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Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican – 29th May 2016

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A long-time collaborator with the LSO as a soloist, and lately as conductor, Nikolaj Znaider views the Beethoven Violin Concerto as the violin repertoire’s ‘bible’.

The only example of a concerto for an instrument other than piano, the piece reflects the lyrical side of Beethoven’s work; a serene, good-natured piece. Elgar’s Second Symphony is mellow yet inventive, with rather a mood of conflict, perhaps reflecting the mounting tensions that culminated in World War I three years later.

Programme 

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Elgar Symphony No 2

Performers

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

Nikolaj Znaider violin

London Symphony Orchestra

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Thomas Dausgaard and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall – 3rd May 2016

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Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is known for his interpretation of the music of Scandinavian composers. In this concert he presents Sibelius and his atmospheric  Seventh Symphony. He then moves from darkness to the light of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4.

Schumann’s Piano Concerto is performed by Khatia Buniatishvili, who is considered by acclaimed pianist Martha Argerich as ‘a young pianist of extraordinary talent’.

Programme

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor

Interval

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4

Performers

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili piano

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

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Paul Lewis at the Royal Festival Hall – 11th May 2016

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Acclaimed British pianist Paul Lewis performs music from two great Viennese composers and one from neighbouring Hungary.

Paul Lewis turns his attention to Schubert, Brahms and Liszt to explore the Viennese heartlands of the piano repertoire.

Schubert’s enchanting, intimate Sonata in B major leads to Brahms’ emotionally powerful early Ballades Op.10 and 3 Intermezzi Op.117 before the Liszt Dante Sonata provides plenty of  contrast with its drama, heady atmospheres and virtuoso challenges.

Programme

Franz Schubert: Sonata in B, D.575

Johannes Brahms: 4 Ballades, Op.10

Interval

Johannes Brahms: 3 Intermezzi, Op.117

Franz Liszt: Après une lecture de Dante – Fantasia quasi sonata from Années de pèlerinage

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Steve Reich’s Music for 18 musicians at the Royal Festival Hall – 24th May 2016

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Percussionist Colin Currie and his ensemble return with an all-Reich programme to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday.

They perform the composer’s most popular work, Music for 18 Musicians which was first performed in New York City in 1976.

There’s also a rare chance to hear Reich’s captivating Quartet for 2 vibraphones and 2 pianos. A mesmerising new work commissioned by Southbank Centre especially for Currie, it received ‘a hero’s reception’ at its premiere last season.

Programme

Steve Reich: Mallet Quartet for 2 marimbas & 2 vibraphones

Steve Reich: Quartet for 2 vibraphones & 2 pianos

Interval

Steve Reich: Music for 18 musicians

Performers

Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals

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

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County Championship Cricket : Middlesex v Nottinghamshire – 8th to 11th May 2016

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Middlesex’s achievement in finishing second to Yorkshire in the last season’s County Championship masked their lack of success in limited-overs cricket. To address some of these deficiencies, Middlesex have turned to New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, whose international retirement will allow him to show his considerable skills on a regular basis.

With Malan and Robson both potentially making a lot of runs and the bowling skills of Mitchell McClenaghan and Ravi Patel, Middlesex have the potential to challenge Yorkshire for the Championship but need to improve dramatically to feature in the later stages of the limited overs competitions.

Nottinghamshire’s remarkable transformation last year from the bottom of the table to finish third, they will be hard to beat this season with strength in depth and across all formats.

History

The Middlesex County Cricket Club was officially founded in 1864 and played their first game in 1864 against Sussex County Cricket Club at the Cattle Market Ground Islington.

It was not until 1877 that Middlesex found a permanent home with an agreement with Marylebone Cricket Club to use Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, the Home of Cricket.

Middlesex had to wait until the 1903 season before they crowned County Champions for the first time.  Further success came Middlesex’s way in 1920,1921 and 1947 with a side that featured Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, in 1949 Middlesex shared the County Championship title with Yorkshire.

In 1970s, Middlesex had their most successful decade winning four County Championship titles and two Gillette Cup successes in 1977 and 1980.  Even more success followed with three more Championship titles, the NatWest Trophy twice in 1984 and 1988, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1983 and 1986 and the Sunday League in 1992.

However, the 21st century saw the club in decline and relegated to the second tier of the County Championship in 2006, there has a small revival in recent years when Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship in 2011

Tickets

Lord’s Cricket Ground hosts fixtures from all levels of the game, the way tickets are sold differs vastly.

