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Friday, February 12, 2010 | Posted by: rogers_kp
Valentine's Concert at St John's, Smith Square [Northern Lights Symphony]

The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, featuring world-class conservatoire graduates, will give a Valentine's Concert at St. John's, Smith Square on Friday 12th February.

The programme is:

The Marriage of Figaro -- Overture
Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K467 (Elvira Madigan)
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra
Adam Johnson (Artistic director and conductor)
The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra was formed by its Artistic Director Adam Johnson in 2007, from graduates of leading conservatoires around the world. It specialises in the repertoire of composers born within the Northern Lights. This includes Canada, Iceland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Estonia and Northern Russia. It is equally committed to the interpretation of standard repertoire as well as exploration of contemporary music.

Friday 12 February 2010 7.30pm

Tickets: £20, £15, £10 (concessions 10 per cent discount)

Call 020 7222 1061
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | Posted by: concorsolirici
Positions available for the Rome Festival Orchestra, Opera, Chorus & Ballet
  The Rome Festival has positions open for instrumentalists and singers (soloists & choral singers) for the Summer of 2010. Musicians will have the opportunity to live in the historic center of the "eternal city", join outstanding artists from around the world, perform symphonic works, chamber music and fully staged opera and ballet with the Rome Festival Orchestra, Opera, Ballet and Chorus and have classes under renowned masters. Please tell your friends about this. Please feel free to contact me if you or friends are interested, [email protected].com
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | Posted by: swingle singers
NEW London A Cappella Festival 13-16 January 2010

London’s diverse a cappella community come together under one roof to celebrate the unaccompanied human voice. Curated by the world-famous 5-time Grammy-winning vocal group the Swingle Singers, the inaugural London A Cappella Festival at London’s Kings Place showcases some of the best of the UK’s choral, jazz, contemporary, and gospel ensembles, including special guests, with music ranging from sacred Renaissance polyphony to crowd-pleasing pop and blistering beatbox.

In addition to the Swingle Singers, acts include internationally-acclaimed gospel stars London Adventist Chorale (Sainsbury Choir of the Year; BBC Gem Best Choir award), Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Stile Antico, and hot young pop/jazz group VOCES8, as well as many other groups from the huge local a cappella community.

Free foyer performances and afternoon workshops will also help to capture the imagination of people young and old, in various spaces within Kings Place. Education for the masses will be an integral part of the festival’s commitments; whether the festival-goers are experienced singers or only have experience of singing in the shower, the opportunities for sharing and learning at the London A Cappella Festival will be limitless.

Friday, January 08, 2010 | Posted by: jgcb2
Ardente Opera presents Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbé
  Ardente Opera presents their new production of Frank Martin's dramatic oratorio, Le Vin Herbé, in semi-staged performance. The work is an intense and highly charged retelling of the Tristan and Isolde legend after the novel 'Roman de Tristan et Iseut' by Joseph Bédier. It is scored for two soloists, 12-part chorus and 8-piece chamber ensemble in 3 acts.
Iseut - Angela Henckel
Tristan - Greg Tassell

Conductor - Julian Black
Director - Rosalind Parker

Friday 8th & 9th January 2010
St. George's, Bloomsbury

Tickets: £16/£12 (concession)/£8 (student)
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Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Posted by: scchoir
Bristol Choral Society's Mesmerizing Memorized Messiah
  Forget your pre-conceived notions of a choral society Messiah - this rendition is light, dancing, dramatic, with immensely impressive neatness, clarity and articulation - sung from memory by chorus and soloists alike this adds even more to the communication, drama and immediacy of this sublime work.
Supported by the delightful playing of distinguished baroque ensemble Music for Awhile led by Margaret Faultless, your Christmas starts here!

At 6:30pm there will be a pre-concert talk by Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project, exploring the links between the author of Amazing Grace and Handel's Messiah. Entry to the talk is free to concert ticket holders.

