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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15
  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    O Albion | Orchestra of the Swan
    David le Page, Orchestra of the Swan, Victoria Brawn
    Number 8 Community Arts Centre Pershore WR10 1BG
    United Kingdom

    Orchestra of the Swan presents an English idyll bookended with seminal works by JS Bach. Vaughan Williams’s complex and elaborate Oboe Concerto is the antithesis of his expansive, folk-infused portrayal of Dives and Lazarus. In O Albion, Thomas Adès evokes the Cavatina from Beethoven’s Opus 130 string quartet seen through the prism of Elgar’s Nimrod. Green by Thea Musgrave is about the idea of conflict and opposing musical forces. She says: “The title Green for me represents either the freshness of youth, or for the plant life in our world on which we all depend.”

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    O Albion from Arcadiana, for string quartet
    Thomas Adès (1971-)
    Concerto for oboe and strings in A minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Green
    Thea Musgrave (1928- )
    5 Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 25 October 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Fulham Brass Band
    Chris Thomas, Fulham Brass Band, John Ward
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    A welcome return visit by this west London based brass band

    The Ambassadors
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    Renaissance
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    The Guardian, for trombone and brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    Seize the Day
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    St Teresa, for brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
    Fiesta, for trombone and brass band
    Peter Graham (1958-)
  • 23 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Pablo Amorós (piano) plays Granados, Albéniz and de Falla
    Pablo Amorós
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Temperamental, elegant and charismatic Spanish pianist from Cordoba (Andalusia). The enormous power of communication of his performance catches the listener's attention immediately, leading him to discover his profound creative sensitivity.

    The astonishing originality of his artistic renderings emerges from an incessant interest in exploring the piano repertoire, ranging from Bach and Mozart, through Brahms, Schumann and Rachmaninov, to Spanish contemporary music. In his programs he always looks for a connection between classic and contemporary works, developing a discourse of interrelation.

    For Amoros, the contemporary music is a field of creativity and freedom. He can feel the composers speaking directly to him and he understands them in a language particularly related to his sensitivity. Therefore, his performances of contemporary music are irresistibly spontaneous and uninhibited.

    It has recently been released his first CD for the Naxos label, a world premiere recording of the complete piano works of the composer Leonardo Balada, one of which ('Mini- miniatures') is dedicated to Pablo Amoros.

    Moreover, his emotional, communicative style, together with a subtle seek for tone colour, makes him a great interpreter of the romantic repertoire. A simple Chopin nocturne under Amoros fingers achieves to move most of his listeners.

    He studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Córdoba, where he graduated with the highest honors. Afterwards, he went to London to improve his musical training with the renowned piano teacher Noretta Conci, a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

    Back in Spain, he completed his training with Alicia de Larrocha and with the spanish pianist Cristina Bruno, a key figure in his personal and artistic development. He has played in most of the Spanish cities and auditoriums, like Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga, Cadiz, Palma de Mallorca, Mahon and Ceuta, with highlight performances in the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, Teatro del Liceo of Barcelona, Teatro Jovellanos of Gijón, Teatro Maestranza of Sevilla, Manuel de Falla Concert Hall of Granada, the Juan March Foundation of Madrid, the XVIII Contemporary Music Festival of Malaga, the XIII Contemporary Music Conference of Cordoba, the international Rafael Orozco Piano Festival of Cordoba, the Aula de Musica of the University of Alcala de Henares, among other renowned concert series and festivals. He has also toured extensively the US, England, France, Italy, Perú, and China.

    In 2017 he released a cd with music of Falla and Granados and he made a tour in Spain with actor Emilio Gutiérrez Caba performing wroks of this Cd.

    In 2017 he made what up to this date is his last recording for IBS records. With cellist Iagoba Fanlo he recorded at the Auditorio Manuel de Falla de Granada, works by spanish composers of the Generación del 27. This recording has had a wonderful reception and the best critics being cover of the prestigious Scherzo magazine and appearing at El País , El Mundo, ABC, El Correo, RNE, Cadena Ser, TVE among other media.

    In june 2017 he toured China, performing 8 concerts in 10 at some of the best halls of the country ( Tianjin, Chongquin, Chengdu, Guanzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai) , playing two different programs.

