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Format: 2019-04-20
Format: 2019-04-20
  • 28 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chopin Series: Marie-Noelle Kendall (piano)
    Marie-Noelle Kendall
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Marie-Noelle Kendall began her studies in London with Marilyn Meyer Holzer, Albert Ferber and Joyce Rathbone. After leaving Cambridge University she studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest with Ferenc Rados and Gyorgy Kurtag and has since established her career both at home and internationally. Since being a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, she has played at the major London venues including the Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, St John's, Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall. She has given concerts in the UK with the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Birmingham Ensemble, Cardiff Philharmonic and with several ABC orchestras in Australia. Marie-Noelle has recorded recitals for Classis FM and the BBC, both for radio and television. She has also recorded a concerto for BBC2's 'Contemporary Mozart' series which has since been broadcast in the US, Canada and Australia. She has also recorded a chamber music programme for Colombian television.

    24 Preludes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 28 April 2019 - 5:30pm
    Music without boundaries - Junior Prime Brass
    Christopher Lawrence, Junior Prime Brass
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Junior Prime Brass began in 2010 as a quintet for the children and pupils of Prime Brass, and in 2011 developed into the standard brass dectet you hear today. The players, who are aged 13 to 18, attend various schools in Cambridgeshire and further afield in East Anglia. Junior Prime Brass gives regular performances in Cambridge in venues such as King's College Chapel and the West Road Concert Hall, and has appeared in the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham and at the Primary Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. In November 2016, Junior Prime Brass returned to the RAH to perform in the Music for Youth Proms JPB is coached and conducted by Christopher Lawrence, who played tuba in Prime Brass from 1997 to 2011.

    Trumpet Tune and Air
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
    Harry James (1916-1983)
    Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)
    Seventy-Six Trombones from The Music Man
    Meredith Willson (1902-1984)
    It came upon a midnight clear
    Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900)
    Wade in the Water
    Traditional American ()
    Vittorio Monti (1868-1922)
    A Londoner in New York
    Jim Parker (1934-)
  • 23 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sydney Youth Orchestra and Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra
    Geoffrey Paterson, John Traill, Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Our own fabulous Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra are joined by the wonderful Sydney Youth Orchestra on the last concert of their UK tour. Hear some of the best young musicians from the UK and Australia play a stunning programme of rich orchestral music in the historic surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra will perform the first half of the concert and, after the interval, Sydney Youth Orchestra will play the Rachmaninov.

    Overture from Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
    Irish Tune from County Derry
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Cockaigne, 'In London Town'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 2 in E minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 28 April 2019 - 4:30pm
    Tomasz Lis (piano)
    Tomasz Lis
    Westminster Cathedral Hall London SW1P 1QW
    United Kingdom

    Tomasz Lis is an exceptional pianist and chamber musician. He has played concerts in Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, St. John's Smith Square, LSO St. Luke's, The Warehouse and the Chopin Society in London. His recitals at Cheltenham Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chelsea Schubert Festival and London Festival of American Music were tremendously successful. Tomasz Lis studied with Krystyna Filipowska in Poznan and then at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Roscoe as well as with Ronan O'Hora and Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received his Master of Arts degree.

    He polished and perfected his skills with renowned musicians, such as: Martin Katz, Malcolm Martineau, Rudolf Jansen, Stephen Hough, as well as Alexiey Lubimova in Sion and Salzburg and Robert Levin in Leipzig.

    In Poland, he played with the Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal and the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Grzegorz Nowak.

    After the concert we offer a traditional English tea of freshly-made sandwiches and homemade cakes, served with your choice of tea, coffee, juice or wine. This costs £7, or just £5 for students. Buy tea tickets on the door. We can cater for up to 70.

    Please note: doors open at 3.45 (15:45). The recital starts at 4.30 (16:30)

    Rondo in A minor (arr Swayne)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Partita No 4 in D major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, from '6 Schübler Chorales'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chorale Prelude ‘Nun freut euch, lieben Christen’
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    3 Mazurkas
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    3 Waltzes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 7 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise No 7 in A flat, 'Polonaise-fantaisie'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 8 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 28 April 2019 - 3:00pm
    One Giant Leap | Hertfordshire Chorus
    David Temple, Hertfordshire Chorus, London Orchestra da Camera, Pupils from Coldfall School, Pupils from Eagle House School
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A concert of lunar-themed works, featuring the world premiere of British composer James McCarthy’s One Giant Leap. Commissioned by the Chorus to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, McCarthy’s work for large chorus, children’s choir and symphony orchestra conveys the spirit of adventure, the sense of risk and the danger of the Apollo mission.

    Conceived as a love story between the Moon and the Earth, the text includes quotes from poet Sara Teasdale, President John F Kennedy ('We choose to go to the Moon') and Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong. We get a sense of danger in the Moon's closeness in a line from Shakespeare's Othello: 'She comes more nearer earth than she was wont. And makes men mad.'

    In the first half of the concert, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music begins with the words ‘How sweet the moonlight’, his Toward the unknown region is about travelling to the unknown, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings was played at President Kennedy’s funeral – six years before his moon landing vision was fulfilled in 1969.

