Classical Concerts in London UK
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13 February 2016
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

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£12 (until 7 February) / £15 | £10 (students)
Something Rich and Strange

Londinium
Andrew Griffiths, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Thomas Morley: It was a lover and his lass
Michael Berkeley: Farewell
Robert Pearsall: Take, O take those lips away
Huw Watkins: The Phoenix and the Turtle
Frank Martin: Songs of Ariel
Humphrey Clucas: Shakespeare Songs
Robert Johnson: Full Fathom Five
Charles Wood: Full Fathom Five
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Four Shakespeare Songs
Judith Weir: The Song Sung True

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Londinium presents an entrancing concert of choral music inspired by his work. Alongside such masterpieces as Frank Martin's 'Songs of Ariel' and Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Three Shakespeare Songs', the programme includes some of the earliest surviving Shakespeare settings by Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, and a superb selection of recent works by Judith Weir, Michael Berkeley, Huw Watkins and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.
 
16 February 2016
 
1.15pm
St Bride's Church
Fleet Street
London
EC4Y 8AU
United Kingdom

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Free admission, reitiring collection
Marielle Way, George Vass and the Blaze Ensemble - Christopher Gunning and Schubert

Marielle Way, flute
Blaze Ensmeble
George Vass, conductor

Christopher Gunning: Concertino for flute and small orchestra
Schubert: Symphony No 3 in D, D200

 
17 February 2016
 
7.30pm
Hall One, Kings Place
90, York Way
London
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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Tomas Luis de Victoria: Requiem Mass 1605

 
7.30pm
Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane
London
EC2A 3PQ
United Kingdom

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£15 (includes a free drink), £5 students / 16-25s
CLoSer: Song of the Earth

Anna Huntley, mezzo soprano
Gwilym Bowen, tenor
Michael Collins, clarinet / conductor
City of London Sinfonia

J Strauss arr Schoenberg: Rosen Aus Dem Süden
Bach arr Luke Styles: Commission
Mahler arr Schoenberg/Rainer: Das Lied Von der Erde

City of London Sinfonia offers its audiences a rare opportunity to hear Mahler’s great symphony of song, Das Lied Von der Erde with two of the UK’s most exciting young vocal talents, Anna Huntley and Gwilym Bowen. Originally conceived for vast orchestral forces, hear this epic and stunning work re-imagined for salon ensemble in one of London’s most atmospheric spaces with a story-telling introduction to the piece exploring the composer’s own words and emotions. Before the grand finale, Johann Strauss’s waltzes set the scene for the evening alongside the next in our ‘Bach RE:Imagined’ series by young Australian-Brit composer Luke Styles.
 
19 February 2016
 
7.30pm
St John's
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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£15-20
The Complete Chopin Cycle, Concert 5: Sonata No. 2 in B flat Op. 35

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

St John’s Smith Square is a unique concert venue: the only Baroque concert hall in the UK, historical, superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of its own cafe and restaurant in the crypt offering concert goers maximum convenience for the perfect evening out.

The virtuoso British pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, presents the fifth of eleven concerts in his remarkable complete Chopin cycle in which he will perform all Chopin’s 200+ piano solo works, from memory. Glowing reviews: " .. here is a very fine Chopin interpreter indeed .. formidable technique .. breathtaking command of dynamic gradations .. wholly exceptional .. This quite memorable recital was justly rewarded with a spontaneous standing ovation." - Classical Source. '.. assured technique .. In Warren's hands each (Etude) was a minor miracle, sensitively rendered and deftly delivered .. overall result was exceptionally engaging and intense.' - The Cross-Eyed Pianist. 'The embodiment of the modern Romantic Concert Pianist’ - Musical Opinion. This outstanding pianist is a favourite with London audiences and venues alike. Warren has played for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls as well as performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

This concert features a stark contrast between the tranquillity and beauty of the Nocturne form with the drama and intensity of Chopin's impassioned Sonata No. 2. The chronological thread of his mazurkas is continued from previous concerts and a variety of other notable works are included in this evening's programme.

So come and indulge yourself with a spectacular evening of uplifting music at St John's Smith Square, performed by this exceptional pianist.

PROGRAMME:
Pre-concert event at 18:30: to be announced.
Concert at 19:30 pm
Waltz No. 10 in B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2
Nocturne No. 9 in B, Op. 32, No. 1
Waltz No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Waltz No. 15 in E, Op. posth.
Nocturne op.27 (1835) No.1 in C# minor
Mazurka No. 21 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4
Mazurka No. 22 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 1
Mazurka No. 23 in D, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka No. 24 in C, Op. 33, No. 3
Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
Waltz No. 11 in G-Flat, Op. 70, No. 1
Prelude in A-Flat, Op. Posth.
Nocturne No. 10 in A-Flat, Op. 32, No. 2
Waltz No. 16 in A-Flat, Op. posth.
Nocturne op.27 (1835) No.2 in Db
Sonata No.2 in Bb minor op.35 (1839)

BOX OFFICE:
Tickets: £20, £15 or book 5 concerts at the same time for £65.
tel: 020 7222 1061
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online: http://www.sjss.org.uk/events/warren-mailley-smith-3

NEAREST TUBES: Westminster, St. James's Park and Pimlico.
 
