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Format: 2014-10-26
Format: 2014-10-26
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    Wed, 2014-11-05 19:30
    Concert and talk | Prague: Czech Romantics
    Iain Burnside, Patrick Bade, Vsevolod Dvorkin, Zemlinsky Quartet
    20th Century Theatre London W11 2QA
    United Kingdom

    Smetana gave voice to the desire for independence of his fellow Czechs, so long yoked under the Habsburg Empire. His quartets, however, are a world away from his triumphantly nationalist operas and tone poems: in them we encounter the fevered imagination of an artist fighting for his sanity. Smetana’s example inspired his compatriot Dvor?a´k to bring Bohemian and Moravian elements into his own warmly vivacious chamber music, creating an outpouring of dance and song. In this concert, broadcaster and pianist Iain Burnside looks at the emergence of a new nationalist identity in the rising city of Prague as it cast off its Germanic traits and, together with the Zemlinsky Quartet, explores the light and dark sides of these two great Romantic composers.

    Pre-concert talk by Patrick Bade at 6.30pm

    Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    String Quartet No 2 in D minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:30
    Adrian Brendel (cello) and Aleksandar Madzar (piano)
    Adrian Brendel, Aleksandar Madzar
    Vinehall School Theatre Robertsbridge TN32 5JL
    United Kingdom

    Adrian Brendel studied at Winchester College, Cambridge University and with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne Music Conservatoire.

    Recent appearances include concerts in Calgary, Napa Valley and in the UAE, Syria and Egypt. In Europe, he has performed in Antwerp and across Germany, Switzerland and the UK. He has given performances of the complete Bach cello suites at Lancaster University and The Sage Gateshead, joined Alfred Brendel for an evening of poetry and music at the Wimbledon Music Festival and collaborated with many other artists including Kit Armstrong, Andrej Bielow, Aleksander Madzar and the Jerusalem String Quartet. His piano trio with Till Fellner and Lisa Batiashvili is much in demand throughout Europe.

    He returned to Calgary in October 2012 as part of the jury for the Honens International Piano Competition. Other performances in the 2012-2013 season included concerts with Imogen Cooper and Henning Kraggerud in London and Antwer, with Kit Armstrong across Germany, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, performing works by York Höller and Bernd Zimmerman, and in Taipei for the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival.

    He recently shared the stage with his father, Alfred Brendel, for an evening of poetry and music at King’s Place in London. He returns to Düsseldorf for recitals with Kit Armstrong, as well as giving solo recitals in Salzburg, Bensheim and Cambridge.

    Adrian Brendel is co-founder of 'Music at Plush', a summer music festival held every year in Dorset, South-West England.

    Aleksandar Madzar was born in Belgrade in 1968. He started playing the piano under the guidance of Gordana Malinovic and later studied with Arbo Valdma, Elisso Virsaladze and Daniel Blumenthal in Novi Sad, Belgrade, Moscow and Brussels. He won prizes in Geneva, Leeds, the 'Busoni' and 'Umberto Micheli' competitions and gave his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ivan Fischer in 1990. He has since then been performing regularly all over Europe, enjoying a rich and varied career in recital, concertos and chamber music, occasionally also touring North and South America, South Africa and the Far East.

    Aleksandar Madzar teaches at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire in Brussels.

    Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat minor
    Erno Dohnányi (1877-1960)
    Pohádka (Fairy tale) for cello and piano
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano No 3 in A major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    Sun, 2014-11-02 15:00
    Shanahan conducts Scheherazade with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra
    Mark Shanahan, Raphael Wallfisch, Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra
    Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells TN1 2LU
    United Kingdom

    As a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn, Boccherini is often compared to these great composers. His Symphony No 26 in D is, without doubt, a jewel of the late Classical period, including the Boccherini fingerprints of a driving inner pulse and beautiful instrumental exchanges.

    Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations is an 18th century-inspired work. The purity and beauty of the music reflects a world of elegance, refinement and balanced proportion. While the original graceful, restrained theme masks the composer’s personality, it is revealed gradually, at different stages, in the sublime emotional journey of the variations.

    Folk-song, the Orient and the sea were influences that pursued Rimsky-Korsakov throughout his career. Scheherazade has all three heard in glorious, exotic abundance. The suite has the shape of a symphony, but it is programme music based upon four stories as told by the beautiful Scheherazade to her implacable husband, the Sultan. This remarkable showpiece gives all the instruments a chance to show off their capabilities.

    Free pre-concert talk by Derek Watmough MBE, 2.15pm

    Symphony No 26 in D major
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
  • Fri, 2014-10-31 19:30
    Vivaldi and Bach by candlelight | Trafalgar Sinfonia
    Ivor Setterfield, Julian Perkins, Kerenza Peacock, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for 2 Violins
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Fantasia Upon One Note
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concerto No 1 for Harpsichord and Strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 3 in F, 'Autumn' RV 293 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 20:00
    Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra perform Sibelius, Dvorák and Rachmaninov
    Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra, Kristine Balanas, Rory Macdonald
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom
    Karelia Overture
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Symphonic Dances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:30
    Mansfield Choral Society's 40th Anniversary Civic Concert - Handel's Messiah
    Abigail Broughton, Helix Ensemble, Mansfield Choral Society, Meili Li, Peter Siepmann, René Bloice-Sanders, Richard Roddis
    Mansfield Palace Theatre Mansfield NG18 1NG
    United Kingdom

    Following a highly successful concert of Mozart in the Nottingham Albert Hall this May; the Mansfield Choral Society are delighted to be sharing their joy of singing with a civic concert this November at the town’s Palace Theatre. They hope to be joined by new voices from the local community to perform Handel’s hugely popular sacred oratorio, Messiah.

