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Format: 2018-02-18
Format: 2018-02-18
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    24 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    British Classics | City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
    City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Meng Yang Pan, Peter Bassano
    Central Theatre Chatham ME4 4AS
    United Kingdom

    Our British programme begins and ends with favourites by Vaughan Williams and Elgar. We are joined by the outstanding pianist Meng Yang Pan for John Ireland's beautiful Paino Concerto, and the programme is completed by a powerful work by Robert Saxton.

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E flat
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    Music to celebrate the Resurrection
    Robert Saxton (1953-)
    Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma'
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    27 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Susanne Hou performs Tchaikovsky | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Alexander Shelley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Brimming with mythical imagery and incredible drama, this concert brings together pieces such as Mussorgsky’s terrifying Night on the Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Violin Concerto, performed by the immensely talented Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, Sibelius’s mesmerising Nightride and Sunrise and a delightful array of extracts from Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite.

    A night on the bald mountain
    Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Nightride and Sunrise
    Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
    Excerpts from Spartacus
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
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    27 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Kathryn Stott (piano)
    Kathryn Stott
    Town Hall Skipton BD23 1AH
    United Kingdom

    One of the first places Kathryn ever played as a child, at about the age of seven, was Skipton Town Hall. Since then she has performed for Skipton Music on many occasions, so she says it is a real pleasure to return in the year she anticipates her 60th birthday! With that in mind her programme will focus on ‘Song and Dance’, featuring some of her favourite pieces.

    Jesus bleibet meine Freude, from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Excerpts from 'Lyric Pieces'
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Mazurka No 1 in B flat major from 5 Mazurkas
    Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
    3 Danzas argentinas
    Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
    La valse, transcribed for piano
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 24 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Penny MBE, Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Scott
    Hull City Hall Hull HU1 3RQ
    United Kingdom

    6000 Pipes! was premiered by Hull Philharmonic Orchestra last February and has since been broadcast on Classic FM. Jonathan Scott returns as our soloist in the effervescent Poulenc Concerto and he also includes a work by Alfred Hollins, born in Hull in 1865 and blind from birth. An amazing talent, he toured the world demonstrating organs, sometimes for Forster and Andrews of Hull, who built the instrument in our own City Hall. Hollins died in 1942, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and with an Honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University.

    Meet the Artist: Andrew Penny talks to Callum Smart at 6.30pm. Free to ticket holders.

    6000 Pipes
    Sir Karl Jenkins (1944-)
    Concerto Overture in C minor
    Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)
    Symphony in D minor
    César Franck (1822-1890)
    Concerto for organ, strings and timpani in G minor
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
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    23 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    The Hallé with Karina Canellakis and Viviane Hagner (violin)
    Karina Canellakis, The Hallé, Viviane Hagner
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Two of today’s outstanding female artists join forces for this romantic central European programme. New Yorker Karina Canellakis was championed by Sir Simon Rattle and last year won the prestigious 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, whilst Munich born violinist Viviane Hagner enjoys a reputation for assured and insightful performances allied to a serene stage presence. Brahms’s symphonically scaled and ardently lyrical concerto gives ample opportunity for all these qualities to shine.

    Mendelssohn took inspiration for his 1828 overture from two poems of the same name by Goethe. Its slow introduction depicts the doleful spirits of sailors languishing in a dead calm, before a brisk wind fills the sails and carries them joyfully into port. Beethoven employs a similar strategy for the opening of his inexplicably neglected Fourth Symphony, slowly winding up the tension before releasing the energy in a pulsating first movement that sets the tone for one of Beethoven’s most affirmative compositions. It may have stood in the shadow of the Eroica and the Fifth Symphonies but it’s in the agile Fourth that the life force burns most brightly.

    Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Katy Hamilton on Brahms’s Violin Concerto

    Calm sea and prosperous voyage, 'Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Symphony No 4 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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    18 February 2018 - 11:00am
    Sunday Morning Piano Series: Lara Melda
    Lara Melda
    Royal Concert Hall Nottingham NG1 5ND
    United Kingdom

    Winner of the 2010 BBC Young Musician prize, London-born Turkish pianist Lara Melda brings us a recital of Fantasies. The two from Mozart contrast changes of time and harmony, whilst Beethoven’s was described as a ‘flight of fancy’, with an expressive, improvisatory sound. Having considered retiring in 1890, Brahms returned to composing smaller-scale pieces the following year. His rich and poetic Fantasies were some of the last pieces he wrote and are considered among his finest works.

