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Format: 2019-06-19
Format: 2019-06-19
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Power of Song
    Andrew Griffiths, Clare O'Connell, Gareth Brynmor John, James Orford, Kingston Choral Society, Penelope Cousland
    St Andrew's Church Surbiton KT6 4DS
    United Kingdom

    This fascinating programme brings together works from three very different traditions. Duruflé’s love of Gregorian plainchant shines through his understated, achingly lyrical Requiem mass, which will be performed alongside his friend Vierne’s enchanting songs, Les angélus, for mezzo-soprano and organ. John Tavener’s Svyati for choir and cello, written in memory of a friend, draws movingly on the colour and tradition of the Russian Orthodox church. Finally, The Power of Song by Max Bruch, is an impassioned, romantic hymn to the quasi-religious power of music itself.

    Open rehearsal: 2.30pm-4pm

    Requiem
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Die Macht des Gesanges, for baritone and orchestra
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Svyati, for cello and choir
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Les angélus, for voice and organ
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    London Pro Arte Choir - Songs and Dances
    Charles Andrews, London Pro Arte Choir, Tom Winpenny
    Church of St Michael and All Angels Mill Hill NW7 2JA
    United Kingdom

    London Pro Arte's summer concert will celebrate the season with a programme of English and American works by Bob Chilcott, Cecelia McDowell and Aaron Copland, as well as familiar madrigals and part-songs.

    Dances of Time
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    A Fancy of Folk Songs
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    Old American Songs
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Gregynog Festival - A Nocte Temporis and Reinoud Van Mechelen (tenor)
    A Nocte Temporis, Anna Besson, Benjamin Alard, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Ronan Kernoa
    Gregynog Hall Tregynon, Nr Newtown SY16 3PW
    United Kingdom

    Gregynog Festival, Wales’s oldest classical music festival, returns in June with its traditional combination of beautiful summer events in idyllic Mid Wales locations. The season celebrates the vision of the Davies family – Gwendoline and Margaret Davies and their brother David, 1st Baron Davies - for a better world rooted in culture and peace following the First World War.

    Erbarme dich, an all-Bach programme of arias for tenor, flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord, will be performed by the multi-award-winning Flemish tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and his Baroque ensemble A Nocte Temporis. Their Gregynog Festival recital marks their début appearance in Wales.

    Reinoud Van Mechelen graduated from the Brussels Royal Conservatoire in 2012 and was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize for Young Musician of the Year by the Belgian music press in 2017. After working for several years as a soloist with conductors including William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Hervé Niquet and Christophe Rousset, he founded his own ensemble A Nocte Temporis in 2016.

    A Nocte Temporis means ‘from time immemorial’: a nod toward the past, to what is changing, and especially toward what remains unchanged. The aim is to present historically-informed performances that touch the emotions of as wide an audience as possible. The ensemble’s two CDs, Erbarme dich: Arias of JS Bach for tenor and flute (2016) and Clérambault: Cantates françaises (2018), have been released to unanimous critical acclaim, and gained awards including two Chocs from Classica magazine (‘A Bach recording blessed by the Gods’), five Diapasons, a Diapason d’Or, and a Caecilia Prize as one of the ten best recordings of 2016.

    After touring its Bach programme to Warsaw, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Pavia, A Nocte Temporis has been invited to perform at prestigious venues including the Festival Radio France (Montpellier), MA Festival (Brugge), Bozar (Brussels), Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles and Wigmore Hall.

    The 2019 Gregynog Festival season also includes concerts by the chamber-folk group VRi (22 and 23 June), the Odysseus Piano Trio (28 June) and the organist Meirion Wynn Jones (30 June), plus community outreach performances, talks and exhibitions across Mid Wales.

