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Format: 2019-01-23
Format: 2019-01-23
  • 27 January 2019 - 6:30pm
    Simon Callaghan and friends
    Karel Bredenhorst, Rosalind Ventris, Simon Callaghan
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    Simon Callaghan is joined by two leading string players to present a programme of orchestral works by Berlioz and Richard Strauss. Essentially concertos for viola and cello, they showcase the virtuosity and skill of the soloists (including the piano which will function as the orchestra!), while presenting these passionate works in a transparent, chamber setting.

    Don Quixote
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Harold en Italie
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 2 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra play Dvorák and Brahms
    Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Pavlos Carvalho, Robin Newton
    St Peter's Church, Notting Hill London W11 2PN
    United Kingdom

    Come and join us to banish the late winter blues with these two incredible orchestral works from the late 19th Century. Working for the first time with conductor Robin Newton, we’re welcoming cellist Pavlos Carvalho to perform Dvorák's Cello Concerto with the orchestra.

    Dvorák's Cello Concerto, written in 1894, is sumptuous and virtuosic. It’s one of the first of its kind, opening up new possibilities for the solo cello. Like the New World Symphony, it hails from Dvorák's American period and has the same sense of homesick longing. Yet there is far more to the cello concerto than initially meets the ear. Homesickness tells only half the tale. His wife, Anna, was with him in America, whom he had married only after courting and being turned down by her elder sister, Josefina. At that time, he had started an early cello concerto, an expression of his love. Now, in America, he learned that Josefina was seriously ill – and began another cello concerto. Into it, he wove Josefina’s favourite of his songs, called ‘Leave me alone’ that is heard most achingly in the wonderful slow movement.

    Brahms began working on his first symphony in the early 1860s. By the time he finished the piece, in September 1876, he had been living for more than a decade in Vienna, where Beethoven had produced many of his greatest works. Indeed, throughout his career as a composer, Brahms sensed the shadow of Beethoven looming over him and hoped to be considered on his own merits, without being compared to the man who would come to be widely regarded as the greatest composer in the Western classical tradition. The conductor Hans von Bülow called the symphony 'Beethoven's Tenth', due to perceived similarities between the it and various Beethoven compositions. It is often remarked that there is a strong resemblance between the main theme of the finale of Brahms's First Symphony and the main theme of the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Brahms himself said, when comment was made on the similarity with Beethoven, "any ass can see that". Nevertheless, this work is still sometimes referred to as 'Beethoven's Tenth'.

    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 26 January 2019 - 1:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem: Come and Sing with London Oriana Choir
    Dominic Ellis-Peckham, Guest Orchestra, London Oriana Choir
    St Peter's Church, Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL
    United Kingdom

    Blast away the winter blues or kick off your New Year’s resolution in style by joining renowned conductor and choral expert Dominic Ellis-Peckham and the London Oriana Choir for an inspirational and energetic afternoon of singing.

    Join us and bring some friends to perform Mozart’s Requiem, complete with orchestra and guest soloists. This is guaranteed to bring smile to your faces and delight to your ears to start 2019! Perhaps you are even considering becoming a member of the London Oriana Choir? Well, what better way to test us out.

    1.30pm rehearsal, 6.30pm performance

    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 2 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    Surrey Mozart Players perform Russian masterpieces and a jazz premiere
    Beverley Hull, David McCallum, Steve Waterman, Surrey Mozart Players
    The Electric Theatre Guildford GU1 4SZ
    United Kingdom

    The Surrey Mozart Players show their versatility with this exciting concert. Performing the solo trumpet in a concerto which he composed himself, is jazz legend, Steve Waterman. Featuring three sections, a tango, a slow movement and a final Latin-inspired section with full orchestra accompaniment and jazz improvisation on the trumpet, this chance to experience the premiere performance of this new work is not to be missed. The concerto is complemented by Stravinsky’s energetic and rhythmic Danses concertantes and Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony, known as the ‘Little Russian’ because of the Ukrainian folk melodies which form some of its themes.

    Steve Waterman is undoubtedly one of Britain’s top jazz trumpet players. He began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music, playing with the European Community Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then he has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene. He has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name as well as a number of CDs under the ECM label with John Surman’s Brass Project and Carla Bley. Steve has won numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years and is very committed to jazz education. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music and the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

    Danses concertantes, for chamber orchestra
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Concerto for jazz trumpet and orchestra
    Steve Waterman (1965-)
    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 25 January 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi and Handel by candlelight | London Musical Arts Ensemble
    John Landor, London Musical Arts Ensemble
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and enjoy our candlelit concert in the beautiful atmosphere of London's iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The programme features some of the greatest classical music, carefully selected and exquisitely performed by some of London’s finest musicians.

    For details of all our concerts please visit the London Musical Arts website.

    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Larghetto from Concerto Grosso in B minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 27 January 2019 - 8:00pm
    Music Under Siege - Shostakovich's 7th performed beneath Concorde - Resonance
    Frederick Platt, Resonance Orchestra
    Aerospace Bristol Bristol BS34 5BZ
    United Kingdom

    With 100 performers under the wings of Concorde, this will be a spectacle for both eyes and ears!

    Join us on an epic journey through the hardship, resilience and drama of the Leningrad siege, all encapsulated in music and in an extraordinary setting.

