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Format: 2020-02-26
Format: 2020-02-26
  • 7 March 2020 - 7:45pm
    On Windover Hill, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
    Amy Bebbington, Corra Sound, Harlequin Chamber Choir, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
    Boxgrove Priory Near Chichester PO18 0ED
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with Harelquin Chamber Choir present music inspired by the South Downs, including the world premiere of On Windover Hill by Nathan James. This new cantata explores the story behind the Long Man of Wilmington, the oldest and largest representation of the human form in Europe. Supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Trust, On Windover Hill uses a variety of Roman, early English, early twentieth-century, and contemporary texts to narrate what the mystical hill-figure might represent.

    The concert will also feature rarieties from Ruth Gipps (Goblin Market) and Avril Coleridge-Taylor (Wyndore), both of whom were proud of their Sussex roots. Wyndore was written in 1936, inspired by a poem by Aldous Huxley and this will be its first performance in 67 years. Gipps's groundbreaking setting of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market from 1954 is performed with kind permission of her family.

    For more information on the story behind this remarkable project to bring these three pieces together, please visit here.

    On Windover Hill
    Nathan James (1980-)
    Excerpt from Goblin Market
    Ruth Gipps (1921-1999)
    Wyndore, for choir and orchestra
    Avril Coleridge-Taylor (1903-1998)
    Music, when soft voices die
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    The Hills
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
  • 29 February 2020 - 10:15am
    Come and Sing - William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with Wooburn Singers
    Simon Howat, Tom Hammond-Davies, Wooburn Singers
    The Beaconsfield School Beaconsfield HP9 1SJ
    United Kingdom

    Wooburn Singers is hosting another of its popular Come and Sing days. Under the expert baton of our musical director Tom Hammond-Davies, we will be spending the day singing William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. In the afternoon, our pianist Simon Howat will be joined by percussion and brass players and we will end the day with a run-through performance, free to family and friends. Don't miss this rare chance to sing such an exciting work.

    Ploughman’s lunch option available for £6 (must be pre-booked and prepaid by 24th Feb)

    Belshazzar’s Feast
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 1 March 2020 - 3:00pm
    Pantomime villains | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    In the lead up to Lent, we discover three cantatas based on parables: Cantata 144, based on the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, reveals an alto aria with a sustained melody of great beauty; and Cantatas 181 and 18, both based on the Parable of the Sower, projecting dramatic scenes of spasmodic birds pecking at the scattered seed, and a furious litany in which Bach rains fire and brimstone on the ‘pantomime villains, the Turks and the Papists’.

    Cantata No 144, 'Nimm, was deinist, und gehe hin'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 181, 'Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 18, 'Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Markham, Timothy Redmond
    Hull City Hall Hull HU1 3RQ
    United Kingdom

    The opera Flight by Jonathan Dove was written in 1998 and has already been performed all around the world. The 18 minute orchestral suite is a great opportunity to hear why. Robert Markham, who was brought up in Hull, returns as soloist in the evergreen Third Piano Concerto by Beethoven. The enormous forces of Rachmaninov’s final work end the programme directed by our guest conductor Timothy Redmond, also making a return visit.

    Meet the artists: Robert Markham and Tim Redmond talk to Andrew Penny - 6.30pm, free to ticket holders.

    Airport scenes from Flight
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphonic Dances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 1 March 2020 - 6:30pm
    Tippett Quartet / Héloïse Werner (soprano)
    Bozidar Vucotic, Héloïse Werner, Jeremy Isaac, John Mills, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Tippett Quartet
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Recently described by The Times as “quickly becoming a latter-day Cathy Berberian or Meredith Monk”, French-born and London-based soprano Héloïse Werner was one of the four shortlisted nominees in the Young Artist category of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2017. Freya Waley-Cohen’s new commission is generously supported by the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation and Ambache Charitable Trust.

