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Format: 2014-04-21
Format: 2014-04-21
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:00
    Handel's Messiah - Portsmouth Baroque Choir and The Consort of Twelve
    Adrian Green, Ian Caddy, Malcolm Keeler, Portsmouth Baroque Choir, Sian Bibby-Hsia, The Consort of Twelve, Toby Forster
    St Paul's Church Chichester PO19 6FT
    United Kingdom

    Portsmouth Baroque Choir and The Consort of Twelve, conducted by Malcolm Keeler will perform The Messiah at St Paul's Church, Chichester on Sunday April 26th at 7pm, commencing with extracts from Part I but focussing on Parts II and III for the Easter season.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £15, £7 18 and under, £1 accompanied children Available from 01243 371128 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:00
    Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
    Belinda Yates, Heather Chamberlain, Lance Pierson
    Leicester Square Theatre London WC2H 7BX
    United Kingdom

    2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and it's time to celebrate his enormous contribution to our culture. But if you don’t have time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets then just come and see his Greatest Hits.

    Trio 'In Voice and Verse' bring to life the best of the Bard's work. Actor Lance Pierson presents the most famous speeches and sonnets from Hamlet to Henry and Richard to Romeo. Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform music inspired by Shakespeare's work, from Purcell to Cole Porter and Walton's Henry V to Bernstein's West Side Story.

    Blow, blow thou winter wind
    Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
    Where The Bee Sucks
    Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
    It was a lover and his lasse
    Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
    Who is Silvia?
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    You Spotted Snakes
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Falling in Love With Love from The Boys from Syracuse
    Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
    Letter scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
    I Hate Men from Kiss Me Kate
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
    Amor est in pectore
    Nigel Hess ()
    The Willow Song
    Anonymous ()
    Somewhere from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Tickets £14, concessions £12 Available from 0844 873 3433 .
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    Wed, 2014-04-23 19:30
    Rolf Haas (violin) UK debut with Miki Aoki (piano)
    Miki Aoki, Rolf Haas
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    Rolf and Miki will explore music that reflects the turbulent modern society through descriptive, visceral sounds and expression.
    Rolf says "To me, this music takes an unsettled glance at everyday realities we face in life and interprets the scene with unexpectedly graphic results. It is evidence that there are still people in the world today that are dedicated to making bold artistic statements, and courageous enough to be true to themselves."

    Violinist Rolf Haas combines virtuosity and an expansive sound palette and has played performances to enthusiastic audiences all across the globe. With his extremely varied repertoire, he does his best to convey a wide range of emotions, and to tell a musical story, a journey which establishes a connection with music lovers in the audience. A winner of multiple prizes at various competitions in the USA, and performing all over the world, Rolf plays on his Grandfather's Gagliano: the same violin on which the debuts of the Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg Concertos were performed.

    Miki Aoki (piano) made her debut at age 12 performing at the Royal Festival Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms Aoki's recent and upcoming engagements include performances at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, University of Hawaii and solo recitals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2011 Ms Aoki signed an exclusive contract with German label Profil Hänssler.

    Ticketholders are invited to join the performers in the Club's exclusive bar and lounge after the performance.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Fazil Say (1970-)
    Selected preludes from 24 Preludes for violin and piano
    Lera Auerbach (1974-)
    La Follia
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    Witches' Dance (Le Streghe)
    Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840)
    Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    All tickets £10 Available from 020 7620 3055 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 13:00
    Lunchtime Recital - Block4 Recorder Quartet
    Block4 Recorder Quartet, Emily Bannister, Katie Cowling, Lucy Carr, Maria Smith
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    Formed in 2012, Block4 is a London based recorder quartet featuring Emily Bannister, Lucy Carr, Katie Cowling and Ria Smith. Studying at the Royal College of Music under Ashley Solomon, Julien Feltrin and Maria Martinez, Block4 present a dynamic approach to contemporary consort music as well as offering a captivating interpretation of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Their innovative style has resulted in them being the 2014 winners of the Royal Overseas League Ensemble competition, the first recorder consort to receive this accolade in the competition’s 62 year history. They have also received a high commendation at the RCM’s Senior Woodwind Prize in 2013. Block4’s performances have included a variety of concerts and masterclasses with renowned experts such as Walter van Hauwe and Pamela Thorby, with exciting upcoming concerts at the Regent Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Canzona ‘La Lusignuola’
    Tarquinio Merula (1594/5-1665)
    Sitting Ducks
    Chiel Meijering ()
    No Tickets required.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Armenian General Benevolent Union London Chamber Orchestra Inaugural Concert
    AGBU London Chamber Orchestra, Ani Batikian, Gustavo Ubeda
    St Yeghishe Church London SW7 3BB
    United Kingdom

