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Format: 2017-11-19
Format: 2017-11-19
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    25 November 2017 - 9:00pm
    Spem in alium by candlelight | Twickenham Choral Society
    Christopher Herrick, Twickenham Choral Society
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The final concert in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s Autumn Series welcomes back festival regulars, Twickenham Choral Society. Christopher Herrick conducts this programme of a cappella music dating from the Renaissance to the present day, which includes Tallis’s mesmerising 40-part motet, Spem in alium, two works by James MacMillan and three of Parry’s much-loved Songs of Farewell. Join us to say farewell to the Autumn Series in the beautiful surroundings of a candlelit St Martin’s.

    This concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval.

    A reduced price combined ticket is available for this concert and the earlier concert at St Martin's. Please contact the box office for more details.

    Spem in alium (40-part motet)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Benedicimus Deum caeli
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    My soul, there is a country from Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Hear my prayer, O God
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    O radiant dawn from Strathclyde Motets
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
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    19 November 2017 - 3:00pm
    Tea-time concert: JS Bach | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Virginia Black
    Christ Church Nailsworth GL6 0DQ
    United Kingdom

    A string quartet of principals from the Bristol Ensemble is joined by the pianist Virginia Black to perform a captivating all-Bach programme including the lively keyboard concertos in A major and D minor together with the exquisitely beautiful Air on the G String from the Suite No. 3.

    Concerto for harpsichord (originally oboe d'amore) and strings in A
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for keyboard and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Rejoice in the Lamb | Kendal South Choir
    Adrian Self, AnnaKate Pearson, Don Gillthorpe, Kendal South Choir
    St Thomas's Church Kendal LA9 4QG
    United Kingdom

    Kendal South Choir presents four of Britten's best-loved choral works, together with folksong arrangements - with organ, harp and young soloists.

    Rejoice in the Lamb
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Festival Te Deum
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Jubilate deo
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    24 November 2017 - 1:10pm
    Courtenay Cleary (violin) and Ariel Lanyi (piano) play Bartók and Beethoven
    Ariel Lanyi, Courtenay Cleary
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Courtenay Cleary is an Australian violinist, currently on a full tuition scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studies with Maureen Smith. In 2017 she performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. This was broadcast live on BBC television. Courtenay is an ABRSM and Tait Memorial Trust Scholar. She is a member of the Patronus Quartet who in 2015 was one of eight international quartets to be selected for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and performed nine concerts as part of the Melbourne Festival. She has performed in many masterclasses for esteemed artists including Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, the St
    Lawrence String Quartet, and the Borodin Quartet, from whom her own quartet received a recommendation for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

    Courtenay is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and also plays casually with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She studied at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2012-2014 with William Hennessy. During her time at the academy she played alongside many visiting artists including the Brodsky Quartet, Brett Dean, Michael Collins, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Aurora Orchestra, Anthony Marwood, Dale Barltrop and was concertmaster of the Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra under the direction of Simone Young, James Judd and Nicholas Carter.

    In 2011 Courtenay studied under the direction of Associate Professor Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland. During this time she was concertmaster of the University of Queensland Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and was finalist in the university’s Bach Prize and The Howard and Gladys Sleath Prize for Strings. She was the recipient of the Sleath String Scholarship for outstanding students and was a winner of the Sid Paige & Musica Viva/4MBS Chamber Music Prize. Courtenay was concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists Program in 2010.

    Ariel Lanyi, born in 1997, began piano lessons with Lea Agmon just before his fifth birthday and made his orchestral debut at the age of 7. Since then, he has given numerous recitals in London, Paris (including Radio France), Rome, Prague, Belfast, and regularly in concerts broadcast live on Israeli radio and television. He has appeared as a soloist with a variety of orchestras in Israel, and has participated in the Israel Festival, Prague Music Performance, Tempietto Festival in Rome, the Ravello Festival, and the Young Prague Festival. As a chamber musician, he has appeared with members (including leading members) of the Prague Philharmonia, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic, among others.

    In 2012, Ariel released Romantic Profiles on LYTE records, a recital album featuring Schumann’s Carnival Scenes from Vienna, Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H, Brahms’s Fantasies Op 116, and Janacek’s Piano Sonata IX 1905.

    Ariel has recently participated in three workshops with Leon Fleisher: the Beethoven and Schubert Institute in Prague (2013), the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck (2014), and the Menuhin Festival and Academy in Gstaad (2014). He played in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Richard Goode, András Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Murray Perahia, Thomas Adès, Andrei Gavrilov, Yefim Bronfman, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ivan Moravec, Imogen Cooper, Pascal Devoyon, Angela Hewitt, Dénes Várjon, Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, and others.

