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BBCSSO announces 2016/17 season

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2016/17 season. The season, which is Thomas Dausgaard’s first as chief conductor, includes a series of new commissions inspired by Scottish culture. The Scottish Inspirations series comprises five new BBC commissions by composers including Helen Grime, Sally Beamish and Jay Capperauld. Other highlights include the recreation of … Continue reading BBCSSO announces 2016/17 season

Sound and Music launches initiative to address lack of diversity in new music

Sound and Music has launched a new initiative to address the lack of diversity in new music. The Active Encouragement: Pathways programme invites UK composers and music creators who are either registered disabled or from backgrounds other than White British to join Sound and Music’s talent development residency programmes. The programme has been created in … Continue reading Sound and Music launches initiative to address lack of diversity in new music

Four new Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships announced

Aldeburgh Music and Jerwood Charitable Foundation have announced four fellowships which will result in the creation of new opera projects. The selected projects were chosen from almost 60 applications. Micky’s Chippy (composer Jesse Jones, writer Richard Scott, director Josh Armstrong) Blue Fire (composer Joel Rust and writer David Troupes) Giant (composer Sarah Angliss and writer Ross Sutherland) The … Continue reading Four new Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowships announced

Gregynog Festival 2016

This year’s Gregynog Festival (16-26 June) will celebrate ten years with Dr Rhian Davies as artistic director with a programme exploring cultural connections between Ireland and Wales. Performers include Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI with Martin Hayes, Mahan Esfahani, the Irish Consort, Ailish Tynan and Iain Burnside, the Fidelio Trio, Chamber Choir Ireland, Daniel Grimwood, Ensemble Nevermind and harpist Anne … Continue reading Gregynog Festival 2016

Guy Woolfenden (1937-2016)

Composer Guy Woolfenden, best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, died on 15 April 2016. Born in Ipswich in 1937, Woolfenden started piano and singing lessons aged seven and joined Westminster Choir School aged ten. He joined the National Youth Orchestra on horn in 1955, studying the instrument with Aubrey Brain, and … Continue reading Guy Woolfenden (1937-2016)

ENO Chorus to perform Brahms’ A German Requiem

Mark Wigglesworth will conduct the Chorus of English National Opera in Brahms’ A German Requiem on 15, 16 and 29 April. The work will be sung in English in the composer’s arrangement for soloists, chorus and piano duet. The soloists will be ENO Harewood artist Eleanor Dennis and former Harewood artist Benedict Nelson. They will be accompanied by … Continue reading ENO Chorus to perform Brahms’ A German Requiem

Winners announced for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year

The finals of the eighth Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year Competition took place on 18 May at the Garrick Theatre. The competition was won by 20-year-old Corrine Priest. The London School of Musical Theatre student performed Sondheim’s ‘Don’t Laugh’ from musical Hotspot. Priest was presented with her prize by patron of the … Continue reading Winners announced for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year

Win a class trip to see Bend It Like Beckham the Musical with an exclusive Q&A session!

Hit West End show Bend It Like Beckham the Musical and Hot Tickets For Schools have joined forces to provide schools with the chance to see the internationally acclaimed production and an exclusive Q&A session with composer Howard Goodall. With the musical offering a wealth of discussion material for students – from sexism and racism … Continue reading Win a class trip to see Bend It Like Beckham the Musical with an exclusive Q&A session!

Entries open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award. UK-based composers aged 25 or under are invited to write a new work for lute and either tenor or mezzo-soprano voice. They must set one of four selected poems by William Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy. The winning pieces will be chosen at the … Continue reading Entries open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Duo Dorado

Early English music centred around the violin sonatas of Handel’s contemporary William Croft and other London composers of the period. Hazel Brooks (violin); David Pollock (harpischord).

BREMF: The Glories of Tudor England

Workshop and Performance Led by David Allinson. By the early decades of the 16th century, English church music had developed a style and sound quite distinct from that cultivated in mainland Europe. Composers such as John Taverner, John Sheppard and Thomas Tallis wrote in a rich, vigorous and sweet-toned idiom, a style which would be … Continue reading BREMF: The Glories of Tudor England

L’ESTRO ARMONICO

Cambridge Early Music Festival of Italian Music: La Serenissima. Adrian Chandler, director. It was 300 years ago that Vivaldi published his set of twelve concertos L’Estro Armonico (The Birth of Harmony). These pieces paved the way for the development of the concerto, not only by Vivaldi himself but by other composers too including Bach. La Serenissima is the … Continue reading L’ESTRO ARMONICO

BREMF:The Tallis Scholars

The Field of the Cloth of Gold – celebrating a great treaty Peter Phillips director The Field of the Cloth of Gold represents one of the most spectacular political summit meetings of all time. Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met to seal a treaty of friendship between their two warring countries, … Continue reading BREMF:The Tallis Scholars