    The orchestra was created last year following artistic director Sarkis Zakarian’s idea to start an ensemble which would promote Armenian musicians and culture to the community and audiences in the UK. The Orchestra consists of talented Armenian musicians, currently residing in the UK and members of the London based chamber ensemble, Audeat Camerata, whose musical director, Gustavo Ubeda, has become the Orchestra’s principal conductor. The Armenian General Benevolent Union is honoured to appoint acclaimed violinist, Levon Chilingirian OBE, as the orchestra’s Patron. It welcomes talented musicians Ani Batikian, Anna Margarian and Veronika Vard-Patrikyan to join the orchestra.

    The programme has been designed as a fusion between Armenian works and other European compositions. The orchestra will present a specially commissioned piece based on the Armenian National Anthem, by composer Kristina Arakelyan, who is currently a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Other composers will include Gomidas, Aslamazyan, Mirzoyan, Vivaldi and Grieg.

    The Armenian General Benevolent Union London Branch would like to invite all music lovers to come and support this wonderful initiative and witness the creation of this ensemble in its aspiration to inspire the community in the classical music world.

    £10 adults, £5 for children
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    Thu, 2014-05-01 19:30
    Concert and Talk| Classical Vienna
    Alexander Bedenko, Jacob Katsnelson, Kristina Blaumane, Maxim Rysanov, Stephen Johnson
    20th Century Theatre London W11 2QA
    United Kingdom

    Today, Haydn and Mozart are routinely labelled ‘Classical’. But for a brilliant younger contemporary of theirs, the writer, composer and critic E.T.A. Hoffmann, they were ‘Romantics’, and Beethoven was their natural successor. What we now call the Classical Era was an age of ferment and transition. When Beethoven was born in 1770, composers were liveried servants; by the time of his death in 1827, the composer had become an artistic hero, the true heir of the democratic, revolutionary Napoleon.
    Vienna registered this epochal change in its own paradoxical way. The capital of the centuries-old Holy Roman Empire was a bastion of political and cultural reaction. Yet it was also an international city, to which people flocked from far afield, bringing with them contrasting cultural attitudes and beliefs. The shock waves of the French Revolution were registered in a variety of ways: secretly in Masonic lodges, and publicly in the subversive comedy of Mozart’sMarriage of Figaro. This was also the so-called Age of Enlightenment, in which intellectuals of many disciplines were challenging the authority of the throne or the pulpit, and arguing that truth could only really be found by independent enquiry, and tested by discussion with similarly independent minds.
    The first stirrings of Romanticism, revolutionary thinking, the spirit of courageous enquiry and delight in disputation – all of this can be heard, long before Beethoven’s incendiary ‘Eroica’ Symphony, in the chamber and instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. But the ‘Classical’ label is not simply wrong. This was an age in which new musical forms were being perfected, in which Sturm und Drang was countered by an instinct for balance, elegance of proportion. The paradox of Vienna is also the paradox of its music.

    Sonata for Keyboard No 33 in C minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat, 'Kegelstatt'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Duo in E flat for Viola and Cello, 'Eyeglass Duo'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Trio in B flat, arranged for viola, cello and piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £25 (price includes wine and refreshments) Available from 07799090826 .
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    Mon, 2014-04-21 18:00
    Easter Concert by the Battle Festival Sinfonia
    Battle Festival Sinfonia, Bernard Robertson, Dan Cornford, Dominic Moore, Jennifer Witton, Mae Heydorn, Matthew Sharp, Owen Dennis, Patrick Savage
    St Mary's Church Battle TN33 0AN
    United Kingdom

    The Battle Festival Sinfonia is a newly established ensemble of world class instrumentalists which has been specially formed for the inaugural Battle Arts and Music Festival which takes place in October 2014. Its players have well established careers performing in this country and internationally and includes members and former members of Orchestras including the LPO, LSO and RPO. All live or work in Sussex and have strong connections with the local area.

    Mae Heydorn (mezzo-soprano) is forging a successful career in both opera and lieder, singing the role of Woodpecker in the Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne and giving her debut at the Wexford Festival Opera. She has given recitals in the Barbican Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields and has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra. She will perform as a soloist in the Battle Arts and Music Festival in October.

    West Sussex born soprano Jennie Witton is currently studying on the Masters programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2013 she won the Dvorak Society Song Prize and has recently worked with Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Opera di Peroni and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Jennie is returning to Glyndebourne for their 2014 summer season.

