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Format: 2015-05-24
Format: 2015-05-24
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    27 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Bach and Family: Margaret Faultless, Terence Charlston, Rachel Stroud
    Margaret Faultless, Rachel Stroud, Terence Charlston
    All Saints Church Wokingham RG40 1UE
    United Kingdom

    Margaret Faultless is co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and regularly directs the orchestra. For twelve years, Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, as concert-master and soloist in their ten-year project to perform and record JS Bach’s cantatas. She is a regular director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (for whom she is Director of Studies), Philharmonie Merck, and is the Artistic Director of Music for Awhile. A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years. A graduate of Clare College, Cambridge, she is Director of Performance Studies at the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, Artistic Director of the University Collegium Musicum, a Bye-Fellow of Girton College, and Musician in Residence at St John's College. She is an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and Head of Historical Performance at The Royal Academy of Music.

    Terence Charlston has toured extensively within Europe, as well as to Japan, the USA and South America giving courses and master classes in Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico and USA. He performs and records with most of today’s leading period singers, instrumentalists and ensembles and he can be frequently heard on BBC Radio 3. His recorded repertoire is particularly broad (over 50 commercial CDs on harpsichord, organ, virginals, clavichord and fortepiano) and can be heard on the Deux-Elles, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, ASV, Channel Classics and BIS labels. In addition to an international performing career, he is much in demand as a teacher. He taught academic studies, performance practice and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he founded the department of Historical Performance (1995) and now teaches basso continuo and clavichord. He also lectures for the London centre of Lawrence University, Wisconsin and has given master classes in Italy, Germany, Greece, USA and Mexico. He is professor of harpsichord at the Royal College of Music.

    This concert is kindly sponsored by the Cecil King Memorial Foundation and proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the historic town-centre church of All Saints, Wokingham.

    Chaconne in B flat
    Johann Bernhard Bach (1667-1749)
    Praeludium in in E flat
    Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703)
    Polonaise in F
    Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795)
    Sonata for violin and harpsichord in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata Notturne
    Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
    Trio Sonata in C minor 'Sanguineus and Melancholicus'
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
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    29 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Accordion Final Recital
    Bartosz Glowacki, Deco Ensemble, William Percy
    David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music London NW1 5HT
    United Kingdom

    Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. His artistic goal is to improve awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as to develop a new repertoire for his instrument.

    Bartosz presents his final recital at The Royal Academy of Music which will include the top quality compositions for accordion by composers such us Magnus Lindberg, Vladislav Zolotaryov, Sofia Gubaidulina and Mikolaj Majkusiak.

    Les anges from La Nativité du Seigneur
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Jeux d'anches
    Magnus Lindberg (1958-)
    4th movement from Sonata No 3
    Vladislav Zolotaryov (1942-1975)
    Et Expecto
    Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-)
    Triunfal
    Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
    Rhythms of doubt
    Mikolaj Majkusiak (1983-)
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    24 May 2015 - 2:00pm
    The Catfish Conundrum
    Alistair Shelton-Smith, Catherine Backhouse, Christopher Diffey, David Edwards, Donna Lennard, Edward Lambert, Lydia Hillerudh, Mark Beesley, Mayah Kadish, The Music Troupe
    The Warren at St Peter's Church Brighton BN1 4GU
    United Kingdom

    An Operatic Potboiler!

    Based on a real event, passions are aroused by an Arts Council exhibition in London 1971 in which art becomes a matter of life and death - for the catfish on display. The Press is indignant: ‘Animal cruelty!’ 'Is this art?' Spike Milligan, the Arts Council, the artist and finally President Reagan all have their say. And the catfish? Could this be the only opera in which the heroine is killed - and eaten? A dazzling role for soprano with a brilliant supporting cast and virtuoso musicians.
    The Catfish Conundrum was one of the hits of the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival 2014, now revived and brought to this exciting pop-up theatre in the heart of Brighton

    “Quirky and entertaining” (Planet Hugill)