Bristol Choral Society
Music for Awhile (Margaret Faultless – Leader)
Adrian Partington – Conductor

Jennifer Walker - soprano
Heather Shipp - mezzo-soprano
Paul Badley - tenor
Matthew Hargreaves - bass
Warwick Cole - harpsichord

Saturday 19th December, 7:30pm
Colston Hall, Bristol

Tickets, priced £9 - £21 (under 25s £5), are available now from 0117 962 4991 or the Colston Hall box office

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 | Posted by: mclasiccal121
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  Immediately after the release of their previous album, The Lost Christmas Eve, in 2004 Trans-Siberian Orchestra started work on their fifth studio release, and second non-Christmas album. Now the album is a fact and is already in the stores. Night Castle presents a story that spans in 21 songs and two discs. Fans have been waiting for Trans-Siberian Orchestra new release for five years, quite a long time, but the unique rock band has prepared something really special that will satisfy the longing of every fan. Hear the band’s original tracks: Night Enchanted, Childhood Dreams, The Safest Way Into Tomorrow, Mother And Son, There Was A Life, Moonlight And Madness, Time Floats On, Epiphany; and enjoy the pieces inspired by classical composers like Mozart, Grieg, Bach, Carl Orff and others in pieces like Mozart And Memories, Toccata-Carpimus Noctem, Nutrocker, Bach Lullaby, Carmina Burana, Mountain. Night Castle proves again that the great success the orchestral-rock group has earned in its 15-year history is fully deserved. The show they’ve prepared offers the full range of entertainment with special pyro effects, lighting effects and, of course, the incredible music of the musicians from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Night Castle is more than a rock opera, says Paul O'Neill, founder of the orchestra. More than 140 performances by two touring versions of TSO will be played across USA during the last two months of this year. Now is the time to check the cheap Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets Ticketloot provides for you! The release of the Night Castle coincides with a special donation the band decided to make. The founder of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra was touched by the sad story of four triad people burned out of their homes. He will donate $10,000 dollars to the people burned out of their apartments. The new album of Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a must-hear for all rock fans but there is nothing like the live performance of your favorite songs so better check now for the discounted concerts tickets Ticketloot provides for you and your friends! To all the fans of Trans-Siberian Orchestra should know about [url=]Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert schedules[/url] and tour dates to see and enjoy their performance live!
Monday, October 26, 2009 | Posted by: HilaryCampbell
And I Saw A New Heaven
  St Augustine's, South Kensington, London Saturday 26 September 7.30pm Tickets £5 Celebrating the breadth of the English choral tradition, the Blossom Street Singers present a selection of great English choral works, including music by Stanford, Elgar, Finzi and Howells, alongside the premiere of a new work written for the group by Stuart Turnbull.
Saturday, October 24, 2009 | Posted by: HilaryCampbell
PLANTAGENET Launch Concert