BREMF: Celebrating Gabrieli

400th Anniversary Concert Multi-choir music for voices and instruments The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble BREMF Consort of Voices Deborah Roberts director 16th-century Venice saw the rise of the lavish polychoral style; music composed in many parts and divided into several choirs of both voices and instruments, spaced around the golden domes of St Mark’s church … Continue reading BREMF: Celebrating Gabrieli

BREMF: Celebrating Food, Wine and Song

Picnic concert with cabaret-style format The Orlando Consort A grand celebration of medieval music and food, this is one of the Orlando Consort’s most popular programmes and best-selling recordings. Bring and enjoy a picnic (in the warm!) while you listen to medieval and early renaissance music by French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and German composers including: Adam … Continue reading BREMF: Celebrating Food, Wine and Song

Platinum Consort: In The Dark

Following the success of their first album, Platinum Consort make their debut appearance at Kings Place, with a live performance of ‘In The Dark’. With a programme of music inspired by the Tenebrae tradition, ‘In The Dark’ features some of ‘the most powerful and poignant choral music to come from the western world’. Presenting a range … Continue reading Platinum Consort: In The Dark

The Choral Pilgrimage 2012

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen are touring their Choral Pilgrimage 2012 which features music by Franco-Flemish composers Josquin, Brumel and Lassus. The tour has already received 5* reviews in the Sunday and Daily Telegraphs, and has seen a number of sell-out concerts. BOX OFFICE: 01904 651485

BREMF: Secret Carnivals

What nuns got up to in the middle of the night! Musica Secreta Celestial Sirens Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras directors An atmospheric sequence spread throughout the ample spaces of St Michael’s Church, charting 24 hours in the daily lives of Italian renaissance nuns. Chant and polyphony from the daily Office (Lauds, Vespers, Compline and … Continue reading BREMF: Secret Carnivals

BREMF: Celebrating Coronations (and a Diamond Jubilee)

International Baroque Players The BREMF Singers John Hancorn director Coronations have, for centuries, provided an unrivalled sense of occasion with their opulence and grandeur. Exuberant coronation anthems by three celebrated English composers: Boyce, Purcell and of course, Handel with his ever popular Zadok the Priest, are combined here with music from the German courts including … Continue reading BREMF: Celebrating Coronations (and a Diamond Jubilee)

HEBREO The Search for Salomone Rossi: A film by Joseph Rochlitz, with Profeti della Quinta

2012 International Young Artists Showcase In the late Renaissance, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. Yet very little is known about his personal and creative life. In this documentary, winners of the 2011 YEM … Continue reading HEBREO The Search for Salomone Rossi: A film by Joseph Rochlitz, with Profeti della Quinta

The Choral Pilgrimage 2012

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen are touring their Choral Pilgrimage 2012 which features music by Franco-Flemish composers Josquin, Brumel and Lassus. The tour has already received 5* reviews in the Sunday and Daily Telegraphs, and has seen a number of sell-out concerts. BOX OFFICE: 01904 651485

Baroque Band: All The King’s Men

Baroque Band will take the 1949/2006 movie “All the King’s Men” as its starting point for an exploration of music from composers of the English Chapel Royal – Henry Purcell, John Blow, and George Frideric Handel. Although the Chapel Royal had existed for many years, John Blow (1649-1708) was the first composer to hold the … Continue reading Baroque Band: All The King’s Men

Adrian Willaert – The Missing Master

BBC Choir of the Year finalists Kingfisher Chorale celebrate their 20th birthday by presenting a programme called “Adrian Willaert – The Missing Master”, the first of the great Venetian composers, and based around his astonishing body of work and including other items by contemporaries; students and those he influenced. Accopmaniment by the sackbut ensemble Piffari. Tickets … Continue reading Adrian Willaert – The Missing Master

Baroque Band: La Dolce Vita

Fellini’s 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” set against the backdrop of Roman high society, is the springboard for Baroque Band’s celebration of Arcangelo Corelli, to whom the Band will pay tribute during 2013, the 300th year since the composer’s death. Esteemed by Rome’s 17th- and 18th-century high society, and the foremost violinist of his time, … Continue reading Baroque Band: La Dolce Vita

The Golden Age of the Lute

Fred Jacobs (lute) plays early seventeenth-century music by John Dowland and his contemporaries, including Dowland’s famous Lachrimae pavan; an expressive pavan by Robert Johnson, who wrote music for Shakespeare’s late plays; a virtuoso suite by the eccentric German-Italian lutenist Johann Hieronymous Kapsberger, and dances by the French composers Robert Ballard, Jacques Gaultier and René Mesangeau … Continue reading The Golden Age of the Lute

Music Divine – the life and work of Thomas Tomkins

The only professional early music vocal ensemble in Wales celebrates Wales’ forgotten genius, the Pembrokeshire born composer Thomas Tomkins. Programme includes works by Tomkins, Byrd, Gabrieli, Schutz, Weelkes, Taverner and Gibbons.

