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Lloyd’s Choir Summer Concert at St Katharine Cree Church – 12th July 2018

One of the delights of the City of London is the series of concerts that take place in many of the historic churches dotted around the Square Mile.

One of the oldest choirs in the City not connected directly to the churches is the Lloyd’s Choir which was first formed in 1922. The choir first performed in 1922, within the Underwriting Room at the Royal Exchange and concerts were then given regularly, mainly in the Public Hall of the same building.

After the Second World War, the choir was re-established and performed with considerable success.  In the 1980s, the choir moved to St. Katharine Cree in Leadenhall Street which is still home to the choir today.

Jacques Cohen – Musical Director

Since then, a series of professional conductors have greatly enhanced the reputation of the choir. The choir regularly perform concerts in various locations around the city and has featured on television several times.

One of the highlights of the choir’s year is the Summer Concert to be held in the St Katherine Cree Church,  Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 3DH on Thursday 12th July 2018 at  6.30 pm.

The programme will feature Rheinberger’s Mass in E flat ‘ Cantus Missae ‘  and Bruckner’s Ave Maria, Locus Iste, Os Justi, Jacques Cohen the music director will be conducting the choir.

Tickets £ 15 ( £10 Students).

For more information about the Lloyd’s Choir, visit their website here

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London Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 season at the Barbican

The London Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Sir Simon Rattle open their 2018/19 season at the Barbican with a programme affirming a continuing commitment to British music new and old on 16 Sep 2018 in the Barbican Hall. The concert features a world premiere by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, a defining figure in British music since the 1950s, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 1995 work Dispelling the Fears, Holst’s masterpiece Egdon Heath, and Britten’s Spring Symphony. It is the first concert in an ambitious 51-concert season which runs to the end of Jun 2019 and explores in a broad defining concept the roots, origins and the future of music.

Simon Rattle conducts 16 concerts which explore the impact that different cultural traditions have had on music, from Eastern European folk music, through the British folk traditions in Grainger and Vaughan Williams, and on to the extraordinary impact of jazz. Gianandrea Noseda explores Russian identity in music, whilst continuing his cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies, and conducts a Strauss programme featuring the soprano Diana Damrau in the final act of his last opera Capriccio.

François-Xavier Roth looks at the extraordinary spread of music traditions from Europe at the turn of the 20th Century, and in one concert, three composers from the central European tradition who were each in the vanguard of modern music in their time, Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti. Roth also heads up the third edition of LSO Futures, the Orchestra’s new music festival which is centred around the young composers taking part in the LSO’s new music development programmes, and also features David Lang’s Public Domain, written for 1000 community voices and performed in the Barbican foyers.

Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir Mark Elder each explore American identity with music by the maverick Charles Ives, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner continues his Schumann retrospective with his completely fresh take on Romanticism. Verdi and Puccini are brought together with Ponchielli when Sir Antonio Pappano conducts non-operatic works by these three operatic giants and Barbara Hannigan is conductor and soprano in a programme featuring Berg’s Lulu Suite and music from Gershwin’s musical Girl Crazy alongside works by Haydn and Ligeti. Hannigan is also the soloist in Hans Abrahamsen’s Let me tell you, which is conducted by Simon Rattle in Jan 2019.

The 15th Donatella Flick Conducting Competition will take place in Nov 2018 when conductors aged 30 and under compete for a cash prize and the position of Assistant Conductor with the LSO. The Competition’s final round, featuring violinist Vadim Repim, will be live-streamed from the Barbican for the first time on Medici.tv and YouTube. Bernard Haitink celebrates his 90th birthday conducting the LSO in Mahler and Bruckner in Dec 2018 and the LSO’s concerts marking the Leonard Bernstein Centenary come to a close in Dec, when Marin Alsop conducts two performances of Bernstein’s Candide, on the same stage where Bernstein himself conducted the work in 1989 with the LSO. The LSO’s Half Six Fix series which presents short, early-evening concerts will continue with four concerts this season, and there is a wealth of activity at LSO St Luke’s, the Orchestra’s music education and community centre.

The season ends in Jun 2019, with the return of the artistic partnership of Simon Rattle and the director Peter Sellars with two staged performances of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen.

For more information , visit the Barbican website here

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Southbank Centre 2018/19 Classical Music Season

Southbank Centre have announced their  2018/19 Classical Music Season, The Southbank has four Resident Orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and four Associate Orchestras, Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Philip Glass Photo Raymond Meier

The season will be a fascinating mix of contemporary composers, new work, and musical pioneers. The 2018/19 season sees the largest number of new works and premieres seen at the Southbank Centre in a decade, with the newly-reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, alongside the Royal Festival Hall. 39 new commissions and premieres set the tone for a season that also features initiatives such as the Composers’ Collective, the inaugural new music festival New Music International, the first UK performance of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht since its 1985 UK premiere  and the European premiere of a new symphony commissioned from Philip Glass, based on the music of David Bowie.

