Faust Chamber Orchestra - Hatfield House
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Faust Chamber Orchestra - Hatfield House

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 Op.33
Fauré Seven Songs (2010) arr. Colin Matthews
Fauré Requiem Op.48

Mark Austin conductor
Ed Ballard baritone
Guy Johnston cello
Siobhan Stagg soprano
Faust Chamber Orchestra
Hertfordshire Chorus

Tickets and more info: http://hatfieldhousemusicfestival.org.uk/festival-finale-2/

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Aurora Orchestra - BBC Proms - Symphonie Fantastique (from memory)
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Aurora Orchestra - BBC Proms - Symphonie Fantastique (from memory)

  • Imperial College Road London, England, SW7 2AP United Kingdom (map)
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Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

Mathew Baynton actor
Nicholas Collon conductor

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the scaffold and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantasique. Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. We perform this imaginative work from memory, in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, as well as Berlioz’s own words about his music.

Orchestral Theatre staging concept by Aurora Orchestra.

Performance 1: 7.00pm
Performance 2: 10.15pm

Tickets and more info: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/r3j38g/by/date/2019/09/12

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Aurora Orchestra - Saffron Hall
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Aurora Orchestra - Saffron Hall

  • Saffron Hall, CB11 4UH United Kingdom (map)
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Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the scaffold and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. A vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. Performed from memory in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, Berlioz’s explosive music is brought to life; a musical phantasmagoria from the depths of the Romantic imagination.

Tickets and more info: https://saffronhall.com/calendar/aurora-orchestra/#performances

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Aurora Orchestra - Rheingau Musik Festival
Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Aurora Orchestra - Rheingau Musik Festival

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

Nicola Benedetti violin
Nicholas Collon conductor
 

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the scaffold and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantasique. Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. We return to Snape Maltings to perform this imaginative work from memory and join one of the UK’s leading violinists Nicola Benedetti in Bruch’s lyrically soulful Violin Concerto.

Tickets and more info here: https://www.rheingau-musik-festival.de/en/event/nicola-benedetti-violin-aurora-orchestra-nicholas-collon-conductor/#

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Aurora Orchestra - Snape Maltings
Aug
29
7:30 PM19:30

Aurora Orchestra - Snape Maltings

  • Saxmundham, England, IP17 1SR United Kingdom (map)
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Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

Nicola Benedetti violin
Nicholas Collon conductor
 

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the scaffold and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantasique. Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. We return to Snape Maltings to perform this imaginative work from memory and join one of the UK’s leading violinists Nicola Benedetti in Bruch’s lyrically soulful Violin Concerto.

Tickets and more info here: https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/aurora-orchestra-and-nicola-benedetti/

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BBC Proms Inspire - Aurora Orchestra
Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

BBC Proms Inspire - Aurora Orchestra

  • Maida Vale Studios, W9 2LG Saxmundham, England, IP17 1SR United Kingdom (map)
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Aurora Orchestra

Conductor: Duncan Ward

The BBC Proms Inspire Competition continues to provide what most composers only dream of; the chance to have your music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This year we hear the winning pieces of the 2019 Inspire competition and the world premiere of two newly commissioned pieces by the 2018 winners.

Please be aware places are limited and advance booking is required.

Tickets are available from 10am on Friday 14 June.

Tickets and more info: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e25qwh

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Aurora Orchestra - Singapore
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Aurora Orchestra - Singapore

Beethoven String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 (second movement)
Thomas Adès Violin Concerto Op. 24, ‘Concentric Paths’
Max Richter New work (world premiere)
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551, ‘Jupiter’ (from memory)

Pekka Kuusisto violin
Nicholas Collon conductor

Tickets and more info here: https://www.auroraorchestra.com/event/music-of-the-spheres/

Aurora makes its debut in Singapore with an Orchestral Theatre programme exploring celestial sounds and the cosmic order, enriched with choreography and visuals.

