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An Evening With Brahms and Schumann

For their autumn concert, the Concordia Chamber Choir brings you a unique programme devoted largely to the work of Johannes Brahms, one of the great composers of the 19th century Romantic Period. The centrepiece is the magisterial German Requiem. Originally written to be performed with a full orchestra, Brahms later prepared this version for soloists, chorus and two pianists with a single piano. Yet instead of diminishing its impact, it is, if anything, enhanced, allowing the voices full rein to soar and capture the intensity of the music. The soloists will be Helen Meyerhoff and Alex Jones. In addition, they will also bring you songs from Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben sung by Helen Meyerhoff, accompanied by Luis Parés and, not least, the stunningly beautiful Brahms Geistliche’s Lied, a ‘spiritual song’ whose mood anticipates the great Requiem itself and whose lyrics contain the line ‘let no sad thought oppress thee.’ The performance is at 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd November at All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Road, SE21 8JY. Tickets cost £14 at the door, or £13 in …

The Ionian Singers: A Triple Alliance – music from France, Germany and England

The Ionian Singers and Timothy Salter (conductor and piano) are joined by the clarinettist Marina Finnamore on Saturday 9th November in a programme of music from France, Germany and England. Finzi is represented in both choral and instrumental form, with the English element complemented by two of Walton’s short choral pieces and the first performance of Ave verum corpus, a new work by Nicholas Ansdell-Evans.  The French music is by Poulenc (from his Sept Chansons of 1936), with clarinet and piano music by Debussy (Première Rhapsodie) and Messager. From Germany come Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces op.73 for clarinet and piano and two of Brahms’s contemplative part-songs. The concert concludes with Salter’s transcription of three Wolf songs that bring all the performers together. St Stephen’s Church, College Road, London SE21 7 HW Saturday 9 November 2019 at 7.30pm Tickets at the door or in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-ionian-singers £14.00 (free for under 16s and full time students) Contact Ulla Gray on 020 8693 1051 or 07950 143 916 info@ioniansingers.co.uk  www.ioniansingers.co.uk

Herne Hill Music Festival: 4-13th October 2019

This year’s festival celebrates a a wealth of music in 21 events, in an even wider variety of styles than before. On Friday 4th October, the festival kicks off at the Half Moon pub with a performance of modern jazz tune arrangements and tributes from our very own Herne Hill local Becky Handley and her band, for which is sure to be an entertaining prologue. The same evening they have a 2019-approach to “contemporary classical music”, with a live electronic performance from nonclassical composer Gabriel Prokofiev, in the walls of Off The Cuff. The following day, Saturday 5th, the festival invites local performers to take part for the first time as musical participants, with the Wind and Brass Playday at St Faith’s church, as well as A Fun Afternoon of Music for younger players at Methodist Hall, facilitated by an inspirational musician and leader. Please visit the festival website for more information and to sign up. That evening, world music lovers can enjoy tasteful and curious amalgamations of Gypsy, Jazz, Classical, Indian, Turkish and Balkan music from Faith I Branco on accordion and violin at Off The Cuff. Also there, on Sunday October …

Chamber Music Festival

Come to St John the Evangelist Church from 10-15 June for a series of wonderful concerts for strings and piano performed by enSEmble26. With the arrival of the beautiful new Steinway concert grand at St John’s, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some gems of the classical chamber music repertoire. Monday 10th June – 1pm Music from Russia – for 2 violins and piano, including Prokofiev and Shostakovich Tickets £10/£7 Wednesday 12th June – 4pm Children’s Concert – The Swan and the Enchanted Lake, a beautiful story about some fairies and men with diggers…with music by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Chopin Tickets Adults £10 children free Friday 14th June – 12.30pm Violin and Piano recital with Ellie Fagg & Eleanor Meynell. Beethoven Spring Sonata, Mozart A major KV305 and Schubert Moments Musicaux Tickets £10/£7 Saturday 15th June – 7.30pm Dvorak Piano Quintet in Eb Op. 81, Haydn ‘Gypsy’ Trio and Clara Schumann 3 Romances Op.22 Tickets £15/£12 enSEmble26 is a collective of passionate musicians devoted to sharing their love of music through world-class concerts and …

Bach to Baby concert series to celebrate 200th birthday of ‘tech savvy’ Queen Victoria

Throughout April and May, Bach to Baby is celebrating the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria with a special series of family concerts for age 0+ in Dulwich . Babies, children and their grown ups will be transported inside the palace walls with music from the Queen’s favourites, Mendelssohn and Strauss, into the Savoy Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, and on to the cobbled streets with songs from the Victorian Music Halls. As well as being an iconic British monarch, political powerhouse, accomplished musician and mum of nine, Victoria was a trailblazer, culture vulture and early tech adopter. Photography was invented just after Victoria came to the throne and immediately she harnessed its power to create a global public image and document ordinary family life – you could say Victoria was the original Insta-star/mum! Bach to Baby founder and pianist, Miaomiao Yu said: “I think Victoria would have been right at home with the Bach to Baby audience – our tech savvy, culture vulture mums and dads appreciate the finer things in life! During Victoria …