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Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Berkeley Ensemble
    The Berkeley Ensemble
    Invenio Academy Scunthorpe DN15 8LJ
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2008 by members of Britain’s young professional orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most dynamic young chamber groups and enjoy a busy concert schedule, performing in the UK and abroad.

    “A completely assured and convincing performance” – Lennox Berkeley Society

    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sextet
    Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
    Sextet for clarinet, horn and string quartet
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    6 Preludes and Fugues for Strio Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Prelude and Fugue No 4 in D minor from 6 Preludes and Fugues for String Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Single tickets: £14. Accompanied school children/ students: free Available from 01724 764293 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-29 19:30
    Stephen Hough Piano Recital
    Stephen Hough
    The Chapel, Ardingly College Ardingly RH17 6SQ
    United Kingdom

    We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Hough, one of the world’s leading concert pianists and polymaths, to the Music at Ardingly series. His programme will include works by Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and his own Piano Sonata No 2.

    7 Fantasias
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Piano Sonata No 2
    Stephen Hough (1961-)
    Carnaval
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    3 Estampes
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    £16, children, senior citizens, full-time students and registered disabled £13 Available from 01444 893230 24 hour.
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    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:30
    Steven Isserlis | Elgar's Cello Concerto | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Kirill Karabits, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Steven Isserlis
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The great cellist Steven Isserlis performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto, with Kirill Karabits at the helm. Elgar wrote the piece – his last major work – in the wake of the First World War. The Concerto is suffused with desolate beauty, and the human quality of the cello makes it the perfect mouthpiece for such profoundly moving music. Framing the Concerto are works by Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov. Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony is a witty tribute to the music of Haydn and his contemporaries, while Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a glittering and irresistible score.

    Symphony No 1 in D, 'Classical'
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Scheherazade
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
    £58, £45, £38, £30, £25, £20, £15, £10 Available from 0844 847 9910 .
  • Tue, 2014-04-29 12:00
    Stephen Hough Piano Recital
    Stephen Hough
    The Chapel, Ardingly College Ardingly RH17 6SQ
    United Kingdom

    We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Hough, one of the world’s leading concert pianists and polymaths, to the Music at Ardingly series. His programme will include works by Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner plus his own Piano Sonata No. 2.

    6 Little Piano Pieces
    Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
    Träumerei from Stimmungsbilder
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Albumblatt in C
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    Erinnerungen
    Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
    7 Fantasias
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Piano Sonata No 2
    Stephen Hough (1961-)
    Carnaval
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    £16. Children, senior citizens, full-time students and registered disabled £13. Available from 01444 893230 24 hour.
  • Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Berkeley Ensemble
    The Berkeley Ensemble
    Invenio Academy Scunthorpe DN15 8LJ
    United Kingdom

    Formed in 2008 by members of Britain’s young professional orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most dynamic young chamber groups and enjoy a busy concert schedule, performing in the UK and abroad.

    “A completely assured and convincing performance” – Lennox Berkeley Society

    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Sextet
    Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
    Sextet for clarinet, horn and string quartet
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Prelude and Fugue No 3 in F from 6 Preludes and Fugues for Strio Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Prelude and Fugue No 4 in D minor from 6 Preludes and Fugues for String Trio (after J S Bach)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Single tickets: £14. Accompanied school children/ students: free Available from 01724 764293 .
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    Thu, 2014-04-24 19:30
    Basel Symphony Orchestra 1
    Basel Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    One of Switzerland’s leading orchestras, the Basel Symphony Orchestra has a broad repertoire ranging effortlessly from the Viennese classics to contemporary music. Whether in the concert hall or the opera house, this internationally varied group of musicians constantly demonstrates its unique flexibility and artistic prowess.

    The orchestra performs a set of three concerts presenting visually inspired music with its roots in minimalism: from the intense and elegiac music of Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto No. 2 distilled from his soundtrack to the film Naqoyqatsi, to the exhilarating ‘tidal wave of brass and percussion’ in John Adams’ spectacular Harmonielehre, inspired by a vivid dream he had and which ended his 18-month writer’s block.

    The mysterious sound world of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate, a homage to sculptor Anish Kapoor, and These Words, for strings and percussion, contrast with music from one of Michael Nyman’s best film scores, for Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, and his thrilling Trombone Concerto which dramatically pits soloist against sections of the orchestra.

    Overture for 2012
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Lamentate
    Arvo Pärt (1935-)
    Harmonielehre
    John Adams (1947-)
    £40, £33, £27, £18. Encore Members: pay £30 for top two prices. Series discounts of up to 30% available Available from 020 7730 4500 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm.
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    Mon, 2014-04-28 19:30
    Basel Symphony Orchestra 2
    Basel Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Matt Haimovitz
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    One of Switzerland’s leading orchestras, the Basel Symphony Orchestra has a broad repertoire ranging effortlessly from the Viennese classics to contemporary music. Whether in the concert hall or the opera house, this internationally varied group of musicians constantly demonstrates its unique flexibility and artistic prowess.

