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Format: 2018-03-20
Format: 2018-03-20
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    A Night at the Opera | Ashtead Choral Society
    Alberto Sousa, Ashtead Choral Society, James Henshaw, Mark Nathan, The Outcry Ensemble
    Epsom Playhouse Epsom KT18 5AL
    United Kingdom

    Ashtead Choral Society presents a Night at the Opera for your pleasure and enjoyment.

    Under the baton of its Musical Director, James Henshaw, the Chorus Master of the English National Opera, Ashtead Choral Society together with soloists Alberto Sousa and Mark Nathan, accompanied by The Outcry Ensemble, will present both well known grand choruses such as the Toreador's Chorus from Bizet's Carmen, The Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengrin and the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi's Nabucco, to more virtuoso pieces such as the famed Pearl Fishers' duet by Bizet, not forgetting the simply magnificent such as The Triumphal March from Verdi's Audi.

    The concert is taking place in the atmospheric main auditorium of the Epsom Playhouse, a venue itself for opera productions, this gives a great local concert, under the guidence of an expert conductor, for opera and indeed all music lovers.

    Ashtead Choral Society was founded just after the Second World War and continues to flourish, firmly rooted in Ashtead in Surrey and regularly performing a wide variety of music from opera to jazz and everything inbetween. We welcome adults of all ages to come and enjoy singing.

    Duet from Les pêcheurs de perles, 'The Pearl Fishers'
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    March of the Toreadors from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    The Bridal Chorus, 'Treulich geführt' from Lohengrin
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Triumphal March from Aida
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Wach Auf from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 'The Mastersingers of Nuremburg'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Chorus of Scottish Refugees from Macbeth
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Habanera from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Priests' Chorus from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Waltz from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Brindisi from La Traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Matadors' Chorus from La Traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Rataplan from La forza del destino, 'The Force of Destiny'
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    29 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    English Chamber Orchestra with Christian Zacharias
    Christian Zacharias, English Chamber Orchestra, Renata Pokupic
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Amadeus means “beloved by God” and for over two centuries, musicians and listeners alike have agreed that there’s only one way to describe the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: simply divine. The German master-pianist Christian Zacharias has devoted a lifetime to the music of Mozart, and today he directs the English Chamber Orchestra in both the majestic Prague symphony and some of Mozart’s brilliant concert arias – music that Mozart said should fit a singer’s voice “like a well-tailored suit”. First, though, he stars as both soloist and director in Mozart’s 25th piano concerto exactly as the composer himself would have done, back in 1786.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 25 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Ch'io mi scordi di te?, for soprano, piano obbligato and orchestra
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 35 in D, 'Haffner'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Parto, parto, ma tu, ben mio from La clemenza di Tito
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    30 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Good Friday Concert: JS Bach's Mass in B minor
    Alan Horsey, Claire White-McKay, David Brown, David Houlder, Kristina James, Lucy Appleyard, National Festival Orchestra, Quentin Brown, Simon Lindley, St Peter's Singers of Leeds
    Leeds Minster Leeds LS2 7DJ
    United Kingdom

    The history of what we know as Bach’s B minor Mass is absorbingly complex. It seems almost certain that its composer never heard it through in the manner of modern performance; indeed, the work’s first complete performance is likely to have been that arranged by the Berlin Singakademie in 1834 - the result of Mendelssohn’s enthusiastic advocacy.

    Bach’s autographed full score divides the monumental opus into four distinct sections: i) Missa (in the Lutheran sense of that term, referring to Kyrie and Gloria in Excelsis); ii) Symbolum Nicenum (the Nicene Creed); iii) Sanctus; iv) Benedictus, Osanna, Agnus Dei et Dona nobis pacem. At least ten of the twenty-five movements contained within the Mass as a whole are known to have had their origin in earlier compositions. Despite all this inherent diversity, the Mass in B minor somehow forms a unifying whole; at once artistically, emotionally and spiritually uplifting.

    It can be said that no single musical work is greater than Bach’s Mass in B minor; the glorious sonorities of the piece include wonderful settings of the sections of the Creed dealing with the suffering, death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus, making a performance on Good Friday an especially compelling experience.

    Mass in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    25 March 2018 - 6:30pm
    Maggini Quartet
    Maggini Quartet
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets. Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The Quartet’s most recent project has been recording the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle for Meridian Records.

    The Maggini Quartet’s commitment to new music has led to important commissions including works by James MacMillan, Robert Simpson, Eleanor Alberga and Roxanna Panufnik. Their unique collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, performing and recording his ten ‘Naxos Quartets’, was hailed as “a 21st century landmark”.

    The Maggini Quartet appears frequently in prestigious concert series at home and abroad and makes regular media broadcasts. Recent international visits have included Dubai, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and France. They also have an annual summer tour in Norway and will be returning to Denmark for a major tour in 2017.

    The Magginis are renowned for their interpretations of British Repertoire and The Glory of the English String Quartet continues to be an important ongoing initiative, drawing upon the wonderful repertoire which the Quartet is committed to bringing to a worldwide audience.

    In addition to their concert activity, the members of the Quartet have an international reputation as chamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies and have worked at the UK’s senior music institutions.

