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Format: 2019-09-15
Format: 2019-09-15
  • 24 September 2019 - 7:00pm
    Diwan - Shahbaz Hussain (tabla) and Helen Anahita Wilson (piano)
    Helen Anahita Wilson, Shahbaz Hussain
    Rich Mix London E1 6LA
    United Kingdom

    Critically-acclaimed pianist/composer Helen Anahita Wilson joins forces with renowned international tabla master Ustad Shahbaz Hussain for a night of composed, indeterminate, and improvised intercultural music from their debut album 'Diwan.'

    Combining both Western and Eastern musical sensibilities to stunning effect, Hussain and Wilson create a diverse yet organically coherent mix of musical elements. Their music has deep roots in contemporary jazz and classical influences melded to a shared love for Persian and South Asian musics; all of which serves to create an inimitable soundscape. Expect driving Punjabi rhythms, Persian melodies, transcendent harmonies and a brand new musical alchemy.

    "Hypnotic" - Qwest TV
    "Breathtaking" - The Wire
    "One to watch" - Jazzwise Magazine

  • 16 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    China Night | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/China Philharmonic Orchestra
    China Philharmonic Orchestra, Jieni Wan, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Xu Zhong
    Barbican Hall London EC2Y 8DS
    United Kingdom

    An evening of exquisite music reflecting China’s rich cultural heritage and evoking the natural beauty of this diverse country. This unique concert, one of twelve taking place across the world, celebrates the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of People’s Republic of China and features works by China’s most famous composers including Xian Xinghai’s popular Yellow River Concerto, performed by Chinese piano virtuoso Wan Jieni. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by members of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Xu Zhong, General Director of Shanghai Opera.

    China Overture
    Yu Guohui (1960-)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, 'Yellow River'
    Xian Xinghai (1905-1945)
    Sketches of Mount Qian from Symphonic Suites
    Zhu Jianer ()
    Wu Xing (The Five Elements)
    Qigang Chen ()
  • 21 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Amersham Concert Club presents the Piatti Quartet
    Jessie Ann Richardson, Michael Trainor, Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Piatti Quartet, Rosalind Ventris
    Amersham Free Church Amersham HP6 6AJ
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome back the Piatti Quartet to give the first concert in our new venue. This exciting programme features two great chamber works, the Debussy quartet and the second of Beethoven's 'Razumovsky' quartets, together with a new work commissioned by the Piatti and given its world premiere this year.

    String Quartet in G minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Winter's Edge, for string quartet
    Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960-)
    String Quartet No 8 in E minor, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 18 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Fairfield Halls Reopening Gala - London Mozart Players
    Gerard Korsten, Hilary Davan Wetton, Howard Shelley, Jane Glover, London Mozart Players, Louise Alder
    Fairfield Halls Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    The London Mozart Players return to the newly-refurbished Fairfield Halls for a celebratory gala opening concert that marks their 70th birthday and their 30th year as Croydon’s resident orchestra.

    After three years’ absence, classical music is back in the heart of Croydon. To celebrate the London Mozart Players return to Fairfield Halls, in this first classical concert the orchestra will perform a variety of adored works that showcase the talent within the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and an exquisite selection of Mozart arias with lyric soprano Louise Alder will be performed alongside an exciting new commission from Alex Woolf, BBC Young Composer of the Year 2012, who was inspired to take up composition aged 11 after encountering an LMP outreach project in 2006.

    Performing this incredible music under the batons of favourite London Mozart Players conductors including Howard Shelley, Jane Glover, Hilary Devan Wetton and Gerard Korsten, the orchestra will delight friends old and new with its flair and versatility as it looks forward to reacquainting itself with this magnificent, freshly minted venue.

    The concert will be in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent.

    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Ch'io mi scordi di te?, for soprano, piano obbligato and orchestra
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Zeffiretti lusinghieri from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Fairfield Fanfare
    Alex Woolf ()
  • 16 September 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchbreak Opera presents Gianni Schicchi (multiple dates)
    Lunchbreak Ensemble, Lunchbreak Opera, Matthew O'Keefe
    St Botolph without Bishopsgate London EC2M 3TL
    United Kingdom

    Lunchbreak Opera returns to St Botolph's with the final opera of Giacomo Puccini's Il Trittico. Gianni Schicchi is a comical farce inspired by characters from Dante's Divine Comedy and the theatrical style of Commedia Dell'Arte.

    Performances at 1pm from the 16th to the 20th of September, with additional performances at 6pm on the 19th and 20th

    A dysfunctional family believe that they are set to inherit a great deal of money when the patriarch of the family dies. They must turn to Gianni Schicchi for help when their plans go awry.

    Lunchbreak Opera presents a new production of this classic opera in a new arrangement and English translation, directed by Thomas Holland

    Tickets: free with retiring collection

    Lunchbreak Opera is a registered charity dedicated to bringing accessible opera to the City of London and to supporting young artists.

