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23 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7.30pm 
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

EXAUDI vocal ensemble
James Weeks conductor

Veering from extreme vocal pyrotechnics to delicate sound-traceries, EXAUDI’s annual showcase features an eclectic line-up of new work, including Leo Chadburn’s homage to the art of holiday postcard-writing, Jürg Frey’s luminous setting of an ancient Chinese proverb, and a major new work from Andrew Hamilton marking the centenary of the Easter Rising. Newton Armstrong’s subtle merging of live and recorded voices, Claudia Molitor’s absurdist vocalising and Naomi Pinnock’s exploration of the borders of sense and nonsense complete the programme.

Naomi Pinnock : The Writings of Jakob Br.
Newton Armstrong : Partial Objects
Jürg Frey : Shadow and Echo and Jade
Leo Chadburn : Affix Stamp Here
Claudia Molitor : Maulwurf Kitzeln
Andrew Hamilton : Proclamation of the Republic

24 Oct 
25 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Jane Eyre: a world premiere concert-performance of the opera by John Joubert
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre
King Edward's School Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UA
United Kingdom
0121 472 9585

Tickets: £33, £24, £19, £18, £10
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, Conductor
April Fredrick, Soprano - as Jane Eyre
David Stout, Baritone - as Rochester
with full supporting cast

Since its first publication in 1847, Charlotte Bronte’s fatalistic masterpiece ‘Jane Eyre’ has inspired countless re-readings and retellings.

Now, marking Bronte’s 200th anniversary and his own 90th birthday, the revered British composer John Joubert will finally see the world premiere concert and recording of Jane Eyre, his long-awaited third opera.

The unforgettable tale of an obsessive love threatened by an unutterable secret, the opera has been more than 20 years in the gestation. It is, says conductor Kenneth Woods, “Joubert’s undoubted magnum opus”.

With a single public showing as an amateur production some years ago, Joubert has since substantially revised it for this official world premiere, but the idea had taken root as far back as 1969. That’s when, while writing his song-cycle, ‘Six Poems of Emily Bronte’, he was drawn into the world of the Bronte sisters and, inexorably, ‘Jane Eyre’. The result is a major operatic work, with a score of translucent beauty, of foreboding; suffused with a sense of the destiny that may hold terrors, may hold love – but may not be withheld.

“Those words did not die inarticulate on your lips. I heard them clear and soft: a thought too solemn perhaps, but sweet as music...” – Edward Rochester, ‘Jane Eyre’

Further information:

English Symphony Orchestra: The International Orchestra of Elgar Country

Somm Recordings

John Joubert : Jane Eyre - an opera in two acts

26 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7.30pm 

St. George's Hall Concert Hall
St. George's Hall, Liverpool
United Kingdom

Ensemble 10/10, Clark Rundell, conductor

27 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8pm 
New compositions and installation by Eli Keszler and Paul McGuire
The Yard
Unit 2A, Queen’s Yard White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8

ddmmyy are proud to present new compositions and installation by Eli Keszler (PAN, R.E.L. Records) and Paul McGuire (Slip, NMC Records) in two concerts on 27th and 28th October.


Thursday 27th & Friday 28th October 2016

Eli Keszler : new composition/installation
Paul McGuire : new composition

28 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Stephen Hough UK Premiere
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

The Prince Consort
Christina Gansch soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Tim Mead countertenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Jacques Imbrailo baritone
Alisdair Hogarth artistic director, piano
Stephen Hough piano

Stephen Hough, named by The Economist as one of twenty living polymaths, has achieved distinction not only as a concert pianist but also as a composer, poet, essayist and writer.

His collaboration with The Prince Consort has yielded an acclaimed recording and continues with this programme of new works, including the first performance of Hough’s Dappled Things.

