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Format: 2017-09-26
Format: 2017-09-26
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    4 October 2017 - 1:10pm
    Songs of the Heart: Peter Carey Jones (baritone) sings Schubert, Finzi, Ireland
    Jocelyn Freeman, Peter Carey Jones
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Welsh baritone Paul Carey Jones made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 season singing with the ensemble in The Nose.

    Carey Jones was born in Cardiff and read physics at The Queen’s College, Oxford, before training as a singer at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio (supported by Welsh National Opera and the Friends of Covent Garden). He was joint winner of the 2013 Wagner Society Singing Competition, and is the current recipient of the Carole Rees Award for Advanced Musical Studies. Opera engagements include Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper (Lulu) for WNO and Teatro Comunale, Bolzano, Wotan (Die Walküre) for Berwick Festival Opera, Macbeth, Scarpia (Tosca), Father (Hänsel und Gretel), Ping (Turandot) and Noye (Noye’s Fludde) for Northern Ireland Opera, Father, Pacheco (Inés de Castro) and Marcello (La bohème) for Scottish Opera, Andy Warhol (Jackie O) for Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Noye at the Beijing International Music Festival and Eurymaque (Pénélope) and Gaspar (Rita) for Wexford Festival Opera. His many role creations include Dancing Williams / Willy Nilly / Sinbad Sailors / Mr Pugh / Mr Pritchard (John Metcalf's Under Milk Wood: An Opera) and Media Man (Jonathan Dove’s Man on the Moon).

    Carey Jones performs regularly in recital with the pianist Llyr Williams and has given world premieres of works by Emily Hall, Sadie Harrison, Richard Elfyn Jones, David Lancaster, Stephen McNeff, David Power, Timothy Raymond, Peter Reynolds and Andrew Wilson-Dickson, among others. His discography includes the solo albums Enaid – Songs of the Soul and Songs Now.

    Jocelyn Freeman is a Welsh pianist and conductor based in London. She began her performing career as chorister in St David's Cathedral Choir, released her debut solo piano album Night and Novelties in 2013 with Kissan Records, and now performs internationally as collaborative pianist, piano soloist and conductor.

    Jocelyn's pianism has been described as "outstanding", "brilliant", "sparkling" and "One to watch", including accolades from International Piano Magazine. Engagements have led her to perform on four continents, including television and radio broadcasts on BBC, Sky, S4C, ARD and RTL television. She has performed concerti with the Cardiff Sinfonietta, in Aberystwyth Great Hall and St David's Cathedral. Collaborative highlights include performing with Bryn Terfel, Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins, Elin Manahan Thomas and Stuart Jackson, and she has accompanied masterclasses led by Ann Murray, Thomas Allen, Natalie Dessay, Thomas Quasthoff and Liz Watts.

    Jocelyn studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski and Michael Dussek, graduating with all the accompaniment prizes. She was awarded the Phoebe Benham Fellowship from the Royal College of Music in 2012 and completed her studies at the Samling Academy and with Roger Vignoles and Alexander Fleisher at the Britten Pears Foundation as a Viola Tunnard Scholar. As a conductor she has received guidance from Simon Halsey and Nicolas Fink, and is grateful for the ongoing support of the Richard Carne Trust. Recent and future highlights include piano performances in the Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Proms and for Live Music Now, directing both the Broomwood Ensemble in Prokofiev's Cinderella and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir in concert in Lübeck, as well as concert and recording projects in the UK, France and USA. She is Director of Music at the Church of St Laurence, Catford, with whom has recently toured in Madrid.

    Songs from 'Schwanengesang' to texts by Heine
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Let us garlands bring
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Limehouse Reach
    Michael Head (1900-1976)
    The Cloths of Heaven
    Dilys Elwyn Edwards (1918-)
    Great Things
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
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    6 October 2017 - 1:10pm
    Nicolae Dumitru (piano) plays Enescu, Rachmaninov and Brahms
    Nicolae Dumitru
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Nicolae Dumitru (born 1968 in Bucharest) made his debut in 1987 on the Romanian Atheneum main stage in Bucharest, with the Mozart A Major Piano Concerto KV 488. Under the tutelage of Maestro Dan Mizrahy, he was granted a scholarship at the 'Gnessin' Musical College in Moscow in 1990, where he studied under Irina Naoumova until 1993, when he was admitted as a student on a grant from the Romanian State at The 'Gnessin' Russian Academy of Music, which he graduated in 1998 in the class of professor Mihail Sayamov. Throughout his years in Russia, he benefitted from studies with the prominent Russian pianist and teacher, professor Emmanuel Monaszon.

    He has performed as soloist with the Moscow State Philarmony under Vladimir Ponkin, the Omsk and Belgorod Philarmonies, the Kishinev State Philharmony, the 'George Enescu' Philharmony and the Radio State Orchestra in Bucharest, and as a guest soloist with the major Romanian orchestras.

