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Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19
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    Sat, 2014-04-19 20:00
    One Day Like This - an evening of a cappella pop and jazz hits | Blossom Close
    Blossom Close, Hilary Campbell
    Edward Alderton Theatre Bexleyheath DA7 4EZ
    United Kingdom

    Blossom Close present ‘One Day Like This’, an evening of lively a cappella pop and jazz hits, featuring arrangements of songs by Adele, One Direction, Gershwin, Queen, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and many more! Blossom Close is an experienced close harmony group whose vocalists are handpicked from the pool of singers in Blossom Street, a vibrant vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK's best young singers.

    Under the direction of Hilary Campbell, the group regularly performs pop and jazz a cappella arrangements on TV, radio and at corporate events, and recently returned from performances in Japan.

    We would be delighted if you, your friends, family and colleagues would join us for what promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment that will appeal to music lovers of all ages.

    I'll be there for you (theme tune from Friends)
    Joanna Forbes ()
    I got rhythm
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Why do fools fall in love?
    Jon Halton ()
    Honey Pie
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Rolling in the Deep
    Adele Adkins (1988-)
    For Lovers
    Pete Doherty (1979-)
    All you need is love
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    One day like this
    Guy Garvey (1974-)
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Let it be
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    I'm a train
    Albert Hammond ()
    Can't buy me love
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    What a wonderful world
    George David Weiss ()
    Holding out for a Hero
    Jim Steinman (1947-)
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    (They long to be) Close to You
    Burt Bacharach (1929-)
    What makes you beautiful
    Jim Jacobs ()
    Michael Jackson medley
    Hilary Campbell ()
    Somebody to Love
    Freddie Mercury ()
    Goodnight Sweetheart
    James Hudson ()
    Chili Con Carne
    Anders Edenroth (1963-)
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    Sat, 2014-04-19 19:30
    Songs of Farewell | National Youth Choir of Great Britain
    Ben Parry, Gregory Batsleer, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Simon Lindley
    Leeds Town Hall Leeds LS1 3AD
    United Kingdom

    The National Youth Choir is formed of over 100 of the UK's best young singers aged 16-22. Meeting only in the spring and summer holidays, they sing just a few breathtaking performances each year: this is a rare chance to find out if the beauty, power and expressiveness of the sound of their voices is as good as you've heard in the legends.

    The choir consistently explores a fabulous range of music, and this concert you'll hear music focusing on key major choral works by three British composers, Hubert Parry, Benjamin Britten and James MacMillan. Bringing together an exceptional range of colours and textures, this is choral music at its most moving and dramatic, infused with vivid expressions of personal journeys, including – appropriately for the Easter weekend – those of faith and betrayal. Read more about the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain at www.nycgb.net

    Sun Soul
    Ben Parry ()
    Cantos Sagrados, 'Sacred Songs'
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    Weather Report
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    I hear the rain
    Per Nørgård (1932-)
    Bumble Bee
    Anders Edenroth (1963-)
    6 Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Rejoice in the Lamb
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Ben Parry ()
    £15; £12 concessions; £5 U25s Available from 0113 2243801 Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:00
    Handel's Messiah - Portsmouth Baroque Choir and The Consort of Twelve
    Adrian Green, Ian Caddy, Malcolm Keeler, Portsmouth Baroque Choir, Sian Bibby-Hsia, The Consort of Twelve, Toby Forster
    St Paul's Church Chichester PO19 6FT
    United Kingdom

    Portsmouth Baroque Choir and The Consort of Twelve, conducted by Malcolm Keeler will perform The Messiah at St Paul's Church, Chichester on Sunday April 26th at 7pm, commencing with extracts from Part I but focussing on Parts II and III for the Easter season.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £15, £7 18 and under, £1 accompanied children Available from 01243 371128 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:00
    Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
    Belinda Yates, Heather Chamberlain, Lance Pierson
    Leicester Square Theatre London WC2H 7BX
    United Kingdom

    2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and it's time to celebrate his enormous contribution to our culture. But if you don’t have time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets then just come and see his Greatest Hits.

    Trio 'In Voice and Verse' bring to life the best of the Bard's work. Actor Lance Pierson presents the most famous speeches and sonnets from Hamlet to Henry and Richard to Romeo. Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform music inspired by Shakespeare's work, from Purcell to Cole Porter and Walton's Henry V to Bernstein's West Side Story.