    Chorale Prelude, 'Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn', from Orgel-Buchlein
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Choral: Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn from Cantata No 96, 'Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Recitative: Ach! ich bin ein Kind der Sünden from Cantata No 78, 'Jesu, der du meine Seele'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Siciliano from Sonata for flute and keyboard No 2 in E flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Wenn auch gleich aus der Höllen from Cantata No 107, 'Was willst du dich betrüben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Lass, o Fürst der Cherubinen from Cantata No 130 'Herr Gott, Dich loben alle wir'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude from Suite No 1 for solo cello in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Drum ich mich ihm ergebe from Cantata No 107, 'Was willst du dich betrüben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sarabande from Partita in A minor for solo flute
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Wo wird diesem Jammertale from Cantata 'Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    3rd movement: Andante from Sonata for flute and continuo in E minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Erschüttre dich nur nicht, verzagte Seele from Cantata No 99, 'Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chorale Prelude, 'Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Aria: Erbarme dich from Cantata No 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 23 June 2019 - 2:30pm
    Gregynog Festival - VRi (chamber-folk group)
    VRi
    Capel Pontcadfan Llangadfan SY21 0NP
    United Kingdom

    Traditional music comes to the concert hall! The chamber-folk string trio VRï has risen to prominence in Wales and further afield over the last two years, gaining high acclaim for their exciting sound, stylish arrangements and innovative art-music interpretations of folk melodies and songs.

    Ty Ein Tadau (House of Our Fathers), their début CD, is receiving rave reviews from the Guardian and fRoots and has just won Best Album at the 2019 Wales Folk Awards. Catch them while you can in an intimate acoustic concert in the popular former chapel which has become a popular Gregynog Festival in recent years. A delicious afternoon tea at Cwpan Pinc is included in the ticket price.

    Although their roots are in Wales and the backbone of their repertoire is Welsh, VRï make a point of blending other traditional musics from around Europe and have been heavily influenced the ‘chamber-folk’ artists from both sides of the Atlantic.

    VRi’s vision has always been to maintain the integrity and individuality of their fiddle styles within the ideals of classical chamber ensemble, and to deliver a product which harnesses both the raw energy of the fiddle and the finesse of the violin.

    Patrick Rimes has extensive touring experience across three continents with the likes of Calan, Ghazalaw and Cerys Matthews Band. He plays fiddle and viola and adds some flagrantly-appropriated Quebecois foot percussion! Patrick is also in demand as a composer/arranger and won a Bafta in 2017 for work with regular collaborator Bryn Terfel.

    As one of the leaders of a new generation of trad cellists in Wales, Jordan Price Williams is in the interesting position of almost entirely inventing a new style. Although he is strongly influenced by eminent cellists such as Natalie Haas, his voice is unmistakably his own. He is also a member of Elfen and Nogood Boyo.

    Aneirin Jones is part of the new wave of young traditional musicians coming from Wales. Having already been working professionally since the age of 16 with the likes of Nogood Boyo and Pendevig, he is now studying traditional fiddle at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – but he remains a Welshman through and through!

    VRi will also be opening Gregynog Festival at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on 22 June and providing a number of pop-up community outreach performances throughout the Festival run. Other concerts this season include the Odysseus Piano Trio (28 June), A Nocte Temporis with the tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (29 June), and the organist Meirion Wynn Jones (30 June).

  • 28 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Gregynog Festival - Odysseus Piano Trio
    Odysseus Piano Trio
    Gregynog Hall Tregynon, Nr Newtown SY16 3PW
    United Kingdom

    Gregynog Festival, Wales’s oldest classical music festival, returns in June with its traditional combination of beautiful summer events in idyllic Mid Wales locations. The season celebrates the vision of the Davies family – Gwendoline and Margaret Davies and their brother David, 1st Baron Davies - for a better world rooted in culture and peace following the First World War.

    Formed in 2015, the Odysseus Piano Trio is developing a reputation as one of the most dynamic and distinctive ensembles to emerge in recent years. The trio have performed at Kings Place, St David’s Hall and regularly perform in festivals and concert societies in the UK.

