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Format: 2014-10-30
Format: 2014-10-30
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:30
    Mansfield Choral Society's 40th Anniversary Civic Concert - Handel's Messiah
    Abigail Broughton, Helix Ensemble, Mansfield Choral Society, Meili Li, Peter Siepmann, René Bloice-Sanders, Richard Roddis
    Mansfield Palace Theatre Mansfield NG18 1NG
    United Kingdom

    Following a highly successful concert of Mozart in the Nottingham Albert Hall this May; the Mansfield Choral Society are delighted to be sharing their joy of singing with a civic concert this November at the town’s Palace Theatre. They hope to be joined by new voices from the local community to perform Handel’s hugely popular sacred oratorio, Messiah.

    Although Mansfield Choral Society has performed Messiah a number of times over their 40 year history, this will be their first performance of the great work for over 7 years.

    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    Sun, 2014-11-02 16:00
    Bruch's Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony
    Benjamin Baker, Leslie Olive, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Apex Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
    United Kingdom

    Suffolk's fully professional orchestra returns to The Apex with the young New Zealand violinist Benjamin Baker in another programme designed to feature todays most exciting talent. Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. Over the last year he has won a string of competitions in Italy and England, performed across the UK, and made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    In 2004, listeners to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme voted Barber’s Adagio for strings the saddest piece of classical music. It has been played to mark the passing of the famous, including Franklin D Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, and Albert Einstein, and at the Last Night of the Proms in 2001 to commemorate the victims of 9/11. We have included it in this concert as a tribute to the fallen of the Great War, and it begins our programme.

    Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture on the other hand, with its musical impression of the rising and falling of waves, sets a cheerful tone, and is included in this programme to celebrate the recent completion of a sailing circumnavigation of the British Isles by a supporter of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

    After our Cream Tea interval, we settle down to a feast of expressiveness. Leslie Olive writes: 'As a young conductor in the 1980s, I had the great pleasure of conducting a concert performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Pilgrim’s Progress, and its vibrant themes live with me to this day. RVW worked on Pilgrim’s Progress for many years before finally bringing it to fruition, and in 1938 he used some of its themes in the Fifth Symphony. It is a fascinating study to see which ones he used and how he used them, and an intriguing speculation whether the extra-musical ideas associated with those themes have any place in his thinking in the symphony. We shall probably never know. Either way, many commentators regard the fifth as the greatest of his symphonies. It is certainly glorious!'

    Adagio for Strings
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 5 in D
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:45
    10th Birthday Concert - St George's Chamber Orchestra
    Dominic Moore, Madeleine Venner, St George's Chamber Orchestra
    St George's Parish Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    St George's Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 10th birthday with a concert of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. We are delighted to welcome back our founding conductor, Madeleine Venner, who is currently the choral director of the Halle. Dominic Moore, the orchestra's leader and co-founder, is the soloist in Beethoven's Romance in F.

    St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!

    The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.

    We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.

    A few comments from our audience:

    ‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’

    ‘A most enjoyable evening – an excellent programme with a first class chamber orchestra; what more could you ask for?’

    ‘Your concert yesterday evening brought immense pleasure many congratulations to everyone. It is a privilege to live where such things happen locally.’

    ‘The concert was such a treat, what a programme! So lovely to hear those less-often performed pieces. Thank you.’

    Overture from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in F major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Siegfried Idyll
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Symphony No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    Thu, 2014-11-06 19:30
    Smetana Piano Trio
    Jan Pálenícek, Jiri Vodicka, Jitka Cechová, Smetana Trio
    Assembly Room Chichester PO19 1LQ
    United Kingdom

    The Smetana Piano Trio is one of the foremost Czech ensembles and performs throughout the Czech Republic and tours many countries including the UK, France, Japan, Germany and Switzerland.

    The Trio has a recording contract with Supraphon and has produced a range of CDs of the major piano trio works and received a Diapason d’Or in 2006, a BBC Music Magazine award in 2007 as well as ‘CD of the month’ in 2008.

    Piano Trio in C minor
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    Piano Trio in A minor
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Piano Trio in G minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
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    Sun, 2014-11-09 14:00
    de Havilland Philharmonic – Children’s workshop : Heroes and Villains
    de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin Browning
    The Weston Auditorium Hatfield AL10 9EU
    United Kingdom

    Children's author and illustrator James Mayhew returns once again to illustrate tales of bravery and danger live on stage as the de Havilland Philharmonic perform spectacular classical music

    Billy the Kid
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Peer Gynt
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Overture to 'William Tell'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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    Sun, 2014-11-09 16:30
    de Havilland Philharmonic – Children’s workshop : Heroes and Villains
    de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin Browning
    The Weston Auditorium Hatfield AL10 9EU
    United Kingdom

    Children's author and illustrator James Mayhew returns once again to illustrate tales of bravery and danger live on stage as the de Havilland Philharmonic perform spectacular classical music

    Billy the Kid
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Peer Gynt
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Overture to 'William Tell'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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    Sun, 2014-11-09 19:30
    Requiem for Remembrance | Dodecantus UK (choral ensemble)
    Dodecantus UK
    St Augustine's Church Swindon SN2 2HA
    United Kingdom

    As part of our commemorations of the First World War centenary, Dodecantus will be performing a selection of music for Remembrance including Fauré's Requiem.

