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Format: 2017-11-19
Format: 2017-11-19
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    26 November 2017 - 6:30pm
    JS Bach's cantata, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60
    City Bach Collective
    St Mary-at-Hill Church London EC3R 8EE
    United Kingdom

    O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort is a highly characterful cantata with the figures of Hope, Fear and the redemptive figure of Christ popping up towards the end to intone the text from Revelation, 'Blessed are the dead who have died in the Lord'.

    BWV 60 is a cantata freighted with importance in more ways than one. The closing chorale - the unusual, whole-tone melody Es ist genug - has assumed greater import through its quotation by Alban Berg in that composer's violin concerto of 1935. The concerto, dedicated 'To the memory of an angel' in reference to the death at 18 years of age of Alma Mahler's daughter Manon, quotes the chorale in the woodwind in the crystalline denouement of the work, assimilated by the violin before the piece draws to its conclusion.

    In addition to the cantata, we will also perform the motet O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht BWV 118, thought of as a funeral motet.

    Cantata 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    21 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Venice | Red Priest
    Red Priest
    Trinity United Reformed Church Wimbledon SW19 4AA
    United Kingdom

    Piers Adams’s four-piece baroque super-group Red Priest has become an international phenomenon, turning the period instrument movement on its head with its thrilling, no-holds-barred approach to the genre. Headlining on many of the most prestigious classical festivals, the group has given over 1000 performances on four continents. As the original ‘Red Priest’, Antonio Vivaldi, is synonymous with the music of Venice we can expect music by Monteverdi, the Gabrielis, Marcello, Albinoni, Castello, Galuppi, and the ‘Red Priest’ himself.

    As for Venice and her people, merely born to bloom and drop, Here on earth they bore their fruitage, mirth and folly were the crop: What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop? Robert Browning, ‘A Toccata of Galuppi’s’

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    26 November 2017 - 3:00pm
    Suffolk Festival Chorus
    Alexander Robin Baker, David Butt Philip, Martyn Bagnall, Suffolk Festival Chorus, Suffolk Festival Orchestra
    Ipswich Corn Exchange Ipswich IP1 1DH
    United Kingdom

    The Suffolk Festival Singers was formed in 2017 to provide a forum for experienced choral singers to perform large scale choral works accompanied by a symphony orchestra and first class soloists in prestigious venues.

    Martyn Bagnall, the Music Director, is no stranger to Suffolk, having lived here since 1981. A relative of the composer Sir William Walton, Martyn trained at Trinity College of Music, London and has sung in all of the major London concert venues. He has also sung for the BBC in a number of recordings as well as in the London Handel Festival. On moving to Suffolk, he founded the Ipswich Chamber Choir and put on many concerts around Suffolk, including Snape Maltings. He moved to Dubai in 2007, where he conducted the Dubai Divas, the Dubai Singers and the Dubai Sinfonia. He put on major concerts including the UAE premiere of Verdi’s Requiem, using singers and musicians from around the Gulf and soloists from Covent Garden. He shared a platform with Elton John when acting as Chorus Master for the world renowned media composer Steve Sidwell at the opening of Dubai’s new Maydan racetrack. He was also Chorus Master for the choir supporting the world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli in Abu Dhabi before a capacity audience of 10,000. Martyn has now returned to Suffolk and has founded and is currently Musical Director of Jubilate, a group of 12 expert singers who sing evensong in Suffolk’s magnificent collection of churches. He has also recently been appointed Musical Director of The Abbot Consort of Voices, based in Bury St Edmunds.

    Suffolk Festival Chorus’s first concert will feature Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (listen out for some glorious operatic tunes), Fauré's delicious Cantique de Jean Racine and Vaughan Williams's wonderful Five Mystical Songs (be prepared to be blasted away by the final movement!) The Chorus will be accompanied by the Suffolk Festival Orchestra and also by two superb soloists:

    Alexander Baker, originally from Suffolk, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and has sung at the Aldeburgh Festival, English National Opera, Glyndebourne on Tour amongst others. He has also performed in the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Sweden and also with many major orchestras, including London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the City of London Sinfonia, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

    David Butt Philip studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He has sung for English National Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour and has sung at the Royal Opera House and the Barbican. He has sung with many major orchestras, including The Halle, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Messa di Gloria in A flat
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    26 November 2017 - 3:30pm
    Reading Symphony Orchestra play Berlioz, Chopin and Dvorák
    Reading Symphony Orchestra, Rhys Concessao, Stefan Hofkes
    Great Hall, University of Reading Reading RG1 5AQ
    United Kingdom

    Join Reading Symphony Orchestra for our first concert of the 2017-18 season! We are delighted to welcome talented pianist Rhys Concessao, winner of the 2017 Reading Symphony Orchestra/Hickies Young Musicians’ Competition, who will be performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1. Rhys, a pupil at the Purcell School and Royal Academy, has already performed with piano superstar Lang Lang and at Carnegie Hall in New York, and was the 2017 winner of the Times Network Global Award for Outstanding Young Pianist.

    The concert will begin with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. Based on his opera Benvenuto Cellini, the overture evokes all the sounds and excitement of Mardi Gras festivities in Rome in 1532. The second half of the concert will feature Dvorák's Symphony No 7. Premiered in London in 1885, the symphony shows Dvorák at his very best. A concert not to be missed!

    Overture, 'The Roman Carnival'
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    25 November 2017 - 6:20pm
    A Winter Fantasy - sorry, sold out
    Alvechurch Middle School Choir, Brian Williams, Daniel Munn, Orchestra of St John, Richard Jenkinson
    St John's Church Bromsgrove B61 7JW
    United Kingdom

    The perfect pre-Christmas treat for the family - a winter warmer in Bromsgrove's historic landmark church.