Stephen Hough : Herbstlieder
Stephen Hough : Dappled Things
Stephen Hough : Three Grave Songs
Stephen Hough : Other Love Songs

29 Oct

United States
 Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30-9pm 
PhiloSonia Opening Concert -
The Old Stone House
336 Third Street, btw. 4th/5th Avenues, Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States

Tickets: $20/10
Stanichka Dimitrova, violin
Spencer Myer, piano

“The Composer as Architect” is the first of four concerts in PhiloSonia’s inagural season, Revelations. A heart-beat-like rhythm, melodies evoking a composer’s native folklore; this concert looks at the different elements composers use to unify their work.

About PhiloSonia:
PhiloSonia is an innovative concert experience, designed to create a personal connection between audience members and classical music. PhiloSonia offers an insight into established and new works from the chamber music repertoire. Through compelling programming and interactive elements listeners are guided through an in-depth exploration of a wide variety of works.
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Johannes Brahms : Violin Sonata No. 1, Op 78
Edvard Grieg : Violin Sonata No. 3 in c minor
Witold Lutoslawski : Subito.

30 Oct 
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5 Nov

 Saturday, November 05, 2016 at 2.15pm 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Groot Omroepkoor
Markus Stenz - dirigent
Aga Mikolaj - sopraan
Ursula Hesse von den Steinen - mezzosopraan
Gerhard Siegel - tenor
Christof Fischesser - bas
David Wilson-Johnson - spreekstem
Leo van Doeselaar - orgel

Detlev Glanert : Requiem voor Jheronimus Bosch

5 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 05, 2016 at All day event 
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Steve Reich at 80: Tehillim (Psalms)
Part of: Steve Reich at 80
5 - 6 Nov 16 / 11:00, 10:00 / Stalls Lounge

The Sounds that Changed America: a talk by Alex Ross
5 Nov 16 / 13:00 / Milton Court Concert Hall

Steve Reich at 80: Drumming
Part of: Steve Reich at 80
5 Nov 16 / 15:00 / Milton Court Concert Hall

Steve Reich at 80: Reich Electric, Pulse, Three Tales
Part of: Contemporary Music concerts
5 Nov 16 / 18:30 / Hall

Steve Reich : Various

6 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 06, 2016 at All day event 
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Steve Reich at 80: Tehillim (Psalms)
Part of: Steve Reich at 80
5 - 6 Nov 16 / 11:00, 10:00 / Stalls Lounge

LSO Discovery Day: Steve Reich
Part of: Steve Reich at 80
6 Nov 16 / 11:00 / LSO Discovery Event

London Symphony Orchestra / Steve Reich at 80
Part of: Steve Reich at 80
6 Nov 16 / 19:00 / Hall

Steve Reich : Various

7 Nov

United States
 Monday, November 07, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
The Dessoff Choirs Begins 92nd Season at Alice Tully Hall
Alice Tully Hall
New York
United States

Tickets: $45-75
The Dessoff Choirs
Sarah Brailey soprano Melissa Attebury mezzo-soprano
Marc Andrew Day tenor Joe Damon Chappel bass
Malcolm J. Merriweather conductor
The Dessoff Choirs and Orchestra

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs, with soloists and orchestra, opens its 92nd season at Alice Tully Hall. For one night only, Dessoff presents We Remember including Mozart’s Requiem and contemporary choral works reflecting on the lives of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and paying tribute to composer Steven Stucky, a champion of new music.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Requiem
Steven Stucky : Take Him, Earth
Steven Stucky : Whispers
David Hurd : In Honor of Martin

8 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 7.30 
Corn Exchange, Cambridge
3 Parson's Court, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QE
United Kingdom
01223 357851

Steve Reich & Colin Currie*
Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals

If you enjoyed the Philip Glass Ensemble in the 2014 Festival, you will love this.

Steve Reich is the godfather of Minimalism and ‘Clapping’ is the essence of that style. Two people (Colin Currie with Reich himself) clap a short repeated rhythm that is phased in and out of focus, creating three minutes of mesmerising, interlocking rhythms.