    Although Mansfield Choral Society has performed Messiah a number of times over their 40 year history, this will be their first performance of the great work for over 7 years.

    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    Sun, 2014-11-02 16:00
    Bruch's Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony
    Benjamin Baker, Leslie Olive, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Apex Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
    United Kingdom

    Suffolk's fully professional orchestra returns to The Apex with the young New Zealand violinist Benjamin Baker in another programme designed to feature todays most exciting talent. Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. Over the last year he has won a string of competitions in Italy and England, performed across the UK, and made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    In 2004, listeners to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme voted Barber’s Adagio for strings the saddest piece of classical music. It has been played to mark the passing of the famous, including Franklin D Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, and Albert Einstein, and at the Last Night of the Proms in 2001 to commemorate the victims of 9/11. We have included it in this concert as a tribute to the fallen of the Great War, and it begins our programme.

    Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture on the other hand, with its musical impression of the rising and falling of waves, sets a cheerful tone, and is included in this programme to celebrate the recent completion of a sailing circumnavigation of the British Isles by a supporter of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

    After our Cream Tea interval, we settle down to a feast of expressiveness. Leslie Olive writes: 'As a young conductor in the 1980s, I had the great pleasure of conducting a concert performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Pilgrim’s Progress, and its vibrant themes live with me to this day. RVW worked on Pilgrim’s Progress for many years before finally bringing it to fruition, and in 1938 he used some of its themes in the Fifth Symphony. It is a fascinating study to see which ones he used and how he used them, and an intriguing speculation whether the extra-musical ideas associated with those themes have any place in his thinking in the symphony. We shall probably never know. Either way, many commentators regard the fifth as the greatest of his symphonies. It is certainly glorious!'

    Adagio for Strings
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 5 in D
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:45
    10th Birthday Concert - St George's Chamber Orchestra
    Dominic Moore, Madeleine Venner, St George's Chamber Orchestra
    St George's Parish Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    St George's Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 10th birthday with a concert of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. We are delighted to welcome back our founding conductor, Madeleine Venner, who is currently the choral director of the Halle. Dominic Moore, the orchestra's leader and co-founder, is the soloist in Beethoven's Romance in F.

    St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!

    The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.

    We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.

    A few comments from our audience:

    ‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’

    ‘A most enjoyable evening – an excellent programme with a first class chamber orchestra; what more could you ask for?’

    ‘Your concert yesterday evening brought immense pleasure many congratulations to everyone. It is a privilege to live where such things happen locally.’

    ‘The concert was such a treat, what a programme! So lovely to hear those less-often performed pieces. Thank you.’

    Overture from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in F major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Siegfried Idyll
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Symphony No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    Mon, 2014-11-03 20:00
    Interference Patterns | Ensemble Matisse (piano quartet)
    Ensemble Matisse
    Hall Two, Kings Place London N1 9AG
    United Kingdom

    New Dots presents the world premieres of four audio-visual collaborations, combining film and live music performed by the acclaimed Ensemble Matisse. Created by 4 pairs of composers and film-makers, this specially commissioned program is a bold exploration of the creative interplay between music and film, showing artistic diversity from abstract animation to the exploration of natural visual effects and everyday sounds. Our creative pairs have wrestled with imposing boundaries for themselves in order to have the freedom to create something truly collaborative, that could not have come about any other way. We’re thrilled to also present the latest work by Jan Vriend that explores this idea: freedom cannot exist without boundaries. Jan has written Degrees of Freedom for Ensemble Matisse; it seeks to test the boundaries to breaking point

    Degrees of Freedom
    Jan Vriend (1938-)
    New work
    Composer Not Known ()
    New work
    Composer Not Known ()
    Lisa Illean (1983-)
    of Joy
    Composer Not Known ()
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    Thu, 2014-10-30 19:30
    Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra
    Garry Walker, Giulio Poggia, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra
    Blackheath Halls London SE3 9RQ
    United Kingdom

    Scottish born conductor Garry Walker directs the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra in a programme based around water and the sea, in keeping with A song for all ships, all seas, the autumn theme linking a few concerts within our Faculty of Music programme this term.

    Frank Bridge’s orchestral suite The Sea aptly opens the concert, followed by Toru Takemitsu’s Riverrun, one of many pieces in the composer’s output reflecting his fascination with water. Gorgeous melodies and a vast, impeccably employed palette of orchestral colours have made Scheherazade one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular works. A new composition from Trinity Laban student, Oliver Muxworthy, completes the programme.

    The Sea
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Oliver Muxworthy ()