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Monday 18th Feb 2019 at 13:00

Wigmore Hall, London
From the Pens of Women
Dove, All the Future Days: Autobiography
Dove, All the Future Days: Penelope
Dove, All the Future Days: The Siren
Vaughan Williams, Four Last Songs
Cloud, Variations on the Word Sleep
Laitman, Orange Afternoon Lover: I Was Reading a Scientific Article
Argento, From the Diary of Virginia Woolf: Anxiety
Clarke, Lethe
Hall, Letters from Edna: To Harriet Monroe
Hall, Letters from Edna: To Mother
Dove, Nights Not Spent Alone
Kitty Whately, Mezzo-soprano
Simon Lepper, Piano



22 February 2019, 6:00pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, RCM, London

Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition

Tickets - Free but required
Come along for an evening of stunning English song performances in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. 
In this year's Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, hear talented RCM singers compete for the coveted final prize.



Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7.15pm - 9.15pm
The Lady Violet Room, The National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

'Delius in his own words': 
An account of Delius's earliest solo walking tour in Norway,
with musical examples and visual images - a talk by Roger Buckley. 

Refreshments will be provided.
Tube/Train: Embankment or Waterloo.

£10 for non-members.
Non-members can gain admittance by booking online:



Friday 1st March 6:00pm-7:30pm

City University Performance Space, College Building, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB

Album launch - Co-hosted by the British Music Society. 

This will launch Grace Williams Chamber Music, the latest BMS NAXOS recording which is the culmination of a major project directed by Madeleine Mitchell, Violin and Director of the London Chamber Ensemble. The CD features all world premiere recordings of Grace Williams’s chamber music spanning 40 years:
• Violin Sonata (1930, rev 1938)
• Sextet for Oboe, Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano (1931)
• Suite for Nine Instruments (1934)
• Romanza for Oboe and Clarinet (1940s)
• Sarabande for Piano Left Hand (1958)
• Rondo for Dancing for Two Violins and Optional Cello (1970)

This event is free to the public but booking is required

Introduction by Madeleine Mitchell, short performances with her London Chamber Ensemble, drinks reception.

Free entry, to book tickets:



Friday 1st March, 2019. 7.30pm
Sage Gateshead
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR
Great Britons
Berkeley Serenade for Strings
Britten Nocturne
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5

John Wilson conductor
Andrew Staples tenor
Royal Northern Sinfonia



Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 7.30pm
Dorchester Abbey, High Street, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 7HH 
'Best of Britain'
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro; Elegy 
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis 
Finzi: Eclogue 
Grace Williams: Sea Sketches 
Warlock: Capriol Suite 

Corona Strings 
Piano, Anita d’Attellis
Conductor, Janet Lincé

Leader, Catherine Leech



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



5th March 6:30-8:00pm 

University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB 

Grace Williams Violin Sonata 

Works by Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Sadie Harrison and Judith Weir. Madeleine Mitchell with Cerys Jones, violin and Konstantin Lapshin, piano. 

A limited number of tickets with supper, available to the public . 



Thursday 7th March 2019

Royal Holloway College, Windsor Building Auditorium, London TW20

Love & Loss: Song Recital with Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) & Paula Fan (piano)

A recital of song from Debussy, Butterworth, Grace Williams and William Walton, plus two British premieres inspired by the haiku of 8th-century Japanese poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro from Nathan James Dearden and Shinji Inagi. 



8th March 1:15-2:00pm 

Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff

A Century of Music by Women Composers, on International Women’s Day

Grace Williams Violin Sonata & Rondo for Two Violins

Judith Weir Atlantic Drift, Lili Boulanger and Rebecca Clarke Nocturnes

Cerys Jones, violin and Konstantin Lapshin, piano. 

Madeleine Mitchell, violin


Saturday 13 April at 3 pm

Manchester Chamber Ensemble, directed by Richard Howarth, with Anna Christensen (harp) and

John Turner (recorder):Eine Kleine Nachtmusik                                                                                


                Elegy for Tony (first performance of this version)                             


                New World Dances                                                                                         

JOHN GOLLAND                                 

                Geordie Tunes                                                                                                 

PETER HOPE                        



                Capriol Suite                                                                                                      





Saturday  16th March at 3pm


St. Pauls Church, Heaton Moor, Stockport

Rachel Speirs (soprano), Linda Merrick (clarinet), John Turner (recorder), Joanna Lam (piano)

The Shepherd on the Rock                                                              SCHUBERT                          

