The African Concert Series | Decus Ensemble
Aug
27
7:30 pm19:30

The African Concert Series | Decus Ensemble

String Quartets by African Composers

EKELE: A Celebration of African Art Composers by Rebeca Omordia & The Institute of Art & Music (AMI5). Media partners: Fourchiefs Media Productions and Colourful Radio.

In 2019 the award winning Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia launched in partnership with the Institute of Art and Music the first ever African Concert Series at the October Gallery in London, described by the BBC as “the African Art Music makes a comeback”. The programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music that originated in Ghana and Nigeria, which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.’

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Never Better | Gloucester History Festival
Sep
7
7:30 pm19:30

Never Better | Gloucester History Festival

A partnership project between Strike A Light, composer Kate Whitley, Gloucestershire Archives, GUST, and Gloucester History Festival.

This exciting and innovative project will work with research teams,  unearthing stories from the archives that reveal personal and professional tales of mental health through the ages. Alongside this research we will be  gathering contemporary mental health narratives from local communities across the City.

This material will be combined and used to create a delicate and moving piece of performance theatre in September 2019 where a cast of professional and community actors will bring these stories to life.

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Never Better | Gloucester History Festival
Sep
8
7:30 pm19:30

Never Better | Gloucester History Festival

A partnership project between Strike A Light, composer Kate Whitley, Gloucestershire Archives, GUST, and Gloucester History Festival.

This exciting and innovative project will work with research teams,  unearthing stories from the archives that reveal personal and professional tales of mental health through the ages. Alongside this research we will be  gathering contemporary mental health narratives from local communities across the City.

This material will be combined and used to create a delicate and moving piece of performance theatre in September 2019 where a cast of professional and community actors will bring these stories to life.

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Chineke! Chamber Ensemble | Africa Utopia Festival 2019
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble | Africa Utopia Festival 2019

Chineke! Ensemble performs Spohr’s charming Nonet dating from the late Classical period, Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor, abounding in bohemian melodies and rhythms, and Ligeti’s ebullient and virtuoso collection of Six Bagatelles for wind quintet.

Bringing the music right up to date, Errollyn Wallen’s NNENNA was commissioned for the Cambridge Festival in 2018. Written in memory of Mgbafor Nnenna Inyama (1963 – 1986), NNENNA is scored for seven players. It ends with an arrangement of the highlife song Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga, sometimes referred to as ‘Africa’s National Anthem’.

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Bach, Alberga & Schubert | Arcadia Music Festival
Oct
3
7:30 pm19:30

Bach, Alberga & Schubert | Arcadia Music Festival

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Arcadia Music Festival 2019

Artistic Directors: Eleanor Alberga and Thomas Bowes
Composer: Eleanor Alberga

This year's "Fête Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of Arcadia and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. The 4-concert Festival includes several of Eleanor's compositions and highlights major works performed at Arcadia over the past 9 years.

Listen to chamber works by Alberga, Bach, Bartok, Messiaen, Purcell, Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians.

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Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Alberga & Schubert | Arcadia Music Festival
Oct
4
7:30 pm19:30

Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Alberga & Schubert | Arcadia Music Festival

Arcadia Music Festival 2019

Artistic Directors: Eleanor Alberga and Thomas Bowes
Composer: Eleanor Alberga

This year's "Fête Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of Arcadia and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. The 4-concert Festival includes several of Eleanor's compositions and highlights major works performed at Arcadia over the past 9 years.

Listen to chamber works by Alberga, Bach, Bartok, Messiaen, Purcell, Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians.

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Schubert, Alberga & Shostakovich | Arcadia Music Festival
Oct
6
4:00 pm16:00

Schubert, Alberga & Shostakovich | Arcadia Music Festival

Arcadia Music Festival 2019

Artistic Directors: Eleanor Alberga and Thomas Bowes
Composer: Eleanor Alberga

This year's "Fête Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of Arcadia and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. The 4-concert Festival includes several of Eleanor's compositions and highlights major works performed at Arcadia over the past 9 years.

Listen to chamber works by Alberga, Bach, Bartok, Messiaen, Purcell, Schoenberg, Schubert, and Shostakovich performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians.

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Chineke! Orchestra | Queen Elizabeth Hall (European Tour)
Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra | Queen Elizabeth Hall (European Tour)

European Tour 2019 | London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7th November), Brugge (Concertgebouw Brugge, 8th November), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 14th November), Köln (Kölner Philharmonie, 15th November), Antwerp (Blauwe Zaal De Singel, 16 November), and Aachen (Eurogress Aachen, 18th November).

