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Format: 2018-07-18
Format: 2018-07-18
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    28 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Hambleden Concerts 2018 | Blaze Ensemble with Edward Leaker (saxophone)
    Blaze Ensemble, Edward Leaker
    The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin Hambleden RG9 6RX
    United Kingdom

    Edward Leaker (saxophone) and Blaze (string quartet)

    Blaze is an exciting and innovative new ensemble fusing classical and popular idioms using the beautiful sound of the soprano saxophone with string quartet. The sound is quite stunning and appeals to classical enthusiasts and newer audiences alike. Edward Leaker is Head of Woodwind and Jazz at Wells Cathedral School and members of the group are all full time professional musicians.

    Programme to include anything from Bach, Beatles, Bechet, Mozart, Coldplay, Weill and more

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    21 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ryedale Festival in Scarborough: The Orchestra of Opera North and Kathryn Rudge
    Kathryn Rudge, Orchestra of Opera North, Renato Balsadonna
    The Spa Grand Hall Scarborough YO11 2HD
    United Kingdom

    Hammer blows of fate open Beethoven’s most famous symphony and mark the beginning of an epic journey from turbulence to resounding optimism. Eighty years later, Brahms was still wrestling with Beethoven’s legacy when he produced some of the deepest and most profound music of the century in the emotional catharsis of his final symphony. These two great and much-loved works are separated by an English masterpiece: Kathryn Rudge, an Opera North favourite and one of the fastest-rising young British singers, performs Elgar’s famous Sea Pictures in an elegant venue with stunning views across Scarborough’s South Bay.

    Pre-concert and interval bar.

    Concert transport available to Scarborough from Helmsley via Pickering. Please register your interest with Box Office.

    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sea Pictures
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    25 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Masayuki Tayama (piano) - Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Gershwin
    Masayuki Tayama
    St Mary Magdalene Parish Church London NW1 3PH
    United Kingdom

    An exciting programme of Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Gershwin by award-winning pianist Masayuki Tayama.

    Masayuki Tayama, one of today’s most accomplished pianists, is much in demand across Europe and Japan. He first came to prominence when he won First Prize in the Takahiro Sonoda International Piano Competition in Japan, followed by numerous top prizes in Europe, including the Birmingham International Piano Competition. Tayama studied at the Toho University of Music in Japan, and subsequently in London on a Fellowship from the Japanese Government, where he was awarded the Performer’s Diploma with Honour from both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    His London debut took place in 2002 at the Southbank Centre and since then, he has been performing regularly at highly prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. His recent performances with orchestra, notably at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Fairfield Halls and the Last Night of the St Jude’s Proms, include all the Piano Concertos by Brahms and Rachmaninov, collaborating with conductors including Stephen Bell, Adrian Brown, Darrell Davison, John Gibbons, Levon Parikian, Brien Stait and Vladimir Válek.

    He has earned an enviable reputation as a Rachmaninov specialist, and is currently in the midst of a project to record Rachmaninov’s complete works for solo piano. His first recording of the two Sonatas won the accolade ‘Best Recording of the Month’ in Stereo magazine, and his second CD of the complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Morceaux de Fantaisie followed to critical acclaim. The third disc of the two sets of Variations has been chosen as a ‘Tokusen-ban’ (Specially Selected and Recommended) in the January 2016 issue of Record Geijutsu, Japan’s most authoritative classical music and review magazine.

    Tayama is much sought after as a teacher and adjudicator. From 2010 to 2017, he taught First Study pianists at Chetham’s School of Music, Britain’s largest specialist music school, and gave solo recitals and Master Classes at the Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists. Earlier this year, he was appointed a Principal Tutor of The Piano Teachers' Course UK, the country's leading professional development course for piano pedagogy. He is also a Professor at the Elmitt Piano Academy where he gives regular Master Classes and Lecture-Recitals, and is also a registered adjudicator with the European Piano Teachers Association.

    12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je maman' for piano
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Suite, from Partita for solo violin in E, transcribed for piano
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Scherzo from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Liebesleid
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Liebesfreud
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Flight of the Bumblebee
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    20 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Marvellous Party - a celebration of the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward
    Harry the Piano, Simon Bates Big Band, Stefan Bednarczyk
    West Green House Hartley Wintney RG27 8JB
    United Kingdom

    A celebration of the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward, featuring the Simon Bates Big Band and a host of superb performers. Created specially for the West Green House Opera Season, staged in a beautiful covered theatre set in West Green House Gardens. Picnics encouraged in the long dining interval, Lakefield Bar open for cocktails from 5pm, gardens illuminated after dark. Special concert supper available for £35, served in the Lakefield Pavilion.

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    26 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Madama Butterfly | West Green House Opera
    Catherine Backhouse, Jonathan Lyness, Katie Bird, Richard Studer, Robert Davies, Robyn Lyn Evans, Sophie Goldrick, The Orchestra of West Green House Opera, West Green House Opera
    West Green House Hartley Wintney RG27 8JB
    United Kingdom

    A classic new production of Puccini's cherished opera, perfect for the Theatre in the Meadow at West Green House. Directed and designed by Richard Studer, conducted by Jonathan Lyness, both Artistic Directors of Mid Wales Opera, this production includes a cast of outstanding singers and an ensemble of emerging artists bringing life and depth to this timeless story. Two performances only on July 26th and July 28th, both including a long dining interval where picnics are encouraged and fine dining is available. West Green House Gardens open at 5pm and after the performance, the gardens are beautifully illuminated.

