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Format: 2014-04-20
Format: 2014-04-20
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Community Contrast | Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus
    Jeremy Haneman, Original Sing, Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus
    Church of St Clement Danes London WC2R 1DH
    United Kingdom

    Celebrating the joy and variety of community singing, Brandenburg Choral Festival presents a cappella vocal verve from the award-winning Original Sing, and opera choruses from the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

    Excerpts from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Excerpts from Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    £18 (unreserved), children £5 Available from 020 7766 1100 .
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    Wed, 2014-04-30 14:00
    Rejoice in the Lamb | Trinity Laban Chamber Choir
    Stephen Jackson, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir
    The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy London WC2R 0DA
    United Kingdom

    Stephen Jackson brings the talented young singers of the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir to the Savoy's jewel of a chapel for a beautiful programme featuring some of the twentieth century's most talented British composers. This concert is part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival, 2014.

    Rejoice in the Lamb
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    I love the Lord
    Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012)
    Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
    3 Shakespeare Songs (1951)
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    £18 (unreserved) children £5 Available from 020 7766 1100 .
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Celebration! - CK Gospel Choir
    CK Gospel Choir, Harlano Weekes, The Finalists of the Music in Offices Choir of the Year competition
    Church of St Clement Danes London WC2R 1DH
    United Kingdom

    A chance to get up on your feet and dance in the aisles – though we won't know some of the performers until the month before! This evening we celebrate the finalists in the 2014 Music In Offices Choir of the Year competition. And following that, CK Gospel Choir bring their unique blend of gospel, soul and jazz to the Brandenburg Choral Festival, 2014.

    £18 (unreserved) children £5 Available from 020 7766 1100 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:30
    SJE International Piano Series 2014 - Viv McLean
    Viv McLean
    Church of St John the Evangelist Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican and a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin. Other performances include Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Gershwin and Bernstein with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Beethoven's 5th Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.

    Viv also plays with leading chamber music groups and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Lawrence Power, Eijin Nimura, Phillip Dukes, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, David Le Page, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch. He has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded recitals for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel.

    Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.

    Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and fingers of steel hidden behind muscles of velvet. He is an otherworldly young man - he plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment. Le Monde, Paris.

    The fluent technique and brilliance of the interpreter were impressive, he played with insight and the greatest sensitivity. General Anzeiger, Bonn.

    Part of the SJE Arts International Piano Series 2014, also featuring Gwilym Simcock, David Owen Norris and Stephen Hough. Series tickets for all nine concerts are available until the first concert on February 12th. Top price tickets £165, mid-price tickets £120.

    Sonata for Piano No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Arabesque in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for Piano No 21 in C, 'Waldstein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise No 1 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Ballade No 3 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 20 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Ballade No 1 in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 2 in E flat from 3 Nocturnes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    £18, £12, £8 (£5 discount for students and under 18's) Available from 01865 305305 Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Banchetto Musicale - The Flanders Recorder Quartet
    Bart Spanhove, Flanders Recorder Quartet, Joris Van Goethem, Paul Van Loey, Tom Beets
    Woking United Reformed Church Woking GU22 7HA
    United Kingdom

    Banchetto Musicale

    In 1733, Telemann composed his famous collection, 'Musique de Table'. A manuscript dating from 1670, belonging to the archbishop of Olomouc was given the title 'Sonata pro Tabula'. Henry VIII took daily pleasure in the sound of recorders during his meals and in the company of dainty ladies and influential politicians. Schein collected his dance music into a 'Banchetto Musicale'. The ideaof the musical banquet was popular throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Christoforo di Messisbugo, a renowned chef at the court of the countess of Ferrara in Italy around 1550, compiled a splendid cookbook with 315 different recipes accompanied by careful instructions on how, where and when music, dance and theatre should be performed during the various dishes.

    With this program, 'Banchetto Musicale', the Flanders Recorder Quartet hope to tickle your palate with a musical banquet in which they get out the best silver service, recorders of the highest quality in all shapes and sizes, and use them in 1001 different ways. To live up to the title, they’re even performing on beer and wine bottles from their own cellars!

