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23 May 
24 May 
25 May

United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 3pm 
Bath Festival

United Kingdom

Steven Isserlis, cello

Bach’s cello suites are among his very finest music and Steven Isserlis’s performances are justly of world renown. Britten’s Cello Suites, written for the great cellist Rostropovich, mirror them in depth of emotional expression and Kurtag’s miniature character pieces add the icing on the cake of a fascinating programme.

J.S. Bach : Solo Cello Suite No. 5
Gyorgy Kurtag : Az Hit
Gyorgy Kurtag : Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval
Gyorgy Kurtag : In memoriam Ferenc Wilheim
Benjamin Britten : Solo Cello Suite No. 3

26 May

United Kingdom
 Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm 
Mirrors and Meditations
Church of the Sacred Heart
25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
United Kingdom
01392 667080

Tickets: £11
Jonathan Storer - Violin
Stephen Beville - Piano

Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Stephen Beville and concert-violinist Jonathan Storer perform a meditative programme featuring Arvo Part's Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel, Beville's Monodrama (world premiere) and Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, Op 47.

Frederick Chopin : Two Nocturnes, Op 27
Frederick Chopin : Ballad No 3 in A-flat, Op 36
Arvo Part : Fratres (1977/80)
Stephen Beville : Monodrama (2011)
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Sonata in A, Op 47, 'Kreutzer'
Arvo Part : Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

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2 Jun

United Kingdom
 Friday, June 02, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Thomas Adès Beethoven Symphony Cycle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia

The opening concert of a three year project between Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia, performing Beethoven’s Symphony Cycle alongside music by contemporary composer Gerald Barry.

‘Thomas Adès makes you hear things with which you thought you were familiar as if they were completely new’ wrote the Guardian’s Tom Service. In this opening concert of Adès's Beethoven Symphony cycle project with Britten Sinfonia, he sheds new light on these monuments of orchestral repertoire. Here Beethoven’s witty first symphony is paired with the virtuosic second, complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s love letter to his ‘immortal beloved’.

Gerald Barry : Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36

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6 Jun

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Thomas Adès Beethoven Symphony Cycle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Britten Sinfonia

Beethoven's Third is paired with Barry's ferocious orchestral masterpiece Chevaux de Frise in this second collaboration between Adès and Britten Sinfonia.

Arguably the symphony that changed everything and kick-started the Romantic period in music is the focus of this concert. Conducting Britten Sinfonia, Adès places Beethoven’s towering Eroica symphony alongside Gerald Barry’s Chevaux de Frise.

Gerald Barry : Chevaux de Frise
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Eroica

7 Jun 
8 Jun 
9 Jun

United Kingdom
 Friday, June 09, 2017 at  
Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece.

09 Jun - 17 Jun 2017

Hackney Empire and English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a jazz-infused chamber ‘be-bopera’ by Daniel Schnyder with libretto by award winning African-American poet Bridgette A. Wimberly.

Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought after tenors.

In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons and women who fueled his creative genius.

Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the “Yardbird” himself.

Daniel Schnyder : Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD

10 Jun

United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11am 
A Film Music War Requiem
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110

London Sinfonietta
Gerry Cornelius conductor
Andrew Watts countertenor

Olga Neuwirth’s War Requiem takes as its starting point not poetry or sacred texts, but a silent film – a prophetic anti-war parable made in France just one month before the outbreak of the Great War. Performed to the backdrop of the film, Neuwirth’s score, she says, ‘brushes against the grain’ in the spirit of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus. In two shorter works, Goethe and Gertrude Stein serve as jumping-off points for a composer who regularly questions shared cultural memories.