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! Orchestra and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

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Chineke! Orchestra | Concertgebouw Brugge (European Tour)
Nov
8
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Concertgebouw Brugge (European Tour)

European Tour 2019 | London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7th November), Brugge (Concertgebouw Brugge, 8th November), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 14th November), Köln (Kölner Philharmonie, 15th November), Antwerp (Blauwe Zaal De Singel, 16 November), and Aachen (Eurogress Aachen, 18th November).

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! Orchestra and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

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Chineke! Orchestra | Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam (European Tour)
Nov
14
8:15 pm20:15

Chineke! Orchestra | Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam (European Tour)

European Tour 2019 | London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7th November), Brugge (Concertgebouw Brugge, 8th November), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 14th November), Köln (Kölner Philharmonie, 15th November), Antwerp (Blauwe Zaal De Singel, 16 November), and Aachen (Eurogress Aachen, 18th November).

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! Orchestra and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

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Chineke! Orchestra | Kölner Philharmonie (European Tour)
Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Kölner Philharmonie (European Tour)

European Tour 2019 | London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7th November), Brugge (Concertgebouw Brugge, 8th November), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 14th November), Köln (Kölner Philharmonie, 15th November), Antwerp (Blauwe Zaal De Singel, 16 November), and Aachen (Eurogress Aachen, 18th November).

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! Orchestra and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

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Chineke! Orchestra | Blauwe Zaal De Singel - Antwerp (European Tour)
Nov
16
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Blauwe Zaal De Singel - Antwerp (European Tour)

European Tour 2019 | London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7th November), Brugge (Concertgebouw Brugge, 8th November), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 14th November), Köln (Kölner Philharmonie, 15th November), Antwerp (Blauwe Zaal De Singel, 16 November), and Aachen (Eurogress Aachen, 18th November).

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! Orchestra and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

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Chineke! Orchestra | Eurogress Aachen Germany (European Tour)
Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Eurogress Aachen Germany (European Tour)

European Tour 2019 | London (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7th November), Brugge (Concertgebouw Brugge, 8th November), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 14th November), Köln (Kölner Philharmonie, 15th November), Antwerp (Blauwe Zaal De Singel, 16 November), and Aachen (Eurogress Aachen, 18th November).

Kevin John Edusei makes a welcome return to conduct Chineke! Orchestra and the violin soloist is Elena Urioste, a BBC Young Generation artist whose playing has been hailed as portraying in equal parts ‘passion, sensuality, brains and humour (Washington Post).

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Chineke! Orchestra | Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara USA
Apr
14
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Granada Theatre - Santa Barbara USA

Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

The Chineke! Orchestra, one of Britain’s most exciting new orchestras, was formed in London in 2015 to champion at the highest level career opportunities for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in Europe. The name Chineke!—coined by founder/double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku—is of Nigerian Igbo origin and roughly translates as “the spirit of creation”. In the words of Sir Simon Rattle, “Chineke! represents the kind of idea which could deepen and enrich classical in the UK for generations. What a thrilling prospect!” Led by Kevin John Edusei, a German conductor of Ghanaian ancestry, and featuring Canadian pianist/composer Stewart Goodyear, this concert will mark the West Coast debut of this intriguing and ambitious young orchestra.

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Chineke! Orchestra | Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles USA
Apr
15
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles USA

Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

Founded in Britain, Chineke! is the first professional European orchestra to be made up primarily of black and minority ethnic musicians. Two of the composers celebrated on this program, Coleridge-Taylor and Goodyear, are also musicians of colour, the latter having been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “phenomenon” and “one of the best pianists of his generation.”

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Chineke! Orchestra | Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco USA
Apr
19
2:00 pm14:00

Chineke! Orchestra | Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco USA

Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

Founded in Britain, Chineke! is the first professional European orchestra to be made up primarily of black and minority ethnic musicians. Two of the composers celebrated on this program, Coleridge-Taylor and Goodyear, are also musicians of colour, the latter having been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “phenomenon” and “one of the best pianists of his generation.”

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Chineke! Orchestra & Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Kennedy Center - Washington DC USA
Apr
21
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra & Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Kennedy Center - Washington DC USA

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Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

Founded in Britain, Chineke! is the first professional European orchestra to be made up primarily of black and minority ethnic musicians. The concert features Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the star cellist at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in 2018.

