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Other Concerts and Events


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July – December 2018

Gregynog Festival 2018

Remembering Morfydd - Morfydd Owen (1891-1918)

Gregynog Festival features a series of collaborations led by Artistic Director, Dr Rhian Davies, to commemorate the centenary of the death on 7 September 1918 of the outstanding Welsh composer, singer and pianist Morfydd Owen.



BPSE Tippett/Beethoven Series

St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, London (W1J 9LL)

Wednesday 8 August 2018, 1.10pm
Julian Trevelyn, piano
William Byrd Ut re mi fa sol la, from My Ladye Nevells Booke
Beethoven Sonata No.31, in Ab, Op.110
Tippett Sonata No.1 (1936–8)

Wednesday 15 August 2018, 1.10pm
Lee Jae Phang, piano
Beethoven Sonata No.10, in G, Op.14 No.2
Debussy Hommage à Rameau, from Images Book 1
Debussy Les collines d’Anacapri, from Préludes Book 1
Tippett Sonata No. 3 (1972–3)

Wednesday 22 August 2018, 1.10pm
Tyler Hay, piano
Beethoven Sonata No.26, in Eb, Op.81a, Les Adieux
Tippett Sonata No.4 (1983–4)


12th - 25th August 2018


Sunday, August 12, 2018

St Peter & Paul Church

Arnold Fantasy for Horn op 88

Bridge Piano quintet in D minor
Bax Octet*
MacMillan For Max
Elgar Piano quintet in A minor op 84

Monday, August 13, 2018 7:00pm
St Mary's Church
Britten Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria (organ)
Knussen/Benjamin/Matthews A Purcell Garland
Adès Catch; Court Studies from The Tempest*
Tippett Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi (organ)
Maxwell Davies String quartet movement op 338
Bridge String quartet No 3

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:00pm
All Saints' Church
Elgar Violin sonata in E minor op 82
Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo op 22*
Tippett The Heart’s Assurance
Elgar Sea Pictures op 37; Sospiri

Friday, August 17, 2018 7:00pm
St Aidan's Church
Tippett Overture to Robin Hood
Britten Les llluminations op 18*
Walton Sonata for Strings
Benjamin Upon Silence
Purcell Music for a While; When I am Laid in Earth

Saturday, August 18, 2018 7:00pm
St Hedda's Church
Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor op 20
Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli*
Goss Concerto for Theorbo and Strings
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sunday, August 19, 2018 2:00pm
St Hilda's Church
Dowland - Johnson - Campion - Purcell   
Songs for Lute, Theorbo and Soprano
(no interval)  Concert is followed by tea and cakes

Monday, August 20, 2018 7:00pm
St Stephen's Church
Tippett String quartet No.1
Adès The Four Quarters*    
Vaughan Williams  Nocturne
Imogen Holst String quintet

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 2:00pm
O H P St Hilda's Priory
Tippett Piano sonata no 1
Tippett Caliban’s Song
Vaughan Williams The House of Life

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:00pm
O H P St Hilda's Priory
Leighton Fantasy on an American Hymn Tune op 70
Clarke Dumka
Bridge Phantasy trio no 1 in C minor*
Bax Piano quintet in G minor

Friday, August 24, 2018 7:00pm
St Oswald's Church
Arnold Wind quintet op 2
Knussen Three Little Fantasies
Imogen Holst Fall of the Leaf
Melinda Maxwell Pibroch*
Britten Movement for wind sextet
Birtwistle Refrains and Choruses
Gustav Holst Wind quintet op 14
Arnold Sea Shanties

Saturday, August 25, 2018 5:00pm
St Hilda's Church Westcliff
Elgar Imperial March (organ)
Walton Façade*
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge op 10
Elgar Nursery Suite



Thursday 23rd August 2018 at 5.00pm
Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists
Whiteley Hall, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester M3 1SB 
Recital of British Piano Music:
Edward Elgar: In Smyrna 
John Ireland: Three London Pieces 
Francis Pott:  Farewell to Hirta 
Kenneth Leighton: Five Studies Op.22 

Margaret Fingerhut, piano



Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 2.45pm
Assembly Hall, Worthing
Elgar: Concert Overture 'Froissart'
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor
Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
William Alwyn: Symphony No. 4

