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Format: 2018-02-25
Format: 2018-02-25
  • 25 February 2018 - 6:00pm
    An Evening Romance | Exultate Singers with Craig Ogden (guitar)
    Craig Ogden, David Ogden, Exultate Singers, Richard May
    St James Priory Bristol BS1 3NZ
    United Kingdom

    As the sun sets on an early spring day, Exultate Singers present an Evening Serenade of romantic music from around the globe. The choir is delighted to be joined by the internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden and the cellist Richard May for performances of wonderfully atmospheric pieces that travel from the calm and stillness of Samuel Barber’s Sure on this shining night to the energetic samba rhythms of Brazilian folk songs set in a nightclub.

    The central piece is a suite of seven vivid settings of Lorca poems for choir and guitar by the Spanish composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco, described by Segovia as ‘the first composer I have met who immediately understands how to write for the guitar’.

    The Spanish fervour of much of the music is contrasted by reflective songs by Britten, Holst and the Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds. Stars sets a poem by Sara Teasdale in which the choir not only sing but play chords on tuned wine glasses, creating a mystical, cosmic experience.

    Romancero Gitano
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
    Serenade from 3 Vocal Quartets, for chorus with cello accompaniment
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
    Sure on this shining night from 4 Songs
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Come to me from 5 Partsongs
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Eriks Ešenvalds (1977-)
    Suite Carimbó
    Ernst Mahle (1929-)
    2 Nocturnes
    Norbert Burgmüller (1810-1836)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
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    3 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach: Magnificat, Brandenburg Concerto No 3 | Royal Free Music Society Choir
    Andrew Rochford, Benjamin Seifert, Benjamin Wolf, Hampstead Sinfonietta, Matthew Pochin, Maud Millar, Rose Martin, Royal Free Music Society Choir
    St Mark's Church, Regents Park London NW1 7TN
    United Kingdom

    Join the Royal Free Music Society and the Hampstead Sinfonietta for a joyful evening of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Claudio Monteverdi.

    The choir will be in full voice for Monteverdi’s dramatic Beatus vir (Blessed is the man). This popular motet by one of the greatest composers of the late Italian Renaissance is a setting of Psalm 112. Composed in about 1630, the piece moves from its rejoicing opening through a more subdued passage ‘the longings of the wicked will come to nothing’ to a beautiful ‘Amen’.

    The musicians of the Hampstead Sinfonietta are excited to perform JS Bach’s Orchestral Suite No 3, which includes one of the most popular tunes in classical music – audiences will be familiar with the second movement, the beautifully melodic ‘Air’. The following movements in this suite in D Major are all based on French courtly dances; the gavotte, the bourrée and the gigue will have you dancing in your seats.

    The much-loved Brandenburg Concerto No 3 is one of six composed by Bach between 1711 and 1720 for a group of soloists and a small orchestra. They were named after the Margrave (Marquess) of Brandenburg to whom they were dedicated. This exhilarating third concerto was scored just for strings – three violins, three violas and three cellos, as well as bass and harpsichord – with each, at times, playing a solo role.

    The Royal Free Music Society will round off the evening with Bach’s exciting Baroque masterpiece, Magnificat in D major. The Latin text of the canticle, the Song of Mary, is taken from St Luke’s gospel. It tells the story of the Virgin Mary learning of her pregnancy and understanding its significance – the opening line ‘Magnificat anima mea Dominum’ meaning ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’. An ambitious composition designed to dazzle, the Magnificat has been a hit with audiences from the very beginning.

    Magnificat in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Beatus vir from Selva morale e spirituale
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    4 March 2018 - 6:00pm
    Blackdowns Early Music Projects: Viadana's 1612 Vespers -director Andrew Parrott
    Andrew Parrott, Blackdowns Early Music Projects, Keith McGowan, Martin Perkins, Sue Addison
    Church of St John the Baptist Wellington TA21 8QY
    United Kingdom

    This programme juxtaposes two works written at either end of the Renaissance era. Robert Carver was Canon of the Chapel Royal in Stirling during the reign of James IV and latterly that of James V, crowned as an infant in 1513. This coronation may well have been the occasion on which Missa Dum sacrum mysterium received its first performance. It is a complex work written for two choirs of five voices with sections highly reminiscent of music collected in the Eton Choirbook.

