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Format: 2018-05-27
Format: 2018-05-27
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    2 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Mozart: La finta semplice
    Alessandro Fisher, Božidar Smiljanic, Chiara Skerath, Classical Opera, Emily Edmonds, Ian Page, Lukas Jakobski, Regula Mühlemann, The Orchestra of Classical Opera, Thomas Elwin
    Town Hall Birmingham B3 3DQ
    United Kingdom

    Classical Opera returns to Birmingham Town Hall with a semi-staged performance of Mozart’s first full-length opera, La finta semplice. Written when the composer was just twelve years old, the opera is based on a sparkling comedy by Carlo Goldoni, and combines situations of great comic invention and genuine humour with music of extrordinary beauty, energy and psychological insight.

    Ian Page directs a superb international cast of world-class young singers, headed by the rapidly emerging Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, whose solo recording contract with Sony Classical was recently launched with a highly acclaimed disc of Mozart arias.

    La finta semplice
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    6 June 2018 - 7:00pm
    Mozart: La finta semplice
    Alessandro Fisher, Božidar Smiljanic, Chiara Skerath, Classical Opera, Emily Edmonds, Ian Page, Lukas Jakobski, Regula Mühlemann, The Orchestra of Classical Opera, Thomas Elwin
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Classical Opera makes its Southbank Centre début at the newly renovated Queen Elizabeth Hall with two semi-staged performances of Mozart’s first full-length opera, La finta semplice. Written when the composer was just twelve years old, the opera is based on a sparkling comedy by Carlo Goldoni, and combines situations of great comic invention and genuine humour with music of extrordinary beauty, energy and psychological insight.

    Ian Page directs a superb international cast of world-class young singers, headed by the rapidly emerging Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, whose solo recording contract with Sony Classical was recently launched with a highly acclaimed disc of Mozart arias.

    La finta semplice
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
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    31 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Michael Petrov, Rory Macdonald, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Sombre strings descend into crashing percussion before giving way to the romantic, lilting theme of Shakespeare’s play in Tchaikovsky’s ever popular Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.

    Joining the orchestra for another of Tchaikovsky’s great masterpieces is cellist Michael Petrov, who performs the elegant and charming Variations on a Rococo Theme. Technically demanding but light-hearted, the cello solos resonate throughout the piece and are considered to be Tchaikovsky’s homage to Mozart.

    Sibelius’s Symphony No 2 evokes the expansive, glacial landscape of his native Finland. From an anguished slow movement to a finale of furious passion, this piece climaxes in a flourish of exhilarating heroism.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Hexagon auditorium

    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 2 in D
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
  • 31 May 2018 - 11:30am
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents - We're gonna need a bigger boat...
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Steiner
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a fun-filled family concert, featuring bite-sized pieces of classical music inspired by the sea and beyond - the perfect half term treat!

    Suitable for ages 5-12 and their families.

    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Hans Zimmer (1957-)
    Fantasia on British Sea Songs
    Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944)
    By the Sleepy Lagoon
    Eric Coates (1886-1957)
    Excerpts from Suite from Jaws
    John Williams (1932-)
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    31 May 2018 - 7:30pm
    Brussels Philharmonic with Liza Ferschtman (violin)
    Brussels Philharmonic, Liza Ferschtman, Stéphane Denève
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Brussels Philharmonic is back for a second visit this season with a programme full of romance and drama. The orchestra’s Music Director, Stéphane Denève, is joined by the Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman.

    Bernstein‘s Serenade is perhaps his most famous non-theatrical work and has been performed by many great violinists. It is based on Plato’s Symposium, the text in which he introduced the concept of Platonic love. Bernstein described his violin showpiece as ‘a series of related statements in praise of love’.

    Jazz and dance rhythms, finger clicking, not to mention a police whistle are not ordinarily heard at symphony concerts but expect to hear them all during a performance of West Side Story, Bernstein’s modern-day, big-city adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. In 1960, Bernstein drew from it an orchestral suite of Symphonic Dances which follows the principal episodes of the drama.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Le tombeau des regrets
    Guillaume Connesson (1970-)
    Serenade
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    3 Dance Episodes from On the Town
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
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    6 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Würth Philharmonic Orchestra with John Lill (piano)
    John Lill, Rumon Gamba, Würth Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    The Würth Philharmonic, named after the German philanthropist Prof Dr Reinhold Würth, brings together some of the world’s most talented young musicians to form a virtuosic symphony orchestra performing with today’s greatest conductors and soloists. For its Cadogan Hall debut the orchestra is conducted by Rumon Gamba.

    The evening’s programme of masterpieces begins with Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, a visionary fusion of folksong and sacred music, followed by Rachmaninov’s much-loved Second Piano Concerto, performed by one of Britain’s leading pianists, John Lill.

    The concert ends with Elgar’s most beloved work, his Enigma Variations where he draws a series of affectionate portraits of his family and friends. The central Nimrod variation has almost become an instantly recognisable second national anthem.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in C minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    6 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Thorne Trio (oboe, clarinet and bassoon)
    Alexandra Callanan, Esther Sheridan, Ilid Llwyd Jones, The Thorne Trio
    Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber Clitheroe BB7 2RA
    United Kingdom

    The Thorne Trio was formed in 1999, comprising graduates of the Royal College of Music.

    The Thorne Trio was accepted onto The Blackheath Halls Young Artists Scheme, where they gave a series of recitals and education workshops and were also winners of both the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Music Trust Scholarship Fund Education and Outreach Award and of the Anglo-CzechSlovak Music Competition. As a result, they travelled to Prague where they gave a recital in Martinu Hall at the Liechtenstein Palace. During 2004/06 they held the post of Junior Fellows of the Royal College of Music, and more recently, were semi-finalists in the prestigious Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy.

