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Format: 2019-03-26
Format: 2019-03-26
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight | Minute Waltz, Scherzo No 2
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Ann's Church Manchester M2 7LF
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents

    'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight'

    a new concert series in Central Manchester at St Ann’s Church, on 10 Saturday nights in the 2018/2019 season, given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    *** Tickets for this unique series are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frederic Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian Salons. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautiful setting of Manchester’s St Ann’s Church - with a complimentary glass of champagne at this conveniently located venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from September 2018 to July 2019.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio

    Waltz in D flat, 'Minute'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Impromptu No 3 in G flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Tarantelle in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise in B flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Allegro de concert in A
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 17 in B major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 11 in G flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 44 in G
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 2 in B Flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 7 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 5 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 5 April 2019 - 8:00pm
    The Choral Pilgrimage 2019: The Sixteen - Cambridge
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    St John's College Chapel Cambridge CB2 1TP
    United Kingdom

    Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

    Salve Regina
    Plainchant ()
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Gloria from Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Salve Regina
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    Aeternae laudis lilium
    Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521)
    Ave Maria
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O virgo prudentissima
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Agnus Dei from Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Mendelssohn: Elijah | Luton Choral Society
    Crispin Lewis, Fae Evelyn, Hannah Bennett, Luton Choral Society, Ronan Busfield, The Chiltern Sinfonia, Tom Asher
    St Andrew's Church Luton LU3 1HA
    United Kingdom
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra
    Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Dalton, Robert Roscoe
    The Old Gym, Wellington College Crowthorne RG45 7PU
    United Kingdom

    This promises to be a fabulous and popular concert - tickets are on sale now online, or locally from the Information Centre, Wokingham Town Hall, and Decor Interiors in the High Street, Crowthorne.

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Banks of Green Willow
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Overture from The Wasps
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Land of the mountain and the flood
    Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916)
    English Dances (Set 1)
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Colwyn Choral Society - 70th anniversary concert
    Andrew Mayor, Christopher Steele, Clare McCaldin, Colwyn Bay Choral Society, Colwyn Bay Choral Society Orchestra, Graham Eccles, Joanne Dexter
    St Paul's Church Colwyn Bay LL29 7TE
    United Kingdom

    This is the 70th anniversary concert of Colwyn Bay Choral Society and Orchestra and so will be a very special occasion for the singers, players and audience. With music spanning from the baroque of Vivaldi in his ever popular and tuneful Gloria, the Coronation Mass of Mozart demonstrating fine orchestration and innovative use of voices, both solo and choral to a cornerstone of the repertoire in the beautiful Reqiem of Gabriel Faure.

    Mass in C, 'Coronation'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Handel: Samson | Harpenden Choral Society
    Claire Williams, Emily Gray, Harpenden Choral Society, John Andrews, Joseph Padfield, Mark Wilde, Nazan Fikret, The King's Sinfonietta
    Methodist Church Harpenden AL5 2RU
    United Kingdom

    Handel’s oratorio Samson, a setting by the librettist Newburgh Hamilton based on Milton’s Samson Agonistes, was composed immediately following Messiah. The first performance, on 18 February 1743 was a great success, with six further performances in its first season in London.

    Telling the story of the last days of Samson’s life, the oratorio opens with Samson in prison in Gaza, captured and blinded by the Philistines, and ends with his death as he brings down the pillars of the temple, killing himself and a great number of his enemies.

    This glorious and dramatic work contains two of Handel’s most celebrated arias: Total Eclipse and Let the bright seraphim.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 30 March 2019 - 7:00pm
    Piano recital for 4 hands by Bobby Chen and Alberto Portugheis
    Alberto Portugheis, Bobby Chen
    West London Buddhist Centre London W2 5DP
    United Kingdom

    In this latest in West London Buddhist Centre's series of concerts featuring world class professional musicians, acclaimed musician and widely respected peace activist Alberto Portugheis, longstanding friend of West London Buddhist Centre is joined by award winning Malaysian pianist Bobby Chen in offering a programme (see below) ranging from Brahms’s Hungarian Dances to the work of contemporary Argentinian composer Susan Anton. Their previous concert at West London Buddhist Centre was very popular, so advance booking is recommended.

