It's going to be a cracker of a Christmas at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 19 December when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nick Davies, is joined by two huge stars of TV and the West End stage: singers Anna-
B'Rock Orchestra was set up in Ghent in 2005 on the basis of an urge for renewal and rejuvenation in the world of Early Music. The selected international musicians specialise in historically well-
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Thurs 26 November 7.30pm
Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Dvorák Symphony No. 7
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Laura van der Heijden cello Christoph Koenig conductor
Intrigue and mystery envelope Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, ‘Unfinished’, for which only two movements were completed. It stretches beyond elegant, balanced Classicism and opens with a ghostly pianissimo in the low strings. Although the name Tchaikovsky prompts memories of alluring romantic melodies and powerful orchestral works, he was a composer who revered Mozart above all others. This love influenced Tchaikovsky to write Variations on a Rococo Theme, performed tonight by enchanting British cellist Laura van der Heijden.
Dvorák hoped that his impassioned Symphony No. 7, inspired by past sorrows and love for his Czech homeland, would be ‘capable of stirring the world’.
Friday 27 November 7.00pm Barbican
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Maurizio Benini Conductor
Ermonela Jaho Zazà
BBC Symphony Orchestra -
This performance is presented by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Opera Rara.
A rare opportunity to hear Leoncavallo's lyric comedy opera, Zazà, which was a runaway success following its Milan premiere in 1900. Ermonela Jaho (whose recent highlights include Mimi, Angelica and Manon at the Royal Opera House) takes on the role of the Parisian music hall singer, Zazà, whose conscience is pricked when she discovers her lover, Milio, is married. Italian opera specialist Maurizio Benini leads an all-
Monday 30 November, 7.30pm -
Handel Zadok the Priest
Handel Dettingen Anthem
Handel Dettingen Te Deum
Trafalgar Sinfonia Orchestra
A lovely programme of choral music by Mozart and Handel with a coronation theme: music chosen to mark Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest serving British monarch in the autumn of this year.
Ivor Setterfield conductor
Monday 30 November
Royal Albert Hall
Brian Wright conductor
James Edwards tenor
Goldsmiths Choral Union
Brighton Festival Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlioz's Grande Messe Des Morts
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including spectacular additional brass, woodwind and percussion, are joined by the combined Goldsmiths Choral Union and Brighton Festival Chorus for what promises to be one almighty concert featuring Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts. Berlioz, who already was no stranger to the opportunities of grandeur and the sense of occasion, wrote this tour de force piece in commemoration of the second French Revolution of 1830.
Brian Wright, also no stranger to this momentous Requiem and the Music Director of Goldsmiths Choral Union, will command his way in the ideal setting of the Royal Albert Hall. With over 500 performers on stage, Berlioz's vision of the last judgment, will be a night not to miss.
Cadogan Hall Sunday 20 December 2.30pm & Sunday 20 December 5.30pm
Herbert Chappell & Michael Bond Paddington Bear’s First Concert
Robert Lopez Frozen (highlights from the movie)
Georgs Pelecis Roald Dahl’s Jack and the Beanstalk
Paddington Bear's First Concert -
The charming score of Paddington Bear's First Concert for symphony orchestra and narrator takes us on a journey with Paddington himself, from his first meeting with the Brown Family right up to his debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall! The second half of the concert features Roald Dahl's take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale, using Dahl's Revolting Rhyme as the narration.
Simon Callow and Richard E Grant narrators
Daniel Murray Jack
Clare Hart Jack's mother
Simon Murray The Giant
Poppy Clark Paddington
Cadogan Hall Monday 21 December, 2.00pm & Monday 21 December 2015, 5.00pm
Cheltenham Town Hall
Tue 22 Dec 2015
1.30pm & 4.30pm
The Snowman & Peter and the Wolf -
The Mozart Symphony Orchestra provides a live orchestral accompaniment to a giant screening of the classic film, The Snowman. Prokofiev's chilling tale of bravery, Peter and the Wolf, will make this concert an unmissable Christmas treat for the whole family.
Philip Mackenzie conductor
Ben Crossley treble
Simon Callow narrator
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No Villain by Arthur Miller
This December, Sean Turner and the Old Red Lion, in close association with the Miller Trust, are proud to present the World Premiere of the until now long-
Written over just six days during his spring break in 1936, No Villain displays the seeding of the iconic playwright’s Marxist values and draws very directly from his personal life.
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