Nicola Benedetti, Violin

John Gibbons, conductor

Worthing Symphony Orchestra



13th September 2018 at 8:00pm
The Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Howard Skempton: Images
Stephen Sondheim/Frederic Rzewski: I'm Still Here
Ken Benshoof: Spindrift (with piccolo)
John Joubert: Lyric Fantasy on Themes from Jane Eyre, Op. 144
Ian Venables: The Stourhead Follies, Op. 4

Colleen McElroy, piccolo
Eric McElroy, piano



14th -15th September 7.30pm
The Ivor Gurney Hall, Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BH

Ivor Gurney: High above Gloucester and the Severn Plain - a two-day Seminar on the composer

Hoted by the Musical Brain.Org
James Gilchrist (tenor) and Anna Tilbrook (piano)

Friday 14th September
10am – 11.45am
The Old City – Guided walk led by Eleanor Rawling around Ivor Gurney’s Gloucester,
looking at his birthplace, school, the cathedral and other places connected with his family
life and creative development. (Easy walking, flat pavements and walkways, 2.5 miles)
[11.45am – Bus to Ashleworth and lunch break]
1.15pm – 3.15pm
Ashleworth nestles by the river – Guided walk led by Eleanor Rawling around the
village, tithe barn, church and manor house at Ashleworth and onto Barrow Hill “where
eyes, heart and soul may drink their fill” – including reading of poems and discussion of
music written during or just after Gurney’s return from the war. (Moderate walking, field
paths and lanes, some hills, 5 miles)
[3.15pm – Bus to city – tea will be served from 3pm]
4pm – 4.20pm
The House of Stone – Visit to Gloucester Cathedral, to hear discussion between Stephen
Johnson and Adrian Partington about Gurney’s connections with the cathedral.
4.45pm – 7pm
Talks in the Ivor Gurney Hall
The world into which Ivor Gurney was born, his musical education and early works
Stephen Johnson
The influences upon Gurney of the poems of A.E. Housman
Peter Parker
Exploring Ivor Gurney’s Gloucestershire through his Poetry
Eleanor Rawling
Title of talk TBC
Philip Lancaster
8pm – 9.45pm
Concert – with James Gilchrist tenor, Catherine Schofield violin and Anna Tilbrook
piano (see separate concert programme)
Throughout both days there will be poetry readings by Nicola Harrison, Tim Kendall, Eleanor
Rawling and Stephen Johnson.
Saturday 15th September
10am – 12.30pm
Up There on the Roman Hill – Guided walk led by Eleanor Rawling beginning on
Crickley Hill, Gurney's high playground and quiet retreat, and one of the places featuring
most frequently in his poetry and music. The walk reaches the summit of Crickley with
magnificent views of the Cotswold Edge and Severn Plain, then descends to pass
'Gurney's cottage', Dryhill Farm and the site of Dryhill Roman Villa, all important places
in Gurney's creative life. Climbing back up the steep scarp slope via the ancient drovers'
road, the Greenway, the walk follows the Cotswold Way back through the ancient beech
trees now protected in the Crickley Country Park. (All off-road with steep hills, field
paths, woodland and some uneven ground, 4.5 miles)
[12.30pm – To city and lunch break]
2pm – 4.15 pm
Talks in the Ivor Gurney Hall
“First War Poet”
Tim Kendall
Ivor Gurney: Dweller in Shadows
Kate Kennedy
Concerning Gurney’s mental illness
Michael Trimble (with Stephen Johnson)
Gurney’s late and unpublished music
Ian Venables
5pm – 5.45pm
Forum – chaired discussion between audience and speakers
5.45pm – 6.30pm
Pre-concert discussion – led by Stephen Johnson, and including Philip Lancaster,
Nicola Harrison and the musicians
8pm – 9.45pm

Saturday 15th September at 8pm
The Ivor Gurney Hall, Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BH
E.J. Moeran:  Far in a Western Brookland                                               
Ivor Gurney:  Severn Meadows                                 
John Ireland:  Ladslove (from The Land of Lost Content)                       
George Butterworth: On the Idle Hill in Summer                                               
Herbert Howells:  Piano Quartet, 2nd movement                                               
Ivor Gurney:  Ludlow and Teme                                                           
Ivor Gurney:  On Wenlock Edge, All Night under the Moon, Last Hours, Thou Didst Delight my Eyes       
Ivor Gurney:  Adagio for String Quartet                                
Ivor Gurney:  The Western Playland   
James Gilchrist, tenor
Anna Tilbrook, piano
The Bridge String Quartet
Michael Craddock, baritone

Throughout both days there will be poetry readings by Nicola Harrison, Tim Kendall, Eleanor
Rawling and Stephen Johnson.



