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Philharmonia Britannica Orchestral Workshop: Shostakovich 15

Grace Williams  Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Shostakovich  Symphony No.15

Time  6.00pm Saturday 17 January

Place  London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE

Tickets  Suggested donation £5 adults, £1 children

Philharmonia Britannica: Eroica

The power of Beethoven’s groundbreaking Eroica symphony, the delicacy of his F major Romance, and the premiere of David Bozzo’s lyrical violin concerto, preceded by a rousing overture by Arriaga, who was nicknamed ‘The Spanish Mozart’!

Arriaga  Overture ‘Los Esclavos Felices’ (1820)
David Bozzo  Violin Concerto (world premiere) – with Francisco Jimeno
Beethoven  Romance in F for violin and orchestra
Beethoven  Symphony No.3 in Eb (“Eroica”)

Time  7.30pm Saturday 14 March

Place  St James’s Church, Picadilly W1J 9LL

Tickets  £15, £12 (concs), £5 (U19s)

Fulham Opera: Il Tabarro / Gianni Schicchi double bill

Puccini  Il Tabarro & Gianni Schicchi (fully staged, reduced orchestration)

Time  7.30pm Fri 20 Mar, 7pm Sun 22 Mar, 7.30pm Fri 27 Mar, 5pm Sun 29 Mar

Place  St Johns Church, North End Rd, London SW6 1PB

Tickets  £25 (concessions £20) from fulhamopera.com

Whitehall Orchestra: Mahler 2

Mahler  Symphony No.2
with Rebecca Holden (Soprano), Anna Harvey (Mezzo-Soprano) and The Mahler Chorus

Time  7.30pm Saturday 25 April

Place  St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ
http://bit.ly/StSepulchre

Tickets  £12 (concessions £10)

Amici Orchestra: War and Remembrance

A concert to commemorate 70 years since VE Day. Music to include: Kamen- ‘Band of Brothers’, John Williams – ‘Schindlers List’, Carl Davis- ‘The World at War: France Falls Suite’, Walton – ‘Battle of Britain’, Glenn Miller – Medley, Coates – ‘The Dambusters March’ and more!

Time  7.30pm Saturday 2 May

Place  St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico SW1V 2AD
http://bit.ly/StGabriels

Tickets  Free entry, retiring collection with proceeds to be split between The Royal British Legion and The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home

** Plus Fulham Opera Orchestral Workshop shortly to be announced **

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2014 has been a bit quiet in terms of posts. By which I mean I’ve managed one review. In January. Since then, been to a couple of operas and a handful of Proms, but no time/energy to write about them while still even vaguely fresh in my memory. Also promised two book reviews, which have as yet failed to materialise (although these I can at least reread to refresh). In case one of my very many* readers was concerned, I haven’t been ill (well, no more than usual) or away, just final stages of doctoral thesis taking over my life, followed by job hunting, followed by new job. While playing more operas than I saw, including a Strauss hat trick (go decades having played zero Strauss operas, then three come along in the same year…)

* not very many

Also late posting this term’s concert diary, but hey.

Saffron Opera Group: Meistersinger

Wagner  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (concert performance)

Time  2.00pm Sunday 14 September

Place  Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex

Edinburgh Players Opera Group: no longer just Wagnerians…

Richard Strauss  Der Rosenkavalier (concert performance)

Time  11.00am Sunday 28 September

Place  Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh

Tickets  £15 requested donation

Philharmonia Britannica: Great Film Music

Klaus Badelt  Pirates of the Carribean
AJ Lerner & F Loewe  My Fair Lady
John Williams  Star Wars Suite
John Williams  Harry Potter Suite
John Williams  Schindler’s List
H Arlen & EY Harburg  Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Time  6.00pm Saturday 4 October

Place  St John’s Waterloo, SE1 8UD

Tickets  £5, £1 (U19s)

Fulham Opera Orchestral Workshop: Elektra

Two-day orchestral workshop on Richard Strauss’s Elektra, followed by evening play-through. Cast including Zoe South in title role – further info at fulhamopera.com

Time  Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 October

Place  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak NW3 2JP

Tickets  £15/day (participation) or £10 (audience)

Amici Orchestra

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Saint-Saens Symphony No.2
Beethoven Symphony No.4

Time  7.30pm Saturday 1 November

Place  St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, SW1V 2AD

No tickets – retiring collection in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Fulham Opera: Falstaff

Verdi Falstaff (fully staged, reduced orchestration)

Time  7.30pm Friday 7 Nov, 5pm Sunday 9 Nov, 7.30pm Friday 14 Nov, 5pm Sunday 16 November

