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Format: 2015-01-26
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  • 30 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Bach's Violin Concertos by candlelight | London Musical Arts | Meet the Music
    John Landor, London Musical Arts
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and enjoy a candlelit concert in the beautiful atmosphere of London's iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The programme features some of the greatest classical music, carefully selected and performed by some of London’s finest musicians.

    Immerse yourself in the glories of Bach's violin concertos, masterpieces of charm, exuberance, poignancy and panache.

    We also invite you to Meet the Music, an entertaining and informal exploration of the programme with London Musical Arts Ensemble Music Director, John Landor, including our thrilling orchestra walkabout experience, where we come out and play excerpts among you.

    For details of all our concerts please visit the London Musical Arts website.

    Special Group Offers and Bespoke Packages are available for advance bookings of ten or more, and can include in addition to the concert: fine dining, interval drinks and brass-rubbing in St Martin’s Crypt, pre-concert talks, meeting the Music Director and expertly-guided London Walks tours in the local area around Trafalgar Square. For enquiries, please contact us by email with the concert date you are interested in and approximate numbers in your group.

    Rondeau from Abdelazer
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in E major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Larghetto from Concerto Grosso in B minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for 2 Violins and strings - version in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 2 Violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    31 January 2015 - 7:00pm
    Come fly with us! - Annual Family Concert with Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ken Bruce, Mark Heron, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Our annual family concert will take you up, up and away into the wide blue yonder! All manner of birds, insects, planes & superheroes will be flying around the concert hall to entertain you, not forgetting a visit by International Rescue in their "Thunderbirds! and everyone's favourite flying car "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Our pilot for the evening will be Ken Bruce from BBC Radio 2. Come and join us for this musical treat for all the family.

    Flying theme from ET, the Extra-Terrestrial
    John Williams (1932-)
    The Flight of the Bumblebee
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    John Williams (1932-)
    The Theme from Superman
    John Williams (1932-)
    Barry Gray ()
    Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    John Adams (1947-)
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Robert B Sherman ()
    Ride of the Valkyries from Der Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, 'Die Walküre'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
    Ron Goodwin (1925-2003)
    The Liberty Bell
    John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
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    27 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    Duke Bluebeard's Castle | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrea Meláth, Bálint Szabó, Charles Dutoit, Marc-André Hamelin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A masterpiece of 20th century opera, Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle is a haunting tale of a duke whose dark secrets are gradually unveiled by his new wife.

    Charles Dutoit, renowned for his interpretations of 20th century repertoire, is joined by a host of outstanding soloists.

    Hungarian March from La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust)
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Duke Bluebeard's Castle
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
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    3 February 2015 - 6:00pm
    Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side
    James Ham, Jonathan Tilbrook, Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra
    Blackheath Halls London SE3 9RQ
    United Kingdom

    Side-by-Side concerts provide a wonderful opportunity to witness Trinity Laban teaching staff, all highly experienced orchestral musicians, playing alongside students, performing masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire.

    Featuring orchestral students alongside professional teaching staff, conductors James Ham and Jonathan Tilbrook direct our fourth Side-by-Side concert this academic year with a journey into German national identity during the 19th century.

    Symphony No 5 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Overture from Der Freischütz
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
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    28 January 2015 - 1:10pm
    Sally Wigan - British piano recital: Carwithen, Alwyn, Tavener and Tippett
    Sally Wigan
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom
    Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)
    Excerpts from 12 Preludes for Piano
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
    4th movement, Rondo giocoso con moto from Sonata for Piano No 1
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
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    26 January 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Alberto Portugheis (piano)
    Alberto Portugheis
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Alberto Portugheis is an Argentine pianist and teacher. He was born in La Plata, but now lives in London. He has three children, Susana, Clara, David. His son, David Portugheis, is a composer and photographer.

    Both Portugheis's parents came from Jewish families.His mother, Catalina, was born in Argentina of Romanian and Russian descent, from her mother and father, respectively. Her family was originally German, but emigrated from Eastern Europe during World War I. Several of Alberto Portugheis' family members perished in the two World Wars.

    His father, Simon Portugheis, was a Romanian of Portuguese origin, hence the family name. His side of the family, all living siblings included, had arrived in Argentina from Romania just before World War II. Historically, ancestors on his father's side of the family had lived in Holland and Portugal.Through marriages, Alberto Portugheis has Polish, Lithuanian, Israeli, Brazilian and American relatives. Thus, he grew up in a family that was a mix of various nationalities and origins.

    Since his early childhood, Portugheis showed a talent for, and a great interest in music. By the age of three, he was picking out instrumental, vocal and orchestral music on the piano and by six and a half, he had learned to read music. He told Tim Stein in a 1995 interview for Classical Piano of the time his father sold some chairs to a piano teacher and how he asked her if he could try out her piano, saying, 'She became my first teacher, until I was 13, when she thought that she had taught me everything she knew.'

    Portugheis then studied for five years with Vincenzo Scaramuzza (the teacher of Martha Argerich and Bruno Leonardo Gelber), before going on to the Geneva Conservatoire. Tim Stein records that Portugheis ended up in Geneva by a "rather circuitous route", explaining that he was first selected by the Argentine University as a representative in Germany. Portugheis was to give concerts and introduce people to Argentinian music. Portugheis told Stein that he didn't want to go back home until having visited the grave of his idol, Dinu Lipatti, in Geneva, and that this journey abroad provided him with that opportunity. While on this visit, Portugheis met Lipatti's widow, Madeleine. He recalled to Stein that she 'was able to pass on a lot of Dinu's ideas, not only musical ideas but ways of practising and his whole approach to music; transmitting the feeling of a composer and, perhaps unique in his time, a reverence for the musical text.'

    Portugheis' time at the Conservatoire gave him an opportunity to meet the septuagenarian pianist Youra Guller, a student of Isidor Philipp in Paris who also performed with Pablo Casals and Joseph Szigeti. Portugheis told Stein that although Guller was not a born teacher, she had 'sufficient time and patience' to show him 'the secret of her art'. He described this as 'how to respect the rhythm of a text and how to use the left hand as a strict conductor above all else'. Portugheis said she stressed to him that 'every single note had something to say.'

    Enthusiasm for music has led Portugheis to a dedicated study of the piano and his life as an international concert pianist, while the horrors experienced by his family led to his work for peace. He tells in his book, Dear Ahed: the Game of War and a Path to Peace that his family "escaped from Eastern Europe between 1935 and 1940" and that not one day of his childhood passed without hearing of the horrors they experienced. Now, in addition to his career on the concert platform, he works for peace.

    Chaconne from Violin Partita No 4 in D minor, arranged for piano
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Nocturne in F sharp minor
    Dinu (Constantin) Lipatti (1917-1950)
    Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G F Handel
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    30 January 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Yuki Ito conducts Schubert and Bach
    In Tune Orchestra, Oxana Shevchenko, Yuki Ito
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Described by Strad magazine as ‘masterfully assured’, Yuki Ito (25) won the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition, Music Competition of Japan, and Paris Flame Music Competition in his teens, and achieved 1st prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition and the UK’s highly prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition at the age of 21, subsequently making his début with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Windsor Castle.

    He has appeared/will appear as soloist with the Philharmonia, Kärntner Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Southbank Sinfonia, RCM Symphony and Toho Gakuen Orchestras, as well as play-directing with the In Tune Orchestra (ITO), which he founded in 2013. He made his recital-tour in Croatia in 2008 and has given solo recitals at renowned venues including London’s Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Théâtre Marigny in Paris, Theatre of Marcellus in Rome, Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Mendelssohn Haus in Leipzig and Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, as well as those in his native Japan in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and in Daejeon, Korea. He gave a private home recital for HRH The Prince Edward in 2012, and that same year he successfully auditioned for YCA, and was subsequently selected as Chanel Tokyo Pygmalion Days Artist 2014. He has made several premières of works dedicated to him, and recently premièred maestro Toshi Ichiyanagi’s new work in Tokyo. In 2014 he served as juror for Paris Flame Music Competition.

    His début album ‘Rachmaninov Complete Cello Works’ with Sofya Gulyak (Champs Hill Records) was chosen as January 2013’s ‘Recommended Disc’ in the UK by Strad magazine, describing ‘Ito triumphs in Rachmaninov. Sensational recital...I would be astonished if both of these artists don’t rapidly establish themselves at the pinnacle of the international scene’. Also in the U.S. the American Record Guide praised it as ‘Ito plays Rachmaninov Cello Pieces with notable maturity and taste’, and in Germany the Ensemble magazine wrote ‘His performance of Rachmaninov’s cello works comes from a strong romantic vein, and is extraordinarily poetic accompanied by a wonderful singing tone’.

    As conductor he made his début in 2013 at St. Martin in the Fields in London with Julian Lloyd Webber as soloist, and in Tokyo at Opera City conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No 7.

    He has recorded/performed for BBC Radio 3, Radio Classique de France, Nederland Radio 4, KT-1 Austria and Japan NHK-FM, and the UK's presenter Anne Diamond, who invited him to her BBC Radio talk-show, wrote: 'Classical musicians nowadays have to look like a marketable star with Hollywood style charisma, and today I met a young man who clearly fits the bill already!'.

    He is currently studying with Alexander Boyarsky pursuing Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was crowned ‘String Player of the Year’ in 2009. His name is in the‘Dictionary of Japanese Musicians’ and his birthday is on the ‘String Players Calendar’ both published in Japan in 2012.

    Fantasy for 2 violins and strings
    Edmund Hartzell ()
    Symphony No 5 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Concerto for Keyboard and Strings No 7 in G minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    30 January 2015 - 6:10pm
    Music in January: Philippa Mo (violin) and Robin Walker (organ)
    Philippa Mo, Robin Walker
    St George's Church, Hanover Square London W1S 1FX
    United Kingdom

    Start your winter weekend in style with a concert of violin and organ music performed by leading professional artists Philippa Mo and Robin Walker. In the beautiful surroundings of St George's Hanover Square, Mayfair's parish church.

    Music including Josef Rheinberger's six pieces Op 150 and the world premiere of Frederick Frahm's 'Grendel's Soliloquay'.

    Free entry - donations welcome. The concert is followed by light refreshments, and the chance to meet the performers.

    6 Pieces for Violin and Organ
    Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
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    31 January 2015 - 7:30pm
    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra with Maxim Kosinov (violin)
    East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, Jacques Cohen, Maxim Kosinov
    The Apex Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD
    United Kingdom

    The region’s premier chamber orchestra returns to the Apex in Bury St Edmunds for a concert of drama and serene beauty, under the direction of favourite conductor Jacques Cohen. All the mischief, swagger, and tragedy of the life of the notorious libertine Don Giovanni are compressed into the darkly brilliant overture to Mozart’s great opera.

    The orchestra is then reunited with virtuoso violinist Maxim Kosinov for Sibelius’s violin concerto. Written in 1904, the concerto is one of the most dramatically effective and musically compelling in the repertoire, with the brilliant solo violin line always driving the music forward. It has a symphonic scope, and Sibelius’ characteristic blend of vast, icy Nordic spaces, wonderful melodies, driving rhythms, and heartfelt passion. The slow movement may just be one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever hear! T

    The concert ends with Brahms’s 4th (and final) Symphony. A piece by turns meditative, passionate, playful, and majestic, it really is a universe of musical emotions in one symphony. The final movement passacaglia shows how perfectly Brahms could combine the academic musical inheritance of the German tradition with the freedoms of Romantic expression. Join us for what will be an exhilarating evening of wonderful music!

    “the highlight of the musical year”
    “precise and sensitive playing” Cambridge News

    Overture from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    30 January 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Zeitgeist Ensemble
    Isabel Thompson, Maria Levandovskaya, Valerie Albrecht, Zeitgeist Ensemble
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by Guildhall School of Music and Drama

    The Zeitgeist Ensemble was formed in 2012 by Isabel Thompson, Valerie Albrecht and Maria Levandovskaya as part of their studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The group has been coached extensively there by notable musicians and has also been given many performance opportunities at the Guildhall. A highlight of their time at the Music College so far was to compete in final round of the Ivan Sutton Award for Chamber Music in April 2014.

    Through the Guildhall the trio was also awarded a full scholarship by the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians to participate in the prestigious Music Coll course and concerts on the Island of Coll in Scotland in June 2014. They have since reached the final round of auditions for the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians Music Club Awards Scheme which was held September 2014.

    As well as performing in concert across London, the Zeitgeist Ensemble is passionate about education. As well as participating in the Decoda project at Guildhall this year, the ensemble have also been invited to participate in Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots initiative for the 2014/2015 season.

    Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat, 'Kegelstatt'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Märchenerzählungen, for Clarinet,Viola and Piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
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