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Format: 2017-12-17
Format: 2017-12-17
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    20 December 2017 - 1:30pm
    The Snowman and Carnival of the Animals
    Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    This Christmas give the whole family an unforgettable treat with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra performing the score of the Snowman underneath a screening of the film itself. The score famously includes the song 'Walking in the air'. This is coupled with 'The Carnival of the animals' performed with lots of extras and fun surprises including poetry by Ogden Nash and others, terrible Christmas jokes from the podium and wonderful cartoon animations projected onto a screen above the orchestra.

    The Snowman
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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    22 December 2017 - 1:30pm
    The Snowman and Carnival of the Animals | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    The Mozart Symphony Orchestra provide the live soundtrack to a screening of The Snowman and give a brand new performance of the Carnival of the Animals, with lots of extras and fun surprises including poetry by Ogden Nash, terrible Christmas jokes from the conductor’s podium and wonderful cartoon animations projected onto a screen above the orchestra.

    The Snowman (film screening with live orchestral accompaniment)
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
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    21 December 2017 - 1:30pm
    Peter and the Wolf, and Father Christmas | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Brian Blessed, Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas treat for all the family! Brian Blessed will thrill you with his narration of the timeless classic Peter and the Wolf and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra, along with actors and sound effect artists, will provide the soundtrack to the screeening of Raymond Briggs’s film Father Christmas – an irreverent take on the character that will have you rolling in the aisles!

    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Soundtrack to the film, 'Father Christmas'
    Mike Hewer ()
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    22 December 2017 - 4:30pm
    Peter and the Wolf, and Father Christmas | Mozart Symphony Orchestra
    Brian Blessed, Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mackenzie
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    A Christmas treat for all the family! Brian Blessed will thrill you with his narration of the timeless classic Peter and the Wolf and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra, along with actors and sound effect artists, will provide the soundtrack to Raymond Briggs’s film Father Christmas – an irreverent take on the character that will have you rolling in the aisles!

    Soundtrack to the film, 'Father Christmas'
    Mike Hewer ()
    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    20 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society Choir: Christmas Crackers
    Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Graham Jordan Ellis, Rev Richard Coles
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    Join the Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate a family Christmas of carols and seasonal music, with readings and introductions by BBC Radio 4 presenter Rev Richard Coles.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
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    21 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society Choir: Christmas Crackers
    Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Graham Jordan Ellis, Rev Richard Coles
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    Join the Choir and Chester Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate a family Christmas of carols and seasonal music, with readings and introductions by BBC Radio 4 presenter Rev Richard Coles.

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
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    23 December 2017 - 6:00pm
    Musica per la Notte di Natale with David Rees-Williams and Canterbury Voices
    Canterbury Voices, David Rees-Williams, Festival Chamber Orchestra, Ian Crowther
    St Peter's Methodist Church Canterbury CT1 2BE
    United Kingdom

    For the night before the night before Christmas 2017, join us for a feast of Christmas favourites with a Rees-Williams twist including Bach, Handel, and many more

    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Gabriel's Message
    Traditional Basque ()
    Bethlehem Down
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
    Gabriel's Oboe from Soundtrack to the film 'The Mission'
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Carols for oboe, flute and orchestra
    ()
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    18 December 2017 - 8:00pm
    Mediaeval Baebes - Christmas Carol Concert
    Mediaeval Baebes
    Cecil Sharp House London NW1 7AY
    United Kingdom

    Performing Christmas carol classics from their top ten album Of Kings and Angels, Alleluia the title theme to ITV's hit drama Victoria and other contemporary and traditional songs the Mediaeval Baebes will escort you through a musical journey inspired by a time where poetry and music conspired to invoke sensory pleasure.

    Harness the true spirit of Christmas and emerge your senses into a timeless treat of unique musical beauty.

    Of Kings and Angels
    ()
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    17 December 2017 - 6:00pm
    Nowell sing we: medieval, renaissance and baroque music for Christmas
    Aitone
    St Anne's Church Radcliffe-on-Trent NG12 2AJ
    United Kingdom

    An exciting range of less well-known music for the Christmas season from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Some of the titles may be familiar, but the music won't be quite what you're expecting...

