Classical Concerts in London UK
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26 April 2017
 
7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5, Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Details:
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In a Strange Land

Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

 
28 April 2017
 
7pm
Bolí­var Hall
54 Grafton Way
London
W1T 5DL
United Kingdom

Details:
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Guitarrisimo - Homage to Leo Brouwer

 
29 April 2017
 
7pm
St Cuthbert's
50 Philbeach Gardens
London
SW5 9EB
United Kingdom

Details:
Web site
+44 (0)7914 170062
Nicolae Mihaila performs Liszt's 'Dante' Sonata

 
25 April 2017 until 29 April 2017
 
7.30pm
Wilton's Music Hall
1, Grace's Alley
London
E1 8JB
United Kingdom

Details:
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Violetta's Last Tango: an Operatic Dance Drama

Ann Liebeck soprano
Nuno Queimado dancer
Miriam and Dante, tango dancers
Omar Puente’s Guest Tango Band
Omar Puente, violin
Julian Rowlands, bandoneon
Tom Mason, bass
Michael Haslam, piano

 
3 May 2017
 
7pm
Home House
20 Portman Square
London
W1H 6LW
United Kingdom

Details:
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Guitarissimo - Spanish Guitar Making and Playing

 
10 May 2017
 
7.30pm
St John's
Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

Details:
Box Office
Web site
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

£32 | 25 | 20 | 15
A 60th Birthday Celebration for George Vass

Gillian Keith, soprano
Sadie Fields, violin
Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola
Jonny Byers, cello
Orchestra Nova
George Vass, conductor

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
David Matthews: Three Housman Songs, Op 69 (first London performance)
James Francis Brown: Trio Concertante (first London performance)
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op 18
Tippett: Concerto for double string orchestra

 
7.30pm
St Peter's Church
Eaton Square
London
SW1W 9AL
United Kingdom

Details:
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In advance: £25 premium, 17.50 standard, 15 concessions, 5 under 18s. At the door £20
Duruflé Requiem and Songs of Illumination

London Oriana Choir
James Sherlock, organ
Dominic Peckham, conductor

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem
Judith Bingham: The Darkness is no Darkness
Judith Bingham: First Light
Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Thou will keep Him in perfect peace

Join London's most versatile choir for a performance of Duruflé's spellbinding Requiem and two pieces by contemporary composer Judith Bingham, continuing our five15 commitment to promote the work of women composers.
 
13 May 2017
 
7.30pm
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

Details:
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On the Door: £14/ 12 (concessions) In advance: £12/ 10 (concessions)
Signatures in Sound: sacred music by Josquin, Lassus and Pärt

Renaissance Singers
James Davey, conductor

Lassus: Magnificat
Lassus: Prophetiae Sibyllarum
Pärt: Magnificat
Pärt: Nunc Dimitis
Josquin: Praeter Rerum

In this concert we explore sacred music by three composers with immediately recognisable, utterly distinctive musical styles, all motivated by a desire to express the essence of the texts they set. Arvo Pärt is the featured composer of the 2017 London international a cappella choral competition (LIACCC), in which the Renaissance Singers will participate this summer. As with so much of our repertoire, Pärt's music draws upon the timeless working music of the Church - Gregorian chant - set within a simple, triadic harmonic language. We will perform his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, two works in his purified, mystical tintinnabuli style.

​Pärt's settings of these canticles are paired with those of our two other featured composers, Orlando Lassus and Josquin des Prez. In fact, the authenticity of the latter's Nunc dimittis is open to question but its attribution to the Renaissance master is understandable, as it features his characteristic expressive simplicity and melodic imitation. Undeniably by Josquin, his masterpiece Praeter Rerum Seriem - which we will also sing - was so popular that it spawned not only a mass setting by Cipriano de Rore (previously programmed) but also a sparkling Magnificat by Orlando Lassus, which we will perform in this concert.

​Lassus's own masterpiece, the motet cycle Prophetiae Sibyllarum, differs considerably in style from the Magnificat and is a world away from Josquin. Featuring extreme chromaticism and constant modulation, it was an experimental early composition never published during the composer's lifetime that plunges us into Lassus's unmistakeable soundworld, reminiscent of subsequent works such as Timor et tremor.

In this concert of contrasting styles, the Renaissance Singers will be led by guest director James Davey.
 
16 May 2017
 
1.15pm
St Bride's Church
Fleet Street
London
EC4Y 8AU
United Kingdom

Details:
St Bride's Church
Web site
+44 (0)20 7427 0133

Admission Free - retiring collection
Blaze at St Bride's

Ruth Harrison, flute
Blaze Ensemble
George Vass, conductor

Mozart: Flute Concerto in D, K 314
Haydn: Symphony No 22 in E flat, 'The Philosopher'

 
18 May 2017
 
7.30pm
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

Details:
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£14/12 (concessions). In advance: £12/10 (concessions)
Alonso Lobo: Missa Beata Dei genitrix

Renaissance Singers
David Allinson, director

Alonso Lobo: Missa Beata Dei genitrix
Alonso Lobo: Lamentations
Alonso Lobo: Versa est in luctum
Alonso Lobo: Ave Maria
Francisco Guerrero: Ave Maria Dei genitrix
Alonso Lobo: O quam suavis est

To mark 400 years since the death of Alonso Lobo – pupil of Francisco Guerrero and one of Spain’s greatest composers – we are delighted to present the first performance of Bruno Turner’s newly-made edition of the beautiful Missa Beata Dei genitrix. Written in a rich and closely-wrought style, it is one of only two Mass settings by Lobo for six voices.

We will also sing some of the most impressive music: the impassioned Lamentations, the monumental double-choir Ave Maria and his powerful masterpiece written on the death of Philip II of Spain, Versa est in luctum.