    Ariel studied at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, in the piano class of Yuval Cohen. He also studied violin and composition, and was concertmaster of the High School and Conservatory Orchestra. Currently, he studies as a full scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 2
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 9 in A, 'Kreutzer'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    27 November 2017 - 1:10pm
    Songs and Saxophones from Europe and the New World
    Aesthesia Saxophone Quartet, Ashley Brand, Daniel Scott, Jonathan Vaux, Leona Crasi, Ricardo Panela, Stephanie Frankland
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The London based Aesthesia saxophone quartet is an award-winning chamber ensemble from the Royal College of Music, studying under Kyle Horch. Despite having only recently formed in September 2016, the members (Jonathan Vaux, Daniel Scott, Stephanie Frankland and Ashley Brand) have developed a strong affinity with one another, and this is apparent through their communicative approach to performance.

    At the 2017 Nordic Saxophone Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, the Aesthesia Quartet performed in a masterclass with Evgeni Novikov, following which they were asked to also give an evening recital. Closer to home, they were given the opportunity to play in a masterclass led by Melanie Henry.

    Recently, the group were awarded the June Emerson Launchpad prize in the Royal College of Music’s Woodwind Chamber Competition and are supported by Talent Unlimited.

    Born in Aveiro - Portugal, Ricardo Panela has distinguished himself for his interpretation of the florid baritone Bel Canto roles, deemed beguilingly sonorous, a technical tour-de-force and mesmerising by different music publications.

    Currently focusing on the main lyric baritone roles from the classical period to verismo, the last two seasons saw Ricardo debut to critical acclaim both at his home country’s National Opera House in Lisbon, in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites, and at Opera Holland Park as Masetto in Don Giovanni. Future projects include a return to Lisbon’s National Opera House for M. Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.

    Previous career highlights have included the London premieres of Saverio Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte at Leighton House Museum and of Federico Ruiz’s Los Martirios de Colón at the Southbank Centre.

    Equally at home in opera, oratorio and recital, Ricardo has also performed, amongst others, for Wexford Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Casa da Música - Porto, under the baton of conductors like Jeremy Silver, Andrew Bisantz, Jean Sébastien-Berau or Jean-Luc Tingaud. Ricardo is also a two-time bursary recipient of The International Opera Awards Foundation, who have generously supported him for the last 2 years. Ricardo studied in Portugal with Juracyara Baptista and António Salgado, and in the United Kingdom with Laura Sarti and Dennis O’Neill. He currently studies with Sherman Lowe.

    Most recently awarded the grand prize in the XIII Hungarian Music Competition in Bucharest Romania, Leona has been drawn to classical Hungarian repertoire since she left her native country Romania during her early teens to study abroad. Born in a half Hungarian half Romanian family and raised in the region of Transylvania, she uses music, specifically this type of repertoire, as her medium to express her love to her native country.

    Her continuous devotion to music has brought her to places all over Europe and United States. She has performed, amongst other countries, in Spain at Centro Municipal Integrado de Pumarín de Gijón-sur’, in Lithuania at Klaipeda Academy of Arts Concerts Hall, in Romania at Cantacuzino Palace ’George Enescu’ National Museum, in the United Kingdom at Goldsmith Hall in London, and in the United States at the Lied Center of Kansas and at Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall UAB.

    Leona has been awarded in both national and international competitions and festivals, most recently in the 2017 Balassi Institute XIII Hungarian Music Festival in Romania (first prize), the 2016 Worthing Music and Arts Festival in the UK (special prize), the 2014 Boykin Piano Festival (first prize) and the 2013 Louis Pickard Music Concerto Competition both in Alabama (first prize).

