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Format: 2015-04-27
Format: 2015-04-27
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    1 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Symphonie fantastique | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Giancarlo Guerrero, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Narek Hakhnazaryan
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Hector Berlioz was prone to overreaction, but when he saw the Irish actress Harriet Smithson playing the role of Ophelia in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1827, he believed his life had changed forever. Berlioz fell madly in love with Smithson, and with Shakespeare too. He set about proving it in a symphony that would give birth to his own unique and uncompromising musical language: passionate, witty, enraged, high-spirited, sardonic, tormented and proud. TheSymphonie fantastique was born, and it eventually won Hector Berlioz the heart of Harriet Smithson as well.

    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Symphonie fantastique
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
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    29 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Tchaikovsky Gala | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Garry Walker, Martin Roscoe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Fairfield Halls Croydon CR9 1DG
    United Kingdom

    A spectacular concert that pays tribute to the genius of Tchaikovsky, opening with the patriotic Marche Slave, full of traditional Russian folk melodies and elements of the Russian national anthem which can also be heard in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

    From one exuberant ending to a triumphant beginning, Martin Roscoe, one of Britain’s most beloved pianists, introduces the thunderous opening chords of Tchaikovsky’s sublimely romantic and hugely admired Piano Concerto No 1.

    A Tchaikovsky gala would not be complete without a work that encapsulates the composer’s emotional power, Tchaikovsky’s greatest and final symphonic manuscript, his tragic Symphony No 6, ‘Pathétique’.

    Marche slave, 'Slavonic March'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    1 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Septura (brass septet) - Unmasking May Day
    St. Cyprian's Church London NW1 6AX
    United Kingdom

    Traditionally the first day of summer, May Day has been celebrated throughout history. Already a significant date in Roman and pre-Christian pagan cultures, it was adopted by the Catholic Church, observed with devotions to the Virgin Mary, and also recognised as the feast day of her husband, Joseph, patron saint of workers – perfect to be re-cast by the Communists as International Workers’ Day. The festive madrigals and dances were banned when the Puritan parliaments of the interregnum abolished May Day; but appropriately enough for a festival with such close ties to themes of fertility and re-birth, they were reinstated with Charles II’s restoration. But the term ‘May Day’ has a darker resonance in modern times: perhaps spelt “m’aidez”, it was appropriated early in the 20th century to replace SOS as the international distress signal.

    In a wide-ranging programme of music for brass, Septura reflect on this single date’s incredibly diverse set of identities, in music by Bruckner, Victoria, Rameau, Blow, Shostakovich and more.

    Congratulamini mihi
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Ave Maria
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Suite from Dardanus
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    String Quartet No 8 in C minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    3 May 2015 - 3:30pm
    BossaTango - A Latin American piano recital
    Johan de Cock
    Burgh House, Hampstead London NW3 1LT
    United Kingdom

    Brighton-based pianist, Johan de Cock, returns to the Burgh House and Hampstead Museum in North London with an exciting new programme of Latin American milongas, tangos, waltzes, bossa novas, and other dances. The concert includes popular works by Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as new works by Juan María Solare and R.A. Moulds. The duration is about an hour in length, with no interval. For more information please see www.johandecock.com

    El día que me quieras
    Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Juan Maria Solare (1966-)
    A rolete
    Juan Maria Solare (1966-)
    Juan Maria Solare (1966-)
    Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
    Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho
    Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
    Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
    Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
    Valsa da dor
    Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
    Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)
    III. Au Pic de Bugarach from Aquarelles
    R A Moulds (1958-)
    Juan Maria Solare (1966-)
    La muerte del ángel
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Invierno porteño
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Tango from Suite España
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
    Sus ojos se cerraron
    Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
    Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
    Por una cabeza
    Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)
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    28 April 2015 - 3:00pm
    Vivaldi's Gloria | Brandenburg Singers
    Brandenburg Singers, Robert Porter
    The Temple Church London EC4Y 7BB
    United Kingdom

    Join Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Singers for a baroque feast in the beautiful acoustic of iconic Temple Church. This performance will be accomapnied by organ.

    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    28 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    A Choral Pilgrimage
    Männerstimmen Basel, Oliver Rudin
    Swiss Church, Covent Garden London WC2H 9DY
    United Kingdom

    A Swiss venue for a Swiss choir! We welcome our visitors Männerstimmen Basel as they pause in London during their UK tour, with their a capella box of choral treats.

    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Domine, non sum dignus
    Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    Spaseniye sodelal
    Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944)
    Eine gantz neue Schelmweys
    Max Reger (1873-1916)
    Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (1963-)
    Ad mortem festinamus
    Javier Hagen (1971-)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Songs of the Paradise Saloon | London Philharmonic Orchestra and Alison Balsom
    Alison Balsom, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Marios Papadopoulos
    De Montfort Hall Leicester LE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    Classic Brit Award Winner Alison Balsom joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of American-influenced music. Alison performs British composer Bramwell Tovey’s evocative Songs of the Paradise Saloon for trumpet and orchestra. Adapted from Tovey’s opera The Inventor about a real-life 19th-century con-artist, this unusual piece evokes the atmosphere and characters found in a turn-of-the-century American dive bar with its languid, jazz-infused music.

    Closing the evening is Dvorák’s much-loved Symphony No 9 (From the New World), his touching symphonic hymn to the slave songs and spirituals of America, which includes the famous Largo melody. Composer of West Side Story Leonard Bernstein's Overture to his operetta Candide opens the concert in suitably exhilarating fashion.

    Overture from Candide
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Songs of the Paradise Saloon
    Bramwell Tovey (1953-)
    Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
  • 4 May 2015 - 6:00pm
    Vivaldi's Gloria by candlelight | English Baroque Choir
    Brandenburg Sinfonia, English Baroque Choir, Jeremy Jackman, Richard Simpson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    The first of our pair of finale concerts features the Brandenburg Sinfonia and English Baroque Choir led by the marvellous Jeremy Jackman.

    This concert will last approximately one hour, without interval.

    Misericordias Domini
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Oboe and Strings No 2 in D minor
    Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 4 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Brahms's Requiem by candlelight | Voce Chamber Choir
    Daniel Hill, Susan Graham-Smith, Suzi Digby OBE, Voce Chamber Choir
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    A magnificent choral work to bring our 2015 Spring Series to a close – the vibrant Suzi Digby conducts Voce Chamber Choir to perform Brahms's Requiem, accompanied by sparkling piano duo, Sue Graham Smith and Daniel Hill.

    This concert is part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival Spring Series.

    Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), arranged by the composer for Piano 4 hands
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    27 April 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Emily Sun (violin) plays Beethoven and Wieniawski
    Emily Sun, Jennifer Hughes
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Emily Sun was born in Sydney. She began playing the violin at age five, taught by her father, Dr Daniel Yi Sun, a recognized Australian composer. She received her Australian Associate Diploma of Music in piano at 13 and Licentiate in violin at 14.

    Ms Sun studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Robin Wilson. She is now in her third year of a BMus (Hons) degree at the Royal College of Music in London, where she is studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky as an Ackroyd Scholar under an Orpheus Award.

    Ms Sun has won numerous competitions, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, the Perry Hart Memorial Prize, the Marcus Edwards Violin Prize and the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition. In 2011 she was named Strings Winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year, following her performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel. In 2012, she was the winner of the annual Royal College of Music Violin Competition.

    Ms Sun made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at age ten, and has since been a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and appeared in collaborations with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She was the soloist in the 2012 Sydney Festival’s 'Symphony in the Domain', performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony to an audience of 50,000.

    Ms Sun has appeared as soloist in such venues as the Sydney Opera House, Tel Aviv Opera House and The Louvre Auditorium. Engagements in 2013 include a solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and performances in London.

    Ms Sun is supported by a Nelly Apt Scholarship and the Australian Music Foundation. She is featured in the Australian feature-length documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert, which premiered at the opening night of the 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival. The film has been screened in cinemas across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe, to outstanding awards and reviews.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 6 in A
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    The Scarlet Sail
    Boris Pigovat (1953-)
    Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's 'Faust'
    Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
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