For the Greek philosophers and their later admirers in the Renaissance, music was of profound importance, woven into the fabric of the cosmos as elemental sounds produced by the stars and planets themselves. This enduring concept of the ‘music of the spheres’ provides the starting point for what promises to be one of our most visually spectacular Orchestral Theatre adventures, with elements of design, lighting, projection and illustration placing the orchestra inside these ancient visions of our solar system.

At the heart of the concert is a memorised performance of Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony, the composer’s final and arguably greatest single musical achievement. This most perfectly-crafted expression of symphonic form is presented here entirely from memory: a thrillingly direct and communicative performance style pioneered by Aurora in recent seasons as the first orchestra in history to play whole symphonies without the aid of sheet music.

The programme also includes the world premiere of a new work by Max Richter created especially for this project, and Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto ‘Concentric Paths’, a soaring modern masterpiece performed by Pekka Kuusisto –  one of the brightest stars in today’s musical firmament.

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Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival
Mar
5
1:00 PM13:00

Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival

Imogen and Jennifer Hughes (piano) will perform a lunchtime recital for the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival.

The programme features Sally Beamish’s Trinculo and Barry Mills’ Evening and Night, two works written specially for the duo, and Stephen Dodgson’s Trumpet Concerto, written for Imogen. As well as these, the duo will perform Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No.1, Gabriel Fauré’s Après un Rêve, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sonatina for Solo Trumpet and Philippe Gaubert’s Cantabile et Scherzetto.

Click here for more information: http://www.licmf.moonfruit.com/lunchtime-6-5-mar-2018/4594439088

TICKETS

£8 on the door, £7 in advance

£3 students & under 16s

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Rambert - Glasgow
Feb
14
to Feb 16

Rambert - Glasgow

  • Theatre Royal, 282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA United Kingdom (map)
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Life is a Dream

In the same room, many decades apart: a woman incarcerated, presumed mad. A boy experiencing the world through his computer screen. A theatre group discovering a 400 year-old Spanish play with surprising relevance today.

As their parallel stories unfold, their room transforms. The characters are transported to a bustling city, a dense forest, an opulent garden, a vast arid plain. Could it be that too many of their dreams are coming true?

Life is a Dream is a spectacular new show that combines the vivid dance story-telling of choreographer Kim Brandstrup with the stunning visual imagination of filmmakers the Quay Brothers. Their contemporary take on Calderón’s classic play is a journey through alienation, vengeance, tenderness and redemption, set in an ever-changing, dream-like world and accompanied the rich, harmonious music of Witold Lutosławski, played by a full-size symphony orchestra.

With dramatic and lyrical dancing from our brilliant ensemble, Life is a Dream is a study of desires as recognisable in today’s mass-mediated world as at any time in the past 400 years: the longing for an authentic experience, and the need to dream.

Tickets and more info available here: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/rambert/theatre-royal-glasgow/

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Buck Brass Trio - Faversham
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Buck Brass Trio - Faversham

  • The Faversham Assembly Rooms Preston Street Faversham, ME13 8PG (map)
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Imogen will perform as a guest with the Buck Brass Trio for a recital in Faversham.

Programme:

Erwazen A Philharmonic Fanfare

Verhelst A Song for Japan

Bohme Prelude and Fugue in E flat

Mozart Divertimento

Haydn Piano Trio

Ibert Cinq Pièces

Buck Brass Trio bring an eclectic mix of music from across the centuries ranging from original music for brass to wonderful arrangements. Buck Brass Trio is one of the leading young brass ensembles in the UK, and was formed in 2012 by graduates from the Royal Academy of Music.

The Trio has pioneered a large amount of new repertoire for brass trio, including transcriptions of works by Bach, Piazolla, Ibert and Beethoven as well as commissioning new works.

