Home
|
Current Issue
|
Diary
|
Subscribe
|
Book Orders
Rising Stars
|
Selected Reviews
|
Stop Press
|
Contact & Advertising
|
Links

Dates for Your Diary

Mark Bebbington: Pianograms – Three Recitals at St John’s, Smith Square

Bebbington

Pianist Mark Bebbington has announced three interlinked solo recitals at St John’s, Smith Square, beginning on Wednesday November 14th, There is a three-for –two special offer for the series: tickets for all three recitals can be purchased for just the price of two.

The first recital, ‘Scenes from the Opera’, concludes with four transcriptions by Liszt, the first half of the programme being made up of three Scarlatti Sonatas and Schubert great B flat Sonata D960. The Liszt transcriptions are of Verdi: Danza sacra e duetto finale d'Aida; Wagner: Isolde's Liebestod; Donizetti: Réminiscences de Lucia di Lammermoor and Verdi: Rigoletto Paraphrase de Concert.

Thursday April 4 2019 will see Mark return to St John’s, Smith Square for ‘Island Stories’, comprising Fauré: Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major op. 63; Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue; Satie: Gnossienne No 4 and Embryons desséchés; Ireland: Sarnia - an island sequence (Le Catioroc; In a May Morning; Song of the Springtides); Chopin: Nocturne in B flat minor op. 9 no 1; in F major op. 15 no 1; Ballade in G minor op. 23.

The final concert in the series, on Thursday July 4th, is entitled ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ concluding with Mussorgsky’s immortal masterpiece prefaced by music by Schubert: four Impromptus D899, and the ‘little’ Sonata in A major.

A three-for –the-price-of-two special offer for the series: tickets for all three recitals can be purchased for the cost of two. Further details from the St Johns, Smith Square : 0207 7222 2168.

Hastings Early Music Festival – Sound of Times – October 18 -21

This year sees the second Hastings Early Music Festival under its Artistic Director Jane Gordon and it opens with a flourish at St Mary in the Castle with The Sixteen on Thursday October 18.

Sound of Times traces music back through time, from James Macmillan to Mozart, and Bach to Palestrina, exploring some of today’s best loved music. In addition to the three main concerts there are Open Rehearsals and pre-concert events with Artists in Conversation

This year’s festival has a Workshop Day on October 20 - singers and instrumentalists are invited to spend the day playing music from the concerts under the guidance of Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen.

Aiming to draw communities together through music, students, jobseekers and under 18s are being offered free tickets for the Friday evening concert by candle-light, which will include Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto and Vivaldi’s Double Mandolin Concerto as well as works by Purcell and Telemann.

The final Mozart event on Sunday morning at the Kino Teatr will feature arias from The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, plus Piano Trios.

Over four days, the festival will feature, in addition to The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, The EdenStell Guitar Duo, Julian Perkins harpsichord, Neil McLaren flute, Kirsty Hopkins soprano, Hemf Baroque Orchestra, The Rautio Piano Trio, Eamonn Dougan choral workshop director and Jane Gordon violin.

Details of all events, bookings and further information on the Workshop Day can be found at www.hemf.co.uk, email: hastingsemf@gmail.com. Telephone: 01424 457830

José Serebrier – forthcoming news

Serebrier

BBC 3’s ‘In Tune’on Friday September 21 will feature an interview with José Serebrier and Carole Farley on the re-issue of their recording of songs by Grieg with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia, on the new SOMM Ariadne label.

Other September releases by the maestro include "José Serebrier Live in Beijing", a DVD filmed at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, released by Video Arts International VAI, with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and the Warner Classics re-issue of the 8-CD box of the complete Glazunov Symphonies 1-9 and concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra.

Also in September, Decca release a new Gershwin album with Serebrier conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Shelly Berg. On September 28, Serebrier conducts the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, featuring Holst's The Planets on the day of the 100th anniversary of its premiere, as well as the premiere of "Symphonic B A C H Variations for Piano and Orchestra" by Serebrier, with pianist Alexandre Kamtorow.

Fantasy with a meaning - Alberto Reyes

On October 17th at St John’s Smith Square, London will have a rare opportunity to further its acquaintance with pianist Alberto Reyes. The composers on his programme are three pillars of Romanticism – Chopin, Schumann and Liszt – but it looks beyond the obvious. As Reyes says, he has brought together works that are “freely structured, they are ‘fantasies’ that do not follow any academic, pre-established form.

