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Format: 2015-04-18
Format: 2015-04-18
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    18 April 2015 - 8:00pm
    Concert by Alessandro Taverna (piano)
    Alessandro Taverna
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    Third prize winner in the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition

    Sponsored by a Two Members of the Society Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary

    “This Italian is remarkable ... 50 minutes of flawless poetry” - The Independent

    Born in Venice in 1983, Alessandro Taverna has already won numerous awards in international competitions. He has performed throughout Europe and the US, including recitals in the Wigmore Hall, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Fazioli Concert Hall, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the International Keyboard Festival in New York and the Centre d’Arts d’Orford in Quebec. AND, of course, Holmes Chapel in 2011 when he played with the Royal String Quartet.

    This is the last in the 43rd Season of eight professional concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at www.themusicsociety.org.uk.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 250. 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.

    15 Variations and a Fugue on an original theme in E flat, 'Eroica'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Scherzo No 4 in E
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    L'Isle joyeuse for piano
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Sonata for Piano No 10 in C
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Prelude No 7 in C minor from 10 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Prelude No 8 in A minor from 13 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Prelude No 4 in D major from 10 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Prelude No 2 in B flat major from 10 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Tarantelle di bravura d'après la tarantella de La muette de Portici (Auber's Masaniello)
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
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    18 April 2015 - 7:45pm
    The Katona Twins - From Madrid to London
    The Katona Twins
    Parbold Village Hall Parbold WN8 7DN
    United Kingdom

    Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the classical world’s best known guitar duo’, Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical into more popular musical genres. Originally from Hungary, the brothers now reside in Liverpool and frequently perform on stage, television and radio across the world.

    Their almost telepathic musical communication has earned them a reputation as musicians of the highest calibre, and their many awards and prizes reflect their popularity. Able to switch styles effortlessly, the twins’ varied programmes demonstrate their wide technical range and flexibility and their concerts are always thoroughly entertaining evenings.

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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Leicester Symphony Orchestra: Heroic Journey
    David Cohen, John Andrews, Leicester Symphony Orchestra
    De Montfort Hall Leicester LE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    Tonight's soloist, David Cohen, is no stranger to the LSO. Four years ago his sonorous and majestic playing impressed so much that we had to invite him back. On his return he will perform Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto, a piece written for Rostropovich and one that will truly showcase Cohen's talent.

    The concert begins with the heroic Leonore Overture No 3 from Beethoven's opera Fidelio. With its distant trumpet call and frantic string lines it is high drama from start to finish!

    The composer of the evening's symphonic work, Johannes Brahms, was himself heavily inspired by Beethoven, so much so that the piece has been referred to as 'Beethoven's Tenth Symphony'. Brahms was a master of the classical form and his First Symphony will give the Leicester Symphony Orchestra a chance to be at their expressive best.

    At 6.30pm there will be a free pre-concert talk with soloist David Cohen. There will also be a retiring collection in aid of The Lord Mayor's Appeal.

    Leonore Overture No 3
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    19 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra - Classical Music Alive in Reading
    Andreas Brantelid, Jaime Martin, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Did Brahms love Clara Schumann, the widow of his mentor? He certainly tried to. After a seemingly irreconcilable argument in September 1868, Brahms wrote to Clara from the Swiss Alps, scribbling a tune he'd heard played by a shepherd boy. 'High on the mountain, deep in the valley, I greet you', wrote Brahms, and the shepherd's tune became the radiant horn-call that soars over the strings in the finale of his First Symphony like sunlight breaking through the clouds. Clara inhabits the whole work, in a special musical 'motto' woven by Brahms and in the anguished love that seeps into every bar.

    A similar emotional turmoil also inhabits Elgar's noble but fierce Cello Concerto, performed here by rising star Andreas Brantelid. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is led by internationally renowned conductor Jaime Martin, who opens this April concert with a homage to the season from Delius's elegant and evocative On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring.

    Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - The Hexagon Auditorium (free)

    On hearing the first cuckoo in spring
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Symphony No 1 in C minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    24 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Natalie Clein (cello) : The complete Bach Cello Suites - Part I
    Natalie Clein
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Natalie Clein is in demand as a recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras across the world. On her last visit to Oxford (with the Philharmonia Orchestra) she wowed audiences with her intense performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

    Over two concerts this season, she sets her sights on a more intimate – but no less exhilarating – mainstay of the repertoire; Bach’s six Suites for Cello. These joyful miniatures are some of the most exquisite works written for cello, and Natalie will perform all six across two concerts.