    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 Spring 2020 season of music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Spell Book (volume 2) for soprano and string quartet (world premiere)
    Composer Not Known ()
    La courte paille, for voice and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    String Quartet in G minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 28 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Willson Instruments Celebration Recital
    Howard J Evans, Ian Shepherd, Michael Howley, Nick Mott
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    A recital from Willson Instrument Artists based in the UK. All the musicians for today’s concert are supported by the Swiss based Willson Instrument Company. They are also all instrumentalists serving in Military Bands of HM’s Armed Forces, including the London based guards bands, and the Band of the Royal Air Force College. The instrumentalists also have considerable experience of playing in the brass band scene, and have performed with some of the UK’s leading bands, including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, Yorkshire Building Society, and GUS.

    Concerto for euphonium and orchestra
    Vladimir Cosma (1940-)
    Variations on Rule Britannia, for euphonium and brass band
    John Hartmann (1830-1897)
    Song of the Brother, for euphonium and brass band
    Erik Leidzén (1894-1962)
    Donegal Bay
    Paul Lovatt-Cooper ()
  • 28 February 2020 - 1:10pm
    Kathy Chow (piano) plays Mozart and Schumann
    Kathy Chow
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in 1993 in Perth, Australia, Kathy Chow began piano and cello lessons at age seven and later received a scholarship to study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She made her debut piano recital in 2007 at the Callaway Music Auditorium, raising funds for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Kathy studied piano with Glenn Riddle at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours. She completed a Masters of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Martin Roscoe with distinction and is currently an Artist Diploma candidate, supported by the Guildhall School Trust.

    Kathy has performed in Australia, USA, China, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has participated in masterclasses with international artists including Peter Frankl, Victor Rosenbaum, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Osborne, Tom Poster, Kyoko Hashimoto and Ralf Gothoni. She has performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1 with the Zelman Memorial Symphony.

    Kathy has also appeared as a soloist in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, South Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria, and the Government Ballroom House of Western Australia. Most recently Kathy was invited to perform a solo recital in the 2018 Ribble Valley Music Festival.

    During her studies Kathy has won several awards; including first prize in the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition (formerly Brant International Piano Competition), The Royal Over-Seas League 2019 Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas and is the recipient of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship 2017, and the University of Melbourne’s Sir Arthur Sims Scholarship 2016. She has also won prizes and been a finalist of various other competitions including the Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award, Australian National Piano Award, and the John Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship.

    As an active and passionate chamber and collaborative pianist, Kathy enjoys performing with the Armorel Piano Trio at many concert venues including St Johns Waterloo, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, and St Barnabas Church. She has also been selected to participate in artistic projects such as ‘Stop Repair Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy’ (2008), the art installation for prepared piano by international artists Allora & Calzadilla.

    Free recital with retiring collection

    Sonata for Piano No 9 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Humoreske in B flat, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 28 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Mozart and Moonlight by candlelight | Adam Johnson and Brandenburg Sinfonia
    Adam Johnson, Andrew Earis, Brandenburg Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Join celebrated pianist Adam Johnson for an enchanting performance of Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata', alongside works by Mozart played by Brandenburg Sinfonia.

    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Suite No 1 in F from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Eclogue for piano and strings
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 20 in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 7 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's The Four Seasons by candlelight | Brandenburg Sinfonia
    Ben Giddens, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Richard Milone
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Join violinist Richard Milone and the Brandenburg Consort for a performance of Vivaldi's famous The Four Seasons, part of the Sound of St Martin's Series.

    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Ouverture des nations anciennes et modernes
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Divertimento for strings in D, 'Salzburg Symphony No 1'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Rondeau from Incidental music for Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Beethoven Festival: Freddy Kempf
    Freddy Kempf
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Beethoven's piano sonatas are works with which all mankind can identify. Still, the famous ‘Appassionata’ is every bit the product of Beethoven in the year 1804. For the French essayist Romain Rolland, it was Beethoven ‘unleashing of elemental forces, the passions, the madness of men and the elements’. For the critic of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, it was Beethoven talking ‘from heart to heart.’ British pianist Freddy kempf comes to the church of St John the Evangelist to continue our sonata cycle with the 'Appassionata’, the restless creativity of Beethoven’s Op 31 sonatas and the compact Sonata No 22.

    Sonata for Piano No 16 in G major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 18 in E flat, 'The Hunt'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 22 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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