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22 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Britten 100: Centenary Concert
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £20
CBSO Chorus
CBSO Youth Chorus
CBSO Children’s Chorus
Simon Halsey conductor
David Goode organ
Nicholas Daniel oboe

Translated Daughter, come down and startle / Composing mortals with immortal fire.’

Britten’s originality never blazed more brightly than when it was most firmly rooted in the English choral tradition. One hundred years to the day since Britten was born, Simon Halsey directs the CBSO’s choruses in some of Britten’s most striking inspirations, including the inimitable Rejoice in the Lamb and the Hymn to St Cecilia on St Cecilia’s Day no less: music to leave you stirred, beguiled and thoroughly entertained.

The CBSO is the resident orchestra of Symphony Hall.

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk: Britten at 100. CBSO chorus director Simon Halsey offers an expert perspective on Britten’s choral music.


Benjamin Britten : Jubilate in C
Benjamin Britten : Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Benjamin Britten : 3 Two-Part Songs
Benjamin Britten : Friday Afternoons
Benjamin Britten : Hymn to St Cecilia
Benjamin Britten : Missa Brevis
Benjamin Britten : Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria
Benjamin Britten : Rejoice in the Lamb

22 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6pm 
Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons
Jerwood Hall
London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free


Join some of LSO Discovery’s younger participants as they explore Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons, a set of twelve songs written for school children. Part of a national initiative by Aldeburgh Music to encourage as many young people as possible to sing the songs on what would have been Britten’s 100th birthday.

The short and witty songs were written for the composer’s schoolmaster brother and the boys of Clive House preparatory school, Prestatyn – a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon.


Benjamin Britten : Friday Afternoons

23 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11am 
Britten Centenary Weekend: Centenary Family Concert
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Tickets: £14, £20
Andrew Gourlay conductor
Youth Choirs from Suffolk

For children of all ages, was there ever a better musical guide than Benjamin Britten? Whether playing, singing or listening to his pieces, he unlocks the lid of the classical music treasure chest. The BBC Symphony Orchestra presents a selection of his wonderful music for young people in a one hour concert for all the family.

Featuring his last ever piece (written for Suffolk schoolchildren), some fizzing arrangements of Rossini tunes and his famous guide to the family of orchestral instruments, the concert also includes four brand new choral songs written for the Britten centenary by professional and talented teenage composers. What better way to celebrate the music of the talented Suffolk schoolboy who turned out to be one of best and most famous of all English composers?


Benjamin Britten : Welcome Ode
Benjamin Britten : Soirées Musicales
Benjamin Britten : The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

23 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 7pm 
Britten's Albert Herring
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £12-£40
Steuart Bedford conductor
Christine Brewer Lady Billows
Gaynor Keeble Florence Pike
Gillian Keith Miss Wordsworth
Roderick Williams Mr Gedge
Adrian Thompson Mr Upfold
Matthew Rose Superintendent Budd
Marcus Farnsworth Sid
Andrew Staples Albert Herring
Kitty Whately Nancy
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mrs Herring
Kenneth Richardson director

BBCSO

Albert Herring is the brightest, breeziest and wittiest of all Britten’s operas. A delightful chamber piece that follows the fortunes of down-trodden young simpleton Albert Herring, who is put forward by the grotesque village worthies to be ‘King of May’ because the local girls have all disgraced themselves. Young lovers Sid and Nancy spike his drink on May Day and enjoy the chaos that ensues, when he escapes humiliation and his mother’s clutches. Britten expert Steuart Bedford conducts a fabulous cast, including Christine Brewer as Lady Billows, Gillian Keith as Miss Wordsworth, Roderick Williams as Mr Gedge and rising star Andrew Staples as Albert himself.

Semi-staging


Benjamin Britten : Albert Herring

24 Nov 
 
25 Nov



United Kingdom
 Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Gildas Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £10-£18
Gildas Quartet

Both the Gildas Quartet and Joseph Houston gave memorable performances in the PLG New Year Series 2013 which led to outstanding press reviews: ‘The gifted Gildas Quartet’ (The Times). ‘…liquid beauty … vividly projected.’ (Daily Telegraph on Joseph Houston).
Together, they present an exquisitely-balanced programme of 19th-century classical and 20th-century romantic music, gently set off by the world première of Thomas Simakus’ latest set of piano miniatures.


