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Format: 2019-06-26
Format: 2019-06-26
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Gems of the English Baroque - 50th anniversary concert | Epsom Chamber Choir
    Epsom Chamber Choir, Guest instrumental ensemble, Mark Biggins
    Church of St Martin of Tours Epsom KT17 4PX
    United Kingdom

    Epsom Chamber Choir will perform this major concert to mark their 50th anniversary, and warmly invite music lovers to help them celebrate in style. The concert features Handel’s splendid Dixit Dominus, as well as excerpts from Handel’s oratorio Solomon. It also includes works from Purcell, one of which has been given an intriguing contemporary twist.

    The choir will be joined by impressive young soloists and an instrumental ensemble, adding extra excitement to this celebration. Past members of the choir have been invited to join in what promises to be an exceptionally rousing performance of Zadok the Priest.

    Chairman Nic Ash comments: “What started out fifty years ago as a few enthusiastic singers getting together to have fun, has developed into one of Surrey’s leading chamber choirs. We work hard to achieve an exceptionally high level of performance across an adventurous range of music – but with no less enthusiasm or fun!”

    Dixit Dominus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    When I am laid in earth from Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Hear my Prayer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by candlelight | The Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    Martyn Jackson, The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Ann's Church Manchester M2 7LF
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate the end of the week with The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, featuring some of the UK’s most outstanding young professional musicians, led by the sensational violinist Martyn Jackson. This dynamic ensemble present a programme of great classical music including works by Mozart and Vivaldi’s masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons' in the heart of Manchester, by the evocative glow of candlelight.

    This special concert also features exceptional British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, who has developed a large following across the UK thanks to his effortless technique and charismatic charm. One of his most extraordinary achievements is performing the complete solo works (3.5 million notes) of Frederick Chopin from memory. Mailley-Smith has performed for the Royal Family on many occasions, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall and has been featured as Classic FM's CD of the Week. Press quote: "Stunning” Classic FM.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for 2 violins in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for keyboard and strings in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 27 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Handel, Charpentier and Browne | London Lawyers' Music
    Christopher Oakley, London Lawyers' Chamber Orchestra, London Lawyers' Chorus
    St Andrew's Church, Holborn London EC4A 3AB
    United Kingdom
    Coronation Anthem: The King shall rejoice
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Jesu, mercy, how may this be?
    John Browne (1426-1498)
    Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Te Deum in D
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)
  • 29 June 2019 - 11:00am
    Prime Brass – At the Circus
    Paul Garner, Prime Brass
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Our relaxed informal family concerts are always huge fun, and this year we feature Cambridge-based twelve-piece ensemble Prime Brass, led by trumpeter Paul Garner who founded the group in 2002. Reviewed as ‘exceptional’ by Classic FM, Prime Brass is acclaimed for its family concerts; today’s Circus theme is sure to be exciting and involving for all ages.

  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Brandenburg Sinfonia with Tom Poster (piano)
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, Robert Porter, Tom Poster
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Our resident orchestra provides a traditional centrepiece for our season. Mendelssohn’s overture inspired by the island of Staffa and the waves crashing on Fingal’s Cave opens the concert, while his Italian Symphony closes it in bright and sunny mode with its final saltarello folk dance. Schumann’s ever-popular concerto is played by star pianist Tom Poster. Described by The Strad as ‘mercurially brilliant’ and BBC Music Magazine as producing ‘a beautiful tone that you may sink into like a pile of cushions’, Tom also performs Finzi’s Eclogue; featuring in Classic FM’s top 100 chart and hauntingly beautiful, it deserves a place in any listening list. This concert is sponsored by Thaxted Music Lovers. In association with Orchestras Live.

    Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Eclogue for piano and strings
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 30 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Martin James Bartlett (piano)
    Martin James Bartlett
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014, when he also made his Proms debut, Martin is a regular performer on radio and television. Nicola Benedetti describes him as ‘a natural and powerful musician who lives and breathes music’. This wide-ranging programme will demonstrate the breadth of Martin’s talent; his winning personality shines through his music, and his love of playing engages audiences everywhere. This concert is sponsored in memory of Martin Curtis.