Monday September 17th 2018 1.00-5.30pm

British Library Knowledge Centre, London

Martin Shaw - Lunchtime Recital and Symposium - 

Re-instating Martin Shaw as composer and champion of English music


Rarely-performed songs by British composers - free song recital (1.10pm – 2.10pm)

Baritone Philip Smith and pianist Iain Farrington present a recital of rarely-performed songs by British composer Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958), described as the missing link between Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. This lunchtimes concert offers a chance to sample a selection of Shaw’s large body of solo songs, alongside works by his friends and contemporaries, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Ireland.

Free but booking required:


Followed by a Symposium (2.30pm – 5.30pm)

Speakers include Professor Stephen Banfield, Dr Jonathan Clinch, Professor Jeremy Dibble, Professor John Harper, Mr Michael Meredith, Dr Paul Rodmell and Professor George Odam.

Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546



The Martin Shaw Society in association with Albion Music Ltd is preparing a symposium on Martin Shaw and his works to be held on  at the Knowledge Centre of the British Library.

Contributors: Professor Stephen Banfield, Professor Jeremy Dibble, Dr Jonathan Clinch, Professor Dr John Harper, Dr Paul Rodmell, Professor George Odam, Michael Meredith of Eton College Archives, Chris Scobie, Curator of Music Manuscripts at the BL, and Dr Shaw’s grand-daughter Isobel Montgomery Campbell.

The launch of 'The Greater Light, a Martin Shaw Compendium' will also take place. Edited by Stephen Connock and Isobel Montgomery Campbell with an introduction by Dr John Harper, the compendium includes a full catalogue of works (over 500 titles), a selection of 100 letters to and from Martin Shaw, (including correspondence with TS Eliot, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams) and the republication of Shaw's autobiographical reminiscences Up to Now.



Sunday 23 September 2018 11:30AM

Wigmore Hall, London

Natalie Clein cello
Yeol Eum Son piano
Ernest Bloch Suite 'From Jewish Life' Suite No. 1 for solo cello
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 6 Studies in English Folksong
Frank Bridge: Cello Sonata in D minor



Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 3:00PM
Parry Centenary Song Recital
Mary Bevan soprano
Nicky Spence tenor
William Vann piano
Hubert Parry My true love hath my heart
William Sterndale Bennett Maienthau Op. 23 No. 2

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Therese Op. 86 No. 1 Die Mainacht Op. 43 No. 2 So lass uns wandern! Op. 75 No. 3
Hubert Parry: O mistress mine; Take, o take those lips away; Blow, blow thou winter wind; Through the ivory gate
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Summum bonum
Hubert Parry: Weep you no more
John Ireland: The trellis
Hubert Parry: On a time the amorous Silvy; Nightfall in winter; My heart is like a singing bird; From a city window
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: The Clown's Songs from Shakespeare's ‘Twelfth Night’ Op. 65; O mistress mine
Gustav Holst: The heart worships
Frank Bridge: The last invocation
Hubert Parry: The sound of hidden music
Herbert Howells: An Old Man’s Lullaby



Monday 24th September 2018 at 1:00PM
Lucy Crowe soprano
Joseph Middleton piano
Henry Purcell: Lord, what is man? (A Divine Hymn) Z192 (realised by Benjamin Britten)
O solitude, my sweetest choice Z406 (realised by Benjamin Britten)
John Weldon Alleluia (realised by Benjamin Britten)
Michael Head: Over the rim of the moon
John Ireland: The trellis; My true love hath my heart; When I am dead, my dearest; If there were dreams to sell; Earth's call
William Walton: Daphne; Through gilded trellises; Old Sir Faulk



Saturday 29 September 2018 7.45pm
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, Sussex
Directed by Andrew Sherwood
Memorial Concert for Jeremy Dale Roberts 1934 - 2017 
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Jeremy Dale Roberts Suite for Flute and Strings
Solo Flute Anne Hodgson
Peta Crompton Elegy for 3
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major,  Op.48
The Musicians of All Saints