Ticket includes a pre-concert talk by the President of the Renaissance Singers, Bruno Turner (start time 7pm)
 
20 May 2017
 
1.15pm
St Peters Church
Belsize Square
London
NW3 4HJ
United Kingdom

Details:
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Solo Piano Recital by Richard Hinsley

 
7.45pm
St James's Church
Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL
United Kingdom

Details:
John Biggins
Web site
E-mail
+44 (0)7812 599340

£16 (20 inc pre-concert talk); concessions: 12 (16.00 inc pre-concert talk)
Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers

David Allsopp, alto
Matthew Sandy, tenor
James Way, tenor
Thomas Guthrie, bass
Richard Latham, bass
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Quintessential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
Greg Morris, conductor

Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers

Saturday 20 May
7.45pm
St James’s Church
Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL

A towering masterpiece of the early Baroque, at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin presents a dazzling array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses and moving solo arias and duets. The work is both unique and iconic, despite the fact that its performance history is relatively short. The first full public presentations of the work were in the 1930s, and recordings didn’t appear until the 1950s, making the Vespers an essentially modern presence.

The work is a calculated summation of the composer’s skill as a writer of sacred music at a time when he was primarily known as a madrigalist, albeit one wanting to escape the frustrations of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga’s court in Mantua. In the event, the publication of the Vespers almost certainly helped him secure the prestigious post of maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, which he would keep until his death in 1643.

In this performance, in the month that marks the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir – under the inspired and agile direction of Greg Morris – joins forces with a glittering ensemble of soloists, alongside the Quintessential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble, for what promises to be a memorable evening’s music-making, in one of the capital’s most elegant and charismatic baroque venues.

Grace Davidson & Amy Haworth (soprano) David Allsopp (alto), Matthew Sandy and James Way (tenor) Thomas Guthrie and Richard Latham (bass)

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth, there will be a pre-concert talk given by CML Musical Director Greg Morris, featuring Grace Davidson (soprano) and Richard Thomas (leader, Quintessential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble) at 6.30 pm in St James’s. When booking, please ensure that you buy ‘pre-concert talk’ tickets. Drinks will be available between the talk and the concert, and after the concert.

Tickets: £16 (£20 inc pre-concert talk) concessions: £12 (£16.00 inc pre-concert talk) available on the door, in advance on 07812 599340 or online at http://coll-mus-lon.org.uk/future-concerts/
 
29 May 2017
 
2.30pm
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill
London
N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Details:
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£10. Concessions (Students, people on Benefits, Over-60s, £9)
Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra

Derek Benton, piccolo/flute
Adam Bakker, oboe/cor anglais
Camilla Cutts, voice
Andrew Pearce, violin
Nick Hugh, violin
Liz Menezes, violin/voice
Zoltan Abbott, viola
Kate Rattenbury, cello
Rosi Ward, piano

The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra is an orchestra that specialises in the type of light classical music that is usually referred to as "Palm Court Music" or "Salon Music". In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there was an enormous appeA concert of popular music from the beginning of the last century, performed in style by this authentic ensemble consisting of string quartet, piano, flute and oboe, praised for their lively interpretation of the genre.

The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra started from very small beginnings: a group of friends and a folder of music. However, since the mid-1990s they have steadily expanded their repertoire, continually hunting for new material.

Aspidistra made their Radio debut when the BBC used some tracks from the Best of Palm Court as background music for the radio play ”Tears of War” on Remembrance Day 2002. Since then their recordings have been heard regularly on Brian Kay's light programme and as background music for other radio plays. Their music was also used for “The Producer Prince”, a TV documentary based on interviews with Prince Alessandro Tasca di Cuto, the son of an illustrious Sicilian family. Sadly, his father squandered the family fortunes and died penniless in 1927.

Time: 14:30
Venue: Lauderdale House
Price band A B
Standard £10.00
Concession £9.00
Child
Concessions are available for students, people on benefit and over 60s. Proof must be provided when collecting tickets.
 
1 June 2017
 
7.30pm
St Mary-le-Bow Church
Cheapside
London
EC2V 6AU
United Kingdom

Details:
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£15, £12 (students) including interval drink
Mozart Requiem/Brahms Song of Destiny

Ad Libitum Chamber Choir
Julian Collings, conductor

Mozart: Requiem
Brahms: Song of Destiny

Summer concert featuring two great pieces from the choral repertoire.
 
15 June 2017
 
7.30pm
St Lawrence Jewry
Guildhall Yard
London
EC2V 5AA
United Kingdom

Details:
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Felicitas Chamber Choir - 'Sing Joyfully' - 25th Anniversary Concert

 
23 July 2017
 
3pm
St John's
Smith Square
London
United Kingdom

Details:
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+44 (0)20 7222 1061

£20 (£10), £15 (£7.50)
Neil Chaffey 80th Birthday Concert

The Musicke Companye:
Philippa Hyde, soprano
Tim Carleston, countertenor
Daisy Vataloro, baroque cello
Helen Rogers, harpsichord

Trio Vivo:
Elliott de Vivo, clarinet
Ellie Hancock, cello
Alicia Chaffey, piano

Emma Lewis, mezzo soprano
Fiona Cross, clarinet
Fujita Piano Trio

To include:
works by Blow, Handel and Purcell
McCabe: Sonata for clarinet, cello and piano
works by Frank Bridge and Gershwin
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor, Op 66

All proceeds in aid of Leukaemia Research
 
1 June 2017 until 29 July 2017
 
Opera Holland Park
Holland Park
London
W8 6LU
United Kingdom

Details:
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Summer opera season for 2017

Opera Holland Park

 


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