St James's Church, Piccadilly: Bach and Beyond
Aug
7
1:10 PM13:10

St James's Church, Piccadilly: Bach and Beyond

Join violinist Alice Earll to listen and explore J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. They are some of the most exceptional and best-known pieces for unaccompanied violin in today’s canon, but what was the inspiration behind these seminal works? Was Bach’s composition a singular work of genius or the pinnacle of a well-worn compositional path?

Music by Bach, Westhoff and Biber.

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Classical Opera Company: The Mozartists at Wigmore Hall
Jul
8
7:30 PM19:30

Classical Opera Company: The Mozartists at Wigmore Hall

The Mozartists present an intriguing concert exploring Mozart’s travels across Europe. The programme features works composed in London, The Hague, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Prague and Rome, including two of Mozart’s finest early symphonies, three arias sung by award-winning soprano Louise Alder, and two of the composer’s most popular concertos,performed by principals of the company’s outstanding period-instrument orchestra.

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Ross Arts Appreciation Society: Dancing with Bach
Jul
5
7:30 PM19:30

Ross Arts Appreciation Society: Dancing with Bach

J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are among the most exceptional pieces for unaccompanied violin and were modelled on some of the most populars dances of the baroque era. Find out about the dances Bach used, how he adapted them and the origins of his inimitable style. We will explore the history of the genre and discuss whether Bach’s composition was a singular work of genius or the pinnacle of a well-worn compositional path. Discover how composers such as Biber and Westhoff blazed the trail as much as half a century before Bach had written his collection and listen to their music all performed on an historical instrument. Join Alice for an evening of Bach, Westhoff and Biber and more with opportunities for discussion and drinks.

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Academy of Ancient Music:  Le Nozze di Figaro
Jul
4
7:30 PM19:30

Academy of Ancient Music: Le Nozze di Figaro

Composer | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Librettist | Lorenzo Da Ponte

Orchestra | The Academy of Ancient Music

Sung in Italian

Revealing truth, virtue and beauty as no other opera. Figaro is Mozart’s operatic masterpiece, an irresistible blend of musical wit and social satire. ‘The best opera ever written by a human being’ has the capacity to be as transformative an experience as can be had in a theatre.

For more information and to book tickets please click here.

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Academy of Ancient Music:  Le Nozze di Figaro
Jun
30
5:30 PM17:30

Academy of Ancient Music: Le Nozze di Figaro

June | 6, 8, 14, 19, 23, 30

Composer | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Librettist | Lorenzo Da Ponte

Orchestra | The Academy of Ancient Music

Sung in Italian

Revealing truth, virtue and beauty as no other opera. Figaro is Mozart’s operatic masterpiece, an irresistible blend of musical wit and social satire. ‘The best opera ever written by a human being’ has the capacity to be as transformative an experience as can be had in a theatre.

For more information and to book tickets please click here.

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Opera Settecento: Venceslao at the Halle Festival
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Opera Settecento: Venceslao at the Halle Festival

Handel conducted the first performance of Venceslao at the Haymarket Theatre on 12 January 1731. The complex plot features love rivals at the Polish court, a queen in disguise and mistaken identity. It is the third in a sequence of three pasticcii revived from the manuscripts by Leo Duarte for Opera Settecento and performed in a co-operation between the London and Halle Handel Festivals. Handel’s cast included Senesino, Fabri, Merighi and Anna Maria Strada del Pò. Our cast features two former London Handel Singing Competition prizewinners, as well as the 2018 winner, Helen Charlston.

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Music at St Anne's, Kew: Bach and Beyond
Jun
9
3:30 PM15:30

Music at St Anne's, Kew: Bach and Beyond

Join violinist Alice Earll to listen and explore J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. They are some of the most exceptional and best-known pieces for unaccompanied violin in today’s canon, but what was the inspiration behind these seminal works? Was Bach’s composition a singular work of genius or the pinnacle of a well-worn compositional path?

Music by Bach, Westhoff and Biber.

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Convivio: Brandenburgs and Beyond
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

Convivio: Brandenburgs and Beyond

Bach Orchestral Suite no. 1
Handel Excerpts from ‘The Water Music.’
Vivaldi ‘Spring’ from ‘The Four Seasons.’
Telemann Concerto for Recorder & Bassoon
Bach Brandenburg Concerto no 4

Our Gala concert surveys well-known music from the Baroque era in a musical feast of great composers. At the heart of the programme are two works of Bach, the fourth Brandenburg Concerto and first Orchestral Suite both of which demonstrate a composer at the height of his powers. Handel’s Water Music, here in arrangement, written for King George the First’s progress on a barge down the Thames is a colourful and energetic work whilst Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ from the Four Seasons, written for the girls of the Convent School in Venice, brings the Italian style to proceedings in this ever-popular violin concerto. The music of Telemann completes this mighty handful of composers played by the musicians of Convivio, one of the UK’s newest and most exciting Period Instrument ensembles.

