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Format: 2017-10-19
Format: 2017-10-19
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    27 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    English Touring Opera: Rameau — Dardanus
    Alessandro Fisher, Anthony Gregory, English Touring Opera, Frederick Long, Galina Averina, Jonathan Williams, Timothy Nelson
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    English Touring Opera is proud to present the first performance in the UK of the 1744 version of Dardanus, Rameau’s undoubted masterpiece. Jupiter’s son Dardanus is in love with Iphise, the daughter of his enemy Teucer – a love that, though reciprocated, is forbidden. So begins a ravishing tale of love in war, containing some of the composer’s finest music including the stunning aria Lieux funestes. This performance will be accompanied by an orchestra.

    Sung in French with surtitles.

    Dardanus
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
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    28 October 2017 - 4:00pm
    English Touring Opera: Handel — Giulio Cesare
    Ben Bevan, Benjamin Williamson, Catherine Carby, Christopher Ainsley, English Touring Opera, Frederick Long, James Conway, Jonathan Peter Kenny, Kitty Whately, Soraya Mafi
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera, and a real clash of titans on stage. A thrilling story of passion and revenge, it features music so beautiful and characters so strong that we have decided to present it complete.

    Don’t miss this exhilaratingly epic drama, featuring our partner baroque orchestra The Old Street Band and a first-rate cast including Christopher Ainslie in the title role, and Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra. This performance will be accompanied by an orchestra.

    Sung in Italian with surtitles.

    Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    29 October 2017 - 3:00pm
    Mitsuko Uchida
    Dame Mitsuko Uchida
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    Mitsuko Uchida is a byword for everything that’s freshest, most thoughtful and most natural about great piano playing. Now, over two beautifully chosen programmes, she undertakes a personal journey through the piano sonatas of her beloved Schubert. This music offers infinite riches of tragedy, melody and humour, and there’s no more illuminating guide.

    Sonata for Piano No 9 in B
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 16 in A minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 17 in D
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    20 October 2017 - 8:00pm
    Bromsgrove Concerts: Florian Kitt (cello) and Carlos Rivera Aguilar (piano)
    Carlos Rivera Aguilar, Florian Kitt
    Artrix Bromsgrove B60 1PQ
    United Kingdom

    Bromsgrove Concerts’ forthcoming season is once again attracting attention for the calibre of its internationally renowned guest artists who will be bringing an enterprising selection of styles and periods to suit all musical tastes. Concerts take place at the town’s purpose-built Arts Centre, Artrix, from September 2017 until March 2018. Full details can be found on Concert-Diary website.

    Visiting during the 2017-18 season include audience favourites, guitarist Craig Ogden, who brings his own particular warmth and proficiency to an engaging programme of works both new and old, and leading British pianist, Leon McCawley, who brings a classic programme of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Hans Gál - the often overlooked Austrian composer - who he has recently recorded.

    Two outstanding string quartets - the Castalian - following visits to the Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall - and the Kodaly -ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture - bring major works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Dohnanyi, Kodaly and Thomas Adès.

    Internationally acclaimed Austrian cellist, Florian Kitt, and pianist, Carlos Rivera-Aguilar, bring the cello into focus with an adventurous programme of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Britten, Takemitsu and Austrian contemporary composer, Friedrich Cerha.

    Period instrument Ensemble DeNote (clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and fortepiano), give their own individual insight into works by Haydn and Mozart, including an arrangement of the Gran Partita K 361, in a programme they will personally introduce.

    The gifted young Eblana String Trio – violin, viola and cello – showcase lyrical British works by Purcell, Finzi, EJ Moeran and David Matthews. The Trio won all the major chamber music prizes during their time at the Royal Northern College of Music and have recently enjoyed a debut performance at London’s Wigmore Hall for the Park Lane Group.

    The Van Kuijk Quartet from France, with guest Charlotte Bonneton (2nd viola), bring the season to a close with a programme of works by Brahms, Ligeti and Mozart’s remarkable G minor Quintet K 516. Winners of a string of awards, including 1st prize, Haydn prize and Beethoven prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the group are in demand internationally and have played throughout Europe, the United States, South East Asia and Australia during the past season.