    Madama Butterfly
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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    25 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Ba-ta-clan | West Green House Opera
    Andrew Henley, Ensemble Passio, James Sherlock, Jan Capinski, West Green House Opera
    West Green House Hartley Wintney RG27 8JB
    United Kingdom

    A rarely performed one act delight lasting just one hour with no interval, Offenbach's first commercial success is presented in a witty new English version by director Morag Joss. Ba-ta-clan was originally written as an ascerbic commentary on the French fashion of chinoiserie and the snobbery that surrounded the desire to be au fait with the latest trends. Transpose this sentiment to twenty-first century Britain and the snobbery that can (occasionally!) surround the performance of grand opera - the result is a clever, brilliantly observed production, fizzing with wonderful melodies and a libretto that is laugh-out-loud funny. Performed by just four singers and a brilliant small orchestra, this is a must see for opera lovers and if you've never been to opera before, discover what all the fuss is about! Just two performances July 25th at 7pm and July 28th at 1.30pm. Picnics welcomed in West Green House Gardens after both performances.

    Ba-ta-clan
    Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
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    22 July 2018 - 6:30pm
    Bach cantatas and more | Linden Baroque Orchestra
    Ashley Solomon, Harriet Kirk, Jon Stainsby, Linden Baroque Orchestra, Paul Bentley, Rosemary Galton
    St Stephen's Hampstead, London NW3 2PP
    United Kingdom

    As befits a concert directed by the wonderful flautist Ashley Solomon (of Florilegium) the flute features prominently in all the works (other than the solo violin Fantaise of course!) Ashley Solomon himslelf plays a solo Fantaise by Telemann and the flute duets with the soprano in that sublime aria in Bach's Cantata 151, 'Susser trost, mein Jesu kommt'. We also hear plenty from the other winds, the oboes and d'amores and bassoons in Bach's Canata 123 and in orchestral suites by Telemann and Johann Bernhard Bach. JB was a cousin of the great JS and wrote some very fine music, though most of it has been lost. It can be grand and confident, jolly and sprightly and also very charming and affecting. The Telemann suite is for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, bassoon and strings and is typiclally characterful and quirky with one movement 'Les Cyclops' and another 'Galimatias' (translated 'jumbled or unintelligble words').

    Cantata No 123, 'Liebster Immanuel, Herzogder Frommen'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata, 'Susser Trost, mein Jesus kommt'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Ouverture Suite in E
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Fantasie No 4 for solo violin
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Fantasia No 2 for solo flute
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Ouverture from Suite No 4 in D
    Johann Bernhard Bach (1667-1749)
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    21 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Organ recital given by Jeremiah Stephenson
    Jeremiah Stephenson
    St Mary's Church, Merton London SW19 3HJ
    United Kingdom

    A varied organ recital celebrating both the organist's versatility and the 2015 new Mander pipe organ at St Mary's Church.

    Refreshments in garden - weather permitting.

    Praeludium, Fuge and Ciacona in C major, for organ
    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
    Variations on Psalm 24
    Anthoni van Noordt (1620-1675)
    Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Præludium in G minor
    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
    Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Ehr
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chorale prelude on 'Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Organ No 3 in A
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Prelude, fugue and variation
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    Tanz-Toccata
    Anton Heiller (1923-1979)
    Hommage à Dietrich Buxtehude
    Petr Eben (1929-2007)
  • 21 July 2018 - 6:00pm
    Ludmila Pavlová (violin) and Alissa Firsova (piano)
    Alissa Firsova, Ludmila Pavlová
    Jičín Castle Jicín 50601
    United Kingdom

    Czech violinist, Ludmila Pavlová and British-Russian pianist/composer, Alissa Firsova teamed up in Dartington Festival while playing to Poulenc expert, Pascal Rogé in 2017. They will be perfoming the Poulenc Sonata for the first time in what marks their first official concert together in this gorgeous old castle, just about an hour away from Prague. Alissa will also be performing a couple of solos, including her own transcription of Mahler's Adagietto and also on the programme is the epic Brahms 3rd sonata for violin and piano.

    This concert is part of Ludmila's own festival - Podkrkonošské hudební léto. Come and join them and explore this wonderful old town!

    Chaconne, from Partita No 2 for solo violin
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for violin and piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Ballade No 4 in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 3 in D minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Adagietto from Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 19 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    La belle Hélène by Offenbach
    Jim Petts, Opera at Bearwood, Orchestra of Opera at Bearwood, Serena Kay
    Reddam House Theatre (formerly Bearwood College) Wokingham RG41 5BG
    United Kingdom

    Like Orpheus in the Underworld, this rarely performed operetta is an irreverent and hilarious take on Greek mythology and the scurrilous going-on that led to the Trojan war. It's the story of Paris and Helen and her abduction by him disguised as a shepherd. A feast of melody with a zany plot it caused a minor scandal in Paris in the 1860s with its suggestive innuendo and lyrics.

    It's an ideal show for a warm summer's evening providing fun and laughter and no dead bodies for a change as with more serious operas!

    Picnic in the grounds Glynebourne style before the performance

    La belle Hélène
    Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
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