Five Bagatelles FINZI                                         

Seascapes  ALWYN                                

Sarabande and Tarantella (first performance)                                    GREGSON                            

The Island Spell                                                                                              IRELAND                               

Lullaby-Vocalise                                                                                              STEPHEN HOUGH              

Three Songs                                                                                                       DOUGLAS STEELE           


Thursday 21st March 2019 at 7:30pm

Konzerthaus: Mozart Saal, Vienna
Poulenc, Le travail du peintre
Vaughan Williams,The Vagabond, Youth and Love, The Infinite Shining Heavens
Somervell, A Shropshire Lad: There pass the careless people, no. 3

Ireland, The three ravens
Warlock, My own country
Warlock, Cradle Song
Warlock, Piggesnie

Ireland, Sea Fever
Schubert, Ausgewählte Lieder
Wolf, Ausgewählte Lieder
Simon Keenlyside, Baritone
Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Simon Keenlyside



Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm

Spirit of England

Portsmouth Guildhall, PO1 2AB

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

Elgar: Cello Concerto

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra



Friday 22nd March 2019 8:00 PM

Bromsgrove Concerts: Eblana String Trio
Artrix Slideshow Drive Bromsgrove Worcestershire B60 1GN 
Henry Purcell – Fantasias, Z.732-4 
Gerald Finzi – Prelude and Fugue, Op.24 

Ludwig van Beethoven – String Trio in D Major, Op.9 no.2 
David Matthews – String Trio no.2, Op.89 (2003) 
Ernest John Moeran – String Trio in G Major 

Eblana String Trio



22nd March 1:05-1:55pm 

Leeds University International Concert Series

Grace Williams and Elgar Violin Sonatas, Michael Nyman Taking it as Read (for MM) 

Madeleine Mitchell, violin

Konstantin Lapshin, piano 



Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7.30pm
Christ Church Northampton NN1 4HL, 7:30 pm

Sir Malcolm Arnold: A Sussex Overture
W.A. Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp - Featuring Jenny Dyson,Flute and Elinor Nicholson, Harp
Sir Edward Elgar/Anthony Payne: Symphony no. 3

Northampton Symphony Orchestra

John Gibbons, conductor



Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7.00pm

venue tbc

Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

White Rose Orchestra



Sunday 31st March, 3.00pm; Tuesday 2nd April, 7.30pm; Wednesday 3rd April, 7.30pm; Friday 5th April, 7.30pm; Saturday 6th April, 3.00pm

Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD  

Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim’s Progress

RNCM Opera Orchestra

RNCM Opera Chorus



Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7.30pm

Royal Festival Hall, London

A revival of Parry’s oratorio 'Judith' 

London Mozart Players

William Vann conductor

Eleanor Dennis soprano

Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano

Toby Spence tenor

Henry Waddington bass

Crouch End Festival Chorus

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Wednesday 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



Friday 5th - Sunday 7th April 2019

Ludlow English Song Weekend

Works by:

Muriel Herbert 
John Ireland 
Graham Peel 
Rebecca Clarke 
E J Moeran 
Janet Hamilton 

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Roderick Williams 
Morfydd Owen
Elaine Hugh-Jones 
Janet Hamilton 
Gerald Finzi 
Alex Woolf (commission)
George Butterworth
Percy Grainger
Rebecca Clarke 

Frank Bridge 

Will Todd 
Huw Watkins 


Malcolm Arnold
Nicholas Maw 

Roger Quilter 
Elizabeth Maconchy 
Ivor Gurney 
WD Browne 
Martin Bussey 

Edward Rushton 



St Laurence’s Church
Rowan Pierce soprano
Elgan Llŷr Thomas tenor
David Ireland bass baritone
Michael Foyle violin
Iain Burnside piano


10.00am TRANSCENDENCE, CHERRIES, LUNAR ECLIPSES, PEALS OF BELLS: a survey of the weekend ahead
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
A panel discussion chaired by Katy Hamilton

St Laurence’s Church
William Morgan tenor
Alex Otterburn baritone
Michael Foyle violin
Iain Burnside piano

St Laurence’s Church
Bath Camerata
Benjamin Goodson
Alex Otterburn baritone
Iain Burnside piano

Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Soraya Mafi soprano
William Morgan tenor
Elgan Llŷr Thomas tenor
Sean Shibe guitar


Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Soraya Mafi soprano
David Webb tenor
Alex Otterburn baritone
Iain Burnside piano



6th April 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester
A celebration and tribute to Sir John Manduell CBE, who spent his life furthering the cause of music worldwide from his many important spheres of work in the UK (particularly Manchester) and elsewhere. These celebrations will bring together fellow composers and musicians to share his music and more.
There will be a free public buffet at 4.30pm.
Oboe Quartet Mozart Verses from Calvary Manduell Remember Gregson String Quartet in E flat, K428 Mozart Tribute pieces Various
Into the Ark, for soprano, recorder and guitar Manduell Into the Ark, for soprano, recorder and guitar Manduell String Quartet Manduell Nocturne and Scherzo for clarinet and string trio (1968) Manduell Tom’s Twinkle (arr. Manduell and Walker) Manduell Trois Chansons de la Renaissance Manduell Oboe Quartet Berkeley Four Blake Songs Alwyn Elegy for guitar Rawsthorne. Aria for John, by Adam Gorb (premiere)
Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers and Rachel Speirs (soprani), Peter Lawson (piano), Victoria String Quartet, Richard Simpson (oboe), Linda Merrick (clarinet), John Turner (recorder), Craig Ogden (guitar).



Saturday 7th April 2019 at 2.45pm 

Assembly Hall, Worthing

Worthing Symphony Orchestra

Parry  Jerusalem

Elgar Salut d'amour

Elgar Elegy for strings

Stanford Symphony No. 6 in E flat major 'In honour of G.F. Watts'

Delius A Walk to the Paradise Garden

Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor



Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 7:30pm    
Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, London
Delius:  The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Walton:  Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V Suite
Vaughan Williams:  Symphony no. 5 in D major
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Mark Wrigglesworth, conductor



Satuday 13th Apr 2019 at 7:30pm
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Arnold Bax: November Woods(19 mins)
William Walton: Violin Concerto(30 mins)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor(31 mins)

6:15pm Journey Through Music
BBC Philharmonic Learning Events



Saturday 13th April 2019 at 7:30pm
Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Great Missenden

‘Glory, Laud and Honour’
Schubert – Antiphons for Palm Sunday
Bach – Prelude to Palm Sunday Cantata No. 182
Handel – Messiah Passion Music & Hallelujah Chorus
Paul Carr – Requiem for an Angel
Milly Forrest – Soprano
Peter Edge – Baritone
St. John’s Chamber Orchestra

Great Missenden Choral Society
John Cotterill – Conductor



Saturday 13th April 2019 7.30pm
St John's Church, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HL
Paul Carr: Requiem for an Angel
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Will Todd: The Lord is my Shepherd
CV Stanford: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in G
Rutter: Suite for Strings
Egham Choral
Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
Richard Robbins, conductor



Wed 17 Apr 201919:30
Barbican, London

Michael Tippett The Rose Lake
Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1
Claude Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande
Suite (UK premiere), arr. Altinoglu

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis



Thu 25 Apr 2019 19:30
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Jean Sibelius Symphony No 6 in D minor
Michael Tippett Piano Concerto
Igor Stravinsky Symphony in C major



Friday 26th April, 7.30pm

The Lark Ascending

Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX

Walton: Coronation March, Crown Imperial
: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
: Blest pair of sirens
: The Banks of Green Willow
Elgar: Nimrod; Finale from Enigma Variations

Handel: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain; Amen from Messiah

: Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1)
: Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 in G
Rutter: The Lord is my Shepherd from Requiem
Holst: Jupiter, the bringer of jollity from The Planets
Monk: Abide with me
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Parry: I was glad; Jerusalem

Philharmonia Orchestra

City of London Choir

Presenter: Alan Titchmarsh



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



Thu 2 May 2019 19:30
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
James MacMillan Symphony No 4
Benjamin Britten Les illuminations
Michael Tippett: Symphony No. 4



3rd - 9th May 2019
Leamington Music Festival
Programme announced shortly. Delius to be featured in the programme.



Saturday 18th May 2019 at 7.30pm
SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EH
String Themes
Purcell: Chaconne 
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge 
Vaughan Williams: Variants on Dives and Lazarus

Suk: Meditation 
Arensky: Variations on theme of Tchaikovsky 
Corona Strings          
Conductor, Janet Lincé
Leader, Catherine Leech 


Saturday 18th May at 3pm

Kantos Chamber Choir directed by Ellie Slorach, with Clare Wilkinson (mezzo-soprano , Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), Anna Markland and Ian Buckle (piano)

 A Programme to celebrate the 100th birthday of Stephen Wilkinson.