    Viadana’s Vespers of 1612 offer the familiar sequence of office Psalms and Magnificat. His musical interpretation incorporates much variation in the vocal writing, which is broadly for four choirs throughout. There are echoes of, but no direct imitation of, the 1610 Vespers of Monteverdi, when both were working at the same time in Mantua; Viadana’s adventurous style enables contrast with instruments and voices throughout the four choirs, introducing opportunities to colour and illustrate the texts most effectively.

    We are delighted to welcome Andrew Parrott back to work on another Project with Blackdowns Early Music Projects. An internationally renowned and a highly regarded member of the early music fraternity, he received the York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement award in 2014 in recognition of the vast insight he has been able to bring to our enjoyment of this music.

    He is perhaps best known for his pioneering recordings with the London-based Taverner Consort, Choir and Players, which he founded in 1973. He has also published major articles on Monteverdi, Purcell and Bach and is co-editor of the 700-page New Oxford Book of Carols (1992). His book The Essential Bach Choir together with a fascinating collection of essays entitled Composers’ Intentions? have influenced modern performance practice into the 21st century.

    Vespers of 1612
    Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (c.1560-1627)
    Missa Dum sacrum mysterium
    Robert Carver (c1490-1550)
  • 3 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    And I saw a new heaven | North Cotswold Chamber Choir
    North Cotswold Chamber Choir, Peter Hunt, Terry McNamara
    St Lawrence Church Towcester NN12 6YY
    United Kingdom

    Firmly established as one of the leading musical lights of the region, North Cotswold Chamber Choir (founded in 1992) will have recently given this programme at the Festival of Faith and Literature held in Bloxham.

    The musical centrepiece of this concert for chamber choir and organ will be settings of texts inspired by the Book of Revelation from English composers Edgar Bainton (And I saw a new Heaven) and Hubert Parry (There is an old belief). The themes of a heavenly city, the river of the water of life, and spiritual restoration will be reflected in a wide-ranging programme including anthems, prayers, spirituals, and popular song.

    Living composers represented include Andy Beck (Riversong), Bob Chilcott (Come back!) and Jussi Chydenius (The sound of the sea). Interspersed with poetry and prose, this event will be full of joy, thoughtfulness and reflection.

    Hosanna to the son of David
    Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    Almighty and Everlasting God
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    There is an old belief from Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Soldier from Some corner of a foreign field
    David Bednall ()
    And I saw a new heaven
    Edgar Bainton (1880-1956)
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Sound of the sea from Sun, moon, sea and stars
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Come back! from Sun, moon, sea and stars
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
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    25 February 2018 - 4:00pm
    Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra - Family Concert: A Frozen Afternoon
    Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucy Cumming, Peter J Williams
    Winston Churchill Hall Ruislip HA4 7QL
    United Kingdom

    For their next performance the Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra will present ‘A Frozen Afternoon’, a family concert filled with fun, excitement and great music! Children are welcome at this special performance where they can discover the magic of seeing and hearing a full orchestra live in concert.

    The programme will include a wonderful selection of music from Disney’s Frozen, from ‘In summer’ right through to ‘Let it go’ and many other great moments in the film. Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ from The Four Seasons will also be performed along with music from The Snowman by Blake. Prokofiev’s Troika will continue the winter theme before the audience are invited on a Sleigh Ride, courtesy of Leroy Anderson. Audience participation will be required to keep the sleigh bells ringing and to also take part in a sing-along or two!

    The Skaters’ Waltz by Waldteufel will complete the wintry picture, along with music from The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov.

    Currently proceeding through its 32nd Season the Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra is now well established in the local area with over 60 registered members, having performed an incredibly wide and varied repertoire of works over the years. In addition to countless concerts at local venues throughout Hillingdon, the group has also performed at some of London’s most prestigious venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Southwark Cathedral. In July 2011 the group celebrated 25 years of music making at the Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square.

    A Frozen Afternoon promises fun for ages 8-108 including parents and grandparents! The concert will be led by Lucy Cumming and conducted by the founder of the Orchestra, Peter J Williams. For further details see Hillingdon Theatres website

    Music from Disney's 'Frozen'
    Kristen Anderson-Lopez ()
    Les Patineurs, 'The Skaters' Waltz'
    Emile Waldteufel (1837-1915)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    The Snowman
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Suite from The Snow Maiden
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Sleigh Ride
    Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
    Frosty the Snowman
    S Nelson ()
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    4 March 2018 - 5:00pm
    Way Out East: Composer Portraits - Nicola LeFanu
    Jonathan Hargreaves, Sarah Dacey, The Octandre Ensemble
    Print Room at The Coronet London W11 3LB
    United Kingdom

    ‘LeFanu is renowned for works of imaginative beauty’ (BBC Music Magazine).

