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Format: 2018-11-18
Format: 2018-11-18
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    A Night at the Movies | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pete Harrison, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Baths Hall Scunthorpe DN15 7RG
    United Kingdom

    Featuring music from your all-time favourite blockbuster film scores including: The Avengers, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Out of Africa, Witness, The Lord of the Rings, The Mission, Dances with wolves, The theory of everything, 633 Squadron ...and many more!

    Conducted and presented by Pete Harrison, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra transports you to Hollywood in this film spectacular!

    Filled with action and adventure, this concert is perfect for film lovers, families, newbies and regular concertgoers, so if you have never been to a classical concert before, why not give something new a try?

  • 18 November 2018 - 3:00pm
    Symphonic Masters | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Leticia Moreno, Michele Mariotti, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe HP11 2XE
    United Kingdom

    Esteemed maestro Michele Mariotti takes to the podium for this matinee performance of exquisite and beautiful classics.

    Mendelssohn’s tender and emotive Violin Concerto is rightly considered one of the greatest and showcases the talent of this afternoon’s soloist, Leticia Moreno. The opening fanfare of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony follows with fierceness and passion alongside luscious melodies and swelling optimism. This is a work that will stir the senses.

    I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 23 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Derby Cathedral Derby DE1 3DY
    United Kingdom

    Join London Concertante for an evening packed full of classical favourites for all the family, including well known works by Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi.

    London Concertante was founded in 1991 and has gone on to garner an outstanding international reputation. Alongside regular series of concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral, the ensemble also performs at the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall, as well as performing across the length and bredth of the UK. International tours have taken them to the USA, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, and they will be touring to Italy and again to Spain later in the year. Their numerous recordings receive regular airplay on global radio stations.

    Enjoy this expertly crafted programme headlined by the renowned, and seasonally chosen, 'Autumn' and 'Winter' from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. Expect the icy crispness of the seasons, with chilling runs and aggressive, haunting melodies, as well as the nostalgic warmth of the fire with the heart-warming melody in the second movement of 'Winter'. Accompanied by a selection of audience favourites including Mozart’s charming, lively and brilliant Divertimento and Bach’s virtuosic, spritely and energetic Violin Concerto as well as the compositional masterclass of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, with its iconic ground bass and expertly crafted layering of melodies. Anton Arensky’s slightly more unusual work adds some stereotypical Russian Romanticism to the programme with a passionate and exhilarating set of variations on a popular tune by another Russian, Tchaikovsky. The evening promises to be a remarkable journey of musical emotions, enthusiastic interpretations and stunning string playing that will be the talk of the office on Monday!

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive 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 string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    “Just exceptional. If you’ve always wanted to attend a classical concert, but feared it would be snobby or dull, this is for you… Wonderful.”
    - a happy audience member (December 2017)

    “A perfect evening out. We loved it.”
    - another happy audience member (November 2017)

    “Heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing. Exciting listening”
    - Gramophone Magazine

    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony No 1'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in A
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 3 in F, 'Autumn' RV 293 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Manchester Cathedral Manchester M3 1SX
    United Kingdom

    The UK based chamber orchestra, London Concertante, regularly perform up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. Regularly selling out venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral, the ensemble performs in some of the most prestigious venues around Britain and abroad, with recent tours taking them to USA, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain and France. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since their founding in 1991.

    London Concertante return to St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, during their 2018 Autumn Seasons with a concert inspired by the masters of the classical genre. Focused on exploring the relationship between the Oboe and Violin through the music of the great composer, culminating in his elegant double concerto for the pair, the ensemble breathes a fresh dynamism to this most enduring of works. The work is renowned for its unusual conception, lost and re-written from an earlier transcription for two harpsichords. Composed of three movements, the opening creates an energetic and excitable vibrancy and catchiness, before the sublime second movement develops in a more dreamlike serenity with graceful orchestral accompaniment to the soloists. Concluding with a playful, busy and bright finale, this double concerto confronts the soloists (and accompanying orchestra) with a variety of challenging and immensely colourful writing, resulting in a delightful spectacle for the listener. Continuing the programme, London Concertante perform some of the gems of the oboe repertoire alongside Bach’s masterpiece: presenting the delicious combination of Mozart’s delicate in nature but highly virtuosic Oboe Quartet alongside the sheer emotivity of Albinoni’s solo writing in his Oboe concerto in D minor.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive 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 string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    “It was one of the best evenings we have been to”
    – a happy audience member (January 2018)