Olga Neuwirth : Five Daily Miniatures
Olga Neuwirth : …morphologische Fragmente…
Olga Neuwirth : Maudite soit la guerre – A Film Music War Requiem

11 Jun

United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 11, 2017 at  
Brett Dean Hamlet
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1273 815000

Hamlet Allan Clayton
Gertrude Sarah Connolly
Ophelia Barbara Hannigan
Claudius Rod Gilfry
Polonius Kim Begley
Ghost of Old Hamlet John Tomlinson
Horatio Jacques Imbrailo
Laertes David Butt Philip
Rosencrantz Rupert Enticknap
Guildenstern Christopher Lowrey

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

A story of betrayal, revenge and madness

To be, or not to be. This is Hamlet’s dilemma, and the essence of Shakespeare’s most famous and arguably greatest work, given new life in operatic form in this original Glyndebourne commission.

Thoughts of murder and revenge drive Hamlet when he learns that it was his uncle Claudius who killed his father, the King of Denmark, then seized his father’s crown and wife.

But Hamlet’s vengeance vies with the question: is suicide a morally valid deed in an unbearably painful world?

‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’
—Brett Dean, Composer

Shakespeare’s Hamlet reconfigured for a world premiere

Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, while also exploiting the traditional operatic elements of arias, ensembles and choruses.

Matthew Jocelyn’s inspired libretto is pure Shakespeare, adhering to the Bard’s narrative thread but abridging, reconfiguring and interweaving it into motifs that highlight the main dramatic themes: death, madness, the impossibility of certainty and the complexities of action.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Brett Dean : Hamlet

11 Jun

United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7pm 
Paradise Lost: 350th Anniversary
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Melos Sinfonia
Oliver Zeffman conductor
Singers to be announced
Actor to be announced

'The Melos Sinfonia marks the 350th anniversary of John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost with music inspired by the epic.

Milton's Paradise Lost – dictated by the blind poet to assistants over a period of six years – sets out to ‘justify the ways of God to Man’. The Melos Sinfonia will mark the epic’s 350th anniversary with three works inspired by it: Haydn's Creation, and two new commissions. Presented alongside extracts from the poem, this will be a memorable tribute to one of the greatest texts in the English language.

The Melos Sinfonia is an energetic orchestra based in London which, through ambitious programming and enterprising projects, provides talented young musicians with invaluable experience and exposure. Players are drawn from the major conservatoires and universities across the UK, as well as from orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Britten-Pears Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.

Joseph Haydn : 'The Representation of Chaos' from The Creation
Joe Rust : The Fall of the Rebel Angels
Edward Nesbit : Near Paradise
Joseph Haydn : The Creation, Part 3

12 Jun 
13 Jun

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 3pm 
Deborah Pritchard World Premiere
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110

Jonathan Berman conductor
Harriet MacKenzie violin
Catrin Finch harp
with Maggi Hambling artist

A concert complementing visual artist Maggi Hambling’s Festival exhibition, with music by Debussy, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard performed in front of projections of the artworks.

Pritchard’s two concertos are based on some of artist Maggi Hambling’s most recent canvases, matching their muscular dynamism and distinctive use of colour and texture in works of taut structure and opaque beauty.

Edge follows her new pieces on climate change and the melting of the polar ice cpas. The music is performed in front of projections of the original artworks, complemented by Robert Saxton’s Stanley Spencer-inspired elegy and Debussy’s dances. Interspersed with conversations with artist and composer, this complementary concert to Hambling’s Festival exhibition illuminates both the music and the art that inspired it.

Claude Debussy : Danse sacrée et danse profane
Robert Saxton : The Resurrection of the Soldiers
Deborah Pritchard : Wall of Water; Edge

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17 Jun

United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1pm 
Paul Crabtree World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

BBC Singers

A rare treat from the BBC Singers, bringing a masterpiece of the choral repertoire to the lunchtime concert. Frank Martin’s Mass has a luminous quality which is profoundly beautiful and, though written in the 1920s, was kept in a bottom drawer by the composer for 40 years. Hillborg’s work exploits the virtuoso technique of the choir in a work whose sounds go beyond text setting whilst Paul Crabtree’s new work, premiered here, provides reflections on Stanley Spencer paintings with biblical texts. Music by Maxwell Davies completes the programme with his Mackay Brown settings reflecting the Orkney winter.