Place  St Johns Church, North End Rd, London SW6 1PB

Tickets  £25 (concessions £20) from fulhamopera.com

Whitehall Orchestra with Idil Biret

Rimsky-Korsakov  Scheherezade
Brahms Piano concerto No.1

Time  7.30pm Saturday 22 November

Place  St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HF

Tickets  £8/£10/£12/£15 – book online

Fulham Opera Orchestral Workshop: Siegfried Act 3

One-day orchestral workshop on Wagner’s Siegfried (Act 3), followed by evening play-through. Cast including Jonathan Finney in title role – further info at fulhamopera.com

** PLACES AVAILABLE IN STRINGS AND BRASS (RESERVE LIST FOR WOODWIND) – CONTACT ME IF INTERESTED **

Time  Sunday 7 December

Place  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak NW3 2JP

Tickets  £15 (participation) or £10 (audience)

Philharmonia Britannica: Italian Arias

Rossini  Overture to Barber of Seville
Mozart  ‘Parto, parto’ from ‘La Clemenza di Tito’
Verdi  Violetta and Germont duet from ‘La Traviata’
Mozart  ‘Soave il vento’ from ‘Così fan tutte’
Beethoven  Symphony No.6 (“Pastoral”)

Time  7.30pm Friday 13 June

Place  St James’s Church, Picadilly W1J 9LL

Tickets  £15, £12 (concs), £5 (U19s)

Whitehall Orchestra

Suk  Scherzo Fantastique
Bruch Violin concerto No.1 in Gm (with Peter Fisher)
Stravinsky Petrushka

Time  7.30pm Thursday 3 July

Place  St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico SW1V 2AD
http://bit.ly/StGabriels

Tickets  £10 (concessions £7) – Book online or contact us

Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra
with Janis Kelly, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Sam Furness, Jonathan Best, and the St Albans Bach Choir

Verdi Requiem

Times/Places
7.30pm Saturday 12 July at Cadogan Hall
7.30pm Saturday 19 July at St Albans Abbey

WORKSHOP with Philharmonia Britannica: Schubert 9

Day workshop on Schubert’s 9th Symphony “The Great”, finishing with an informal performance of the piece.

Time  5.30pm Saturday 11 January

Place  London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE

Tickets  Free entry, exit donation.

** Spaces still available in some sections – message me if interested **

Fulham Opera: Ring Cycles 

See fulhamopera.com for dates/times/prices/casts of individual operas and two full cycles (each over 6 days).

Place  St Johns Church, North End Rd, London SW6 1PB

(NB am only in Siegfried & Götterdämmerung)

Whitehall Orchestra: Beethoven 9

d’Albert  Cello Concerto (with Raphael Wallfisch)
Beethoven  9th Symphony (with Rebecca Goulden, Anna Harvey, Stephen Aviss, Richard Walshe, and The Bach Choir)

Time  7.30pm Saturday 29 March

Place  St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA

http://bit.ly/StJohnsSS

Tickets  £15/£12/£10/£8 – buy online and choose your seat!

Edinburgh Players Opera Group: Tristan & Isolde

Wagner  Tristan und Isolde

Time  10.00am Sunday 29 September

Place  Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh

Tickets  £15 requested donation

Midsummer Opera: Otello

Verdi  Otello

Time  7.00pm Friday 18 October, 4.00pm Sunday 20 October

Place  St John’s Church, Waterloo,  SE1 8TY
http://bit.ly/StJohnsWaterloo

Tickets  and further info from midsummeropera.org.uk

Fulham Opera Ring: Götterdämmerung

Wagner Götterdämmerung (arr. B Woodward)

Time  5.00pm Friday 8, Sunday 10, Friday 15, Sunday 17 November

Place  St Johns Church, North End Rd, London SW6 1PB

Tickets  £25 (concessions £20) from fulhamopera.com

Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss, R  Don Juan Overture
Khachaturian Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.2 “Little Russian”

Time  7.30pm Sunday 24 November

Place  Chelsea Old Town Hall

Tickets  £12

ETCetera Choir

Rutter, J  Requiem

Time  1.00pm Tuesday 26 November

Place  St Stephen’s, Rochester Row, Westminster, SW1P 1LE

Tickets  –

Whitehall Orchestra: Composer anniversaries concert

Verdi  Overture to Nabucco
Britten Piano Concerto in D Major (with Samantha Ward)
Wagner Excerpts from Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, plus:
Ride of the Valkyries (from Die Walküre)
Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Funeral March (from Götterdämmerung)

Time  7.30pm Thursday 28 November

Place  St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico SW1V 2AD
http://bit.ly/StGabriels

Tickets  £10 (concessions £7)

WORKSHOP with Fulham Opera: Götterdämmerung Act 3

One-day orchestral workshop on Act 3 of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, followed by evening concert.

