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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15
  • 18 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Autumn Serenade | Bristol Ensemble
    Bristol Ensemble, Roger Huckle
    Malmesbury Abbey Malmesbury SN16 0AA
    United Kingdom

    A concert of English and nature inspired music with master works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams alongside the wonderful 'The Hen' Symphony by Haydn. The Lark Ascending forms the centre of this programme and remains one of the UK's most popular classical piece. Elgar's Serenade for Strings is a timeless masterpiece and the Two Aquarelles by Delius are perfect for an autumn serenade.

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    2 Aquarelles
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 83 in G minor, 'La poule' ('The hen')
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • 15 October 2019 - 6:30pm
    The Golden Age | Anna Urpina (violin) and Weronika Janyst (harpsichord)
    Anna Urpina, Weronika Janyst
    Handel House London W1K 4HB
    United Kingdom

    Rising stars in the European early music scene, Anna Urpina (violin) and Weronika Janyst (harpsichord) present the greatest hits from the Baroque golden age, featuring favourites by Handel, Corelli and Biber.

    Sonata for violin and basso continuo
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
    Sonata for violin and continuo No 12 in F
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Sonata No 2 in D major from 6 Sonatas for violin and continuo
    Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1666/67-1729)
    Concerto for violin and continuo No 12 in D minor, 'La follia'
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • 25 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Solitude: Ilker Arcayürek (tenor)/Hartmut Höll (piano)
    Hartmut Höll, Ilker Arcayürek
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek has been described by The Guardian as ‘in a class of his own’, and Opera Now wrote of him, in their list of Top Ten Rising Stars, as a ‘golden and natural lyric tenor’. We are delighted that he will give his Festival debut with the world-renowned pianist Hartmut Höll. Their all-Schubert programme includes the Beethoven-inspired ‘Einsamkeit’ (‘Solitude’), as well as a number of favourite songs.

  • 25 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Visions de L'amen: Owen-Apekisheva Duo
    Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    In the second of their concerts this year, the Owen-Apekisheva Duo perform Messiaen’s epic masterpiece for two pianos, Visions de l’amen. It was written in 1943 and performed in the same year by the composer and his student and future wife, Yvonne Loriod.

    Visions de l'amen, for 2 pianos
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:45pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival – Dreams: Dorothea Röschmann and Malcolm Martineau
    Dorothea Röschmann, Malcolm Martineau
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Two of today’s great artists, known for their performances together on disc and in leading halls and festivals the world over, perform songs by Schubert and Schumann, together with Mahler’s glorious Rückert Lieder. They conclude tonight’s programme with Wagner’s astonishing Wesendonck Lieder, the last of which, ‘Traüme’ (‘Dreams’) served as a study for his opera Tristan und Isolde.

    5 Rückert Lieder
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Wesendonck Lieder
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
  • 25 October 2019 - 10:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival: Harawi - Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper
    Gweneth Ann Rand, Simon Lepper
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Setting his own texts, in the spirit of Wagner and Debussy, Messiaen’s epic song cycle Harawi was inspired by Peruvian folklore and the indigenous Quechuan language. The first of his ‘Tristan Trilogy’ (with echoes of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde), the work explores love that can only be truly fulfilled in death. Gweneth Ann Rand is an acclaimed interpreter of Messiaen and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to present this astonishing cycle.

    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
  • 16 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Riccardo Pes (cello) and Kumi Matsuo (piano) play Dyson, Mendelssohn and Pes
    Kumi Matsuo, Riccardo Pes
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Riccardo Pes was born in 1987 in Spilimbergo, Italy. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music, London, on the Artist Diploma course under the tuition of professor Melissa Phelps. He is an RCM Scholar, supported by a Soiree d'Or Award, Pauline Hartley Award and the Kathleen Trust. Riccardo previously studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia and attended the High Specialization Music Courses held by Giovanni Sollima at Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. He graduated the highest mark and the congratulations of the jury.

    Riccardo has attended international masterclasses with Franz Bartolomey, Frans Helmerson, Ludwig Quandt, Michael Sanderling, Johannes Goritzki, Gustavo Tavares, Julian Arp, Maria Kliegel, Enrico Dindo, Michael Flaksman and Jelena Ocic.

    As a soloist, Riccardo has played with I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone, and performed the Tartini Cello Concerto in A Major in Padua and with the Ensemble Serenissima, and the Vivaldi Concerto in B-flat, unpublished, at the Theater Zancanaro in Sacile. He has played music for solo cello from Bach to Morricone at the AHA! Festival at the University of Gothenburg, Terre di Maremma Festival, High Notes Festival in Lucca, Biennale of Venice - in important venues in London, such as: St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Academy of Arts and Linconln’s Inn Chapel. Next performances are including the King’s Place and the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall.

    As chamber musician Riccardo has worked with important musicians such as Mario Brunello, Giovanni Sollima, Drum&Cello, 100 cellos of Teatro Valle Rome and Triennale of Milan. He regularly plays in a cello and piano duo with Matteo Andri, and also with I Solisti Veneti in Padua performing works by local composers, Ferruccio Busoni Orchestra in Trieste with pianist Roberto Plano on various recording projects.

    As a collaborative cellist, Riccardo has worked with the scientist Margherita Hack, writer Alessandro Marzo Magno, poet Morten Sondergaard, photographers Giuliano e Gianni and Cesare Borghesan, as well as actors and contemporary circus artists. Riccardo played as part of the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Founding of Italy (broadcast live on Mogliano TV) and has collaborated with the electronic artist and European competitions winner, Jens Thomsen (SUNS festival, "Nordic Matters" at Southbank Centre in London).

    Riccardo has studied composition with Battista Pradal and recently published his first solo album called Cellina Work. He has made recordings for the music labels Velut Luna, Concerto (Milan), Irene (Spilimbergo) and for the national magazine Amadeus.

    Riccardo has won First Prize (concerto competition category) and Second Prize (recital category) at the Richmond Festival Competition; Second Prize at both the Hatfield and District Festival Competition and Piove di Sacco Competition.

    Riccardo plays a cello made by Edgar Russ in Cremona, 2014.

    Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.

    Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.

    In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for left hand, in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No 1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. She also performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 she gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.

    Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Constanza Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recently finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Cello Sonata
    Sir George Dyson (1883-1964)
    Sonata for cello and piano No 1 in B flat
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    The Song of the Birds, for cello and electronics
    Riccardo Pes (1987-)
    The Resonance
    Riccardo Pes (1987-)
  • 19 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by candlelight | The Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    Natalie Klouda, The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, Warren Mailley-Smith
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Celebrate the end of the week with The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, an exciting new orchestra featuring some of the UK’s most outstanding young professional musicians, led by the sensational violinist Natalie Klouda.This dynamic ensemble present a programme of some of the greatest classical music ever written including Vivaldi’s masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons' in the beautiful surroundings of St James’ Church, in the heart of London’s West End by the evocative glow of candlelight.

    This special concert also features exceptional British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, who has developed a large following across the UK thanks to his effortless technique and charismatic charm. One of his most extraordinary achievements was performing the complete solo works (3.5 million notes) of Frederick Chopin from memory. Mailley-Smith has played many times for the Royal Family, has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at Carneghie Hall in New York and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has also been featured as Classic FM CD of the Week when he was described as "Stunning!"

    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Divertimento for strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 2
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for harpsichord and strings in A
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 18 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Mozart and Moonlight by candlelight | Brandenburg Sinfonia
    Adam Johnson, Andrew Earis, Brandenburg Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Join celebrated pianist Adam Johnson for a performance of Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata', alongside works by Mozart played by Brandenburg Sinfonia.

    Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Serenade No 13 in G for strings, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Divertimento in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 12 in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Ashley Fripp (piano)
    Ashley Fripp
    Cranleigh Arts Centre Cranleigh GU6 8AS
    United Kingdom

    British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, having performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

    Recent international highlights include the Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein Wien, Kölner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (Lonon), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Cité de la musique Paris, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Konserthuset Stockholm, the Megaron (Athens) the L’auditori (Barcelona), Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Gulbenkian Auditorium (Lisbon).

    “…played with virtuosity, nobility and the right dash of glamour” The Guardian
    “Crisply performed… the virtuoso figuration is searching as well as irresistibly zestful” Sunday Times

    Sonata for Piano No 8 in A minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    3 Études de concert
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Arabesque in C
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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