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Format: 2018-11-16
Format: 2018-11-16
  • 16 November 2018 - 7:15pm
    Music in the Round Autumn Season - Doric String Quartet
    Doric String Quartet
    Crucible Studio Theatre Sheffield S1 1DA
    United Kingdom

    The Doric Quartet enjoys an annual touring programme that traverses the globe. Following their recent debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, their busy autumn and spring schedule takes them to Germany, Holland, France and back to the USA.

    The Doric’s performance opens with an effervescent Haydn quartet, dedicated to Grand Duke Paul of Russia. Beethoven’s late quartets stand at the pinnacle of classical chamber music and, anecdotally, the Opus 131 quartet in C sharp minor was the composer’s own favourite. In Bartók’s striking Fifth quartet the composer’s love of Hungarian folk music is immediately apparent.

    String Quartet in B minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 5
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 18 November 2018 - 6:00pm
    Glories of Byzantium | Exultate Singers
    Catherine Black, David Ogden, Exultate Singers, Gareth Treseder
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    In this early evening concert, Exultate Singers presents an intriguing programme of choral music influenced by Greek sacred and secular culture and traditions.

    The concert opens with a Byzantine chant by the 9th century abbess Kassiani. Inspired by the spirituality of Greek Orthodox chant, John Tavener’s celebrated Song of Athene and Eonia are mesmerising and serene, transporting the listener into a mystical sound world.

    Nick Bicât is a celebrated film and TV composer in the USA and UK. In his Requiem he intersperses Greek epitaphs of ordinary people from across the centuries into the Latin Requiem text, creating a work that is both rhythmically exciting and deeply poignant.

    English translations of Ancient Greek texts are set by the Irish composer Solfa Carlile in her three Byzantine hymns, Between sea and sky. The composer combines an Irish folk style with dramatic and vivid word painting that bring to life poems telling of journeys made long ago across the Aegean sea.

    The rising star composer Toby Young has written several pieces for Exultate Singers to great acclaim. His Greek love songs receive their world premiere in this concert, contrasting many choral styles and emotions.

    Come and join us for an ecstatic evening of Greek musical wonders.

    Byzantine chant
    Kassiani (810-865)
    Song for Athene
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Nick Bicât (1949-)
    Greek love songs
    Toby Young ()
    Between sea and sky
    Solfa Carlile ()
  • 20 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Verdi's Requiem | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/City of London Choir
    Alessandra Volpe, Brighton Festival Chorus, City of London Choir, David Butt Philip, Helena Dix, Jac van Steen, Roland Wood, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Blazing trumpets, thunderous drums and a grand chorus summon forth the power and emotion of Verdi’s choral masterpiece. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrill of Verdi’s powerful music in the glorious surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  • 16 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Lisney Briggs Duo (piano 4 hands)
    James Lisney, Sarah Beth Briggs
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    Two highly regarded British pianists and chamber musicians, James Lisney and Sara Beth Briggs, combine their skills in an exciting programme of music for piano 4 hands. You can be assured of wonderful music making with an informative and amusing presentational style.

    3 Marionettes, for piano duet
    Hans Gál (1880-1987)
    Sonata for Piano duet in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Andantino Varié for piano 4 hands
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Dolly Suite, for piano 4 hands
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Slavonic Dance No 2 in E minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Andante and Variations in G, for piano 4 hands
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Ma mere l'Oye 'Mother Goose', suite for piano 4 hands
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 22 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Abingdon Wind Ensemble
    Abingdon Wind Quintet, Epsie Thompson, Imogen Davies, Maude Wolstenholme, Samuel Gillespie, Sarah Hoyle
    Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead SL6 4PF
    United Kingdom

    The wind quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn was formed when its members were at the Royal Academy of Music.
    They have since played at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall. They receive regular coaching from Keith Bragg, as well as having been coached by John Orford, Chris O’Neal, Mike Thompson, Melanie Ragge and Mark Van De Wiel. The Abingdon Quintet also participate regularly in Chamber Music Forums with the Academy’s Chamber Music Fellows.

    Hear the Abingdon explore the repertoire for wind chamber music and prepare to be delighted.

    Wind Quintet No 1 in B flat major
    Franz Danzi (1763-1826)
    La cheminée du Roi René
    Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
    Trois pièces brèves
    Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
    Mississippi Five
    Jim Parker (1934-)
    Wind Quintet No 1
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
  • 26 November 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Organ Recital with Gordon Stewart
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    One of the most remarkable stops on the Father Willis organ is the Grand Tuba which will certainly be in evidence in the opening piece, Christopher Morris’s arrangement of Verdi’s Grand March. Georg Böhm’s Vater unser follows – one of the most beautiful pieces in the baroque organ repertoire – with Liszt’s massive Fantasia and Fugue on a theme from Meyerbeer’s opera, The Prophet, ending our programme. Described as a ‘Gothic masterpiece’, the piece is perfectly suited to the Huddersfield Willis organ – every one of whose stops will be heard!