Musica Contexta and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble perform William Byrd’s The Great Service

To mark the release of their Chandos recording of Byrd’s Great Service, Musica Contexta and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble present a programme of the composer’s finest settings of English words.

Orgelbüchlein at the Tower of London

Colm Carey organ Catherine Martin violin Susan Gilmour Bailey soprano William Whitehead organ accompaniment Programme to include music by JS Bach, Biber and new works forming part of the project to complete Bach’s Orgelbüchlein Experience the rare opportunity of enjoying a concert in the ancient and intimate setting of the Chapel Royal at the Tower … Continue reading Orgelbüchlein at the Tower of London

Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gabrieli Consort & Players Paul McCreesh director Britten A Boy Was Born Music by Howells, Holst and Jonathan Dove alongside Tudor masterpieces Fresh from their Associate Artist series at our Summer Festival, Gabrieli Consort & Players return as part of their final celebrations of their 30th birthday year. Britten’s virtuosic choral masterpiece is built around … Continue reading Gabrieli Consort & Players

In Dulci Jubilo

Many music lovers think that German music begins with J S Bach but this is not so: Bach’s principal predecessor, Heinrich Schütz, was born exactly 100 years earlier in 1585. But Schütz was one of many excellent German composers, mostly protestant, working in the century before Bach, and it is from the music of a … Continue reading In Dulci Jubilo

The Brabant Ensemble – A Renaissance Christmas in Paris

Jean Mouton (ante 1459-1522) was the leading composer in the court chapels of three French monarchs: Anne of Brittany, Louis XII, and Francis I. This programme focuses on works by Mouton that must have been written for the chapel, including his famous eight-part setting of Nesciens mater and the “state motet” Exultet coniubilando, written in … Continue reading The Brabant Ensemble – A Renaissance Christmas in Paris

Profane Deliriums: Eighteenth-Century Portuguese Love Songs

‘terrifically animated, wonderful energy…gorgeous!’ BBC Radio All tickets include the pre-concert talk, concert and reception. To book call 020 7841 3600 or drop into the Museum. The Museum is closed on Mondays. Acclaimed instrumental ensemble L’Avventura London is marking the launch of its new CD release on Hyperion records, 18th-century Portuguese Love Songs. In his … Continue reading Profane Deliriums: Eighteenth-Century Portuguese Love Songs

Aspects of Love – lutes songs with Musicke in the Ayre

Musicke in the Ayre return to the Holburne with a programme of songs to the lute (and baroque guitar) that explore the many faces of love. They start by recognizing that love can cause pain, with devastating results: and often as due to the cruelty of a perfidious lover. But love, even when returned, can … Continue reading Aspects of Love – lutes songs with Musicke in the Ayre

The Cardinall’s Musick – Byrd at Christmas

The final concert in The Cardinall’s Musick’s 2012 Byrd Tour features a performance of the magnificent Mass for Five Voices together with the Propers for Christmas Day and all of the motets that he wrote for the festive season. The final piece, Ad Dominum cum tribularer, is one of his most heartfelt and powerful Catholic … Continue reading The Cardinall’s Musick – Byrd at Christmas

The Choir of King’s College London

The Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading mixed-voice university choirs in England. In addition to singing services in the college chapel, the choir has made a number of recordings, especially of sixteenth-century Spanish music, and has recently given concerts in the USA, St Petersburg and France. Tonight’s programme consists of Britten’s … Continue reading The Choir of King’s College London

Greenwich Early Music Festival: The Sixteen

A Golden Age – music by Scarlatti, Lotti, Melgas, Rebelo and Caldara. Conducted by Harry Christophers This glorious concert programme presents composers whose origins are either in Portugal or Italy and whose music is at times reflective, uplifting and always inspired. Most of the music in this programme is distinctly Portuguese; Rebelo’s sumptuous setting of Panis Angelicus … Continue reading Greenwich Early Music Festival: The Sixteen

St John Smith’s Square Christmas Festival: A Boy was Born

The Choir of King’s College, London, directed by David Trendell The first half features Spanish Christmas music from the sixteenth century, and includes the 12-­part setting of Verbum caro by Philippe Rogier, court composer to Philip I.

