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Format: 2014-04-20
Format: 2014-04-20
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Rodrigo and Tchaikovsky | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Miloš Karadaglić, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    No one work encapsulates Tchaikovsky’s ultra-expressive, heart-on-sleeve creative outlook more than his tortured Sixth Symphony. A distraught Tchaikovsky, his disastrous private life torturing him in life and forcing him into death, filled this symphony with honesty and passion – and he committed suicide nine days after its first performance. Barely five decades later, inspired by the picturesque gardens of the Palace of Aranjuez outside Madrid, Joaquín Rodrigo wrote a piece that displays an altogether different sentiment: a colourful, strong yet tranquil evocation of elegance and beauty for guitar and orchestra whose contented, serene beauty is legendary.

    Russian Easter Festival Overture
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Concierto de Aranjuez
    Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    £9 - £39 (premium seats £65) Available from 0207 840 4242 Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Nikodijevic, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Leif Ove Andsnes, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    In his final symphony, Tchaikovsky wrote his own funeral music. Tortured by an intolerant society and by his own internal strife as his long-hidden homosexuality became public, Tchaikovsky turned to music. He wrote what is probably the most vivid, heart-rending and terrifyingly beautiful vision of darkness and exhaustion ever cast in symphonic form. Days after the first performance, Tchaikovsky died – probably at his own hand. Where Tchaikovsky appears so endearingly human, Beethoven appears near immortal in the big, imperious statements of his final piano concerto, a piece that combines fervent protest, sublime melancholy and hard-hitting virtuosity to dazzling effect.

    La lugubre gondola
    Marko Nikodijevic (1980-)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    £9 - £39 (premium seats £65) Available from 0207 840 4242 Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    A Greater Love | Bach Minerva Choir
    Bath Minerva Choir, Gavin Carr, Marie Elliott, Steven Hollas, William Berger
    St Michael's Without Bath BA1 5LJ
    United Kingdom

    Bath Minerva Choir's centenary tribute to the fallen of World War 1. Maurice Duruflé's Requiem is combined with a series of works appropriate to the centenary of the start of the First World War including anthems and songs by Finzi, Mahler, Poulenc, Elgar, Butterworth and Ireland.

    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me from The Apostles
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Channel Firing from Before and After Summer
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Greater love hath no man
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    The lads in their hundreds from A Shropshire Lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    On the idle hill of summer from A Shropshire Lad
    Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
    Revelge from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    £15 under 16s £5 Available from 01225 463362 .
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Singing the oceans alive with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
    Craig Pruess, Gabriel Currington, Karim Said, Kristin Hoffmann, Levon Minassian, Lucinda Drayton, Nawang Khechog, Premik Tubbs, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Ganda Boys, Tim Wheater
    Fairfield Concert Hall Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    Singing the Oceans Alive, will combine many genres of music with the majestic sound of one of the world’s greatest orchestras in this spectacular three hour performance. The guest stars will perform original compositions which incorporate distinctive calls and sounds of various cetacean species. With the aid of projected big screen images of the ocean the concert will be a fully immersive experience for the audience.

    Proceeds from the event will be donated to newly founded charity, Save Earth’s Oceans Inc. - a global non-profit organisation dedicated to help clean up the beaches and oceans worldwide and raise awareness of the potential we have to alter the course of our destruction of the environment.

    Many organisations highlighting this issue focus primarily on the suffering. Save Earth’s Oceans Inc's intention is to focus on the beauty and the majesty of these endangered populations, while celebrating another endangered species: the arts.

    £20, £15, £10; children under the age of 16 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Available from 0208 688 9291 .
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 13:00
    Lunchtime Concert - Hawksmoor Wind Ensemble
    Hawksmoor Wind Ensemble, Stephen Maw
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    The Hawksmoor Wind Ensemble is a group of young and enthusiatic wind and brass players who are present or former students at the major music colleges. The programme will include the Suite Op 4 written by Richard Strauss at the age of 18.

    Suite for 13 wind instruments in B flat
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Marche Écossaise sur un Thème Populaire
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    2nd movement - Scherzo in G minor from String Quartet in D
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    No Tickets required.
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    Thu, 2014-04-24 19:45
    Daniel Röhn: all-time favourites for violin
    Daniel Röhn, Irina Botan
    Purcell Room London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The third-generation of a family of extraordinary violinists, German virtuoso Daniel Röhn makes his Southbank Centre debut. Together with pianist Irina Botan, he presents a programme of all-time favourites for violin.

    Daniel Röhn is the outstanding third generation in a family of extraordinary violinists. As the grandson of Furtwängler’s concertmaster and son of Andreas Röhn, Bayerische Rundfunk concertmaster for 30 years, he received early violin training at home before studying under Ana Chumachenco in Munich.

    A soloist of “sparkling virtuosity” (Diapason), a technician of “mesmerising control” (The Strad) and a musician of “refined lyricism, depth and sensitivity” (Le Monde de la Musique), Röhn continues to astound audiences and critics alike.

    On invitation by Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ion Marin and Gustavo Dudamel, to name but a few, Röhn has performed as soloist worldwide to great acclaim, frequently likened to the great violinists of the past: Szeryng, Heifetz (The Strad and Diapason) and Kreisler (Ruggiero Ricci).

    His Claves recording début won a Diapason d’Or, and his Schubert Fantasy was regarded as “one of the most accomplished versions ever recorded,” (Diapason).

    'A young god – absolutely impeccable and masterful' (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

    'A sensational player...dispatched with a nonchalance to take the breath away' (The Strad)

    Variations on a theme of Corelli (arr. Kreisler)
    Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F (1838)
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Polonaise No 1 in D
    Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
    £15, concessions £7.50 (limited availability) Available from 0844 847 9910 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-29 12:30
    St Michael the Archangel Choir, Ohio, USA - free concert
    Brian Bisig, St Michael the Archangel Choir
    St Helen's Church York YO1 8QN
    United Kingdom

    St. Michael the Archangel Choir sings at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Sharonville, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, USA. The parish has a long history of excellent choral music led by talented choir directors. The touring choir combines members of two choirs that each serves a different time at St. Michael. The choir emphasizes sacred repertoire in a variety of styles, from Renaissance motets to contemporary choral anthems to pop and gospel influenced works. For this tour, they have prepared several arrangements of early American hymn tunes and also some medleys of American folk songs. The choir is thrilled to be able to tour Scotland and England and share its music with others around the world.

    Non nobis, Domine
    Rosaphayne Powell (1962-)
    Regina caeli
    Robert White (c1538-1574)
    Leaning on the everlasting arms
    Anthony J Showalter (1858-1924)
    Holy Manna
    William Moore (1800-1900)
    Brother James's Air
    James Leith Macbeth Bain (1860-1925)
    We cannot measure how you heal (Ye banks and braes)
    John Bell ()
    American Folk Rhapsody
    Linda Specavek (1945-)
    An American quilt
    Traditional American ()
    Polly Wolly Doodle
    Traditional American ()
    I got rhythm
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Craig Courtney (1955-)
    Come thou fount of every blessing
    Composer Not Known ()
    No Tickets required.
  • Mon, 2014-04-21 19:30
    Sinfonia d'Amici with David Alberman (director)
    David Alberman, Konrad Elias-Trostmann, Sinfonia d'Amici
    Jerwood Hall, LSO St.Luke's London EC1
    United Kingdom

    Sinfonia d’Amici make their third appearance at LSO St Luke’s, this time joined by director David Alberman (LSO Principal Second Violin) in much-loved works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

    'Sinfonia d’Amici gave a remarkable performance… [and are] a significant addition to London’s already rich musical fare' Classical Source, July 2013

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Symphony No 4 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Adults: £15, concessions: £7 Available from 020 7638 8891 .
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Brockenhurst Choir Concert April 2014
    Anna Gillingham, Brockenhurst Choir, Joseph Padfield, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Miriam Newton, Sam Smith
    St Saviour's Church Brockenhurst SO42 7SP
    United Kingdom

    Brockenhurst Choir is very pleased to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this special occasion, a Golden Jubilee Concert will be held at St Saviour’s on Saturday 26 April at 7.30pm. The Choir of over 90 singers will perform Handel’s Oratorio ‘Israel in Egypt’, a wonderfully tuneful and exciting setting of one of the most dramatic stories in the Bible. It includes vivid depictions of the plagues, the terrifying slaying of the first born, and the tumultuous Red Sea crashing over the Egyptians. The choir will be accompanied by a full orchestra, and will be conducted by Miriam Newton. The soloists are four impressive, young professional singers from London. We look forward to sharing this landmark event in the history of the choir.

    Israel in Egypt
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £15 (students £5)
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Craig Ogden supported by the Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble
    Craig Ogden, The Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble
    Sundial Theatre, Cirencester College Cirencester GL7 1XA
    United Kingdom

    Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the RNCM in Manchester.His many recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Ogden’s Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to no 1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively. Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad and has presented on BBC Radio 3 and on ABC Classic FM (Australia).

    Craig Ogden is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music.

    The Corinium Players Guitar Enemble was formed in 1999 to give young classical guitarists the opportunity to play together as an orchestra. They now have around 40 playing members and as well as playing concerts locally, have travelled to the continent and appear in many national music festivals. They have appeared alongside other renowned guitarists such as Gary Ryan, The Vida Guitar Quartet, The Aquarelle Quartet, to name but three.

    £13 full, £10 concessions Available from 01285 654228 .