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Format: 2015-03-02
Format: 2015-03-02
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    7 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    J S Bach: St Matthew Passion | Guildford Choral Society
    Amy Lyddon, Florilegium, Guildford Choral Society, Guildford High School Chamber Choir, James Oxley, Jeremy White, Jonathan Willcocks, Julia Doyle, Timothy Nelson
    Guildford Cathedral Guildford GU2 7UP
    United Kingdom

    As Easter approaches, a fine cathedral environment is the perfect setting for this performance of Bach’s greatest interpretation of the Passion story. Sung in English to allow the audience to be drawn into the narrative of Christ’s persecution, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection, Guildford Choral Society will be joined by the young voices of Guildford High School Chamber Choir and soloists led by James Oxley, noted for his dramatic story-telling as the Evangelist. Our orchestra for this performance is Florilegium, one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles.

    St Matthew Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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    6 March 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Soloists from Royal Academy of Music Accordion department
    Alastair Chilvers, Bartosz Glowacki, Ben de Souza, Joseph Butler, Katariina Ahjoniemi, Shing Kwan Leung
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal Academy of Music

    The Academy was the first British conservatoire to introduce teaching for the classical accordion. The specialist curriculum complements other courses and includes masterclasses, performance practice, accordion history, repertoire, instrument maintenance and art of teaching classes.

    The accordion is thoroughly integrated into the life and work of the Academy through a strong and wide-ranging chamber music programme. The response of contemporary composers to the instrument’s emergence is reflected in continuing collaborations with composition students and established composers

    Marilina (1993)
    Heikki Valpola (1946-)
    Prelude, Fugue et Variations in B minor (arr.Owens)
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    The Ruined Cathedral (1958)
    Václav Trojan (1907-1983)
    4th movement from Sonata No 3
    Vladislav Zolotaryov (1942-1975)
    Ave Maria
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Hungarian Rhapsody
    David Popper (1843-1913)
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    2 March 2015 - 1:10pm
    The London Chamber Collective play Schumann and Turnage
    London Chamber Collective
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The London Chamber Collective is an ensemble of award-winning chamber musicians who play together in many different formations, allowing them to explore great masterpieces across the chamber music genre and programme varied and exciting concerts. The London Chamber Collective is made up of internationally acclaimed performers, who came together in 2013 after graduating from many of the top conservatoires in the world, including the Juilliard, the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, and the Paris Conservatoire.

    The flexibility of the London Chamber Collective gives them the opportunity to put on concerts that look at classical music from different angles, through various mediums such as a Piano Quartet followed by a String Sextet. The group believe in including the audience in their thoughts on the music and composers, and often give spoken introductions to their performances. Exploring, for example, the relationships between early and late works of one composer, or between a particular composer and their contemporaries is something that interests the LCC in particular and something they believe can really bring concerts to life.

    In 2014, the London Chamber Collective launched their own festival, Sevenoaks Chamber Music Festival. Other highlights that year included recitals of works by Mozart and Beethoven at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, and Kings Place as well as touring their all-Russian programme starting at Pushkin House, the Russian Cultural centre in London, followed by Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and Vera Fletcher Hall.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Piano Quartet in E flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Three for Two
    Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960-)
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    4 March 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Hao Zi Yoh (piano) plays Haydn, Schumann and Albeniz
    Hao Zi Yoh
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Born in 1995, Malaysian pianist, Hao Zi YOH began her musical studies at the age of 3. After completing her undergraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany under Prof. Elza Kolodin, she is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies under scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Prof. Christopher Elton.

    Hao Zi is a top prize winner in many international competitions including the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (Manchester, England 2012) where she performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Hannu Lintu. At the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians (Enschede, Holland 2012), she was also awarded a special prize for best performance of a modern composition. Her recent success at the Concurso internacional de piano Rotary Club Palma Ramon LLull, Mallorca (Spain 2013) has led her to performances in Spain, and also opportunity to play with the Baleares Symphony Orchestra in 2015. She has been performing concerts in collaboration with other musicians, as well as soloist recitals around Europe, USA, Japan and Malaysia.