    We are grateful for the generous support of our season's Principal Patron Mr Weekuang Tai MNA

    Many thanks to the Fenton Arts Trust for support LunchBreak Opera, and to Peter Bull and Jill Grinstead for sponsoring our guitrist and clarinettist

    Gianni Schicchi
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
  • 21 September 2019 - 10:00am
    Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony - Open Singing Day
    English Arts Chorale, Ian le Grice, Leslie Olive
    Holy Trinity Church Redhill RH1 2BX
    United Kingdom

    Join us for an exhilarating day of singing Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony, under the inspiring leadership of the English Arts Chorale's founder and musical director, Leslie Olive.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote A Sea Symphony, his first and longest symphony, between 1903 and 1909, and it was first performed in 1910 at the Leeds Festival, conducted by the composer on his 38th birthday. The text comes from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and the symphony is scored for soprano, baritone, chorus and a large orchestra. The chorus sings in each of the four movements.

    The English Arts Chorale last sang it in a concert in Snape Maltings in 2010 in their 30th anniversary season, and in 2020 will be performing it no less than three times. If you would like to join us in one or more of these performances, speak to our Membership Secretary Christine Arnold - membership@englisharts.org

    How to book:
    To reserve your place at the singing day, please submit your details on our online registration form, or if you prefer, download and complete the booking form and email it to singingday@englisharts.org or post it to the address on the form.

    Symphony No 1, 'A Sea Symphony'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 18 September 2019 - 7:00pm
    Caterina Grewe (piano) - in aid of The Amber Trust
    Caterina Grewe
    The Wathen Hall, St Paul's School, Barnes London SW13 9JT
    United Kingdom

    An exciting opportunity to hear German-Japanese pianist Caterina Grewe playing a wonderful programme of Schumann, Schubert-Liszt and Liszt in her last European performance before giving a recital in the Toppan Hall in Tokyo on 25 October 2019. Caterina has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe, the US and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She studied with Gabriele Wulff at the Hamburg Conservatory, with the late Bernard Roberts at the Chetham’s School of Music and completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in 2013 where she studied with the late Yonty Solomon, Ian Jones, Professor Vanessa Latarche and Professor Dmitri Alexeev.

    Caterina was appointed as a piano professor at the Royal College of Music in April 2019 and joined the piano faculty of the renowned Purcell School in 2013, St Paul’s School in 2015 and St Paul’s Girls’ School in 2017.

    The Amber Trust was founded in1995 to help blind and partially sighted children across the UK who have a talent or love for music. Its aim is to help visually impaired children including those with additional disabilities, to have the best possible chance to meet their musical needs and aspirations and fulfil their potential.

    Arabesque in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Du bist die Ruh from 12 Lieder
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Ballade No 2 in B minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in C sharp minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Der Müller und der Bach from 6 Müllerlieder (from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Auf dem Wasser zu singen from 12 Lieder
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Aufenthalt from Schwanengesang
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 18 September 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital: Bartosz Glowacki (accordion) with Andrey Lebedev (guitar)
    Andrey Lebedev, Bartosz Glowacki
    Church of St Bartholomew-the-Less London EC1A 9DS
    United Kingdom

    Multi-award-winning Polish accordionist Bartosz Glowacki is joined by guitarist Andrey Lebedev. Both performers will soon be travelling to Mexico as part of the City Music Foundation international programme. Here they will preview much of the material including solo and duo works by Madrawski, Gubitsch, Piazzolla and many more!

    Cafe 1930 from L'histoire du tango (History of Tango)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Aquae e vinho
    Egberto Gismonti (1947-)
    Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
    Concierto de Aranjuez
    Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
    Tomas Gubitsch (1957-)
    Ballade for solo accordion
    Jerzy Madrawski ()
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
  • 21 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    Martin Roscoe plays Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 with Ely Sinfonia
    Ely Sinfonia, Martin Roscoe, Steve Bingham
    Ely Cathedral Ely CB7 4DL
    United Kingdom

    Ely Sinfonia celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert of greats - Mozart's 29th, Beethoven's 7th and Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto, played by Martin Roscoe.

    A long-standing friend of the orchestra, Martin Roscoe is one of the UK’s best loved piano soloists. He is a prolific recitalist and chamber musician and has performed all over the world with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.

    Tonight he will be joining the orchestra to play Shostakovich’s second piano concerto, one of the composer’s happiest and best known works, written for his son, Maxim’s nineteenth birthday.

    The concert begins with Mozart’s graceful and energetic 29th symphony, written when he was just 18 years old. It finishes with Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No 7, including the Allegretto, one of the most popular movements of all his symphonies, which was cheered and encored right in the middle of the first two performances.

    Symphony No 29 in A major
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 7 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in F
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 22 September 2019 - 7:30pm
    The Telling: Into The Melting Pot - be transported back to 15th century Seville
    The Telling
    Unitarian Church Hall Liverpool L17 2AA
    United Kingdom

    An exciting mix of drama and a live soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval music with full staging and stunning lighting. Be transported back to 15th century Seville!

    Spain. July 1492: the deadline for the expulsion of the Jews. At twilight, a Jewish woman lights the lamps. It is her last night in Seville.

    Fancy joining in? Join one of The Telling's singer Ariane Prüssner at Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, Saturday 21 September 2019, 1.30pm - 3.30pm, who will walk you through some beautiful and lively Spanish medieval songs from the Llibre Vermell collection of pilgrim songs. No experience necessary. Plus, if you wish, you will be able to join Ariane and The Telling in a musical number during Into The Melting Pot. More information, see here

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