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Format: 2014-07-24
Format: 2014-07-24
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    Sun, 2014-07-27 14:30
    Towards the New World | Sacconi String Quartet
    Sacconi String Quartet
    Huntingdon Hall Worcester WR1 3LD
    United Kingdom

    Written during the composer's trip to the United States, Dvorak's 'American' string quartet is admired worldwide for its combination of exuberance and melancholic pining for home. This work is at the heart of a programme given by the Sacconi Quartet, a fast-rising British group recognised for their 'energy, creativity and integrity of interpretation'.

    String Quartet No 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    String Quartet No 16 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 12 in F major, 'American'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    £22, £16 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Sun, 2014-07-27 19:45
    Dvorák's Stabat Mater | Three Choirs Festival Chorus
    Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Eleanor Dennis, Geraint Bowen, Matthew Rose, Paul Nilon, Philharmonia Orchestra, Three Choirs Festival Chorus
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    Conducted by the composer himself at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester in 1884, Dvorák's Stabat mater is a testament to his extraordinary musical talent. Completed after the tragic deaths of his three children, the piece embodies the composer's journey from grief to hope in an intensely emootional setting of the 13th-century poem depicting Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ standing at the foot of the Cross.

    Stabat Mater
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    £43, £38, £27, £20, £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Mon, 2014-07-28 11:00
    Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir
    Adrian Partington, Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    Conisting of enthusiastic young singers from all three counties, the Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir has enjoyed considerable success since its inception in 2010. This year we welcome them in performancces of Vaughan Williams's magnificent Mass in G Minor, Joseph Phibbs's compelling cantata Shadows of Sleep, and the choral song cycle on rose texts Now sleeps the Crimson Petal by Paul Mealor, famous for his associations with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who chose one of his motets for their wedding in Westminster Abbey, and Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir, for whom he wrote the No 1 single 'Wherever you are'.

    Now sleeps the crimson petal
    Paul Mealor (1975-)
    Mass in G minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Shadows of Sleep
    Joseph Phibbs (1974-)
    £25, £20, £15, £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Mon, 2014-07-28 13:00
    Lunchtime Young Artists Series - organ recital by Kriss Thomsett
    Kriss Thomsett
    Church of St Martin and St Peter Worcester WR5 2ED
    United Kingdom

    The first of our Young Artists' lunchtime concert series features one of the top players from the Royal College of Organists' diploma examnations. Kris Thomsett is currently organ scholar at Norwich Cathedral and is reading for a degree in music at the University of East Anglia. In September he takes up the position of organ scholar at Salisbury Cathedral.

    Praeludium in E
    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
    Prelude and Fugue in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Rhapsody No 3 in C sharp minor
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    No 3, Arabesque from 24 Pieces
    Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
    Meditation
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Pièce Héroïque
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Mon, 2014-07-28 14:30
    Serenity Courage Wisdom | Proteus Ensemble
    Christopher Allsop, Gabrielle Bullock, Peter Atkinson, Proteus Ensemble, Stephen Shellard
    Pershore Abbey Pershore
    United Kingdom

    The Proteus Ensemble presents a poignant programme of music and readings for remembrance, in what will be their debut concert and the launch of their first CD. A selection of 20th-century poetry and choral music includes works by organist David Briggs; Kohima or 'Coming home' which Sir John Tavener, who died last year, wrote for the 2003 British Legion Festival of Remembrance; and readings of May 1915 by Charltte Mew and For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.

    Exhortation and Kohima
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Oh Lord, support us
    David Briggs ()
    Jesu, Dulcis Memoria
    Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
    Excerpts from Messe pour Notre Dame
    David Briggs ()
    £20, £14 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Mon, 2014-07-28 19:45
    Mahler's Resurrection Symphony | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Jennifer Johnson, Juraj Valcuha, Katherine Broderick, Philharmonia Orchestra, Three Choirs Festival Chorus
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    Tackling broad questions oflife after deth, Mahler's much-loved second symphony is one of the most expansive ever written. The performance of this inspiring work is the first visit to the festival for Juraj Valcuha, chief conductor of the Turin-based RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Italy.

