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Format: 2018-11-21
Format: 2018-11-21
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Ein Heldenleben / Medtner | Ealing Symphony Orchestra
    Ealing Symphony Orchestra, Gaspar Hunt, John Gibbons
    St Barnabas Church, Ealing London W5 1QG
    United Kingdom

    Ealing Symphony continues its season with Elgar's classic 'Cockaigne (In London Town)' overture. First performed in 1901, it was a great success and remains popular to this day.

    We explore more exciting piano music with Medtner's first piano concerto. An unsung and not-often-played Russian composer, his music has been described as Rachmaninov-esque. Born in Russia but with German ancestry, the horrible events of the First World War are, perhaps unavoidably, reflected in the work. Russian and German cultures meant equally much to Medtner and the war between the two countries developed into a personal tragedy for him.

    Finally, we take on Ein Heldenleben, 'a hero's life'. Following the great success of the Alpine Symphony last year we had to follow on with another epic Straussian work! Generally agreed to be autobiographical in nature (the composer admitted to a friend he saw himself as "no less interesting than Napoleon"), the work introduces the titular hero, before taking us through a fantasical 'life'. We are introduced then to the hero's adversaries, then to his "companion" - Strauss confirmed that the hero's companion is, indeed, a portrait of his own wife. We then see the hero in battle, at peace after the battle, and then finally his heroic 'retirement from this world'.

    Cockaigne, 'In London Town'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C minor
    Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951)
    Ein Heldenleben, 'A Hero's Life'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Haffner Orchestra
    Haffner Orchestra, Jonathan Lo, Robert Ashworth
    Ashton Hall, Lancaster Town Hall Lancaster LA1 1PJ
    United Kingdom

    Another great evening of classical music from Lancaster’s 55-piece symphony orchestra.

    There will be a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with the soloist and conductor

    Soirées musicales
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Matinées musicales
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Concerto for Horn and Orchestra No 2 in E Flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 1 in G minor, 'Winter Daydreams'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Elinor Corp, Guest Orchestra, Jerry Pinel, The Centenary Company
    The Albany London SE8 4AG
    United Kingdom

    Following many hits at Greenwich Theatre and the great success of previous shows at Blackheath Halls, The Centenary Company brings to The Albany, Deptford, a fully-staged production of The Pirates of Penzance, the show that makes Roger jolly! Directed by Jerry Pinel, with Elinor Corp as Music Director, this is the same creative team responsible for the Company’s inventive stagings of Gilbert and Sullivan operas at Greenwich Theatre. Featuring well-bred buccaneers, defiant damsels and cowardly coppers, with live orchestra, The Centenary Company is delighted to be performing at The Albany for the first time.

    They may not be terribly successful, but the pirates of Penzance have impeccable manners: they think it's unsporting to attack anyone weaker than themselves, and their first thought after capturing a group of beautiful young ladies is to propose marriage en masse. But when they discover they've been tricked into letting their captives go free, they plan a grisly revenge... Can the cream of Cornwall's constabulary defeat them? Will true love triumph? And what is the pirates' guilty secret?

    Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece combines inspired silliness with much-loved songs including 'I am the very modern of a modern Major-General', 'With catlike tread' and 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one'.

    The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
  • 22 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Elinor Corp, Guest Orchestra, Jerry Pinel, The Centenary Company
    The Albany London SE8 4AG
    United Kingdom

    Following many hits at Greenwich Theatre and the great success of previous shows at Blackheath Halls, The Centenary Company brings to The Albany, Deptford, a fully-staged production of The Pirates of Penzance, the show that makes Roger jolly! Directed by Jerry Pinel, with Elinor Corp as Music Director, this is the same creative team responsible for the Company’s inventive stagings of Gilbert and Sullivan operas at Greenwich Theatre. Featuring well-bred buccaneers, defiant damsels and cowardly coppers, with live orchestra, The Centenary Company is delighted to be performing at The Albany for the first time.

    They may not be terribly successful, but the pirates of Penzance have impeccable manners: they think it's unsporting to attack anyone weaker than themselves, and their first thought after capturing a group of beautiful young ladies is to propose marriage en masse. But when they discover they've been tricked into letting their captives go free, they plan a grisly revenge... Can the cream of Cornwall's constabulary defeat them? Will true love triumph? And what is the pirates' guilty secret?

    Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece combines inspired silliness with much-loved songs including 'I am the very modern of a modern Major-General', 'With catlike tread' and 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one'.

    The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
  • 23 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Elinor Corp, Guest Orchestra, Jerry Pinel, The Centenary Company
    The Albany London SE8 4AG
    United Kingdom

    Following many hits at Greenwich Theatre and the great success of previous shows at Blackheath Halls, The Centenary Company brings to The Albany, Deptford, a fully-staged production of The Pirates of Penzance, the show that makes Roger jolly! Directed by Jerry Pinel, with Elinor Corp as Music Director, this is the same creative team responsible for the Company’s inventive stagings of Gilbert and Sullivan operas at Greenwich Theatre. Featuring well-bred buccaneers, defiant damsels and cowardly coppers, with live orchestra, The Centenary Company is delighted to be performing at The Albany for the first time.

    They may not be terribly successful, but the pirates of Penzance have impeccable manners: they think it's unsporting to attack anyone weaker than themselves, and their first thought after capturing a group of beautiful young ladies is to propose marriage en masse. But when they discover they've been tricked into letting their captives go free, they plan a grisly revenge... Can the cream of Cornwall's constabulary defeat them? Will true love triumph? And what is the pirates' guilty secret?

    Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece combines inspired silliness with much-loved songs including 'I am the very modern of a modern Major-General', 'With catlike tread' and 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one'.