More information here: https://www.favershammusicclub.co.uk/event/buck-brass-trio/

Ticket Information

Full price ticket: £7

Student Tickets & Friends of Faversham Music Club: £5

Under 16s: FREE

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Four Last Songs / Shostakovich No.4
Jan
24
7:45 PM19:45

Four Last Songs / Shostakovich No.4

  • Waterfront Hall, Belfast, BT1 3WH (map)
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Dorothea Röschmann Soprano

Rafael Payare Conductor

Strauss Four Last Songs

Shoshtakovich Symphony No.4

Tickets and more info here: https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/four-last-songs/

Richard Strauss finished a prolific career as a writer of songs with four of the most sublime ever written, composed for his beloved soprano voice. Four Last Songs was completed the year before he died and inspired by the poets Josef von Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, Four Last Songs tackles the subject of death with serenity and acceptance. The glorious lyricisim of the writing demands a singer of soaring radiance and in Dorothea Röschmann we welcome one of the great sopranos performing today. “…the intelligence and commitment of her performance elevate the poetry.” (Gramophone Magazine)

Shostakovich was midway through writing the Fourth Symphony when Pravda denounced him for the first time, following Stalin’s visit to see Lady MacBeth of the Mtsensk District. He was under enormous pressure from the State to write a work that would restore his reputation, but the caricatured moods, violence and claustrophobia of the Fourth Symphony definitely did not fit the Communist Ideal the State would have preferred and Shostakovich cancelled the première. Instead his Fifth Symphony was the work to restore his reputation – a work which, it could be argued, hid his criticism and mockery of Stalin with more subtlety.

Shostakovich’s motivations and meanings may be unclear but listening to the Fourth reveals an enormous work on a huge scale. As part of the Association of British Orchestras’ Annual Conference, the Ulster Orchestra is delighted to welcome professional musicians from across Europe to create the huge orchestral force this work demands – around 100 musicians will take to the stage for this collaboration across the classical music industry.

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RPO - Beethoven 9
Dec
28
7:30 PM19:30

RPO - Beethoven 9

  • Barbican Centre Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS (map)
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Christopher Warren-Green conducts an all-Beethoven programme featuring the 'Choral' symphony with its climactic ‘Ode to Joy’ performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Programme

Ludwig van Beethoven 
Piano Concerto No 5, Emperor

Symphony No 9, Choral

Performers

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Christopher Warren-Green conductor

Anita Watson soprano

Stephanie Windsor Lewis mezzo-soprano

Christopher Turner tenor

James Platt bass

Mark Bebbington piano

Members of Goldsmiths Choral Union, Highgate Choral Society and The London Chorus

Tickets and more info here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/beethovens-ninth

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Bach to Baby - Balham
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Bach to Baby - Balham

  • St Thomas' Church, Telford Avenue, London, SW2 4XW (map)
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Imogen will perform a recital with pianist Clíodna Shanahan as part of the popular Bach to Baby concert series.

“Magical music, mince pies, mouth-watering coffee, oh my! Grab your friends, harness up your fastest reindeer and meet us at a Bach to Baby concert for the perfect prelude to the holiday season!
Everyone is welcome, from babies to school children, mums, dads, nans and grandads to carers of all sorts. All children FREE.”

Tickets and more info here: https://www.bachtobaby.com/balham-special

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RPCO - Guys and Dolls
Oct
19
to Oct 20

RPCO - Guys and Dolls

  • Royal Albert Hall London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom (map)
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Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls rolls the dice as it swaggers into the Royal Albert Hall this October with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and an all-star cast in a semi-staged concert directed by Stephen Mear (GypsySingin’ in the Rain) and Narrated by Stephen Mangan.

This sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers (and a missionary) features some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes, including Luck be a LadySit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat and My Time of Day.

Join the smooth Sky Masterson (Adrian Lester), sweet, sad, cold-prone Miss Adelaide (Meow Meow), no-good Nathan Detroit (Jason Manford), the straight-talking, gambling-opposing Sarah Brown (Lara Pulver), the moving and shaking Benny Southstreet (Joe Stilgoe) and cheeriest of the gambling crooks Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Clive Rowe) for this unmissable feel-good show!