** Spaces still available in some sections – message me if interested **

Time  Sunday 8 December

Place  St James’s Church, West Hampstead NW6 2AP

Tickets  £10 (participation or audience)

Midsummer Opera: Werther

Massanet  Werther

Time  7.00pm Friday 26 April, 3.00pm Sunday 28 April

Place  St John’s Church, Waterloo,  SE1 8TY
http://bit.ly/StJohnsWaterloo

Tickets  and further info from http://www.midsummeropera.org.uk/

WORKSHOP with Whitehall Orchestra & Choir: Verdi Requiem

One-day workshop on Verdi’s Requiem for orchestra and choir, followed by informal concert. Further info available from http://www.whitehallorchestra.org.uk

** Spaces still available in some sections – message me if interested **

Time  Saturday 18 May

Place  St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ
http://bit.ly/StSepulchre

Tickets  £15 participation charge

Philharmonia Britannica: George Lloyd 100th Anniversary concert

A concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Cornish composer George Lloyd. We shall be playing one of his finest and most powerful symphonies, written not long after he was severely shellshocked in WWII. Alongside this is music from two other great English composers. Elgar’s powerful and lyrical concert overture ‘In the South’ was inspired by the town Alassio on the Italian Riviera. And what can be said about ‘The Lark Ascending’? Except that it is the perfect piece for a Spring evening!

Elgar  In the South
Vaughan Williams  The Lark Ascending
George Lloyd  Symphony No.5

Time  7.30pm Saturday 8 June

Place  St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA
http://bit.ly/StJohnsSS

Tickets  £15, £12 (concs), £5 (U19s)

Amici Orchestra

Mozart Impressario Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 (with Mariela Cingo)
Beethoven Symphony No.2

Time  7.30pm Saturday 22 June

Place  St.Marks’ Church, Westmoreland Road, Bromley BR2 OTB

Tickets  Free entry, exit donation. All proceeds go to MacMillan Cancer Support.

Whitehall Orchestra

Rossini  Overture to the Barber of Seville
Villa Lobos  The little train of the Caipira; Brasileiras No2
Granados  Three Spanish Dances
Ginastera  Harp Concerto  (with Gabriella Dall’Olio)
Shostakovich  Symphony No 12 “The Year 1917”

Time  7.30pm Thursday 27 June

Place  St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico SW1V 2AD
http://bit.ly/StGabriels

Tickets  £9 (concessions £6)

WORKSHOP with Fulham Opera: Siegfried Act 1

One-day workshop on Act 1 of Wagner’s Siegfried, followed by evening concert.

** Spaces still available in some sections – message me if interested **

Time  Saturday 13 July

Place  St James’s Church, West Hampstead NW6 2AP

Tickets  £10 (participation or audience)

Fulham Opera: Siegfried

Fulham Opera begin 2013 and continue their mandate of “Big Opera on a Small Scale” with the third opera in their unique portrayal of the Ring Cycle: Siegfried. An innovative staging by Max Pappenheim keeps the audience once again right in the centre of this most intimate of Wagner’s operas.

Time  6.00pm, Tue 12 / Fri 15 / Sun 17 February

Place  St John’s Church, Fulham, SW6 1PB

Tickets  and further details at fulhamopera.com

Philharmonia Britannica: Tosca

Two semi-staged performances of Puccini’s dramatic masterpiece sung in Italian. The action takes place over 24 hours in June 1800 and is dominated by the police chief Scarpia, who rules Rome with an iron rod on behalf of the King of Naples. But Rome is now threatened by Napoeleon’s invasion. Into this politically charged and bloody story Puccini poured some of his best-known lyrical arias, with wonderfully evocative orchestration.

Time  7.30pm, Sat 16 / Sun 17 March

Place  St John’s Church, Waterloo,  SE1 8TY
http://bit.ly/StJohnsWaterloo

Tickets  £15, £12 (concs), £5 (U19s)  and further details at ph-br.co.uk

Whitehall Orchestra

Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Chausson’s Poeme for violin and orchestra, and finishing with the Saint-Saëns “Organ” Symphony No 3. Our leader Nathaniel Vallois will be the violin soloist and we are delighted to be joined again by David Bednall on the organ.

Time  7.30pm, Thursday 21 March

Place  St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, SW1V 2AD
http://bit.ly/StGabriels

Tickets  £9 (£6 concs)

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