Wigmore Hall's Avex Recital Series 2019: Nobuaki Fukukawa

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Avex’s first concert of the year, as part of the Avex Recital Series, will welcome the renowned Japanese horn player Nobuaki Fukukawa – Principal Horn of the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Fukukawa’s programme explores his artistic spirit and integrity, highlighting artists who he has had the pleasure of working with or those with deep connections to the musical culture of the UK.  Fukukawa feels audiences become too used to hearing the works by Schumann and Beethoven and, through this concert, he will introduce horn pieces that showcase the instrument’s charm and beauty, allowing him to demonstrate his originality through his own interpretation of the music.

Saffron Hall announces events for Spring 2019 as its fifth birthday season continues

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5 January 2019 – 26 July 2019

Newly announced concerts and events as part of Saffron Hall’s 2018/19 season furthers the venue’s pioneering learning and participation programme while continuing to bring the world’s biggest talents to the region. Angela Dixon, Chief Executive of Saffron Hall, said: “Our fifth season continues with a dazzling array of inspirational musicians, dancers, speakers, educators and communicators. Every day at Saffron Hall the finest practitioners share their artistry with school children, amateur musicians, new audiences and those living on the fringes of our society, putting our programme truly at the heart of our community. 

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Sofie Hagen to take her award-winning Bubblewrap show and her new book Happy Fat on tour next spring

Sofie Hagen will tour her hit show Bubblewrap to selected venues across the UK, alongside her first book Happy Fat, from 26 April to 9 June 2019. This will be the first time the show has toured the UK, and follows her recent sell-out shows Dead Baby Frog and Shimmer Shatter.

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Samling's Annual Showcase at Wigmore Hall explores music and poetry inspired by folklore

Samling brings together international artists and emerging young musicians to learn, create new work and perform.  On Wednesday 21 November, five young classical artists from internationally renowned Samling Artist Programme perform ‘Long Time Ago’ in a programme featuring songs and poems inspired by folklore from around the world.


Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

The UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music

Friday 16 – Sunday 25 November 2018

hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

Digital artists Simon Katan and Luke Fraser present Clamour, an interactive mixed media theatre piece for live coder and audience

The interactive piece is experienced simultaneously on stage and via a smartphone app in a new frontier for digital theatre.The setting is Sealand – a lone outpost surrounded by vast swathes of ocean, and survivor of global catastrophe. Now faced with an existential fight for its future, its people must forge the tools they require. New rules must be written, paving the way for a new state of being. With their resourcefulness and through working together what could go wrong?

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Opera Company puts human rights in the spotlight – WNO announces Freedom Season

Welsh National Opera presents Freedom, a season of operatic works with complementary panel discussions, talks, community engagement and an exhibition of immersive reality artwork exploring the themes of human rights, justice and political imprisonment.

Curated by Artistic Director David Pountney, the season will showcase every element of the performing company from the WNO Chorus and Orchestra through to WNO Community Chorus and WNO’s award-winning Youth Opera.

Look Out For...

A round-up of some great events taking place in the UK.

No-one is an Island

Fractious ‘othering’ – Brexit, Trump, fences and closed ports at the borders of Europe, and the rest – poisons our world. In 1624 John Donne preached that ‘No man is an island’. In a collage of 17th-century and contemporary poems and music, No-one is an Island expresses joy, sorrow, pride, anxiety and passion in an aural performance of our emotional connection with each other.

The performance takes place at St Martin within Ludgate, Ludgate Hill, London. Built in 1677-84 by Sir Christopher Wren, as St Paul’s Cathedral was under construction 200 yards up the street, St Martin within Ludgate is a darkly atmospheric neo-classical masterpiece of form, a resonant stage for the poetry and music of the time and the times we share today.

Magic Lantern Tales: Songs by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

This cycle of five songs recorded for Champs Hill Records sets words by the South Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan from his collection Magic Lantern Tales (2014) written in response to interviews and documentary photographs by Ian Beesley. Among today’s brightest luminaries, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, born in 1980, has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. Classical tradition (she trained as a cellist and pianist at the Yehudi Menuhin School before going up to Cambridge (Gonville and Caius), gaining a Double First, and then King’s College, London), along with contemporary influences including literature, painting and dance, have contributed to a creative presence provocatively her own. 

The Music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane & Cannonball Adderley with Chris Ingham’s REBOP

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Tuesday 20 November, 8pm

“talented hard-bop devotees...a group of outstanding musicians” – London Jazz News

Needing no introduction to LJF supporters at The Other Palace, we welcome the return of the always sold out concerts by Chris Ingham’s mighty jazz sextet REBOP. Having enjoyed their concerts of ‘The Blue Note Years’ & “The music of Horace Silver”, audiences will be thrilled by this opportunity to re- connect with the music from Kind of Blue and other Miles Davis gems, presented as always with REBOP’s own imaginative creativity and improvisation

“Freddie’s tone ranges from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident” – Ian Mann

Wednesday 21 November, 8pm

Freddie Gavita Quartet

Since making his LJF debut at The Other Palace in 2015, Freddie Gavita’s music achievements have gone from success to success, culminating in British Jazz Awards Best Trumpet 2017

Freddie is an in demand and versatile young musician whose performances of the music of the all time great Clifford Brown have met with critical acclaim. His performances with Paloma Faith and his regular appearances with the Ronnie Scott’s Quintet have made him a favourite not only with jazz audiences but also those who just love good music.

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