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Format: 2020-04-04
Format: 2020-04-04
  • 4 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: The undiscovered Beethoven
    Angharad Lyddon, Lise Davidsen, London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes, but to the young Beethoven, Emperor Joseph II was more than just a monarch. He was liberty’s champion; the herald of a new dawn. Unperformed in the composer’s lifetime, Beethoven’s Cantata is a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment, and a mirror to his heaven-storming Grosse Fuge – in Stravinsky’s words, ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever’. This is Beethoven the radical, the visionary, the eternally young, and Vladimir Jurowski opens the evening with the jubilant King Stephen Overture.

    Overture from König Stephan
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Grosse Fuge
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Ah, perfido, scene and aria, for soprano and orchestra
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 8 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    London Philharmonic Orchestra: 2009 - The Everest of piano concertos
    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolai Lugansky, Sophie Bevan, Vladimir Jurowski
    Royal Festival Hall London SE1 8XX
    United Kingdom

    ‘Rachmaninoff just doesn’t get any better than this’, wrote The Guardian of Nikolai Lugansky, and when it comes to the monumental Piano Concerto No 3, it’s hard to imagine a living pianist who’s more in tune with its profoundly Russian soul. This ‘Everest of piano concertos’ dates from 1909; alongside it Vladimir Jurowski has placed a 21st century British classic from 2009 and a real rediscovery from 1809: the fiery, thrillingly dramatic First Symphony by Etienne Méhul. Forged in the turmoil of the French Revolution, Méhul’s music had a profound impact on the young Beethoven, and when you hear it we think you’ll realise why.

    Symphony No 1
    Etienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
    Augenlieder, for soprano and orchestra
    Ryan Wigglesworth ()
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in D minor
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • 8 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Pastoral Dreams | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Long Yu, Ning Feng, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Weber’s tale of a fairy king forms a fantastical prelude to Karl Goldmark’s lyrical Violin Concerto No 1. Both composers found success writing operas, but Goldmark’s work as an inspired piece of writing for violin achieves both grandeur and intimacy as it moves effortlessly between flamboyance and slow deliberation in passages of rich romantic elegance.

    Beethoven’s Symphony No 6, ‘Pastoral’, a retreat from the modernity of nineteenth-century Europe tinged with a nostalgia for a countryside that nurtured Beethoven’s creative passions. Frolicsome melodies dance freely throughout until the penultimate movement conjures up a storm – almost literally – which passes with a glorious wave of relief in the Symphony’s climax.

    Overture from Oberon
    Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra No 1 in A minor
    Karl Goldmark (1830-1915)
    Symphony No 6 in F, 'Pastoral'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 4 April 2020 - 8:00pm
    Pelléas Ensemble (flute, viola and harp)
    Pelléas Ensemble
    Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre Holmes Chapel CW4 7DZ
    United Kingdom

    "I have never seen an audience leave a concert with such a spring in their step and joy in their hearts” - Oundle International Festival

    The Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Award, and the Elias Fawcett Award at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won the Grand Prize in the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Competition, and were Tillett Trust Young Artists. Their debut at the Wigmore Hall was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy” (Seen and Heard International). They have established a reputation for performing from memory, and enjoy sharing stories and insights about their unique repertoire with audiences.

    This is the last in the 48th season of eight concerts organised by Holmes Chapel Music Society.

    Full details of the season’s artists, music and tickets can be found at Holmes Chapel Music Society's website.

    The concerts regularly attract audiences of up to 200. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. We go out of our way to welcome new members.

    Wheelchair access is available by arrangement.

    The Society retains the right to change the programmes without notice.

    Cinquième concert in D minor from Pièces de clavecin en concerts
    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
    Three Diversions, for flute, viola and harp
    Robert Peate ()
    Petite Suite
    André Jolivet (1905-1974)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Prelude No 5 in G from 13 Preludes
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Selections from Romeo and Juliet
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • 8 April 2020 - 6:15pm
    RPO Preludes: Music for solo cello
    Richard Harwood
    Cadogan Hall London SW1X 9DQ
    United Kingdom

    Programme tba

    RPO Preludes is a series of chamber concerts curated and performed by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. These 30-minute concerts take place on stage at Cadogan Hall from 6.15pm, before the main concerts begin at 7.30pm. The series provides a unique opportunity not only to listen to some astounding chamber music but also to hear the RPO musicians in a more intimate and personal setting.

