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17 January 2019
Milton Court Concert Hall
Milton Court, Silk Street

Barbican Box Office
Web site
+44 (0)20 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia - Elder conducts Mahler and Brahms

Anna Stephany, mezzo-soprano
Britten Sinfonia
Mark Elder, conductor

Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Brahms: Symphony No 2

Brahms as Brahms wished it to be heard: Mark Elder joins Britten Sinfonia for the second instalment of their Brahms Symphony Cycle, paired with Mahler songs and Britten’s last completed orchestral work .

Mark Elder conducts Brahms’s radiant and bucolic 2nd symphony, in the second year of an acclaimed four-year symphony cycle. The cycle borrows from the spirit of early performances of the works by performing them with the musical forces that Brahms intended, to ‘exhilarating’ effect (The Times). The concert also traces a poetic line from Brahms’s symphonic Romanticism to more intimate evocations of poetry, love and nature in Mahler’s emotionally charged Songs for a Wayfarer, and Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes, the composer’s last completed orchestral work.
20 January 2019
Bushey Academy
London Road
WD23 3AA

Box Office
Web site
+44 (0)7467 248 258

£18, £15, £1 children (£1 discount online)
New Year Classics

Fenella Humphreys, violin
Bushey Symphony Orchestra
George Vass, conductor

Elgar: Overture 'Froissart', Op 19
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47
Dvorak: Symphony No 8 in G, Op 88

2018/19 Bushey Symphony Orchestra Season | Concert II

25 January 2019
RNCM Concert Hall
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Web site

£17, £14
Foden's Band

Ian Bousfield, trombone
Foden's Band
James Gourlay, conductor
Michael Fowles, conductor

McCabe: Salamander
Wilfred Heaton: Trombone Concerto
Andy Scott: Edwin (first performance)
Henry Geehl: Threnody (for Fred Mortimer)
Edward Elgar: A Severn Suite

RNCM Brass Band Festival

St James's Church
197 Piccadilly

Warren Mailley-Smith
Web site
+44 (0)3336 663366

£15, 20, 28, 32
Burns Night 'Baroque Spectacular by Candlelight'

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta
Harriet Mackenzie, violin
Susan Parkes, soprano
Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Albinoni: Adagio
Bach: Piano Concerto in D minor
Handel: Lascia ch'io pianga
Vivaldi: Winter (from the 4 Seasons)
Bach: Double Violin concerto in D minor

Celebrate the end of the week on Burns Night with The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, London's newest orchestra featuring some of the UK's most brilliant young professional musicians, lead by the sensational british violinist Harriet Mackenzie.

The dynamic Chamber Orchestra presents a programme of some of the greatest Baroque music ever written including 'Winter' from Vivaldi's masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons' and Bach's thrilling Double Violin Concerto in the beautiful surroundings of St James' Church, in the heart of London's West End by the evocative glow of candlelight.

This is complimented by a rendition of Handel's heart-wrenching Aria 'Lascia ch'io pianga' sung by stunning soprano Susan Parkes and a performance of Bach's sparkling Piano Concerto in D minor featuring 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.
26 January 2019
RNCM Concert Hall
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Web site

RNCM Brass Band

Seth Livingstone, euphonium
RNCM Brass Band
David Thornton, conductor
James Gourlay, conductor
Melvin Tay, conductor

Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen: Circius, Wind of the North
Philip Wilby: Euphonium Concerto
McCabe: Northern Lights
Jonathan Bates: new work (first performance)

RNCM Brass Band Festival

St Peter's Church
119 Eaton Square

Web site

£20 no score needed, 30 with score, 5 performance audience only
Mozart Requiem: Come and Sing

London Oriana Choir
Dominic Ellis-Peckham, conductor

Mozart: Requiem

Blast away the winter blues or kick off your New Year’s resolution in style by joining renowned conductor and choral expert Dominic Ellis-Peckham and the London Oriana Choir for an inspirational and energetic afternoon of singing.