Whereas for Test Matches and ODIs tickets are highly sought-after and the Ground regularly sold out well in advance, for the majority of its match days there are plenty of seats available at the Home of Cricket, with tickets available to buy from the Ground.

County matches classed as Major Matches are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.

Tickets for international matches are sold in advance, as are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Royal London One-Day Cup Final and a handful of other games.

Remaining tickets for these fixtures are sold on the gate on the day of the match

‘Minor Matches’

For smaller matches however, including all Middlesex’s LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup Group fixtures, tickets are often only available to purchase from Lord’s on the day.

This is the case for all of Middlesex’s LV= County Championship matches, as well as their Royal London One-Day Cup group fixtures.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Middlesex website here

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County Championship Cricket : Middlesex v Somerset – 22nd to 25th May 2016

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Middlesex’s achievement in finishing second to Yorkshire in the last season’s County Championship masked their lack of success in limited-overs cricket. To address some of these deficiencies, Middlesex have turned to New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, whose international retirement will allow him to show his considerable skills on a regular basis.

With Malan and Robson both potentially making a lot of runs and the bowling skills of Mitchell McClenaghan and Ravi Patel, Middlesex have the potential to challenge Yorkshire for the Championship but need to improve dramatically to feature in the later stages of the limited overs competitions.

Somerset had a disappointing 2015 season and will need to improve to challenge in this year’s championship.

History

The Middlesex County Cricket Club was officially founded in 1864 and played their first game in 1864 against Sussex County Cricket Club at the Cattle Market Ground Islington.

It was not until 1877 that Middlesex found a permanent home with an agreement with Marylebone Cricket Club to use Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, the Home of Cricket.

Middlesex had to wait until the 1903 season before they crowned County Champions for the first time.  Further success came Middlesex’s way in 1920,1921 and 1947 with a side that featured Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, in 1949 Middlesex shared the County Championship title with Yorkshire.

In 1970s, Middlesex had their most successful decade winning four County Championship titles and two Gillette Cup successes in 1977 and 1980.  Even more success followed with three more Championship titles, the NatWest Trophy twice in 1984 and 1988, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1983 and 1986 and the Sunday League in 1992.

However, the 21st century saw the club in decline and relegated to the second tier of the County Championship in 2006, there has a small revival in recent years when Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship in 2011

Tickets

Lord’s Cricket Ground hosts fixtures from all levels of the game, the way tickets are sold differs vastly.

Whereas for Test Matches and ODIs tickets are highly sought-after and the Ground regularly sold out well in advance, for the majority of its match days there are plenty of seats available at the Home of Cricket, with tickets available to buy from the Ground.

County matches classed as Major Matches are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.

Tickets for international matches are sold in advance, as are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Royal London One-Day Cup Final and a handful of other games.

Remaining tickets for these fixtures are sold on the gate on the day of the match

‘Minor Matches’

For smaller matches however, including all Middlesex’s LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup Group fixtures, tickets are often only available to purchase from Lord’s on the day.

This is the case for all of Middlesex’s LV= County Championship matches, as well as their Royal London One-Day Cup group fixtures.

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Middlesex website here

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County Championship Cricket : Surrey v Durham at the Oval – 1st to 4th May 2016

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Surrey had a successful 2015 season by winning promotion from Division Two and reaching the final of the Royal London Cup. This season they seem to have a blend of youth and experience to move forward successfully, Matt Dunn, Ben Foakes,Rory Burns, Kumar Sangakkara and Gareth Batty may prove key players.

Durham finished 4th in the County championship and will be looking to mount a challenge for the championship in 2016.

History

Surrey CCC was founded in 1845 and played their first class match against the MCC at the Oval in 1846. The club won the County Championship in 1890 and have since lifted the most prestigious trophy in English domestic cricket nineteen time, most recently in 2002. The club’s most successful period was from 1952 to 1958, when they won the title for seven consecutive times.

Since the introduction of One Day and Twenty20 cricket, Surrey have had considerable success in the limited overs game. Thety won the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1974 and since then have won a further eight limited overs titles, most recently with the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011. Surrey were also the first ever holders of the Twenty20 Cup, after winning the title in 2003.

The vast majority of Surrey home matches are played at the historic Kia Oval cricket ground in Kennington, south London – which has also staged International cricket since 1880 and was the ground where the Ashes were born in 1882.