    Duets for Children, for piano 4 hands
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Susana Antón (1947-)
    Petite Suite, for piano 4 hands
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    21 Hungarian Dances, for piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 1 April 2019 - 1:10pm
    Joel Williams (tenor) performs songs by Poulenc, Mozart and Schubert
    Joel Williams, Marie Otaka
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Joel Williams is a British tenor and member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio where he studies with Tim Evans-Jones, and is the Kiri te Kanawa Scholar supported by the Independent Opera Scholarship.

    Joel made his operatic debuts at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne as a boy treble with Trinity Boys Choir playing Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben, and peasant-child in Puccini's Turandot. In oratorio he performed as the boy-king Joas in Handel’s Athalia with Paul McCreesh, and toured with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

    Joel spent a year in Princeton, New Jersey, where he sang with the choirs of Trinity Church, St Thomas Fifth Avenue, NYC, and co-directed the Episcopal Choir of Princeton University. He went on to take up a Choral Scholarship King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in History. With the choir, Joel took part in numerous international tours, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts. He was a soloist on many of their recordings, and has performed solos in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Sydney Opera House for which he received glowing reviews from the international press.

    On stage, Joel has played Le Ruisseau Les Fêtes D'Hébé (Bastille, Opéra de Paris), Lysander A Midsummer Night's Dream, Count Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera, Mayor Albert Herring, Hexe Hänsel und Gretel, Dr Blind Die Fledermaus (Royal College of Music International Opera School), Odoardo Ariodante (London Handel Festival), Oronte Alcina (Ryedale Festival Opera), Tamino The Magic Flute (Cambridge University Opera Society), and Satyavan Savitri (Cover, British Youth Opera). Joel created the role of Daniel in a new opera Bel and the Dragon by Alex Paxton for Tête-à-Tête Opera. In 2015 Joel was a selected to be part of the Southrepps Young Artists Programme by Ben Johnson. In the summer of 2017 Joel sang Don Ottavio Don Giovanni as a Young Artist with Opera Holland Park. In 2018 Joel is an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera.

    Joel's concert engagements include Stravinksy Threni (LPO, Jurowski),Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur (Verbier Festival, Gergiev), Verdi Otello Act One (Cambridge University Musical Society, Richard Farnes), Pärt Passio (Choir of King's College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury), Bach St John Passion (Merton College Choir, Oxford, Benjamin Nicholas), Handel Messiah (Bedford Choral Society), Mozart Requiem and Cavalli Magnificat (Danesborough Chorus), Haydn Creation (Grantham Choral Society), Handel Acis and Galatea (Lymington Choral Society) and Vivaldi Magnificat and Gabrieli In Ecclesii (South Somerset Choral Society).

    Joel is passionate about art song. He has won the Somerset Song Prize, the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, the Sidney Sussex Lieder Competition, second prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, and third prize in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song competition and the Joan Chissell Schumann competition. Joel was a Pembroke Lieder Scholar with Joseph Middleton, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn. Joel performed with Kitty Whately and Joseph Middleton at the Wigmore Hall, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. He has given recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder, the Barber Institute at Birmingham University, the Leeds University International Concert Series and at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol.

    Joel is also so grateful to those who have supported him up to this point. Many thanks to the Bawden Family, the Williams Family, the Mason Family, the H F Music Award Foundation, the Ladies of the Soirée d'Or, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Seary Charitable Trust, the Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Mario Lanza Foundation, the Philip Bates Trust, and the Michael James Trust.

    Free recital - retiring collection

    An die Leier
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Der Zwerg
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Auf dem See
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Et incarnatus est from St Cecilia Mass (Missa Cellensis in honorem BVM)
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    No longer mourn for me from English Lyrics, Second Set
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Il padre adorato from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Hyde Park
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
    Ah non partir...Già divento freddo from La finta giardiniera
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    To Gratiana dancing and singing
    William Denis Browne (1888-1915)
  • 5 April 2019 - 1:10pm
    Luiza Borac (piano) plays works by Clara and Robert Schumann, and Enescu
    Luiza Borac
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Acclaimed by the international music press as a “virtuoso of astonishing brilliance” , a “thoroughly poetic artist” (Joachim Kaiser, Sueddeutsche Zeitung), and as the first Romanian female pianist to perform in the famous Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles Luiza Borac has established herself as one of the most charismatic artists of her generation.

