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19 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Docklands Sinfonia - A celbration of British Music
Civic Theatre
Fairfiled Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM11LD
United Kingdom
01245 606505

Tickets: Tickets: £23.00, £19.00, £15.00
Docklands Sinfonia

Programme ..
Coates: London Suite
Wilson: Timpani Concerto (Soloist Scott Wilson)
Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Jeffery Wilson : Timpani Concerto

20 Feb 
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24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 24, 2012 at 19.30 
From the Soundhouse
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free but tickets required.

Kaya Kuwabara, violin
Katherine Tinker, piano
Carla Rees, flute
Mirela Vendrel, piano

The latest concert in the RCM's cutting-edge 'From the Soundhouse' series including pieces by Stockhousen, Saariaho and RCM composers.

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Telemusik
Kaija Saariaho : . . . De La Terre
Erick Flores : L' interiéur bleu
Bret Battey : Pater Noster's Tricyclic Companion
Raquel Garcia-Tomas : Tangible

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1 Mar

United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 7.30pm 
The Death of Klinghoffer
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Following highly successful productions of John Adams’s Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, ENO presents the London stage premiere of the American composer’s controversial ‘docu-opera’ about the killing of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian militants.

Alice Goodman’s eloquently poetic and dispassionately even-handed libretto mixes Biblical and Koranic references with real and imagined accounts of what happened on board. Adams’s intensely expressive score captures the private thoughts and emotions of individuals caught up in the complexities of a political and religious conflict that still defies solution. More of a meditation in the style of a Bach Passion than a conventional operatic drama, the result is an utterly compelling and unique piece of theatre.

Tom Morris, co-director of the National Theatre’s War Horse, makes his opera directing debut, while Baldur Brönnimann, who conducted ENO’s Lost Highway and Le Grand Macabre, applies his contemporary expertise to what many regard as Adams’s finest opera.

NB: Additional performances on 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th March

John Adams : The Death of Klinghoffer

2 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 02, 2012 at 7.30pm 
BCMG Chamber Players
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom

Tickets: In advance: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 conc
Flute: Marie-Christine Zupancic
Clarinet: Timothy Lines
Piano: Malcolm Wilson
Violin: Alexandra Wood
Cello: Ulrich Heinen

Despite its chamber scale – this programme contains an embarrassment of riches, a lucky dip of superbly crafted chamber pieces from the last 30 years, full of contrast, some tiny, some substantial, performed by a crack quintet of BCMG soloists.

Some of these works are memorials or tributes; many of them use forms or techniques from music of the past – fugues, chaconnes, canons, inventions; some come from a fascination with past composers. Knussen’s Upon One Note distorts the rhythms and pitches of Purcell’s five part fantasia; Barry’s two minute Aeneas and Dido revisits Purcell’s opera as the composer “felt that Aeneas needed to be given his due”; Machaut can be found lurking behind Birtwistle’s Double Hocket; whilst Philip Cashian’s blistering Caprichos explores the dark, nightmarish world depicted in Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos etchings.

The performance of Aldo Clementi’s Berceuse is a tribute in itself – to the last of the great Italian 20th century modernists, who died almost a year ago to the day – 3 March 2011.

The Adès studies condense and refashion music from his acclaimed opera The Tempest into a single movement for four instruments. The result is a kaleidoscopic succession of musical portraits –each depicting a shipwrecked character on Prospero’s island – Antonio, Ferdinand, Alonso and Gonzalo.

Oliver Knussen : Upon one note
Gerald Barry : Aeneas and Dido
Colin Matthews : Elegiac Chaconne
Aldo Clementi : Berceuse
Tansy Davies : Undertow
Philip Cashian : Caprichos
Harrison Birtwistle : Double Hocket
Peter Maxwell Davies : Unbroken Circle
John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep
John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep
Franco Donatoni : Het
Thomas Ades : Court Studies from the Tempest

3 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 1.40pm prompt 
ENO presents John Cage’s Musicircus
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Celebrating John Cage’s centennial year, and his innovation and philosophy, ENO is the first opera company to create, produce and present the composer’s ‘omnium gatherum’ piece. This exciting free event will take place as part of Music Nation, an official countdown event to the London Festival 2012.

