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Format: 2019-08-17
Format: 2019-08-17
  • 24 August 2019 - 7:30pm
    Flower Festival - music for strings
    Claydon Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Molloy
    St Mary's Church Saffron Walden CB10 1JP
    United Kingdom

    Claydon Chamber Orchestra present a delighful and varied programme of music for string orchestra to complement the Flower Festival at St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden. The concert is free admission - and there will be a retiring collection for church funds.

    Concerto Grosso No 10 in D minor
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
    Chanson de matin
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Serenade for Strings in E flat
    Josef Suk (1874-1935)
    5 Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus'
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Chanson de nuit, for violin and piano, arranged for string orchestra by the composer
    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
  • 17 August 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Helen Davies, Kerenza Peacock, Peter G Dyson
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for 2 violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Incidental Music from The Fairy Queen
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Chaconne for Strings in G minor
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Canon from Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Divertimento for Strings No 2 in B flat, 'Salzburg Symphony' No 2
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • 24 August 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons and concertos by candlelight | Belmont Ensemble of London
    Belmont Ensemble of London, Geoffrey Coates, Helen Davies, Peter G Dyson, Pippa Harris
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom
    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Concerto for Violin and Strings No 2 in G minor, 'Summer' RV 315 from Le quattro stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for 2 violins No 8 in A minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Concerto for Strings in G, 'Alla Rustica'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring) from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Concerto for oboe and strings in D minor
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Sinfonia for strings and continuo in C
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • 22 August 2019 - 7:30pm
    Vivaldi's Four Seasons by candlelight | London Musical Arts Ensemble
    John Landor, London Musical Arts Ensemble, Thomas Gould
    St Martin-in-the-Fields London WC2N 4JJ
    United Kingdom

    Come and enjoy our candlelit concert in the beautiful atmosphere of London's iconic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The programme features some of the greatest classical music, carefully selected and exquisitely performed by some of London’s finest musicians.

    For details of all our concerts please visit the London Musical Arts website.

    Le Quattro Stagioni, 'The Four Seasons'
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
    Canon and Gigue in D
    Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
    Air on the G string from Orchestral Suite No 3 in D
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Alexander's Feast
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring) from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • 26 August 2019 - 5:00pm
    Bampton Classical Opera:Stephen Storace's Bride and Gloom(Gli sposi malcontenti)
    Adam Tunnicliffe, Anthony Kraus, Aoife O'Sullivan, Arthur Bruce, Bampton Classical Opera, Caroline Kennedy, Gavan Ring, Jenny Stafford, Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera, Robert Davies
    The Orangery, Westonbirt School Tetbury GL8 8QG
    United Kingdom

    This summer Bampton Classical Opera will stage Stephen Storace’s lively comedy of unhappy newlyweds 'Gli sposi malcontenti' (1785) under the title 'Bride and Gloom'.

    Stephen Storace is an undeservedly neglected 18th century composer, who was the brother of the legendary soprano Nancy Storace (Mozart’s first Susanna in 'Le nozze di Figaro'). Stephen and Nancy spent time in Vienna from 1785-87, and were friends with Mozart. 'Gli sposi malcontenti' was commissioned in 1785 by the Emperor Joseph II, and partly came about because the Emperor was infatuated with Nancy. Unfortunately on opening night Nancy lost her voice in the first Act, and retired from the stage for several months. 'Gli sposi malcontenti' was one of several operas which had an effect on Mozart and Da Ponte in their creation of 'Figaro' and 'Così fan tutte'.

    Stephen Storace returned to England a couple of years later, and introduced Viennese classical style to London. His hugely popular English operas dominated the Drury Lane Theatre from 1788 until his death in 1796. Storace had a lyrical gift and more sense of the theatre than practically any other English opera composer of the eighteenth century apart from Thomas Arne. His hugely successful later London operas such as ‘The Pirates’ helped establish a trend which eventually led to Gilbert and Sullivan.

    Synopsis

    Newly-wed Casimiro and Eginia hardly seem to be enjoying a state of marital bliss. Why does Eginia sleep on her own, and why is her ex, Artidoro, still hanging around? He now seems to have an eye for the undoubted charms of Casimiro’s sister, Enrichetta – but she’s also attracted the lustful interest of dull and dusty Dr Valente, a man likely to turn nasty if thwarted…

    Bampton Classical Opera is delighted that Gavan Ring will be joining the company for Bride and Gloom, having previously performed for Bampton in Mozart’s ‘La finta semplice’. These will be among Gavan’s first performances as a tenor, having already enjoyed a highly successful career as a baritone, including appearances with Glyndebourne, Garsington and Wexford. The talented team of singers assembled includes both company debuts and some familiar faces.