Ticket Information

Full price ticket: £20
Friends of Faversham Music Club: £15
Under 25s/Students: £7.50
Under 16s: £5

Buy Tickets

Phone: 01795 594460 Website: https://www.thealexandercentre.com/

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Academy of Ancient Music: Brockes-Passion, Handel
Apr
19
3:00 PM15:00

Academy of Ancient Music: Brockes-Passion, Handel

On the 300th anniversary of its premiere, AAM and Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s mighty Passion-setting of rare humanity and beauty. Composed while the young Handel was at the peak of his operatic success in London, the Brockes-Passion is a sacred opera by another name, so intricate and richly painted areits emotions and events.

Following the Passion story from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text was set by numerous composers including Telemann and Fasch, but it is Handel’s treatment which has stood the test of time, inviting its listeners into the heart of the Easter story.

A vivid mixture of chorales, choruses and emotive recitatives is enough to place the work alongside Handel’s finest, but it’s the astonishingly varied sequence of arias – over 40 of them – that sets the Brockes-Passion apart. Egarr has assembled a terrific cast to give what promises to be an emotionally charged performance on Good Friday.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Pre-concert talk 2pm

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The Sixteen: Israel in Egypt, Handel
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Sixteen: Israel in Egypt, Handel

It’s not surprising that Israel in Egypt is much-performed. Hailstones and lightning, buzzing flies and leaping frogs, are all brilliantly evoked for choir and orchestra in a series of incisive choruses leading us excitedly through the plagues of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea as we follow Moses and the Children of Israel through the story of the Exodus. The epic nature of the story could not be more suited to Handel’s genius for story-telling and drama.

Performers

The Sixteen choir & orchestra
Harry Christophers conductor
Soloists:
Julie Cooper & Katy Hill soprano
Daniel Collins & Edward McMullan alto
Mark Dobell & Tom Robson tenor
Ben Davies & Eamonn Dougan bass

 

Programme

Handel Israel in Egypt

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Hay Music: Dancing with Bach
Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Hay Music: Dancing with Bach

J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are among the most exceptional pieces for unaccompanied violin and were modelled on some of the most populars dances of the baroque era. Find out about the dances Bach used, how he adapted them and the origins of his inimitable style. We will explore the history of the genre and discuss whether Bach’s composition was a singular work of genius or the pinnacle of a well-worn compositional path. Discover how composers such as Biber and Westhoff blazed the trail as much as half a century before Bach had written his collection and listen to their music all performed on an historical instrument. Join Alice for an afternoon of Bach, Westhoff and Biber and more with opportunities for discussion and drinks.

Tickets:  £12 (students £6)

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye

or by telephone: 01497 820322

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Irish Baroque Orchestra: Esther, Handel
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Irish Baroque Orchestra: Esther, Handel

Handel’s setting of the tale of Queen Esther is one of the gems of the baroque oratorio repertoire. Irish Baroque Orchestra, in partnership with Sestina, are delighted to continue their exploration of Handel’s lesser known oratorios following the success of Theodora in 2018.

The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling musical drama. Don’t miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master storyteller George Frideric Handel.

Peter Whelan directs Irish Baroque Orchestra with the magnificent young singers of Sestina providing the minor role and chorus throughout. Star Irish soprano, Anna Devin, performs the titular role with Spanish tenor, Jorge Navarro Colorado, returning to perform the role of King Assuerus.

Handel portrays the story with a wide array of musical tones and nuances. A large orchestra with oboe, horns, trumpet and harp enforce the heightened drama at critical points. Listen out for the reflective, and famous aria, Tune Your Harps, and  the triumphant final chorus, The Lord our enemy is slain, Esther has it all.

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Irish Baroque Orchestra: Esther, Handel
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Irish Baroque Orchestra: Esther, Handel

Handel’s setting of the tale of Queen Esther is one of the gems of the baroque oratorio repertoire. Irish Baroque Orchestra, in partnership with Sestina, are delighted to continue their exploration of Handel’s lesser known oratorios following the success of Theodora in 2018.

The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling musical drama. Don’t miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master storyteller George Frideric Handel.

