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29 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Prokofiev, Qigang Chen & Rachmaninov
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Meng Meng soprano
Anu Komsi soprano
Piia Komsi soprano
Jia Li pipa
Jing Chang zheng
Nan Wang erhu
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang conductor

Following last night’s Prokofiev piano concerto cycle, tonight’s Prom opens with the Russian’s bright and joyous ‘Classical’ Symphony, which surprised critics of the young firebrand composer with its formal elegance. It’s paired with Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony – beloved for its intimate, lyrical slow movement. Rachmaninov might be the original composer of the ‘big tune’, but it’s an instinct China’s Qigang Chen – a pupil of Messiaen – shares. East and West come together for his evocative Iris dévoilée, pairing traditional Chinese instruments with Western harmonies.


Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No. 1 in D major, 'Classical'
Qigang Chen : Iris dévoilée
Sergei Rachmaninov : Symphony No. 2 in E minor

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31 Jul



United Kingdom
 Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Happenstance: Galvanize Ensemble
Bluecoat Theatre
Liverpool
United Kingdom

Tickets: £4, £5
Joel Bell e.guitar, Kate Halsall harmonium/piano, Paul Fretwell electronics, Phil Maguire sampler, Marjolaine Charbin piano, Jennifer Allum violin, Stephen Hiscock percussion, Donna Lennard Soprano.

Happenstance creates a series of inter and un-connected performances based around the surrealist parlour game (exquisite corpse), using ‘cut up’ techniques. With improvised music by Galvanize ensemble, other music/installation by Tansy Davies, Helen Papaioannou, Robert Szymanek (LSO Soundhub composers’ scheme), Paul Fretwell, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Stockhausen, Ryoko Akama.

Commissions for the project are by Manchester based sound artist Angie Atmadjaja and this performance includes the world premiere of composer Edward Jessen’s MAIDEN NAME.

Supported by Arts Council England


Edward Jessen : MAIDEN NAME

1 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 01, 2015 at 6.30pm 
Schubert, Luke Bedford & Bruckner
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Luba Orgonášová soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Robert Dean Smith tenor
Derek Welton bass-baritone, Proms debut artist
Orfeón Pamplonés
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena conductor

Although composed for the church, it is in the concert hall that the dramatic scale of Bruckner’s mighty Mass in F minor comes into its own. A new commission from Luke Bedford puts the Royal Albert Hall’s great organ in the spotlight, while opening the concert is Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony – a work whose heart-on-sleeve emotions are those of a composer still in his teens.

Franz Schubert : Symphony No. 4 in C minor 'Tragic'
Luke Bedford : Instability
Anton Bruckner : Mass No. 3 in F minor

2 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 3.30pm 
Aurora Orchestra
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Francesco Piemontesi piano
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor

The Aurora Orchestra staged a Proms first last year when it performed Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 from memory. Now the dynamic young ensemble returns to continue this season’s sequence of family-friendly matinees, giving Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony the same direct, communicative treatment. It is paired with Australian composer Brett Dean’s own homage to nature – a work, he explains, inspired by ‘glorious birdsong, the threat that it faces, the loss, and the soulless noise that we’re left with when they’re all gone’. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi joins the orchestra for Mozart’s late ‘Coronation’ Concerto, and the afternoon also features the premiere of a new commission from British composer Anna Meredith – also performed from memory.


Brett Dean : Pastoral Symphony
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
Anna Meredith : Smatter Hauler
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

3 Aug



United Kingdom
 Monday, August 03, 2015 at 7.30pm 
James MacMillan & Mahler
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles conductor

Mahler’s mighty Symphony No. 5 is the climax of this second Prom from Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The work’s intense, contrasting moods – the bitter solemnity of the funeral march, the violence of the second movement and the tenderness of the famous Adagietto – make this one of the great orchestral showpieces. The evening opens with the world premiere of a dramatic new symphony from Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan.

