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Format: 2018-06-21
Format: 2018-06-21
  • 23 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Rossini's Petite messe solennelle | Sussex Chorus
    Alan Vincent, David Ireland, Elgan Llyr Thomas, John Walker, Katarzyna Balejko, Laura Ruhí Vidal, Sussex Chorus
    Hurstpierpoint College Chapel Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS
    United Kingdom
    Petite messe solennelle
    Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
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    23 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Mark Heron, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Southwell Minster Southwell NG25 0HD
    United Kingdom

    Mortality is one of the few certainties in life, and this concert offers two contrasting views of it from great philosophers of music, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Both are full of an awesome beauty, and suggest there is nothing to fear...

    Debussy was more concerned with the natural world and his marvelous quasi-symphony La Mer is the finest orchestral evocation of the moods of the sea.

    Tod und Verklärung (Death and transfiguration)
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
    La Mer
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
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    23 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    JS Bach: Motets/Sonatas for violin and harpsichord | Yorkshire Bach Choir
    Peter Seymour, Rachel Podger, Yorkshire Bach Choir, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
    St Michael-le-Belfrey Church York YO1 7HH
    United Kingdom

    JS Bach’s motets represent some of his most beautiful and mesmerising musical compositions. Each motet is crafted with complete originality and skill using a dizzying range of choral techniques, from double-choir sonorities to canon, fugue and counterpoint, to explore their deeply felt and varied texts. Complementing this choral feast Yorkshire Bach Choir is pleased to welcome Rachel Podger, a musician who has been described as ‘the queen of the baroque violin’, performing some of Bach’s most wonderful music for violin and harpsichord.

    The 6 motets
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Sonatas for violin and harpsichord
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 30 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Bristol Concert Orchestra: Symphonie fantastique
    Bristol Concert Orchestra, Charlotte Newstead, Martin Le Poidevin, Stefan Hofkes, The Choir of St Mary Redcliffe
    St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol BS1 6RA
    United Kingdom

    This concert of two halves opens with Stokowski's string arrangement of Purcell's heartrending Dido's Lament, 'When I am laid in Earth', providing an incredibly effective prelude to Vaughan Williams's empassioned plea for peace Dona nobis pacem (written after the composer's experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I) and recognised as a neglected choral masterpiece. For the second half, the incredible Symphonie Fantastique - the 'programme symphony' written by a 27-year-old Berlioz telling the (autobiographical) story of "an artist gifted with a lively imagination" who has "poisoned himself with opium" in the "depths of despair" because of "hopeless, unrequited love."

    The five movements of this hallucinatory tale include a beautiful waltz, the famous 'March to the Scaffold' and concludes at the funeral of the hero attended by sorcerers and monsters. Or, as Leonard Bernstein put it "Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral." Fantastical indeed…

    There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Stroke Association.

    Symphonie fantastique
    Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
    Dona nobis pacem
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Dido's Lament
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
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    30 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Music from the Movies - City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Robert Hodge
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Programme of popular film music

    Why are so many of us attracted to film music? The answer is surely ‘association’. Melodies are easily assimilated, and are inclined to be indelible – we can’t shake them off. Hearing the music reminds us of the emotions we felt when first experiencing the music and the associated film or scene from a film. It’s interesting that music often retains a strong association with a film even when its original purpose was entirely different.

    The William Tell Overture by Rossini and The Lone Ranger is one such association; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Elvira Madigan is another. The evening’s full-length concert is for adults, although children will be welcome as well. Among the sampled films will be The Magnificent Seven, El Cid, Out of Africa, Lawrence of Arabia, Romeo and Juliet, and Gladiator. And who wrote this wonderful music? The ubiquitous John Williams is there, of course, but what of Newman, Rozsa, Shore, Giacchino, Waxman, Rota, Zimmer and Morricone? Hardly household names, but their music is certainly the stuff of the ear worm or Ohrwurm as they call it in Germany, where the word was coined. It’s a tune that rattles around your head and won’t go away.

  • 30 June 2018 - 4:30pm
    Children’s Film Concert - City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
    City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Robert Hodge
    West Road Concert Hall Cambridge CB3 9DP
    United Kingdom

    Programme of popular film music

    King Kong is the film credited as the first to have music on a sound track synchronising with the action on screen, the composer being Max Steiner. Music and film went together much earlier than that, using live musicians in the cinema. The aim was to drown the sound of the projector, which audiences found irritating. Curiously, the first ‘talkies’ had no music because producers reckoned the talking was enough to steer attention away from the machinery.