Baroque Beginnings, from Peri to Purcell – with Musicke in the Ayre

In trying to recreate how the Ancient Greeks might have performed their dramas, Italian composers at the beginning of the 17th century gave birth to what we now call Baroque music, with opera as a key element. Our programme traces the progress of this new musical style from Italy through to England via France and … Continue reading Baroque Beginnings, from Peri to Purcell – with Musicke in the Ayre

Ayres and Dialogues – Songs and Lute Duets by John Dowland and his contemporaries

Elizabeth Kenny and Jacob Heringman, lute/cittern/orpharion, Nicholas Mulroy, tenor and Matthew Brook, bass commemorate the 450th anniversary of John Dowland’s birth in a programme which explores the idea of ‘dialogue’ between composers, as well as between singers within the music. The programme will feature the first seven songs from Dowland’s Second Book of songs, including … Continue reading Ayres and Dialogues – Songs and Lute Duets by John Dowland and his contemporaries

Voices and Viols

Tutors: Alison Crum and Peter Syrus Fri 10 – Sun 12 May This weekend of music for voices and viols will include madrigals and motets by various composers, as well as some larger scale works. There may also be some opportunity for consort songs. Come and explore some of this rich repertoire with two leading … Continue reading Voices and Viols

Matters of Style: Baroque Performance on Modern Strings

Tutor: Judy Tarling Fri 10 – Sun 12 May Sacrilege? Not at all. Judy Tarling will show participants, who should be of intermediate to advanced standard, how it’s possible to apply historical performance principles when you play music written before about 1750 on modern instruments at standard concert pitch (A = 440Hz). We’ll look at … Continue reading Matters of Style: Baroque Performance on Modern Strings

Fretwork

Classical Music Alive in Reading In 2011, Fretwork celebrated 25 years of performing music old and new, and look forward to a challenging and exciting future as the world’s leading consort of viols. In these last two and a half decades, they have explored the core repertory of great English consort music, from Taverner to … Continue reading Fretwork

Musical women

International Women’s Day is on 8 March and Radio 3 is again contributing not just a day of music by women composers but, perhaps more importantly, taking an in-depth look at the role of women in classical music. ‘Last year really changed across the board the nature of the pieces being broadcast on Radio 3,’ … Continue reading Musical women

The Bach Players: The Food of Love

The Bach Players will perform a programme titled ‘The Food of Love’, comprising music written for Shakespeare’s plays and poems by composers of the English Restoration. The programme, devised by the Bach Players’ harpsichordist Silas Wollston, includes works by Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, Robert Smith, Henry Lawes and John Weldon. The concert will take place at … Continue reading The Bach Players: The Food of Love

The single action harp – Mike Parker

The single action pedal harp is often dismissed as an evolutionary step in the development of the double-action instrument, but for over 100 years, it was one of the main forms of the instrument in use. It was also for this variant that many composers began setting ‘celtic airs’ in the 18th century, prompting the … Continue reading The single action harp – Mike Parker

FIRE: PASSION IN THE ART OF THE LUTE SONG

Joel Frederiksen basso profundo, lute & theorbo. Music by Campion, Dowland, Caccini, Kapsberger, Lanier and Henry Lawes, contrasted with the contemporary USA composer Laurence Traiger. Part of Cambridge Early Music’s second Festival of the Voice.

Gregynog Festival 2013 – The Tallis Scholars

As part of their 40th anniversary year, The Tallis Scholars perfom a Mass by the medieval Welsh composer John Lloyd, a revival which Peter Phillips regards as “a major event”. Repertoire also include Cornysh and Byrd, all sung in the splendid setting and superb acoustic of St Nicholas’ Church in the handsome Georgian town of … Continue reading Gregynog Festival 2013 – The Tallis Scholars

The Cries of London

Viol consort Fretwork and vocal ensemble Red Byrd bring 16th century London to life through a series of intricate works fusing bawdy songs and sounds of the hubbub of the city’s streets with refined music for viols. In 1530 London’s population was around 50,000 people. By 1605 it had swelled to 230,000 and London’s thriving … Continue reading The Cries of London

Food, Wine & Song

The Orlando Consort Works by composers from across Europe dating from the 13th to 16th centuries Is there a more irresistible combination than good food and good music? The Orlando Consort’s programme of music from 1250-1550 features beautiful religious works and lively secular pieces that document all aspects of food, including feasting, shopping, recipes and … Continue reading Food, Wine & Song

The Cardinall’s Musick

The Cardinall’s Musick Andrew Carwood – director Spanish composers in the second half of the 16th century produced some of the most expressive music ever written. Tomás Luis de Victoria’s sumptuous eight-voice Missa Alma redemptoris mater is at the heart of this Spanish programme, alongside Sebastián de Vivanco’s thrilling Magnificat and rare works by Juan … Continue reading The Cardinall’s Musick