In a promenade experience of spectacular and extraordinary performances throughout the London Coliseum, ENO's Musicircus will feature artists including Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and composer Michael Finnissy alongside ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, the ENO Community Choir, ENO Opera Works singers, and an intriguing collective of professional and amateur talents.

ENO's Musicircus is curated by award winning Proms-commissioned composer Stephen Montague. Montague worked with Cage in Europe for fifteen years, touring with him and premiering several of Cage's works. Visual artist Alex Julyan is Montague's long-term collaborator whose prior projects have included work with Punchdrunk and The Wellcome Trust.

John Cage : Musicircus

3 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 12:00 - 17:00 
Ping! Music vs. Table Tennis
Warwick Arts Centre
Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
024 7652 4524

Tickets: FREE
Coull Quartet
Damien Harron
Ensemble Lös Caballeros

Warwick Arts Centre and the Coull Quartet present Ping! Music vs Table Tennis, part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 programme, celebrating the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Music Nation weekend.

Joe Cutler : Ping!
Ivan Babinchak Renqvist : Sport Music: Pétanque
Damien Harron : Basketball Percussion

3 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 7.30pm 
BBC Philharmonic
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £10.00 - £33.50
BBC Philharmonic

Yutaka Sado conductor
Nobuyuki Tsujii piano

Life, liberty and big, big tunes! Maybe it’s the raw energy, maybe it’s those swinging rhythms, maybe it’s the sense of ordinary folk doing extraordinary things, but there’s just something about American music and whether we’re hearing the plain-speaking pioneers of Aaron Copland’s Appalachia, or the high-kicking hustlers of Leonard Bernstein’s New York, it’s unmistakable.

Tis The Gift To Be Simple, Somewhere, Mambo!…you already know how they go. So join the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Yutaka Sado, and come share the American dream. As for Chopin’s dreamy First Piano Concerto, if you heard Nobuyuki Tsujii’s remarkable performances with us last season, you’ll already have experienced the almost magical way he communicates with an audience. Expect eloquence, expect fireworks, and expect some truly extraordinary chemistry as he tackles the most romantic concerto by the supreme keyboard poet.

A Journey Through Music event.

Aaron Copland : Appalachian Spring - Suite
Frederyk Chopin : Piano Concerto No. 1
Leonard Bernstein : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Leonard Bernstein : West Side Story - Symphonic Dances

4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Wiltshire Music Centre, in association with Orchestras Live
Wiltshire Music Centre
Bradford upon Avon
United Kingdom

Tickets: £18 full price / £17 conc / £16 savers / £9 under 18s
BCMG in Wiltshire

Flute: Marie-Christine Zupancic
Clarinet: Timothy Lines
Piano: Malcolm Wilson
Violin/viola: Alexandra Wood
Violin: Peter Campbell-Kelly
Cello: Ulrich Heinen

Oliver Knussen : Upon one note
Gerald Barry : Aeneas and Dido
Aldo Clementi : Berceuse
Luciano Berio : Duetti
Tansy Davies : Undertow
Philip Cashian : Caprichos
Peter Maxwell Davies : Unbroken Circle
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Tierkreis
John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep
Thomas Ades : Court Studies from the Tempest

4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 3.00pm - 4.00 pm 
Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble at Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls
23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ
United Kingdom
020 8463 0100

Tickets: £6, £4 concessions
Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble (Panayotis Archontides & Natalie Tsaldarakis, pianists)

Pianists Natalie Tsaldarakis and Panayotis Archontides, who form the husband-and-wife piano team Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble, will present a recital for piano four-hands at Blackheath Halls, London on Sunday 4 March, 2012.

The pianists boast many distinctions, including Panayotis’ Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2007, and Natalie’s election to membership of the American National Music Honour Society in 1994. The ensemble has performed hundreds of acclaimed concerts in the UK and abroad in such venues as Sibelius Academy, Athenaeum Concert Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, Reform Club, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building (Oxford) etc. The duo has also been featured on Greek radio and TV, as well as on London’s Resonance FM (Sound Out with Carole Finer).

