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Format: 2018-04-24
Format: 2018-04-24
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    4 May 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Salomé String Quartet
    Haim Choi, Kasia Ziminska, Phoebe Goddard, Salomé Quartet, Shizuku Tatsuno
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    The Salomé Quartet is a multinational ensemble formed in 2016 by four prize-winning students of the Royal College of Music in London: Haim Choi (South Korea), Phoebe Goddard (UK), Kasia Ziminska (Poland) and Shizuku Tatsuno (Japan). The musicians have performed worldwide in venues including Muzikverein (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Unesco Hall (Paris), Lutoslawski Concert Studio (Warsaw) as well as all major concert halls in London, such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. The quartet have won the Royal College of Music String Quartet Competition, The Helen Just & Susan Cornell Prize and The Sacconi Quartet Prize, and are the quartet in residence at the Oundle School.

    The group is working under the tutelage of Mark Messenger, with the generous support of Stanbridge Drake Brockman Award, Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and Orpheus Award.

    String Quartet No 21 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Quartet No 12 in F major, 'American'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 27 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach: The Art of Fugue | London Octave
    Clare Hoffman, Dietrich Bethge, London Octave, Sara Pacey, William Bennett
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Bach's rarely performed masterpiece The Art of Fugue touches both heart and mind.

    Bach did not specify on which instruments it should be played and it has in fact been played by innumerable different combinations of instruments. This performance includes a flute part, played by the renowned English flautist William Bennett.

    William Bennett (flute) is one of the foremost musical artists performing today. He has been principal flute in the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. Among his numerous solo recordings, are CDs with Yehudi Menuhin, and I Musici. In addition to recording the standard repertoire not only has he made pioneering recordings of many neglected 19th century works but has also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Wynton Marsalis.

    “That Prince among flautists” Daily Mail

    London Octave was founded in 1998 by cellist Dietrich Bethge and performs music mainly from the classical and baroque era. The number of players varies according to repertoire, which often includes music for chamber orchestra by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, etc. The aim is to perform music which benefits from being played by a small and intimate group of friends who perform not only for the audience’s but also for their own enjoyment. They perform regularly at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Engagements for the ensemble have included concerts in Istanbul and various CD recordings including a CD of The Art of Fugue. The players in tonight’s concert originally met while working in the English Chamber Orchestra.

    “Quite excellent... outstandingly musical and lively” Manchester Evening News

    “Superb delivery of Bach and Handel” The Independent

    The Art of Fugue
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    A wedding in Florence (1539) | Newbury Chamber Choir
    Don Crerar, Edward Lambert, Freya Jacklin, Guy Withers, Newbury Chamber Choir, Newbury Chamber Choir Players, Ossian Huskinson, Samuel Pantcheff, Susanna MacRae
    Church of St John the Evangelist Newbury RG14 7PY
    United Kingdom

    A rare opportunity to hear the complete music written for the marriage of Cosimo de' Medici and Eleonora di Toledo in Florence during a golden age of Renaissance art and music. The sumptuous wedding festivities were presided over by a theatrical Master of Ceremonies and the account of them by an eccentric poet is a feast in itself, while the music, newly arranged for voices and instruments, is as varied as it is beautiful.

    A wedding in Florence (1539)
    Edward Lambert (1951-)
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    27 April 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Clarendon Brass Ensemble (brass septet)
    Clarendon Brass Ensemble
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by Guildhall School of Music and Drama

    Suite for brass septet
    Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013)
    7 Preludes for piano
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Excerpts from Rinaldo
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Vocalise from 14 Songs
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Excerpts from 10 little piano pieces
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    3 May 2018 - 7:00pm
    A Choral Explosion | Coventry Cathedral Chorus
    Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Paul Leddington Wright, Sons of Jubal, Truett-McConnell University Chorale
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    An exciting programme of sacred and secular choral pops!

    The truly magnificent male chorus, Sons of Jubal, consists of music directors and professional singers from the state of Georgia. They will be performing alongside the Cathedral’s very own ‘Chorus’, and the Truett-McConnell University Chorale.

    The Sons of Jubal are visiting the UK with 145 singers and instrumentalists. The chorus frequently performs state and nationwide in the USA and has recorded multiple CDs and DVDs. This concert, will precede an appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall the following Sunday.

    Apart from the wonderful singing, their mission is that their music shall inspire and entertain whilst supporting the work of local charities wherever they are.

