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Format: 2018-10-21
Format: 2018-10-21
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:00pm
    Vincenzo Bellini's Norma | Chelsea Opera Group
    Chelsea Opera Group Chorus, Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra, Christopher Turner, Dane Lam, Elin Pritchard, Helena Dix, Joshua Bloom
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Norma by Bellini, an opera in 2 acts by Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835), libretto by Felice Romani after Norma, ou L'infanticide by Alexandre Soumet - first performed at La Scala, Milan on 26th December 1831

    Chelsea Opera Group will perform Bellini's Norma, an outstanding example of the bel canto genre. First produced in 1831, it is set in Roman-occupied Gaul around 50 B.C. The story is centred on a struggle between love and duty, resulting from the illicit passion of the local arch-druidess Norma for the Roman proconsul Pollione. Norma is one of opera’s greatest soprano roles and has been particularly associated with Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland. Casta Diva, Norma’s invocation to the moon, is one of the best-known arias in all opera. It is one of the composer’s ‘long, long melodies’ which Verdi much admired. The opera’s dramatic potency rests in its breathtaking ensembles, most strikingly in Norma’s duets with Pollione and Adalgisa, the Act I trio ‘Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno’ and the blistering Act II finale.

    Helena Dix returns to sing the title role of Norma which she covered for the Metropolitan Opera in 2017, continuing her long association with Chelsea Opera Group.

    Conductor Dane Lam follows growing conducting success at Opera Holland Park to conduct Norma for Chelsea Opera Group

    The concert performance of Norma also features the Orchestra and Chorus of Chelsea Opera Group.

    Ditlev Rindom will give a pre-concert talk for ticket holders in the hall at 5.45pm.

    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Rossini's Petite messe solennelle
    Elizabeth Watts, Gustavo Gimeno, Kenneth Tarver, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Luca Pisaroni, Sara Mingardo
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic, but he was also a showman. ‘Oh Lord’ he prayed, ‘Thou knowest well that I was born to write comic opera.’ So when he came to write his ‘Solemn Mass’, he couldn’t help filling it with cheerful rhythms, brilliant operatic solos and tune after irresistibly hummable tune. Sacred music doesn’t get any more entertaining than this, and as a former assistant to opera expert Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Gimeno understands it from the inside. He’s brought with him a hand-picked team of star soloists who share his love for Rossini; the result should positively sparkle.

    Petite messe solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
  • 25 October 2018 - 7:00pm
    Mozart's Così fan tutte | Dulwich Opera Company
    David Fletcher, Dulwich Opera Company, Elspeth Wilkes, Honey Rouhani, James Williams, Loretta Hopkins, Phillipa Thomas, Robert Barbaro
    Trinity Buoy Wharf London E14 0JY
    United Kingdom

    Awarded 4 stars by The Stage, which described it as having ‘pace and panache’ and being ‘lively and convincingly detailed’, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy, set to some of Mozart's most glorious music.

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    Featuring a cast of young professional singers, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy. Set to some of Mozart's most glorious music, the opera is performed in the original Italian with English surtitles. The creative team is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer Leah Sams.

    Premièred in 1790, Mozart's Così fan tutte remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous arias Come scoglio and Un’aura amorosa, as well as the divine trio Soave sia il vento. Also known as The school for lovers, the opera tells a wry and light-hearted tale of love, fidelity, and human infallibility.

    Production photo: Alex Brenner

    Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 31 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Music in the Round Autumn Series - Ligeti Quartet
    Ligeti Quartet
    The Leadmill Sheffield S1 4SE
    United Kingdom

    “There were terrifying things in the air…they found their way into Black Angels”. George Crumb

    The Ligeti Quartet presents a gripping picture of modern classical music at The Leadmill. Two 20th century classics - Steve Reich’s Grammy award-winning Different Trains and George Crumb’s iconic Black Angels for electric string quartet - feature alongside the rock-riff influenced minimalism of John Adams; John Zorn’s explosive collage of jazz, American folk, punk, modernist and classical music; and Tanya Tagaq’s Sivunittinni - inspired by Inuit throat singing.

    As with all our concerts in the Studio, the event is fully seated, but seats are unreserved.

    Cat o'nine tails
    John Zorn (1953-)
    Tanya Tagaq ()
    Black Angels
    George Crumb (1929-)
    Fellow Traveller 2007
    John Adams (1947-)
    Different Trains
    Steve Reich (1936-)
  • 31 October 2018 - 8:00pm
    London Bach Society's 28th Bachfest 2018
    Rodolfo Richter, Steinitz Bach Players
    St George's Church, Hanover Square London W1S 1FX
    United Kingdom

    This recital of Bach's masterpiece is on the Festival's opening day and is one of the series to celebrate Steinitz Bach Players 50th anniversary. Here we present the principal players as a chamber ensemble.