    In 2009 he was invited to perform the D minor Piano Concerto by Brahms in the 'Bucharest Proms of Delight' Festival.

    His concert repertoire includes both popular classics such as Brahms's 1st Piano Concerto, and the 2nd Piano Concertos by Rachmaninov and Saint-Saens as well as rarities like Dvorak's Piano Concerto and The Four Pieces for Piano and Orchestra by Chopin.

    During the Chopin Bicentennial Year (2010) Nicolae Dumitru was invited to perform in festivals such as 'The Palaces of Saint Petersburg' in Russia and Accademie d’Aix-en-Provence in France and in numberous concerts in Romania under the aegis of The Polish Institute. These culminated with a grand gala concert in the Summer Theater of the Herastrau Park (Bucharest) with the National Radio Orchestra under Jin Wang, when Nicolae Dumitru gave the Romanian premiere of two piano and orchestra pieces by Chopin: Variations on 'La ci darem la mano' Op 2 and Rondo a la Krakowiak.

    In the Franz Liszt Bicentennial Year (2011) the Institut Francais in Bucharest invited Nicolae Dumitru to perform a recital in the Bucharest Metro — 'Grande Journee Liszt — Liszt dans le Metro'.

    In 2013 Nicolae Dumitru started a broad national project of educational recitals in 15 cities of Romania under the general sponsorship of Raiffeisen Bank Romania.

    In recent years he has been invited to perform piano recitals in Stockholm, Vienna, Baden am Wien, Lisbon, Madrid (EU Cultural Week), Barcelona, Budapest, Venezia, Rome.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    6 Klavierstücke
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Adagio from Suite No 1 for piano, 'dans le style ancien'
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    Variations on a theme of Corelli
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    29 September 2017 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts: The Castalian String Quartet
    Castalian String Quartet
    Artrix Bromsgrove B60 1PQ
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts’ forthcoming season is once again attracting attention for the calibre of its 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 2017 until March 2018. Full details can be found on Concert-Diary website.

    Visiting during the 2017-18 season include audience favourites, guitarist Craig Ogden, who brings his own particular warmth and proficiency to an engaging programme of works both new and old, and leading British pianist, Leon McCawley, who brings a classic programme of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Hans Gál - the often overlooked Austrian composer - who he has recently recorded.

    Two outstanding string quartets - the Castalian - following visits to the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall - and the Kodaly -ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture - bring major works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Dohnanyi, Kodaly and Thomas Adès.

    Internationally acclaimed Austrian cellist, Florian Kitt, and pianist, Carlos Rivera-Aguilar, bring the cello into focus with an adventurous programme of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Britten, Takemitsu and Austrian contemporary composer, Friedrich Cerha.

    Period instrument Ensemble DeNote (clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and fortepiano), give their own individual insight into works by Haydn and Mozart, including an arrangement of the Gran Partita K 361, in a programme they will personally introduce.

    The gifted young Eblana String Trio – violin, viola and cello – showcase lyrical British works by Purcell, Finzi, EJ Moeran and David Matthews. 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 for the Park Lane Group.

    The Van Kuijk Quartet from France, with guest Charlotte Bonneton (2nd viola), bring the season to a close with a programme of works by Brahms, Ligeti and Mozart’s remarkable G minor Quintet K 516. Winners of a string of awards, including 1st prize, Haydn prize and Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the group are in demand internationally and have played throughout Europe, the United States, South East Asia and Australia during the past season.

    “At Bromsgrove Concerts, we aim to provide programmes that are easily enjoyable while offering a varied and imaginative repertoire, and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces”, explained Janet Upward, Chair of the Committee. “Responses from our audience suggest that hearing contemporary pieces alongside more traditional works enhances the listening experience of both.”

    “This season we are particularly keen to extend an invitation to those who may be first-time visitors from across the region; offering a friendly welcome and opportunity to mingle socially”, added Janet. “We regularly link up with compatible arts enterprises to encourage those interested to come along and bring their friends. For regular concert-goers there is a cost-effective Season ticket which allows access to all concerts priced at a discounted rate, or a flexible Rover ticket.”

    Free parking is provided at the venue. A Premier Inn is adjacent to the venue providing overnight accommodation in addition to a restaurant, and there is a café at Artrix.

    String Quartet No 65 in E flat, 'Fantasia'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    The Four Quarters
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    String Quartet No 15 in A minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    28 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Bach Choir: Lux Aeterna
    David Hill, Philip Scriven, The Bach Choir
    Westminster Cathedral London SW1P 1QW
    United Kingdom

    Music has always been a source of hope and light in troubled times. In this programme of works for choir and organ, we take you on a journey spanning nearly 500 years, from renaissance masters Tallis and Byrd to present day composers Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan, including movements from Rachmaninov’s haunting Vespers (All-night vigil) and Howells’s Requiem.