    “Talented, passionate and humorous. Enjoyed every note”
    – a happy audience member (November 2017)

    “The London Concertante, attractively youthful, fresh-faced, and with a heartwarming rapport … Crisp, well-rounded and fresh, bringing huge emotional commitment and sense of structure”
    – The Birmingham Post

    Divertimento for Strings No 3 in F, 'Salzburg Symphony No 3'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for oboe and strings No 2 in D minor
    Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello in F
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter' RV 297 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem | Preston Cecilian Choral Society
    Aimée Presswood, James Berry, Preston Cecilian Choral Society, Robert Brooks, The Vine Ensemble
    The Minster Church of St John Preston PR1 3BU
    United Kingdom

    To mark the centenary of the end of WW1, we perform Vaughan Williams's 1936 work Dona nobis pacem in the composer's version for soloists, chorus, string quintet and piano. The work combines the poetry of Walt Whitman and biblical verses in a moving commemoration of the fallen and a plea for peace. Juxtaposed with this are extracts from Howard Goodall's Eternal Light, including a setting of John McCrae's poem In Flanders' Fields, and readings of poetry from the trenches.

    Dona nobis pacem
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Eternal Light: A Requiem
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    In Flanders Fields
    Graham Jackson ()
    Geistliches Lied
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • 24 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Heroines - 900 years of women in song | Whitehall Choir/Cantus Novus Wien
    Cantus Novus Wien, Gavin Roberts, Joanna Tomlinson, Thomas Holmes, Whitehall Choir
    St Peter's Church, Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL
    United Kingdom

    In the first part of this concert, Whitehall Choir will present pieces exclusively by women: the 12th-century German Benedictine abbess and visionary Hildegard von Bingen, the Venetian baroque composer Barbara Strozzi and Fanny Mendelssohn from the romantic period. We shall also be singing works by two women who died tragically young 100 years ago – Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen – as well as pieces by the mid-20th-century British composer Elizabeth Poston and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.

    The choir is delighted to be joined in the second part by Cantus Novus Wien with whom we performed on tour in Vienna in 2016. Cantus Novus will be singing music from the German and Austrian canon: Bruckner, Brahms, Alma Mahler and Berta Aichinger. Finally, the two groups will form a combined choir in Roxanna Panufnik's Westminster Mass and Paul Spicer's 'Glory be to God for dappled things’, which we so enjoyed performing jointly at our last meeting.

    The year 2018 marks the centenary of women's suffrage in Austria, as well as in the UK, and we look forward to exploring some beautiful and thrilling music, largely by women, some of which is rarely performed and has never been recorded.

    (Illustration - Fanny Mendelssohn, sketched by her future husband Wilhelm Hensel)

    Westminster Mass
    Roxanna Panufnik (1968-)
    O virtus sapientiae
    Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
    Silencio nocivo from Il primo libro di madrigali
    Barbara Strozzi (1619-?1664)
    Im Wald
    Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
    Hymne au soleil
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    The Refugee
    Morfydd Owen (1891-1918)
    Song of Wisdom
    Elizabeth Poston (1905-1987)
    Drop down, ye heavens, from above
    Judith Weir (1954-)
    Glory be to God for dappled things (Pied Beauty)
    Paul Spicer (1952-)
    Evening Hymn
    Henry Balfour Gardner (1877-1950)
  • 23 November 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert celebrating the centenary of Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Fulham Brass Band, John Ward, Tom Nielsen
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Fulham Brass Band pay tribute to this fine composer.

