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Format: 2018-12-10
Format: 2018-12-10
  • 12 December 2018 - 1:10pm
    Elisabeth Turmo (violin) and Elena Toponogova (piano) play Medtner and Pärt
    Elena Toponogova, Elisabeth Turmo
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Elisabeth Turmo and Elena Toponogova are both passionate musicians with an interest in a wide variety of musical styles. Their current focus is on rarely performed music by Russian and Norwegian composers.

    The Lucent duo was founded in 2016 at the Royal College of Music, London, where Elisabeth Turmo, violin, and Elena Toponogova, piano have studied with Norma Fisher, Detlef Hahn and John Blakely. They won second prize in the Grand Virtuoso International Competition in 2017 and as a result, performed in Wiener Saal in Salzburg.

    The Duo has already appeared in many venues across London including St Martins in the fields, Shoerditch Treehouse, Charlton House, V&A Museum, Amaryllis Fleming Hall, Regent Hall as well as performing at Palazzo Giuliari, Italy.

    Elena and Elisabeth have performed at Medtner International festival, London, and went on tour in Norway in 2017 where they were invited to perform at the Timani music festival, Oslo, as well as Stormen Concert House in Bodø. They will return for their second tour of Norway in spring 2019 and will appear at the 2019 Medtner International Festival in Berlin.

    The Duo is proud to be Live Music Now artists.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for violin and piano No 1 in B minor
    Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951)
    Fratres, for violin and piano
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Fantasy on themes from The Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985)
    Music for the hardanger fiddle
    Traditional Norwegian ()
  • 17 December 2018 - 1:10pm
    Pavel Ralev (guitar) plays Bach, Fernando Sor and Agustín Barrios
    Pavel Ralev
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Pavel started playing the guitar at the age of ten and took his first classical guitar lessons two years later, quickly turning this activity into an outlet for his already existing passion for music. He has also dabbled in drumming from an even younger age and rhythm remains an important part of his musical ideas. Soon after beginning guitar lessons, he was accepted to study under Milena and Valentin Valtchev at the National School of Music and Dance Arts 'Dobrin Petkov' in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On graduation, as a result of winning a number of competitions and leading an active musical life at the school, he received the principal’s award for high musical achievements. He then went on to study in the class of Professor Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music on a full fees scholarship.

    Pavel has participated in masterclasses with world-renowned guitarists such as Fabio Zanon, David Russell, Marcin Dylla, Edoardo Catemario, George Vassillev to name a few, and he has met and played for the legendary Julian Bream. He has also performed live for both the Bulgarian National Radio and Television, and in venues like the Plovdiv Philharmonic House, Bulgarian National Opera, Duke’s Hall at RAM, and the House of Commons in the British Parliament. Pavel has performed and led masterclasses in both the Dobrin Petkov School of Music and the Academy of Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv. In 2018 Pavel made his concerto debut playing Joaquin Rodrigo’s 'Fantasia para un gentilhombre' at the Proms at St Jude’s under the baton of John Ashton Thomas. Desiring to further the development of modern Bulgarian guitar music he has presented the premiere performances of pieces by Stanislav Hvartchilkov and Kiril Boshikyov. With the latter, he has formed a guitar duo currently working on new arrangements of music by Bulgarian and French impressionist composers, with the idea of extending their work into other epochs.

    As a teacher Pavel also enjoys a busy schedule, both privately an in a number of schools. Most notably he has worked with The Da Capo Music Foundation, where he was trained to deliver early years’ music classes and guitar lessons using Kodaly and Dalcroze inspired methods.
    In the autumn of 2018, Pavel is commencing a Postgraduate course at the University of Surrey as the only guitar performance student of guitarist-composer Professor Stephen Goss.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Partita No 2 in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, for solo guitar
    Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
    La catedral
    Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
    Rêverie de Thrace, for guitar
    Kiril Boshikyov ()
    Cavatina
    Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
    Vals venezolano No 3 from 4 valses venezolanos
    Antonio Lauro (1917-1986)
  • 19 December 2018 - 1:10pm
    The Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo play Albéniz, Ravel, Janácek and Piazzolla
    Daniel Bovey, Julian Vickers, Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    In this lunchtime concert, the Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo present a musical exploration of Spain and Spanish influences, portraying the famous folk songs and regional dances, opera, comedy and theatre of the country in a virtuosic programme. The concert features an exciting and unique collection of compositions and arrangements for two guitars.

    Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo have been described as performers ‘with truly uncanny unanimity’ (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph) and ‘with astounding exquisiteness’ (Paul Driver, Sunday Times).

