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Format: 2014-10-01
Format: 2014-10-01
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    Thu, 2014-10-02 19:30
    London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Assembly Room Chichester PO19 1LQ
    United Kingdom

    Founded in 1991, London Concertante soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and a unique rapport with its audience.

    The ensemble appears regularly at St Martin in the Fields and in festivals and music society concerts around the UK. It has made successful tours in the USA, Finland, Spain and France and will be touring in the Middle East in 2014.

    Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sextet for clarinet, horn and string quartet
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Crisantemi
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • Fri, 2014-10-10 19:30
    The King's Singers
    The King's Singers
    Christ's Hospital Chapel Horsham RH13 0LJ
    United Kingdom

    Performing in Christ's Hospital's beautiful Chapel, The King's Singers are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

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    Sat, 2014-10-11 19:30
    The BelVil Trio
    BelVil Trio, Diana Galvydyte, Evelina Puzaité, Tamara Zivadinovic
    St Faith's Church, North Dulwich London SE24 9JQ
    United Kingdom

    Three fine artistes from Eastern Europe perform a fascinating programme of music, ranging from the 17th century to the 20th. All profits from the concert will go to the international development charity Practical Action. The SE London Local Group raises funds for this organisation. which works with the world's poorest people, using appropriate technology to fight poverty and transform lives.

    Ave Maria
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Amen from Laudate Pueri Dominum
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Zdes' khorosho from 12 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Ne poy, krasavica, pri mne from 6 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Morgen! from 4 Lieder
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    On my lips every kiss is like wine from Giuditta
    Franz Lehár (1870-1948)
    Sentimental Melody from Forest of the Amazon
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Samba clássico
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Aria from Bachianas Brazilieras No 5
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Nightclub 1960 from L'Histoire du Tango (History of Tango)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Oblivion
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Carmen Fantasy
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
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    Sat, 2014-10-04 20:00
    Debs Newbold - King Lear : Re-telling the Legend
    Debs Newbold
    St Nicholas Church Winterborne Kingston DT11 9BJ
    United Kingdom

    Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting. With this explosive and emotive retelling of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare's language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre. This riveting and celebrated adaptation was created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival, performed to acclaim at Shakespeare's Globe and nominated for an award at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.

    Listen, and be immersed both in Shakespeare's incomparable verse and the warm, poetic storytelling that is uniquely Debs's own, and discover why her work with Shakespeare's tales has been has been hailed “a masterful piece of verbal cinema”.

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    Fri, 2014-10-10 19:30
    Music for Voices and Viols from the Jacobean Court
    Chelys, Sam Laughton, The Elysian Singers of London
    St Paul's Church, Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    The reign of the artistically minded King James I between 1603 and 1625 coincided with one of the greatest creative periods in English history. Alongside the obvious dramatic achievements of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, was an extraordinary flowering of sacred and secular music, especially for voices and for viol consort. Building on the already long career of the great William Byrd were younger composers from around the kingdom, such as London-born John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons from Oxford, the Welshman Thomas Tomkins, and Thomas Weelkes from Sussex.

    The Elysian Singers, under the direction of Sam Laughton, are delighted to be collaborating with Chelys Consort of Viols to share the wonderful diversity of music from this period, from anthems to solo songs, and from part-songs to instrumental music.

    Ave verum corpus
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Thou mighty God
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    When David's life by Saul
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    When the poor cripple
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Great King of Gods
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    O all true faithful hearts
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    O clap your hands together
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    See, see the word is incarnate
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Sing unto the Lord
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    This is the record of John
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Above the stars my saviour dwells
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    Be strong and of a good courage
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    Know you not
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    When David heard
    Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    Draw on, sweet night
    John Wilbye (1574-1638)
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    Sat, 2014-10-11 19:30
    Flanders Fields | The Saint Cecilia Singers
    Jonathan Hope, Saint Cecilia Singers
    St Mary de Lode Church Gloucester GL1 2QT
    United Kingdom

    An atmospheric a capella concert spanning 500 years of Flemish and French music from Josquin to Poulenc. The first concert for The Saint Cecilia Singers under their new conductor Jonathan Hope, in the ancient beauty of St Mary de Lode, just outside the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral.

