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Format: 2018-10-21
Format: 2018-10-21
  • 24 October 2018 - 9:30pm
    Endellion String Quartet - 40th Anniversary Season
    Andrew Watkinson, David Waterman, Endellion String Quartet, Garfield Jackson, Ralph de Souza
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    The Mendelssohn quartet is a joyous and celebratory piece to open our 40th Anniversary Series at West Road Concert Hall. Britten’s quartet, nearly his final utterance, is darkly introspective and the Endellions have championed it throughout their career, recording it for EMI and for Warner. Beethoven’s tremendous second ‘Razumovsky’ is another riveting mainstay of their repertoire.

    Sponsored by Lark Music

    There are six concerts in the Endellions' 40th Anniversary Series at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge - on the following Wednesday evenings:

    21st November 2018, 30th January 2019, 27th February 2019, 24th April 2018 and 22nd May 2019.

    Full details can be found here

    String Quartet No 3 in D
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 8 in E minor, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 26 October 2018 - 1:00pm
    Charlton House Young Artists Award Scheme
    Junior Guildhall Students
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Charlton House Concert Society once again hosts its Young Artist Award Scheme for students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior School

    The preliminary round is held on Thursday 25th October between 10am and 5 pm. We welcome any listeners who wish to attend.

    The adjudicator, David Theodore (the internationally famous oboist) will choose five finalists to play to the audience who will then choose the winner.

    First prize is £400 and 4 runners-up receive £100

    Do support if you can.

  • 27 October 2018 - 6:00pm
    Penthos - a new requiem | St Peter's Singers of Leeds
    David Houlder, Lucy Appleyard, National Festival Orchestra, Quentin Brown, Sally Robinson, Simon Lindley, St Peter's Singers of Leeds
    St Michael and All Angels' Church Leeds LS6 3AW
    United Kingdom

    Leeds choir St Peter’s Singers is preparing to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War with the world premiere of a new work created in Leeds by two of its own members Matthew Oglesby and Hannah Stone.

    Following broadly the form of the Western Requiem Mass, but using a text re-conceived from the poetry of early Eastern Christian monks, Penthos is a meditation on conflict and reconciliation. The music seeks to evoke a broad sense of spirituality, uniting early 20th century English and European influences with sonorities hailing from the rich traditions of the Eastern Churches, such as tolling Russian bells and Serbian chant.

    ‘I think the St Peter’s Singers members have been possibly a little surprised, but in the end quite overwhelmed, by the beauty of both the words and the music that we have rehearsed so far’, said Quentin Brown, the choir’s Chair.

    ‘We’re not strangers to new music, but giving voice to music and poetry written by our own is a really special thrill, and we want to share them as widely as possible with our local community and with music lovers wherever they may be. This is truly something to celebrate’.

    Director of Music Dr Simon Lindley said, ‘ The compelling musical sonorities and word-rich verbal texts have enthused all who have heard them and promise a very special experience in our Headingley concert – a programme also including deeply felt works by Beethoven and the legendary Dresden composer Rudolf Mauersberger.’

    Penthos and Commemoration

    The Greek word penthos means ‘mourning’. In the writings of the early Middle Eastern Christian monks, it came to mean mourning or weeping for sin, both individual and communal, as a pre-requisite for reconciliation with a merciful God. In this context, Hannah Stone translate it ‘joy-bearing grief’.

    Hannah’s text, created for the centenary commemorations for the end of the Great War, explores how mourning for the fallen can turn to mourning for the causes and acts of all wars, and how this is able in its turn to lead to peace and reconciliation.

    Matthew Oglesby is an emerging young composer with a string of impressive credentials including BBC radio broadcasts to his name, going back over 10 years to his time as a student at Leeds University. Born in Blackburn, Matthew spent his childhood as a chorister in the cathedral of that city, under the direction of Gordon Stewart and Richard Tanner, before moving to Leeds, where he is now a leading light in musical circles, frequently starring in productions by the Leeds G&S Society and singing with both St Peter's Singers and Leeds Guild of Singers.

    Hannah Stone is the author of two collections of poetry, Lodestone (Stairwell Books, York, 2016) and Missing Miles (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2017), the latter of which was published as a prize for winning the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize. One of her poems from Lodestone was chosen by American poet Laureate Billy Collins to win the Yorkshire Poetry Prize in 2015. She convenes the annual poets/composers forum for the Leeds Lieder Festival. She holds degrees in English Literature and Language (University of London)and Theology (University of Leeds) and more recently an MA in Creative Writing from Leeds Trinity University, where, as Hannah Hunt, she was a Reader in Eastern Christianity, with numerous academic publications focusing on the spirituality of the early Eastern Christian Church and Mid Byzantine Church history, including Joy-Bearing Grief: Tears of Contrition in the writings of the Early Syrian and Byzantine Fathers (Brill, Leiden, 2004), which is based on her PhD thesis. In other lives, Hannah teaches for the Open University and is a singer, hill walker, forager and gardener. She hails from London but has lived in Yorkshire for nearly thirty years.

