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Format: 2014-08-21
Format: 2014-08-21
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    Fri, 2014-08-22 20:00
    The Land of Counterpane | NYCoS National Girls Choir
    Christopher Bell, NYCoS National Girls Choir
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved 'A Child's Garden of Verses', Howard Blake's playful yet nostalgic song-cycle, The Land of Counterpane perfectly complements the 'very grown up but youthful' sound of NYCoS National Girls Choir (BBC Radio 3), under the direction of chorus master Christopher Bell.

    Perhaps best known for composing the music to the much-loved animated film, 'The Snowman', among numerous other film scores and orchestral pieces, Blake shows a special affinity to choral music with a beautiful and delicate arrangement that will surely invoke a sense of childlike wonder.

    The Land of Counterpane
    Howard Blake (1938-)
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    Fri, 2014-08-22 22:15
    Songs of Praise and Passion | National Youth Choir of Scotland
    Christopher Bell, Christopher Nickol, National Youth Choir of Scotland
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    Juxtaposing the poetry of political repression against traditional religious texts, 'holy minimalist' James MacMillan's Cantos Sagrados protests against the 'disappearances' of the politically inconvenient. The choral and instrumental dissonance propels us unceremoniously into the violence of Latin America. A sacred yet secular piece with moments of savage beauty, the National Youth Choir of Scotland convey this powerful and poignant repertoire with sensitivity and conviction.

    Also featuring choral music on the theme of 'praise and passion' from exciting modern composers, Whitacre, Miškinis, Hutchings and Garrop.

    Cantos Sagrados, 'Sacred Songs'
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    5 Hebrew Love Songs
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
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    Sat, 2014-08-30 19:30
    Opera Bites | Cantoris Opera
    Cantoris Opera, Cantoris Opera Orchestra, Stephen Pettitt
    St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton Whitley Bay NE26 3SF
    United Kingdom

    Carmen is coming to Whitley Bay! Cantoris Opera in association with Arrighi’s Crescent Café, Seaton Delaval, is presenting Opera Bites – a concert performance of highlights from Carmen by Bizet, in costume with chamber orchestra, directed by Stephen Pettitt.

    There are two performances - Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August - they follow our highly successful performances of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Seaton Delaval Hall in September 2012.

    Both performances are preceded by a champagne reception at 6.30 (included in the ticket price).

    Excerpts from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
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    Wed, 2014-08-27 13:10
    Lunchtime organ recital
    Michael Emerson
    Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Chingford E4 7EN
    United Kingdom
    Prelude and Fugue in E minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chorale No 3 in A minor
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    Chant de Paix from 9 Pièces
    Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
    Tu es Petra from Esquisses Byzantines
    Henri Mulet (1878-1967)
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    Tue, 2014-08-26 13:15
    Music for tenor, horn and piano
    Alex Stead, Conal Bembridge-Sayers, Tim Stuart
    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    United Kingdom

    Three great composers of the mid twentieth century feature in this luchtime recital. Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Francis Poulenc are all represented by outstanding chamber compositions for tenor, french horn and piano.

    The recital includes four solo songs from Vaughan Williams's well known cycle of Robert Louis Stevenson's poems entitled 'Songs of Travel'. Written in the first four years of the twentieth century, they helped bring the young composer to the attention of the public and remain among his most popular and evocative songs.

    The remaining compositions by Britten and Poulenc feature french horn, and all in one way or another recall the British virtuoso Dennis Brain, who was by far the most celebrated french horn player of his generation.

    Together with tenor Peter Pears, Dennis Brain gave the first performance of the landmark 'Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings' in 1943. This work was also published in a version entitled 'Serenade Op 31' with a piano subsituting for the string orchestra, and this masterpiece is here represented by the movement 'Hymn'.

    A focal point of the recital is Britten's Canticle III 'Still falls the rain' subtitled 'The Raids, 1940, Night and Dawn'. It was first performed by Britten, Peter Pears and Denis Brain in 1955. The rain is that of bombs in the London Blitz and the work is a setting of Edith Sitwell's poem of that name. Britten mirrors Sitwell's Christian imagery of suffering in the poem, which is amongst the profoundest that Britten has set and forshadows his settings of Wilfred Owen's poems in 'War Requiem'.

    Dennis Brain had a love of fast cars, and his life ended prematurely in a car accident when driving his Triumph TR2 along the A1 after a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh festival in 1957. He was only 36 and the event was one of the major musical tragedies of the time. Francis Poulenc, who had performed with Brain and was in Britain at the time of his death, promptly composed Elégie in his memory and played the piano in its first performance with Neill Sanders (Brain's colleague in the Philharmonia orchestra). This unusually personal piece appears to represent in stark terms the horn player's accident and Poulenc's raw reflections on it.

    Canticle No 3, 'Still falls the rain'
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Hymn from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    The Vagabond from Songs of Travel
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • Thu, 2014-08-21 19:30
    Vivaldi and Handel by candlelight | Trafalgar Sinfonia
    Ivor Setterfield, Kerenza Peacock, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for Violin in G
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso No 7 in D
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Chaconne from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concerto for Violin in E flat major 'La Tempesta di Mare'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin No 2 in E minor, from 'La Stravaganza'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Suite for Strings and Continuo in D Minor
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Concerto Grosso No 9 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)