    In addition to a busy recital schedule, they are also dedicated to education and community work. They have worked for the Yehudi Menuhin Scheme, Live Music Now!, Wigmore Hall Community and Education Department, The Council for Music in Hospitals, Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - giving demonstrations, workshops and concerts to people of all ages.

    The trio’s commitment to both their recital and education work inspired them to commission a work by the British composer Cecilia McDowall which would appeal to the audiences in both areas of their work. ‘Century Dances’ was premiered in 2005 and has been used in the trio’s workshops and concerts ever since.

    Ilid Llwyd Jones (oboe)

    From Colwyn Bay, Ilid is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. During her studies she received an Associated Board Scholarship, an exhibition for performance and the Joy Boughton Oboe Prize. She was also awarded the prestigious Royal College of Music Tagore Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the College.

    Ilid regularly plays for most of the leading British orchestras, including the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

    Esther Sheridan (clarinet)

    Esther is a graduate from the Royal College of Music where she was awarded a Foundation Scholarship, the Stephen Trier Bass Clarinet Prize, and the Hilda Deane Anderson Prize. She played principal clarinet and principal bass clarinet in all of the College’s smaller ensembles, including concerts conducted by Bernard Haitink - and recorded for BBC Radio 3; also had the opportunity to play with the RPO. Esther has played with RTE Radio Orchestra, South Bank Sinfonia, New Professionals Ensemble and the New London Soloists Orchestra.

    Esther is involved with Education and Outreach Work and works regularly for Wigmore Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She is an associated musician for the Chance for Children Trust and has led many projects for them. In 2002 she was awarded an assistantship in Education and Community music as part of the RCM’s Junior Fellowship programme.

    Alexandra Callanan (bassoon)

    Alex is also a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she was a Scholar and winner of the Fanny Hughes Bassoon Prize for two consecutive years. She also played Principal Bassoon in all the orchestras and ensembles, whilst gaining experience in opera companies and orchestras elsewhere, including both the RPO and the LPO. Before starting College, Alex was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in which she played Principal for two years.

    Since leaving College, Alex has played regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, RTE National Symphony and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras. Also the London Opera Players, London Concertante, and the Opera Project. Since 2009, she has also become a regular Bassoon player in the Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya.

    Divertimento No 4 for 3 basset horns
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    5 pieces for clarinet
    Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)
    Chanson de Matin
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Triolet in E flat, for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
    Richard Henry Walthew (1872-1951)
    Suite for cello No 3 in C
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Musette, for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
    Georges Jean Pfeiffer (1835-1908)
    Suite d'après Corrette
    Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
    6 Metamorphoses after Ovid, for oboe
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Century Dances, for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
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    5 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Orchestra of the Swan: Latin America meets classical
    Bruce O'Neil, Lucia Caruso, Orchestra of the Swan, Pedro H da Silva
    Stratford ArtsHouse Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU
    United Kingdom

    Celebrating Pedro and Lucia’s Latin American connections we open with Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches and close with his masterpiece, Appalachian Spring

    6.45pm What’s the score? - a pre-concert talk with David Curtis and guests (free to ticket holders)

    3 Latin American sketches
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
    Concerto for piano and orchestra, ‘Light and Wind’
    Lucia Caruso ()
    Concerto for Portuguese guitar and orchestra, 'Snow'
    Pedro da Silva ()
    Folía, for Portuguese guitar, piano, and orchestra
    Pedro da Silva ()
    Appalachian Spring
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
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    6 June 2018 - 5:00pm
    Der fliegende Holländer | Longborough Festival Opera
    Anthony Negus, Carolyn Dobbin, Jonathan Stoughton, Kirstin Sharpin, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra, Simon Thorpe, Thomas Guthrie
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    The captain of a ghostly ship, condemned to sail the sea forever, comes ashore in search of his only chance of redemption: true love. Inspired by the legend of the Flying Dutchman and the composer’s experiences of a particularly rough sea crossing, Der fliegende Holländer was Wagner’s first step from opera to music drama – with music that seethes and rages like a terrific storm.

    Longborough’s Music Director Anthony Negus is described as “the UK’s most eminent Wagnerian” (ArtsJournal), and in 2017 was presented with The Wagner Society’s ‘Sir Reginald Goodall Memorial Award’. Conducting Longborough's first Holländer, he joins director Thomas Guthrie and designer Ruth Paton, who, together with Anthony, saw great acclaim for The Magic Flute at last year’s Festival.

    Sung in German with English surtitles.

    Part of Longborough's 2018 season, which also includes Verdi's La traviata, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea.

    Der fliegende Hollander, 'The Flying Dutchman'
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
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    30 May 2018 - 7:00pm
    Orchestra of Opera North: Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Salieri
    Orchestra of Opera North
    Cast - Main Space Doncaster DN1 3BU
    United Kingdom

    The internationally acclaimed and critically praised Orchestra of Opera North, debuts at Cast with a sparkling summer programme.

    The concert begins with a popular classic, Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. Ranked at no 1 on the Classic FM Hall of Fame, this evocative score paints the scenic landscape of the rolling British countryside and is simply breathtaking when heard live. Described by The Guardian as ‘a radical work… spine-tingling and life-enchantingly joyful’, Beethoven’s spell-binding Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’ follows, before the concert concludes with Salieri’s delightful Concerto for flute and oboe in C major, a playful piece that dances throughout the sections and is sure to enchant.

    The Lark Ascending
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto in C for flute and oboe
    Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)
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