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Format: 2015-04-28
Format: 2015-04-28
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    1 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Academy Cello Ensemble
    Academy Cello Ensemble, Felix Schmidt, Josephine Knight
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal Academy of Music

    Academy Cello Ensemble, directed by Josephine Knight and Felix Schmidt, will be featuring works by Barber, Ravel, Pärt and Strauss

    Adagio for Strings, arranged for cello quartet
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Fratres for cello ensemble
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Bolero, arranged for cello quartet
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Jellacic March, arranged for cello octet
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Sinfonia a tre, arranged for cello sextet
    Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682)
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    1 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - mezzo-soprano, viola and piano
    Claire Bournez, Ricardo Gosalbo, Valerie Albrecht
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Presented by Guildhall School of Music and Drama

    French mezzo-soprano Claire Bournez is currently studying on the Vocal Studies Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Janice Chapman. She is a demanded recitalist and oratorio soloist, having a special love for historically informed performance practice and cross-art projects. On the opera stage, Claire has recently appeared as Proserpina (L'Orfeo by Monteverdi) as a soloist of the Ambronay European Baroque Academy. Her operatic roles include Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Xerxes (Xerxes).

    Valerie Albrecht (viola), is a demanded soloist, chamber musician, improviser, orchestral player and instrumental teacher. She is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music towards a Master of Music with Matthew Jones. Having a special interest in improvisation as well as in Contemporary Music, recent highlights include performing at Southbank’s The Rest is Noise Festival in 2013, premiering Rolf Hind’s latest project for The Opera Group in 2014, giving a fully improvised performance to Dissenters N16 ‘Made in Hackney’ Exhibition 2014, and performing at the International Viola Moderna Festival in March 2015. Valerie is violist of the Zeitgeist Ensemble and the Portobello Duo and teaches at North London Colourstrings Centre.

    Spanish-French pianist Ricardo Gosalbo is a multifaceted music collaborator, working as accompanist, chamber musician, vocal coach, dance accompanist, director and composer. He has been a fellow at Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2013. Ricardo has performed at venues such as the Barbican Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, the Chapelle Royale in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Kulturpalast in Dresden. He has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 ‘InTune’. He has won numerous prizes including the 2013 GSMD Piano Accompaniment Prize, the 2013 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the 2012 Paul Hamburger Prize for voice and piano duo.

    3 Songs with Viola and Piano
    Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
    Der Sandmann
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Aus dem hebraïschen Gesången from Myrthen, song collection
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Frühlingsnacht from Liederkreis
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Geistliches Wiegenlied from 2 Lieder for Contralto, Viola and Piano
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Féerie au Clair de Lune from 4 Mélodies for voice and piano
    Henri Dutilleux (1916-)
    Dansons la gigue! from 4 Poémes
    Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935)
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    8 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band
    Jacob Phillips, Royal Greenwich Brass Band, Stephen Maw
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    This ever popular brass band returns with a programme of music to thrill and inspire.

    The Ransomed Army
    Kevin Norbury ()
    The Vikings
    Philip Sparke (1951-)
    My Strength, My Tower
    Dean Goffin ()
    Satchmo
    Kenny Baker (1921-1999)
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    7 May 2015 - 6:00pm
    Lyra Ensemble - Election Night Concert!
    The Lyra Vocal Ensemble from St Petersburg
    Church of St John The Baptist Chirton SN10 3QS
    United Kingdom

    The Lyra ensemble from St Petersburg, Russia have delighted audiences around the world with their unique mix of humour, traditional and sacred music and world classics. They promise an evening of entertaiment and surprises for General Election night.

    Bogoroditse Devo
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Gremin's Aria from Eugene Onegin
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    In uomini, in soldati from Così fan tutte
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cats' Duet)
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Hosanna
    Composer Not Known ()
    Praise the name of the Lord
    Composer Not Known ()
    Glory to the Father ....
    Dmitri Stepanovich Bortniansky (1751-1825)
    Gladsome light
    Composer Not Known ()
    Under thy grace
    Composer Not Known ()
    Plaisir d'amour
    Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (1741–1816)
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    2 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    An Opera Gala Evening with The Black Cat Opera Company
    Adriano Graziani, Julie Aherne, Lynsey Docherty, Peter Ford, Philip Smith, Phillip Guy Bromley, The Black Cat Opera Company
    High Cross Church Camberley GU15 3SY
    United Kingdom

    The Black Cat Opera Company presents a gala evening of operatic arias, duets and ensembles in Camberley's High Cross Church. The evening will feature performances by the company's distinguished soloists in classic repertoire including Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, and Puccini.

