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Format: 2018-03-23
Format: 2018-03-23
  • 31 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Handel - Messiah
    18th Century Sinfonia, Choir of St Mary's Church, John Keys, Nottingham
    St Mary's Church Nottingham NG1 1HN
    United Kingdom

    A Holy Saturday performance of Handel's masterpiece 'Messiah'. The Choir of St Mary's is joined by the 18th Century Sinfonaia playing on period instruments.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    30 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    Buxtehude's cycle of cantatas, Membra Jesu nostri
    Chelys Consort of Viols, St Mary's Baroque
    St Mary's Church Nottingham NG1 1HN
    United Kingdom

    Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri is a wonderful meditation for Good Friday evening.

    Membra Jesu nostri
    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
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    30 March 2018 - 2:00pm
    Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with soprano and countertenor duo
    Adrian Boorman, Adrian Daffern, Megan Daffern
    St Mary Magdalene Church Woodstock OX20 1SJ
    United Kingdom

    Come along and experience this unusual opportunity to hear a duet performance of Pergolesi's celebrated Passiontide Cantata Stabat mater in the famous and historic setting of St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodstock. The church provides a fitting backdrop for this famous composition of the 26year old master of the Italian Baroque and the most frequently reprinted work of the 18th century.

    Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire market town of Woodstock, just a stone’s throw from the world heritage site Blenheim Palace, St Mary Magdalene Church was built during the reign of Henry I for the convenience of the court during royal visits to the royal hunting lodge of Woodstock Manor, for which it was a chapel at ease. Alteration and restoration over the centuries have culminated in the recent completion of a major Reordering and Refurbishment Project. The church’s many noteworthy features include a fine Norman doorway on the south side, two 13th century windows and an extraordinary 1792 musical turret clock, or carillon, chiming four times a day with a different tune for each day of the week!

    With its 13th century text, a strongly emotional retelling of the Passion story from the viewpoint of the grieving mother, the Virgin Mary, and extraordinary harmonic language it is little wonder that the popularity of the Stabat mater has endured to this day. The work's feeling of restrained 'sacred opera' is retained this afternoon, presented in the context of a short act of worship, attempting to recreate what the composer may have originally intended and featuring the etherial combination of solo soprano and countertenor voices singing in the same octave.

    This is a very special event and one not to be missed, irrespective of your religious conviction, featuring Oxford based soloists, soprano Megan Daffern and countertenor Adrian Boorman, accompanied on the organ by St Mary's Rector, The Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern.

    A retiring collection will be taken in aid of Church funds.

    "The opening movement of Pergolesi's Stabat mater is the most perfect and touching duet to come from the pen of any composer" Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

    Stabat Mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:00pm
    JS Bach's St John Passion | Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum
    Bristol Ensemble, Nicholas Drew, Simon Bell, Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Tom Hunt
    Tewkesbury Abbey Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
    United Kingdom

    Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum will be accompanied by Bristol Ensemble for this performance of the St John Passion. The concert is in aid of the Choral Scholarship Fund which provides the scholarships for the boys of the choir.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 27 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    A Concert for Holy Week: Will Todd's Passion Music
    Andrew Earis, Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Martin's Chorus, Will Todd, Will Todd Ensemble
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    St Martin’s Chorus and Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the- Fields perform music for Holy Week including works by Tallis, Allegri and the world premiere of Passion Music by Will Todd.

    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Lamentations of Jeremiah
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Passion Music, for soprano, choir and jazz band
    Will Todd (1969-)
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    24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Questors Choir Spring Concert
    Philip Norman, Questors Choir, Richard Wilkins
    St Martin's Church Ealing W3 9SQ
    United Kingdom

    Come and be stirred by the drama and passion of classical choral music. We are singing Luigi Cherubini's Requiem in C minor and the lesser-known 'Missa Brevis' by Antonio Caldini, as well as a more modern piece by Sir Hubert Parry.

    Requiem Mass No 1 in C minor
    Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
    Missa brevis
    Composer Not Known ()
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    25 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    European music for wind quintet | Scordatura Women's Music Collective
    Bethany Tempest, Elsie Woollard, Emily Newman, Poppy Beddoe, Sarah Johnson, Scordatura Women's Music Collective
    The Old Church London N16 9ES
    United Kingdom

    Scordatura Women's Music Collective is a mixed chamber ensemble dedicated to performing music written by women. Our repertoire reaches back to the 16th century, and also encompasses contemporary and world music. We are comitted to promoting music written by women which has been unfairly neglected; to support and perform current composers; and to inspire the next generation of women to compose. Join us as we explore the music of some of Europe's best female composers.

