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Format: 2018-10-21
Format: 2018-10-21
  • 31 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Stephen Layton and The Holst Singers: 25th anniversary concert
    Holst Singers, Stephen Layton
    St Sophia, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom London W2 4LQ
    United Kingdom

    We invite you to join us for a celebration of a remarkable quarter-century of music-making. Stephen Layton became Music Director of the Holst Singers in 1993 and over that period has turned it into one of the UK’s leading choirs.

    The Holst Singers have made several outstanding recordings, including 'Ikon' and 'Ikon II' which led the explosion of interest in the UK in the music of the Orthodox Church. They have performed in numerous ground-breaking concerts including the world premier in 2004 of John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple. And they have maintained the highest professional standards of performance despite being made up of amateur singers. All this has been achieved through the outstanding vision and musicianship of Stephen Layton, now rightly recognised as one of the world’s foremost choral conductors.

    This anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to bring together members past and present with friends of the choir to enjoy a selection from our repertoire of the past twenty-five years.

    The programme is a selection of favourites beloved of Stephen and the choir, designed to be representative of the variety of music performed and recorded over his time with the choir. We return to a familiar venue: the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bayswater, an intimate and beautiful setting perfectly suited to the unaccompanied music at which the Holst Singers excel.

    Exultate Deo
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
    Laudibus in sanctis
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    O nata lux de lumine
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Ave Maria
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Timor et tremor from 4 motets pour un temps de pénitence
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Vinea mea electa from 4 motets pour un temps de pénitence
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Christus factus est
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Ave Maria
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Christ is the Morning Star
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    What God is from The Veil of the Temple
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    Mother of God, here I stand from The Veil of the Temple
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    The Creed from Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
    Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)
    Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, adapted from Vespers ('All-night vigil')
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Our Father, 'Otche nash'
    Nikolai Golovanov (1891-1953)
    Agnus Dei from Mass for double choir
    Frank Martin (1890-1974)
    Totus tuus
    Henryk Górecki (1933-2010)
  • 30 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    First World War Centenary Piano Recital, featuring a world premiere
    Megumi Fujita
    St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico London SW1V 2AD
    United Kingdom

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, pianist Megumi Fujita presents a concert of music by composers who were involved or connected by the War. Ralph Vaughan Williams was a stretcher-bearer with the Royal Army Medical Corps; Maurice Ravel enlisted as a truck driver; Enrique Granados drowned when his cross-channel ferry was torpedoed in 1916; and Claude Debussy died in the last year of the War, his funeral marked by bombardment in Paris.

    The programme is complimented by the World Premiere of Variations on Papaver Rhoeas by Michael Stimpson. 'Papaver Rhoeas' is the Latin name for the Remembrance poppy, characterised by four petals which surround the central black core. Written in the shape of the flower, the piece is a symbol for all those affected by conflict, in World War One and beyond.

    Suite of 6 Short Pieces
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Le tombeau de Couperin
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Variations on Papaver Rhoeas (world premiere)
    Michael Stimpson ()
    Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor, 'The maiden and the nightingale' from Goyescas ‘Los majos enamorados’
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    L'isle joyeuse
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • 30 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart's Requiem by candlelight
    Amy Lyddon, Canticum, Counterpoint, Lucy Bray, Mark Forkgen, Michael Bennett, Steffan Lloyd Owen
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Canticum will join forces with top chamber orchestra, Counterpoint, and a team of exceptional young soloists to present a concert commemorating the centenary of the end of WW1 with Mozart’s Requiem and a new oratorio, The Walking Shadows. The composer, Stephen McNeff, is a British Composer Award winner and two of his operas, Gentle Giant and Clockwork, have been performed at the Royal Opera.

    The Walking Shadows tells the stories of four people in a landscape of war, referencing music of the time (It’s a long way to Tipperary, Oh what a lovely war, We don’t want to lose you) and setting a text by poet and performer Aoife Maddix, drawn from letters and reports of the time. It was commissioned with financial assistance from Arts Council England and Apples and Snakes. The work is designed as a companion piece for Mozart’s exhilarating Requiem, performed in the second half.

    Requiem Mass in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    The Walking Shadows, for soloists, chorus and orchestra
    Stephen McNeff ()
  • 21 October 2018 - 2:30pm
    Martin Sturfält (piano)
    Martin Sturfält
    Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel Thornhill DG3 5LU
    United Kingdom

    “Music is the sound of life” Carl Nielsen

    Swedish pianist, Martin Sturfält is hitting the all right keys this October as part of the Absolute Classics 2018/19 series. Martin will perform four concerts from the 18-21 of this month in venues across the region.

    From the age of 11, Martin has been performing extensively throughout Europe with major highlights including recitals at prestigious venues in Stockholm and the rest of Sweden, as well as at London’s Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall.

