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Format: 2015-04-19
Format: 2015-04-19
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    28 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Beneath the Score with Orpheus Sinfonia - The People's Politics
    Orpheus Sinfonia, Thomas Carroll
    St George's Church, Hanover Square London W1S 1FX
    United Kingdom

    Politics has long had its influence on classical music, no matter how ‘un-musical’ this may seem. Right from early on, classical music was often dependent on the politics of the day to create, fund and promote it. Composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, to name a mere few, worked for particular courts and counts whose patronage made it possible for them to compose. This evening we celebrate some of the famous music created as a result of this patronage and also recognise the many occasions where classical music was a direct or indirect comment on the political situation of the day.

    From Haydn’s comic farewell symphony; where he was subtly asking his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, to allow the musicians leave to return to their families after a longer than expected stay at his court, through to the powerful statements by Shostakovich, we will explore many different famous works and the background in which they were written. As always narrative, readings of letters and imagery will accompany the evening.

    St George's Church pews are cushioned for comfort, we serve drinks before the performance and during the interval, our concerts are relaxed, informal and open to all.

    Generously sponsored by the Mace Foundation.

    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
  • 25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Oxted Band presents Stars of Oxted Band
    Martin Beaumont, Oxted Band
    St John's Church Hurst Green RH8 9EA
    United Kingdom

    The blossom is blossoming, the daffodils are appearing - it must be time for Oxted Band's Spring Concert! This year, the band will be showcasing its own members in a 'Stars of Oxted Band' performance. There will be a variety of solo works, plus a range of music from the band from composers as varied as Cole Porter, Gustav Holst, Leroy Anderson, Tchaikovsky.

    The concert will also be a notable occasion as the last major concert for our current Musical Director, Martin Beaumont after nine years of leading the band.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Islington Prom | An A Cappella Feast
    Alex Davan Wetton, Edward Hughes, Godwine Choir
    St James' Church Islington N1 8PF
    United Kingdom

    Join the Godwine Choir for an evening of unaccompanied favourites as part of the prestigious Islington Proms. Enjoy the superb acoustics of St. James' Church through music spanning five centuries.

    Founded in April 2014 by graduates from Cambridge chapel choirs, the Godwine Choir was set up to capture the atmosphere of chamber music at university and bring it to London as part of professional life.

    The choir specialises in a cappella works from the 20th and 21st century. They have recently performed works by a number of contemporary composers, such as Gabriel Jackson and Jonathan Rathbone. Recent recordings include the world premiere of a new carol by Roderick Williams for the Financial Times.

    Exsultate Justi
    Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (c.1560-1627)
    Justorum animae from 3 Motets
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Salvator mundi, salva nos 1
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    The Reproaches
    John Sanders (1933-2003)
    Agnus Dei from Missa brevis quatuor vocum
    Andrea Gabrieli (c1510-1586)
    Beati quorum via from 3 Motets
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
    Ubi Caritas et Amor
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Jesus autem transiens/Credo in unum Deum
    Robert Wilkinson (c1450-1515)
    I sat down
    Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)
    Lamentations of Jeremiah III
    Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
    Never weather-beaten sail
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Caelos ascendit hodie from 3 Motets
    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
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    19 April 2015 - 2:00pm
    Recital: Nina Kopparhed (soprano) /Mark Wilson (violin) / Michal Gajzler (piano)
    Mark Wilson, Michał Gajzler, Nina Kopparhed
    Wallneuk North Church Paisley, Renfrewshire PA3 4AB
    United Kingdom

    Chamber music recital 'Love and Longing', given by Nina Kopparhed (soprano), Mark Wilson (violin) and Michal Gajzler (piano).

    The programme will include a selection of some of the most famous and loved songs and arias for soprano, by composers such as Schubert, Puccini,Bizet and Offenbach, Lehar and Gilbert and Sullivan. There is a new composition included in the programme as well: a beautiful, folk music- inspired song for soprano, violin and piano, 'Heart of my Heart', written by Mark Wilson, who is also the violinist in the recital.

