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Format: 2018-05-24
Format: 2018-05-24
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    2 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Verdi's Requiem with Edinburgh Royal Choral Union
    Arthur Bruce, Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, Emma Morwood, Michael Bawtree, Nuno de Araujo Pereira, Raphaela Mangan, Thomas Kinch
    McEwan Hall Edinburgh
    United Kingdom

    Edinburgh Royal Choral Union hosts a unique performance of Verdi's dramatic and colourful Requiem and Szymanowski's tender Stabat Mater in the magnificent surroundings of the newly-restored McEwan Hall. They are joined by Edinburgh University Chamber Choir and by student instrumentalists who will be mentored by professional orchestral musicians in a side-by-side project ahead of the concert.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Stabat Mater
    Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
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    27 May 2018 - 2:00pm
    Pieces for Pauline: a tribute to Pauline Oliveros
    Bill Thompson, Deborah Broderick Edwards, Derek Foster, Janet Oates, Kerry Andrews, Mark Wastell, Phil Durrant, Rhodri Davies, The Vocal Constructivists
    Café Oto London E8 3DL
    United Kingdom

    A half-day event exploring and promoting Pauline Oliveros’s ‘deep listening’ ideas through new works and improvisations, featuring Rhodri Davies and The Vocal Constructivists.

    Concert 1 (doors open at 2pm – concert starts at 2.30) explores Pauline Oliveros’s approach to ‘deep listening’ with drone-based improvised music performed by Rhodri Davies, Phil Durrant, Bill Thompson and Mark Wastell.

    The Deep Listening® workshop (4pm) will be led by Viv Corringham, who has worked with Oliveros and is certified to teach ‘deep listening’. This is open to musicians and non-musicians.

    Concert 2 (doors open at 7:30pm – concert starts at 8.30) will feature pieces by Pauline Oliveros and a structured improvisation from the afternoon workshop. There will also be new pieces by Kerry Andrews, Deborah Edwards, Derek Foster, Janet Oates and Margrit Schenker. The concert will be performed by Rhodri Davies, The Vocal Constructivists and members of Contakt.

    Kerry John Andrews (1956-)
    Horse sings from cloud
    Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)
    The space of spirit: unfolding the new born lotus
    Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)
    13 Changes
    Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)
    Preoccupation tapestry
    Janet Oates ()
    Cover up
    Derek Foster (1943-)
    Meditation on an oak tree
    Deborah Broderick Edwards ()
    Bird call
    Margrit Schenker (1954-)
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    2 June 2018 - 8:00pm
    Love Divine | Cappella Caeciliana
    Cappella Caeciliana, Donal McCrisken
    St Thérèse of Lisieux Church Belfast BT15 4DE
    United Kingdom

    Cappella Caeciliana, conducted by Donal McCrisken, is delighted to present a concert for a summer evening in the beautiful Church of St Therese of Lisieux.

    Lux aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Ubi Caritas
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Hail, gladdening light
    Charles Wood (1866-1926)
    Ave Maria
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Salve Regina
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Stabat Mater
    Alissa Firsova (1986-)
    Ave verum corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Lead kindly light
    Donal McCrisken (1957-)
    Hodie completi sunt
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/7-1612)
    O magnum mysterium
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Bogoroditse Devo
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    She moved through the fair
    Traditional Irish ()
    Love Divine
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    Oração do Amanhecer
    Composer Not Known ()
  • 2 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem | Bournemouth Bach Choir
    Bournemouth Bach Choir, Bournemouth Bach Orchestra, Carris Jones, Elizabeth Karani, James Cleverton, James Geer, Tim Hooper, Victoria Sayles
    Romsey Abbey Romsey SO51 8EN
    United Kingdom
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Sacred choruses
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    3 June 2018 - 3:00pm
    Mendelssohn's Elijah | Newcastle Upon Tyne Bach Choir
    Catherine Carby, Eric Cross, Gillian Keith, Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra, Newcastle Upon Tyne Bach Choir, Städtischer Musicverein Gelsenkirchen, Stephen Gadd, Tom Randle
    Sage Gateshead Gateshead NE8 2JR
    United Kingdom

    Newcastle Bach Choir joins forces with a guest choir from Newcastle's twinned town of Gelsenkirchen, Germany, to sing Mendelssohn's Elijah - a wonderful musical journey through key events in the life of Elijah, including a dramatic portrayal of the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Alongside the drama there are many beautiful melodies for choir and soloists.