Reyes last appeared in London four years ago at Cadogan Hall, prompting Classical Source to speak of “compelling artistry” and “a comprehensive technique that, frankly, has everything”.

The recital by Alberto Reyes is presented by Lisa Peacock Concert Management Ltd., one of a number of significant concerts being undertaken by the company in the up-coming season.

Berlioz Weekend

“Berlioz in Britain” is the subject of the Berlioz Society’s 16th Annual Study Weekend to be held at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 on November 24 & 25.

Berlioz’s connection to Britain was strong in his lifetime, for him “there was no city in the world where as much music was consumed as in London”. Britain was the homeland of his great literary heroes Scott, Moore, Byron and Shakespeare and he came to these shores five times between 1847-1855. The first visits were highly dramatic as he had to endure the financial breakdown of his business partner, followed in 1848 by temporary exile as the revolution of 1848 tore through Paris. In 1851 he came as a member of the international jury assessing musical instruments at the Great Exhibition, after which he returned to conduct concerts with the New Philharmonic Society and to oversee the ill-fated staging of his opera Benvenuto Cellini at Covent Garden.

Topics will be Berlioz’s activities and reputation in Britain, critical responses to his concerts, the sites he knew in London ; speakers include Berlioz Society President and author David Cairns, Professor Julian Rushton, author of the new Cambridge Berlioz Encyclopedia, Katy Hamilton and Leanne Langley while Society Chairman Alastair Aberdare will interview LSO Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner. For further information & bookings: email: helenpetchey.berlioz @gmail.com or telephone: 020 850 40295.

‘The Consummate Communicator’: The 13th Malcolm Arnold Festival.

The weekend of October 13th - 14th will be packed with live music, films and talks on this multi-faceted composer, taking place in Arnold’s birthplace, Northampton, at the town’s Royal and Derngate dedicated arts venue.   Launching the Festival this year, which includes music from ballet, cinema, television and radio, opera, brass band and the concert hall, will be the Lord-Lieutenant for Northamptonshire and Pro-Chancellor of Northampton University, David Laing.   

“Malcolm Arnold’s music speaks to his audiences with a directness very few other 20th Century composers have managed to achieve”, explained Director of the festival, Paul Harris. “He was ‘The Consummate Communicator’ of our headline title this year, and considered himself very much the peoples’ composer.”

The festival's Gala concert on Sunday 14th October features the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by their Chief Guest Conductor, Keith Lockhart.  The programme has an American flavour, including Leonard Bernstein’s centenary this year with his Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’ - and Julian Bliss will be soloist in Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Arnold’s virtuosic Scherzetto. Malcolm Arnold’s Symphony no.4 brings the festival to a close with the exotic colour of Caribbean rhythms by way of marimba, bongos and tom toms - one of the composer’s most exuberant symphonic scores.

The festival’s Family Concert features Hilary Davan Wetton conducting the Malcolm Arnold Festival Strings, in a programme including Arnold’s Recorder Concerto with Tabea Debus, and a new work, ‘Song of the Red Kite’ by Timothy Bowers for recorder soloist, young recorder players and strings.

Return visitors to the festival will be the Rushden Town Band and the Northampton County Youth Orchestra, featuring some of Arnold’s music from stage and screen, including the ‘Roots of Heaven’ Overture, Sweeney Todd Ballet Suite, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and the English Dances.  Other highlights include the composer’s complete woodwind and brass Fantasies

This year’s roster of guest speakers include David Mellor, who campaigned to obtain the composer his knighthood, festival regular and local broadcaster John Griff with a talk on ‘Forgotten TV and Radio’, and Timothy Bowers who will be introducing Malcolm Arnold’s one-act opera ‘The Dancing Master’, in a rare concert performance performed by a group of young singers conducted by John Andrews.

For more information on the Malcolm Arnold Festival and to book tickets: /www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/malcolm-arnold-festival-18/. Box Office details: Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP. Tel.: 01604 624 811. Trains run frequently from London Euston to Northampton in under an hour.  


Home
|
Current Issue
|
Diary
|
Subscribe
|
Book Orders
Rising Stars
|
Selected Reviews
|
Stop Press
|
Contact & Advertising
|
Links