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Format: 2018-07-23
Format: 2018-07-23
  • 28 July 2018 - 5:00pm
    L'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera
    Jeremy Silver, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    Poppea, mistress of the Emperor, seeks the crown. Spurred on by ambition and love, she attempts to persuade her lover to set his wife aside – despite warnings of the Empress’s revenge. Written shortly before the composer’s death, the remarkable L’incoronazione di Poppea was Monteverdi’s last opera and is considered his finest achievement. With a focus on real-life emotions, this is a striking opera about love and lust amidst conflicting morality.

    Poppea is Longborough’s Young Artist production for 2018, part of a programme to provide world-class performance opportunities to singers and players at the beginning of their careers.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    Part of Longborough's 2018 season, which also includes Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi's La traviata, and Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

    L'incoronazione di Poppea, 'The Coronation of Poppea'
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    28 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Xerse (Francesco Cavalli) | Ensemble OrQuesta (baroque ensemble)
    Cedric Meyer, Ensemble OrQuesta, Marcio da Silva, Stephanie Gurga
    The John McIntosh Arts Centre, The London Oratory School London SW6 1RX
    United Kingdom

    After their first appearance at the prestigious Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre in 2017 the Ensemble OrQuesta are now seen as an upcoming company in the UK operatic scene as stated by Tim Hochstrasse in his 4-star review to Armide for Live Theatre UK Reviews: "This ensemble is certainly one to watch, as indeed are the other operatic and symphonic enterprises for which Marcio da Silva is responsible."

    Singers from all over the world apply to take part in the Ensemble OrQuesta Baroque Opera Academies. In their second edition in 2018, a new production of the opera Xerse by Cavalli using a brand new historical edition by Ensemble OrQuesta will bring you the UK premiere of the earliest known setting of the story today famous through Handel's opera.

    * the opera will be performed in Italian with English surtitles.

    Il Xerse
    Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
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    29 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Xerse (Francesco Cavalli) | Ensemble OrQuesta (baroque ensemble)
    Cedric Meyer, Ensemble OrQuesta, Marcio da Silva, Stephanie Gurga
    The John McIntosh Arts Centre, The London Oratory School London SW6 1RX
    United Kingdom

    After their first appearance at the prestigious Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre in 2017 the Ensemble OrQuesta are now seen as an upcoming company in the UK operatic scene as stated by Tim Hochstrasse in his 4-star review to Armide for Live Theatre UK Reviews: "This ensemble is certainly one to watch, as indeed are the other operatic and symphonic enterprises for which Marcio da Silva is responsible."

    Singers from all over the world apply to take part in the Ensemble OrQuesta Baroque Opera Academies. In their second edition in 2018, a new production of the opera Xerse by Cavalli using a brand new historical edition by Ensemble OrQuesta will bring you the UK premiere of the earliest known setting of the story today famous through Handel's opera.

    * the opera will be performed in Italian with English surtitles.

    Il Xerse
    Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
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    30 July 2018 - 5:00pm
    L'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera
    Jeremy Silver, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    Poppea, mistress of the Emperor, seeks the crown. Spurred on by ambition and love, she attempts to persuade her lover to set his wife aside – despite warnings of the Empress’s revenge. Written shortly before the composer’s death, the remarkable L’incoronazione di Poppea was Monteverdi’s last opera and is considered his finest achievement. With a focus on real-life emotions, this is a striking opera about love and lust amidst conflicting morality.

    Poppea is Longborough’s Young Artist production for 2018, part of a programme to provide world-class performance opportunities to singers and players at the beginning of their careers.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    Part of Longborough's 2018 season, which also includes Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi's La traviata, and Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

    L'incoronazione di Poppea, 'The Coronation of Poppea'
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    31 July 2018 - 5:00pm
    L'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera
    Jeremy Silver, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    Poppea, mistress of the Emperor, seeks the crown. Spurred on by ambition and love, she attempts to persuade her lover to set his wife aside – despite warnings of the Empress’s revenge. Written shortly before the composer’s death, the remarkable L’incoronazione di Poppea was Monteverdi’s last opera and is considered his finest achievement. With a focus on real-life emotions, this is a striking opera about love and lust amidst conflicting morality.

    Poppea is Longborough’s Young Artist production for 2018, part of a programme to provide world-class performance opportunities to singers and players at the beginning of their careers.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    Part of Longborough's 2018 season, which also includes Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi's La traviata, and Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

    L'incoronazione di Poppea, 'The Coronation of Poppea'
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    2 August 2018 - 5:00pm
    L'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera
    Jeremy Silver, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    Poppea, mistress of the Emperor, seeks the crown. Spurred on by ambition and love, she attempts to persuade her lover to set his wife aside – despite warnings of the Empress’s revenge. Written shortly before the composer’s death, the remarkable L’incoronazione di Poppea was Monteverdi’s last opera and is considered his finest achievement. With a focus on real-life emotions, this is a striking opera about love and lust amidst conflicting morality.