    Winner of the Malmö Nordic ‘Blüthner’ Piano Competition and the John Ogdon Prize, Martin is in high demand. Alongside his performances of classical repertoire ranging from baroque through to the present day, Martin increasingly indulges his passion for the music of his native country, Sweden, which is earning him international recognition of his work.

    This month audiences are invited to hear two different programmes from this great musician. Two of Martin’s concert programmes are formed from the well known, Four Impromptus by Schubert and Chopin’s four Ballads, while the other two aim to give the listener a flavour of Scandinavia with music by native composers Sjögren and Nielsen.

    4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    4 Ballades
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  • 25 October 2018 - 7:00pm
    Vivaldi's Gloria by candlelight | Pegasus Choir
    Amy Lyddon, Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, Hannah Sandison, Pegasus Choir, Quintin Beer
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Pegasus makes a welcome return to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London for the first of this evening’s two candlelit concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The first half features motets by JS Bach and William Byrd alongside Samuel Barber’s mesmerising Agnus Dei, an unaccompanied choral transcription of his Adagio for Strings. After the interval the choir are joined by soloists Hannah Sandison and Amy Lyddon and the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists for Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria.

    Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Gaudeamus omnes in Domino
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Beati mundo corde
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Justorum animae
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Agnus Dei
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 25 October 2018 - 9:30pm
    Allegri's Miserere by candlelight | I Dodici
    Gabriel Chernick, I Dodici
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    I Dodici returns to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London in a varied programme based around Allegri’s famous Miserere, with several of the works featured harking back to Renaissance chant. The chosen composers span the ages, from Allegri, Gesualdo and Parsons in the 15th and 16th centuries, via Britten, Elgar, Grieg, Poulenc, Rachmaninov and Stanford in the 1800s and 1900s, and up to the present day with a new work by choir member John Bachelor, a setting of Tennyson’s The Passing of Arthur. Join us in the beautiful surroundings of a candlelit St Martin’s for this hour-long concert of a cappella choral music, both old and new.

    Vi adoro
    Manolo da Rold (1976-)
    Ave maris stella
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    O vos omnes
    Carlo Gesualdo (c1561-1613)
    Ave Maria
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Videntes stellam from Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    My love dwelt in a Northern land
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    The Passing of Arthur
    Composer Not Known ()
    Beati quorum via from 3 Motets
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    A Hymn to the Virgin
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    The blue bird from 8 Partsongs
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Miserere mei, Deus
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Es ist ein Ros entsprungen/Det är en ros utsprungen
    Jan Sandström (1954-)
    Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Rejoice O Virgin) from Vespers, 'All-night vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 28 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Parry and beyond | Addison Chamber Choir
    Addison Chamber Choir, David Wordsworth, Matthew Hough
    St Paul's Church, 'The Actor's Church' Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED
    United Kingdom

    Brandenburg Choral Festival of London regulars the Addison Chamber Choir present this hour-long concert of English choral music, Parry and beyond. The programme features works by Parry, his contemporaries, his pupils, and brings us up the present day with works by Edward Gregson, Howard Skempton and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir. Pianist Matthew Hough will also perform two solo works by John Ireland.

    This concert follows on from a Come and Sing afternoon with David Wordsworth and the Addison Oratorio Choir, which will focus on the music of Parry in the centenary year of his death. For information about this event please click here.

    A combined ticket offer is available for the workshop and concert, saving 25%. Please contact the box office for details.

    My soul, there is a country from Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    The blue bird from 8 Partsongs
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    As torrents in summer
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    5 English Folksongs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    The Hills
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    The sad tale of Barbara Allen
    Edward Gregson (1945-)
    He wishes for the cloths of heaven
    Howard Skempton (1947-)
    The song sung true
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Ragamuffin from London Pieces
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Soliloquy
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    A red, red rose
    Zillah Myers (1974-)
  • 25 October 2018 - 1:00pm
    Free lunchtime concert | Martha Hayward (soprano) and Matthew Lazenby (piano)
    Martha Hayward, Matthew Lazenby
    Church of St George the Martyr London SE1 1JA
    United Kingdom

    Martha Hayward graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Leeds College of Music, specialising in performance. She was granted a scholarship from the Dewar Arts Awards and the Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education.

    Her most memorable moments include singing solo for Prince Charles, collaborating live on BBC Radio one with Clean Bandit, as well as singing in Peak Cavern, Castleton and even on a punt in Cambridge.

    She is a regular recitalist, soloist, wedding singer, chorister and has performed in lots of shows as the lead role, including: Patience, Iolanthe and The Mikado. Recently, Martha has been involved with the Memory Cafe and SuperJam Tea Parties, offering much needed respite for carers and sufferers of dementia and has been touring the UK with Matthew Lazenby (piano).

    Martha is currently teaching at Hill House School (Doncaster), and also teaches privately in Barnsley.

