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Format: 2014-04-16
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    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.
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    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)
    Paganiniana
    Nathan Milstein (1904-)
    Fratres for Violin and Piano
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
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    Sun, 2014-04-20 14:00
    Popular Family Classics with the Liverpool String Quartet
    Daniel Sanxis Silleras, Dara Daly, Liverpool String Quartet, Nick Byrne, Sarah Hill
    Mayer Hall Bebington, Wirral CH63 7PL
    United Kingdom

    The Liverpool String Quartet plays a charity concert in aid of Joseph Mayer Community Partnership and Friends of Mayer Park.

    The concert will take place at Mayer Hall, Bebington, Wirral. It will be a family concert with well known music from TV, films, and composers like Ravel, Mozart and Dvorák.

    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, Spain) 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.

    Divertimento No 2 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Air in D for Strings from 'Orchestral Suite No 3 in D'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    James Bond Theme
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Henry Mancini (1924-1994)
    The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book
    Terry Gilkyson ()
    Boléro
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Titanic
    James Horner (1953-)
    Serenade No 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Humoresques
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Voi che Sapete from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    £6 Available from 01516090257 Monday to Sunday 10am to 10pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Francesco Mariani - classical guitarist
    Francesco Mariani
    St Mary's Old Church London N16 9ES
    United Kingdom

    Francesco Mariani's programme spans JS Bach's 1st Cello Suite, Mertz's arrangements of Schubert Song, Leo Brouwer's Tres Apuntes, Turina's Hommage to Tarrega, Tarrega's Caprichio Arabe and Albeniz's Asturias.

    Francesco Mariani studied at the RNCM with Graham Wade, Gordon Crosskey, and Richard Wright and his recitals are well known for his sharing of knowledge of the guitarists craft.

    He teaches at the Purcell School and his students have gone on to play in the National Youth Guitar Ensemble and study in institutions such as the Guildhall School and the San Francisco Conservatory.

    His playing is featured on the forthcoming album by Ambient/Balearic legend Phil Mison's Cantoma project.

    Francesco also directs the Stoke Newington Guitar Festival which has brought world class players such as Craig Ogden and Juan Martin to North London. The second Festival this November features Graham Devine, Clive Carroll and a return visit by Juan Martin in duo with Chapparo De Malaga.

    "Played with the dabbing watercolour tones of a truly sensitive musician" Classical Guitar Magazine
    "A fine musician with very great perception - all too rare amongst guitarists!" Chris Susans, The Panormo Duo
    "A performer of style and precision" Classical Guitar Magazine

    Suite for Cello No 1 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude No 1 in E minor
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Tres Apuntes
    Leo Brouwer (1939-)
    Hommage à Tárrega
    Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
    Capricho árabe
    Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
    Asturias from Suite Española No 1
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Lob der Tränen
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Liebesbothschaft from Schwanengesang, 'Swan Song'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    £10, £7 concessions - pension, universal credit, full-time students. 16 and under free. Available from 07812050336 447812050336.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Castleford Choral Society with Gawthorpe Brass 85 present A Yorkshire Mixture!
    Castleford Choral Society, Claire Burden, Gawthorpe Brass '85, Simon Earl
    Trinity Methodist Church Castleford
    United Kingdom

    Join us for our Spring Concert - a mixture of music from a mixture of voices and brass. With pieces from Karl Jenkins's Armed Man, to opera choruses, to Andrew Lloyd Webber to Mendolssohn's Elijah highlights, there's bound to be something to suit all tastes!

    The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
    Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    Elijah
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    £8 including refreshments Available from 01977 641867 .
  • Thu, 2014-04-24 19:30
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight
    Anna Blackmur, Fenella Humphreys, London Concertante
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the UK, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. Founded in 1991, the ensemble soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and the unique rapport it builds with its audience.

    The ensemble’s engagements grew quickly and in the first few years, London Concertante performed in the UK, made 3 major tours to Spain and, in an expanded form, quickly found itself in demand as a top-quality opera orchestra, performing for Holland Park Opera, Palace Opera, Music Theatre Kernow and Pegasus Opera. At the same time, the ensemble began its regular, and hugely popular, series of concerts at one of London’s landmark venues; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where it performs 12 concerts each year. As well as St. Martin’s, the ensemble gives a number of concerts each year at other top venues including Southwark Cathedral, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and will be giving their 25th Anniversary concert (in 2015) at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

    In 1995, the group released the first of its 16 recordings, on its own label. Since then, they have recorded for Toccatta Classics, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi and ARC Music, with a varied, eclectic and exciting range of repertoire, constantly garnering tremendous critical acclaim. Their latest recording pushes the boundaries of seminal composer, Astor Piazzolla, in a release entitled “Piazzolla and Beyond”

    During the intervening years, London Concertante concentrated on chamber music and has performed throughout the UK for music clubs and festivals, giving around 100 concerts each year. Tours have taken them to the USA, Finland, Spain and France, and will be embarking on a tour to the Middle East in 2014.

