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Format: 2018-04-26
Format: 2018-04-26
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    27 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Sound Laboratory: Crippled Symmetry
    Damien Harron, Philip Thomas, Richard Craig
    Upper Chapel Sheffield S1 2JD
    United Kingdom

    Morton Feldman’s late, extended work, Crippled Symmetry, is a meditative, existential response to the urgencies and anxieties of modern life. Over about ninety minutes, the music quietly unfolds in rich and deceptive complexity. The piece was inspired by the intricate patterning of Anatolian rugs, Proust's transfiguring fog of memory, and by the perpetually evolving mobile-form sculptures of Alexander Calder.

    Crippled Symmetry
    Morton Feldman (1926-1987)
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    5 May 2018 - 11:30pm
    Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers
    Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Singers
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Eric Whitacre returns to London for a concert with his award-winning professional choir, the Eric Whitacre Singers.

    The programme will include some of Eric’s new works – I fall, and I carry your heart with me – alongside some of his most-loved pieces.

    I fall
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    I carry your heart with me
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
  • 28 April 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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    4 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Tango Vivaldi!
    David Gordon, London Concertante
    St George's Church, Hanover Square London W1S 1FX
    United Kingdom

    London Concertante are excited to be presenting the return of their thrilling Tango Vivaldi! Programme featuring Vivaldi’s concertos, Piazzolla’s tangos and a new commission by David Gordon. Enjoy the ensemble’s first concert at this particular venue in the heart of London, St George’s Church, Hanover Square.

    Following the huge critical acclaim of their album, 'Piazzolla and Beyond', London Concertante once again explore the theme of the tango. Alongside their usual brilliant interpretation of Vivaldi’s stunning music, and as part of their ground-breaking new project, 'Tango Vivaldi', the ensemble develops the strong beats, dreamy slow movements, and sudden changes of texture of both Vivaldi and tango to create a rhythmical, powerful, hot-blooded and dynamic new sound in new arrangements and compositions by composer, David Gordon.

    Founded in 1991, London Concertante have continued to perform up and down the country and beyond, reaching audiences far and wide with their exciting programmes of classical treats, hidden baroque gems and brand new commissions. Having reached critical acclaim on several tours and numerous recordings, London Concertante are internationally renowned as one of the finest chamber ensembles in Europe, with their stunning interpretations and exhilarating musical performances.

    A new experience for me … atmospheric and emotionally powerful. I would happily do this again!”
    – A happy audience member (January 2018)

    “the most stunning and talented ensemble…enthralled and delighted”
    – A happy audience member (November 2017)

    “First-class musicians … The muscle in each individual’s playing gave such a punch to Tchaikovsky’s writing.”
    – Sunday Express

    Concerto for 2 Violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Trio Sonata No 12 in D minor, variations on 'La Follia'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Adiós Nonino, tango rhapsody
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Concerto for 2 violins, cello and strings No 11 in D minor, from 'L'estro armonico'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in C
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Tango Vivaldi!
    David Gordon (1976-)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Verano Porteño
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
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    27 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Astaria Quartet
    Astaria Quartet, Kate Bickerdike, Kelly McCusker, Sean Gilde, Shulah Oliver
    Bridges Community Centre Monmouth NP25 5AS
    United Kingdom

    Inspirational and innovative, the Astaria String Quartet were awarded an 'Arts4All' Grant from the National Lottery to study with the distinguished chamber musician Gábor Takács-Nagy in Geneva.

    The Astaria String Quartet have also been Selected as Making Music artists for 2017, they are based in Worcester where they are presenters of the Chamber Music @ Worcester festival. They have performed throughout the UK and have been invited to attend Prussia Cove.

    String Quartet No 4 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet in A minor
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    La oració del torero (The bullfighter's prayer)
    Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
    String Quartet in F
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 28 April 2018 - 7:00pm
    Verdi's Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Dame Sarah Connolly
    Elizabeth Llewellyn, Gwyn Hughes Jones, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthew Hopkins, Nottingham Trent University Choir, Sarah Connolly CBE, Wojtek Gierlach
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    The blockbuster of Nottingham Trent University's 2017/18 concert season will undoubtedly be this performance of Verdi’s Requiem – one of the greatest classical works of all time.

    The Nottingham Trent University Choir join forces with the world-renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra and celebrated soloists Dame Sarah Connolly, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Gywn Hughes Jones, and Wojtek Gierlach.