Join us and bring some friends to perform Mozart’s Requiem, complete with orchestra and guest soloists. This is guaranteed to bring smile to your faces and delight to your ears to start 2019! Perhaps you are even considering becoming a member of the London Oriana Choir? Well, what better way to test us out.
RNCM Concert Hall
Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Web site

£17, £14
Brighouse and Rastrick Band

Felix Geroldinger, baritone
Brighouse and Rastrick Band
David Thornton, conductor

Arthur Bliss: Greetings to a City
Herbert Howells: Three Figures
Martin Ellerby: Baritone Concerto
McCabe: Cloudcatcher Fells

RNCM Brass Band Festival

27 January 2019
Huntingdon Hall

Web site
Worcester Concert Club - winter season

The Boscobel Quartet:
Sophie Barber, violin
Iona Davies, violin
Kate Fawcett, viola
Kinga Gaborjani, cello

Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D 703
Mozart: String Quartet No 22 in B flat, K 589
Beethoven: String Quartet No 8 in E minor
Beethoven: String Quartet Op 59 No 2 (Razumovsky)

29 January 2019
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square

Warren Mailley-Smith
Web site
+44 (0)20 7766 1100

£9, 13, 18, 25, 29
Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No 8 in C minor 'Pathetique'
Schubert: Impromptu No 3 in G flat
Chopin: Prelude No 15 'Raindrop'
Chopin: Waltz in D flat 'Minute Waltz'
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor 'Moonlight'
Rachmaninov: Prelude in G minor
Rimsky Korsakov arr Rachmaninov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Debussy: Arabesque
Gershwin: Preludes
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

An evening of sublime classical music performed by one of London's leading concert pianists.

On Tuesday 29th January at 7.30pm, in the heart of London, the walls of St Martin-in-the-Fields will resound to the music of Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninov played by British concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, under the warm flicker of candlelight.

Described as 'Stunning' by Classic FM and 'The embodiment of the modern Romantic Concert pianist’ by Musical Opinion, this outstanding pianist is a favourite at St Martin's with audiences and staff alike. Warren Mailley-Smith has performed for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls.

This evening's concert promises to take the listener on a spell-binding journey of moods and emotions. Audiences will be treated to a programme full of poetry and virtuosic display, with the 2 celebrated works by Beethoven – The Moonlight & Pathetique Sonatas and Debussy’s Arabesque, in addition to a number of celebrated works by Chopin. The evening concludes with Gershwin's ever popular Rhapsody in Blue, with its powerful melodies, driving rhythms and glittering piano writing in this compelling kaleidoscope of jazz and classical influences.

Resplendent from its recent renovation, the church of St Martin's offers visitors to London a unique concert experience, with its superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of dining downstairs beforehand in the crypt restaurant.

Set in Trafalgar Square, this beautiful and self-contained venue is conveniently situated in the heart of London’s West End, offering warm, peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s winter evening.

So why not treat yourself and join us for an evening of uplifting music at St Martin's performed by this spectacular British pianist?
31 January 2019
St Sophia's Cathedral
Moscow Road, Bayswater
W2 4LQ

Web site

£15 (under 18 free)
Salve Regina

Canticum, chamber choir
Mark Forkgen, conductor

Victoria: Missa Salve Regina
John Tavener: Song for Athene
John Tavener: The Lamb
John Tavener: Funeral Ikos
John Tavener: Mother of God here I stand
John Tavener: Hymn to the Mother of God
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis
Arvo Pärt: Bogoroditsye Dyevo

Western and Eastern Liturgical Music (Victoria and Tavener)
2 February 2019
St James's church, Paddington
Sussex Gardens
W2 3UD

Web site

£12 ('earlybird' discount) / £15 | 10 (students)
The Hour Glass

Andrew Griffiths, conductor

György Ligeti: Night/Morning
William Byrd: Haec Dies
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Una hora
Arvo Pärt: Which was the Son of…
Barnaby Martin: I saw eternity (first performance)
Johannes Ockeghem: Deo gratias à 36
Irving Fine: The Hour-Glass
Bob Chilcott: Even such is time
Charles Stanford: On Time
Stephen Chatman: Clocks

In a typically inventive and alluring programme, Londinium draws together a fascinating selection of choral music exploring Time and its passing. Highlights include the American Irving Fine's virtuosic suite 'The Hour-Glass', rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic, and the first performance of 'I saw eternity' by the award-winning young composer Barnaby Martin, alongside works by such varied figures as Byrd, Chilcott, Ligeti, Pärt and Stanford.
3 February 2019
St Andrew's Church
Church Lane, Marks Tey, Colchester

