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18 November 2023
St John's Smith Square
Smith Square

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£50, £35, £15
Handel Messiah

Platinum Consort
Platinum Choristers
Platinum 415, period instrument ensemble
Scott Inglis-Kidger, conductor

Handel: Messiah

25 November 2023
Worcester Cathedral
College Green

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+44 (0)333 666 3366

£15 - £27. Concessions on some seats apply to people 60 or over, registered disabled and full-time students. Children aged 9-15 years accompanying a paying adult admitted free (child ticket required).

Worcester Festival Choral Society
Meridian Sinfonia
Samuel Hudson (conductor)
Rebecca Hardwick (soprano)
Julien van Mellaerts (baritone)

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Wagner Siegfried Idyll

This autumn, the 140 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society are proud to bring one of the most inspirational of all choral masterworks to the majestic surroundings of Worcester Cathedral: Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem). The composer’s largest single work, written to comfort those who mourn, features much-loved melodies from the powerful to the uplifting, in a deeply moving masterpiece that speaks to the heart.
First, though, the orchestra presents another Romantic-era favourite: Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll. This beautiful symphonic poem – which has become arguably the composer’s best-loved orchestral work – was a Christmas Day gift from Wagner to his wife.
Performed with internationally acclaimed soprano Rebecca Hardwick and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, and accompanied by the superb Meridian Sinfonia orchestra, this magnificent concert will be conducted by Worcester Cathedral's outstanding director of music, Samuel Hudson.
Join us to enjoy this wonderful music in grand choral and orchestral style!
18 November 2023
Regent Hall
275 Oxford Street

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£9.50 (children) £15.50 (grown-ups) + booking fee
Peter & The Wolf LIVE

St Paul's Sinfonia
Stuart Hancock, conductor/presenter

Sergey Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, op 67 (original full orchestra version)

Boys like Peter are not afraid of wolves! The award-winning animated film on the big screen with Prokofiev's timeless music performed live.

On the afternoon of SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18th.... Bring the family to Regent Hall on London's buzzing Oxford Street as we dive into the Prokofiev classic with live orchestra accompanying Suzie Templeton's beautifully atmospheric Academy Award®-winning stop-motion animated masterpiece (2008 Oscar®-winner - Best Animated Short Film).

The event duration is 40-45 minutes, with performances at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

Peter is a lonely boy in a bleak wintry world who lives with his over-protective grandfather, just beyond the fence from a world of freedom and wonder - but it's also a world of danger in the form of a prowling, hungry wolf... With his friends, the fluffy duck and a bird with a broken wing, Peter breaks out and adventure ensues! Co-starring a gloriously diva-ish cat and a pair of villainous hunters, the animation choreographs exquisitely to Sergei Prokofiev's famous score, with each character having its own instrumental theme.

The performance will feature some very special guests, and an extended introduction to the orchestral music and themes with St Paul's Sinfonia, led by composer/conductor Stuart Hancock on the concert stage in front of the big screen. And - as with all good trips to the movies - there'll be a trailer (exclusively with live orchestra) previewing an exciting new British animated film coming to cinemas very soon...!

NOTE: Peter & The Wolf film carries a "U" rating from the BBFC. However, please be aware that there are some intense scenes that may upset younger children. As a guideline, it's recommended for children aged 6 and over. If in doubt, see the teaser/trailer on the Eventbrite ticketing page and do seek out and view the full film in advance.

All profits from the event will benefit UK MUSIC MASTERS – empowering children to reach their creative potential through music, no matter their background.
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23 November 2023
St Mary & St Michael's Church
St Mary & St Michael's Church, New Road, Mistley, Manningtree
CO11 1ER

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£20 Full Price / £16 Concession / £5 Student

The Telling

25 November 2023
St Mary & St Eanswythe's Church
Church Street, Folkestone
CT20 1SW

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What the Dickens?

Teresa Banham, actor as Hildegard (subject to availability)
Clare Norburn, singer
Clemmie Franks, singer
Jean Kelly, harp

A concertplay (where music and theatre collide) written by Clare Norburn and directed by BAFTA-nominated Nicholas Renton.

Vision explores the extraordinary life of the visionary medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen, providing an insight into the painful and visceral visionary experiences Hildegard suffered throughout her life. It is an “imagined testimony” as Hildegard, played by actor Teresa Banham (subject to availability), revisits and re-experiences meaningful memories alongside her haunting and distinctive chant, with full staging and stunning lighting.

"[The singers] are mesmerising in the music. An austerely beautiful piece about a woman whose faith gave her extraordinary strength and courage"
The Guardian

From 7pm, Folkestone History Society will give a 30-minute talk on St Eanswythe, an Anglo-Saxon princess, who is said to have founded Folkestone Priory, one of the first Christian monastic communities for women in Britain.

26 November 2023
St Anne's Church
High Street

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A concertplay (where music and theatre collide) written by Clare Norburn.

9 November 2023
St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
Bishopsgate, London
Greater London

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Tickets GBP 16, reduced price GBP 12
Cloistered Composers

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

Cozzolani: Deus in adjutorium
Cozzolani: Laetatus sum
De Victoria: Gaude Maria virgo
De Victoria: O lux et decus Hispaniae
De Victoria: from Missa Trahe me post te:
Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei
De Victoria: Versa est in luctum
Aleotti: Miserere mei, Deus
Aleotti: Audivi vocem
Vizzana: Protector noster magnus
Assandra: O dulcis amor Jesu
Leonarda: Littanie della beata vergine Maria
Leonarda: Dixit Dominus
Aleotti: Hor che la vaga aurora
Aleotti: Baciai per haver vita
Aleotti: Io v'amo vita mia

Aleotti, Assandra, Cozzolani, Leonarda, Vizzana - few people will have heard their names before. These Renaissance composers chose convent life over secular society's traditional tasks. In the safety of the cloisters' shadows they could follow their faith, enjoy an excellent education and avoid an arranged marriage to a partner of their family's political preference.

In return, they provided their abbeys with polyphony aplenty, gaining local notoriety as organists, singers, directors and composers. Aleotti's un-convent-ionally flamboyant madrigals were highly regarded; Leonarda was nicknamed the "Muse of Novara"; and Cozzolani's choir of nuns, the "white and melodious swans", were hailed as the best singers in Italy.

Patriarchal prejudice restricted these women's reputations. Adverse Archbishops and contrary Cardinals found their music frivolous, unfit for religious rites or public performance. The complexity of Aleotti's compositions was criticised for "making holiness give way to pleasure"...

Orlando Chamber Choir sings these talented women's wonderful works out of history's shadows into the concert light.

To add contrasting colours, the programme also includes majestic mass excerpts and motets by De Victoria - who, being a man, could enjoy the protection of the priory as a priest yet travel free into the limelight as he pleased.

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