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Format: 2019-06-26
Format: 2019-06-26
  • 6 July 2019 - 11:00am
    Cheltenham Music Festival - Spanish Rhapsody
    Maria Vega, Xuefei Yang
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    The first Chinese guitarist to achieve international recognition following the Cultural Revolution, Xuefei Yang is also revered as one of the greatest musicians of her generation. She presents a captivating recital of Spanish flavoured guitar works, accompanied by one of the UK’s leading flamenco dancers, Maria Vega.

    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Serenata española from Impresiones de España, for stings, arranged for guitar
    Joaquín Malats (1872-1912)
    Suite española No 1
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Reflejo de luna
    Paco de Lucia (1947-)
    Gitaneria Arabesca
    Niño Ricardo (1904-1972)
    Danza española No 4, 'Villanesca' from 12 danzas españolas, for piano, arranged for guitar
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    La maja de Goya from 15 Tonadillas al estilo antiguo
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Zapateado from 6 Pieces on Spanish folksongs, for piano, arranged for guitar
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Prélude No 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) from 12 Préludes, Book 1, arranged for guitar
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Homenaje per le tombeau de Claude Debussy
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Miller's Dance from Three-cornered hat
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Invocation and Dance (Homage to Manuel de Falla)
    Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Gran jota
    Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
  • 6 July 2019 - 9:30pm
    Cheltenham Music Festival - Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring, arranged for 2 pianos
    Ashok Gupta, Jâms Coleman
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    This performance sees two great 20th century works stripped down and presented in their purest form on two pianos. They are separated by an exciting new work by one of the alumni of Cheltenham Festivals’ Composer Academy. Debussy’s work was originally conceived as a symphonic poem for orchestra, and later provided the basis for Njinsky’s iconic choreography as a ballet. Stravinsky’s uncompromising masterpiece The Rite of Spring remains essential listening over 100 years after it was first created, and still has the power to shock and astonish.

    Kindly supported by Kamala Chelliah-Boardman

    New work
    Composer Not Known ()
    The Rite of Spring, 'Le sacre du printemps', transcribed for piano 4 hands
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    A Celebration of Mozart by candlelight | St Martin's Chorus
    Andrew Earis, Brandenburg Sinfonia, St Martin's Chorus
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Join St Martin's Chorus and the Brandenburg Sinfonia for a celebration of the music of Mozart, part of the Sound of St Martin's Series.

    Sancta Maria, mater Dei
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Misericordias Domini
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Exsultate, jubilate, for soprano and orchestra
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Mass in C, 'Coronation'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    A Little Light Music
    Andrew Wells, Petros Singers, Richard Bannan
    St Michael and All Angels Church, Chiswick London W4 1TT
    United Kingdom

    This concert illuminates the variety of ways ‘light’ has proved a constant source of inspiration to composers and poets across the centuries, whether it be sunlight, moonlight, starlight or a flicker at the end of a tunnel. Featuring choruses from Elgar’s oratorio, The Light of Life, alongside music by Rachmaninoff, Amy Beach, John Rutter, Duke Ellington and The Beatles.

    Petros Singers is a well-regarded, auditioned chamber choir with a reputation for high-quality singing and innovative programmes. We perform a wide-ranging and diverse repertoire and collaborate with top-class orchestras and soloists in West and Central London.

    Richard Bannan, our musical director, is a baritone, conductor and teacher. Richard sings with many of the country's leading vocal ensembles, including the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he is a lay clerk.

    Andrew Wells will be accompanying us and performing some solo organ works. Andrew has been Petros Singers’ rehearsal pianist since 1987. He is a professional organist, piano accompanist, private teacher and theory of music examiner and is currently organist at St George’s, Campden Hill.