A Birthday Celebration

William Howard – piano Schubert – Drei Klavierstücke D946 Pavel Zemek Novák – Book Three (Nos.13-18) from 24 Preludes and Fugues David Matthews – Four Portraits world premiere Chopin – Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58 Wagner arr. David Matthews – The Shorter Ring world premiere Festival favourite William Howard celebrates his 60th birthday with … Continue reading A Birthday Celebration

A Tribute to Johannes Ciconia

For their Spitalfields Music Summer Festival debut, late-medieval and early-renaissance specialists La Morra lead audiences through the life of composer and music theorist Johannes Ciconia, one of the most intriguing musical personalities of the late-Middle Ages. Reputed for evocative, researched programming, La Morra present their own elegant interpretations of Ciconia’s most captivating works. [This event … Continue reading A Tribute to Johannes Ciconia

Songsmiths

Mary Bevan – soprano Anna Huntley – mezzo-soprano Nicky Spence – tenor Marcus Farnsworth – baritone Songsmiths brings together young vocal stars from world’s finest opera houses to perform intimate chamber recitals. The concert combines the fantastical worlds of Scottish contemporary composers Judith Weir and James MacMillan with texts exploring similar emotional themes, set by … Continue reading Songsmiths

Arte dei Suonatori

Arte dei Suonatori Martin Gester – director Ruby Hughes – soprano Cruel fate, sad and tragic love. Handel’s ability to paint human emotions with music was truly remarkable and earned him the title “the Shakespeare of Music” from King George III. This programme from Polish baroque orchestra Arte dei Suonatori focuses on Handel’s love stories … Continue reading Arte dei Suonatori

The Earth Resounds

The Sixteen Harry Christophers – conductor Festival favourites The Sixteen perform works by three of the most celebrated composers of the renaissance Franco-Flemish school. Josquin, Brumel and Lassus were truly European composers, leaving their origins to work in the top establishments of Aix-en-Provence, Ferrara, Rome and Munich. Their music has a unique sound — from … Continue reading The Earth Resounds

Born 1563 – organ music by Titelouze, Bull and Farnaby.

Andrew Benson-Wilson plays organ music by three composers born in 1563, Titelouze, Bull and Farnaby on the well-known 1991 William Drake organ housed in a 1732 Jordan case. Part of the Mayfair Organ Concerts series.

The Music of Orlando di Lasso – A workshop for recorders with Sandra Foxall

NEEMF invites recorder players to a playing day devoted to exploring the music of Orlando di Lasso, (1532, possibly 1530 – 14th June 1594). He was a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. He is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish school, and one of the … Continue reading The Music of Orlando di Lasso – A workshop for recorders with Sandra Foxall

Marie Fel: Rameau’s Muse

Timothy West is Louis XV in French Baroque Showcase Actor recounts remarkable life of great 18th century singer The actor Timothy West has been named as guest narrator for Ex Cathedra’s forthcoming showcase of some of the hidden gems of the French Baroque at Town Hall, Birmingham on Sunday 12 May at 7.30pm. West, a … Continue reading Marie Fel: Rameau’s Muse

Duo Domenico – Jonathan Rees and Vladimir Waltham

In preparation for the final of the York Early Music Competition (http://www.ncem.co.uk/?idno=189&EventID=1579), Duo Domenico bring their “Birth of the Cello” programme to the Cello Factory near Waterloo station on 6 May. Tickets are £10 (£5 students/concessions) on the door, and include wine in the interval. Email vladimirwaltham@gmail.com to reserve Jonathan Rees and Vladimir Waltham, cellos/gamba … Continue reading Duo Domenico – Jonathan Rees and Vladimir Waltham

La Morra

Johannes Ciconia is regarded as one of the most intriguing musical personalities of the period immediately preceding the age of Dufay, as well as the first Northern European musician to have made a successful musical career in Italy at the dawn of the Renaissance. This programme leads the listener through the known or surmised stations … Continue reading La Morra

Jakob Lindberg

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of John Dowland (1563-1626), Jakob Lindberg plays a recital of his consummate lute music, on an instrument built in 1590, contemporaneous with the composer himself, and miraculously restored to playing condition. To match the date of the music and the instrument, we are very privileged to … Continue reading Jakob Lindberg

The Parley of Instruments with Philippa Hyde (soprano)

In the 1620s and 30s Monteverdi and his colleagues at St Mark’s in Venice created a new type of church music for solo voices and violins, full of operatic virtuosity and expression. The programme also explores music in the same style by later composers at St Mark’s, including Heinrich Schütz, a visitor in the late … Continue reading The Parley of Instruments with Philippa Hyde (soprano)