3 March 2016
 
6.30pm
Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer
Exmouth Market
London
SE1R 4QE
United Kingdom

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Liz Aram
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+44 (0)7812 599340

£10
Inspire

Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir

Bruckner: Ave Maria
Byrd: O magnum mysterium
Grieg: Ave maris stella
Wilbye: Weep, weep mine eyes
Holst: Nunc Dimittis
Harris: Faire is the heaven
Allegri: Miserere mei
Purcell: Hear my prayer
Schütz: Psalm 100
Simon: Bridge over troubled water
Rheinberger: Abendlied
Whitacre: Sleep

Inspire
A cappella choral revelations. CML’s annual short, drive-time concert in Clerkenwell.

This year, Collegium Musicum of London’s spring, drive-time concert brings together a collection of inspiring acapella choral favourites from five centuries.

Certain music – especially when set to words – can propel an audience into a state of trance-like devotion or national pride, and even impel the listener to perform acts of remarkable bravery.

Such was the overwhelming effect on audiences of Allegri’s famous Miserere, composed in 1514, that the authorities in Rome banned it from being performed outside the Vatican. It wasn’t until a young Mozart transcribed the piece from memory in 1770 that the piece become more widely known, and took its place in the choral repertoire as a work of unsurpassed beauty, moving audiences with its deceptive simplicity.

In a programme containing equally persuasive works by composers as diverse as Purcell, Holst, Poulenc and Whitacre – as well as a few popular surprises – INSPIRE aims to banish the midweek blues with exhilarating, accessible music in a great venue in the very heart of Clerkenwell’s lively Emouth Market. And with a free glass of wine thrown in, you’re sure to leave with a spring in your step!
 
4 March 2016
 
7.30pm
St John's
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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£20, 15 or book 5 concerts at the same time for £65
The Complete Chopin Cycle, Concert 6: The Four Impromptus

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

St John’s Smith Square is a unique concert venue: the only Baroque concert hall in the UK, historical, superb acoustic, beautiful interior and its own bar and restaurant in the crypt offering concert goers maximum convenience for the perfect evening out.

The virtuoso British pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, presents the sixth of eleven concerts in his remarkable complete Chopin cycle in which he will perform all Chopin’s 200+ piano solo works, from memory. Glowing reviews: " .. here is a very fine Chopin interpreter indeed .. formidable technique .. breathtaking command of dynamic gradations .. wholly exceptional .. This quite memorable recital was justly rewarded with a spontaneous standing ovation." - Classical Source. '.. assured technique .. In Warren's hands each (Etude)was a minor miracle, sensitively rendered and deftly delivered .. overall result was exceptionally engaging and intense.' - The Cross-Eyed Pianist. 'The embodiment of the modern Romantic Concert Pianist’ - Musical Opinion. ' .. intensely poetic. ' - Independent.
This outstanding pianist is a favourite with London audiences and venues alike. Warren has played for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls as well as performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

A novel pairing of a separately conceived Prélude and Fugue begins a varied programme which also continues the chronological thread of Mazurkas and concludes with the uplifting, unrelenting Tarantelle. The central focus of this programme is on the four impromptus, (including the celebrated Fantaisie-Impromptu), all of which contain a range of beautifully juxtaposed themes and moods.

PROGRAMME:
Pre-concert event at 18:30: to be announced.
Concert at 19:30 pm
Prélude, Op. 45
Fugue in A Minor
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor op.66 (1835)
Variations in E - "Hexameron"
Mazurka No. 26 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Mazurka No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 41, No. 2
Mazurka No. 28 in B, Op. 41, No. 3
Mazurka No. 29 in A-Flat, Op. 41, No. 4
Mazurka No. 30 in G, Op. 50, No. 1
Nocturne No. 15 in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1
Impromptu No.1 in Ab op.29 (1837)
Waltz No. 2 in A-Flat, Op. 34, No. 1
Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.
Impromptu No.2 in F# op.36 (1839)
Polonaise No. 10 in F Minor, Op. 71, No. 3
Nocturne No. 16 in E-Flat, Op. 55, No. 2
Impromptu No.3 in Gb op.51 (1843)
Waltz in Ab op.42 (1840)
Tarantelle in A-Flat, Op. 43
 
7.30pm
Kings Place
90 York Way
London
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)20 7520 1490

£9.50-19.50
London Sinfonietta and Contemporary Music for All

London Sinfonietta
CoMA London
CoMA Sussex
Gregory Rose, conductor

Philip Cashian: Braggadocio
Donnacha Dennehy: A Fatal Optimist
Gabriel Jackson: Melancholy Processional
Tansy Davies: Feather and Groove
Michael Nyman: In C Interlude
Roxanna Panufnik: CoMAchord
Michael Finnissy: Plain Harmony
Jonathan Harvey: Climbing Frame
Hannah Kendall: Into pieces (first performance)
Philip Cashian: Mechanik

For over a decade, Contemporary Music for All’s ground-breaking Open Score project has been at the forefront of a movement to help contemporary music reach new audiences – creating innovative, flexibly-scored works playable by ensembles of all shapes and sizes.

