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Format: 2020-06-02
Format: 2020-06-02
  • 10 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Musical Reflections | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Martyn Brabbins, Pablo Ferrández, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Berlioz’s Overture opens the concert with a merry excursion through the composer’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much ado about nothing, before Pablo Ferrandez performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1. The whirring machinery of the first movement unwinds into a more muted and sombre reflection in the second and third movements, before both soloist and the Orchestra re-energise themselves with an electrifying vigour in the finale.

    An evocative and dynamic series of images that forms Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition concludes the evening, a deep retrospective that commemorates the artworks of a lost friend with intensity and sensitivity.

    Overture from Béatrice et Bénédict
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in E flat
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 7 June 2020 - 2:30pm
    Let's Face the Music: A Tribute to the Great Musicals
    Richard Balcombe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Back by demand! Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and four West End guest vocalists for a nostalgic celebration of much-loved songs and duets from the classic musicals of the golden age of Hollywood. Featuring the ever-popular music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Jule Styne and, and much more!

    Indulge in a trip down memory lane with unforgettable songs and music from: Gypsy, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Anything goes, Cabaret, Top Hat, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, Meet me in St Louis, Funny Face, Shall we dance?, Sweet Charity, A star is born, Babes in arms... and many more!

  • 11 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé with Jirí Rožen (conductor) and Eric Lu (piano)
    Eric Lu, Jiří Rožeň, The Hallé
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    This concert brings a first encounter with young American, Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, and the concerto that earned him the title. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto emerged from a period of astonishing creations, his piano masterpiece arguably the most original. Beginning with a whisper, this captivating work delivers a stream of surprises, notably when it pits the quiet but steadfast voice of the piano against a chorus of angry strings, inspired by Orpheus charming the Furies in the underworld. Eric’s artistry should prove every bit as disarming. Also making his first appearance in Nottingham is conductor, Jirí Rožen, a passionate advocate of Czech composers. There’s a brace here: Martinu’s feisty La Bagarre distils his Parisian experiences into ten tumultuous minutes, and Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony is fit to burst with some of his most gorgeous and uplifting tunes, achingly tender at its heart and full of tearaway high spirits.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Programme Manager, Neil Bennison, introduces the 2020-2021 season.

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    La Bagarre, for orchestra
    Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 8 in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 5 June 2020 - 7:00pm
    Cancelled: The English Patient Live - film screening with live orchestra
    Eleanor Grant, Ludwig Wicki, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Philharmonia at the Movies brings to life Anthony Minghella's multi-award winning romantic blockbuster starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas.

    Music is at the centre of this passionate story set evocatively in the Sahara Desert and an Italian monastery. The mournful cor anglais melody of its opening, which features a biplane flying over the Sahara, returns to devastating emotional effect in the final scene. A stirring string theme is also at the heart of this tragedy of love, loss and war.

    Gabriel Yared's score won an Academy Award (Best Dramatic Score), Golden Globe (Best Original Score), Bafta Award (Best Film Music) and Grammy Award.

    The English Patient Live is a production of Avex Classics International.

    The English Patient
    Gabriel Yared (20th Cent)
  • 11 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Cancelled: Mahler - Song of Lamentation | Philharmonia Orchestra
    Alwyn Mellor, Ed Lyon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Voices, Rebeca Olvera, Rebecca Nelsen, Roderick Williams, Wallis Giunta
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Extraordinary operatic masterworks by Mozart and Mahler close our season in an evening of high stakes and drama conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    Filled with Mozart’s effortless wit and ear for melody, Der Schauspieldirektor follows the comical story of an impresario struggling to contain the wilful temperament of two new sopranos he tries to hire for his theatre company. Perfectly formed arias underpin this send-up of opera personalities, culminating in ‘Ich bin die erste Sängerin’, in which the two sopranos sing higher and higher in an attempt to outdo each other and win higher pay. But is all not lost – a compromise is reached, large salaries are agreed for both, and the entire cast come together to caution others against their narcissism.

    A far greater prize awaits the two brothers in Mahler’s tragic fairy-tale cantata: they hunt for a flower that will win them the queen’s hand in marriage. But treachery is afoot – one kills the other and wins the throne. Will he receive his comeuppance? The answer lies in Mahler’s masterful music.

