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Format: 2018-09-20
Format: 2018-09-20
  • 28 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Così fan tutte | Dulwich Opera Company
    David Fletcher, Dulwich Opera Company, Honey Rouhani, James Williams, Janet Haney, Loretta Hopkins, Phillipa Thomas, Robert Barbaro
    Holmfirth Civic Hall Holmfirth HD9 3AS
    United Kingdom

    Awarded 4 stars by The Stage, which described it as having ‘pace and panache’ and being ‘lively and convincingly detailed’, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy, set to some of Mozart's most glorious music.

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    Featuring a cast of young professional singers, this production presents an elegant take on the comedy. Set to some of Mozart's most glorious music, the opera is performed in the original Italian with English surtitles. The creative team is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer Leah Sams.

    Premièred in 1790, Mozart's Così fan tutte remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous arias Come scoglio and Un’aura amorosa, as well as the divine trio Soave sia il vento. Also known as The school for lovers, the opera tells a wry and light-hearted tale of love, fidelity, and human infallibility.

    Production photo: Alex Brenner

    Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 28 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts' Prize-winners' recital with Emily Sun and Gamal Khamis
    Emily Sun, Gamal Khamis
    Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School Bromsgrove B61 7DU
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts, the well-respected regional concert platform, is once again rolling out the red carpet to welcome internationally renowned guest artists who will be bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2018 until April 2019.

    A highly-anticipated season of mixed programmes this year, once again attracting attention for the calibre of artists, features prize-winners from some of the most prestigious performing competitions, including one of the foremost British wind quintets of their generation and double prize-winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark – the Atéa Wind Quintet, as well as powerhouse ensembles including the Piatti Quartet, joint winners of the 2nd prize Wigmore Hall International Competition in 2015, the Zelkova Quartet, who won the St Martin’s Chamber Music competition, and the Lawson Piano Trio, who have been selected as a featured artist by, amongst others, the Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.

    Those artists who, as mentors, have links to outstanding music institutions in the region, such as Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the CBSO, include the Atéa Wind Quintet and the gifted young Eblana String Trio - violin, viola and cello - who will be showcasing lyrical British works. The Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall. The 2017 winner of the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians' Competition; Australian violinist Emily Sun, will perform to open the season in the newly refurbished Routh Hall at Bromsgrove School, accompanied by pianist and Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Samling artist, Gamal Khamis.

    Familiar faces who are returning to Bromsgrove Concerts this season include Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Stephen Stirling (horn), with pianist Michael Dussek joining them to perform as Endymion ensemble, and Robert Plane (clarinet) who will be performing with the Gould Piano Trio in a thrilling arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-popular work ‘Scheherazade’.

    In keeping with Bromsgrove Concerts’ ethos of providing varied and imaginative programmes and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces, the new season features works by some of Britain’s most enterprising contemporary composers including David Matthews, Judith Weir, Joseph Phibbs, Huw Watkins, Mike Mower and Gillian Whitehead, giving an unprecedented opportunity to hear these composers outside of the major conurbations.

    “Bromsgrove Concerts continues to be a showcase for the best chamber music on offer in the UK”, said Chairman, Alastair Moseley. “This year’s programme has a fantastic blend of wind, string and piano ensembles featuring some of the best emerging and established talent from the UK’s concert platforms. We are also including the newly opened Routh Hall as a venue which, like Artrix, our home base, is blessed with a comfortable auditorium and a generous acoustic. I would urge our audiences to take advantage of our discounted ticket offer and attend several performances to experience the range and quality of the music that we have programmed this year.”

    Details of all concerts in the 2018-19 season can be found on Concert Diary.

    Sonatina for violin and piano in D
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 3 in C minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Torua, for violin and piano
    Gillian Whitehead (1941-)
    Sonata for violin and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
    Igor Alexandrovich Frolov (1937-2013)
  • 27 September 2018 - 12:45pm
    Music in the Round Autumn Series - Ensemble 360
    Ensemble 360
    St Andrew's United Reformed Church Sheffield S3 7RQ
    United Kingdom

    Although his work was greatly admired abroad, Zoltán Kodály’s love of the Hungarian countryside and tradition kept him in his homeland even during troubled political times. Folk music is clearly to the fore in his engaging Serenade and there is an abundance of rich melodies. Dvorák’s lively Terzetto was originally written for amateur players, but the technical demands of the piece turned out to be beyond the capabilities of the original dedicatees!

    Serenade for 2 violins and viola
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Terzetto in C
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 22 September 2018 - 3:00pm
    Amor et Virtute - songs associated with Walter Raleigh, with Musicke in the Ayre
    Din Ghani, Gillian Wormley, Musicke in the Ayre
    St Michael and All Angels' Church Exeter EX4 4EB
    United Kingdom

    Soprano Gillian Wormley and lutenist Din Ghani brings to Devon their programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. As well as songs based on his poetry, they include some associated with other significant personages (Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Essex, Prince Henry to name a few) and with the New World that he was fascinated with. Composers represented include John Dowland, Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, Nicholas Lanier, Orlando Gibbons.