    Owen Dennis (oboe) studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has played with many of the leading UK orchestras, most notably the London Philharmonic. He recently returned to his first passion, mathematics, and currently teaches at Eastbourne College. He continues to work with the Galliard Ensemble, one of the leading wind quintets in the country, which he joined in 1999 and continues to perform in professional engagements.

    Introduzione from The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Erbarme dich from St Matthew Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Es ist vollbracht! from St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Extracts from Stabat mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
    Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor
    Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Easter from 5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door, children under 16 free Available from 01797 229 049 April-October, open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm..
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    Wed, 2014-04-30 20:00
    Oxford May Music: Dali Piano Trio
    Dali Piano Trio
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    Trio Dali were formed in 2003 and are now established as one of the most exciting piano trios in Europe. Having won plaudits for their recordings and performances they were joined in 2013 by Jack Liebeck and are on course to forge an exciting future together.

    They play trios by Haydn, the founder of the genre, the ethereal beauty of the trio by Fauré and end with Mendelssohn’s magnificent C minor.

    Keyboard Trio No 43 in C major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Piano Trio in D minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Piano Trio No 2 in C minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    £17 adult, £13 concessions, young persons aged 8 - 25 free under Cavatina scheme Available from 01865 305305 Monday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm.
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    Thu, 2014-05-01 20:00
    Oxford May Music: Festival Players play Mozart, Bridge, Spohr and Mendelssohn
    Amandine Savary, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Enno Senft, Jack Liebeck, Mateja Marinkovic, Simon Oswell, Simone van der Giessen, Thomas Carroll, Victoria Sayles
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    Resident artists and special guests join forces in a varied programme: Mozart’s G minor Piano Quartet; the amazing Sextet by Frank Bridge; a rarity, the Grand Duo by Spohr; and finally one of Mendelssohn’s youthful chamber works, the Piano Sextet.

    Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    String Sextet in E flat
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Grand Duo for 2 violins
    Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
    Sextet in D
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    £17 adult, £13 concessions, young persons aged 8 - 25 free under Cavatina scheme Available from 01865 305305 Monday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm.
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 16:00
    Valentin Schiedermair - piano recital
    Valentin Schiedermair
    Westminster Cathedral Hall London SW1P 1QW
    United Kingdom

    Schiedermair, who made his debut at a sold-out Berlin Philharmonic Hall, learned from some of the best and has been developing his unique blend of virtuosity and insight in concerts, recitals and orchestral performances world wide for more than 20 years.

    Valentin Schiedermair received a classical education of Latin and Ancient Greek in Heidelberg where he studied at the music academy with Paul Dan and won first prize in a piano competition. Another prize in Lugano followed, and he took lessons with the Chopin prize-winner Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her Polish husband Ludwig Stefanski. Aged 20 he won a further prize in Barcelona and was chosen as one of two German students in the performing arts to continue his studies in New York with scholarships from the Annette Kade Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.

    In New York Schiedermair found a stimulating mix of teachers. He heard Horowitz play in Carnegie Hall and took lessons with Gary Graffman, Horowitz’s favourite pupil, who taught him much of the core classical and Romantic repertoire. He continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy under Hans Kann, then in London with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music. Master classes with virtuosos Shura Cherkassky, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and many others completed his studies.

    Not surprisingly, he is now in demand for master classes in Europe and Asia where he passes on the musical tradition he experienced first hand. Master classes have taken place at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Shenzhen University in China, the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University and Aletheia University in Taipei as well as the Mannheim Music Academy in Germany and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

    Since his first radio recording aged 16 Schiedermair has developed a large repertoire and his concert career has taken him all over the world. He is a frequent guest at international festivals and has given live and recorded recitals for radio. His CDs have won him many friends in Asia, where he tours regularly.

    Valentin Schiedermair also composes and teaches composition. He grew up in a family with a close affinity to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and the romantic composers. While his style is essentially intimate and lyrical, his playing conveys passion and drama in equal measure. He enjoys researching the historical and biographical background to the music he plays to get as close to it as possible – and to share this enjoyment with his audience.

    Toccata No 2 in E minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano No 12 in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Nocturne No 18 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 4 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude and Fugue No 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude in C
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Etude in C
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Prelude and Fugue No 2 in C minor from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude No 20 in C minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Etude in C minor, 'Revolutionary Study'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £12, £10 (OAP), £6 (students with ID) Available from 020 8960 4027 Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday: 11am to 1.00pm.