    The orchestra performs a set of three concerts presenting visually inspired music with its roots in minimalism: from the intense and elegiac music of Philip Glass’s Cello Concerto No 2 distilled from his soundtrack to the film Naqoyqatsi, to the exhilarating ‘tidal wave of brass and percussion’ in John Adams’s spectacular Harmonielehre, inspired by a vivid dream he had and which ended his 18-month writer’s block.

    The mysterious sound world of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate, a homage to sculptor Anish Kapoor, and These Words, for strings and percussion, contrast with music from one of Michael Nyman’s best film scores, for Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, and his thrilling Trombone Concerto which dramatically pits soloist against sections of the orchestra.

    The Chairman Dances
    John Adams (1947-)
    Cello Concerto No 2, 'Naqoyqatsi'
    Philip Glass (1937-)
    Prospero's Books
    Michael Nyman (1948-)
    £40, £33, £27, £18. Encore Members: pay £30 for top two prices. Series discounts of up to 30% available Available from 020 7730 4500 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm.
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    Sun, 2014-04-27 15:00
    Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Beethoven | London Philharmonic Orchestra
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthew Trusler, Timothy Redmond
    Congress Theatre Eastbourne BN21 4BP
    United Kingdom

    Between the insistence and upheaval of his Fifth and Seventh Symphonies came Beethoven's Sixth. Gone were tub-thumping argument and strident protest; in their place was a strange and wonderful radiance. The Sixth feels like a sudden step into daylight - into the softened world of the countryside, its quiet exaltation and its strengthening sense of communion.

    Before it comes Ravel's plaintive memorial to lost friends Le tombeau de Couperin, Berlioz's colourful Roman Carnival Overture, and a real virtuosic tour de force: the last violin concerto to have flowed from the pen of Camille Saint-Saëns, in which the composer immortalised his friendship with virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate in music of soaring beauty and sparkling power.

    Overture, 'The Roman Carnival'
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 3 in B minor
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    £12, £19, £22, £24, £28 Available from 01323 412000 Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Northern Lights Series: Grieg with Peter Donohoe (piano)
    Ben Gernon, Bristol Ensemble, Peter Donohoe
    Colston Hall Bristol BS1 5AR
    United Kingdom

    This Spring, Bristol's professional orchestra explores the atmospheric music of the Baltic region, areas visited in the months of darkness by the Aurora Borealis, the spectacular and mesmerising Northern Lights. The music from these lands is passionate, often fiercely patriotic and full of haunting melodies and soaring lyricism. The Bristol Ensemble is joined by world-class soloists for these three concerts featuring music from Finland, Norway and Russia.

    Johan Halvorsen's colourful Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales opens this programme of music from Norway, the second in the series. Halvorsen considered the dances to be his best work, vividly depicting trolls, kidnapped princesses and fairy tale heroes.

    The extraordinary and unmistakable opening bars of Grieg's Piano Concerto precedes some of the most beautiful and recognisable melodies to be found in any concerto. Some of the best known themes are inspired by Norwegian folk music and the work displays a wonderfully Nordic character. For this performance, the Bristol Ensemble is joined by one of the foremost pianists of our time, Peter Donohoe. In the years since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter Donohoe has built an extraordinary world-wide career, encompassing a huge repertoire and over forty years’ experience as a concert pianist.

    The programme is completed by Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites, set in the Middle East and including the majestic Morning Mood and the sinister drama of In the Hall of the Mountain King.

    The concert is conducted by Ben Gernon, winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Young Conductors Award 2013 and professor of Musicality at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ben has a natural infinity with the musicians of the orchestra and is a gifted communicator.

    Scenes from Norwegian Fairytales
    Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 1
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Peer Gynt Suite No 2
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Single concert £29, £25, £20, £15, under 26s £8, under 18s £1. Series ticket offer: buy tickets for two concerts, get third concert ticket free in same price band Available from 0844 887 1500 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    The Gildas String Quartet
    Anna Menzies, Christopher Jones, Gildas Quartet, Kay Stephen, Sophie Cameron
    Influence Church (formerly the Zetland Centre) Richmond DL10 4AS
    United Kingdom

    The Gildas Quartet was formed in 2010 at the Royal Northern College of Music and has already won a Tunnell Trust award and been selected to be Park Lane Group Young Artists.

    How satisfying to top and tail our 2013-14 season with Elgar’s two late chamber works, while Britten’s 3rd quartet encapsulates our 'variety' theme with five movements entitled Solo, Duets, Burlesque, Ostinato and Passacaglia.

    String Quartet No 67 in F
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in E minor
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    £12 online, £13 at the door, £1 for full-time students