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Format: 2014-09-20
Format: 2014-09-20
  • Sat, 2014-09-27 20:00
    Rachmaninov's Vespers by candlelight - Roman River Music Festival 2014
    Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks
    St Mary's Church Stoke by Nayland CO6 4QU
    United Kingdom

    Rachmaninov’s great masterpiece, sung by one of the finest choirs in the country, by candlelight in the wonderful acoustics and soaring architecture of Stoke by Nayland Church.

    ***** The Times on the Armonico Consort

    ***** The Independent on the Armonico Consort

    Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • Thu, 2014-09-25 20:00
    Ruby Hughes (soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano)
    Joseph Middleton, Ruby Hughes
    The Long Gallery, Layer Marney Tower Colchester CO5 9US
    United Kingdom

    Two truly international musicians perform songs by Schubert, Schumann, de Falla, Debussy and Ravel in the glorious wood-panelled Long Gallery at Layer Marney Tower in Essex. Tickets include a glass of bubbly whcih will be served from 7pm, and you are welcome to arrive even earlier to enjoy the beautiful gardens.

    “…Ruby Hughes utterly bewitched her listeners, a bright soprano of wonderfully beautiful timbre” - Gottinger Tagesblatt

    “Joseph Middleton is one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder” - BBC Music Magazine

    She never told her love from 6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    A Pastoral Song, 'My mother bids me bind my hair' from 6 Original Canzonettas, Book 1
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Fidelity
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    The Spirit's Song
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Im Abendrot
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Der Wanderer an den Mond
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Abendstern
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Auf dem Wasser zu singen
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    An den Mond
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    5 Lieder nach Hans Christian Andersen
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Chansons de Bilitis
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    2 mélodies hébraïques
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    7 Canciones Populares Españolas
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    A Charm of Lullabies
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
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    Sat, 2014-09-20 16:00
    Schubert's Winterreise with puppet
    Christopher Glynn, Thomas Guthrie
    Liquid Nightclub Colchester CO1 1SP
    United Kingdom

    “An extraordinary experience. This little piece of wood and cloth has such pathos, and your heart is drawn helplessly to its childlike vulnerability – more than to most singers.” - Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now

    Winterreise
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    Wed, 2014-09-24 16:30
    Orlando Jopling (cello) plays solo Bach - Roman River Music Festival 2014
    Orlando Jopling
    Peake's House Colchester CO1 1HQ
    United Kingdom
    Suite for Solo Cello
    Gaspar Cassadó (1896-1966)
    Suite for Cello No 4 in E flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Sat, 2014-09-27 18:30
    Shostakovich's String Quartet No 8
    Roman River Festival Ensemble
    St Mary's Church Stoke by Nayland CO6 4QU
    United Kingdom

    Dedicated “to the victims of fascism and war”, the quartet is one of Shostakovich’s great masterpieces, with a terrifying musical depiction of bombs falling, and the desolation and grief that follows.

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    Tue, 2014-09-23 19:30
    Rosenblatt Recitals - Stephen Costello (tenor) and Danielle Orlando (piano)
    Danielle Orlando, Stephen Costello
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    “A prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact” (Associated Press), Stephen Costello is the tenor of the moment. In demand from the Metropolitan Opera to the Royal Opera House for his beautiful sound and elegant vocal style, Costello provides a world-class opening to the fifteenth season of Rosenblatt Recitals just over eight years after his first appearance in the series, which was also his first ever professional engagement.

    “A tenor of ineffable sensitivity, with unfailing elegance in singing” Opera magazine

    Un' aura amorosa from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Adelaïde
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Vaga luna che inargenti
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    La Ricordanza
    Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    Non t’amo più
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    Ideale
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    Tombe degli avi miei from Lucia di Lammermoor
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
    Without A Song
    Vincent Youmans (1898-1946)
    Wanda Landowska from Friendly Persuasions
    Jake Heggie (1961-)
    Human madness from Moby-Dick
    Jake Heggie (1961-)
    Pierrot's lament
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    Goodbye
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    In the hush of the night
    Sir Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    Pour me rapprocher de Marie from La fille du régiment
    Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
    Pourquoi me réveiller from Werther
    Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
    Be My Love
    Nicholas Brodzsky ()
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    Fri, 2014-09-26 19:30
    Young Musicians from The Purcell School
    Students from The Purcell School for young musicians
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    "...it gives me great hope for the future of the music profession when I hear what these young people are capable of." Sir Simon Rattle CBE, President of The Purcell School

    One of the UKs leading specialist music schools, The Purcell School holds the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its unique contribution to music, education and international culture. It is funded largely by the Government's Music and Dance Scheme which, along with its own scholarship funds, ensures that all pupils join the School on the strength of their musical potential irrespective of financial circumstances.