    Light of the world from The Light of Life
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    O gladsome light, (Svete tihiy) from Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Warum ist das Licht gegeben? from 2 Motetten
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Hymn to the Creator of Light
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Hail, gladdening light
    Charles Wood (1866-1926)
    O Lux beata Trinitas
    Kerry Andrew ()
    Light leaves whisper
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Through the house give glimmering light from 3 Shakespeare choruses
    Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944)
    Light of my soul
    Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856)
    Light out of darkness from The Light of Life
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Here comes the sun
    George Harrison (1943-2001)
    I'm beginning to see the light
    Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Walton, Shostakovich and Arnold | Southampton Concert Orchestra
    Paul Ingram, Philip Handy, Southampton Concert Orchestra
    Turner Sims Southampton SO17 1BJ
    United Kingdom

    Southampton Concert Orchestra return to Turner Sims with a programme of British and Russian music.

    In the first half, music From Malcolm Arnold and William Walton written in the 1950’s. The concert will open with Arnold’s musical depiction of Robert Burn’s epic poem, Tam O’Shanter, before Walton’s stunningly evocative Cello Concerto. We are delighted to welcome back Philip Daish-Handy of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Nova Foresta Classical Players, as soloist. The second half concludes with Shostakovich’s First Symphony, written at the age of 19 as his graduation piece from the St Petersburg conservatoire.

    Tam o’Shanter Overture
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Concerto for cello and orchestra
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Symphony No 1 in F minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 27 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Songs and Sonnets - Shearing, Mathias, Diemer and Rutter | Whitehall Choir
    Ian Tindale, Joanna Tomlinson, Malcolm Creese, Whitehall Choir
    St Peter's Church, Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL
    United Kingdom

    Whitehall Choir will perform settings by George Shearing, William Mathias, Emma Lou Diemer and John Rutter of texts by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. All have a light, jazzy feel, ensuring a fun and lively concert, followed by a relaxed drinks reception on the portico of St Peter’s – a popular summer tradition for the choir!

    Shearing wrote his well-loved Songs and Sonnets – his second set of Shakespeare songs – in 1999. Whitehall Choir performed the first set, Music to hear, under Paul Spicer in July 2013. John Rutter, a fan of George Shearing, wrote his settings, Birthday Madrigals, in 1995 as a 75th birthday tribute to the composer. Both sets will be accompanied by piano and double bass.

    The other two works, by Welsh composer William Mathias and American Emma Lou Diemer, are less overtly jazz in style but still have jazz influences with energetic rhythms and slow, atmospheric movements.

    Songs and Sonnets
    George Shearing (1919-)
    Shakespeare Songs
    William Mathias (1934-1992)
    3 Madrigals
    Emma Lou Diemer (1927-)
    Birthday Madrigals
    John Rutter (1945-)
  • 28 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by candlelight | The Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    Martyn Jackson, The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate the end of the week with The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, an exciting new orchestra featuring some of the UK’s most outstanding young professional musicians, led by the sensational violinist Martyn Jackson. This dynamic ensemble present a programme of some of the greatest classical music ever written including Vivaldi’s masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons' as well as works by Bach and Handel, in the heart of London’s West End by the evocative glow of candlelight.

    This special concert also features exceptional British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, who has developed a large following across the UK thanks to his effortless technique and charismatic charm. One of his most extraordinary achievements is performing the complete solo works (3.5 million notes) of Frederick Chopin from memory. Mailley-Smith has performed for the Royal Family on many occasions, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall and has been featured as Classic FM's CD of the Week. Press quote: “Stunning” Classic FM.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor, transcribed for 2 pianos
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for oboe and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 30 June 2019 - 6:30pm
    Chelsea Opera Group: The Demon (Anton Rubinstein)
    Andrei Kymach, Angela Simkin, Anush Hovhannisyan, Barnaby Rea, Chelsea Opera Group, Chelsea Opera Group Chorus, Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, Giorgi Sturua, Graeme Broadbent, Oliver Zeffman, Yvonne Howard
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Enjoy a rare chance to hear Anton Rubinstein's opera The Demon in a concert performance by the chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group under the baton of Oliver Zeffman. A cast of international soloists join conductor, orchestra and chorus for the performance.