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Aragón from Suite española No 1
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    In the mists
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    Excerpts from Tonadas
    Joaquín Nin-Culmell (1908-2004)
    Tango Suite
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • 15 December 2018 - 2:15pm
    Christmas Music and Carols | Bristol Chamber Choir
    Bristol Chamber Choir
    The Lord Mayor's Chapel Bristol BS1 5TB
    United Kingdom

    Bristol Chamber Choir presents a varied programme of Christmas music and carols. In addition the Pearsall Ensemble with Kevan Boll (flute) will perform Bach's Suite in B minor for flute and strings. Mulled wine will be served after the concert

    Christmas selection
    Various ()
  • 17 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Messiah | The Hanover Band and Chorus
    Andrew Arthur, Bradley Smith, Edward Grint, Erica Eloff, The Hanover Band, Timothy Morgan
    Hall One, Kings Place London N1 9AG
    United Kingdom

    Featuring some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK, the goal of the Hanover Band is to give audiences a feeling for what earlier music actually sounded like when heard in favourable circumstances. With their gutsy playing ‘stripping decades of varnish from the score,’ as the Times says, Handel’s ever-popular Messiah will sound fresh and new.

    George Frederic Handel composed Messiah in just 24 days, a wonderful achievement, completing it on September 14th 1741. Although Handel borrowed some music from earlier compositions, there is no sense of disorganised structure. Indeed this is a carefully crafted masterpiece, showing inspired architectural design, taking us from the first sombre chords to the triumphant final chorus. The text, organised and sent to him, by Charles Jennens, gave Handel inspiration for some of this most enduring music. In three parts, dealing with prophecies of the coming of Christ and His birth in Part 1, His death in Part II, and the Kingdom of Heaven in Part III. The final movement in part II, the Hallelujah Chorus, with its three simply stated lines of text between the exclamation of ‘Hallelujah!’ has been called the most well-known single item of classical music. When King George II stood during the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus, he started a tradition that is still continued today.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 14 December 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Jingle Bell Brass perform Stan Kenton’s A Merry Christmas
    Jingle Bell Brass, Richard Ward
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Stan Kenton Christmas Spectacular

    Jingle Bell Brass, conductor Richard Ward, perform Stan Kenton's swinging album...

    'A Merry Christmas'

    A collection of cool festive favourites was created in 1960s for band leader Stan Kenton by composer/arranger Ralph Carmichael. Specially brought together for this project, brass players from London's West End and studio scenes will recreate some the charts from the Easy Listening albums, in a Christmas cracker of a concert.

  • 19 December 2018 - 8:00pm
    Carol Concert | Gravesham Choral Society
    Alan Vincent, Gravesham Choral Society, Malcolm Riley
    St George's Church Gravesend DA11 0DJ
    United Kingdom

    A concert of Christmas carols, both familiar and unfamiliar

    Joys Seven
    Stephen Cleobury (1948-)
    O come, o come, Emmanuel
    Traditional ()
    All my heart this night rejoices
    Johann Georg Ebeling (1617-1676)
    Once in Royal David’s City
    Traditional ()
    Coventry Carol
    Martin Shaw ()
    It came upon the midnight clear
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    Christmas Night
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Ding Dong! Merrily on high
    Traditional ()
    Mary's Lullaby
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Unto us is born a son
    Traditional ()
    Lord of the Dance
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Here we come a-wassailing
    John Rutter (1945-)
    Virgin Mary had a baby boy
    Traditional Trinidadian ()
    Jingle Bells
    James Pierpoint (1822-1893)
    O come, all ye faithful, 'Adeste fideles'
    Traditional ()
    Birthday Carol
    Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
  • 16 December 2018 - 7:30pm
    Christmas with Ayr Choral with Newmilns and Galston Brass Band
    Andrew McTaggart, Ayr Choral, Colin Murray, Newmilns and Galston Brass Band
    Town Hall Ayr KA7 1LX
    United Kingdom

    Christmas with Ayr Choral uses a selection of music from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Vaughan William's Fantasia on Christmas Carols to link with both our October concert (Dona Nobis Pacem) and our Spring concert 2019 when we will perform the Bach Magnificat. Other music includes the beautiful Allan Bullard Scots Nativity, Rutter's Christmas Lullaby, Whitacre's Glow, and a splendid Christmas Medley, arranged by Gordon Cree and sung with our special guests the Newmilns and Galston Brass Band. The Band will also have their own contributions to a very eclectic programme! Our baritone soloist is Colin Murray , and the concert wil be conducted by our Musical Director, Andrew McTaggart.

