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Format: 2020-02-19
Format: 2020-02-19
  • 28 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lawrence Power and Pavel Kolesnikov: BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
    Lawrence Power, Pavel Kolesnikov
    Jerwood Hall, LSO St.Luke's London EC1
    United Kingdom

    Step into a world of history, folk heritage and rich musical tradition, as BBC Radio 3 invites chamber musicians, from singers to string quartets, to explore Russian music from across the centuries.

    Pavel Kolesnikov and Lawrence Power – both alumni of the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this season – join forces in this concert for one of the most raw, moving works of the 20th century, Shostakovich’s Viola Concerto. The composer’s final work, completed a matter of days before his death in 1975, it’s an elegy, a farewell, interlaced with allusions to composers he loved – Beethoven, Berg, Mahler – with haunting solo lines floating over a sparse accompaniment.

    Improvisation
    Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
    Une larme (A teardrop)
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    Aveu passionné in E minor, for piano
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Hopak
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Viola and Piano
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 29 February 2020 - 10:15am
    Come and Sing - William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with Wooburn Singers
    Simon Howat, Tom Hammond-Davies, Wooburn Singers
    The Beaconsfield School Beaconsfield HP9 1SJ
    United Kingdom

    Wooburn Singers is hosting another of its popular Come and Sing days. Under the expert baton of our musical director Tom Hammond-Davies, we will be spending the day singing William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. In the afternoon, our pianist Simon Howat will be joined by percussion and brass players and we will end the day with a run-through performance, free to family and friends. Don't miss this rare chance to sing such an exciting work.

    Ploughman’s lunch option available for £6 (must be pre-booked and prepaid by 24th Feb)

    Belshazzar’s Feast
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 20 February 2020 - 6:00pm
    Oxford Lieder: Tristan Hambleton and Sholto Kynoch | Schubert: Schwanengesang
    Sholto Kynoch, Tristan Hambleton
    Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College Oxford OX2 6UD
    United Kingdom

    Tristan Hambleton graduated from the Royal Academy of Music Opera School in 2015 and since then has rapidly established himself as an exciting and versatile artist. He has already performed for Glyndebourne Opera, Nevill Holt Opera, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as at Bridegwater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium de Bordeaux and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He and Sholto Kynoch perform Schubert's Schwanengesang ('Swan-song'). Although not intended by the composer as a cycle, it is a collection of the composer's very last songs that sit together perfectly and have formed a core work of the song repertoire.

    Schwanengesang, 'Swan Song'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Markham, Timothy Redmond
    Hull City Hall Hull HU1 3RQ
    United Kingdom

    The opera Flight by Jonathan Dove was written in 1998 and has already been performed all around the world. The 18 minute orchestral suite is a great opportunity to hear why. Robert Markham, who was brought up in Hull, returns as soloist in the evergreen Third Piano Concerto by Beethoven. The enormous forces of Rachmaninov’s final work end the programme directed by our guest conductor Timothy Redmond, also making a return visit.

    Meet the artists: Robert Markham and Tim Redmond talk to Andrew Penny - 6.30pm, free to ticket holders.

    Airport scenes from Flight
    Jonathan Dove (1959-)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphonic Dances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 23 February 2020 - 6:30pm
    Lydia Shelly (cello) and Nicolas Stavy (piano) + pre-concert talk
    Lydia Shelley, Nicolas Stavy
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    France-based Lydia Shelly and Nicolas Stavy offer a traversal of the cello sonata’s development, from Beethoven’s pioneering G minor sonata through to Shostakovich’s only essay in the genre, composed in 1934 just before Soviet authorities began censoring his work.

    Pre-concert talk, 5:30pm | Robert Hugill: The History of the Cello Sonata

    Growing out of the continuo sonata, the history of the cello sonata is one of the liberation of the cello. In early sonatas it doubled the keyboard, and we look at how the sonata moved towards the romantic, dramatic music of Brahms and Shostakovich.

    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 Spring 2020 season of music events, including concerts, pre-concert talks and recitals.

