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Format: 2020-02-19
Format: 2020-02-19
  • 23 February 2020 - 11:00am
    Classical Coffee Mornings - Artur Haftman (piano)
    Artur Haftman
    Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Watch inspirational performances by outstanding young performers from the Royal College of Music whilst enjoying a hot drink and a pastry in the Hall’s Elgar Room.

    Pianist Artur Haftman began playing the piano at the age of seven. At the Royal College he is the recipient of the prestigious Kenneth and Violet Scott Award, where he is currently studying for a Master of Performance.

    He is also supported by the Chopin Society in London, Talent Unlimited Musical Charity and Konfraternia Artystów Polskich.

    Waltz No 1 in A flat, 'Grande valse brillante' from 3 Waltzes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    4 Mazurkas
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Barcarolle in F sharp
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne by candlelight | February | Sonata No 3 and Berceuse
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral Edinburgh EH12 5AW
    United Kingdom

    Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

    He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

    His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

    He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

    He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series.

    Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

    “Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion

    3 Ecossaises
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz No 14 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Variations brillantes on 'Je vends des scapulaires'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Berceuse in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 19 in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 41 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 3 in B minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    Marije Johnston, Piccadilly Sinfonietta
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    On Saturday 29th February 2020, in the heart of London just steps away from Piccadilly Circus, the walls of St James’s Church, Piccadilly will resound with the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and Mozart, played by Marije Johnston, and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.

    Experience a romantic, candlelit evening with selections of the world’s greatest classical music in the gorgeous St James’s Church, Piccadilly. The concert features timeless works by the monumental composers, Mozart, Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi. If you’re in need of a relaxing experience, want to learn more about classical music, or just want to hear virtuosic performances by some of the best, young performers in the UK, this concert is just for you.

    The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles. Founded in 2018, the ensemble has performed in halls throughout the UK including London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester and further afield. The Piccadilly Sinfonia exists to perform the world’s greatest classical music in the UK’s most historic venues.

    The concert features breath-taking feats of virtuosity from violinist sensation, Marije Johnston, in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major.

    Dutch violinist Marije Johnston has won numerous prizes, including all the RNCM’s chamber music prizes as a member of the Navarra Quartet. As a soloist Marije performed Shostakovich’s violin concerto No. 1 with the Royal Northern College of Music’s Symphony Orchestra after winning the prestigious concerto auditions held at the Royal Northern College of Music and performed concertos by Tippett, Schnittke and the Brahms ‘Double’ Concerto with the same orchestra. Awarded the Royal Northern College of Music’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal, Marije is much in demand as a chamber musician and often plays with ensembles such as the Fibonacci Sequence, Schubert Ensemble and Aronowitz Ensemble.

    So why not treat yourself to a spectacular evening and join us for a concert to remember of uplifting music.

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for violin and strings in E major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Divertimento No 11 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Dona Nobis Pacem
    Keith Orrell, Richard Lea, Robert Woods, William Byrd Singers
    Christ Church, West Didsbury Manchester M20 2ZD
    United Kingdom

    The William Byrd Singers, conducted by Keith Orrell, invite you to our forthcoming concert 'Dona Nobis Pacem' on the unusual date of 29 February. Also unusual is our use of both organs in Christ Church, played by Richard Lea and Robert Woods. As well as playing duets, they will accompany the choir in Vierne's Messe solennelle.

    The universal theme of peace is explored in a wide variety of styles, from Joubert's dramatic settings of texts a thousand years old to Faure's popular Cantique.

    Clausen re-imagines John Sheppard as past and present echo the quest for peace felt by every generation.

    We once again present a programme to delight and inspire you in the welcoming atmosphere of Christ Church. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Grand choeur dialogué from 6 pièces d'orgue
    Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Pro pace Motets
    John Joubert (1927-)
    Prelude on 'Picardy', for organ
    John Joubert (1927-)
    In pace
    René Clausen (1953-)
    Sonata No 1 for organ in D minor
    Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
    Messe solennelle, for double choir and 2 organs
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
  • 26 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital: Iyad Sughayer (piano)
    Iyad Sughayer
    Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great London EC1A 9DS
    United Kingdom

    Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer, has already been invited to perform as soloist with many leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. He has performed on the stage of the Bridgewater Hall, the Stoller Hall – where Iyad made his debut on BBC Radio 3 – the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Steinway Hall New York, Castleton Festival Virginia, Kings Place and Wigmore Hall in London.

    In 2019, Iyad become a City Music Foundation Artist having just returned from a series of recitals in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He also announced the release of his first album featuring the solo works of Khachaturian with BIS records in November 2019.

    Today's programme showcases a snippet from his new album of Khachaturian's 'Poem', where his compositional muscles were flexed to notable effect, alongside more traditional Mozart's Piano Sonata in No 18 and a selection of Liszt's Harmonies poétiques et religieuses,

    Poem in C sharp minor, for piano
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Sonata for Piano No 18 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • 19 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Special Event - First Nations People of Alberta, Canada
    Péter Bársony, Rivka Golani
    Peckham Levels London SE15 4ST
    United Kingdom

    Presentation and talk by the Blackfoot First Nations People of Alberta, Canada, including a video documentary, performances and discussions.

    Our guests are:

    Rosaline Crow Shoe, Elder
    Quinton Crow Shoe
    Deborah White Cow
    Ramona Big Head
    Floyd Big Head, Elder
    Dolly Adelaide Creighton Fox

    Performances by:

    Rivka Golani and Péter Bársony (violas)

    Viola ensemble made up of their student and graduate violists from the University of Graz - Austria, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music - Hungary, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - UK.

    The pieces performed will include

    Michael Colgrass – Piece for solo viola
    JS Bach – Chaconne arranged for 8 violas
    York Bowen – Fantasia for 4 violas

    Please use the email link above for further information/tickets

  • 25 February 2020 - 6:30pm
    The Drake Calleja Trust presents Siqian Li (piano) and Roberts Balanas (violin)
    Roberts Balanas, Siqian Li
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    The Drake Calleja Trust financially and artistically supports talented musicians studying across the UK. We award scholarships annually to classical solo instrumentalists and singers.

    Since 2015 we have made 97 awards to outstanding young musicians from all over the world. As well as financial help we support our scholars with concert opportunities, and we are delighted to be at the 1901 Arts Club for the first time.

    Latvian violinist Roberts Balanas made his solo debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in 2013 and has performed extensively across the UK, Europe and Asia ever since.

    He has participated in numerous music festivals including the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, ProQuartet Festival and Halesworth Festival amongst others. His musical collaborations include eminent artists such as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and Marin Alsop.

    Currently studying with Rodney Friend on the Master of Arts programme at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Balanas has been mentored by Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov and Pinchas Zukerman. His studies are generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Tillett Trust, Albert Cooper Musical Trust, Colin Keer Trust and St Marylebone Educational Foundation.

    He currently performs on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin which has been kindly lent to him from the Royal Academy of Music collection.

    Born in 1992, Chinese pianist Siqian Li started her musical education at the age of four. She studied with Madame Huiqiao Bao, received her Bachelor of Music Degree at Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing) and became the first pianist to be awarded the 'Best of Best - Top and Innovative Talent' diploma and scholarship by China Ministry of Culture. After obtaining a Master of Music Degree with Academic Honors and a Graduate Diploma at New England Conservatory (Boston) as a student of Professor Alexander Korsantia, she continues to pursue an Artist Diploma at Royal College of Music (London) in the class of Professor Norma Fisher.

    Her performances have taken place across China, USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Japan, and South Korea, at venues including Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Egypt Cairo Opera House, Shenzhen Grand Theatre, London School of Economics, and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She also frequents the festival circuit, with the recent performances at Annecy Classic Festival, Festival d'Auvers sur-Oise, Dinard Festival International de Musique, Shanghai International Music Festival, and BNP Paribas Rising Star Piano Festival. As a young musician, Siqian was invited to join the charity concerts to support children’s musical education in China. As a soloist, she has collaborated on a wide range of repertoire with international chamber musicians, and has appeared in concerts with Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Xiamen Opera Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine State Symphony Orchestra, and Central Conservatory of Music Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others.

    Siqian is the Silver Medalist and the Special Prize Winner of San Jose International Piano Competition 2019, a semi-finalist of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2018, the Grand Prix and the Special Prize Winner of Vladimir Krainev International Piano Competition. She was also awarded the First Prize at Imola International Piano Competition, Yamaha China Piano Competition Conservatoire, Puigcerda International Festival Competition, and prizes at numerous important international competitions. Meanwhile, Siqian is a Yamaha Future Artist, Drake Calleja Trust Scholar (London), the recipient of Lansum Music Scholarship (Los Angeles), Chengxian Fu Music Scholarship (Taiwan), and generously supported by Talent Unlimited Foundation (London).

    Her recent performance engagements including the concerts at Yamaha Ginza Concert Hall (Tokyo Japan), St.Mary Perivale, and 1901 Arts Club (London).

    Sonata for violin and piano
    Nikolai Kapustin (1937-)
    Hebrew Melody for violin and piano
    Joseph Achron (1886-1943)
    La capricieuse, for violin and piano
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Sonata for Piano No 18 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Of Love and Celebration | Vox Cantab
    Louisa Denby, Vox Cantab
    St Mary's Church Comberton CB23 7EB
    United Kingdom

    We’re looking forward to singing a variety of classics both sacred and secular, serious and light, from (mostly) English composers through the ages. Join us for an entertaining evening of music for all the family.

  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Heartstrings: A feast of romantic works for string orchestra and guitar
    Corona Strings, Janet Lincé, Raymond Burley
    Dorchester Abbey Dorchester-on-Thames OX10 7HH
    United Kingdom

    Dorchester Abbey will be the setting for a concert of romantic music for Valentines’, to include Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Serenade for Strings, miniature masterpieces by Cotswold-inspired composer, Gerald Finzi, and Nordic composers Sibelius and Nielsen, and a rare chance to hear a British Guitar Concerto by a living composer; Vincent Lindsey-Clark.

    The programme opens with Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular homage to Mozart; his Serenade, composed in 1880. The vibrancy and originality of the Serenade is complimented by the exquisite beauty and lyricism of three further works: Sibelius’s intense string miniature Romance from 1903; the first published work – a suite for strings, known as Little Suite - written by Denmark’s most prominent composer, Carl Nielsen; and a deeply felt Romance by English composer, Gerald Finzi.

    A highlight of the concert will be a performance of the second Guitar Concerto by Vincent Lindsey-Clark, who is one of the UK’s top guitar exponents. Well known for his compositions for the instrument, which have been performed around the world as well as his educational work, in this performance Corona Strings will be joined by soloist Raymond Burley; one of the country’s most experienced guitarists, having performed in virtually every possible guitar ensemble combination, including jazz and harpsichord, and with many ‘starry’ names such as Rick Wakeman and John Etheridge.

    “Dorchester Abbey provides an exceptional acoustic in which to hear these works”, said Conductor, Janet Lincé. “As the host venue for many internationally-renowned artists and events, we are delighted to be performing in one of the most historically important venues in the county.”

    Founded in 2012, Corona Strings has established a reputation for dynamic sound and sensitive playing. The orchestra is formed from a fine pool of professional players from Oxfordshire and beyond and repertoire ranges from the Romantic ‘greats’ to music of the 20th century as well as exciting contemporary works.

    Serenade for string orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Romance for Strings in C
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for guitar and strings No 2
    Vincent Lindsey-Clark (1956-)
    Little Suite for strings in A minor
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Romance for Strings in E flat
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
  • 29 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Miserere - Music for the Lenten Season | Oxford Pro Musica Singers
    Mark Jordan, Oxford Pro Musica Singers
    Exeter College Chapel Oxford OX1 3DP
    United Kingdom

    A concert of beautiful music for the Lenten season, featuring two settings of the Miserere. Allegri’s iconic setting is joined with James MacMillan’s moving and powerful work, also for unaccompanied choir. Other music includes Tallis’s ‘Lamentations of Jeremiah’, Lotti’s ‘Crucifixus à 8’ and Purcell’s ‘Hear my Prayer’. Join us for an evening of memorable and moving music in the glorious setting of Exeter College Chapel.

    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Miserere
    Sir James MacMillan (1959-)
    Hear my Prayer, O Lord
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Crucifixus à 8
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Ave verum corpus
    Colin Mawby (1936-)
    Lamentations of Jeremiah I
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Salvator mundi
    John Blow (1649-1708)
    Crucifixus à 16
    Antonio Caldara (c1670-1736)
    Lord, thou hast been our refuge
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Immortal Bach
    Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)
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