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Format: 2019-01-23
Format: 2019-01-23
  • 2 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sonore play Prokofiev, Bruch and Mendelssohn
    Esther Kim, Jack Liebeck, Rupert Bond, Sonore
    St Christopher's Church Hinchley Wood KT10 0AQ
    United Kingdom

    Sonore is a new orchestra promoting classical music performance in Borough of Elmbridge and environs

    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 26 January 2019 - 10:30am
    Rising Stars – Clare Hammond (piano)
    Clare Hammond
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    Three ensembles and a soloist descend on Taunton for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the highly talented musicians in the early stages of their career. ‘Rising stars’ is perhaps a misnomer is some cases: they have already risen (or risen further since we engaged them) and are already in demand by concert halls and festivals worldwide.

    Clare Hammond is a pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’ (Telegraph) and is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and for her ‘brilliantly imaginative concert programmes’ (BBC Music ‘Rising Star’). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Young Artist Award’.

    A pre-concert talk by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is included in the ticket price – this begins at 10.30am, with the concert proper at 11.00am.

    Sonata for Keyboard No 58 in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    No 4 Spinnerlied, (The bees' wedding) from Songs without words
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Humoreske in B flat, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Selection from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    The Flight of the Bumblebee
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Arnold, Lloyd and Dvorák | Ealing Symphony Orchestra
    Ealing Symphony Orchestra, John Gibbons, Olivia Tan, Peter Nall
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing London W5 1QG
    United Kingdom

    We begin our George Lloyd symphony cycle with his first symphony!

    Lloyd scholar Paul Conway says this about the Symphony: "Set against the grand late-Romantic symphonic tradition prevalent in England at the time (as exemplified by the opulence of Bax, Bantock, Rootham and Boughton), the brevity, spiky humour and formal originality of this first symphonic essay appears even more strikingly individual. The somewhat pert first subject establishes the overall character of this good-humoured and impish work, whilst the cantabile B theme forms the beautiful centrepiece of the Introduction and makes a welcome return 'con fervore', acting as a slow movement before the concluding Vivace, a deft fusion of Scherzo and Rondo Finale set in a variation structure. The First Symphony has a piquant charm and a zestful exuberance."

    We also are delighted that two Ealing Symphony Orchestra violinists, Peter Nall and Olivia Tan, are taking on Malcolm Arnold's concerto for two violins and strings. "A craftsman-like and gracefully wrought work in which the middle movement is particularly fine, a wistful slow waltz of lovely simplicity which begins and ends with a tranquil dialogue between the two unaccompanied violins. The last movement opens with the only real solo fireworks in the piece - a brilliant chase for the two instruments over steady rhythmic support from the accompanying strings."

    Finally, we take on Dvorak's beautiful seventh symphony. Although not as often played as the New World, it is nevertheless a shining example of his stormy, bohemian, tuneful writing. "Dvorak’s seventh symphony in succession, written in D minor, enjoys a special status in the composer’s series of nine symphonies. Its gloomy atmosphere is in direct contrast not only to its two neighbouring symphonies (Nos. 6 and 8), but also to the large majority of Dvorak’s oeuvre as a whole. It is characteristic for its dramatic expression and sombre atmosphere of grave uncertainty and obstinate defiance. It is distinguished for its absence of any Slav-inspired melodies which were characteristic for the composer’s preceding Slavic period and with which his compositional style is usually associated. In spite of its dramatic impact, this is also a profoundly intimate work where the composer examines the meanderings of his soul and the answers to elementary issues of human existence. "

    Concerto for 2 violins and strings
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Symphony No 1
    George Lloyd (1913-1998)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 1 February 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra
    David Hammond, The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra was created on 1 April 2014 as part of recent changes within the Corps of Army Music. There has been a long tradition of string playing in the BritishArmy, particularly associated with the orchestra of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in existence for over 250 years, and proud to have been the first professional orchestra in Britain.

    The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra can however trace its heritage back to ‘The King’s Musick’ of strings from the time of the Restoration in England which was eventually to form the basis of Queen Victoria’s private band in the nineteenth century.

    The Orchestra performs a variety of music, ranging from classical to pop, in various settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad, most recently in Jordan and Algeria. As well as playing core string orchestra repertoire and salon music, the Orchestra utilises the very latest technology performing on electric string instrumentsand reading from digital scores. Engagements are varied and include: investitures, ceremonies at Royal Households, state banquets and dinners, Support to army regiments and corps, Defence engagement activity and international short term training teams

    The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra is based at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich and is proud to be named after the Corps of Army Music’s Colonel-in-Chief.

    Brook Green Suite
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Anfonaf Angel (Guardian Angel)
    Robat Arwyn ()
    Downton Abbey Suite
    John Lunn ()
    Nettleton
    John Wyeth ()
    Scène from Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Theme from 'Schindler's List'
    John Williams (1932-)
    2 Romanian Dances
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Shenandoah
    Traditional American ()
    Billy Boy
    Traditional English ()
    Concerto in D for 3 trumpets and timpani
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
  • 26 January 2019 - 5:00pm
    Rising Stars – The Gesualdo Six: Part 1
    The Gesualdo Six
    St John's Church Taunton TA1 4DG
    United Kingdom

    Three ensembles and a soloist descend on Taunton for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the highly talented musicians in the early stages of their career. ‘Rising stars’ is perhaps a misnomer is some cases: they have already risen (or risen further since we engaged them) and are already in demand by concert halls and festivals worldwide.

