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Format: 2014-11-23
Format: 2014-11-23
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 19:30
    Chetham's Showcase
    David Shaw, Emma Bain, Eudald Buch, Jack Reddick
    Chetham's School of Music Manchester M3 1SB
    United Kingdom

    Outstanding student soloists from across the departments perform in a special concert that profiles the next generation of classical musicians. Each student performs a 20-minute recital within this full-length concert. You saw them here first!

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    Sun, 2014-11-23 19:30
    University of London Symphony Orchestra 2014-15 Season inaugural concert
    Daniel Capps, University of London Symphony Orchestra
    St Stephen's Church London SW7 4AL
    United Kingdom

    The University of London Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season with a programme of Shostakovich, Adams and Bernstein, where some of the finest young musicians in the country play in a concert together for the first time.

    The University of London Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading student orchestras in the UK, run by students, for students. Bringing together the best musical talent of London’s universities to create a youthful, exuberant orchestra with a unique vitality. Described by MusicWeb international as an orchestra of ‘unfeigned commitment and concentration…obvious talent.’

    Daniel Capps returns as musical director to conduct the first project. In Chairman Dances one can expect stylized pseudo jazz inflections, chugging rhythms and colourfulorchestration. Bernstein’s On the Town combines yet more Jazz influences with his indomitable panache for musical theatre. Lastly the programme will finish with what is often considered his greatest work, Shostakovich’s 5th symphony, forged in the heart of oppression and terror in Soviet Russia, a piece of profound meaning and subtlety. An ambitious and varied programme that requires virtuosic flair and emotional connection.

    3 Dance Episodes from On the Town
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    The Chairman Dances
    John Adams (1947-)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 19:45
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Amyn Merchant, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jesper Svedberg, Kirill Karabits, Sunwook Kim
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Blumine was originally part of Mahler’s First Symphony, but after the first few performances, the composer decided not to use it. It remains a charming and romantic piece, representing a lovers’ serenade. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, written around the time of the Eroica Symphony and Waldstein sonata, is gradually becoming more familiar after decades of neglect. The polonaise-influenced finale is a delight from start to finish. Arguments continue to rage over the true meaning of Shostakovich’s most performed and recorded symphony, but it remains a work of extraordinary emotional and musical tension, poised on a knife edge between survival and disaster.

    Blumine
    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra in C major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 5 in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Piano recital by Jarel Robinson-Brown
    Jarel Robinson-Brown
    Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff CF10 3ER
    United Kingdom

    A piano recital of works ranging from Bach to Debussy, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann including some beautifully intimate transcriptions!

    Prelude and Fugue No 21 in B flat, from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Excerpts from Kinderszenen, 'Scenes from Childhood'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sicilienne from Concerto No 5 in D minor (after Vivaldi)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude in B minor (arr. A Siloti)
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prelude and Fugue in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Prélude No 10, La cathédrale engloutie from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 9, Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. from 12 Préludes, Book 2
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from 'Children's Corner'
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prelude in E minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Waltz in A Minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Mazurka No 4 in A minor from 4 Mazurkas
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    Thu, 2014-11-27 13:00
    Kotaro Fukuma - lunchtime piano recital
    Kotaro Fukuma
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma started learning piano at the age of 5 and has obtained many high awards in international competitions in such cities as Tel Aviv (Arthur Rubinstein), Santander (Paloma O’Shea), Helsinki (Maj Lind), Rio De Janeiro (BNDES) and Salt Lake City (Gina Bachauer). In 2003, at the age of 20, Kotaro won both First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the 15th Cleveland International Piano Competition. Since then his concert career has developed on five continents.

    He has performed in many of the world’s top concert venues in New York, London, Berlin, Leipzig, Geneva, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. In 2013, he played at “La Folle Journée au Japon” in Tokyo and in the series 'Grandes Pianistas' in the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile replacing Hélène Grimaud.

    His performances with orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Île de France National Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic, Japan Century Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic, under the direction of such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Juanjo Mena, Asher Fisch, Hannu Lintu, Lawrence L. Smith, François-Xavier Roth, Jahja Ling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Yuki Kakiuchi.

    Passionate about contemporary music, Kotaro has performed world and national premieres of works by Toru Takemitsu, Mutsuo Shishido, Renaud Gagneux, Thierry Escaich, Thierry Huillet, Peter Klatzow and Francesco Milita.

    Kotaro has released six commercial CDs to date: two by Naxos (Schumann, Takemitsu), two by Accustika (Liszt, Toppan live recital) one by Editions Hortus (Albéniz) and one by Denon (Debussy), and has received critical praise in such music magazines as Gramophone, Diapason, American Music Records, Monde de la Musique, Classica, Bayern 4 Klassik and Classic Today.

    Kotaro Fukuma is currently based in Berlin.

    “A fabulous pianist and a prince among peers” (The Independent)

    Gavotte and Six Variations
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Reflets dans l'eau, from 6 Images
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Hommage à Rameau from Images for Piano (Book 1, 1905)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Mouvement, from '6 Images'
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Dumka, Russian rustic scene
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    The Lark (arr Balakirev)
    Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
    Excerpts from The Firebird
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • Sat, 2014-11-29 19:30
    Haydn's Nelson Mass and Parry's Songs of Farewell, a winter concert farewell!
    Canticle Chamber Choir, James Lloyd-Thomas
    The Meeting House Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QF
    United Kingdom

    The Canticle Chamber Choir invites you to what is most likely our final concert together.