    Cast:

    Eginia Jenny Stafford (soprano)
    Bettina Caroline Kennedy (soprano)
    Enrichetta Aoife O’Sullivan (soprano)
    Casimiro Gavan Ring (tenor)
    Valente Adam Tunnicliffe (tenor)
    Artidoro Arthur Bruce (baritone)
    Rosmondo Robert Davies (baritone)

    Associate Director Alicia Frost
    Répétiteur Hannah Quinn

    There will be a pre-performance talk at 4.15pm

    Gli sposi malcontenti, 'Bride and Gloom'
    Stephen Storace (1763-1796)
  • 19 August 2019 - 1:10pm
    Javier Romero (cello) and Horacio López Redondo (piano) play Delius and Fauré
    Horacio López Redondo, Javier Romero
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Javier Romero was born in Teruel (Spain) and began his musical studies in Avilés with Katalin Illes and Alexander Osokin. Later he entered the Madrid Conservatoire to study his BMus with the cellist Iagoba Fanlo, finishing with honors. During this period he received master classes from Philippe Müller, Miguel Jiménez, Wolfgang Boettcher, and Christopher Coin. In December 2006, he was admitted with scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he finished with top marks.

    Former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, he has collaborated with London Sinfonietta or the Spain National Orchestra, working under the baton of conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Slatkin or Sir Colin Davis.
    He has given recitals and chamber music concerts at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional, Barbican Centre in London, or Philharmonie in Berlin. Together with trio Julian Orbón he won the international chamber music competition "Ciudad de Manresa". He has worked and shared the stage with musicians like Giovanni Guzzo, Emiko Miura, Hilary Hahn, Kathryn Stott or Maxim Vengerov. Javier has recorded the cello solos for several movies and TV shows, like the Ridley Scott's movie "Exodus", a soundtrack written by the acclaimed composer Alberto Iglesias.

    Horacio López Redondo is a London-based accompanist and chamber musician who performs extensively in the UK and Spain.
    Following his degree in piano from the Conservatory in Madrid, Horacio joined the Royal Academy of Music in London to further his higher education, enrolling in the MA Piano Accompaniment program with Malcolm Martineau and James Baillieu. He graduated in 2013 with Distinction.
    In 2013, Horacio was Highly Commended in the “Christian Carpentier Prize” to the Best Piano Accompaniment Exam at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2012 he won the Accompanist Competition as part of the Piano Festival “Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias” of Caernarfon, Wales.

    Horacio has performed as an accompanist at some of the most prestigious UK venues, including Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St. James' Piccadilly and Southwark Cathedral in London; Canterbury Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral or The Venue at Leeds College of Music. He has too accompanied vocal competitions at Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Seguida española, for violin and piano
    Joaquin Nin (1879-1949)
    Romance
    Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 in G minor
    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • 21 August 2019 - 1:10pm
    Michal Cwizewicz (violin) and John Paul Ekins (piano) play Beethoven and Brahms
    John Paul Ekins, Michal Cwizewicz
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    In great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, John Paul Ekins has given performances throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, and overseas in Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain and Switzerland. He has been broadcast on the BBC, on Romanian national television and radio, and on Polish television. Studying first with Judith Chapple, then with James Lisney at Royal College of Music Junior Department, in 2009 he graduated from the RCM Senior Department with First Class Honours, having studied with John Barstow. In the same year, he was awarded the James Anthony Horne Scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Charles Owen, graduating from there with Master’s of Performance (Distinction) in 2011. He was the recipient of a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and receives generous support from Making Music, The Concordia Foundation, The Razumovsky Trust and The Keyboard Charitable Trust.

    He has performed as soloist at a number of prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Fairfield Hall and Steinway Hall, Belfast’s Ulster Hall, Bergen’s Troldhaugen, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Bucharest’s Athenaeum, Kraków’s Florianka Hall, Prague’s Martinu Hall, and Zürich’s Tonhalle. His concerto highlight thus far has been his 2013 debut at The Royal Albert Hall, where he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue alongside Southbank Sinfonia. He has also performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Gershwin with orchestras throughout the UK.