                The Silver Swan; What is our Life?; Hosanna to the sons of David GIBBONS                            



There is no Rose                                                                                              JOUBERT                                               

Betjeman’s Bells; In Praise of Music and Dancing;

                Psalm 67; The Lark in the Clear Air                                                           



DAVID  ELLIS                        

                Cabaret Songs for voice and piano                                                           BRITTEN                                 

                Diaphenia; To Gratiana Singing and Dancing                                        

W. DENIS BROWNE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


 STEPHEN WILKINSON                                                                                                                                   




23rd May 1:00-2:00pm 

The Woodville, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1DD. London Chamber Ensemble, director Madeleine Mitchell perform Grace Williams Rondo and Sarabande and Brahms Piano Quartet no.2 in A.  

Madeleine Mitchell, violin 



24th May, 7:30pm 

Beaumaris Festival, Anglesey 

Grace Williams Sextet, Rondo and Sarabande

Brahms Piano Quartet no.2

CPE Bach Oboe Sonata 

The London Chamber Ensemble

Madeleine Mitchell, Director



Friday 24th – Monday 27th May 2019
English Music Festival

Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Mini-bus transfer between venues provided.



Saturday 8th June, 7.30pm

The Lark Ascending

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester M1 5HA

Elgar: Overture: Cockaigne
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks: selection
Arnold: English Dances
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Walton: Henry V Suite

Halle Orchestra


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,


Saturday 15th June at 3pm

Victoria String Quartet (Benedict Holland, Catherine Yates, Susie Mészáros, Jennifer Langridge)

                Quartettsatz in C Minor, D703                                                                    SCHUBERT                            

                A Dorset Calendar                                                                                           PETER HOPE                      

                Three Winter Poems                                                                                      ALWYN                                  

                String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11                `                                               TCHAIKOVSKY                  



Sunday 16th 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



June 16th 2019 at 7.00pm
The Derngate Theatre NN1 1DP, 7:00 pm;


Sir William Walton: Crown Imperial
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 - Featuring Peter Donohoe,Piano
Richard Strauss An Alpine Symphony

Northampton 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



July 5, 2019 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Britten Studio, Snape Maltings
Snape Maltings Concert Hall Snape Bridge, Snape IP17 1SP
A concert performance of Stephen Dodgson’s chamber opera Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart – a tale of misguided loyalty, passion and fate.
Dodgson’s 1979 chamber opera tells the story of Suffolk heroine, criminal and chronicler Margaret Catchpole. The opera immerses us in the internal battle between her own good character and values, and her heartfelt loyalty to Will Laud, a smuggler – the man she loves.
Libretto by Ronald Fletcher based on the novel by Richard Cobbold.
A pre-performance talk by Anthony Cobbold will be given at 6pm.
Venue: The performance is at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.
Cast: Kate Howden, Matthew Brook, Richard Edgar-Wilson, William Wallace, Nicholas Morris, Alistair Ollerenshaw, Peter Willcock, Diana Moore, Robyn Allegra Parton
Orchestra: Ensemble Perpetuo
Conductor: Julian Perkins
Tickets available at


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 20th July at 3pm

Mark Rowlinson (reciter), Peter Lawson (piano), with John Phillips (violin) and John Turner (recorder)


The Story of Babar the Little Elephant  POULENC                           

Practical Cats RAWSTHORNE                  

Ferdinand the Bull ALAN RIDOUT                   

Four Nursery Rhymes of Thomas Pitfield ROBIN Walker                                                           





Three Choirs Festival, 2019



28th July 2019 

Grace Williams: Violin Sonata

Robert Saxton: Suite (premiere)

MacMillan: Kiss on Wood

Howells, Gurney, Ian Venables

The London Chamber Ensemble, director and violin Madeleine Mitchell

Clare Hammond, piano 


Initial announcement of highlights:


Saturday 17th August at 3pm

Margaret McDonald (mezzo-soprano), Richard and Janet Simpson (oboe and piano/harpsichord), John Turner (recorder), Robin Stevens (cello)

Overture for St. Pauls CHRISTOPHER COTTON   

Songs for voice and continuo PURCELL                                

Songs for voice and continuo HANDEL                                

Concerto in G Minor, for recorder oboe VIVALDI                                                

Sonata in A Minor, for recorder oboe and continuo TELEMANN                          

Easter Cantata, for voice oboe and continuo TELEMANN                          

Sacred Cantata:  Drop Slow Tears, for voice, recorder and piano RAYMOND WARREN        

Oboe Sonata RUBBRA                              

Us Two, for recorder and piano GEORGE HERBERT     




Malcolm Arnold Festival


William Alwyn Festival 




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