  Saturday 24 October 7.30pm St John's, Smith Square ( PLANTAGENET Launch Concert Tickets £12/£8 Missa del Cid Judith Weir (c25') for narrator and 10 solo voices, narrated by Hannah Thomson Prayer of Imperfect Desire Hilary Campbell, text by Ryan Wood (c15') for 16 solo voices INTERVAL Meadows of Gold Jamie Brown (c45') for narrator, mezzo soprano, baritone, choir and chamber orchestra. Narrator: Eamonn O’Dwyer, mezzo soprano solo Kathryn McAdam Performed by the Blossom Street Singers and the King William Singers and Orchesra All three works take the absurdity of war, or the importance of mutual respect and understanding, as their theme. The concert is not only a launchpad for PLANTAGENET but is also raising money for Action for Brazil's Children, a humanitarian aid charity. PLANTAGENET ( is a new musical/cross-art group which aims to provide a creative platform for young artists to collaborate, produce new work and have regular performance opportunities, taking projects to classical music halls as well as visual and dramatic art venues, and workshops for schools. Each of its six members specialise in one field but bring a wide range of skills: Jamie Brown composer – also experienced arts administrator Hilary Campbell composer – also soprano and conductor Kathryn McAdam mezzo-soprano – also teacher and workshop leader Danny Standing baritone – also performance artist Hannah Thomson actor – also poet and workshop leader Ryan Wood poet – also workshop leader ASSOCIATE ARTISTS: The Blossom Street Singers (vocal ensemble) In future years we hope to take on more artists from a wider range of backgrounds, including choreographers/dancers, and visual artists. The six original members were chosen for a specific project: a song cycle, in which two sides of the same love story are told from both male and female perspectives. Involving two singers, the cycle (with words by both poets and music by both composers) will chart the history of a relationship and hopefully create insights into how things can go right and wrong without proper understanding between the sexes… The cycle will be ready for premiere in 2010, but first we are concentrating on a launch concert at St John’s Smith Square in October, in which the six members will be joined by Blossom Street, the King William Singers and Orchestra, plus actor Eamonn O’Dwyer, for a gala concert.
Thursday, October 08, 2009 | Posted by: hbdirect Classical Music Recordings North America's Premiere Classical Music Website. Providing exceptional customer service, selection and value!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 | Posted by: Phil Best
Lunchtime piano recital - 4 Chopin Ballades and Debussy's 'Suite Bergamasque'
  Tuesday October 6th - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. St George's Church, 44 Queen Square, Holborn, London WC1N 3AH Admission free - donations welcome. 4 Ballades - Chopin Suite Bergamasque - Debussy A programme of arguably Chopin's most musically intense and technically demanding compositions, his 4 Ballades, followed by Debussy's 'Suite Bergamasque', four movements that are a great example of his early style and that include the achingly beautiful 'Clair de Lune'. Phil's eclectic and innate musicianship combines with technical mastery to make him a musician of rare versatility and range. He champions ways of making music based on fluency and natural expressiveness.
Friday, September 25, 2009 | Posted by: 70percentcocoa
Rachmaninoff Society Conference, Chethams, Manchester
  4 recitals, 2 lectures and 1 masterclass, on the theme of Rachmaninoff's Transcriptions, 25-27 September. Guest of honour: Franco-American pianist and Rachmaninoff veteran François-Joel Thiollier. Full programme and ticket prices for individual events or Conference packages at Special deal for music students. BOOK NOW!
Friday, September 25, 2009 | Posted by: rogers_kp
Bristol International Piano Duo Festival 2009
  St George's Bristol, renowned for having some of the best acoustics in Britain and the city’s Victoria Rooms host a new festival devoted to piano duos from 14th to 18th October. Artistic Directors Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa, who will perform themselves as Piano 4 Hands, have put together a wide-ranging programme of music ranging from Mozart and Schubert through to John McCabe and Chick Corea. The whole festival explores the vibrancy and versatility of the piano duo medium and its continued attraction for contemporary composers.