    Sonata for cello and piano No 2 in G minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for cello and piano No 1 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 28 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Willson Instruments Celebration Recital
    Howard J Evans, Ian Shepherd, Michael Howley, Nick Mott
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    A recital from Willson Instrument Artists based in the UK. All the musicians for today’s concert are supported by the Swiss based Willson Instrument Company. They are also all instrumentalists serving in Military Bands of HM’s Armed Forces, including the London based guards bands, and the Band of the Royal Air Force College. The instrumentalists also have considerable experience of playing in the brass band scene, and have performed with some of the UK’s leading bands, including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, Yorkshire Building Society, and GUS.

    Concerto for euphonium and orchestra
    Vladimir Cosma (1940-)
    Variations on Rule Britannia, for euphonium and brass band
    John Hartmann (1830-1897)
    Song of the Brother, for euphonium and brass band
    Erik Leidzén (1894-1962)
    Donegal Bay
    Paul Lovatt-Cooper ()
  • 21 February 2020 - 1:10pm
    Dominic Doutney (piano) plays Debussy and Chopin
    Dominic Doutney
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Dominic Doutney studies piano with Professors Ian Jones and Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music, London where he is the Reinhold-Blüthner Scholar. In February, Dominic performed Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and winds instruments with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

    He has won a number of awards including Third Place in the Joan Chissell Schumann Prize at the RCM, Second Place at the Isidor Bajic Memorial Competition 2016 and the Yehudi Menuhin Scholarship by the English-Speaking Union to participate in the Summer Piano Masterclass Programme at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. He is the 2016 Winner of the Woking Young Musician of the Year Award, the 2014 Joint Winner of the Epta UK Piano Competition and Winner of the Royal College of Music Junior Department’s Teresa Carreño Piano Prize and the Constance Poupard Piano Prize.

    In June 2015, Dominic featured on the BBC Radio 3 programme 'Fast and Furioso' performing Chopin's Minute Waltz and discussing the art of virtuosity. In 2014 he performed at the prestigious Beaumaris festival on Anglesey, and at the Beaujolais Music Festival in France – he performed at the latter again in August 2017.

    Concerto performances have included Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2 and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3 with the Woking Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 with the Cardinal Vaughan School Symphony Orchestra, Grieg's Piano Concerto with the Trinity Orchestra, Harrow, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor with the Independent Association of Prep Schools Orchestra and Harlow Symphony Orchestra.

    Free recital with retiring collection

    Excerpts from Etudes (Book II)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 24 February 2020 - 1:10pm
    Bobby Chen and Alberto Portugheis (piano) play Debussy and Brahms
    Alberto Portugheis, Bobby Chen
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Pianist and pedagogue Alberto Portugheis was born in La Plata, Argentina, to parents of Russian and Rumanian descent. His international career began after winning First Prize at the Geneva Concours de Virtuosité.

    He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with major orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Paris and Israel Sinfoniettas, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, Filarmonica of Buenos Aires. His annual Steinway Masterclasses are now legendary.

    Alberto Portugheis’s repertoire includes music from the baroque to contemporary, with several composers writing specially for him. His acclaimed recordings include: 4 Chopin Ballades, Alfred Nieman nd Sonata, Ginastera complete piano music and chamber music with piano, Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, Khachaturian solo works, Rachmaninov and Shostakovitch cello and piano sonatas with the cellist Gwyneth George, a CD dedicated to the piano music of Rossini. 2013 saw the release of a double CD with The Complete Piano Works by Spanish composer Elena Romero.

    Alberto Portugheis is founder member and Vice-chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Vice-chairman of the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, Vice-president of the European Piano Teachers' Association and founder of the Asociacion Latino-Americana de Pianistas Pedagogos.

    Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his peace work and proposals, Portugheis published The Game of War and a Path to Peace the following year. His second book '$$$$s in their Hearts' was released in November 2014.

    Described by International Piano Magazine as: “...an armour-clad player of complete technique, a thinking musician, a natural Romantic.”, Malaysian Bobby Chen was a pupil of Ruth Nye and Hamish Milne at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Academy of Music, and burst on the scene playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in a British tour with Lord Yehudi Menuhin and the Warsaw Sinfonia, and a recital at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the South Bank Prokofiev Festival.

