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Format: 2018-04-20
Format: 2018-04-20
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    26 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Pinchas Zukerman performs Bruch | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pinchas Zukerman, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The RPO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Pinchas Zukerman, is both conductor and soloist in this varied programme. Sibelius’s evocative The Swan of Tuonela opens the concert, followed by Bruch’s fiendish Violin Concerto. The evening culminates in two pieces by Elgar: his stirring Sospiri and the quintessentially English Enigma Variations.

    The Swan of Tuonela from Legends, 'Lemminkainen Suite'
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No 1 in G minor
    Max Bruch (1838-1920)
    Sospiri
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 21 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Verdi's Requiem | Gravesham Choral Society
    Alan Vincent, Charlotte Richardson, David Ireland, Gravesham Choral Society, Gravesham Choral Society Orchestra, Katarzyna Balejko, Stephen Anthony Brown
    Rochester Cathedral Rochester ME1 1SX
    United Kingdom

    Giuseppe Verdi composed his Requiem in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, a poet and novelist he much admired. It is one of the most epic settings of the Latin Mass for the Dead, calling for four soloists, double chorus, orchestra, and off-stage trumpets.

    When Rossini died in 1868, Verdi suggested that a number of Italian composers might collaborate on a Requiem in Rossini's honour and began by submitting the Libera me. Although 13 composers contributed, the project was abandoned just nine days before the planned performance. Much frustrated by this, Verdi continued to toy with the Libera me, and on hearing of Manzoni's death, resolved to complete the entire Requiem himself.

    It was premiered under the composer's direction on the first anniversary of Manzoni's death on 22 May 1874 in Milan's San Marco church with a chorus of 50 and orchestra of 100. Repeated three days later at La Scala opera house it won immediate success except in Britain where the new Royal Albert Hall could not be filled for such an ostensibly Catholic occasion. It disappeared later from the standard choral repertoire but was revived in the 1930s. Today, this unique masterpiece is universally admired by performers and audiences alike and is a firm favourite with many choral societies.

    Verdi uses vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic vocal and orchestral effects to express the emotions engendered by the text. To the deep distress of his wife he was an agnostic and the style of the work is unsurprisingly operatic rather than religious.

    Messa da Requiem
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
  • 22 April 2018 - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Piano Series: Martin James Bartlett
    Martin James Bartlett
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    The 2014 BBC Young Musician winner makes his Nottingham debut with one of six Partitas which Bach wrote in five years, with the dances showing his lighter side. Beethoven’s sonata, known as ‘The Hunt’, after the galloping finale, is a relaxed and brilliant work, while Prokofiev’s is the second of three ‘war’ sonatas. Subtitled ‘Stalingrad’ it’s a potent reaction to Stalin’s regime of terror.

    Partita No 2 in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for Piano No 18 in E flat, 'The Hunt'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 7 in B flat
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    23 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Huddersfield Music Society Centenary Season 2017-18: Prazak Quartet
    Pražák String Quartet
    St Paul's Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH
    United Kingdom
    String Quartet No 2 in D minor
    Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)
    String Quartet No 2, 'Intimate Letters'
    Leoš Janácek (1854-1928)
    String Quartet No 11 in C
    Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
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    20 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Leslie Hatfield (violin) and Huw Watkins (piano)
    Huw Watkins, Lesley Hatfield
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom
    5 Melodies for violin and piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Spring, for violin and piano
    Huw Watkins (1976-)
    3 Romances, for violin and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 2 in G
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Sonata for violin and piano No 5 in F, 'Spring'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    26 April 2018 - 7:45pm
    Fretwork (viol consort)
    Asako Morikawa, Emily Ashton, Fretwork, Joanna Levine, Richard Boothby, Sam Stadlen
    Bunyan Meeting Bedford MK40 3EU
    United Kingdom

    This fascinating programme lays out a treasure trove of 'In nomine' settings, all stemming from Taverner’s 16th century setting of the Benedictus (which includes the phrase 'in nomine Domini' (in the name of the Lord) from a Mass built on the plainchant 'Gloria tibi Trinitas'. In nomines form a rich repertory of late renaissance/early baroque English instrumental music. So attractive was this music that it inspired 150 years of English composers to compose variants in their own style, including two by living composers, Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.

    Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertoire, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group.