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Chineke! Orchestra & Sheku Kanneh-Mason |  Ann Arbor USA
Apr
23
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra & Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Ann Arbor USA

Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

Founded in Britain, Chineke! is the first professional European orchestra to be made up primarily of black and minority ethnic musicians. The concert features Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the star cellist at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in 2018.

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Chineke! Orchestra & Sheku Kanneh-Mason |  Mechanics Hall - Worcester USA
Apr
25
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra & Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Mechanics Hall - Worcester USA

Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

Founded in Britain, Chineke! is the first professional European orchestra to be made up primarily of black and minority ethnic musicians. The concert features Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the star cellist at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in 2018.

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Chineke! Orchestra | National Arts Centre - Ottawa Canada
Apr
27
8:00 pm20:00

Chineke! Orchestra | National Arts Centre - Ottawa Canada

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Chineke! Orchestra USA Tour April 2020
Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre - 14 April), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall - 15 April), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall - 19 April), Washington DC (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 21 April), Ann Arbor MI (Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan - 23 April), Worcester MA (Mechanics Hall - 25 April), Ottawa Ontario [Canada] (National Arts Centre, 27 April)

The Chineke! Orchestra, one of Britain’s most exciting new orchestras, was formed in London in 2015 to champion at the highest level career opportunities for young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in Europe. The name Chineke!—coined by founder/double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku—is of Nigerian Igbo origin and roughly translates as “the spirit of creation”. In the words of Sir Simon Rattle, “Chineke! represents the kind of idea which could deepen and enrich classical in the UK for generations. What a thrilling prospect!” Led by Kevin John Edusei, a German conductor of Ghanaian ancestry, and featuring Canadian pianist/composer Stewart Goodyear, this concert will mark the West Coast debut of this intriguing and ambitious young orchestra.

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BBC Proms 2019 | Prom 38: Solomon’s Knot
Aug
14
10:15 pm22:15

BBC Proms 2019 | Prom 38: Solomon’s Knot

BBC Proms 2019 | JS Bach with Solomon’s Knot

Singing with small forces and without a conductor, British musical collective Solomon’s Knot brings a contemporary clarity and freshness to all its performances.

The singers make their Proms debut with an all-Bach Late Night Prom of cantatas composed for the Feast of St Michael – the saint who, appropriately, protects against the evils of darkness and night.

The programme includes the richly scored cantatas Herr Gott, dich loben alle wirand Es erhub sich ein Streit, as well as the dramatic Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg, with its glorious chorale finale.

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Bach and Vivaldi by Candlelight | The Locrian Ensemble
Aug
8
7:30 pm19:30

Bach and Vivaldi by Candlelight | The Locrian Ensemble

The Locrian Ensemble perform works by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Pachelbel by candlelight at one of London’s most iconic churches, St Martin-in-the-Fields. Bringing together some of the most prominent string soloists in London, the Locrian Ensemble, was formed in 1995 and immediately established an enviable reputation for its recordings, broadcasts and live performances. The group frequently records scores for film and TV and have recently topped the classical music charts with their recording of Debbie Wiseman’s score for BBC TV’s critically acclaimed dramatisation of ‘Wolf Hall’. This exciting ensemble, bringing individual members’ flair to bear on the greatest chamber and orchestral pieces, makes the Locrian Ensemble one of the most dynamic groups working in the field of classical music today.

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BBC Proms 2019 | Prom 27: London Contemporary Orchestra
Aug
7
10:15 pm22:15

BBC Proms 2019 | Prom 27: London Contemporary Orchestra

PROM 27: THE SOUND OF SPACE: SCI-FI FILM MUSIC | London Contemporary Orchestra

A Late Night Prom with a futuristic spin brings together some of the best sci-fi film music. Excerpts from cult soundtracks come together with recent works by Hans Zimmer and Mica Levi.

The award winning London Contemporary Orchestra – whose collaborators include Radiohead, Goldfrapp and Steve Reich – perform music from Under the SkinInterstellar and the recent Netflix series The Innocents, among other titles, as well as from Alien: Covenant, whose soundtrack the LCO recorded.

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Music & Words | Errollyn Wallen with Ensemble X
Aug
1
6:30 pm18:30

Music & Words | Errollyn Wallen with Ensemble X

Composer and Tête à Tête favourite Errollyn Wallen performs the Errollyn Wallen Songbook, her continually evolving set of Ivor Novello award-winning songs, alongside her band. This performance is ahead of the world premiere on August 15th of Errollyn Wallen’s BBC Proms commission, a new orchestra and vocal work THIS FRAME IS PART OF THE PAINTING.

