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Format: 2020-01-27
Format: 2020-01-27
  • 2 February 2020 - 3:00pm
    Oxford Beethoven Festival: Takács Quartet
    Takács Quartet
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    It is already an iconic string quartet, but according to The Spectator, the Takács Quartet has ‘never sounded better.’ At this concert in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, the ensemble opens up Beethoven’s universe via string quartets early, mature and late. They start with the freewheeling atmosphere of the last work from his first set, Op. 18. To end, they perform the culmination of his set inspired by Russia’s fun-loving ambassador to Vienna, Count Razumovsky. In between, one of Beethoven’s most remarkable creations – the universe of emotion and meditation that is compacted into the composer’s Op. 135.

    The concert is scheduled to end at approximately 17.00

    String Quartet No 6 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 16 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 9 in C, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 27 January 2020 - 1:10pm
    Duo Mirage play works for viola and piano by Schumann, Bružaite, Rebecca Clarke
    Duo Mirage, Grytė Navardauskaitė, Lorena Cantó Woltèche
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Lorena Cantó Woltèche was born in 1997 into a family of musicians, and began to study viola with her parents when she was five. In 2007, she entered the Conservatorio de Torrent (Valencia-Spain) where she continued her studies. She has taken part in many masterclasses for viola and chamber music, in Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany, where she had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Leo De Neve, Barbara Westphal, Felix Schwartz, Julia Hu, Roberto Díaz and Maxim Rysanov.

    In November 2014 she performed at the Wimbledon Festival, as part of a masterclass with Lawrence Power and in October 2017, she participated in a masterclass led by Joaquín Riquelme García. She won prizes at the XVI Concurs de Música de Cambra de l’Alcora and the European Music Festival for Young People in Belgium; when she was 14, she was selected to play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in an ensemble directed by Yaron Traub.

    In 2013, she was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she finished her studies with Boris Kucharsky in June of 2015. During her time at the school she has taken part in concerts as a soloist, such as the York Bowen viola concerto with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra and in halls such as the Wigmore Hall and Konzerthaus Berlin. As an orchestral player and chamber musician she has performed in the Bach Festival in Istanbul, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland) and the Marryat Chamber Music Festival in Wimbledon. She has also participated in numerous projects such as a humanitarian one, where she played in the Jungle in Calais (France) and a teaching outreach one, organised by Cobham Free School.

    In December 2016 Lorena played a recital at the Palau de la Música de Valencia, in Spain, with Urusla Perks at the piano and in July 2017 she has performed Trauermusik by Hindemith with the ensemble Symphonia Orbitalis. More recently, Lorena has taken part in the 2018 chamber edition of the Akoesticum Talent Programme (Netherlands). At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is studying second year of Undergraduate in classical viola, she has participated in several workshops, including with St Martin-in-the-Fields Academy and the LSO. In orchestra, Lorena has also had the chance of working with conductors such as Simon Rattle and François-Xavier Roth. In addition to Guildhall’s financial support, she has been offered a grant by the Kathleen Trust. It is also at the Guildhall that Lorena got acquainted with pianist Gryte Navardauskaite and formed the
    Mirage Duo in September of 2017. She is also a member of the Jubilee String Quartet.

    Free recital with retiring collection

    Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano in A flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Aurora, for viola and piano
    Zita Bružaite (1966-)
    Sonata for viola and piano
    Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
  • 2 February 2020 - 3:00pm
    Glass: Itaipú / Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms / Ives: The Unanswered Question
    Crouch End Festival Chorus, David Horovitch, David Temple, Inner Voices, London Orchestra da Camera
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    This concert represents the bold and imaginative programming that has been associated with Crouch End Festival Chorus since its inception – a feast of 20th century works in diverse styles: Philip Glass’s astonishing, vivid choral–orchestral portrayal of the river passing through the colossal Itaipú dam and out to the sea; Stravinsky’s iconic Symphony of Psalms and rarely performed Babel; and orchestra alone, setting the scene, with Ives’s enigmatic The Unanswered Question.

