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Format: 2018-01-19
Format: 2018-01-19
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    24 January 2018 - 1:00pm
    Britten Sinfonia: At Lunch Two
    Caroline Dearnley, Huw Watkins, Jacqueline Shave
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    Leo Chadburn’s new work for piano trio and electronics is set amongst chamber repertoire both new and old. The programme will showcase each instrument in the piano trio, from the softly-evolving cello melody in Philip Glass’s Orbit to the interaction of violin and piano in Arvo Pärt’s poignant Spiegel im Spiegel.

    Sonata No 1 in D minor, 'The Annunciation' from Mystery Sonatas and Passacaglia
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
    Orbit for solo cello
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    New work for piano trio and electronics
    Composer Not Known ()
    Spiegel im Spiegel
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Piano Trio No 3 in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    27 January 2018 - 7:30pm
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Wigram, Joel Sandelson, Julian Trevelyan
    St Peter's Church St Albans AL1 3HG
    United Kingdom
    Overture in the Italian style in C
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 24 in C minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    6 Romanian Folk Dances, for orchestra
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Symphony No 104 in D, 'London'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    20 January 2018 - 11:00am
    A Trip to the Zoo | City of Southampton Orchestra
    City of Southampton Orchestra, John Traill
    Central Hall Southampton SO14 1NF
    United Kingdom

    Join us for fun concerts brought to life with live music and dancing! Our family concerts are suitable for all ages. Book early as last year was a sell-out!

    This year we will perform music inspired by all your favourite animals. From lions to tigers, kangaroos to monkeys, there will be something for everyone. Bring along the whole family and chase away those January blues.

    We are proud to be joined by the New Forest School of Dance and our partners Isle of Wight Zoo.

    Performances at 11am and 2pm

    Isabel's noisy tummy
    Bernard Hughes ()
    The Flight of the Bumblebee
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Excerpts from Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Music from the soundtrack to the film 'The Lion King'
    Elton John (1947-)
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    27 January 2018 - 7:00pm
    Durham Choral Society and Will Todd Ensemble: Mass in Blue and Jazz Missa Brevis
    Durham Choral Society, Michael Summers, Will Todd Jazz Ensemble
    Durham Cathedral Durham DH1 3EH
    United Kingdom

    Durham Choral Society and the Will Todd Ensemble will perform the opening concert of the Durham Choral Festival. Will Todd will give a pre-concert talk at 7pm.

    Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd's wife, soprano Bethany Halliday. Since that time the work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire. Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the Latin Mass text for soprano soloist and chorus.

    The work has been performed many times and featured in the 25th anniversary of the Exeter Festival Chorus back in 2008.

    Jazz Missa Brevis was written for Portsmouth Cathedral with funds from The Groves Legacy.

    The work gives new life to the sung Latin Mass texts and is underpinned by Todd’s characteristic jazz harmonies and melodic craftsmanship. This short setting embraces a variety of jazz styles, from the swinging jazz waltz Kyrie to the up-beat Latin-groove Gloria. The smooth jazz ballad Sanctus, 7/8 Benedictus and soulful Agnus Dei complete this inspiring Mass setting., it is suitable for performance both liturgically and as part of a concert.

    Mass in Blue
    Will Todd (1969-)
    Jazz Missa Brevis
    Will Todd (1969-)
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    21 January 2018 - 6:30pm
    Dvorák Piano Quartet
    Dvořák Piano Quartet
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    The Dvorák Piano Quartet is made up of musicians already experienced in the field of chamber music. Since 1999, while still studying at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague, pianist Slávka Pechocová played with cellist Jan Ždánský in the IUNO Trio. Their collaboration continued when they took part in a complete recording of Janácek’s chamber works (2005-2007).

    The artistic partnership of Slávka Pechocová with violinist and viola player Petr Verner began in July 2009, which coincided while they were also playing in a piano quartet. Shortly afterwards, they formed the Spring Duo, and since that time they have dedicated themselves to playing chamber music together. An interesting stimulus was the wish of Prof. Cyril Höschel to hear a performance of Schubert’s 'Trout' Quintet by top Czech players, which they duly gave with Bohuslav Matoušek, Michal Kanka and Pavel Nejtek. There followed many further collaborations with top artists, such as Jan Talich, Ludmila Peterková, Pavel Verner, Jana Vonášková – Nováková, Martina Bacová, Tomáš Jamník and Alžbeta Vlcková.

