Frank)
    Michael Nyman (1948-)
    Temporal Variations, for oboe and piano
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    John Harle (1956-)
  • 21 October 2018 - 6:30pm
    Barbican Piano Trio
    Barbican Piano Trio
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    What better ensemble to give a London premiere than a trio named after a renowned location in London. The Barbican Piano Trio present a new suite from 'The Prince Unexpected' by British composer Joseph Phibbs, hailed by BBC Music Magazine as "one of the most successful composers of his generation", alongside timeless trios by Schumann and Schubert. Part of Bloomsbury Festival (Activists and Architects of Change)

    For three decades the Barbican Piano Trio has been regarded as one of the UK's leading ensembles, with a reputation for presenting stimulating performances, for the breadth of its repertoire and for its exceptional audience rapport.

    At home it appears in major festivals and concert series including Blackheath, City of London, Garsington, Guildford, Bridgenorth Haydn Festival, Frinton Festival,Harrogate, Rye, Sheffield, Spitalfields, the St Jude's Proms, Three Spires, Warwick, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Oxford and Leeds.

    It visits Scotland frequently and has appeared at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh on several occasions. The Trio has given many performances at London's Wigmore Hall, a special highlight being a performance of all Beethoven's piano trios in the Master Concert Series.

    The Trio has given concerts in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Romania and Russia. Further afield it has toured the Far East, South America, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan. It has visited the USA five times, performed in major venues including at New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Boston, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles.

    The Trio plays all the acclaimed masterpieces for the genre but also enjoys exploring less familiar works. Recent performances have included music by Jean Françaix, Paul Schoenfield and Hugh Wood.

    The Trio has also given premieres of new works by Peter Lawson, James Francis Brown, Artiom Kim, Bill Campbell and David Matthews.

    Its discography on ASV, Guild, Black Box and Dutton feature works by Mendelssohn, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Rachmaninov, Schnittke, John Ireland and Alan Bush.

    As part of its commitment to education work, the trio holds regular masterclasses and presents informative concerts for students of all ages.

    Piano Trio No 3 in G minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Suite from The Prince Unexpected
    Joseph Phibbs (1974-)
    Piano Trio No 1 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 28 October 2018 - 6:30pm
    Musicians from the Royal College of Music
    Musicians from the Royal College of Music
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Witness the future generation of music stars as leading ensembles from the internationally-renowned Royal College of Music take to the Conway Hall stage in a varied programme contrasting a much-loved work by the 'Father of the String Quartet' with exuberant music for wind and Missy Mazzoli's 'love song to the Brooklyn Bridge'.

    The Royal College of Music is one of the world's great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers.

    Founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), the RCM has trained some of the most important figures in British and international music life, including composers such as Holst, Vaughan Williams, Turnage and Britten; conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Roger Norrington; singers such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Allen and Alfie Boe; instrumentalists such as Sir James Galway, John Lill and Natalie Clein.

    With 840 students from more than 60 countries studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level, the RCM is a vibrant community of talented and open-minded musicians. RCM professors are musicians with worldwide reputations, accustomed to working with the most talented students of each generation to unlock their artistic potential.

    Regular visitors include the likes of Lang Lang, Dame Kiri Te Kanawaand Bernard Haitink. The RCM's many performing groups – including five orchestras, two jazz bands and the RCM International Opera School – are celebrated for the vitality and excellence of their performances, and are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in the UK and overseas.

    The RCM's buildings, facilities and location are the envy of the world. The RCM is situated in South Kensington, the home of science, arts and inspiration, directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall . Our iconic building, our concert hall, Britten Theatre, studios, library and RCM Collections all provide inspiration for RCM students.

    String Quartet in E Flat, 'Joke'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Harp and Altar
    Missy Mazzoli ()
    Sextet for piano and winds in C minor
    Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
    Summer Music
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
  • 22 October 2018 - 8:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - An English Songbook
    Eugene Asti, Sarah Connolly CBE
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Little introduction is needed for one of today’s great singers, Sarah Connolly, joined by her longstanding duo partner Eugene Asti. They perform an array of wonderful English song, from Bridge to Britten and Holst to Howells.

    A soft day
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Ernest J Moeran (1894-1950)
    Love-sight from The House of Life
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The fields that are full
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    Thou didst delight my eyes
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    Into my heart an air that kills from A Shropshire Lad
    Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
    Goddess of the Night
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Journey's end
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Sailing homeward
    Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960)
    A Charm of Lullabies
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Journey's end
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Songs for Ariel
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    A Sweet Lullaby
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    The lost nightingale
    Muriel Herbert ()
    The Cloths of Heaven
    Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
    Town Owl from Day of these Days
    Sally Beamish (1956-)
    Come to me in my dreams
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
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