    What a lot has changed since then. It’s hard to imagine a film without music, and many great composers, from Prokofiev to Britten, have been drawn in. Although specialists in film music are less well known (apart from John Williams), their music is adored and the CCSO presents two concerts in one day, both consisting of nothing but that. The first concert, 4.30—5.30 p.m, is for children aged four upwards, who may wish to come dressed as their favourite film character: a pirate, Robin Hood, a hobbit perhaps. And the music? It will come from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and lots more.

    Every child or group of children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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    24 June 2018 - 6:30pm
    Forest Philharmonic plays Beethoven, Ravel and Richard Strauss
    Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Shanahan, Tim Crawford
    Walthamstow Assembly Hall London E17 4SY
    United Kingdom

    Dawn breaks in Spain and a jester’s morning dance is underway in Ravel’s lively and sultry orchestral miniature. We are delighted to welcome Tim Crawford to perform Beethoven’s much-loved violin concerto with us. Another sunrise follows in the rousing and recognisable opening to Also sprach Zarathustra, based on Nietzsche’s philosophical work of the same name and used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Quoting from Nietzsche, ‘Without music, life would be a mistake’.

    This concert has been made possible by the kind and generous legacy of Frank Long, a long-time supporter and helper of Forest Philharmonic.

    Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Also sprach Zarathustra
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
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    23 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius | Canterbury Choral Society
    Andrew Staples, Canterbury Choral Society, Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir, Edward Grint, Kathryn Rudge, Richard Cooke, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury CT1 2EE
    United Kingdom

    ‘This is the best of me;’ wrote Elgar on completion of The Dream of Gerontius, ‘this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory’.

    Probably the most evocative and enduring of the choral ‘greats’ of the 20th century, The Dream of Gerontius stirs emotional and impassioned solos and choruses within a full-bodied Romantic orchestral tapestry. We are thrilled to be welcoming back the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the fourth time. A world class orchestra with world class soloists and what promises to be another mighty occasion for performers and audience.

    The Dream of Gerontius
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
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    29 June 2018 - 7:30pm
    Piccadilly Chamber Music Series: The Complete Beethoven Piano Trios - Concert 5
    Victoria Simonsen, Warren Mailley-Smith, Zoë Beyers
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    The West End’s newest chamber music series, Piccadilly Chamber Music Series, launched in 2018 with a season of five concerts that presents the complete piano trios of Ludwig van Beethoven.

    The final concert of the series celebrates the conclusion of this varied Beethoven cycle with the three remaining works for piano trio, including the brilliant Piano Trio No 2 in G major. These are punctuated with a short but spell-binding work by the Hungarian composer Kurtag for piano trio, and one of the great masterpieces of the romantic period for piano trio by the great Russian composer, Arensky.

    In this final concert of the series, violinist extraordinaire and leader of the CBSO, Zoë Beyers is joined by acclaimed cellist Victoria Simonsen and renowned British concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith.

    Allegretto in E flat major for piano trio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Piano Trio in G
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    10 Variations in G, 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu', for piano trio
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Varga Bálint Ligaturája, for piano trio
    György Kurtág (1926-)
    Piano Trio No 1 in D minor
    Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
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    23 June 2018 - 5:00pm
    La traviata | Longborough Festival Opera
    Eddie Wade, Jenny Stafford, Longborough Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra, Mark Stone, Paula Sides, Samantha Price, Sion Goronwy, Thomas Blunt, Timothy Dickinson
    Longborough Festival Opera House Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0QF
    United Kingdom

    Considered by Verdi to be his greatest work, this extraordinary, heart-wrenching love story features some of the best-known music in operatic repertoire. While hosting a lavish party, the famed courtesan Violetta falls in love with Alfredo and they escape Paris together. As they struggle for money in the countryside, Alfredo’s father attempts to separate the lovers, setting them on a path to tragedy.

    Conducted by Thomas Blunt, this new production of Verdi’s moving tale of society and morality is the Longborough debut of director Daisy Evans.

    Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

    Part of Longborough's 2018 season, which also includes Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea.

    La Traviata
    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
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