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12 Sep 
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14 Sep

United Kingdom
 Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7.30pm 
LSO 2017–18 Opening Concert Live Relay
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Christian Tetzlaff violin

Sir Simon Rattle's first concert as LSO Music Director, beamed live to our outdoor cinema screen.

Helen Grime : Fanfares
Thomas Ades : Asyla
Harrison Birtwistle : Violin Concerto
Oliver Knussen : Symphony No 3
Edward Elgar : Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma

15 Sep

 Friday, September 15, 2017 at 19.45pm 
Rolf Riehm at Lammermuir
Lammermuir Festival
Elizabeth Hamilton Buildings, Poldrate, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DA.
0131 473 2000


The young Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman joins the BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov in the greatest of all violin concertos. Brahms’s 3rd Symphony wonderfully combines drama with some of the most warmly songful music he ever wrote and Volkov’s close and intense relationship with this orchestra guarantees a memorable performance.

He begins with an intriguing nod to musical history in German composer Rolf Riehm’s quirkily colourful take on mediaeval French songs.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Concerto in D major
Rolf Riehm : He, très doulz roussignol joly
Johannes Brahms : Symphony No 3 in F major

16 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 13.55 
Knussen, Elgar, Payne, Finzi & Britten
BBC Philharmonic Studio
MediaCityUK, Broadway, Salford, M50 2HQ
United Kingdom

BBC Philharmonic

Andrew Gourlay raises his baton to open today’s programme with Knussen's delightful
The Way to Castle Yonder.
Taken from fantasy opera, Higglety Pigglety Pop – a collaboration between Knussen and American author Maurice Sendak – this piece brings vividly coloured illustrations from page to note. Of his opera, Knusson said ‘Higglety is an evocation of the music I wanted to write [as a child] but didn’t know how’.
Continuing the thread of youth, the orchestra advance with Nursey Suite, a piece which Elgar, in his later years, ‘worked up’ from his youthful and unpublished compositions.
The afternoon continues with Payne’s Half-heard in the Stillness, a ten-minute orchestral tone-poem. Payne describes himself as ‘a passionate Elgarian’ and uses Elgar’s Memorial Chimes - written for the Loughborough Carillon - as his starting point.
The gestation of today’s penultimate piece, Finzi’s Farewell to Arms, took place over many years and reflects his enthusiasm for seventeenth-century poets – brought to life today by Tenor, Robin Tritschler.
Closing the programme is Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, a powerful orchestral work inspired by the texts from the Requiem Mass and dedicated to the memory of Britten’s parents. With this dedication in mind, the final movement, ‘Requiem aeternam’ – meaning ‘eternal rest grant to them’ is particularly poignant.
This concert is a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3.

Oliver Knussen : The Way to Castle Yonder
Edward Elgar : Nursery Suite
Anthony Payne : Half-heard in the stillness
Gerald Finzi : Farewell to Arms

16 Sep

United States
 Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Performs The Maid of Orleans
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States

Tickets: $20 and Up
Odyssey Opera

Odyssey Opera kicks off its 2017-2018 season, Trial By Fire: Joan of Arc and the Hundred Year War, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Maid of Orleans." This one-night-only concert opera performance will be at Jordan Hall September 16, 2017, at 7:30pm. In Maid of Orléans (1878), Tchaikovsky’s sixth opera, Joan falls for a British soldier who switches alliances to the French army, a more accurate story. Tchaikovsky remains true to Joan’s fiery martyrdom, and her legendary encounter with Charles VII, and creates a musical portrait of an intrepid girl leading the French army.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky : The Maid of Orleans

17 Sep 
18 Sep

United Kingdom
 Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7.30pm 
This is Rattle: Adès
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Guildhall Musicians

An evening of music by living composers, personally chosen by Thomas Adès to celebrate the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle at the LSO.

As Sir Simon Rattle begins his London tenure, he’s renewing his commitment to the music of living composers. In celebration, one of those composers – Thomas Adès – has chosen eight inspirational works by some of the most distinctive voices of our time.

It’s a wonderfully diverse evening too – a real ‘state of the art’ survey of classical music in the 21st century, from the concentrated poetry of Kurtág and Birtwistle to the communicative energy of Osvaldo Golijov and the late Nicholas Maw. Up close in Milton Court, the young players of the Guildhall School are the ideal team to celebrate a new chapter in British music.