    This event is part of our International Music Series, which is taking place across 2018 to celebrate Nottingham Trent University's 175th anniversary.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Musical Banquet (early music trio) - a feast for your ears!
    Adrian Boorman, Malcolm Pearce, Musical Banquet (early music trio), Tricia Warhurst
    St Giles' Church Oxford OX2 6HT
    United Kingdom

    The critically acclaimed Oxfordshire Early Music Trio Musical Banquet will be making a welcome return visit to St Giles Church, located in the heart of the City of Oxford, at 7.30pm on Saturday 28th April and performing a Gala Charity Concert in aid of The St.Giles Academy of Music. Step back in time 400 years to hear the group serve up an eclectic menu of musical delicacies, including vocal and instrumental works by Dowland and Gibbons along with their English and European contemporaries, interspersed with colourful period anecdotes.

    Situated just 550 yards north of Oxford's city wall and consecrated by St Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, at a time when this area was outside the city centre, St Giles Church still provides an oasis of calm amidst the C21 hustle and bustle. Oxford's annual St Giles Fair was established to commemorate the Church's consecration in the year 1200 and today, with its three choirs, choristers training programme and regular concert series the church is establishing a reputation for musical excellence throughout Oxford and beyond.

    This historic building provides a fitting backdrop for tonight’s concert - an unusual and highly entertaining opportunity to experience works performed on period instruments combined with Countertenor voice much as the 17th and 18th century audience might have heard them. With plenty of surprises along the way, the evening will be presented in the group's characteristically innovative, energetic and imaginative style and the gourmet ‘menu’ includes some spicy 'musical nibbles' from 17th century Spain, accompanied by Baroque Guitar, and some 'sweet treats' from one of England's finest composers, Henry Purcell. A tempting indulgence for all musical gastronomes!

    Ticket prices include a complimentary souvenir programme and interval hospitality, when there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians, and all proceeds from this event will be donated to the St Giles Academy of Musci

    Musical Banquet's vibrant and energetic performances have delighted critics and audiences alike:

    ‘The effect of such entrancing music was quite magical’. ‘Beautifully presented with wit, polish and panache’. ‘A musical marvel!’ ‘The audience were spellbound’ 'Such enthusiastic and passionate performers' ‘An unforgettable evening!’ 'It was a real treat to listen to early English and European music performed to such a high standard’ ‘Thank you for another great show. You remain unique and indefatigable (and very digestible!’)’

    Come along and experience for yourself this 'Feast for the Ears'!

    If music be the food of love
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    This Merry Pleasant Spring
    Anonymous ()
    The Silver Swan
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Dainty fine bird
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Of all the birds that I do know
    John Bartlet (c 1565 - 1620)
    Al fonte, al prato
    Giulio Caccini (c1545-1618)
    Lasciatemi mirar
    Giovanni Croce (c1558-1609)
    Sei tanto grazioso
    Giovanni Ferretti (1540-1610)
    Come Love, let's walk
    Anonymous ()
    Underneath a cypress shade
    Francis Pilkington (c1570-1638)
    O Sweet Woods
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Passava amor
    Anonymous ()
    Dime, robadora
    Anonymous ()
    Danza de las hachas
    Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710)
    Dame acojida
    Esteban Daza (fl. 1576)
    Vuestros ojos
    Anonymous ()
    White as lilies was her face
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Her rosy cheeks
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    With fragrant flowers
    Francis Pilkington (c1570-1638)
    Music for a while from Oedipus
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Sweeter than roses from Pausanias
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    I attempt from love's sickness to fly from The Indian Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Fairest isle, all isles excelling from King Arthur
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Luigi Rossi (c1597-1653)
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    5 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Opera Gala | Daventry Choral Society
    Daniel Joy, Daventry Choral Society, Helen Bailey, Nicholas Scott-Burt, Orchestra da Camera
    Holy Cross Church Daventry NN11 4BL
    United Kingdom

    The Daventry Choral Society are performing their ever popular Opera Gala with many choruses from well known operas. We will be joined by two soloists who will sing some famous and well loved arias from a variety of operas. We will be accompanied by the Orchestra da Camera, to make a very special evening for opera lovers and newcomers to the genre, alike. The ticket price includes a glass of wine/fruit juice which can be enjoyed in the wonderful surroundings of Daventry's lovely Georgian parish church.

    Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Humming chorus from Madama Butterfly
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Pilgrims' Chorus from Tannhäuser
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Bell Chorus from I Pagliacci
    Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1858-1919)
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    27 April 2018 - 1:10pm
    Melody Lin (cello) and Andrea Emanuele (piano) play Beethoven and Britten
    Andrea Emanuele, Melody Lin
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Melody Lin is a young Taiwanese cellist with a special aptitude to the development of fresh perspectives on solo as well as chamber music, both interpretation and performance. Prior to her studies at the Royal College of Music in London, she studied under a number of internationally recognized musicians, including Michael Reynolds, Benjamin Zander, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Ling-Yi Ouyang. She began making a name for herself in the US, where she performed in major concert halls with different ensembles including the Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center. Her recent career highlights include a recital of solo works by Bach and Britten at the University of Cambridge, and a 2016 Chopin Project concert series that toured Poland and London with Polish pianist Artur Haftman .

