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Format: 2020-02-26
Format: 2020-02-26
  • 1 March 2020 - 11:00am
    Classical Coffee Mornings - Brompton Quartet
    Brompton Quartet, Emily Turkanik, Hannah Gardiner, Maja Horvat, Wallis Power
    Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Watch inspirational performances by outstanding young performers from the Royal College of Music whilst enjoying a hot drink and a pastry in the Hall’s Elgar Room.

    Performing at this Classical Coffee Morning are The Brompton Quartet, comprised of musicians from the UK, Austria and Slovenia, studying at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London.

    They were winners at the 2019 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, and since forming in September 2018 have worked with artists including Daniel Rowland (Brodsky Quartet), Mats Zitterqvist (Chamber Orchestra of Europe) and Heinz Holliger.

    String Quartet in B flat, 'Sunrise'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    3 Pieces for String Quartet
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    String Quartet No 11 in F minor, 'Serioso'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 6 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    Lucerne Festival Strings with Midori
    Daniel Dodds, Lucerne Festival Strings, Midori
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    In his 250th birthday year, we pay tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven: poet, prophet and radical, a genius who could simultaneously set worlds on fire and explore the deepest secrets of the human heart. The incomparable Midori brings together a handpicked team of players from the world-famous Lucerne Festival, for an all-Beethoven celebration that ranges from the epic serenity of his Violin Concerto to the tumultuous energy of his exuberant Fourth Symphony.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 4 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by candlelight | February | Sonata No 3 and Berceuse
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    United Kingdom

    Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

    He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

    His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

    He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

    He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series.

    Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

    “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion

    3 Ecossaises
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 14 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Variations brillantes on 'Je vends des scapulaires'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Berceuse in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 19 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 41 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    Marije Johnston, Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    On Saturday 29th February 2020, in the heart of London just steps away from Piccadilly Circus, the walls of St James’s Church, Piccadilly will resound with the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and Mozart, played by Marije Johnston, and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.

    Experience a romantic, candlelit evening with selections of the world’s greatest classical music in the gorgeous St James’s Church, Piccadilly. The concert features timeless works by the monumental composers, Mozart, Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi. If you’re in need of a relaxing experience, want to learn more about classical music, or just want to hear virtuosic performances by some of the best, young performers in the UK, this concert is just for you.

    The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles. Founded in 2018, the ensemble has performed in halls throughout the UK including London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester and further afield. The Piccadilly Sinfonia exists to perform the world’s greatest classical music in the UK’s most historic venues.

    The concert features breath-taking feats of virtuosity from violinist sensation, Marije Johnston, in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major.

    Dutch violinist Marije Johnston has won numerous prizes, including all the RNCM’s chamber music prizes as a member of the Navarra Quartet. As a soloist Marije performed Shostakovich’s violin concerto No. 1 with the Royal Northern College of Music’s Symphony Orchestra after winning the prestigious concerto auditions held at the Royal Northern College of Music and performed concertos by Tippett, Schnittke and the Brahms ‘Double’ Concerto with the same orchestra. Awarded the Royal Northern College of Music’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal, Marije is much in demand as a chamber musician and often plays with ensembles such as the Fibonacci Sequence, Schubert Ensemble and Aronowitz Ensemble.

    So why not treat yourself to a spectacular evening and join us for a concert to remember of uplifting music.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for violin and strings in E major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Divertimento No 11 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 7 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    City of Southampton Orchestra | with prize-winning pianist Dinara Klinton
    City of Southampton Orchestra, Dinara Klinton, Dominic Grier
    Turner Sims Southampton SO17 1BJ
    United Kingdom

    An evening of sweeping melodies awaits as we perform an evening of wonderful romantic music.

    Guest conductor Dominic Grier and prize-winning pianist Dinara Klinton promise an evening of musical excellence.

    Little Suite for Orchestra
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Symphony No 3 in D, 'Polish'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 7 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    Living Music! - Festival of Contemporary Music for All
    Julia Harding, Macclesfield Concert Band, Macclesfield Contemporary Ensemble, Macclesfield Singers, Macclesfield Society of Recorder Players, Sarah Williamson
    St Michael and All Angels Church Macclesfield SK10 1DY
    United Kingdom

    A concert of classical music by contemporary composers, three of whom – Adam Gorb, Julia Harding and Peter Hemsworth – are local to Macclesfield. It will be performed in one of Macclesfield most historic buildings, the parish church, by members of four local musical ensembles.

    The Third Festival of Contemporary Music for All will take place across the UK and Europe over the weekend 7-8 March 2020, building on the successes of the 2016 and 2018 Festivals. As part of the Festival, King Edward Musical Society Macclesfield Contemporary Ensemble is organising a series of musical events on 7th March 2020 in Macclesfield’s parish church, one of Macclesfield’s most historic building, including workshops and a free informal concert.

    Details of all these events can be found here

    King Edward Musical Society Macclesfield Contemporary Ensemble and Concert Band will be conducted by Julia Harding. The Music Centre's Adult Choir will be conducted by Sarah Williamson.

