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Format: 2019-12-12
Format: 2019-12-12
  • 22 December 2019 - 4:00pm
    Children's Christmas Carnival | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Roger Huckle
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Get Christmas off to a brilliant start with music from The Snowman, an enchanting musical tale that captures the hearts of children and adults alike. With plenty of audience participation in festive favourites, this is a seasonal delight for all the family.
    “Thank you for a lovely afternoon of Christmas happiness. Fantastic music and so many thoughtful details to make it fun for my whole family.” Audience member comment, 2018

    There is another performance at 2pm.

    Running time 60 minutes without an interval

    The Snowman
    Howard Blake (1938-)
  • 22 December 2019 - 7:45pm
    A Baroque Christmas with Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Emil Huckle-Kleve, Mhairi Lawson, Roger Armstrong, Roger Huckle
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    An exquisite evening of music from the golden era of the baroque and classical eras including solo soprano arias sung by Mhairi Lawson. As a soloist Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide including English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Intricate and flamboyant arias by Mozart feature alongside instrumental concertos performed by principals of the Bristol Ensemble. The programme includes the delicate and sparkling Christmas Concerto by Torelli as well as Massenet’s beautiful Meditation from Thaïs.

    Concerto Grosso No 6 in G minor, 'Christmas'
    Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709)
    Exsultate, jubilate, for soprano and orchestra
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Et incarnatus est from Mass in C minor, 'The Great'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Méditation from Thaïs
    Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
    Concerto for Flute and Strings No 1 in F, 'La Tempesta di Mare'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 15 December 2019 - 6:30pm
    Piatti Quartet + pre-concert recital
    Jessie Ann Richardson, Michael Trainor, Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Piatti Quartet, Tetsuumi Nagata
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Our Autumn 2019 series of concerts comes to a close with Schubert’s G major quartet, his last work for the genre. To welcome in the festive season, the Piatti Quartet’s performance begins with Suk’s Meditation on ‘St Wenceslas’, composed when he was second violinist in the Bohemian String Quartet and later arranged for string orchestra. Shostakovich’s eighth quartet, arguably the most well known of his 15 essays in the genre and containing numerous self quotes, lies at the centre of a programme not to be missed!

    Pre-concert recital, 5:30pm | Students from the Royal College of Music

    This free pre-concert recital will feature students from the Royal College of Music, and will take place before the evening's Sunday Concert. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness the future generation of music stars, as a leading ensemble from the internationally-renowned conservatoire perform live on the Conway Hall stage.

    Tamaki Sugimoto (cello)
    Tolga Atalay Un (piano)

    Nadia Boulanger | 3 pieces for cello and piano
    Sofia Gubaidulina | Selection from 10 preludes for solo cello

    Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

    Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of 'affordable classical music for all' still remains. Visit our website for more information about all our Autumn 2019 Season music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    Meditation on the Old Bohemian Chorale 'Saint Wenceslas', for string quartet
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    String Quartet No 8 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 18 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Christmas with the Carice Singers
    George Parris, The Carice Singers
    St Mark's Church Leamington Spa CV32 6DL
    United Kingdom

    This acclaimed vocal ensemble returns to St Mark’s with favourite carols such as Ding Dong! Merrily on high and Away in a manger and seasonal works by Byrd, Sibelius, Warlock, Bax, Roderick Williams, Judith Weir and many others.

    “Few can match The Carice Singers for musicality and beauty of tone” – Gramophone

    O Adonai
    Roderick Williams (1965-)
    Drop down, ye heavens, from above
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Rorate Coeli
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Away in a manger
    William J Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
    Christmas Carol
    Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928- )
    The Three Kings
    Peter Cornelius (1824-1874)
    Illuminare Jerusalem
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Angels, from the realms of glory
    Traditional ()
    En etsi valtaa, loistoa
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    In the bleak midwinter
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    O Emmanuel
    Eriks Ešenvalds (1977-)
    Mirabile mysterium
    Jacob Handl (1550-1591)
    Adam lay ybounden
    Boris Ord (1897-1961)
    O magnum mysterium
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Benedicamus Domino
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
    Jouluhymni (Christmas hymn)
    Ahti Sonninen (1914-1984)
    I sing of a maiden
    Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
    Ave Maria
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Love came down at Christmas
    John Joubert (1927-)
    Aatoilta (Christmas Eve)
    Matthew Whittall (1975-)
    Ding Dong! Merrily on high
    Traditional ()
  • 18 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society: Christmas Crackers
    Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Graham Jordan Ellis, Roger McGough
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate a family Christmas with Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and our guest presenter, Liverpool's own Roger McGough.

    Roger McGough, ‘a trickster you can trust’, is one of Britain’s best-loved poets for both adults and children.

    Much travelled and translated, his poetry has gained increasing popularity, especially from its widespread use in schools. A prolific writer, he is twice winner of the Signal Award for best children’s poetry book and recipient of the Cholmondeley Award.

    'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy
    ‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’
    The Times
    ' Liverpool 's own Poet Laureate'
    Daily Post

    Roger currently hosts Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

    In addition to many of the old favourite carols the programme will include Walking in the Air (The Snowman) and a performance of Evening Prayer from Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel.

  • 19 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chester Music Society: Christmas Crackers
    Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Graham Jordan Ellis, Roger McGough
    Chester Cathedral Chester CH1 2HU
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate a family Christmas with Chester Music Society Choir, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and our guest presenter, Liverpool's own Roger McGough.

    Roger McGough, ‘a trickster you can trust’, is one of Britain’s best-loved poets for both adults and children.

    Much travelled and translated, his poetry has gained increasing popularity, especially from its widespread use in schools. A prolific writer, he is twice winner of the Signal Award for best children’s poetry book and recipient of the Cholmondeley Award.

    'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy
    ‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’
    The Times
    ' Liverpool 's own Poet Laureate'
    Daily Post

    Roger currently hosts Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

    In addition to many of the old favourite carols the programme will include Walking in the Air (The Snowman) and a performance of Evening Prayer from Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel.

  • 15 December 2019 - 6:00pm
    Quire Voices at Christmas
    Quire Voices, Sean Bui
    St Stephen and St Agnes Church Windsor SL4 5DA
    United Kingdom

    Share the sumptuous sounds of Christmas with Quire Voices.

    Enjoy beloved Christmas classics alongside contemporary festive favourites, all in the ethereal candle-lit beauty of St Stephen and St Agnus Church, Windsor.

    Still, still, still
    Mack Wilberg (1955-)
    Of a Rose
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    O magnum mysterium
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    A spotless rose
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Bethlehem Down
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
    Coventry Carol
    Richard Allain (1965-)
    The twelve days of Christmas
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    The Bethlehem Star
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Jingle Bells
    Ben Parry ()
    A Christmas Blessing
    Philip WJ Stopford (1977-)
    Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Away in a manger
    Traditional ()
    A little child there is yborn
    Alan Bullard (1947-)
    The Three Kings
    Peter Cornelius (1824-1874)
  • 14 December 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

    When the going gets tough in the run-up to Christmas and you've had about as much seasonal music as you can take - think Arndale Shopping Centre and carols round the Norwegian Tree, bands in the city centre, carol choirs in every available church and hall - get yourself over to St Ann’s Church, Manchester. This is just the place to put down your last-minute Christmas shopping, gather your thoughts, and renew your emotional energy.

    The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles and performs a selection of well-loved classics including the seasonal Christmas Concerto by Corelli and Vivaldi’s exquisite Winter, from The Four Seasons. The concert features breathtaking feats of virtuosity from the sensational violinist, Martyn Jackson, and the virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith in a performance of Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No 21 in C major.

    Mailley-Smith has played many times for the Royal Family, has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Wigmore Hall in London. He recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works from memory. An exceptional talent and a self-deprecating sense of humour, combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, make him a favourite with audiences and venue staff alike. One of his CDs has been featured as Classic FM's CD of the Week when he was described as "Stunning!"

    So why not treat yourself to a pre-Christmas treat and join us for an evening to remember at St Ann's?

    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No 21 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 12 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    The New Europe Society: Virtuoso Violin Series - Andrea Cardinale (violin)
    Andrea Cardinale
    Trinity College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1TQ
    United Kingdom

    Andrea is a Ligurian like Paganini, born in Santa Margherita Ligure. He has won numerous national and internationalprizes and recorded more than 15 CDs.

    He lives in small house in the woods in the hills above Rapallo " to not disturb others and not to be disturbed". Andrea plays a Vuillaume Cannone model violin, of 1864 (Devoto collection), built in the model ofthe Guarnieri del Gesu that belonged to Paganini.

    24 Caprices
    Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
  • 13 December 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas by candlelight
    Martyn Jackson, The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St George's Hall Concert Room Liverpool L1 1JJ
    United Kingdom

    On Friday 13th December 2019 at 7:30pm, in the heart of Liverpool, the walls of the Concert Room at St George’s Hall will resound to the music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Mozart, played by Martyn Jackson, Warren Mailley-Smith and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.

    When the going gets tough in the run-up to Christmas and you've had about as much seasonal music as you can take, with carol choirs in every available church and hall - get yourself over to the Concert Room at. St George’s Hall, Liverpool . This is just the place to put down your last-minute Christmas shopping, gather your thoughts, and renew your emotional energy.

    The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles. For their Liverpool debut they will be performing a selection of well-loved classics including the seasonal Christmas Concerto by Corelli and Vivaldi’s exquisite Winter, from The Four Seasons.

    The concert features breathtaking feats of virtuosity from the sensational violinist, Martyn Jackson, and the virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith in a performance of Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No 21 in C major.

    Mailley-Smith has played many times for the Royal Family, has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Wigmore Hall in London. He recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works from memory. An exceptional talent and a self-deprecating sense of humour, combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, make him a favourite with audiences and venue staff alike. One of his CDs has been featured as Classic FM's CD of the Week when he was described as "Stunning!"

    Famously described by Charles Dickens as “The most perfect room in the world", St George’s Hall is situated directly opposite Liverpool Lime Street Station and offer visitors to Liverpool an easily accessible musical treat, with its superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of all the bars and restaurants of the city on its doorstep.

    So why not treat yourself to a Christmas Special and join us for an evening to remember at St George’s Hall, performed by these sensational musicians.

    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No 21 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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