Joseph Haydn : String Quartet in F Op. 77 No. 2
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 'Appassionata'
Claude Debussy : Images, Series 1
Thomas Simaku : Deux Esquisses
Maurice Ravel : String Quartet in F

26 Nov



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8pm 
UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - Norwegian Requiem
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Tickets: £10-£22
Arve Henriksen trumpet
Ståle Storløkken organ
LSO St Luke’s Community Choir
Choralia: Wells Cathedral Girls’ Choir
Christopher Finch conductor

Commissioned by the Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir for their 20th anniversary, this moving Requiem features jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen with organ, girls’ choir and community choir. Loosely based on the requiem mass, Andrew Smith’s piece is a reflection on the tragic massacre of 22 July 2011 on Utøya in Norway. The first half will feature a duo from Arve Henriksen and keyboard player Ståle Storløkken.

Andrew Smith : Requiem

27 Nov 
 
28 Nov



United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 7.30pm 
he Rest is Noise: Takemitsu & Ligeti
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £9-£65
Ilya Gringolts violin
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

programme showcasing the vibrant music of Ligeti and Takemitsu, two composers that reflected the changes that occurred in society during the second half of the 20th century.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Toru Takemitsu : Green [November steps II]
Toru Takemitsu : Marginalia
Toru Takemitsu : I hear the Water Dreaming
Gyorgy Ligeti : San Francisco Polyphony
Gyorgy Ligeti : Violin Concerto

29 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 29, 2013 at  
NOTATIONS – A film by Vicki Bennett with a live score from Jaap Blonk and Philip Jeck
Cafe Oto, London
22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8/£10


Sound And Music and Tusk Music are delighted to announce this tour of Vicki Bennett’s film-collage-as-visual-score Notations, to be soundtracked by a unique combination of leading improvising artists at each event.

Notations has been created by Vicki from hundreds of different film clips, where the content conceptually or literally portrays different kinds of ‘gestures’ or ‘instructions’ to be read by the improvising artists on stage as a visual score.

To soundtrack Notations, an impressive international cast of improvisers has been recruited and, as each show features a different combination of artists, every performance will be completely unique. The artists involved are Bill Orcutt, Rhodri Davies, M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Philip Jeck, Jaap Blonk, Steve Noble, Wobbly, Mark Sanders, Tomomi Adachi, Yoni Silver and Jennifer Walshe.


Contemporary Composers : Notations

30 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11am 
Captain Blood’s Revenge
Glyndebourne
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1273 815000
http://glyndebourne.com
info@glyndebourne.com

Salty Sue Emma Carrington

Raggy Sam Hal Cazalet

Captain Blood Richard Wiegold

Billy Bone Peter Brathwaite

Piano Berrak Dyer

Violin Helena Nicholls

Double bass Roger McCann

Accordion Karen Street

Bold, boisterous and bags of fun, Captain Blood’s Revenge combines adventure, mystery and a bit of spookiness in a tale of buccaneering high jinks that we can all join in.

As if Salty Sue doesn’t have enough to cope with as landlady of The Blasted Bilge Rat, a rowdy harbourside inn, her daughter Pegatty is a real piratical handful and Pegatty’s father, the fearsome former pirate Billy Bone, has vanished on a dangerous quest. No wonder Sue would rather swap the high seas for the high Cs in her secret ambition to be a singer. The rollicking regulars at Sue’s inn include a band of mariner musicians, an evil-looking sailor with a knife in his back – and us, the audience.

Music by Lynne Plowman

Libretto by Martin Riley

Performances for Schools
As part of our Performances for Schools programme this autumn, Captain Blood's Revenge will be touring across the country to give a special dedicated performance to pupils in years 3 & 4. Beginning at Glyndebourne on 28 & 29th November, the production will move on to the Norwich Playhouse, the Marlowe Studio in Canterbury, The Stables in Milton Keynes and The New Cygnet Theatre in Exeter.



