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Format: 2018-07-17
Format: 2018-07-17
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    20 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Songtime - Margaret Ferguson and The Maia Singers
    Ian Tate, John Pomphrey, Margaret Ferguson, The Maia Singers
    Buxton Methodist Church Buxton
    United Kingdom

    As part of the Buston festival fringe, we are presenting an evening of music performed by 'Africa's Lady of Song' Margaret Ferguson supported by The Maia Singers from Stockport.

    The full concert programme is not yet finalised, but will include the pieces listes and many more.

    Ev’ry time I feel the spirit
    Traditional ()
    Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, 'Solemn Vespers'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    I got rhythm
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    24 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Royal Choral Society: Handel's Israel in Egypt
    Camilla Harris, David Allsopp, Lancelot Nomura, London Handel Orchestra, Richard Cooke, Robin Bailey, Royal Choral Society, Tristan Hambleton, Zoë Brookshaw
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    Handel's underrated choral masterpiece brings to life the plagues, miracles and jubilation of the Exodus story. Intensely dramatic, Israel in Egypt's exuberant choruses showcase Handel’s genius for story-telling – from the plagues of flies, frogs and hailstones to Moses’s parting of the Red Sea. Performed in the beautiful surroundings of Southwark Cathedral, accompanied by the London Handel Orchestra and a stellar line up of soloists all conducted by Richard Cooke, the Royal Choral Society will raise the roof with this extraordinary chorus-laden work.

    Israel in Egypt
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    26 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Will Todd's Mass in Blue | Barts Choir
    Barts Choir, Chris Lee, Ivor Setterfield, Joanna L'Estrange, Joe Pettitt, Luke Annesley, Rod Youngs
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Noted for its skilful and entertaining writing of a jazz form of the liturgy, the popular Mass in Blue was premiered in 2003 and described by Will Todd as a real watershed work in which he can truly express himself. In contrast the Choir features George Shearing’s delightful “collaboration” with Shakespeare, written because “we enjoyed working together so much!”

    Finally, pianist, composer and songwriter, Chris Lee, has written a jazz instrumental suite inspired by the Shakespearean texts used in Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets. He is joined by Luke Annesley (alto sax) Joe Pettitt (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums).

    Mass in Blue
    Will Todd (1969-)
    Songs and Sonnets
    George Shearing (1919-)
    After Shakespeare
    Chris Lee ()
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    22 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Orchestra of St John with Benjamin Frith - St John MusicFest 2018
    Benjamin Frith, Orchestra of St John, Richard Jenkinson
    St John's Church Bromsgrove B61 7JW
    United Kingdom

    Orchestra of St John is thrilled to be presenting the final concert in the 2018 Bromsgrove Festival. Always a terrific event, we are delighted to be joined by international competition winner and multi-recorded pianist, Benjamin Frith. Conducted by Richard Jenkinson.

    Fidelio - a modern heroine? Leonore disguises herself as a man - Fidelio - and rescues her husband from his unjust imprisonment. The overture from Beethoven's only opera reflects the passion and ground-breaking sentiments of his own era of political revolutions. Let your mind paint the pictures in Beethoven's stormy work.

    We are pleased to welcome back international pianist, Benjamin Frith, for Beethoven's First piano concerto: so strong is the influence of Mozart in Beethoven's first two concertos that we hear not just a delightful and magnetising attention to melody, but also a kind of spring-like radiance. The music itself seems to express youth, and the instrument purrs rather than pounds, in contrast with the more powerful fourth and fifth concertos.

    Brahms's first symphony was fourteen years in the making, and after its premiere in 1876 was labelled Beethoven's 10th, but is that justified? Brahms certainly felt the weight of history on his shoulders, and yet managed to tackle the symphony on his own terms. Judge for yourself the impact of his achievement in this, the first of Orchestra of St John's forays into Brahms territory.

    Overture from Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    21 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Music for piano and winds - The St John MusicFest 2018
    Benjamin Frith, Wind pricipals of Orchestra of St John
    St John's Church Bromsgrove B61 7JW
    United Kingdom

    Exemplary playing from our wind principals and concert pianist, Benjamin Frith, in a delightful programme of deluxe chamber music.

    This concert is presented as part of the Bromsgrove Festival 2018.

    Quintet for piano and winds in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    L'heure du berger, for piano and wind quintet
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Sextet for piano and wind quintet
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the rock)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Quintet in E flat for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    21 July 2018 - 1:00pm
    Bigger bite-sized Classics - the St John MusicFest 2018
    Benjamin Frith, Orchestra of St John, Richard Jenkinson
    St John's Church Bromsgrove B61 7JW
    United Kingdom

    Great pieces of music in bite-sized chunks in our lunchtime concert. Seven popular pieces played with panache by the Orchestra of St John, with guest presenter David Coulson. Free ice cream afterwards for all.