    Refreshments will be available during the interval, together with a chance to speak to the singers about the music. There will also be a display of musical sources in facsimile including pieces featured in the concert.

    Entry to the concert is free, but donations are invited. All proceeds will be shared between the group and Churches Together Refugee Network, the church's chosen cause.

    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Anonymous ()
    Adam lay ybounden
    Anonymous ()
    A Christmas Carol
    Thomas Ravenscroft (1582-1633)
    Comfort ye
    Henry Aldrich (1647-1710)
    Ecce concipies et paries
    Balthasar Resinarius (c1486-1544)
    Dixit autem Maria from Gabriel Angelus
    Melchior Vulpius (c1570-1615)
    Hayl Mary
    Anonymous ()
    While shepherds watched
    William Tans'ur (1706-1783)
    O Jesulein süss
    Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
    O Sion that bringest good tidings
    Joseph Stephenson (1723-1810)
    Verbum caro factum est
    Gaspar van Weerbeke (c.1445-after 1517)
    Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
    Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    Loco Credo: Hodie nobis Christus natus est from Missa in Nativitate Deus Noster Jesu Christe
    Loyset Compère (c1445-1518)
    From Virgin's womb
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    While shepherds watched
    Daniel Read (1757-1836)
    Angels, from the realms of glory
    Stephen Storace (1763-1796)
    Gloria from Missa Ma bouche rit
    Johannes Martini (c1440-1497)
    Magi videntes stellam
    Ludovico Balbi (1545-1604)
    Vox in Rama audita est
    Jacobus Clemens non Papa (1510-c1556)
    Nunc dimittis 'octavi toni'
    Ludwig Daser (c1526-1589)
    Noël: Sors de ton lit paré
    Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609)
  • 20 December 2017 - 1:10pm
    Hao Zi Yoh (piano) plays Chopin's 24 Preludes
    Hao Zi Yoh
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in 1995, Malaysian pianist, Hao Zi Yoh began her music studies at the age of 3. By the age of 12, she already performed at Carnegie Hall as a gold medallist of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. In the same year she also performed her own composition 'Bustling City and Peaceful Suburb', representing Malaysia at the Yamaha Asia Pacific Junior Original Concert 2007. She has appeared as soloist performing in festivals around Europe, USA, China, Japan and Malaysia.

    Described as a young artist with a great sensitivity to tone colour, Hao Zi has won top prizes in many international piano competitions, including the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (Manchester, England 2012) where she performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Hannu Lintu. Her success at the Concurso internacional de piano Rotary Club Palma Ramon LLull, Mallorca (Spain 2013) led her to concert tours in Spain, and also opportunity to perform with the Baleares Symphony Orchestra with conductor Pablo Mielgo.

    Recently she has won the Third Prize in the main category of Roma International Piano Competition and the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition. She is also recently selected for one of only a maximum of three Martin Musical Scholarship Trust Philharmonia Piano Fellowships on the Emerging Artists Programme, where she she is also selected as the one recipient of the opportunity sit in on relevant rehearsals to observe the role of an orchestral pianist.

    As a musician, Hao Zi is very interested in outreach programmes and workshops that involve improvisations. She has performed at Wigmore Hall as part of the Music for Moment Concert Series. Besides, she is also very much interested in music and colours, which led her to experimenting with different musical ideas at the Royal Academy of Music Summer Piano Festival 2015 and 2016.

    Hao Zi had the privilege to have studied under Prof. Christopher Elton (Royal Academy of Music - Master of Music and Professional Diploma Course), Prof. Elza Kolodin (Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany - Bachelor of Music) and Chong Lim NG (Malaysia).

    Hao Zi received music education at the Yamaha Music School at the age of 3 - Lillian Joseph, began taking piano lessons from Christina Ong Chin Chin a year after. In conjunction with the Yamaha Junior Special Advanced Course, she learned composition / harmony under Clement Siow and later Sin Min Fuei. She also received violin education under Ying Yuen Chin and Nora Kim.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    24 Preludes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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