    Fantasia on Christmas Carols
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Jauchzet frohlocket from Christmas Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Scots Nativity
    Alan Bullard (1947-)
    Christmas Lullaby
    John Rutter (1945-)
  • 14 December 2018 - 1:10pm
    Natalie Johnson-Hyde (soprano) performs songs for Christmas and the New Year
    Lana Bode, Natalie Johnson-Hyde
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Natalie Johnson-Hyde lives in Surrey and is a graduate the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she gained Masters’ with distinction and was awarded the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma.

    Here Natalie studied with Susan Waters and has performed in masterclasses with Susan Bullock and Dame Emma Kirkby and has worked closely with Iain Burnside, Jane Manning and Sarah Walker. Natalie attended the Purcell School for Young Musicians from age 16 where she studied voice under Tom Marandola supported by the Government Music and Dance Scholarship.

    Aged 18 Natalie started at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Cathy Benson and graduated in 2012 with First Class Honors. Natalie has been a semi-finalist in The Handel Singing Competition and a finalist in the Thelma King Award for Singers. Natalie’s other competition success has included winning the The Ambache Prize and The Gordon Palmer English Song Prize, and taking second place in The Delius Prize.

    Natalie has worked with British Youth Opera, Birmingham Opera Company alongside Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove, as well as many oratorio and recital appearances nationwide.

    Some of her opera roles have included Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Fiordilligi (Cosi Fan Tutti), Anna (Sir John in Love), Tina (Flight) and Cathleen (Riders to the Sea). This year Natalie is a Park Lane Group Young Artist.

    American-British pianist Lana Bode specialises in contemporary music and cross-arts performance. During her school years, she studied with prominent American contemporary pianist Lisa Emenheiser. She then trained at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Edward Auer. At the age of 20, she graduated with a BMus (High Distinction) and was named an Indiana University Founders Scholar. She subsequently moved to the UK, where she completed a Master of Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2014, studying piano accompaniment with Andrew West and contemporary piano with Rolf Hind. Her final recital earned the coveted Concert Recital Diploma.

    Lana was the first winner of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist award, resulting in a year-long career development programme at Aldeburgh Music under the mentorship of Roger Vignoles. Other prizes include the Oxford Lieder Young Artist programme (finalist), YCAT (semi-finalist) and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Song Accompaniment. Lana is a Samling Artist, a Leverhulme Artist and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. She has performed in song projects and masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Sarah Walker, Dame Ann Murray, Natalie Dessay, Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Thomas Quasthoff, Roderick Williams and Martin Frost.

    Lana is particularly interested in cross-arts collaboration, commissions of new music, and mental health outreach. She is well-versed in extended techniques for the piano. Her highly-acclaimed final postgraduate recital explored subconsciousness in a programme featuring music by George Crumb, Henry Cowell and Joseph Schwantner. Lana is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the concert series Virginia Woolf & Music, through which she has commissioned a number of new works and premiered music by Jeremy Thurlow and Jan-Willem van Herpen. She has also performed for composers John McCabe, Jonathan Dove, Brian Elias and Sadie Harrison.

    Lana has performed widely in prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sage Gateshead, Byre Theatre (StAnza Festival), Clothworker’s Centenary Concert Hall (Leeds), Holywell Music Room (Oxford Lieder Festival), Britten Studio (Snape Maltings) and Canterbury Cathedral. She was an accompaniment fellow at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2014-16, and is now a staff accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    A London Street in Winter
    Jeremy Thurlow (1967-)
    Weihnachtslieder
    Peter Cornelius (1824-1874)
    Pastorale on the Hungarian Christmas song 'The Angel is from Heaven'
    Erno Dohnányi (1877-1960)
    Pastores loquebantur
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    Die ihr schwebet um diese Palmen from Spanisches Liederbuch, 'Spanish Songbook'
    Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
    Angelus Domini apparuit
    Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
    Morgengrauen from Winterreigen
    Erno Dohnányi (1877-1960)
  • 20 December 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band present Christmas with the Band
    Royal Greenwich Brass Band, Stephen Maw
    St Alfege Church, Greenwich London SE10 9BJ
    United Kingdom

    This ever popular brass band return for their annual concert of carols, Christmas music and brass band classics.

    The Carollers
    Richard E Holz ()
    O come, all ye faithful
    John Francis Wade (1711-1786)
    Sheep may safely graze from 'Cantata No 208'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    March from The Nutcracker
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    While shepherds watched their flocks by night
    Traditional ()
    Christmas Calypso, for brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    A Starry Night
    Joy Webb (1932-)
    Morning, noon and night in Vienna
    Franz von Suppé (1819-1895)
    Hark! The herald angels sing
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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