    Based on a true event, passions were aroused by an Arts Council exhibition in 1971. 'Eleven Los Angeles Artists' included a work by the eco-artist Newton Harrison (still working today in California) in which live catfish were put on display with the intention of killing and eating them at a feast. This was to demonstrate the ecology and sustainability of farming fish. There was an outcry in the press, firstly from the animal rights faction headed by the comedian Spike Milligan who picketed the gallery and smashed a window. Much of the argument centred around the method of killing the catfish. According to the Americans, electrocution was the most humane method; but, not having a catfish industry over here, the presence of an electrocution chamber in a state-supported art gallery offended English sensibilities and reminded some of the cruelties of capital punishment. But there were also those who were less bothered about the catfish than what they saw as the degradation of art. Under Jennie Lee and Lord Goodman arts access had recently been widened in a ‘golden age’ of arts funding, never seen before or since. But this exhibition played into the hands of those who saw the arts as the playground of the 'loony left’ and as a result soon heralded a new era of targets, accountability - and cuts. Harrison had the last laugh: the farming of catfish flourished in the USA, and in 1987 President Reagan declared a National Catfish Day. All this is made into an opera which is fun and serious at the same time, with modern yet tuneful music. The Music Troupe present their lively production which was one of the hits of the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival last year.

    The Music Troupe, formed in 2013, aims to bring back the art of 'beautiful singing' into new operas that are designed for smaller spaces... we're looking to create operas that aren't scaled-down productions of bigger works but genuine chamber operas in which the music and drama are tailored (not trimmed) to a small space.

    The Catfish Conundrum
    Edward Lambert (1951-)
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    28 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Schubert: Complete Piano Sonatas with Tra Nguyen
    Tra Nguyen
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    This fascinating project includes rarely-heard unfinished sonatas which display hidden artistic struggles and arguably some of Schubert's most intimate writings where beauty shimmers in the fragility of life that is disrupted and incomplete.

    British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen's performances have been praised as "coruscating" (The Independent), "sophisticated" (Rheinpfalz-Zeitung) and possessing "surpassing keyboard artistry and passion" (American Record Guide). Her recent recordings on Sterling Records and Grand Piano Naxos have been chosen as Album of the week by The Independent, in March 2010 and in April 2012.

    Tra's imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music. She worked with Sterling Records to produce premiere recordings of music for piano and orchestra by Joachim Raff. The most recent chamber music CD with clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier has been released on ARS Produktion, featuring works of the German romantics and their contemporaries. Further releases of her critically acclaimed recording series of Joachim Raff's piano music can be found on Grand Piano (Naxos group).

    Tra gave her first performance at the Hanoi Opera House when she was ten and has continued to engage audiences in other prestigious venues worldwide (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and Tokyo Opera City amongst others). Tra Nguyen studied with Lev Naumov in Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

    “... top-class performance by Nguyen, her technical prowess augmented once again by an intuitive sense of expression and phrasing that brings this magical music to life.” MusicWeb International

    The Club's exclusive bar and lounge will be open an hour before the performance and you are invited to join Tra there after the recital.

    Sonata for Piano No 6 in E minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 17 in D
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano No 19 in C minor
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Sonata for Piano in D flat (unfinished)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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    24 May 2015 - 2:15pm
    English Music Festival: Traditional songs from these Islands performed by Albion
    Albion Ensemble, Fraser Wilson
    All Saints' Church Sutton Courtenay
    United Kingdom

    The ninth English Music Festival will be launched by the BBC Concert Orchestra under conductor Martin Yates on Friday 22nd May 2015 at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire, with the UK première of the overture ‘The New Age’ by Richard Arnell. The programme also includes the early ‘Bucolic Suite’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Finzi’s Cello Concerto with soloist Raphael Wallfisch. A lost work by George Butterworth, his ‘Fantasia for Orchestra’, has been completed and orchestrated by Martin Yates and will be given its world première performance. The concert is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

    On Saturday 23rd May, the fine British duo, violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and pianist Matthew Rickard, will perform a programme of violin sonatas by Frederick Septimus Kelly, Stephen Matthews, and Hubert Parry, in Dorchester Abbey.