    "The only thing we feared was that the Germans would start bombing us. I was thinking, 'God, let us listen to it to the end.' Everyone was starving, but they were all dressed up in bow ties."

    At Resonance, we want to bring monumental music of monumental scale to Bristol's best spaces, and we want to share that music with the community. By going beyond the concert hall and keeping tickets affordable, we want everybody to feel welcome.

    Whatever music you like, you will love this intense and powerful symphony, written from within the besieged city of Leningrad.

    Symphony No 7 in C, 'Leningrad'
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 1 February 2019 - 3:00pm
    The lost piano music of Frederick Septimus Kelly
    Alex Wilson
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    Alex Wilson (piano) performs music of the early 20th Century in the beautiful surroundings of Southwark Cathedral, including rarely heard music by Frederick Septimus Kelly, a talented composer who died at The Somme in 1916. Come along to experience works that haven’t been heard in over 100 years in a concert of sublime lyricism and harmonic beauty, also featuring a selection of movements from Elgar's 'Enigma Variations' and Parry's 'Shulbrede Tunes'. This concert marks the launch of a crowdfunding campaign in advance of a Toccata Classics CD release of previously unrecorded piano works by FS Kelly later in the year.

    24 Monographs for piano
    Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)
    12 Studies for piano
    Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Shulbrede Tunes
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
  • 31 January 2019 - 6:00pm
    Oxford Lieder/Song at Wolfson: Alice Privett sings Schubert, Strauss and Mahler
    Alice Privett, Sholto Kynoch
    Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College Oxford OX2 6UD
    United Kingdom

    Soprano Alice Privett made a sensational impression at 2017’s Lieder Festival with an extraordinary performance of Schoenberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire as well as stepping in at short notice for songs by Zemlinsky with the Piatti Quartet. We celebrate Schubert’s 222nd birthday today, with songs that include his famous settings of the character Mignon, from Goethe’s epic novel Wilhelm Meister. Alice also performs Strauss’s 'Ophelia' songs and Mahler's powerful Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer).

    Special offer:
    Enjoy a free glass of Gusborne Estate sparkling wine after the concert at Cherwell Boathouse by booking a table and showing your concert ticket.

    Selected songs
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Drei Lieder der Ophelia, from Shakespeare's Hamlet
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, 'Songs of a wayfarer'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 31 January 2019 - 7:45pm
    Salve Regina | Canticum
    Canticum, Mark Forkgen
    St Sophia, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom London W2 4LQ
    United Kingdom

    Victoria’s Mass 'Salve Regina', one of the jewels of the Spanish late renaissance, will be sung by leading London chamber choir Canticum, conducted by Mark Forkgen, in the atmospheric acoustic space of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bayswater. Between the movements of the Mass we interpose heartfelt late 20th century settings of religious texts, in the style sometimes known as mystic minimalism, by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the late Sir John Tavener.

    Missa Salve Regina
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Song for Athene
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    The Lamb, 'Little lamb, who made thee?'
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Mother of God, here I stand from The Veil of the Temple
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Funeral Ikos
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Nunc dimittis
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Bogoroditse Djevo
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
  • 1 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven by candlelight
    John Lenehan, Rimma Sushanskaya, The Locrian Ensemble
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the (London) Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan has appeared in concerts throughout the World from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has also collaborated with some of the leading instrumentalists of our time and is recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician. For his second appearance at St Martin in the Fields this season he has chosen to perform Beethoven's 'Emperor' piano concerto.

    The internationally-acclaimed violinist Rimma Sushanskaya conducts Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony No 5. She was the last pupil of David Oistrakh, with whom she studied at Moscow Conservatoire, and under whose tutelage she won many prestigious awards. Upon leaving the Soviet Union she rapidly established a glowing reputation in the west; the Washington Post, described her as “one of the greatest violinists alive today,” and commented on her “extraordinary intensity and brilliant virtuosity.”

    Rimma Sushanskaya has embarked on a successful career in conducting. In recent years she has performed as a conductor in concert halls of an ever growing list of countries including Germany, Russia, Israel, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Switzerland, China and the United Kingdom. She has been enjoying successful performances and re-engagements in prestigious venues such as: Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany, Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany, Philharmonic Hall. Kharkov Ukraine, Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland.

    Among the list of orchestras conducted by Rimma Sushanskaya includes: Berlin Sinfonetta, Neues Sinfonia Orchestra, Berlin, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Germany, Kharkov Philharmonic, Ukraine, St. Petersberg State Orchestra, Russia State Philharmonic of Satu-Mare, Romania, Orchestra of the Swan, UK.

    She made her highly acclaimed London debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in 2017 conducting Pictures at an exhibition, and La valse. Among the many important orchestral works in Dr Sushanskaya’s repertoire, the following are to be noted: Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, “Choral”, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 in E minor, Mozart's Requiem D minor, Mahler's Symphony No 4 G major and Orff's Carmina Burana.

    Following in the traditions of her own legendary teacher, Rimma is equally anxious to pass on her knowledge and experience to young people. She is sough-after professor at Birmingham Conservatoire, and her Virtuoso Violin Festival every summer in Stratford-upon-Avon (her home in England) attracts string students of the highest calibre from the UK and abroad.

    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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