Peter Whelan directs Irish Baroque Orchestra with the magnificent young singers of Sestina providing the minor role and chorus throughout. Star Irish soprano, Anna Devin, performs the titular role with Spanish tenor, Jorge Navarro Colorado, returning to perform the role of King Assuerus.

Handel portrays the story with a wide array of musical tones and nuances. A large orchestra with oboe, horns, trumpet and harp enforce the heightened drama at critical points. Listen out for the reflective, and famous aria, Tune Your Harps, and  the triumphant final chorus, The Lord our enemy is slain, Esther has it all.

For more information click here.

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Harrison Frank Foundation 5th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Harrison Frank Foundation 5th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Five years ago Richard Harrison set up a violin loan scheme within the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation, with the help of violist and trustee Louise Williams. Richard and his wife Barbara Frank-Harrison have built up a collection of mostly old Italian, French, Dutch and German instruments, acquired from and maintained by J & A Beare. There are now 53 violins, 1 viola and 5 violin bows, and more than 60 young professional musicians living and working in the UK have been able to borrow a suitable instrument for the next steps in their professional career. We would like to celebrate 5 years of the work of this wonderful charity. Please join us!

Tickets: £30 (include drinks and canapés)

Please RSVP to harrisonfrankfoundation@gmail.com for your ticket orders.

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The Birth of Virtuosity
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Birth of Virtuosity

Ever wondered when music got so hard?! An evening of fantastical music and lively discussion with violinist Alice Earll. Find out what happens when musicians were left to their own devices, why almost all the Cornetto players died, and the weird and wonderful ways you can play a violin. Alice will be joined by acclaimed Cornetto player Conor Hastings and early keyboard specialist Satoko Doi-Luck. Playing music by Biber, Castello, Rosenmüller and more. 

Tickets available on the door. Full price £10, free for children 10 and under.

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The Birth of Virtuosity
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Birth of Virtuosity

Ever wondered when music got so hard?! An evening of fantastical music and lively discussion with violinist Alice Earll. Find out what happens when musicians were left to their own devices, why almost all the Cornetto players died, and the weird and wonderful ways you can play a violin. Alice will be joined by acclaimed Cornetto player Conor Hastings and early keyboard specialist Satoko Doi-Luck. Playing music by Biber, Castello, Rosenmüller and more. 

Tickets: Please email lvh@lintonvillage.com or call 07974484141.

Linton Village Hall is less than 2 miles from Junction 3 of the M50 and is situated in the centre of the village, next to St.Mary’s Church.

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Musica Poetica: Christmas Baroque
Dec
22
7:30 PM19:30

Musica Poetica: Christmas Baroque

Bath Recitals culminates its 2018 programme with this glorious seasonal celebration of the wonder of a Baroque Christmas and the music of 17th and 18th century Germany.

 

This festive evening celebrates the music of JS Bach with a programme including some of his most famous cantatas and chorales. In addition there will be some Christmas favourites by some of the composers who inspired him including Praetorius, Buxtehude and Schütz.

 

The authentic voices and instrumentalists of Music Poetica make a welcome return to Bath for this concert play which will form the culmination of Bath Recital’s 2018 Baroque Season.

Tickets: £16, £15 (with a discovery card – not available on the door)

 

Available Online now, and from Bath Box Office, Bath Visitor Information Centre, Bridgwater House, 2 Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LN

 

JS Bach

Bereite dich Zion (Prepare yourself, Zion) from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Ich habe genug (I have enough) BWV 84

Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke (I am content with my fate) BWV 84

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (Now come, Saviour of the heathens) BWV 61 

 

Philipp Nicolai arr. JS Bach

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How beautiful is the morning star) BWV 436

Chorale from Wachet auf! (Sleepers Wake) BWV 140

 

Michael Pretorius

In natali Domini (On our Lord’s Birthday)

 

Traditional arr. Michael Pretorius

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, how a rose e’er blooming)

 

Samuel Scheidt

Puer natus in Bethlehem (A Child is born in Bethlehem)

 

Heinrich Schütz

Singet dem Herren ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song) SWV 342

Verbum caro factum est (Here the Word became flesh)SWV 314

 

Dietrich Buxtehude

In dulci jubilo (In sweet rejoicing) BuxWV 52

 

Chant: Veni redemptor gentium (Come, Redeemer of the nations)

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Avison Ensemble: Messiah
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Avison Ensemble: Messiah

Durham Cathedral Choir
The Avison Ensemble


Conducted by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham CathedralWe are delighted to be performing Handel's famous oratorio with the Choir of Durham Cathedral in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral and under the direction of Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral.

