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Format: 2017-09-26
Format: 2017-09-26
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    29 September 2017 - 1:00pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Enchanted
    Annette Walther, Claude Frochaux, Dirk Mommertz, Gareth Lubbe, Natacha Kudritskaya, Nathan Braude, Priya Mitchell
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    A lunchtime recital of music for strings and piano by Britten, Vasks, and Elgar

    Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of John Dowland, for viola and piano
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Quintet for piano and strings in A minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Plainscapes, for piano trio
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
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    29 September 2017 - 5:00pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Apparitions
    Claude Frochaux, Hugo Ticciati, Lydia Kavina, Nathan Braude, Priya Mitchell, Thomas Fetherstonhaugh
    Merton College Chapel Oxford OX1 4JD
    United Kingdom

    Works for organ, theremin, and strings, by Bach, Vasks, and Messiaen, as well as a new work by renowned thereminist Lydia Kavina, performed in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford

    Contrapunctus XII from The Art of Fugue
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Te Deum
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    Fata morgana
    Lydia Kavina (1967-)
    Apparition de l'église éternelle
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
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    29 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Fatal Illusion
    Annette Walther, Brian O'Kane, Gareth Lubbe, Hugo Ticciati, Polina Leschenko, Priya Mitchell
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Works by Brahms and Vasks feature alongside Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet

    Scherzo from 'FAE Sonata', arranged for string quintet
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    String Quartet No 4
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    29 September 2017 - 11:00pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Night Prayers
    Abel Selaocoe, Dirk Mommertz, Hugo Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Priya Mitchell, Reto Bieri
    The University Church of St Mary the Virgin Oxford OX1 4BJ
    United Kingdom
    Night Prayers
    Giya Kancheli (1935-)
    Gramata cellam (Das Buch) for solo cello
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    Tabula rasa, for 2 violins, prepared piano and chamber orchestra
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
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    30 September 2017 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Hidden Message
    Brian O'Kane, Hugo Ticciati, Nathan Braude, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Priya Mitchell, Reto Bieri
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom
    Epifana, for string orchestra
    Peteris Vasks (1946-)
    Quartet No 2, for violin, viola and 2 cellos in A minor
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
    Quintet for clarinet and strings in B minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    1 October 2017 - 5:00pm
    Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2017 | Across the Universe
    Hugo Ticciati, Matthew Barley, Natacha Kudritskaya, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Priya Mitchell, Sukwinder Singh
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The 2017 Oxford Chamber Music Festival comes to a close with an eclectic programme spanning Bach to the Beatles.

    Song of separation and waiting
    Sultan Khan (1940-2011)
    Within you, without you
    George Harrison (1943-2001)
    Lamentatio for solo cello
    Giovanni Sollima ()
    Spiegel im Spiegel
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Across the universe
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Raag Bhairavi
    Composer Not Known ()
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    6 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    Corinthian Chamber Orchestra - opening concert of 2017/2018 season
    Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Michael Seal, Zoë Beyers
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Join Corinthian Chamber Orchestra for the their first concert of the 2017-2018 season in an all-English 20th century programme.

    Prelude and Fugue for Strings
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Symphony No 5 in D
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    2 October 2017 - 1:00pm
    A Centenary Tribute to Dr Francis Jackson
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Marking the centenary of Dr Francis Jackson, Gordon Stewart’s programme includes music by Jackson’s mentor, Edward Bairstow, two pieces written to celebrate his 90th birthday and three pieces by the man himself. The concert ends with Norman Cocker’s Tuba Tune, which was played by Dr Jackson on a best-selling record from York Minster.

    Fanfare for Francis
    Noel Rawsthorne (1929-)
    Toccata, chorale and fugue
    Francis Jackson (1917-)
    Evening Song
    Sir Edward C Bairstow (1874-1946)
    Chorale Prelude 'Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    The sweet rivelet, from Hovingham Sketches
    Francis Jackson (1917-)
    Passacaglia
    Andrew Carter (1939-)
    Legend
    Francis Jackson (1917-)
    Tuba Tune
    Norman Cocker (1880-1953)
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    5 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    A dramatic staging of Verdi's Requiem | Merry Opera Company
    Alex Haigh, April Fredrick, Ashley Mercer, Brian Smith Walters, Emma Stannard, Eve Daniell, John Ramster, Kathryn Hannah, Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz, Mark Austin, Matthew Quirk, Michael Bradley, Philip Wilcox, Richard Leach, Sarah Denbee, The Merry Opera Company
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Verdi composed his Latin Requiem Mass as a gripping drama that has enthralled audiences ever since its premiere in 1874. This staged version by the Merry Opera Company brings the audience deep into the music: twelve powerful classical voices whispering prayers for salvation and triumphantly praising God.

    This performance will be repeated on Thursday 19th October.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    28 September 2017 - 7:45pm
    World premiere of The Life To Come - an opera by Louis Mander and Stephen Fry
    Jonathan Butcher, Orchestra of Surrey Opera, Surrey Opera, The Surrey Opera Chorus
    Harlequin Theatre Redhill RH1 1NN
    United Kingdom

    Surrey Opera are proud to present the world premiere of a new opera in two acts based on the EM Forster story ‘The life to come', with music by talented young composer Louis Mander and libretto by renowned actor, presenter and writer Stephen Fry. The opera is the powerful and tragic story of the love between Edwardian Christian Missionary Paul Pinmay and the African Tribal chief he came to convert, Vithobai. It explores the forbidden relationship between the two men and the repercussions it has on them, their lives and their families and communities. It addresses spiritual and religious conflicts in the tension between prejudices and freedom.

    When Louis Mander and Stephen Fry set about creating this opera, Louis found himself “fired up with passionate musical ideas; arching melodies, rich harmonies and orchestral colours which arose from the highly exotic and erotic subject matter of EM Forster's immaculately beautiful short story The life to come”. Stephen describes it as “one of EM Forster’s most beguiling and brilliant short stories.... It speaks of colonialism, sexuality, love and religion in unique ways".

    Surrey Opera is proud to present this world premiere, with professional principals, chorus and orchestra, directed and conducted by Jonathan Butcher.

    The Life to Come
    Louis Mander (1984-)
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