    After studying for seven years at ‘Sigismund Toduta’ Music School in Cluj, she went on to complete her high school at Alabama School of Fine Arts in the United States, and is now studying at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Colin Stone. Over the years she has worked with professors from renowned music institutions such as Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Juilliard School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music and Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Leona’s studies are generously supported by the International Scholarship and Tuition Services and the Halliburton Company, and is grateful to be a member of London Talent Unlimited charity, which she joined in 2017.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Quatuor pour Saxophones
    Faustin JeanJean ()
    Concerto for Saxophone Quartet
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Don Quichotte à dulcinée
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
    Je ne t’aime pas
    Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
    Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
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    22 November 2017 - 1:10pm
    The Ravenna Trio plays Piazzolla and Daniel Schnyder
    Beth Gallimore, Björn Kleiman, Lily Cooper, Ravenna Trio
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Hailed by critics for his “superb clarity of tone, and wonderfully warm, musical playing”, and acclaimed by audiences for intelligent and enjoyable programming and narrations, Björn Kleiman appears as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in his native Sweden; in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Björn has worked with pianists Sholto Kynoch, Simon Lepper and Martin Sturfält and now performs regularly with the Japanese pianist Maiko Mori. He also has an exciting duo partnership with the guitarist Martin Fogel. Björn has recorded numerous CDs and his double-disc recording of the complete music for violin and piano by Harald Genzmer for Thorofon Records was released in 2010; he has also made other World Première recordings of works by Albert Schnelzer, Benjamin Staern and Stefan Klaverdal to great critical acclaim. Björn’s recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the press, including Mail on Sunday, International Record Review, MusicWeb International, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagladet. Among recent discs, the Christmas CD ”Deck the Halls” with Little Venice Ensemble and Soprano Susanna Andersson for Stone Records was named ‘Christmas Album of the Year Runner-up’ by Classic FM in 2014.

    Apart from his performing duties, Björn is also a committed and passionate teacher at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is an Associate Lecturer of Violin at the University of Chichester.

    Hailed as ‘a revelation’ (BBC Radio), Lily Cooper is a young British cellist, currently reading for her BMus in Performance at The University of Chichester. As well as solo recitals, Lily enjoys working in a variety of forms, whether it be symphonic repertoire, opera orchestras or performing live with a rock band! As well premiering works by Georgina Bowden and Jeff Moore, Lily has worked with the American Contemporary Ensemble under Joel Sachs (Julliard) and Ensemble Reza amongst others.

    Lily has toured to various countries and cities, examples of note including Bucharest, the Channel Islands and, as a guest of the University of Cambridge, to Prague. Her recording work includes sessions at Abbey Road and for the Epic Renditions series at Trinity College, London. Notable venues she has appeared at include St James, Piccadilly, Somerset House and Her Majesty’s Theatre, as well as other theatres across the South. Lily is no stranger to the theatre pit and selected work includes The Phantom of the Opera, Betty Blue Eyes, Les Miserables and Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Frequently appearing in concert presentations of musicals, she has also lent her playing to South Pacific and Guys and Dolls, as well as playing with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO)

    She hails from Sussex, is a proud Ravenclaw and is a proud advocate of serving scones the correct way (clotted cream first, topped with jam!)

    Regarded as “a focused, committed and exciting young talent” (Dr Adam Swayne, pianist, composer and conductor), Beth Gallimore is a young British pianist, currently studying for her BMus Performance degree at the University of Chichester, under the tutelage of critically acclaimed pianist Maiko Mori. She also receives frequent musical guidance and advice from award winning mezzo-soprano and pianist Susan Legg.

    As well as performing as a solo recitalist, Beth works with various chamber ensembles and is a collaborative pianist to a variety of string, woodwind and vocal instrumentalists, both classical and musical theatre. Beth has participated in Masterclasses with international pianists such as Dr Emile Capulet (London Academy of Music), and has performed with British concert pianist Jonathan Plowright (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Beth is a prize-winner of Festivals and Competitions in the UK, winning her first competition at the age of 12.

    Whilst being a classically trained pianist, Beth also enjoys and studies Jazz Piano with multi-instrumentalist jazz musician, and senior lecturer Nick Reynolds (University of Chichester).

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Las cuatro estaciones porteña, 'The Four Seasons'
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Piano Trio
    Daniel Schnyder (1961-)
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    29 November 2017 - 1:10pm
    Tritium Trio perform Giles Easterbrook and Kenneth Leighton
    Jernej Albreht, Joseph Havlat, Lydia Hillerudh, Tritium Trio
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Formed in January 2013 at the Royal Academy of Music, the Tritium Trio is a truly multinational ensemble, comprising Slovenian clarinettist Jernej Albreht, Swedish cellist Lydia Hillerudh, and Australian pianist Joseph Havlat. The foremost desire of the group is to explore repertoire other than pieces typically played by this ensemble type - in particular the clarinet trios of Beethoven and Brahms - in order to make rehearsals and performances as refreshing and enlightening as possible for both the trio and any audience they may have. In their relatively short time together they have performed throughout London and across the UK, with concerts in Blackheath, Leatherhead, Bristol (Colston Hall), St. James’s Piccadilly (London), and frequently at the Royal Academy of Music as part of the Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime concert series. They have been prize winners in the Harold Craxton and Harry Isaacs competitions at the Academy and have plans to enter several national and international competitions in the coming years, as well as continuing to give recitals around London. The trio is also enjoying the guidance of Levon Chilingrian (Chilingrian String Quartet). As a result of their interest in new and unplayed music, they have also premiered and recorded a clarinet trio written by Joseph and hope to be able to gather a set of commissioned works in the near future.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Scott Miller ()
    Clarinet Trio 'Auf dem ersten grün'
    Giles Easterbrook (1949-)
    Fantasy on an American Hymn Tune
    Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Fenella Humphreys with Korngold's Violin Concerto/Matthew Taylor's Symphony No 4
    Ealing Symphony Orchestra, Fenella Humphreys, John Gibbons
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing London W5 1QG
    United Kingdom

