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Format: 2019-04-20
Format: 2019-04-20
  • 26 April 2019 - 1:00pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival | William Thomas (bass) and Michael Roshan Pandya (piano)
    Michael Roshan Pandya, William Thomas
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    Continuing our recent tradition of showcasing a Kathleen Ferrier Award winner, it is with special pleasure that we provide a platform to British bass William Thomas, winner of the First Prize 2018 . In addition to his triumph at the Ferrier Awards, at which his pianist Michael Pandya scooped the coveted Accompanist’s Prize, William went on to win the 2018 John Christie Award for his début at Glyndebourne, placing his star firmly in the firmament.

    Rachmaninov Sud’ba (Fate), Noch Pechal’na (Sad is the Night), Utro (Morning), Mi otdokhnyom (We shall rest)
    Tchaikovsky Nam Zvezdï Krotkie siyali (The mild stars shone for us), Nyet, tol’ko tot, kto znal (Only one who knows longing), Den' li tsarit (By day or night)
    Wolf Fussreise, Der Gärtner, Um Mitternacht, Gebet, Der Tambour from Mörike Lieder
    Allitsen The Lute Player
    Harrison Give me a Ticket to Heaven
    Sullivan The Lost Chord

    ‘Thomas has a ‘real’ bass voice: full and ringing right at the bottom; layers of colour that blend smoothly and thickly; sonorous roundness without heaviness.’ – Opera Today on William Thomas at Wigmore Hall

  • 27 April 2019 - 1:00pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival: An invitation to travel
    Fatma Said, Joseph Middleton
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    Egyptian soprano, Fatma Said, is one of the most gifted young artists of her generation and has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education. A BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, in 2016 she made her sensational role début at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina. The production, in which Fatma was described as “luminous” “warm and mature” and full of “incredible depth”, was broadcast by ARTE and has since been released on DVD.

    This season, as well as her New Generation Artist commitments, Fatma will perform Die Schöpfung at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and in Budapest; Strauss Lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Birmingham; and will give recitals in Perth, Dresden, Bonn, Mallorca, and at Wigmore Hall.

    Ravel Shéhérazade
    Debussy La mer est plus belle, Le son du cor, L’échelonnement des haies
    Strauss Meinem Kinde, Allerseelen, Freundliche Vision, Schlagende Herzen
    Sherif Mohie El Din Rain, Could the river flow for ever? Against whom?
    Obradors Del cabello más sutil
    De Falla Tus ojillos negros
    Gershwin The man I love, I’ve got a crush on you, By Strauss

    'The flawless Fatma Said is a discovery...’ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    ‘...one of the most talented, intuitive collaborative pianists of his generation.' – Classical Music Magazine on Joseph Middleton

  • 27 April 2019 - 7:00pm
    Die schöne Müllerin | Bridget Hardy (mezzo-soprano) and Ralph Woodward (piano)
    Bridget Hardy, Ralph Woodward
    Little St Mary's Church Cambridge CB2 1QG
    United Kingdom

    Come and hear Schubert's heart-breaking masterpiece of love and loss performed by one of Cambridge's leading artistic partnerships in an atmospheric venue. Free sparkling wine will be served from 6.30pm.

    Die schöne Müllerin
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 27 April 2019 - 10:30am
    Platinum Choral Workshop: Bach Club
    Jonathan Lilley, Platinum Consort, Scott Inglis-Kidger
    St Mary's Church, Battersea London SW11 3NA
    United Kingdom

    “Monteverdi gives us the full gamut of human passions in music, the first composer to do so; Beethoven tells us what a terrible struggle it is to transcend human frailties and to aspire to the Godhead; and Mozart shows the kind of music we might hope to hear in heaven. But it is Bach, making music in the Castle of Heaven, who gives us the voice of God - in human form.” Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Join us on a journey of discovery as we embark on our first year of singing the choruses and chorales of Bach's complete cycle of sacred cantatas (choruses and chorales only)

    Cantata No 4, 'Christ lag in Todesbanden'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 5, 'Wo soll ich fliehen hin'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 6, 'Bleib Bei Uns, Denn Es Will Abend Werden'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight | Barcarolle, Ballade No 3
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Ann's Church Manchester M2 7LF
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents

    'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight'

    a new concert series in Central Manchester at St Ann’s Church, on 10 Saturday nights in the 2018/19 season, given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    *** Tickets for this unique series are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frederic Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian Salons. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautiful setting of Manchester’s St Ann’s Church - with a complimentary glass of champagne at this conveniently located venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio

    Ballade No 3 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 16 in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 2 in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 14 in F sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Barcarolle in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 43 in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in G sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 4 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 13 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 26 April 2019 - 1:10pm
    Alexander Roche (guitar) plays Albéniz, de Falla and Villa Lobos
    Alexander Roche
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Alexander Roche studied for his bachelors’ degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Mark Ashford and Mark Eden where he gained first class honours. He has performed recitals as a soloist and chamber musician across the UK, as well as Taiwan, including a performance at the Hellys International Guitar Festival. He has won the Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Competition, Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Etudes Prize and the Alison Stephens competition. In February 2017 Alex was selected to perform the Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos with the Conservatoire Projects Orchestra at the CBSO centre in Birmingham. Alex is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Graham Devine and is the recipient of the Leverhulme Scholarship award.

    He has premiered solo guitar works by William Lloyd Webber and Sabino de Bari as well as featuring in the premiere of Michael Wolters' opera Ava's Wedding. With mezzo soprano Samantha Oxborough the duo have performed in programmes alongside Roderick Williams and at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Oxford Town Hall and the Oxford Ashmolean Museum. Performances in masterclasses include internationally renowned artists such as; Marcin Dylla, John Mills, Xuefei Yang, Irina Kulikova, Marek Pasieczny, Carlo Marchione, Chris Stell and Ali Arango.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Fantasie hongroise from 3 Morceaux, for guitar
    Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
    Sonatina Meridional
    Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)
    Sevilla (Sevillanas) from 'Suite española', arranged for guitar
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Homenaje, 'Le tombeau de Claude Debussy', (transcribed for guitar)
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Excerpts from 5 Preludes
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Julia Florida Barcarola
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
    Una limosna por el amor de Dios
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
    Jha che valle, for guitar
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
  • 29 April 2019 - 1:10pm
    Adam Heron (piano) plays Bach and Schubert
    Adam Heron
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in Hong Kong in 1999 of Nigerian-Filipino descent, Adam Heron has established himself as one of today’s leading young pianists. He performed at the Keyboard Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018, which was broadcast on BBC Four Television, and in 2017 he was unanimously made the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Award following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall.

    At the age of seven he joined Gloucester Cathedral Choir, under the directorship of Adrian Partington. Following this he won a scholarship, courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, to study at Wells Cathedral School with Hilary Coates. Whilst a student at Wells he achieved notable
    success, including winning first prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition. In addition to this, he holds the titles of both Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016, and is a laureate of the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle.

    Adam frequently performs in recital, both in the UK and abroad. Recent overseas engagements include a concert at the residence of the British Ambassador in Kiev, Ukraine, and also a tour of his native Hong Kong with the acclaimed British cellist Jamie Walton. Closer to home, Adam has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Bath Pump Rooms. He often appears at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and in 2017 he was invited to return there to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto K 271 with the Chineke! Orchestra, directed by the American conductor Jonathon Heyward.

    Adam is active as a composer too, and has heard his work played in public on numerous occasions. He has received masterclasses from several eminent figures, including Stephen Hough, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper, and he was recently offered a recording contract with the Spanish record label, KNS Classical . Currently, he is a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studies with Professor Christopher Elton.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    French Suite No 3 in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano No 16 in A minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 30 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Rising Stars of Classical
    Jamie Phillips, Jess Gillam, Lauren Fagan, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sean Shibe
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Hear the music of Mussorgsky, Rodrigo, Glinka, Dvorák, Rachmaninoff, Nyman and Stravinsky, performed by some of the UK’s most brilliant young musicians and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Soprano Lauren Fagan, guitarist Sean Shibe and star of the Last Night of the Proms, saxophonist Jess Gillam are all brought together under the baton of yet another rising star, conductor Jamie Phillips.