    Martha and Matthew are proud to share their weekly Tuneful Tuesday series on YouTube.

    A native of Yorkshire, Matthew Lazenby read music at the University of Leeds. He now has a diverse professional music portfolio as a choral conductor, piano teacher, organist and accompanist for exams, recitals and performance.

    Matthew is Director of Music at St Martin’s Church in Leeds, Musical Director of Horsforth Choral Society and Accompanist for Leeds Male Voice Choir, Leeds Youth Choir and the Heritage Masterworks Chorale. He is also Musical Director of the ‘Music for a While’ ensemble in l’Abbaye de Marcilhac-sur-Célé in southern France. As a chorister he has performed with numerous choirs in venues as diverse as Chester Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Manchester Cathedral and Southwell Minster.

    As an accompanist, recent highlights include performances in Chartres Cathedral, Leeds Minster, Morley Town Hall, Leeds Cathedral, Leeds Town Hall, Ripon Cathedral, St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, La Madeleine in Paris, the church of Santa Maria della Pieta in Venice and St Florin’s Cathedral in Vaduz.

    As a recitalist, recent venues have included Wakefield Cathedral, Hexham Abbey and St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. He is currently touring the UK with a recital series with soprano Martha Hayward.

    Upcoming recitals at St George’s

    30th October: BNM Series 10: Trinity Laban John Halford Piano and Composition Competition Prize-winning recital with performers Miha Smirnov Ostir, Alexander Arenare, Yaoying Wang, Isabella Gori, Mikaela Livadiotis (piano) and works by Pradalie, Mia, Cheng, Stephens, Ganesan and Monatague

    1st November: Klanglust String Orchestra perform works by Bach, Jenkins and Mendelssohn

    6th November: BNM Series 11: Celebrating ‘ABRSM Spectrum’ with pianist Michiko Shimanuki performing works by Burrell, Tanaka, Ruders, Roxburgh, Cashian, Shimanuki and Mills

    8th November: Steph Legg (saxophone)

    13th November: BNM Series 11: Duo Ardore in Italy with violinist Rebecca Raimondi and pianist Alessandro Viale performing works by Carnini, Scarlato, Quagliarini, Munari and Marchettini

    Piangerò, la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    When I am laid in earth from Dido and Aeneas
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    No 1 of Three Liturgical Preludes
    George Oldroyd (1887-1956)
    Sonate d'involuntara per organo
    Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726)
    5 Elizabethan Songs
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
    Grand Chorus in march-form, for organ
    Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
    Silent Noon from The House of Life
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Heart's Haven
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Jerusalem
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    The lads in their hundreds from Six songs from A Shropshire lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
    Ach, ich fühl's from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 25 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    Die Fledermaus | Peterborough Opera
    Kate Wishart, Orchestra of Peterborough Opera, Peterborough Opera
    Queen Victoria Hall Oundle PE8 4EJ
    United Kingdom

    Strauss’s light-hearted opera tells the story of mistaken identities, flirtation and mischief at a nobleman’s party. The cast is led by Martin Muir (Eisenstein), Liz Williams (Rosalinda), Anna Murgatroyd (Adele), and Julie van Haperen (Orlofsky), and the production is directed by Jan Haylock.

    Eisenstein, about to be sent to prison, secretly decides instead to attend one of Prince Orlofsky’s magnificent parties, famous for flowing champagne and beautiful dancing girls. Thinking that her husband has gone to prison, Rosalinda’s former lover, Alfred, decides to visit her for the evening, until they’re interrupted by the prison governor who is looking for Eisenstein! Meanwhile, her maid, Adele, also plans to attend the ball, but pretends to her mistress that she must visit her sick aunt. At the ball, the guests are in various guises, and champagne celebrations lead to frivolous flirting and fun.

    The morning after the night before…

    Eisenstein hands himself over to the prison governor, where confusion mounts. When Rosalinda and the other guests arrive, the mayhem from the night before comes to light, leading to some sheepish realisations…

    Die Fledermaus
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 28 October 2018 - 5:30pm
    Paul Carr's Stabat Mater | English Arts Chorale
    English Arts Chorale, James Gough, Leslie Olive
    Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral Ely CB7 4DL
    United Kingdom

    Join us in the superb acoustics of Ely Cathedral Lady Chapel for performances of Paul Carr's lovely Stabat Mater and other pieces from the Chorale's Stabat Mater CD. 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. 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.

    The English Arts Chorale is an ambitious voluntary choir based in Reigate, Surrey, which performs in world-class venues such as St John's College Cambridge, and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as serving its local community with events in Surrey and Sussex churches.

    Stabat Mater
    Paul Carr (1961-)
    Sure on this shining night
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    An Irish Blessing
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    Londonderry Air
    Bob Chilcott (1955-)
    The Ground
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    This Marriage
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Ubi Caritas
    Paul Carr (1961-)
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