    Tea and cakes provided afterwards

    Time stands still
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Like hermit poor
    Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)
    What is our life?
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Now what is love
    Robert Jones (c 1577-1617)
    What tears, dear Prince
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    O grief from Songs of mourning
    John Cooper (Coperario, Coprario) (c1570-1626)
    Can she excuse my wrongs
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    It was a time when silly bees could speak
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Un sarao de la chacona
    Juan Aranes ()
    Pasacalle: La folie, 'Yo soy la locura'
    Henri de Bailly (d1637)
    Tobacco is like Love
    Tobias Hume (?c1569-1645)
  • 25 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan: English Fantasies for String Orchestra
    Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra of the Swan Chamber Choir, Stacey Richard Watton
    Holy Trinity Church Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BG
    United Kingdom

    Probably for the first time ever, this remarkable concert joins three of the 20th century’s finest pieces for string orchestra to the works by which they were inspired and on which they were based. Audiences will be able to appreciate first hand the influence and effect of Arcangelo Corelli on Tippett, Frank Bridge on Britten, and Thomas Tallis on Vaughan-Williams, with Orchestra of the Swan and Verba et Musica performing each pairing without interruption or applause. To complement these fantasias and variations, the Festival’s Artistic Director, Matthew Boyden, has written an arrangement of Spem in alium for string orchestra, to be performed alongside Tallis’s original 40-part motet.

    Concerto Grosso No 2 in F
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    Spem in alium (40-part motet)
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    3 Idylls for string quartet
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    When rising from the bed of death
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 29 September 2018 - 5:00pm
    Cordelia Williams (piano)
    Cordelia Williams
    Rudolf Steiner House London NW1 6XT
    United Kingdom

    Cordelia Williams is recognised for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of her playing and the depth and maturity of her interpretations. She has performed all over the world, including concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (in Mexico City), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (at Barbican Hall, London), as well as recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Beijing Concert Hall. “Williams’s brilliantly fluid technique and unassuming mastery of the piano is to the fore on this recording which promises much for the future". Classic FM

    Nos 1, 3 and 7, from Visions fugitives
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Excerpts from 15 Three-part Inventions
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano in B minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 22 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Virtuoso! - Rutland Sinfonia
    Freya Goldmark, Paul Hilliam, Rutland Sinfonia
    Oakham School Chapel Oakham LE15 6DT
    United Kingdom

    The first concert in the Rutland Sinfonia’s 42nd season is a short piece by a composer new to the Orchestra. Lutoslawski’s ‘Little Suite’ is only 11 minutes long, but its rhythmic drive and strong folk-based thematic material will leave you wanting to hear more from Poland’s outstanding 20th century composer. We then welcome back Freya Goldmark to play Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto, dating from 1866.

    The concert ends with Sibelius’s first symphony, completed in 1900. An 1897 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 ‘Pathetique’ in Helsinki had an influence on Sibelius, but the mature Sibelius is already powerfully evident in this early work. "His symphony, a work full of unrestrained strength, full of passionate vivacity and astonishing audacity is – to state the matter plainly – a remarkable work, one that steps out on new paths, or rather rushes forward like an intoxicated god," wrote Ferdinand Pfol, the famous German music critic, on hearing it.

    Little Suite for Orchestra
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 1 in E minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 22 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Bach and Telemann with Maggie Faultless and Oxford Sinfonia
    Benedict Williams, Margaret Faultless, Olwen Foulkes, Oxford Sinfonia, Tabea Debus
    The University Church of St Mary the Virgin Oxford OX1 4BJ
    United Kingdom

    Margaret Faultless is an internationally renowned specialist in historical performance practice, both as a violinist and a director. Performing music from Monteverdi to the present day, she is now best known as an interpreter of eighteenth-century repertoire.

    Since 1989 Margaret has been a co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, frequently directs the orchestra and plays a significant role in their education programme for young professionals.

    Founded in 1984, we are an amateur chamber orchestra of the highest standard. The orchestra does not have a fixed membership or a permanent musical director. This enables it to engage a wide range of accomplished musicians to direct and play in each concert. Many of our players are involved in music professionally, though not necessarily as performers.

    We promote four concerts a year and some special projects, and specialise in accompanying choral societies. We organise instrumental workshops, and are involved in twinning concerts, fireworks concerts and concerts for charities.

    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Water Music
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Concerto for 2 recorders in A minor
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
  • 21 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Elaine Cocks (clarinet) and Viv McClean (piano)
    Elaine Cocks, Viv McLean
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    Popular Ashburton born clarinettist, Elaine Cocks, returns to Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts concerts teaming up with leading pianist Viv McLean (who gave a stunning solo recital for us in 2016) to explore some of the highways and byways of the clarinet repertoire.

    Sonata for clarinet and piano No 1 in C
    Francois Devienne (1759-1803)
    Tema con variazioni
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Sonata for clarinet and piano
    Edwin York Bowen (1884-1961)
    Raga Music for solo clarinet
    John Mayer (1929-2004)
    Sonata for clarinet and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
  • 21 September 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Giulia Grassi (piano)
    Giulia Grassi
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Giulia Grassi is a classical pianist interested in researching the connections between different musical cultures.

    As a soloist and in chamber ensembles Giulia has performed in Italy, Hungary, UK and China at venues including Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Trasimeno Music Festival and Millenaris Theatre. Giulia’s interest in a wide range of music styles brought her to collaborate with the folk musician Francesco Berrafato, with whom she founded Duœnde, a contemporary project that aims to find a common language between classical and folk music through both the arrangement of classical and folk pieces and the composition of original repertoire.

    After graduating at Cherubini Conservatory (Florence) with honours and attending international masterclasses with pianists such as Robert Levin, Dmitri Bashkirov and Aldo Ciccolini, Giulia is continuing her studies at the Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher. Giulia also studies classical and modern improvisation with the organist Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and the saxophonist and singer Claudia Bombardella.

    In 2015 Giulia founded Made in Music, a not for profit organisation that aims to create opportunities for young artists. Made in Music organised two music festivals and in both Giulia was the Artistic Director, whilst also performing as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Noctuelles from Miroirs
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Variations on a theme of Corelli
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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