    International Competition successes include some 19 awards, scholarships and prizes. He was also accepted onto the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, and recently he was delighted to have been selected to appear in Making Music’s Concert Promoter’s Network Brochure 2013-14. He was also the only successful pianist in Making Music’s Young Concert Artists Competition 2012, and as such was a Recommended Artist under Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award scheme.

    Educational and outreach work is enormously important to John Paul too, and he has given workshops and masterclass-recitals with great success in the UK. He was recently appointed as piano teacher at St. Paul’s School, London.

    John Paul has been particularly honoured to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip at a Reception for Young Performers at Buckingham Palace.

    Described in Music-Web-International as “masterly and lyrical”, British-Polish violinist Michal Cwizewicz has been broadcast in numerous international media outlets including BBC Radio and Television and Polish National Television and has performed across Europe, in the Middle-East and USA. He performs frequently in the violin duo Cwizewicz Brothers, the Minerva Piano Trio and is concertmaster and co-director of the Górecki Chamber Orchestra and director of the Ognisko Chamber Ensemble. Since 2012 he has been teaching at the Royal College of Music.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1 in G
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Sonata for Violin and Piano No 7 in C minor
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 23 August 2019 - 1:10pm
    Joo Yeon Sir (violin), Irina Andrievsky (piano) play Richard Strauss, Vladigerov
    Irina Andrievsky, Joo Yeon Sir
    St James's Church, Piccadilly London W1J 9LL
    United Kingdom

    Described by Strad Magazine as “exuberant… seductive… with bravura and oodles of personality”, Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the prestigious Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, in association with Classic FM, and the Royal College of Music’s President’s Award. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield Halls and at St. James’s Palace for HRH The Prince of Wales. She regularly appears on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

    Her repertoire is striking and diverse. She has played concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Barber, Dvorak, Sibelius, Walton, Bruch and Brahms; other concerto repertoire includes Haydn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and a particular interest in 20th century works - Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Korngold, Elgar, Britten, Schnittke, Shostakovich and Nielsen. In recital, she is equally at home in solo violin repertoire (Bach, Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Paganini) as she is in close collaboration with piano or guitar (the latter as one half of the Snowden-Sir Duo). Her collaboration with Sir Karl Jenkins has already resulted in two works especially written for her unique sound and personality - Lament for the Valley (which became part of his choral work Cantata Memoria) and Chatterbox! (originally for violin/piano, but now also orchestrated for violin/string orchestra).

    Aged sixteen, Joo Yeon was overall Grand Prix Laureate at the Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Bulgaria. After studying at the Royal College of Music, with Dr Felix Andrievsky, in 2015-6 she was selected for the St John’s Smith Square Young Artist Residency. She has also been a Tillett Trust Young Artist and the grateful recipient of many awards, from the Royal Philharmonic Society, Making Music and others.
    Also a composer, Joo Yeon is a former winner of the coveted BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year and her works have been premiered and performed at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Her latest work, written for herself and duo guitar partner, Laura Snowden, was premiered on BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.

    The 2016-2017 season saw the release of two discs: the Deutsche Grammophon CD and world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria – For the Children, recorded with Sinfonia Cymru, and her first solo CD - Suites and Fantasies - with her duo partner Irina Andrievsky, which was released to great critical acclaim by Rubicon: “A dazzling debut…Joo Yeon Sir melds technical assurance with rare artistic sensibility” The Guardian. Her second disc, with music by Stravinsky, Bartok and Vladigerov (also with Rubicon), is due for release in spring 2019.

    Last season saw a busy residency at the Lichfield Festival, where she performed the complete Paganini Caprices for the first time, along with a world premiere by Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, concerto performances in Prague and at St John’s, Smith Square and The Lark Ascending at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as recitals in London and in Cheltenham.

    This season sees her debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, plus concertos by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Bruch, Barber and Elgar, alongside recitals in London and at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Joo Yeon plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin provided by Georg von Opel.

    Irina Andrievsky was born Upha, Russia. She received her first piano lessons at the age of seven, winning first prize in the Ufa piano competition at the age of 10. At the age of 11 she went to Moscow to study at the Central Music School for Specially Gifted Children, a branch of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she would later graduate with distinction and receive her doctorate. Among her teachers were Professors E Malinin, L Timofeeva and M Mijlumoff. She was among the winners of International Piano Competitions in Italy. In 1991 Irina immigrated to Israel and continued her music career, mainly performing solo recitals and chamber music. She performed in the 'Radio France and Montpellier' Festival in France, as well as other prestigious Chamber Music Festivals worldwide. For the past 14 years Andrievsky has developed an impressive career as a piano teacher in Israel, raising a generation of promising young pianists, until she moved to England. Since then, she participated in mastercourses and festivals in France, UK, Russia and Israel, and gave solo and duo recitals with different instrumentalists; she possesses a very broad duo and accompaniment repertoire for violin, viola and cello. At present Irina is actively associated with Royal College of Music in London.