  • 4 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    RPO Miniatures: harp, flute and cello
    Emer McDonough, Richard Harwood, Suzy Willison-Kawalec
    Studio at The Hawth Crawley RH10 6YZ
    United Kingdom

    Fresh and light, Jongen’s Danse lente, for flute and harp, provides a charming pairing with Bach’s hypnotic Cello Suite No 1, amongst other chamber favourites.

    Trio Sonata in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Danse lente
    Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)
    Toward the Sea
    Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
    Naiades for flute and harp
    William Alwyn (1905-1985)
    Suite No 1 for solo cello in G
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Suite for solo cello
    Gaspar Cassadó (1896-1966)
  • 5 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Daniel Kharitonov, Pablo Heras-Casado, Philharmonia Orchestra
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    Lili Boulanger’s short orchestral piece, the last she wrote, uses shifting, ambiguous harmonies and subtle orchestration to create an intriguing impression. Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto set the pattern for many future pieces with its dramatic confrontation between heroic soloist and eloquent orchestra. Mussorgsky’s suite of musical pictures includes castles, chicks and catacombs, culminating in the unforgettable grandeur of the great Gate of Kiev.

    The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

    Young Artists Recital, 6.30pm | The Forge
    To book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    D'un soir triste
    Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in B flat minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
  • 14 April 2020 - 7:45pm
    Siberian Symphony Orchestra
    Alexander Sitkovetsky, Dmitry Vasiliev, Siberian Symphony Orchestra
    The Anvil Basingstoke RG21 7QR
    United Kingdom

    The twenty-year-old Rachmaninov’s expressive tone poem The Rock won the enthusiastic admiration of Tchaikovsky and already shows many of his qualities as a composer. Glazunov’s passionately lyrical and undeservedly overlooked Violin Concerto dates from 1904, a period when the composer was at the height of his creative powers. Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony is one of his most successful large-scale works. The opening fanfare, said to represent the power of fate, is followed by a lyrical slow movement and pizzicato scherzo. In the finale, the fanfare returns to striking effect as the work drives to its headlong conclusion.

    Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm | The Forge
    To book your free ticket(s), please call the box office on 01256 844244

    Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, violinist Chloë Hanslip has been replaced by Alexander Sitkovetsky

    The Rock
    Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Concerto for violin and orchestra in A minor
    Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov (1865-1936)
    Symphony No 4 in F minor
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 10 April 2020 - 2:00pm
    Ex Cathedra: JS Bach's St John Passion
    Angela Hicks, Bradley Smith, Elizabeth Adams, Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music, Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra, Ex Cathedra Choir, James Robinson, Jeffrey Skidmore, Lawrence White, Marcus Farnsworth, Martha McLorinan, Paul Bentley-Angell
    Symphony Hall Birmingham B1 2EA
    United Kingdom

    Bach's St John Passion tells the profound human drama of Christ's last days with utterly transfixing music. The pulsating opening chorus sets the mood, and we are drawn to share the anger of the mob, to empathize with Pilate's predicament, and to feel the anguish of the solo arias, heightened by the melancholic sounds of the period instruments - not least the tender agony of 'Es ist vollbracht' (It is finished).

    Ex Cathedra are delighted to give their traditional Good Friday performance as part of Town Hall Symphony Hall's Birmingham Classical season.

    Sung in German with English surtitles.

    There will be a 30-minute interval and the concert will end at approximately 4:15pm.

    St John Passion
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 6 April 2020 - 7:30pm
    Huddersfield Music Society | Fitzroy Quartet
    Fitzroy String Quartet
    St Paul's Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH
    United Kingdom
    String Quartet No 61 in D minor, 'Fifths'
    (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet No 3
    Benedict Mason (1954-)
    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
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