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Format: 2014-04-20
Format: 2014-04-20
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    Mon, 2014-04-28 13:00
    Voyage à Paris - art song recital
    Varazdat Khachatryan, Zoe Lethbridge
    St Michael at the North Gate Oxford OX1 3EY
    United Kingdom

    A recital of art song from 20th century Paris given as part of the Music on Mondays recital series at St Michael at the North Gate. The recital presents a number gems from the genre from the evocative harmonies of Debussy to Poulenc’s quirky settings of texts by Apollonaire.

    A Chloris
    Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
    Quand je fus pris au pavillon
    Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
    Nuit d'etoiles
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Clair de lune from Fêtes galantes, Set 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, 'Five Popular Greek Songs'
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Lydia, from '2 Songs'
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Mandoline from 5 Mélodies
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Claire de Lune
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Chanson d'Orkenise from Banalités
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Hôtel from Banalités
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Fagnes de Wallonie from Banalités
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    'C' (J'ai traversé les ponts de Cé) from 2 Poèmes de Louis Aragon
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Hyde Park
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    No Tickets required.
  • Fri, 2014-04-25 19:30
    Contemporaries and Romantics ! Waldegrave Ensemble
    Alex Wilson, Elliott DeVivo, Sarah Ovenden, Waldegrave Ensemble
    Bourne Hall Ewell Village KT17 1UF
    United Kingdom

    Enjoy an evening of enchanting music whilst tantalising your taste buds with fine wines and cheeses.

    Featuring music for flute, clarinet and piano by Bizet, Delibes, Kovacs, Horovitz Sancan, and Saint-Saëns.

    All money raised will go towards the Waldegrave Scholarship Fund for two of our resident musicians who’ve recently gained places on a postgraduate course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Sous le dôme épais (The Flower Duet) from Lakmé
    Léo Délibes (1836-1891)
    Suite No 1 from 'Carmen'
    Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
    Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
    Joseph Horovitz (1926-)
    Hommage á JS Bach for solo clarinet
    Béla Kovács ()
    Sonatine for Flute and Piano
    Pierre Sancan (1916-)
    £12 adults / £8 under 18s (Includes wine and cheese) Available from 0333 666 3366 Monday - Friday 9am to 7pm.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Cinema in Symphony 2: The Sequel - Reading Symphony Orchestra
    Reading Symphony Orchestra, Rory McAllister, Stefan Hofkes
    Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre Bracknell RG12 7PA
    United Kingdom

    After last year's successful Hollywood celebration, Cinema in Symphony returns to the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park. Hosted by BBC Radio Berkshire's Rory McAllister, hear the Reading Symphony Orchestra play classic themes from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, The Big Country, Black Swan and James Bond, to name a few! If you've never experienced the full scale of an orchestra playing the themes you know and love, then this is your chance! You'll also be able to get up close and personal to film props and have your photo taken when you arrive! So grab your family and friends and come along for a night at the movies with a difference - Cinema in Symphony is back!

    Theme from 'The Big Country'
    Jerome Moross (1913-1983)
    Imperial March from Star Wars
    John Williams (1932-)
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Klaus Badelt ()
    Music from Swan Lake
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Music from Out of Africa
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    Jurassic Park
    John Williams (1932-)
    Excerpts from Forrest Gump
    Alan Silvestri (1950-)
    James Bond Medley
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    Theme from The Magnificent Seven
    Elmer Bernstein (1922-)
    Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission
    Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Excerpts from Lord of the Rings
    Howard Shore (1946-)
    Dambusters March
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
    Adult £20; under 21s £15 Available from 01344 484123 .
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:00
    Handel's Messiah - Portsmouth Baroque Choir and The Consort of Twelve
    Adrian Green, Ian Caddy, Malcolm Keeler, Portsmouth Baroque Choir, Sian Bibby-Hsia, The Consort of Twelve, Toby Forster
    St Paul's Church Chichester PO19 6FT
    United Kingdom

    Portsmouth Baroque Choir and The Consort of Twelve, conducted by Malcolm Keeler will perform The Messiah at St Paul's Church, Chichester on Sunday April 26th at 7pm, commencing with extracts from Part I but focussing on Parts II and III for the Easter season.