    At the age of 12, Hao Zi was invited to perform in a Prizewinners Concert at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York after becoming the gold medalist at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Apart from that, she was invited to perform her own composition "Bustling City and Peaceful Suburb", representing Malaysia at the Yamaha Asia Pacific Junior Original Concert 2007.

    In an effort to broaden her musical horizons, Hao Zi also participated in masterclasses given by renowned pianists such as Prof. Dimitri Bashkirov, Prof. Vitalij Margulis, Prof. Christian Zacharias, Prof. Robert Levin, Prof. Jacques Rouvier, Prof. Arbo Valdma, Prof. Piotr Paleczny, Prof. Pascal Nemirovski, Prof. Bernd Goetzke, Prof. Andrea Bonatta to name a few.

    'Sharing my joy through music' has always been Hao Zi's motto. In the near future, she hopes to contribute to the society through educating young musicians while performing in concerts. Apart from music, Hao Zi is also very keen in psychology and languages. She spends much of her leisure time writing and blogging about her experiences on the internet.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Fantasia in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Kinderszenen, 'Scenes from Childhood'
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Iberia
    Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
  • 7 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - Four Seasons by candlelight
    Ivor Setterfield, Mia Cooper, Trafalgar Sinfonia
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in E major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Suite for Strings and Continuo in D Minor
    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
    Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 4 violins in E minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    7 March 2015 - 7:30pm
    Piano recital by Geoffrey Hopkins
    Geoffrey Hopkins
    St Mary's Church Aylesbury HP20 2JJ
    United Kingdom

    Geoffrey Hopkins has broadcast as soloist many times, given London recitals at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank and has played in festivals and with leading orchestras. his playing has been described as follows:-

    ‘.......very fine playing, combining power with great delicacy of touch and a grasp of the music’s meaning which really communicated with the audience’. Bath Chronicle

    Sonata for Piano No 8 in A minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Étude No 3 in E major, 'Tristesse' from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 4 in C sharp minor from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 12 in C Minor,'Revolutionary' from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Berceuse in D flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Scherzo No 2 in B Flat minor
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Reflets dans l'eau from Images for Piano (Book 1, 1905)
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Mephisto Waltz No 3
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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    6 March 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Jessica Zhu (piano) plays Haydn and Rachmaninov
    Jessica Zhu
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The 'outstanding young Chinese-American pianist' Jessica Zhu (The Independent) received warm praise for her Wigmore Hall debut, given as part of the Park Lane Group's Young Artists Series in December 2011.

    Winning the First Prize at the 2011 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and the Audience Prize at the Sussex International Piano Competition, Jessica Zhu has received numerous invitations for concerto performances. In 2012, she played with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in a minor under the baton of John Gibbons. She also performed, in 2011, with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra at the Fairfield Hall in an electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and with the Finchley Chamber Orchestra in Mozart's Concerto in D minor, K466, after which the audience demanded an encore.

    Jessica made her orchestral debut in 2006 as a student of Nancy Weems at the University of Houston, when she played Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Houston Symphony. She has since performed with many orchestras in America. In 2009 Jessica was awarded the highly covetedMarshall Scholarship with which she completed a Masters programme with distinction at the the Guildhall School of Music & Dramas, studying with Joan Havill. In 2011, she was awarded a Fellowship at the Guildhall studying with Paul Roberts and Ronan O'Hora and she is currently on the school's doctoral programme (DMA). She has also worked in master classes with Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Abbey Simon, Pascal Devoyon, Arie Vardi, Boris Berman, Robert McDonald, among others.

    Believing in using music to reach and educate audiences without easy access to the arts, Jessica is on the LiveMusicNow young artist scheme, performing in hospitals, elderly homes, and special education schools throughout the UK. In addition to the Wigmore Hall, Jessica has appeared at the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre, St. James's Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, among others around the UK and in Europe.