    The great wish of the Spring Duo was to create a larger stable ensemble and, at the suggestion of a number of concert planners, a piano quartet was formed: Slávka Vernerová-Pechocová (piano), Štepán Pražák (violin), Petr Verner (viola) and Jan Ždánský (cello). Originally, the ensemble performed under the name Spring Piano Quartet.

    Recently, the kind permission to use Dvorák’s name for the ensemble was granted by the direct descendant of the composer, Antonín Dvorák III. This title also received the approval of the Antonín Dvorák Society in Prague.

    The creation of the Dvorák Piano Quartet is thanks largely to their artistic mentors, Professor Ivan Moravec and Maestro Václav Hudecek.

    *Pre-concert talk in the Brockway Room, 5:30pm - interview with Karel Janovicky

    Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Quartet
    Karel Janovický (1930-)
    Quartet for Piano and Strings No 2 in E flat major
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    28 January 2018 - 6:30pm
    Minguet Quartet
    Minguet Quartet
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. The passionate and intelligent interpretations of the Minguet Quartet always ensure inspiring listening experiences – “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even the smallest detail”. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

    The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet, a Spanish philosopher of the 18th century who attempted, in his writings, to facilitate access to the fine arts for all sectors of the population – and this idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet Quartet.

    The 2016/17 season included guest performances at the Festival d’Automne Paris, Tongyeong International Music Festival Korea, Mozart Festival Schwetzingen, Festival JetztMusik Stuttgart (SWR), Usedomer and Herrenchiemsee Festival, at the new opening Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Staatsoper and Konzerthaus Berlin, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Beethovenhaus Bonn and Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth as well as concerts in Austria, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Suisse and tours to China and the USA. Furthermore a project with works by Italian and German contemporary composers is planned in cooperation with the European Academy for Music and Art Montepulciano and the Kunststiftung NRW.

    Previous seasons took the Minguet Quartet to the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Munich Residence, Brucknerhaus Linz, Stuttgart Music Festival, Würzburg Mozart Festival, Festival Ultraschall and Konzerthaus Berlin, Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival, and further European concert halls as for example in Paris, Vienna and Venice as well as to the USA, Canada, Japan, Central and South America.

    The ensemble concentrates on the Classical-Romantic literature and modern music in equal measure, and has proven its commitment to compositions of the 21st century through numerous premieres. Encounters with important composers of our time inspire the four musicians to create ever new ideas in programming. The first complete recordings of the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann are amongst their most important projects. The last-named of these was awarded five stars by Fono Forum in May 2015. Highlight in 2015 was the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet at the Audi Summer Concerts as part of a conception by the conductor Kent Nagano.

    Partners include the soprano Mojca Erdmann, the baritone Christian Gerhaher, the clarinettists Sharon Kam and Jörg Widmann, the pianist Andrea Lucchesini, the violist Gérard Caussé, the actor Michael Degen, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra under the conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Markus Stenz and Peter Ruzicka. Since October 2015 the members of the Minguet Quartet are engaged as visiting lecturers for chamber music at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln location Wuppertal.

    With the complete CD recordings of the string quartet literature of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Josef Suk and Heinrich v. Herzogenberg (cpo), the ensemble proudly presents its great musical culture, opening up to the public the discovery of impressive music of the Romantic period. In the upcoming years the Minguet Quartet will record the complete work for chamber music by Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Heinrich Kaminski and Walter Braunfels as well as the unique string quartet by Glenn Gould.

    In 2010 the Minguet Quartet was awarded the coveted ECHO Klassik followed by the Diapason d’Or 2015.

    *Pre-concert recital with Ashok Klouda (cello) in the Main Hall, 5:30pm:

    Continuing the series he began in 2017, cellist Ashok Klouda explores the masterpieces which inspired him to take up the cello in the first place: JS Bach's Suites for Solo Cello and sets them alongside new works written for him by Natalie Klouda.

