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10 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 20.00 
Aphex Twin: Remote Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £25 - 35
Aphex Twin
The Heritage Orchestra and Choir

We are excited to announce a one-off evening of music from the most influential electronic musician of his generation, with assistance from The Heritage Orchestra and Choir.

The show will include the first UK performance of Aphex Twin's groundbreaking Remote Orchestra concept, plus 'Interactive Tuned Feedback Pendulum Array' - a piece which expands on Steve Reich's 'Pendulum Music' - and more.

First developed last year for the European Culture Congress in Poland, the Remote Orchestra performance sees Aphex Twin conducting a 28-piece string section and a 12-strong choir by remote control.

Aphex Twin : Various

11 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Libor Pešek conducts Smetana, Chopin and Dvorák
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Libor Pešek
Piano - Leon McCawley

SMETANA The Bartered Bride Overture

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1

DVORÁK Symphony No.7

Czech conductor Libor Pešek has enjoyed an international career spanning fifty years, and this irresistible programme is the perfect showcase for his celebrated interpretations of Czech music. Smetana’s exuberant Overture to his comic opera, The Bartered Bride, brims with infectious energy, whereas Dvorák’s impassioned Symphony No.7 captures the full emotional spectrum of Czech musical styles. With its profound depth of feeling and masterful orchestral balance, this is considered by many to be Dvorák’s greatest symphonic achievement. At the heart of this programme, Leon McCawley performs the First Piano Concerto by Polish composer Chopin, whose exquisite writing for the soloist overflows with romance.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Bedøich Smetana : The Bartered Bride Overture
Frederyk Chopin : Symphony No.7
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No.7

11 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1.05pm 
Concerts at St Olave
St Olave Church
Hart Street, London EC3
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Felicity Vincent: Cello
Roger Black: Piano

David Dubery : Cello Sonata

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16 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Swiss Ambassador's Award Concert 2012
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12
Medea Trio

The Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert was established in the UK with the aim of presenting some of the most talented young Swiss musicians or ensembles in a concert at Wigmore Hall, London.

The annual event is organised by the Embassy of Switzerland and the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain (SCFB), a charity promoting Swiss artistic excellence in the UK. The Medea Trio, founded in Basel in 2005, is a promising young piano trio which has been selected to perform at the 2012 concert.

Claude Debussy : Piano Trio in G
David Philip Hefti : Piano Trio No. 2
Antonin Dvorak : Piano Trio in E minor Op. 90 'Dumky'

17 Oct 
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19 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1.00-1.50 
Lunchtime concert
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Pilgrims Place, London NW3 1NG
United Kingdom
020 73267

Tickets: Free concert
Graeme Thewlis (Piano)
John Campbell (Trumpet)

Esther Hopkins : Mysterious Light

20 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Chilly Gonzales with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £15 - 20
Chilly Gonzales with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

All-round entertainer, pianist, rapper and self-proclaimed ‘musical genius’, Chilly Gonzales brings his iconoclastic orchestral hip hop to the Barbican stage. The concert also includes orchestral versions of material from his recent Solo Piano II and the world premiere of his new Piano Concerto.

Chilly Gonzales : Various

21 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Central England Ensemble
Town Hall, Birmingham
Victoria Square B3 3DQ
United Kingdom
0121 780 3333

Tickets: £11, £13
Anthony Bradbury music director
Ondøej Vrabec french horn

This unique event, generously sponsored by Irwin Mitchell solicitors, features the world premiere performance of Concerto for French Horn and Symphony Orchestra by Birmingham born composer Andrew Downes, who is himself wheelchair bound as a result of a spinal injury.

The soloist is Ondøej Vrabec, solo and principal horn of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Also in the programme is Walton’s Crown Imperial and Brahms’s Second Symphony. The leader of the orchestra is the composer’s daughter Anna Downes, and the conductor Anthony Bradbury. This promises to be a great concert, not to be missed!

William Walton : Crown Imperial
Andrew Downes : Concerto for French horn and Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)
Johannes Brahms : Symphony No 2

22 Oct 
23 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Vaughan Williams, Philip Venables and Dohnányi
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30

Wigmore Hall’s mighty tally of world premières grows with the appearance of a specially commissioned work by Endymion’s artistic director, Philip Venables.