    The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
  • 24 November 2018 - 2:30pm
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Elinor Corp, Guest Orchestra, Jerry Pinel, The Centenary Company
    The Albany London SE8 4AG
    United Kingdom

    Following many hits at Greenwich Theatre and the great success of previous shows at Blackheath Halls, The Centenary Company brings to The Albany, Deptford, a fully-staged production of The Pirates of Penzance, the show that makes Roger jolly! Directed by Jerry Pinel, with Elinor Corp as Music Director, this is the same creative team responsible for the Company’s inventive stagings of Gilbert and Sullivan operas at Greenwich Theatre. Featuring well-bred buccaneers, defiant damsels and cowardly coppers, with live orchestra, The Centenary Company is delighted to be performing at The Albany for the first time.

    They may not be terribly successful, but the pirates of Penzance have impeccable manners: they think it's unsporting to attack anyone weaker than themselves, and their first thought after capturing a group of beautiful young ladies is to propose marriage en masse. But when they discover they've been tricked into letting their captives go free, they plan a grisly revenge... Can the cream of Cornwall's constabulary defeat them? Will true love triumph? And what is the pirates' guilty secret?

    Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece combines inspired silliness with much-loved songs including 'I am the very modern of a modern Major-General', 'With catlike tread' and 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one'.

    The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Elinor Corp, Guest Orchestra, Jerry Pinel, The Centenary Company
    The Albany London SE8 4AG
    United Kingdom

    Following many hits at Greenwich Theatre and the great success of previous shows at Blackheath Halls, The Centenary Company brings to The Albany, Deptford, a fully-staged production of The Pirates of Penzance, the show that makes Roger jolly! Directed by Jerry Pinel, with Elinor Corp as Music Director, this is the same creative team responsible for the Company’s inventive stagings of Gilbert and Sullivan operas at Greenwich Theatre. Featuring well-bred buccaneers, defiant damsels and cowardly coppers, with live orchestra, The Centenary Company is delighted to be performing at The Albany for the first time.

    They may not be terribly successful, but the pirates of Penzance have impeccable manners: they think it's unsporting to attack anyone weaker than themselves, and their first thought after capturing a group of beautiful young ladies is to propose marriage en masse. But when they discover they've been tricked into letting their captives go free, they plan a grisly revenge... Can the cream of Cornwall's constabulary defeat them? Will true love triumph? And what is the pirates' guilty secret?

    Gilbert and Sullivan's masterpiece combines inspired silliness with much-loved songs including 'I am the very modern of a modern Major-General', 'With catlike tread' and 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one'.

    The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
  • 25 November 2018 - 6:30pm
    Venetian Splendour | Choir of Christ Church Southgate and Bach Sinfonia
    Bach Sinfonia, Choir of Christ Church Southgate, Liz Partridge, Richard Brain, Sean Turpin
    Christ Church, Southgate London N14 7EG
    United Kingdom

    Join the Choir of Christ Church Southgate and the Bach Sinfonia for a night of glorious Venetian music from the renaissance and baroque eras as they celebrate their church's patronal festival.

    Works to include Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for violin and cello, and his setting of Beatus vir., as well as classic works by Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Gabrieli.

    The concert is in aid of the choir's tour to Venice next February.

    Magnificat
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Beatus vir from Selva morale e spirituale
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Beatus vir in B flat
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra in F
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    In ecclesiis
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/7-1612)
    Jubilate Deo à 8
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/7-1612)
  • 24 November 2018 - 8:00pm
    A night at the Opera | Bristol Symphony Orchestra and City of Bristol Choir
    Bristol Symphony Orchestra, City of Bristol Choir, Edward Jowle, Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, Peter Wilde, Rebecca Evans, William Goodchild, William Wallace
    Clifton Cathedral Bristol BS8 3BX
    United Kingdom

    From Beethoven to Bizet, from Verdi to Wagner, come and hear some of the greatest overtures, arias and choruses ever composed, and experience the operatic story as never before.

    A Night at the Opera, presented by Bristol Symphony Orchestra, the City of Bristol Choir and a quartet of professional operatic soloists, will create its own unique operatic story using the music of the great operatic composers. With over 150 performers this will be an operatic extravaganza the like of which Bristol has never seen before.

    Our story will not be logical, operatic tales never are, but the audience will enjoy a journey of great intensity, allowing our performers to share all the most powerful human emotions. Few will avoid a tear or a tingle down the spine during our switchback ride through the world of opera.

    The magic of opera lies in the telling of a story. Opera was the original complete art form with musicians and singers combining to act out the story in the most powerful and passionate way possible.

    Opera lovers will recognise much familiar music but there will be some less familiar moments too. If you think you don’t like opera, come and try it out – we’re sure you’ll be converted by the end of the evening!

    Experience a rare and exciting performance full of mystery, passion and drama!

    Prelude to Act I from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    The Spinning Chorus from Der fliegende Hollander, 'The Flying Dutchman'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Waltz from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Tornami a dir che m'ami from Don Pasquale
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
    Voi che Sapete from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Drinking song) from La traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Bella figlia dell'amore from Rigoletto
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore, 'Elixir of Love'
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
    Prisoners’ chorus, 'O welche Lust' from Fidelio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Va, pensiero from Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Les tringles des sistres tintaient from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    When I am laid in earth from Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Les Voici from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Prelude to Act 1 from La traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Hounslow Symphony Orchestra
    Fenella Humphreys, Hounslow Symphony Orchestra, Olsi Qinami
    St Paul's Church Chiswick W4 3SB
    United Kingdom

    Hounslow Symphony Orchestra is delighted to welcome Fenella Humphreys, winner of the BBC Music Magazine instrumental award for 2018, as guest solist for the opening concert of its 65th season.

    Concert Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, for violin and orchestra
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Symphony No 3 in F
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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