Lynne Plowman : Captain Blood’s Revenge

30 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 7pm 
CBSO Bach to the Future
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £18.50 - £42 plus transaction fee
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Pekka Kuusisto director / violin

Vibrant, colourful, and buzzing with energy: the American minimalist music of John Adams and Steve Reich has swept through contemporary culture like a blast of pure oxygen.

But there’s nothing minimalist about its emotional power, and in this life-affirming programme directed by the inspirational Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, it’s the perfect complement to two of Bach’s most tuneful masterpieces. Three masters speak to each other across three centuries: this is music to refresh heart and soul in equal measure.

5.45pm Free pre-concert talk. Violinist and conductor Pekka Kuusisto introduces tonight’s novel programme – in conversation with the CBSO’s Simon Webb.


Steve Reich : Triple Quartet
J.S Bach : Violin Concerto in E major
Steve Reich : Violin Phase
J.S. Bach : Brandenburg Concerto No 3
John Adams : Shaker Loops

1 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 7.30pm 
LSO on Film: Celebrating the music of Patrick Doyle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10-£37
Frank Strobel conductor
Janis Kelly soprano
Appearances by Derek Jacobi and Emma Thompson
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

A 60th birthday celebration of film composer Patrick Doyle, featuring a selection of his film scores, including Hamlet, Henry V, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Eragon, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the world premiere of his score for Jack Ryan.

Iconic movie soundtracks performed in celebration of Patrick Doyle’s 60th year as one of the UK’s most successful film composers – live, up close and more exhilarating than ever before.


Patrick Doyle : Various

1 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 01, 2013 at 11.15pm 
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Radio 3

United Kingdom

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christoph Koenig

This broadcast can be heard for the seven days following on the BBC website.

Edward McGuire : The Spirit of Wallace (Symphonic Poem)

2 Dec 
 
3 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 8pm 
Benslow Music WinterFest Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The London Klezmer Quartet - www.londonklezmerquartet.com

Box Office: 01462 459446


3 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Heath Quartet plays Tippett
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15-£30
Mark Padmore
tenor
James Baillieu
piano

A visionary artist who probed deep into the human psyche, Michael Tippett sought to unite apparently conflicting styles and celebrate the vast energy of cultural diversity in his music.
Wigmore Hall’s Tippett Series marks the fifteenth anniversary of the composer’s death with a retrospective survey of works central to his creative development, opening with the Beethoven-inspired first string quartet and exploring the cantata Boyhood’s End, first performed at Morley College in 1943 by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten.


Michael Tippett : String Quartet No. 1
Michael Tippett : The Heart’s Assurance
Michael Tippett : Boyhood’s End
Michael Tippett : String Quartet No. 3

4 Dec



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 2pm 
Afternoon on 3: The Great American Songbook
The Mermaid
Puddle Dock Blackfriars, London EC4V 3DB
United Kingdom

Kitty Whately soprano
BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth conductor

Join the BBC Concert Orchestra, their Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth and BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist Kitty Whately as they celebrate the Great American Songbook.

Hear avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor George Antheil's ‘American' Symphony alongside Aaron Copland's popular suite from his music to Appalachian Spring and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's orchestral version of the Lilliburlero Variations.

Kitty Whately joins the orchestra to perform favourites from the Great American Songbook including songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern from Carousel, The King and I, Kiss Me Kate and Show Boat.


Georges Antheil : Symphony No.3 'American'
Aaron Copland : Appalachian Spring: Suite
Richard Rodney Bennett : Lilliburlero Variations

5 Dec



United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Rolf Hind, piano
Barbican, Milton Concert Hall
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
United Kingdom
tickets@barbican.org.uk

Tickets: £15
Rolf Hind, piano

The Guildhall School's series of exclusive performances by senior professors and their colleagues gives public, staff and students the opportunity to see some of the country's finest musicians perform in the stunning new Milton Court Concert Hall.

