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Format: 2015-05-24
Format: 2015-05-24
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    27 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Sasha Grynyuk (piano) - Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt
    Sasha Grynyuk
    Leighton House Museum London W14 8LZ
    United Kingdom
    Sonata for Piano No 17 in D minor, 'Tempest'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Selection from The Seasons
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Études-tableau No 5 in E flat minor from Études-tableaux
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Etude No 5 in E (La Chasse) from Grandes études de Paganini
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    Étude No 12 in C Minor,'Revolutionary' from 12 Études
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    Speech after long silence
    Howard Blake (1938-)
    24 Preludes
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
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    30 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    Summer Saturday Recital - The Bandorians
    Alexander Barrie, Ariella Ulianu, Mick Hobbs, Renzo Frontoni, Rex Sara, The Bandorians, Thomas Nicholson
    St James's Church Bushey WD23 1BD
    United Kingdom

    Based in London, the Bandorians perform their unique music to audiences for and on all occasions - music that is warmly enjoyed by people within the full range of the age spectrum. Their music possesses melody, rhythm and importantly, excitement. This promises to be a captivating and memorable concert.

    The programme will include a mix of Latin American, Oriental and light classical music.

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    24 May 2015 - 3:00pm
    world-wide-woolfenden...a celebration of the music of Guy Woolfenden
    Birmingham Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Linda Merrick
    RSC Swan Theatre Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS
    United Kingdom

    British composer Guy Woolfenden OBE was Head of Music at the Royal Shakespeare Company for 37 years, working with some of the company’s finest actors and directors. He wrote over 150 scores for numerous RSC productions and adapted some of this music for performance in the concert hall. Guy Woolfenden’s wind band scores are widely recognised as appealing and memorable to conductors, players and audiences alike. With his imaginative orchestration and the wit and pathos of the magical Shakespearean influences, Guy’s music is enormously popular all over the world and, once heard, lives within us forever.

    Sir Trevor Nunn, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “Guy wrote wonderfully original, galvanising and haunting melodies that audiences yearned to hear again; music to be treasured, recorded and turned into suites and performed in concert halls.”

    Sadly, Guy was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. In celebration of Guy’s lifetime of music-making, Birmingham Symphonic Winds will perform all 14 of Guy’s pieces for wind band in the presence of the composer on Sunday 24th May 2015. The concert, which is being recorded for YouTube and will be a Guinness World Record attempt, also features Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music performing solo clarinet in Rondo Variations. There will be a large screen behind the orchestra which will show archive footage throughout the performance of Guy working on RSC productions with some of the country’s finest actors and directors. The concert will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

    In order to make this a true world-wide celebration of Guy’s music in 2015, bands across the world have been invited to read-through or rehearse, workshop or programme a Woolfenden work.

    Flourish for Shakespeare (2002)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Divertimento for Band (2007)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Claremont Canzona (2006)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Bohemian Dances (2005)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Firedance (2002)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Celebration (2002)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Rondo Variations (1998)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    French Impressions (1998)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Birthday Treat (1998)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Curtain Call (1997)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Mockbeggar Variations (1991)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    S.P.Q.R. (1998)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Illyrian Dances (1986)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Deo Gracias (1985)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
    Gallimaufry (1983)
    Guy Woolfenden (1937-)
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Edinburgh Bach Choir summer concert
    Edinburgh Bach Choir, John Arthur, Lucy Anderson, Morley Whitehead, Neil Mantle MBE, Scottish Sinfonia Orchestra
    St Cuthbert's Parish Church Edinburgh EH1 2EP
    United Kingdom

    For our summer concert, the Edinburgh Bach Choir will be accompanied by Scottish Sinfonia in a celebration of the beautiful French music of Poulenc, Fauré, Duruflé and Ravel. Soloists Lucy Anderson and John Arthur will join us for the concert.

    Requiem
    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
    Gloria
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Cantique de Jean Racine
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    30 May 2015 - 7:00pm
    Pennine Sinfonia - Spring Concert
    George Kennaway, Pennine Sinfonia
    St Paul's Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH
    United Kingdom

    On March 8th 2014 Pennine Sinfonia came together for the first time, uniting some of the region’s freelance musicians, students, retired professionals and educators in a day project, to perform challenging repertoire under expert direction, provide a networking event for like-minded music makers, and promote the vitality and excitement of live musical performance. The resultant concert was very well received (featured in local news and by Classic FM), and raised in excess of £400 for Jessie’s Fund, the York-based music therapy charity. The orchestra again came together later in 2014 to again raise money for Jessie's FUnd and complete its 2014 season.