Andris Nelsons – Photo: Marco Borggreve

World-class artists and ensembles will the three venues the  including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under new Kapellmeister Andris Nelsons, Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leonidas Kavakos, Jordi Savall, Yuja Wang, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sarah Connolly, Julia Fischer and Håkan Hardenberger. 

Highlights of the season include:

European premiere of Philip Glass’ 12th symphony for organ and orchestra, based on the music of David Bowie and performed by James McVinnie with London Contemporary Orchestra alongside Glass’ two previous Bowie symphonies

A focus on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, including the first UK performance of Donnerstag aus Licht since its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House in 1985, and a weekend of concerts and events curated by Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Launch of New Music International in January 2019, a new music festival with a global outlook, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, a portrait of composer Rebecca Saunders, MacArthur Fellow and flautist Claire Chase, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Aurora Orchestra

The inaugural year of Composers’ Collective, a new initiative giving composers at all stages of their career access to pioneering composers featured throughout Southbank Centre’s season including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Unsuk Chin, Gerald Barry, Charlotte Bray, Bryce Dessner, and more

The centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth is celebrated by the Nash Ensemble and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly with the world premiere of a new work by David Matthews

PRS Foundation’s free music festival New Music Biennial returns in July 2019, with 20 new pieces spanning classical, folk, jazz, electronic, opera and sound art.

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Lloyd’s Choir Spring Concert at St Giles, Cripplegate Church – 22nd March 2018

One of the delights of the City of London is the series of concerts that take place in many of the historic churches dotted around the Square Mile.

One of the oldest choirs in the City not connected directly to the churches is the Lloyd’s Choir which was first formed in 1922. The choir first performed in 1922, within the Underwriting Room at the Royal Exchange and concerts were then given regularly, mainly in the Public Hall of the same building.

After the Second World War, the choir was re-established and performed with considerable success.  In the 1980s, the choir moved to St. Katharine Cree in Leadenhall Street which is still home to the choir today.

Jacques Cohen – Musical Director

Since then, a series of professional conductors have greatly enhanced the reputation of the choir. The choir regularly perform concerts in various locations around the city and has featured on television several times.

One of the highlights of the choir’s year is the Spring Concert to be held in the St Giles, Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, London EC2Y 8DA (in London’s Barbican) on Thursday 22nd March  2018 at  7pm.

The programme will have a nautical theme with Parry’s Crossing the Bar, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony  with Jacques Cohen conducting the choir with the Cohen Ensemble and soloists.

Tickets £ 20 ( £12 Students).

For more information about the Lloyd’s Choir, visit their website here

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The Barbican 2018/19 Classical Music Season

The Barbican has announced its ambitious 2018/19 classical music season featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Barbican Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia alongside the Barbican’s own-curated concert series, Barbican Presents.  The Australian Chamber Orchestra returns as the Barbican’s newly appointed International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court.

Highlights include:

Pioneering collaborations and special projects

Director Peter Sellars returns with two contrasting staged productions, a performance of Lassus’s a cappella Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro featuring the Los Angeles Masterchorale with conductor Grant Gershon; and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and featuring Gerald Finley, Lucy Crowe, Willard White, Sophie Burgos and Peter Hoare

To open their season the BBC SO join forces with Professor Brian Cox and conductor Ben Gernon to take a fresh musical and visual look at The Planets, 100 years since the landmark work received its premiere

A semi-staged performance of Purcell‘s Dido & Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music, concludes a three-year Purcell opera cycle, co-presented with the Barbican

Sound Unbound returns in May 2019 in what will be the third iteration of the Barbican Classical Weekender.

Marin Alsop conducts the LSO in two performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, on the same stage where Bernstein himself conducted the orchestra in this work in 1989.

In the year that marks 100 years since the successful Parliamentary appeal for universal suffrage, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, commemorating a composer who was herself a key member of the women’s suffrage movement.

Other Worlds – the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir with conductor Robert Ames present the UK premiere of Giacinto Scelsi’s Uaxuctum ; alongside a performance of John Luther Adam’s apocalyptic piece Become Ocean,.

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men – a new multimedia work by the Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer, combining film – with narration by Tilda Swinton – and music, with the score performed live by the LSO and conductor Daníel Bjarnason

Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Second Violinist – the Barbican presents the UK premiere of this modern opera telling the foreboding story of a life falling apart. Produced by Landmark Productions and National Irish Opera

Darbar Festival – the iconic festival of Indian classical music comes to the Barbican for the first time in Oct 2018.

