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Format: 2019-10-23
Format: 2019-10-23
  • 23 October 2019 - 9:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival – Schubert and the Comedian Harmonists: Schubert & Co
    Schubert & Co
    The Mad Hatter Oxford OX4 1EA
    United Kingdom

    In the convivial setting of the Mad Hatter bar on Iffley Road, the male voices of ensemble Schubert & Co round off our Schubert focus on a high. Sociable drinking songs by Schubert fill the Mad Hatter cocktail bar, alongside uplifting music by the world-famous close harmony group of the 20s and 30s, The Comedian Harmonists.

    Tickets include one drink and the bar will be open for further purchases.

  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Eric Whitacre - The Sacred Veil (European premiere)
    Christopher Glynn, Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Singers, Jeffrey Zeigler
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Eric brings his professional choir to St. John’s Smith Square in two performances of his brand new piece – The Sacred Veil. Premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in February, this 12-movement work written with poet, lyricist and long-time collaborator, Charles Anthony Silvestri, tells the true story of love, life, loss and the search for solace. The Sacred Veil received unprecedented acclaim from the media, concert-goers and the artists following its premiere, and is Eric’s most extensive choral work to date.

    Eric Whitacre and Charles Anthony Silvestri will participate in a pre-concert talk before each performance.

    VIP tickets include exclusive access to rehearsal, a private meet-and-greet with Charles Anthony Silvestri, a signed programme and priority seating for the pre-concert talk and concert. VIP ticketholders will be emailed with more information 14 days before the event.

    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    The Sacred Veil, for chorus, cello and piano
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
  • 26 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Eric Whitacre - The Sacred Veil
    Christopher Glynn, Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Singers, Jeffrey Zeigler
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Eric brings his professional choir to St. John’s Smith Square in two performances of his brand new piece – The Sacred Veil. Premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in February, this 12-movement work written with poet, lyricist and long-time collaborator, Charles Anthony Silvestri, tells the true story of love, life, loss and the search for solace. The Sacred Veil received unprecedented acclaim from the media, concert-goers and the artists following its premiere, and is Eric’s most extensive choral work to date.

    Eric Whitacre and Charles Anthony Silvestri will participate in a pre-concert talk before each performance.

    VIP tickets include exclusive access to rehearsal, a private meet-and-greet with Charles Anthony Silvestri, a signed programme and priority seating for the pre-concert talk and concert. VIP ticketholders will be emailed with more information 14 days before the event.

    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    The Sacred Veil, for chorus, cello and piano
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
  • 27 October 2019 - 6:30pm
    Timothy Ridout (viola) and Jâms Coleman (piano) + pre-concert recital
    Jâms Coleman, Timothy Ridout
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy Ridout has gone on to perform widely in Europe. Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. For their Conway Hall début, they come together in a programme of Russian and Belgian works for viola and piano, culminating in one of César Franck’s best-known compositions, originally for violin and piano.

    5.30pm - Pre-concert recital: Royal College of Music Musicians - Eumelia Trio

    This free pre-concert recital will feature students from the Royal College of Music, and will take place before the evening's Sunday Concert. This week, the Eumelia Trio, a leading ensemble from the internationally-renowned conservatoire, will perform a programme of music entirely by woman composers. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness the future generation of music stars, as they perform live on the Conway Hall stage.

    Auguste Janonyte (violin)
    Abigail Lorimier (cello)
    Michaella Livadiotis (piano)

    Rotem Sherman - Three Wishes
    Rebecca Clarke - Piano Trio

    Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

    Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of 'affordable classical music for all' still remains. Visit our website for more information about all our Autumn 2019 Season music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    Sonata for Viola and Piano in D minor
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Sonata for Viola and Piano
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Sonata in A for Violin and Piano
    César Franck (1822-1890)
  • 26 October 2019 - 7:15pm
    Music in the Round Autumn Series - Leonore Piano Trio
    Benjamin Nabarro, Gemma Rosefield, Leonore Piano Trio, Tim Horton
    Crucible Studio Theatre Sheffield S1 1DA
    United Kingdom

    A cycle of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios (concert 8 of 8).

    It is fitting that the Leonore Trio has saved the crowning masterpiece of Beethoven’s works for piano trio as the finale to this wonderful series. A noble and spacious work, celebrated for being almost a symphony for three musicians, the Archduke Trio overcame an inauspicious debut before going on to become one of the best-loved pieces of music for piano, violin and cello.

