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Format: 2020-01-25
Format: 2020-01-25
  • 25 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky - Bromley Symphony Orchestra
    Adrian Brown, Andrew Laing, Bromley Symphony Orchestra
    Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, Langley Park School for Boys Beckenham BR3 3BP
    United Kingdom

    Our second concert this season begins with Mozart’s effervescent Overture to the Magic Flute, followed by Vaughan Williams’s deeply felt Sixth Symphony. The programme concludes with Tchaikovsky’s vivid and lyrical Third Orchestral Suite.

    Overture from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Symphony No 6 in E minor
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Suite No 3 in G
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 1 February 2020 - 3:00pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: Siegfried
    Adrian Thompson, Alina Adamski, Brindley Sherratt, Elena Pankratova, Evgeny Nikitin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Patricia Bardon, Robert Hayward, Torsten Kerl, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    'Simply outstanding’ was how The Guardian described the start of Vladimir Jurowski’s four-year journey through Wagner’s colossal Ring Cycle. Now, together with a cast that includes some of the finest living Wagnerians, he reaches the third, and sunniest, part of the saga. Deep in the forest, the orphaned Siegfried has grown to manhood without ever knowing fear. A dragon’s gold, a sleeping goddess, and the shattered fragments of his father’s sword will all help shape his destiny, and set him on a path that leads to love, glory, and – perhaps – a new world.

    Part fairytale, part cosmic myth, it’s never less than gripping.

    Der Ring des Nibelungen: Part 3, 'Siegfried'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
  • 4 February 2020 - 7:30pm
    Mark Wigglesworth conducts Holst's The Planets
    Holst Singers, Khatia Buniatishvili, Mark Wigglesworth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents an evening of music that includes gems of the English repertoire, with Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture bearing the bustling energy of a postcard picture found on a day’s escape to the seaside. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 is performed by Khatia Buniatishvili, the world-renowned concert performer who returns to share the stage with the RPO. Liszt’s stylistic choice of composing the work as a single movement with six distinctive sections allows for a unique interpretation of how each fragmentary melody creates a unified whole in a piece that displays Liszt’s typical virtuosic flourish.

    Holst’s The Planets, a landmark of English romanticism, explores a new psychological landscape reflected in the astrological field with each movement, personifying peace to war, and magic to mysticism, never failing to capture the wonder we project onto the night’s sky.

    Portsmouth Point Overture
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    The Planets
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
  • 1 February 2020 - 8:00pm
    Doric String Quartet
    Doric String Quartet
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    “a true togetherness…. One marvellous utterance followed by another.” - The Sunday Times

    Firmly established as one of the leading quartets of its generation, the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Winner of the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy, the Quartet now performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall.

    This is the sixth in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    String Quartet in E Flat, 'Joke'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in D minor, 'Voces intimae'
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    3 Divertimenti for string quartet
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    String Quartet No 1 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 2 February 2020 - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Piano Series: Jean Selim Abdelmoula
    Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Swiss-born Jean-Selim, winner of the 2018 Lili Boulanger prize, performs a French programme featuring some of Debussy’s most beautiful music, with three pieces from his two books of Préludes and the shimmering swirls of the Poissons d’or from Images. Interspersed are three contrasting Nocturnes by Fauré, his own atmospheric Interludes, and a homage to Boulanger, with her elegant Trois Morceaux.

    Each concert lasts an hour. Tickets include tea, coffee and cake before or after the concert.

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    Nocturne No 1 in E flat minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    3 Morceaux
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    2 Interludes
    Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (1991-)
    Nocturne No 6 in D flat
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Prélude No 7, La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune from 12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 5, Les collines d'Anacapri from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Poissons d'or from Images for piano (Book 2, 1908)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Nocturne No 13 in B minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • 31 January 2020 - 7:00pm
    Orchestre National de Lille with Eric Lu (piano)
    Alexandre Bloch, Eric Lu, Orchestre National de Lille
    Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
    United Kingdom

    Throughout the ages French music has been marked by its refinement, great craftsmanship and subtle colours. Who better to show this than the Orchestre National de Lille under the baton of its Musical Director, the charismatic Alexandre Bloch? Two contrasting pieces by Ravel begin and end the concert: each movement of the alluring Ma mére l’oye (Mother Goose) Suite takes its title from a fairy tale; while La valse pays joyful homage to the ballrooms of the past.

    In Ibéria Debussy added French dressing to a foreign subject. As well as this exquisite Gallic fare we hear Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, a work both lyrical and humorous. The soloist is the astonishing Eric Lu, who in 2018 won the final of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition with an astounding performance of this very piece.

    Pre-concert talk with BBC Broadcaster Trisha Cooper starts at 6pm.

    Suite from Ma mère l’oye, 'Mother Goose'
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Ibéria from Images, for orchestra
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    La valse
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 3 February 2020 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Organ Recital with Gordon Stewart
    Gordon Stewart
    Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield HD1 2TA
    United Kingdom

    Two important British pieces frame this programme. Hollins was one of the most highly respected organists in Scotland but he also toured in South Africa, Australia and the USA. The final piece, the Plymouth Suite, was composed by Bournemouth-based Percy Whitlock, each of its movements dedicated to another British organist.

    Lunches are served in the Town Hall from 11.30am.

    Concerto Overture in C minor
    Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)
    Chorale Prelude 'Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in C
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Intermezzo from Symphony No 3 in F sharp minor
    Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    Plymouth Suite
    Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
    Fantasia in F minor, for mechanical organ
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 29 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    European Union Chamber Orchestra
    Ben Goldscheider, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Eva Stegeman
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Described as a musical Bear Grylls, Ben Goldscheider has quickly emerged as one of he most exciting horn players of his generation. He reached the final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition, aged 18 and made his Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.

    Folllowing a fantastic debut at The Concert Hall in 2019, the European Union Chamber Orchestra are back to perform again. The concert also includes a new composition by young British composer, Dani Howard, featuring young brass players from our Emerging Artists Partnerships.

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

    St Paul's Suite, for strings
    Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
    Concerto for horn and orchestra No 4 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    New work
    Composer Not Known ()
    Symphony No 49 in F minor, 'La passione'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • 26 January 2020 - 4:00pm
    Ex Cathedra and CBSO: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
    Andrew Tortise, Carolyn Sampson, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore, Roderick Williams, Sophie Rennert
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Beethoven devoted four years to his monumental Missa solemnis. Passionate, humble, majestic and intense, nothing he composed surpasses it for scale, sincerity or sheer vision. How wonderful, in Ex Cathedra's 50th year, that they are to join forces with the CBSO, who are celebrating their centenary, and an outstanding team of soloists to mark Beethoven's 250th birthday and realise his wish - written on the first page of the score - that this music should come 'from the heart that it may go to the heart'.

    This concert will end at approximately 5:45pm.

    Mass in D, 'Missa solemnis'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 25 January 2020 - 7:30pm
    Leningrad! - Stockport Symphony Orchestra
    Martyn Jackson, Robert Guy, Stockport Symphony Orchestra
    Stockport Town Hall Stockport SK1 3XE
    United Kingdom

    Martyn Jackson has performed several times as Assistant Leader of the LSO, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras and been invited to play with principal players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan and Rome. Tonight, Martyn plays the popular Bruch violin concerto.

    Shostakovich was at the Leningrad Conservatoire when the siege of that city began and started his Seventh Symphony in July 1941. “Neither savage raids, German planes, nor the grim atmosphere of the beleaguered city could hinder the flow,” he said. “I worked with an inhuman intensity I have never before reached.”

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Symphony No 7 in C, 'Leningrad'
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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