The Chester-born composer’s music, praised for its ‘delicately spun melodies’ and ‘gritty, soulful’ character, has been championed worldwide by Endymion. His Sextet takes its place in an absorbing programme, complete with Vaughan Williams’s early Quintet for clarinet, horn, violin, cello and piano, written in 1898 and first performed three years later.

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Quintet in D
Philip Venables : Sextet (commissioned by Wigmore Hall)
E Dohnanyi : Sextet in C Op. 37

24 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Steve Reich's Drumming
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444

The Colin Currie Group with Synergy Vocals

Legendary New York minimalist Steve Reich travelled to Africa to study traditional drumming techniques with master-drummer Gideon Alorwoyie. The result was Drumming: a 90-minute journey for percussion and female voices that, at the time of its 1971 premiere, redefined Western music's relationship with rhythm. Moving from drums through the glowing resonance of glockenspiels and marimbas and voices, Drumming is a primeval and uplifting experience engaging both mind and body.

Steve Reich : Drumming

25 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1.15pm 
Music at St Pancras
St Pancras Parish Church
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Felicity Vincent: Cello
Roger Black: Piano

'Not the Manchester School, Part 2'

David Dubery : Cello Sonata

26 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Bolivar Hall
54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
United Kingdom

Sylvia Hinz (recorders)
Cordula Heiland (piano)

Martin Gaughan : Immortal Beloved

27 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Britten Sinfonia / 20th Birthday Concert
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £8 – 32
Britten Sinfonia
Kuljit Bhamra tabla
Thomas Gould violin/director
Tom Herbert bass
Alina Ibragimova violin
Pekka Kuusisto violin/director
Joanna MacGregor piano/director
Mark Padmore tenor
Seb Rochford drums
Jacqueline Shave violin/director
Andy Sheppard saxophones
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Eamonn Dougan choir director
Plus special guests

Britten Sinfonia proudly launches its new association with the Barbican with a gala concert and free stage events that also celebrate the orchestra’s 20th birthday.

Journeying through 400 years of music, the evening celebrates the orchestra’s bold artistic outlook and showcases the talents of Britten Sinfonia musicians as well as close collaborators including Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto, Mark Padmore , Joanna MacGregor and special guests. The concert also features two specially commissioned premieres from James MacMillan and Nico Muhly.

Henry Purcell : Hear my Prayer
Nico Muhly : Birthday piece
J.S. Bach : Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Benjamin Britten : Les Illuminations
James MacMillan : Birthday piece
Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’
J.S. Bach : Keyboard Concerto No 5 in F minor
Moondog arr. MacGregor : Sidewalk Dances

28 Oct 
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30 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Laura van der Heijden performs Walton
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Paul Daniel
Cello - Laura van der Heijden

Winner of BBC Young Musician 2012, dazzling cellist Laura van der Heijden performs Walton’s Cello Concerto – the piece with which she won the title, aged only 15. With its singing, complex cello part and rich orchestral writing, Walton’s Concerto is the perfect vehicle for Laura van der Heijden’s unique gifts. Framing Walton’s powerful music are gems by his fellow Englishmen: a witty overture from Vaughan Williams, the hauntingly beautiful A Song of the Night by Holst, featuring acclaimed violinist Clio Gould, and Elgar’s incomparable ‘Enigma’ Variations.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Ralph Vaughan Williams : The Wasps Overture
William Walton : Cello Concerto
Gustav Holst : A Song of the Night
Edward Elgar : 'Enigma' Variations

31 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Max Richter: Vivaldi Recomposed
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £15 – 20
Featuring Britten Sinfonia, conducted by André de Ridder with violinist Daniel Hope

Contemporary composer Max Richter re-imagines Vivaldi’s timeless set of Baroque concertos, The Four Seasons, featuring Britten Sinfonia conducted by André de Ridder with violinist Daniel Hope, and also performs a special set including music from his most recent album, Infra.

Max Richter : Vivaldi Recomposed

31 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
Arditti Quartet

JACK Quartet

Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly’s commitment to the creation of new works of chamber music is ideally served by this spectacular recital of UK premières, a clear jewel in the 2012/13 season’s crown.

The Arditti Quartet’s worldwide reputation rests secure on almost 40 years of excellence in the performance and development of contemporary music. The JACK Quartet can likewise cite a glorious record of achievement in bringing new work to life, underpinned by its players’ close association with composers such as Matthias Pintscher, Helmut Lachenmann and Julia Wolfe.