Joined by the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Micallef-Inanga Duo and Piano Duo Tal and Groethuysen, the five day event promises a unique opportunity for audiences in the West Country to discover some decidedly unusual musical riches.
Saturday, September 19, 2009 | Posted by: LMA Orchestra
Mozart Symphony No 40 in G minor
  Mini Maestro Family Concert Saturday 19 September 2009, 4.30pm Mozart Symphony No. 40 Come and enjoy our friendly Family Concerts, a musical playground with full orchestra where everyone can listen, learn and join in the fun and games. Go on a musical treasure hunt, take a quizz and face the challenge! Enjoy a ride on our orchestra side-car or play musical chairs. You might even get to conduct the orchestra! So join us for a feast of musical treats. See you there! Ticket prices: Children £6, Adults £8 Tickets available from the box office: 020 7766 1100 Or online: Concerts last for 1 hour and are suitable for ages 4 and over.
Thursday, September 17, 2009 | Posted by: Phil Best
Lunchtime piano recital - Mozart Sonata and 6 Chopin Polonaises
  Thursday September 17th - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. St Olave's Church, Hart Street, London EC3R 7NB. Admission free - donations welcome. Sonata in Bb major K333 - Mozart; Polonaises 1-6 - Chopin. A full programme of the lyrical and virtuoso Mozart Sonata followed by majesty and heroic style interlaced with moments of true tenderness in the breathtaking Chopin Polonaises. Phil's virtuoso technique combines with a remarkably fresh and natural way of playing to bring energy and excitement to these piano masterpieces.
Friday, September 11, 2009 | Posted by: Phil Best
Lunchtime piano recital - 10 Rachmaninov and 3 Debussy Preludes
  Friday September 11th - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. St John's Church, Waterloo Road (corner of Exton Street), London SE1 8TY. Admission free - donations welcome. 10 Preludes, Op 23 - Rachmaninov; 3 Preludes ( 'Ondine', 'Feux d'artifice', 'Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses') - Debussy. Music may evoke all kinds of sentiments and emotions: joy, sadness, nostalgia, passion but these words are inadequate generalities that cannot do any justice to the nuances that music expresses and language simply cannot. This music is a prelude to life, an invitation to allow archetypal messages to enter your world and flood your whole being. Phil's performances combine engaging presentation with powerful and passionate musicality. His mission is to generate a level of excitement about the piano and its expressive possibilities that has not been known since the nineteenth century when it was a relatively new invention. The combination of Phil's virtuoso technique and his fresh and natural way of playing brings energy and excitement to both old and new music in a way that challenges stereotyped preconceptions about musical genres.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Posted by: rcicw
5th Annual Rose City Conducutors Workshop [email protected] The musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra are proud to announce the 5th Annual Rose City International Conductor's Workshop, July 20-26, 2009 on the campus of Lewis and Clark College in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Each summer, emerging talents from around the world come to Portland for a week of intense study under the guidance of course director Kenneth Woods (Music Director- Oregon East Symphony), Christopher Zimmerman (Head of Orchestras and Conducting- Hartt School of Music) and David Hoose (Music Director- Cantata Singers, Boston and Director of Orchestras at Boston University). You can read about the 2008 workshop in this feature article from the Sunday Oregonian here- The Emerging Artists program is aimed at young conductors who are in the most advanced stages of their studies or already working professionally. EA repertoire for 2009 includes Verdi- Excerpts from "Aida," Mozart- Gran Partita for Winds, Beethoven- Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major, Debussy- Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune and Haydn's Symphony no. 99. The Discovery Program is geared towards young conductors beginning their advanced studies, instrumentalists and singers with an interest in conducting and music educators. DP repertoire for 2009 includes Haydn's Symphony no. 99, Beethoven's Symphony no. 4 and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres midi d'un Faune. DP students participate actively in all seminars and classes. Students conduct the musicians of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra and work with professional soloists including concert pianist Rick Rowley and singers Alexis Hamilton, Esther Mae Moses and Brennen Guillory. Additional classes and seminars will be offered in score study, opera coaching and conducting and musicianship. All conducting sessions are professionally filmed with CD-quality audio. All EA students conduct in a final Showcase concert. The musicians of the RCCO are committed to creating a welcoming learning environment where young conductors can make professional connections and forge friendships while enjoying one of America's most beautiful cities. 2009 Tuition for EA program, $920, DP $660
Saturday, July 25, 2009 | Posted by: rogers_kp
Somerset Chamber Choir with Emma Kirkby
25 July 2009, 7pm at Wells Cathedral.

