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Format: 2018-09-24
Format: 2018-09-24
  • 1 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018
    Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen
    Croydon Minster Croydon CR0 1RN
    United Kingdom

    Join The Sixteen in an exploration of the sacred and secular works of 16th century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and 20th century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten.

    Hear what Harry Christophers has to say about this year's Choral Pilgrimage programme here

    A Hymn to the Virgin
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    My Love she mourn'th for me
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Salve Regina
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Advance Democracy
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Ave Maria, mater Dei
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Woefully arrayed
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Ah, Robin
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Sacred and Profane - 8 medieval lyrics
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 3 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Coventry Cathedral Coventry CV1 5AB
    United Kingdom

    Join The Sixteen in an exploration of the sacred and secular works of 16th century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and 20th century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten.

    Hear what Harry Christophers has to say about this year's Choral Pilgrimage programme here

    A Hymn to the Virgin
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    My Love she mourn'th for me
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Salve Regina
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Advance Democracy
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Ave Maria, mater Dei
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Woefully arrayed
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Ah, Robin
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Sacred and Profane - 8 medieval lyrics
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 4 October 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    Join The Sixteen in an exploration of the sacred and secular works of 16th century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and 20th century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten.

    Hear what Harry Christophers has to say about this year's Choral Pilgrimage programme here

    A Hymn to the Virgin
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    My Love she mourn'th for me
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Salve Regina
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Advance Democracy
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Ave Maria, mater Dei
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Woefully arrayed
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Ah, Robin
    William Cornysh (1465-1523)
    Sacred and Profane - 8 medieval lyrics
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • 30 September 2018 - 3:00pm
    The Best of British | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hilary Davan Wetton, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre Swindon SN1 1QN
    United Kingdom

    A guaranteed afternoon of fun for all in this orchestral extravaganza featuring the best of British music. Bring your Union Flags and singing voices, as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents a rousing and exhilarating programme full of well-known favourites.

    Audiences will hear the enchanting violin solo in Vaughan Williams’s much-adored The Lark Ascending, booming drums and heroic brass in Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4, patriotic pride in Eric Coates's The Dambusters March, Parry's rapturous Jerusalem, excerpts from Elgar’s emotive ‘Enigma’ Variations, the pastoral and poignant A Shropshire Lad by Butterworth and more!

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 in G
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Dambusters March
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
    Jerusalem
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Nimrod and Finale from Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Songs from Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
    George Butterworth (1885-1916)
  • 29 September 2018 - 8:00pm
    The Thames Consort: works by Bach, Handel and Marcello
    Hazel Todd, Jeremy Boughton, The Thames Consort
    St Peter's Church Wallingford OX10 0BH
    United Kingdom

    The Thames Consort brings the season to a close with a concert of baroque choral and instrumental music.

    Bach’s cantata BWV 37 was composed in 1724 for performance on Ascension Day: the orchestral scoring uses two oboes d’amore, strings and continuo.

    Handel’s Dixit Dominus was completed in April 1707 while he was living in Italy; it is the first of his great church works, a brilliant and virtuosic setting of the Latin text of Psalm 110, demonstrating his mastery of counterpoint, invention and of powerful dramatic gesture.

    Alessandro Marcello, a Venetian nobleman and a contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi, composed only a handful of works: the best-known of these is this concerto for oboe, strings and continuo.

    Concerto for oboe and strings in D minor
    Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
    Cantata No 37, 'Wer da gläubet und getauft wird'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Dixit Dominus
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
  • 28 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    Manchester Cathedral Manchester M3 1SX
    United Kingdom

    Indulge in this diverse programme as London Concertante present Four Seasons from both hemispheres, works by English mastermind Sir Edward Elgar, and German giants, Bach and Mozart.

    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 a concert of two halves as the ensemble transport you between seasons, continents and eras with movements from both Vivaldi’s 17th Century Italian 'Autumn' and 'Winter' and Piazolla’s mid 20th century Argentinian 'Spring' and 'Summer' from their own larger Four Seasons works. While Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are iconic for their tumultuous storms, virtuosic passages and stunning melodies that encapsulate the baroque period, Piazzolla’s Seasons are some of the most well recognised and advanced examples of the ‘Tango Nuevo’ genre, full of excitable flourishes and fiery, dance-like rhythms alongside highly passionate, gliding folk-like melodies. Many comparisons can be made between the two works, such as the three-movement structure of each ‘Season’ and numerous direct quotations of Vivaldi’s masterpiece into Piazzolla’s heavily influenced piece. Although many will recognise the opening bars of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, the second, slow movement is of particularly sublime composition, featuring a stereotypically pastoral opening through a stunningly indulgent melody and accompaniment that will transport you straight out of London and deep into the heart of the countryside. This is joined by Mozart’s delightful, yet compact, three movement Divertimento in D, with a charming opening movement and an energetic, exciting and brilliant finale. The equally virtuosic Concerto for 2 Violins by Bach completes the program, and features an audience favourite sublime slow movement, before putting its dexterous demands on full display as the pair of violins battle for soloistic supremacy in a dazzling final movement.

