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Format: 2014-04-16
Format: 2014-04-16
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Berkeley Ensemble
    The Berkeley Ensemble
    Invenio Academy Scunthorpe DN15 8LJ
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2008 by members of Britain’s young professional orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most dynamic young chamber groups and enjoy a busy concert schedule, performing in the UK and abroad.

    “A completely assured and convincing performance” – Lennox Berkeley Society

    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sextet
    Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
    Sextet for clarinet, horn and string quartet
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    6 Preludes and Fugues for Strio Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Prelude and Fugue No 4 in D minor from 6 Preludes and Fugues for String Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Single tickets: £14. Accompanied school children/ students: free Available from 01724 764293 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:30
    Steven Isserlis | Elgar's Cello Concerto | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Kirill Karabits, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Steven Isserlis
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The great cellist Steven Isserlis performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with Kirill Karabits at the helm. Elgar wrote the piece – his last major work – in the wake of the First World War. The Concerto is suffused with desolate beauty, and the human quality of the cello makes it the perfect mouthpiece for such profoundly moving music. Framing the Concerto are works by Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov. Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony is a witty tribute to the music of Haydn and his contemporaries, while Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a glittering and irresistible score.

    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    £58, £45, £38, £30, £25, £20, £15, £10 Available from 0844 847 9910 .
  • Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Berkeley Ensemble
    The Berkeley Ensemble
    Invenio Academy Scunthorpe DN15 8LJ
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2008 by members of Britain’s young professional orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most dynamic young chamber groups and enjoy a busy concert schedule, performing in the UK and abroad.

    “A completely assured and convincing performance” – Lennox Berkeley Society

    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sextet
    Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
    Sextet for clarinet, horn and string quartet
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Prelude and Fugue No 3 in F from 6 Preludes and Fugues for Strio Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Prelude and Fugue No 4 in D minor from 6 Preludes and Fugues for String Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Single tickets: £14. Accompanied school children/ students: free Available from 01724 764293 .
  • Thu, 2014-04-17 19:30
    Benjamin Grosvenor and The Escher Quartet - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Benjamin Grosvenor, Escher Quartet
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, Benjamin has become an internationally regarded pianist performing with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Carnegie Hall. The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musicianship, perfectly blended sound, elegant refinement and penetrating intelligence. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group were BBC New Generation Artists from 2010- 2012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Town Hall (Free)

    String Quartet No 1 in E flat
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Andante and Rondo Capriccioso
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Impromptu No 3 in G flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Ainsi que la brise légère from Faust
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    £23, £20.50, £18.50, £14.50, £12. Concessions £2 off. Groups 10+ £10. Under 18s £5. Schools £5. Classical Membership Scheme for 18-25s £10. Family Tickets £30. Subscriptions Packages available. Booking Fees apply. Available from 0118 960 6060 .
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    Thu, 2014-04-17 19:30
    Benjamin Grosvenor and The Escher Quartet - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Benjamin Grosvenor, Escher Quartet
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, Benjamin has become an internationally regarded pianist performing with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, and in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Carnegie Hall. The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musicianship, perfectly blended sound, elegant refinement and penetrating intelligence. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group were BBC New Generation Artists from 2010- 2012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Town Hall (free)

    String Quartet No 1 in E flat
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Andante and Rondo Capriccioso
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Ainsi que la brise légère from Faust
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    £23, £20.50, £18.50, £14.50, £12. Concessions £2 off. Groups 10+ £10. U18s £5. Schools £5. Classical Membership Scheme for 18-25s £10. Family Tickets £30. Subscription packages available. (Booking fees apply) Available from 0118 960 6060 .
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    Thu, 2014-04-24 19:30
    Basel Symphony Orchestra 1
    Basel Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    One of Switzerland’s leading orchestras, the Basel Symphony Orchestra has a broad repertoire ranging effortlessly from the Viennese classics to contemporary music. Whether in the concert hall or the opera house, this internationally varied group of musicians constantly demonstrates its unique flexibility and artistic prowess.

    The orchestra performs a set of three concerts presenting visually inspired music with its roots in minimalism: from the intense and elegiac music of Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2 distilled from his soundtrack to the film Naqoyqatsi, to the exhilarating ‘tidal wave of brass and percussion’ in John Adams’ spectacular Harmonielehre, inspired by a vivid dream he had and which ended his 18-month writer’s block.

    The mysterious sound world of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate, a homage to sculptor Anish Kapoor, and These Words, for strings and percussion, contrast with music from one of Michael Nyman’s best film scores, for Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, and his thrilling Trombone Concerto which dramatically pits soloist against sections of the orchestra.

