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Format: 2014-07-22
Format: 2014-07-22
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    Thu, 2014-07-31 13:00
    Lunchtime Young Artists Series: Busch Piano Trio
    Busch Piano Trio
    Church of St Martin and St Peter Worcester WR5 2ED
    United Kingdom

    Today's performers are recipients of the Philharmonia's Martin Musical Scholarship Award. They will perform trios by Haydn and Dvorák.

    Composition Not Known
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Composition Not Known
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Thu, 2014-07-31 15:00
    The King's Singers
    Peter Nardone, The King's Singers
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    Instantly recognisable for their impeccable vocal blend and delightfully British wit, The King's Singers return to the Three Choirs Festival with an eclectic programme celebrating the works of William Shakespear in his 400th anniversary year. The performance ends with a selection of pieces from the ensemble's new CD release The Great American Songbook.

    Sing joyfully unto God
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Now is the month of Maying
    Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
    Come again! Sweet love doth now invite
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    A Lover's Journey
    Libby Larsen (1950-)
    Songs and Sonnets
    George Shearing (1919-)
    Who is Sylvia?
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Mandoline from 5 Mélodies
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    £35, £28, £20, £15 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Fri, 2014-08-01 15:15
    Seven Last Words from the Cross | Fitzwilliam String Quartet
    Fitzwilliam String Quartet
    Great Witley Church Great Witley WR6 6JT
    United Kingdom

    This highly emotional string quartet explores the tragedy, hope and redemption of the Crucifixion.

    The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    £20 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Wed, 2014-07-30 11:00
    The Rodolfus Choir: Time and its Passing
    Ralph Allwood, The Rodolfus Choir
    St George's Church, Barbourne Worcester WR1 1HX
    United Kingdom

    With a sound hailed as 'unspeakably beautiful' by Gramophone magazine, the Rodolfus Choir has firmly established itself as ne of the leading yung choirs in the UK. Take a pilgrimage in choral music from dawn to dusk with this prestigious group.

    'Music traces the passage of time, but also, as with all events,manipulates it. A watch traces a different pattern of time during events. Who is to say that the watch is "right"?' Ralph Allwood

    O, do not move
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Thou wast, O God, and Thou wast blest
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    ...which was the son of...
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Take him, earth, for cherishing
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Music, when soft voices die from 6 Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Song for Athene
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Evening Song
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    £20 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Thu, 2014-07-31 19:45
    Reflections of 1914
    Baldur Brönnimann, Choristers of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedral Choirs, Matthew Trusler, Peter Hoare, Philharmonia Orchestra, Roderick Williams, Three Choirs Festival Chorus, Yeree Suh
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    This poignant evening, marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, features the world premiere of A Foreign Field by Torsten Rasch, commissioned jointly by the Three Choirs festival and Chemnitz Opera. This performance is our choral memorial to the men who died on both sides and the communities affected by the war.

    A Foreign Field has been commissioned by public subscription for the Three Choirs Festival 2014 and Stadtische Theater Chemnitz, Erich-Schellorn-Stiftung as part of 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Commissions, supported by the Naitonal Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    A Foreign Field
    Torsten Rasch (1965-)
    The Spirit of England
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    £43, £38, £27, £20, £10 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Thu, 2014-07-31 22:15
    Bach by candlelight | Philip Higham (cello)
    Philip Higham
    College Hall Worcester WR1 2LH
    United Kingdom

    Rapidly emerging as one of the most celebrated young cellists in the UK, Philip Higham is renowned for his insightful interpretations of unaccompanied Bach. The beauty of the music combined with the atmospheric setting will draw the festival day to a tranquil close.

    Excerpts from '6 Suites for Cello'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    £12 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Fri, 2014-08-01 11:00
    Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
    Håkan Hardenberger, Michael Francis, The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
    Worcester Cathedral Worcester WR1 2LA
    United Kingdom

    The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland will draw on all its available resources for the maor work in this programme: the vast Alpine Symphony, which includes organ and wind machine. Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, who is revered worldwidee as a champion of contemporary music, makes his Three Choirs Festival debut in Sally Beamish's concerto.

    Johannesburg Festival Overture
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
    Sally Beamish (1956-)
    Eine Alpensinfonie, 'Alpine Symphony'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    £33, £28, £23, £15 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
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    Fri, 2014-08-01 22:15
    2014 Festival in One Evening
    Chapter 8
    College Hall Worcester WR1 2LH
    United Kingdom

    The Three Choirs Festival Worcester 2014 condensed into one evening: can you spot the cryptic references to this year's themes and repertoire in the programme by local chamber choir Chapter 8?

    £12 Available from 0845 652 1823 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
  • Fri, 2014-07-25 20:00
    James Rhodes (piano)
    James Rhodes
    Royal Hall Harrogate HG1 2RD
    United Kingdom

    Harrogate International Festivals is pleased to present James Rhodes, who will be appearing at the Harrogate Festival - Summer 2014 as Artist in Residence over a two day residency. As part of this residency Rhodes will appear in the Royal Hall for a special solo recital, as well as a free Q&A event in Revolution, Harrogate.

    After suffering mental health illness, which prevented Rhodes from taking up a scholarship at Guildhall, a chance meeting with renowned agent Franco Panozzo, led to tutorage under teacher Edoardo Strabbioli in Italy. James unique approach to classical music alongside his personal struggle has attracted much media interest. He’s appeared in documentaries for BBC Four, and presented his own TV series ‘James Rhodes Piano Man’ for Sky Arts. He’s also performed with Stephen Fry in ‘A Classical Affair’ at the Barbican, with sell-out festival appearances all over the word.

    Rhodes’s concerts provide a unique experience for his audiences as he explores the personal interaction music can provide. He will be performing a programme including Chopin and Schubert, as well as gauging the audience and adding some spectacular surprises. Reviewers hail his intense, personal, gorgeous, and beautiful performances, mixing showmanship with remarkable skill. Don’t miss the chance to see this mercurial musician in action at the majestic Royal Hall.

    Ballade No 3 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 2 in B Flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantasie in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude pour la main gauche
    Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931)
    Sonata for Piano No 13 in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    £22, £20, £18, £15, £12, Boxes: £45, £30 Available from 01423 562 303 Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm.
  • Thu, 2014-07-24 20:00
    Medici Quartet
    Medici String Quartet
    Royal Hall Harrogate HG1 2RD
    United Kingdom

    Harrogate International Festival is pleased to present a special recital from the Medici String Quartet, presenting a new co-comission from the late Sir John Tavener. Join the founder of the Medici Quartet Paul Robertson in an exclusive pre-concert talk at 6pm as he discusses his personal relationship with Tavener, particularly through the illnesses they both suffered. Discover how Tavener came to write a new piece for the Medici Quartet, it's influences from the poet Rumi and its design to act as a gift between Israel and Palastine.

    Despite formally retiring at the Harrogate International Festival in 2007, the Medici Quartet will be returning to Harrogate this July for a very special concert. Founder and violinist, Paul Robertson, leads their performance of Sir John Tavener’s final work, Scatter Roses over my Tears – a meditation over a verse of the Sufi poet, Rumi. The quartet has an unrivaled reputation and this truly is a rare opportunity to see one of Britain’s greatest chamber groups celebrating a great British composer.

    Scatter Roses over my Tears
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    String Quartet No 19 in C, 'Dissonance'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    3rd movement - Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo from String Quartet No 16 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £25, £22, £20, £18, £16; boxes: £45, £30 Available from 01423 562 303 Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm.