Highlights of the summer 2018 season include:
World premiere of the second Doctoral Composer-in Residence Na’ama Zisser’s opera Mamzer Bastard, a co-commission with The Royal Opera in association with Hackney Empire
The final of the Guildhall School’s most prestigious award, The Gold Medal, this year for instrumentalists
The Guildhall School hosts its first Chamber Music Festival
The opera department present a double bill of Paul Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner and Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement
Third year actors present Fiddler on the Roof as this year’s summer musical
The revival of Doctoral Composer-in-Residence Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis, presented by The Royal Opera, a co-commission with the Guildhall School in association with The Lyric Hammersmith
The Guildhall Jazz Showcase features performances from Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles; the Julian Siegel Quartet; and Issie Barratt’s Interchange
Onyx Brass join forces with the Guildhall Brass Ensemble to present fanfares by British composers
The annual Technical Theatre Arts Graduate Exhibition showcases the outstanding work of final year students on the Technical Theatre Arts and Video Design for Live Performance programmes
Pianist Ming Xie performs a programme at the Wigmore Hall as this year’s Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize winner
Professor of Piano, Paul Roberts, discusses and performs Debussy’s first book of Préludes
The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra are joined by trumpeters Marvin Stamm & Robbie Robson, directed by Scott Stroman and Stuart Hall for a celebration of Miles Davis
Collaborations this summer include Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s Curious working with Tate Exchange as an Associate, LSO Discovery: On Track at 10, and masterclasses from a host of prestigious artists
Guildhall Jazz Showcase: 2-4 May, Milton Court Studio Theatre
The Guildhall School’s annual jazz showcase takes place over three days this May, with students, alumni and professors of the jazz department presenting a broad and diverse range of performances, celebrating the very best of jazz today. Free performances take place during the day with students showcasing their work in combinations led by Guildhall professors in the Milton Court Studio Theatre which is transformed into a jazz club. For the evening performance on 2 May, the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra joins forces with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and pianist Nikki Iles. The duo, both Guildhall School professors, have teamed up for a new release Lush Life which features new original music and arrangements of standards with Dave Holland.
On 3 May, the Julian Siegel Quartet perform music from their new album, Vista. Julian Siegel (saxophone/clarinet/compositions), Liam Noble (piano),Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums) move freely through varied sound-worlds and colours, from undercurrents of bop into electro-acoustic trance, from early-electric Miles to dancing West African drum grooves, searching ballads and joyful melodies.
The final performance of the festival, on 4 May is a chance to hear Issie Barratt’s Interchange: an exciting new jazz group comprising ten of the nation’s most innovative award-winning composers and improvisers who are pushing at the boundaries and blurring all the edges. The group features several Guildhall School alumni and professors including Brigitte Beraha, Yazz Ahmed, Helena Kay, Tori Freestone and Charlie Pyne.
Gold Medal: Thursday 10 May, Barbican Hall
The Gold Medal is the School’s most prestigious prize for musicians. Singers and instrumentalists compete in alternate years for this coveted prize and this year is the turn of the instrumentalists. On 10 May, the finalists, pianist Ljubica Stojanovic, violinist Dan-Iulian Drutac, and pianist Joon Yoon, each perform a concerto of their choice accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Judd. The jury comprises Chief Executive of Askonas Holt Donagh Collins; Director of Enticott Music Management, Kathryn Enticott; General Manager of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hughes, Competition Conductor James Judd; and Vice-Principal & Director of Music at the Guildhall School, Jonathan Vaughan. Previous winners of the Gold Medal include Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Tasmin Little (1986) and Bryn Terfel (1989).
Onyx Brass with Guildhall Brass Ensemble: Tuesday 15 May, Milton Court Concert Hall
Onyx Brass celebrates its 25th anniversary and marks the launch of its new recording which showcases the ensemble as ambassadors for establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music. Joining with the Guildhall Brass Ensemble on 15 May, they present fanfares by British composers such as Arnold, Bliss, Bax, Coates, Holst and Ketelbey in their signature entertaining and articulate style.
Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize, winner’s recital: Wednesday 27 June, Wigmore Hall
The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize annually awards an exceptional Guildhall School musician with a Wigmore Hall Recital. This year’s recipient, pianist Ming Xie, is fast establishing himself as a rising star in the classical music world. On 27 June, he presents a thrilling programme of piano music taking in Granados’ masterful Piano Suite, charming Chopin preludes and Ravel’s virtuosic Gaspard de la nuit, considered one of the most technically-challenging solo piano pieces of all time.