    The menu, 'Symphonie des 7 Dégustations', is made up of French hors d’oeuvres, Italian antipasti, a queenly serving of the daily special, and to finish, a scrumptious array of desserts. You’ll be offered something of everything: old and new dishes from the north, south, east and west. Crack open a bottle of bubbly, sit back, and enjoy the house specialties. Cheers!

    The Ambassadors of the Recorder …

    Since its foundation in 1987, the Flanders Recorder Quartet has evolved into one of the world’s top ensembles. Their success in 1990 at the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges (B), which is sponsored by the Flanders Festival, was the start of an extensive concert career. After more than 1800 concerts in 42 countries on five continents, including some in world-famous concert halls in Tokyo, New York and Salzburg, the ensemble has attained a prominent position in the world of Early Music. The ensemble also makes regular guest appearances at leading music festivals such as those in Helsinki, Paris, Geneva, Boston, Vancouver, Singapore, Taipei and Mexico City. Numerous prizewinning recordings have been made for record companies such as Harmonia Mundi, Archiv/Deutsche Grammophon, Ricercar, and OPUS III. In 2003 the quartet entered a long and intensive collaboration with the German label AEOLUS

    There will be a pre-performance talk at 6.30 pm (no charge for ticket holders)

    Sonate en quatuor
    Louis-Antoine Dornel (1685-1765)
    Canzon No 7, 'La Marcha'
    Tarquinio Merula (1594/5-1665)
    Concerto for organ in A minor, transcribed for recorder quartet
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    On the bottle (written for the Flanders Recorder Quartet)
    Frans Geysen (1936-)
    Canzon No 8, 'La Livia'
    Tarquinio Merula (1594/5-1665)
    South America from I Continenti
    Jan Van der Roost (1956-)
    Suite for Pipes
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Pizzicato Polka
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    £14, £12 concessions Available from 07599 917351 / 01483 773431 .
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra - Holst's Planets, Strauss's 4 Last Songs
    Choir of Hipperholme Grammar School, Cressida Sharp, Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Guy
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Many guests join us on the stage of the Town Hall for this concert, in a programme of well-loved works.The Choir of Hipperholme Grammar School sing two well-known choral excerpts of their own choice in the first half, which follow an overture which will evoke memories of television viewing for many people.The Overture to William Tell, Rossini's last opera composed in 1829, starts with a quintet of cellos, before winding up to the music used as the theme tune to both The Lone Ranger and William Tell television programmes.

    In contrast, the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss, also the composer's last work, are settings of three poems by Hesse and one by Eichendorff published as a set by his publishers only after his death. Like Grieg, Strauss was married to a singer and learned much about vocal writing from her. These songs portray a mood of peace and honesty in the evening of life, and the orchestra will be performing them with Cressida Sharp, first heard on the Town Hall stage in the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde in February 2013.

    Holst's great tone poem,The Planets, remains the best-known of the composer's orchestral works and one of the most popular amongst concert audiences.The seven movements evoke the character of the planets: Mars,Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Perhaps Mars and Jupiter are the best-known movements. Specific staging directions are given for Neptune, the choir remaining off-stage, behind a door which Holst directs to be closed during the very last bar, leaving the voices fading into nothing - beyond the final frontier.

    Overture to 'William Tell'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Worthy is the Lamb from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    4 Letzte Lieder, '4 Last Songs'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    £15 balcony £13 balcony window £12 area £5 gallery Available from 01484 223200 Mon - Sat 9.15am-5.00pm.
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    Tue, 2014-04-29 19:45
    Maxim Vengerov and Oxford Philomusica
    Marios Papadopoulos, Maxim Vengerov, Oxford Philomusica Orchestra
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Our Artist in Residence and supreme virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the Orchestra in Basingstoke to perform one of the most significant concertos ever written. At times achingly tender, and others refreshingly rugged, Brahms’s concerto – a paragon of virtuosic brilliance – never fails to enchant audiences. Also a celebrated conductor, Vengerov will step on to the podium to lead the Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s evocative impression of Scotland as he brings the concert to a thrilling close.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    £39 £34 £27 £20 Available from 01256 844 244 Monday to Saturday from 10am.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 20:00
    Mostly Mozart | Akeman Voices (chamber choir) / Akeman Chamber Orchestra
    Akeman Chamber Orchestra, Akeman Voices, Martin Quinn
    Church of The Immaculate Conception Bicester OX26 6AW
    United Kingdom

