What's On

Your essential guide to all the best concerts taking place in the UK and Ireland. Click here to find out how to submit an event.
Search for an Event
Format: 2014-04-18
Format: 2014-04-18
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    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.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Thu, 2014-04-24 19:30
    Paris with Orpheus Sinfonia
    Orpheus Sinfonia, Thomas Carroll
    St George's Church, Hanover Square London W1S 1FX
    United Kingdom

    Paris has long been a city that attracts musicians, artists and writers to seek new inspiration and our concert celebrates both the composers such as Mozart and Stravinsky, who moved there, and Paris’s own native composers such as Saint-Saens and Ravel who moved there when he was just three months old.

    Enjoy Mozart’s Paris Symphony, alongside Ravel’s La Valse, which received its premiere in Paris in 1920 and is a wonderfully coloured choreographic poem for orchestra. Saint-Saens wrote his Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in 1863 and it has since become a favourite among violinists, full of vivacity and daring. Stravinsky was drawn to Paris where he created some of his most famous compositions. The riot at his Rite of Spring and the exciting rhythms of Petrushka are known throughout the world.

    La Valse
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    La Mer
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Petrushka (1947 version)
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    £25, £15, £5 Available from 020 7734 6650 10.00 - 16.00.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Baslow Choir Spring Concert
    Andrew Marples, Baslow Choir, Carol Reid, Chris Flint, Daniel Joy, Joanna Shacklock, Joe Hutchinson, Kate Symonds-Joy, Stephen Godward
    Ecclesall Parish Church Sheffield S11 7PQ
    United Kingdom

    A booking form can be downloaded from the choir's website www.baslowchoir.co.uk

    Petite Messe Solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest Pair of Sirens'
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    £12, £10 (concessions) in advance, £14 at the door (no concessions) Includes refreshments Available from 01433 631586 .
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:30
    Gala Close Harmony Concert by The Incognitos of Eton College
    The Incognitos
    Wakefield Cathedral Wakefield WF1 1HG
    United Kingdom

    The Incognitos, formally created in 1992, is the latest incarnation of a long standing Eton tradition of close harmony singing. The originial repertoire drew on influences like The King's Singers and indeed Incogs still perform many arrangements made famous by their Henry VI counterparts. The group is made up of eight boys from Eton who are particularly adept at singing normally drawn from final year pupils but augmented with two boys from the first year who sing the treble line. The current line up includes two pupils with offers of choral scholarship from Kings College Cambridge from September 2014.

    The group is entirely picked, rehearsed and managed by the boys themselves with a Musical Director nominated by the previous years' group who is then responsible for all aspects of the group's life for that year. In the last ten years the Incogs have broadened their horizons and established a career in performing beyond the concert halls of Eton College, combining the original repertoire with a new influx of popular music arrangements written by a number of the Incogs members.

    Perhaps their most notable appearance was at Grange Park Opera's 10th Anniversary where they shared the bill with Kit and the Widow, The London Symphony Orchestra and The King's Singers. Recently The Incognito's found themselves a hit on YouTube with their splendid rendition of The Real Group's 'Words' which has had 40,000 views as you can see at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgl7QV8ACjU.

    This special performance follows one in London the night before and is in aid of the restoration fund for Wakefield Cathedral. The repertoire will include songs by Cole Porter, Billy Joel, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Anders Edenroth and Eric Clapton.

    £5 Available from 01924 373923 Business Hours.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Sun, 2014-04-20 10:00
    Music for Easter Day - Sung Eucharist
    Francis Gush, Helen Pritchard, Jenny Hansell, Mark Darling, Oliver Macfarlane, Robert Woolley, Roger Miller
    St Mary's Church, Stoke D'Abernon Stoke D'Abernon KT11 3PX
    United Kingdom
    Gloria from Mass in C, 'Coronation'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Marche Triomphale: 'Nun danket alle Gott' from 66 Chorale improvisationen
    Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
    No Tickets required.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Fri, 2014-04-25 13:10
    Jubilee Quartet Recital
    Alma Olite, Jubilee Quartet, Lauren Steel, Stephanie Edmundson, Tereza Prívratská
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Enjoy a relaxing, musical lunch break and join us to celebrate the music of Beethoven.

    The Jubilee Quartet formed in 2006 at the Royal Academy of Music and are current Richard Carne Junior Fellows at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The quartet enjoys performing across the UK and their continental tours include a performance in the presence of former Czech president Vaclav Havel. They are actively involved in outreach work as part of the ‘Live Music Now!’ (please link to http://www.livemusicnow.org.uk/) scheme and have performed with Jack Liebeck and Katya Apekisheva.

    String Quartet No 7 in F, 'Rasumovsky'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    No Tickets required.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Tue, 2014-04-22 18:30
    Beethoven and Debussy: Violin Sonatas
    Sebastian Müller, Terrence Allbright
    Chapel of The Ascension, University of Chichester Chichester PO19 6PE
    United Kingdom

    Violinist Sebastian Mueller and Pianist Terence Allbright will present an evening of superb music together, with the Violin and Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy. They will also perform as soloists with works by Paganini and Liszt.

    Beethoven’s Violin and Piano Sonata opus 30 No.2 was composed just after his 2nd Symphony, and in the same year as the ‘Tempest’ piano sonata: It’s a majestic four-movement work in C minor – always a dramatic key for Beethoven. More than 100 years later Debussy wrote his Violin and Piano Sonata, his last composition and the last music he ever played in public when he accompanied it in September 1917.

    Originally from Germany, violinist Sebastian Müller came to the UK in 2006 to take up his postgraduate studies. He is now professor for violin at the Guilhall School of Music and Drama (junior department) and Senior Lecturer at the Leeds College of Music as well as at the University of Chichester, maintaining successful violin and viola classes.

