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Format: 2015-05-29
Format: 2015-05-29
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    United in Music
    Cranwell, Military Wives Choir, Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir, Simon Kerwin, The Nottinghamshire Band of The Royal Engineers, Victoria Barlow
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    A joint choir and military band concert in aid of Help for Heroes and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Both choirs share the same musical director in Victoria Barlow.

    Tickets will be available from early March 2015.

    (Tickets only available on door if not sold out via other outlets)

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    31 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Lawrence Power (viola) and Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
    Lawrence Power, Simon Crawford-Phillips
    Jubilee Hall Seer Green HP9 2QJ
    United Kingdom

    The Rumanian-born Enesco's Concert Piece, a technically demanding and virtuosic work, often used as a competition piece, is followed by Liszt's world weary Romance oubliée. Liszt also arranged a phenomenal amount of music by other composers for the piano. His version of Isolde's 'Liebestod' from the final pages of Wagner's opera, is a fine example of this. As with his symphonies and quartets Brahms struggled long and hard to escape the shadow of Beethoven in his violin sonatas, before publishing his first in his mid-forties, the third and last appearing a decade later. Arrangements, encouraged by the composer himself, of eight of the most familiar items from Prokofiev's great ballet score, complete the programme.

    Considered one of the leading violists today, Lawrence Power combines a busy career performing as both soloist and chamber musician. He has recently performed with the Bergen Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He is joined by his regular duo partner Simon Crawford-Phillips.

    Concert Piece (Konzertstück) for viola and piano
    Georges Enesco (1881-1955)
    Romance oubliée, for viola and piano
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in D minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Excerpts from 'Romeo and Juliet', arranged for viola and piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    3 June 2015 - 11:00am
    Clare Hammond (piano)
    Clare Hammond
    St Leonard's Church Bledington OX7 6XD
    United Kingdom

    This is the second Coffee Concert at Bledington as part of Pianofest'15. Clare Hammond presents an exciting programme and welcomes young children with their parents/carers to this concert. It is one of the main aims of Bledington Music Festival to bring live music to children which is why all our evening performers give a brief concert or workshop to the children of the local school. This is another extension of our work - presenting a concert for everyone.

    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Excerpts from 12 Études d'exécution transcendante
    Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov (1859-1924)
    12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Variations on a theme of Corelli
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Étude No 3 in thirds and sixths from 5 Études in Different Intervals
    Nikolai Kapustin (1937-)
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    3 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Berlioz: Te Deum | Guildford Choral Society's 175th Anniversary Concert
    City of London Choir, Guildford Choral Society, James Edwards, Jonathan Willcocks, Portsmouth Choral Union, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chichester Singers
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    The 175th anniversary season of Guildford Choral ends in spectacular fashion at the Royal Albert Hall with Berlioz’s titanic setting of theTe Deum. In the company of one of the UK’s great orchestras – the Royal Philharmonic – and with the Chichester Singers, the Portsmouth Choral Union and a large children’s chorus, over 400 voices will combine to deliver this stunning work. Also in the programme are two works by English composers, Parry’s stirring Blest Pair of Sirens and orchestral favourite Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

    Te Deum
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest Pair of Sirens'
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    3 June 2015 - 7:00pm
    The Sixteen
    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen
    Christ Church, Spitalfields London E1 6LY
    United Kingdom

    Vocal ensemble The Sixteen return to the glorious surroundings of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields. They explore the intimate relationship between poetry and music in a programme of a cappella English works from across the centuries. Resounding harmonies are matched with powerful texts from a wide array of writers.

    Enjoy William Harris’s sensitive setting of Elizabeth poet Edmund Spenser’s Faire is the heaven, Benjamin Britten and WH Auden’s collaboration Hymn to St Cecilia, and the recently rediscovered anthem by World War I poet and composer Ivor Gurney of Robert Bridges’s Since I believe in God the Father Almighty.

    Faire is the heaven
    Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
    When David heard
    Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623)
    There is a spirit
    Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
    Sleep, fleshly birth
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    Bring us, O Lord God
    Sir William Henry Harris (1883-1973)
    When David heard
    Robert Ramsey (1612-1644)
    Take him, earth, for cherishing
    Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
    Hymn to St Cecilia
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    When David heard
    Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)
    Eternitie from 5 Motets for unaccompanied choir
    Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
    Lay a garland
    Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856)
    Dance, Clarion Air
    Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
    When David heard
    Michael East (c1580-1648)
    Since I believe in God the Father Almighty
    Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
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    4 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    La Nuova Musica: Israel in Egypt
    Augusta Hebbert, Callum Thorpe, Christopher Field, David Bates, Esther Brazil, James Arthur, La Nuova Musica, Nick Pritchard
    Christ Church, Spitalfields London E1 6LY
    United Kingdom

    In the first of their Associate Artist performances, early music ensemble La Nuova Musica bring Handel’s choral masterpiece Israel in Egypt to the stunning surroundings of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields.

    Although initially perplexing audiences, the work has developed a lasting reputation as Handel reworked his score over nearly 20 years. Adding operatic flourishes to exceptional effects for choir and orchestra, he artfully tells the story of the ten plagues that fell on biblical Egypt and forced the release of the Israelites from slavery.

    La Nuova Musica bring their characteristic energy and precision to present a compelling interpretation of this much-loved work.

    “La Nuova Musica…. As lively a collection of instrumentalists and singers as the world offers” The Times, 2012

    Israel in Egypt
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    5 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Stile Antico
    Stile Antico
    Christ Church, Spitalfields London E1 6LY
    United Kingdom

    Over the past decade vocal consort Stile Antico has built an outstanding reputation for their performances of a cappella renaissance music.

    Marking ten years together, we welcome them to the sonorous setting of Christ Church Spitalfields. They perform a collection of English music for the Christian service of compline, a programme made famous by their bestselling recording.

    Taking place at dusk, the service of compline is a meditative sequence of words, music and prayer. In this concert, Stile Antico present exquisite works of contemplation by some of England’s finest composer of the day, including William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and John Sheppard.

    I laid me down to rest
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Veni domine
    Plainchant ()
    In manus tuas
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Christe qui lux es et dies IV
    Robert White (c1538-1574)
    In pace in idipsum
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Nunc dimittis from The Great Service
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    O Lord, the maker of all thing
    William Mundy (c1529-1591)
    Jesu salvator saeculi
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    The Lord’s Prayer
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Miserere mihi, Domine
    Plainchant ()
    Miserere nostri
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Miserere mihi, Domine
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    Salva nos, Domine
    Plainchant ()
    Nunc dimittis
    Christopher Tye (c1505-1572)
    In manus tuas
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Te lucis ante terminum
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Ave Dei patris filia
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    Libera nos, salva nos I
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
    Libera nos, salva nos II
    John Sheppard (c1515-c1559)
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    5 June 2015 - 9:30pm
    A Baroque Supper with Elicia Sliverstein (violin)
    Elicia Sliverstein
    The English Restaurant London E1 6AG
    United Kingdom

    Baroque violinist and Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artist Elicia Silverstein presents a selection of solo works by Purcell and Telemann alongside Bieber’s reflective Passacaglia for solo violin and the exuberant sounds of Bach’s iconic Partita No 3 in E.

    Glittering virtuosity and sumptuous melodies are accompanied by a tasty one-plate meal courtesy of family-run The English Restaurant in a delicate late-evening treat.

    Prelude in G minor for solo violin
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Fantasia No 1 for solo violin in B flat
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
    Passacaglia for solo violin in G minor from Mystery Sonatas and Passacaglia
    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
    Partita for solo violin No 3 in E
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    8 June 2015 - 8:30pm
    La Nuova Musica: Leçons des ténèbres
    David Bates, Elizabeth Watts, Jonathan Rees, La Nuova Musica, Lucy Crowe
    Village Underground London EC2A 3PQ
    United Kingdom

    Couperin’s Leçons des ténèbres (Lessons from Tenebrae) was originally presented in the Parisian Abbey de Longchamp. Performed by the operatic stars of the day, it fused the dramatic and the devotional.

    Using wild and emotive biblical texts describing Jerusalem’s desolation and sumptuous harmonies, the piece was the centrepiece of the Christian service of Tenebrae, a night-time service in which candles are gradually extinguished, plunging the church into darkness.

    In this late-evening performance La Nuova Musica are joined by renowned sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts for a sensitive and intimate performance in the haunting surroundings of a candlelit Village Underground

    Leçons des ténèbres
    François Couperin (1668-1733)
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    4 June 2015 - 1:00pm
    Reiko Fujisawa - piano recital
    Reiko Fujisawa
    St George's Bristol Bristol BS1 5RR
    United Kingdom

    Japanese-born pianist Reiko Fujisawa explores the deep textures of Beethoven’s mighty Waldstein Sonata and the joyful spirit of Schubert’s Impromptus in a recital that begins with Takemitsu’s second, and beautifully delicate, ‘Rain Tree Sketch’.

    The event is part of a series of concerts being given in collaboration with the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and includes repertoire from Reiko's latest CD

    Rain tree sketch II
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Sonata for Piano No 21 in C, 'Waldstein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Impromptu No 2 in E flat from 4 Impromptus
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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