    Future engagements will take him to play in Spain , Ecuador and USA, aswell as to premiere his latest idea with music by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Falla, Mompou, Granados, Balada, Scriabin and Rachmaninov, sharing the stage with the actress Assumpta Serna and the dancer Teresa Nieto with text by Triana Lorite.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Allegro de concierto
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    Rondeña from Iberia
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Fantasía Bética, for piano
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
  • 25 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Thibault Blanchard (cello), Kyle Nash-Baker (piano) play Beethoven and Britten
    Kyle Nash-Baker, Thibault Blanchard
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Thibault Blanchard is a French cellist currently based in London. As well as playing standard cello repertoire, he is working on mixing classical music and experimental-contemporary music through world premiered performances and composition.He is currently taking the undergraduate degrees at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen.

    Kyle Nash-Baker (b.1994) is a pianist/composer from Birmingham, based in London. He first started to teach himself to play piano aged 12 and began to write compositions after the colours he saw whilst playing them - a condition known as Synaesthesia. At the age of 15 Kyle’s composition ‘Red’ reached number 1 in the classical Itunes download charts and held this position for over 3 weeks. After hearing his music he was invited to write for people and play all over the country, including Vivienne Westwood who asked him to write a suite of works to perform at her Fashion show at Paris fashion week. Since turning 17 Kyle decided to focus on the classical repertoire and during 2013 toured Budapest, Switzerland and was featured in the Cartagena festival in Colombia with the violinist Geza Hosszu-Legocky and his string ensemble sharing concerts with Sergei Babayan and the Borodin Quartet. Being self-taught until receiving a place at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance, he now studies with Gabriele Baldocci and Mikhail Kazakevich. Taking a great interest in a wide range of repertoire, particularly in the works Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt. He has since taken part in masterclasses with Martino Tirimo, Philip Fowke, Pascal Roge and Olivier Gardon. Also an active chamber musician taking a keen interest in accompanying lieder, he won the Lillian Ash duo competition with his duo partner Michael lafferty in 2015. Recent performances including a string of 5 concerts around the Kent/Surrey area and participation in the Trinity Debussy series.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for cello and piano No 3 in A major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for cello and piano in C
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 19 October 2019 - 8:00pm
    Oxshott and Cobham Music Society | Pixels Ensemble (piano quartet)
    Pixels Ensemble
    Holy Trinity Church Claygate KT10 0JP
    United Kingdom

    Pixels Ensemble is a collective of established chamber music players with a shared passion for performing the finest repertoire, from the classical period to the present day. Vastly experienced and versatile, the group appears in a wide range of combinations and line-ups, lending itself to innovative programming and enabling huge variety within individual concerts. On this occasion On this occasion they will be appearing as a piano quartet playing classical and romantic repertoire.

    Sophie Rosa (violin)

    Sophie Rosa studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, UK with Wen Zhou Li where she was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. She was a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, and won both the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall, and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Rêve d’Enfant, her debut album with pianist Ben Powell, was released in 2016 on the Champs Hill Records label; and a CD of English music for two violins and piano with Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan was recently released on EM Records. Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.

    Vicci Wardman (viola)

    Vicci Wardman is established as one of the most in-demand and versatile violists of her generation. She was a finalist in BBC TV’s Young Musician of the Year while a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and was a founder-member of the Sorrel String Quartet which began life at the Royal Northern College of Music and went on to enjoy a busy international career, releasing several award-winning recordings on the Chandos label. On leaving the quartet in 2000, she took up the position of Principal Viola in the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom she also appeared as soloist. She regularly performs as Guest Principal in a variety of orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Sinfonietta. A committed and sought-after chamber musician, she is currently a member of Mobius and the Eroica Quartet, which is especially interested in research into performance practice; and has worked extensively with Hausmusik London and the Nash Ensemble. Vicci is currently Joint Principal Viola in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Viola in the John Wilson Orchestra. She is also active as a session musician in London and can be heard as a soloist on many film and TV soundtracks including scores by Murray Gold, James Horner and Ennio Morricone.

    Jonathan Aasgaard (cello)

    Jonathan Aasgaard was a gold medal finalist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and enjoys a busy concert career, participating in festivals as diverse as Bergen, Evian, Prague, Washington, the Manchester Cello Festival and the BBC Lutoslawski Festival. He has been Principal Cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 1999, since when he has performed more than 30 works for cello and orchestra with them. He also frequently appears as Principal Cello in the John Wilson Orchestra. Chamber music collaborations have taken him around Europe, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea and the USA, appearing alongside violinists Nigel Kennedy, Henning Kraggerud and Julian Rachlin, cellists Yo Yo Ma and Christian Poltera, and clarinettist Martin Fröst. Recordings include From Jewish Life with the RLPO and Gerard Schwarz, Brahms cello sonatas with Martin Roscoe, and a disc of music for cello and orchestra by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia. Jonathan has given first performances of works by Robert Saxton, Simon Bainbridge and Arne Nordheim, and recent premieres include Carl Davis' Ballade for cello and orchestra, the European premiere of Giovanni Sollima’s Antidotum Tarantulae XXI (Concerto for two cellos) and the US premieres of concertos by Franz Neruda and Emil Hartmann.