Franz Schubert : Characteristic March op.121 no.1
Franz Schubert : Fantasy in F minor
Claude Debussy : Petite Suite
Alex North : Spartacus
John Williams : Monsignor
Miklos Rozsa : Lydia Suite

5 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 05, 2012 at 7:45pm 
New Town Concerts Society
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble, amongst our most frequent and welcome visitors over the years, return with a varied programme that highlights the versatility and range of this extraordinary ensemble’s repertoire – from the Horn Quintet, written for the Ensemble by our foremost composer James MacMillan, by way of Brahms at his most romantic to a pinnacle of Dvoøák’s chamber music, his glorious Piano Quintet.

James MacMillan : Horn Quintet
Johannes Brahms : Horn Trio in E flat, Op.40
Antonin Dvorak : Piano Quintet in A, Op.81

5 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 05, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

The London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta gives the world premiere of Radio Rewrite, a new work from master of minimalism Steve Reich.

Steve Reich : Clapping Music
Steve Reich : Electric Counterpoint
Steve Reich : 2x5
Steve Reich : Radio Rewrite
Steve Reich : Double Sextet

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9 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 09, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Premiere of 'Music in the Marble'
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 / Students £5
Symphonic work in 7 short movements: reactions to 7 sculptures.
City of London Sinfonia
Conducted by Oliver Gilmour / 020 7591 4314
(NB £1.95 booking fee per transaction for online and telephone bookings)

9 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 09, 2012 at 19.30-21.15 
Premiere of Music in the Marble
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 full, £5 students
City of London Sinfonia
Oliver Gilmour (conductor)

Seven short movements inspired by seven sculptures

Tom Smail : Music in the Marble
Felix Mendelssohn : Hebrides Overture
Joseph Haydn : Military Symphony

10 Mar 
11 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm 
Ivernia Orchestra & Michael McGoldrick Beyond the Shamrock: Music from Ireland
Manchester Cathedral
M3 1SX
United Kingdom
0161 833 2220

Tickets: £10/£7 (concs)
Ivernia Orchestra
Flute: Michael McGoldrick
Conductor: Sinead Hayes

The Ivernia Orchestra is an electrifying group of young Irish and UK musicians based in Manchester and from further afield, who have come together to perform works by Irish composers as part of Manchester’s Irish Festival 2012. All works have been composed within the past 30 years.

Elaine Agnew : Strings A-stray
John Kinsella : Symphony No. 9
Ailis Ni Riain : Streetsong
Micheal O Suilleabhain : Oilean/Island

12 Mar

United Kingdom
 Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Judith Weir: Miss Fortune
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Various
Paul Daniel

Tina (Miss Fortune)
Emma Bell

Lord Fortune
Alan Ewing

Lady Fortune
Kathryn Harries

Andrew Watts

Noah Stewart

Anne-Marie Owens

Jacques Imbrailo

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

The UK premiere of a new opera takes a roller-coaster ride through life in the company of fate. Leading British opera composer Judith Weir transposes the Sicilian folktale Misfortune to today as the daughter of a rich family turns her back on wealth to make her own way in the world – too often with unfortunate results. Not many operas combine great music with breakdancing and a burning kebab van, but Miss Fortune does all this and more under the direction of Chen Shi-Zheng (his spectacular staging of Monkey: Journey to the West was presented at the Royal Opera House in 2008). This new, approachable and engaging opera had its premiere at the Bregenz Festival in summer 2011 and now comes to the Royal Opera stage with the same acclaimed cast – Emma Bell sings the title role and former Jette Parker Young Artist singer Jacques Imbrailo plays her eventual love Simon. Paul Daniel conducts this effective and atmospheric score in a visually beautiful and inventive production whose story is funny, touching, moral and contemporary. Miss Fortune continues the series of high-profile new works of recent years that have included Anna Nicole, The Tempest and The Minotaur. With the added impact of the world-class Royal Opera Chorus Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune is a highlight of this Royal Opera Season.

