Presented by the Royal College of Music
- Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Presented by the Royal College of Music
Fizzing young chamber orchestra, Project Instrumental, continue their residency at creative hub LimeWharf, in East London. Bold, imaginative and boundary defying, this virtuosic ensemble strips back the peripherals with their straightforward contemporary approach to classical music. Advance tickets available and recommended.
Kindly supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation and The Hinrichsen Foundation.
“I have never thought of writing for reputation and honour. What I have in my heart must out; that is the reason why I compose.” Beethoven
Music in the Round is delighted to host two further instalments of the Elias String Quartet’s grand and compelling presentation of the complete Beethoven string quartets. A feature of the Elias cycle is to programme a combination of early, middle and late-period quartets in each concert, affording audiences an opportunity to experience directly the astonishing and revolutionary development of this most intimate of musical forms at the hands of the most complete master of this art that the world has ever witnessed.
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Founded in 1991, London Concertante soon established a reputation for inspired programming, thrilling performances and a unique rapport with its audience.
The ensemble appears regularly at St Martin in the Fields and in festivals and music society concerts around the UK. It has made successful tours in the USA, Finland, Spain and France and will be touring in the Middle East in 2014.
Performing in Christ's Hospital's beautiful Chapel, The King's Singers are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.
Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting. With this explosive and emotive retelling of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare's language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre. This riveting and celebrated adaptation was created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival, performed to acclaim at Shakespeare's Globe and nominated for an award at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.
Listen, and be immersed both in Shakespeare's incomparable verse and the warm, poetic storytelling that is uniquely Debs's own, and discover why her work with Shakespeare's tales has been has been hailed “a masterful piece of verbal cinema”.
The reign of the artistically minded King James I between 1603 and 1625 coincided with one of the greatest creative periods in English history. Alongside the obvious dramatic achievements of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, was an extraordinary flowering of sacred and secular music, especially for voices and for viol consort. Building on the already long career of the great William Byrd were younger composers from around the kingdom, such as London-born John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons from Oxford, the Welshman Thomas Tomkins, and Thomas Weelkes from Sussex.
The Elysian Singers, under the direction of Sam Laughton, are delighted to be collaborating with Chelys Consort of Viols to share the wonderful diversity of music from this period, from anthems to solo songs, and from part-songs to instrumental music.
Baritone Benjamin Appl, who joined the BBC New Generation Artists’ roster in September 2014, will be accompanied by rising star, pianist James Cheung, in a recital of Schumann songs, including the song cycle Dichterliebe, for the first in a series of concerts celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of Gloucester Music Society. The concert will be preceded by a talk on Dichterliebe by Stephen Johnson, which is included in the ticket price.
Two of the most popular of all choral composers to be paired in the exciting Cantamus performance of the Gloria and Magnificat.
During his lifetime Vivaldi enjoyed considerable success and fortune, but for two centuries after his death, the Gloria lay undiscovered. Today Vivaldi is one of the most popular of all composers: his Gloria stands as amongst the most exuberant choral works to sing, always especially pleasurable and thrilling to the listener.
Bach’s Magnificat was written in Leipzig for the 1723 Christmas Vespers, the original version being in E-flat and including several additional Christmas texts. He later revised it, making it suitable for use throughout the year and transposing it into D, a much brighter and more satisfactory key – for the trumpets in particular.
Cantamus, the highly-regarded London-based chamber choir and orchestra, founded by its Director Dr Peter Macdonald in 1959, has built a reputation over the years for its interpretations of many well-loved works, such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Haydn's Creation. It recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a superlative London choral concert of Handel's Messiah.
Formed in the city of dreaming spires thirty years ago by Jeremy Summerly, the sublime voices of Oxford Camerata return to Oxford in celebration of their 30th year of existence. With an exciting programme, travelling from Hildegard through sublime polyphony by composers of the English Renaissance (including Oxford composer John Sheppard) to more contemporary works by Benjamin Britten and John Tavener, this concert is certain to be a celebration of the versatility and vibrancy that has characterised Oxford Camerata’s unique sound, both on record and in concert.
"These [Oxford Camerata] are singers with feeling." Gramophone
"Oxford Camerata's young-voiced singers“Oxford Camerata's young mixed-voice singers.... have spirit, attack and a measure of sensitivity.” BBC Music Magazine