    Poppea is Longborough’s Young Artist production for 2018, part of a programme to provide world-class performance opportunities to singers and players at the beginning of their careers.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    Part of Longborough's 2018 season, which also includes Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Verdi's La traviata, and Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

    L'incoronazione di Poppea, 'The Coronation of Poppea'
    Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
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    28 July 2018 - 7:30pm
    Bach's Brandenburg Concertos by candlelight | London Concertante
    London Concertante
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Enjoy a selection of Bach’s most famous set of concertos performed by the internationally acclaimed London Concertante, in the magnificent candlelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

    Founded in 1991, the ensemble continues to travel up and down Britain, and beyond with tours throughout Europe and the USA. Recognised for their irresistible musical interpretations and enchanting performance style, it is no surprise that they have continued to find such far reaching support for over 25 years. Reaching critical acclaim on their numerous recordings, London Concertante have found themselves labelled one of the finest chamber ensembles in Europe.

    Renowned for their musical genius, enjoy three out of six of JS Bach’s remarkable Brandenburg Concertos. Whilst the Fifth is famous for its dazzling array of harpsichord virtuosity and flair, the Sixth is arguably the most unique of all the concertos, with its original orchestration lacking the violin entirely. Brandenburg Concerto No 6 features some of the Baroque Maestro’s characteristically exuberant and intricate melodic interplay; the violas begin almost in unison over a pressing accompaniment before the melody develops and gracefully expands hinting at the melancholic theme that is to follow in the sublime second movement. The final movement of Brandenburg Concerto No 3 opens with a spectacularly ecstatic rush of energy that brings the work to a joyous and euphoric close. The selection of Brandenburg Concertos are excellently partnered by Mozart's delightful Flute Quartet, and Vivaldi's effervescent Four Seasons in what is set to be a magical exploration of the Baroque masterpieces.

    If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts a remarkable audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.

    A new experience for me … atmospheric and emotionally powerful. I would happily do this again!”
    – A happy audience member (January 2018)

    “the most stunning and talented ensemble…enthralled and delighted”
    – A happy audience member (November 2017)

    “First-class musicians … The muscle in each individual’s playing gave such a punch to Tchaikovsky’s writing.”
    – Sunday Express

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Quartet No 1 for flute, violin, viola and cello in D
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
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    28 July 2018 - 7:00pm
    Somerset Chamber Choir - Paradisi Gloria!
    April Fredrick, Cathy Bell, Richard Laing, Somerset Chamber Choir, Southern Sinfonia, Steve Lee
    Wells Cathedral Wells BA5 2PA
    United Kingdom
    Stabat mater in C minor
    Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    Concerto for Trumpet in D
    Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
    Gloria in D
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Salve Regina in F minor
    Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
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    28 July 2018 - 8:00pm
    Rautio Piano Trio plays Schubert, Rachmaninov and Ravel
    Jan Rautio, Jane Gordon, Rautio Piano Trio, Victoria Simonsen
    St Peter's Church Wallingford OX10 0BH
    United Kingdom

    We welcome back to St Peter's the award-winning Rautio Piano Trio, one of Britain’s most dynamic chamber ensembles, critically acclaimed for their innovative programming and captivating performances. Schubert’s second piano trio, written in the last year of his life, is one of the greatest works in this form, full of passion, pathos, perhaps even anger, but equally saturated with joy, grace and triumphant beauty. Rachmaninov’s first piano trio was written while he was still a student, and was probably intended as a homage to Tchaikovsky. Ravel wrote only one piano trio; it brings a fresh voice and skilfully crafted structure to the traditional form.

    Piano Trio No 2 in E flat major
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Trio elégiaque No 1 in G minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Piano Trio in A minor
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
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    27 July 2018 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Ben Smith (piano)
    Ben Smith
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Presented by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe

    Ben Smith is a London-based composer and performer specialising in contemporary music. He is interested in – amongst other things – phenomenological and semiotic approaches to musical analysis, and compositional encounters with silence and repetition. Ben graduated from City, University of London in 2015, and currently studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rolf Hind and Laurence Crane.

    Lemma-Icon-Epigram
    Brian Ferneyhough (1943-)
    Sonata for Piano No 21 in C, 'Waldstein'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Philip the wanderer
    Cassandra Miller (1976 -)
    Marche fatale
    Helmut Lachenmann (1935-)
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