Judith Weir : Miss Fortune

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1.10 pm 
A Manchester Mid-day Concert
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £9.00
Richard Uttley, piano

Richard Uttley began piano lessons at the age of nine. He studied with Ian Buckle at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music before reading music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first in Music in 2008. His dance-inspired programme contrasts the precision of Bach with the clarity and the deft colours of Debussy. Richard completed his Master’s of Performance (with Distinction) in September 2010 at the Guildhall School of Music in Drama in London, where he studied with Martin Roscoe.

J.S Bach : Partita No.1 in B flat BWV 825
Frederyk Chopin : Five Mazurkas, Op.7
Claude Debussy : Images from Book 1
Thomas Ades : Three Mazurkas, Op.27
Frederyk Chopin : Polonaise in A flat, Op.53 ‘Heroic’

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Nash Inventions
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12 £14 £18 £22
Nash Ensemble
Wigmore Hall Chamber Ensemble in Residence

Claire Booth

Lionel Friend

The Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall’s renowned chamber ensemble in residence, presents its annual selection of Nash Inventions, consisting of music by a roll-call of Britain’s leading composers.

There are revivals of recent works written specially for the Ensemble and two works by senior figures of the highest international standing.

Mark-Anthony Turnage : Returning, for string sextet
Colin Matthews : The Island, for soprano and seven instruments
Alexander Goehr : Clarinet Quintet
Peter Maxwell Davies : Clarinet Quintet
Harrison Birtwistle : Fantasia on all the notes, for flute, clarinet, string quartet and harp
Jonathan Harvey : Song Offerings, for soprano and eight instruments

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16 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett, Britten Sinfonia & guests
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £9 - 35
Britten Sinfonia
André de Ridder conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin/director
Oliver Coates cello

Missy Mazzoli : Violent, Violent Sea
Owen Pallett : Violin Concerto
Nico Muhly : Cello Concerto

17 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at  
Total Immersion: Brett Dean
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £31 / 28 / 25 / 22 / 18/ free

Brett Dean in conversation plus a performance by the composer of his Intimate Decisions for solo viola.
Various concerts during the day. Please visit:

There are a range of Total Immersion day passes available, which include admission to all events on Thursday 17 March and reflect the prices for tickets in the Barbican Hall. Total Immersion Day passes are not available to book online, but can be booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or in person.

Brett Dean : Various Concerts

17 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven and Beamish
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

Tickets: £9.50 - £28 (concessions available).

Joseph Swensen returns to the SCO with one of the works that blew Scottish audiences away when he first performed it with the Orchestra over a decade ago. Since then he has spent time with the latest critical edition of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and this new performance promises fresh insights but undiminished power. The programme is rich in possibilities, not least Sally Beamish’s hotly anticipated new concerto for the brilliant Colin Currie.

Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks
Sally Beamish : Percussion Concerto Dance
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No.7

17 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Circus Tricks
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Crisp Road Hammersmith London W6 9RL
United Kingdom
020 8237 1111

Tickets: £18
Alice (Trapeze Artist): Yvette Bonner
Xiu (Mongolian Contortionist): Lilly Papaioannou
Tanya (Knife Thrower’s Assistant): Alison Crookendale
Jack (Knife Thrower): Daniel Broad
Barney (Trick Pony): Christopher Diffey
Tom (Acrobat): Daniel Keating-Roberts
Jemmy (Acrobat, brother of Tom): Simon Wilding

Sarah O’Flynn Flute/Piccolo
Stuart King (16 March Massimo di Trolio) Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Heidi Bennett Trumpet
Clare O’Connell (20 March Chris Allan) Cello
Steve Gibson Percussion
Elena Hull Bass

Music Director: Gerry Cornelius

Circus Tricks by Michael Henry & Adey Grummet is set in the spellbinding, fleeting world of the circus, where laughter is tragic, tears are hilarious and wonder both wrenches the heart and makes it soar!

The knife thrower’s assistant cannot stand the pain of her secret love for the knife thrower, an acrobat fights the world through the bottle, his brother struggles to catch him one more time, the trapeze artist is entranced by the pursuit of a single moment of weightlessness, the horse dreams of running in straight lines and the contortionist is just plain lonely.

And then there’s the elephant…

18 Mar 

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