    The programme reflects the theme of the Festival 'Out of conflict...the peace'. Bach's historic visit to Frederick the Great at Potsdam in 1747 was probably planned to take place much earlier, but was discouraged while the Prussian King was in war mode. Bach's city of Leipzig was occupied by Frederick's troops over Christmas 1745, so the City Fathers who were also Bach's employers, would have frowned upon such a prominent citizen travelling to Potsdam in the threatening atmosphere prevailing. By May 1747, the time seemed ripe for Bach to make a very significant journey to the King's Court. As a diplomatic gesture and envoy of peace, he was warmly received by the King, eager to meet the revered composer. As a consequence of the visit Bach composed The Musical Offering, a work of enormous beauty, shape, colour and harmony, the story of which we shall tell on opening night in Handel's Parish Church.

    Musikalisches Opfer, 'Musical Offering'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
    Pavel Kolesnikov
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Following Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it “one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while”. Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has performed around the world. Significant recital and festival appearances include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Kumho Art Hall (South Korea), the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival, Plush Music Festival, and the BBC Proms. Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include Russia’s National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    3 Intermezzi
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Tombeau de Monsieur Blancrocher
    Louis Couperin (c1626-1661)
    Pavane in F sharp minor from Pièces de clavecin
    Louis Couperin (c1626-1661)
    Fantasie in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Suite in A
    Louis Couperin (c1626-1661)
  • 21 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart and Beethoven performed by Southern Pro Musica
    Jonathan Willcocks, Martin Owen, Southern Pro Musica
    Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford GU1 3UX
    United Kingdom

    This will be a feast of music by two of the greatest classical composers, Mozart and Beethoven. At the heart of the concert is Mozart’s ever-popular Horn Concerto No 4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s principal horn Martin Owen as soloist. As the climax to the evening enjoy Beethoven’s dramatic and effervescent Symphony No 7, the most striking of his symphonic works, which was used to underscore some of the most compelling scenes in the 2010 film 'The King's Speech'.

    Martin Owen is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as guest Principal Horn with the major London orchestras and those further afield, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also appears as soloist and chamber musician in some of the leading music festivals around the world.

    Southern Pro Musica is the South's leading professional chamber orchestra, led by inspired Artistic Director, Jonathan Willcocks.

    Overture from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for horn and orchestra No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 39 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 25 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Heath Quartet
    Christopher Murray, Gary Pomeroy, Heath Quartet, Oliver Heath, Sara Wolstenholme
    Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead SL6 4PF
    United Kingdom

    The Heath Quartet have built up a loyal following for their distinctive style. Their reputation is spreading worldwide as they undertake concerts across Europe and North America. They return to showcase an eclectic programme. A Bach arrangement is followed by a 20th century British masterwork and one of Beethoven’s great last works for string quartet.

    Three choral preludes
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    String Quartet No 2 in C
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 15 in A minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 29 October 2018 - 1:00pm
    Halloween Lunchtime Organ Recital: Gordon Stewart
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    The Halloween concert gives the Town Hall’s technicians a chance to show off their lighting effects for the lunchtime audiences. Although some of the pieces appear regularly in this programme, Garth Edmundson’s Gargoyles is being heard for the first time.

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    In the hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Toccata from 12 Pièces nouvelles
    Theodóre Dubois (1837-1924)
    All Hallow's Eve
    Robert Bedell (1909-1974)
    Gargoyles, for organ
    Garth Edmundson (1900-1971)
    Danse macabre in G minor
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Ride of the Valkyries, from 'Die Walkure'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
  • 21 October 2018 - 3:00pm
    Julien van Mellaerts (baritone) and Simon Lepper (piano)
    Julien Van Mellaerts, Simon Lepper
    St Gregory's Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury CT1 1NX
    United Kingdom

    New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar supported by a Toeman Weinberger Award. On graduation he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. He continues to study with Russell Smythe. Before moving to London, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago.

    Julien has won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. This follows on from his first prize in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other awards include: the Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award for 2016/2017, he has also won the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize, the 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition, and winner of the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall.

    Simon Lepper read music at King’s College Cambridge. He is a professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course. He is an official accompanist for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

    This concert is the club's contribution to Canterbury Festival.

    Der Einsame
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Rheinlegendchen from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Harfenspieler I from Goethe Lieder
    Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
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