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Solomon's Knot | Ryedale Festival 2019
Jul
23
8:00 pm20:00

Solomon's Knot | Ryedale Festival 2019

Bach’s Angels | Solomon’s Knot

How do you evoke angels in music? Even for Bach, as he composed music for the yearly Feast of St Michael and all Angels, it must have been a challenge, but it was one that inspired some of his greatest sacred works. Bach’s angels are mighty creatures, battling Satan in apocalyptic battles, but they are also gentle souls who teach us how to sing.

To open their festival residency, the inspirational group Solomon’s Knot draws together three of Bach’s great Michaelmas cantatas and performs them alongside the famous Magnificat, in which the Virgin Mary responds to the message brought by the angel Gabriel.

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Clint Mansell: Moon (film screening) | London Contemporary Orchestra
Jul
19
7:30 pm19:30

Clint Mansell: Moon (film screening) | London Contemporary Orchestra

The London Contemporary Orchestra perform Clint Mansell’s otherworldly score for Duncan Jones’s Moon, side-by-side with a screening of the film for the first time.

On 20 July 1969, man set foot on the moon for the first time, now the LCO celebrate that day’s 50th anniversary, and ten years since the release of Duncan Jones’s cult sci-fi film Moon. It’s a story of celestial loneliness, with Sam Rockwell playing astronaut Sam Bell, in his third year as the sole caretaker of a space station. The music reflects this distant longing – plaintive piano forms the bedrock of each piece, joined by small steps of hushed strings and giant leaps of glitchy electronics.

Composer Clint Mansell will be in attendance and will open the evening with an introduction. Mansell was lead singer of Pop Will Eat Itself, before collaborating with director Darren Aronofsky on his film Pi. He’s since produced acclaimed scores for films such as Requiem For A DreamThe WrestlerBlack SwanLoving Vincent, and High Rise.

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Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy by Roderick Williams | Chineke! Orchestra
Jul
14
3:00 pm15:00

Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy by Roderick Williams | Chineke! Orchestra

New Music Biennial 2019

Chineke! Orchestra presents a new commission, and a significant new work for their jazz-inspired programme, by Roderick Williams as part of New Music Biennial 2019.

Better known to some as a baritone soloist, Williams’ reputation as a composer is growing steadily. His Advent antiphon ‘O Adonai’ has gained popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and his ‘Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined’ was awarded the BASCA prize for Choral Composition in 2016.

New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Absolutely Cultured, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings

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New Music Biennial 2019 | London Contemporary Orchestra - Hull UK
Jul
14
11:00 am11:00

New Music Biennial 2019 | London Contemporary Orchestra - Hull UK

Known for her experimental approach to the organ, Claire M Singer performs a new work with leading musicians from the London Contemporary Orchestra, commissioned by the orchestra for the New Music Biennial.

Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations.

New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Absolutely Cultured, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings

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David Rodigan & the Outlook Orchestra | Lovebox Festival 2019
Jul
13
3:05 pm15:05

David Rodigan & the Outlook Orchestra | Lovebox Festival 2019

David Rodigan & the Outlook Orchestra | Lovebox Festival 2019

David Rodigan MBE is celebrating over four decades in the industry as broadcaster and DJ as he joins forces with the critically acclaimed 25-piece Outlook Orchestra for a captivating festival performance.

See David narrate stories journeying through years of reggae music, highlighting what David bookmarks as some of the most important rhythms used across reggae, with nods to ska, rock steady, lover’s rock, dancehall and the more contemporary electronic genres of jungle and dubstep.

https://loveboxfestival.com/programme/david-rodigan-the-outlook-orchestra/

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Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy by Roderick Williams | Chineke! Orchestra
Jul
7
7:30 pm19:30

Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy by Roderick Williams | Chineke! Orchestra

New Music Biennial 2019

Chineke! Orchestra presents a new commission, and a significant new work for their jazz-inspired programme, by Roderick Williams as part of New Music Biennial 2019.

Better known to some as a baritone soloist, Williams’ reputation as a composer is growing steadily. His Advent antiphon ‘O Adonai’ has gained popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and his ‘Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined’ was awarded the BASCA prize for Choral Composition in 2016.

