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Format: 2018-11-16
Format: 2018-11-16
  • 18 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra - Choral classics in 40 parts
    Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Ex Cathedra - “one of Britain’s very best choirs” (New York Times) – comes to the Royal Concert Hall with an epic programme with no fewer than four pieces written in 40 parts. There are two works composed especially for Ex Cathedra and a rare opportunity to hear their iconic model, the monumental Spem in alium.

    The 50th anniversary of the first manned orbit of the Moon is also the perfect time to hear Alec Roth’s 40-part Earthrise, a stunning piece that takes its inspiration from that breath-taking Apollo 8 photo. Astronomer Bill Anders later recounted: “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth … it was the most beautiful, heart-catching sight of my life.”

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    Spem in alium (40-part motet)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Ecce beatam lucem (40-part motet)
    Alessandro Striggio (c1540-1592)
    Sanctum est verum lumen
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Earthrise
    Alec Roth (1948- )
    Sing and glorify
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:00pm
    The Magic Flute | Porcupine Productions
    Annette Dumville, Anthony Scales, Carlyon Viles, Catrin Lewis, David Banbury, Derek Carden, Gediminas Varna, Geoffrey Strum, Jane Fisher, Kathleen Linton-Ford, Porcupine Productions, Randy Nichol, Sarah Tyler, Shirley Vaughan, Stefanie Kemball-Read
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Porcupine Productions return to St James's Piccadilly, with an imaginative staging of Mozart's popular opera, The Magic Flute. Suitable for all ages, this colourful opera features heroes, heroines, villains and magicians, humans who dress like birds, genies and witches. A musical and artistic treat for all the family!

    This production supports 'Dogs on the street'

    Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio | Bournemouth Bach Choir
    Abbi Temple, Bournemouth Bach Choir, Bournemouth Bach Orchestra, Frances Bourne, Jonathan Prentice, Thomas Herford, Tim Hooper, Victoria Sayles
    Wimborne Minster Wimborne BH21 1HT
    United Kingdom
    Christmas Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Glory of Baroque – Vivaldi, Handel and Bach
    Concordia Chamber Choir, Dan Ludford-Thomas, The South Circular Orchestra
    All Saints Church, West Dulwich London SE21 8JY
    United Kingdom

    All of the magnificent music in Concordia’s autumn concert was, incredibly, composed within the span of less than forty years - in that astonishing flowering of European music in the early 18th century which we now call the Baroque. Our programme especially celebrates the trio of composers whose work defines this golden era: Vivaldi, Handel and Corelli.

    The centrepiece of the evening will be Vivaldi’s Gloria, almost a ‘lost’ masterpiece till the mid 20th century, but now one of the most popular and revered works in the canon of sacred music. The genius of Handel will be represented by two contrasting pieces: Zadok The Priest, highly familiar but never failing to take the breath away with its sweep and majesty and Ode For the Birthday Of Queen Anne, a secular cantata, part of which was sung at this summer’s wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Last, but most certainly not least, we are delighted welcome back our very special guests The South Circular Orchestra, who will also perform Corelli's Christmas Concerto.

    So please book your tickets now and join us for a stirring evening of baroque masterworks in the equally inspirational setting of All Saint’s Church. We look forward to seeing you.

    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • 25 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Cotswold Chamber Orchestra and The Burford Singers perform Mozart
    Ben Goldscheider, Brian Kay, Jake Muffet, Kate Bailey, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robyn Allegra Parton, The Burford Singers, The Cotswold Chamber Orchestra, William Wallace
    Church of St John the Baptist Burford OX18 4RY
    United Kingdom

    For this celebration of the music of Mozart, including the Great Mass in C Minor, we are delighted to be joined by Ben Goldscheider, Winner of the Brass Category Final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition who will perform the Horn Concerto No 4.

    Postal booking from 17th September to 5th October, via Burford Singers website
    Online booking from 15th October Burford Singers website - booking fee applies
    Booking in person (unreserved tickets only) from 15th October

    Divertimento for strings No 1 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for horn and orchestra No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Mass in C minor, 'The Great'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 17 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Britten's War Requiem | Leeds Festival Chorus
    Andrew Staples, BBC Philharmonic, Benjamin Appl, Cantabile Choir, City of Glasgow Chorus, Evelina Dobracheva, Leeds Festival Chorus, Simon Wright
    Leeds Town Hall Leeds LS1 3AD
    United Kingdom

    Combining works from poet Wilfred Owen, who lost his life in the ‘war to end all wars’, with the ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass, the result is timeless and profoundly moving. Heart-wrenching harmonies, melody and orchestration brutally lay bare the reality of one human obeying an order to kill another: a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

    The BBC Philharmonic, together with Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus, Cantabile Choir and world-class soloists from both Germany and the UK, perform in the awe-inspiring space of Leeds Town Hall to commemorate the moment, 100 years ago, when the guns fell silent.