    Overture for 2012
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Lamentate
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Harmonielehre
    John Adams (1947-)
    £40, £33, £27, £18. Encore Members: pay £30 for top two prices. Series discounts of up to 30% available Available from 020 7730 4500 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-18 14:00
    Ex Cathedra: Good Friday - Bach's St John Passion
    Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra, Ex Cathedra Choir, Greg Skidmore, Jeffrey Skidmore, Katie Trethewey, Lizzie Drury, Martha McLorinan, Matthew Venner, Peter Harvey, Samuel Boden, Thomas Hobbs
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    The annual Bach Passion has become a Birmingham tradition at Eastertide, and whatever your personal beliefs, Bach's deeply personal re-telling of Christ's betrayal and death remains one of music's most profound experiences - dramatic, intimate and piercingly beautiful. Sung in German with English surtitles.

    Please note surtitles may not be visible from every seat, please check when booking.

    'What a concert, and what quality! ... world class ... Lucky Birmingham' (Church Times)

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    £40 (£38) / £35 (£33.50) / £30 (£28.50) / £25 (£24) / £20 (£19) / £15 (£14.50) / £9.50 Available from 0121 345 0603 .
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Northern Lights Series: Grieg with Peter Donohoe (piano)
    Ben Gernon, Bristol Ensemble, Peter Donohoe
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    This Spring, Bristol's professional orchestra explores the atmospheric music of the Baltic region, areas visited in the months of darkness by the Aurora Borealis, the spectacular and mesmerising Northern Lights. The music from these lands is passionate, often fiercely patriotic and full of haunting melodies and soaring lyricism. The Bristol Ensemble is joined by world-class soloists for these three concerts featuring music from Finland, Norway and Russia.

    Johan Halvorsen's colourful Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales opens this programme of music from Norway, the second in the series. Halvorsen considered the dances to be his best work, vividly depicting trolls, kidnapped princesses and fairy tale heroes.

    The extraordinary and unmistakable opening bars of Grieg's Piano Concerto precedes some of the most beautiful and recognisable melodies to be found in any concerto. Some of the best known themes are inspired by Norwegian folk music and the work displays a wonderfully Nordic character. For this performance, the Bristol Ensemble is joined by one of the foremost pianists of our time, Peter Donohoe. In the years since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter Donohoe has built an extraordinary world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire and over forty years’ experience as a concert pianist.

    The programme is completed by Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites, set in the Middle East and including the majestic Morning Mood and the sinister drama of In the Hall of the Mountain King.

    The concert is conducted by Ben Gernon, winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Young Conductors Award 2013 and professor of Musicality at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ben has a natural infinity with the musicians of the orchestra and is a gifted communicator.

    Scenes from Norwegian Fairytales
    Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 1
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 2
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Single concert £29, £25, £20, £15, under 26s £8, under 18s £1. Series ticket offer: buy tickets for two concerts, get third concert ticket free in same price band Available from 0844 887 1500 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    The Gildas String Quartet
    Anna Menzies, Christopher Jones, Gildas Quartet, Kay Stephen, Sophie Cameron
    Influence Church (formerly the Zetland Centre) Richmond DL10 4AS
    United Kingdom

    The Gildas Quartet was formed in 2010 at the Royal Northern College of Music and has already won a Tunnell Trust award and been selected to be Park Lane Group Young Artists.

    How satisfying to top and tail our 2013-14 season with Elgar’s two late chamber works, while Britten’s 3rd quartet encapsulates our 'variety' theme with five movements entitled Solo, Duets, Burlesque, Ostinato and Passacaglia.

    String Quartet No 67 in F
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    £12 online, £13 at the door, £1 for full-time students
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    The Marian Consort: An Emerald in a Work of Gold
    Rory McCleery, The Marian Consort
    New College Ante-Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    Music from the Dow Partbooks including works by Tallis, Byrd, William Mundy, Robert Whyte and Nathaniel Giles

    Director Rory McCleery has leaved through the beautifully scripted pages of the Dow Partbooks compiled at the close of the sixteenth century by the Elizabethan scholar and Fellow of All Souls, Robert Dow. They include some of the brightest jewels of the time, preserved in the Library at Christ Church.

    ‘McCleery elicits performances that glow with golden purity and soul.’ The Scotsman

    Christe, qui lux es et dies
    Robert White (c1538-1574)
    Loquebantur variis linguis
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Adolescentulus sum ego
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    Christe qui lux es et dies
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Justus es, domine
    Robert White (c1538-1574)
    Dum transisset Sabbatum I
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    Sive vigilem
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    Ave Maria
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Suscipe quaeso, Domine
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    £20 (students £15/under 18s £10) Available from 01865 244806 Monday - Friday 9.30am-5pm.