    Sonata for Piano No 12 in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Tre Sonetti del Petrarca
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Toccato on ‘L’homme armé’
    Marc-André Hamelin (1961-)
    Widmung
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Liebesträume No 3 in A flat, 'O Lieb, so lang du lieben kännst'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    El amor y la muerte from Goyescas ‘Los majos enamorados’
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in A minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 5 July 2019 - 8:00pm
    London Handel Orchestra
    Adrian Butterfield, London Handel Orchestra, Rachel Brown
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    London Handel Orchestra comprises some of the finest baroque players in the country and has a reputation for historically-informed performances. It is central to the Handel Festival at St George’s Church in Hanover Square – known as the Handel Church. This concert includes some of Handel’s own favourite compositions, as well as a rare opportunity to hear a Vivaldi recorder concerto and the concerto grosso style Brandenburg Concerto with violin and recorder as the solo group. This concert is sponsored by Archers Financial Services Ltd.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for sopranino recorder and strings in C
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto Grosso No 2 in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Water Music Suite No 1 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Suite No 2 in D from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 6 July 2019 - 12:00pm
    Riccardo Bonci (organ)
    Riccardo Bonci
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Riccardo Bonci trained as an organist in Italy and is Assistant Director of Music at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich. A conductor, accompanist and choirmaster, he was organist at S Maria Assunta Cathedral in Tuscany before studying organ performance at the Royal Academy of Music. He will perform a European extravaganza of church and secular music to exploit the wonderful range of Thaxted’s unique Lincoln Organ. This concert is sponsored by friends of Thaxted Festival.

    Double Voluntary in D
    John Reading (1645-1692)
    Toccata sexta
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
    Salbe de 1º tono
    Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia (1561-1627)
    Lieder ohne Worte, Songs without Words
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Salamanca
    Guy Bovet (1942-)
  • 6 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Jonathan Vinten Quartet – Jazz Swing
    Bobby Worth, Jonathan Vinten, Jonathan Vinten Quartet, Julian Marc Stringle, Steve Thompson
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    The Jonathan Vinten Quartet returns to the Festival after a large audience enjoyed an immaculate evening of swing jazz in 2012. Often to be heard on Radio 3’s Jazz Record Requests, Jonathan was a regular at Ronnie Scott’s with George Melly. This concert is sure to make many new fans, as well as appealing to the hugely-talented Quartet’s existing followers. This concert is supported by ‘The Cheese Plate’, Buntingford.

  • 30 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Katona Twins (guitar duo)
    Peter Katona, The Katona Twins, Zoltán Katona
    The Drill Hall Chepstow NP6 5HJ
    United Kingdom

    Peter and Zoltán Katona, known as the Katona Twins, are based in the UK. They studied both individually and as a guitar duo with Ede Roth at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, with Wolfgang Lendle at the Academy of Music in Kassel, and with Michael Teuchert at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Tanz (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts), in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. In 1995 the twins entered the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with Michael Lewin and Tim Walker; they also participated in master-classes with Julian Bream and John Williams. They graduated with the Academy's highest award.

    Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “the classical world’s best known guitar duo,” Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres.

    Selection of Preludes and Fugues from Les guitares bien temperees, 'The well-tempered guitars', for 2 guitars
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
    Otoño porteño
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Themes from Once upon a time in the West
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Mallorca
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Taranta, for guitar
    Paco de Lucia (1947-)
    Capricho árabe
    Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
    The Scandal from Karamazov Suite
    Peter Katona ()
    Alhambra Inspiration
    Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
    Nuages
    Jean Reinhardt 'Django' (1910-1953)
    Maria from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Asturias
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Minor Swing
    Jean Reinhardt 'Django' (1910-1953)
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