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Format: 2015-04-21
Format: 2015-04-21
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons by candlelight | London Concertante
    Ben Norris, London Concertante
    Cathedral Church of St Nicholas Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PF
    United Kingdom

    London Concertante is the UKs leading chamber orchestra, now approaching its 25th Anniversary season. Tonight, the ensemble performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons, alongside other great baroque masterpieces - music by Bach, Pachelbel and Mozart - in the glorious setting of Newcastle Cathedral. All presented in an enticing 'candlelight' setting. With Guest Director and young Scottish violin sensation Ben Norris at the helm, this will surely be an exciting and memorable evening.

    London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. Founded in 1991, the ensemble soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and the unique rapport it builds with its audience.

    The ensemble has toured regularly and gives a regular, and hugely popular, series of concerts at one of London’s landmark venues; St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where it performs 12 concerts each year, alongside concerts at St James' Piccadilly, Southwark Cathedral, Cadogan Hall and the Southbank Centre.

    In 1995, the group released the first of its 16 recordings, on its own label. Since then, they have recorded for Toccata Classics, Chandos, Harmonia Mundi and ARC Music, with a varied, eclectic and exciting range of repertoire, constantly garnering tremendous critical acclaim. Their latest recording pushes the boundaries of seminal composer, Astor Piazzolla, in a release entitled 'Piazzolla and Beyond'.

    During the intervening years, London Concertante concentrated on chamber music and has performed throughout the UK for music clubs and festivals, giving around 100 concerts each year. Tours have taken them to the USA, Finland, Spain and France, and will be embarking on a tour to the Middle East in 2015.

    As well as giving performances at festivals, music clubs and theatres, London Concertante also has a thriving education programme; inspiring youngsters to enjoy classical music, both as listeners and performers.

    "played with silky-toned elegance....extraordinary unanimity. The London Concertante members, fine chamber musicians that they are, played with an uncanny clarity of texture...quite exquisite." The Strad

    "Drum-tight. This is superb chamber playing" The Scotsman ****

    Canon from Canon, from the Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings in A minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Divertimento for Strings No 1 in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    24 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Verdi's Nabucco | Preston Opera
    Arthur Baines, Chris Elliott, Colin Beeson, Diane Mackley, James Marczak, John Brice, Laura Wood, Louise Geatch, Preston Opera Chorus, Preston Opera Orchestra, Rochelle Hart, Rod Rees
    Charter Theatre, Preston Guildhall Centre Preston PR1 1HT
    United Kingdom

    This is Verdi’s first major operatic success. It tells the story of the destruction by Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) of the temple in Jerusalem and the exile of the Israelites to Babylon.

    Caught up in the conflict is Ismael, the Captain of the Hebrew army, who is in love with Nabucco’s daughter, Fenena. To further complicate matters Nabucco’s other daughter, Abigail, has designs on Ismael and is prepared to use whatever means are necessary to get him. The opera is full of great drama and wonderful tunes, the most famous being the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, which became an unofficial national anthem for Italy at a time of oppression.

    Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:30pm
    Verdi's Nabucco | Preston Opera
    Arthur Baines, Chris Elliott, Colin Beeson, Diane Mackley, James Marczak, John Brice, Laura Wood, Louise Geatch, Preston Opera Chorus, Preston Opera Orchestra, Rochelle Hart, Rod Rees
    Charter Theatre, Preston Guildhall Centre Preston PR1 1HT
    United Kingdom

    This is Verdi’s first major operatic success. It tells the story of the destruction by Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) of the temple in Jerusalem and the exile of the Israelites to Babylon.

    Caught up in the conflict is Ismael, the Captain of the Hebrew army, who is in love with Nabucco’s daughter, Fenena. To further complicate matters Nabucco’s other daughter, Abigail, has designs on Ismael and is prepared to use whatever means are necessary to get him. The opera is full of great drama and wonderful tunes, the most famous being the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, which became an unofficial national anthem for Italy at a time of oppression.

    Nabucco
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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    25 April 2015 - 7:00pm
    Cityscapes - Ensemble Perpetuo (chamber ensemble)
    Ensemble Perpetuo
    Ugly Duck London SE1 3PL
    United Kingdom

    Celebrating the launch of Ensemble Perpetuo’s innovative evenings of chamber music, Cityscapes takes you through a world of music influenced and inspired by Cityscapes from across the world.

    Featuring music by Steve Reich, Haydn, Philip Glass, Luigi Boccherini, Copland and Nielsen performed by Perpetuo in the wonderful spacious loft at 47/49 Tanner Street.

    Let Ensemble Perpetuo guide you through a wide array of music for an evening you won’t forget. Part of Perpetuo’s exciting collaborations include a special exhibition of photographs by the London Photo Festival. Art by Caroline Mackenzie, drawings by Tom Pearce and choreography by Lucia Schweigert will lead you through varying cityscapes from across the world.