    Black Cat Opera made an impression in July 2014 with their inaugural production of Mozart's Don Giovanni at The Electric Theatre, Guildford. Awarded 5 stars by the Surrey Advertiser ("Judging by its first full-scale operatic venture, Black Cat Opera ... has a great future"), the opera boasted a cast who had previously performed for companies including The Royal Opera, English National Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

    The first-rate line-up for this evening of entertainment includes soprano Lynsey Docherty ("well sung, beautiful and exciting" - Opera Magazine), and baritones Philip Smith ("I heard something in his voice that I thought was really most interesting" - Sir Thomas Allen), and Phillip Guy-Bromley ("...a well modulated baritone voice, plus an astute regard to phrasing and an acting ability to conjure forth a whole range of dramatic phrases" - The Stage).

    For more information, visit The Black Cat Opera Company website

    Composition Not Known
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Composition Not Known
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Composition Not Known
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Composition Not Known
    Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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    3 May 2015 - 3:30pm
    Helix Ensemble in Kendal - Remembering Anice
    David Greed, Helix Ensemble
    St Thomas's Church Kendal LA9 4QG
    United Kingdom

    Come and hear a lovely concert on a Sunday afternoon! Helix Ensemble is a chamber orchestra that is based in the East Midlands, but we are visiting Kendal in May to remember Anice Paterson who co-founded the group in 1992. The first concert included Dumbarton Oaks so we are celebrating again with this masterpiece for chamber group by Stravinsky. We start with Purcell's well-known Chaconne, followed by Dvorák's beautiful Romance for Violin, played by David Greed, leader of the Opera North orchestra who is also our Musical Director for the concert. Mozart's lively and tuneful Symphony No 40 concludes the concert.

    There will be a retiring collection for two charities: Macmillan Cancer Support and St John's Hospice, Lancaster.

    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks'
    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
    Symphony No 40 in G minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    6 May 2015 - 7:30pm
    Tadaaki Otaka conducts Belshazzar's Feast | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Neal Davies, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarah Connolly CBE, Tadaaki Otaka, The Bach Choir
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    A concert of English masterworks with acclaimed mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly performing Elgar's evocative Sea Pictures.

    The concert opens with Elgar's vivid depiction of a day in London, and culminates in Walton's magnificent Belshazzar's Feast, for which the Royal Philharmonic is joined by the Bach Choir and bass-baritone Neal Davies.

    Cockaigne Overture
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Sea Pictures
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Belshazzar’s Feast
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
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    7 May 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band
    Jacob Phillips, Royal Greenwich Brass Band, Stephen Maw
    St Alfege Church, Greenwich London SE10 9BJ
    United Kingdom

    This ever popular brass band returns with a programme of music to thrill and inspire.

    The Ransomed Army
    Kevin Norbury ()
    The Vikings
    Philip Sparke (1951-)
    My Strength, My Tower
    Dean Goffin ()
    Satchmo
    Kenny Baker (1921-1999)
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    3 May 2015 - 12:00pm
    FUNharmonics family concert | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chris Jarvis, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuart Stratford
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    FUNharmonics sets out on another musical adventure - this time to the home of jazz, blues, bright lights, big cities, Hollywood and the Wild West. That’s right, we’re off to America! Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra on a journey to ‘the New World’ and enjoy some of the fascinating music that could only have come out of the US of A.

    Suitable for the whole family.

    FUNharmonics concerts are presented by CBeebies’ Chris Jarvis and, at one hour long, are the very best way to introduce your family to the wonders of orchestral music.

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    7 May 2015 - 7:00pm
    HighTime presents Hansel and Gretel
    Alexa Mason, Benjamin Hamilton, Caroline Kennedy, Charlotte Ireland, HighTime, Jon Stainsby, Oliver Marshall, Richard Black, Sian Cameron, Wendy Dawn Thompson
    Belgrade Theatre Coventry CV1 1GS
    United Kingdom

    HighTime, Coventry's first professional opera company, bring Humperdinck’s stunning score to life as you have never seen or heard before. Sung in a new English translation produced with Kit Hesketh Harvey (Kit and the Widow, BBC Comedy Proms), frightened and alone, Hansel and Gretel are forced onto the mean city streets to scavenge for food. The pair are lost and in need when the music of the circus travels through the air, shortly followed by its enigmatic ringmaster and his wagon of treats and tricks. Little do they know, his magical hot dog cart holds secrets few could dare to imagine...

    As Hansel and Gretel are lured in by the sights, sounds and smells of the fabulous fair, they soon discover all is not what it seems. How can they escape the clutches of this sinister underworld? Dazzling magicians, tumbling acrobats and a gaggle of clowns bring the magic of opera to life for an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

    The breathtaking score will be brought to life by an incredible cast of singers and actors, whose credits include the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The production also features a chorus of children from across Coventry, who have been given their very first taste of opera thanks to HighTime.

    Hansel and Gretel is a magical story and a musical masterpiece, and this darkly comic production is sure to inspire both young and old alike.

    Hansel and Gretel
    Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921)
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