    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 3 June 2018 - 4:00pm
    Awake, my lute - settings of poems by George Herbert and his extended family
    Din Ghani, Musicke in the Ayre, Sophia Brumfitt
    St John's Place Lower Bemerton SP1 9NP
    United Kingdom

    In the parish where metaphysical poet George Herbert was Rector towards the end of his life, we present a programme of songs to the lute based around settings of some of his poetry, together with songs associated with his extended family based at nearby Wilton House. These have texts by Mary Herbert and her brother Philip Sidney, their close associate John Donne, and Mary's son William Herbert, the Earl of Pembrokeshire. Lute solos from the lute book of George's brother Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury are also included. There will also be readings of George's poetry by Sonia Woolley.

    Musicke in the Ayre was formed by Din Ghani in 2010, and since then have given over 100 concerts of music from the 16th and 17th centuries for voice(s) with lute (or related period instruments) across the UK and abroad. Tthey have developed a reputation over recent years for carefully researched and well crafted programmes designed around highly specific topics, and this one has been a particularly interesting challenge.

    Based in London, Salisbury native Sophia Brumfitt has performed a wide range of repertoire with a number of leading groups, and in 2014 featured in a BBC4 series on renaissance art. Since joining Musicke in the Ayre two years ago, she has given solo recitals with Din in the National Portrait Gallery, the Foundling Museum, St Paul's Covent Garden and elsewhere. Since taking up the lute in 1975, Din Ghani specialized in lute song in the last decade, leading to the formation of Musicke in the Ayre. He also began making his own instruments in 2003, and will use one of these in this concert.

    Although entry to the concert is free, there is a retiring collection, and advance booking will assist the organisers in estimating numbers: please ring 01722 238301 or 07815 107009.

    A broken altar
    John Playford (1623-1686)
    O Lord, whose grace
    Anonymous ()
    Over these brookes from Second booke of songs and ayres
    Robert Jones (c 1577-1617)
    Like as the lute delights
    John Danyel (1564-c1626)
    O let me groan one word
    Henry Lawes (1596-1662)
    Pavane 'The Cradle'
    Anthony Holborne (fl?1584-1602)
    Blest be the God of Love
    John Jenkins (1592-1678)
    The Starre (Bright spark, shot from a brighter place)
    John Jenkins (1592-1678)
    Composer Not Known ()
    Wilt thou forgive that sin
    John Hilton (1599-1657)
    Peace, mutt'ring thoughts
    John Wilson (1595-1674)
    And art thou griev'd
    John Blow (1649-1708)
  • 1 June 2018 - 7:45pm
    Guitars Etcetera with John Williams, Richard Harvey, Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden
    Brian Gulland, Graham Preskett, John Heley, John Williams, Laura Snowden, Oscar Perks, Richard Harvey, Susie Gillis, Tom Ellis
    St Mary's Church Old Amersham HP7 0DB
    United Kingdom

    This is a unique charity event, featuring an imaginative selection of Italian, Spanish and South American music, played by world-class musicians who are giving their time for a very important cause. We welcome the brilliant young guitar duo of Tom Ellis and Laura Snowden, violinist Oscar Perks and cellist John Heley, alongside the wonderful John Williams, Richard Harvey, Graham Preskett, Susie Gillis and Brian Gulland.

    This concert is organised by the Mae Foundation (Music alters everything), which concentrates on taking musical instruments and music teaching to thousands of refugee children from Burma in the jungle refugee camps along the Thai border.

