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London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev at the Barbican – 12th May 2015

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Danish-Israeli violinist Nicolaj Znaider has built a  reputation for the intelligent, soulful and passion of his playing. His contribution to this exciting  festival of violin playing is the Tchaikovsky Concerto, one of the peaks of the violin repertoire, and one to which Znaider will bring all his best characteristics.

Valery Gergiev combines it with an orchestral arrangement of Balakirev’s virtuoso piano fantasy Islamey and Shostakovich’s enigmatic final symphony.

Programme
Balakirev (arr Lyapunov) Islamey
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No 15

Performers

Valery Gergiev conductor
Nikolaj Znaider violin
London Symphony Orchestra

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BBC Symphony Orchestra : Davis conducts Bliss at the Barbican – 15th May 2015

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From Berlioz’s Royal Hunt to Bliss’s choral symphony, BBC SO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a rousing programme that delves into violence and its aftermath across the centuries.

Foremost mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly takes on Berlioz’s powerful operatic scene, in which queen Cleopatra reflects on her legacy before her fatal poisoning. In Morning Heroes, Bliss honoured the sacrifice of all soldiers, recalling the Trojan wars, the American Civil War and the Great War in which his own brother died.

Programme
Berlioz The Trojans – Royal Hunt and Storm
Berlioz The Death of Cleopatra
Bliss Morning Heroes

Programme

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
BBC Symphony Chorus
Samuel West orator

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Hélène Grimaud in recital at the Barbican – 16th May 2015

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Hélène Grimaud has based this programme around the theme of water, travelling from the fountains of the Villa d’Este to the coast of Brittany.

Hélène Grimaud brings a touch of romanticism and coherency to her imaginative programme  that links composers as varied as Liszt, Fauré, Janáček and Debussy.   Grimaud’s trademark drive and physicality will be well to the fore in this recital, however  this will be tempered by a more reflective interpretation of the theme in its various guises.

Programme

Berio Wasserklavier
Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II
Fauré Barcarolle 5
Ravel Jeux d’eaux
Albeniz Almeria
Liszt Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este
Janáček In the mists 1
Debussy La cathédrale engloutie
Brahms Sonata No 2

Performer

Hélène Grimaud piano

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Yevgeny Sudbin at the Queen Elizabeth Hall – 13th May 2015

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The acclaimed Russian pianist, Yevgeny Sudbin  offers an exciting programme built around musical links between composers.

Sudbin begins with an expressive sonata by Haydn, followed by the  late Bagatelles Op.126 by his pupil, Beethoven.

2015 is the hundredth anniversary of the death of Scriabin and Yevgeny Sudbin has long been fascinated by his music. In this concert he presents three masterpieces by this original and colourful composer including the legendary ‘Black Mass’.

Finally Sudbin presents his own adaptation of another demonic work, Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre, based on virtuoso transcriptions by Liszt and Horowitz.

Programme

Joseph Haydn: Sonata in B minor, Hob.XVI/32
Ludwig Van Beethoven: 6 Bagatelles, Op.126
Interval
Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No.5 in F sharp, Op.53
Alexander Scriabin: Mazurka in E minor, Op.25 No.3
Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No.9 in F, Op.68 (Black Mass)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre arr. Sudbin for piano (based on Liszt/Horowitz transcriptions)

Performers
Yevgeny Sudbin piano

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Last Night of the Spring Proms at the Royal Festival Hall – 2nd May 2015

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Get into the Proms spirit with a rousing programme of classics at the Last Night of the Spring Proms in the Festival Hall. The fun climaxes  with the usual flag-waving Proms finale.

Programme

Gioachino Rossini: Overture, The Thieving Magpie
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Pietro Mascagni: Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Luigi Denza: Funiculì, Funiculà
Giuseppe Verdi: Sempre libera from La Traviata
Alexandr Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Interval
Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Karl Jenkins: Benedictus from The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace
Vittorio Monti: Czardas
Nicolò Paganini: Caprice No.5 in A
George Frideric Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
George Frideric Handel: Excerpts from Music for the Royal Fireworks
Hubert Parry: Jerusalem
Thomas Arne: Rule, Britannia arr. Malcolm Sargent

Performers
Hilary Davan Wetton conductor
Madeleine Pierard soprano
James Edwards tenor
Thomas Gould violin
City of London Choir
London Concert Orchestra

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Ashkenazy Sibelius Series at the Royal Festival Hall – 17th May 2015

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Vladimir Ashkenazy’s landmark Sibelius series continues with  the distinguished conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra and talented  Daniil Trifonov playing piano.

The concert starts with the tone poem Nightride and Sunrise, inspired by a speeding horse-drawn sleigh, and ends with the composer’s Fifth Symphony. Completed just in time for his 50th-birthday celebrations, the work climaxes in the finale’s horn calls.

Programme

Jean Sibelius: Nightride and Sunrise
Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3
Interval
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E flat

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano

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Horse Racing : Ascot May Meeting – 8th and 9th May 2015

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Ascot Racecourse is one of England’s top racecourses and is located in Berkshire. The course is closely associated with the Royal Family from its origins, the race course was founded by Queen Anne in 1711.
Ascot Racecourse offers a large amount of facilities with large grandstands and seating outside. There is plenty of food and drink options and plenty of space to enjoy the various events.

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The Ascot Flat season continues with its May Meeting on Friday 8th – Saturday 9th May 2015, the Friday meeting is Ascot’s only evening meeting of the year and offers an evening which consists of six competitive races over distances from five furlongs to two miles.

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The Friday programme begins when the Gates Open at 3.00, First Race at 5:35 and the Last Race at 8.15
As well as the usual extensive food and drink options, there will be a street food market.

The Saturday meeting features The Totepool Victoria Cup, a seven-furlong sprint, which is often used as a launch pad to the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.  Also on the card is the Listed Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes.

The Street Food market and a Bollywood Live dance group add to the excitement. The Saturday programme begins when the Gates Open at 11.00, First Race at 2:00  and Last Race at 4:55

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Enclosures

Premier Admission

Premier Admission is the premium ticket on all racedays outside of Royal Ascot providing racegoers exclusive access to Level 4 of the Grandstand. From the balconies on Level 4, racegoers can enjoy spectacular views of both the action on the track and the Winners Enclosure in the Parade Ring.

Racegoers will also be able to enjoy an even wider selection of bars and restaurants, on  premier racedays, racegoers will also have exclusive access to the lawns in front of the Winning Post.

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Grandstand Admission

Grandstand Admission provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level. The Parade Ring and track are both within a short walking distance, reached by crossing the Concourse of the main Grandstand. There are a variety of places to eat and drink, with betting available from the bookmakers in the betting ring, totepool kiosks, and betting shops in the main Grandstand.
Please note: Racegoers in this area do not have access to Level 4 of the Grandstand. The opportunity to upgrade to Premier Admission is subject to availability on the day.

Children under 18 years are allowed into the racecourse free of charge on all racedays, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Ticket Prices

Friday 8th May

£13  Grandstand  – £18  Premier Enclosure –  Children Free

Saturday 9th May

£21  Grandstand – £30  Premier  Enclosure – Children Free

Dress Code

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Ladies should dress as for a smart occasion, Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket with collared shirt and tie. Trainers are not allowed.

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There is no formal dress code in the Grandstand during the Flat season.

Getting to the Course

By Rail

South West Trains also runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. Regular services also run from Guildford. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse.

By Car

Roughly a 50 min drive from London

Coach

Coach travel direct to Ascot is available from a number of Coach Operators. Please call +44 (0)844 346 3000 for more information.

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Considered one of the great race courses of the world, a visit to Ascot for  general meetings is very good value for money. The racecourse  usually attracts the top jockeys and trainers  and the meetings are popular with London racegoers.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Ascot Racecourse website here

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