Stewart McCoy

Johnson, born in 1540, was one of Elizabeth I’s “musitians for the three lutes”, and the earliest of the lutenist-composers of the Golden Age of English lute music. His widely disseminated works, some of which require considerable virtuosity, were admired and emulated by his most distinguished successor, John Dowland, as well as Byrd, Morley, Farnaby … Continue reading Stewart McCoy

The Intrepid Academy

Supple French chansons, passionate Italian madrigals and villanelle, earthy German Lieder, and the haunting Latin Sibylline Prophecies, not to mention music with no words at all – all by Orlandus Lassus and the composers he championed. From examples of his Musica Reservata (a style reserved for the most educated patrons) to the anarchic comic world … Continue reading The Intrepid Academy

Stile Antico

The remarkable Hapsburg dynasty, which at its peak ruled much of Europe and established the first truly global empire, is the inspiration for a fascinating and sumptuous journey through two centuries of Continental repertoire. Stile Antico performs music closely associated with the Hapsburg monarchs, focusing first on the Emperor Maximilian, and then on the great … Continue reading Stile Antico

BAROQUE MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL: From Monteverdi to Vivaldi

This course gives participants the chance to study a wide range of vocal and instrumental music. Each day will offer technique workshops, choral and orchestral sessions for large-scale works, and one-to-a-part chamber music exploring unusual repertoire in various combinations of voices and instruments, selected and coached by the tutors. (It may not be possible to … Continue reading BAROQUE MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL: From Monteverdi to Vivaldi

RENAISSANCE MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL: Lessons with Lassus

Orlandus Lassus was a remarkable composer, scholar, linguist and arranger and conductor of music; he was also a great and influential teacher of composers such as the Gabrieli, both Andrea and Giovanni. Ennobled by kings, and knighted by a Pope, he nonetheless remained the loyal servant of the Bavarian court at Munich for most of … Continue reading RENAISSANCE MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL: Lessons with Lassus

From Ghetto to Cappella: Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy

While the Inquisition raged thoughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were more porous than impenetrable. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate and the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, Ghetto/Cappella explores the cross-fertilization of Jewish and Catholic musical cultures that enriched the music of both … Continue reading From Ghetto to Cappella: Interfaith Exchanges in the Music of Baroque Italy

Sweelinck – organ music arrangements, played by Sergei Podobedov (piano) and David Braid (guitar)

World Premiere of new arrangements the organ music of 16th century Dutch composer of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, for piano and guitar. Concert also includes works by David Braid.

Sounds and Songs of Renaissance Europe

This prize-winning young ensemble are known for their lively and varied programmes. Their eclectic abilities and multi-instrumental tendencies lead them to explore less-trodden territories of early music and are popular with concert goers with a taste for classical, world or folk music. They return home to Birmingham during their summer tour promoting Gusto, their debut … Continue reading Sounds and Songs of Renaissance Europe

The Imperfect Pearl, a new Baroque opera of the Life and Works of Domenico Zipoli

For more than 200 years the life and music of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli was shrouded in mystery. This is a specially written story based on the fragments gathered of one man’s journey from the music salons of Rome to the rainforests of South America in the year 1717. The Imperfect Pearl, or perola barroca, … Continue reading The Imperfect Pearl, a new Baroque opera of the Life and Works of Domenico Zipoli

The Imperfect Pearl, a new Baroque opera of the Life and Works of Domenico Zipoli

For more than 200 years the life and music of Italian composer Domenico Zipoli was shrouded in mystery. This is a specially written story based on the fragments gathered of one man’s journey from the music salons of Rome to the rainforests of South America in the year 1717. The Imperfect Pearl, or perola barroca, … Continue reading The Imperfect Pearl, a new Baroque opera of the Life and Works of Domenico Zipoli

Aapo Häkkinen harpsichord & clavichord recital

Works by CPE Bach (in the composer’s tercentenary year) and JS Bach, performed on harpsichord and clavichord. Aapo Häkkinen is a leading keyboard player of his generation and artistic director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra.  

Choral at Cadogan – Stile Antico

The Phoenix Rising The current popularity of English Renaissance choral music owes much to the groundbreaking work of the Carnegie UK Trust, which celebrates its centenary in 2013. In 1922, the Trust inaugurated the Tudor Church Music edition – a series of hugely influential volumes, unearthing a wealth of extraordinary music that had languished unperformed … Continue reading Choral at Cadogan – Stile Antico

Choral at Cadogan – Vox Luminis – Stabat Mater

Belgian vocal ensemble, Vox Luminis have been praised for its seamless blend of high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound. Critics have also commented on the ensemble’s enthusiasm for sharing their passion for early music with their audience. Lionel Meunier has themed tonight’s programme around the Stabat Mater (Hymn to Mary) and … Continue reading Choral at Cadogan – Vox Luminis – Stabat Mater

Choral at Cadogan – BBC Singers – St John Passion

Carl Philipp Emanuel – one of J.S. Bach’s 20 children – was one of the foremost composers of the 18th century, though now he is almost completely overshadowed by the reputation of his father. A composer in all sorts of genres, both sacred and secular, his setting of the St John Passion, long thought lost, … Continue reading Choral at Cadogan – BBC Singers – St John Passion

PAOLO PANDOLFO MASTERCLASS

A masterclass open to all conservatoire and university students with Italian virtuoso performer, composer and teacher of music for the viola da gamba, Paolo Pandolfo.