    You can find out more on and reserve your place on the Penthos website. Put the date in your diary now !

    Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst
    Rudolf Mauersberger (1889-1971)
    Penthos, for choir, soloists and orchestra
    Matthew Oglesby (1987-)
    Mass in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 23 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart by candlelight | London Gala Orchestra
    London Gala Orchestra, Stephen Ellery
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The most beautiful works by classical masters Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel and Albinoni performed by the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Ellery.

    Serenade No 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Serenade No 6 in D, 'Serenata notturna'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Adagio in G minor, for violin, strings and organ
    Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
    Air in F major from Water Music
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto Grosso No 8 in G minor, 'Christmas Concerto'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Plymouth Music Accord Young Musicians’ Platform
    Indira Falle, Laura Deignan, Sehyogue Aulakh
    Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth Plymouth
    United Kingdom

    Featuring Laura Deignan (clarinet - with piano accompaniment), Indira Falle (soprano and piano) and guest performer Sehyogue Aulakh (marimba). The Young Musicians’ Platform is a project run by Plymouth Music Accord, supporting young people with exceptional musical talent.

    Music for a while
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    Greenfinch and linnet bird from Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Stephen Sondheim (1930- )
    An die Nachtigall from 4 Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    A Piper
    Michael Head (1900-1976)
    The Girl in 14G
    Jeanine Tesori ()
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi and the Virtuosa: The Four Seasons
    Ana Julija Mlejnik, Anja Jamšek, Boris Bizjak, Geoffrey Irwin, Johan Lofving, Josh Salter, Lana Trotovšek, Masumi Yamamoto, Yu-Wei Hu
    All Saints' Church, Blackheath London SE3 0TY
    United Kingdom

    Vivaldi’s fantastically imaginative musical pictures of the changing seasons paint nature in astoundingly vivid detail, and it is no wonder that they have become his best-loved work.

    Whilst the Four Seasons were published in Amsterdam, Vivaldi spent most of his career working at the orphanage of La Pietà in his native Venice, where girls were given an extensive musical education. Consequently, many of his works – including the two other concertos featured here – were composed for performances by the girls and young women there, which reached international renown. Anna Maria dal violin (‘of the violin’) was one of La Pietà’s most famous pupils, later working as a teacher – and Vivaldi’s colleague – there, and he composed dozens of concertos for her.

    Part of Blackheath International Chamber Music Festival

    Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in B minor 'per signora Anna Maria'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 flutes, strings and continuo in C
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 25 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Janusz Piotrowicz and L'Orchestre du Monde
    Janusz Piotrowicz, L'Orchestre du Monde
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    A high profile concert conducted by Janusz Piotrowicz and his L’Orchestre du Monde. This concert is in aid of DrugFAM, a charity which provides a lifeline of safe and caring support to families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Proceeds will go to keeping the helpline running which is open all year round from 9am-9pm.

    L’Orchestre du Monde is a unique ensemble which brings together leading world-class virtuoso musicians, who are soloists, members of renowned string quartets and chamber ensembles, and principals from the world’s greatest orchestras.

    ‘magical tonal mastery … a velvet touch … a Master Poet of the Piano’ Il Tempo, Rome
    ‘white hot intensity’ The West Australian

    Symphony No 40 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 29 October 2018 - 8:30pm
    ClimateKeys, Trinity College Music Society - recital and conversation
    Clare Bullimore, Dr Hugh Hunt, Paula Downes
    Old Combination Room, Trinity College Cambridge CB2 1TQ
    United Kingdom

    A 30 minute recital, a 15 minute talk by an expert climate change speaker, 20 minutes of audience conversation, 3 minutes of music to finish

    Retiring collection for Cambridge Carbon Footprint

    Talk by Dr Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, Cambridge University Engineering Department: Can we refreeze the arctic?

    Talk synopsis: Can we refreeze the Arctic?

    Dr Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration Cambridge University Engineering Department

    How can we cool the planet if we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets? Scary stuff – we need to be talking about it! We may want to cool the planet if (when) we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets. There are "geoengineering" technologies out there almost ready to go and some sound quite scary. Many pundits question whether it is safe to meddle with the climate when we only have one Earth, but others argue that we haven't much time left before climate change runs away from us. This talk will present technologies which may be urgently required to slow down the progress of Arctic melting. One project, Stratospheric particle injection for climate engineering (Spice) proposed a small experiment but the experiment was shut down for fear of "the slippery slope". Research in geoengineering has ground to a halt. But we're short on action on all fronts. If we're too late and the arctic permafrost warms up then we may need to capture billions of tonnes of atmospheric methane. The scale of the problem is huge, and we're not well prepared.

    Soprano Paula Downes was a Choral Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge and has since performed with The Sixteen and Philharmonia Voices and as a soloist with numerous Choral Societies and Orchestras including performances under Stephen Cleobury in King's Chapel, Cambridge and in St John's Smith Square under Sarah MacDonald. She founded the female vocal group, The Cantabrigians in 2016, and they have performed all over Cambridge, most notably for The Big Switch On to huge Crowds. In September 2018, Paula became Musical Director of The Meridian Singers in Bluntisham. An experienced teacher, Paula has taught singing at Bristol University, and music and singing at top private schools including St John's College School, Cambridge. As Chief Executive of Lynwood Music, Promoter and Publisher of the music of her father, composer Andrew Downes, Paula has produced many films and animations based on his songs and became one of three nominees for The American Online Film Awards in 2014. The films can be viewed at pauladownes.com.

    Pianist Clare Bullimore was born in Devon but attended Chetham's School of Music from the age of 11. Whilst there, she was a semi finalist in BBC's Young Musician Of The Year and a prize winner in The National Almaviva Mozart Competition. She later read Music at Queens' College, Cambridge. During her time at Queens' she performed a Mozart piano concerto with the St Margaret's Society Orchestra at West Road Cocert Hall. Since graduating, Clare has been working as a piano teacher and freelance accompanist, initially in Cambridge and then in Yorkshire. She has worked with numerous choirs and choral societies including Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Doncaster Choral Society and Sheffield Bach Choir. Performances include Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Britten's St Nicolas. Recently she was involved in rehearsals for a recording of Philip Wilby's The Holy Face. She returned to Cambridge in July 2017 and has since played for The Cantabrigians and The fairhaven Singers, and will soon be playing for Choir 2000 Histon and Impington Community Choir. Clare has 3 young children.

    Dr Hugh Hunt is a Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration at Cambridge University. His research centres on the control of noise and vibration from underground railways, but he got caught up in geoengineering as Co-Investigator on the Spice project, 2010-15, which looked at various aspects of Solar radiation management. He was responsible for an outdoor experiment, the 1km testbed, which was intended to evaluate the influence of wind on the motion of a tethered balloon, but controversy over geoengineering experiments led to the testbed being canceled. He is now promoting other technologies for the removal of non-CO2 greenhouse gases, in particular methane and N2O. He also runs the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series which aims to raise awareness of the urgency around climate change.

    Hugh is a regular presenter on television documentaries on Channel 4, PBS Nova and SBS, including 'Dambusters: building the bouncing bomb', 'Attack' of the Zeppelins', 'Escape from Colditz' and 'Guy Martin wall of death'. He is Keeper of the Clock at Trinity College, a clock which isdemonstrably the most accurate tower clock in the world. He has an impressive collection of boomerangs which he uses to inspire students in the study of dynamics and mechanics.

    Finished Fields
    Andrew Downes (1950-)
    7 Preludes for Piano
    Andrew Downes (1950-)
    Songs of Love
    Andrew Downes (1950-)
  • 28 October 2018 - 6:00pm
    Bach and the Princess
    Ana Julija Mlejnik, Anja Jamšek, Boris Bizjak, Geoffrey Irwin, Johan Lofving, Josh Salter, Lana Trotovšek, Masumi Yamamoto, Yu-Wei Hu, Yuka Matsumoto
    All Saints' Church, Blackheath London SE3 0TY
    United Kingdom

    The different generations of the Bach musical dynasty worked across modern-day Germany and internationally, but with few places did they have as long a relationship as with the Prussian court.

    It was during this time that JS Bach made his famous visit to the court, leading to his Musical Offering, a collection of pieces based on a theme given to him by Frederick as a musical challenge.

    Part of Blackheath International Chamber Music Festival

    Trio Sonata
    Composer Not Known ()
    Concerto for flute and orchestra in G major
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 28 October 2018 - 1:00pm
    North And South - de la Guerre, Roman, Kapsberger, Leclair
    Boris Bizjak, Johan Lofving, Masumi Yamamoto, Yu-Wei Hu
    All Saints' Church, Blackheath London SE3 0TY
    United Kingdom

    Travel across baroque Europe through both time and space, from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea, with expert musical guides!

    From the German-Italian composer-virtuoso of the early baroque period, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, who worked in Venice and Rome, to the French harpsichord child prodigy Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre who went on to have a long and successful career as a virtuoso performer and composer; and from the Swede Johan Helmich Roman who studied in London and later travelled across Europe in order to bring an international dimension to his work as both composer and music director, to Jean-Marie Leclair, French composer and violin virtuoso, who studied in Turin and later worked in both Paris and the Netherlands, drawing on different European national styles in his work.

    Part of Blackheath International Chamber Music Festival

    Trio Sonata in G minor
    Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1666/67-1729)
    Sonata No 5 in E minor for flute and basso continuo
    Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758)
    Kapsberger canario
    Johann Kapsberger (c1580-1651)
    Deuxième récréation de musique
    Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
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