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Baiba Skride violin; Lauma Skride piano; Antonina Suhanova piano; Trio Palladio

Latvian musicians perform a work by the country’s leading contemporary composer inspired by his country’s landscapes and ending, as he describes, ‘with a vision of nature awakening’. Originally a choral piece, Plainscapes is heard here in Vasks’s arrangement for piano trio. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast this concert live and it will be available on the BBC iPlayer Radio . Wednesday 14 November 7:30PM

Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano; James Newby baritone; Joseph Middleton piano

A programme that takes the audience on various exotic journeys courtesy of Maurice Ravel, his predecessors and contemporaries, notably to the east in Tristan Klingsor’s oriental triptych and to the animal kingdom in Jules Renard’s witty natural histories.

Friday 16 November 2018 7:30PM

Isabelle Faust violin; Katharine Gowers violin; Rachel Roberts viola; Steven Isserlis cello; Alexander Melnikov piano

Schumann’s ebullient quintet (1842) – the first important work ever composed for this combination – dates from the year the composer threw himself into writing chamber music, while the two Fauré works represent his late style at its most elusive.
Saturday 17 November 2018 7:30PM

Digital artists Simon Katan and Luke Fraser present Clamour, an interactive mixed media theatre piece for live coder and audience, experienced simultaneously on stage and via a smartphone app in a new frontier for digital theatre

Content by Chris Hislop

CLAMOUR
BY SIMON KATAN AND LUKE FRASER

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?

Through this story and the unfolding of subsequent events, Clamour wryly and reflexively interrogates how tech and social media mediate and influence our knowledge, relationships, and identities. Via their engagement with both the action on screen and via their smartphones, the audience make collective decisions to influence what they are seeing on stage.

Throughout, an inscrutable figure on stage will play a powerful role in shaping divergent audience experiences with heuristic games that charm, frustrate and deceive. Digital projection and sound diffusion will form an integrated counterpoint. Yet it is the audience themselves, through gameplay with image, sound, and text, who will determine the shape of the final performance.

Dr Simon Katan is a digital artist with a background in music and a strong preoccupation with games and play. He completed a PhD researching audio-visual co-dependency in music at Brunel University in 2012 and won a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for his work ‘Cube with Magic Ribbons’. He lectures in computing and has been head of Creative Computing at Goldsmiths University since 2015.

Luke Fraser is a London-based composer and educator working across a range of media including sound, music, film, movement and text. He is currently a Composer-in-Residence at Visby International Centre for Composers and at Elektronmusik Studion EMS, Stockholm.

Clamour is funded by Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts.

No-one is an Island - Presented by the Poetry Book Society, The Stationers’ Company and Time Productions

Content supplied by Time Productions

Sensual, god-fearing, terrifying, uplifting, joyous – poems and music that speak to our essential human connection in these fractious and turbulent times. A collage of 17th-century and contemporary poems and music at St Martin within Ludgate, a beautiful and resonant Wren church.

We’re surrounded by examples of disconnection and hostility towards ‘the other’: Brexit and its fallout, Trump, fences and closed ports at the borders of Europe, and the rest. It has hardly ever been so important to celebrate what unites us, regardless of our differences. Inspired by John Donne’s 1624 sermon, No-one is an Island is an aural exploration of our emotional connection to each another.

Emerging poet Raymond Antrobus and the celebrated David Harsent perform their own work and a fusion of 17th, 20th and 21st century metaphysical poetry with accomplished actress Grace Cookey-Gam. They are accompanied by the music of Holly Cullen-Davies and her creative and versatile performance project, Live Junction. Tough and beautiful work from award-winning contemporary women poets – Judith Kazantzis, Ellen Hinsey, Malika Booker, Hannah Sullivan – weaves through the evening’s playlist in a combination of poetry, music and theatrical performance which stretches the form of a poetry reading.

This innovative event celebrates the prestigious PBS Winter Choice which is awarded to one of the UK’s most important new voices, spanning both spoken word and page poetry traditions. Renowned for his electrifying performances, Raymond Antrobus explores dual heritage and d/Deaf experience in his first full poetry collection, The Perseverance, newly published by Penned in the Margins.

No-one is an Island

Fri 23 Nov 2018 7.30pm

40 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7DE

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Mitsuko Uchida: Schubert Sonatas 4 December 7.30pm

This is the first of two recitals this season in which the great Mitsuko Uchida continues her two-year exploration of Schubert’s Sonatas. You’ll hear two of Schubert’s best known sonatas – the dark, turbulent Sonata in A minor, D.784 and his penultimate Sonata, D.959, written during the final months of the his life. D.568 was amongst the first sonatas that Schubert wrote. Already displaying the composer’s trademark elegance and gift for melody, it was written in 1817 – the same year that Beethoven wrote his revelatory Hammerklavier.

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Elgar's Enigma Variations Sunday 9 Dec 2018, 3pm Royal Festival Hall

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns, conducting Elgar’s heartfelt Enigma Variations alongside Mendelssohn and Mozart.

One of the best-loved pieces in British music, Elgar’s Enigma Variations are dedicated to ‘my friends pictured within’. Each variation forms an affectionate musical sketch of one of Elgar’s loved ones – chattering winds gently imitate a friend’s stutter, while a delicate arching melody embodies his love for his wife Alice. Hidden at the centre lies ‘Nimrod’ – the simple, yearning melody that has since become an icon of Britain itself.

Before, Piotr Anderszewski performs Mozart’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 24. Stormy and virtuosic, with glittering solo piano melodies, Beethoven once remarked hearing it “we shall never be able to do anything like that”.

Artemis Quartet

Haydn, Demetz and Schumann

Broken Islands is the title of the quartet with which Eduard Demetz – from the German-speaking Italian Alps – won a competition for a new work organised by the ensemble, its title referring to a kayak journey off Vancouver Island.

Klimt / Schiele Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.

Klimt / Schiele: Drawings is a unique opportunity to see extraordinary drawings produced by both artists, considered to be some of the 20th century’s most important works on paper. Among them are Klimt’s sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele, which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years. In around 100 portraits, allegories, landscapes and erotic nudes, prepare to encounter these two icons of early Modernism at their most raw and revealing.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

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

Content by Christina Blakeman WNO

“This Freedom season brings together a group of works all of which touch on this intensely political subject, but as works of art, not political manifestos. It establishes that an art form often wrongly thought of as an establishment playground nonetheless has a lot to say about political and social suffering.” David Pountney, WNO Artistic Director

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. In addition, young singers including Youth Opera alumni and students at the David Seligman Opera School at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) will take roles in several of the productions, demonstrating WNO’s ongoing commitment to developing young talent. The creative process will see young artists sharing the rehearsal room and concert platform alongside colleagues of international standing.

At the heart of Freedom are five operas, four semi-staged and one fully staged production. Semi-staged productions include The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti, Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie, The Prisoner by Luigi Dallapiccola and the second act of Beethoven’s Fidelio with a fully staged production of Brundibár by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása. All operas will be performed at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre.

Partners for the talks and debates in the season include Amnesty International UK, the Welsh Refugee Council and the National Assembly for Wales among others, with the aim of stimulating conversation and raising awareness of the issues that are highlighted by the Freedom season operas and in society today.

Freedom performance listings

Fri  7 June Dead Man Walking*  7.30pm

Wed 12 June The Consul* 7.30 pm

Fri 14 June The Prisoner/Fidelio (Act II)* 7.30 pm

Sat 22 June Brundibár 5.00 pm

Sun 23 June Brundibár* 2.00 pm

Sun 23 June Brundibár 5.00pm
*Denotes Press Nights

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