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3 April 2020
 
7.00pm
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JD

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£40, £20, £10
Passiontide at Merton 2020 - St Matthew Passion

Ruairi Bowen, Evangelist
Giles Underwood, Christus
Sophie Bevan, soprano
The Choir of Merton College
Merton College Girl Choristers
Florilegium
Benjamin Nicholas, conductor

JS Bach: St Matthew Passion

 
7.30pm
Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge
Southwark
SE1 9DA

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City Chorus
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£20, £10
CITY CHORUS CENTENARY CONCERT- 100 YEARS OF NOTE

Choir: City Chorus conducted by Paul Ayres
Orchestra: Instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music


Mozart Coronation Mass (K317)
Handel Zadok the Priest (HWV 258)
Mozart Ave Verum Corpus (K618)
Handel My Heart is Inditing (HWV 261)


City Chorus is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020 with a special birthday concert on 3rd April 2020. Please join us to hear 100 choral voices, accompanied by Instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music and professional soloists. We will perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Ave Verum Corpus, and Handel’s anthems My Heart is Inditing and Zadok the Priest, in the stunning setting of Southwark Cathedral in London.

The Choir’s History

The City Chorus began life in 1920 as a choir set up by staff of the National Provincial Bank, as it was then known. From the first, it was a significant London musical group, attracting distinguished soloists and performing the core classical repertoire.

After an inaugural performance in Westminster Central Hall of Coleridge Taylor's Hiawatha, the National Provincial Bank Musical Society went from strength to strength, and in 1922 was honoured to have the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams conducting his own Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The repertoire expanded to include works by Elgar, Brahms and Holst, and one of the choir's concerts was shown on television, a novelty at the time.

In 1965, the choir underwent a fundamental change when it appointed its first ever professional conductor, Ian Humphris. Another change occurred in 1969 when the Provincial's merger with Westminster Bank led to the change of the choir’s name to the National Westminster Bank Choir. The Nat West Bank, now part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has subsequently provided much appreciated support throughout the years.

Since then, the choir has changed its name to City Chorus and performed a wide range of music from the sixteenth century to modern choral compositions and arrangements, including works by Clucas, Grabu, Fauré, Lotti, Rossini, Orff and Elgar. To celebrate the choir’s 90th birthday, City Chorus commissioned a new piece, ‘Still Roar’, from British Composer Award winner Kerry Andrew. On tour, the choir has visited Brussels, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, and has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe. Future plans include an exchange with the choir Een van Zin from Eindhoven.

Paul Ayres was born in London, studied music at Oxford University, and now works freelance as a composer & arranger, choral conductor & musical director, and organist & accompanist. In addition to directing City Chorus, he conducts London College of Music Chorus, and several workplace choirs. Paul has received over one hundred commissions for new works, and he particularly enjoys “re-composing” classical works in various styles, and creating classical versions of pop and rock music.


 
7.30pm
St James' Church
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL

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Two brilliant piano trios by Beethoven and Brahms performed by three brilliant chamber musicians.

 
4 April 2020
 
11.30am
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JD

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Passiontide at Merton 2020 - Margaret Phillips plays Bach

 
2.00pm
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JD

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Passiontide at Merton 2020 - Biber's Rosary Sonatas

 
7.30pm
St John's Church, London Waterloo
73 Waterloo Road London
London
SE18TY

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£15 / £10 (concession)
Four Elements Season - Earth

James Ham, conductor
Suzanne Fischer, soprano

Programme:

Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

Mahler Symphony No 4

The concert opens with Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen Suite”, the opera’s first act reworked for orchestra. The tale is one of a vixen Sharp-Ears living surrounded by forest, nature and faune. Sharp-Ears is captured by a forester, but then flees after bringing much disruption to its fellow captivity companions.

The concert continues and ends with the wonderful Symphony Number 4 by Mahler, centred around a song composed earlier by Mahler, “Das himmlische Leben”, which presents a child’s vision of Heaven. The symphony explores several deep topics such as nature, mountains, animals, humanity, love, life and death. The second movement depicts the contrast between Earth and hell, and is followed by a beautiful finale exploring the contrast between Earth and heaven.