    Comprising some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, The Gesualdo Six was formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge. They went on to give over sixty performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first three years. The director, Owain Park, is also a composer.

    A pre-concert talk by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is included in the ticket price – this begins at 5pm, with the concert proper at 6pm.

    Tickets for Part 1 and Part 2 of The Gesualdo Six performance can be bought separately, at £20 each per person. If you would like to attend both for the special price of £30, please contact The Castle Hotel directly.

    Te lucis ante terminum I (festal tone)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    The Three Kings
    Peter Cornelius (1824-1874)
    Gloria from Messe de Nostre Dame
    Guillaume de Machaut (c1300-1377)
    Aspice Domine de sede
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    My heart is like a singing bird
    Sarah Rimkus (1990-)
    Fading
    Joanna Marsh ()
    Nonsense Madrigals
    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    In Parenthesis
    Owain Park ()
    Abendlied from 3 geistliche Gesänge
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
  • 2 February 2019 - 10:30am
    Verdi's Requiem - Come and Sing with Wooburn Singers - Sold Out!
    Simon Howat, Tom Hammond-Davies, Wooburn Singers
    The Beaconsfield School Beaconsfield HP9 1SJ
    United Kingdom

    If you've never sung this iconic piece before (or if you have and would love to sing it again), now is your chance to join a group of experienced singers and spend the day rehearsing it under the baton of musical director, Tom Hammond-Davies. Then enjoy a run-through performance with professional soloists and instrumental ensemble at the end of the day for friends and family.

    Price includes coffee / tea, and loan of score if required.

    Ploughman’s lunch option available for £6 (must be pre-booked and prepaid)

    Travel - near Beaconsfield Station (Chiltern line), bus, car (close M40 junction 2)

    Update 21/01/2019 - few limited spaces for tenors and basses only

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  • 27 January 2019 - 10:30am
    Rising Stars – Amatis Piano Trio perform Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn
    Amatis Piano Trio
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    Three ensembles and a soloist descend on Taunton for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the highly talented musicians in the early stages of their career. ‘Rising stars’ is perhaps a misnomer is some cases: they have already risen (or risen further since we engaged them) and are already in demand by concert halls and festivals worldwide.

    Violinist Lea Hausmann, cellist Samuel Shepherd and pianist Mengjie Han founded Amatis Piano Trio in 2014. Since winning the International Parkhouse Award at Wigmore Hall in 2015, they have been named Dutch Classical Talent 2016, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists 2017/18 and European Concert Hall Organisation Rising Stars 2018/19. The trio perform extensive in major halls across Europe including debuts in Vienna Konzerthaus, Palau de la Musica, Barcelona and tours in the US and India this season.

    A pre-concert talk by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson is included in the ticket price – this begins at 10.30am, with the concert proper at 11am.

    Piano Trio in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Piano Trio No 1 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 26 January 2019 - 9:15pm
    Rising Stars – The Gesualdo Six: Part 2
    The Gesualdo Six
    The Castle Hotel Taunton TA1 1NF
    United Kingdom

    Three ensembles and a soloist descend on Taunton for an exciting opportunity to hear some of the highly talented musicians in the early stages of their career. ‘Rising stars’ is perhaps a misnomer is some cases: they have already risen (or risen further since we engaged them) and are already in demand by concert halls and festivals worldwide.

    Comprising some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, The Gesualdo Six was formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge. They went on to give over sixty performances around the United Kingdom and abroad in its first three years. The director, Owain Park, is also a composer.

    Tickets for Part 1 and Part 2 of The Gesualdo Six performance can be bought separately, at £20 each per person. If you would like to attend both for the special price of £30, please contact The Castle Hotel directly.

    Londonderry Air
    Traditional Irish ()
    Molly Malone
    Traditional Irish ()
    Selection from Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Greensleeves
    Traditional ()
    The oak and the ash
    Gordon Langford (1930-2017)
    Petites voix
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Oh my love is like a red, red rose
    Traditional Scottish ()
    Migildi magaldi
    Grayston Ives (1948-)
  • 25 January 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Canon Brass (brass quintet)
    Adam Wood, Andrew Crampton, Canon Brass, Nick Walker, Nicolas Kent, Ollie de Carteret
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    Canon Brass were founded in September 2018 by students from the Royal College of Music. Members of the quintet have taken part in orchestral training with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and the London Sinfonietta as well as working professionally with a number of London’s top orchestras. The group has received coaching from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and are currently working towards performing in a number of concert series across London.

    Overture from Candide
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Kinderzirkus, for brass quintet
    Jan Koetsier (1911-)
    Copperwave, for brass quintet
    Joan Tower (1938- )
    Quintet
    Michael Kamen (1948-)
    Escape, for brass quintet
    Kevin McKee (1980-)
  • 26 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    Adam Hickox, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Wigram, Lynn Arnold
    St Peter's Church St Albans AL1 3HG
    United Kingdom
    Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No 21 in C
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 31 in D, 'Paris'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Le tombeau de Couperin
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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