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Format: 2019-04-21
Format: 2019-04-21
  • 30 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra with Yefim Bronfman
    Marios Papadopoulos, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Yefim Bronfman
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from Beethoven himself, courtesy of a giant among pianists Yefim Bronfman. He returns to the orchestra following his debut in 2017 for the concerto by Beethoven that sees the composer at his most composed.

    Overture from Die Ruinen von Athen, 'The Ruins of Athens'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 3 in G minor
    Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
  • 21 April 2019 - 6:30pm
    Easter Concert with the London Gala Orchestra
    Leytonstone Chorale, London Gala Orchestra, Stephen Ellery
    St John the Baptist Church Leytonstone, London E11 1HH
    United Kingdom

    An easter present from St John's Church, Leytonstone.

    The London Gala Orchetsra and St John's Church team up to perform Rimsky Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture, Mussorgsky's Night on a bare mountain, Khachachurian's Adagio from Spartacus, The Sabre Dance and much more!!!

    This event will be entry free but reservations are highly recommended! Send your request to ellery007@hotmail.com

    Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Sabre Dance from Gayane
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Russian Easter Festival Overture
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    A night on the bare mountain
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Finale from Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 27 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Instant Opera - Spring Opera Gala
    Anando Mukerjee, Camilla Jeppeson, Charlotte North, Crispin Lewis, Emma Dogliani, Hannah Jamaica, Instant Opera Chorus, Instant Opera Orchestra, Jacqueline Yu, Lyn Keay, Nicholas George, Oliver Till, Stephen Holloway
    The Exchange Theatre, St Mary's University Twickenham TW1 1BE
    United Kingdom

    Following triumphant five star opera productions and galas last year, Instant Opera make their debut at The Exchange.

    Featuring ten professional soloists, a chorus and a full orchestra conducted by Oliver Till, this promises to be a glittering, unforgettable, occasion.

    Performing glorious operatic masterpieces and grand choruses by; Puccini, Bizet, Rossini, Mozart, Handel, Verdi, Gounod, Strauss, Gilbert and Sullivan and more!

    “..Creative and high level group of performers” ***** Trendfem.com

    Tickets: £18/£15 (concessions, or 3 or more tickets bought together)

    Parles-moi de ma mère from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Che gelida manina from La bohème, 'Bohemian life'
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Humming chorus from Madama Butterfly
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Iolanthe (or The Peer and the Peri)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    Excerpts from Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
    Excerpts from Roméo et Juliette
    Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
    Excerpts from Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
    Pur ti miro from L'incoronazione di Poppea, 'The Coronation of Poppea'
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    V'adoro, pupille from Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Dido's lament
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Madamina, il catalogo è questo from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    La Vendetta from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Bella figlia dell'amore from Rigoletto
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Che farò senza Euridice from Orfeo ed Euridice
    Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
    Excerpts from La Cenerentola, 'Cinderella'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    When the foeman bares his steel from The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    Brindisi from La traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  • 26 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival: Angelika Kirchschlager and Julius Drake
    Angelika Kirchschlager, Julius Drake
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    Liebeslied – Lieder’s Love Songs

    We are thrilled to welcome as our Guest of Honour one of the most important artists currently appearing before the public. Acclaimed as one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss and Mozart, Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager is heard on the world’s great stages and has the rare distinction of having given recitals on the main stages of La Scala Milan and the Vienna Staatsoper. Her recordings have won many awards, including a Grammy. Much loved accompanist Julius Drake returns to Leeds Lieder.

    Programme to include:

    Schumann Liebeslied, Er ist’s, Die Soldatenbraut, Die Löwenbraut
    Brahms Meine Liebe ist grün, Therese, Über die Heide, Unbewegte laue Luft
    Schubert Gesang der Norna, Am Bach im Frühling, Geheimes, Florio, Erlkönig, An Silvia, Der liebliche Stern, Bei dir allein!
    Brahms Der Gang zum Liebchen, Dein blaues Auge, Von ewiger Liebe
    Schumann Frühlingsnacht, Die Lotosblume, Der Einsiedler, Requiem

    “the grainy and distinctive timbre of Kirchschlager’s vivid mezzo-soprano is well suited to this highly charged emotional world, and Drake’s playing is eloquently impassioned” The Daily Telegraph
    “Kirchschlager is exquisite and intensely dramatic by turns … Drake is outstanding” The Guardian

  • 28 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival: Miah Persson and Joseph Middleton
    Joseph Middleton, Miah Persson
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    Landscape into song

    Much-loved Swedish soprano Miah Persson, an artist in her prime, makes her Leeds Lieder début in a programme which explores femininity and motherhood in the first half, before turning to her Scandinavian roots in the second. She is joined by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton to close the 2019 Festival in what will certainly be a must-see event for Lieder enthusiasts.

    Programme to include:

    Clara Schumann Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen, Liebst du um Schönheit, Liebeszauber, Warum willst du andre fragen?, Die Lorelei
    Robert Schumann Frauenliebe und –leben
    Grieg 6 Songs Op 48
    Sibelius Våren flyktar hastigt, Den första kyssen, Säv, säv, susa, Svarta rosor

    [Persson] ‘has added a burnish of gold to the silvery soprano that has served her so well in Mozart roles. She gives one of the most detailed and nuanced acting performances of any singer of the past decade or more…this is a near-immaculate assumption, pouring out Strauss’s soaring legato in long-breathed phrases and holding the stage with effortless charisma.’ The Sunday Times on Miah Persson

    “Joseph Middleton: rightful heir to legendary accompanist Gerald Moore.” Opera Magazine

  • 27 April 2019 - 7:00pm
    Beatus Ille Ensemble (violins and cello) perform baroque music
    Anthony Constantine, Avelino Vazquez, Barbara Grant, Beatus Ille Ensemble, Mary Walton, Rachel Cooper
    St Cuthbert's Church London SW5 9EB
    United Kingdom

    A new concert has been organised by West Kensington Music Team.

