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United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 05, 2015 at 6pm 
James MacMillan's St Luke's Passion
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia
James MacMillan conductor
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Children’s Choir TBC

Britten Sinfonia continues its close relationship with Scottish composer James MacMillan with the London premiere of his St Luke Passion which takes as its starting point the passage in the Gospel of Luke describing the suffering and death of Jesus. James’s musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music. In writing his Passion MacMillan said, “Bach’s music proves that the Passion of Christ has deep beginnings and profound resonance, even for modern man: he opened up a window on the divine love affair with humanity. The greatest calling for an artist, in any age, is to do the same”.

James MacMillan : St Luke's Passion

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11 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7.30pm-9.30pm 
St Mary Magdalene
Munster Square, London NW1 3PH
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (full price) £5 (concessions - over 60's & students)
Felicity Hayward (soprano)
Catherine Herriott (piano)

Premières of settings for soprano and piano of English, French, Spanish and Japanese poetry from the Middle Ages, the 19th & 20th centuries, plus piano solos.

A rare opportunity to hear fresh song settings from five contemporary composers, distilling their responses to poetry spanning different centuries, languages and cultures. The poems range from the love-struck, bittersweet and nostalgic to the haunted, mystic and sometimes humorous. The pieces for piano vary from richly dramatic to picturesque and evocative.

Felicity Hayward brings her consummate artistry as a singer to each of the song settings and is accompanied by an outstanding pianist with an impressive list of performances to her name: Catherine Herriott.

This concert is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and their outstanding work with cancer sufferers and their families:

The venue is the historic church of St Mary Magdalene, graced by the last stained glass window designed by Pugin. It stands a few minutes’ walk from Warren Street and Great Portland Street tube stations.

Bernard Hughes : Maiden in the mor lay
Bernard Hughes : Songs of lost love
Bernard Hughes : Bist du
Cedric Peachey : On moonlit heath
Cedric Peachey : Sonatine
Cedric Peachey : Into my heart an air that kills
Alan Hilton : Reverie
Alan Hilton : Sonnet 14
Alan Hilton : A Christmas Invitation
Alan Hilton : You that love England
Alan Hilton : Chimborazo
R. A. Moulds : Along the Marches of the Sky
R. A. Moulds : Offrande
Tim Ellis : Il pleure dans mon coeur
Tim Ellis : Tres Canciones de Lorca
Tim Ellis : Tsuyu
Tim Ellis : Musica dela Laguna

11 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7.30pm 
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Between Worlds is the highly anticipated operatic debut from composer Tansy Davies, who collaborates with director Deborah Warner and librettist Nick Drake on this world premiere.

In this sensitive, spiritual and ultimately uplifting journey inspired by the events of 9/11, a disparate group of individuals is trapped high up in one of the Twin Towers, caught between earth and heaven, life and death.

Described as possessing a ‘rare power to remind listeners of their own inner freedom’ (The Guardian), Davies’ distinctive sound world combines unrestrained exuberance with emotional depth. Deborah Warner directs the composer’s first opera, following critically acclaimed productions of Death in Venice, and Eugene Onegin and her recent Barbican staging of The Testament of Mary. Contemporary music specialist Gerry Cornelius conducts.

11 Apr 15 - 25 Apr 15

Tansy Davies : Between Worlds

12 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Janácek, Mozart, Robert Matthew-Walker and Respighi
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Lisa Ueda violin; Daniele Rinaldo piano

The Lisa Ueda/Daniele Rinaldo violin and piano duo joins two prize-winning soloists in a highly successful collaboration.

Formed in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Music, the duo has already received many coveted awards; and for its Wigmore Hall debut will perform works by Mozart and Robert Matthew-Walker alongside two late Romantic masterpieces, the sonatas by Janácek and Respighi.

Leos Janacek : Violin Sonata
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat major K378
Robert Matthew-Walker : Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano
Ottorino Respighi : Violin Sonata in B minor

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United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Camille Claudel: Into the Fire / Brentano Quartet
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

The climax of Joyce DiDonato’s Artist Spotlight: a new song cycle written specially for her by Jake Heggie, with the composer at the piano.

As the centrepiece of her Artist Spotlight, Joyce DiDonato has herself curated this programme, which pairs the belle-époque subtleties of Hahn and Debussy with a new song-cycle by Jake Heggie. “Joyce is its perfect champion” says Heggie – who accompanies DiDonato in this deeply personal evening of song.

The artist Camille Claudel was many things – lover, muse, friend of Debussy, Proust and Hahn, and creator of sculptures that, in the words of Jake Heggie, “dance and sing to us through time”. Inspired by the passionate life of this misunderstood figure, Heggie - the pre-eminent living composer of American art-song - created Camille Claudel: Into the Fire specially for his friend Joyce DiDonato. With Heggie joining the Brentano String Quartet at the piano, this will be its European premiere – a fitting climax to DiDonato’s Artist Spotlight, and an intimate portrait of a very special creative relationship.

Joyce DiDonato mezzo soprano
Jake Heggie piano
Brentano String Quartet

Claude Debussy : String Quartet
Renaldo Hahn : Venezia
Jake Heggie : Camille Claudel: Into the Fire

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United Kingdom
 Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7pm 
LSO Soundhub
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Daniel Cohen conductor *
Aaron Holloway-Nahum conductor ^

LSO Soundhub provides a flexible space where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment. This concert is a chance to meet six of the composers in their second year of Soundhub membership who have spent the year pushing their work in unexpected directions with a series of new chamber pieces written for the musicians of the LSO to perform.