Tickets

2016 Specsavers County Championship

Matchday Price  £15

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Surrey website here

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County Championship Cricket : Surrey v Middlesex at the Oval – 15th to 18th May 2016

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Surrey had a successful 2015 season by winning promotion from Division Two and reaching the final of the Royal London Cup. This season they seem to have a blend of youth and experience to move forward successfully, Matt Dunn, Ben Foakes,Rory Burns, Kumar Sangakkara and Gareth Batty may prove key players.

Middlesex will be a tough test for the young Surrey side when London’s top sides meet at the Kia Oval.

History

Surrey CCC was founded in 1845 and played their first class match against the MCC at the Oval in 1846. The club won the County Championship in 1890 and have since lifted the most prestigious trophy in English domestic cricket nineteen time, most recently in 2002. The club’s most successful period was from 1952 to 1958, when they won the title for seven consecutive times.

Since the introduction of One Day and Twenty20 cricket, Surrey have had considerable success in the limited overs game. Thety won the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1974 and since then have won a further eight limited overs titles, most recently with the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011. Surrey were also the first ever holders of the Twenty20 Cup, after winning the title in 2003.

The vast majority of Surrey home matches are played at the historic Kia Oval cricket ground in Kennington, south London – which has also staged International cricket since 1880 and was the ground where the Ashes were born in 1882.

Tickets

2016 Specsavers County Championship

Matchday Price  £15

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Surrey website here

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T20 Blast Cricket : Surrey v Glamorgan at the Oval – 26th May 2016

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Surrey had a successful 2015 season by winning promotion from Division Two and reaching the final of the Royal London Cup. This season they seem to have a blend of youth and experience to move forward successfully, Matt Dunn, Ben Foakes,Rory Burns, Kumar Sangakkara and Gareth Batty may prove key players.

T20 returns to the Kia Oval when Surrey play Glamorgan in the limited overs competition .

History

Surrey CCC was founded in 1845 and played their first class match against the MCC at the Oval in 1846. The club won the County Championship in 1890 and have since lifted the most prestigious trophy in English domestic cricket nineteen time, most recently in 2002. The club’s most successful period was from 1952 to 1958, when they won the title for seven consecutive times.

Since the introduction of One Day and Twenty20 cricket, Surrey have had considerable success in the limited overs game. Thety won the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1974 and since then have won a further eight limited overs titles, most recently with the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011. Surrey were also the first ever holders of the Twenty20 Cup, after winning the title in 2003.

The vast majority of Surrey home matches are played at the historic Kia Oval cricket ground in Kennington, south London – which has also staged International cricket since 1880 and was the ground where the Ashes were born in 1882.

Tickets

T20 Blast

Surrey v Glamorgan

Advance £24

Matchday £29

If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Surrey website here

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Rugby Union : Harlequins v Exeter at the Twickenham Stoop – 7th May 2016

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Harlequins run of  Premiership defeats have severely dented their  aspirations to finish in the top four, the Quins inconsistency have led to a disappointing season. The same cannot be said about their rivals , Exeter have had a very successful season challenging Saracens for the top spot.

Harlequins will need to show some of their top form to finish the season on a high note.

Founded in 1866, Harlequins are one of London’s premier rugby clubs. In 1906, the club was invited by the Rugby Football Union to use the new national stadium in Twickenham which soon after became the headquarters of the Harlequin Football Club.

The Twickenham Stoop has been the home of Harlequin FC since 1963, the stadium is situated just across the road from the Home of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium. The Stoop is an all-seater stadium consists of four stands and has a capacity of 14,800, making it the third largest dedicated rugby ground in the Aviva Premiership.

Getting to The Stoop

By Rail

The nearest train station is Twickenham, which is a short walk from the stadium. Turn right out of the station, and continue down Whitton Road. Proceed down Court Way and turn left on to Egerton road. At the mini-roundabout, turn right onto Craneford Way and enter the stadium at the end of the road. Regular trains run to Twickenham from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

By Bus

Bus numbers 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20 have regular services passing close to the stadium. Alternatively the R68, R70, 33, 110, 290, H22 or 490 stop in Twickenham High Street, where the stadium is a short walk away over the river crane.

By Car

From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3 and head toward London. This then becomes the A316; continue to the Whitton Road roundabout next to the Lexus/Toyota car dealership and take the fourth exit. Turning back on yourself the stadium is located 500 metres on the left via Langhorn Drive.

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Harlequins website here

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