Faculty Artist Series: Capturing the Illusive Image: Debussy’s Préludes: Tuesday 3 July, Milton Court Concert Hall
On 3 July, Professor of Piano, Paul Roberts, imparts his expertise on Debussy’s music as part of the centenary tributes to the composer. He demonstrates the nature of his Impressionism and performs the first book of Préludes to show how Debussy’s visually evocative titles provoke an intensity of listening.
Chamber Music Festival: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July, Silk Street & Milton Court
The Guildhall School presents its first ever Chamber Music Festival on Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July, featuring showcase performances from some of the School’s most accomplished chamber groups and collaborations with renowned performers from the chamber music faculty. It begins on 6 July with the Opening Concert: the world-renowned Endellion Quartet, the Guildhall School’s Visiting Quartet-in-Association, are joined by professors Graham Sheen(bassoon) and Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) to perform alongside current students in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and composition professorMatthew Kaner. The evening concert on 7 July features masterpieces that are less frequently performed than they deserve: Prokofiev’s extraordinary quintet, Fauré’s second Piano Quartet and Taneyev’s masterful Piano Trio.
The final day of the festival, on 8 July, begins with free student performances of piano and strings works by Brahms, moving into works by Mendelssohn in the afternoon and culminates with Guildhall School faculty members Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Joy Farrall (Clarinet), and Graham Sheen (bassoon), being joined by students to perform three classical chamber works: Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds; Brahms’ Piano Trio in B major; and Mendelssohn’s Octet in Eb major. Throughout the Sunday, key musicians give chamber music masterclasses to students including: Matthew Jones & Carole Presland (10am, Strings and Keyboard); Ian Wilson (10am, Wind, Brass & Percussion) and David Waterman (5pm, Cello)
Miles Ahead/Sketches of Spain/Bitches Brew: Tuesday 10 July, Milton Court Concert Hall
The academic year for jazz ends on 10 July with the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra performing a Miles Davis feast with trumpeters Marvin Stamm and Robbie Robson, directed by Scott Stroman and Stuart Hall. It features two of Davis’ classic jazz orchestra collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, plus music from his ground-breaking album Bitches Brew and the formative Miles Ahead and Sketches of Spain. They established Davis and Evans as one of the great collaborative partnerships of 20th century music, moulding bebop, cool jazz and orchestra sounds into beautiful and unique jazz orchestra suites. Bitches Brew broke new ground ten-years later through its layering of electric instruments, rock grooves, and incorporation of modal and free improvisation.
A host of prestigious artists visit the Guildhall School this spring to give masterclasses to senior students. This includes the celebrated tenor Jonas Kaufmann working with Guildhall School singers in this unprecedented opportunity on 17 May. Other visiting artists include: Edith Fischer (26 April); Caroline Palmer (30 April); Malcolm Martineau (2 May); Los Angeles Philharmonic as Barbican International Associates (3 May); Amanda Roocroft (3 May); Elmira Darvarova (7 May); Edith Wiens (8 May); Julian Milford (8 May); Peter Frankl (11 May); Takács Quartet (14 May); Onyx Brass (15 May); Richard Goode (16 May); Robert Levin (28 May); Hie-Yon Choi (27 June); Angela Cheng (2 July); Julien Beaudiment (5 July).
Revival of Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis: 6 performances from Tuesday 24 April, Lyric Hammersmith
Philip Venables was the Guildhall School’s first Doctoral Composer-in-Residence in association with The Royal Opera and his critically acclaimed opera 4.48 Psychosis receives its first revival at the Lyric Hammersmith. Venables is the first to set music to a play by Sarah Kane: his original and hard-hitting operatic version of 4.48 Psychosis received its premiere in May 2016, winning the award for Achievement in Opera at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards. It opens on 24 April for 6 performances, conducted by Richard Baker, directed by Ted Huffman with designer Hannah Clark.
Double Bill - Paul Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner and Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement: 4 performances from Monday 4 June, Silk Street Theatre
The Guildhall School present a double bill of one act operas this term: pairing Paul Hindemith’s imaginative drama The Long Christmas Dinner with Lennox Berkeley’s comedy and gem of British opera A Dinner Engagement. The former traverses 90 years of life in a New England family, capturing the rapid changing society whilst the latter follows Lord and Lady Dunmow’s dinner preparations for a suitor for their troublesome daughter. When the dinner is burnt, things go from bad to worse. Dominic Wheeler conducts the four performances, opening on 4 June, with director Ashley Dean and designer Cordelia Chisholm.