    Since 2010, the charity -- founded and supported by British-based composers and musicians -- has already delivered nearly two thousand instruments and songbooks to children in the Mae La camp. The aim of this concert is to finance a second Mae Foundation songbook, to buy more instruments and to guarantee the rapid expansion of our provision of music teachers for these bright, enthusiastic children.

    Despite the changes now taking place in Burma, the children in these camps -- more than 60,000 of them -- will still be living in temporary, leaf-roofed huts in the jungle for years to come. Support the Mae Foundation and enjoy a superb evening of exciting music, played by an extraordinary line-up of virtuoso musicians.

    Doors open at 7pm. Programme subject to change

    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Concerto for mandolin and strings in C
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Frederic Hand (1947-)
    Café 1930
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Chamber Concerto for lute, 2 violins and continuo in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Pompeya from Suite Buenos Aires, for flute and guitar
    Máximo Diego Pujol (1957-)
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    3 June 2018 - 7:00pm
    Pictures at an Exhibition with London Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda
    Gianandrea Noseda, London Symphony Orchestra, Yefim Bronfman
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    A great many composers are skilled in summoning up pictures in their listeners’ imaginations, but one work in particular surpasses them all. Mussorgsky wrote Pictures at an Exhibition as a memorial to an artist friend, each of the movements evoking a work on display. Ravel's orchestration underlines the mood of each painting, from the woodwind chirpy chicks through to the reverberant brass in the catacombs, the percussive terror of the witch and the blazing brass and pealing carillons of the finale.

    Ravel's set of four Spanish sketches easily brings to mind the hot sunshine of Spain. Although he had not yet visited the country when he wrote them, his mother was Basque and she regaled her son with memories of her homeland while he grew up near the border. Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto is a stunning example of a composer at his most forward-looking, yet beautiful and elegant.

    Rhapsodie espagnole
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 2 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Grampian Concert Orchestra
    Grampian Concert Orchestra, Tim Tricker
    St Andrew's Cathedral Aberdeen AB24 5AX
    United Kingdom

    Please join Grampian Concert Orchestra for an evening of divine music from two of Europe's finest composers, performed within the splendour of the Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Aberdeen.

    We also warmly invite you to meet the orchestra after the concert for a glass of wine or a soft drink.

    Families welcome. Children aged 16 and under in a family are admitted free of charge.

    Convenient parking is available nearby at Frederick Street Municipal Car Park.

    Overture to 'The Creatures of Prometheus'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Variations on a theme by Haydn, 'St Anthony Chorale'
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 8 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    26 May 2018 - 10:45am
    English Music Festival: British music for flute and piano
    Daniel King Smith, Emma Halnan
    Dorchester Abbey Dorchester-on-Thames OX10 7HH
    United Kingdom

    The English Music Festival returns to Dorchester Abbey with the English Symphony Orchestra under conductor John Andrews as they open the 12th Festival programme with premières by English contemporary composers Christopher Wright and Richard Blackford, alongside a rare performance of Delius’s glorious Double Concerto.

    In keeping with Founder-Director Em Marshall-Luck’s ethos of making lost British music available to everyone, the four-day programme includes a number of suitably commemorative programmes to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War, a homage to composer, writer and suffragette Ethel Smyth to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, as well as a combination of audience favourites and resurrections of forgotten masterpieces.

    Opening the festival this year, on the evening of Friday 25th May in Dorchester Abbey, is the English Symphony Orchestra under conductor John Andrews who will perform the world première performance of Christopher Wright’s Symphony. Described as ‘listener-friendly’ by BBC Music, and as having ‘creative surge and invention and exceptional talent’ by The Strad, Wright’s wistful and reflective music is often inspired by the landscapes of his native Suffolk. The orchestra is joined by violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck for the UK première performance of the Violin Concerto by Oxford-based composer, Richard Blackford, written in 2007 at special request of the composer and conducted by him in this performance. Previous visitors to the English Music Festival may recall Blackford’s engaging orchestral appetizer, Spirited. These contemporary works straddle a performance of one of Frederick Delius’s most popular concertos; the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, to be given by violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and cellist Joseph Spooner.