3rd - 6th October 2018


Wednesday 3rd October 2018

10.30am – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Villiers String Quartet
Rachel Speirs, soprano

Alwyn String Quartet No. 8; Four Songs

John Joubert Remember (2018), world premiere

Leonard Bernstein Variations on an Octatonic Scale

Alwyn String Quartet No. 9

Dvorak String Quartet in A flat Major, op.105

3pm – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

The Royal Academy of Music Wind Ensemble

Mozart Serenade in E flat Major, K.375

Alwyn Divertimento

Britten Metamorphoses after Ovid, op.49

Alwyn Concerto for Flute and Eight Wind Instruments


10.30am – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

A Celebration for Sir John Manduell:

John Turner, recorders
Richard Simpson, oboe
Lesley-Jane Rogers, soprano
Members of the Villiers Quartet

Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370

Beethoven String Trio in D Major, op.9 no.2

Plus: a garland of newly commissioned pieces for soprano and ensemble in memory of Sir John Manduell, settings inspired by the work of W. B. Yeats - by composers including: Sally Beamish, Gary Carpenter, Peter Dickinson, Elis Pekhonen, Jeremy Pike, Geoffrey Poole, and David Horne.

3pm – Electric Picture Palace, Southwold

Film Matinée

The Heart of England (1954) Documentary: music by Elisabeth Lutyens
Life for Ruth (1962) Feature Film: music by William Alwyn

booking essential


11am – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Coffee Concert:

Kathryn Thomas, flute
Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola,
Lucy Wakeford, harp

Arnold Bax Elegiac Trio

Alwyn Naiades

David Matthews Darkness Draws In (2006)

Joseph Jongen Danse Lente (1917)

Christopher Wright Soliloquy (2006)

Alwyn Crépuscule

Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp


7.30pm – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Nathan Williamson and friends:

Sara Trickey, violin
Sarah-Jane Bradley, viola
Charles Watt, cello
Nathan Williamson, piano

Alwyn Rhapsody for Piano Quartet

David Matthews Sonatina for Viola and Piano (2016), world premiere

Nathan Williamson Cello Sonata (2018), world premiere

Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Piano Quartet in E flat major, op.47



10.30am – Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Mozart String Quartet in C Major K. 157

Doreen Carwithen String Quartet No. 2

Michael Tippett String Quartet No. 2

Debussy String Quartet in G Minor Op. 10


7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Jennifer Pike, violin
Petr Limonov, piano

Grazyna Bacewicz Polish Caprice

Massenet Meditation

Wieniawski Legende

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Szymanowski Mythes, Nocturne and Tarantella 



Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm
St Peter's Church, Hinton Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2EE
Eternal be the Sleep - Parry 100 Festival
The third performance in our 2018 series, 'Eternal be the Sleep', commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War. This concert is part of the Parry 100 Festival, and takes place in the stunning St Peter's Church, Bournemouth, where Hubert Parry was christened in 1848.
Ivor Gurney                Since I believe in God the Father Almighty
C. Hubert H. Parry     Sorrow and pain
Cecilia McDowall       I know that my redeemer liveth
C. Hubert H. Parry     Love is a sickness
Edward Elgar              They are at rest
Herbert Howells        Psalm 121
     Requiem aeternam (2)
Gustav Holst               Nunc Dimittis
C. Hubert H. Parry     Songs of Farewell

The Carice Singers
Conductor: George Parris



4th - 7th October 2018



Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LY
J.S. BACH: Partita in E major for solo violin, BWV1006
PAUL LEWIS: Le Morte d’Arthur
ALAN RIDOUT: Ferdinand the Bull


Aysgarth, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
Performance with simultaneous film screening of the six winning scores of the EMF Young Composers’ Film Music Competition. The films, newly commissioned by the EMF from the Yorkshire Film Archive, present black and white and early colour archive material about landscape, agriculture and transport in the Dales, with many recognisable scenes of Aysgarth, Hawes, Richmond, Castle Bolton and the surrounding areas.