    This exciting event is being held to support the local charity: NSPCC (Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board)

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    3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Muscular to mystical: sacred music of Elgar, Parry, Holst and Vaughan Williams
    Gregory Drott, Holst Singers, Sally Pryce, Stephen Layton
    St Peter's Church, Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL
    United Kingdom

    Written between 1887 and 1942 the works in this programme cover an enormous range of expression, both musical and religious. At one end of the spectrum is the muscular certainty of Victorian belief, conjured by Elgar's anthems, while at the other end is the intense introspection of Holst's Evening Watch. We hope you'll enjoy the 'old favourites' and also come away from the evening having made some fresh discoveries.

    Give unto the Lord
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Choral Hymns from 'Rig Veda'
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    The Evening Watch
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Great is the Lord
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Sonata for Organ No 1 in G
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Nunc dimittis
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Valiant-for-truth
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest Pair of Sirens'
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
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    28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Wessex Concert Orchestra play Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms
    Max Li, Nicola Ashton, Tim Harrison, Wessex Concert Orchestra
    Malmesbury Abbey Malmesbury SN16 0AA
    United Kingdom

    Wessex Concert Orchestra perform in the glorious setting of Malmesbury Abbey

    Overture from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    30 April 2018 - 7:00pm
    Wind in West London: Music and Mindfulness
    City of London Sinfonia
    West London Synagogue London W1H 5AU
    United Kingdom

    City of London Sinfonia presents Wind in West London, the final instalment of its CLS Minis series: a spring series of miniature lunchtime and evening concerts, curated and performed by City of London Sinfonia musicians.

    CLS Minis showcases our outstanding professional musicians in chamber music composed for strings, brass and wind instruments. Each concert allows you to experience live music closer than you can in a traditional classical concert, and our musicians bring their own insights and introductions.

    The Orchestra’s two performances at West London Synagogue feature members of our wind section in chamber music written especially for strings, including Suite Persane by André Caplet, Bird of Paradise by Moondog and Gounod’s Petite Symphonie, written for a wind nonet. Our wind programme has been curated by Principal Flute Karen Jones and Principal Horn Stephen Stirling.

    Mindfulness plays an integral role in our evening concert: City of London Sinfonia violinist Ann Morfee leads a mindful meditation as part of the performance, using mindfulness techniques for the body and mind to help relieve stress and enhance the audience’s experience of the music. This one-hour concert is ideal for people who need to relax after a long, hard day at work and for people who want to experience something different.

    Persian Suite
    André Caplet (1878-1925)
    Bird of Paradise
    Louis Hardin (Moondog) (1916-1999)
    7 Dances from Les malheurs de Sophie
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Petite symphonie
    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
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    26 April 2018 - 10:30am
    The Incorporated Society of Musicians - in conversation with Sir James Macmillan
    Sir James MacMillan
    LSO St Luke's London EC1V 9NG
    United Kingdom

    Thursday 26 April is Incorporated Society of Musicians members’ day 2018 and we’re opening up some of the day’s special events to the public.

    Join the audience for an intimate in-conversation session with ground-breaking Scottish composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan and presenter Katy Hamilton. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the life and work of one of the leading lights in contemporary composition.

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    30 April 2018 - 1:30pm
    Wind in West London: Relaxed lunchtime performance
    City of London Sinfonia
    West London Synagogue London W1H 5AU
    United Kingdom

    City of London Sinfonia presents Wind in West London, the final instalment of its CLS Minis series: a spring series of miniature lunchtime and evening concerts, curated and performed by City of London Sinfonia musicians.

    CLS Minis showcases our outstanding professional musicians in chamber music composed for strings, brass and wind instruments. Each concert allows you to experience live music closer than you can in a traditional classical concert, and our musicians bring their own insights and introductions.

    The Orchestra’s two performances at West London Synagogue feature members of our wind section in chamber music written especially for strings, including Suite Persane by André Caplet, Bird of Paradise by Moondog and Gounod’s Petite Symphonie, written for a wind nonet. Our wind programme has been curated by Principal Flute Karen Jones and Principal Horn Stephen Stirling.

    Our lunchtime concert is a relaxed performance, open to everyone and creating a comfortable environment for people living with dementia and families or carers. This 45-minute performance is perfect for people who benefit from being able to move around, and who may need to take a few minutes’ break in a dedicated quiet space.

    Persian Suite
    André Caplet (1878-1925)
    Bird of Paradise
    Louis Hardin (Moondog) (1916-1999)
    7 Dances from Les Malheurs de Sophie
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Petite symphonie
    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
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