Premieres and new commissions

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Fanfare (world premiere) co-commissioned by the Barbican and the LSO for Sir Simon Rattle to open the LSO season and a new work (world premiere), a Barbican and LSO co-commission to be performed in May 2019

UK premiere of Alain Altinoglu’s arrangement of a suite from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, performed by the BBC SO and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

Die Stadt ohne Juden/The City Without Jews  (1924): A Dystopian Prophecy of Intolerance – a live screening of the restored silent film directed by H K Breslauer with a new score by Olga Neuwirth  (UK premiere), co-commissioned by the Barbican

Roderick Williams, Milton Court Artist-in-Residence – programmes for the baritone’s residency will include the world premiere of a new song cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth as well as the UK premieres of a new work by Williams himself and by composer Bob Chilcott performed by the BBC Singers

Sunleif Rasmussen: Quadroforone  (world premiere, commissioned by the Barbican) and a new work by Anahita Abbasi (UK premiere), both performed by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

BBC SO present world premieres by Richard Causton, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins and Paweł Szymański, and a number of UK premieres by Thomas Larcher

The LSO gives world premiere performances of works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, James MacMillan, and two young composers who have been part of the Orchestra’s new music development programmes, Liam Mattison and Donghoon Shin.

For the Fallen: Marking the First World War Centenary

100 years since the guns fell silent, For the Fallen looks to a future haunted and shaped by the past, with a series of concerts by living composers that bridge the century between that moment and now.

4 Nov 2018  – The LSO gives the world premiere of James MacMillan’s All the Hills and Vales Along, setting poetry by WWI poet Charles Sorley who was killed in action in 1915

9 Nov 2018 – Britten Sinfonia gives the world premiere of a new orchestral version of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter, settings of last letters to loved ones sent by soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

10 Nov  2018 – The BBC SO’s Total Immersion: In Remembrance World War 1 will feature talks and music inspired by the First World War, culminating in a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera The Silver Tassie based on a play by Seán O’Casey

11 Nov 2018 – The BBC Singers and their new Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin perform two new contemplative works: a Barbican and RIAS Kammerchor co-commission for Roderick Williams; and, to coincide with the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death, Bob Chilcott’s setting Move him into the sun.

Composer and Artist Focuses

 The BBC SO presents Total Immersion days dedicated to exploring the musical life and works of composers György Ligeti (2 Mar) and the Boulanger sisters – Lili and Nadia (6 Apr)

Diana Damrau sings Strauss – in recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch; in the Four Last Songs with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and in the closing scene of Capriccio with the LSO under Gianandrea Noseda

Daniil Trifonov features in an LSO Artist Portrait performing with the Orchestra and in recital

Visiting orchestras and ensembles

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Ádám Fischer

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mariss Jansons

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano 

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Il Pomo d’Oro with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev

Collegium Vocale Gent with conductor Philippe Herreweghe

Les Arts Florissants with conductor William Christie

Le Concert Spirituel with conductor Hervé Niquet

The 2018/19 classical music season opens in September 2018. Booking will open to the general public on 2 February 2018.

For more information , visit the Barbican website here

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BBC Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 season at the Barbican

Opening the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2018/19 season, conductor Ben Gernon and Professor Brian Cox join the orchestra to present Holst’s The Planets, 100 years to the day since the piece was first performed.

The BBC SO’s Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the orchestra in performances of landmark works, including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Dvorák’s Symphony No.7. A number of key centenaries are marked, including the end of the First World War, the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence and the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy.

The BBC Symphony Chorus celebrates its 90th birthday with performances including Ethel Smyth’s rarely performed Mass in D, Bach’s Mass in  B minor, Osavlado Golijov’s Oceana, Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ and works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger.

The BBC SO’s acclaimed Total Immersion days return; the first exploring the centenary of WW1 including a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera The Silver Tassie – based on a play about the First World War written by Seán O’Casey and David Lang’s Memorial Ground – performed in the Barbican foyers with members of the BBC Symphony Chorus and community choirs.

Two further Total Immersion days focus on the music of György Ligeti (2 Mar) and the Boulanger sisters (6 Apr).

The BBC SO’s commitment to new music and rarely-performed works continues with performances of works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Thomas Larcher and Michael Tippett among others, while Stravinsky’s recently discovered Funeral Song, Op. 5 is performed following its world premiere earlier this year. The orchestra will also give the UK premiere of Alain Altinoglu’s arrangement of a suite from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by BBC SO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis.

BBC SO Günter Wand Conducting Chair Semyon Bychkov returns, and there are debuts from some of the most exciting young conductors and instrumentalists performing today, including conductors Karina Canellakis, Cristian Macelaru, Joana Carneiro, pianist Pavel Kolesnikov and violinist Lisa Batiashvili.