At the other end of the spectrum, ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ is one of Reich’s large-scale masterpieces. Four grand pianos, marimbas, xylophones, female vocalists, strings and clarinets combine to create pulsing rhythms, shifting patterns and long-breathed phrases that build like waves. The effect is overwhelming.

Steve Reich : Clapping Music
Steve Reich : Music for pieces of wood
Steve Reich : Mallet Quartet
Steve Reich : Music for 18 Musicians

8 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 08, 2016 at 2pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra at Maida Vale
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom

Continuing its focus on rarely-performed British music this autumn, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal give a concert of music by Malcolm Arnold, Britten and Adrian Sutton at Maida Vale Studios.

Malcolm Arnold's fifth symphony is a remembrance of four of his friends who tragically died at a young age. With its underlying dark tensions, and Adagio, it has a clear Mahlerian influence, and was said to be the composer's favourite of his nine symphonies. Hear Britten's highly virtuosic Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra performed by the gifted young pianist and BBC New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov, plus a new short orchestral piece by Adrian Sutton, composer for the National Theatre's production of War Horse.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3's Afternoon on 3.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.

Adrian Sutton : A Fist Full of Fives
Benjamin Britten : Diversions, Op 21
Malcolm Arnold : Symphony no. 5, op. 74

9 Nov 
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11 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7.30pm 
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

Isabelle Menke actress
Eva Furrer contrabass flute
Beat Furrer conductor
EXAUDI chorus
London Sinfonietta

When Beat Furrer’s FAMA was premiered in Germany in 2005 it was hailed as ‘a miracle’ by Die Zeit. Now, after a decade of performances across Europe, this masterpiece of sound theatre finally arrives in the UK.

Based on the novella Fräulein Else by Arthur Schnitzler, FAMA follows the story of a distressed young woman forced into prostitution in order to pay her father’s debts. But in Furrer’s music, nothing is as it first appears: linear time seems to dissolve and a momentary snapshot becomes the subject of an intense narrative, as Furrer gives audible expression to a series of shocking events.

Beat Furrer : FAMA

11 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Kevin Volans Spotlight
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom


Kevin Volans is one of the world’s least predictable and most distinctive composers. Early in his career Volans studied in Cologne with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel and was previously listed by BBC Music Magazine as one of the 50 most important living composers. Today, Volans’ music is regularly performed by many of the top international orchestras and ensembles.

His first commission for BCMG, the quiet and contemplative The Partenheimer Project, was premiered in 2008 at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery. His second promises to be a substantial, high-energy and spectacular piece for piano and ensemble. The internationally acclaimed Barry Douglas joins BCMG to premiere Piano Concerto No. 4 – the first Sound Investment premiere of the scheme’s 25th anniversary year.

Kevin Volans : String Quartet No. 12
Kevin Volans : Piano Concerto No. 4

12 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Performance of Sacrifices
St. James Church, Parish Church of Wetherby with Linton,
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6LP
United Kingdom

Tickets: £14.00
The Wetherby Choral Society with the Wetherby Pro M usica Orchestra, directed by John Dunford

13 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Emerson String Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Emerson String Quartet

Beethoven’s ‘Serioso’ Quartet of 1810 earned its nickname by exploring conditions of confrontation, emotional turmoil and deep anxiety.

The Emerson String Quartet, recently described as ‘electrifying’ by The New York Times, moves from the ‘Serioso’ to the UK première of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud, specially written for the acclaimed American ensemble.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'
Mark-Anthony Turnage : Shroud
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor Op. 30

14 Nov 
15 Nov 
16 Nov

 Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 9pm 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Ralph van Raat - piano
Rosanne Philippens - viool

Steve Reich : Piano Phase
Philip Glass : Pendulum voor viool en piano
Philip Glass : How Now
John Adams : Road Movies

17 Nov 
18 Nov

 Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm 
Mexique, musique d'aujourd'hui
Opera National de Paris/Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

Guillermo Anzorena baritone
Jake Arditti countertenor
Mathieu Steffanus clarinet
Ensemble L'Instant Donné
Conductor James Weeks
Quatuor Arditti
IRCAM Computer Music Design Lorenzo Bianchi

In this concert dedicated to current Mexican creation, Hilda Paredes holds a special seat.