    Scored for an orchestra of 110 musicians, this passionate masterpiece of Wagnerian proportions is the closest Mahler ever came to writing an opera. Over 50 minutes, orchestra and singers build in intensity and power, until finally the queen faints and the wedding guests flee, as around them the royal castle collapses to the ground.

    Der Schauspieldirektor, 'The Impresario'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Das klagende Lied
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 2 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Galliard Ensemble (wind quintet)
    Galliard Ensemble, Helen Storey, Katherine Ann Spencer, Kathryn Thomas, Owen Dennis, Richard Bayliss
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble, is established as one of Britain's leading chamber groups, with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Berio and Birtwhistle. Known for its virtuosic, entertaining and distinctive performance style, its recordings have been widely praised; the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and BBC Radio 3 have all selected a Galliard Ensemble CD as "outstanding" or as Critics' Choice.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    Adagio and Allegro (Fantasie) in F minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Wind Quintet
    Giulio Briccialdi (1818-1881)
    Subject to the weather, for wind quintet
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    Opus Number Zoo
    Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
    Trois pièces brèves
    Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
    Walking Tune
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Lisbon
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    6 Bagatelles for wind quintet
    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    Westerly Winds
    Paul Patterson (1947-)
  • 11 June 2020 - 8:00pm
    Cancelled: Ex Cathedra - Summer Music by Candlelight
    Ex Cathedra Consort, Jeffrey Skidmore
    Hereford Cathedral Hereford HR1 2NG
    United Kingdom

    As a long midsummer day fades to dusk, Ex Cathedra invite you to share an enchanting programme of seasonal music and readings. Spanning four centuries, this is glorious choral music inspired by birdsong, summer holidays, sea and sunshine - an atmospheric counterpart to the much-loved Christmas Music by candlelight.

    "totally sublime" - Birmingham Post.

    This concert will be performed without interval and will end at approximately 9:20pm.

  • 10 June 2020 - 2:30pm
    Cancelled: A Celebration of New Talent | Orchestra of the Swan
    Daniele Rosina, Hyungi Lee, Orchestra of the Swan
    The Bradshaw Hall - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham B4 7XR
    United Kingdom

    Orchestra of the Swan is delighted to welcome the winner of the Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition 2019 and one of the Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham’s rising stars, winner of the Conservatoire Concerto Prize.
    Programme and remaining soloist will be announced soon.

    Save 20% when you book more than 3 concerts in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Series
    Save 30% when you book all 6 concerts in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Series

    Pre-concert talk 1:30pm

    Concerto for marimba and orchestra No 1
    Anders Koppel (1947-)
  • 11 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, Pathétique | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Martyn Brabbins, Pablo Ferrández, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hull City Hall Hull HU1 3RQ
    United Kingdom

    Berlioz’ Overture opens the final concert of the RPO’s 2019-20 season with a merry excursion through the composer’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much ado about nothing.

    Then follows Shostakovich’s monumental Cello Concerto No 1, performed by esteemed soloist Pablo Ferrandez. The whirring machinery of the first movement unwinds into meditative second and third movements, before both soloist and orchestra re-energise themselves with electrifying vigour in the boisterous finale.

    The evening is drawn to a close by Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique’. Bursting with passion, Tchaikovsky himself described the piece as the best thing he had ever composed.

    Overture from Béatrice et Bénédict
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in E flat
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 11 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Brussels Philharmonic
    Brussels Philharmonic, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Stéphane Denève
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The extraordinary opening music of Mahler's First Symphony, with its razor-thin drone on the strings and echoes of brass calls, heralds the symphony career of on of the greatest composers that ever lived.

    Experience this symphony in a programme of thrilling orchestral music, also including Liszt's Second Piano Concerto, sure to be performed with characteristic flair by internationally renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

    'The performance was so exuberant and inspired it was impossible not to be swept up' (The New York Times).

    Part of the Zurich International Orchestral Series 2019/20.

    This Midnight Hour
    Anna Clyne (1980-)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Titan'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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