    Magnificat octavo toni
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Absalon, fili mi
    Josquin des Prés (c1440-1521)
    Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Vox in Rama audita est
    Jacobus Clemens non Papa (1510-c1556)
    Ego flos campi
    Jacobus Clemens non Papa (1510-c1556)
    Hymne à la vierge, 'Hymn to the Virgin'
    Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
    4 Motets pour un temps de pénitence
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Jesu, Dulcis Memoria
    Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
    Exultate Deo
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
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    Thu, 2014-10-02 19:00
    BBC Young Generation Artist, baritone Benjamin Appl in Schumann Lieder recital
    Benjamin Appl, James Cheung, Stephen Johnson
    St Mary de Lode Gloucester GL1 2QT
    United Kingdom

    Baritone Benjamin Appl, who joined the BBC New Generation Artists’ roster in September 2014, will be accompanied by rising star, pianist James Cheung, in a recital of Schumann songs, including the song cycle Dichterliebe, for the first in a series of concerts celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of Gloucester Music Society. The concert will be preceded by a talk on Dichterliebe by Stephen Johnson, which is included in the ticket price.

    Der arme Peter from Romanzen und Balladen
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    6 Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    5 Lieder
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Dichterliebe
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • Sat, 2014-10-04 19:30
    Cantamus Bach Choir - Bach's Magnificat and Vivaldi's Gloria
    Andrew King, Cantamus Bach Choir, Cantamus Bach Orchestra, Jonathan Carter, Peter Macdonald, Rodney Williams, Ruth Saye, Yolanda Grant-Thompson
    All Saints Church Chigwell Row IG7 4QD
    United Kingdom

    Two of the most popular of all choral composers to be paired in the exciting Cantamus performance of the Gloria and Magnificat.

    During his lifetime Vivaldi enjoyed considerable success and fortune, but for two centuries after his death, the Gloria lay undiscovered. Today Vivaldi is one of the most popular of all composers: his Gloria stands as amongst the most exuberant choral works to sing, always especially pleasurable and thrilling to the listener.

    Bach’s Magnificat was written in Leipzig for the 1723 Christmas Vespers, the original version being in E-flat and including several additional Christmas texts. He later revised it, making it suitable for use throughout the year and transposing it into D, a much brighter and more satisfactory key – for the trumpets in particular.

    Cantamus, the highly-regarded London-based chamber choir and orchestra, founded by its Director Dr Peter Macdonald in 1959, has built a reputation over the years for its interpretations of many well-loved works, such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Haydn's Creation. It recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a superlative London choral concert of Handel's Messiah.

    Patron: Dr Stephen P Castell CITP, aka Leo King.
    President: Geoffrey Horsnell MSc DipIC BSc

    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Magnificat in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    Fri, 2014-10-10 20:00
    Oxford Camerata 30th Anniversary Concert
    Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata
    The Queen's College Chapel Oxford OX1 4AW
    United Kingdom

    Formed in the city of dreaming spires thirty years ago by Jeremy Summerly, the sublime voices of Oxford Camerata return to Oxford in celebration of their 30th year of existence. With an exciting programme, travelling from Hildegard through sublime polyphony by composers of the English Renaissance (including Oxford composer John Sheppard) to more contemporary works by Benjamin Britten and John Tavener, this concert is certain to be a celebration of the versatility and vibrancy that has characterised Oxford Camerata’s unique sound, both on record and in concert.

    "These [Oxford Camerata] are singers with feeling." Gramophone

    "Oxford Camerata's young-voiced singers“Oxford Camerata's young mixed-voice singers.... have spirit, attack and a measure of sensitivity.” BBC Music Magazine

    Missa Cantate
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Magnificat
    Giles Swayne (1946-)
    Hymn to the Mother of God
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    A Hymn to the Virgin
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Libera nos, salva nos I
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
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    Sat, 2014-10-11 19:00
    Three-course opera: food, opera and wine
    Colleen Nicoll, Jake Kirner, Joanna Arnold, Kate Harris, Mikhail Shilyaev, Nick Beever, Sophie Levi, Three-course opera, ​Lawrence Olsworth-Peter
    Conchiglia Italian Restaurant London W1W 6RZ
    United Kingdom

    Three-course opera presents a performance of Donizetti's 'L'elisir d'amore' (The elixir of love), an operatic tale of love and wine, interspersed with a three-course meal at Conchiglia Italian Restaurant.

    Rather than performing just individual arias or scenes, we stage the entire opera, albeit a slightly shorter verson, so that the evening has a beginning, middle and end. And with starter, mains and dessert served before each act, you can just relax be entertained. There shall be serenading at the bar, suspicious dealings under the table and many other lovers' tiff whilst plate pass through the air.

    L'Elisir d'Amore, 'Elixir of Love'
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)