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Format: 2020-05-31
Format: 2020-05-31
  • 31 May 2020 - 7:30pm
    Sir Andrew Davis conducts Symphonie fantastique
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Siobhan Stagg, Sir Andrew Davis
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Sir Andrew Davis concludes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019-20 Series at the Royal Festival Hall with exuberance and flourish, bringing some of the greatest works of the Romantic imagination to life. The opening piece, Elgar’s In the South, traverses an Italian landscape and encapsulates the majesty and tranquillity of the coastal mountains the composer came to love during his short stay in Alassio. Strauss’s Four Last Songs, a series of beautiful meditations for soprano and orchestra, sees Siobhan Stagg take to the stage with Strauss’ heart-bursting work, written as the composer was nearing the end of his life.

    Closing the concert is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a work with a gripping, hyper-romantic pull that is tinged with the residue of an intense, idealised and unrequited love. The symphony revolves around this core idea, until it spirals inwards in the final movement and crashes with intense visions in a passionate outcry that blends dream and reality.

    In the South, 'Alassio'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Four Last Songs
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Symphonie fantastique
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
  • 10 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Musical Reflections | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Martyn Brabbins, Pablo Ferrández, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Berlioz’s Overture opens the concert with a merry excursion through the composer’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much ado about nothing, before Pablo Ferrandez performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1. The whirring machinery of the first movement unwinds into a more muted and sombre reflection in the second and third movements, before both soloist and the Orchestra re-energise themselves with an electrifying vigour in the finale.

    An evocative and dynamic series of images that forms Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition concludes the evening, a deep retrospective that commemorates the artworks of a lost friend with intensity and sensitivity.

    Overture from Béatrice et Bénédict
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1 in E flat
    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 7 June 2020 - 2:30pm
    Let's Face the Music: A Tribute to the Great Musicals
    Richard Balcombe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Albert Hall London SW7 2AP
    United Kingdom

    Back by demand! Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and four West End guest vocalists for a nostalgic celebration of much-loved songs and duets from the classic musicals of the golden age of Hollywood. Featuring the ever-popular music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Jule Styne and, and much more!

    Indulge in a trip down memory lane with unforgettable songs and music from: Gypsy, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Anything goes, Cabaret, Top Hat, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, Meet me in St Louis, Funny Face, Shall we dance?, Sweet Charity, A star is born, Babes in arms... and many more!

  • 5 June 2020 - 7:00pm
    Cancelled: The English Patient Live - film screening with live orchestra
    Eleanor Grant, Ludwig Wicki, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    Philharmonia at the Movies brings to life Anthony Minghella's multi-award winning romantic blockbuster starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas.

    Music is at the centre of this passionate story set evocatively in the Sahara Desert and an Italian monastery. The mournful cor anglais melody of its opening, which features a biplane flying over the Sahara, returns to devastating emotional effect in the final scene. A stirring string theme is also at the heart of this tragedy of love, loss and war.

    Gabriel Yared's score won an Academy Award (Best Dramatic Score), Golden Globe (Best Original Score), Bafta Award (Best Film Music) and Grammy Award.

    The English Patient Live is a production of Avex Classics International.

    The English Patient
    Gabriel Yared (20th Cent)
  • 2 June 2020 - 7:30pm
    Galliard Ensemble (wind quintet)
    Galliard Ensemble, Helen Storey, Katherine Ann Spencer, Kathryn Thomas, Owen Dennis, Richard Bayliss
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Galliard Ensemble, is established as one of Britain's leading chamber groups, with repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Berio and Birtwhistle. Known for its virtuosic, entertaining and distinctive performance style, its recordings have been widely praised; the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and BBC Radio 3 have all selected a Galliard Ensemble CD as "outstanding" or as Critics' Choice.

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Town Hall (free)

    Adagio and Allegro (Fantasie) in F minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Wind Quintet
    Giulio Briccialdi (1818-1881)
    Subject to the weather, for wind quintet
    Cecilia McDowall (1951-)
    Opus Number Zoo
    Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
    Trois pièces brèves
    Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)
    Walking Tune
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
    6 Bagatelles for wind quintet
    György Ligeti (1923-2006)
    Westerly Winds
    Paul Patterson (1947-)
  • 10 June 2020 - 2:30pm
    Cancelled: A Celebration of New Talent | Orchestra of the Swan
    Daniele Rosina, Hyungi Lee, Orchestra of the Swan
    The Bradshaw Hall - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham B4 7XR
    United Kingdom

    Orchestra of the Swan is delighted to welcome the winner of the Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition 2019 and one of the Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham’s rising stars, winner of the Conservatoire Concerto Prize.
    Programme and remaining soloist will be announced soon.

