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29 April 2016
 
7.30pm
St John's Smith Square
Smith Square, Westminster
London
SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom

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£20 and 15
The Complete Chopin Cycle, Concert 8: The Heroic Polonaise Op. 53

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Polonaise No 8 in D minor Op 71 No 1:
Mazurka No 36 in A minor Op 59 No 1
Mazurka No 37 in A flat, Op 59 No 2
Mazurka No 38 in F sharp minor Op 59 No 3
Mazurka No 39 in B Op 63 No 1
Mazurka No 40 in F minor Op 63 No 2
Nocturne No 18 in E Op 62 No 2
Allegro de concert in A, Op 46
Souvenir de Paganini
Nocturne No 17 in B Op 62 No 1
Nocturne No 3 in B Op. 9 No 3
Polonaise in G flat Op posth
Waltz No 17 in E flat Op posth
Polonaise No 6 in A flat Op 53 'Heroic'

Virtuoso British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, presents the eighth 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 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 ...'

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.

The focus of this evening's programme is on the Polonaise, concluding with one of Chopin’s most celebrated works, the 'Heroic' Polonaise, in which he takes the dance form to new heights of bravura. This is also a chance to hear the rarely performed Allegro de Concert in A, a work requiring enormous technical prowess, and one which is understood to have been conceived as the first movement of a third Piano Concerto.

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 bar and restaurant in the crypt offering concert goers maximum convenience for the perfect evening out.

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

Pre-concert event at 18:30 to be confirmed.
 
7 May 2016
 
7pm
All Saints Church
Lovelace Road
London
SE21 8JY
United Kingdom

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£10 adults; £6 concessions; under 16s free
Koncert 4 Kids - of all ages

Nigel Keates, clarinet
The Lewisham Concert Band
Benjamin James, conductor

Ron Goodwin: 633 Squadron
various arr Warren Barker: Broadway Showstopers
Artie Shaw: Clarinet Concerto
Humperdinck: Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel
Rob Wiffin: Dancing round the Nursery
Alan Silvestri: Captain America March
Richard Rodgers: Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Interval
Bernstein: Overture to "Candide"
Sean O'Loughlin: Highlights from "Frozen"
Robert Farnon: Westminster Waltz
Various arr. Sammy Nestico: Tribute to Harry James
John Williams and Alexander Courage: Where no man has gone before
Various arr. by Jerry Nowak: Sinatra in Concert


From Stage to Film; From Jazz to Classics
 
8 May 2016
 
3pm
Wathen Hall
St Paul's School, Barnes
London
SW13 9JT
United Kingdom

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Derek Paravicini Quartet

An afternoon of jazz to help Amber raise money for blind children with a talent or love of music.
 
20 May 2016
 
7.30pm
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Holborn Viaduct
London
EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom

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£12 (until 15 May) / £15 | £10 (students)
In Love's Garden

Londinium, chamber choir
Andrew Griffiths, conductor

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
William Walton: Set me as a seal
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Vidi speciosam
Edward Bairstow: I sat down under his shadow
Hieronymus Praetorius: Tota pulchra es Maria
Francis Grier: Dilectus meus mihi
Howard Skempton: Rise up my love
Jean-Ives Daniel-Lesur: Le cantique des cantiques

The Old Testament Song of Songs contains some of the most beautiful love poetry ever written, and its heady eroticism has inspired superb music from composers across five centuries. Londinium's programme centres on the rarely-performed, luscious twelve-voiced 'Le Cantique des Cantiques' by Jean-Ives Daniel-Lesur, which is heard alongside sumptuous Renaissance works by Clemens non Papa, Tomás Luis de Victoria and Hieronymus Praetorius, and equally seductive works by two modern masters, Howard Skempton and Francis Grier.
 
27 May 2016
 
7.30pm
St. John's Smith Square
Smith Square
London
United Kingdom

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£15 and 20
The Complete Chopin Cycle, Concert 9: The Four Scherzi

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Waltz No 1 in E flat Op 18
Marche Funèbre in C minor Op 72 No 2
Scherzo No 1 in B flat minor
Nocturne No 13 in C minor Op 48 No 1
Waltz No 13 in D flat Op 70 No 3
Polonaise in B flat Op posth
Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31
Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor Op 39
Mazurka No 41 in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3
Mazurka No 42 in A minor
Mazurka No 43 in A minor
Mazurka No 44 in G Op 67 No 1
Mazurka No 45 in G minor Op 67 No 2
Waltz No 18 in E flat Op posth
Feuille d’album in E Op posth
Scherzo No 4 in E Op 54

British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith presents the ninth of eleven concerts in his remarkable Complete Chopin Cycle at St John's Smith Square in which he will perform all Chopin’s 200+ piano solo works, from memory. A selection of charming Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polonaises will serve to compliment the focus of the programme: four of Chopin’s greatest virtuosic powerhouses, the four Scherzi. Written over the course of a decade, Chopin produced four works of great pathos and brilliance, each complete with his unparalleled lyricism and harmonic daring.

Glowing reviews for the series 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 .."

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. He is in increasing demand as a solo concert artist, having been described 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 just before Christmas 2015.

Warren is currently in demand for his teaching expertise both privately and in master classes, appearing regularly on the faculties of Pro Corda and Piano Week as well as regular teaching and coaching at Royal College of Music and Trinity Junior Departments.

St John’s Smith Square is a unique concert venue: the only Baroque concert hall in the UK, historical, superb acoustic and with the convenience of its own bar and restaurant in the crypt.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm
 
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

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

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Lambert and Dove

 
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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