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Format: 2019-02-20
Format: 2019-02-20
  • 22 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    Amiran Zenaishvili (piano)
    Amiran Zenaishvili
    Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh GU6 8AS
    United Kingdom

    Amiran has performed as a concert soloist all over the world including such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall New York and Wigmore Hall London. this recital features in comparison two great Sonatas; Beethoven Op 110 and the highly virtosic Barber Op 26, accompanied by the majestic cycle of Brahms Rhapsodies and a selection of sublime Rachmaninoff miniatures.

    Both sonatas are among the greatest sonata cycles ever written for piano and undoubtedly the Beethoven served as a huge source of inspiration for Barber.

    Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    2 Rhapsodies
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 2 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    A Spring Celebration in Words and Music | Cappella Caeciliana
    Cappella Caeciliana, Donal McCrisken
    Clandeboye Courtyard Bangor BT19 1RN
    United Kingdom

    Cappella Caeciliana is delighted to make its first performance at Clandeboye Courtyard. The choir will present a programme of music and words to celebrate the arrival of spring.

    Darthulas Grabgesang from 3 Gesänge
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Gabhaim molta Bhríde
    Traditional Irish ()
    Hail, gladdening light
    Charles Wood (1866-1926)
    The deer's cry
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Sicut cervus
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    The Lamb, 'Little lamb, who made thee?'
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    O radiant dawn from Strathclyde Motets
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Traditional Irish ()
    Composer Not Known ()
    The lark in the clear air
    Composer Not Known ()
  • 2 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Cathedral Classics | Grampian Concert Orchestra
    Grampian Concert Orchestra, Saša Gerželj-Donaldson, Tim Tricker
    St Machar's Cathedral Aberdeen AB24 1RQ
    United Kingdom

    Grampian Concert Orchestra tonight offers a delightful programme from well known English, Russian and German composers. Some of the works will be very familiar, others a little less so. All of them are a joy to hear, performed within Aberdeen's historic St Machar's Cathedral.

    The piano soloist is Saša Gerželj-Donaldson. A Slovenian native, now based in Edinburgh. she is an unforgettable performer, of energetic and thrilling virtuosity, and you will not want to miss her Aberdeen debut. Saša has studied and performed in many countries worldwide including Austria and Canada.

    Refreshments (complimentary wine or soft drink) will be offered in the Cathedral, after the concerto, when you will be able to meet our soloist.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Symphony No 2 in F sharp minor
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Symphonic Variations in E Minor
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
  • 26 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music of the Heavens | New London Singers
    Ivor Setterfield, New London Singers
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Join the New London Singers for an evening of sublime choral music inspired by the heavens. Including the European premiere of two pieces by Canadian composer Nicholas Piper, as well as beautiful music by Britten, Parry, and Eric Whitacre.

    Vox dicentis: Clama
    Edward Naylor (1867-1934)
    Ad majorem Dei gloriam
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Mother of God, here I stand from The Veil of the Temple
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Faire is the heaven
    Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
    My heart was cloven from The Delight of Paradise
    Nicholas Piper ()
    Excerpts from Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Bring us, O Lord God
    Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
  • 2 March 2019 - 7:00pm
    Duruflé's Requiem: Saint Cecilia Singers 70th birthday
    Christopher Allsop, Jonathan Hope, Saint Cecilia Singers
    Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester GL1 2LX
    United Kingdom

    The Saint Cecilia Singers celebrate 70 years with a birthday tea and concert at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 2nd March.

    Current and former members will sing Evensong at 4.30pm followed by Sparkling Afternoon Tea in the Chapter House at 5.30pm. Then at 7pm as a birthday present for supporters old and new the choir will perform choral masterpiece Duruflé’s Requiem accompanied by organist Christopher Allsop, alongside a selection of pieces performed at the Singers inaugural concerts on 17th February 1949 and 18th June 1950. The concert is free to attend.

    O come ye servants of the Lord
    Christopher Tye (c1505-1572)
    When to the Temple Mary went
    Johannes Eccard (1553-1611)
    Rejoice in the Lord Always
    John Redford (16th Century)
    Here is the little door
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    My soul, there is a country from Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    God is a spirit
    Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875)
    Beati quorum via from 3 Motets
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Jesu, grant me this, I pray
    Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
    Let all mortal flesh keep silence
    Sir Edward C Bairstow (1874-1946)
    Glory and honour
    Charles Wood (1866-1926)
    A Hymn for St Cecilia
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
  • 24 February 2019 - 7:30pm
    I, Clara Schumann: A Life in Music | Dame Harriet Walter (reader)
    Dame Harriet Walter, Lucy Parham
    Omnibus Theatre London SW4 0QW
    United Kingdom

    Clara Schumann was an exceptional figure from a great age of music. As pianist and composer, she is – like many women – often unjustly forgotten or overlooked. Now Lucy Parham reveals why she deserves to be called ‘great’, as creator of the acclaimed Composer Portrait concerts.

    This is Clara Schumann’s story in her own words, narrated by Harriet Walter, with a selection of her compositions, as well as those by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Chopin, played by Lucy Parham.