Per Nørgård : Hut Ab!
Nicholas Maw : The Head of Orpheus
Judith Weir : The Alps
Harrison Birtwistle : Célan settings
Niccolò Castiglioni : Vallis Clausa
Gyorgy Kurtág : Eletut
Osvaldo Golijov : Sarajevo
John Woolrich : A Farewell
, Madness : Cardiac Arrest (arr Adès)

19 Sep 
20 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7.30pm 
This is Rattle: Helen Grime
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia
Jacqueline Shave violin/director

The British composer Helen Grime celebrates Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival with a personally-curated programme of her own music and its inspirations.

Helen Grime is one of many living composers being championed by Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the LSO. She’s responded with a programme that places her own richly-imagined music amidst the works – from Purcell to Stravinsky – that helped shape it.

So there are many living friends and inspirations in the mix: lovingly-crafted works by Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin. Britten Sinfonia has this music in its artistic DNA, just as it’s superbly placed to trace Grimes’s roots through Stravinsky and Britten and right back to Henry Purcell: the acorn from which a living tradition took root.

Henry Purcell : Fantasia Upon One Note
Contemporary Composers : A Purcell Garland
Helen Grime : Into the Faded Air
Oliver Knussen : Cantata
Helen Grime : A Cold Spring
Thomas Ades : Court Studies from the Tempest
Benjamin Britten : Sinfonietta
Igor Stravinsky : Dumbarton Oaks

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23 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Other Presences: The Music of Jonathan Harvey
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Singers

Haunting, spiritual, ecstatic: Jonathan Harvey’s music blurs the boundaries between east and west, body and soul. Its lucid, bell-like resonances and pioneering use of electronics will take you on a journey into new and transformative worlds.
Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco is an electro-acoustic masterpiece. Spinning sonorities ring out as it blends sound samples of a cathedral bell and the voice of a chorister.
The looped, harmonised trumpet parts in Other Presences weave sounds that echo the music of Tibetan Buddhist purification rituals.
Forms of emptiness sets the vivid flashes of joy in poetry by E.E Cummings against a Buddhist Sanskrit chant, creating moments that feel transient and scarcely real.
Experience Harvey’s compelling music among Britten’s virtuosic cantata AMDG and a new work by Wim Henderickx, whose music reflects his fascination for eastern sound-worlds and philosophies.

Benjamin Britten : A.M.D.G. Op.17
Jonathan Harvey : Mortuos plango, vivos voco
Jonathan Harvey : I Love the Lord
Jonathan Harvey : The Annunication
Jonathan Harvey : Other Presences
Jonathan Harvey : Forms of Emptiness
Wim Henderickx : Blossomings
Jonathan Harvey : How could the soul not take flight

23 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7.30pm 
This is Rattle: Birtwistle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Singers
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Philippa Davies flute
Helen Tunstall, Hugh Webb & Lucy Wakeford harps

Ancient and modern meet in an intriguing programme that folds time back across the centuries, juxtaposing Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.

Simon Rattle has long championed Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s music. Now Birtwistle returns the compliment with a personally-curated musical greeting.

In his first concerts with the LSO, Rattle reaffirms his commitment to the powerful, unmistakably personal music of Harrison Birtwistle. Birtwistle’s own vocal music – and that of his forebears – forms the heart of this musical tribute from composer to conductor.

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in the intimate but atmospheric space of Milton Court, in a work that they co-commissioned: the poignant and profoundly beautiful Moth Requiem of 2012. But Birtwistle layers the concert with memories and echoing voices from across eight centuries - from Machaut to Byrd and Varèse. A programme as subtle and provocative as one of Rattle’s own.

Edgard Varèse : Octandre
De Machaut : Messe de Nostre Dame
Harrison Birtwistle : Pulse Sampler
William Byrd : Lamentations
Harrison Birtwistle : The Moth Requiem

24 Sep

United Kingdom
 Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7.30pm 
William Mathias with WNO soloists and NEW Sinfonia
St Asaph Cathedral
St Asaph Cathedral, High Street St Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0RD
United Kingdom
0800 411 8881

Bach Magnificat along with Magnificats by William Mathias, Paul Mealor (Welsh première) and Oliver Tarney (Welsh première), performed by our newly formed Festival Community Chorus in partnership with Welsh National Opera and Venue Cymru.

WNO Soloists - Soprano: Katy Thomson, Mezzo: Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, Tenor: Huw Llywelyn, Baritone: Dyfed Wyn Evans

Bishop Gregory will interview Paul Mealor, Oliver Tarney and Rhiannon Mathias

J.S. Bach : Magnificat
William Mathias : Magnificat
Paul Mealor : Magnificat
Oliver Tarney : Magnificat

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