Per Nørgård : Turn
Rolf Hind : A single hair, a jasmine petal, seven mattresses, a pea
John Adams : Phrygian Gates
Mark Simpson : Barkham Fantasy
Helmut Lachenmann : Serynade

6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 8pm 
Haas: in vain
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £10/£20
Emilio Pomàrico conductor
London Sinfonietta

“How to describe it? An astonishing work of art that has become a cult wherever it is played. One of the first great masterpieces of the C21st.”
Sir Simon Rattle

Premiered in 2000 and now receiving its much-awaited premiere in London, Haas’ in vain is an extraordinary work of contradictions and juxtapositions, exploring a heightened sensory world where darkness and light collide. Written in protest to the rise of the far-right Freedom Party in the 1999 Austrian elections, in vain hints at a frightening world where dark, unnatural forces are at work. As familiar harmonies meet microtonal systems, Haas evokes an otherworldly realm that oscillates between the past and the present, between clarity and dystopia. Performed partly in complete darkness, in vain transforms the concert hall into a mysterious new landscape, where you must trust your ears and relinquish your sight.


Georg Friedrich Haas : in vain

6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Juanjo Mena and Colin Currie
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester M1 5HA
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000
http://bridgewater-hall.co.uk
box@bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tickets: £35 - £10
Juanjo Mena Conductor
Colin Currie Percussion

It's all about rhythm. Musical revolutions in Manchester have always started on the dancefloor, and whether it's the punchy latin rhythms of Turina's flamboyant ballet, or the young Thomas Adès These Premises Are Alarmed commissioned for the opening of The Bridgewater Hall, Juanjo Mena knows exactly how to get a party started.

John Adams blasts musical theory right out of the classroom in the outrageous Slonimsky's Earbox, percussion virtuoso Colin Currie performs a concerto by our very own HK "Nali" Gruber, and the BBC Philharmonic adventure through the bareback thrills of Ginastera's exuberant cowboy ballet. Hold tight: the future has never sounded so much fun.


Joaquín Turina : Ritmos
HK Gruber : Rough Music
Thomas Ades : These premises are alarmed
John Adams : Slonimsky's Earbox
Alberto Ginastera : Estancia

6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 8pm 
Benslow Music WinterFest Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Bingham String Quartet
www.stevebingham.co.uk/bsq.htm

Box Office: 01462 459446


6 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 06, 2013 at 2pm 
Studio Concert: Gershwin & Bernstein
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom
02085761227

Tickets: Free
Joshua Weilerstein conductor
Martin Roscoe piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Joshua Weilerstein conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a feast of all-American works from the twentieth century. The overture for Barber’s first work for orchestra, The School for a Scandal, reflecting Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comic play, opens the concert with a flourish. Premiered in 1933, the work won Barber a Bearns Prize from Columbia University as well as instant national recognition.

Two giants of the American stage also feature here. Pianist Martin Roscoe joins the orchestra for Gershwin’s playful and melodious Piano Concerto, which was published just a year after Rhapsody in Blue, in 1925. The inimitable dances from Bernstein’s 1957 Broadway hit West Side Story complete the programme in style, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Samuel Barber : The School for Scandal – Overture
George Gershwin : Piano Concerto
Leonard Bernstein : West Side Story - Symphonic Dances

7 Dec 
 
8 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 08, 2013 at Starts at midday 
FESTIVAL-IN-A-DAY
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Tickets: £20 day ticket
London Sinfonietta

Falling on the last weekend of Southbank Centre's year-long The Rest Is Noise festival, we bring their story bang up to date with four sets of brand new music from today's most cutting edge composers. Twelve world premieres include major London Sinfonietta commissions from Edmund Finnis and Francisco Coll, alongside UK premieres of works by Rebecca Saunders and Simon Steen-Andersen.

For more information: http://www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk/event/new-music-show


Contemporary Composers : Various

9 Dec



United Kingdom
 Monday, December 09, 2013 at 1pm 
Mark Simpson clarinet; Richard Uttley piano
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £12.50
Mark Simpson
clarinet
Richard Uttley
piano

Mark Simpson, born in Liverpool in 1988, was only seventeen when he became the first person to win both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Proms /Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions.
He was subsequently commissioned to write the opening work for the 2012 Last Night of the Proms and joined BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme as a clarinettist.


Herbert Howells : Clarinet Sonata
Gavin Higgins : Three Broken Love Songs
Johannes Brahms : Clarinet Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1

10 Dec 
 
11 Dec



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8pm 
Benslow Music WinterFest Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446
http://www.benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=13
info@benslowmusic.org

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Tedesca Quartet
www.tedesca.co.uk

Box office: 01462 459446


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