    “At Bromsgrove Concerts, we aim to provide programmes that are easily enjoyable while offering a varied and imaginative repertoire, and to regularly introduce audiences to unfamiliar contemporary pieces”, explained Janet Upward, Chair of the Committee. “Responses from our audience suggest that hearing contemporary pieces alongside more traditional works enhances the listening experience of both.”

    “This season we are particularly keen to extend an invitation to those who may be first-time visitors from across the region; offering a friendly welcome and opportunity to mingle socially”, added Janet. “We regularly link up with compatible arts enterprises to encourage those interested to come along and bring their friends. For regular concert-goers there is a cost-effective Season ticket which allows access to all concerts priced at a discounted rate, or a flexible Rover ticket.”

    Free parking is provided at the venue. A Premier Inn is adjacent to the venue providing overnight accommodation in addition to a restaurant, and there is a café at Artrix.

    Sonata for Cello and Piano No 4 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Orion
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Sonata for cello and piano in C
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    5 Sätze
    Friedrich Cerha (1926-)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano in C
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    23 October 2017 - 1:10pm
    Djumash Poulsen (violin), Malgorzata Garstka (piano) play Brahms, Mozart, Ysaÿe
    Djumash Poulsen, Małgorzata Garstka
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Djumash Poulsen is a British violinist who was born in the former Soviet Union. He started his musical studies at the Aberdeen City Music School and had his violin lessons with Peter Zanre in Elgin (Scotland). He then attended the Yehudi Menuhin School at thirteen to study with Professor Lutsia Ibragimova. After YMS, he did his Bachelor’s degree at the Royal College of Music with the Knights of The Round Table Award, which culminated with a first. Solo and ensemble performances with orchestra have included Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, Santander Encuentro Festival Orchestra, Central Asian (former USSR) Regional Orchestra and the CSO - the Turkish Presidential Orchestra. Participation in Masterclasses with renown musicians such as Mihaela Martin, So Ock Kim, Zakhar Bron, Natalia Boyarsky, Alina Ibragimova, Nicola Benedetti, Peter Herresthal, Tasmin Little and many more. Djumash has attended IMS Prussia Cove and the Santander Encuentro Music Festival and had been awarded the ESU Music Scholarship. Djumash is currently doing his Master’s Degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the American Society Scholarship with Professor Rodney Friend. Djumash is playing on an 18th Century violin kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

    Djumash has performed in many renowned halls as soloist and chamber musician. These include the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Albert Hall (Elgar Room), The Menuhin Hall, St Martin’s in the Fields, St James’ Church, Colston Hall, Aberdeen City Music Hall, Santander Philharmonic Hall, Trinity Chapel Cambridge, Radio Free Europe (Prague), St Mary’s Perivale Church, The Duke’s Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Hall and many more.

    Most recent highlights include recitals/performances as soloist at the Royal Academy of Music, Bedford Church, Colston Hall (Bristol) and the Royal Overseas House. Djumash has also most recently performed as leader of the RAM Symphony Orchestra at the Duke’s Hall, and as part of the Academy’s elite string ensemble Sainsbury Academy Soloists which includes performances at the Wigmore Hall.

    Pianist and collaborative artist, Malgorzata Garstka, specialises in chamber music and piano accompaniment. The idea of creating a collective vision, cooperating with other people and sharing experiences with them is what she values very highly. Being a part of something greater than just an individual act is what makes this field extremely exciting for her. Malgorzata has been appointed the Hodgson Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music for the 2016/2017 academic year.