    We welcome back Fenella Humphreys for Korngold's lovely violin concerto. This lyrical, tuneful concerto, composed 1945, was the first work the composer tackled after the Second World War - having vowed to write nothing but film music until Hitler was defeated (as he made a living with film music). The concerto is dedicated to Alma Mahler, the widow of famous composer and Korngold's mentor Gustav Mahler.

    We continue our theme of 'fourths' with the second ever performance of Matthew Taylor's Symphony No 4 (2016). Taylor says of the symphony, "Dedicated to Monica McCabe of her late husband, great friend and fellow symphonist John this symphony is a large one movement work which falls into three parts . The first starts with a vigorous sweep of energy which gradually broadens and intensifies before easing into an expansive often inwardly expressive slow movement. The final part acknowledges the influence of Haydn and Prokofiev and culminates in a return of the opening music, this time enforced with two pairs of timpani, part of an inextinguishable tradition when composing fourth symphonies. But despite the upheavals and tensions in the work , it is a predominantly amiable work I think it is my friendliest symphony yet." With many thanks to Arts Council England for their support of this work.

    We visit the apocalyptic landscape of Wagner's Die Walkure with his most famous segment, The Ride of the Valkyries. Our year of fourths continues with Nielsen's fourth, 'The Inextinguishable'.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Symphony No 4
    Matthew Taylor (1964-)
    Symphony No 4, 'The Inextinguishable'
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Ride of the Valkyries from Der Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, 'Die Walküre'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
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    21 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    English Symphony Orchestra perform Elgar and Brahms in Cheltenham
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, English Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Woods
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    The English Symphony Orchestra are rejuvenating the traditional Romantic repertoire through projects like the premiere of Donald Fraser’s symphonic orchestration of the Elgar Piano Quintet (Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year for 2015). This concert sees the professional premiere of Kenneth Woods’s highly anticipated new orchestration of Brahms’s A major Piano Quartet, a work of symphonic scope and great lyrical beauty. The orchestration is dedicated to the memory of violist Stephen Jones.

    Appropriately for an ensemble known as 'The International Orchestra of Elgar Country', the English Symphony Orchestra also offer the first performance of Elgar’s extraordinary violin concerto on the Town Hall orchestral series with one of today’s most talked about and admired violinists, Alexander Sitkovetsky, a protégé of Elgar’s greatest champion and advocate, violinist and former English Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, Yehudi Menuhin.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Piano Quartet in A major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Music for voices, viola and harp | The Ionian Singers
    Luba Tunnicliffe, Oliver Wass, The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter
    All Saints Church, West Dulwich London SE21 8JY
    United Kingdom

    The Ionian Singers and their conductor Timothy Salter will be joined by violist Luba Tunnicliffe and harpist Oliver Wass, members of the Pelléas Ensemble, for a concert on Saturday 25th November in All Saints Church, Rosendale Road.

    An exciting mix of music arises from the unusual combination of voices and the two instrumentalists who will perform both as a duo and with the choir.

    The programme will include English music by Bax, Elgar and Salter (his Nocturne for harp, viola and chorus) and Russian works for the duo by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (movements from Romeo and Juliet). A selection of piano pieces and songs by Debussy, transcribed by Salter, and a rarely heard choral piece by American composer Dominick Argento, his robust setting of Keats’s celebratory poem Hymn to Apollo, complete the programme.

    I sing of a maiden
    Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
    Love's Tempest
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Go, song of mine
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Beau soir
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Nuit d'étoiles
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    In Smyrna
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Extract from Fantasy Sonata for viola and harp
    Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
    Twelfth Night
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    In praise of Apollo
    Dominick Argento (1927-)
    Prelude No 5 in G from 13 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Extract from Romeo and Juliet, concert suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Pour invoquer Pan from 6 épigraphes antiques
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prelude from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Nocturne, for chorus, viola and harp
    Timothy Salter (1942-)
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