    Since then, he has performed as concerto soloist with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, under Mathias Bamert, Maximiliano Valdés, Michal Nesterowicz, Sir Neville Marriner, Pierre-André Valade, Lan Shui, Jonathan Bloxham and Giancarlo Guerrero.

    He has broadcast live for Classic Fm, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Radio Television Ireland), Radio Television Hong Kong and Pianoforte Chicago, and has performed at Hong Kong’s City Hall, Fazioli Concert Hall, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall, Sibelius Museum, and at Bridgewater Hall, Royal Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, Reid Concert Hall, Royal Overseas League and Menuhin Hall, including four solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall.

    Free recital with retiring collection

    Petite Suite, for piano 4 hands
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 28 February 2020 - 1:10pm
    Kathy Chow (piano) plays Mozart and Schumann
    Kathy Chow
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in 1993 in Perth, Australia, Kathy Chow began piano and cello lessons at age seven and later received a scholarship to study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She made her debut piano recital in 2007 at the Callaway Music Auditorium, raising funds for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Kathy studied piano with Glenn Riddle at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours. She completed a Masters of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Martin Roscoe with distinction and is currently an Artist Diploma candidate, supported by the Guildhall School Trust.

    Kathy has performed in Australia, USA, China, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has participated in masterclasses with international artists including Peter Frankl, Victor Rosenbaum, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Osborne, Tom Poster, Kyoko Hashimoto and Ralf Gothoni. She has performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1 with the Zelman Memorial Symphony.

    Kathy has also appeared as a soloist in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, South Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria, and the Government Ballroom House of Western Australia. Most recently Kathy was invited to perform a solo recital in the 2018 Ribble Valley Music Festival.

    During her studies Kathy has won several awards; including first prize in the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition (formerly Brant International Piano Competition), The Royal Over-Seas League 2019 Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas and is the recipient of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship 2017, and the University of Melbourne’s Sir Arthur Sims Scholarship 2016. She has also won prizes and been a finalist of various other competitions including the Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award, Australian National Piano Award, and the John Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship.

    As an active and passionate chamber and collaborative pianist, Kathy enjoys performing with the Armorel Piano Trio at many concert venues including St Johns Waterloo, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, and St Barnabas Church. She has also been selected to participate in artistic projects such as ‘Stop Repair Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy’ (2008), the art installation for prepared piano by international artists Allora & Calzadilla.

    Free recital with retiring collection

    Sonata for Piano No 9 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Humoreske in B flat, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 19 February 2020 - 1:10pm
    Gabriella Jones (harp) plays Debussy, Hersant, Deborah Pritchard, Nino Rota
    Gabriella Jones
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in Wales in 1993, Gabriella began harp lessons age 12. Her local music service played a huge role in her musical education, allowing her to tour with the Youth Orchestra to Germany and Poland, as well as make her concerto debut at 15 in Birmingham Symphony Hall.

    Winner of the 2018 John Marson Harp Prize for Outstanding Musicianship, Gabriella is currently studying as a Leverhulme Scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, for a Masters under the tutorship of Gabriella Dall'Olio.

    Gabriella has received masterclasses from Marie-Pierre Langlemet, Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, Sylvain Blassel, Fabrice Pierre, and Hugh Webb. She has played under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Yan Pascal Tortelier with several London based orchestras such as Melos Sinfonia, Shadwell Opera, Hampstead Gardens Opera, London Chamber Academy, and Fulham Opera, in several venues such as St. Johns Smith Square, and Barbican.

    Gabriella has a love of opera and was invited in 2016 to perform Britten's Albert Herring with Opera de Baugé in France.
    When Gabriella isn't practicing or performing she enjoys discovering lesser know European cities and attempting avant-garde cake decorating.
    Gabriella is enormously grateful for the support she has received from Help Musician UK, The Laura Ashley Foundation, and The Leverhulme Trust. Without this assistance completing her studies wouldn't be possible.

    Free recital with retiring collection

    No 1: Lent (mélancolique et doux) from 3 Images oubliées, for piano
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Bamyan for harp
    Philippe Hersant (1948-)
    Sarabanda e Toccata, for harp
    Nino Rota (1911-1979)
    Nighthawks, for solo harp
    Camille Pepin (1990-)
    Seraphim, for solo harp
    Deborah Pritchard ()
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