    Born in 1991 in Poland, Malgorzata has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious UK venues including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St Martin in the Fields, London School of Economics, Colston Hall. She has also performed in Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, Portugal, Italy and Poland.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for violin and piano No 1 in G
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 21 in E minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for solo violin No 3 in D minor, 'Georges Enescu'
    Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
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    27 October 2017 - 1:10pm
    Thibault Blanchard (cello) and Ettore Strangio (piano) play Bach and Brahms
    Ettore Strangio, Thibault Blanchard
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Thibault Blanchard-Dubois is a French cellist currently based in London. As well as playing standard cello repertoire, he is working on mixing classical music, experimentalcontemporary music, digital art and new technologies including a collaborative show "P comme Piano" mixing theatre, live music, singing, photography. He has won awards in many competitions: among them first prize at the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition Concerto in 2016, finalist ‘’Highly Commended’’ at The Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Competition with the pianist Ettore Strangio, finalist at The Vera Kantrovitch Solo Strings 2016, finalist at Baert International Competition, Vatelot-Rampal Competition in Paris (2013), 1st prizes at Concours des Clés d’or in Paris (2013), at Epinal Music Competition (2006).

    Thibault has worked with well-known musicians such as Natalie Clein (teacher at the Royal College of Music of London), Yvan Chiffoleau (teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, Roland Pidoux, Erkki Lahesmaa, and under the direction of renowned conductors such as Pierre Cao, Peter Csaba, Régis Pasquier. He is particularly interested in chamber music and has played in piano trios and with the London Meridian Players, a new string ensemble. He is very keen on combining music with other art forms such as theatre, dance and digital arts.

    He has created a show, "P comme Piano" which was performed twice in Brussels in 2016. He is also inspired by working with living composers and has collaborated with Eliott Delafosses, a young French composer with whom he played the world-premiere of “13/22”, an experimental work for cello solo in response to the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016. A few composition projects with Eliott Delafosse are currently in progress
    such as a work for cello octet and a pedagogical method for young cellist. Teaching and sharing his passion with the young generation is another side of Thibault’s work. He was the cello teacher in several music school around Besançon (France), between 2010 and 2014.

    He also organized a 5-day masterclass for young cellists in Paris in October 2014, and will be the chamber music teacher in the next masterclass of Frédéric Borsarello in April 2017 in France. He has also taken part in the writing of a pedagogical method 'Les Cahiers du Violoncelle' by Frédéric Borsarello in 2014.

    He started playing the cello at the age of 6 at Besançon Conservatoire of Music where he got his Final Diploma with First-class honours in 2009. He is currently studying for an undergraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen. He is very grateful to the Montague Cleeve Scholar fund which generously supports his study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Suite for solo cello No 5 in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sacher-Variationen
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
    Sonata for cello and piano No 1 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    25 October 2017 - 1:10pm
    The Hermes Experiment perform Darren Bloom, Bach, Prokofiev, Freya Waley-Cohen
    Anne Denholm, Héloïse Werner, Marianne Schofield, Sacha Rattle, The Hermes Experiment
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The Hermes Experiment is an ensemble of four young professional musicians passionate about contemporary and experimental music, inspired to create something innovative and unique. Based in London, The Hermes Experiment comprises Héloïse Werner (soprano), Oliver Pashley (clarinet), Marianne Schofield (double bass) and Anne Denholm (harp), who met whilst studying music at Cambridge University. It is co-directed by Héloïse Werner and Hanna Grzeskiewicz, also a graduate from Cambridge University. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. So far, the ensemble has commissioned 40 composers at various stages of their careers, including Giles Swayne, Stevie Wishart and Misha Mullov-Abbado.

    Winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards 2016, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16, and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014, The Hermes Experiment has established itself on the London contemporary classical scene, with regular performances across the city for organisations including Nonclassical, Kammerklang, Listenpony and Bastard Assignments. Recent highlights include a showcase performance at Tallinn Music Week 2017 and the ensemble’s debut at Southbank Centre and Kings Place.

    The ensemble strives to create a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration. In June 2015, they created a ‘musical exhibition’ with photographer Thurstan Redding, and in September 2016, they developed a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale during an Aldeburgh Music Residency. Reducing the play to an hour’s duration in collaboration with director Nina Brazier, composer Kim Ashton & five actors, The Hermes Experiment become part of the drama alongside a wonderful group of actors. The show premièred in London in December 2016.