    Unusually, an exhibition of photographs accompanies this performance, in Leeds Town Hall’s Brodrick Exhibition Space. Leeds Festival Chorus, with City of Glasgow Chorus and Cantabile Choir, present a touching and personal tribute to their ancestors, men and women, who served during the First World War, and to the staff and patients at Leeds’ main war hospital at Beckett Park. This has free entry.

    ‘My subject is War, and the Pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity... all a poet can do today is warn’ – Wilfred Owen

    War Requiem
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society Choir: The Dream of Gerontius
    Chester Cathedral Choir, Chester Music Society Choir, David Ellis, Graham Jordan Ellis, Kathryn Rudge, Liverpool Sinfonia, Nicholas Hardy
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    The Dream of Gerontius is a work for voices and orchestra in two parts composed by Sir Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by John Henry Newman. It relates the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgement before God.

    Gerontius (a name derived from the Greek word geron, "old man") is a devout Everyman. Elgar's setting uses most of the text of the first part of the poem, which takes place on Earth. This music is now cherished by believers of many denominations, as well as by countless agnostic music-lovers. It is no longer the doctrine that matters, but the heartfelt expression of loss and hope in the face of death: ‘Farewell, but not for ever!’

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Highgate International Chamber Music Festival - Wolf, Schubert, Schoenberg, Suk
    Alicja Smietana, Bartholomew LaFollette, Dimitri Murrath, Giulio Plotino, Irina Botan, Natalie Klouda, Simon Callaghan
    St Anne's Church London N6 6AP
    United Kingdom

    The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival brings together distinguished chamber musicians from around the world for a celebration of chamber music in venues around Highgate. In the intimate setting of Highgate's beautiful churches, a stone's throw from Hampstead Heath, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival presents varied programmes with masterworks of the repertoire set alongside lesser-known gems, delivered with fresh, energised performances by world-class musicians performing alongside one another in combinations not heard anywhere else.

    Italian Serenade
    Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
    Verklärte Nacht
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Piano Trio in B flat 'Sonatensatz'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Andante festivo, for string quartet
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Piano Quartet in A minor
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:15pm
    Highgate International Chamber Music Festival - Boccherini, Zemlinsky, Schubert
    Alec Frank-Gemmill, Alina Ibragimova, Ashok Klouda, Chi-chi Nwanoku, Dimitri Murrath, Julian Bliss, Natalie Klouda, Simon Callaghan, Tom Service
    St Michael's Church, Highgate London N6 6BJ
    United Kingdom

    The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival brings together distinguished chamber musicians from around the world for a celebration of chamber music in venues around Highgate. In the intimate setting of Highgate's beautiful churches, a stone's throw from Hampstead Heath, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival presents varied programmes with masterworks of the repertoire set alongside lesser-known gems, delivered with fresh, energised performances by world-class musicians performing alongside one another in combinations not heard anywhere else.

    This evening's concert is introduced by BBC presenter Tom Service.

    Sonata for cello and basso continuo in G
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in D minor
    Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
    Octet in F
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 25 November 2018 - 6:30pm
    Highgate International Chamber Music Festival - Haydn, Brahms, Ludwig, Schumann
    Alina Ibragimova, Ashok Klouda, Dimitri Murrath, Irina Botan, Julian Bliss, Natalie Klouda, Wu Qian
    St Anne's Church London N6 6AP
    United Kingdom

    The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival brings together distinguished chamber musicians from around the world for a celebration of chamber music in venues around Highgate. In the intimate setting of Highgate's beautiful churches, a stone's throw from Hampstead Heath, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival presents varied programmes with masterworks of the repertoire set alongside lesser-known gems, delivered with fresh, energised performances by world-class musicians performing alongside one another in combinations not heard anywhere else.

    This Gala concert brings to an end the festival's week of music-making.

    Keyboard trio in E flat
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Three Yiddish Dances, for piano trio
    David Ludwig ()
    Quintet for piano and strings in E Flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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