Web site
Ma fin est mon commencement - Consort of 1 at Colchester Early Music

14 February 2019
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge

0333 666 3366

£32, £28 £22, £15
Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
Satie – Gymnopodie
Debussy – Clair de lune
Rachmaninov – Prelude in G minor
Rachmaninov/Kreisler – Liebesfreud
Chopin – Ballade no. 1
Sibelius - Romance
Liszt - Liebestraume
Gershwin – The Man I love
Gershwin - Embraceable You
Beethoven - Appasionata Sonata

On Valentines Day 2019 at 7.30pm, in the heart of London, the walls of Southwark Cathedral will resound to the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Rachmaninov, played by British concert pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, under the warm flicker of candlelight.

Serenade your loved one, with one the UK's leading concert pianists playing some of the most romantic and passionate classical music ever written, including Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Debussy's Claire de Lune. The venue is conveniently located for London Bridge and the many bars and restaurants of Borough High Street and Borough Market will complete the perfect romantic evening.

Described as 'Stunning' by Classic FM and 'The embodiment of the modern Romantic Concert pianist’ by Musical Opinion, this outstanding pianist is a favourite with audiences and venues alike. Warren Mailley-Smith has performed for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls.

Situated directly opposite the bustling Borough Market, London Bridge and the Shard, Southwark Cathedral offer visitors to London a unique concert experience, with its superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of all the bars and restaurants of Borough High Street.

Located on the banks of the Thames in one of the most exciting parts of this beautiful city, this iconic venue is easy to reach with everything you need on your doorstep for a perfect romantic night out.

So why not complete the perfect Valentines Day experience with an evening of romantic music at Southwark Cathedral performed by this sensational British pianist?
16 February 2019
Ely Cathedral
The Gallery, Ely

Box Office
Web site
01353 660349

£28, £22 (tickets include complimentary glass of bubbly)
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by candlelight Valentine’s Concert

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta (orchestra)
Harriet Mackenzie (violin)
Susan Parkes (soprano)
Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)

Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Albinoni – Adagio
Handel – Lascia ch’io pianga
Mozart – Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major

Serenade your loved one this year at the 2019 Sparkling Valentines Concert on Saturday Feb 16th with an evening of romance and virtuosity in the spectacular setting of Ely Cathedral by candlelight. The Piccadilly Sinfonietta performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, featuring the breathtaking international violinist, Harriet Mackenzie. The programme also includes Albinoni’s Adagio and the exquisite Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 in C. This romantic extravaganza concludes with soprano Susan Parkes in Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga. With a glass of interval bubbly included, the evening promises to entertain and enthral with more than a drop of romantic sparkle! Tickets £28 & £22.
St Gabriel's Pimlico
Warwick Square, Pimlico, London

Web site

In Advance: £12/ £10 (concessions); On the Door: £14/ £12 (Concessions)
Songs of love and parting: my bittersweet Valentine

Renaissance Singers, choir
David Allinson, conductor

Claudio Monteverdi: Era l’anima mia
Nicolas Gombert: Amy Soufferz

Philip van Winder: Amy Souffrez

William Mundy: Vox patris caelestis

As red roses wither and empty chocolate boxes are recycled, the Renaissance Singers take a wide-eyed, post-Valentine's Day tour through the ecstasies and agonies of love. With a programme mixing languages and genres, we move from suave chansons to pained madrigals and on to passionate motets setting verses from the Song of Songs.

With the UK set to leave the European Union in March 2019 (at the time of writing), the programme may take on something of a valedictory air, with music from across Renaissance Europe – Italy (Palestrina), Spain (Victoria), France and the Low Countries (Gombert, Crecquillon, Lheritier). We conclude on home territory, with a performance of perhaps the last great Tudor votive antiphon, William Mundy’s monumental Vox patris caelestis.
1 March 2019
St. James' Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly

Web site
0333 666 3366

£28, £22, £15
Piccadilly Chamber Music Series: The Great Romantics [1]

Matthew Jones (violin)
Cara Berridge (cello)
Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)

Beethoven: Op 1 no 1 in E flat
Hilary Tann: Nothing Forgotten 
Mendlessohn: Piano Trio no.2 in C minor

The West End’s newest chamber music series, Piccadilly Chamber Concerts returns in 2019, focusing on ‘The Great Romantics’. Each programme features a great 19th century Romantic masterpiece.