    The ensemble is also dedicated to the value of contemporary music in education and community contexts; they were accepted to Wigmore Hall Learning’s Chamber Tots and For Crying Out Loud schemes in 2014-15.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Tanka
    Josephine Stephenson ()
    Second fig
    Darren Bloom ()
    Prelude No 29 in D major, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    My hands
    Kate Whitley (1989-)
    Visions fugitives
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    We Phoenician Sailors
    Freya Waley-Cohen (1989-)
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    26 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    Fauré's Requiem | Leicester Philharmonic Choir
    Andrew Davies, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Stephen Bullamore, Susan Gilmour Bailey
    Church of St James the Greater Leicester LE2 1NE
    United Kingdom

    A mainly French programme of two of Fauré's popular works, his Requiem and the beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine. Also introducing to our Leicester audience, Mirror of perfection, by Richard Blackford, which was inspired by a visit to Assisi.

    Stephen Prichard of the Observer says, " Blackford takes the delightful, little-known poetry of St Francis of Assisi and builds a powerful cantata of great lyrical beauty..."

    We look forward to performing this piece for the first time under the baton of our new Director of Music, Dr Stephen Bullamore.

    We are also pleased to welcome the Chameleon Arts Orchestra to perform with us for the first time.

    Requiem
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Mirror of perfection
    Richard Blackford (1954-)
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    26 October 2017 - 7:30pm
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (HeadFirst Productions)
    Caroline Modiba, Elizabeth Roberts, Guest Chamber Orchestra, Ian Beadle, Jorge Navarro-Colorado, Matthew Sprange, Samuel Pantcheff, Sian Cameron, Sonia Ben Santamaria, Sophie Gilpin, Stephen Holloway
    The Pleasance Theatre Islington, London N7 9EF
    United Kingdom

    “Long live women, long live wine! The substance and glory of all humanity!”

    Mozart’s Don Giovanni is a story of an outsider. The stranger who walks on a knife-edge between two worlds: Giovanni lives resolutely outside convention, treading the fine lines between vitality and humanity; between life and death; between the natural and the supernatural. He lives solely for his own pleasure and women are seduced by his desire for them. After all, to be desired is – in return – desirable. He wants women to want him. Until they do, of course.

    This operatic masterpiece grapples with the complexity of human nature; contradictions, hidden desires, and darkest fears. By exploring the conflict between immorality and amorality, and - crucially - by telling the story from the women’s perspective, this production will steer away from the opera’s traditionally male gaze, and leave the audience questioning their preconceptions. Returning to London after four and five star reviews for La bohème in 2014, HeadFirst Productions promises provocation, dark humour and sensuality.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles and performed with a small orchestral ensemble.

    Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    29 October 2017 - 6:00pm
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (HeadFirst Productions)
    Caroline Modiba, Elizabeth Roberts, Guest Chamber Orchestra, Ian Beadle, Jorge Navarro-Colorado, Matthew Sprange, Samuel Pantcheff, Sian Cameron, Sonia Ben Santamaria, Sophie Gilpin, Stephen Holloway
    The Pleasance Theatre Islington, London N7 9EF
    United Kingdom

    “Long live women, long live wine! The substance and glory of all humanity!”

    Mozart’s Don Giovanni is a story of an outsider. The stranger who walks on a knife-edge between two worlds: Giovanni lives resolutely outside convention, treading the fine lines between vitality and humanity; between life and death; between the natural and the supernatural. He lives solely for his own pleasure and women are seduced by his desire for them. After all, to be desired is – in return – desirable. He wants women to want him. Until they do, of course.

    This operatic masterpiece grapples with the complexity of human nature; contradictions, hidden desires, and darkest fears. By exploring the conflict between immorality and amorality, and - crucially - by telling the story from the women’s perspective, this production will steer away from the opera’s traditionally male gaze, and leave the audience questioning their preconceptions. Returning to London after four and five star reviews for La bohème in 2014, HeadFirst Productions promises provocation, dark humour and sensuality.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles and performed with a small orchestral ensemble.

    Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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