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Format: 2018-09-21
Format: 2018-09-21
  • 22 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Celebrity Recital - Catherine Wyn-Rogers(mezzo-soprano) and James Ballieu(piano)
    Catherine Wyn-Rogers, James Ballieu
    Derby Cathedral Derby DE1 3DY
    United Kingdom

    A special concert by one of the world's greatest mezzo-sopranos, Cathering Wyn-Jones. Accompanied by James Ballieu, an accomplished chamber musician and accompanist. They will be performing an evening of song including a Handel aria, an excerpt from Wagner's Rheingold, Shakespeare song and Gershwin.

    Gedichte der Königen Maria Stuart
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Ombra mai fù, 'Largo' from Serse, 'Xerxes'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    7 canciones populares españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Erda's scene from Der Ring des Nibelungen: Part 1, 'Das Rheingold'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Lady Macbeth
    Joseph Horovitz (1926-)
    La mort d'Ophelie from Tristia
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Take, O take those lips away
    Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
    Fear no more the heat o’ the sun
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    It was a lover and his lass
    Geoffrey Bush (1920-1998)
    Brush up your Shakespeare from Kiss Me Kate
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
    Excerpts from Kiss Me Kate
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
  • 27 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Cracked Voices
    Donna Lennard, Miles Horner, Ralph Woodward, Sue Pettitt
    Royston Methodist Church Royston SG8 7AU
    United Kingdom

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary lives. This 'incredible project' (Cambridge105) gives voice to forgotten characters from the borderlands of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

    From Servandus waiting on his lost Celtic goddess, to the POWs celebrating Hitler's birthday on Therfield Heath. From James Lucas's confrontation with Charles Dickens to Joyce Hatto's scandalous recordings.

    Composer Jenni Pinnock’s predominantly tonal music is 'tantalizingly beautiful in smoothness and soul’ (Cloud and Owl). It features a tangle of quirky time signatures and memorable lines, focusing heavily on nature, science and the world around us.

    Headlining the event will be the premiere of Meridian School's 'Cracked Objects', a song cycle created by students based on objects on display at Royston Museum.

    Cracked Voices is supported by the Arts Council of England and the PRS Foundation.

    Proceeds to be shared between Royston Methodist Church and the MindED Trust.

    Cracked Voices
    Jenni Pinnock (1987-)
    Cracked Objects
    Composer Not Known ()
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    21 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Geoffrey Coates, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson, Pippa Harris
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for oboe No 3 in G minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Adagio in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 1 in E, 'Spring' RV 269 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 2 violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu joy of man's desiring) from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 27 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Adès conducts In Seven Days
    Kirill Gerstein, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Adès
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    There's a special dynamic when a composer conducts – as if their music is being created afresh. Thomas Adès has one of his own pieces at the centre of this fascinating evening: the 'concerto for piano' that he created in 2008, and which The New York Times called 'wondrously strange and somehow elemental'. The brilliant Kirill Gerstein helps him bring it to life tonight, throwing new light on two definitive 20th-century classics – Lutoslawski's grand, glittering Third Symphony and Stravinsky running off the leash amidst the glamour of 1940s Los Angeles.

    Symphony in 3 Movements
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    In Seven Days
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    Symphony No 3
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
  • 29 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Uchida plays Mozart
    Dame Mitsuko Uchida, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarah Connolly CBE, Stuart Skelton, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Gustav Mahler’s last word was ‘Mozart’, but he’d already said his farewells in music, and nowhere more movingly than in Das Lied von der Erde: six impassioned songs that distil every last drop of life’s sorrow and sweetness. Some say it’s the greatest symphony he never wrote; and with soloists of the calibre of Dame Sarah Connolly and Stuart Skelton, Vladimir Jurowski will drive straight for its heart. With its mixture of sunshine and shadow, Mozart’s own final piano concerto makes a wonderfully appropriate upbeat. No living pianist plays this music with more poetry than Mitsuko Uchida.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 27 in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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    28 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Così fan tutte | Dulwich Opera Company
    David Fletcher, Dulwich Opera Company, Honey Rouhani, James Williams, Janet Haney, Loretta Hopkins, Phillipa Thomas, Robert Barbaro
    Holmfirth Civic Hall Holmfirth HD9 3AS
    United Kingdom

    Awarded 4 stars by The Stage, which described it as having ‘pace and panache’ and being ‘lively and convincingly detailed’, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy, set to some of Mozart's most glorious music.

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    Featuring a cast of young professional singers, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy. Set to some of Mozart's most glorious music, the opera is performed in the original Italian with English surtitles. The creative team is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer Leah Sams.

    Premièred in 1790, Mozart's Così fan tutte remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous arias Come scoglio and Un’aura amorosa, as well as the divine trio Soave sia il vento. Also known as The school for lovers, the opera tells a wry and light-hearted tale of love, fidelity, and human infallibility.

    Production photo: Alex Brenner

    Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 28 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts' Prize-winners' recital with Emily Sun and Gamal Khamis
    Emily Sun, Gamal Khamis
    Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School Bromsgrove B61 7DU
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts, the well-respected regional concert platform, is once again rolling out the red carpet to welcome internationally renowned guest artists who will be bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2018 until April 2019.