    There will also be selected poetry from WW1 interspersed with the music.

    Requiem (1893 version)
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
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    Fri, 2014-11-07 19:00
    Music in Remembrance with Nicholas McCarthy (piano)
    Nicholas McCarthy
    The Crypt at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool L3 5TQ
    United Kingdom

    Award-winning one handed concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy will mark Liverpool debut with an intimate concert of music from war, marking the 1914 centenary on Friday 7th November 2014.

    This concert is a poignant culmination of Nicholas’s dedication to one handed piano music born of war, with great works including music from Scriabin, Frank Bridge, Liszt with rare arrangements by Wittgenstein, and Nicholas’s own transcription of Roses of Picardy and Ivor Novello's Keep the home fires burning, and Elgar's Nimrod.

    Liebesträume No 3 from 3 Liebesträume
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Nocturne for the left hand
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    3 Improvisations for the left hand
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Ballade No 1 in G minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Roses of Picardy
    Haydn Wood (1882-1959)
    Keep the home fires burning
    Ivor Novello (1895-1951)
    Étude in A flat
    Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931)
    Ave Maria, transcribed for piano left hand
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Étude No 12 in C minor from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    Sat, 2014-11-08 19:30
    Romsey Choral Society presents - We will remember them
    Charles Gibbs, Edward Price, Jamie W Hall, Olivia Robinson, Paul van Gulick, Romsey Choral Society, Ronald Dielemans, Southern Sinfonia
    Romsey Abbey Romsey SO51 8EN
    United Kingdom

    Having a piece of music composed for you is a great honour; to perform it with the composer conducting, an even greater one. Romsey Choral Society will soon have that privilege when Paul van Gulick, a celebrated composer and conductor in The Netherlands, conducts the première of his new work Horses: A Gift to Mankind, during a Remembrance-themed concert in Romsey Abbey in November.

    Paul became interested in writing a piece of music on a visit to Romsey last year, when he learned about the role of the Romsey Remount Centre during the First World War and the project to raise money for a commemorative 'war horse' statue for Romsey Memorial Park. The Remount Centre at Romsey played a vital wartime role in supplying horses to cavalry brigades fighting on the western front. Over the course of WW1, more than 120,000 horses from all corners of the world were shipped to Romsey, brought to fitness, trained for warfare and then sent on to France. Most did not return.

    Paul was touched by the story and felt inspired to compose a 20 minute work for choir, orchestra, soloist and narrator and dedicated it to Romsey Choral Society. Paul explained: "Horses: A Gift to Mankind tells many stories and from a range of perspectives, including that of the horse himself. It includes various styles - from the traditional English hymn to Parisian chanson to Middle Eastern folk music - and to bring it right up to date, I've even included a rap section featuring rapper Ronald Dielemans! I hope the choir will enjoy singing it as much as I have enjoyed writing it!"

    The Society’s Musical Director, Jamie W Hall will conduct two further works - Sir George Dyson’s Agincourt, a setting of text from Shakespeare’s Henry V, and Vaughan Williams’s sublime Dona Nobis Pacem, its title Give Us Peace as significant a plea in today’s troubled world as it was a century ago.

    Horses: a Gift to Mankind
    Paul van Gulick (1956-)
    Agincourt
    Sir George Dyson (1883-1964)
    Dona nobis pacem
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Mon, 2014-11-03 20:00
    Interference Patterns | Ensemble Matisse (piano quartet)
    Ensemble Matisse
    Hall Two, Kings Place London N1 9AG
    United Kingdom

    New Dots presents the world premieres of four audio-visual collaborations, combining film and live music performed by the acclaimed Ensemble Matisse. Created by 4 pairs of composers and film-makers, this specially commissioned program is a bold exploration of the creative interplay between music and film, showing artistic diversity from abstract animation to the exploration of natural visual effects and everyday sounds. Our creative pairs have wrestled with imposing boundaries for themselves in order to have the freedom to create something truly collaborative, that could not have come about any other way. We’re thrilled to also present the latest work by Jan Vriend that explores this idea: freedom cannot exist without boundaries. Jan has written Degrees of Freedom for Ensemble Matisse; it seeks to test the boundaries to breaking point

    Degrees of Freedom
    Jan Vriend (1938-)
    New work
    Composer Not Known ()
    New work
    Composer Not Known ()
    Passage
    Lisa Illean (1983-)
    of Joy
    Composer Not Known ()