World Premiere of Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard: 3 performances from Thursday 14 June, Hackney Empire
On 14 June the Guildhall School and The Royal Opera present the world premiere of a new work by exciting young composer Na’ama Zisser, in a soundworld that thrillingly unites contemporary idioms with the music of Orthodox Hasidic Judaism. Based during the New York blackout of 13 July 1977, it is the night before Yoel’s wedding, an arranged marriage within his community. He is wracked with doubt. A chance encounter with a stranger reveals truths about Yoel that change everything. Zisser is the second Doctoral Composer-in-Residence with the Guildhall School and The Royal Opera and Mamzer Bastard is the culmination of this programme. It runs for three performances from 14 June with the libretto by Samantha Newton and Zisser’s sister Rachel C. Zisser.
Curious: Friday 29 June, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern
Masters students from the Guildhall School present a series of performances and participative installations at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern on 29 June.This year’s Curious marks the first time that Barbican Creative Learning has worked with Tate Exchange as an Associate. The work addresses the organisation’s current theme of ‘Production’ through individual investigations and artistic enquiries and incorporates a new collaboration with artists from the Feminist Library.
The audience is able to come and go as they please: watching, listening, wandering and being surprised. They are welcome to talk to the artists, participate, comment and discuss. It is for anyone who is keen to experience progressive live art forms in intriguing, provocative ways: one-to-one, group encounters.
Singing our Lives – an evening of song celebrating the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week, Sunday 1 July, Milton Court Concert Hall
Following last year’s sell-out concert, the Guildhall School’s Electronic Music department reunites on 1 July with The Mixed Up Chorus, The Sing for Freedom Choir, The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and special guests to present an evening of music exploring the experiences of refugees and migrants in the UK and the rich musical diversity this inspires. With over 200 performers, the evening is a powerful evocation of the migration story, combining opera, classical, popular and electronic genres with music from around the globe. The evening features the world premiere of a new commission created in collaboration with the performing choirs by composer Mike Roberts (the Guildhall School’s Head of Electronic Music) and librettist Sarah Grange (Improbable Theatre), conducted by Jeremy Haneman and the Creative Producer is Holly Jones. Produced by Together Productionsin partnership with the Guildhall School, the International Organisation for Migration, Freedom from Torture and the Royal Opera House.
BMW Classics: Sunday 1 July, Trafalgar Square
Guildhall School musicians join Sir Simon Rattle, the LSO, and young musicians from East London schools for a concert in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 1 July. They will perform a brand new piece by 29 year-old composer and pianist Kate Whitley, founder of Peckham Car Park’s Multi-Story Orchestra. This free summer concert marks the renewal of a continuing partnership between BMW and the London Symphony Orchestra, bringing access to world-class music to everyone in one of the world’s most iconic public spaces. With an audience in the square of up to 10,000 people, the concert will be live streamed for the first time exclusively on YouTube, making the concert accessible to music fans worldwide.
LSO Discovery: On Track at 10: Thursday 5 July, Barbican Hall
This concert on 5 July sees young musicians from all over East London perform alongside one of the world’s finest orchestra, to celebrate ten years of inspiring music-making. Featuring musicians from the Guildhall School’s Orchestral Artistry programme, conducted by Elim Chan and Howard Moody, delivered in association with the LSO.
Other partnerships this term with the LSO include Guildhall School alumni and Fellows Trio Isimsiz performing a complimentary concert to their evening concert on Monday 25 June at the Cologne Philharmonie. The programme from the prize-winning chamber group includes Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major No. 1 ‘Ghost,’ Rihm’s Remde Szenen III, Beethoven’s Allegretto in B flat major, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor.
The Guildhall Brass Dectet and Horn Ensemble perform a free lunchtime outdoor concert in the beautiful surroundings of the LSO St Luke’s garden on Friday 29 June.
Fiddler on the Roof: nine performances from Wednesday 4 July, Silk Street Theatre
This year’s summer musical is Fiddler of the Roof, based on the book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnic, produced on the New York stage by Harold Prince with the original New York Stage Production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Having first opened on Broadway in 1964, the musical was the first to exceed 3,000 performances. It follows Tevye, a poor milkman and father of five daughters, struggling to maintain the traditions of his Jewish culture and religion in early twentieth century Imperial Russia. In this life-affirming tale, Tevye’s faith, love and pride help him endure in a life that is as precarious as a fiddler sitting on a roof. It opens on 4 July for 9 performances, is directed by Martin Connor, with musical director Steven Edis, choreographer Joanna Goodwin, and designer Adam Wiltshire.
Technical Theatre Arts Graduate Exhibition: 6 & 7 June, Milton Court Studio Theatre & foyers
This end-of-year showcase on 6 & 7 June presents some of the outstanding work of final year students on the Guildhall School’s Technical Theatre Arts and Video Design for Live Performance programmes. It is a chance to see up close a range of props, scenery, costumes and video designs created for the School’s public operas, dramas and musicals, as well as for students’ own personal projects, and many of the students are present to talk about their work.