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Format: 2015-04-27
Format: 2015-04-27
  • 3 May 2015 - 2:00pm
    Oxford May Music: The Seasons with pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro
    Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    This afternoon's concert features two contrasting works for solo piano relating to 'The Seasons'. Portuguese pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro will perform Tchaikovsky's 12 movement piece, each dedicated to a month of the year and Piazzolla's 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires, featuring four tangos inspired by the changing seasons.

    The Seasons
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Las cuatro estaciones portenas, 'The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires', arranged for solo piano
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • 4 May 2015 - 6:00pm
    Oxford May Music: Festival Finale
    Amandine Savary, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Enno Senft, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Jack Liebeck, Paul Dean, Simon Oswell
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    The traditional send-off sees one of classical music's most famous pieces appear at the Festival for the first time - Schubert’s 'Trout' Quintet. Another first is the Mozart 'Gran Partita', the Serenade in B flat K 361 originally composed for twelve wind instruments and bass. The original forces are beyond our logistics but tonight’s arrangement for piano quartet and clarinet still reflects on a somewhat smaller scale the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus.

    Please note the earlier starting time of this concert.

    Serenade No 10 in B flat, 'Gran Partita', arranged for clarinet and piano quartet
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Piano Quintet in A, 'Die Forelle' (Trout)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight
    Agata Darashkaite, Fenella Humphreys, London Concertante
    Southwark Cathedral London SE1 9DA
    United Kingdom

    London Concertante is the UKs leading chamber orchestra, now approaching its 25th anniversary season. Tonight, the ensemble performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons, alongside other great baroque masterpieces - music by Bach, Telemann and Mozart - in the glorious setting of Southwark Cathedral. All presented in an enticing 'candlelight' setting. With Guest Director and violin sensation Fenella Humphreys at the helm, this will surely be an exciting and memorable evening.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. Founded in 1991, the ensemble soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and the unique rapport it builds with its audience.

    The ensemble has toured regularly and gives a regular, and hugely popular, series of concerts at one of London’s landmark venues; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where it performs 12 concerts each year, alongside concerts at St James' Piccadilly, Southwark Cathedral, Cadogan Hall and the Southbank Centre.

    In 1995, the group released the first of its 16 recordings, on its own label. Since then, they have recorded for Toccata Classics, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi and ARC Music, with a varied, eclectic and exciting range of repertoire, constantly garnering tremendous critical acclaim. Their latest recording pushes the boundaries of seminal composer, Astor Piazzolla, in a release entitled 'Piazzolla and Beyond'.

    During the intervening years, London Concertante concentrated on chamber music and has performed throughout the UK for music clubs and festivals, giving around 100 concerts each year. Tours have taken them to the USA, Finland, Spain and France, and will be embarking on a tour to the Middle East in 2015.

    As well as giving performances at festivals, music clubs and theatres, London Concertante also has a thriving education programme; inspiring youngsters to enjoy classical music, both as listeners and performers.

    "played with silky-toned elegance....extraordinary unanimity. The London Concertante members, fine chamber musicians that they are, played with an uncanny clarity of texture...quite exquisite." The Strad

    "Drum-tight. This is superb chamber playing" The Scotsman ****

    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Divertimento for Strings No 3 in F, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 3
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Concerto for 2 violins and strings in D minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 4 violins in A
    Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Schola Cantorum of Oxford: 55th Anniversary Concert with the OAE
    Anna Dennis, Benjamin Hulett, James Burton, Miriam Allan, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Roderick Williams, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and Alumni Chorus
    Sheldonian Theatre Oxford OX1 3AZ
    United Kingdom

    Schola Cantorum of Oxford celebrates its 55th anniversary year with a special concert featuring Mozart's C minor Mass accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Distinguished soloists Miriam Allan, Anna Dennis, Benjamin Hulett and the choir's patron Roderick Williams join the choir and a chorus made up of the choir's alumni. Conducted by Schola Cantorum's Music Director James Burton, the concert will include Brahms's Song of Destiny and recent choral works composed by Roderick Williams.

    O Adonai
    Roderick Williams ()
    O Radix Jesse
    Roderick Williams ()
    Schicksalslied, 'Song of Destiny'
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Mass in C minor, 'The Great'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    7 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Christian Blackshaw: Schubert's last three Piano Sonatas - Hellensmusic 2015
    Christian Blackshaw
    Hellens Manor Ledbury HR8 2LY
    United Kingdom

    HellensMusic2015 is a four day celebration of music at Hellens Manor, with evening concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals by world-class musicians and talented young students from the best British music schools.