    Together with Australian violinist Sally Law and Indonesian pianist Stephanie Onggowinoto, Melody formed Mellanie Trio in 2014 and has performed in various chamber music series. In 2015, Mellanie Trio gave a recital at St James Piccadilly, supported by Concordia Foundation, where they received a standing ovation. Melody has also organized and performed a sold-out concert for Richard Lester Cello Ensemble, and performed in a Steven Reich Composition Masterclass at Royal College of Music. She also took part in ‘A Tribute to William Pleeth’ concert by the London Cello Society, as a member of the cello ensemble. Additionally, she was an assistant at London Bridge Academy at Menuhin School, where she translated for masterclasses and chamber coaching, and performed in the gala concert with faculty members.

    Melody is currently a MA Student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and she is Trinity Laban Award Scholar and a The Joan Andrews Scholar.

    Andrea Emanuele was born in Palermo, in 1994. He started studying piano at the age of 7 as a pupil of Suor Anna Giovanna Messina, and continued studying at the Conservatorio “V. Bellini” of Palermo in 2004 as a student of Marzia Manno, graduating cum laude and special mention. He has studied with Stefan Vladar at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien. He has participated to many Master Classes held by internationally renowned artists, such as Ennio Pastorino, An Li Pang, Gianluca Luisi, James Creitz, Alessandro Damerini, Macha Yanouchevskij, Alexander Trostianski, Giulio Potenza, Elena Ponzoni, Giuseppe Andaloro, Daniel Rivera, Benedetto Lupo. He has played as soloist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber music pianist in prestigious venues such as the Conservatorio di Musica 'V Bellini' in Palermo, the Teatro Politeama in Palermo, the International Orestiadi Festival in Gibellina, the Teatro Manzoni in Pistoia, Blackheath Halls in Blackheath, London. He has won many prizes in national and international competition. He is now studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, as a student of Sergio de Simone.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 in G minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Suite No 1 for solo cello
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 30 April 2018 - 1:10pm
    Yaroslava Trofymchuk (cello) and Christine Zerafa (piano) play Franck and Ligeti
    Christine Zerafa, Yaroslava Trofymchuk
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Yaroslava Trofymchuk is a Ukrainian cellist currently studying at the Royal College of Music under Natalie Clein. She is an RCM scholar generously supported by Geoff and Carole Lindey, Sara Naudi and The Zetland Foundation.

    Since the beginning of her studies she has won several prestigious national and international competitions, prizes and awards. Most notable are the IV International Lysenko Competition; 'Best Performer' Cello Competition where she won a XIX century cello made by Charles Jeaucout; The John E Mortimer Award by The Philharmonia Orchestra; The Zetland Foundation Award and Albert Cooper Musical Award to name but a few.

    As a soloist and in orchestras Yaroslava has performed in some of the world’s top concert halls, including Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerhaus Berlin, and she has been part of Salzburg and Lucern festivals. In the UK, Yaroslava has appeared in well-known venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Yaroslava is a keen orchestral player, having performed several times with London Symphony Orchestra as part of the String Experience Scheme; she was a member of the prestigious youth orchestra Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and regularly performs with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of The Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Instrumental Fellowship.

    Yaroslava plays the Joseph Graubaugh and Sigrun Seifert modern cello kindly on loan to her from the RCM.

    London based Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various venues and festivals around the UK and overseas. She has frequently appeared at major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John Smith Square and St Martin in the Fields, amongst others. She has been recipient of various awards including the Bice Mizzi National Competition, RNCM Clifton Helliwell Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize for piano accompaniment, Schumann Lieder Accompanist Prize, the Eric Brough Prize and the John B McEwen Prize. Christine is a Park Lane Group Artist and a Tunnell Trust Artist.

    Christine gained a Master of Music in solo performance from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Norma Fisher and Paul Janes, after which she moved on to study with Andrea Lucchesini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence. Having a great passion for collaboration with singers and instrumentalists, she then read for a Master of Music degree in piano accompaniment, which she recently completed with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Ian Brown. She is currently reading for a PhD in performance at the Academy. Her studies have been kindly supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship, BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation, Janatha Stubbs Foundation, Silverstone Bursary, Royal Academy of Music and Gilling Family Scholarship.

    Sonata in A for cello and piano
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    Sonata for solo cello
    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    Composer Not Known ()
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