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Format: 2019-10-23
Format: 2019-10-23
  • 28 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Music of the Dance | Iain Farrington and John Reid (piano)
    Iain Farrington, John Reid
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    This concert is an evening of dance-inspired music for piano duet, performed by two of London's leading pianists. Three pieces by Percy Grainger display the influence of folksong and morris dancing, filled with Grainger's characteristic vigour and humour. The rhythms and harmonies of modern jazz and funk are explored in Iain Farrington's virtuosic Dance Craze. Maurice Ravel's haunting, sensuous and hypnotic depiction of the waltz finds its fullest expression in La valse, originally intended as a ballet. Finally, one of the most revolutionary and astonishing works of ballet music, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, is performed in its original piano duet version.

    Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. He has made numerous recordings, and has broadcast on BBC Television, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. As a solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and organist, Iain has performed at all the major UK venues and abroad in the USA, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Bryn Terfel, Paul McCartney and Lesley Garrett. Iain played the piano at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, broadcast to a global audience of around a billion viewers. He has performed on numerous occasions at the BBC Proms, including acclaimed solo performances in 2007 on the Royal Albert Hall organ.

    John Reid's career to date has shown him to be a pianist of notable versatility and range, with wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. John studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek. In November 2017, he made his concerto debut in Germany with the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck (Brahms's No 1) and he continues his collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, both as principal pianist and as a soloist in a series of the complete Mozart concertos at Kings Place in London. He also plays regularly with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

    Country Gardens (In an English Country Garden)
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Horkstow Grange
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Green Bushes
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Dance Craze, for piano duet
    Iain Farrington (1977-)
    The Rite of Spring, 'Le sacre du printemps', transcribed for piano 4 hands
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    La valse, for 2 pianos
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 26 October 2019 - 4:30pm
    Brahms's Requiem by candlelight | St Martin's Voices
    Andrew Earis, Brandenburg Sinfonia, St Martin's Voices
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Join St Martin's Voices and Brandenburg Sinfonia for a performance of Brahms's sublime Requiem

    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 31 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Fauré's Requiem by candlelight | St Martin's Voices
    Andrew Earis, Ben Giddens, St Martin's Voices
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Andrew Earis conducts the St Martin's Voices in a hauntingly beautiful programme of Allegri's Miserere and Fauré's Requiem.

    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Ashley Fripp (piano)
    Ashley Fripp
    Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh GU6 8AS
    United Kingdom

    British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

    Recent international highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein Wien, Kölner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (Lonon), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Cité de la musique Paris, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Konserthuset Stockholm, the Megaron (Athens) the L’auditori (Barcelona), Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon).

    “…played with virtuosity, nobility and the right dash of glamour” The Guardian
    “Crisply performed… the virtuoso figuration is searching as well as irresistibly zestful” Sunday Times

    Sonata for Piano No 8 in A minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    3 Études de concert
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Arabesque in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 26 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Long Day Closes - music for an autumn evening
    Bath Bach Choir, Kate Bunney, Marcus Sealy, Nigel Perrin
    Prior Park College Chapel Bath BA2 5AH
    United Kingdom

    Josef Rheinberger's double-choir a cappella Cantus Missae (1878), around which our autumn programme is shaped, was composed 15 years after Prior Park Chapel was built. In harking back to late-Renaissance splendour - the mass with its joyful, lyrical antiphony, the chapel with an acoustic that resonates through its soaring arches -they belong to each other perfectly. The mass is one of conductor Nigel Perrin's favourite works, although it is not Rheinberger's best known: that honour falls to Abendlied (Evening Song) which forms the theme for the rest of this evening's collage of beautiful choral music. Inspired by the going down of the day - both lliteral and metaphorical - the programme moves from a Renaissance compline to Sullivan's emotive The Long Day Closes, via Gibbons, Pearsall, Rachmaninov and contemporary favourite Ola Gjeilo. Adding a layer of improvisation over several of the songs, saxophonist Katie Bunney (Bath Young Musician 2018) will complete our etherreal sound-world.