New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Absolutely Cultured, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings

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New Music Biennial 2019 | London Contemporary Orchestra
Jul
5
6:30 pm18:30

New Music Biennial 2019 | London Contemporary Orchestra

Known for her experimental approach to the organ, Claire M Singer performs a new work with leading musicians from the London Contemporary Orchestra, commissioned by the orchestra for the New Music Biennial.

Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations.

New Music Biennial is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative presented in partnership with Absolutely Cultured, Southbank Centre, BBC Radio 3 and NMC Recordings

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Chineke! Orchestra | The Bridgewater Hall - Manchester UK
Jun
16
4:00 pm16:00

Chineke! Orchestra | The Bridgewater Hall - Manchester UK

Chineke! is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, who says, ‘My aim is to create a space where black minority and ethnic musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong.’ For this afternoon concert, Wayne Marshall conducts an attractively lyrical work by neglected black composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a lively new work by American pianist Stewart Goodyear and a stalwart symphony, Dvorák’s magnificent Seventh.

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Chineke! Orcherstra | The Anvil - Basingstoke
Jun
14
7:45 pm19:45

Chineke! Orcherstra | The Anvil - Basingstoke

The perennial freshness of Grieg’s music to Peer Gynt never fails to make an impact. Stewart Goodyear’s Callaloo is a tour de force for piano and orchestra which, with its jazz rhythms and colourful orchestration, has an immediate appeal. The concert ends with Dvořàk’s most powerful and dramatic symphony, first conducted in London by the composer himself to scenes of overwhelming enthusiasm. While influenced by the German tradition, it retains Dvořàk’s own winning brand of melody.

Chineke! Orchestra is Europe's first orchestra to feature a majority of black and minority ethnic musicians. It has performed throughout the UK and abroad to great acclaim and continues to fulfil its mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music.

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Chineke! Orchestra | Queen Elizabeth Hall
Jun
13
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra | Queen Elizabeth Hall

American composer/pianist, Stewart Goodyear, performs his own Callaloo, a virtuoso tour de force for piano and orchestra which, with its driving jazz rhythms and colourful orchestration, makes it an immediately appealing work.

Also, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite brings a dash of Norwegian magic to the programme, and the orchestra also performs Dvorak's Symphony No.7. Chineke! Orchestra is Europe's first orchestra to feature a majority of black and minority ethnic musicians, has performed throughout the UK and abroad to great acclaim and continues to fulfil its mission to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music.

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 ComposHER @ EartH | London Contemporary Orchestra
Jun
12
7:30 pm19:30

ComposHER @ EartH | London Contemporary Orchestra

ComposHER @ EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) | London Contemporary Orchestra

ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. 

With composition being one of the most unequal areas of the global music industry, this concert seeks to continue to support and empower the UK women composers’ community, towards further progression and change in 2019.

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Peter Sandberg | Live
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Peter Sandberg | Live

An intimate night of skillfully crafted compositions in one of London’s most remarkable buildings

Swedish composer and multi instrumentalist Peter Sandberg comes to London’s St Matthias Church for an intimate headline show.  

Although known for his work scoring commercials for the likes of  DiscoveryNetflix, and Tesla, Sandberg seeks inspiration for his personal projects from contemporary neo-classical artists including HausckhaJohann JohannssonNils Frahm, Phillip Glass, and more. Operating from his studio in Uppsala, Sandberg’s work is essentially piano based, but casts together guitars, synthesisers and “all kinds of fretted instruments”. This marrying of the classical and the left-field electronica comes together to create magnificent pieces that flutter between the hushed and atmospheric to the dizzyingly vibrant and fast-paced, perfectly reflecting the constantly changing moods of modern life.

At St MatthiasSandberg will take you on a sonic journey through breathtakingly complex compositions. This is not to be missed.

“Beautifully absorbing” – Clash Magazine

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Britten Sinfonia | Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 7 & 8)
May
21
7:30 pm19:30

Britten Sinfonia | Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 7 & 8)

A thrilling Viola Concerto featuring one of today’s foremost violists, Lawrence Power, plus a short but inventive symphony all brought together with a jubilant and joyous close. Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès’ Beethoven partnership, described by The Times as “dazzlingly played… impelled by Thomas Adès’ impassioned conducting” returns with Symphonies No. 7 and No. 8.