    Rubinstein was one of the greatest pianists of the 19th century, a conductor and a prolific composer, and became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

    The Demon, an opera in three acts (six scenes), was composed in 1871 to a libretto by Pavel Viskovatov, based on the poem of the same name by Mikhail Lermontov. The Demon contains some of his best music, with striking pre-echos of his pupil Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The Demon boasts rich choral writing and a fiery libretto. The work vividly depicts the isolation and despair of a fallen angel doomed to eternal damnation. All is upended by a chance encounter with the princess Tamara with whom he falls desperately in love and he defies heaven and nature to possess her. Tamara’s attempts to resist him and her eventual submission end in her death and salvation, while the Demon is denied his hoped-for redemption through her love.

    The Demon
    Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)
  • 26 June 2019 - 1:10pm
    Timothée Botbol (cello) plays Bloch, Frances-Hoad and Cassado
    Timothée Botbol
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Swiss cellist Timothée Botbol is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, Yeomen of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Concordia Artist. He has given solo performances in the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Italy in venues including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St James’s Piccadilly, Chapel Royal, Lausanne Steinway Hall and Kultur-Rockt Festival. He has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera orchestra, principal cellist of ensemble Collegium under direction of soloist Lawrence Power, as well as chamber musician in the 2017 Concerts in The West series, the Royal Overseas League and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In February 2017, he was awarded the Grand Prize Special from all categories at the II Augustin Aponte International Music Competition in Tenerife.

    Starting his early musical education in Geneva at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute, he later progressed to the Lausanne Haute École de Musique and the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma program, under tutorship of professors such as Patrick Demenga, Alexander Chaushian and Richard Lester where he was supported by a Musicians’ Company Lambert Studentship, the Concordia Foundation, the AF Marescotti ville de Carouge Award and the Fondation F and M-F Minkoff. He also has participated in numerous masterclass with renowned cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Franz Helmerson, Jérôme Pernoo and Miklòs Perényi.

    A keen orchestral musician, Timothée has performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland in venues including Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Lausanne’s Salle Metropole and Palais Beaulieu, Montreux’s Auditorium Stravinsky and the Opéra de Vichy, under conductors including Charles Dutoit, Markus Stenz and Christian Zacharias, and with soloists including Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos. He is currently holding a trial position as sub-principal cellist with the Welsh National Opera.
    In addition to cello, Timothée has performed regularly as a baritone soloist, singing at Geneva’s Victoria Hall accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Suite for solo cello
    Gaspar Cassadó (1896-1966)
    Cheryl Frances-Hoad (1980-)
    Suite No 1 for cello
    Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
  • 28 June 2019 - 1:10pm
    The Mithras Piano Trio play Mozart and Brahms
    Dominic Degavino, Ionel Manciu, Leo Popplewell, Mithras Piano Trio
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Formed of current postgraduate students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Mithras Trio came together in 2017 under the guidance of Matthew Jones, Carole Presland and Ursula Smith. As well as benefitting from tuition with members of the Endellion Quartet, they have also received regular coaching from András Keller and Rolf Hind, and were selected to perform in masterclasses with Ralf Gothóni, Levon Chilingirian, the Takács, Danish and Emerson Quartets, and Alasdair Tait.

    Ionel, Leo and Dominic, all Scholarship holders at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, are experienced collaborators, having appeared in the Barbican Hall, City of London Festival, Harmos Festival Portugal, and Orpheus and Bacchus Festival among others. They have also worked in side-by-side performances with eminent musicians including Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Krysia Osostowicz, Andrew Marriner, Janine Jansen, Wihan and Chilingirian Quartets, and Ben Frith.

    They have had individual and group successes in a number of competitions. Most recently, the trio won the String Ensembles Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition and in April 2018, the Mithras Trio won second prize at the inaugural Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, performing Brahms’s Trio No 3 in C minor, Op 101 and Shostakovich’s Trio No 2, Op 67.

    They have made festival appearances at Lake District Summer Music Festival, Guildhall Chamber Music Festival and most recently Highgate International Chamber Music Festival.

    They are passionate exponents of contemporary music, having performed works by Helen Grime and Christopher Brammeld last season, and recently giving the world première of a new piece by Péter Tornyai at the Solti Hall in Budapest, who dedicated the work to the Mithras Trio after working with them. They look forward to two concerts in the Lake District this year, in addition to appearances at the Leeds International Concert Season, Milton Court Concert Hall and the Menuhin School.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Piano Trio No 5 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Trio in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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