    Finlandia
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    A Grand, Grand Overture
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Infernal galop 'Can-can' from Orphee aux enfers, 'Orpheus in the Underworld'
    Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
    Scherzo from Piano Concerto No 4 in D minor
    Henry Charles Litolff (1818-1891)
    Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Excerpts from Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back
    John Williams (1932-)
    Excerpts from Filmscore to Schindler's List
    John Williams (1932-)
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    21 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ryedale Festival in Scarborough: The Orchestra of Opera North and Kathryn Rudge
    Kathryn Rudge, Orchestra of Opera North, Renato Balsadonna
    The Spa Grand Hall Scarborough YO11 2HD
    United Kingdom

    Hammer blows of fate open Beethoven’s most famous symphony and mark the beginning of an epic journey from turbulence to resounding optimism. Eighty years later, Brahms was still wrestling with Beethoven’s legacy when he produced some of the deepest and most profound music of the century in the emotional catharsis of his final symphony. These two great and much-loved works are separated by an English masterpiece: Kathryn Rudge, an Opera North favourite and one of the fastest-rising young British singers, performs Elgar’s famous Sea Pictures in an elegant venue with stunning views across Scarborough’s South Bay.

    Pre-concert and interval bar.

    Concert transport available to Scarborough from Helmsley via Pickering. Please register your interest with Box Office.

    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sea Pictures
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    25 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Masayuki Tayama (piano) - Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Gershwin
    Masayuki Tayama
    St Mary Magdalene Parish Church London NW1 3PH
    United Kingdom

    An exciting programme of Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Gershwin by award-winning pianist Masayuki Tayama.

    Masayuki Tayama, one of today’s most accomplished pianists, is much in demand across Europe and Japan. He first came to prominence when he won First Prize in the Takahiro Sonoda International Piano Competition in Japan, followed by numerous top prizes in Europe, including the Birmingham International Piano Competition. Tayama studied at the Toho University of Music in Japan, and subsequently in London on a Fellowship from the Japanese Government, where he was awarded the Performer’s Diploma with Honour from both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    His London debut took place in 2002 at the Southbank Centre and since then, he has been performing regularly at highly prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. His recent performances with orchestra, notably at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Fairfield Halls and the Last Night of the St Jude’s Proms, include all the Piano Concertos by Brahms and Rachmaninov, collaborating with conductors including Stephen Bell, Adrian Brown, Darrell Davison, John Gibbons, Levon Parikian, Brien Stait and Vladimir Válek.

    He has earned an enviable reputation as a Rachmaninov specialist, and is currently in the midst of a project to record Rachmaninov’s complete works for solo piano. His first recording of the two Sonatas won the accolade ‘Best Recording of the Month’ in Stereo magazine, and his second CD of the complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Morceaux de Fantaisie followed to critical acclaim. The third disc of the two sets of Variations has been chosen as a ‘Tokusen-ban’ (Specially Selected and Recommended) in the January 2016 issue of Record Geijutsu, Japan’s most authoritative classical music and review magazine.

    Tayama is much sought after as a teacher and adjudicator. From 2010 to 2017, he taught First Study pianists at Chetham’s School of Music, Britain’s largest specialist music school, and gave solo recitals and Master Classes at the Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists. Earlier this year, he was appointed a Principal Tutor of The Piano Teachers' Course UK, the country's leading professional development course for piano pedagogy. He is also a Professor at the Elmitt Piano Academy where he gives regular Master Classes and Lecture-Recitals, and is also a registered adjudicator with the European Piano Teachers Association.

    12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je maman' for piano
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Suite, from Partita for solo violin in E, transcribed for piano
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Scherzo from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Liebesleid
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Liebesfreud
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Flight of the Bumblebee
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    20 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Marvellous Party - a celebration of the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward
    Harry the Piano, Simon Bates Big Band, Stefan Bednarczyk
    West Green House Hartley Wintney RG27 8JB
    United Kingdom

    A celebration of the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward, featuring the Simon Bates Big Band and a host of superb performers. Created specially for the West Green House Opera Season, staged in a beautiful covered theatre set in West Green House Gardens. Picnics encouraged in the long dining interval, Lakefield Bar open for cocktails from 5pm, gardens illuminated after dark. Special concert supper available for £35, served in the Lakefield Pavilion.

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    26 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Madama Butterfly | West Green House Opera
    Catherine Backhouse, Jonathan Lyness, Katie Bird, Richard Studer, Robert Davies, Robyn Lyn Evans, Sophie Goldrick, The Orchestra of West Green House Opera, West Green House Opera
    West Green House Hartley Wintney RG27 8JB
    United Kingdom

    A classic new production of Puccini's cherished opera, perfect for the Theatre in the Meadow at West Green House. Directed and designed by Richard Studer, conducted by Jonathan Lyness, both Artistic Directors of Mid Wales Opera, this production includes a cast of outstanding singers and an ensemble of emerging artists bringing life and depth to this timeless story. Two performances only on July 26th and July 28th, both including a long dining interval where picnics are encouraged and fine dining is available. West Green House Gardens open at 5pm and after the performance, the gardens are beautifully illuminated.

    Madama Butterfly
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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