    One winter's day, a boy builds a snowman, but that night at the stroke of twelve, the snowman comes to life. But what happens the next day? Come along and find out!

    Prokofiev's Winter Bonfire music tells the charming story of a group of Moscow children on a snowy outing. There's a train ride, snow falling, waltzing on ice... and their winter bonfire.

    Doors open at 6pm - come along and take a selfie with the Snowman, enjoy the bonfire and the snowman treats!

    This concert is presented by Friends of St Johns, and supported by Bromsgrove District Council, The David Morgan Music Trust, and MFG Solicitors.

    The Snowman
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    Suite, 'Winter Bonfire'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    25 November 2017 - 8:30pm
    Hungarian Connections
    Keith Orrell, Stephen Hargreaves, William Byrd Singers
    Christ Church, West Didsbury Manchester M20 2ZD
    United Kingdom

    Czech out (!) our Hungarian Connections programme: the centrepiece of which is Kodály's stunning Missa Brevis composed in the cellar of the Budapest Opera House, where Kodály took refuge from seven weeks of continuous bombing in 1945. He combined folk-inspired melodies with modal harmonies and a romantic lyricism to unique effect. His Laudes Organi of 1966 is a fantasia on a seventeenth century sequence. We are also singing his popular and haunting Esti dal (Evening song).

    Bartók's only choral work with piano is the Four Slovak Folksongs which we shall perform in the original Slovak, demonstrating the catchy and heartfelt melodies set to largely chordal harmonies. Your feet will be tapping to the drumming of Tambur (Régi táncdal) based on a melody from 1583 in this setting by Bárdos.

    Organ and piano accompaniments and solos will be provided by Stephen Hargreaves. The William Byrd Singers conducted by Keith Orrell look forward to sharing this exciting programme with you!

    Laudes Organi
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    4 Slovak Folksongs
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Moto Ostinato from Sunday Music
    Petr Eben (1929-2007)
    Esti dal
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
    Régi táncdal
    Lajos Bárdos (1899-1986)
    Missa Brevis
    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Chiltern Camerata performs music by Mozart, Dvorák, Sibelius and Lutoslawski
    Lyn Jenkins, Sam Laughton, The Chiltern Camerata
    The Free Church Amersham HP6 6AJ
    United Kingdom

    The Chiltern Camerata perhaps needs little introduction: Founded in 1996, this chamber orchestra of music professionals and advanced amateurs presents innovative and attractive concerts in and around the Chilterns and Thames Valley. Sam Laughton has been the orchestra's Director of Music since 2009 and has enabled the group to bring ever more imaginative and interesting performances to our community.

    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Rakastava
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Funeral Music
    Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
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    24 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Verdi's Requiem | Skolia Choir/Docklands Sinfonia
    Ashley Mercer, Docklands Sinfonia, Elizabeth de Lacey, Honey Rouhani, Matthew Kimble, Sarah Denbee, Skolia Choir
    St Peter's Church, Notting Hill London W11 2PN
    United Kingdom

    Docklands Sinfonia joins forces with the award-winning Skolia Choir and leading soloist for this one-off performance of Verdi's masterpiece in the stunning surroundings of St Peter's Church in Notting Hill.

    Docklands Sinfonia is young and pioneering orchestra which has become a major cultural force in the Docklands - bringing high quality music to the area, staging ground-breaking concerts and creating a lasting legacy by inspiring generations of young people.

    Firmly grounded in our community, the orchestra was founded by conductor Spencer Down, the grandson of a docker, whose love of music was born listening to his grandfather play trumpet in working men’s clubs in the East End.

    Since its formation in 2009, Docklands Sinfonia has enjoyed incredible success with performances for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, with Grammy-award winner Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall and at the London Coliseum, It has appeared on the BBC Radio 3 and BBC1.

    The orchestra has recorded albums for leading artists such as Katie Melua and has performed with world-renowned classical artists such as Alison Balsom, Jennifer Pike, Leonard Elschenbroich and Elin Manahan-Thomas as well as the English National Ballet, Royal Opera House and National Youth Theatre.

    Skolia was formed in 2003 by our conductor and musical director Elizabeth de Lacey.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Fair and Bright | The Wordsworth Singers
    Mark Hindley, Nick Butters, Sharron Griffiths, The Wordsworth Singers
    St Michael's Church Dalston CA5 7PJ
    United Kingdom

    Luminous, lyrical and lusty works by Poulenc and Britten. For this concert the singers will perform mixed-voice, female and male voice arrangements, including a border ballad and A Ceremony of Carols.

    Salve Regina
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    A Hymn to the Virgin
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    26 November 2017 - 6:30pm
    JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio
    Bach Sinfonia, Choir of Christ Church Southgate, Edward Kay, Emily Armour, Helen Stanley, Liz Partridge, Richard Brain, Thomas Castle
    Christ Church, Southgate London N14 7EG
    United Kingdom

    The Choir of Christ Church Southgate, north London's finest voluntary liturgical choir, present JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio (in German) for their annual patronal festival concert.

    This will be a glorious evening of Bach with four fine soloists including Emily Armour (Monteverdi Choir), Helen Stanley (St Martin-in-the-Fields), Thomas Castle (Genesis Sixteen) and Edward Kay (The Sixteen) accompanied by the Bach Sinfonia, led by Liz Partrridge and conducted by Richard Brain (Barnet Choral Society and Bishop's Storford Choral Society).

    This concert forms a central part of the Parish of Christ Church Southgate's patronal festival celebrations.

    Christmas Oratorio
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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