Somerset Chamber Choir celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a spectacular concert of baroque masterpieces:

Vivaldi - Gloria
Handel - Dixit Dominus
Charpentier - Te Deum, plus
Jonathan Harvey - The Angels


Emma Kirkby (soprano)
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Tim Mead (counter-tenor)
Thomas Hobbs (tenor)
Derek Welton (baritone)
Somerset Chamber Choir
Graham Caldbeck (conductor)

Tickets (£10 - £25) are available from MusicBox 01275 349010. Early booking is advised!

This year marks the 25th birthday of the Somerset Chamber Choir which, since its formation, has consistently promoted the world’s greatest choral music within Somerset and beyond, in a spectacular sequence of wide-ranging and imaginatively programmed concerts, in partnership with many of the UK’s finest singers and instrumentalists.

In 2009, the musical world also celebrates a significant anniversary of George Frideric Handel – the 250th anniversary of his death. In a wonderfully celebratory programme, the choir marks its 25-year existence by performing great works spanning 25 years not only by Handel, but also by his illustrious contemporaries, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Antonio Vivaldi from the Rome, Paris and Venice of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. All to be performed on the 25th July, naturally!

Beginning with the trumpet and drums of Charpentier’s magnificent Te Deum - dating from around 1692, and later made well known by the use of its uplifting Prelude as the signature tune for the Eurovision Song Contest! - through Handel’s sparkling youthful work, Dixit Dominus, first performed in Rome in 1707, to Vivaldi’s vibrant and ever-popular Gloria of c1713-17, composed for the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, the concert provides an exciting Grand Tour of some the finest Baroque choral music ever composed.

However, the here and now (and the eternal) is also present as we celebrate the British composer Jonathan Harvey’s 70th birthday year,with the inclusion of The Angels, a hauntingly beautiful 4-minute work composed for the 1994 Carol Service in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.

The choir is again honoured to be joined by world-famous soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby, together with four of the UK’s most outstanding young soloists – Sophie Bevan, Tim Mead, Thomas Hobbs and Derek Welton. We are delighted, too, to welcome back the leading Baroque ensemble, Canzona (director Theresa Caudle), with whom the choir has, in the past, given many memorable performances.

We hope that you will join us for Handel’s anniversary and for Somerset Chamber Choir’s silver celebration this July, in the incomparable setting of Wells Cathedral.

Friday, July 24, 2009 | Posted by: rogers_kp
La Boheme (Puccini) from New Devon Opera :: 24, 25 & 28 July
'They meet, they fall in love, they split, she returns, she dies''! (That's tenor Rolando Villazón's cryptic ten-second plot summary of Puccini's La Bohème!)

NDO’s choice this year is one that has stayed at the top of the opera repertoire for the past 100 years. This is a tale that tugs at the heart-strings with Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and, through its timeless story of love, laughter and despair. Wonderful melodies (sung in English by an international cast of young opera singers); a 19 piece orchestra; a community chorus drawn from the south west; vibrant costumes, set and lighting - all staged in the courtyard of one of Devon's most lovely country houses.

Bring your own picnic (or enjoy a delicious buffet supper); wander through the grounds to the lake and relax while you take in the beautiful views of distant Dartmoor. Come with your friends and enjoy a glorious evening of gorgeous music and intense drama. Even our notoriously difficult weather is promising to improve!! But, if a shower should strike, the comfortable upholstered seating will be sited under protective awnings.

In aid of the Devon Branch of SENSE – the charity that helps deafblind people

In the Courtyard of Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh, Devon, TQ13 0AD

Tickets: tel: 01626-863605
Sunday, July 12, 2009 | Posted by: rogers_kp
Linn Records Super Audio CD Promotion more than 50% discount!
  Linn Records announces a new Super Audio CD classical music collection, available throughout July 2009, at more than 50% off. This collection provides an ideal opportunity to explore some new artists and music for an unbeatable price. The collection features albums selected from across the Linn Records catalogue and represent a diverse range of repertoire, artists and styles. The collection will provide a great starting point for new collectors or broaden existing collections. All Linn Records SACDs are hybrid discs meaning that if you do not yet have a surround sound system you can still benefit from the best sound on any CD player. SACD: Classical Collection This 10-disc classical collection features bestselling artists and critically acclaimed albums of popular and specialist repertoire. Discover the passion and technical mastery of pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis and the vocal artistry of soprano Emma Bell. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs Sibelius Theatre Music, a recording which was praised for its "state of the art sonics". Soloists Pamela Thorby (recorder) and Maximiliano Martin (clarinet) dazzle with their virtuosic technique and beautiful tone in impressive recitals. This offer is only available at until 31st July 2009, while stocks last.
Thursday, July 09, 2009 | Posted by: colf
Brucker 9 at the City of London Festival
  Bruckner Symphony No 9 - Thursday 09 July