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Britten Sinfonia | Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 1 & 2)
May
20
7:30 pm19:30

Britten Sinfonia | Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 1 & 2)

Britten Sinfonia make a welcome return to Brighton Festival with a concert as part of their three-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle with renowned composer and conductor Thomas Adès.

Adès works regularly with orchestras, opera companies and festivals around the world.

Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship and a versatility that is second to none. Together they bring a new and fresh approach to this all Beethoven concert. 

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Sound Unbound 2019 Festival | Barbican Centre
May
19
12:00 pm12:00

Sound Unbound 2019 Festival | Barbican Centre

Heroic Beethoven: Symphony No 3 - Barbican Hall

Stephen Fry introduces Beethoven’s Eroica, performed by Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès.

Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems with a line-up of artists for whom the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place.

Kick back to the music of Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside. Discover the symphony that changed music forever with Stephen Fry. Watch the Academy Award-winning film The Artist with music performed by a live orchestra. And hear the music of Philip Glass reimagined by electronica producer Max Cooper.

From authentic medieval sounds to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces, there are over 100 sessions, installations and more to explore – and you can tap into any of them for free.

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Britten Sinfonia | Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 7 & 8)
May
18
7:30 pm19:30

Britten Sinfonia | Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 7 & 8)

A thrilling Viola Concerto featuring one of today’s foremost violists, Lawrence Power, plus a short but inventive symphony all brought together with a jubilant and joyous close. Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès’ Beethoven partnership, described by The Times as “dazzlingly played… impelled by Thomas Adès’ impassioned conducting” returns with Symphonies No. 7 and No. 8.

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Rambert | PreSentient / NEW Marion Motin / In your rooms
May
14
7:30 pm19:30

Rambert | PreSentient / NEW Marion Motin / In your rooms

Rambert presents the first major UK revivals of two landmark dance works alongside a new creation by Marion Motin, whose hip hop-influenced style is probably best known through her work for Christine and the Queens and her VMA-nominated video for Dua Lipa‘s IDGAF.

In 2002 Wayne McGregor found the perfect match for his signature style of angular movement and lyrical phrasing in the music of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet. The piece he made for Rambert, PreSentient, marked the arrival of a major talent on the world stage. Hofesh Shechter had a similar impact in 2007 with In your rooms, a piece of heart-stopping intensity blending the personal and the political.

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Philip Glass - The Bowie symphonies | London Contemporary Orchestra
May
9
7:30 pm19:30

Philip Glass - The Bowie symphonies | London Contemporary Orchestra

Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12, a tribute to the chameleon genius of pop mastermind David Bowie.

It’s performed alongside his First and Fourth symphonies by trail-blazing new music ensemble the London Contemporary Orchestra, innovative organist James McVinnie and Grammy award winning singer Angelique Kidjo.

Philip Glass’ Symphony No.1 and Symphony No.4 reimagine the first two albums of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, Low and Heroes, as classical works.

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Kreutzer Quartet | Bainbridge, Beethoven & Haydn
May
8
7:30 pm19:30

Kreutzer Quartet | Bainbridge, Beethoven & Haydn

  • Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford (map)
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The renowned Kreutzer Quartet perform Simon Bainbridge’s Second String Quartet framed by two delectable Haydn quartets and one of Simon’s most favourite chamber works, Beethoven’s epic Op.135.

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
Simon Bainbridge - Quartet No. 2
Franz Joseph Haydn - 'The Bird' Op. 33 No. 3
Franz Joseph Haydn - 'Lark' Op. 64 No. 5

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Chineke! Orchestra | Stephen Lawrence Day Concert
Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

Chineke! Orchestra | Stephen Lawrence Day Concert

The orchestra marks the first Stephen Lawrence Day, held on the anniversary of the teenager's murder in 1993, with a concert of works by BME composers.

Chineke! Orchestra performs Errollyn Wallen's upbeat Concerto Grosso for piano, violin and double bass, Philip Herbert's Elegy, written in memory of Lawrence and featuring an orchestra of 18 string players – one for each year of his life, and the sparkling Starburst by the young American composer, Jessie Montgomery. Avril Coleridge-Taylor’s Sussex Landscape receives a rare performance, an expansive reflection on the beauty of that part of southern England where she spent the final years of her life.

Beethoven's joyous Eighth Symphony rounds off the evening.

