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Format: 2018-10-21
Format: 2018-10-21
  • 31 October 2018 - 7:15pm
    Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano) and Simon Lepper (piano)
    Pumeza Matshikiza, Simon Lepper
    Howard Assembly Room Leeds LS1 6NU
    United Kingdom

    South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza brings her exquisite lyric voice and emotional sensitivity to bear on Schumann’s vividly emotional Frauen-Liebe und Leben, and Strauss’s sublimely beautiful Four Last Songs, arranged for soprano and piano. Three selections from Reynaldo Hahn’s Venezia and three of the South African songs featured on Voice of Hope, her debut album for Decca, demonstrate her extraordinary range.

    Simon Lepper, ‘whose prowess as a pianist is fused with a real sensitivity to words and to the voice’ (The Times) is a Howard Assembly Room favourite, having accompanied artists including Gweneth-Ann Rand, Christopher Purves and Mark Padmore at the venue in recent years.

    “I think I’ve found the new Maria Callas… What initially arrested me, and went on fascinating me, was not only the beauty of her singing, one of the loveliest lightish lyric sopranos I have heard in the flesh, but also commitment to the role she was performing.”
    Michael Tanner, The Spectator

    Selection from Myrthen, 26 songs for voice and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Venezia, Chansons en dialecte venetien
    Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Fanfare for Hope 1918-2018
    Barret Hodgson, Derek Williams, Geoff Williams, Gordon Truman, John Keys
    St Mary's Church Nottingham NG1 1HN
    United Kingdom

    A feast for the senses where music, image and voice interweave to create a spine-tingling narrative of war and peace. New suite of music from David Wilson and excerpts from Britten’s Billy Budd combine with powerful image projection by award-winning digital artist Barret Hodgson. Synchronised to the music of trumpets, piano, percussion, organ and voice, images play on the stones around the nave of the church and bring to life a powerful evocation of WWI by war hero and poet, Siegfried Sassoon.

    Plus:- a special feature of poetry, memory and music from Nottingham Black Archive commemorates the stories of Caribbean men and women who served Britain in wartime - The story of a grandfather's forgotten WWI diary, with extracts read by his grandson - guest speaker, Josie Parkhouse and 'Hope for the Future'.

    In this Armistice commemoration year, Fanfare for Hope is an inspiring event. More than a concert.

    Excerpts from Billy Budd
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Fanfare for Hope Suite
    Composer Not Known ()
  • 28 October 2018 - 3:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem | Nottingham Festival Chorus
    Angela Kay, Ellie Martin, James Beddoe, Kay Smith, Matthew Jordan, Nottingham Concert Orchestra, Nottingham Festival Chorus
    The Albert Hall Nottingham NG1 5AA
    United Kingdom

    Classical music at its very best! Experience the sublime beauty of Mozart's Requiem, featured in the film Amadeus, with Duncan Druce's subtle revisions as performed at the Proms. And to complement this great work, a thrilling anthem by Haydn and a sunny Mozart Divertimento.

    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Divertimenti for Strings, Salzburg Symphonies'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Insanae et vanae curae
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • 26 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
    Bekturgan Zholaman, Erbolat Akhmedyarov, Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Lara St. John
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    For the first time ever, a Kazakh orchestra performs in Great Britain to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. With performances in London, Dublin and Manchester, their visit launches a new project, Modern Kazakh Culture in a Global World.

    The Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is one of the best established ensembles of Kazakhstan. Joined by famous Canadian violinist Lara St. John and multi-award winning Kazakh clarinettist Bekturgan Zholaman, their programme includes works by contemporary Kazakh composers alongside works from the core European canon.

    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Introduction, Theme and Variations for clarinet and small orchestra
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Canto, for string orchestra
    Fabian Müller (1964-)
    Balbyraun
    Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev (1818-1889)
    Kerogly
    Dauletkerey Shygayuly (1820-1887)
  • 25 October 2018 - 12:00pm
    Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
    Bekturgan Zholaman, Erbolat Akhmedyarov, Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Lara St. John
    The Stoller Hall Manchester M3 1DA
    United Kingdom

    For the first time ever, a Kazakh orchestra performs in Great Britain to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. With performances in London, Dublin and Manchester, their visit launches a new project, Modern Kazakh Culture in a Global World.