    The Unanswered Question
    Charles Ives (1874-1954)
    Babel, for reciter, male chorus and orchestra
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Symphony of Psalms
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Itaipú
    Philip Glass (1937-)
  • 28 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Fate: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Third Piano Concerto
    Piccadilly Sinfonia, Tom Fetherstonhaugh, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The walls of St Martin in the Fields will resound with the stirring sound of Beethoven’s epic fifth Symphony to the flicker of candlelight performed by the stunning Piccadilly SInfonia.

    One of London’s newest and most exciting orchestras, The Piccadilly Sinfonia is formed from some of the UK’s most outstanding young talent.

    The evening will be rounded off with a performance of passion and fireworks in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3, featuring virtuoso soloist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    This is the first in a series of five concerts in which The Piccadilly Sinfonia performs five of Beethoven’s greatest symphonies and all five of his inspired piano concertos to celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday . This is a unique opportunity to hear Beethoven’s sublime music performed at one of London’s greatest Landmarks, just off Trafalgar Square.

    Guest conductor and rising star, Tom Fetherstonhaugh takes the baton across this entire epic series, bringing a fresh insight into these well-worn masterpieces.

    Concert pianist Warrren Mailley-Smith recently became the first britsh concert pianist to perform Chopin’s complete solo works from memory (3.5 million notes!) in a marathon 11 concert series. He is a favourite with Classic FM audiences for his brilliant technique and his warm informality on the platform. “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is an embodiment of the modern romantic concert pianist” Musical Opinion

    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 31 January 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra
    Sarah Marinescu, The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, Tom Rundle-Wood
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra was created on 1 April 2014 as part of the restructuring within the Corps of Army Music. There has been a long tradition of string playing in the British Army, particularly associated with the orchestra of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in existence for over 250 years, and proud to have been the first professional orchestra in Britain. The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra can however trace its heritage back to ‘The King’s Musick’ of strings from the time of the Restoration in England which was eventually to form the basis of Queen Victoria’s private band in the nineteenth century. It performs a variety of music, ranging from classical to pop, in various settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Engagements are varied, including investitures, ceremonies at royal households, state banquets and dinners, support to army regiments and corps, defence engagement activity, and international short-term training teams. The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra also provides the principal players for tri-service orchestral events, such as at Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, the Passchendaele centenary at Ypres, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. The tri-service orchestra was privileged to be part of the Queen’s Speech at Christmas, last year.

    Passacaglia for violin and cello in G minor on a theme by Handel
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Quartet for 4 cellos, 'Bittersweet'
    Eicca Toppinen (1975-)
    Four, for viola quartet
    Roman Benedict ()
    2nd movement: Assez vif from String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    3rd movement: Waltz from Serenade for Strings
    Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (1876-1909)
    Sure on this shining night from 4 Songs
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Suite for Strings
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Waltz from Masquerade Suite
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    La beauté du diable
    François Dompierre (1943-)
  • 1 February 2020 - 11:00am
    Svyatoslav Antipov (piano) plays Scarlatti, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Liszt
    Svyatoslav Antipov
    St George's Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    Slava Antipov is graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with first class BMus(Hons) degree in Piano Performance. In 2019 he became a finalist of the Liszt Society International Piano Competition.

    He started his musical education at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music and later gained a scholarship to study in the Purcell school for young musicians. He studied with Alexander Ardakov at the Trinity Conservatoire. Currently, he is attending Piano Masterclass course with Martino Tirimo at Morley College.

    Slava was selected to take part in the Lang Lang Inspires massed piano day at the Royal Festival Hall, won a few piano competitions for the youth and played a lot of piano recitals including those in Maidstone, Dartford, Deal, Hythe and London. He also performed with the Folkestone & Hythe Orchestra.

