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Format: 2020-01-28
Format: 2020-01-28
  • 1 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by candlelight: Sonata No 2
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    United Kingdom

    Concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform the complete works of Chopin in one series of concerts, from memory. Following the hugely successful Chopin and Champagne series in 2018/19, he brings another series of programmes of Chopin's greatest masterpieces to the UK in 2020.

    Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

    He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

    His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

    He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

    He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series

    Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

    “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion

    Nocturne No 1 in B flat minor from 3 Nocturnes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Trois nouvelles études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 21 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 18 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 1 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 31 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Beethoven with English Symphony Orchestra
    English Symphony Orchestra, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Kenneth Woods
    Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School Bromsgrove B61 7DU
    United Kingdom

    Isata Kanneh-Mason has raced to the forefront of her generation as one of the UK’s most charismatic, popular and admired young pianists. She makes her English Symphony Orchestra debut as part of the orchestra’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with a performance of his stormy Piano Concerto in C minor. Ruth Gipps was a musical genius ahead of her time, whose works abound in melodic inspiration. Her Cringlemire Garden is a touching and evocative portrait of the natural world. The concert ends with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, one of the most thrilling works in the repertoire.

    Cringlemire Garden - Impression for string orchestra
    Ruth Gipps (1921-1999)
    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 1 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Marlow Community Choir present....... Messe solenelle de St Cécile
    Angela Good, Gillian Dibden, Guest Orchestra, Mark Griffiths, Marlow Community Choir at Borlase, Richard Quine
    St Lukes Church Maidenhead SL6 7AX
    United Kingdom
    Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile (St Cecilia Mass)
    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
    Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest pair of Sirens'
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    O clap your hands
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Ave verum corpus
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 31 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Pushkin House Festival of Russian Music: Rarities of Russian Vocal Music
    Alexander Karpeyev, Betty Makharinsky, Boyan Ivanov, Iestyn Morris, Jocelyn Freeman, Jonathan de Garis, Laura Perešivana, Marina Staneva, Martin Malmgren, Olga Paliy, Pasha Mansurov, Thomas Ang, Yuliya Shkvarko
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    Pushkin House's first Festival of Russian Music continues with an adventurous concert of songs, works for piano and duets for piano with clarinet or flute selected by Alexander Karpeyev and performed by outstanding young musicians and singers. The programme includes the world premiere of songs composed by Stravinsky’s teacher Leokadiya Kashperova. Pianists Thomas Ang, Jocelyn Freeman, Alexander Karpeyev, Martin Malmgren, Marina Staneva, Olga Paliy, clarinet player Boyan Ivanov and flautist Pasha Mansurov will present instrumental works and accompany singers Jonathan de Garis, Betty Makharinsky, Iestyn Morris, Laura Peresivana and Yulya Shkvarko.

    The clear moon has risen
    Mily Balakirev (1837-1910)
    Ah, well you, my dear
    Composer Not Known ()
    In the evening, the dawn blushes
    Alexander Aleksandrovich Alyabiev (1787-1851)
    Eastern Song: The Nightingale enslaved by the Rose from 4 Romances
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    The clouds begin to scatter from 4 Songs
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Death from 2 Mélodies
    Alexander Grechaninov (1864-1956)
    Sonatina in F, for piano
    Alexander Grechaninov (1864-1956)
    Vesenniye vodi from 12 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    These Summer Nights from 12 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    A-oo from 6 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Andante and Tarantella, for flute and piano
    Vladimir Tsybin (1877-1949)
    The Rose from 7 Pushkin Poems
    Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951)
    Waltz from 6 stikhotvoreniy A Pushkina
    Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951)
    3 Pieces for solo clarinet (1919)
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in A minor
    Samuel Feinberg (1890-1962)
  • 5 February 2020 - 7:00pm
    Todo Villa- the complete works for guitar by Villa-Lobos
    Fabricio Mattos, Plinio Fernandes, Vitor Noah
    Chancellor's Hall, Senate House London WC1E 7HU
    United Kingdom

    UK friends, tickets are now available to our Todo Villa, a concert with the complete works for guitar by Villa-Lobos! The programme follows a 'non-traditional' order, resulting in an exciting burst of colours and showing off Villa's guitar music in an innovative way. See you there for this unique celebration of some of the best Brazilian guitar music!

    5 Preludes for guitar
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    12 Etudes
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Suite populaire brésilienne, for guitar
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Chôros No 1
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
  • 4 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Masayuki Tayama (piano) plays Ravel, Debussy and Rachmaninov
    Masayuki Tayama
    Haddo House Hall Methlick, Ellon AB41 7EQ
    United Kingdom

    Internationally acclaimed pianist Masayuki Tayama performs at Haddo House Hall in February 2020.

