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Format: 2014-09-19
Format: 2014-09-19
  • 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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    Fri, 2014-09-19 19:30
    Parkhouse Award presents the Fournier Piano Trio
    Chiao-Ying Chang, Fournier Piano Trio, Pei-Jee Ng, Sulki Yu
    Wigmore Hall London W1U 2BP
    United Kingdom

    The Fournier Trio, stunning 2013 Parkhouse Award prizewinners have been described as 'awesome'. This is a young ensemble not to miss!

    This evening’s concert has a special significance as this year the Parkhouse Award celebrates the ninetieth birthday of the founder and President of the Parkhouse Award. It is rare enough to reach the pinnacle of chamber music-making as did Eileen Parkhouse with her husband David Parkhouse, and Hugh Bean, as the much-loved Music Group of London. Ever rarer is it for a renowned soloist and chamber musician to found a unique Award to encourage young piano-based ensembles to establish themselves on the London scene.

    The success of the Award over nearly a quarter of a century has fully justified Eileen’s pioneering energy, determination and wise guidance. The Fournier Trio and all our previous Prizewinners join us in celebrating Eileen’s enormous personal contribution to music and her creative, generous and unique gift to the younger generation.

    14 Variations in E flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
    Piano Trio No 1 in B major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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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)
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    Fri, 2014-09-26 19:30
    Ronan Magill plays and talks about Bach, Schumann, Scriabin, and Liszt
    Ronan Magill
    Schott Recital Room London W1F 7BB
    United Kingdom

    Ronan Magill, having recently returned from teaching and lecturing at Ferris University in Yokohama Japan, will be talking about his experiences, as well as introducing and performing some favourite works in his repertoire. As the centenery of Scriabin approaches, he will be playing that composer's beautifully evocative Sonata-Fantasy No 2 Op 19 which describes the moods of the sea, and concluding with the moving and emotionally powerful 'Vallee d'Obermann' by Liszt.

    Partita No 2 in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Humoreske in B Flat for Piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for piano No 2 in G sharp minor, 'Sonata-fantasy'
    Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
    Vallée d'Obermann from Années de pèlerinage - année 1: Suisse
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • Sat, 2014-09-27 16:30
    Mini Maestro Family Concert: Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    John Landor, LMA Orchestra
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Treat your children to John Landor's wonderful Mini Maestro Family Concerts, bringing classical music alive for 4 - 12 year olds. They'll have lots of interactive fun with the music, including games, stories, miming, singing, clapping and conducting along. It's a journey of discovery, imagination and inspiration - creative, educational and fun!

    These child-friendly events at St Martin’s, in the heart of Trafalgar Square, have been entertaining London families and visitors for over a decade. They’re also convenient for inclusion in a day out in the centre of town, with brass-rubbing, gift-shopping and lovely tea and cakes available in the crypt. And the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery and the attractions of Covent Garden are all just a stone’s throw away for an even more fun-packed day for you and your kids!

    Join the party with Mozart’s Little Night Music and the instrumental acrobatics of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

    Mini Maestro Series September 2014 - April 2015

    Special Offer - 3 concerts for the price of 2

    Phone the box office (020 7766 1100) quoting ‘Mini Maestro LMA 3 for 2′. Excludes December concerts.

    'Since coming to your concert, our six-year old cannot stop listening to classical music and recognises composers on the radio! You’ve certainly inspired him!'

    'Love the opportunity for children to sit in the orchestra, conducting and having the freedom to respond in their own way!'

    'a beautiful and informal way to introduce children (and adults who did not have the chance) to music'

    '100% entertaining, fun, enjoyable, child-friendly'

    'Brilliant! The children (and parents!) loved it and learnt a lot'

    Serenade No 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sérénade
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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    Sun, 2014-09-21 16:00
    Alicia's Gift - the concert of the book
    Jessica Duchen, Viv McLean
    Westminster Cathedral Hall London SW1P 1QW
    United Kingdom

    What does a family do to a talented child? What does the presence of a prodigy do to the family? The topics of Jessica Duchen’s acclaimed novel Alicia’s Gift hold perennial fascination for countless music-lovers.

    Its story follows the piano prodigy Alicia Bradley and her embattled parents from the revelation of her talent, aged three, through to her adulthood and her participation in the Leeds International Piano Competition. The process leaves none of them unchanged and ultimately forces Alicia to face harsh truths about herself, her guidance and her gift.

    The Alicia’s Gift concert explores its heroine’s progress with the help of some of the piano pieces in her life; words and music fuse in a closely integrated narrative, telling the story together. Alicia’s passion for Chopin is reflected in selections ranging from the Third Ballade to the stormy Etude Op.25 No.12. Her emotional growth is mirrored in the atmospheric worlds of Granados and Ravel, among others. Her search for the perfect teacher – easier said than done, and of more than current concern – carries her through a roller-coaster of Falla, Debussy and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. And the usually unseen hard work of a budding pianist is demonstrated when Viv shows the audience exactly what “Russian scales” are... The concert ends with a surprise for which the performers may require an extra chair at the piano.

    Jessica Duchen (narrator) is the author of four novels, biographies of Fauré and Korngold and a quantity of music journalism for The Independent. She is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3. She has created numerous stage works uniting words and music, and two plays, one about Messiaen, A Walk through the End of Time, and most recently a fantastical comedy about Wagner, Sins of the Fathers, premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in November 2013. Alicia’s Gift, her second novel, has been praised for its musical acuity and its sensitive dissection of family relationships. It is published by Hodder.

    “Jessica writes with an unpredictable and original voice and a dazzling perceptiveness, and I was hooked from the first page.” (Joanna Lumley)

    Duchen balances the conventions of the genre with the authority of a writer who really knows her subject...Alicia's Gift is a wonderful read.” (Music Teacher Magazine)

    Viv McLean (piano) Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K.467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican and a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Appearances in 2012-13 included Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge, Gershwin and Bernstein with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Beethoven's 5th Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.

    “Extraordinary originality... fingers of steel hidden behind muscles of velvet.” (Le Monde - Paris)

    “Viv McLean never faltered, spewing molten lava.” (The Times – London)

    Étude No 1 in A flat major from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor brujo
    Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
    Ballade No 3 in A flat
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Jardins sous la pluie from 3 Estampes
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Waltz in D flat, 'Minute'
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Étude No 12 in C minor from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    The Maiden and the Nightingale from Goyescas
    Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
    La Colombe from 'Préludes'
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    Animé from Sonatine
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Le jardin féerique from Ma mere l'Oye 'Mother Goose', Suite for Piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)