Aysgarth, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
SIR HUBERT PARRY: Shulbrede Tunes
SIR ARTHUR BLISS: Elegy (FKB Thiepval 1916)
JOHN IRELAND: London Pieces
ARMSTRONG GIBBS: An Essex Rhapsody
WILLIAM ALWYN: Three Preludes


Aysgarth, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: It was a lover and his lass
FREDERICK DELIUS: So white, so soft, so sweet is she; To Daffodils
GERALD FINZI: Come away, death; Fear no more the heat o’ the sun; Who is Silvia?
ROGER QUILTER: Weep you no more, sad fountains
IVOR GURNEY: Under the Greenwood Tree; Spring; Sleep
WILLIAM BROWNE: To Gratiana dancing and singing
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Vagabond; Let Beauty Awake
FREDERICK DELIUS: Twilight fancies
JOSEPH HAYDN: The Sailor’s Song
JOHN IRELAND: Sea Fever; Hope the Hornblower
IVOR GURNEY: I will go with my Father a-ploughing
Trad. arr. BENJAMIN BRITTEN: The Ploughboy
PETER WARLOCK: My own Country
ARMSTRONG GIBBS: Silver; Five Eyes
KAMIL BIEN | tenor
LIAM McNALLY | baritone

Aysgarth, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
WILLIAM BYRD: Mass for four voices; Laetentur coeli; Ne irascaris; Domine / Civitas sancti tui; Sing joyfully; Miserere mei; Ave verum Corpus; Justorum animae; Haec dies
THOMAS TALLIS: If ye love me; O nata lux; Salvator mundi
THOMAS TOMKINS: When David heard
ORLANDO GIBBONS: Almighty and everlasting God
THOMAS WEELKES: When David heard

Castle Bolton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
HERBERT HOWELLS: Lambert’s Clavichord
HERBERT HOWELLS: Howells’s Clavichord

Castle Bolton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
JOSEPH PHIBBS: Suite for solo violin
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES: Sonata for Violin Alone
RICHARD PANTCHEFF: Introduction and Allegro
ALAN GIBBS: Enigma Duet for violin and cello
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Suite no.3 for solo cello

Castle Bolton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR
PAUL LEWIS: Le Morte d’Arthur
RICHARD BLACKFORD: Dreams and Spells for solo violin and narrator



Friday 5th October, 7.30pm
Eternal be the sleep
St Paul's Knightsbridge, 32a Wilton Place, London, SW1X 8SH
A special performance of Hubert Parry's poignant Songs of Farewell and other British choral works to mark the release of our new disc for the BBC Music Magazine. 
The Carice Singers
Conductor: George Parris



Saturday 6th October 2018, 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG 
GLINKA Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
BLISS Piano Concerto (piano: Poom Prommachart)
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Haydn
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor



Saturday 6th October 2018 from 7:00pm 
Razumovsky Music Studio, 56 College Road, London NW10 5ET
CD Launch – From the Shadow of the Great War
Liubov Ulybysheva (‘Cello) and John Paul Ekins (Piano) invite you to come and celebrate 100 years since peace was reached at the end of World War I, with the launch of their CD of English Music for ‘Cello & Piano.
7pm Pre-concert drinks
7.30pm Concert – to include excerpts from the CD
8.45pm Post-concert supper
Admission £30
Please book your tickets by emailing:



Sunday 7th October at 3.00pm

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Lest We Forget: A commemorative concert to mark the end of the Great War 
Featuring some of Britain’s best loved songs by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Gurney and Finzi, and a performance of Ian Venables’ song cycle 'Through These Pale Cold Days'. 

James Gilchrist, tenor
Benjamin Frith, piano
Richard Jenkinson, ‘cello



Monday 15 October 2018 at 1:00pm
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Charles Owen piano
Johann Sebastian Bach Easter Oratorio 'Kommt, eilet und laufet' BWV249
Sinfonia (arr. for oboe and piano)
Pavel Haas Oboe Suite
Julian Anderson: The Bearded Lady
Igor Stravinsky Russian Maiden's song (arr. for oboe and piano)
York Bowen Sonata for oboe and piano Op. 85



Sunday 21st October 3.00pm

The Great Hall Malvern College
'The Silence in our Hearts'
A Sequence of Music, Poetry & Prose to mark the centenary of the ending of The Great War 1918
Music includes Edward Elgar's Violin Sonata 1918 and motets by Thomas Tallis, Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Edgar Day

Aldwyn Voices

Adrian Lucas - Conductor

Miriam Kramer - Violin
Nicholas Durcan - Piano
Peter Sutton - Reader



Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 7:30PM

Limited tickets!

Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano; 
Tenebrae vocal ensemble
Nigel Short conductor
Eugene Asti piano
Edward Elgar: They are at rest
Ivor Gurney: Since I believe in God the Father Almighty; By a Bierside; In Flanders
Judith Bingham: A Walk with Ivor Gurney
Herbert Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
Ivor Gurney: Sleep
Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell

Arnold Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden Op. 13



Thursday 25th October 2018
Bob Boas, 22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR 
Kathryn Rudge – mezzo and Will Vann - piano in preparation for a revival of Parry’s oratorio 'Judith' 

Book by email:
If you do not have email then phone 020 7436 0344 or write to address above.



27th and 28th October 2018

Roxburgh Hall Theatre, Stowe School

Ethel Smyth: The Wreckers

Arcadian Opera:

Jennifer Parker
Brian Smith-Walters
Steven East
April Fredrick
Ian Beadle
Richard Woodall
Elouise Waterhouse
Phillip Abbott

To celebrate the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage Arcadian Opera will be mounting a full production of Ethel Smyth’s great operatic masterpiece. Most unjustly neglected at a time when women composers were simply not taken seriously in this country, Ethel compounded her controversial status by her close association with the suffragette movement.



28 October 2018, 5:00pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London
David Hall, Tim Johnson, Richard Farnes and Mark Messenger conductors
David Goode organ
RCM String Band 
Eton College Chapel Choirs 
Twyford School Senior Choir 
Programme to include: 
Parry Ode to Music
Parry I was Glad
Parry Lady Radnor's Suite
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Parry Jerusalem

To commemorate the centenary of one of Britain’s most loved composers, Sir Hubert Parry, we’re delighted to bring together singers and musicians from the schools he attended for this special concert.
A collective of musicians from the RCM String Band, Eton College Chapel and Lower Chapel Choir and Twford School Senior Choir will assemble around our Flentrop Orgelbouw organ in an unforgettable evening of music and commemoration.
The programme will present some of the most iconic pieces from Parry's hugely influential body of work, from his first choral masterpiece Blest Pair of Sirens to his immutable anthem, Jerusalem, as well as selected works from his contemporaries.
Professor Jeremy Dibble, expert on 19th and 20th-century British music, will introduce
the concert, which will be led by 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor of the Year Richard Farnes alongside David Hall, Tim Johnson and RCM Head of Strings Mark Messenger.
RCM Live
Watch this performance livestreamed



Friday 2nd November 2018 at 7:30pm
Kings Place: Hall One, London
Before Life and After 
Britten, Winter Words for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.52 (Before Life and After)
Finzi, Earth and Air and Rain: The Clock of the years, Op.15 no.8
Finzi, Earth and Air and Rain: Proud Songsters, poem by Thomas Hardy, Op.15 no.10
Finzi, The Too Short Time: Amabel (Before and after Summer)
Ireland, Three Songs to Poems by Hardy: Summer Schemes

Roderick Williams, Baritone
Iain Burnside, Piano
Harriet Walter, Narrator



Sunday 4th November 2018 at 2.45pm
Assembly Hall, Worthing
Verdi: Overture 'La Forza del Destino'
George Butterworth: Rhapsody - A Shropshire Lad
Hamilton Harty: Ode to a Nightingale

Verdi: Otello - Desdemona's final scene
Tchaikovsky: Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo & Juliet'
Helena Dix, soprano
John Gibbons, conductor
Worthing Symphony Orchestra