    Wilfred Heaton (1918 – 2000) composer, conductor and teacher, was born in Sheffield on 2 December 1918, the younger of two children of John, a cutler, and Miriam Heaton. The Heaton family were members of the Sheffield Park Corps of The Salvation Army. John Heaton was the bandmaster and his wife had a fine singing voice. It was natural therefore for young Wilfred’s musical talents to be nurtured through The Salvation Army. He began piano lessons at the age of eight and soon after was learning the cornet and composing music of his own. His long life in music was underpinned by wide-ranging interests in the arts, in philosophy, and by his strong religious background and faith.

    Tom Nielsen is the winner of the BBC Radio 2 Brass Award 2018

    The Golden Pen
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Celestial Prospect
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Annie Laurie - variations for cornet and band
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Le tricot rouge
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    My treasure
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
    Victory for me!
    Wilfred Heaton (1918-2000)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mahler Piano Series - Concert 11 - New Beginnings | Iain Farrington (piano)
    Fenella Humphreys, Iain Farrington
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    The Mahler Piano Series features a wide variety of musical styles that influenced Mahler, as well as the bulk of his symphonic music arranged for solo piano.

    Acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Iain Farrington explores the European musical melting pot of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring exceptional singers performing in an intimate salon venue from the period, this is a unique and remarkable exploration of Mahler’s musical world.

    New Beginnings
    In the final concert of this series, several of Mahler's brilliant contemporaries are featured: the young prodigy Korngold, the trailblazer Schoenberg and the futurist Busoni. Wagner's music was always central to Mahler's work and was to influence his final piece, the Tenth Symphony. Although unfinished at the time of his death, Mahler's sketches for the Symphony provide a complete score, unorchestrated and essentially in piano form. The Symphony will be performed in a full piano version, a fitting and moving culmination to Mahler's output.

    Iain Farrington
    Iain has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. Iain has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician at all the major UK venues, as well as in the USA, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He performed at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. Iain has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Lesley Garrett, Paul McCartney and gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio Three. He has composed orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces, including several orchestral works for the BBC Proms. Iain has arranged hundreds of works in many styles, including opera, instrumental and choral, African songs, cabaret, klezmer, jazz and pop. His chamber orchestrations of the symphonic repertoire (including much Mahler) are regularly performed around the world, and he has arranged and performed all of Elgar's symphonies on the piano.

    Fenella Humphreys
    Winner of the BBC Music Magazine 2018 Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a diverse and busy career combining concerto performances, solo recitals and chamber music. Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the new Helsinki Music Centre. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio, and performed the Walton Concerto at the composer’s home at the invitation of the Walton Trust in a performance that was recorded by Canadian TV.

    Fenella has won great acclaim for her project Bach to the Future, a set of 6 newly commissioned unaccompanied violin works set alongside Bach's music. She has performed it numerous times across the UK and recorded it on two critically acclaimed CDs, both receiving BBC Music Magazine's Instrumental disc of the month. The second won the BBC Music Magazine 2018 Instrumental Award and was also Editor's Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Fenella is a passionate chamber musician, enjoying performances with Ensemble Perpetuo, Counterpoise and I Musicanti as well as collaborations with artists including Alexander Baillie, Adrian Brendel, Pekka Kuusisto, Alec Frank-Gemmill and Martin Lovett.

    6 Little Piano Pieces
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Berceuse élégaique
    Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)
    Symphony No 10 in F sharp minor
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Ball beim Märchenkönig (The Fairy King's Ball) from Märchenbilder (Fairytale Pictures)
    Erich Korngold (1897-1957)
    Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Adagietto from Symphony No 5
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
  • 21 November 2018 - 7:30pm
    Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies and Joseph Middleton
    Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Middleton
    Saffron Hall Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    United Kingdom

    “Carolyn Sampson’s soprano sparkles and Iestyn Davies’s countertenor glides through the air” says The Guardian. Join these two world-class singers in this ravishing joint song recital spanning four centuries, two countries and a whole world of human emotion. The meeting of their voices, combined with their individual interpretations of the music, reveal something unique in everything they sing.