    Mass for double choir in E flat, 'Cantus Missae'
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
    Abendlied from 3 geistliche Gesänge
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
    The long day closes
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    Te lucis ante terminum
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    In Manus Tuas I, II and III
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Living voices
    James Whitbourn (1963-)
    Parce mihi domine
    Cristóbal de Morales (c1500-1553)
    Nynie otpushchaieshy from Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Nunc dimittis
    Geoffrey Burgon (1941-)
    The Silver Swan
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Lay a garland on her hearse
    Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856)
    Sure on this shining night from 4 Songs
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Lux aeterna (choral arrangement of 'Nimrod'), from The Enigma Variations
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Evening Prayer
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    O Albion | Orchestra of the Swan
    David le Page, Orchestra of the Swan, Victoria Brawn
    Number 8 Community Arts Centre Pershore WR10 1BG
    United Kingdom

    Orchestra of the Swan presents an English idyll bookended with seminal works by JS Bach. Vaughan Williams’s complex and elaborate Oboe Concerto is the antithesis of his expansive, folk-infused portrayal of Dives and Lazarus. In O Albion, Thomas Adès evokes the Cavatina from Beethoven’s Opus 130 string quartet seen through the prism of Elgar’s Nimrod. Green by Thea Musgrave is about the idea of conflict and opposing musical forces. She says: “The title Green for me represents either the freshness of youth, or for the plant life in our world on which we all depend.”

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    O Albion from Arcadiana, for string quartet
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    Concerto for oboe and strings in A minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Thea Musgrave (1928- )
    5 Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 October 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Fulham Brass Band
    Chris Thomas, Fulham Brass Band, John Ward
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    A welcome return visit by this west London based brass band

    The Ambassadors
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    The Guardian, for trombone and brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    Seize the Day
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    St Teresa, for brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    Fiesta, for trombone and brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
  • 23 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Pablo Amorós (piano) plays Granados, Albéniz and de Falla
    Pablo Amorós
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Temperamental, elegant and charismatic Spanish pianist from Cordoba (Andalusia). The enormous power of communication of his performance catches the listener's attention immediately, leading him to discover his profound creative sensitivity.

    The astonishing originality of his artistic renderings emerges from an incessant interest in exploring the piano repertoire, ranging from Bach and Mozart, through Brahms, Schumann and Rachmaninov, to Spanish contemporary music. In his programs he always looks for a connection between classic and contemporary works, developing a discourse of interrelation.

    For Amoros, the contemporary music is a field of creativity and freedom. He can feel the composers speaking directly to him and he understands them in a language particularly related to his sensitivity. Therefore, his performances of contemporary music are irresistibly spontaneous and uninhibited.

    It has recently been released his first CD for the Naxos label, a world premiere recording of the complete piano works of the composer Leonardo Balada, one of which ('Mini- miniatures') is dedicated to Pablo Amoros.

    Moreover, his emotional, communicative style, together with a subtle seek for tone colour, makes him a great interpreter of the romantic repertoire. A simple Chopin nocturne under Amoros fingers achieves to move most of his listeners.

    He studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Córdoba, where he graduated with the highest honors. Afterwards, he went to London to improve his musical training with the renowned piano teacher Noretta Conci, a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

    Back in Spain, he completed his training with Alicia de Larrocha and with the spanish pianist Cristina Bruno, a key figure in his personal and artistic development. He has played in most of the Spanish cities and auditoriums, like Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz, Palma de Mallorca, Mahon and Ceuta, with highlight performances in the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, Teatro del Liceo of Barcelona, Teatro Jovellanos of Gijón, Teatro Maestranza of Sevilla, Manuel de Falla Concert Hall of Granada, the Juan March Foundation of Madrid, the XVIII Contemporary Music Festival of Malaga, the XIII Contemporary Music Conference of Cordoba, the international Rafael Orozco Piano Festival of Cordoba, the Aula de Musica of the University of Alcala de Henares, among other renowned concert series and festivals. He has also toured extensively the US, England, France, Italy, Perú, and China.

    In 2017 he released a cd with music of Falla and Granados and he made a tour in Spain with actor Emilio Gutiérrez Caba performing wroks of this Cd.