This showcase concert, part of a landmark Arditti and JACK Quartet project, offers audiences the thrilling prospect of hearing the birth of two string quartets and two string octets by Hans Abrahamsen (b.1952), Mauro Lanza (b.1975) and the English composers Rebecca Saunders (b.1967) and James Clarke (b.1957).

James Clarke : 2012S for 2 string quartets
Hans Abrahamsen : Quartet No.4
Mauro Lanza : Der Kampf zwischen Karneval und Faasten for octet

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5 Nov

United Kingdom
 Monday, November 05, 2012 at 7:30pm 
The Monday Platform
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8 £10 £13 £15
Diana Galvydyte


Christopher Guild


Martynas Levickis


Diana Galvydyte and Christopher Guild excelled in the PLG New Year Series 2012.

Daily Telegraph: ‘…rounded, fully achieved performance…beautifully crafted…melodic grace.’ The Times: ‘…dazzled us…expressive panache…admirable aplomb’. Classical Source: ‘…extremely fine and accomplished …extraordinary’. Independent on Sunday: ‘Galvydyte, a name to remember’. Martynas Levickis was another success of the Series. The Times: ‘…Levicki’s mastery of the instrument…cosmic richness…such finesse…’. Classical Source: ‘…extraordinary virtuosity…magically played’…a superstar in Lithuania.’

Levickis introduces a brilliant work by one of today’s notable Russian composers, Efrem Podgaits.

Park Lane Group Young Artists

Edward Elgar : Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82
J.S. Bach : Fantasia and Fugue in A minor BVW561 (arr. for accordion)
Efrem Podgaits : Sonata No. 1 for accordion
Karol Szymanowski : Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano Op. 28
Per Nørgård : Suite No. 1 from Nine Friends for solo accordion
Astor Piazzolla : Café 1930 and Nightclub from Histoire du Tango for violin and accordion
Jonas Tamulionis : Rondo for violin and accordion

6 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Grzegorz Nowak conducts Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Dvorák
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Grzegorz Nowak
Cello - Dimitri Maslennikov
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, from his opera Prince Igor, are amongst his most famous pieces, full of exotic melodies and vibrant orchestration. Cellist Dimitri Maslennikov has a special affinity for Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, a delightful set of variations on an elegant theme inspired by Mozart. While living in America, Czech composer Dvorák was enchanted by the music he heard there, declaring: ‘These beautiful and varied themes are the product of the soil. They are the folk songs of America’. For his Ninth Symphony, Dvorák emulated this style, while also recalling the music of his homeland. The result is his most popular symphony, its famous Largo just one of many glorious moments.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Alexander Borodin : Polovtsian Dances
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Variations on a Rococo Theme
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No.9, 'From the New World'

7 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Dante Quartet perform Chamber Music from Lebanon
St. John's Smith Square, London
Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
020 7222 1061

Tickets: £10, £15, £20
Dante Quartet perform with

Benjamin Frith - piano
Robert Plane - clarinet

The acclaimed Dante String Quartet and guests perform contemporary chamber music by leading Lebanese composers. Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm chaired by Professor Peter Wiegold

Sponsored by the Makhzoumi Foundation

Musicstage – Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle Eastern Music

Houtaf Khoury : Gardens of Love
Abdalla El-Masri : Elegie
Boghos Gelalian : Canzona & Toccata
Bechara El Khoury : Meditation; Sonata
Bushra El-Turk : Dramaticule II
Toufic Succar : String Quartet No.2

8 Nov 
9 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 09, 2012 at 7:00pm - c. 9:30pm 
Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories"
Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Holywell Street, Oxford
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 / £8 seniors / £5 students
Luke Berryman

"Triadic Memories" is a vast single-movement work lasting approximately two hours. Like other compositions of Morton Feldman's final years, it's closely related to the aesthetics of Mark Rothko's paintings, and is characterised by stasis and extremely quiet dynamics. The unusual title refers partly to an attempt to evoke memory itself: listening to this piece is like flicking through an old photograph album. Its delicate, slowly-shifting harmonies reach toward something that was once definite, but is now lost in time. It was perhaps this fragility that led the composer to aptly describe the piece as "the largest butterfly in captivity".

"Triadic Memories" has only been performed a handful of times across the world, and the 25th anniversary of Feldman's death falls this year. All in all, this concert promises to be a special occasion.

Rob Keeley : Ballade
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Klavierstück IX
Morton Feldman : Triadic Memories

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