Bach, Sweelinck on guitar and piano

Piano & Guitar Recital: Sergei Podobedov & David Braid This unique duo will be performing their new arrangements of the organ music of 16th-century Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, together with works by Bach and the duo’s guitarist David Braid

Concerti for Christmas

The Musical and Amicable Society To celebrate the tenth anniversary of our favourite baroque chamber orchestra’s annual visits to Cambridge, we return to their programme of 2003, revisiting Vivaldi’s I Quattro Stagioni in an innovative performance with each of the four violinists taking a solo ‘season’. The concert also includes Telemann’s Viola Concerto, the Concerto … Continue reading Concerti for Christmas

Acis & Galatea

Following on from the success of their 2013 tour of Britten’s wonderful comedy Albert Herring (“a highlight of my Britten centenary trawl to date” – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph), Mid-Wales Opera, in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, perform one of the most famous pastoral operas, Handel’s Acis and Galatea. It … Continue reading Acis & Galatea

A Tale of Two Seasons

A sparkling opening to our Winter Festival of dramatic arias and flickering baroque harmonies. La Serenissima explores two sides of Vivaldi: the energetic young man and the older, crafty composer adapting to fit fashionable Neapolitan tastes as music from early opera successes is contrast with sophisticated concertos from later in his career.

Orgelbüchlein at the Tower of London

Enjoy an intimate performance in the ancient surroundings of the Chapel Royal at the Tower of London. Following a short talk, tranquil and impassioned hymns by Purcell frame intricate chorale preludes from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein – Bach’s aim to create a complete handbook for the organist, unfinished when he died – alongside new works from living … Continue reading Orgelbüchlein at the Tower of London

Under the Influence

Under the Influence! British conductor and harpsichordist Ian Watson guides you on an intoxicating tour of music by composers who left their home country for pastures new. Watson, formerly Director of Music at St James Church, Piccadilly, London, is Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Worcester, MA, and principal keyboard with the … Continue reading Under the Influence

Voices and Viols

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 May 2014 Resident: £255.00 Non-resident: £205.00 Code: 14/241 This weekend of music for voices and viols will include madrigals and motets by various composers, as well as some larger scale works. There may also be some opportunity for working on some consort song repertoire. Come and explore some of this … Continue reading Voices and Viols

Friom Couperin to Rameau

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 June Resident: £255.00 Non-resident: £205.00 Code: 14/249 This weekend course attempts to place François Couperin (1668-1733) and Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), perhaps the two best-known French composers for harpsichord, in context, giving an ideal opportunity to explore some of their pieces. We’ll address particular issues in the interpretation of French music … Continue reading Friom Couperin to Rameau

Natural/Supernatural

City of London Sinfonia are joined by the up and coming star of the jazz world, composer and pianist, Gwilym Simcock and his trio, to perform his new work, Cumbrian Thaw, a piece inspired by Gwilym’s time in the mountains and fells of the Lake District. In contrast, two of the leading composers of the … Continue reading Natural/Supernatural

Shakespeare after Shakespeare

Music for Restoration and Georgian Productions of Shakespeare’s Plays The Parley of Instruments Philippa Hyde soprano Songs and instrumental music, composed from 1660 to 1760, to accompany Shakespeare’s plays, including music from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and from composers who followed Purcell, including Jeremiah Clarke, Pelham Humfrey, Matthew Locke and Thomas Arne.  

Awake! Awake!

Philomel Philip Thorby, Emma Murphy, Alison Kinder, David Hatcher recorders, viols, crumhorns, voices; with Lynda Sayce lute English ballads and dances set for the plays of Shakespeare. The programme includes much-loved favourites, such as Full fathom five, Where the bee sucks and Ophelia’s Willow Song, as well as some lesser-known works, Tielman Susato’s Morisque, Thomas … Continue reading Awake! Awake!