    The Octandre Ensemble presents the first of its ‘Way out East’ series of composer portrait concerts in the sumptuous setting of The Coronet, Notting Hill, focussing on chamber music by Nicola LeFanu. The concert will also feature the Ligeti Quartet and soprano Sarah Dacey. LeFanu has chosen music by David Lumsdaine and Elizabeth Maconchy to set her own works in context. She will appear in person to introduce her choices.

    'The same day dawns', featuring soprano Sarah Dacey, sets vivid fragments from oriental poems, while Deva casts solo cello as goddess, charting a metaphorical journey through a landscape of sensuous instrumental music. The acclaimed Ligeti Quartet will also play Lefanu’s second string quartet, and music by her mother, Elizabeth Maconchy.

    The same day dawns
    Nicola LeFanu (1947-)
    Nicola LeFanu (1947-)
    String Quartet No 2
    Nicola LeFanu (1947-)
    Songs without words
    Nicola LeFanu (1947-)
    Blue upon blue, for solo cello
    David Lumsdaine (1931-)
    Passacaglia from String Quartet No 6
    Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994)
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    1 March 2018 - 9:30pm
    Vespers by candlelight | The Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway
    Rupert Gough, The Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The Choir of Royal Holloway and conductor Rupert Gough return to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with this late-night concert of music inspired by eventide. Movements of Rachmaninov’s Vespers will be interspersed with works by other Baltic composers, including Arvo Pärt and Eriks Ešenvalds: this rich and sonorous repertoire has become a specialty of this fine mixed-voice choir. The programme also includes Holst’s powerful Nunc dimittis, and Rheinberger’s beautiful Abendlied. Join us in the beautiful surroundings of a candlelit St Martin’s for this relaxing and sumptuous way to end the day.

    This concert will last approximately one hour without an interval.

    A reduced-price combined ticket is available for this concert and the later concert at St Martin's. Please contact the box office for more details.

    Excerpts from Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Eriks Ešenvalds (1977-)
    Psalm 131 from 2 Slavonic Psalms
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    A mercy of peace
    Alexander Kastalsky (1856-1926)
    Nunc dimittis
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Abendlied from 3 geistliche Gesänge
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
    Lugums naktij ('Prayer to the night')
    Artûrs Maskats (1957-)
    Lyubov svyataya (Sacred love)
    Gyorgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
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    27 February 2018 - 1:00pm
    Borough New Music - Series 5: Pot luck! - music for voice, cello and piano
    Clare Simmonds, Patricia Auchterlonie, Urška Horvat
    Church of St George the Martyr London SE1 1JA
    United Kingdom
    Les mots sont allés...
    Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
    Nine settings to texts by Lorine Niedecker
    Sir Harrison Birtwistle (1934-)
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
    Fluendo, for cello and piano
    Vito Palumbo (1972-)
    Four songs for soprano, cello, and piano
    André Previn (1929-)
    Akhmatova Songs
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Ich habe dich so lieb
    Alessandro Viale (1984-)
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    1 March 2018 - 1:00pm
    Robert Patterson (piano) plays Schubert
    Robert Patterson
    Church of St George the Martyr London SE1 1JA
    United Kingdom
    2 Scherzi
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 21 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    6 March 2018 - 1:00pm
    Borough New Music Series 6: Pot Luck! - Percussion and Soprano
    Chris Brannick, Sara Stowe
    Church of St George the Martyr London SE1 1JA
    United Kingdom
    Four Basho Haiku, for soprano and vibraphone
    Jorge Vidales (1969-)
    Canto No 8 from Canti del Capricorno
    Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
    Nakers Capers, for percussion
    Adrian Sutcliffe ()
    Songs for Anna
    Chris Hobbs (1950-)
    Organum Caudices
    Julie Sharpe ()
    Recitativarie for singing harpsichord player
    Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)
    Little era ending songs
    Paul Burnell (1960-)
    Sonnekus 2 vs Je te veux
    John Cage (1912-1992)
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