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Format: 2018-03-21
Format: 2018-03-21
  • 23 March 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble
    Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    A welcome return by the wonderful artists of the RAM Harp Department

    Rhapsody for cello and 4 harps
    Gareth Wood (1950-)
    Fantaisie for violin and harp
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Hamabdil for cello and harp
    Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946)
    Sirens for violin and 4 harps
    Richard Bissill ()
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    24 March 2018 - 4:00pm
    I will sing with the Spirit | The Maia Singers
    Ian Tate, John Pomphrey, The Maia Singers
    All Saints Church Hale Barnes, Altrincham WA15 8SP
    United Kingdom

    An afternoon of varied choral music with the Maia Singers from Stockport.

    Nidaros Jazz Mass
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    3 Motets
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    I will sing with the Spirit
    John Rutter (1945-)
    God so loved the World from The Crucifixion
    Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)
    Ubi caritas
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Mother of God, here I stand from The Veil of the Temple
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Sure on this shining night
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Love Divine
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    Sweet little Jesus boy
    Robert Macgimsey ()
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach's Mass in B minor - Kingston Choral Society
    Andrew Griffiths, Anna Devin, Dingle Yandell, Katie Bray, Kingston Choral Society, Nicholas Pritchard, The Purcell Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Kingston Choral Society is thrilled to return to Cadogan Hall, alongside a superb quartet of soloists and the period instruments of The Purcell Orchestra, to perform perhaps the greatest piece of choral music ever written: J.S. Bach’s mighty Mass in B Minor. Intended as compendium of everything that Bach had achieved in his lifetime, it contains music of every kind: majestic, overwhelming choruses, magnificent fugues, and arias of heart-rending beauty.

    Anna Devin (pictured above) has performed on some of the world’s great stages, including The Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, Teatro Reale Madrid, the BBC Proms and Carnegie Hall.

    Katie Bray sings regularly for Opera North, English National Opera and English Touring Opera, and makes her debut with Welsh National Opera this season.

    Nick Pritchard was makes his Royal Opera House debut this season in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses, and has sung for Opera North, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera and the Aldeburgh Festival.

    Dingle Yandell makes his debut with Scottish Opera this season, and has sung for Garsington, Bach Collegium Japan, Arcangelo, Gabrieli Consort, Early Opera Company. He is currently an Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment ‘Rising Star’.

    Mass in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    21 March 2018 - 8:00pm
    Gusztáv Fenyo (piano) – Bach/Shostakovich Series (1/5)
    Gusztáv Fenyo
    City Halls Recital Room Glasgow G1 1NQ
    United Kingdom

    JS Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’, a monumental collection of 48 Preludes and Fugues, is recognised as one of the supreme achievements of Western music. Rich in musical invention and expression, its influence continues to resonate widely today. Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, composed some 200 years later and modelled directly on the Bach work, has been acclaimed as one of the pianistic jewels of the twentieth-century.

    Gusztáv Fenyo performs these two extraordinary cycles side-by-side in five recitals, each beginning with Bach and ending with Shostakovich, thus offering a unique listening experience which highlights their formal connections. This imaginative coupling is not only innovative and challenging but also, potentially, a gateway to understanding the musical language of our own time.

    One of Scotland’s leading musicians, Gusztáv Fenyo has been highly praised for his cycles of works by one composer, including Beethoven’s 32 Sonatas, Chopin’s complete solo piano works and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues.

    Related to the legendary Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, he has performed a comprehensive solo, chamber and concerto repertoire on three continents and broadcast for the BBC, ABC and Hungarian Radio. His commercial recordings include the violin/piano music of Bartók, Delius and Goossens, as well as works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Stanford, Dunhill and Bantock.

    Winner of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's concerto competition at age 18, Gusztáv Fenyo studied in London with Schnabel's disciple, Maria Curcio, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he introduced works by Stockhausen, Boulez, Xenakis, Cage and Takemitsu. His Wigmore Hall début premièred Games by Hungary’s leading composer, György Kurtág.

    ‘…the kind of musical charisma that seems to sharpen the listener’s powers of concentration…’ The Herald, Glasgow

    Next in series: 11 April, 24 April, 8 May, 22 May

    Preludes and Fugues Nos 1-12 from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier', Book I
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude and Fugue No 1 in C from 24 Preludes and Fugues
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    22 March 2018 - 7:15pm
    James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook
    Anna Tilbrook, James Gilchrist
    Howard Assembly Room Leeds LS1 6NU
    United Kingdom

    English tenor and pianist James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have been exploring the richness of Romantic song together for many years. Their programme includes Schubert’s first song cycle Einsamkeit whose great span Schubert seems to master without effort, spinning glorious melodies, transfixing us with almost visual imagery, together with Purcell’s miraculous O Solitude, Clara Schumann’s Six Songs, a new work by Jonathan Dove and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s archetypically Romantic Songs of Travel.

