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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

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

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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

10 Nov 
11 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Brahms, Jonathan Dove and Elgar
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12 £16 £22 £24
The Schubert Ensemble

In this fitting programme for Remembrance Sunday the Schubert Ensemble performs Elgar’s warm, autumnal Piano Quintet, written at the end of World War I, together with Brahms’s deeply personal Piano Quartet No. 3, with possibly the most gorgeous slow movement in the repertoire. These late romantic masterpieces contrast vividly with Jonathan Dove’s sparkling and energetic Piano Quintet, written for the Ensemble in 2009.

‘…they demand superlatives’ Sunday Times

‘…outstanding in every respect’ Guardian

Johannes Brahms : Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60
Jonathan Dove : Piano Quintet
Edward Elgar : Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84

12 Nov

United Kingdom
 Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM 
The Mavron Quartet
St David's Hall
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5.50 in advance
The Mavron Quartet

The Mavron Quartet, St David's Hall's Ensemble in Residence, is Wales' leading string Quartet. Since forming in 2002 the quartet has worked collaboratively with a range of artists to produce and perform new works, alongside outreach work with St David's Hall and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

In association with Live Music Now Wales

Giovanni Battista Viotti : String Quartet No 1 in F
Hugh Wood : String Quartet No 1

13 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Chloë Hanslip performs Brahms
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Christoph Koenig
Violin - Chloë Hanslip
Royal Philharmonic Ochestra

He may have been overshadowed by Wagner, but without Weber the history of opera would be very different. Weber’s Der Freischütz, with its atmospheric Overture, is considered the first important German Romantic opera – and had a huge impact on Wagner himself. Brahms and Wagner were rivals, splitting the musical world with their different approaches to composition, yet few can now resist the sunny charm of the Violin Concerto by Brahms. With its lyrical opening movement, exquisite, singing Adagio and vigorous finale, the Concerto is an ideal showcase for the talents of Chloë Hanslip. Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony is one of his most joyous, full of Bohemian folk-tunes and orchestral colour.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Carl Maria von Weber : Der Freischütz Overture
Johannes Brahms : Violin Concerto
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No.8

14 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Colin Matthews, Schumann and Mozart
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
Elias String Quartet

Mozart fashioned his Clarinet Quintet for Anton Stadler, a great Viennese wind player and fellow Freemason. The score periodically places the clarinet centre stage while generally treating the instrument as an equal chamber music partner. This concert opens with the world première of a new work, specially written by Colin Matthews for the Elias Quartet.

In creating string quartets, Schumann observed, ‘the composer must possess an intimate knowledge of the genre’s history, but should strive to produce more than mere imitations of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.’ He followed his advice to brilliant effect in the third of his Op. 41 quartets, displaying inventive ingenuity throughout.

Colin Matthews : String Quartet No. 4
Robert Schumann : String Quartet in A Op. 41 No. 3
Wolfgang Mozart : Clarinet Quintet in A K581

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16 Nov 
17 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7pm 
If on a Winter's Night...
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Siobhan Mooney (mezzo soprano)
Dominic Saunders (piano)

Martin Gaughan : Lines of Leaving

18 Nov 
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20 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7.30pm - 9pm 
Sounds of the New
The Forge, London
3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
United Kingdom

Tickets: £9/7 online, £10/8 on the door
Ligeti Quartet
Richard Jones (viola)
Anna Patalong (soprano)
Tessa Marchington (piano)

New Dots launch concert to showcase emerging composers and musicians based in the UK

Tickets -

Lloyd Moore : Six Songs for soprano and piano
Goncalo Gato : Shapes for string quartet
Helgi Ingvarsson : Become for viola and piano
Stephen Hicks : 2 inventions for string quartet
Edward Nesbit : A Pretence of Wit for soprano and piano
William Dougherty : The Aureole Effect for string quartet

21 Nov 
22 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 8pm 
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the end of Time
Turner Sims, Southampton

United Kingdom

Netia Jones/Lightmap video design
John Constable piano

Landmarks is the London Sinfonietta's new series of chamber concerts, featuring performances of seminal music combined with short video interventions setting a context for the composer, the work, and its impact on the musical and cultural life of the 20th century. The first subject is Olivier Messiaen and his Quartet for the end of Time, premiered in a prisoner of war camp in 1941 where the composer himself was incarcerated.

At this performance, the ticket price includes a complimentary drink after the concert.

The London Sinfonietta are proud to be Associate Arists at Turner Sims, Southampton.

Olivier Messiaen : La Colombe
Olivier Messiaen : Plainte Calme
Olivier Messiaen : Theme and Variations
Olivier Messiaen : Quartet for the End of Time

23 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 23, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Brand New Music for Winds
Regent Hall
275 Oxford St., London W1 2DJ
United Kingdom

Tickets: Tickets at Door (£10 (6) whole event, £8 (5) concert only.
15th London New Wind Festival

Charlotte Munro, Flutes
Catherine Pluygers, Oboes
Phil Edwards, Clarinets
Henryk Sienkiewicz, Horn
Glyn Williams, Bassoon
Alan Tomlinson, Trombone
Robert Coleridge, Piano

6-7 Composers Forum - discussing their work- chaired by Stephen Mark Barchan
7.30 Concert

Programme Includes:

* Ewan Campbell But I Digress
for Wind Quartet and Piano
* Richard Peat Wind Quintet
*** Ari Ben-Shabetai Winks
for Wind Quintet
** Tom Owen Womb
for full Ensemble
* Enid Luff Scherzo
for Winds (Flute, Horn and Trombone)
* Stephen Mark Barchan Blasted to Bits
for Solo Trombone & Electronics
** Colleen Muriel The Nearness of the Beloved
for Flute and Piano
Hilary Tann Doppelganger
for Solo Piano
* Henryk Sienkiewicz Sonatina
for Horn and Piano
* Chris Mortlock Dialogue
for Bassoon and Piano

* world premier
** london premier
*** european premier

Ari Ben-Shabetai : Winks - for woodwind quintet
Richard Peat : Wind Quintet
Enid Luff : Scherzo

24 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1 pm 
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: Rihm
Huddersfield Town Hall
Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10.00-£15.00
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje voice
Leigh Melrose baritone
Nicolas Altstaedt cello
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The only Scottish orchestra to have won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best ensemble, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns to Huddersfield with an exciting programme of works by featured composers Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm and hcmf// Composer in Residence Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje.

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje : Concerto for Voice and Orchestra
Wolfgang Rihm : Versuchung
Matthias Pintscher : Songs from Solomon's Garden

24 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: Pintscher
Huddersfield Town Hall
Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15.00-£19.00
Erik Schumann violin
Frode Haltli accordion
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC SSO's second concert is centered around a work by its first Artist-in-Association, New York-based composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher. The UK Premiere of Dai Fujikura's Tocar y luchar and works by Arne Nordheim and Luigi Nono complete the programme.

Dai Fujikura : Tocar y luchar
Matthias Pintscher : Mar'eh
Arne Nordheim : Spur
Luigi Nono : No hay caminos hay que caminar

24 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11.30am 
Insight:Richard Baker
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free event
Composer Richard Baker
Composer/sound artist Nye Parry
BCMG percussionist Julian Warburton

Join us for this mid-morning event with composer Richard Baker, composer/sound artist Nye Parry and BCMG percussionist Julian Warburton, to gain an insight into Richard Baker’s working method and get a first taste of his Sound Investment piece for ensemble and electronics, which we premiere in our February 2013 concert.

24 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2 pm 

York Minster
United Kingdom

Tickets: free
The Micklefield Male Voice Choir

Patrick Lee : IF (for TTBB chorus & piano)

25 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Beethoven, Webern and Kurtág
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10


Özgür Aydin


Since making her debut at the age of eleven with the New York Philharmonic almost 30 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a musician and innovator. Midori’s devotion to thought-provoking programmes is reflected in her recital’s combination of three Beethoven violin sonatas with the aphoristic music of Webern’s Four Pieces Op. 7 and the time-bending, sound-altering world of György Kurtág’s Tre pezzi for violin and piano Op. 14e.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 12 No. 2
Anton Webern : Four Pieces Op. 7
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Gyorgy Kurtág : Tre pezzi Op. 14e
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

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29 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Natasha Paremski performs Shostakovich
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Piano - Natasha Paremski
Trumpet - Mike Allen
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

This delectable programme of spine-tingling works opens with the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams. The majesty of the English Renaissance meets the pre-war innocence of early twentieth-century England, as a theme by Thomas Tallis resonates through Vaughan Williams’ rich string textures. In the fascinating Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings by Shostakovich, the piano dominates, but both soloists shine with quickfire exchanges and rhythmic verve. The Walk to the Paradise Garden, from the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet by Delius, is a gloriously seductive work, its sumptuous orchestration dripping with nostalgia. As if this wasn’t enough, the epic Fifth Symphony by Sibelius is one of his masterpieces, building to a climactic finale with its unforgettable horn theme.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Dmitri Shostakovich : Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
Frederick Delius : The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No.5

30 Nov 

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