    Free recital (retiring collection)

    Sonata for violin and piano in E flat
    Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
    Rhapsodie Vardar
    Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978)
  • 23 August 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Concert - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)
    Daniel de Souza, Ensemble Sauterelle
    Charlton House London SE7 8RE
    United Kingdom

    Literally translating as grasshopper, a sauterelle was the name given to the removable valve blocks added to natural horns during the late 19th century. Ensemble Sauterelle sets out to discover and perform music written for the horn during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, a particularly exciting time as players moved from the natural horn to the various different systems of valves in use around Europe. Formed by a new generation of period instrument performers, members of the group have worked with a variety of the leading period instrument ensembles, including the OAE, AAM, and the English Concert.

    For this concert, a quartet of horn players – playing both natural and valved instruments – will be joined by a quartet of singers, to explore the wealth of music written for this combination in Germany and Austria during the late 19th century. Centred around Schumann’s Funf Gesänge Op 137 and Schubert’s Nachtgesang im Walde, the concert will also feature a variety of works by their lesser know contemporaries.

    Waldlied, for 4-part male choir and 4 horns
    August Horn ( 1825-1893)
    6 Songs
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Quatuors originaux für 4 Hörner
    Carl August Hänsel (1799-1867)
    Nachtgesang im Walde, for male chorus and 4 horns
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    Fünf Gesänge aus Heinrich Laube, for male chorus and 4 horns
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 23 August 2019 - 1:00pm
    Lunchtime Recital - Nicola Siagri (cello) and Marie Otaka (piano)
    Marie Otaka, Nicola Siagri
    Regent Hall (The Salvation Army) London W1C 2DJ
    United Kingdom

    Italian cellist Nicola Siagri completed his studies at 'Conservatorio Jacopo Tomadini' in Udine under the tuition of professor Carlo Teodoro, and received his Master of Music degree with full marks and honours in 2016. He is currently studying with Raphael Wallfisch for the Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music in London as an Il Circolo Music Award Holder. He has a predilection for 20th century classical music and enjoys playing works for cello solo. He has participated in masterclasses with Denis Brott, Roel Dieltiens, Michael Flaksman and the Pražák Quartet amongst others. He has furthermore studied baroque cello performance with Italian cellist Walter Vestidello.

    He frequently plays both as a soloist and as a member of chamber music groups, and has participated in many Italian music festivals such as 'Carniarmonie', 'Concerti di San Martino' and 'Lignano per la musica'.

    Pianist Marie Otaka has just completed the Artist Diploma of Performance in Collaborative Piano at the Royal College of Music this July. She has been studying piano with Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper and Nigel Clayton, and harpsichord with Terence Charlston as a Stanbridge Drake-Brockman Scholar. She was also generously supported by the Clemence Charitable Trust.

    She firstly read Linguistics (Phonetics) for Master’s Degree at the Sophia University Tokyo, and went on to the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. Her strong interests in English art songs and working with singers and instrumentalists led her to the study for Piano Accompaniment at the RCM. She completed the Master’s Degree of Performance in Piano Accompaniment with Distinction in 2017 and was awarded the bestaccompanists’ prize at the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, the Lieder Competition and the Lies Askonas Competition.

    Her performance highlights have included Schumann's ‘Liederkreis op 39’ masterclass with Sarah Walker at the Oxford Lieder Festival, flute masterclass with Sir James Galway at the RCM, ‘Afternoon Tea with Opera’ at the Royal Albert Hall, and a duo performance with flute at the Chofu International Music Festival in Japan. She has performed at the Regent Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, Victoria and Albert Museum among others.

    Marie is also a harpsichordist and play annually with the Chaconne Ensemble as a continuo player. She has appeared in the concert at the Handel House London, the Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe in the Netherlands, and the final concerts as part of the International Handel Academy Karlsruhe in Germany.

    Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano in A flat
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Requiebros
    Gaspar Cassadó (1896-1966)
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