Time: 20:00 St Paul's Cathedral
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev conductor

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Bruckner Symphony No 9

With Arvo Pärt’s beautiful tribute to Britten as a prelude, Bruckner’s last and greatest work – which he left unfinished at his death – is an image in sound of the soul’s epic journey towards God. This is music composed on a scale that’s mirrored in the great surrounding spaces of St Paul’s itself.

£5, £10, £20, £30, £40
To book tickets Click here
to go to the City of London Festival Website Click here
Friday, June 19, 2009 | Posted by: Londonlyricopera
Die Fledermaus - 19th June
  Concert performance of Die Fledermaus. Tuesday 16 June & Friday 19 June at 7.00pm Two performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus at Cadogan Hall, London. Conducted by Madeleine Lovell; Special guest appearance by Leslie Howard; Gabriel von Eisenstein - Charne Rochford; Rosalinde, his wife - Sarah Redgwick; Alfred, a singer, her lover - Garrie Davislim; Dr Falke, friend of Eisenstein - Simon Thorpe; Prince Orlofsky - Lise Christensen; Frank, governor of the prison - Jeffrey Black; Adele, Rosalinde’s maid - Ana James; Ida, her sister - Debra Morley; Dr Blind, Eisenstein’s lawyer - Nicky Spence; Frosch, a gaoler - Bernard Horsfall; Special Guest Appearance by Leslie Howard: Translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney. Pre-Performance talk at 6pm. Sponsored by Wardour More info at
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | Posted by: Londonlyricopera
Die Fledermaus - 16th June
  Concert performance of Die Fledermaus. Tuesday 16 June & Friday 19 June at 7.00pm Two performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus at Cadogan Hall, London. Conducted by Madeleine Lovell; Special guest appearance by Leslie Howard; Gabriel von Eisenstein - Charne Rochford; Rosalinde, his wife - Sarah Redgwick; Alfred, a singer, her lover - Garrie Davislim; Dr Falke, friend of Eisenstein - Simon Thorpe; Prince Orlofsky - Lise Christensen; Frank, governor of the prison - Jeffrey Black; Adele, Rosalinde’s maid - Ana James; Ida, her sister - Debra Morley; Dr Blind, Eisenstein’s lawyer - Nicky Spence; Frosch, a gaoler - Bernard Horsfall; Special Guest Appearance by Leslie Howard: Translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney. Pre-Performance talk at 6pm. Sponsored by Wardour More info at
Friday, May 29, 2009 | Posted by: LMA Orchestra
Mozart and Haydn
  Concert: 7.30pm, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square As part of the London Haydn festival the LMA Orchestra are joined by Soloist Richard Fomison on Trumpet and Joshua Fisher, Violin. It will be a wonderful programme of classical gems. Programme as follows: Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Haydn - Excerpts from the Surprise Symphony Haydn - Trumpet Concerto Haydn - St Anthony Chorale Mozart - Symphony No 38 in D 'Prague' Tickets: £6-£22 To buy tickets please call the box office on: 020 7766 1100 Or to book online click the following link:
Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Posted by: MVE
Vacancy: Classical Music experts required!
  We're looking for experts in classical music to work in our Classical Music Exchnage shop as a music buyer. Wage meets national minimum and is negotiable following trial period. For those who love the idea of immersing themselves in classical music as a living this could be the ideal position for you. Full or part time. Some weekend work required. Telephone 020 7221 0767
Sunday, May 17, 2009 | Posted by: chris
A Plucked Concert for Londoners

Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell

The London Mandolin Festival brings together some of the finest mandolin and guitar players from all around London for two concerts on May 17.

