Classical Concerts in London UK
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27 October 2018
St Gabriel's
Warwick Square, Pimlico
United Kingdom

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In advance: £12/ 10 (conc), at the door: £14/ 12 (conc)
Palestrina and the Papal Chapel: a century of music from Rome

Renaissance Singers
Stephen Rice, conductor

Palestrina: Missa Assumpta est Maria

We return to Rome for our autumn concert as we explore the music of Palestrina and the composers of the Papal Chapel from the 16th century. We are delighted to welcome Stephen Rice, Director of the Brabant ensemble as our guest conductor for this concert as we perform music by Palestrina and his contemporaries. The Papal Chapel has inspired composers from all ages and the 16th century was no exception with both singers and composers traveling from Northern Europe as well as other parts of Italy and Spain for the chance to perform there. Palestrina is perhaps the composer who had the most enduring influence on the development of music from this time and his work is often seen as the high-point of Italian Renaissance polyphony. The centrepiece of our concert will be Palestrina’s eight part Missa assumpta est Maria. To complement Palestrina, we will also present music from the papal chapel which is considered to have inspired him. In particular, we will perform works by Guillaume du Fay, Giovanni Maria Nanino and Jean Bonnevin which whilst unfamiliar in the modern era, will have been the key influence on Palestrina’s writing.
3 November 2018
Southwark Cathedral
Montague Close
United Kingdom

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J S Bach: Magnificat and Ethel Smyth: Mass in D

London Oriana Choir
Merdian Sinfonia
Dominic Ellis-Peckham, conductor

J S Bach: Magnificat
Ethel Smyth: Mass in D

Power, splendour and discovery - join London Oriana Choir and Meridian Sinfonia in the stunning setting of Southwark Cathedral as they perform Bach’s joyous Baroque masterpiece alongside a dramatic mass by the pioneering Suffragette composer Ethel Smyth.

Pre-concert talk, 6.45pm-7pm, on the extraordinary life of Ethel Smyth by the renowned expert Dr Christopher Wiley from the University of Surrey.
9 November 2018
Milton Court Concert Hall
Milton Court, Silk Street
United Kingdom

Barbican Box Office
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+44 (0)20 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia - The Last Letter

Jonathan McGovern, baritone
Britten Sinfonia
Thomas Gould, violin/director

Gurney: The Western Playland
Kelly: Elegy
Ravel, arranged by Robert Weiner: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Stephan: Nachspiel
Nico Muhly: The Last Letter
Barber: Adagio for Strings

To commemorate the end of the Great War, Britten Sinfonia gives the first performance of a new arrangement of Nico Muhly's poignant The Last Letter as part of a compelling and dramatic evening of music and words.

Nico Muhly's The Last Letter sets an intriguing and moving selection of letters by First World War German and English soldiers and their loved ones, interspersed with music and poetry written by composers and poets on both sides of the conflict.
St James's Church Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)333 666 3366

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

Bach: Air on a G String
Vivaldi: 4 Seasons
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major K414

Celebrate the end of the week with The Piccadilly Sinfonia, an exciting new orchestra featuring some of the UK’s most outstanding young professional musicians, lead by the sensational violinist Zoë Beyers, (leader of the CBSO). This dynamic ensemble present a programme of some of the greatest classical music ever written including Vivaldi’s masterpiece, “The Four Seasons” in the beautiful surroundings of St James’ Church, in the heart of London’s West End by the evocative glow of candlelight.
This special concert also features exceptional british pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, who has developed a large following across the UK thanks to his effortless technique and charismatic charm. One of his most extraordinary achievements is performing the complete solo works (3.5 million notes) of Frederick Chopin from memory. Mailley-Smith is a firm favourite with the Royal Family and he has been featured as Classic FM CD of the Week.

21 November 2018
Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone
United Kingdom

Wigmore Hall Box Office
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+44 (0)20 7935 2141

Britten Sinfonia - At Lunch One 2018-19

Jacqueline Shave, violin/director
Miranda Dale, principal 2nd violin
Clare Finnimore, principal viola
Caroline Dearnley, principal cello
Huw Watkins, principal piano
Mark Padmore, tenor

Luke Styles: new work
Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge

Tenor Mark Padmore is joined by principals of Britten Sinfonia for the London première of a new song cycle by Luke Styles, former Young Composer-in-Residence at Glyndebourne. The programme is crowned by Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge, which depicts rural life at a time when the First World War was drawing near.
20 November 2018 until 22 November 2018
United Kingdom

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Donatella Flick Conducting Competition

'We have thought very carefully about how best my competition can benefit young conductors, and this is why we have decided to change the criteria for applications, broadening reach, while also ensuring that it is conductors at the very start of their careers who benefit. I am delighted to partner with for the first live stream of the Competition, and also to allow the public into the preliminary rounds. I believe that the more we can open up music-making to the world, the more people will be as enthralled and inspired by it as I am, so I'm really pleased that so many more people will have the opportunity to see the finalists in action next year. Finally I want to thank the extraordinary conductors and musicians who are on the judging panel, as I know each of them will inspire everyone who takes part. I wish everyone who enters the very best of luck!' - Donatella Flick
6 December 2018
Don Bosco Hall, Our Lady Help of Christians Church
Falkland Road, Kentish Town
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)7771 600 776

Free entrance
Mornington Sinfonia end of year concert

Elizabeth Ann Binks, violin
Mornington Sinfonia
Keith Bramich, conductor

Hérold: Zampa Overture
Adrian Rumson: Violin Concert (first public performance)
Mozart: Symphony No 41 in C ('Jupiter')


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