    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.

    “Beautiful music. Amazing experience.”
    – a happy audience member! (March 2017)

    “beautiful... [the] experience was fantastic... simply magical.”
    – another happy audience member! (September 2017)

    “They play with tone as soft as velvet, bow strokes that really sing and a Romanticist's wide volume range”
    – Evening Standard

    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Les cuatro estaciones portenas, 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires'
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
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    29 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh EH1 1RE
    United Kingdom

    Indulge in this diverse programme as London Concertante present Four Seasons from both hemispheres, works by English mastermind Sir Edward Elgar, and German giants, Bach and Mozart.

    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 a concert of two halves as the ensemble transport you between seasons, continents and eras with movements from both Vivaldi’s 17th Century Italian 'Autumn' and 'Winter' and Piazolla’s mid 20th century Argentinian 'Spring' and 'Summer' from their own larger Four Seasons works. While Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are iconic for their tumultuous storms, virtuosic passages and stunning melodies that encapsulate the baroque period, Piazzolla’s Seasons are some of the most well recognised and advanced examples of the ‘Tango Nuevo’ genre, full of excitable flourishes and fiery, dance-like rhythms alongside highly passionate, gliding folk-like melodies. Many comparisons can be made between the two works, such as the three-movement structure of each ‘Season’ and numerous direct quotations of Vivaldi’s masterpiece into Piazzolla’s heavily influenced piece. Although many will recognise the opening bars of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, the second, slow movement is of particularly sublime composition, featuring a stereotypically pastoral opening through a stunningly indulgent melody and accompaniment that will transport you straight out of London and deep into the heart of the countryside. This is joined by Mozart’s delightful, yet compact, three movement Divertimento in D, with a charming opening movement and an energetic, exciting and brilliant finale. The equally virtuosic Concerto for 2 Violins by Bach completes the program, and features an audience favourite sublime slow movement, before putting its dexterous demands on full display as the pair of violins battle for soloistic supremacy in a dazzling final movement.

    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.

    “Beautiful music. Amazing experience.”
    – a happy audience member! (March 2017)

    “beautiful... [the] experience was fantastic... simply magical.”
    – another happy audience member! (September 2017)

    “They play with tone as soft as velvet, bow strokes that really sing and a Romanticist's wide volume range”
    – Evening Standard

    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Serenade for Strings in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Les cuatro estaciones portenas, 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires'
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • 29 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Chiaroscuro Quartet, with Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet)
    Alina Ibragimova, Annelien van Wauwe, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Claire Thirion, Emilie Hörnlund, Pablo Hernan Benedi
    Influence Church Richmond DL10 4AS
    United Kingdom

    The internationally acclaimed Chiaroscuro Quartet, under its leader Alina Ibragimova, is praised as "a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music" in Gramophone magazine. The musicians perform works of the classical and early romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows, "allowing them to find a sometimes astonishing range of dynamics and colours" (BBC Record Review). Haydn's much-loved 'Joke' Quartet leads naturally into one of Beethoven's early quartets, still rooted in the Classical idiom.

    The Quartet is joined by star clarinettist Annelien van Wauwe for Mozart's wonderful Clarinet Quintet. A former BBC New Generation Artist, and Professor of Clarinet at the Royal Conservatory, Antwerp, she is one of the most exciting and original clarinettists of her generation.

    String Quartet in E Flat, 'Joke'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 1 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Quintet for clarinet and strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 2 October 2018 - 7:45pm
    Russian State Symphony Orchestra
    Chloë Hanslip, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet suite contains some of his most memorable music. Prokofiev’s wonderful violin concerto, written at the same time as the Classical Symphony, contains some of the most gorgeous and rhapsodic music he ever composed, with the two outer movements divided by a short, spiky scherzo. Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony is a richly scored, full-blooded masterpiece. The four movements move from darkness and doubt through a famously beautiful slow movement, to a joyous outburst of celebration in the finale.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm: The Forge - join Jonathan James in conversation
    To book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244.

    Concerto for violin and orchestra No 1 in D
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concert Suite from Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 2 in E minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 29 September 2018 - 7:30pm
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra
    Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, James Murray, Jennifer Wigram, Polina Makhina
    St Saviours Church St Albans AL1 4DF
    United Kingdom
    Overture to 'The Creatures of Prometheus'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 2 in G minor
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Serenade for small orchestra
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Symphony No 39 in E flat
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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