    Quintet in C
    Claude Arrieu (1903-1990)
    Wind Quintet
    Hedwige Chrétien (1859-1944)
    Wind Quintet
    Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1984)
    Trio for winds
    Geraldine Mucha (1917-2012)
    Mountain Airs
    Judith Weir (1954-)
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    26 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Adiemus and Land of My Fathers | Woolwich Singers and Côr Llunsain
    Benjie del Rosario, Côr Llunsain, Emma Bond, Hannah Gill, Robert Russell, Woolwich Singers
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    Tonight’s concert in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London welcomes not one, but two choirs for this wide-ranging programme of choral music.

    In the first half the spirited Woolwich Singers perform some of their favourites, including folk tunes, jazz standards, pop songs, and the catchy and popular Adiemus by that giant of the contemporary choral repertoire, Karl Jenkins.

    In the second half Côr Llunsain transport us to the rolling hills and valleys of Wales, with traditional and contemporary Welsh works for choir, many of which have been inspired by the country’s distinctive landscape. The choir will also give the world premiere of Ave Maria, by the young Welsh composer Richard Vaughan, and the second UK performance of Rise up by American composer Jake Runestad. Tribute will be paid to the pop legends who were lost in 2016, George Michael, Prince and David Bowie, in a medley arranged by the choir’s conductor, Hannah Gill.

    Join us for this varied programme of popular and less familiar choral works in the lovely surroundings of St Paul’s Covent Garden.

    Songs of Sanctuary from Adiemus
    Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    Traditional African ()
    Composition Not Known
    Traditional ()
    Falling slowly
    Charles Beale (1964-)
    Chatanooga choo choo
    Harry Warren (1893-1981)
    Scarborough Fair
    Traditional English ()
    Love can build a bridge
    Naomi Judd (1946-)
    Robbie Williams ()
    Thank you for the music
    Benny Andersson ()
    Deuwch i'r dyfroedd
    Traditional Welsh ()
    Ysbryd y Nos
    Hefin Elis ()
    Ar lan y mor
    Traditional Welsh ()
    Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn
    Traditional Welsh ()
    Rise up
    Jake Runestad (1986-)
    Calon Lân
    Traditional Welsh ()
    Ave Maria
    Richard Vaughan ()
    A Thousand Years
    Mac Huff ()
    Icons of 2016 Medley
    Composer Not Known ()
    Dros Gymru'n Gwlad (Finlandia)
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 24 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    International Concert Series Spring Concert - visible music
    Ayako Yoshida, Gregers Brinch, Louis Demetrius Alvanis, Sigune Johanna Brinch
    Rudolf Steiner House London NW1 6XT
    United Kingdom

    This spring concert will include a number of various contributions. International concert pianist Louis Alvanis will be performing works by Debussy as well as a Danse macabre by the greek composer Christodoulos Giorgiades. Alvanis will also accompany composer and baritone Gregers Brinch in 4 of his songs. He will also be joined by the japanese violinist Ayako Yoshida in Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata as well as William Krolls droll Banji and fiddle. The concert will feature an unusual item of eurythmy to Debussy's Clair de lune, performed by eurythmist Sigune Brinch with a choreography by Rudolf Steiner. Eurythmy is an art of movement inaugurated by Steiner that seeks to make music visible as well as language and so is generally performed to live music or creative speech.

    Danse macabre
    Christodoulos Georgiades ()
    L'isle joyeuse
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 9 in A, 'Kreutzer'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Apple rhyme
    Gregers Brinch (1964-)
    Banjo and Fiddle
    William Kroll (1901-1980)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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    23 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Brief Encounters with Addison Jazz
    Addison Jazz Ensemble, Addison Jazz Singers, Addison Jazz Trio, Jill Jarman, Matthew Hough
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    Addison Singers Jazz Choir, Ensemble and Trio return to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with Brief Encounters. The programme will include great tunes by Burt Bacharach, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart and Fats Waller amongst others. Join us for some toe-tapping jazz at St Paul’s, Covent Garden.

    Every time we say goodbye
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
    One for my baby
    Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
    A house is not a home
    Burt Bacharach (1929-)
    This joint is jumpin'
    Fats Waller (1904-1943)
    Minnie the moocher
    Cab Calloway (1907–1994)
    Blip blip
    Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
    Blue Moon
    Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
    Love me or leave me
    Gus Kahn ()
    Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
    Got to get you into my life
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing)
    Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
    I ain't gonna let you break my heart again
    David Lasley (1947-)
    Cry me a river
    Arthur Hamilton ()
    Big noise from Winnetka
    Ray Bauduc (1906-1988)
    Feeling good
    Leslie Bricusse (1931-)
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