    As well as giving performances at festivals, music clubs and theatres, London Concertante also has a thriving education programme; inspiring youngsters to enjoy classical music, both as listeners and performers.

    Canon from Canon, from the Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    £9, £13, £16, £20, £24 Available from 0207766 1100 10am - 6pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    JS Bach - Goldberg Variations | David Wright (harpsichord)
    David Wright
    Union Chapel, Islington London N1 2UN
    United Kingdom

    One of the truly remarkable characters in classical music, David Wright was born and brought up on an East London council estate. Since first hearing classical music as an early teenager, David instantly associated with the music and has felt a strong pull to the music, and time, of the baroque era ever since.

    Despite feeling as though he was born in the wrong century, David has nonetheless established himself as a prominent figure in the early music world. David was an almost entirely self taught musician before gaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes, including the International Broadwood Competition, and graduated with distinction. Since then he has been working with some of the worlds leading musicians (including Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Sarah Chang, Julian Lloyd-Webber), as a soloist and with many groups of international renown.

    He has directed numerous concerts from the harpsichord, including the first modern performance of Arne's The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, and is guest conductor to several orchestras on the continent. Much of David's time in recent years has been devoted to performing the Goldberg Variations, which he recorded in 2007 and has since toured across the UK and abroad. With a vast amount of television and radio broadcasts to his credit, David continues to pursue a busy and varied career, chiefly as harpsichordist with the renowned ensemble Red Priest who tour the world extensively. He lives alone by candlelight in an 18th century house in Wisbech.

    This programme features the magnificent masterpiece – Bach’s Goldberg Variations – along with works by the master as well as works by Scarlatti and Handel.

    Goldberg Variations
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Keyboard in C major
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Suite for keyboard in G minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    'Italian Concerto' in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Keyboard in D
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    £19.50 Available from 0333 666 3366 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:45
    Prince Rama Varma: an evening of South Indian Carnatic classical music
    Jyotsna Srikanth, Mr M Balachandar, Prince Rama Varma, RN Prakash, RR Prathap
    Purcell Room London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Endowed with a deep, rich, baritone voice, Prince Rama Varma has been making waves in the Indian classical music field for more than two decades. Singer, maestro of the saraswathy veena (a form of lute), educator, writer, orator and descendant of the legendary composer Maharaja Swathi Thirunal and the painter Raja Ravi Varma, he is here in the UK for the first time since 2000, and is presenting an evening of Carnatic vocal music. He has command over the lyrics and a perfect sense of harmony with his accompanists: his concerts are always a delight and a learning experience. Passionate about reaching wider audiences, the evening will begin with a talk introducing us to the music of this region - a perfect way to gain insight into the rhythms and sounds of Southern India.

    £20, £25 Available from 0844 847 9910 9am-8pm everyday.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Prom Praise | All Souls Orchestra with Prom Praise Choir
    All Souls Orchestra, Graham Kendrick, Helen-Jane Howells, Martin Smith, Noël Tredinnick, Paul Baloche, Prom Praise Choir
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Prom Praise returns to the Royal Albert Hall, promising an exciting partnership of classical and contemporary musicians.

    This year's concert will include all the elements familiar to the seasoned Prom Praise-goer, with the All Souls Orchestra at full strength, a 500-strong choir massing from all around the UK, the inspiring opportunity for all to join in worship with the capacity audience, and the genial hosting of All Souls Rector, Hugh Palmer and All Souls Orchestra conductor, Noel Tredinnick.

    The classical programme will feature soprano Helen-Jane Howells; solo violinist Rebecca Eves, who will perform extracts from John Williams's film score to Schindler's List, and other orchestra contributions include George Gershwin's American in Paris and Shostakovich's Festive Overture.

    Internationally renowned, songwriter Graham Kendrick will be joined by other guest artists including Paul Baloche and Martin Smith, enjoying the backing of full symphony Orchestra in a new expression of symphonic worship.

    Excerpts from An American in Paris
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Festive Overture in A
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Short Festival Te Deum
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Rembrances from Schindler's List
    John Williams (1932-)
    Allelujah from Exsultate, jubilate
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Steal Away from A Child of our Time
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    £36, £33, £30, £28, £20, £15, £12.50, £6 (standing) Available from 020 7589 8212 9.00 - 9.00pm 7 days a week.