    The afternoon concert transfers to Radley College, where Peter Cigleris and Martin Cousin will perform a programme of music for clarinet and piano by Dunhill, Hurlstone, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, amongst others.

    The same evening, the Elysian Singers will perform an evocative celebration of 20th century English choral music including works by Howells, Finzi, Naylor, Bantock, Harris and Walton, in a programme entitled ‘The House of the Mind’ in Dorchester Abbey.

    Following this, contemporary composer and pianist, Lionel Sainsbury, will host his own late-evening showcase where he will introduce and perform some of his own easily accessible and popular works which feature on his forthcoming CD, ‘Andalusian Fantasy’.

    At Radley College on Sunday 24th May, The Villiers Quartet, who recently received glowing reviews for their recording of quartets by Robert Still on the Naxos label, will perform a themed programme revolving around the year 1916, to include works by William Sterndale Bennett, Butterworth and Delius.

    Always a popular venue, the Festival transfers to the idyllic surroundings of Sutton Courtenay Church for Sunday’s afternoon concert where The Albion Singers are to perform a glorious programme dedicated to the exploration of the songs of the British Isles including popular favourites such as ‘Greensleeves’, ‘Danny Boy’, and ‘The Skye Boat Song’.

    Regular visitors to the Festival, the Orchestra of St Paul’s under their conductor Ben Palmer, will perform three works entitled ‘Nonet’ by Stanford, Bax and Coleridge-Taylor, and Britten’s Sinfonietta in Dorchester Abbey the same evening.

    Following this, the New Foxtrot Serenaders make a welcome return to the Festival with a late-evening programme entitled ‘When they sound the last all-clear: The British wartime popular song’, where audience participation is welcome.

    Monday 25th May, by way of contrast, will find early music group, Horologe in Dorchester Abbey to perform instrumental music and tales of love and abandonment from 18th century Britain for voice, harpsichord and viola da gamba in a programme entitled '101 Liaisons'.

    Peter Fisher’s versatile Chamber Ensemble of London will be visiting the Festival at Radley College, following their successful recording on EM Records entitled ‘Over Hill, Over Dale’, to bring a delightful programme of pieces by favourite composers including Ireland, Purcell, Delius, Arne and Britten, as well as some more unusual works.

    The final concert in Dorchester Abbey will welcome Symphonia Academica, Bedfordshire's leading Chamber Orchestra, in a programme to include works by Boughton, Milford, Finzi and Holst together with Butterworth’s songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’, sung by popular baritone, Roderick Williams, reprising his well-received performance of this work at last year’s BBC ‘Proms’.

    A number of informative talks complete the programme. A convenient mini-bus transfer is available to/from Didcot station, Dorchester-on-Thames and other Festival venues. Tickets are available now via the website, and on the door subject to availability. For further information and to see the full programme, visit: www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk

    My love is like a red, red rose
    Traditional ()
    Silent Noon from The House of Life
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Homage to Vaughan Williams Suite (world premiere)
    Fraser Wilson (1984-)
    Scarborough Fair
    Traditional English ()
    Jerusalem
    Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)
    In the beginning
    Fraser Wilson (1984-)
    The Lord is my Shepherd
    Anonymous ()
    Now is the month of Maying
    Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
    The water is wide
    Traditional English ()
    He wishes for the cloths of heaven
    Fraser Wilson (1984-)
    Danny Boy
    Traditional Irish ()
    The Skye Boat Song
    Traditional Irish ()
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    31 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Oldham Choral Society - an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan
    Donald Maxwell, National Festival Orchestra, Nigel Wilkinson, Oldham Choral Society
    Middleton Arena Manchester M24 1AG
    United Kingdom

    Oldham Choral Society ends its 2014/15 season back at Middleton Arena for another of its highly popular Gilbert and Sullivan concerts, so loved by our audiences. This time, The Gondoliers and Ruddigore make up the programme. We will have our usual line-up of wonderful soloists, headed by Donald Maxwell. As always, early booking is essential if you want to be with us for this very entertaining evening.