    Akeman Voices, north Oxfordshire's leading chamber choir, once again raise the roof supporting Voices for Hospices with an evening of beautiful music, mostly by Mozart! All proceeds in aid of local hospice - The Katharine House Hospice.

    Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, 'Solemn Vespers'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Overture from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Insanae et vanae curae
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Voi che Sapete from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Il mio tesoro from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Dove sono from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Porgi amor qualche ristoro from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    £12 (free for under 16s) Available from 07722 131 874 8am - 8pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Rosie Whiting (piano) - Contemporary Inspirations
    Rosie Whiting
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    Contemporary Inspirations: Exploring contemporary music and the works that inspired their composition.

    British born pianist Rosie Whiting is a musician who likes to get under the skin of contemporary performance and bring something new to the performance platform. In every concert she performs the audience can be guaranteed of hearing something new and unexpected.

    Rosie started playing the piano at the age of 7 after hearing her sister practice. In 2007 she won a place to study at the prestigious Purcell School of Music, with a full scholarship. Under the tutelage of Carole Presland she explored music from all the epochs and soon realised that her passion was with the contemporary repertoire.

    In 2009 Rosie began to study with Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and under his guidance immersed herself in modern music. During her time at Trinity, Rosie was able to work with many composers including Tansy Davies, Errollyn Wallen, John White and Mark Grey to name a few.

    In 2013 Rosie was awarded first prize in the John Halford Competition for contemporary piano music for her performance of Boulez Piano Sonata No 1 and Messiaen L'Alouette Lulu. She also made her concerto debut with a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto K 449.

    Sonata in C
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Loophole 1 from Loopholes and Lynchpins
    Tansy Davies (1973-)
    Excerpts from 24 Preludes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Premonition from Preludes and Afterthoughts: Fantasy-Transcriptions on Chopin's Preludes Op 28
    Douglas Finch ()
    La Lugubre Gondola No 2
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Klavierstücke IX
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-)
    Vallee d'Obermann from 'Album d'un voyageur'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    £18 / £15 concessions Available from 020 7620 3055 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 19:45
    Aberdeen Bach Choir - Music for all Seasons
    Aberdeen Bach Choir, Peter Parfitt, Simon Nieminski
    St Machar's Cathedral Aberdeen AB24 1RQ
    United Kingdom

    Aberdeen Bach Choir is a long established choir with a reputation for outstanding performances.The repertoire of the choir is wide and varied, from renaissance to 21st century, with works performed a cappella as well as with orchestral accompaniment. Aberdeen Bach Choir has over 100 members.

    This concert will take a journey through the main seasons of the Christian year, beginning with Advent and ending with Trinity. A significant piece of sacred music from each season will be presented.

    The choir will be accompanied by Simon Nieminski, the gifted virtuoso organist from St Mary's Metroplitan Cathedral in Edinburgh, who will play organ solos by Bach and Messiaen.

    Remember Now Thy Creator
    Charles Steggall (1826–1905)
    Ave Maria
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Hodie Christus natus est
    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621 )
    Choral Prelude 'In dulci jubilo'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Surge, illuminare Jerusalem (from Motets Book 3)
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Christus factus est
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Take him, earth, for cherishing
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Dum transisset Sabbatum
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    Blessed be the God and Father
    Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
    Transports de Joie
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Viri Galilaei
    Patrick Gowers (1936-)
    Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    I saw the Lord
    Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)
    £14, £12, students £5, under 16s free Available from 01224 641122 Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm.