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Format: 2020-02-19
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  • 28 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Consone String Quartet
    Agata Daraskaite, Consone Quartet, Elitsa Bogdanova, George Ross, Magdalena Loth-Hill
    Leamington Spa Assembly Hall, Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa CV32 4AA
    United Kingdom

    The Consone Quartet joined the BBC New Generation Artists in spring 2019. Formed at the Royal College of Music where the Quartet won the Century Fund Prize in 2013, two years later it won two prizes in the York Early Music Festival Competition. The Quartet brings period instrument interpretation in classical and early romantic repertoire and of particular interest in this concert will be the work written in 1812 by George Onslow, son of an English father and French mother. He wrote three dozen quartets in all and this quartet will delight our audience.

    String Quartet No 11 in D minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 4 in C minor
    George Onslow (1784-1853)
    String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 25 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Immortal Beloved | Orchestra of the Swan
    Jason Lai, Lauren Zhang, Orchestra of the Swan
    Stratford Playhouse Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU
    United Kingdom

    Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, makes her debut with Orchestra of the Swan in Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.
    The ‘Emperor’ concerto represents the apex of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ writing. There are plenty of stormy episodes and virtuoso passages for the piano but the balance between them and the tender moments is perfectly judged. Schumann’s admiration of Beethoven went beyond mere words. In 1836 he composed his ‘Grande Sonate’ the proceeds from which were to have been used towards the construction of a monument dedicated to the great composer. He began work on his 2nd symphony in 1845 but was severely hampered by his deteriorating health. It was eventually completed in 1847.

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    Pre-concert talk 6:30pm

    Overture from Genoveva
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 2 in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 28 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Immortal Beloved | Orchestra of the Swan
    Jason Lai, Lauren Zhang, Orchestra of the Swan
    Cheltenham Town Hall Cheltenham GL50 1QA
    United Kingdom

    A trio of rousing 19th century works is the bill of fare for this concert, with a Beethoven masterpiece sandwiched between two deeply romantic Schumann offerings. First, the overture to Schumann’s four-act opera, Genoveva, premiered in 1850 and sharing similarities to another great German medieval- themed work of the same decade, Wagner’s Lohengrin. Schumann also closes proceedings, with his uplifting and joyous second symphony. The evening’s centrepiece needs no introduction; the pathos and majesty of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto places it in almost everybody’s top ten classical favourites.

    Pre-concert talk (6.30pm to 7pm): featuring Jason Lai, Lauren Zhang and Orchestra of the Swan's Chief Executive, Debbie Jagla.

    Overture from Genoveva
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 2 in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Amersham Concert Club presents the Pelleas Ensemble (flute, harp, viola)
    Henry Roberts, Luba Tunnicliffe, Oliver Wass, Pelléas Ensemble
    Amersham Free Church Amersham HP6 6AJ
    United Kingdom

    The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011. Playing with “verve and polish” (The Times), they recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. In 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition. They are Tunnell Trust Young Artists.

    Their Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy" (Seen and Heard International), and they have recently appeared live on BBC Radio 3's ‘In Tune’. They were selected to represent the Guildhall at the City of London Festival, and have given numerous recitals at other London venues including St John’s Smith Square. They have been praised for creating an immediate and intimate connection with their audiences.

    Terzettino
    Theodóre Dubois (1837-1924)
    Suite in D, from Deuxième livre de pièces de clavecin
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Excerpts from 'Romeo and Juliet', arranged for viola and piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Duo for violin and viola in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Le tombeau de Couperin
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 28 February 2020 - 6:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 5 - Sonata No 3 / Berceuse | Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 evenings in the 2019-20 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from October 2019 to July 2020.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    3 Ecossaises
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 14 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Variations brillantes on 'Je vends des scapulaires'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Berceuse in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 19 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 41 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 28 February 2020 - 9:00pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 5 - Sonata No 3 / Berceuse | Warren Mailley-Smith
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 evenings in the 2019-2020 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from October 2019 to July 2020.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    3 Ecossaises
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 14 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Variations brillantes on 'Je vends des scapulaires'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Berceuse in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 19 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 41 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Thames Concerts 2019/20 - Emma Halnan (flute) and Daniel King Smith (piano)
    Daniel King Smith, Emma Halnan
    St Andrew's Church Surbiton KT6 4DS
    United Kingdom
    Sonata for flute and continuo in D minor, 'La Vibray'
    Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
    Sonata for flute and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Sonata in G for flute and continuo
    Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773)
    Grande Polonaise, for flute and piano
    Theobald Böhm (1794-1881)
    Fantasie No 8 in E minor
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Sequenza I for flute
    Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
    Sonata for flute and continuo No 6 in E
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for flute and piano
    Edwin York Bowen (1884-1961)
  • 22 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
    Benjamin Grosvenor
    Grand Hall, Dorking Halls Dorking RH4 1SG
    United Kingdom

    Benjamin Grosvenor won the Keyboard final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2004, when he was only eleven, and since then he has gone on to have an outstandingly successful international career. Admired for his virtuosity and his musicianship, he has played with orchestras all over the world and worked with many of today’s most distinguished musicians and conductors. His programme opens with music by Rameau, a short dance with variations. This is followed by one of Beethoven’s early piano sonatas, where the composer begins to develop his own distinctive style. The second half is devoted to the music of Liszt, one of the nineteenth-century giants of the keyboard, concluding with this Sonata in B Minor, his major virtuoso work for piano.

    Please note that the the Liszt works in the second half have been amended from those originally published.

    Gavotte and Six Variations
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Sonata for Piano No 4 in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano in B minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Berceuse
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 23 February 2020 - 3:00pm
    Ensemble Mirage
    Ensemble Mirage
    Colyer-Fergusson Hall Canterbury CT2 7NB
    United Kingdom

    Ensemble Mirage is a dynamic flexi-ensemble based in London, enabling the exploration and programming of the whole range of clarinet-string-piano chamber music, beginning primarily with the core three clarinet trios and building upwards. They were delighted to be selected for the 2016/17 St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ Scheme when they were able to present a rich variety of music and ensemble flexes in their programmes.

    Ensemble Mirage evolved from the award winning ensemble Trio Mirage, which formed in early 2014; with British clarinettist Matthew Scott, Hungarian violinist Júlia Pusker and Romanian pianist Alexandra Vaduva. Having met earlier in their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, they began exploring the diverse range of repertoire their trio setting offered. They soon won the Academy's Harold Craxton Prize and were awarded a 2015/16 Chamber Music Fellowship, during which they worked with Academy composers to produce new works for the ensemble alongside chamber recitals.

    To explore larger repertoire Trio Mirage began collaborating with other musicians, resulting in Ensemble Mirage. Individually all members are award winning artists in their own right, active across all areas of the profession including solo, chamber, orchestral and outreach work. Through schemes including the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme and Making Music’s Award for Young Concert Artists, the ensemble has performed in various flexes for Music Societies and Festivals throughout the UK. Highlights include performances at The Lantern Colston Hall, The Two Moors Festival, China Exchange, and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

    Ensemble Mirage continues to evolve by working with a small group of dedicated chamber musicians to expand the repertoire offered, currently up to Octet.

    Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Septet in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 20 February 2020 - 7:45pm
    Giacomo Susani (guitar)
    Giacomo Susani
    Bunyan Meeting Bedford MK40 3EU
    United Kingdom

    Italian guitarist Giacomo Susani won first prize at the London International Guitar Competition in 2016 and studies at the Royal Academy of Music with the support of the prestigious Julian Bream Trust Scholarship. His recital includes music by his fellow countrymen Frescobaldi and Scarlatti alongside some of his own work. He premiered the Tate Sonata in London in March 2018. This concert is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

    He plays on two instruments, one made by the Spanish maker Domingo Esteso (1926) and one by the English luthier David Rubio (1996)

    "…rare gifts…" ; Giacomo was thrilled to be awarded the Julian Bream Trust Scholarship by Julian Bream himself
    "His general quality of interpretation and performance places him among the most advanced young guitarists having met my attention." - Oscar Ghiglia

    Toccata per spinettina a sola over liuto
    Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
    Aria detta la Frescobalda
    Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
    Gran solo
    Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
    The Blue Madeleine
    Giacomo Susani (1995-)
    2 Sonatas
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Mazurka appassionata
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
    Tate Sonata, for solo guitar
    Marek Pasieczny (1980-)
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