    One Giant Leap
    James McCarthy (1979-)
    Toward the unknown region
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Serenade to Music
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Adagio for Strings
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
  • 23 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music for Freedom | Le Petit Chœur Paris Sciences et Lettres
    Johan Farjot, Le Petit Chœur Paris Sciences et Lettres, Raphaël Imbert
    Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel Hampstead NW3 1NG
    United Kingdom

    Starfish are delighted to announce this year’s concert 'Music for Freedom'; featuring stunning vocals from the Petit Choeur Paris Sciences et Lettres. Please join us for a rousing evening as we journey through the years and across continents enjoying renditions of songs spanning genres from jazz, to gospel, classical and hymns. The performance will include 'We shall overcome' and 'Amazing Grace', via Bach, and finish with the South African National Anthem.

    All funds raised from the evening will go towards Starfish projects providing life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV and Aids in South Africa.

    We shall overcome
    Traditional ()
    Give me that old time religion from Over Jordan - 9 Spirituals for Choirs
    Alan Simmons ()
    Standing in the need of prayer
    Alexander L'Estrange ()
    Down by the Riverside
    Traditional ()
    Do, Lord
    Traditional Spiritual ()
    Amazing Grace
    Traditional ()
    Jésus que ma joie demeure (Jesu joy of man's desiring)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Nkosi Sikeleli
    Traditional African ()
    I'm new born again
    Traditional Spiritual ()
    What a wonderful world
    Ralph Woodward (1971-)
    Man came to Jesus
    Traditional ()
  • 27 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, Kristine Balanas, Mark Austin
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra's next concert features outstanding soloist: Kristine Balanas in Berg's wonderful Violin Concerto. Bach's dramatic Toccata and Fugue in D minor was brilliantly orchestrated by Stokowski: and we are to perform this magnificent piece. The programme concludes with Beethoven's 8th Symphony: a work of which the composer was particularly (and rightly) proud! Join us for an evening of drama, emotion and fabulous music-making...

    Concerto for violin and orchestra, 'To the memory of an angel'
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Symphony No 8 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 26 April 2019 - 7:00pm
    The Open University Orchestra - 50th anniversary concert
    Brian Crutchley, Cameron Sinclair, Catherine Rose, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Joe Bate, Katharine Reedy, Martin Gill, The Open University Orchestra, Toril Azzalini-Machecler
    The Venue Milton Keynes MK7 7WH
    United Kingdom

    A concert to celebrate The Open University’s 50th anniversary. The OU Orchestra will be joined by the internationally famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie in a rarely heard percussion concerto by Jennifer Higdon. This work features more percussion than you will probably have seen on one stage at one time, played by Evelyn Glennie, three soloistic percussionists and timpanist alongside a full symphony orchestra. It is a piece of music theatre which demonstrates the emotional range of the percussion instruments in contrasting exciting, contemplative, lyrical , and exhilarating sections.

    The second half of the concert will feature two works that showcase the instruments of this large orchestra - the popular Arnold English Dances Set 2 and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

    Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
    Jennifer Higdon (1962-)
    English Dances (set 2)
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 20 April 2019 - 3:00pm
    Nevada Union High School Choir - free Easter Saturday concert
    Holy Trinity Richmond Richmond TW9 1UP
    United Kingdom

    Nevada Union High School Choir from Grass Valley, California, will perform in London on Easter Saturday as part of their concert tour of the UK. Their 10 day concert tour includes performances in Cambridge, Chesterfield and Boston. We’ve teamed up with the the Riverbank Trust, a Christian Charity which seeks to love, support and befriend vulnerable single Mums and their families in the London Borough of Richmond. There will be a retiring collection in aid of this wonderful charity so please come and join us on Easter Saurday for a lovely afternoon of music.

    The Nevada Union High School Choir is dedicated to giving every student the opportunity to learn and perform the finest of choral music and providing a place for dedicated students of the art form to excel. An alumnus of Nevada Union High School, Choral Director Rodney Baggett is in his 19th year at the school and continues the strong musical heritage for which Nevada Union has been known throughout California. Mr Baggett believes a foundation of classical music trains students in musical excellence in all genres.

  • 24 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    A Celebration of British Folk Songs with Trinity Boys Choir
    David Swinson, Trinity Boys Choir
    Lichfield Cathedral Lichfield WS13 7LD
    United Kingdom

    Trinity Boys Choir is one of the busiest and most successful boys’ choirs in the world. The choir is especially well known for its role in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, having appeared in over 150 professional performances of the opera, and is regularly invited to perform at the BBC Proms. The boys can also be heard on the soundtracks of numerous films, including Disney’s Maleficent, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 and Mockingjay 2, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and in Fantastic Beasts 1 and 2.

    Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear them perform in concert at Lichfield Cathedral. The choir will be performing a selection of beautiful British folk songs, including arrangements by Benjamin Britten.

    The Salley Gardens from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Four British Folksongs
    Peter White (1956-)
    On a summer’s morn from Four British Folksongs
    Grayston Ives (1948-)
    Six English Folksongs
    David de Warrenne ()
    Lavender's blue
    Traditional English ()
    The Skye Boat Song
    Traditional Scottish ()
    Oliver Cromwell
    David de Warrenne ()
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