    Special Offer:10% off if booking for both Bach Cello Suites concerts (2nd concert - 10 June 2015)

    Suite for Cello No 1 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite for Cello No 5 in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite for Cello No 3 in C
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    18 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven (Emperor Concerto), Sibelius (Finlandia) and Nielsen (Symphony No 5)
    Andrew Blankfield, London Lawyers' Symphony Orchestra, Pablo Urbina
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
    Finlandia
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Choral Music by Handel, Mozart and Haydn | Derby Choral Union
    Catherine Backhouse, Derby Choral Union, Greg Tassell, Heart of England Chamber Orchestra, James Oldfield, Richard Dacey, Sarah Dacey
    Derby Cathedral Derby DE1 3DY
    United Kingdom

    This concert is a feast of baroque and classical church music featuring works by Handel, Mozart and Haydn, which they all wrote for their patrons and for big occasions!

    Handel's four coronation anthems, which include the well known anthem 'Zadok the Priest' were composed for the coronation of George 11 and have been part of the musical fabric of British coronations ever since.

    Mozart wrote his famous C major mass whilst in the employment ofr the Archbisop of Saltzburg and it became an immediate favourate for state occasions becoming known as the Coronation Mass in the early 19th century. It was perhaps most famously performed in St Peter's Basilica in Rome in 1985 with Pope John Paul presiding and Herbert Von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philamonic Orchestra.

    Haydn composed his wonderfully dramatic Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese. This splendid piece, which has no solo parts was first performed in Eisenstadt.

    4 Coronation Anthems
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Mass in C, 'Coronation'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
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    21 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chloë Hanslip, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jirí Belohlávek
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Smetana's propulsive overture to his breakthrough comic opera, The Bartered Bride, launches this gala concert by the world renowned Czech Philharmonic. They're joined by British violinist, Chloë Hanslip for Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, whose blend of soaring lyricism and virtuosity remains unsurpassed. Chloë evokes an altogether different mood in Vaughan Williams's rhapsodic The Lark Ascending. Like Vaughan Williams, Dvorák drew deeply on his native folk music and his 7th Symphony took this to new heights, its smouldering opening catching fire in the most intense and dramatic of all his symphonic writing.

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 7 in D minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Overture from The Bartered Bride
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
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    23 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    South of the Border | Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Carlos Prieto, Giovanni Sollima, Jonathan Aasgaard, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom

    Spiders, carnivals, and antelope hooves…south of the border, things can get wild! And as Mexico’s leading conductor makes his Liverpool debut, he’s cooked up a fiesta of a programme: beginning in Ravel’s sultry Spanish night, and ending with José Pablo Moncayo’s flamboyant Mexican folkdance and Mexico’s most famous foot tapping piece of classical music. In between, Carlos Chávez celebrates the ancient cultures of Central America, Manuel de Falla thwarts a Spanish seducer, and the one and only Giovanni Sollima – Liverpool Philharmonic’s current Artist in Residence – makes his cello dance like something’s bitten it. Blazing colours, fiery rhythms and spicy tunes: this concert positively bursts with flavour, and Carlos Miguel Prieto serves it all up with a dash of Tabasco.

    Post-concert discussion (starts 15 minutes after the concert): Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and Artist in Residence cellist Giovanni Sollima answer your questions about tonight’s performance.

    Rhapsodie Espagnole
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Antidotum Tarantulae XXI, Concerto for 2 Cellos and Orchestra
    Giovanni Sollima ()
    Suite from The Three Cornered Hat
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Symphony No 2, 'Sinfonía India'
    Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez (1899-1978)
    Huapango
    José Pablo Moncayo García (1912-1958)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Mahler: Symphony No 2 | Whitehall Orchestra
    Anna Harvey, London Mahler Chorus, Michael Nebe, Rebecca Goulden, Whitehall Orchestra
    St Sepulchre-without-Newgate London EC1A 2DQ
    United Kingdom

    We are excited to be performing Mahler's epic 2nd symphony!

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection'
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
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