Classical Concerts in London UK
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2 June 2016
 
7.30pm
The Hospital Club
24 Endell Street
London
WC2H 9HQ
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)20 7170 9100

£15
The Twilight of the Gods: Wagner's Götterdämmerung

Arensky Chamber Orchestra
William Kunhardt, conductor

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Richard Wagner: Suite from Götterdämmerung (arranged for 20 musicians).

 
10 June 2016
 
7.30pm
St Martin in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 4JJ
United Kingdom

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Leading chamber choir, Vasari Singers, perform the piano duet version of Ein Deutsches Requiem

 
11 June 2016
 
7.30pm
St Cuthbert's Church
50 Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court
London
SW5 9EB
United Kingdom

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French Music for Violin and Piano

Nadine Galea, violin
Hamish Brown, piano

Ravel: Sonata for violin and piano No 2 in G
Saint Saëns: Danse Macabre for violin and piano
G Connesson: Au-delà des colonnes d'Héraclès from Les Chants de l'Atlantide
Poulenc: Sonata for violin and piano, Op 119

Come and enjoy a program of beautiful French music in an astonishing venue: St Cuthbert's Church in Earl's Court, a 3 minute walk from the station (take the Warwick road exit)

Since it's a saturday night, there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in the area for pre-concert or post-concert dinner/drinks :)

How much?
You set the price of this concert; pay what you think the concert was worth.
 
13 June 2016
 
9pm
St Giles' Church
Camberwell Church Street
London
SE5 8RB
United Kingdom

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£10 (£8 concessions)
Buried Alive

Oskar McCarthy, baritone
Rob Keeley, piano

Othmar Schoeck: Buried Alive

Camberwell Arts Festival

14 poems by Gottfired Keller (1819-1890) with music by Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957). Performed in German by Oskar McCarthy (baritone) and Rob Keeley (piano), with an accompanying English translation by Martin Stock.

In 1927 Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck adapted the poetry of his fellow countryman Gottfried Keller to produce the song cycle Lebendig Begraben which tells the story of a man who awakes to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his girlfriend or a friendly grave robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce in his coffin about his childhood, youth and first love; finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.

James Joyce heard Buried Alive performed when he was living in Zurich in 1935 and declared Schoeck better than Stravinsky. He immediately sent out for a German dictionary so that he could translate the libretto into English. The premise of the novel Joyce was working on at the time, Finnegans Wake, bears an uncanny similarity: a man is prematurely laid to rest and wakes up to find himself in his coffin. Could Buried Alive have inspired one of the most famous novels of the 20th century?

Performed as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016
 
17 June 2016
 
7.30pm
St. John's Smith Square
Smith Square, Westminster
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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£15-20
The Complete Chopin Cycle, Concert 10: The Barcarolle

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Chopin: Polonaise Op. 44 No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor,
Chopin: Nocturne op.15 (1830-33) - No.2 in F-Sharp
Chopin: Mazurka in C, Op. 67, No. 3
Chopin: Mazurka No. 47 in A Minor, Op. 67, No. 4
Chopin: Mazurka No. 48 in C, Op. 68, No. 1
Chopin: Mazurka No. 49 in A Minor, Op. 68, No. 2
Chopin: Mazurka No. 50 in F, Op. 68, No. 3
Chopin: Etude in F Minor, Op. posth. " Méthode des méthodes " (Trois Nouvelles Études)
Chopin: Etude in A-Flat, Op. posth. 'Méthode des méthodes'
Chopin: Etude in D-Flat, Op. posth. " Méthode des méthodes "
Chopin: Variations Brillantes on Je vends des Scapulaires op.12 (1833)
Chopin: Berceuse in Db op.57 (1843)
Chopin: Polonaise No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1
Chopin: Polonaise No. 2 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 26, No. 2
Chopin: Bourrees, B. 160b: No. 1 in G Minor
Chopin: 2 Bourrees, B. 160b: No. 2 in A Major
Chopin: Nocturne No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 48, No. 2
Chopin: Barcarolle in F# op.60 (1845-46)

The virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith has made his solo debuts to critical acclaim at Wigmore and Carnegie Halls and has performed as concerto soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015-16 he is performing a marathon cycle of all Chopin’s works for solo piano, from memory over 11 concerts at St John’s, Smith Square. There have been glowing reviews so far: " .. triumphantly confirmed Mailley-Smith’s Chopin credentials .. formidable technique .. breathtaking command of dynamic gradations .. wholly exceptional .. This quite memorable recital was justly rewarded with a spontaneous standing ovation .. brilliant account of the youthful G sharp minor .. subtle, atmospheric performance of the Opus 72/1 Nocturne marked by a beautifully played remote accompaniment and effortless drifts of decoration .. elegant tone and emotional refinement .. assured technique .. each (Etude)was a minor miracle, sensitively rendered and deftly delivered .. overall result was exceptionally engaging and intense .. intensely poetic: under his sensitive touch the music grew and ramified persuasively .. the Mazurkas themselves emerged pristine: he caught the sweet artlessness and abrupt mood-changes to a T .. consistently high technical and expressive standard.. his mastery of phrasing and a quite magical graduation between piano and pianissimo passages .. exceptionally well conveyed .. admirably convincing .. finely observed .. one has nothing but high praise .. outstandingly well performed .. full of considerable interpretative understanding, and possessing an organic cohesion which did full justice to Chopin’s profoundly expressive originality .."
Chopin’s lilting Barcarolle has served as inspiration to many subsequent composers, standing out as one of his greatest mature masterpieces and provides the fitting conclusion to a varied programme of miniatures – including the well-loved Bercuese and the Trois Nouvelles Études.
Warren is in increasing demand as a solo concert artist, having been described recently by Classic FM as 'Stunning...', 'Fantastic...' 'Sensational', 'Huge UK talent...’ and by BBC Music Magazine as ‘Rising Star – Great Artist of Tomorrow”. He has received over thirty invitations to perform for the British Royal Family and has recorded ten solo CDs, the latest of which, Rhapsody in Blue, was selected as Classic FM's Disc of the Week .
Warren studied at the Royal College of Music where he won numerous postgraduate prizes. He has studied with John Barstow, the late Ronald Smith and Peter Feuchtwanger. Warren is currently in demand for his own teaching expertise both privately and in masterclasses, appearing regularly on the faculties of Pro Corda and Piano Week as well as teaching and coaching at the Royal College of Music and Trinity junior departments.
Pre-concert event at 6:30pm
 