Voices from Darkness 
9th - 11th November 2018

Clun Valley Chamber Music

Playing any music of the past we are, in a sense, delving into the mists of time and this seems nowhere truer than with the music written around the time of the First World War, that great cataclysm which re-shaped society in so many ways.
We shall be featuring the music of George Butterworth who lost his life at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and whose relatively few works seem to grow in stature as the years go by. Alongside these, we present great works of the chamber music repertoire from both sides of the English Channel and, for our final concert, something rather different. 
The Auric String Quartet
Pavlo Beznosiuk & Oliver Cave - Violins 
Luba Tunnicliffe - Viola 
Richard Tunnicliffe - 'Cello
Gretel Dowdeswell - Piano 
Giles Underwood - Baritone 
John Kirkpatrick - voice, melodeon, concertina, button accordion
St George’s Clun Handbell Ringers
09 Nov 2018
7.30pm, St Mary's Church, Hopesay
Butterworth Suite for String Quartet; Butterworth Love Blows as the Wind Blows; Ravel String Quartet in F 
The Auric String Quartet & Giles Underwood 
Concert Two
10 Nov 2018
1pm, St George's Church Clun
Songs by Ivor Gurney, Samuel Barber, John Jeffreys and Vaughan-Williams  
Selections from Ravel "Le Tombeau de Couperin"
Giles Underwood & Gretel Dowdeswell 
Concert Three
7pm, St George's Church Clun
Bridge 3 Idylls for String Quartet; Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio; Elgar Piano Quintet Op 84 
The Auric String Quartet & Gretel Dowdeswell 
Concert Four
11 Nov 2018
6pm, Memorial Hall Clun
Folk Music from the George Butterworth collection at the English Folk Song and Dance Society, and music by Bartok, Lutoslawski and Rebecca Clarke, with readings of Poetry by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and others
John Kirkpatrick, Auric String Quartet & St. George’s C of E School Handbell team


Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm
Pinner Parish Church, Church Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3AA

Eternal be the Sleep

The final performance in our 2018 series, 'Eternal be the Sleep', commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War. 
Ivor Gurney                Since I believe in God the Father Almighty
C. Hubert H. Parry     Sorrow and pain
Cecilia McDowall       I know that my redeemer liveth
C. Hubert H. Parry     Love is a sickness
Edward Elgar              They are at rest
Herbert Howells        Psalm 121 
Requiem aeternam (2)
Gustav Holst               Nunc Dimittis
C. Hubert H. Parry     Songs of Farewell

The Carice Singers
Conductor: George Parris



Saturday 10th November 2018 at 7:30pm 

Cornerstone, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE 
"By the Sleepy Lagoon - Desert Island Discs" - a celebration of British Light Classical Music by Coates, Elgar and many others made famous in TV and radio signature tunes.
Eric Coates London Everyday Suite (In Town Tonight)
Ronald Binge Elizabethan Serenade (Music in Minature) 279
Eric Coates By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs)
Eric Coates Calling All Workers (Music While You Work)
Vivian Ellis Coronation Scot
Eric Coates Three Bears Phantasy
Edward Elgar The Starlight Express: Waltz
Percy Grainger Londonderry Air
Edward Elgar Dream Children
Vaughan Williams Fantasy on Greensleeves 125
Coleridge-Taylor Petite Suite de Concert

St Giles Orchestra



Saturday 10 November 2018   7.45 p.m.
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
Directed by Ed HughesThis concert is supported by the John Ireland Trust
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major - Violin Ellie Blackshaw, Solo Flutes Anne Hodgson, Sue Gregg
Ed Hughes Chroma for 11 solo strings
Peter Copley Farnham Fantasia
John Ireland Concertino Pastorale
The Musicians of All Saints



10th November 2018 7.30pm

Tewkesbury Abbey

A Choral  Concert to Commemorate the end of the Great War”
The Philomusica of Gloucestershire



Saturday 17th November 2018

British Art Song Competition BASC 2018

To be held in collaboration with BMS member Nigel Foster's London Song Festival. This year's nominated compulsory composer is Frank Bridge and the competition will take place in the Austrian Cultural Forum, Knightsbridge, London. Roger Vignoles will be taking the Masterclass.

Full details will be posted here in due course.



21st November - 2nd December 2018

New Sussex Opera

Stanford: 'The Travelling Companion'

The Stanford Society is very excited to be a sponsor of the New Sussex Opera Company’s production of Stanford’s last opera, The Travelling Companion which will be presented in four performances from November 21st to December 2nd, 2018.
The opera is based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen with a libretto by Henry Newbolt ,who composed the poems which Stanford set for his choral works the Songs of the Sea and Songs of the Fleet.
Although composed in 1916, the opera had to wait for a first performance until 1925, more than a year after Stanford’s death.
Performances are scheduled as follows:
November 21st,  The Town Hall, Lewes, Sussex
November 22nd, Eastbourne, Sussex
November 30th, The Cadogan Hall, London.
December 2nd,  The Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex.
(This will be a concert performance which will be recorded by SOMM Records.)
For further details of the venues, ticket pricing and availability please see the website of the New Sussex Opera.



