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Format: 2018-02-20
Format: 2018-02-20
  • 27 February 2018 - 7:45pm
    Tuned in to Shortwave Nights: Martin Fogel (guitar) with Philippa Mo (violin)
    Martin Fogel, Philippa Mo
    Shortwave Cafe London SE16 4DG
    United Kingdom

    Martin Fogel is one of the most prominent guitarists to emerge from Sweden in recent years; he has received great critical acclaim for his artistry. He brings together an evening of virtuosic and romantic solo guitar music featuring Agua e Vihno by Gismonti and the ubercool African-inspired Benga Beat by Gary Ryan and is joined by Philippa Mo, on violin, for the sizzling Histoire du tango by Piazzolla.

    'a Swedish genius' CD Journal, Japan,
    'exudes easy charm' Classical Music, UK,
    'sheer magic' Classical Guitar Magazine, UK

    Tuned in to Shortwave Nights is a new classical branch to the thriving Tuned In London programme of world and folk music that is put together by Eleanor Thorn and has been running in Rotherhithe for more than six years. She recently played a stunning concert with her violin duo partner Harriet Mackenzie in St Mary's Church Rotherhithe in early December 2017.

    Shortwave Cafe is a new arts hub in the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey and offers a lovely open space with fantastic exhibitions on its walls, a bar serving drinks and pizzas, and comfy tables and chairs. An informal, cosy, candlelit, non-classical space to which we are bringing world-class classical music. It is a 5 minute walk from Bermondsey Tube Station (on the Jubilee line). Come and join us! This will be the second in the series.

    Suite in E minor, for lute
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    All in twilight from Four pieces for guitar
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Yozakura
    Traditional Japanese ()
    Tokyo Escape Sketch
    Martin Fogel (1974-)
    Benga Beat
    Gary Ryan (1969-)
    Agua e Vinho
    Egberto Gismonti (1947-)
    L'histoire du tango (History of Tango)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
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    2 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mark Viner - Keyboard Trust Prizewinner's Piano Recital
    Mark Viner
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    The Keyboard Trust is delighted to announce that the remarkable British pianist, Mark Viner, will be giving its annual Wigmore Hall Prizewinner’s recital on Friday, 2 March (7.30 pm) in memory of Bill Newman, a long standing friend of the Trust.

    When choosing the repertoire for this programme, Mark not only wanted to select works by composers whom he most enjoys playing but he also wished to give as representative a cross section of mid-nineteenth century piano writing as possible. The four composers around whom the programme is built, were all born within a year of one another and all were active in Paris for important periods of their careers. Between them they arguably changed the course of piano writing, unlocking untold possibilities and ushering forth the modern piano.

    Mark is the UK’s leading exponent of Alkan’s works (and Chairman of the Alkan and Liszt Societies) and has just released a CD of Alkan’s Douze Etudes on the Piano Classics label — to considerable acclaim — in the Sunday Times, Guardian and Gramophone Magazine.

    And an introductory podcast about the concert may be found here

    ‘A blazing young British talent’ — Gramophone
    ‘Beguiling …’ — Guardian
    ‘Consistently beautiful sound’ — Sunday Times Culture

    Mark Viner is recognised as one of the most exciting British concert pianists of his generation and is becoming increasingly well-known for his bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain.

    Born in 1989, he began playing at the age of 11 and two years later was awarded a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music where he studied with Tessa Nicholson for the next five years. Another scholarship then took him to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Niel Immelman for six years, graduating in 2011 with first class honours after having gained the highest mark in the year for his final recital and, he graduated with a distinction in Master of Performance in 2013.

    Aside from a busy schedule of teaching and performances he is also a published writer and his advocacy for the music of Charles-Valentin Alkan and Franz Liszt has led to his election as Chairman of both the Alkan Society and the Liszt Society. He is very active in the recording studio and his recordings of music by Thalberg, Liszt and, more recently, Alkan on the Piano Classics label have garnered critical acclaim.

    Bénédiction et serment - Deux motifs de Benvenuto Cellini de Berlioz
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Aime-moi from Souvenirs, '3 morceaux dans le genre pathétique'
    Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)
    Fantaisie sur des thèmes de l'opéra Moise de Gioacchino Rossini
    Sigismond Thalberg (1812-1871)
    Nocturne No 13 in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 14 in F sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Reminiscences de Norma (Bellini)
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    23 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Muffat Festival - The German Violin School
    The Brook Street Band
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

    Over this weekend The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music.

    Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

    The German Violin School

    The emergence of a new style of violin writing in Germany in the 17th century (under composers including Biber, Muffat and Schmelzer) was to have a profound impact on the rise of the violin as a solo instrument in this region. Sensual music for 1 and 2 violins, 2 violas and continuo written by tonight’s composers, from the South of the country, is typified by its florid and ornate style.

    String Sonata No 2 in G minor from Armonico tributo
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
    Trio Sonata in E minor
    Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c 1623-1680)
    Sonata violino solo representativa in A
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
    String Sonata No 8 in G from Sacroprofanus conceptus musicus
    Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c 1623-1680)
    Trio Sonata No 10 in D from 12 Trio Sonatas, for violin, viola da gamba and continuo
    Johann Philipp Krieger (1649-1725)
    Sonata I in B minor from Fidicinium sacro-profanum
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
    String Sonata No 7 in A from Sacroprofanus concentus musicus
    Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c 1623-1680)
    Trio Sonata No 9 in G minor from 12 Trio Sonatas, for violin, viola da gamba and continuo
    Johann Philipp Krieger (1649-1725)
    Suite No 7, 'Constantia' from Florilegium primum
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
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    24 February 2018 - 10:30am
    Muffat Festival - Dance Workshop with Philippa Waite
    The Brook Street Band
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Have you always wanted to know a little more about the relationship between baroque music and the dance steps that so often accompanied it, and were such an important part of courtly life in the 17th and 18th centuries?

    Renowned baroque dance teacher Philippa Waite leads a workshop suitable for all ages from 8 years upwards. No previous experience or partner required. The session will focus on basic steps found in typical dance types such as bourée, minuet, sarabande, gigue etc. as well as touching on the etiquette of the period.

    Live music will be provided by members of The Brook Street Band.

    Muffat Festival

    Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

    Over this week-end The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music. Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

    Trio Sonata in G
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    24 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Muffat Festival - All About the Dance
    The Brook Street Band
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    All About the Dance

    Following on from the morning’s exhilarating dance workshop, experience some of the wonderfully rich and joyous orchestral music for strings, flutes and recorders that was such an important part of life at French Courts and further afield.

    Festival Talk 5.30pm (free to ticket holders of the evening performance)
    Muffat – his life, his music and his legacy
    Tatty Theo presents an illustrated talk, exploring this rich period of political and musical change in 17th century Europe that shaped and defined Muffat’s music.

    Muffat Festival

    Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

    Over this week-end The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music. Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

    Suite Splendide Nuptiae from Florilegium Secundum
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
    La chasse, from Ballet des arts
    Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
    Suite in B flat, from Alcina
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Suite No 3 in B flat major from Le journal de printemps
    Johann Caspar Fischer (1656-1746)
    Suite No 1, 'Eusebia' from Florilegium primum
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
    Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 February 2018 - 11:00am
    Muffat Festival - The Italian Influence
    The Brook Street Band
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    The Italian Influence

    An intimate chamber programme (for 1 and 2 violins and continuo) which explores the Italian influence on chamber music by Muffat and Handel, paired with works by Corelli, the pre-eminent Italian virtuoso violinist of the period.

    Today we credit Corelli with providing the template for so many Italianate musical innovations in the baroque era. However, Muffat’s Italian-styled violin sonata of 1677 predates all of Corelli’s chamber music, and shows that Italian influence prevailed in Germany before Muffat even encountered Corelli.

    Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

    Muffat Festival

    Over this weekend The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music. Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

    Trio Sonata No 1 in F
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Sonata for violin and continuo in D
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
    Trio Sonata No 3 in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Trio Sonata No 5 in D minor
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Sonata for cello and continuo in D Minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Trio Sonata No 12 in D
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
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    25 February 2018 - 3:00pm
    Muffat Festival - The Concerto
    The Brook Street Band
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    The Concerto

    What better way to end a festival than with a glorious programme of solo and orchestral concertos!

    Muffat’s influence stemmed far and wide, incorporating both French and Italian style, and his hugely important legacy is beautifully illustrated in these wonderful works by composers far better-known than Muffat today, but who each owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

    Muffat Festival

    Georg Muffat (1653-1704) lived through a time of immense political and musical change in Europe, influencing future generations of musicians. He studied and worked in France during the early part of Louis XIV’s reign, worked in Rome, encountering Corelli, and then in various parts of central Europe. This was a time of transformation in the musical landscape, with rivalry between old and new factions. Muffat was the first person to bring French musical language and the fashion for dance idiom to Germany. His immense skill in fusing different musical styles, be it German, French or Italian made him a true trendsetter.

    Over this weekend The Brook Street Band (plus guests) delves into Muffat’s world, exploring the varied musical styles that informed and shaped him. The Band explores his legacy in the form of chamber and orchestral music by composers including Bach and Handel, with four concerts (plus a dance-music workshop and illustrated pre-concert talks) providing a comprehensive musical survey, as well as a natural ebb and flow in terms of mood and scale, small chamber versus orchestral line-ups, and art music versus dance music. Concerts include music from Muffat’s Armonico Tributo ‘chamber sonatas suitable for few or many instruments’) in varying church and chamber style, as well a selection from the two volumes of Muffat’s ground-breaking Florilegium.

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata à 5 for violin, 2 oboes, strings and continuo in B flat
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso in D minor after Corelli's 'La Follia' No 12
    Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
    Concerto Grosso No 10 in D minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Sonata No 5 in G from Armonico tributo
    Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
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    1 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Dixit Dominus by candlelight
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, Cambridge, Ralph Allwood, The Choir of Queens' College, The Choir of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Ralph Allwood MBE, a former Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, brings two of his fabulous choirs to the 2018 Spring Series. The Choirs of Queens' College, Cambridge, and the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir will combine to perform two major choral works, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Mozart's Requiem with orchestral accompaniment provided by Brandenburg Sinfonia. Join us in the beautiful surroundings of a candlelit St Martin-in-the-Fields to hear some of the country's finest young voices under the expert direction of one of the most fantastic choral conductors around.

    Dixit Dominus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    21 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Gresham’s School choir perform with the European Union Chamber Orchestra
    Benjamin Goldscheider, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Gresham's School chamber choir, Hans-Peter Hofmann, John Bowley, National Youth Choir Fellowship, Schola Cantorum
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    A celebration of music by Haydn and Mozart with Gresham's chamber choir, Schola Cantorum, one of Britain's historic musical schools based in north Norfolk, and the National Youth Choir Fellowship, conducted by John Bowley.

    Joining them the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Director Hans-Peter Hofmann and BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist, Benjamin Goldscheider for Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto.

    Ave verum corpus in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Mass No 7 in B flat, 'Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo' (Little Organ Mass)
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Symphony No 29 in A major
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for horn and orchestra No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Litaniae lauretanae
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    25 February 2018 - 6:00pm
    An Evening Romance | Exultate Singers with Craig Ogden (guitar)
    Craig Ogden, David Ogden, Exultate Singers, Richard May
    St James Priory Bristol BS1 3NZ
    United Kingdom

    As the sun sets on an early spring day, Exultate Singers present an Evening Serenade of romantic music from around the globe. The choir is delighted to be joined by the internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden and the cellist Richard May for performances of wonderfully atmospheric pieces that travel from the calm and stillness of Samuel Barber’s Sure on this shining night to the energetic samba rhythms of Brazilian folk songs set in a nightclub.

    The central piece is a suite of seven vivid settings of Lorca poems for choir and guitar by the Spanish composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco, described by Segovia as ‘the first composer I have met who immediately understands how to write for the guitar’.

    The Spanish fervour of much of the music is contrasted by reflective songs by Britten, Holst and the Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds. Stars sets a poem by Sara Teasdale in which the choir not only sing but play chords on tuned wine glasses, creating a mystical, cosmic experience.

    Romancero Gitano
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
    Serenade from 3 Vocal Quartets, for chorus with cello accompaniment
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
    Sure on this shining night from 4 Songs
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Come to me from 5 Partsongs
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Stars
    Eriks Ešenvalds (1977-)
    Suite Carimbó
    Ernst Mahle (1929-)
    2 Nocturnes
    Norbert Burgmüller (1810-1836)
    Libertango
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No 5
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
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