    Based in Germany, Luiza Borac has won over 30 prizes and accolades, including First Prize in the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and the Viotti-Valsesia International Music Competition in Italy, the Silver Medal at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, the Debut prize at Carnegie Hall New York, the Prix d’Oslo, the Grieg Prize and the audience prize in the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Oslo.

    Her pioneering project to record the piano works of George Enescu won the much-sought-after BBC Music Award in 2007 as “superbly, idiomatically played, vehemently recommended” (BBC Music Magazine), while the International Record Review described it as “a benchmark for future interpretations“.

    Luiza Borac regularly performs in Europe and the USA. She has given concerts at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Konserthus in Stockholm, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Oslo Music Festival and London’s Barbican Centre, and she has worked with such artists as Vladimir Jurowski, Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu.

    Luiza Borac has been celebrated as “a dream of a pianist” (Rondo), a 'formidable interpreter' (San Francisco Chronicle), “a worthy ambassador for a genius” (Music & Vision) and a pianist of “subtle but absolute mastery” (BBC Music Magazine). Gramophone has commented that “Borac’s only substantial rival is Dinu Lipatti in the Third Sonata” and Hi-Fi has noted that “Luiza Borac creates an extraordinary sense of identification with the music ... a revelation”. The music journal Fono Forum made this recording its 'Star of the Month'.

    Luiza Borac works closely with various internationally recognised charities. Such projects include Music In Our Schools, run by the Bachauer Foundation, the Menorah project for the Jewish victims of Schaumburg-Lippe in North Germany and a Romanian charity that supports orphans and street children in the artist’s native country. The Unesco city of Albi has awarded her the honorific title of “Ambassadrice de la Cite´ e´piscopale” and also its medal of honour in recognition of her involvement in PolioPlus, an international project run by Rotary with the aim of eradicating polio.

    Her double CD release, featuring compositions by the legendary pianist Dinu Lipatti, forms part of her collaboration with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and includes the first ever recordings of several works. This release received a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine and, with the highest possible score of 18 stars, was rated best CD in the bimonthly publication Piano News.

    In 2014 Luiza Borac attained her doctorate following research into the piano works of George Enescu and she graduated in musicology from the National University of Music in Bucharest with the highest distinction summa cum laude.

    In 2016 Luiza dedicated a number of commemorative concerts in Germany and Switzerland to the memory of the legendary Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest world pianist and Holocaust survivor who died in London at the age of 110. Luiza met Alice Herz-Sommer in London during her recording of the 24 Chopin Etudes.

    2017 Luiza Borac toured Germany, Holland, Romania, Switzerland and Italy in a series of 30 concerts dedicated to the memory of her compatriot pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti on his 100 aniversary. The concerts received highest praise in the international press.

    In June 2017 Luiza was awarded the Paul Harris Honorary Medal of The Rotary Club in Cuxhaven in recognition for her dedication to the humanitary cause End Polio Now.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Polonaise No 1 from 4 Polonaises
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Nocturne from Soirées musicales
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
    Carillon Nocturne from Suite for piano
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    Ahnung, for piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Études symphoniques
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 5 April 2019 - 7:30pm
    Liverpool String Quartet: Shostakovich's Quartet No 1/Dvorák's American Quartet
    Daniel Sanxis Silleras, Liverpool String Quartet, Nick Byrne, Roisin Walters, Sarah Hill
    St Hildeburgh's Church Hoylake
    United Kingdom

    Shostakovich wrote his first string quartet in six weeks during the summer of 1938. He was almost 32, and a relative late comer to the Quartet genre, especially considering how many he would compose in the rest of his life. It was written shortly after his fifth symphony, yet has none of the symphony‘s bravura, in fact Shostakovich said of it ‘In mood it is joyful, merry, lyrical. I would call it ‘spring-like’. It was premiered by the Glazunov Quartet on 10 October 1938 in Leningrad.

    Dvorák's String Quartet No 12 in F Major Op 96, better known as the ‘American’ was written in 1893, while the composer was working in the United States. He wrote the quartet while on holiday, sketching the whole piece in just three days and completing it after a further thirteen. The quartet is characterised by the use of the pentatonic scale, a character that is frequently identified with folk music from all over the world.

    String Quartet No 1 in C
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    String Quartet No 12 in F major, 'American'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Langsamer Satz, for string quartet
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quartet in B flat, 'Sunrise'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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