Tickets and more info here: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2018/guys-and-dolls/

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Manchester Camerata - Disco Classical ft. Sister Sledge
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Manchester Camerata - Disco Classical ft. Sister Sledge

  • Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford, Manchester, M17 1AB (map)
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Already heralded to be one of the most memorable and uplifting live experiences of 2018, lovers of disco are in for a once-in-a-lifetime-experience when a collection of the world’s greatest tracks are reimagined and reinvented in a unique musical collaboration.

Disco Classical’ brings together the most explosive collaboration of disco tracks, featuring live on stage the iconic group - Sister Sledge, who will be joined by Glastonbury openers - Manchester’s Camerata orchestra, an orchestra who know how to push the boundaries in classical music. For the first time in their careers, the sisters, live singers and a band will perform alongside DJ legend Mark Armstrong who is renowned for working a crowd, to a live classical score, specially adapted by Music Director and conductor Tim Crooks.

Captivating light displays are sure to mesmerise with an array of glittering disco balls and strobe lights illuminating the crowd and electric atmosphere.

More info and tickets here: http://www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/whats-on/disco-classical-ft-sister-sledge?events_calendar_day=2018-07-22

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Concerto - Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Concerto - Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

  • St Paul's Church, Inner Park Road London, SW19 6DA (map)
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Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the energy and exuberance of the jazz era in this summer medley featuring a brand new concerto for trumpeter Imogen Hancock.

Programme will feature:
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
LEO GEYER Trumpet/Flugelhorn Concerto (premiere)

Soloist: Imogen Hancock

Conductor: Leo Geyer

More information available here: http://www.wimso.org.uk/next-concert-1/2018/6/19/an-american-in-paris

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Army of Generals: The Anatomy of the Orchestra
Apr
21
2:30 PM14:30

Army of Generals: The Anatomy of the Orchestra

Army of Generals with The British Paraorchestra

Conductor: Charles Hazlewood

Venue: Colston Hall, Bristol

Performance Times:
Show 1 – 14:30
Show 2 – 17:00

This event is free and not ticketed. We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the start time.

The Anatomy of the Orchestra will turn Colston Hall’s foyer inside out, as a total of fifty-one musicians – directed by the critically acclaimed Charles Hazlewoodand drawn from Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra – will be spread across the four levels of the atrium to play The Four Sections, a rare work for symphony orchestra by the highly influential American composer Steve Reich.

Join us for this unique occurrence and walk amongst the orchestra as it plays, creating your own sonic mix from each section. You can move between floors, walk towards the trombones, stand behind the oboes, wander between the double basses, or just fix yourself in one position and let the music flood your eardrums.

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RPO - The Planets
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

RPO - The Planets

  • Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX (map)
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Performers

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christopher Warren-Green conductor
organist to be announced
City of London Choir 

Repertoire

Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin
Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3 (Organ)
Interval
Holst: The Planets

Tickets and more information here: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/118327-planets-2018

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THREADS: Flugelhorn Concerto - World Premiere
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

THREADS: Flugelhorn Concerto - World Premiere

  • St John's Waterloo London, SE1 8TY (map)
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In January 2018, Imogen will perform the World Premiere of a Flugelhorn Concerto written by Aleksandr Brusentsev and conducted by Toby Thatcher.

Imogen, Aleksandr and Toby recently completed a successful campaign to raise £2000 towards the concert via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Many thanks to those who contributed.

Tickets for the concert and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ensemble-eroica-american-threads-tickets-32549482378?aff=es2

 

Ensemble Eroica debuts at St John's Waterloo, presenting a contrasting programme of American music for string orchestra.

Joining Ensemble Eroica is young English trumpet soloist Imogen Hancock to perform the world premiere of Alex Brusentsev's Flugelhorn Concerto.

Programme:

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Copland: Quiet City
- interval -
Brusentsev: Threads, Flugelhorn Concerto (World Premiere)
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Conductor: Toby Thatcher
Flugelhorn/Trumpet: Imogen Hancock
Cor Anglais: Katherine Bryer

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