    'To be alone, to wander out into the world, severing the bonds of homeland, seeking a direction and a goal as yet unknown. Two important themes of Romanticism, both in the German and the English tradition. These themes pervade our programme, as a thread weaving through the whole.'
    James Gilchrist

    'No one tells a musical story with more wonder, more delicacy than James Gilchrist'.
    The Arts Desk

    O solitude my sweetest choice
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    6 Lieder
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Under alter’d skies
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Songs of Travel
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    29 March 2018 - 7:15pm
    I Fagiolini | Piatto misto
    I Fagiolini
    Howard Assembly Room Leeds LS1 6NU
    United Kingdom

    British vocal ensemble I Fagiolini provide a passionate Easter offering with a varied programme revolving around the themes of love and loss. One of the UK’s most highly regarded vocal groups, they inject ‘vitality, freshness and immediacy’ (The Telegraph) into pieces old and new.

    Including Monteverdi’s moving Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Thomas Ravenscroft’s There were three ravens, Britten’s tour de force settings of medieval texts and a new commission, Sonnet by Adrian Williams, expect ‘bags of style, energy and dramatic excitement’ (International Record Review) as they bring these masterpieces to life.

    "There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention"
    The Guardian

    Sestina: Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell’amata from Il sesto libro de madrigali
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    There were three ravens
    Thomas Ravenscroft (1582-1633)
    Too much I once lamented
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    La chasse
    Clément Janequin (c1485-1558)
    Sacred and Profane - 8 medieval lyrics
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Cathy Berberian (1925-1983)
    Sonnet 8 (Music to hear)
    Janet Wheeler ()
    Oooh Will
    William Brooks ()
    Adrian Williams (1956-)
  • 24 March 2018 - 7:30am
    Verdi's Requiem | Worthing Choral Society
    Aedan Kerney, Alexandra Gibson, Cheryl Enever, Jon English, Sinfonia of Arun, Stuart Young, Worthing Choral Society
    Assembly Hall Worthing BN11 1HQ
    United Kingdom

    The Messa da Requiem (22 May 1874, San Marco, Milan) is a mass in memory of Alessandro Manzoni. Written for four solo voices, chorus, and orchestra it is a piece of music containing both peaceful and explosive moments.

    Combining once again with The Sinfonia of Arun and a set of first rate soloists the choir of ninety five members are looking forward to presenting this performance for your enjoyment in the fine accoustics of Worthing Assembly Hall.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    24 March 2018 - 6:30pm
    JS Bach's St John Passion | Leeds Festival Chorus
    Christopher Purves, David Wilson-Johnson, Elin Manahan Thomas, English Chamber Orchestra, James Gilchrist, Joshua Ellicott, Lawrence Zazzo, Leeds Festival Chorus, Simon Wright
    Leeds Town Hall Leeds LS1 3AD
    United Kingdom

    Bach still strikes at the heart

    As if to demonstrate its versatility, Leeds Festival Chorus has sung in Latin deep underground in a Polish salt mine, in a Classical Spectacular in the Leeds Arena and as part of Opera in the Park. Last Christmas it gave a sell-out concert of popular favourites with Opera North’s orchestra. Its next offering in Leeds Town Hall, with the acclaimed English Chamber Orchestra, is very different. It is one of the most dramatic and emotional sacred pieces ever written by JS Bach – his St John Passion.

    Christian or not, audiences today can surely not be insensitive to Bach’s genius, as apparent today as it was in eighteenth century Leipzig. He still inspires many other musicians, particularly jazz composers, and is often employed to create atmosphere by film-makers. His music still strikes at the heart.

    The St John Passion has a powerful sense of urgency, but is also intimate, connecting with deep human feelings. The singers and the Orchestra will avoid the temptation to go over the top with the ‘holy’ aspect, and will focus on the dramatic storytelling and the exquisite lyricism.

    The Chorus will become a ferocious crowd calling for Christ’s Crucifixion but will also deliver the sublime chorales. Frequently used to complete a scene, these are four-part harmonisations of simple melodies which often sound familiar. In Bach’s time a congregation would be expected to join in.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    25 March 2018 - 3:00pm
    Graham Fitch play Bach's Goldberg Variations
    Graham Fitch
    Sutton House, Hackney London E9 6JQ
    United Kingdom

    Renowned pianist Graham Fitch plays Bach's iconic work for keyboard, which he has played over many years.

    Goldberg Variations
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    25 March 2018 - 3:00pm
    Sacconi Quartet at Dorking Halls - 3rd of 3 concerts
    Sacconi Quartet
    Dorking Halls Dorking RH4 1SG
    United Kingdom

    In the final concert of this series, the Czech theme comes to the fore with two works. Dvorák’s American quartet is one of his most-loved pieces. It is a cheerful work, full of melody and infectious rhythms, probably influenced by negro songs that Dvorák had heard while living in America, but it also expresses his nostalgia for his homeland.
    Janácek’s quartet, Intimate Letters, is a highly emotional and passionate piece, reflecting the composer’s ardent friendship, in his sixties, with a much younger woman. The same surge of late creativity inspired his delightful opera The cunning little vixen and the Sinfonietta. The programme opens with a quartet that Haydn wrote for a violinist friend.

    String Quartet in E major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 2, 'Intimate Letters'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    String Quartet No 12 in F major, 'American'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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