    Free lunchtime recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Keyboard No 60 in C
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Andante with Variations for Piano in F minor
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Variations on a theme of Corelli
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
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    9 March 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Joanna Skillett (soprano) and Melanie Jones (piano)
    Joanna Marie Skillett, Melanie Jones
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Joanna Marie Skillett was recently awarded a distinction from The Royal Academy of Music for her Masters degree.

    She has appeared as soprano soloist for The Royal Opera House’s Production Park Grand Opening; the lead role in the premiere of Random for English Touring Opera and at the Lytham Proms with gold status soprano Lesley Garrett. Her performance schedule also includes concerts with The Royal Opera House’s Head of Music David Syrus; the distinguished Opera director John Copley at Amersham Music Festival (as Mimì in La Bohème); performances at some of London’s most prestigious venues such as St James's Piccadilly, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, The National Portrait Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral and St James’s Palace; and as a Guest Solo Artist for Macmillan’s ‘For Dusty’ Tribute at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Recent role debuts include Mozart’s La Contessa (Amersham Music Festival), Donna Elvira (Opera Up Close / Soho Theatre on London's West End), First Lady (Regents Opera UK Tour) and a concert performance of Puccini’s Musetta of La Bohème (London Festival Opera) at Windsor’s Theatre Royal, in the presence of HRH Prince Edward.

    Recent awards include Essex Musician of the Year, The RAM Richard Desmond Award, The Freda Parry Scholarship for Singers and The George Heim Memorial Trust Award.

    Joanna is an active supporter of Music and the Arts within the Community and was awarded The RAM Open Academy Fellowship. Joanna is a Patron for Corbets Tey School for children with complex learning needs; an Ambassador for the international Concordia Foundation; Visiting Faculty Member of The Caux Artists Programme Switzerland, and Director of JMS Music.

    Joanna is a 2014 Park Lane Group Young Artist and will make her Recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in Spring 2015.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    7 Gypsy Melodies, 'Zigeunerlieder'
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Gruss from 6 Songs
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Zur Rosenzeit, 'The Time of Roses from 6 Songs
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Ein Traum (A Dream) from 6 Songs
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Wiegenlied
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Schlagende Herzen from 3 Lieder
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten from 6 Lieder aus Lotusblattern
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Befreit from 5 Lieder
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    3 Métamorphoses
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Les Chemins de L'Amour - Valse Chantée
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
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    11 March 2015 - 1:10pm
    Free lunchtime concert: Hannah Lewis (cello) plays Bach and Schubert
    César Saura, Hannah Lewis
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The brilliant young British cellist Hannah Lewis performs Bach and Schubert in the third of the 'Cellissimo' series of lunchtime concerts in Christopher Wren's beautiful church on Piccadilly. This is a free concert, with a retiring collection.

    Suite for cello No 6 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    5 March 2015 - 7:45pm
    Eric Whitacre and Eric Whitacre Singers
    Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Singers, Jeff Beal, Nicki Wells
    Union Chapel London N1 2XD
    United Kingdom

    Following their last London appearance at iTunes Festival, Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers return to Union Chapel for a performance which will include pieces by Duruflé, Britten, Beal and Eric himself.

    Jeff Beal is welcomed to Union Chapel to perform his first-ever choral piece, ‘The Salvage Men’, written especially for the Eric Whitacre Singers and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Best-known for his compositions for film and media which have earned him thirteen prime time Emmy nominations, including his score and theme for House of Cards, Mr. Beal also has three statues.

    Nicki Wells is an extraordinary young artist who has been singing and touring the world with Nitin Sawhney for the past 5 years. Having enthralled audiences with her incredible versatility from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House she is now about to release her much anticipated album. ‘Ocean’ the song she will be performing at Union Chapel is the pivotal track establishing her unique ability to seamlessly blend eastern and western traditions with an unprecedented elegance.

    Alongside the concert, the Centre for Performance, Royal College of Music and Imperial College will be leading a voluntary research study investigating the effects of singing on the health and wellbeing of singers and audience members. The research team will be analysing psychological data, stress hormones in saliva samples, and electrocardiogram data. The research will be continued at second performance at Gloucester Cathedral as part of Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2015 which will include a health symposium.

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