    Terence Allbright was born in Northampton, where he taught himself to play the piano and to compose. At 14 he began organ lessons and became a village organist and choirmaster; then he went to study organ, composition and piano at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal School of Church Music.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 7 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Valse Impromptu
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Nathan Milstein (1904-)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    £5, £3 (concessions), University staff and students free Available from 0844 8700887 Mon-Fri 9-5.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:00
    Coro Stellante present America In Song
    Coro Stellante, John Byron, Lisa Peretti, Michael Kibblewhite
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Coro Stellante are joined by guest soprano Lisa Peretti and young voices from Thaxted Primary School and Flitch Green Academy in a charity concert in aid of Marie Curie Care. Featuring American sacred classics, songs from Hollywood and Broadway and much more.

    Omnia Sol
    Z. Randall Stroope (1953)
    Come To The Music
    Joseph Martin (1959-)
    Ave Maria
    Guy Forbes (1950-)
    Sure on this Shining Night
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Don't Fence Me In
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
    Nella Fantasia from The Mission
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    So deep is the night (after Chopin's Etude Op 10 No 3)
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Somewhere from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Al Shlosha D'varim
    Allan E Naplan (1972-)
    Let's get friendly
    William Edward Cotton (1899-1969)
    Richard Rogers (1902-1979)
    £10, children free Available from 01371 830104 .
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Fri, 2014-04-18 19:00
    Liverpool String Quartet - Bluecoat Series: Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ
    Liverpool String Quartet
    The Bluecoat Liverpool L1
    United Kingdom

    The Liverpool String Quartet perform one of Haydn most famous works, the Seven Last Words of Christ.

    Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, a masterpiece of Western art in the same way as the Issenheim Altarpiece, was commissioned by the Canon of Cadiz so the piece could be performed on Good Friday in the church of Cadiz. It was commissioned in 1787, and was immediately acknowledged as a major contribution of incomparable intensity and fervour.

    The liturgy was conducted as follows: the priest quoted each of the words of the Christ, followed by a musical accompaniment. Haydn completes these seven slow movements with an introduction and a final Earthquake. “Each Sonata, or each text, is expressed solely through the instrumental music in such a manner that it automatically makes the most profound impression on the least informed listener”, wrote the composer in a letter dated 8 April 1787 to his publisher in London. Haydn reworked this first orchestral version under the form of a string quartet and later under the form of an oratorio with lyrics.

    On this ocassion the violinist Dara Daly, from RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, will guest as first violin of the Liverpool String Quartet.

    Founded in 2010 , the Liverpool String Quartet is made up of classical musicians of the highest standard. Collectively, they studied in some of the world’s most prestigious musical establishments, including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Conservatory of Music in Valencia, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, The University of Manitoba in Canada, and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and currently are members or collaborate regularly with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many other orchestras in England and Spain.

    The Liverpool String Quartet gave its first official concert on April 21 2011, in the town of Castellvell del Camp (Tarragona) which was also their first tour outside the UK. In a short but intense career, the quartet have collaborated with musicians such as pianist Kiev Portella, flautist Nelia Sanxis, Sense of Sound Singers, James Clarke (Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and internationally renowned chamber musician), Rakhi Singh (Assistant Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Eilidh Gillespie (Co-principal Flute of the Royal Northern Sinfonia) and in 2014 were joined by Raul Garcia Marian (Assistant concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona and Catalonia National), thus continuing the commitment established between the Liverpool String Quartet, Catalan Music Company Ars Aurea Sonora, and the Spanish Government to promote the most outstanding national and international musicians on the scene in Catalonia.

    Since it was founded, the Liverpool String Quartet has toured internationally seven times. Highlights include concerts at Castellvell del Camp, at the Teatro Principal de Valls, in the Cathedral of Pamplona, ??and in Olite, Navarre. In July 2012 the Liverpool String Quartet conducted a tour of the Balearic islands, with concerts in Valldemossa (Mallorca) and were invited to perform in the inaugural concert of the prestigious International Music Festival of Mahon (Menorca).
    In Liverpool, the Liverpool String Quartet has been Quartet in Residence at the Bluecoat Arts Centre in the heart of the city since 2012, thanks to the support of Bluecoat’s Resident luthier Michael Phoenix. Notable concerts given in Merseyside have been held at the Williamson Art Gallery on the Wirral, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral (with an audience of 1600 people), the Atkinson Art Gallery (Southport) and Mayer Hall (Bebington, Wirral), which is soon to become the quartet’s second residence.

    Future plans for the quartet include a tour of England with a project called ‘Heart Variations for String Quartet’, created by artist Egle Mei and funded by Arts Council England, in which the LSQ will premiere two compositions commissioned for the occasion by recognised Liverpool based composers, Ian Stephens and Meike Holzmann. The quartet’s 2014 season will include performances in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and St George’s Hall. For 2015, the quartet have planned a European premiere of ‘The Passion of Mary’ composed by English composer Howard Blake, in Tarragona, Catalonia.

    The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    £10 Available from 01517025324 Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday: 11am 4pm.
  • Javascript is required to view this map.
    Mon, 2014-04-21 19:30
    Violin recital by Sebastian Müller (violin) and Nico de Villiers (piano)
    Nico de Villiers, Sebastian Müller
    St Andrew's Church London N10 2DD
    United Kingdom

    An evening of exciting and virtuosic violin repertoire: Enjoy Mozart's lyrical G major violin sonata, Nathan Milstein's 'Paganiniana' - packed with all possible violinistic fireworks to be found in Paganini's repertoire - and the powerful dark C minor violin sonata by Beethoven.

    Sonata for Violin and Keyboard No 18 in G
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 7 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Nathan Milstein (1904-)
    Fratres for Violin and Piano
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    No Tickets required.