    Save 20% when you book more than 3 concerts in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Series
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    Pre-concert talk 1:30pm

    Concerto for marimba and orchestra No 1
    Anders Koppel (1947-)
  • 4 June 2020 - 6:30pm
    Beethoven's Sixth Symphony | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Brian Wright, Mayumi Kanagawa, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill-On-Sea TN40 1DP
    United Kingdom

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Bexhill with a programme of glorious orchestral classics, opening with Mozart’s energetic Overture to The Marriage of Figaro which gives a foretaste of the comical opera that it introduces.

    Multi-award-winning violinist Mayumi Kanagawa takes to the stage to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Described by legendary violinist Joseph Joachim as ‘the heart’s jewel’, this magnificent concerto is rightly considered one of the greatest of the violin repertoire, from its unusual opening with the soloist entering first, through to its sparkling Allegro finale.

    The evening concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No 6, ‘Pastoral’. Conductor Brian Wright leads the nation’s favourite orchestra through in this characterful work, from depictions of country folk dancing with frolicsome melodies, to the start of the rainfall and the thrill of the storm, returning safely back to calm in the uplifting final movement.

    Overture from Le nozze di Figaro, 'The Marriage of Figaro'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Nocturne from 'String Quartet No 2', arranged for string orchestra
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 5 June 2020 - 1:00pm
    Cancelled: Antoine Tamestit (viola) with Masato Suzuki (harpsichord)
    Antoine Tamestit, Masato Suzuki
    Jerwood Hall, LSO St.Luke's London EC1
    United Kingdom

    The charismatic viola soloist Antoine Tamestit very clearly relishes the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians, whether he’s working with a composer on a new piece, or playing in chamber groups.

    In tandem with his Artist Portrait series with the LSO at the Barbican, Tamestit highlights this gift for forming enduring partnerships in this set of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts, featuring a cast of his closest musical friends. In this concert, joined by harpsichordist Masato Suzuki, he explores the baroque strains of JS Bach.

    Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord No 3 in G minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G major
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord No 2 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 31 May 2020 - 3:00pm
    Postponed: Gusztáv Fenyo (piano) – Beethoven cycle (6/8)
    Gusztáv Fenyo
    The Cathedral of The Isles Millport, Isle of Cumbrae KA28 0HE
    United Kingdom

    Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas span virtually his entire adult career and serve, better than any other category of his output, to give an almost complete view of the evolving nature of his creative life.

    In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Gusztáv Fenyo performs the complete cycle of 32 sonatas in eight recitals spread across 2019 and 2020. The sonatas are presented in chronological order, with the exception of the pair of short, early sonatas, Nos 19 and 20, which are included in Programme 3.

    One of Scotland’s leading musicians, Gusztáv Fenyo has been highly praised for his one-composer cycles, beginning in 1990 with two cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas, at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He has also performed complete cycles of Beethoven’s violin-piano sonatas, cello-piano sonatas and piano trios, as well as Chopin’s complete solo piano works, Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’ and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues

    Sonata for Piano No 22 in F
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 24 in F sharp major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 25 in G major
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata for Piano No 26 in E flat, 'Les adieux'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 7 June 2020 - 3:00pm
    Festival of Joy | Oxford Bach Soloists
    Oxford Bach Soloists, Tom Hammond-Davies
    New College Chapel Oxford OX1 3BN
    United Kingdom

    A trio of cantatas drawn from earlier works, deftly reworked to suit their new contexts. The Pentecostal cantatas 173 and 184 find their roots in secular Serenatas written for Prince Leopold at Cöthen, their imagery ingeniously preserved so that association between words and music is unharmed. Cantata 194, written for the dedication of the church and organ at Störmthal in 1723, was probably also based on a lost Cöthen work and is revived here in full festal splendour for Trinity Sunday in 1724.

    Cantata No 173, 'Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 184, 'Erwünschtes Freudenlicht'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Cantata No 194, 'Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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