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Format: 2019-07-21
Format: 2019-07-21
  • 27 July 2019 - 7:00pm
    Somerset Chamber Choir - JS Bach's St John Passion
    Geoff Williams, Hamish McLaren, James Gilchrist, Niall Anderson, Richard Laing, Rory Carver, Somerset Chamber Choir, Sophie Gallagher, The Musical and Amicable Society
    Wells Cathedral Wells BA5 2PA
    United Kingdom

    A not-to-be missed event, featuring one of the world’s foremost evangelists and one of the UK’s finest baroque orchestras.

    “ The aim and final reason of all music should be nothing else but the Glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit” JS Bach

    There can be few more powerfully expressive works than Bach’s Passion according to St John. Here is the story of Christ’s last days, told with more drama and musical ingenuity than any swords-and-sandals Hollywood epic.

    The baying mob portrayed by the chorus contrasts with the intimate and intensely moving arias of the soloists, and the whole is bound together by the poignant narration of the Evangelist, her sung by one of the world’s greatest interpreters of the role, James Gilchrist.

    This is a work offering inspiration and solace in a troubled world; even those who struggle with the idea of organised religion find some spiritual comfort in the story and the music and the music of the great Passions. As the English painter and critic Roger fry commented, “Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian!”

    This performance will be accompanied by the specialist baroque ensemble, the Musical and Amicable Society, playing authentic instruments that Bach would recognise. Somerset Chamber Choir and James Gilchrist are joined by five rising stars from the UK’s foremost conservatoires. In the uplifting setting of Wells Cathedral this promises to be a very special occasion.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 26 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Nicola Benedetti
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Nicola Benedetti
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is one of the wonders of the musical world, and once you’ve experienced 164 world-class teenage musicians raising the roof you’ll understand why! With Nicola Benedetti joining them in Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, and powerhouse maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada unleashing the raw passion of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, this should be remarkable.

    National Youth Orchestra Teen Hangout – 6.30pm, free
    Discover the stories behind the music at this free and friendly pre-concert event for teenagers. Hosted by the NYO’s Young Promoters, the reception includes a lively and interactive presentation and is a fantastic opportunity for teens, students, and young musicians alike to find out more about the music in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s evening concert, and meet NYO musicians.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 27 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach Brandenburg Concertos by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    If you're looking for a romantic candlelit experience - or simply want to enjoy some classical music greats in a gorgeous setting - then this is the concert for you. UK based chamber orchestra London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble has continually been regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.

    Described by Classic FM as ‘the perfect gateway into the world of Baroque music,’ the ‘Brandenburg Concertos’ are some of the most iconic pieces by JS Bach. From his riveting use of the harpsichord, to his sublime control over emotion of the concerti, this piece truly is a triumph. Accompanying Bach are two giants of the classical era - Mozart and Vivaldi. Mozart’s captivating ‘Divertimento in D’ opens the concert, before we are warmed by ‘Summer’ from Vivaldi’s programmatic masterwork - ‘The Four Seasons’. This is one concert you do not want to miss!

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The ensemble boasts an audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first-time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    ‘The talent on display is breathtaking’ - Sunam, October 2018
    ‘A magical experience’ - Geraldine, June 2018
    ‘Really accessible, entertaining and beautiful’ - audience member, 2018

    Divertimento for strings in D, 'Saltzburg Symphony No 1'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Quartet No 1 for flute, violin, viola and cello in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 29 July 2019 - 7:00pm
    Musica Deo Sacra Festival
    Carleton Etherington, Musica Deo Sacra Choir, Paul Walton
    Tewkesbury Abbey Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
    United Kingdom

    The Musica Deo Sacra Festival is built around the liturgies of the Eucharist, Evensong, Matins and Compline, all set in the wonderful surroundings of Tewkesbury Abbey. Join us for a celebration of choral music spanning over five centuries, including tributes to John Joubert and James Macmillan.

    The Musica Deo Sacra Festival runs from 29 July to 4 August and includes an organ recital, lectures and social events. All services are free to attend.