Former Principal Guest Conductor David Robertson conducts Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, and three Principal members of the orchestra step forward as instrumental soloists, including the world premiere of Gavin Higgins’ Trombone Concerto performed by BBC SO Principal Trombonist Helen Vollam. Shostakovich Symphonies 1, 4, 5, 9 and 11 all feature during the season.

The BBC Singers return to Milton Court for a series of four concerts, two of which will be led by their new Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin. They also host three early evening concerts complementing the BBC SO’s programme that follows, as well as appearing with the BBC SO in the Barbican Hall and at Total Immersion days.

For more information , visit the Barbican website here

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The Barbican Classical Music Highlights 2018

Barbican brings some of the greatest international classical artists, orchestras and ensembles to London, in a exciting mix of classical and contemporary music.

Some of the highlights include:

Los Angeles Philharmonic International Associate Residency 2018 with Gustavo Dudamel

Wed 2 – Fri 4 May 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm 

Gustavo Dudamel leads the orchestra through a varied programme that includes two European premieres by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Ted Hearne, both Barbican co-commissions. Alongside Salonen’s premiere, the programme for the first concert also features Shostakovich’s epic Fifth Symphony and Varèse’s Ameriques. The second Residency concert sees the European premiere of American composer Ted Hearne’s Place. Set in a country at a crossroads where the intersections of manifest destiny and gentrification meet history and personal experience.

On 4 May 2018 the orchestra celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year with a performance of his Chichester Psalms with the London Symphony Chorus, juxtaposed with Beethoven’s Symphony No 9.

Bach Weekend with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra

Fri 15 – Sun 17 June 2018, Various venues, 11am, 3pm, 7.30pm  

 To celebrate the 75th birthday of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Barbican has invited him to curate a Bach weekend. This will include a three-concert cycle of cantatas performed by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, as well as featuring an outstanding line-up of artists in motets, violin sonatas, cello suites, and charismatic and energetic harpsichord player Jean Rondeau performing the Goldberg Variations at Milton Court. Also at Milton Court will be a concert of Bach’s first three Cello Suites, as performed by internationally celebrated French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.            

 Nils Frahm: All Melody

Wed 21 – Sat 24 Feb 2018, Barbican Hall

 Globally celebrated Berlin-based composer, producer and performer Nils Frahm returns to the live stage in 2018; including three dates at the Barbican.

John Cale: A Futurespective

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm

Legendary songwriter, producer and musician, John Cale returns to the Barbican next spring for his first-ever career retrospective. Marking his 76th birthday, the event spreads over two epic nights at the Barbican Hall and will see Cale revealing tracks from his forthcoming Domino studio album as well as addressing music going back to 1964 that he has rarely, if ever, performed live, including selections from the Velvet Underground and Cale’s landmark solo albums recorded in his years with Island Records.

London Symphony Orchestra highlights

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the UK Premiere of Genesis Suite on 13 January, a collaborative work from 1945 America featuring music by seven leading emigré composers, including Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Milhaud. Genesis Suite has been heard only once since its 1945 premiere.

François-Xavier Roth, the LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor, takes charge of a major celebration of the century of Claude Debussy’s death in 2018. The series will survey Debussy’s career, those who influenced him and his successors across three concerts with the LSO, each featuring a different French soloist: cellist Edward Moreau (21 January), pianist Cédric Tiberghien (25 January) and violinist Renaud Capuçon (25 March). As part of the celebration, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast four lunchtime concerts from LSO St Luke’s curated by Cédric Tiberghien.

Helen Grime’s Fanfare acted as a curtain-raiser to Simon Rattle’s inaugural concert in September 2017 and a full version of the work will be given its world premiere on 19 April, coupled with Mahler’s Symphony No 9, and followed on 22 April with Tippet’s The Rose Lake, performed alongside Mahler’s Symphony No 10.

BBC Symphony Orchestra highlights

The BBC Symphony Orchestra launch the new year with the culmination of their acclaimed 17-18 Sibelius cycle, led by Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo and marking the anniversary of the centenary of Finnish independence (6 January).

A Total Immersion day will focus on the music of Leonard Bernstein in his centenary year (27 January) – dedicated as much to his concert and choral works as his jazz and cabaret talents, Bernstein the Renaissance Man is celebrated in film, conversation and performances, including popular choral works, as well as a rare chance to hear his Songfest.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus close the season with Sakari Oramo joined by Alice Coote, Stuart Skelton and Alan Ewing for a performance of Elgar’s greatest oratorio: The Dream of Gerontius (16 May).

For more information , visit the Barbican website here

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