    Ian Buckle (piano)

    Ian Buckle maintains a varied freelance career working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher. He enjoys longstanding associations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the John Wilson Orchestra, and has appeared with them as soloist on numerous occasions. He has also played concertos with the Royal Philharmonic, Opera North, Sinfonia Viva and the Manchester Concert Orchestra. Committed to contemporary music, he has been the pianist in Ensemble 10/10 since the group’s inception in 1997. He frequently collaborates with poets and readers, most recently Andrew Motion, Roger McGough and Deryn Rees-Jones; in recitals of piano music and poetry: recent programmes include Shropshire and Other Lads, a celebration of AE Housman; Anthem for Doomed Youth, a commemoration of World War One; and Philip Larkin’s England. Ian is the artistic director and pianist of Pixels Ensemble and teaches piano at the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds. Current CD releases include transcriptions for cello and piano with Jonathan Aasgaard and a recital of new works for clarinet and piano with former BBC Young Musician winner Mark Simpson. His performance of Gershwin’s New York Rhapsody live at the Royal Albert Hall is featured on Warner Classics’ The Best of the John Wilson Orchestra.

    Piano Quartet in E flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Quartet for piano and strings in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 25 October 2019 - 6:30pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 1 - Launch | Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 evenings in the 2019-20 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from October 2019 to July 2020.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Grande valse brillante in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Introduction and Variations in E on a German air, 'Der Schweizerbub'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise No 5 in F sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 8 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 4 in F
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 5 in B flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 25 October 2019 - 9:00pm
    Chopin and Champagne - Concert 1 - Launch | Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)
    Warren Mailley-Smith
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    CityMusic Promotions presents 'Chopin and Champagne by Candlelight', a new concert series in central London on 10 evenings in the 2019-20 season (pre-dinner and post-dinner performances on the same evening of the same programme) given by British concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith.

    ***Due to the intimate size of the venue, tickets for this unique series are extremely limited. Book now to avoid disappointment ***

    The brilliant piano music of the great Frédéric Chopin has never been out of fashion since it first burst onto the international scene in the early 19th century. This music wasn’t intended for the great concert halls of today, but for the intimate setting of Parisian and London Salons of the aristocracy. This was the setting where Chopin felt most at ease and improvised many of his works for the first time.

    Audiences can now experience his music across 10 x 1 hour programmes (from memory) in the beautifully authentic salon-setting of London’s 1901 Arts Club - with the accompaniment of a pre-performance champagne reception at this intimate and exclusive venue. The series includes 10 separate programmes, one per month from October 2019 to July 2020.

    In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British concert pianist to perform the complete solo piano works (233 works) of Frédéric Chopin, from memory in one series, hailed as “an epic achievement” by the British press. He is currently recording the complete works between 2017 and 2020. Warren has performed on many occasions for the British Royal Family and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and BBC Radio.

    Grande valse brillante in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Introduction and Variations in E on a German air, 'Der Schweizerbub'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Polonaise No 5 in F sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 8 in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Nocturne No 4 in F
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 5 in B flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 21 October 2019 - 1:10pm
    Tatjana Roos (violin), Ljubica Stojanovic (piano) play Enescu and Clara Schumann
    Ljubica Stojanovic, Tatjana Roos
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The fourth generation of a musical family, Tatjana was born in London in 1997 and began playing the violin when she was three. She was admitted to London’s Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department) and, at age seven, she recorded Massenet’s “Meditation” for an installation art exhibition by Turner Prize-winner, Gillian Wearing. Tatjana lived in Singapore for three years and during this time, aged 10, she enjoyed her first solo opportunity with orchestra at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory where she played Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

    In 2008, she gained entry to the Yehudi Menuhin School, studying with Professor Natasha Boyarsky and, in 2010, won a first prize at the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition, Italy. When, at age 15, Tatjana was accepted as a pupil to Professor Boris Kuschnir, she divided her time between Vienna, for her musical studies at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz and continuing academic studies at home in Surrey. During 2014, Tatjana added further violin studies with Professor Boris Kucharsky at Junior Guildhall, London.

