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Format: 2018-03-24
Format: 2018-03-24
  • 24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Blackburn Symphony Orchestra
    Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, Richard Howarth, Waynne Kwon
    Blackburn Cathedral Blackburn BB1 5AA
    United Kingdom

    Join us for an orchestral concert of some of the 20th century's most evocative English music with talented young cellist Waynne Kwon playing the Walton Cello Concerto.

    Waynne was born in Seoul South Korea, and was brought up and studied music in Australia. He attends the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK where he has been awarded a scholarship and a generous loan of their 1694 Ruggieri cello. He was also a finalist at the RNCM Concerto Competition. Waynne was also recently awarded The Tait Memorial Trust, Higgins Family Scholarship to help hime continue his studies.

    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    4 Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Faversham Choral Society
    Faversham Choral Society, Faversham Choral Society Chamber Orchestra, James Brown
    St Mary of Charity Parish Church Faversham ME13 8GZ
    United Kingdom

    Haydn's mighty choral work 'Nelson Mass', originally called the 'Mass for Troubled Times', is now forever associated with Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory over Napoleon.

    Howard Goodall's composition Eternal Light was commissioned in 2008 and has received countless performances since then, making it his most popular large scale choral composition. Written to mark the 20th anniversary of the ensemble London Musici, Goodall’s interpretation of the Requiem, it was also envisaged as a dance piece for the Rambert Dance Company. Traditionally a prayer for the salvation of the departed soul, Goodall’s requiem centres on those who are left behind to grieve.

    Future concerts by Faversham Choral Society include a ‘Come and Sing’ Event in June 2018 and participation in a Remembrance Day Concert on Saturday 10 November joining Sittingbourne Orpheus and other choirs to mark 100 years since the end of 1st World War .

    Come and join us: We meet in the United Church Hall Preston Street Faversham 7.45pm on Wednesdays. Come and give us a try with no obligation, we are a friendly choir and we don’t have auditions.

    Mass No 11 in D minor, 'Nelson Mass' (Missa in angustiis)
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Eternal Light: A Requiem
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
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    3 April 2018 - 6:00pm
    NYOS Junior Orchestra - The Power of Nature
    Holly Mathieson, NYOS Junior Orchestra
    The Albert Halls Stirling FK8 2QL
    United Kingdom

    NYOS Junior Orchestra is for ambitious young musicians aged 8 and over, and is the first full orchestra on the classical education pathway at the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.

    Conductor Holly Mathieson has been working with NYOS Junior Orchestra for four years and uring this time she has inspired its youngest instrumentalists to perform beyond themselves, and we look forward to another year of wonderful music making

    Dances at Threave
    John Maxwell Geddes (1941-)
    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concert Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    The Blue Planet
    Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981)
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    24 March 2018 - 6:30pm
    Lamentations and Requiem | London Concord Singers
    Jessica Norton, London Concord Singers
    Queens' College Chapel Cambridge CB3 9ET
    United Kingdom

    London Concord Singers forthcoming programme of sacred music combines two powerful, but lesser known, 20th century works with major works from an earlier period. Ildebrando Pizzetti's Requiem and Alberto Ginastera's Lamentations of Jeremiah will be performed alongside Gregorio Allegri's Miserere and a selection of Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories.

    Dating from 1922, the Requiem mass by the Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti, best known for his operatic treatment of TS Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, is steeped in the tradition of Gregorian chant, weaving traditional chants together with more 20th century harmonies. Written in 1946 by the Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, Lamentations of Jeremiah is full of strong rhythms and striking harmonies.

    London Concord Singers will be performing Allegri's Miserere in the performing edition by Ben Byram-Wigfield which was originally created for The Sixteen. This starts with Allegri's original unadorned music, moves through the version preserved in the Vatican in the 19th century and ends with the popular version, complete with the top C. The programme is completed with a selection of Gesualdo's powerful Tenebrae Responsories.

    Messa di Requiem
    Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968)
    Jerusalem, surge from Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    Lamentations of Jeremiah
    Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
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    25 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    JS Bach's St Matthew Passion | East Sussex Bach Choir/The Fletching Singers
    Bradley Travis, East Sussex Bach Choir, Helen-Jane Howells, John Hancorn, Julia Bishop, Nicholas Pritchard, Paul Austin Kelley, Rebecca Leggett, Stephen Charlesworth, The Baroque Collective, The Fletching Singers
    All Saints Church Hove BN3 3QE
    United Kingdom

    This monumental St Matthew Passion is hailed as the greatest setting of the Passion story in western music, but surprisingly it was not until almost 100 years after its premiere that Bach’s music got the recognition it deserved.

    Composed in 1727, it is a setting of sections of St Matthew’s Gospel, designed as part of Good Friday Vespers for the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig. Following its premiere, it received two subsequent performances in 1736 and the 1740s. After that it was not performed again until its revival in Berlin in 1829 by Mendelssohn, which marked a renaissance of Bach’s sacred vocal music.

    The work comprises two choruses, two orchestras (each with continuo organ) and a group of soloists, including Jesus Christ and the Evangelist.

    East Sussex Bach Choir are combining forces with The Fletching Singers and will be singing the English translation of The St Matthew Passion.

    The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Nick Milner-Gulland, the former Music Director of The Fletching Singers who recently passed away.