    A varied repertoire will include arias by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, the famous Concierto de Aranjuez, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, 'Where the bee dances'
    Michael Nyman (1944-)
    Concierto de Aranjuez
    Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    O nye riday, moy Paolo from Francesca da Rimini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Song to the moon from Rusalka
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    No word from Tom (Act 1 Scene 3) from The Rake's Progress
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 20 April 2019 - 7:30am
    International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove Spring Concert 2019
    St Pol de Leon Church Paul, Penzance
    United Kingdom

    Performers for this concert are seminar students and selected by their professors during the Masterclasses. Programmes are announced a couple of days in advance. Please visit the International Musicians Seminar website

  • 25 April 2019 - 7:00pm
    Andrey Lebedev (guitar) - Hattori Foundation Rush Hour Recital
    Andrey Lebedev
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    Now in its 11th year, the Hattori Foundation Rush Hour Recital Series again features an exciting line-up of current award-winners and its illustrious alumni of recipients from the Foundation's 27 year history of supporting exceptional musical talent.

    Australian-Russian guitarist Andrey Lebedev burst on to the international music scene in 2014 when he was invited by guitar legend Julian Bream to perform a solo recital in London. His programme included the first performances of two new works commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer. The following year, he worked with guitarist John Williams on a recital project of Australian chamber music which included the world premiere of ‘Gertrude Fragments’ by Brett Dean. In 2017 he was a prize-winner at the renowned ARD Music Competition and at the competition of the Guitar Foundation of America, the two pre-eminent awards in the field. He exhibits a ceaseless curiosity which has seen him in projects ranging from duos on Renaissance lute to Radiohead arrangements on electric guitar. He has just returned from a 22-date tour of Russia performing in trio with accordion and cello.

    Lebedev started playing guitar at age seven in Adelaide, Australia inspired by his father singing Russian bard songs. He grew up playing classical guitar through the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble, jazz guitar in the SA Youth Superband, and rock music in scratch bands at school, but became enamored with classical music after receiving a Glenn Gould CD as a teenager.

    A keen chamber musician, Andrey has established duo partnerships with mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, violinist Emily Sun, and accordionist Iosif Purits. With each medium he is seeking to push the boundaries to encompass an ever-broadening spectrum of musical traditions and styles. As a duo with Lotte, they were selected as co-holders of the inaugural Musicians’ Company New Elizabethan Award. The Award included a showcase recital at the Wigmore Hall and seeks to celebrate music of the two Elizabethan eras.

    In 2012, while a student of Timothy Kain at the Australian National University, he became the first Australian to win 1st prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, the first guitarist to win the Australian Fine Music 'Young Performer of the Year Award', and the only guitarist in the 65-year history of the Sydney Eisteddfod to win the esteemed 'NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship'. The following year, as a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Michael Lewin, he won 1st prize and special Bach prize at the 25th Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2016 he completed studies at the RAM, graduating with a Regency Award and the David Russell Guitar Prize.

    He is a City Music Foundation Artist, and is grateful for the generous support he has received from the Hattori Foundation, Imogen Cooper Music Trust, ABRSM, Julian Bream Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Australian Music Foundation, Tillett Trust, Tait Trust, and Musicians’ Company.
    He is a two time Prize Winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (the most highly-sought annual guitar award), First Prize winner of the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, was the first classical guitarist to receive the Australian National Fine Music ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award, and the only classical guitarist to win the Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship. He completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music under Michael Lewin where he graduated with a Regency Award for notable achievement, the Academy’s David Russell Guitar Prize, and Recital Diploma. He gained his BMus degree with first-class honours at the Australian National University in 2012 under Timothy Kain.

    Andrey has been generously supported by the ABRSM, Julian Bream Trust, Hattori Foundation, Australian Music Foundation, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Tait Memorial Trust, South Australian Government through the Carclew Board, and the Hattori Foundation. He has been selected by the Tillett Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and International Guitar Foundation for their ongoing ‘Young Artist’ schemes and became a City Music Foundation Artist in 2015.

    Reverie
    Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)
    Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor, for solo violin
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Granada from Suite española No 1, arranged for guitar
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Dios la perdone: Y era su madre from Three Capricos after Goya
    Brett Dean (1961-)
    Prelude No 1 in E minor (Homenagem ao sertanejo brasileiro) from 5 Preludes, for guitar
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
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