Saturday 24 November 2018, 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG 
ELGAR Cockaigne (In London Town)
MEDTNER Piano Concerto No. 1 (Piano: Gaspar Hunt)
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor



Saturday 15 December 2018
Ealing Green Church, Ealing Green W5 5QT 
Christmas concert, to include:
VIVALDI Gloria (Excerpts)
WORDSWORTH Variations on a Scottish Theme
Christmas carols
Featuring The Voice Section!
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor





Saturday 19th January 2019 7.45 p.m.
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
Directed by Andrew Sherwood
Bach Concerto for Three Violins in D major
Ric Graebner Symphony No.3
Amoret Abis Vibraphone Concerto
Soloist: Adam Bushell
Grieg Holberg Suite, Op.40
The Musicians of All Saints



Saturday 26 January 2019, 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QG 
To include:
George LLOYD Symphony No. 1 in A
DVORAK Symphony No. 7
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor



Monday 4th February at 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
British Treasures
Part of Classical Season 2018/19
Join Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Michael Seal as they return to Southbank Centre for an evening of much-loved British treasures from the 20th century.
The evening starts with a performance of Bax's Cornish symphonic poem Tintagel, before the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Associate Leader, Zoë Beyers, joins for Britten's Violin Concerto. The concert concludes with Walton's epic Symphony No.1 making it a night not to be missed.
Corinthian Chamber Orchestra 
Michael Seal conductor
Zoë Beyers violin
Bax: Tintagel - tone poem
Britten: Violin Concerto
Walton: Symphony No.1



Thursday 7th February 2019 at 7.30pm

Assembly Hall, Worthing
John Williams: E.T.
Malcolm Arnold: Heroes of Telemark - Suite
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor
John Gibbons, conductor
Worthing Symphony Orchestra



Saturday 2nd March 2019 7.45pm
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
Directed by Andrew Sherwood
Mozart Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K.191 Soloist: Ian Glen 
Robert Hanson Romanzo 
John Alexander Cleave First performance
Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra
Haydn Symphony No.22 in E flat major ‘The Philosopher’
The Musicians of All Saints


Sunday 9th June 2019 6.00 pm

Hamsey Church, Hamsey Festival

Music for wind quartet

Students from London Music Colleges.

Anne Hodgson - Flute, Clare Worth - Oboe
Phil Edwards - Clarinet, Ian Glen - Bassoon
Programme includes
Peter Copley Die Nacht ist kommen,

Sunday 16 June 2019 6.00pm
Violin - Andrew Sherwood, Stuart Deeks
Viola - Ellie Blackshaw
Cello - Peter Copley
Guy Richardson
Meditation on Gibbons’ 20th Fantasia
Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op.33 No.3 ‘The Bird’
Frank Bridge String Quartet No.3
The Musicians of All Saints



Saturday 6th July 2019 7.45pm
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
Directed by Steve Dummer
Handel Concerto Grosso, Op.6 No.7 in B flat major
Paul Carr Oboe Concerto
Soloist Clare Worth
Conall Gleeson New Work for Strings and Electronics
Dvořák Serenade for Strings in E major, Op.22
The Musicians of All Saints



Saturday 27th April 2019
St Albans Abbey, St Albans AL1 1BY
Provisional at this stage
Joint celebration concert with the St Albans Chamber Choir and the Wormser Kantorei
HANDEL Zadok the Priest
MOZART Coronation Mass
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Dona nobis pacem
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor



Saturday 22nd June 2019
St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HA (provisional)
British Music Society 40th Anniversary Gala Concert
To include:
Elgar Pomp & Circumstance March No. 5
Wordsworth Air (Divertmento)
Michael Hurd Overture to an unwritten comedy
Hamilton Harty Ode to a Nightingale
Doreen Carwithen Overture ‘Bishop Rock’
Bax Symphony No. 1

Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, conductor



3rd April 2019 at 7:00pm
Oriental Club, London
Martyn Jackson, violin and Annie Bielby, viola
Mozart: Trio in E flat K498 'Kegelstatt'
Clarke, Rebecca: Viola Sonata
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A minor Op. 23
Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op. 132



Three Choirs Festival, 2019


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