Stile Antico: O Radiant Dawn

In a thrillingly contrasted programme, the peerless vocal ensemble Stile Antico explores fascinating parallels between two composers working four centuries apart: William Byrd and James MacMillan. Byrd, a member of a persecuted Catholic community, expressed his faith ardently and defiantly in his music. No lesser fervour and spiritual conviction is found in the work of … Continue reading Stile Antico: O Radiant Dawn

La Serenissima – La Bretagna all’Italiana

La Serenissima Mhairi Lawson soprano English and Scottish baroque composers in the Italian style, and Italian composers in Britain. Music by Handel, Veracini, Boyce, Carbonelli and Vivaldi, performed by the people who do it best! La Serenissima, Vivaldi performers par excellence, are directed from the violin by the charismatic Adrian Chandler. The programme includes Handel’s … Continue reading La Serenissima – La Bretagna all’Italiana

Handel, Bach & Vivaldi – dramatic music for soprano & oboe

Works by three of the most popular composers of the 18th century make up the main part of this programme, exploring music for voice, oboes of different sizes and shapes, and continuo. The solo cantata became the vehicle for some of the most expressive chamber music writing of the baroque age, spanning the full gamut … Continue reading Handel, Bach & Vivaldi – dramatic music for soprano & oboe

Music from the Land of Don Quijote

A panorama of traditional and cultured music from the late 15th century up to 1800 – traditional villancicos, romances and vigorous folk dances from Catalunya and Castille, music by courtly composers such as Juan del Encina, Juan Vasquez and composers for the guitar-like vihuela, instrumental canzonas by 17th century organist-composers, songs from lighter compositions of … Continue reading Music from the Land of Don Quijote

Ireland’s Golden Age: Irish Baroque Orchestra / Monica Huggett

The Irish Baroque Orchestra, led by artistic director and Grammy nominee Monica Huggett (violin), with special guests Siobhan Armstrong (Irish harp) and Peter Whelan (bassoon) presents “Ireland’s Golden Age” – a unique and vivacious musical snapshot of 18th-century Dublin. As a thriving cultural centre at that time, Dublin attracted composers from all over Europe. The … Continue reading Ireland’s Golden Age: Irish Baroque Orchestra / Monica Huggett

Platinum Consort: The Lonely City – Renaissance Music for Lent

Platinum Consort explores the many varied expressions of the darkness of Passiontide with this programme of Renaissance choral music. This liturgical period has evoked some of the most highly-charged music ever written. Victoria’s stripped back, almost desolate, Lamentations for Holy Saturday are juxtaposed with the overtly rich textures of Browne’s Stabat Mater and Taverner’s Dum … Continue reading Platinum Consort: The Lonely City – Renaissance Music for Lent

Fieri Consort supporting the Mayor of Lincoln’s charity

Alumni group from The Sixteen’s prestigious ‘Genesis Sixteen’ scheme present a programme of intimate sacred polyphony alongside local folk songs. Glorious Renaissance polyphony by Flemish composers Josquin des Prez and Clemens non Papa, a selection of sacred and secular music by Byrd alongside MacMillan, McDowall and folk songs from Moeran and Grainger. This concert supports … Continue reading Fieri Consort supporting the Mayor of Lincoln’s charity

A Hilliard Anniversary Album

To launch Cambridge Early Music’s Festival of the Voice, The Hilliard Ensemble has created a very special programme – testament, if any were needed, to their pre-eminence in the vocal world. 13th-century French music, Pérotin, Sheryngham and Cornysh sit alongside traditional Armenian music, Arvo Pärt and Vache Sharafyan. The Ensemble is joined by Singer Pur … Continue reading A Hilliard Anniversary Album

O thou whom my soul loveth

Another programme in Cambridge Early Music’s Festival of the Voice, with a broad sweep of composers: Adrian Willaert, Dominique Phinot, Jacobus Gallus, Jean de Latre and Jean Richafort are complemented by two more recent German composers, Wolfgang Rihm and Hans Schanderl. Featured composer Ivan Moody receives a performance of his Canticum Canticorum II. As always … Continue reading O thou whom my soul loveth

Stile Antico – O Radiant Dawn

The stunning Renaissance vocal ensemble in a thrillingly contrasted programme, O Radiant Dawn, which explores fascinating parallels between two composers working four centuries apart: William Byrd and James MacMillan. “…an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance” New York Times

Suffolk Villages Festival – BACH MASS IN B MINOR

J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor is arguably the greatest religious work from the Baroque period and sums up his career as a composer: it was compiled in old age from works written over the previous 40 years. This performance, with a distinguished cast of soloists, a small choir and a Baroque orchestra, incorporates recent … Continue reading Suffolk Villages Festival – BACH MASS IN B MINOR

Song Of Songs

Sacred and sensuous, the biblical ‘Song of Songs’ has been a vast source of inspiration for composers from the Renaissance to the present day. Alongside sumptuous works by Palestrina and Victoria are new responses by composer John Barber, full of rich textures and floating melodies.