To book tickets:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4505432
 
5 April 2020
 
5.pm
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JD

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Passiontide at Merton 2020 - Pergolesi & Buxtehude

 
9 April 2020
 
7pm
Barbican Hall
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS

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Britten Sinfonia: St Matthew Passion at the Barbican

 
7pm
St Andrew's Hall
St Andrew's Plain
Norwich
NR3 1AU

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+44 (0)1603 630000
Britten Sinfonia: St Matthew Passion

 
10 April 2020
 
6pm
Barbican Hall
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS

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Britten Sinfonia: St Matthew Passion at the Barbican

 
14 April 2020 until 18 April 2020
 
7.00pm
Great Hall, The Leys
The Fen Causeway
Cambridge
CB2 7AD

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A staged production of Handel's most intense psychological drama, Tamerlano

 
20 April 2020
 
7.30pm
St Luke’s Church
Queen’s Park Road
East Sussex
BN2 9ZB

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Zachary Vanderburg
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E-mail
03336663366

£28, £19, £15
Chopin & Champagne by Candlelight | April | Barcarolle & Ballade No 3

Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)

PROGRAMME:
Ballade No.3 in Ab op.47 (1841)
Nocturne No. 16 in E-Flat, Op. 55, No. 2
Waltz op.64 (1847) No.3 in Ab
Waltz No. 13 in D-Flat, Op. 70, No. 3
Impromptu No.2 in F# op.36 (1839)
Nocturne No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 48, No. 2
Barcarolle in F# op.60 (1845-46)
Mazurka No. 45 in G Minor, Op. 67, No. 2
Polonaise in G-Sharp Minor, Op. posth.:
Scherzo No.4 in E op.54 (1842-43)


Warren Mailley-Smith recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in 2020.

He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he will give over 100 solo performances in 2020.

His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 14-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

He is Artistic Director of The Piccadilly Sinfonia and also of The Piccadilly Chamber Music Series
Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

“Tall and talented, Warren Mailley-Smith is the embodiment of a modern romantic concert pianist…” – Musical Opinion
 
25 April 2020
 
7.30pm
St James's Church, PIccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LL

Details:
Zachary Vanderburg
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03336663366

£32, £25, £15
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight

ORCHESTRA: Piccadilly Sinfonietta
SOLOIST: Warren Mailley-Smith (piano)
SOLOIST: Ciaran McCabe (violin)


PROGRAMME:
Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons


On Saturday April 25th, in the heart of London, the walls of St James’s Church will resound with the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and Mozart, played by Ciaran McCabe, Warren Mailley-Smith, and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.

Experience a romantic, candlelit evening with selections of the world’s greatest classical music in the gorgeous St James’s Church. The concert features timeless works by the monumental composers, Mozart, Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi. If you’re in need of a relaxing experience, want to learn more about classical music, or just want to hear virtuosic performances by some of the best, young performers in the UK, this concert is just for you.

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles. Founded in 2018, the ensemble has performed in halls throughout the UK including London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester and further afield. The Piccadilly Sinfonietta exists to perform the world’s greatest classical music in the UK’s most historic venues.

The concert features breath-taking feats of virtuosity from violinist sensation, Ciaran McCabe, in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major.

Award-winning concert pianist and a favourite performer for the British Royal Family, Warren Mailley-Smith, recently became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works from memory. An exceptional talent and a self-deprecating sense of humour, combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, makes him a favourite with audiences.

Renowned violinist, Ciaran McCabe enjoys a varied musical life as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Recent solo engagements include the concerti of Bruch, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Barber with ensembles such as the Ulster Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London with the Brandenburg Sinfonia. He was a recipient of the Milton Violin Award and the Young Artists’ Platform Award from the Arts Council of North Ireland, which included a BBC studio recording of virtuoso violin works.

So why not treat yourself to a spectacular evening and join us for a concert to remember of uplifting music.
 
28 April 2020
 
7.30pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 4JJ

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020 7766 1100

£29, £25, £18, £13, £9
King: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Second Piano Concerto

Warren Mailley-Smith, piano
Piccadilly Sinfonia

Mozart’s Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B flat
Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A


The Piccadilly Sinfonia present five concerts that celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The third concert in the series, King, features Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto and his Seventh Symphony, the latter a work often associated with kings, most famously in The King’s Speech. The concert is rounded out with masterful works by Mozart, one of the kings of the Classical Period. Explore the fate of a man who composed for princes and kings, who ushered in a new era in classical music becoming its hero, and is remembered today as an emperor among men, one of the greatest composers of all time.
 


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