    "...it is hard to imagine consort playing of greater refinement or subtlety than this..." The Times
    "...the finest viol consort on the planet..." London Evening Standard

    Fantasia No 8 for 4 viols
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    In nomine
    John Taverner (c1490-1545)
    In nomine a 5 No 12, 'Crye'
    Christopher Tye (c1505-1572)
    In nomine III
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    Ut re mi
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    De la Court
    Robert Parsons (c1530-1570)
    In nomine a 5 No 1
    William Byrd (1543-1623)
    In nomine
    Picforth (?1550-1610)
    In nomine
    Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Slow (In nomine in 5 parts)
    Nico Muhly (1981-)
    Consort Sett a 6 in G minor
    William Lawes (1602-1645)
    In nomine, after Purcell
    Gavin Bryars (1943-)
    Fantasia No 4 in 4 parts in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Fantazia of 5 parts in F ‘upon one note’
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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    21 April 2018 - 10:00am
    Come and Sing Messiah with Bristol Choral Society
    Bristol Choral Society, Hilary Campbell
    Tyndale Baptist Church Clifton, Bristol BS8 2NR
    United Kingdom

    This is a singing day aimed at people with a previous knowledge of Handel’s Messiah. Hilary will guide us in some in-depth learning of the choruses, rather than provide an introduction to the work.

    Messiah
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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    22 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Film Music Gala | Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Tommy Pearson
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Featuring music from blockbuster film scores, including:

    Back to the Future, Star Trek La La Land, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Game Of Thrones, Dr Zhivago, Chariots of Fire, Legends of the Fall. Nick

    Step inside the iconic Royal Albert Hall for a mesmerising concert showcasing your all-time favourite Hollywood blockbuster soundtracks in a spectacular film music celebration perfect for movie fans of all ages.

    New for 2018: A special celebration of the cinematic achievements of Oscar-winning composer James Horner, including music from Titanic, Avatar and Legends of the Fall.

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    22 April 2018 - 3:00pm
    Film Music Gala | Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
    Nick Davies, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Tommy Pearson
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Featuring music from blockbuster film scores, including:

    Back to the Future, Star Trek La La Land, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones, Dr Zhivago, Chariots of Fire, Legends of the Fall. Nick

    Step inside the iconic Royal Albert Hall for a mesmerising concert showcasing your all-time favourite Hollywood blockbuster soundtracks in a spectacular film music celebration perfect for movie fans of all ages.

    New for 2018: A special celebration of the cinematic achievements of Oscar-winning composer James Horner, including music from Titanic, Avatar and Legends of the Fall.

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    28 April 2018 - 7:30pm
    Lux - 21st century choral music - Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Alison Lincoln, Carys Chaney, David Ballard, Dhilan Gnanadurai, Jonathan Stamp, Lawrence Thackeray, Rosamund Walton, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society
    Cromer Parish Church Cromer NR27 9ES
    United Kingdom

    A wonderful programme of 21st century choral music celebrating the theme of Light. This may be a 'modern' music concert but guaranteed to be highly melodic and no fear of dissonance! An evening of beautiful music with a line up of top class soloists.

    Musical Director, David Ballard says "This might just be the project I’ve worked on as a musician that I’m most excited about. I don’t care if you like choral music or not - you need to come and listen. Great contemporary music, great soloists, and a choir who want to show you they love it. Be there."

    David's enthusiasm is infectious and no wonder when you consider that the concert will feature a major work by Howard Goodall CBE who will be familar to many as the presenter of many television programmes with a musical theme and as the prodigious composer of musicals, choral music and a multitude of television theme music such as Blackadder, Mr Bean and, possibly, most popular The Vicar of Dibley.

    Eternal Light: A Requiem was originally commissioned by Rambert Dance Company as a choral-orchestral-dance piece and has quickly earned a firm place in the choral repertoire.The composer tweeted: "Have a very happy memory of a concert with my school choir in Cromer Parish Church in the summer of 1974. Not in a million years would I have guessed then something like this by me would one day fill its arches: Eternal Light: A Requiem on April 28th".

    Also on the programme are works by the widely performed American composer Morten Lauridsen, the Norwegian Ola Gjeilo and the Devon-based composer of sacred music Graham Keitch whose works are rapidly becoming popular and frequently performed by choirs and in cathedrals around the world.

    Lux aeterna
    Morten Lauridsen (1943-)
    Northern Lights
    Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
    Eternal Light: A Requiem
    Howard Goodall (1958-)
    O lux beatissima
    Graham Keitch (1956-)
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