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Format: 2017-11-24
Format: 2017-11-24
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    2 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Bristol Concert Orchestra: Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Wagner and Sibelius
    Bristol Concert Orchestra, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Stefan Hofkes
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    As concert-openers go, they don't come much more rousing than the overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner's only comic opera). To follow, Beethoven's transformative Violin Concerto, sometimes referred to as the 'Mount Everest' of Violin Concertos - and to scale the heights of this towering masterpiece, exceptional soloist Eloisa-Fleur Thom makes a welcome return.
    To conclude, the first of Sibelius's symphonic canon - a gripping, haunting and heartwarming glimpse into the soundworld of one of the great symphonists of the 20th century.

    Overture from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 'The Mastersingers of Nuremburg'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 1 in E minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
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    30 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Bach's Mass in B minor | Birmingham Bach Choir
    Ashley Riches, Birmingham Bach Choir, James Laing, London Baroque Sinfonia, Paul Spicer, Robert Murray, Sarah Fox
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    Bach’s B minor Mass is quite simply one of the greatest creations of the human mind. It has been central to my musical career ever since Birmingham Bach Choir’s previous musical director, Richard Butt, brought back a full score of the work from Leipzig as a gift for me back in 1988 and then proceeded to inspire me with its riches. Since then I have conducted the work many times, a lot of those with Birmingham Bach Choir. There is a whole world of experience and emotion in this Mass. As I have said before, I feel that Bach is the only universal composer. In the adapted words of that immortal advertisement, he reaches parts which no other composer can reach, past, present or future. It was therefore an easy choice to celebrate this milestone in my relationship with Birmingham Bach Choir. I want to say how grateful I am to Richard Hawley of Town Hall/Symphony Hall for giving us this opportunity and for marking my 25 years with the choir in such a way.

    - Paul Spicer -

    Mass in B minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    2 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    The night before Christmas | Chroma (chamber ensemble)
    Chroma, Matthew Sharp
    The Civic Centre Berkhamsted HP4 3HD
    United Kingdom

    A magical retelling of Nikolai Gogol’s story 'The night before Christmas', interwoven with a ravishing selection of Russian and Ukrainian music and song. This uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula’s battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket. Vakula is in love with the beautiful Oksana but she will not marry him unless he brings her the Tsarina’s slippers. Now he needs the devil’s help …

    Multitalented baritone, cellist and storyteller Matthew Sharp joins Chroma musicians to tell the story in words, song and music. The programme includes Ukrainian carols and Ukrainian folk music.

    Christmas Eve Suite
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Suite from The Snow Maiden
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Quartet for violin, viola and 2 cellos in A minor
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
    Romance
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Otchevo (Why?) from 6 Romances
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    In the silence of the secret night from 6 Romances
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    For the shores of thy far native land
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
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    3 December 2017 - 4:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: Monteverdi Vespers (1610)
    Ex Cathedra Baroque Ensemble, Ex Cathedra Consort, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    To hear Monteverdi’s famous Vespers live is to travel back to the late Renaissance, the cusp of the Baroque, and to experience some of the most magnificent music of any era: a masterpiece of vocal and instrumental virtuosity that crosses the centuries, and speaks with just as much brilliance and emotion today.

    We’re delighted to welcome back the world-class early brass ensemble, His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.

    a first-rate rendering‘ (Church Times)

    Vespro della Beata Vergine, 'Vespers' (1610)
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    2 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight
    Ex Cathedra Consort, Jeffrey Skidmore
    St Peter's Collegiate Church Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
    United Kingdom

    In the deep, still darkness, only candles pierce the winter gloom. And then, upon the silence, comes the luminous sound of a choir in harmony. With a sequence of Christmas music old and new, and readings to make you smile and reflect, our popular Christmas concerts are a uniquely magical way to begin your festive season.

    a treasury of seasonal music … performed with imagination and impeccable musicality‘ (Birmingham Post)

    Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
    This concert will end at approximately 10pm.

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    28 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Alexandra Dariescu performs Grieg | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexandra Dariescu, Cristian Mandeal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    This exciting programme opens with Enescu’s pastoral Romanian Rhapsody No.1, followed by Grieg’s immortal and ever-popular Piano Concerto, performed by outstanding pianist Alexandra Dariescu, who will remain onstage to celebrate Lipatti’s Centenary in a performance of his graceful Concertino in Classical Style.

    The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Francesca da Rimini, which illustrates the tragic tale of Francesca, the beauty who appeared in Dante’s Divine Comedy.

    This concert is kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

    Romanian Rhapsody No 1
    George Enescu (1881-1955)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Concertino in the Classical Style
    Dinu (Constantin) Lipatti (1917-1950)
    Francesca da Rimini
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Haydn's Creation
    Bingham and District Choral Society, Ellie Martin, Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Choral Society
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    Under the baton of Ellie Martin, Mansfield and Bingham Choral Societies are looking forward to performing the whole of Haydn's masterpiece The Creation in the majestic setting of Southwell Cathedral with the Lincoln Chamber Orchestra.

    Die Schöpfung, 'The Creation'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    25 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Penny MBE, Callum Smart, Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hull City Hall Hull HU1 3RQ
    United Kingdom

    Shostakovich recalls the year of 1917 in his Symphony No 12, written in 1961 and dedicated to Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution. Callum Smart returns to the Phil as soloist in the evergreen Tchaikovsky Concerto and this all Russian programme begins with the Overture 1812, written in 1880 to commemorate the defense of Russia against Napoleon. In the famous recreation of cannon fire at the end we have ten very special 2017 guests playing bass drums!

    Meet the Artist: Andrew Penny talks to Callum Smart and some of the special guest bass drummers at 6.30pm - free to ticket holders

    1812 Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 12 in D minor, 'The Year 1917'
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    2 December 2017 - 7:30pm
    The Protecting Veil | City of London Sinfonia
    Alexandra Wood, City of London Sinfonia, Matthew Barley
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    An ecstatic vision of devotion revealed by cello and orchestra.

    The Protecting Veil is music which blurs the line between humanity and divinity – a glimpse into otherworldliness through the Eastern
    Orthodox rituals celebrated around Mary, Mother of God. We invite you on a journey to the centre of the music through living programme
    notes – and get close enough to touch as we transform St John’s Smith Square with intimate seating.

    Living programme notes on The Protecting Veil
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    The Protecting Veil
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
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    29 November 2017 - 7:30pm
    Sinfonia Viva with Duncan Ward and Clare Hammond (piano)
    Clare Hammond, Duncan Ward, Sinfonia ViVA
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    One of the greatest virtuosos of his day, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was also a composer who rivalled Beethoven, and his output included some impressive piano concertos. This performance from Sinfonia Viva offers the rare chance to experience his dazzling Second Concerto, a free-running precursor to the Romanticism of Chopin and Mendelssohn. Nottingham’s own Clare Hammond, described by The Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” is just the soloist to ignite its fireworks.

    The rest of the programme is a box of contrasting delights, from the high spirits of Prokofiev’s First Symphony to Sibelius's mist-shrouded miniature, Scene with Cranes. Very different in mood, though no less scenic, is Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony. Inspired by his trip to Italy in 1830, it packs a grand tour into thirty minutes, revelling in the sun-drenched landscape and atmospheric ancient sites, and dancing through its effervescent finale.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Clare Hammond in conversation.

    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in A minor
    Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)
    No 2: Scene with cranes from Kuolema
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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