Everybody has heard of the ukulele popularised by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain but how about the ukulele’s not too disant cousin, the mandolin? Did you know at the height of the mandolin’s popularity in the 30s, there was at least one mandolin orchestra in every borough of London?

With decreasing interest in the instrument, many mandolin orchestras have since closed down or are significantly smaller. The 5 remaining orchestras have also faced the possibility of closure and still face that danger as its numbers age and as separate orchestras are unable to perform substantial works fit for the public.

Mandolin, Mandola, Guitar and Double Bass Players from all over London were approached to come together as one orchestra at the Big Wheel Studios Clerkenwell and practice set pieces for the London Mandolin Festival Concert. The concept, inspired by similar Australian Mandolin Festivals, aims to reverse the trend and encourage interest in the mandolin orchestras.

One the feature pieces of the festival is the contemporary work Four Sea Pictures by Eileen Pakenham. Pakenham, who resided nearby London, composed many works for mandolin orchestras and was a part of the now defunct London Mandolin Ensemble. Pakenham unfortunately passed away in between the mandolin festival rehearsals. The fervent hope of the festival is that the concert will inspire composers to continue Pakenham’s legacy and write new composition for mandolin orchestra.

So if you want to hear classical music like you have never heard before then check out the London Mandolin Festival Concert. With over 40 players committed to the festival, this will be the biggest mandolin orchestra that London has not seen in decades.

The First London Mandolin Festival will perform its one time only concerts on May 17th. Tickets are from £5.

Thursday, May 14, 2009 | Posted by: chris
Classical BRIT awards 2009





To be attended by

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall


London, Tuesday 5 May:  The BPI, representing UK record companies, is delighted to announce that legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock will team up with Manchurian pianist Lang Lang for a special performance to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Classical BRIT Awards with NS&I. Completing the line-up for this year are Female Artist of the Year nominee, trumpeter Alison Balsom and, making his debut Classical BRIT Awards appearance, tenor Jonas Kaufmann.


Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall on 14 May, this very special evening, celebrating 10 glorious years of The Classical BRIT Awards, will be attended by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.


For the first time at The Classical BRIT Awards, two grand pianos will take centre stage as the celebrated jazz musician and experimentalist Herbie Hancock joins forces with Chinese sensation Lang Lang. Featuring on the NS&I Album of the Year nominated ÔMusic Of The SpheresÕ by Mike Oldfield, Lang Lang returns to The Classical BRITs for the second time following his performance at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This collaboration with Herbie Hancock will be the first on UK soil before they return to the Royal Albert Hall for an evening together on July 11.


One of the great success stories of The Classical BRIT Awards, over the last few years, is female trumpeter Alison Balsom. The only instrumentalist nominated this year for Female Artist of the Year, Alison returns to The Classical BRITs for the second time, her first since being awarded Young British Classical Performer in 2006. The only female trumpeter with an exclusive major label deal, Alison Balsom has opened up the appeal of trumpet music through broadening the repertoire and making accessible classical recordings that show the instrument in a more versatile and less masculine light.


Making his Classical BRIT Awards debut is acclaimed Munich born tenor, Jonas Kaufmann. Internationally recognised as one of the most important artists in the classical world today, he made sensational debuts in many of the worldÕs leading opera houses. Following the release of his internationally best selling, debut solo album ÔRomantic AriasÕ from Decca, Jonas Kaufmann will release an album of German Operatic Arias and Scenes.


Completing the 10th Anniversary celebrations, it has been confirmed that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the event for the second time. In addition to attending, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will present the Lifetime Achievement award to JosŽ Carreras. HRH is the patron of the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO), who will be accompanying all performers at the event.


Chairman of The Classical BRIT Awards Committee, Decca Managing Director, Dickon Stainer said: "We are particularly thrilled that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is the patron of the London Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Warren-Green, has agreed to attend The Classical BRIT Awards in this, the 10th Anniversary show. It promises to be a very special evening"


This year The Classical BRITs is particularly delighted to partner with the Mail On Sunday to produce a commemorative 10th Anniversary CD.  This will be available to all readers on Sunday 17th May.