    Grand March from Aida
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Vater unser im Himmelreich
    Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
    Trio Sonata for organ No 1 in E flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Allegro vivace from Symphonie No 1 in D minor
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 18 November 2018 - 2:30pm
    York Guildhall Orchestra - Celebrating Mozart
    Rebecca Taylor, Simon Wright, York Guildhall Orchestra
    Helmsley Arts Centre Helmsley YO62 5DW
    United Kingdom

    The York Guildhall Orchestra venture away from its routine venue for a chamber concert in the Arts Centre, Helmsley. This is a Sunday chamber concert with an all Mozart programme featuring Rebecca Taylor as piano soloist.

    The orchestra first played the Eine kleine in 2017 in a concert in Ripon - everyone enjoyed it so much, Simon has included it in this concert! The symphony is rarely played, but it is a glorious piece and deserves to be performed more often.

    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 23 in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    4 Contretänze
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 33 in B Flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 23 November 2018 - 7:45pm
    Martinu Quartet
    Jitka Vlasánková, Libor Kanka, Lubomir Havlak, Martinu String Quartet, Zbnek Pad'ourek
    South Downs College Lewes BN7 2XH
    United Kingdom

    The Martinu Quartet, originally the Havlak Quartet, was formed in 1976 by students of the Prague Conservatoire inspired by and modelled on such Czech quartets as the Vlach and the Smetna. They renamed themselves in 1985 reflecting their commitment to promote the work of one of the great masters of Czech music, Bohuslav Martinu - and made prize-winning recordings of his quartets. They take pleasure in seeking out neglected works and in giving first perfomances of pieces by contemporary composers.

    The Strad Magazine: 'the Martinu Quartet played...with such extraordinary homogeneity of sound and technical ease that their reading sounded deceptively laid back... [they]showed their gift for finding the emotional heart of a piece. This was an exquisitely crafted and profoundly moving performance'.

    String Quartet No 2
    Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
    String Quartet No 12 in F major, 'American'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    String Quartet No 49 in B minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • 16 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Sinfonia Viva with Frank Zielhorst and Chloë Hanslip (violin)
    Chloë Hanslip, Frank Zielhorst, Sinfonia ViVA
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Dutch conductor, Frank Zielhorst, makes his Nottingham Debut as Sinfonia Viva’s new Principal Conductor with this richly melodious programme. Tchaikovsky wrote his exquisite Serenade for Strings in the same year that he wrote his 1812 Overture but he considered it much the better piece, its charm and warmly expressive style a conscious nod to Mozart, whose music he much admired. Mozart’s last and grandest Symphony was completed nearly a century earlier and its scale and exuberant energy earned it the nickname ‘Jupiter’, in recognition of the qualities it shared with the Romans’ chief god. At the heart of this performance is Samuel Barber’s lush and lyrical Violin Concerto, performed by the outstanding young British violinist, Chloë Hanslip. It was Barber’s first concerto and he clearly relished the opportunity, expertly blending singing lines with high drama. The concluding moto perpetuo is a breathless whirlwind, racing by in four exhilarating minutes and testing every sinew of the soloist’s skill.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Katy Hamilton explores Mozart’s Symphony No 41

    This concert is followed by one of our series of After Hours events. For more details go to trch.co.uk/nottinghamclassics

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    Serenade for string orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Symphony No 41 in C, 'Jupiter'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 23 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    BBC Symphony Orchestra with Martyn Brabbins and Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Watts, Martyn Brabbins, Sheku Kanneh-Mason
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Nottingham’s phenomenal young cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, provides the centrepiece to our centenary concert marking the end of World War One, performing Elgar’s elegiac concerto. Written in 1919 it distils the composer’s anguish at the devastation across Europe into the most moving concerto for the instrument. Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony ploughs similar emotional terrain, but the landscape evoked is of wartime France, where the composer had been an army ambulance driver. Impressionistic touches are felt throughout, whether in the echoes of a bugler’s last post, or the haunting, wordless soprano floating over hushed fields. The opener to this concert is Sir Arthur Bliss’s Checkmate, his superlative ballet score written in 1937 for a production that starred dance luminaries Robert Helpmann and Margot Fonteyn. The rituals of the chess game become a powerful allegorical tale about the rise of dark forces in Europe and the imminence of war, all thrillingly played out in Bliss’s incisive rhythms and vibrant colours.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Martyn Brabbins in conversation.

    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RoyalNottingham #NottinghamClassics

    Concert Suite from Checkmate
    Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 3, ' Pastoral'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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