    New York Counterpoint
    Steve Reich (1936-)
    String Quartet No 60 in C, 'La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid'
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    Facades
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Trio for 2 Flutes and Cello in C, 'London'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Quiet City
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Wind Quintet
    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
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    24 April 2015 - 7:45pm
    Wihan Quartet with Olesya Sablina (cello)
    Olesya Sablina, Wihan Quartet
    Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich London SE10 9LW
    United Kingdom

    Trinity Laban’s Quartet in Residence, the Wihan Quartet, ‘one of the best quartets in the world today’ (International Record Review), performs Dvorák’s folk-tune infused ‘Slavonic’ quartet, Boccherini’s Quintet No 5, made famous in the 1955 film the Ladykillers, and Beethoven’s exuberant Quartet No 6, Op 18.

    Part of the Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2015

    String Quartet in E
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    String Quartet No 6 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    String Quartet No 10 in E flat
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    25 April 2015 - 8:15pm
    Carducci Quartet with Stefan Melovski (guitar)
    Stefan Melovski, The Carducci String Quartet
    Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich London SE10 9LW
    United Kingdom

    The Carducci Quartet makes a welcome return to the festival, performing Boccherini’s Fandango Guitar Quintet, featuring guitarist Stefan Melovski, Shostakovich’s 9th Quartet and Philip Glass’s ‘Mishima’ Quartet, made famous as the soundtrack of the 1985 film based on the life and work of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

    Part of the Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2015

    String Quartet No 3 (Mishima)
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Quintet for guitar and strings in D major 'Fandango'
    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
    String Quartet No 9 in E flat
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
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    25 April 2015 - 5:00pm
    Talk and silent film screening: Nosferatu
    Quatuor Prima Vista
    Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich London SE10 9LW
    United Kingdom

    Join us for a screening of the legendary silent film Nosferatu, featuring live musical accompaniment from Quatuor Prima Vista. Prima Vista has established an international reputation for its accompaniment of silent films, with original film scores composed by violist Baudime Jam. The screening of this vampire classic from 1922 promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

    Preceding the screening, Baudime Jam will give a half hour talk entitled Making music for silent movies.

    Film rating: PG | 94 min

    Part of the Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival 2015

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    24 April 2015 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - University of Salford Brass Band
    Brett Baker, Howard J Evans, University of Salford Brass Band
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the University of Salford

    University of Salford Brass Band, Howard J. Evans conductor, Brett Baker trombone. Works by Dan Price, Ray Steadman-Allen and Peter Graham and featuring a new composition by winner of Kirklees Competition

    The band was formed in the early 1970s by Dr Roy Newsome, founder of first British course in band musicianship, at what was then Salford College of Technology. He saw the course develop from diploma level to its BA honour status – the first of its kind in Europe. At around the same time Salford University and the College of Technology merged and thus the Band Musicianship course came under the wing of the university.

    When Dr Roy Newsome retired from full time education, the position of conductor was handed over to Professor David King, who over the many years masterfully steered the ensemble in many exciting and diverse directions, maintaining its remarkable high standard. The band has been conducted by leading personalities such as Prof. Walter Hargreaves, Major Peter Parkes, Garry Cutt, Goff Richards and Nigel Weeks.Since 2006, Dr Howard Evans has assumed responsibility for the ensemble. He continues to build on the traditions of the past as well as finding new directions for the future. Recently the band has been conducted by Dr Robert Childs, Dr Nicholas Childs and Brett Baker. The band continues to pursue excellence in concerts, recordings and broadcasts.

    The band has been a leading force in premiering new works for brass band and encouraging contemporary composers to write new music for it’s genre. Premiers include works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Philip Sparke, Rodney Newton, Martin Ellerby, Darrol Barry, Roy Newsome, Peter Graham, Robin Dewhurst, Ludovic Neurohr and Dan Price.

    In the 35 years of the course its students have gone to all corners of Britain, as well as into many overseas countries – notably Norway, Australia and Japan, as teachers, performers, composers and conductors. From humble beginnings, the University Brass Band has become a major force in the academic world and has performed in most European countries, as well as in Russia and Brazil. The band covers all aspects of band music from early styles through to modern and avant-garde music and has given world premieres of many specially commissioned works.

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    1 May 2015 - 8:00pm
    Italia! Festival of Italian music, literature, food and wine - renaissance music
    Richard Morrison, The Choir of Hendon St Mary
    St Mary's Church, Hendon London NW4 4JT
    United Kingdom

    Glorious Italian choral music from the renaissance and baroque.

    By candlelight the choir of Hendon St Mary, directed by Richard Morrison, recreate the splendours of the sacred music heard in Rome, Venice and Mantua during the 16th and 17th centuries including some of the greatest polychoral masterpieces of Giovanni Gabrielli, Allegri and Lotti and motets by Monteverdi and Palestrina.

    Miserere mei
    Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
    Crucifixus a 10
    Antonio Lotti (c1667-1740)
    Magnificat a 17
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/6-1612)
    Adoramus te, Christe
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    Omnes gentes plaudite manibus from Symphoniae sacrae
    Giovanni Gabrieli (c1553/6-1612)
    Musiche Sacre
    Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
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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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