    On Saturday 26th May, the first of the English Music Festival's dedicated Young Artist Recital series welcomes flautist Emma Halnan and pianist Daniel King Smith in sonatas by Malcolm Arnold and York Bowen together with Vaughan Williams’s enchanting Suite de ballet. A song recital for tenor and lute given by John Potter and Jacob Heringman follows, to include songs by Byrd, Dowland and Tallis, Moeran, Butterworth and Warlock.

    Vaughan Williams’s In Windsor Forest forms the central work of the Festival’s choral concert of British favourites, performed by the Godwine Choir and Holst Orchestra under conductor Hilary Davan Wetton. This is followed by a late-evening recital to be given by pianist and radio broadcaster, Paul Guinery, who will present a selection of light-hearted British repertoire including some of Billy Mayerl’s ‘syncopated novelties’ and other similarly entertaining jazz-inflected pieces.

    Richard Deering’s piano recital on Sunday 27th May is a programme of mixed styles with works by Alwyn, Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Bliss and York Bowen.

    Never Such Innocence is a moving and thought-provoking narrative recital of poems, readings and music from the First World War. Actor Christopher Kent and pianist Gamal Khamis juxtapose the words of writers Owen, Thomas and Sassoon with piano music by composers including Elgar, Bridge and Gurney.

    Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas performed by Armonico Consort under conductor Christopher Monks features in Sunday evening’s concert, followed by singer, dancer and instrumentalist John Kirkpatrick who performs traditional English folk songs

    On Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May, the English Music Festival presents a homage to composer, writer and suffragette Ethel Smyth, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918; the decisive step in the political emancipation of women in the UK. In Grasp the Nettle, contralto Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus perform music centred around the exploits and passions of the composer interwoven with her songs, the story of her greatest opera, The Wreckers and her battle for an equal voice.

    The Bridge Quartet and pianist Michael Dussek are joined by celebrated baritone, Roderick Williams, in a commemoration of the First World War to include Ivor Gurney’s song-cycle and chamber works by Elgar and Howells.

    Camerata Wales under the veteran conductor, Owain Arwel Hughes, sign off with a programme of characteristic English music for strings by Dyson, Howells, Finzi, Delius, Warlock, Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, and the conductor’s own Fantasia – to be performed by some of the leading Welsh orchestral instrumentalists.

    A number of informative talks complete this year’s programme. A convenient mini-bus transfer is available to/from Didcot Parkway train station and between Festival venues (subject to timetable). Accommodation and refreshments are available from a number of characteristic eateries in the village.

    For an event that receives no major long-term corporate funding, the Festival continues to thrive due to the feverish commitment of the Founder-Director, Em Marshall-Luck, and her dedicated team of volunteers. Achievements of the English Music Festival extend far beyond the main Festival, and these include European and regional concerts and live performances on the BBC, which have featured world-class artists. Both the dedicated CD label of over 30 recordings, EM Records, and the publishing arm of books and scores focus entirely on British repertoire; often premières of long lost works. In addition, a dedicated British Composer’s scheme circulates information from Societies, Trusts and organisations with allied interests through a full-colour magazine called Spirited, containing lively editorial on all things ‘English music’.

    The English Music Festival Friends’ Scheme offers the chance to support the important work of the Festival. Julian Lloyd Webber, Chairman of the Friends’ Scheme and English Music Festival Vice-President added; 'The English Music Festival is a national treasure and I will be doing all I can to help further its incredible and invaluable work, of which the Friends are a vital part.'

    EM Records catalogue, the record label of the English Music Festival, includes many première recordings

    Find details of all English Music Festival concerts on Concert-Diary.

    Suite de Ballet
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Summer Music
    Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
    Sonata for flute and piano
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Three pieces for flute and piano
    Ernest Tomlinson (1924-)
    Sonata for flute and piano
    Edwin York Bowen (1884-1961)
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