    Sara Trickey enjoys an exciting and diverse career as a solo violinist and chamber musician. Noted for her ‘fiery and passionate’ performances (The Strad) and ‘beautifully refined tone’ (Musical Opinion), she performs at many of the UK’s major venues and events, including the Presteigne, Alwyn, Oxford May Music, York and Wye Valley Chamber Music festivals. She plays regularly with pianist Daniel Tong with whom she has recorded the Schubert Sonatinas to critical acclaim (‘Irresistible!’ – Barry Millington). A CD of Fauré and David Matthews has recently been released by Deux-Elles.

    Rosie Biss is principal cellist of Welsh National Opera and, outside that role, she enjoys a busy and varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, guest principal and teacher. As a recitalist and former member of the Zehetmair Quartet and Trio, European Music Project and Scottish Ensemble, Rosie has played throughout Europe and America, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and WDR 3, and performed at major music festivals including Edinburgh, Aspen, Verbier and Schleswig-Holstein.

    Robin Green enjoys a busy career as a piano soloist, chamber musician and conductor. His Dialog mit Mozart CD on the Gramola label was ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Strad, and Gramophone wrote of Games Chorales and Fantasie on the Claves label: ‘Green….an intelligent and sensitive musician with a genuine flair for imaginative programming.’ Former recipient of the Leverhulme Chamber music fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Robin was first prizewinner of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition and Concours Nicati in Switzerland and runner-up at the International Schubert Duo Competition.

    Gregynog Festival 2019: Vision also includes performances by the chamber-folk group VRi (22 and 23 June), A Nocte Temporis with the tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (29 June), and the organist Meirion Wynn Jones (30 June).

    This concert will be preceded by a talk about Walford Davies and Wales by Gregynog Festival's Artistic Director, Dr Rhian Davies, in the Senior Common Room at Gregynog Hall at 6.00pm.

    Piano Trio in D, 'Ghost'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Welsh Miniatures, for violin, cello and piano
    Evan Thomas Davies (1878-1969)
    Antiphony, for vioin and cello
    W Hubert Davies (1893-1965)
    Piano Trio No 1 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 22 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Gregynog Festival - VRi (chamber-folk group)
    VRi
    The National Library of Wales Aberystwyth SY23 3BU
    United Kingdom

    Traditional music comes to the concert hall! The chamber-folk string trio VRï has risen to prominence in Wales and further afield over the last two years, gaining high acclaim for their exciting sound, stylish arrangements and innovative art-music interpretations of folk melodies and songs.

    Ty Ein Tadau (House of Our Fathers), the début CD is receiving rave reviews from the Guardian and fRoots, and has just won Best Album at the 2019 Wales Folk Awards. Catch them while you can in an intimate acoustic concert to open the 2019 Festival season.

    Although their roots are in Wales and the backbone of their repertoire is Welsh, VRï make a point of blending other traditional musics from around Europe and have been heavily influenced the ‘chamber-folk’ artists from both sides of the Atlantic.

    VRi’s vision has always been to maintain the integrity and individuality of their fiddle styles within the ideals of classical chamber ensemble, and to deliver a product which harnesses both the raw energy of the fiddle and the finesse of the violin.

    Patrick Rimes has extensive touring experience across three continents with the likes of Calan, Ghazalaw and Cerys Matthews Band. He plays fiddle and viola and adds some flagrantly-appropriated Quebecois foot percussion! Patrick is also in demand as a composer/arranger and won a Bafta in 2017 for work with regular collaborator Bryn Terfel.

    As one of the leaders of a new generation of trad cellists in Wales, Jordan Price Williams is in the interesting position of almost entirely inventing a new style. Although he is strongly influenced by eminent cellists such as Natalie Haas, his voice is unmistakably his own. He is also a member of Elfen and Nogood Boyo.