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    £15, £7 18 and under, £1 accompanied children Available from 01243 371128 .
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    Tue, 2014-04-22 19:00
    Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
    Belinda Yates, Heather Chamberlain, Lance Pierson
    Leicester Square Theatre London WC2H 7BX
    United Kingdom

    2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and it's time to celebrate his enormous contribution to our culture. But if you don’t have time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets then just come and see his Greatest Hits.

    Trio 'In Voice and Verse' bring to life the best of the Bard's work. Actor Lance Pierson presents the most famous speeches and sonnets from Hamlet to Henry and Richard to Romeo. Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform music inspired by Shakespeare's work, from Purcell to Cole Porter and Walton's Henry V to Bernstein's West Side Story.

    Blow, blow thou winter wind
    Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
    Where The Bee Sucks
    Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
    It was a lover and his lasse
    Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
    Who is Silvia?
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    You Spotted Snakes
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Falling in Love With Love from The Boys from Syracuse
    Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
    Letter scene from The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
    I Hate Men from Kiss Me Kate
    Cole Porter (1891-1964)
    Amor est in pectore
    Nigel Hess ()
    The Willow Song
    Anonymous ()
    Somewhere from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Tickets £14, concessions £12 Available from 0844 873 3433 .
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    Wed, 2014-04-23 19:30
    Rolf Haas (violin) UK debut with Miki Aoki (piano)
    Miki Aoki, Rolf Haas
    1901 Arts Club London SE1 8UE
    United Kingdom

    Rolf and Miki will explore music that reflects the turbulent modern society through descriptive, visceral sounds and expression.
    Rolf says "To me, this music takes an unsettled glance at everyday realities we face in life and interprets the scene with unexpectedly graphic results. It is evidence that there are still people in the world today that are dedicated to making bold artistic statements, and courageous enough to be true to themselves."

    Violinist Rolf Haas combines virtuosity and an expansive sound palette and has played performances to enthusiastic audiences all across the globe. With his extremely varied repertoire, he does his best to convey a wide range of emotions, and to tell a musical story, a journey which establishes a connection with music lovers in the audience. A winner of multiple prizes at various competitions in the USA, and performing all over the world, Rolf plays on his Grandfather's Gagliano: the same violin on which the debuts of the Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg Concertos were performed.

    Miki Aoki (piano) made her debut at age 12 performing at the Royal Festival Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms Aoki's recent and upcoming engagements include performances at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, University of Hawaii and solo recitals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2011 Ms Aoki signed an exclusive contract with German label Profil Hänssler.

    Ticketholders are invited to join the performers in the Club's exclusive bar and lounge after the performance.

    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Fazil Say (1970-)
    Selected preludes from 24 Preludes for violin and piano
    Lera Auerbach (1974-)
    La Follia
    Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
    Witches' Dance (Le Streghe)
    Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840)
    Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
    All tickets £10 Available from 020 7620 3055 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm.
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    Fri, 2014-04-25 13:00
    Lunchtime Recital - Block4 Recorder Quartet
    Block4 Recorder Quartet, Emily Bannister, Katie Cowling, Lucy Carr, Maria Smith
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Royal College of Music

    Formed in 2012, Block4 is a London based recorder quartet featuring Emily Bannister, Lucy Carr, Katie Cowling and Ria Smith. Studying at the Royal College of Music under Ashley Solomon, Julien Feltrin and Maria Martinez, Block4 present a dynamic approach to contemporary consort music as well as offering a captivating interpretation of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Their innovative style has resulted in them being the 2014 winners of the Royal Overseas League Ensemble competition, the first recorder consort to receive this accolade in the competition’s 62 year history. They have also received a high commendation at the RCM’s Senior Woodwind Prize in 2013. Block4’s performances have included a variety of concerts and masterclasses with renowned experts such as Walter van Hauwe and Pamela Thorby, with exciting upcoming concerts at the Regent Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Canzona ‘La Lusignuola’
    Tarquinio Merula (1594/5-1665)
    Sitting Ducks
    Chiel Meijering ()
    No Tickets required.
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    Sat, 2014-04-26 19:30
    Armenian General Benevolent Union London Chamber Orchestra Inaugural Concert
    AGBU London Chamber Orchestra, Ani Batikian, Gustavo Ubeda
    St Yeghishe Church London SW7 3BB
    United Kingdom