Born in Mexico, Hilda Paredes studied in London while maintaining connections with her homeland, teaching at the University of Mexico and working as a radio producer. Paredes was particularly affected by the oeuvre of the Chilean surrealist poet Vicente Huidobro, founding poet of Creationism movement and friends with Apollinaire, Cocteau, Breton, and Eluard. The foundation of Altazor is a work on language, breathing, and vocal inflections.

Mario Lavista : Reflejos de la noche
Jorge Torres Sáenz : Cicatrices de luz
Jorge Torres Sáenz : Por entre el aire oscura
Hilda Paredes : Canciones lunaticas, three songs based on the poems of Pedro Serrano
Hilda Paredes : Altazor

18 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8pm 
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Marius Neset Quartet
London Sinfonietta

Wunderkind saxophonist Marius Neset exploded on to the UK stage in 2010 when he performed at Ronnie Scott’s as part of his mentor Django Bates’ 50th birthday celebrations. Using a palette of visceral instrumental sounds, his music mixes the lyricism of his Scandinavian roots with the high-octane fury of Bates and Zappa.

This first live performance of his new album Snowmelt (released in August 2016) stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz, demanding infectious energy and lightning virtuosity from nineteen London Sinfonietta players and a jazz quartet, with Neset at their helm.

"As powerful, skilfill and idiomatically varied on stage as he is on record, Neset is a resounding talent." The Guardian

“Neset’s music has an infectious energy and a harmonic dynamism which is very different, and hugely refreshing.” The Telegraph

“Neset delivers strong emotions with breathtaking fluency… an epic of collective interplay, elegiac moods and disciplined, high-octane fury.” Financial Times

Edward Nesbit : Snowmelt

18 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 18, 2016 at 2pm 
BBC Singers at St Paul's Knightsbridge
St Paul's Knightsbridge
32a Wilton Place, London SW1X 8SH
United Kingdom

BBC Singers
David Hill conductor

In the week following Remembrance Sunday, the BBC Singers and Chief Conductor David Hill present the world premiere of Philip Moore's Requiem.

Alongside the work of Moore, this concert celebrates composers closely associated with the English choral tradition. Cathedral music is at the heart of the lives of all the composers in this programme, and along with a number of works written by Philip Moore during his years at Guildford Cathedral, there are works by composers associated with the cathedrals of Southwark, Gloucester, Wakefield and Westminster.

Admission to this concert is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.

Philip Moore : Requiem
Jonathan Bielby : May choirs of angels receive him
Colin Mawby : Do not stand at my grave and weep
Harry Bramma : The souls of the righteous
John Sanders : A Prayer
Philip Moore : Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

18 Nov

United States
 Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs in Bozeman
Holy Rosary Church
220 West Main Street
United States

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer, organ

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series including Max Reger: The Last Romantic, The Muse’s Voice, An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008” of classical music and opera.

18 Nov

United States
 Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. 
BMOP and Odyssey Opera Present Semi-Staged The Picture of Dorian Gray
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States

Tickets: $20-50
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)
Odyssey Opera

Two of Boston’s leading musical ensembles—the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera—present the semi-staged opera The Picture of Dorian Gray (1995). Conductor Gil Rose leads the orchestral virtuosity of BMOP and Odyssey Opera’s cast of stellar vocal soloists in Lowell Liebermann’s take on the eponymous classic novel of philosophical horror by Oscar Wilde. Hailed as an “affable, open-throated Italian tenor (Opera News),” Watertown resident Jonathan Jurgens will perform the title role of Dorian Gray.

Lowell Liebermann : The Picture of Dorian Gray

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