    Slava participated in various ensembles including piano trio, piano quintet, violin and piano duo and voice and piano duo.

    Fugue in G minor, 'Cat's fugue'
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Sonata for keyboard in D minor
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Une barque sur l'ocean from Miroirs
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Toccata from Le tombeau de Couperin
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Études-tableau No 1 in C minor from Études-tableaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Ab irato (Étude de perfectionnement de la Méthode des méthodes de Fétis)
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Étude No 5 in B flat major, 'Feux follets' from 12 Études d'exécution transcendante
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Sonetto 104 del Petrarca from Années de pèlerinage - Année 2: Italie
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Rhapsodie espagnole
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 3 February 2020 - 7:00pm
    An Evening Recital of English Song
    Claire Barnett-Jones, Emily Sierra, Gamal Khamis, Iain Burnside, James Atkinson, Matthew Keighley
    22 Mansfield Street London W1G 9NR
    United Kingdom

    Ludlow English Song Weekend present an intimate London recital previewing some of the artists appearing at the 2020 weekend. This is an exclusive recital at a beautiful private mansion in the heart of London.

    As you would expect, our Artistic Director, Iain Burnside, is putting together a superb programme which includes music from Finzi, Gurney, Tippett, Britten and Rebecca Clarke.

    Also programed at this event will be works by Rhian Samuel and two of our Young Composers who we will be showcasing at Ludlow English Song Weekend 2020 as part of our commitment to developing and highlighting new compositions in the genre. Iain Burnside will chat to Rhian and the young composers abut their plans and ideas for Ludlow English Song Weekend 2020.

    An optional drinks and canapé reception will be held after the recital which is a perfect way to conclude an elegant musical evening in Marylebone.

    Tickets will be availble online until one hour before performance or sold out.

    The Roadside Fire from Songs of Travel
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Claribel
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    On the idle hill of summer from Bredon Hill and other songs
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    The Phantom from Earth and Air and Rain
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    A Young Man's Exhortation
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Orpheus from 5 Elizabethan Songs
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    The Heart's Assurance
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    Out of Winter
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Blow, blow thou winter wind from 3 Shakespeare Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    The Seal Man
    Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
    Till Earth Outwears, for tenor and piano
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    My Own Country
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
    A Charm from A Charm of Lullabies
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 30 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by candlelight: Sonata No 2
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Ann's Church Manchester M2 7LF
    United Kingdom

    Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

    He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

    His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

    He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

    He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series

    Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

    “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion

    Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor from 3 Nocturnes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 1 in F minor from Trois nouvelles études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Trois nouvelles études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 2 in A flat major from Trois nouvelles études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 3 in D flat major from Trois nouvelles études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 21 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 18 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 1 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 1 February 2020 - 1:30pm
    Come and Sing: Viva L'Opera with London Oriana Choir
    Guest Orchestra, London Oriana Choir, Nicholas Chalmers
    St John's Waterloo London SE1 8TY
    United Kingdom

    From the passion of Purcell to the vigour of Verdi… come and join London’s most versatile choir to sing-in the New Year with an energetic opportunity to enjoy the very best opera choruses. Whatever your background or choral experience, join us for a journey through the very best operatic ensemble moments.

    Rehearsal 1.30pm to 5.30pm
    Performance 6.30pm to 7.30pm

    When I am laid in earth from Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Champagne Finale from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Brindisi from La traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Humming chorus from Madama Butterfly
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    March of the Toreadors from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
  • 2 February 2020 - 2:00pm
    Chopin and Champagne by candlelight: Sonata No 2
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    The Grand Hall, Merchants House of Glasgow Glasgow G2 1BA
    United Kingdom

    Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

    He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

    His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners. He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. “Stunning” - Classic FM. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records. He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series

    Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

    “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion.

    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Trois nouvelles études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor from 3 Nocturnes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 21 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 18 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 1 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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