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    £43, £38, £27, £20, £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Tue, 2014-07-29 14:30
    Bach's Mass in B minor | Choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals
    Academy of Ancient Music, Andrew Tortise, Ben Bevan, Choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals, Mhairi Lawson, Peter Nardone, Ruth Holton, William Towers
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    The annual concert performance by the professional cathedral choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester is at the heart of the Three Choirs Festival programme,reflecting the origins of th festival around 300 years ago. This year they unite with the period instruments of the Academy of Ancient Music to perform J S Bach's Mass in B minor, one of the cornerstones of western classical music.

    Mass in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    £43, £38, £27, £20, £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Tue, 2014-07-29 19:45
    Tenebrae: Russian Treasures
    Nigel Short, Tenebrae Consort
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    Most Christian liturgies are strongly associated with singiing, but none are defined by the human voice quite like those of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Here Nigel Short and Tenebrae perform a programme featuring some little-known gems and a selection of familiar favourites, including music from Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St John Chrysostum. Tenebrae's recent CD release of this 'Russian Treasures' programme topped the classical music charts.

    Priidite, poklonimsia from Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    The Great Litany, 'Velikaya ektenia' from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Heruvimska Pesma, 'Cherubic Hymn'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Blessed is the man, 'Blazhen Muzh' from Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Ave Maria
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Izhe Heruvimi
    Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
    Rejoice now heavenly powers (Hymn)
    Alexander Sheremetiev ()
    I will love thee
    Vasily Kalinnikov (1866-1901)
    Otche Nash (Pater Noster)
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    £43, £38, £27, £20, £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Wed, 2014-07-30 11:15
    Strictly Carnival: A concert for people who can't sit still!
    The Carnival Band
    Angel Centre Worcester WR1 3QN
    United Kingdom

    The Carnival Band presents an hour of dance-inspired music and song from the farandole to the hand-jive, with bagpipes, shawms,fiddles and drums. Get ready to jump for joy, join in the sngs and, if you play an instrument, bring it along and play with the band!

    Suitable for 6-12-year-olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult (Maximum three children per paying adult).

    Adults £5, children £1 Available from 0845 652 1823 .
  • Thu, 2014-07-24 19:30
    Baroque Masterpieces by candlelight | London Concertante
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, David Gordon, London Concertante, Rebecca Jones
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the UK, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. Founded in 1991, the ensemble soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and the unique rapport it builds with its audience.

    The ensemble’s engagements grew quickly and in the first few years, London Concertante performed in the UK, made 3 major tours to Spain and, in an expanded form, quickly found itself in demand as a top-quality opera orchestra, performing for Holland Park Opera, Palace Opera, Music Theatre Kernow and Pegasus Opera. At the same time, the ensemble began its regular, and hugely popular, series of concerts at one of London’s landmark venues; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where it performs 12 concerts each year. As well as St. Martin’s, the ensemble gives a number of concerts each year at other top venues including Southwark Cathedral, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and will be giving their 25th Anniversary concert (in 2015) at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

    In 1995, the group released the first of its 16 recordings, on its own label. Since then, they have recorded for Toccatta Classics, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi and ARC Music, with a varied, eclectic and exciting range of repertoire, constantly garnering tremendous critical acclaim. Their latest recording pushes the boundaries of seminal composer, Astor Piazzolla, in a release entitled 'Piazzolla and Beyond'.

    During the intervening years, London Concertante concentrated on chamber music and has performed throughout the UK for music clubs and festivals, giving around 100 concerts each year. Tours have taken them to the USA, Finland, Spain and France, and will be embarking on a tour to the Middle East in 2014.

    As well as giving performances at festivals, music clubs and theatres, London Concertante also has a thriving education programme; inspiring youngsters to enjoy classical music, both as listeners and performers.

    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Trio Sonata No 12 in D minor, variations on 'La Follia'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto Grosso No 7 in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for Keyboard and Strings in F minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Viola and Strings in G
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Serenade No 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    £24, £20, £16, £13, £9 Available from 020 7766 1100 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday.