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Format: 2014-10-23
Format: 2014-10-23
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:30
    Mansfield Choral Society's 40th Anniversary Civic Concert - Handel's Messiah
    Abigail Broughton, Helix Ensemble, Mansfield Choral Society, Meili Li, Peter Siepmann, René Bloice-Sanders, Richard Roddis
    Mansfield Palace Theatre Mansfield NG18 1NG
    United Kingdom

    Following a highly successful concert of Mozart in the Nottingham Albert Hall this May; the Mansfield Choral Society are delighted to be sharing their joy of singing with a civic concert this November at the town’s Palace Theatre. They hope to be joined by new voices from the local community to perform Handel’s hugely popular sacred oratorio, Messiah.

    Although Mansfield Choral Society has performed Messiah a number of times over their 40 year history, this will be their first performance of the great work for over 7 years.

    Messiah (Watkins Shaw Edition)
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    Sun, 2014-11-02 16:00
    Bruch's Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony
    Benjamin Baker, Leslie Olive, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Apex Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
    United Kingdom

    Suffolk's fully professional orchestra returns to The Apex with the young New Zealand violinist Benjamin Baker in another programme designed to feature todays most exciting talent. Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. Over the last year he has won a string of competitions in Italy and England, performed across the UK, and made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    In 2004, listeners to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme voted Barber’s Adagio for strings the saddest piece of classical music. It has been played to mark the passing of the famous, including Franklin D Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, and Albert Einstein, and at the Last Night of the Proms in 2001 to commemorate the victims of 9/11. We have included it in this concert as a tribute to the fallen of the Great War, and it begins our programme.

    Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture on the other hand, with its musical impression of the rising and falling of waves, sets a cheerful tone, and is included in this programme to celebrate the recent completion of a sailing circumnavigation of the British Isles by a supporter of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

    After our Cream Tea interval, we settle down to a feast of expressiveness. Leslie Olive writes: 'As a young conductor in the 1980s, I had the great pleasure of conducting a concert performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Pilgrim’s Progress, and its vibrant themes live with me to this day. RVW worked on Pilgrim’s Progress for many years before finally bringing it to fruition, and in 1938 he used some of its themes in the Fifth Symphony. It is a fascinating study to see which ones he used and how he used them, and an intriguing speculation whether the extra-musical ideas associated with those themes have any place in his thinking in the symphony. We shall probably never know. Either way, many commentators regard the fifth as the greatest of his symphonies. It is certainly glorious!'

    Adagio for Strings
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 5 in D
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 19:45
    10th Birthday Concert - St George's Chamber Orchestra
    Dominic Moore, Madeleine Venner, St George's Chamber Orchestra
    St George's Parish Church Beckenham BR3 1AX
    United Kingdom

    St George's Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 10th birthday with a concert of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. We are delighted to welcome back our founding conductor, Madeleine Venner, who is currently the choral director of the Halle. Dominic Moore, the orchestra's leader and co-founder, is the soloist in Beethoven's Romance in F.

    St George’s Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!

    The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.

    We are proud to be resident at St George’s Church, Beckenham which has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.

    A few comments from our audience:

    ‘St George's Chamber Orchestra has got to be one of the best things about being a Beckenham local. At the end of each concert I’m already looking forward to the next one.’

    ‘A most enjoyable evening – an excellent programme with a first class chamber orchestra; what more could you ask for?’

    ‘Your concert yesterday evening brought immense pleasure many congratulations to everyone. It is a privilege to live where such things happen locally.’

    ‘The concert was such a treat, what a programme! So lovely to hear those less-often performed pieces. Thank you.’

    Overture from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in F major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Siegfried Idyll
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Symphony No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • Sat, 2014-10-25 19:30
    Hackney Singers: Brahms's Requiem
    Dan Ludford-Thomas, Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, Hackney Singers, Helen Meyerhoff, Philip Tebb
    St John-at-Hackney Church Hackney E5 0PD
    United Kingdom

    Hackney Singers present one of the world’s great choral works, Brahms’s epic masterpiece Ein deutsches Requiem. Sung in German, Brahms’s lyrical and uplifting Requiem brilliantly melds classical structure and romantic harmony. The libretto is unusual for a requiem in that it was not intended as a religious mass for the dead, but rather as a secular work of comfort and consolation for the living.

    Accompanied by leading community orchestra the Forest Philharmonic, under the baton of Dan Ludford-Thomas, the concert opens in dramatic style with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, celebrating the veneration with which Beethoven was held by Brahms; in his home, he composed under the watchful eye of a marble bust of Beethoven.

    This is set to be an evening of inspiring and powerful music, in the Georgian splendour of St John at Hackney.

    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    Sat, 2014-10-25 19:30
    Bruckner's E minor Mass | Ely Choral Society
    Andrew Parnell, Ely Choral Society, Wymondham Symphony Winds
    Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral Ely CB7 4DL
    United Kingdom

    Ely Choral Society and the winds and brass of Wymondham Symphony Orchestra collaborate to present a rare opportunity to hear Anton Bruckner’s E minor Mass, his first recognised masterpiece. It was written to celebrate the building of the Votive Chapel of the new Cathedral in Linz. Because an outdoor performance was planned, the double choir is accompanied by wind and brass instruments. Here is true, unique Bruckner – a combination of Italian Renaissance simplicity, devoutness and poignancy, and full-blooded romantic harmonies and power in both vocal and instrumental writing. The programme also contains well-known Bruckner motets and works for brass and woodwind. The musical architecture of these works is enhanced by the generous acoustics and stunning stonework of Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.

    Mass No 2 in E minor
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
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    Thu, 2014-10-30 19:30
    Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra
    Garry Walker, Giulio Poggia, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra
    Blackheath Halls London SE3 9RQ
    United Kingdom

    Scottish born conductor Garry Walker directs the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra in a programme based around water and the sea, in keeping with A song for all ships, all seas, the autumn theme linking a few concerts within our Faculty of Music programme this term.

    Frank Bridge’s orchestral suite The Sea aptly opens the concert, followed by Toru Takemitsu’s Riverrun, one of many pieces in the composer’s output reflecting his fascination with water. Gorgeous melodies and a vast, impeccably employed palette of orchestral colours have made Scheherazade one of Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular works. A new composition from Trinity Laban student, Oliver Muxworthy, completes the programme.

    The Sea
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Oliver Muxworthy ()
  • Fri, 2014-10-24 19:30
    Feargus Hetherington (violin) and Gavin Brady (piano)
    Feargus Hetherington, Gavin Brady
    Cathedral of the Isles Millport, Isle of Cumbrae KA28 0HE
    United Kingdom

    Frankfurt-based pianist, Gavin Brady, joins Feargus Hetherington in two colourful masterpieces for violin and piano.

    Brahms completed three Violin Sonatas in his career - the last, in D minor possessing gripping drama and tender songfulness. Widely admired for his fine chamber music, John Ireland completed two Violin Sonatas, the first in D minor hints at his influences - Vaughan Williams and Charles Stanford.

    There will be a retiring collection.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Violin Sonata No 1 in D Minor
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
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    Sat, 2014-11-01 21:30
    Crussell, Rossini and Brahms | London Lawyers' Symphony Orchestra
    Larissa Joy, London Lawyers' Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Miller
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for Clarinet No 2
    Bernhard Crussell (1775-1838)
    Overture from La Gazza ladra, 'The Thieving Magpie'
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    Thu, 2014-10-30 19:00
    Laudate Choir at Temple Church
    George Inscoe, Howard Ionascu, The Laudate Choir
    The Temple Church London EC4Y 7BB
    United Kingdom

    The Laudate Choir present an hour's programme of sublime choral music in this stunning and historic building.

    Cantata, 'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied '
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Hear My Prayer
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Orbis pratator optime
    Gabriel Jackson (1962-)
    Christus factus est
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
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    Sat, 2014-10-25 19:30
    Philip Glass's Songs from Liquid Days | Hertfordshire Chorus
    Clara Sanabras, David Temple, Esther Brazil, Hertfordshire Chorus, London Orchestra da Camera, Robin Green, Zoe Brown
    Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London EC2Y 8DT
    United Kingdom

    The Hertfordshire Chorus pair two pieces from different ends of the classical repertoire; Handel's Dixit Dominus and Philip Glass's Songs from Liquid Days.

    Glass's Songs from Liquid Days, his most successful recording, is modern classical music that leaves a smile on your face, performed here in an arrangement by Jeremy Marchant. With Handel's exquisite Dixit Dominus this is an intriguing programme, promising a glorious evening of music.

    Dixit Dominus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Songs from Liquid Days
    Philip Glass (1937-)