Handel composed his Messiah in 1741 and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, including 'Ev'ry valley shall be exalted' and 'Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion' are interspersed with compelling choral sections telling the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death. And of course the rousing 'Hallelujah' Chorus is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music, and by far the most widely-known section of Messiah.

Join us for a wonderful festive performance of Handel's ever-popular Messiah and enjoy this wonderfully upliftling music in the run-up to Christmas and in the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

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Ensemble Molière: Medicine and Mortality @ Syde Manor
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ensemble Molière: Medicine and Mortality @ Syde Manor

*** This is a private event, please contact wright.pennyj@gmail.com for details and tickets ***

Medicine and Mortality - Life, Death and Beyond -


Ensemble Molière presents a musical performance with narration of Medicine and Mortality, featuring medical themed pieces including Le Tableau de l'opération de la Taille by Marin Marais, as well as music about life and death from the same period in France.

Dare to spend a day in a 17th-century French hospital!
We see various scenes: a gall bladder operation with no anaesthetic, an asthmatic patient, someone convalescing and we meet a doctor. 

The glorious bells of St Genevieve toll, as one of the patients at the hospital has died. A funeral follows and Polymnie, the goddess of hymn, bids farewell to the soul as it rises to heaven.

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Ensemble Molière: Medicine and Mortality
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Ensemble Molière: Medicine and Mortality

Medicine and Mortality - Life, Death and Beyond -


Ensemble Molière presents a musical performance with narration of Medicine and Mortality, featuring medical themed pieces including Le Tableau de l'opération de la Taille by Marin Marais, as well as music about life and death from the same period in France.

"Dare to spend a day in a 17th-century French hospital!
We see various scenes: a gall bladder operation with no anaesthetic, an asthmatic patient, someone convalescing and we meet a doctor. 

The glorious bells of St Genevieve toll, as one of the patients at the hospital has died. A funeral follows and Polymnie, the goddess of hymn, bids farewell to the soul as it rises to heaven."

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Sep
12
1:10 PM13:10

Ensemble Molière: Les Visionnaires

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of François Couperin's birth, Ensemble Molière perform music from the most celebrated and influential composers of the Baroque era. Inspired by Couperin's trio sonata Les Visionnaires, this programme explores the evolution of this work from its conception to its publication as one of the suites in Couperin's seminal compositions, Les Nations and its influence on later composers such as Telemann and Corelli.

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Ensemble Molière: Les Visionnaires
Aug
30
12:30 PM12:30

Ensemble Molière: Les Visionnaires

Ensemble Molière perform in Leatherhead's Early and Baroque Music Month, for more information please visit their website

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of François Couperin's birth, Ensemble Molière perform music from the most celebrated and influential composers of the Baroque era. Inspired by Couperin's trio sonata Les Visionnaires, this programme explores the evolution of this work from its conception to its publication as one of the suites in Couperin's seminal compositions, Les Nations and its influence on later composers such as Telemann and Corelli.

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Cambridge Summer Music Festival Finale: B Minor Mass
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Cambridge Summer Music Festival Finale: B Minor Mass

English Voices
Tim Brown director
The Orchestra of English Voices leader Bojan Cicic

Often thought of as Bach’s ‘monumental masterpiece’ here is a chance to hear Bach’s B minor Mass in a revelatory version with only ten singers and a pared down period orchestra. This approach allows the astonishing intricacy and visceral nature of Bach’s score to shine through, throwing a new light onto a score that has traditionally often been performed with an almost reverential dignity.

The ten soloists of English Voices, founded by Tim Brown whilst he was Director of Music at Clare College, are all young professional singers, noted not only for the quality of their singing but for their energy and communicative presence.

This will be Tim Brown’s final concert as the Artistic Director of English Voices, offering an opportunity not only to enjoy Bach’s choral masterpiece, but to pay tribute to a choral director who has made such a distinguished contribution to music in Cambridge over the past forty years, including many years on the Board of Trustees of Cambridge Summer Music.

JS Bach Mass in B Minor

Ticket & Booking Information
£27.50, £22.00, £20.00, £15.00 (students and unwaged £11 for balcony seats). Prices include box office booking fee.
Cambridge Live Tickets 01223 357851

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ChamberStudio Masterclass with Benoît Hartoin
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

ChamberStudio Masterclass with Benoît Hartoin

Ensemble Molière participate in a masterclass with Benoît Hartoin as part of ChamberStudio.

Music to include works by Couperin and Rameau. 

Please note: Anyone wishing to attend this masterclass will need to pay for entry to the museum. Tickets priced £10 for adults and £5 for children can be bought on arrival.

Source:: https://chamberstudio.org/calendar/

 

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