    We are looking forward to performing Haydn's Nelson Mass, composed in 1798 and Parry's Songs of Farewell, composed between 1916-18, in this concert and hope that you will enjoy the majesty of the Haydn and the emotional nature of the Parry.

    Mass No 11 in D minor, 'Nelson Mass' (Missa in Angustiis)
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    6 Songs of Farewell
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
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    Wed, 2014-12-03 19:30
    Sleepers Wake - Music for Advent and Christmas
    English Chamber Choir, Guy Protheroe
    The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy London WC2R 0DA
    United Kingdom

    Advent is essentially a time of preparation. For our medieval Christian ancestors this would have been essentially a spiritual progression from darkness into light. Today it is more likely to be marked by the rituals of Christmas shopping, cooking and pre-Christmas social gatherings. Interestingly, however, there has in recent years been a revival in Britain of the middle European tradition of lighting Advent candles, one for each of the four Sundays, and of course children increasingly enjoy the variety of Advent calendars with their daily windows to be discovered and opened.

    This programme has its own progression, not only from darkness into light but from Old Testament prophecy to the birth of the infant Jesus. Virga Jesse is based on the words of the prophet Isaiah telling of the rod of Jesse bursting into flower. Tallis’s short hymn O nata lux (light born of light) provided a direct inspiration for James MacMillan’s more contemporary take on radiant light. With Bach’s Cantata Wachet auf (Sleepers wake) the wise and foolish virgins await the arrival of their bridegroom, for whom they too will provide light. And, talking of virgins, one of the principal characters in the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, is of course the Virgin Mary who, heavily pregnant and preparing herself to deliver her first-born, is nevertheless taken off on a donkey to deliver a tax return! Together with the thread of ‘darkness into light’, our sequence also includes a selection of portraits of the Blessed Virgin from a number of different Christian traditions - Catholic, Orthodox, medieval and modem. The medieval/modem mix is also a key feature of Benjamin Britten’s sequence for high voices and harp and our programme is completed by the four motets written by Francis Poulenc, the last of which is a rousing setting of Hodie Christus natus est (Today Christ is born). Such celebration could be deemed a little premature, but it forms a fitting conclusion to our own musical journey through this time of preparation and expectation.

    Virga Jesse floruit
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    Ave Maria
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    O nata lux de lumine
    Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    O Radiant Dawn from Strathclyde Motets
    James MacMillan (1959-)
    A Ceremony of Carols
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Cantata No 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Bogoroditse Devo
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Sub tuum praesidium
    Ivan Moody (1964-)
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    Sun, 2014-11-23 11:30
    Peter and the Wolf | London Winds (wind quintet)
    London Winds
    Assembly Hall, Stoke Newington Town Hall London N16 0JR
    United Kingdom

    London Winds are a stunning combination of virtuoso players who also enjoy active solo careers. London Winds' performances are renowned for their technical brilliance, interpretative vision and joie de vivre. Founded in 1988 by British clarinettist Michael Collins, the group has rapidly become one of the world's most prominent chamber ensembles.

    Narrator Adam MacKenzie a bassoonist and one of London’s busiest freelance workshop musicians and leaders. Adam works regularly with all the major London orchestral education departments. He is Director of Education for English Sinfonia and Head of Education for Brandenburg Sinfonia.

    Peter and the Wolf
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Opus Number Zoo
    Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
    Flight of the Bumble Bee (arr for flute)
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    Divertimento for flute, oboe and clarinet
    Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
    Quartet for Wind Instruments
    Jean Françaix (1912-1997)
    Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
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    Sun, 2014-11-30 19:30
    Deck the Halls CD launch | Susanna Andersson (soprano) / Little Venice Ensemble
    Angelique Lihou, Björn Kleiman, Jamie Kenny, Johan Hugosson, Jonathan Cunliffe, Karin Norlen, Little Venice Ensemble, Simon Desbruslais, Susanna Andersson, Yuri Zhislin
    St Mary's Church, Paddington Green London W2 1LG
    United Kingdom

    Chamber Music in Little Venice present a CD launch concert of 'Deck the Halls' - a Christmas kaleidoscope of classical, popular and folk music recorded with the Swedish Star soprano Susanna Andersson and the superb Little Venice Ensemble.

    The concert will be followed by a launch party with mulled wine and seasonal treats.

    Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Sleigh Ride
    Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
    Nu tändas tusen julejus
    Emmy Köhler (1858-1925)
    I Betlehem
    Jerker Leijon ()
    Carols old and new
    Various ()
    In dulci jubilo
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    In the bleak midwinter
    Harold Darke (1888-1976)
    Largo from Concerto for Violin and Strings No 4 in F minor, 'Winter', RV 297 from Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Let the bright Seraphim from Samson
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    Wed, 2014-11-26 19:30
    Jennifer Pike (violin) and Peter Limonov (piano)
    Jennifer Pike, Peter Limonov
    Martin Hall Theatre, Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU
    United Kingdom

    Violinist Jennifer Pike is one of two former BBC Young Musician of the Year winners that will be visiting Loughborough this year. Jennifer Pike was awarded the title back in 2002; ten years earlier than other winner Laura van der Heijden (see 21st of January 2015). Since then, she has performed extensively as a soloist with major orchestras worldwide, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Symphony. Jennifer has received several other musical awards and is a sought-after recitalist. For this performance she will be accompanied by the great pianist Peter Limonov.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 18 in G
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    The Lark Ascending (original version for violin and piano)
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    4 Romantic Pieces
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
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