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Solomon’s Knot | St John Passion (1725 version)
Apr
16
7:00 pm19:00

Solomon’s Knot | St John Passion (1725 version)

Solomon’s Knot makes its debut at Wigmore Hall with a rarely heard version of a familiar favourite. The Johannes-Passion of JS Bach exists in four different variants, not all of which are fully reconstructible, and that with which we are most familiar is a combination of these. For his second performance in 1725, just one year after the first, Bach made significant changes: the framing choral pillars of the work were replaced, and key arias, above all for the tenor, were changed. Fans of the Johannes-Passion unfamiliar with the 1725 version will have the pleasure of seeing (or hearing!) an old friend in a new light. Solomon’s Knot will also perform the motet that was sung after every Passion performance in Leipzig, ‘Ecce quomodo moritur justus’ by Jacob Handl.

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Shaw Goes Wilde | Pegasus Opera Company
Apr
14
2:30 pm14:30

Shaw Goes Wilde | Pegasus Opera Company

Shaw goes Wilde | Two One-Act Operas by Philip Hagemann

Pegasus Opera Company presents the UK Premier of two one-act operas by Philip Hagemann based on Bernard Shaw's 'The Music Cure' & Oscar Wilde's 'The Nightingale and the Rose'.

The Music Cure It is 1913 and Lord Reginald is being investigated by Parliament for inside trading. Needless to say, he is distressed. His beloved mother hires a famous and dynamic female concert pianist to cheer him up. This is a tale of satirical wit, love and desire, enhanced by the brilliance of Hagemann’s music.

The Nightingale and the Rose A student has fallen in love with a young maiden who demands he shows his feelings by giving her a red rose. Unable to find one, a nightingale offers to make a red rose for him. Wilde’s bittersweet tale is adopted by New York based Composer and conductor, Philip Hagemann.

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Shaw Goes Wilde | Pegasus Opera Company
Apr
13
7:30 pm19:30

Shaw Goes Wilde | Pegasus Opera Company

Shaw goes Wilde | Two One-Act Operas by Philip Hagemann

Pegasus Opera Company presents the UK Premier of two one-act operas by Philip Hagemann based on Bernard Shaw's 'The Music Cure' & Oscar Wilde's 'The Nightingale and the Rose'.

The Music Cure It is 1913 and Lord Reginald is being investigated by Parliament for inside trading. Needless to say, he is distressed. His beloved mother hires a famous and dynamic female concert pianist to cheer him up. This is a tale of satirical wit, love and desire, enhanced by the brilliance of Hagemann’s music.

The Nightingale and the Rose A student has fallen in love with a young maiden who demands he shows his feelings by giving her a red rose. Unable to find one, a nightingale offers to make a red rose for him. Wilde’s bittersweet tale is adopted by New York based Composer and conductor, Philip Hagemann.

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Shaw Goes Wilde | Pegasus Opera Company
Apr
12
7:30 pm19:30

Shaw Goes Wilde | Pegasus Opera Company

Shaw goes Wilde | Two One-Act Operas by Philip Hagemann

Pegasus Opera Company presents the UK Premier of two one-act operas by Philip Hagemann based on Bernard Shaw's 'The Music Cure' & Oscar Wilde's 'The Nightingale and the Rose'.

The Music Cure It is 1913 and Lord Reginald is being investigated by Parliament for inside trading. Needless to say, he is distressed. His beloved mother hires a famous and dynamic female concert pianist to cheer him up. This is a tale of satirical wit, love and desire, enhanced by the brilliance of Hagemann’s music.

The Nightingale and the Rose A student has fallen in love with a young maiden who demands he shows his feelings by giving her a red rose. Unable to find one, a nightingale offers to make a red rose for him. Wilde’s bittersweet tale is adopted by New York based Composer and conductor, Philip Hagemann.

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Roundhouse Gala 2019
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Roundhouse Gala 2019

Pet Shop BoysLaura Mvula, Beverley KnightSeal and the Trevor Horn Band will be joined by a line-up of other world-class artists soon to be announced. Guests will be treated to a Champagne and canapé reception on arrival, followed by a lavish three course meal in our iconic Main Space.

The evening will be hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan and will also include performances from our very own Roundhouse home-grown talent.

On the night there will be the opportunity to bid for money-can’t-buy items in our auction, including incredible artwork from Sir Antony GormleyMarc QuinnConrad Shawcross and Sir Peter Blake; the chance to train to be a jockey for a year and a trip to Miami with a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit on the lighting desk for a Rolling Stones gig and meet Ronnie Wood.

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