James MacMillan : Symphony No. 4
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

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8 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 08, 2015 at 1950-2040 
The Artist, His Muse, The Singer and Her Lover
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: 7.50
Maria Bovino, soprano
Oliver Curry, piano
Zoe Lister actress
Paul Barker composer/pianist




A Comedy Double-Bill of Synthetic Voice Melodrama

The starting point for Paul Barker's double-bill is how to do opera without a voice. Not just a singing voice, but without any voice at all. My Voice and Me is the autobiography of Oliver Curry, an English tenor who lost his voice as a result of rehearsing I Pagliacci in Naples many decades ago; it left him voiceless, unable to make any sound. He tells the story today with the aid of a synthetic voice (which sounds uncannily like Stephen Hawking) whilst simultaneously playing the piano. Oliver's wife, soprano Maria Bovino, makes an unexpected guest appearance. Of Zoe and the Woman I Sing explores in three acts the relationship between an artist and his muse. Actress Zoë Lister is that muse whom the artist turns into an avatar, the better to control her. The avatar speaks with a unique synthetic voice developed by Toshiba Europe along with Paul Barker, modelled on Zoë, designed to emulate any human emotion. Barker has composed many operas exploring different languages and his most recent, EL Gallo, is an opera for six actors and two string quartets without text. It has been performed across several continents with over 100 performances and has won several awards. His exploration of opera now returns to language but dispenses with singers and expects instrumentalists to act.


Paul Barker : Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing
Paul Barker : My Voice and Me

9 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 09, 2015 at 1550-1640 
The Artist, His Muse, The Singer and Her Lover
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: 7.50
Music & Pianist: Oliver Curry
Soprano: Maria Bovino
Music & Pianist: Oliver Curry
Soprano: Maria Bovino


A Comedy Double-Bill of Synthetic Voice Melodrama

The starting point for Paul Barker's double-bill is how to do opera without a voice. Not just a singing voice, but without any voice at all. My Voice and Me is the autobiography of Oliver Curry, an English tenor who lost his voice as a result of rehearsing I Pagliacci in Naples many decades ago; it left him voiceless, unable to make any sound. He tells the story today with the aid of a synthetic voice (which sounds uncannily like Stephen Hawking) whilst simultaneously playing the piano. Oliver's wife, soprano Maria Bovino, makes an unexpected guest appearance. Of Zoe and the Woman I Sing explores in three acts the relationship between an artist and his muse. Actress Zoë Lister is that muse whom the artist turns into an avatar, the better to control her. The avatar speaks with a unique synthetic voice developed by Toshiba Europe along with Paul Barker, modelled on Zoë, designed to emulate any human emotion. Barker has composed many operas exploring different languages and his most recent, EL Gallo, is an opera for six actors and two string quartets without text. It has been performed across several continents with over 100 performances and has won several awards. His exploration of opera now returns to language but dispenses with singers and expects instrumentalists to act.



Paul Barker : Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing
Paul Barker : My Voice and Me

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United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Michael Finnissy Premiere
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Julian Rachlin violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor

The Proms’ Sibelius symphony cycle continues with the concise, intricately wrought Third and the darker Fourth – once described by conductor Herbert Blomstedt as ‘an essay in trying to be happy which fails – on purpose’. These are paired with the composer’s popular Violin Concerto with Lithuanian soloist Julian Rachlin. Conductor Ilan Volkov is a passionate champion of contemporary music and here premieres a new Sibelius-inspired work by Michael Finnissy – a composer whose music, though fascinatingly complex, finds real connection with politics, society and culture.


Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 3 in C major
Jean Sibelius : Violin Concerto in D minor
Michael Finnissy : Janne
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 4 in A minor

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27 Aug



United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8pm 
Chamber Opera Double Bill
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Ruth Kirsty Hopkins
Desmond Howard Quilla Croft
David Greg Tassell
Richard Williams director ∙ George Vass conductor
Nova Music Ensemble

Nova Music Opera brings together a pair of contemporary chamber operas by Charlotte Bray and Thomas Hyde about misunderstood characters from modern British history. In the sixtieth anniversary year of her controversial execution, the end of Ruth Ellis’ life is examined in Charlotte Bray’s work Entanglement.

Thomas Hyde’s That Man Stephen Ward, premiered to wonderful reviews in 2008, charts the demise of one of the more tragic characters involved in the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s.


Charlotte Bray : Entanglement
Thomas Hyde : That Man Stephen Ward

28 Aug 
 

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