    “One of the must-see events of the musical calendar” – BBC Music Magazine

  • 22 February 2019 - 7:00pm
    Handel Birthday Concert - Handel and Margherita Durastanti - a musical marriage
    Carolyn Gibley, Karin Björk, Nicki Kennedy, Rachel Harris, Tatty Theo, The Brook Street Band
    Fishmongers' Recital Hall, The Britten Building, Gresham's School Holt NR25 6EA
    United Kingdom

    Handel’s Italian sojourn from 1707-1710 not only shaped his musical style and interests, but introduced him to one of the sopranos that was to play an important and recurring role in his music. Handel first met Margherita Durastanti when in Rome in 1707, with Durastanti performing both Armida abandonata and O qualis de coelo sonus.Their paths later crossed in London from 1720: Durastanti sung Handel’s Crudel Tiranno amor at a benefit concert in her honour, and she had roles in many successful Handel operas in the early 1720s. There seems to have been a ten year break in the working partnership, but Durastanti worked for Handel again in 1734.

    Handel and Margherita Durastanti – a musical marriage explores these early Handel works for Durastanti, both sacred and secular, contrasting these with later London works in the operatic field. Interspersed are trio sonatas, including one of Handel’s earliest, a teenaged composition dating from 1699, and one of his more mature works, composed in London in the 1730s at the height of his operatic success.

    The Brook Street Band
    ‘Vital and vivacious’ The Guardian
    ‘Masterly performances’ Gramophone Magazine

    O qualis de coelo sonus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Trio Sonata No 2 in G minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Cantata 'Armida abbandonata' (Dietro l'orme fugaci)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Cara speme from Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Trio Sonata in G
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Crudel tiranno amor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 2 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach's Cantatas 39, 134 and 180 and JD Zelenka's Dixit Dominus in A minor
    David Allsopp, Eric Cross, Hugo Hymas, Newcastle Baroque, Newcastle Upon Tyne Bach Choir, Rowan Pierce, Timothy Nelson
    King's Hall, Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    The next concert by the Newcastle Bach Choir provides an opportunity to hear some fine but rarely performed music from the early 18th century. While some of Bach's music is well known to modern audiences, many of Bach's over 200 cantatas are still rarely performed though they contain some marvellous music. The three cantatas nos. 39, 134 and 180 all date from the 1720s, shortly after Bach moved to Leipzig where he was required to provide a cantata for every Sunday and feast day in the church year. They exemplify Bach's often challenging writing for the choir, his melodic gift for solo arias and duets, and his skilful writing for woodwind, especially oboes and recorders. Alongside the Bach works is one of three Dixit Dominus settings by his Bohemian contemporary Jan Dismas Zelenka. Working in the court at Dresden, Zelenka's music has only recently been discovered, and this will be the first time that this short but very attractive psalm setting has ever been performed in the UK.

    As usual the Newcastle Bach Choir will be joined by Newcastle Baroque with some of the country's leading performers on period instruments and by a strong quartet of soloists. Soprano Rowan Pierce and tenor Hugo Hymas have strong connections with the North East and are now establishing themselves leading members of the new generation of professional singers, as are the young baritone Timothy Nelson and alto David Allsopp.

    Cantata No 39, 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 134, 'Herz, das seinen Jesum Lebend Weiss'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 180, 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Dixit Dominus in A minor
    Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)
  • 2 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Sacred and Sublime | Leeds Festival Chorus
    Darius Battiwalla, Edmund Danon, Katherine Aitken, Leeds Festival Chorus, Lindsay Illingworth, Simon Wright
    St Edmund's Church Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1JN
    United Kingdom

    Composed in 1947 by Maurice Duruflé, a virtuoso organ recitalist and music professor in Paris, the spellbinding Requiem is the work of a constantly self-critical perfectionist who revised it twice. The version to be performed by the Chorus is elegant, restrained and above all, subtle. It is also sensuous, in spite of the composer’s debt to the work of Medieval monks who sang Gregorian chant melodies.

    Every note is suffused with feeling. Duruflé made it known that he did not create an ethereal composition detached from human concerns. He stated that his Requiem reflects ‘the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end’. Perhaps the Pie Jesu, which is at the centre, provides the most moving moments, expressing joyful and sorrowful emotions.

    Ave Maria
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Ave maris stella
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Ave Maria, for female chorus, organ and orchestra
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Ave Maria from 3 Motets
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Geistliches Lied
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Gott ist mein Hirt (Psalm 23)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
  • 2 March 2019 - 7:30pm
    Music for voices, organ and cello, conducted by Matthew Coleridge
    Dartington Community Choir, David Davies, Isabella Wagner, Jeremy Capey, Matthew Coleridge, Matthew Hulbert, Steve Bentley
    Buckfast Abbey Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EE
    United Kingdom

    This concert is the culmination of a day long workshop for singers with composer Matthew Coleridge. He will conduct the choir in two of his own works:And I saw a new Heaven (specially commissioned for this concert) and his intensely beautiful Requiem alongside Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs.

    Matthew Coleridge (1980-)
    And I saw a new Heaven
    Matthew Coleridge (1980-)
    5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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