Now in its 2nd season, the 2019 series begins on March 1st with a performance of Beethoven’s highly-energised Piano Trio Op 1 No. 1 in E flat and Mendelssohn’s exquisite Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor and celebrates St David’s Day with a piano trio by Welsh composer Hilary Tann, the evocative “Nothing Forgotten”.

The distinguished welsh violinist Matthew Jones is Head of Chamber Music at Guildhall School of Music and has a large acclaimed discography with Naxos and other labels as both soloist and chamber musician.
Cara Berridge is cellist of the internationally renowned Sacconi String Quartet and is one of the leading cellists of her generation.
Concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith became the first british pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works from memory in 2016 and is enjoying an increasingly wide following across the UK.

Audiences will be treated to an uplifting, entertaining and informative musical experience.
Box office: 0333 666 3366
Mondays to Fridays, 9.00AM to 7.00PM (excluding bank holidays) and Saturdays 9.00AM to 5.00PM.
3 March 2019
St Andrew's Church
Church Lane, Marks Tey, Colchester,

Web site
The battle between Shrovetide and Lent - Passamezzo at Colchester Early Music

9 March 2019
Jesmond United Reformed Church
Burdon Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne.
North-East England

Web site

£14, Senior (65 and over) £12, Unwaged / Students £5, Junior (18 and under) free Available from, choir members, at the door
Two German Requiems

Cappella Novocastriensis chamber choir and soloists
Simon Lee, conductor.
Baroque ensemble / piano duet

Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien.
Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem.

26 January 2019 until 10 March 2019

Web site
Cambridge Female Composers Festival

14 March 2019
St Andrew Holborn
5 St Andrew Street

Web site

Tickets £15, concessions £10, available online and on the door
Tomás Luis de Victoria's Rome

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

Giovanni da Palestrina – Jubilate Deo omnis terra
Jacques Arcadelt – Non v'accorgete, amanti
Jacques Arcadelt – Se'l tuo partir mi spiacque
Orlando di Lasso – Occhi, piangete
Orlando di Lasso – Vivo sol di speranza
Tomás Luis de Victoria – Vidi speciosam
Tomás Luis de Victoria – O vos omnes
Tomás Luis de Victoria – O quam gloriosum
Tomás Luis de Victoria – Laetatus sum a 12
Luca Marenzio – Che fa oggi il mio sole
Luca Marenzio – Cruda Amarilli
Luca Marenzio – Ombrose e care selve
Luca Marenzio – Leggiadre ninfe e pastorelli amanti
Philippe de Monte – Super flumina Babylonis
Giovanni da Palestrina – Angelus Domini descendit
Geovanni Francesco Anerio – Introit from Missa Pro defunctis

On an early spring day nearly 450 years ago, a young Spanish composer wandered through Rome where he had become cantor and organist at the church of Santa Maria di Monserrato. Tomás Luis de Victoria spent 22 years in the Italian city, from 1565 to 1587, and they were productivissimo. He held a number of prestigious posts, followed in Palestrina's footsteps as Maestro di Cappella at the Pontifical Roman Seminary, and took keen inspiration from the contemporary musical styles. In return, his compositions influenced the thriving international community of composers in Rome.

Orlando Chamber Choir’s programme begins with Giovanni da Palestrina’s rousing motet Jubilate Deo which highlights the Renaissance master’s influence on the younger De Victoria, whom he may have taught. We travel back in time to the Italian sojourns of Franco-Flemish composers Orlando di Lasso and Jacques Arcadelt. While in Rome they made their first forays into the madrigal form which, a few decades later, Luca Marenzio brought to its zenith with his chromatic style and exquisite word-painting – much to De Victoria’s admiration.

At the centre of the programme are four motets by De Victoria, including his superbly-crafted twelve-part Laetatus sum and the sublime Vidi speciosam for six voice parts.

Elements of Philippe de Monte’s motet Super flumina Babylonis suggest that, during his Roman years, he too was inspired by De Victoria’s writing. Our journey ends with a late work by Palestrina in which a wing-flapping angel descends from heaven, and with the Introit of the profoundly moving Requiem Mass by Roman-born composer Giovanni Anerio.

On his wander through Renaissance Rome, little did De Victoria know what influence his music would have, and how it would blend with his colleagues’ works into such a rich and varied programme.

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