    In 2017 he made what up to this date is his last recording for IBS records. With cellist Iagoba Fanlo he recorded at the Auditorio Manuel de Falla de Granada, works by spanish composers of the Generación del 27. This recording has had a wonderful reception and the best critics being cover of the prestigious Scherzo magazine and appearing at El País , El Mundo, ABC, El Correo, RNE, Cadena Ser, TVE among other media.

    In june 2017 he toured China, performing 8 concerts in 10 at some of the best halls of the country ( Tianjin, Chongquin, Chengdu, Guanzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai) , playing two different programs.

    Future engagements will take him to play in Spain , Ecuador and USA, aswell as to premiere his latest idea with music by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Falla, Mompou, Granados, Balada, Scriabin and Rachmaninov, sharing the stage with the actress Assumpta Serna and the dancer Teresa Nieto with text by Triana Lorite.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Allegro de concierto
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Rondeña from Iberia
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Fantasía Bética, for piano
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
  • 25 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Thibault Blanchard (cello), Kyle Nash-Baker (piano) play Beethoven and Britten
    Kyle Nash-Baker, Thibault Blanchard
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Thibault Blanchard is a French cellist currently based in London. As well as playing standard cello repertoire, he is working on mixing classical music and experimental-contemporary music through world premiered performances and composition.He is currently taking the undergraduate degrees at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen.

    Kyle Nash-Baker (b.1994) is a pianist/composer from Birmingham, based in London. He first started to teach himself to play piano aged 12 and began to write compositions after the colours he saw whilst playing them - a condition known as Synaesthesia. At the age of 15 Kyle’s composition ‘Red’ reached number 1 in the classical Itunes download charts and held this position for over 3 weeks. After hearing his music he was invited to write for people and play all over the country, including Vivienne Westwood who asked him to write a suite of works to perform at her Fashion show at Paris fashion week. Since turning 17 Kyle decided to focus on the classical repertoire and during 2013 toured Budapest, Switzerland and was featured in the Cartagena festival in Colombia with the violinist Geza Hosszu-Legocky and his string ensemble sharing concerts with Sergei Babayan and the Borodin Quartet. Being self-taught until receiving a place at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance, he now studies with Gabriele Baldocci and Mikhail Kazakevich. Taking a great interest in a wide range of repertoire, particularly in the works Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt. He has since taken part in masterclasses with Martino Tirimo, Philip Fowke, Pascal Roge and Olivier Gardon. Also an active chamber musician taking a keen interest in accompanying lieder, he won the Lillian Ash duo competition with his duo partner Michael lafferty in 2015. Recent performances including a string of 5 concerts around the Kent/Surrey area and participation in the Trinity Debussy series.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for cello and piano No 3 in A major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for cello and piano in C
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 28 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Paul Silverthorne (viola) and Julian Jacobson (piano) play Beethoven
    Julian Jacobson, Paul Silverthorne
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Paul Silverthorne is one of the UK's foremost viola players. He holds the principal positions in both the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta and appears regularly as a soloist with these and other major orchestras around the world.
    Throughout his career he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time, this relationship inspiring many of them to write for him, enlarging a repertoire that already encompasses all the major viola works as well as his own transcriptions and lesser known pieces from all periods.

    He has recorded a wide range of repertoire for EMI, Black Box, Naxos, Chandos, Koch International Classics, Meridian, Toccata Classics and others to much critical acclaim.

    He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and plays a viola made by the Brothers Amati in 1620 which is loaned to him from their collection.

    One of Britain’s most creative and distinctive pianists, Julian Jacobson is acclaimed for the vitality, colour and insight he brings to his enormous repertoire ranging across all styles and periods..