    Christian Blackshaw, internationally renowned pianist and Hellensmusic Director, will open the festival this year with a performance of Schubert's last three piano sonatas, which he has recently performed and recorded live at the Wigmore Hall with great acclaim and wonderful reviews.

    ¨...few pianists nowadays hypnotise their audiences quite like he does¨. Financial Times

    A group of renowned musicians will join Christian to perform in the festival for the following evenings: Markus Däunert –violin, Concertmaster Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestre, principal guest at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maya Iwabuchi -violin, former Concertmaster Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Leader Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Máté Szücs –Principal Viola of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Bruno Delepelaire -first solo cello of the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Piano Quartet and Quattuor Cavatini.

    Masterclasses will take place during the four days of the festival, when the performing musicians will work with 10 young piano and string students from the best music schools in the country. On Sunday midday, the students will perform a final concert, demonstrating the insights achieved. Masterclasses are open to the public, and are a great opportunity to see the work in progress of a piece of music while learning from wonderful world-class musicians.

    There will be a pre-concert supper and glass of wine in the Stone Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for 40 people at 6:30pm. Hellens’ bar and tea room will be open during the festival or you might prefer to picnic during the day and enjoy our tranquil gardens with views to the Malvern Hills.

    Sonata for Piano No 19 in C minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 20 in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 21 in B flat
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    3 May 2015 - 2:00pm
    No Voice Unheard | OperaCoast
    Gregory Rose, Nigel Foster, OperaCoast soloists, Trinity Laban Conservatoire Players
    Menier Chocolate Factory London SE1 1RU
    United Kingdom

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the WW2 OperaCoast presents a programme of vocal and instrumental music by the composers whose lives were affected by WW2 and the Holocaust.

    Selected poems written by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp are performed by schoolchildren from Lewes, East Sussex.

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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Opera Foundry Great Composer Concert Series: Mozart
    Andrea Fishenden, Angela Voyajolu, Annette Dumville, David Banbury, Derek S Henderson, Elaine Way, Giovanni Tagliarini, Guy Middlemiss, Ian Helm, Joe St. Johanser, Matthew Connolly, Opera Foundry, Philip Thornton, Richard Cartmale, Richard Johnson, Sarah Quantrell
    St Mary Magdalene Church Richmond upon Thames TW9 1SN
    United Kingdom

    The first of a new concert series celebrating the works of great composers. Opera Foundry presents an intimate evening of Mozart's opera, showcasing an exceptional ensemble of singers and concert pianists. Includes arias and ensembles from the Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo and The Marriage of Figaro.

    Excerpts from Don Giovanni
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Idomeneo
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Le Nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Excerpts from Die Zauberflöte, 'The Magic Flute'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Italia! A festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - The Gondoliers
    Raffles Ensemble, The Choir of Hendon St Mary
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    A semi-staged performance of the classic comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. Delightful tunes and a hilarious farce set in the sunny Mediterrnean, brought to life by the choir of Hendon St Mary and the Raffles Ensemble.

    The Gondoliers, 'The King of Barataria'
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
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    1 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Italia! Festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - renaissance music
    Richard Morrison, The Choir of Hendon St Mary
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    Glorious Italian choral music from the renaissance and baroque.

    By candlelight the choir of Hendon St Mary, directed by Richard Morrison, recreate the splendours of the sacred music heard in Rome, Venice and Mantua during the 16th and 17th centuries including some of the greatest polychoral masterpieces of Giovanni Gabrielli, Allegri and Lotti and motets by Monteverdi and Palestrina.

    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Crucifixus a 10
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Magnificat a 17
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/6-1612)
    Adoramus te, Christe
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Omnes gentes plaudite manibus from Symphoniae sacrae
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/6-1612)
    Musiche Sacre
    Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
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    3 May 2015 - 4:00pm
    Italia! Festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - chamber music
    Anna Tilbrook, Ellie Fagg, Louisa Tuck, Tom Norris
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    Pianist Anna Tilbrook leads distinguished musicians Ellie Fagg (violin), Tom Norris (violin) and Louise Tuck (cello) in an afternoon of romantic and baroque chamber music for strings and keyboard, including Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor and Italian masterpieces.

    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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