18 June 2016
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre without Newgate
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

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In advance: £12/ 10 (conc); at the door: £14/12 (conc)
Para Deus e Para Rei: Manuel Cardoso at 450

Renaissance Singers
David Allinson, director

Manuel Cardoso: Missa Miserere mihi Domine
Motets by Cardoso, Duarte Lobo and other contemporaries

Manuel Cardoso, perhaps the greatest composer of Portugal’s late-blossoming musical Renaissance, was famed both for his religious virtue and his musical gifts. His career spanned the period of national liberation from Spanish rule. King Philip of Spain was a patron, and King João IV of Portugal kept a portrait of the composer in his music library.

Cardoso’s polyphony displays the technical refinement of Palestrina but bathed in harmonic richness, laden with suspensions and flecked with chromatic colour, to produce moments of directness and emotional turbulence that surpass the Italian master. The opulent and haunting Missa Miserere mihi Domine will be complemented by motets by Cardoso, Duarte Lobo and other contemporaries.
 
7.30pm
St John's
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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Otakar Kraus Music Trust’s 25th Anniversary Fundraising Concert

 
16 June 2016 until 18 June 2016
 
7.30pm
St James's Church
Piccadilly
London
United Kingdom

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Lambert and Dove

 
28 June 2016
 
7.30pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 4JH
United Kingdom

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£13-20
Rhapsody in Blue by Candlelight

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Beethoven: Sonata No 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight'
Schubert: Impromptus Op 90 Nos 2 and 3
Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Chopin: Scherzo No 1 in B minor Op 20
Chopin: Study Op 10 No 5 'Black Key'
Chopin: Study Op 10 No 12 'Revolutionary'
Chopin: Polonaise Op 40 No 1 in A 'Military'
Rachmaninov: Prelude Op 3 No 2 in C sharp minor
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

The virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith has made his solo debuts to critical acclaim at Wigmore Hall, London and Carnegie Hall, New York. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has received many invitations to perform for the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, Highgrove and Sandringham. He is in increasing demand as a solo concert artist, having been described recently by Classic FM as ’Stunning…’, ‘Fantastic…’ ‘Sensational…’, ‘Huge UK talent…’, ‘Gorgeous…!’ and by BBC Music Magazine as ‘Rising Star – Great Artist of Tomorrow”. He has recorded several CDs including ‘Silhouettes’, Chopin ‘Souvenirs’, Beethoven ‘Moonlight Serenade’, Mozart ‘Piano Sonatas’, Liszt ‘Depictions’, ‘Romantic Cello’ and a Live in concert DVD. His CD 'Rhapsody in Blue' was recently featured as CD of the Week and Video of the Week on Classic FM and Classic FM TV respectively.
Quotes from recent reviews: " .. formidable technique .. breathtaking command of dynamic gradations .. wholly exceptional .. elegant tone and emotional refinement .. each (Etude)was a minor miracle, sensitively rendered and deftly delivered .. overall result was exceptionally engaging and intense .. the Mazurkas themselves emerged pristine: he caught the sweet artlessness and abrupt mood-changes to a T .. consistently high technical and expressive standard .. mastery of phrasing and a quite magical graduation between piano and pianissimo passages .. exceptionally well conveyed .. admirably convincing .. finely observed .. one has nothing but high praise .. outstandingly well performed .."
Warren’s solo career now sees him performing in festivals and concert venues across the UK, accepting invitations from further afield to perform in Europe, China and the US. His concerto repertoire includes works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
Warren is currently in demand for his teaching expertise both privately and in masterclasses.
 
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

 
12 July 2016
 
7pm
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL
United Kingdom

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Orchestral Stories by Jimmy Lee

The Guards Chapel Orchestra

Jimmy Lee: The Ballerina
Jimmy Lee: The Empty Room - Requiem
Jimmy Lee: Home for Christmas
Jimmy Lee: Journey’s End
Jimmy Lee: Written in Sand
Jimmy Lee: Hard Man
 
24 November 2016
 
1pm
Barry Rooms, National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN
United Kingdom

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A celebration of Dame Myra Hess

Waka Hasegawa and Joseph Tong, piano 4 hands

Schumann: Bilder aus Osten
Bizet: Jeux d'Enfants (extracts)
McCabe: Upon Entering a Painting
Schubert: Fantasie in F minor, D940
Ravel: La Valse

 
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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