    Julian Jacobson was born in Peebles, Scotland. His father Maurice Jacobson had had some piano lessons with Busoni while his mother, pianist and composer Margaret Lyell, had studied in Berlin with Else Krause, daughter of Liszt’s pupil Martin Krause. Julian studied in London from the age of seven with Lamar Crowson (piano) and Arthur Benjamin (composition), and had published four songs by the age of nine. From 1959 to 1968 he studied at the Royal College of Music where his principal teachers were John Barstow and Humphrey Searle. On graduating with the Sarah Mundlak Piano Prize in 1968 he took up a scholarship to read Music at Queen’s College, Oxford. At this time he was also a founder member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

    After further studies with Louis Kentner he made his London debut at the Purcell Room in 1974. This was followed immediately by the first of five appearances in the Park Lane Group’s annual Young Artists series and his Wigmore Hall debut as both solo recitalist and chamber musician. During the 1980s he established himself as a fine duo and ensemble pianist, partnering artists such as Zara Nelsova, Sandor Vegh, David Geringas, Christian Lindberg and Manuela Wiesler as well as many leading UK instrumentalists including Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, Moray Welsh, Colin Carr, Alexander Baillie and Philippa Davies. His appointment in 1992 as Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama led to an increasing concentration on solo work.

    In 1994 he embarked on his first cycle of the complete 32 Beethoven sonatas; he has now presented the cycle eight times, the last two in a single day (apparently being only the second pianist to attempt this). His 2003 marathon at St James’s Church Piccadilly attracted worldwide media coverage and raised over £6000 for WaterAid.

    Julian Jacobson has performed as soloist with orchestras including the London Symphony, BBC Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Bucharest Philharmonic, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Royal Omani Symphony Orchestra, with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Tamas Vasary and Jane Glover.
    His many festival appearances as soloist and chamber musician include Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Bath, Brighton, Cheltenham, Dartington, Glasgow, Huddersfield, Norwich and Prussia Cove on tour. He has appeared in more than forty countries on five continents, with tours of the USA, South America, the Middle and Far East (where he gave what appears to have been the Chinese premiere of Beethoven’s 'Hammerklavier' Sonata in 1994), South Africa and Australia as well as throughout Western and Eastern Europe.

    An ongoing commitment to contemporary music has led to many commissions and premieres. In 1987 he gave the critically acclaimed UK premiere of Ligeti’s now famous Etudes Book One; a subsequent recording for BBC Radio 3 was highly praised by the composer. A longlist of composers who have written for him includes Robert Saxton, Simon Bainbridge, Benedict Mason, Philip Cashian, Daryl Runswick, Keith Tippett, Charles Camilleri and Robert Keeley; Michael Nyman wrote the piano trio 'Time will Pronounce' for his ensemble the Trio of London.

    A large and varied discography for labels including Meridian, Chandos, Hyperion, Decca Argo, BIS, Continuum and Metier includes albums of Schumann, Dvorak and Balakirev, the complete sonatas of Weber, the Carnival of the Animals with the London Symphony Orchestra, Martinu’s 'Sinfonietta Giocosa' with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta under Tamas Vasary, and violin and piano music by Enescu, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams, Fricker and Rawsthorne with Susanne Stanzeleit. His album 'Classical Flute à la Jazz' with Judith Hall contains his own jazz waltz, 'Waltz for Judy', published by Bardic Edition together with several other waltzes. Other compositions include five film scores, including ‘To the Lighthouse’, ‘Hard Travelling’ and ‘We Think the World of You’. In ‘The Fourth Protocol’ he made a screen appearance conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In February 2007 he conducted the premiere of his Vers la Valse' for flute and orchestra with Ileana Ruhemann and the Syred Sinfonia.

    Julian Jacobson is currently a professor of piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music. He was Artistic Director of the Paxos International Festival, Greece, from 1988 to 2004, is Artistic Director of 'Rencontres Musicales à Eygalières', and teaches regularly at Cadenza Summer School at the Purcell School, North London. He has given masterclasses in Germany, Paris, Budapest (Franz Liszt Academy), Spain, Sweden, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the Middle East, and on many occasions in Dartington. He has recently added the Sprechstimme
    recitation role of Schoenberg’s 'Pierrot Lunaire' to his repertoire, giving his fourth performance of it in October 2009 in Jacqueline du Pré Hall, Oxford.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Septet in E flat, arranged for viola and piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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