    Blow, blow thou winter wind
    Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
    Where The Bee Sucks
    Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
    It was a lover and his lasse
    Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
    Who is Silvia?
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    You Spotted Snakes
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Falling in Love With Love from The Boys from Syracuse
    Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
    Letter scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
    I Hate Men from Kiss Me Kate
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
    Amor est in pectore
    Nigel Hess ()
    The Willow Song
    Anonymous ()
    Somewhere from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Tickets £14, concessions £12 Available from 0844 873 3433 .
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    Sat, 2014-04-19 19:30
    Academia Musica Choir - Passiontide
    Academia Musica Choir, Aryan Arji
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    The Academia Musica Choir is a semi-professional ensemble that has an international recording contract with Priory Records, broadcasts on the BBC and has performed with professional ensembles such as the English Symphony Orchestra and Oxford and Cambridge University Choirs. The choir tours nationally and internationally and has built a reputation for outstanding performances. The choir performs a sustantial repertoire of sacred music every week in British cathedrals as well as productions of large-scale works and debut performances of contemporary works.

    The final event in a national series of Passiontide Concerts that explores some of the most sublime works from the Italian Renaissance.


    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Stabat mater in C minor
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Miserere mei Deus
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Stabat mater
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    O Vos Omnes
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Crucifixus à 8
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    £22, £18, £15; concessions £20, £15, £10 Available from 02072221061 .
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    Wed, 2014-04-23 19:30
    Rolf Haas (violin) UK debut with Miki Aoki (piano)
    Miki Aoki, Rolf Haas
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    Rolf and Miki will explore music that reflects the turbulent modern society through descriptive, visceral sounds and expression.
    Rolf says "To me, this music takes an unsettled glance at everyday realities we face in life and interprets the scene with unexpectedly graphic results. It is evidence that there are still people in the world today that are dedicated to making bold artistic statements, and courageous enough to be true to themselves."

    Violinist Rolf Haas combines virtuosity and an expansive sound palette and has played performances to enthusiastic audiences all across the globe. With his extremely varied repertoire, he does his best to convey a wide range of emotions, and to tell a musical story, a journey which establishes a connection with music lovers in the audience. A winner of multiple prizes at various competitions in the USA, and performing all over the world, Rolf plays on his Grandfather's Gagliano: the same violin on which the debuts of the Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg Concertos were performed.

    Miki Aoki (piano) made her debut at age 12 performing at the Royal Festival Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms Aoki's recent and upcoming engagements include performances at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, University of Hawaii and solo recitals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2011 Ms Aoki signed an exclusive contract with German label Profil Hänssler.

    Ticketholders are invited to join the performers in the Club's exclusive bar and lounge after the performance.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Fazil Say (1970-)
    Selected preludes from 24 Preludes for violin and piano
    Lera Auerbach (1974-)
    La Follia
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    Witches' Dance (Le Streghe)
    Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840)
    Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    All tickets £10 Available from 020 7620 3055 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 13:00
    Lunchtime Recital - Block4 Recorder Quartet
    Block4 Recorder Quartet, Emily Bannister, Katie Cowling, Lucy Carr, Maria Smith
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    Formed in 2012, Block4 is a London based recorder quartet featuring Emily Bannister, Lucy Carr, Katie Cowling and Ria Smith. Studying at the Royal College of Music under Ashley Solomon, Julien Feltrin and Maria Martinez, Block4 present a dynamic approach to contemporary consort music as well as offering a captivating interpretation of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Their innovative style has resulted in them being the 2014 winners of the Royal Overseas League Ensemble competition, the first recorder consort to receive this accolade in the competition’s 62 year history. They have also received a high commendation at the RCM’s Senior Woodwind Prize in 2013. Block4’s performances have included a variety of concerts and masterclasses with renowned experts such as Walter van Hauwe and Pamela Thorby, with exciting upcoming concerts at the Regent Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Canzona ‘La Lusignuola’
    Tarquinio Merula (1594/5-1665)
    Sitting Ducks
    Chiel Meijering ()
    No Tickets required.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Armenian General Benevolent Union London Chamber Orchestra Inaugural Concert
    AGBU London Chamber Orchestra, Ani Batikian, Gustavo Ubeda
    St Yeghishe Church London SW7 3BB
    United Kingdom

    The orchestra was created last year following artistic director Sarkis Zakarian’s idea to start an ensemble which would promote Armenian musicians and culture to the community and audiences in the UK. The Orchestra consists of talented Armenian musicians, currently residing in the UK and members of the London based chamber ensemble, Audeat Camerata, whose musical director, Gustavo Ubeda, has become the Orchestra’s principal conductor. The Armenian General Benevolent Union is honoured to appoint acclaimed violinist, Levon Chilingirian OBE, as the orchestra’s Patron. It welcomes talented musicians Ani Batikian, Anna Margarian and Veronika Vard-Patrikyan to join the orchestra.