  • 28 July 2019 - 3:30pm
    Carole Cerasi at the Old Chapel Court Concerts
    Carole Cerasi
    Old Baptist Chapel Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ
    United Kingdom

    Rivals: playing contests are documented between Louis Marchand and JS Bach, and between Handel and Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti was judged possibly superior to Handel on the harpsichord, although inferior on the organ – and Marchand disappeared in the morning, perhaps having heard Bach and knowing he would lose! Carole’s programme will include Bach’s Italian Concerto, suites by Marchand and Handel, and sonatas by Scarlatti.

    Carole Cerasi is one of the foremost early keyboard players of her generation. Her debut CD of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre won a Gramophone Instrumental Award; Carole has given recitals throughout Europe, performing in major festivals, as well as in Japan, Singapore, Colombia, Canada and the USA.

    “A player of taste and superb technique” Gramophone

    Italian Concerto in F
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 26 July 2019 - 7:00pm
    Amadeus Orchestra in Exeter Cathedral
    Amadeus Orchestra, Mariya Kostenko, Philip Mackenzie
    Exeter Cathedral Exeter EX1 1HS
    United Kingdom

    Join the Amadeus Orchestra this summer for their annual visit to Exeter Cathedral with a sumptuous evening of Russian Classics. Prize-winning Russian pianist Mariya Kostenko makes her debut with the orchestra with Rachmaninov’s perfect little gem, Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. The orchestra will dazzle with the tale of Scheherazade putting off her own execution by telling the Sultan 1001 fantastic tales until he abandoned his sanguinary resolve. Shostakovich’s eighth symphony rounds off a perfect evening of stunning music in a beautiful setting.

    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Symphony No 8 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 25 July 2019 - 7:00pm
    Amadeus Orchestra
    Amadeus Orchestra, Mariya Kostenko, Philip Mackenzie
    Wiltshire Music Centre Bradford on Avon BA15 1DZ
    United Kingdom

    Join the Amadeus Orchestra this summer for their annual visit to the Wiltshire Music Centre with a sumptuous evening of Russian Classics. Prize-winning Russian pianist Mariya Kostenko makes her debut with the orchestra with Rachmaninov’s perfect little gem, Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. The orchestra will dazzle with the tale of Scheherazade putting off her own execution by telling the Sultan 1001 fantastic tales until he abandoned his sanguinary resolve. Shostakovich’s eighth symphony rounds off a perfect evening of stunning music in a wonderful concert hall.

    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Symphony No 8 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 21 July 2019 - 8:00pm
    Brandenburg Sinfonia
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, Robert Porter
    Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted CM6 2QY
    United Kingdom

    Our resident orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, opens our 2019 Festival with early Mozart: a symphony written just before he left Salzburg to strike out on his own in Vienna, and the Sinfonia Concertante which was inspired by his tour of Europe in 1779. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade was inspired by Mozart’s Serenades, and is a firm Festival favourite. Gershwin’s Lullaby was originally written for piano in 1919, while Warlock’s Capriol Suite is a set of six 16th century dances for strings. In association with Orchestras Live.

    Symphony No 24 in B flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Lullaby
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Serenade for string orchestra
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Capriol Suite, for piano 4 hands, arranged by the composer for strings
    Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
  • 28 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Llanfyllin Music Festival 2019: Concert 2 - Allegri String Quartet
    Allegri String Quartet
    St Myllin's Church Llanfyllin SY22 5BW
    United Kingdom

    Following a composition by the Father of the string quartet, the Allegri play an exciting 20th century piece by Poland's great composer. A Russian gem concludes the evening after the interval.

    String Quartet in D
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1 in C
    Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
    String Quartet No 3 in E flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 27 July 2019 - 7:30pm
    Llanfyllin Music Festival 2019: Concert 1 | Allegri String Quartet
    Allegri String Quartet
    St Myllin's Church Llanfyllin SY22 5BW
    United Kingdom

    The first of this year's series of concerts is on a Saturday - a new innovation. Come early to choose a seat of you choice and enjoy a pre-concert drink in the churchyard before enjoying some marvellous music played by our friends the Allegri.

    String Quartet No 42 in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    4 Pieces for String Quartet
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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