    Sound the Trumpet from Come ye sons of art, (Birthday Ode for Mary II)
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Lost is my quiet for ever
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Music for a while
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    If music be the food of love (arr. Britten)
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    No, resistance is but vain from The Maid's Last Prayer (or Any Rather Than Fail)
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    6 Duets
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Neue Liebe from 6 Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    3 Lieder
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    3 Duette
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Nachtlied from 'Lieder und Gesange IV'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Stille Liebe from 12 Gedichte
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Der Einsiedler from 3 Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Aufträge from 5 Lieder und Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    So wahr die Sonne scheinet from 12 Gedichte aus Rückerts 'Liebesfrühling'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    It was a lover and his lass from 5 Shakespeare Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Weep you no more sad fountains from 7 Elizabethan Lyrics
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Music, when soft voices die from 6 Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Drink to me only with thine eyes
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Love's philosophy from 3 Songs
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
    Love calls through the summer night from Love at the Inn
    Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
  • 18 November 2018 - 6:30pm
    Monte Piano Trio
    Hiroaki Takenouchi, Monte Piano Trio
    Conway Hall Holborn WC1R 4RL
    United Kingdom

    The Monte Piano Trio's appearances at Conway Hall are always a highlight of the season. Now based in Germany, we are delighted to be hosting them at Conway Hall as part of a short tour. At the heart of their programme is Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, a work inspired by Richard Dehmel's poem following a couple walking through a dark, moonlit forest. The highly effective version for trio was arranged by one of Schoenberg's former students Eduard Steuermann.

    The Monte Piano Trio has performed in major concert halls such as Berliner Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Covent Garden in London, Daning Theater in Shanghai and the Romanian Atheneum. Their television and radio broadcasts have included BBC, WDR, CBS, DLF, SWR, TVR and Radio Clasica.

    Formed in 2008 at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main, The Monte Piano Trio were subsequently invited to play at renowned festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Osnabrück, Mozartfest Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Heidelberger Frühling, Stift International Festival in Holland and Constella Festival in the USA. The trio's engagements have taken them to Germany, USA, UK (including performances at the Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall and Kings Place), Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Romania, Turkey, Holland and Brazil. They won first prizes at the Mirabent Competition in Spain and at the European Karlsruhe Competition in Germany and were also prize winners at several international competitions including Schumann (Germany), Maria Canals (Spain), Brahms (Austria) and Almere (Holland).

    The trio is featured on the sound track of "Maestro", a documentary film which explores the life of musicians through the eyes of Paavo Järvi. In 2015 they released their CD, "From a Tender Age", in partnership with Genuin Classics. It was chosen as CD of the Month by Stereo Magazine, highly recommended (five stars) by Fono Forum and was featured in the "Klassik Stars" programme on Bayerischen Rundfunk (BR). The Monte Piano Trio's second recording for the Genuin Label, "Tryptich" was released in May 2017.

    Having received a Diploma with Honors from the Musikhochschule in Essen, the trio continued their studies at "Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia" in Madrid where they graduated with the highest honours. The Trio has received artistic guidance from Menahem Pressler, Günter Pichler, Ralf Gothóni, Dirk Mommertz, Ferenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz.

    Pre-concert recital | Hiro Takenouchi: Sunday Sonatas, 5:30pm in the Main Hall

    Explore the journey of Mozart's life from young prodigy to the epitome of classical music, as Hiro Takenouchi embarks on a series of performing all of Mozart's sonatas for solo piano, leading up to his Mozart Finale concert next year.

    Mozart Piano Sonata No 9 in D K 311
    Mozart Piano Sonata No 12 in F K 332

    Keyboard Trio No 10 in E flat major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Verklarte Nacht
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Piano Trio
    Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
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