    The Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra is one of the best established ensembles of Kazakhstan. Joined by famous Canadian violinist Lara St. John and multi-award winning Kazakh clarinettist Bekturgan Zholaman, their programme includes works by contemporary Kazakh composers alongside works from the core European canon.

    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Introduction, Theme and Variations for clarinet and small orchestra
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Canto, for string orchestra
    Fabian Müller (1964-)
    Balbyraun
    Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev (1818-1889)
    Kerogly
    Dauletkerey Shygayuly (1820-1887)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Carr's Stabat Mater | Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
    English Arts Chorale, Leslie Olive, Savitri Grier, Suffolk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
    St Edmundsbury Cathedral Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS
    United Kingdom

    Join us in St Edmundsbury Cathedral for performances of Vivaldi's ever popular Four Seasons and Paul Carr's lovely Stabat Mater.

    Savitri Grier, who was Suffolk Philharmonic's featured Young Artist in 2017, will perform both as soloist and director of the Suffolk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in the Vivaldi.

    The English Arts Chorale is an ambitious, well-travelled amateur choir, which regularly performs major works entirely from memory, giving rise to performances of immense energy and focus. The Chorale commissioned Paul Carr to write this Stabat Mater last year, recently made a recording of it, and will perform it at the English Music Festival next year.

    The ancient poem called the 'Stabat Mater' reflects on the grief of Mary the Mother of Jesus, but in composing music to bring the poem to life, Paul Carr imagined the grief of mothers everywhere who lose their child. The choir is accompanied by a string orchestra, with exquisite solos for oboe and cor anglais. There are six movements, each reflecting on a mother’s heartbreak from a slightly different point of view, and so radiant is Paul Carr’s music that a deep sense of consolation is created.

    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Stabat Mater
    Paul Carr (1961-)
    Ubi Caritas
    Paul Carr (1961-)
  • 28 October 2018 - 4:30pm
    Andrew Brownell recital
    Andrew Brownell
    Westminster Cathedral Hall London SW1P 1QW
    United Kingdom

    Andrew Brownell won 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition and has since pursued an active and varied international performing career. Musical Opinion has described him as “potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation”, and The Oregonian wrote that Brownell “impresses as much with his mind as with his hands”

    Mr. Brownell won 2nd Prize ex ae quo at the 2002 International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, making him the first American pianist to have ever won a prize in the history of the competition. He also won 1st Prize at the 2005 J.N. Hummel Competition in Bratislava, has since achieved widespread recognition as “one of the foremost Hummel interpreters of our time” (Hudobný Život), and is an honorary member of the Hummel Gesellschaft in Weimar. His edition of the Piano Concerto in a minor, Op. 85 was released by Breitkopf & Härtel in 2016.

    Recent engagements in Europe and North America have included concerts at the York Chamber Music Festival, the Bratislava Music Festival, and a debut with the Calgary Philharmonic. Mr. Brownell’s performances have aired on BBC radio and television, Classic FM (UK), NPR, CBC, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, and RBB KulturRadio. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, and the Hermitage State Orchestra (Russia); and he has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, André Bernard, and Murray Sidlin.

    A native of Portland, Oregon, Andrew Brownell began studying the piano at the age of four. His teachers have included Nancy Weems and Horacio Gutiérrez at the University of Houston; John Perry at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he earned a doctorate.

    An enthusiastic collaborative artist, Andrew Brownell was a member of a prize-winning trio at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (USA) and has appeared in concert with principals of orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Vienna Philharmonic. In 2017, he joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin.