    Eleanor Alberga (1949-)
    Dutch Courage
    Philip Venables ()
    Howard Skempton (1947-)
    River Song
    Rosemary Robinson ()
    Ballads, Blues and Riffs, for recorder quintet
    Andrew Challinger ()
    Tranquility, for wind ensemble
    Adam Gorb (1958-)
    Lull me beyond thee from Danceries
    Kenneth Hesketh (1968-)
    Paper wings
    Sylvia Lim (1992-)
    A bird in the beast
    Michael Pisaro (1961-)
    Rollo takes a walk
    David Maslanka (1943-)
  • 1 March 2020 - 8:00pm
    Music for the Earth | Nova (early music vocal ensemble)
    Bruce Saunders, Nova (early music vocal ensemble)
    All Saints' Church, Clifton Bristol BS8 3ED
    United Kingdom

    Although they had plenty of other things to worry about – wars, disease, death, heaven and hell – it could be said that human beings in medieval and renaissance Europe had a closer relationship than ours with nature and a better understanding of how to live harmoniously within the natural order. This is a programme of songs and motets which have things to say to us about the environment when we listen from our current perspective of concern about climate change.

    The programme also includes music by Byrd, Von Wolkenstein and music for recorders by Josquin and Ciconia.

    In principio creavit Deus
    Sigismondo d’India (1582-1629)
    O stellae coruscantes
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Dum deambularet dominus
    Thomas Crecquillon (c1505/10-c1557)
    Timor et tremor
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Sicut cervus
    Antonio Gallego (fl 1630)
    Concussum est mare
    Jacobus Clemens non Papa (1510-c1556)
    Kyrie from Missa Et ecce terrae motus (Earthquake Mass)
    Antoine Brumel (c1460-c1520)
    O noblissima viriditas
    Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
    Laudate dominum
    Philippe de Monte (1521-1603)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Dona Nobis Pacem
    Keith Orrell, Richard Lea, Robert Woods, William Byrd Singers
    Christ Church, West Didsbury Manchester M20 2ZD
    United Kingdom

    The William Byrd Singers, conducted by Keith Orrell, invite you to our forthcoming concert 'Dona Nobis Pacem' on the unusual date of 29 February. Also unusual is our use of both organs in Christ Church, played by Richard Lea and Robert Woods. As well as playing duets, they will accompany the choir in Vierne's Messe solennelle.

    The universal theme of peace is explored in a wide variety of styles, from Joubert's dramatic settings of texts a thousand years old to Faure's popular Cantique.

    Clausen re-imagines John Sheppard as past and present echo the quest for peace felt by every generation.

    We once again present a programme to delight and inspire you in the welcoming atmosphere of Christ Church. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Grand choeur dialogué from 6 pièces d'orgue
    Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Pro pace Motets
    John Joubert (1927-)
    Prelude on 'Picardy', for organ
    John Joubert (1927-)
    In pace
    René Clausen (1953-)
    Sonata No 1 for organ in D minor
    Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
    Messe solennelle, for double choir and 2 organs
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • 26 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital: Iyad Sughayer (piano)
    Iyad Sughayer
    Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great London EC1A 9DS
    United Kingdom

    Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer, has already been invited to perform as soloist with many leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. He has performed on the stage of the Bridgewater Hall, the Stoller Hall – where Iyad made his debut on BBC Radio 3 – the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Steinway Hall New York, Castleton Festival Virginia, Kings Place and Wigmore Hall in London.

    In 2019, Iyad become a City Music Foundation Artist having just returned from a series of recitals in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He also announced the release of his first album featuring the solo works of Khachaturian with BIS records in November 2019.

    Today's programme showcases a snippet from his new album of Khachaturian's 'Poem', where his compositional muscles were flexed to notable effect, alongside more traditional Mozart's Piano Sonata in No 18 and a selection of Liszt's Harmonies poétiques et religieuses,

    Poem in C sharp minor, for piano
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Sonata for Piano No 18 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 7 March 2020 - 7:30pm
    In ecclesiis - 17th century polychoral music for voices and instruments
    Ben Sawyer, The Oriel Singers, Worcester Early Music Band
    Church of St Martin and St Peter Worcester WR5 2ED
    United Kingdom

    This concert is a collaboration with the Oriel Singers from Cheltenham conducted by Ben Sawyer with Worcestershire Early Music – we have organised some instrumentalists (violins, cornetts and sackbuts) to join the singers for In ecclesiis – a programme of 17th century polyphonic music from across Europe.

    The concert will include a reflective first half – de Padilla’s Missa Ego flos campi, Gesualdo's O vos omnes, Schütz's Selig sind die Toten – and finishing with Monteverdi’s glorious Beatus vir.

    In the second half there’s more Monteverdi and Schütz plus Giovanni Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo and In ecclesiis, after which the concert is named.

    Missa Ego Flos Campi
    Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c1590-1664)
    O vos omnes
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    Selig sind die Toten
    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
    Beatus vir from Selva morale e spirituale
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Jubilate Deo à 8
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/7-1612)
    Jauchzet dem Herrn
    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
    In ecclesiis
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/7-1612)
    Cantate Domino
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Alleluja! Lobet den Herren in seinem Heiligtum from Psalmen Davids samt etlichen Moteten und Concerten
    Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
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