    “Playing with sumptuous breadth and beguiling warmth.” The Guardian

    12 Variations in F on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' from Mozart’s 'Die Zauberflöte', for cello and piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 4 in A minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Piano Trio No 7 in B Flat 'Archduke'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 27 October 2019 - 4:00pm
    Ars Nova Copenhagen - directed by Paul Hillier
    Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier
    Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square London SW1X 9BZ
    United Kingdom

    Ars Nova Copenhagen was founded in 1979 and is widely recognized as one of the world's finest vocal ensembles, specializing in the interpretation of the polyphonic choral music of the renaissance and new vocal music.

    In one of their rare trips to London they will be presenting ‘Baltic Voices’ – music from the Baltic sea.

    The ensemble's chief conductor and artistic director since 2003 is the acclaimed British conductor Paul Hillier. In addition to concerts in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark, the ensemble regularly appears across Europe, and in North and South America

    Hillier was founder and artistic director of first The Hilliard Ensemble and later Theatre of Voices. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to choral music. In 2007 he received the Order of the White Star of Estonia, and was awarded a Grammy for Best Choral Recording ('Da Pacem' – Arvo Pärt). He received another Grammy Award for the David Lang CD ’The Little Match Girl Passion’. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of Dannebrog - the Danish knighthood - by Her Majesty, Queen Margaret of Denmark.

    Da pacem Domine
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Sånger ur jorden
    Karin Rehnqvist (1957-)
    The dazzled eye lost its speech
    Rytis Mažulis (1961-)
    Winter Hymn
    Per Nørgård (1932-)
    Die mit Tränen säen from Geistliche Chormusik
    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
    Ingrian Evenings
    Veljo Tormis (1930-)
  • 1 November 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Haydn Quartet with Eric Hoeprich (clarinet)
    Catherine Manson, Eric Hoeprich, John Crockatt, Jonathan Manson, London Haydn Quartet, Michael Gurevich
    Leamington Spa Assembly Hall, Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa CV32 4AA
    United Kingdom

    For its fifth concert in Leamington, the London Haydn Quartet comes with one of the world’s leading exponents of the historical clarinet – and owner of a collection of more than one hundred clarinets – the American-born Eric Hoeprich. Together they play two quintets written some thirty years after Mozart’s popular masterpiece, which is programmed for 15 March. Weber wrote for Heinrich Baermann, as Mozart did for Anton Stadler and Krommer was a prolific and brilliant writer for wind too.

    Clarinet Quintet in B flat
    Franz Krommer (1759-1831)
    String Quartet in D
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Quintet for clarinet and strings in B flat
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
  • 24 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Rose and the Willow: Mercedes Gancedo/Beatriz Miralles
    Beatriz Miralles, Mercedes Gancedo
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Prize-winning Argentinian soprano Mercedes Gancedo and exciting young pianist Beatriz Miralles have been the Young Artists in Residence at the Life Victoria Festival in Barcelona. They present songs by the Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge and the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera. At the heart of the programme, the masterful songs of Ginastera’s compatriot Carlos Guastavino, including the famous song ‘The Rose and the Willow’, conjure magical, nocturnal landscapes.

    Presented in association with the Life Victoria Festival, Barcelona

  • 24 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Rite of Spring: Owen-Apekisheva Duo
    Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The Owen-Apekisheva Duo gave a stunning performance at last year’s Festival and we are thrilled that they will return for two concerts this year. In the first of these, they perform Debussy’s épigraphes antiques, based on the music he had written to accompany Pierre Louÿs’s poems Les chansons de Bilitis. Alongside this, we hear Stravinsky’s electrifying arrangement of The Rite of Spring, which the composer played with Debussy in 1912.

    6 épigraphes antiques
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    The Rite of Spring, 'Le sacre du printemps', transcribed for piano 4 hands
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • 24 October 2019 - 8:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival: Four Last Songs: Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton
    Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Carolyn Sampson (described by The Times as having a ‘purity of tone matched by her dramatic ability to inhabit the spirit of each song in the cycle as though it were a perfectly contained world’) and regular duo partner Joseph Middleton ('the cream of the new generation') perform songs by Haydn (Arianna a Naxos), the young Schoenberg, and Gustav Mahler. After the interval, we hear Debussy’s Trois chansons de Bilitis, entering the sensuous and suggestive world of Pan and the dryads, and then Richard Strauss’s monumental Four Last Songs.

    Explore Debussy's musical responses to Pierre Louÿs's Les chansons de Bilitis at this afternoon's rush-hour concert.

    Arianna a Naxos
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Trois chansons de Bilitis
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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