    The famous studio which provides with quality piano lessons in London has organised a new musical event in London. At its usual venue, St Cuthbert's church, Earls Court.

    This time, it is all about baroque music. Our harpsichordist, violinist, cellist and soprano will be performing arias, suites and sonatas of the greatest baroque composers such as Corelli, Handel and Purcell.

    Do not miss this lovely Saturday concert. Join us by booking your tickets.

    12 Trio Sonatas
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Selected arias
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 25 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival: Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson
    Benjamin Appl, Graham Johnson OBE
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    A Heine Songbook

    Described as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone Magazine), Leeds Lieder favourite Benjamin Appl was a BBC New Generation Artist and an European Concert Hall Organisation Rising Star artist for the 2015/16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues. He became an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist in May 2016 and won the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award. He had the fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest singers, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and tonight is joined by his regular collaborator, another titan of the Lieder world, Graham Johnson.

    “In dynastic terms the young German baritone Benjamin Appl is lieder royalty” The Spectator on Benjamin Appl
    “That peerless song accompanist” The Daily Telegraph on Graham Johnson

    Gruss from 6 Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Auf Flügeln des Gesanges from 6 Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Neue Liebe
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Sie liebten sich beide from 6 Lieder
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Ich stand in dunklen Träumen from 6 Lieder
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Sommerabend from 6 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Mondenschein from 6 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Meerfahrt from 4 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht from 4 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Vergiftet sind meine Lieder
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Du bist wie eine Blume
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Im Rhein im heiligen Strome from 6 Gesänge
    Robert Franz (1815-1892)
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 27 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival: Nicky Spence and Malcolm Martineau
    Malcolm Martineau, Nicky Spence
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    All Heavenly Things

    Two Leeds Lieder favourites join forces and bring their customary cheer to Yorkshire. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “a voice of real distinction,” Nicky Spence is fast emerging as “one of our brightest young tenors”. An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession. In demand at opera houses across the globe, including The Met, Covent Garden, ENO and Teatro Real Madrid, Spence is also a regular guest at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw and Zürich’s Tonhalle. Tonight he gives the world premiere of 3 Verlaine Songs by Mark Simpson, a composer well-known to Leeds audiences following his triumph at Opera North with Pleasure.

    Programme to include:

    Debussy 3 Mélodies de Verlaine
    Schumann Hochländers Abschied, Jemand, Hochländisches Wiegenlied, Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb, Niemand
    Shostakovich O wert thou in the cauld blast, Macpherson’s Farewell, Jenny
    Mark Simpson 3 Verlaine Setting
    Wolf Ihr seid die Allerschönste
    Britten The Choirmaster’s burial
    Jonathan Dove Song IV
    Chaminade Si j’étais jardiniér des cieux
    Hahn A Chloris
    Dunhill The Cloths of Heaven
    Parry From a City Window,Through the Ivory Gate
    Holst The Heart Worships
    Bridge The Last Invocation
    Wolf Wenn du, mein liebster, steigst zum Himmel auf

    ‘Spence’s voice is fast becoming a thing of wonder; the heights of dramatic tenordom await.’ What’s on Stage
    ‘One of the world’s finest accompanists’ New York Observer

  • 28 April 2019 - 2:00pm
    Leeds Lieder Festival: Samuel Hasselhorn and Joseph Middleton
    Joseph Middleton, Samuel Hasselhorn
    The Venue, Leeds College of Music Leeds LS2 7PD
    United Kingdom

    Heine, folksongs and Kerner Lieder

    Hasselhorn and Middleton juxtapose two of our featured composers in this recital. Schumann’s great settings of dramatic Heine and heartbreaking Kerner poems bookend four folksongs by Brahms. German-born Hasselhorn stands at the forefront of today’s young Lieder singers. A prize-winner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Das Lied and Wigmore International Song Competitions, he has recently joined the Vienna Staatsoper where he will perform major roles and is in demand with the greatest orchestras and conductors.

    Programme to include:

    Schumann Tragödie I and II, Mein Wagen rollet langsam, Belzatzar
    Brahms Schwesterlein, In stiller Nacht, Wach auf mein Herzensschöne, Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund
    Schumann Zwölf Gedichte von Justinus Kerner

    ‘… supple, virile baritone… perfect articulation and dynamic subtleties lent every phrase absolute authority and nobility.’ Kieler News (Germany) on Samuel Hasselhorn
    “Middleton is outstanding, his reputation as a rising star among accompanists richly deserved” Gramophone Magazine

  • 23 April 2019 - 6:30pm
    Handel in London: Jane Glover in conversation
    Aidan Phillips, Jane Glover, Richard Robbins
    St George's Church, Hanover Square London W1S 1FX
    United Kingdom

    Handel House is proud to welcome renowned conductor and author Jane Glover to St George’s Hanover Square to discuss her latest book Handel In London: The Making of a Genius.

    Handel in London - published late last year by Pan Macmillan and recently chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week - tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712, followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was George Frideric Handel.

    Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story. It is a story of music-making and musicianship, of practices and practicalities, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society. It is also, of course, the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country – and throughout the world – for three hundred years.

    The event will begin with a short music recital courtesy of Handel House Talent tenor Richard Robbins and will be followed by a book signing session and a glass of wine.

    Every valley from Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Semplicetto! A donna credi from Alcina
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Would you gain the tender creature from Acis and Galatea
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Sweeter than roses from Pausanias
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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