    String Quartet No 4 in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    String Quartet No 1
    Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    String Quartet No 3 in A
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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    27 January 2018 - 8:00pm
    Verdi's Requiem | Cambridge University Musical Society
    Cambridge, Cambridge University Orchestra, Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Claudia Huckle, Darren Jeffery, David Butt Philip, Elizabeth Atherton, Jac van Steen, The Choir of St Catharine’s College, The Mixed Choir of Jesus College
    King's College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1ST
    United Kingdom

    Join Cambridge University’s finest chapel choirs, Cambridge University Orchestra and world-renowned guest conductor Jac van Steen for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in King’s College Chapel. With four top soloists, this concert promises to be a highlight of the season.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    20 January 2018 - 2:00pm
    Andrey Gugnin (piano)
    Andrey Gugnin
    Pushkin House London WC1A 2TA
    United Kingdom

    The 1st Prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition 2017

    The Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition 2014

    The 2nd Prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition 2013

    Liszt was only 15 when he produced his epochal 12 Etudes d’exécution transcendante in Vienna. As the title rightly claims, it is a masterpiece showcasing the transcendental virtuosity which the composer himself excelled and demonstrated. 2011 saw myriad of the études cycle performed on the stage during Liszt's bicentennial almost creating a trend for anyone who possessed sublime virtuosity to make a try.

    These transcendental études certainly has been Andrey Gugnin's old horse which he made into a household name.

    An opportunity not to be missed.

    This is a dry run for his CD recording in beginning of February 2018.

    Andrey Gugnin (piano)

    In 2016 not only did Andrey Gugnin become the 1st Prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, he swept away numerous "best" accolades including the best overall concerto, best 19th and 20th century concerto, best violin and piano sonata, and best preliminaries within one recital. In 2014 he won the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, while 2013 brought him the 2nd Prize at the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition.

    Further competition results are as follows: the Valesia Musica International Piano Competition (Italy, 2014), Svetislav Stancic Piano Competition (Croatia, 2011), 'Cittâ di Cantù' (Italy, 2009), International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino (piano duo section, 2008).

    He has performed in more than 20 countries in Europe, USA and Asia with orchestra and solo recitals as well as chamber concerts with repeated appearances at the Marinsky Orchestra, Svetlanov State Orchestra, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Camerata, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble and the Camerata Salzburg

    Subsequently, he received an invitation to appear with maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in the close of the XII Mariinsky International Piano Festival (December, 2017) and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (January, 2018).

    The 2017–2018 season features chamber music performances in Adelaide (Australia), the Malta Festival, the Bard and Newport Festivals (USA) and concerts in the UK with violinist Tasmin Little. Andrey will be touring throughout Australia and New Zealand as the winner of the coveted Sydney International Competition.

    12 Études d'exécution transcendante
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    21 January 2018 - 2:00pm
    Come and Sing: Vivaldi's Gloria
    Dominic Ellis-Peckham, Guest Orchestra, London Oriana Choir
    St John's Waterloo London SE1 8TY
    United Kingdom

    Blast away the January blues, or kick-off your new year’s resolution in style by joining renowned conductor and choral expert Dominic Ellis-Peckham and the acclaimed London Oriana Choir for an inspirational and energetic afternoon of singing.

    Join us, and bring some friends, to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria masterpiece, complete with orchestra and guest soloists. This is guaranteed to bring a smile to your faces and happiness to your ears to start 2018!

    Perhaps you’re even interested in considering becoming a member of London Oriana Choir? Well, what better way to test us out!

    2pm rehearsal, 6pm performance

    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    19 January 2018 - 7:30pm
    Purcell - The Italian Connection | Sounds Baroque (early music ensemble)
    Anna Dennis, Henrik Persson, Jamie Akers, Julian Perkins, Sounds Baroque
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Henry Purcell remains unequalled in the sensitivity with which he sets the English language. His music often combines the decorum of the French style with the rhetorical exuberance of the Italian style – while remaining quintessentially English. This programme celebrates Purcell’s florid qualities with a surprising array of vocal and instrumental works.

    Sweeter than roses from Pausanias
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    On the brow of Richmond Hill
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Cupid, the slyest rogue alive
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Suite in C major
    Francesco Corbetta (c1615-1681)
    No Reprieve
    Henry Lawes (1596-1662)
    A lover's legacy
    Henry Lawes (1596-1662)
    Urge me no more, this airy mirth
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    O solitude my sweetest choice
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Suite in C minor for harpsichord
    Giovanni Battista Draghi (c1640-1708)
    Plush and Roses
    Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)
    The worm
    Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)
    Love arms himself in Celia's eyes
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Celia's fond
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    How blest are the shepherds from King Arthur
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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