    The orchestra was created last year following artistic director Sarkis Zakarian’s idea to start an ensemble which would promote Armenian musicians and culture to the community and audiences in the UK. The Orchestra consists of talented Armenian musicians, currently residing in the UK and members of the London based chamber ensemble, Audeat Camerata, whose musical director, Gustavo Ubeda, has become the Orchestra’s principal conductor. The Armenian General Benevolent Union is honoured to appoint acclaimed violinist, Levon Chilingirian OBE, as the orchestra’s Patron. It welcomes talented musicians Ani Batikian, Anna Margarian and Veronika Vard-Patrikyan to join the orchestra.

    The programme has been designed as a fusion between Armenian works and other European compositions. The orchestra will present a specially commissioned piece based on the Armenian National Anthem, by composer Kristina Arakelyan, who is currently a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Other composers will include Gomidas, Aslamazyan, Mirzoyan, Vivaldi and Grieg.

    The Armenian General Benevolent Union London Branch would like to invite all music lovers to come and support this wonderful initiative and witness the creation of this ensemble in its aspiration to inspire the community in the classical music world.

    £10 adults, £5 for children
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    Mon, 2014-04-21 18:00
    Easter Concert by the Battle Festival Sinfonia
    Battle Festival Sinfonia, Bernard Robertson, Dan Cornford, Dominic Moore, Jennifer Witton, Mae Heydorn, Matthew Sharp, Owen Dennis, Patrick Savage
    St Mary's Church Battle TN33 0AN
    United Kingdom

    The Battle Festival Sinfonia is a newly established ensemble of world class instrumentalists which has been specially formed for the inaugural Battle Arts and Music Festival which takes place in October 2014. Its players have well established careers performing in this country and internationally and includes members and former members of Orchestras including the LPO, LSO and RPO. All live or work in Sussex and have strong connections with the local area.

    Mae Heydorn (mezzo-soprano) is forging a successful career in both opera and lieder, singing the role of Woodpecker in the Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne and giving her debut at the Wexford Festival Opera. She has given recitals in the Barbican Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields and has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra. She will perform as a soloist in the Battle Arts and Music Festival in October.

    West Sussex born soprano Jennie Witton is currently studying on the Masters programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2013 she won the Dvorak Society Song Prize and has recently worked with Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Opera di Peroni and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Jennie is returning to Glyndebourne for their 2014 summer season.

    Owen Dennis (oboe) studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has played with many of the leading UK orchestras, most notably the London Philharmonic. He recently returned to his first passion, mathematics, and currently teaches at Eastbourne College. He continues to work with the Galliard Ensemble, one of the leading wind quintets in the country, which he joined in 1999 and continues to perform in professional engagements.

    Introduzione from The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Erbarme dich from St Matthew Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Es ist vollbracht! from St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Extracts from Stabat mater
    Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)
    Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor
    Alessandro Marcello (1684-1750)
    Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana
    Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
    Easter from 5 Mystical Songs
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door, children under 16 free Available from 01797 229 049 April-October, open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm..
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    Wed, 2014-04-30 20:00
    Oxford May Music: Dali Piano Trio
    Dali Piano Trio
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SW
    United Kingdom

    Trio Dali were formed in 2003 and are now established as one of the most exciting piano trios in Europe. Having won plaudits for their recordings and performances they were joined in 2013 by Jack Liebeck and are on course to forge an exciting future together.

    They play trios by Haydn, the founder of the genre, the ethereal beauty of the trio by Fauré and end with Mendelssohn’s magnificent C minor.

    Keyboard Trio No 43 in C major
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    Piano Trio in D minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Piano Trio No 2 in C minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    £17 adult, £13 concessions, young persons aged 8 - 25 free under Cavatina scheme Available from 01865 305305 Monday to Saturday: 10am - 6pm.