    The programme has been designed as a fusion between Armenian works and other European compositions. The orchestra will present a specially commissioned piece based on the Armenian National Anthem, by composer Kristina Arakelyan, who is currently a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Other composers will include Gomidas, Aslamazyan, Mirzoyan, Vivaldi and Grieg.

    The Armenian General Benevolent Union London Branch would like to invite all music lovers to come and support this wonderful initiative and witness the creation of this ensemble in its aspiration to inspire the community in the classical music world.

    £10 adults, £5 for children
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    Mon, 2014-04-21 18:00
    Easter Concert by the Battle Festival Sinfonia
    Battle Festival Sinfonia, Bernard Robertson, Dan Cornford, Dominic Moore, Jennifer Witton, Mae Heydorn, Matthew Sharp, Owen Dennis, Patrick Savage
    St Mary's Church Battle TN33 0AN
    United Kingdom

    The Battle Festival Sinfonia is a newly established ensemble of world class instrumentalists which has been specially formed for the inaugural Battle Arts and Music Festival which takes place in October 2014. Its players have well established careers performing in this country and internationally and includes members and former members of Orchestras including the LPO, LSO and RPO. All live or work in Sussex and have strong connections with the local area.

    Mae Heydorn (mezzo-soprano) is forging a successful career in both opera and lieder, singing the role of Woodpecker in the Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne and giving her debut at the Wexford Festival Opera. She has given recitals in the Barbican Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields and has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra. She will perform as a soloist in the Battle Arts and Music Festival in October.

    West Sussex born soprano Jennie Witton is currently studying on the Masters programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2013 she won the Dvorak Society Song Prize and has recently worked with Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Opera di Peroni and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Jennie is returning to Glyndebourne for their 2014 summer season.

    Owen Dennis (oboe) studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has played with many of the leading UK orchestras, most notably the London Philharmonic. He recently returned to his first passion, mathematics, and currently teaches at Eastbourne College. He continues to work with the Galliard Ensemble, one of the leading wind quintets in the country, which he joined in 1999 and continues to perform in professional engagements.

    Introduzione from The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Erbarme dich from St Matthew Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Es ist vollbracht! from St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Extracts from Stabat mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
    Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor
    Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Easter from 5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door, children under 16 free Available from 01797 229 049 April-October, open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm..
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 16:00
    Valentin Schiedermair - piano recital
    Valentin Schiedermair
    Westminster Cathedral Hall London SW1P 1QW
    United Kingdom

    Schiedermair, who made his debut at a sold-out Berlin Philharmonic Hall, learned from some of the best and has been developing his unique blend of virtuosity and insight in concerts, recitals and orchestral performances world wide for more than 20 years.

    Valentin Schiedermair received a classical education of Latin and Ancient Greek in Heidelberg where he studied at the music academy with Paul Dan and won first prize in a piano competition. Another prize in Lugano followed, and he took lessons with the Chopin prize-winner Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her Polish husband Ludwig Stefanski. Aged 20 he won a further prize in Barcelona and was chosen as one of two German students in the performing arts to continue his studies in New York with scholarships from the Annette Kade Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.

    In New York Schiedermair found a stimulating mix of teachers. He heard Horowitz play in Carnegie Hall and took lessons with Gary Graffman, Horowitz’s favourite pupil, who taught him much of the core classical and Romantic repertoire. He continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy under Hans Kann, then in London with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music. Master classes with virtuosos Shura Cherkassky, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and many others completed his studies.

    Not surprisingly, he is now in demand for master classes in Europe and Asia where he passes on the musical tradition he experienced first hand. Master classes have taken place at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Shenzhen University in China, the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University and Aletheia University in Taipei as well as the Mannheim Music Academy in Germany and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

    Since his first radio recording aged 16 Schiedermair has developed a large repertoire and his concert career has taken him all over the world. He is a frequent guest at international festivals and has given live and recorded recitals for radio. His CDs have won him many friends in Asia, where he tours regularly.

    Valentin Schiedermair also composes and teaches composition. He grew up in a family with a close affinity to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and the romantic composers. While his style is essentially intimate and lyrical, his playing conveys passion and drama in equal measure. He enjoys researching the historical and biographical background to the music he plays to get as close to it as possible – and to share this enjoyment with his audience.

    Toccata No 2 in E minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano No 12 in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Nocturne No 18 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 4 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude and Fugue No 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude in C
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Etude in C
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude and Fugue No 2 in C minor from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude No 20 in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Etude in C minor, 'Revolutionary Study'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £12, £10 (OAP), £6 (students with ID) Available from 020 8960 4027 Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday: 11am to 1.00pm.