    The Bach Choir is delighted to return to Westminster Cathedral for this celebration of a cappella music conducted by David Hill, with Philip Scriven at the organ.

    Excerpts from Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    O nata lux de lumine
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Nunc dimittis
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Blow the trumpet in the new moon
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    5 Spirituals from A Child of our Time
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    Excerpts from Requiem
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
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    5 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    Kleptomania: Stolen Strings | Septura (brass septet)
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    The brass septet is a brand new invention, and therein lies the root of our compulsion to steal: we have no canon of repertoire, no grand history of great compositions.

    And so we’re inventing one. Like musical Robin Hoods we thieve from the richest ensembles to create a counterfactual history — a parallel universe in which, in the world of chamber music, the brass septet rules.

    Strings reign supreme in chamber music, their extensive repertoire expressing the breadth and depth of the human condition.

    Three peerless examples – Elgar’s youthful Serenade, Walton’s turbulent Sonata, and Shostakovich’s masterful 8th quartet – are magnified by the uniquely powerful sound of the brass septet.

    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Sonata for Strings
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    String Quartet No 8 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    30 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Craig Ogden plays Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez
    Craig Ogden, Ely Sinfonia, Steve Bingham
    Ely Cathedral Ely CB7 4DL
    United Kingdom

    Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most electrifying classical guitar players of his generation. His albums frequently top the UK Classical Chart and composers are lining up to write music especially for him.

    On September 30th 2017, he joins Ely Sinfonia in Ely Cathedral to play what is arguably the most famous guitar concerto of all time, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Inspired by the gardens at Philip II's spring palace, the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, this exquisite piece evokes the sounds of nature to transport the listener to another place and time.

    The Concierto de Aranjuez heads up an exciting programme that also includes Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and Danzón No 2, a delightful little piece by the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, and finishes with Beethoven's virtuoso Symphony No 2.

    Concierto de Aranjuez
    Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Danzón No 2
    Arturo Márquez (1950-)
    Capriccio espagnol
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    6 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    Jamal Aliyev (cello) and Maria Tarasewicz (piano) presented by Talent Unlimited
    Jamal Aliyev, Maria Tarasewicz
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    In 2017, Jamal Aliyev made his debut at the BBC Proms (with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart conducting celebrating the works of John Williams), won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected for representation by YCAT. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill records to critical acclaim.

    Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1993, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he embarks on his Master’s this autumn.

    Future engagements include appearances as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and performances of two concertos at the George Enescu Festival at the Atheneum in 2018, broadcast live on Medici television. He records with Classic FM and Warner Classics.

    Jamal has performed in venues and festivals across Europe and further afield including Wigmore Hall, the Kronberg Festival, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing) and Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow). In 2015 he was one of the first BBC Introducing Classical Artists selected.

    Jamal plays on a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on generous loan from a private individual.

    Suite for cello No 3 in C
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Minstrel's Song
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Sonata for cello and piano in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Vocalise, for cello and piano
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    In the Style of Albeniz
    Rodion Schedrin ()
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    27 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Fata Morgana
    Dame Evelyn Glennie, Hugo Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Priya Mitchell
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    The dramatic opening concert of the 2017 Oxford Chamber Music Festival, featuring renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, as well as a world premiere of a new work by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks performed by violinists Priya Mitchell and Hugo Ticciati.

    Solo piece
    Evelyn Glennie (1965-)
    Concerto for 2 violins
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in A minor, from L’estro armonico
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Vientulais engelis (Lonely angel), for violin and strings
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    Mindstream, for pecussion, violin and strings
    Jill Jarman ()
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    28 September 2017 - 1:00pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Spellbound
    Annette Walther, Claude Frochaux, Hugo Ticciati, Lydia Kavina, Natacha Kudritskaya, Nathan Braude, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Reto Bieri
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    A lunchtime concert of music from Ravel to Vasks in the beautiful Holywell Music Room.

    White scenery, for piano
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    Reverie Orientale, for clarinet and strings
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Piano Trio in A minor
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Spellbound, for theremin and chamber ensemble
    Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995)
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    28 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Beyond the Horizon
    Abel Selaocoe, Annette Walther, Brian O'Kane, Gareth Lubbe, Hugo Ticciati, Ibrahim Keivo, Natacha Kudritskaya, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Reto Bieri
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    An eclectic concert of Schubert, Vasks, and Bedouin folk songs, with celebrated folk musician Ibrahim Keivo.

    Der Doppelgänger from Schwanengesang
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Distant Light for violin and orchestra
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    The dreams and prayers of Isaac the Blind, for clarinet and string quartet
    Osvaldo Golijov (1960-)
    Composer Not Known ()
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