Join us for the start of a nationwide weekend of celebration featuring five ensembles, as the London Sinfonietta partners with CoMA to perform some of the organisation’s most iconic creations, and premieres a new commission by Hannah Kendall.
 
5 March 2016
 
3.30pm
Kings Place
90 York Way
London
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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£9.50-19.50
Arditti Quartet

Jonathan Harvey: Quartet No 2
Harrison Birtwistle: Quartet No 3 The Silk House Sequences
Iannis Xenakis: Tetras

In a programme matched only by the technical brilliance and passion of the Arditti Quartet for whom all three works were written, Iannis Xenakis’ breathtaking Tetras, one of the defining works of the modern string quartet repertoire, tops a concert featuring Harrison Birtwistle’s latest quartet and the magically accumulative energy of Jonathan Harvey’s second.

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history.

World premieres of quartets by composers such as Ades, Andriessen, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Manoury, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire.
 
7.30pm
Kings Place
90 York Way
London
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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£9.50-19.50
London Sinfonietta

Tansy Davies: Salt box
Gerald Barry: '_______'
Gavin Bryars: Jesus’ Blood never failed me
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union

Tansy Davies’ ever-changing, spiky rhythmic patterns in salt box bristle against the conceptual and bold simplicity of Gerald Barry’s work. Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars is one of the most moving works you can experience in a concert hall, while Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union thrills with its driving force.

All four composers are firmly in the orbit of CoMA, having written open-scored works for the group that are accessible yet rewarding, both to hear and to play.
 
11 March 2016
 
1.05pm
Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great
West Smithfield
London
EC1A 9DS
United Kingdom

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Plane, Neary, Rahman Trio

Debussy: Première rhapsodie
Brahms: Trio in A minor
McCabe: Sonata for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

City Music Society

 
16 March 2016
 
8pm
Kings Place
90 York Way
London
N1 9AG
United Kingdom

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£9.50-26.50
In Time of War

Canticum
Kokoro
Mark Forkgen, conductor

Poulenc: Ls Figure Humaine
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Hywel Davies: War Songs

Messiaen and Poulenc express their response to the second World War. Hywel Davies' new work, written for Canticum and Kokoro, and given it's first London performance here, sets words by nine World War I poets.
 
8 April 2016
 
7.30pm
St John's
Smith Square, Westminster
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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£20, £15 or book 5 concerts at the same time for £65
The Complete Chopin Cycle, Concert 7: The Four Ballades

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

18:30 pre-concert event to be confirmed.
19:30 concert:
Bolero in C, Op. 19
Mazurka No. 31 in A-Flat, Op. 50, No. 2
Mazurka No. 32 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Mazurka No. 33 in B, Op. 56, No. 1
Mazurka No. 34 in C, Op. 56, No. 2
Mazurka No. 35 in C Minor, Op. 56, No. 3
Rondeau in C, Op. 73
Ballade no.1 in G minor Op. 23 (1835)
Ballade No.2 in F Op. 38 (1839)
Largo in E-Flat, Op. posth.
Ballade No.3 in Ab Op. 47 (1841)
Ballade No.4 in F minor Op. 52 (1842-43)
 
18 April 2016
 
7.30pm
St John's
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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Tritium Trio - McCabe: Sonata for clarinet, cello and piano

Tritium Trio
Barbican String Quartet

James MacMillan: String Quartet No 2
McCabe: Sonata for clarinet, cello and piano
Jay Capperaulde: New work (first performance)
Giles Easterbrook: Trio (first performance)
Benjamin Graves: New work (first performance)
John Casken: String Quartet No 2

Park Lane Group Young Artists Spring Series (first concert)

 
23 April 2016
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre's
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

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Bridge, Dvorák and Mahler

Blake Askew
Whitehall Orchestra
Michael Nebe, conductor

Bridge: The Sea Nos 1 and 3
Dvorák: Carnival Overture
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

 
7 July 2016
 
7.30pm
St Gabriel's Church, Pimlico
30 Warwick Square
London
SW1V 2AD
United Kingdom

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Musorgsky, Ravel, Sibelius and Brahms

Adam Hill
Whitehall Orchestra
Michael Nebe, conductor

Musorgsky: Night on a bare mountain
Ravel: Tzigane
Sibelius: Symphony No 7
Brahms: Symphony No 3

 
24 November 2016
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre's
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

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Idil Biret 75th Birthday Concert

Idil Biret, piano
Whitehall Orchestra
Michael Nebe, conductor

Sibelius: Finlandia
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

 


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