    St Matthew Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    24 March 2018 - 8:00pm
    Stabat Mater | New Cambridge Singers
    Graham Walker, New Cambridge Singers
    Trinity College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1TQ
    United Kingdom

    Passiontide has been fertile ground for composers through the ages. Alongside motets from the Renaissance and early 20th centuries, the concert will also feature two significant works, each very much of its time. Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater (1715) is a masterpiece of the choral repertoire, full of meditation and reflection, but also with drama provided by soloists emerging from the choir. In contrast, but equally powerfully, we will also be singing James Macmillan’s Cantos sagrados (Sacred Songs, 1989), which combines sacred and secular texts highlighting political repression in South America.

    Versa est in luctum
    Alonso Lobo (c1555-1617)
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Ne irascaris, Domine
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Cantos sagrados, 'Sacred Songs'
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    O vos omnes
    Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
    This Worldes Joie
    Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
    Stabat Mater a 10 voci
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 | Torbay Singers
    Daniel Thomson, Denise Kehoe, Julia Featherstone, Paul Bentley-Angell, Tina Guthrie, Torbay Singers, Torbay Singers Baroque Orchestra
    All Saints Church, Babbacombe Torquay TQ1 3NY
    United Kingdom

    To celebrate 450 years since the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, the Torbay Singers are delighted to perform his Vespers of 1610 (Vespro della Beata Vergine). This monumental Baroque masterpiece brings together choir, soloists and instrumentalists in a celebration of different musical styles of the time. There are moments of serene contemplation and bombastic choruses, showing off the range of the performers.

    This performance fulfils a long-term ambition for the Torbay Singers to perform the work, in this 50th anniversary year since the choir was established. All Saints in Babbacombe provides an ideal setting for the performance, and we have invited some of the best instrumentalists in the country and exciting young soloists to help us make the most of the space and acoustics.

    Monteverdi is thought to have composed this collection of pieces to show off his talents and range, possibly leading to his future position as maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice in 1613. It still acts as a show-piece for the performers and marks a highlight of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

    Vespro della Beata Vergine, 'Vespers' (1610)
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Byrd's Mass for 4 voices | The Ionian Singers
    Eulalie Charland, The Ionian Singers, Timothy Salter
    St Mary-le-Bow Church London EC2V 6AU
    United Kingdom

    The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London welcomes back The Ionian Singers and conductor Timothy Salter for this programme of music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. Five movements of Byrd's Mass for 4 voices open and close the concert, which also includes motets by Gibbons, Weelkes and twentieth-century English composer, Edmund Rubbra. Violinist Eulalie Charland joins the choir for Nystedt's Ave Maria, and a short chorale prelude by Timothy Salter on JS Bach's Es ist genug, as well as providing some instrumental interludes. Join us for this interesting programme of English and Nordic music in the delightful acoustic of St Mary-le-Bow.

    Kyrie Eleison from Mass for 4 voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Lift up your heads
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Tenebrae Motets: Third Nocturn
    Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
    Es ist genug
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Loure from Partita No 3 for solo violin in E
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Excerpts from Klee Sketches
    Haflidi Hallgrímsson (1941-)
    When David heard
    Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    Ave Maria
    Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)
    Oration, for solo violin
    Timothy Salter (1942-)
    Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass for 4 voices
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Rossini: Petite messe solennelle | The Bradford Chorale
    Andrea Tweedale, Edd Ingham, Jon Payne, Jonathan Eyre, Matthew Palmer, Rachel Gilmore, The Bradford Chorale
    St Paul's Church Shipley BD18 3EH
    United Kingdom

    The Bradford Chorale with conductor, Jon Payne, welcome you to this sublime Rossini work. We are joined by a fine array of soloists.

    We are so enjoying rehearsals of this wonderful music, we can't wait to share it with you.

    Petite messe solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Rossini's Petite messe solennelle
    Barbara Manning, Hannah Bennett, Iestyn Evans, Julian Williamson, Niall Anderson, Nina Kanter, Peter Harris, The Camden Choir
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    The great Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868) is primarily known for his 40 operas, including The Barber of Seville and The Italian Girl in Algiers, but at the age of 37 he went into semi-retirement in Bologna – it was not until 1855, when he returned to Paris, that he began composing again. His later works were mainly small scale and intended for private performance only. However, in 1863, Rossini composed the so-called Petite messe solennelle – the first private performance was given on 14 March 1864. After much persuasion, he did produce a version for full orchestra which was premiered at the Théâtre Ventadour in Paris three months after the composer's death, but it is generally recognised that the original version remains superior. Rossini had refused permission for its public performance as he disliked the sound of cathedral boys’ voices, but was not allowed to use girls.

    Rossini was well known for his sense of humour and his Petite messe solennelle is neither small nor solemn… in fact one critic has labelled it economical and graceful. The composer himself noted that it contained ‘a little science, a little heart, that is all’. It is scored for soloists and choir, accompanied (originally) by two pianos and a harmonium (replaced for this performance by piano and harmonium). Although he may have amused himself with the heading, Rossini treated the Mass itself seriously – far more seriously than one might assume at first glance. The influences of opera house, church and concert hall are all intermingled, clothed in beautiful melodies, showing that Rossini’s skill remained undimmed through all his years of silence. The work as a whole displays a joyful yet profound faith and expresses Rossini’s deep religious conviction in the finest way he knew of expressing it. It is quite dance-like in certain sections, and may truthfully be said to keep the audience’s attention on its toes. The Camden Choir is delighted to be performing this minor masterpiece to mark the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death in 1868.

    Petite messe solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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