    Bringing a spectacular new programme to audiences in 2020, he will be performing a selection of works by Ravel, Debussy and Rachmaninov, including the latter's fiery Second Piano Sonata (original version).

    Tayama is renowned for his sensitive and deeply empathetic interpretations of Rachmaninov's piano works, described as 'reinventing the image of Rachmaninov' when he performed the Third Piano Concerto twice in the same day at the Osaka Symphony Hall. His varied career has taken him around the world as both a performer and pedagogue, and he is in the midst of a project to record all of Rachmaninov's solo works for piano, a feat undertaken by very few. His most CD recent release was named 'Specially Selected and Recommended' by Record Geijutsu, Japan's most authoritative classical music magazine.

    In 2020, he will take on the role of Director of The Piano Teachers' Course UK, the country's leading professional development course for piano teachers, held at the Purcell School of Music near London.

    ‘This is Rachmaninov playing not only to be considered as a fresh departure from other fine pianists of the present day, but daring... somewhat akin to a kind of Horowitz approach, maybe, and also with a few touches of genius.' - Bill Newman, Musical Opinion

    There will be an interval between the Debussy and Rachmaninov.

    Refreshments will be available.

    Jeux d’eau
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Sonatine
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Prélude No 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin (The girl with the flaxen hair) from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    L'isle joyeuse
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Étude-tableau No 7 in G minor from Études-tableaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor (original 1913 version)
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 1 February 2020 - 8:00pm
    Organ Concert
    Drew Sellis, Richard Harvey, Robert Manning, Robin Coxon, Terence Atkins
    St John's United Reformed Church Barnet EN5 1RH
    United Kingdom

    An organ concert to celebrate the re-opening of the 1971 Peter Collins organ after a major clean and overhaul. Admission free. Retiring collection for On Organ Funds and Help Musicians UK.

    Fantasia in G 'Pièce d'orgue'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for organ and strings No 13 in F, 'The cuckoo and the nightingale'
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Sonata for Organ No 2
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    Premier livre d'orgue
    Louis Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
    Toccata from Suite on Uzbek folk melodies
    Georgi Aleksandrovich Mushel (1909-1989)
  • 31 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem by candlelight | Choir and Orchestra of London Octave
    Choir of London Octave, Christopher Bowen, Dietrich Bethge, Eleanor Minney, James Hall, Jonathan Williams, Orchestra of London Octave, Robyn Allegra Parton
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Ave Verum Corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No 3 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 1 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven's Symphony No 9
    Aimée Fisk, Amy Holyland, Cambridge, Choir of Girton College, City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Clare Tunney, Corpus Christi College Chapel Choir, Edward Wickham, Fitzwilliam Chapel Choir, Ossian Huskinson, Peter Harris, Robert Hodge, St Catharine's College Girls' Choir
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Like Jack, you must be nimble and quick to ensure you secure a ticket for the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra's next concert. The main work, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, ‘Choral’, is a huge favourite that has mesmerised audiences since its premiere in 1824. The combined choirs of Corpus Christi, Fitzwilliam, Girton and St Catharine’s Colleges will be giving Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ a lustre seldom heard. When you add four fine soloists to the expertise and expressive power of the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, a magical evening is assured. The Sinfonietta by Leon Janácek is a splendid companion piece. It is characterful, brassy and exotic, with an opening as arresting as the finale of Beethoven’s symphony.

    Phone 01223 300085 for tickets, or use the Book Online button above to book your place. Better still, if you have not done so already, join the Friends of City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and enjoy the privileges of membership in the sure knowledge that you are supporting one of Cambridge’s leading orchestras.

    Sinfonietta
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Nightingales, 'A Song for Jo'
    Leon Lovett ()
    Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 31 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Braid Ensemble in Bethnal Green
    Braid Ensemble, David Braid, Elliott DeVivo, Gerard Cousins, Rossitza Stoycheva
    St John on Bethnal Green London E2 9PA
    United Kingdom

    The Braid Ensemble is a London-based quartet founded by David Braid, which focuses entirely on his work.

    The players, Elliott Devivo (clarinet), Gerard Cousins (guitar), David Braid (electric guitar/mandolin), Rossitza Stoycheva (piano), are each world class virtuosi who bring their own unique musical angle to this remarkable group.

    Described by Steve Reich as “Really honest stuff” Braid’s music has a uniquely lyrical and vibrant quality that engages you entirely on first hearing.
    A result of strong influences ranging from Renaissance lute music to The Smiths and Sibelius – retaining a not quite pin down-able intimate familiarity – this is a music the like of which you have never heard; combining the immediacy of our time, a faint air of old school, valve-powered melancholy and an idealistic projection into the future.

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