Frank Martin : Mass for Double Choir
Anders Hillborg : Muoayiyoum
Paul Crabtree : New Work
Peter Maxwell Davies : The House of Winter

17 Jun

United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7pm 
The Story of Magnus Erlendsson
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

2017 is the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus, murdered at the command of his cousin on the island of Egilsay. This specially commissioned dramatic work tells the story of Magnus, his early life, his religious commitment and the journey leading towards his murder and martyrdom. Local historian and storyteller Tom Muir narrates the tale with a large cast of singers, actors and musicians. This performance takes place in the monument, the Cathedral, created in St Magnus’s memory by his nephew Rognvald and showcases the work of two local collaborators, Gemma McGregor and Ron Ferguson.

Francis Church Magnus
Kristin Linklater Thora
Tom Muir Narrator

Vivia Leslie Director
Alasdair Nicolson Conductor

The Assembly Project
Heather Rendall Organ
Singers and Actors from the community of Orkney
St Magnus Cathedral Choir
Boys from Kirkwall Grammar School

Gemma McGregor : The Story of Magnus Erlendsson

18 Jun

United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2.30pm 
Geoff Palmer World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Edinburgh Quartet

One of the UK’s oldest quartets, and originally the resident quartet in Edinburgh University, the Edinburgh Quartet has an enviable reputation for the commissioning and performing of living composers alongside the standard repertoire.

Joseph Haydn : String Quartet Op. 77 No. 2
Geoff Palmer : New Work
Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1

19 Jun

United Kingdom
 Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3pm 
Stuart MacRae, Marco Ramelli World Premieres
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Alison McNeill Voice
Sasha Savaloni Guitar

Alison McNeill and Sasha Savaloni present a selection of music by living composers. As part of their residency with Enterprise Music Scotland, Stuart McRae was commissioned to create a work specially for this performance which will receive its première in this concert alongside his setting of Middle English texts from 2008. Stephen Goss’s piece draws on Mahler and the inspiration of the Arts and Crafts chapel in Surrey in a work about remembrance and peaceful contemplation. Whilst the work of the young guitarist Marco Romelli, who studies composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland completes the programme.

Stuart MacRae : Four Attar Songs
Stephen Goss : Watts Chapel for solo guitar
Marco Ramelli : Moon
Stuart MacRae : The Life of this World

19 Jun

United Kingdom
 Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1pm 
Philip Cashian World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Gildas Quartet

Schubert’s most well known quartet, written near the end of his life, takes his own song as its title and the music of this song as a starting point for its second movement. The music weaves a passionate and intense web of texture and melody, almost Beethovenian in scale, with sudden dramatic and dynamic shifts. Philip Cashian is Head of Compostion at the Royal Academy of Music and is an acclaimed composer performed throughout the world. His second quartet is co-commissioned by the St Magnus International Festival and Britten Pears Foundation and its movements have the titles Swarming, Drifting, Freezing, Reeling.

The award-winning Gildas Quartet has instantly earned itself a reputation for its refreshing approach and exciting precision combining a love of the classic repertoire and music of today. The quartet has worked closely with the likes of Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and has a commitment to commissioning new work.

Tickets £25, £20, £12 Concessions £19, £15, £8

Duration 1 hour

Philip Cashian : String Quartet No. 2
Franz Schubert : String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810 Death and the Maiden

20 Jun 
21 Jun

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 13.00 
New Music, New Directions
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

The Assembly Project

Eight new works conducted by eight student conductors. This concert presents music hot off the press. Each new work has been written in the preceding eleven days of the St Magnus Composers’ Course and represents an intense collaboration with the musicians of The Assembly Project and the course tutors. A participant from Orkney Conductors’ Course will conduct each new work. Watch this space for the talents of the future.

Contemporary Composers : New Work

22 Jun 

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