    Capriccio in B flat major (On the departure of a beloved brother)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Polonaise in G Flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 17 in B major
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 2 in F minor from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Fantaisie in F minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Sonata in F sharp minor
    Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)
  • 26 October 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime at the Opera
    Andrea Tweedale, Catherine Rose, Charlotte Collier, Katharine Reedy, The Open University Orchestra
    Hub Theatre, The Open University Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
    United Kingdom

    Move over La Scala and Covent Garden, the hub theatre is the place to be on Friday 26 October from 1:00 to 2:00 o’clock! The OU orchestra, with professional guest soloists, and chorus will bring you 'Lunchtime at the Opera' , treating you to a concert of excerpts from the world of opera.

    The programme includes la traviata, Carmen, Manon Lescaut, Lakme, Polovtsian Dances and more.

    Admission is free and all are welcome (subject to the theatre’s seating capacity).

    Excerpts from La forza del destino, 'The Force of Destiny'
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Habanera from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Sempre Libera from La traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Prelude from Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
    Sous le dôme épais (The Flower Duet) from Lakmé
    Léo Délibes (1836-1891)
    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Chilcott: My Heart's Friend |The Maidstone Singers and Notability(chamber choir)
    Denise Jones, Kathryn Ridgeway, Lesley Cavanagh, Notability, The Maidstone Singers
    St Botolph without Bishopsgate London EC2M 3TL
    United Kingdom

    The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London welcomes back The Maidstone Singers from Kent and Notability from Manchester for this concert of secular and sacred choral music spanning the last 150 years. The choirs will combine for several items throughout the evening as well as performing their own repertoire. The programme includes works by some of the great composers of the English choral tradition at the turn of the last century, Elgar, Stanford and Wood, pieces by contemporary composers Bob Chilcott, Ola Gjeilo, Sir Karl Jenkins and John Rutter, and lighter items such as arrangements of And so it goes, The bare necessities, Blue Moon and a medley of songs by Lennon and McCartney. Join us for this rich and varied programme in the delightful surroundings of St Botolph’s.

    Caelos ascendit hodie from 3 Motets
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Hail, gladdening light
    Charles Wood (1866-1926)
    Lux aeterna
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Exsultate, jubilate
    Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    Agnus Dei from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    The isle is full of noises
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Caliban's Song
    David Hamilton (1955-)
    The lily and the rose
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Honey Pie
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    The bare necessities
    Terry Gilkyson ()
    The owl and the pussycat from 5 Childhood Lyrics
    John Rutter (1945-)
    It was a lover and his lass
    John Rutter (1945-)
    My heart's friend from Sun, moon, sea and stars
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    As the world turns
    Bob Applebaum ()
    Blue Moon
    Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
    Northern Lights
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Northern Lights
    David Jepson ()
    Chanson d'amour
    Paul Hart ()
    And so it goes
    Billy Joel ()
    Sit down you're rockin' the boat
    Frank Loesser (1910-1969)
    Lennon and McCartney Medley No 1
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Deep in the night
    Jussi Chydenius (1972-)
  • 27 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Hampstead Chamber Choir - Requiems by Herbert Howells and Tomás Luis de Victoria
    Dominic Brennan, Hampstead Chamber Choir
    St Saviour's Church South Hampstead NW3 4SQ
    United Kingdom

    Two beautful requiems from two starkly different time periods which nonethelss share a calm and etherial atmosphere.

    The first, by Victoria, is a setting of the Office of the Dead written in 1603 (published in 1605) upon the death of Archduchess Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, and wife of Maximilian II. It is considered one of choral music's great masterpieces, and in its its steady progression, alternating the simplicity of plainchant with the intricacy of six part polyphony, it creates a sublime and hypnotic atmosphere of reverence..

    Howells's Requiem was composed, possibly as a response to the war, in 1932 or 1933 shortly before the death of his young son, and he used large parts of it in a later work, Hymnus paradisi, written as a memorial to his son. Unpublished until 1980, it has already become one of the most beloved pieces in the choral repertoire. Again, the mood is deeply and quietly spiritual, but infused with comfort and hope: ‘et lux perpetua luceat eis' - ‘let light perpetual shine upon them'.

    Requiem (Officium defunctorum) a 6
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Requiem
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
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