Featured composers: Maxim Boon*, Laurence Osborn*, Helen Papaioannou*, Robert Szymanek*, Laurie Tompkins and Aaron Holloway-Nahum^.

17 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Barbican International Associate Residency
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert conductor
Joyce DiDonato mezzo soprano

Joyce DiDonato, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform sensuous, colourful scores by Strauss, Ravel and Esa-Peka Salonen.

The New York Philharmonic has a sound like few other orchestras. To open its Barbican residency, Alan Gilbert conducts a ravishing programme: from the sonic chiaroscuro of Esa-Pekka Salonen to the silken richness of Ravel and Strauss, by way of another exquisite showcase for Joyce DiDonato.

With a tradition that stretches back through Bernstein, Barbirolli and Mahler, the New York sound has been shaped over 170 years. Music director Alan Gilbert understands that tradition innately, and tonight’s programme plays directly to his orchestra’s strengths. The iridescent hues of Ravel’s Valses Nobles et Sentimentales form a discreet contrast to Strauss’s sensuous Rosenkavalier suite; both demand brilliant virtuosity and effortless style. Joyce DiDonato’s performance of Ravel’s Shéhérazade is a gorgeous coda to her Artist Spotlight season, and Gilbert opens with a UK premiere: a shimmering 21st century nocturne for orchestra by a living master of tone-colour.

Esa-Pekka Salonen : Nyx
Maurice Ravel : Shéhérazade
Maurice Ravel : Valses nobles et sentimentales
Richard Strauss : Rosenkavalier Suite

17 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7.30pm 
HK Gruber Presents…
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

BBC Philharmonic
HK Gruber Conductor
Matthew Barley Cello

In Weimar Berlin, the workers plot a musical revolution. A cello flies as high as Icarus – then crashes in flames. And an Austrian composer clambers up a tree, and listens to its songs. Whether it is the poetry of Kurt Schwertsik, Kurt Weill’s reports from Berlin, or his very own cello concerto, no-one makes new music sing, dance, and laugh quite like our Composer / Conductor HK ‘Nali’ Gruber. Add a brand-new symphony by national treasure David Matthews, and this concert might change the way you think about music of our time.

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United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7.45pm 
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom

Pierre-André Valade conductor
Claire Booth soprano
Netia Jones director and video artist
London Sinfonietta

Written more than two and a half thousand years ago, the beauty of Sappho’s lyric love poetry continues to cast a spell over composers. With Atthis, a setting of Sappho’s fragments, Haas said he wanted to write ‘a modern Winterreise with a happy ending’. Although the texts evoke the same expressive spirit of Schubert’s masterpiece, Haas’ rich use of overtones – seamlessly blended here with lighting and video created by Netia Jones – will lure you into a brilliantly intense 21st century soundworld.

Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 April 2015 at 7.45pm

Georg Friedrich Haas : String Quartet No 2
Georg Friedrich Haas : Atthis

24 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein conductor
Jonathan Biss piano

Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven’s majestic ‘Emporer’ piano concerto alongside the UK premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Prospero’s Rooms and Lutosławski 's Concerto for Orchestra.

Expect a feast of dazzling virtuosity from the BBC SO’s players throughout Lutosławski 's ingenious stylisation of Polish folk melodies, led by the fast-rising conductor Joshua Weilerstein. Christopher Rouse draws on Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and Leonid Andreyev’s symbolist play The Black Maskers for the musical narrative of his recent orchestral work.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Piano Concerto No 5
Christopher Rouse : Prospero’s Rooms
Witold Lutoslawski : Concerto for Orchestra

25 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7.30pm 
The Miracle of the Rose
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom


The only Birmingham concert of BCMG’s 2014/15 season with the masterful Oliver Knussen at the helm, sets three American works (Stravinsky was a naturalised U.S. citizen by the time he wrote Septet in 1953) alongside two by German composers – including a world premiere from Arne Gieshoff. Plus a late addition to the programme, Alexander Goehr’s chamber symphony between the Lines following BCMG’s premiere of the piece in Cambridge in November 2014.

The most substantial piece in the programme, Henze’s 40-minute Le Miracle de la Rose, is a musical evocation of a literary work of the same title by the French poet and playwright Jean Genet. The poetic content is transposed entirely into instrumental terms, with the exceptional Timothy Lines as soloist evoking the principal characters: the sixteen-year-old murderer Harcomone who awaits execution (solo clarinet); and the poet himself (bass clarinet). Many of the other thirteen instruments represent figures from the Genet book – the judge expresses himself through the trumpet, the priest is represented by the horn, the trombone stands for the lawyer, while the heckelphone stands for the executioner.

Of the American modernist composers to emerge in the second half of the 20th century, George Perle proved to be one of the most delectable craftsmen. Born in 1915, his first encounter with the music of Schoenberg in the late 1930s made a profound impression, ultimately leading him to develop his own rich and complex musical language. His late works Critical Moments (1996) and Critical Moments 2 (2001) are collections of pithy movements (six and nine respectively) in which flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion exchange piquant thematic fragments.

Igor Stravinsky : Septet
George Perle : Critical Moments
Alexander Goehr : between the Lines
Arne Gieshoff : katá
George Perle : Critical Moments 2
Hans Werne Henze : Le Miracle de la Rose

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