    A highly-anticipated season of mixed programmes this year, once again attracting attention for the calibre of artists, features prize-winners from some of the most prestigious performing competitions, including one of the foremost British wind quintets of their generation and double prize-winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark – the Atéa Wind Quintet, as well as powerhouse ensembles including the Piatti Quartet, joint winners of the 2nd prize Wigmore Hall International Competition in 2015, the Zelkova Quartet, who won the St Martin’s Chamber Music competition, and the Lawson Piano Trio, who have been selected as a featured artist by, amongst others, the Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

    Those artists who, as mentors, have links to outstanding music institutions in the region, such as Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the CBSO, include the Atéa Wind Quintet and the gifted young Eblana String Trio - violin, viola and cello - who will be showcasing lyrical British works. The Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall. The 2017 winner of the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Competition; Australian violinist Emily Sun, will perform to open the season in the newly refurbished Routh Hall at Bromsgrove School, accompanied by pianist and Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Samling artist, Gamal Khamis.

    Familiar faces who are returning to Bromsgrove Concerts this season include Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Stephen Stirling (horn), with pianist Michael Dussek joining them to perform as Endymion ensemble, and Robert Plane (clarinet) who will be performing with the Gould Piano Trio in a thrilling arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-popular work ‘Scheherazade’.

    In keeping with Bromsgrove Concerts’ ethos of providing varied and imaginative programmes and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces, the new season features works by some of Britain’s most enterprising contemporary composers including David Matthews, Judith Weir, Joseph Phibbs, Huw Watkins, Mike Mower and Gillian Whitehead, giving an unprecedented opportunity to hear these composers outside of the major conurbations.

    “Bromsgrove Concerts continues to be a showcase for the best chamber music on offer in the UK”, said Chairman, Alastair Moseley. “This year’s programme has a fantastic blend of wind, string and piano ensembles featuring some of the best emerging and established talent from the UK’s concert platforms. We are also including the newly opened Routh Hall as a venue which, like Artrix, our home base, is blessed with a comfortable auditorium and a generous acoustic. I would urge our audiences to take advantage of our discounted ticket offer and attend several performances to experience the range and quality of the music that we have programmed this year.”

    Details of all concerts in the 2018-19 season can be found on Concert Diary.

    Sonatina for violin and piano in D
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 3 in C minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Torua, for violin and piano
    Gillian Whitehead (1941-)
    Sonata for violin and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
    Igor Alexandrovich Frolov (1937-2013)
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    27 September 2018 - 12:45pm
    Music in the Round Autumn Series - Ensemble 360
    Ensemble 360
    St Andrew's United Reformed Church Sheffield S3 7RQ
    United Kingdom

    Although his work was greatly admired abroad, Zoltán Kodály’s love of the Hungarian countryside and tradition kept him in his homeland even during troubled political times. Folk music is clearly to the fore in his engaging Serenade and there is an abundance of rich melodies. Dvorák’s lively Terzetto was originally written for amateur players, but the technical demands of the piece turned out to be beyond the capabilities of the original dedicatees!

    Serenade for 2 violins and viola
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Terzetto in C
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    22 September 2018 - 3:00pm
    Amor et Virtute - songs associated with Walter Raleigh, with Musicke in the Ayre
    Din Ghani, Gillian Wormley, Musicke in the Ayre
    St Michael and All Angels' Church Exeter EX4 4EB
    United Kingdom

    Soprano Gillian Wormley and lutenist Din Ghani brings to Devon their programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. As well as songs based on his poetry, they include some associated with other significant personages (Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Essex, Prince Henry to name a few) and with the New World that he was fascinated with. Composers represented include John Dowland, Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, Nicholas Lanier, Orlando Gibbons.

    Tea and cakes provided afterwards

    Time stands still
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Like hermit poor
    Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
    What is our life?
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Now what is love
    Robert Jones (c 1577-1617)
    What tears, dear Prince
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    O grief from Songs of mourning
    John Cooper (Coperario, Coprario) (c1570-1626)
    Can she excuse my wrongs
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    It was a time when silly bees could speak
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Un sarao de la chacona
    Juan Aranes ()
    Pasacalle: La folie, 'Yo soy la locura'
    Henri de Bailly (d1637)
    Tobacco is like Love
    Tobias Hume (?c1569-1645)
  • 25 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan: English Fantasies for String Orchestra
    Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir, Stacey Richard Watton
    Holy Trinity Church Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG
    United Kingdom

    Probably for the first time ever, this remarkable concert joins three of the 20th century’s finest pieces for string orchestra to the works by which they were inspired and on which they were based. Audiences will be able to appreciate first hand the influence and effect of Arcangelo Corelli on Tippett, Frank Bridge on Britten, and Thomas Tallis on Vaughan-Williams, with Orchestra of the Swan and Verba et Musica performing each pairing without interruption or applause. To complement these fantasias and variations, the Festival’s Artistic Director, Matthew Boyden, has written an arrangement of Spem in alium for string orchestra, to be performed alongside Tallis’s original 40-part motet.

    Concerto Grosso No 2 in F
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    Spem in alium (40-part motet)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    3 Idylls for string quartet
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    When rising from the bed of death
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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