    Excerpts from Ruddigore (or The Witch's Curse)
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
    Excerpts from The Gondoliers, 'The King of Barataria'
    Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
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    31 May 2015 - 6:00pm
    Women of World War One
    Barbara Ingledew, Jacquelyn Bevan, Jamie Hughes, Linda Stocks, Petra Schofield
    Burdall's Yard Bath BA1 5NH
    United Kingdom

    'Women of WW1' tells women's stories of the Great War in their own words, music and images. Narrated by Petra Schofield and Barbara Ingledew and with music by Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Alma Mahler, Ethel Smyth and others, performed by Jacquelyn Bevan (piano), Jamie Hughes (violin) and Linda Stocks (cello), the varied events play to a specially commissioned film of exquisite slow-moving images. Funded by Arts Council England, 'Women of WW1' is a collaboration between Musicians South West and Magic Penny Productions. 'Powerful and fascinating' (Fine Times Recorder). Video flyer youtube.com/watch?v=Wc9qCtVwRKg

    Piano Trio
    Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
    D'un matin de printemps
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    Soir, matin
    Mel Bonis (1858-1937)
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    31 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Enlightenment | The Ligeti Quartet
    The Ligeti Quartet
    Hoxton Basement London N1 6NG
    United Kingdom

    Ancient and modern battles are fought, fired by beliefs about right and wrong, good and evil and a search for light. George Crumb’s Black Angels, written against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, is a complex drama interwoven with numerology, the politics of war and the eternal conflict of the idea of god and the devil. As this conflict is played out through the piece itself and through a world premiere response to it by Tom Green, around it dances the eerie and sparkling light of the Aureole Effect by William Dougherty and the dark and enigmatic world premiere of Music for Ravens by Anna Meredith. The fight for enlightenment continues with Wadada Leo Smith’s Black Church - rooted in the struggle for African-American US civil rights and another work born out of the cultural maelstrom of the 1970s. Finally there is some peace and a chance to reflect through the simple act of breathing in Ji Sun Yang’sLes Accordeons V. The journey is brought to life through the virtuoso talents of new music specialists the Ligeti Quartet, continuing a creative collaboration with New Dots

    Music for ravens
    Anna Meredith ()
    Black Angels
    George Crumb (1929-)
    The Aureole Effect for String Quartet
    William Dougherty ()
    String Quartet No 3 'Black Church'
    Wadada Leo Smith (1941-)
    Les accordeons V
    Ji Sun Yang (1979-)
    Gravity Fragments
    Composer Not Known ()
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Maki Sekiya (piano): Bartók, Beethoven, Ravel
    Maki Sekiya
    Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Oxford OX4 1DY
    United Kingdom

    Acclaimed Oxford-based pianist Maki Sekiya performs two early 20th century masterpieces by Bartók and Ravel alongside the wonderful late Beethoven Sonata Op 110 (please note change of programme).

    Suite for Piano
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
    Sonata for Piano No 31 in A flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Gaspard de la nuit
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Unstemmed
    Joel Baldwin (1985-)
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    30 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    Midday Musical Cocktails | Jubilo Choir (mixed voice choir)
    John Willmett, Jubilo Choir, Lesley Bruce, Walter Thomson
    St Andrew's and St George's West Church Edinburgh EH2 2PA
    United Kingdom

    Join us for a sparkling cocktail of music from around the world.
    Jubilo are once again presenting a programme of choral easy listening with selections from popular musicals, operas, operettas and folk songs.
    There will be a musical interludes from our pianist John Willmett and local soprano Lesley Bruce. Forget the wet Scottish weather and come inside for a real pick-me-up!

    Estimated time of concert: 1 hour.
    In aid of Enable Scotland which is a charity that helps and campaigns for people with learning disabilities. http://www.enable.org.uk/

    Choral Selection from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Lennon and McCartney Medley No 2
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Am Bodensee ('Schwelle die Segel, günstiger Wind!') from 4 Gesänge
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Con amores, la mi madre
    Juan de Anchieta (1462-1523)
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