    Aneirin Jones is part of the new wave of young traditional musicians coming from Wales. Having already been working professionally since the age of 16 with the likes of Nogood Boyo and Pendevig, he is now studying traditional fiddle at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – but he remains a Welshman through and through!

    VRi will also be playing at Capel Pontcadfan, Llangadfan on 23 June and providing a series of pop-up performances throughout the Festival run. Other concerts during Gregynog Festival 2019: Vision include the Odysseus Piano Trio (28 June), A Nocte Temporis with the tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen (29 June) and the organist Meirion Wynn Jones (30 June).

  • 22 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Surrey Mozart Players - Season Finale with Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin)
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, Mark Biggins, Sarah McKenna, Surrey Mozart Players
    Holy Trinity Church Guildford GU1 3RR
    United Kingdom

    Guildford-based orchestra, the Surrey Mozart Players, is delighted to present this concert of brilliant music for their 2018-19 season finale. Back by popular demand and a great favourite with Guildford audiences, Russian violinist, Alexander Sitkovetsky is the soloist for the beautiful and romantic Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. In the second half of the concert, the orchestra will be performing Dvorak’s dynamic and vivid New World Symphony. A late romantic European work inspired by the composer’s stay in America and teeming with much-loved melodies and sumptuous orchestration. In the wonderful acoustic of Holy Trinity Church, we look forward to filling a summer’s evening with some glorious sounds. Please join us!

    Overture from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 22 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Brandenburg Concertos by candlelight | London Octave
    Dietrich Bethge, London Octave, Lorraine McAslan
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from 'Solomon' (arr. M Axtell)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso No 4 in D
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Concerto for viola and strings in G
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Divertimento for Strings No 3 in F, 'Salzburg Symphony No 3'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
  • 22 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Havering Concert Orchestra - Thieves, Lovers and Princesses
    Havering Concert Orchestra, Laurence Tatnall
    Frances Bardsley School Romford RM1 2RR
    United Kingdom

    The Havering Concert Orchestra is pleased to announce its Summer Concert - Thieves, Lovers and Princesses.

    Under their newly appointed Conductor, Lawrence Tatnall, they are performing some popular favourites. Both the Rossini's Theiving Magpie and Suppé's Poet and Peasant are about the plight and frustration of lovers - both pieces end in exciting musical climaxes.

    The Suite from Sleeping Beauty brings us the musical highlights from one of the most famous and popular ballets about the redemptive properties of a Prince’s kiss.

    Perhaps the concert should have been called 'Thieves, Lovers, Princes and Princesses' as Borodin's Symphony No 2 is said to be based on Borodin’s Prince Igor. It’s one of Borodin’s greatest works.

    Interval drinks will be served in the outdoor quadrangle subject to the weather.

    Overture from La gazza ladra, 'The Thieving Magpie'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Dichter und Bauer' (Poet and Peasant)
    Franz von Suppé (1819-1895)
    Symphony No 2 in B minor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Soirée - music for choir and harp
    Kieran Morris, Melissa Adriana Parmar, Singhealthy
    St Paul's Church Wokingham RG41 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Singhealthy Wokingham choir and award-winning harpist Melissa Adriana Parmar will team up to perform a variety of beautiful music by French composers, including works by Debussy, Fauré and Saint-Saëns. The concert will raise money for Thames Hospice.

    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Arabesque No 1 from 2 Arabesques
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Pièce de concert, fo solo harp
    Henri Busser (1872-1973)
    Ubi caritas et amor from 4 motets sur des thèmes grégoriens
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Ave Verum
    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
    Ave Maria
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    The Swan from Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Calme des nuits from 2 Choeurs
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Pavane 'Belle qui tiens ma vie' from Orchésographie
    Thoinot Arbeau (1519-1595)
    Matona, mia cara
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    La Source
    Alphonse Hasselmans (1845-1912)
    Méditation from Thaïs
    Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
    In paradisum from Requiem
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
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