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Format: 2018-02-21
Format: 2018-02-21
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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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    3 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Alauda Quartet
    Alauda Quartet
    The Civic Centre Berkhamsted HP4 3HD
    United Kingdom

    The Alauda Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011. They were selected as Park Lane Group artists in 2015 and as Concert Artists with Making Music for 2016-17. They made their debut recital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing in 2014. During their time at the Royal Academy they studied with Jon Thorn and had masterclasses with eminent quartets including the Belcea, Artemis, Endellion and Emerson.

    The Alauda Quartet is involved in several educational projects across the UK. They were appointed Young Professional String Quartet in residence at Pro Corda in 2013 and give workshops at public schools through the Westminster Music Service.

    String Quartet No 19 in C, 'Dissonance'
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Langsamer Satz for string quartet
    Anton von Webern (1883-1945)
    String Quartet No 2 in D
    Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
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    3 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Gildas String Quartet and Raphaela Papadakis (soprano)
    Anna Menzies, Christopher Jones, Gemma Sharples, Gildas Quartet, Kay Stephen, Raphaela Papadakis
    Influence Church Richmond DL10 4AS
    United Kingdom

    Raphaela Papadakis has sung at Covent Garden, Sadler's Wells and the Carnegie Hall, and is making her first appearance in the Richmondshire Concerts. She and the Gildas Quartet recently performed together at the Oxford Lieder Festival, with this collection of songs arranged by the distinguished composer Aribert Reimann for soprano and string quartet.

    Ophelia Lieder
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    6 Songs, arranged for soprano and sting quartet
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    … oder soll es Tod bedeuten
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
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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)
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    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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    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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    1 March 2018 - 7:30pm
    Russian State Philharmonic with Valentina Lisitsa (piano)
    Russian State Philharmonic, Valentina Lisitsa, Valery Poliansky
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Cadogan Hall is delighted to welcome back the enormously popular Russian State Philharmonic with its Music Director Valery Polyansky, recognized today as a leading interpreter of the works of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

    Rachmaninov himself said that the third was his personal favourite amongst his piano concertos, requiring breathtaking virtuosity from both soloist and orchestra. Valentina Lisitsa joins them for one of the most difficult and physically demanding works for pianists.

    Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, written soon after the collapse of his brief and disastrous marriage, is saturated with the idea of fate, or as the composer wrote ‘that fatal force which prevents the impulse to happiness from attaining its goal’. The vigorous finale, incorporating a famous Russian folk song, swings from the dark emotions of the first movement to a more triumphant mood.

    Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in D minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
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