    String Quartet No 27 in D
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1 in G minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Southport Orchestra
    Jane Pembleton-Smyth, Jeff Rimmer, Melanie Foster, Southport Orchestra
    St John's Church, Birkdale Southport PR8 4JP
    United Kingdom

    Southport Orchestra's spring concert features three works by German composers including Brahms's 3rd Symphony which was described by the music critic Eduard Hanslick as being artistically the most nearly perfect of his symphonies. Jane Pembelton-Smyth will perform the flute solo in Reinecke's Concerto for flute and orchestra.

    This will be the first of a series on concerts in which the programme of each will consist of music by composers from one country. The Orchestra is delighted to be invited to return to play at St John's Church, Birkdale where the acoustics for orchestral music are particularly good.

    Concerto for flute and orchestra in D
    Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
    Symphony No 3 in F
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Overture from Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
    Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
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    30 March 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Hawksmoor Wind Ensemble
    Hawksmoor Wind Ensemble, Stephen Maw
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    A welcome return visit by this ever popular ensemble for a concert on Good Friday

    Sonata for Organ No 1 in G
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    23 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Bach's Violin Concertos by candlelight | London Musical Arts Ensemble
    John Landor, London Musical Arts Ensemble
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and enjoy a candlelit concert in the beautiful atmosphere of London's iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The programme features some of the greatest classical music, carefully selected and performed by some of London’s finest musicians.

    For details of all our concerts please visit the London Musical Arts website.

    Concerto for violin and strings in E major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Larghetto from Concerto Grosso in B minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for violin and strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Double Violin Concerto in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Rondeau from Incidental music for Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for 2 Violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Sinfonia for Strings in B minor, 'Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    22 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Boulez – Le Marteau sans maître | Psappha (new music ensemble)
    St Michael's Manchester M4 5DG
    United Kingdom

    Meaning The hammer without a master, Boulez’s iconic work, Le Marteau sans maître, is a classic of the twentieth century whose sonority and sense of time and direction were profoundly influenced by music from Asia and Africa. Rising star Tom Harrold’s new work has been commissioned by Psappha to complement the Boulez.

    Berio’s Naturale pairs live musicians with recordings of Sicilian street vendors highlighting the contrast between flowing folk melodies and the raw, natural voice of the street singer. Takemitsu’s Towards the Sea recalls the ebb and flow of the ocean and was commissioned by the Greenpeace Foundation for their Save the Whale campaign.

    *The Tom Harrold commission is supported by the Fidelio Charitable Trust.

    Psappha: Demystifying New Music
    Pre-concert film – 6pm – free to ticket holders
    Barrie Gavin’s 2005 film: Pierre Boulez: Living in the present. Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special screening of this intimate portrait of a remarkable artist and his inspiration.

    Towards the sea
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    New work (world premiere)
    Composer Not Known ()
    Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
    Le Marteau sans maître
    Pierre Boulez (1925-)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Magnificat | Tredici Chamber Choir
    Orpheus Sinfonia, Richard Thomas, Tredici Chamber Choir
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Fresh from their triumphant collaboration in April 2017, Tredici and the Orpheus Sinfonia join forces once again to perform two towering masterpieces of the choral repertoire: the Magnificat with which JS Bach proclaimed his arrival in Leipzig to a stunned congregation in 1723, and Mozart's Requiem, famously left uncompleted on his death at the age of thirty-five and thereafter endlessly subjected to speculation, mythology and pure dramatic invention.

    The Requiem is set in context by Mozart's early Regina Coeli K 276, the Magnificat by the Third of the Concertos (1st movement) with which Bach had tried, and signally failed, to secure a position wiht the Margrave of Brandenburg two years previously; while to complete the programme there's a rare opportunity to hear Beethoven's short but exquisite Elegischer Gesang, composed in 1814.

    1st movement from Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Magnificat in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Regina coeli in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Elegischer Gesang
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    20 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    In every corner sing! - choral works by Alison Willis and Vaughan Williams
    Bethany Partridge, Hiroshi Amako, Jack Lawrence-Jones, Jessica Dandy, London Concert Choir, Mark Forkgen, Stephen Disley
    Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square London SW1X 9BZ
    United Kingdom

    Award-winning composer Alison Willis was commissioned by choir member Adrienne Morgan to write a choral piece celebrating life, love, togetherness and hope. Subtitled Affirmation, the work emphasises the sustaining power of friends and family when living with breast cancer.

    The Five Mystical Songs for baritone and chorus by Vaughan Williams, first performed in 1911, are set to poems by the visionary seventeenth-century poet and Anglican priest George Herbert. The soloist takes the lead in the first four songs, while the final movement is a hymn of praise for the choir alone, with the refrain ‘Let all the world in every corner sing: my God and King.’

    The Mass in G minor has been described as one of the most beautiful and effective masses of the twentieth century. Composed in 1921 for use in Westminster Cathedral, this deeply felt interpretation of the words of the Latin liturgy for unaccompanied double choir and soloists is in the choral tradition of the English late Renaissance composers Byrd and Tallis, whose music had recently been rediscovered.

    London Concert Choir has been a significant part of the London music scene since 1960, displaying remarkable musical versatility and expressiveness under the leadership of Mark Forkgen, who recently celebrated 20 years as its Music Director.

    A retiring collection will be held in aid of Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.

    A light not yet ready to go out
    Alison Willis (1971-)
    5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Mass in G minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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