2009 marks the 6th consecutive year with sponsors NS&I [whoÕs award winning site helps de-mystify where savers should consider investing their savings]


The full performers line-up for The Classical BRIT Awards 2009 with NS&I includes JosŽ Carreras, Pl‡cido Domingo, Katherine Jenkins, Jonas Kaufmann, Faryl Smith, The Priests, Alison Balsom, Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang.


Hosted by Myleene Klass, The Classical BRIT Awards 2009 with NS&I will be broadcast on ITV1 on Tuesday 19 May at 10:35pm and repeated on ITV3 on Sunday 24 May at 7:45pm.


In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award there will be seven awards handed out on the night as follows:

N S & I Album of the Year

Male Artist of the year

Female artist of the year

Composer of the Year

Young British Classical Performer or Group

Soundtrack of the year

CriticsÕ Award


The Classical BRIT Awards were established in 2000 to recognise the outstanding achievements of classical musicians and the growth of classical music sales in the UK.  The awards have proved their vital importance to the UK music industry with the huge impact the event has on record sales of those artists performing, winning and nominated.


2009 marks the 6th consecutive year with sponsors NS&I.

Tim Mack, Head of Marketing and Communications at NS&I says ÒWe are delighted to be actively supporting The Classical BRIT awards yet again this year. NS&I has a long standing association with classical music. Our involvement in The Classical BRIT Awards builds on this association and fits very well with the interests of many of our customers.Ó


Tickets are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office on 020 7589 8212. Ticket prices remain the same as for the past five years and range from the most reasonable show only ticket at £20 to £250 for a full dinner/show experience. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Posted by: rogers_kp
The English Concert - Wigmore Hall
  The English Concert
Sunday 15 March 2009 - 7:30 PM

£15, £20, £25, £30

The English Concert
Nadja Zwiener (director, violin)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsicchord)
Pamela Thorby (recorder)
Lisa Beznosiuk (flute)

Telemann Concerto in E minor for flute & recorder
Goldberg Concerto in D minor for harpsichord
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G BWV1049
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D BWV1050

Further Information The virtuoso players of The English Concert are joined by the brilliant young harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani in a programme of instrumental gems, including two of Bach’s great Brandenburg Concertos, a rarely heard but astonishing harpsichord concerto by Bach’s precociously gifted pupil J G Goldberg and Telemann’s delightful concerto for flute and recorder.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Posted by: Londonlyricopera
Fidelio at Cadogan Hall: Elizabeth Connell, Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, Rachel Nicholls, Richard Wiegold, James Hancock, Andrew Staples, Paul Goodwin-Groen. Conductor Madeleine Lovell. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Phiharmonia Chorus. February 17th 2009 7.30pm Fidelio Opera in Two Acts Music by Ludwig van Beethoven. Text in German by Joseph von Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly. This version was first performed at the Kärtnertortheater, Wien on 23 May 1814 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Philharmonia Chorus Madeleine Lovell - Conductor Elizabeth Connell - Leonore Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts - Florestan James Hancock - Don Pizarro Rachel Nicholls - Marzelline Andrew Staples - Jaquino Paul Goodwin-Groen - Don Fernando Richard Wiegold - Rocco Sung in German with English surtitles
Monday, February 09, 2009 | Posted by: thepianostool
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Sunday, February 08, 2009 | Posted by: rogers_kp
Mantra: Musical Conversations Across the Indian Ocean
  7/5/2009 as 7.30pm, The National Centre for Early Music, York, UK. The Orlando Consort is joined by Kuljit Bhamra on tabla, Jonathan Mayer on sitar and Shahid Khan on vocals, to explore sublime Iberian and Indian music from the early 1500s. Tickets £20.00 (concessions £15.00) including Indian refreshments. contact the NCEM box office on 01904 658338; box [email protected];

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