    10 Little Piano Pieces
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Marche from 'The Love from Three Oranges'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Ballade No 2 in B minor
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Prelude No 25 in C sharp minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Ondine from Gaspard de la nuit
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Rhapsodie espagnole
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Fantasia for Flute and Piano
    Georges Hüe (1858-1948)
    Sonata for Flute and Continuo in G, 'Hamburger'
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
    Out of the Cool
    David Heath (1956-)
    Ridente la Calma
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Danza, danza fanciulla gentile
    Francesco Durante (1684-1755)
    Il mio bel foco
    Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739)
    Chi sà, chi sà, Qual sia
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata in G minor for cello and basso continuo
    Henry Eccles (c1675-c1742)
    Reverie
    Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)
    Concert Polonaise
    Adolf Misek (1875-1955)
    Sonata for Solo Violin No 3 in D Minor, 'Ballade'
    Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
    Valse-scherzo
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    Sat, 2014-09-27 19:00
    Piano recital by Peter Seivewright
    Peter Seivewright
    Swinburne Hall Colchester CO3 3LL
    United Kingdom

    Peter Seivewright is a virtuoso performer of consummate skill and musicianship who has played extensively worldwide as a concert pianist and as a soloist in many concertos. His wide repertoire embraces Bach, Tchaikovsky and many modern composers including 20th century masters such as Ives and Carter. In this recital he brings his unique insights into the music of JS Bach and demonstrates his virtuosity and power in performences specially composed by local musician Peter Thorne and in the magnificent Concerto by George Gershwin, in its solo transcription by Grace Castagnetta.

    This will be an evening to remember and should not be missed by music lovers and concert goers in the area!

    Passacaglia in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite from Violin Partita No 3 in E
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Three Jazz Etudes
    Peter Thorne (1955-)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in F, transcribed for solo piano
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    Fri, 2014-09-26 19:00
    Piano recital by Peter Seivewright
    Peter Seivewright
    St James's Church Clacton on Sea CO15 1LE
    United Kingdom

    Peter Seivewright has performed as a soloist in concertos and recitals in leading venues throughout the world, including Denmark, Russia, China, The United Arab Emirates, Australia and America. He has also made frequent radio and television broadcasts in all these countries such as his performance of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony orchestra from the opera house Ho Chi Mihn City and a live television broadcast from the Concert Hall of the forbidden City in Beijing and a live broadcast from the National concert Hall in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In 2012 he played the Gershwin piano concerto in its solo transcription by Grace Castagnetta in Moscow’s leading concert venue, the Moscow House of Music and received a standing ovation.

    Peter has made many commercial recordings, including the complete piano works of Carl Nielsen for Naxos, Contemporary Scottish music for Merlin Classics, Piano music by Victor Bendix for Rondo Records.

    He is working on a project to record the complete sonatas of Galuppi on ten CDs, three of which are complete.

    He has also recorded the music of Louis Glass and one volume of American piano sonatas and the four concertos of J.S. Bach all for the Divine Art record company.

    He has collaborated with many musicians in chamber performances including Paul Archibald, Roy Carter, Simon Browne, Michael Beeston, Manab Naskar and Nicholas Etheridge among many others.

    He has also been prolific as a jazz pianist, broadcasting with his trio for BBC Radio Manchester in the early 1980s, appearing as soloist in the concerto for piano and big band by Friedrich Gulda in Ronnie Scott’s club in London and appearing with Sir John Dankworth, Jeff Ladenheim and many others.

    Peter Thorne has written many pieces for wind instruments and piano in various combinations, many of which are published by Warwick Music and Sound the Trumpets. He has also written extensively for choirs and in particular for high voices which have been performed in many parts of the world by the New London Children’s Choir among many others. Following this series of concerts, Peter will be collaborating with Peter Seivewright on a performance of the Thorne piano concerto in the near future.

    Passacaglia in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite from Violin Partita No 3 in E
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Three Jazz Etudes
    Peter Thorne (1955-)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra in F, transcribed for solo piano
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
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    Sat, 2014-09-20 19:30
    Surrey Mozart Players | Sibelius's violin concerto with Alexander Sitkovetsky
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, Kenneth Woods, The Surrey Mozart Players
    The Electric Theatre Guildford GU1 4SZ
    United Kingdom

    Surrey Mozart Players present an exciting programme to open their 2014-15 season. True to their roots, the orchestra begin with the overture to Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), a sparkling curtain-raiser. They are then joined by star violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky for Sibelius's wonderful violin concerto, of which the musicologist Donald Tovey said 'I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work'. The concert concludes with Dvorak's 5th symphony, the first of his mature symphonies, largely pastoral in style but with a thrillingly dramatic final movement.

    Overture from Der Schauspieldirektor, 'The Impresario'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Symphony No 5 in F
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)