    Based on the success (and wonderful feedback) from the first season, on Saturday, May 30th 2015, at St Paul’s Hall, University Campus, Huddersfield, the orchestra will perform again. A one-day rehearsal will culminate in a concert at 7pm, and once again bring together invited musicians in an 80-piece symphony orchestra, celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth and the life and work of the orchestra's founding Director Arthur Butterworth MBE.

    Pennine Sinfonia is made up of some of the most exciting and dynamic instrumentalists in the country, from institutions such as the BBC Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music and Opera North amongst many others.

    All proceeds from the concert will go directly to Jessie's Fund (registered charity 10415731)

    The Hebrides Overture
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Italian Journey
    Arthur Butterworth (1926-2014)
    Fanfare for the Common Man
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
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    31 May 2015 - 3:00pm
    Spring Enchantment Concert | The Wantage Orchestra
    Anthony Bracey, Christopher Fletcher-Campbell, The Wantage Orchestra
    Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul Wantage OX12 8AQ
    United Kingdom

    An afternoon of Spring Enchantment, with local student, piano soloist Anthony Bracey taking the lead role in the piano concerto. This enchanting concert continues with the mysterious Enchanted Lake, with a rousing finish from the well-known Scheherazade.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    The Enchanted Lake
    Anatole Liadov (1855-1914)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
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    27 May 2015 - 7:45pm
    A Hero's Life | Arensky Chamber Orchestra
    Arensky Chamber Orchestra, William Kunhardt
    Purcell Room London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The Arensky Chamber Orchestra bring their electric performance style to two masterpieces-in-miniature:chamber arrangements od Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Wagner's Seigfried Idyll. get ready for an evening of fantasy fused with reality, of musical heroes, battles and all-conquering love, all brought to life by one of the countries most inspiring orchestras.

    Ein Heldenleben, 'A Hero's Life'
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Siegfried Idyll
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
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    2 June 2015 - 8:30pm
    Love all, trust a few | Arensky Chamber Orchestra
    Arensky Chamber Orchestra, William Kunhardt
    The Forge London NW1 7NL
    United Kingdom

    It's our season finale! Intrigue, extra-marital activities and ultimately true love are on the menu in Richard Strauss's two light-hearted operas: Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) and Capriccio. Join the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and star soprano Susanna Hurrell for a night of amorously indecisive countesses, uncouth noblemen and dashing knights, as they perform highlights from both operas, in beautiful chamber arrangements, suitwed perfectly for the Forge's intimate surroundings.

    Excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Excerpts from Capriccio
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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    2 June 2015 - 7:30pm
    Australia Piano Quartet
    Australia Piano Quartet
    Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London EC2Y 9BH
    United Kingdom

    The second short series of chamber music concerts at Milton Court Concert Hall organised by Lisa Peacock Concert Management closes on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 with the Australia Piano Quartet (APQ). The concert, part of the APQ’s first European tour, includes a diverse programme: the late Peter Sculthorpe’s Landscapes II, Fauré’s Piano Quartet No 2 in G minor Op 45, Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat major Op 47, and a new commission for the Quartet: Responsorium Op 23 by Jack Symonds.

    The Australia Piano Quartet has begun a residency at the University of Technology, Sydney building on five years of collaboration at the institution. APQ will curate six projects that forge cross-departmental conversations, commissioning innovative new works by seven Australian composers and culminating in concert performances in UTS’s new Frank Gehry-designed Auditorium. One of the Quartet’s chosen composers is Jack Symonds and the resulting commission is Responsorium. The composer describes the piece as ‘an imaginary musical building inspired by the curvilinear architecture of Frank Gehrythe piece is also an oblique reflection on the legacy of recently-deceased Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. The harmony is created out of transformed versions of some of his chordal fingerprints, though taken on a very different journey.’

    The other composers are William Barton, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Huw Belling, Elliott Gyger, Nicholas Ng and Marcus Whale. The Australia Piano Quartet is also the only Australian chamber ensemble to be presented by the Sydney Opera House.

    Quartet for Piano and Strings No 2 in G minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Piano Quartet in E flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Landscapes II
    Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)
    Responsorium
    Jack Symonds ()
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    30 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Beethoven's First and Brahms's Last | Eroica Camerata
    Eroica Camerata, Peter Marks
    St Nicolas Church Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 8RU
    United Kingdom
    Symphony No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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