Oxford Concert - War Requiem

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Oxford Concert - War Requiem
Oxford Town Hall

Conducted by Mark Simpson, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006.

FREE Schools Workshop 4 - 6pm. Evening performance at 7.30pm.

To Celebrate 50 years since the first performance of Benjamin Britten's great anti-war masterpiece, Mark Simpson has brought together a group of outstanding players from Oxford University and the London Music Collegesn to Perform in Oxford Town Hall on the 5th of March.

With a full symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, a full choir, boys choir, and featuring brilliant young soloists Maud Miller (soprano), Nicholas Pritchard (tenor) and Dominic Bowe (baritone) this promises to be and incredibly special event.

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Or to book a place on the workshop contact isobel.wick@seh.ox.ac.uk


St Nicholas Church - Oxfordshire

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Sheldonian Theatre

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Oxford - Orchestra of St John’s Proms 2012

Oxford - Orchestra of St John’s Proms 2012
The Ashmolean Museam of Art and Archaeology, Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum is delighted to welcome Conductor John Lubbock and the Orchestra of St John’s to perform a series of promenade concerts throughout 2012 in the Ashmolean Atrium. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s collections, each themed concert will be introduced by members of the Ashmolean’s curatorial team.

Beethoven Ensemble: Expanding Horizons

The Beethoven Ensemble
Beethoven Ensemble: Expanding Horizons
Trinity College Chapel

Saturday 08 May 2010 at 20:00
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Beethoven Ensemble: Expanding Horizons

Tickets from http://www.beethovenensemble.com

Daniel Hill, conductor
Robin Green, piano
Antoine Francoise, piano

Jean Sibelius ~ The Swan of Tuonela from 'Legends', Op 22
Francis Poulenc ~ Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in D minor
Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67

Tickets from http://www.beethovenensemble.com

Ely Sinfonia Cathedral Series 'English Composers in Ely Cathedral'

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Ely Sinfonia Cathedral Series 'English Composers in Ely Cathedral'
Ely Cathedral Cambridge

A superb programme, the highlight of which must surely be the internationally renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch performing the stunning cello concerto by Sir Edward Elgar.

Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassadó International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others.

Malcolm Arnold: Scottish Dances
David Briggs: Concerto for Organ, Strings, Harp & Percussion
Vaughan Williams: In the Fen Country
Elgar: Cello Concerto

Cello: Raphael Wallfisch
Organ: Edward Taylor
Conductor: Steve Bingham

Free pre-concert talk - Presbytery, Ely Cathedral, 6.30-6.50pm: Edward Taylor talks to Steve Bingham about the David Briggs Concerto.

Booking Info:
Tickets: £25 (premium seats inc. wine reception with Raphael Wallfisch at 6.50pm) / £20 (front nave) / £17.50 (mid-nave) / £15 (rear nave) / £12 (transepts) / £10 (unreserved).
Available from Ely Cathedral Box Office, or 01353 660349 (Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm)

City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

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City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
West Road Concert Hall Cambridge
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra with Tom Poster on the piano.

Programme details:
Vaughan Williams "In the Fen Country"

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3

Dvorák: Symphpony No. 9 (New World)

Booking information:
£16, £14 concessions, £8 students, £5 under 14s.
Corn Exchange Box Office: 01223 357851



Cambridge Corn Exchange, The
Following their phenomenal return to the UK music scene with the critically adulated fourth studio album, The Seldom Seen Kid, Elbow will embark on their second UK tour this year in October. With their latest release Elbow have firmly cemented their position as one of the UK's most valued bands, with the album securing their fourth consecutive 9/10 review in the NME (a unique feat not achieved by any other band in the history of the magazine), scores of glowing reviews and a declaration from The Times that The Seldom Seen Kid is ‘surely one of the year's best records'.

Prague Symphony Orchestra - Cambridge International Concert Series

Prague Symphony Orchestra - Cambridge International Concert Series
Cambridge Corn Exchange, The
Conductor: Petr Altrichter

Soloist: Nina Kotova, cello

Dvořák Carnival Overture

Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor

Dvořák Symphony No 9 in E minor, 'From the New World'

Appearing for the first time at the Corn Exchange are the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by fellow Czech Petr Altrichter, well known in the UK as former Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Together they present a programme made up of three of the most popular works by their famous countryman, Antonín Dvořák.

Opening the programme is Dvořák's scintillating Carnival overture, which bubbles with energy and exuberance, except for a haunting cor anglais melody. Like much of his music, the overture abounds with dance rhythms and folk music influences from the composer's native Bohemia.

Dvořák Cello concerto is described in the Grove Dictionary of Music as 'the crowning item in that instrument's repertory, with its characteristic richness and eloquence'. It will be played by the carismatic Nina Kotova, praised by the Daily Telegraph as an 'exceptional cellist...an artist of proven technical prowess...and extroverted vigour'.

Dvořák ninth and perhaps best-known symphony was penned during the composer's years in America, hence the nickname 'From the New World'. Whether inspired by American or Bohemian folk themes, or both, the music is always utterly appealing - not least in the famous Largo where the cor anglais makes another prominent and soulful appearance.

Why not join music writer and critic James Day for fascinating and informative talks about the programme before each concert. Talk will take place at the Maple Suite, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 20 Downing Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DT at 6.00pm


Academy of Ancient Music - Cambridge International Concert Series

Academy of Ancient Music - Cambridge International Concert Series
Cambridge Corn Exchange, The
Director & Harpsichord: Richard Egarr

Soloist: Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Haydn Symphony No 59 in A, 'Fire'

Haydn Cello Concerto in C

Haydn Harpsichord Concerto No 11 in D

Haydn Symphony No 44 in E minor, 'Trauer'

The reputation of the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) as arguably the world's foremost period-instrument orchestra has only strengthened in recent years under Richard Egarr, their current Music Director. They continue to delight audiences with the breathtaking brilliance of their playing and the crystal clarity of their sound. Here they present a programme of works by the towering genius of 18th-century Classical style, Franz Joseph Haydn.

Known as the 'Father of the Symphony', Haydn composed over 100 examples of the form. AAM perform two of them tonight, both from his Sturm und Drang ('Storm and Stress') period. The symphony No 44 is nicknamed 'Trauer' ('Mourning') from the fact that late in life, Haydn asked for the slow movement of this symphony to be played at his funeral. The nickname of no 59, 'Fire', probably comes from the work's use by Haydn as entr'acte music for a play called The Conflagration, performed at the Esterházy palace in 1774. It is indeed a fiery work, not least with its sudden contrasts in dynamics and orchestration.

Two concertos complete the programme. Supreme Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey plays the delightful Cello Concerto in C, a work that was considered lost for good until the manuscript parts were discovered in Prague in 1962 by a librarian in the national museum, while Richard Egarr shows his prodigious keyboard skills in the Harpsichord Concerto No 11 in D.


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