    Her extensive concerto repertoire is complemented with frequent travel to International Music Festivals, including The Verbier Festival Academy (Switzerland), IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival (USA) and Ravinia Steans Music Institute (USA). She has enjoyed chamber music and classes with numerous Masters – most recently with Menahem Pressler, Kim Kashkashian, Ana Chumachenco, Pamela Frank and Midori Goto.

    In September 2015, Tatjana won a President’s Distinction Award scholarship to study at New England Conservatory, Boston with Professor Miriam Fried. She is a multiple prize-winner from international competitions, including Tunbridge Wells (UK), Henri Marteau (Germany), semi-finalist at the 2018 Singapore International Violin Competition and winner of the Manfred Grommek Prize at Kronberg Academy (Germany).

    Recent performances include concertos with The City Chamber Ensemble (UK) and the Odessa National Opera Theatre Orchestra (Ukraine), the Mellon Chamber Music Festival in Davis (USA) and recital performances in London during summer 2018 with pianist, Yundu Wang. Other recent highlights have included an appearance with the Evnin Rising Stars programme, led by Pamela Frank at the Caramoor Music Center (NY), as well as her Grommek Prize recital in Bad Soden (Germany) and a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello with Eunghee Cho and UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (California.)

    Thanks to the generous support of a London benefactor and by kind arrangement with Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, Tatjana plays a GB Guadagnini violin ('ex-Kavakos') made in Turin, c1785.

    Ljubica Stojanovic started to play piano at the age of 6. She obtained a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, with Prof. Caroline Palmer. After that, she was awarded a Fellowship to study with Prof. Ronan O’Hora and received mentoring sessions from violinist David Takeno.

    Ljubica was the 1st prize-winner of over 20 national and international competitions, including the Windsor International Piano Competition in 2015, the Grand Prix International Competition for young pianists in Geneva, the National Competition of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade and the Competition of Young Yugoslavian pianists. She also won the 2nd prize at the 5th Memorial Isidor Bajic in Novi Sad in Serbia.

    She collaborated with the Witold Lutoslawski Philharmonia from Wroclav, soloists from the Philharmonia Orchestra in London,the Serbian Radio Television Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Belgrade. In 2015, Ljubica became an artist for the Concordia Foundationin London and for KNS Classical Record Label in Spain.

    Ljubica regularly performs across Europe. She is a very active musician who performs regularly as a soloist as well as with different Chambers.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Impressions d'enfance
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    3 Romances, for violin and piano
    Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
  • 19 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Colchester Chamber Choir - a candlelit performance of Rachmaninov's Vespers
    Colchester Chamber Choir, Roderick Earle
    Cathedral of St John the Baptist Norwich NR2 2PA
    United Kingdom

    Colchester Chamber Choir, one of the most acclaimed small choirs in East Anglia, returns to St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Cathedral in Norwich with a candlelit performance of Rachmaninov's powerfully evocative Vespers, or All-night vigil. The choir performed the work to a sell-out audience in Coggeshall earlier this year.

    Musical director Roderick Earle says: ‘Written in 1915, Rachmaninov’s Vespers was one of the last major musical works to emerge from Imperial Russia before the Revolution. The music is a complete wonder! Rachmaninov weaves an amazing tapestry of sound which offers not only traditional orthodox chant but carries the listener into a soundscape of shimmering bells and imagined angel choirs. The music propels one from moments of hushed introspection to spellbinding climaxes of ecstatic joy. I can’t wait to launch this magnificent work in the stunning acoustic of St John’s cathedral.’

    Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 19 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Thames Concerts 2019/20 - The Halcyon String Quartet
    Halcyon String Quartet
    St Andrew's Church Surbiton KT6 4DS
    United Kingdom

    This talented young quartet play Haydn, Dvorák and Britten, in the first evening concert in this year's Thames Concerts series.

    An individual great value season ticket gaining entry to all concerts costs just £55 and can be purchased directly from Thames Concerts - info@thamesconcerts.com.

    St Andrew’s Church is wheelchair accessible and accompanying carers are admitted free (carer tickets not required).

    Full programme details and Artistic Director’s notes may be viewed on the Thames Concerts website.

    String Quartet No 4 in D, 'Sun'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 60 in G
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    3 Divertimenti for string quartet
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 12 in F major, 'American'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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