    Fantasia No 3 in D minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Fantasia in C minor
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Fantasia in G minor, for piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    7 Fantasias
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
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    18 February 2018 - 3:00pm
    Michael Petrov (cello) performs Tchaikovsky | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Michael Petrov, Rory Macdonald, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal & Derngate Northampton NN1 1DP
    United Kingdom

    Beginning the concert is the potent and weighty Egmont Overture, opening with strong, grand chords from the brass and strings set against soothing, plaintive cries from the woodwind. Grieg’s rich and glowing Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra follows, depicting the wounds of life and the hope of faith.

    Although the name Tchaikovsky prompts memories of alluring Romantic melodies and powerful orchestral works, he was a composer who revered Mozart above all others. This love influenced Tchaikovsky to write his charming Variations on a Rococo Theme, performed here by captivating cellist Michael Petrov.

    During a visit to Italy, Mendelssohn was so inspired by the Southern climate that he composed his ‘Italian’ Symphony. Although not particularly Italian in style, the Symphony opens in a blaze of Mediterranean light with a sunny theme that has become one of the composer's best known and most-loved melodies.

    Overture from Egmont
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    2 Elegiac Melodies
    Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
    Variations on a Rococo Theme in A
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Symphony No 4 in A, 'Italian'
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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    26 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hyejin Kim, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Poliansky
    The Hexagon Reading RG1 7UA
    United Kingdom

    The ever popular Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra return to The Hexagon, under their Music Director Valery Polyansky, with a rich Russian programme. Ranking among the finest symphonic ensembles in Russia, they receive frequent invitations to perform in countries around the world. They are joined for this concert by pianist, Hyejin Kim.

    Praised by critics for her, “passionate…polished and expressive,” performances, Hyejin Kim is one of South Korea’s most thrilling young classical stars. Ms Kim first attracted international attention at age 17 when, as its youngest participant, she won third prize in the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy. Andrea Bonatta, the Head of the Jury, said, “I am thrilled about her flawless musicality and technique, which promises success as an internationally recognised pianist.”

    Pre-concert talk 6.30pm - The Hexagon auditorium

    Masquerade Suite
    Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in F sharp minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    22 February 2018 - 7:30pm
    Steven Osborne (piano)
    Steven Osborne
    The Concert Hall in the Town Hall Reading RG1 1QH
    United Kingdom

    Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most notable musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards.

    Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall. He is a favourite soloist of British orchestras and has been the 2016/17 Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

    Osborne’s 2011 complete Ravel recording was described as capturing ‘inspired performances…the best complete Ravel cycle on disc.’ (The Sunday Times)

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

    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Sonata for Piano
    Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Sonata for Piano No 8 in B flat
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
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    18 February 2018 - 4:00pm
    Savitri Grier (violin) with Richard Uttley (piano)
    Richard Uttley, Savitri Grier
    St Mary the Virgin Church East Bergholt CO7 6TE
    United Kingdom

    Savitri Grier was born in 1992. She read Music at Christ Church, Oxford and is currently completing her Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with David Takeno. Over the last year Savitri has made her debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and appeared as soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber, Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Sinfonia Orchestras. She gave recitals, and took part in festivals and masterclasses across Europe including IMS Prussia Cove, the East Neuk Festival retreat, the Holland International Music Sessions, Musique à Marsac in France, and the Newbury Spring and Roman River Festivals.

    Engagements this season include performances as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She returns to Wigmore Hall and continues to give recitals throughout the UK including the Bury St. Edmunds, St. Magnus, Harrogate and Portsmouth Festivals. A committed chamber musician Savitri has collaborated with Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Marriner and Alasdair Beatson, and regularly gives recitals with the Grier Trio with her father Francis and her sister Indira. Savitri was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2015.

    Savitri plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin on generous loan from the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust

    Richard Uttley was born in Bradford. He studied the piano with Ian Buckle; then at Clare College, Cambridge he studied music where he graduated with a Double First in 2008. He then went on to study at the Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. Rolf Hind mentored him through the RPS/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme in 2014. He was then invited to attend Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove.

    Richard teaches at the Guildhall School and City University and is also a trustee of New Dots, a charity which supports emerging composers and performers. This season includes a solo recital tour in China and tours to China and Columbia with Peter Moore, return visits to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF) and Saffron Hall (solo recitals) and a concert in Wigmore Hall with Savitri Grier.

    Richard is noted for his “musical intelligence and pristine facility interlock seamlessly” (International Record Review) and his “amazing decisiveness” and “tumultuous performance” (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph). He is regularly broadcast on the radio and television.

    Mark Tanner also said from the International Record Review ‘…compendious capacity for touch control … extremely refined, well considered and emotionally selfless … a pianist with something to say.’

    Sonatina for violin and piano in D
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Theme and Variations for violin and piano
    Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 7 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Rhapsody No 1
    Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
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