    The recital starts at 2pm; soup lunch served at 1pm; tea and coffee after the concert

    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Gretchen am Spinnrade
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Un bel di vedremo from Madama Butterfly
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Heart of my Heart
    Mark Wilson (1968-)
    Chi il bel sogno, from 'La Rondine'
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    The Doll Song
    Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
    Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante from Carmen
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Vilja Lied from The Merry Widow
    Franz Lehár (1870-1948)
    Poor wandering one from The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
  • 25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    A Handful of Singers - Rachmaninov's Vespers
    A Handful of Singers, Christopher Finch, Wells Cathedral School Choralia
    St Mary the Virgin Church Barthwick, Bath BA2 4EB
    United Kingdom

    A Handful of Singers, Bath's highly acclaimed chamber choir, is joined in this concert by the outstanding Wells Cathedral School Choralia, finalists in the 2013 Euroradio 'Let the Peoples Sing' choral competition. They begin the concert with a celebration of music for upper-voice choir from their forthcoming CD, which features music of beauty, purity and expressivity by contemporary British composers.

    The second half of the concert is a performance by A Handful of Singers of Rachmaninov's Vespers, a masterpiece of choral writing and a deeply moving work with exquisitely rich sonorities, composed amidst the political turmoil of pre-revolutionary Russia, and performed here in the resonant and atmospheric surroundings of the church of St. Mary the Virgin.

    A Handful of Singers and Wells Cathedral School Choralia are directed by their award-winning conductor Christopher Finch.

    Established in 2002, A Handful of Singers has forged a reputation as one of Bath's most respected choral ensembles for the high quality of its performances. Originally a literal handful of experienced singers, the group has operated since 2005 as a versatile chamber choir of 24 voices. In 2010 the choir was awarded a significant grant from the BBC under its Choral Ambition Scheme.

    The choir's first commercial CD Sing, Be, Live, See... was released in 2013.

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    From Mozart to Koussevitzky - double bass, piano and baritone
    Dustin Conrad, Samuel Rice, Stephen Kennedy
    Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden London WC2B 5EZ
    United Kingdom

    In the second concert of the Crown Court Church of Scotland 2015 Concert Series, Sam Rice, Stephen Kennedy and Dustin Conrad present an exciting programme of virtuosic music for double bass, piano and baritone. Please do join us for what should be an unusual and diverse concert!

    Entry is free with a retiring collection.

    Samuel Rice is a freelance double bass player. After completing his studies at the University of Surrey and the Royal College of Music he was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2010 and since then has worked with many orchestras in and around London such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Chamber Orchestra, as well as West End shows. He’s also a member of the contemporary music groups Octandre Ensemble and the ARCO Collective. Aside from his classical endeavours Sam is a member of the folk/country group ‘This Country Needs More Country’.

    Stephen Kennedy was Head Chorister with Westminster Cathedral Choir. He went on to win the Norfolk Scholarship for music at the Oratory School where he studied piano, viola, and singing. After singing with Tewkesbury Abbey Choir he went to the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, again studying viola. Solo baritone performances include Handel’s Messiah (with the ECO), Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’s Requiem and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, and he recently returned for his sixth season with Opera de Baugé, in the Loire Valley, France. Stephen continues to freelance as a baritone, singing with Westminster Cathedral Choir, BBC Singers, Arcangelo, Gabrieli Consort, OAE, Philharmonia Voices, The Eric Whitacre Singers (with whom he won a Gramophone award) and Tenebrae, whose Russian Treasures CD recently topped the classical charts.

    Dustin Conrad is a Musical Director, pianist and vocal coach based around London and the South East. He originally trained as a classical pianist in his native Germany before obtaining a BMus (Hons) Degree from the University of Surrey. Dustin has worked on a wide range of shows both as MD and pianist and he is the resident MD for Showdown Theatre Arts and Pocketsize Theatre. In addition to his work as a Musical Director, he holds a PGCE in Music and has taught the subject at KS3, GCSE and A-Level. Dustin is currently studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Direction at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

    Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
    Sergei Koussevitzky (1874-1951)
    The Swan from Le Carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Per questa bella mano
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Bach and Vivaldi | Newbury Chamber Choir and The Music Troupe Band
    Donna Lennard, Edward Lambert, Freya Jacklin, Newbury Chamber Choir, Samuel Oram, The Music Troupe Band, William Wallace
    Church of St John the Evangelist Newbury RG14 7QB
    United Kingdom

    Bach’s short masses re-cycle some of the ‘best bits’ from his cantatas and offer a wonderfully panoramic view of the scope of his music. He assimilated much of the music of his contemporaries, Vivaldi in particular, whose Concerto for Four Violins was transformed by him into a Concerto for Four Harpsichords. In this evening’s concert, however, we hear it in its original form along with one of Vivaldi’s short, ebullient choral works.

    We present a line-up of fine young singers and instrumentalists, accompanied by a band playing period instruments and a choir with a rapidly growing reputation for its committed performances.

    Missa brevis in A
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Lutheran Mass in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 4 violins in B minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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