April

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Love Letters

Sparks fly as a virtuoso concerto with a soft spot for the operatic stage faces a symphony whose resolute journey from darkness to light pauses for a fervent outpouring of love. Weber - Clarinet Concerto No.1 Mahler - Symphony No.5 Conductor - Daniele Rustioni Clarinet - Andreas Ottensamer When Mahler first saw Niagara Falls he exclaimed fortissimo at last!. He was something of a connoisseur of course. But an afficionado of the most delicate heart-stopping pianissimos too. A composer of extremes. Written on the cusp of the 20th century, the Symphony No. 5 opens with a hollow funereal fanfare, closes on a note of all-conquering optimism, and in the harp-gilded Adagietto sends a tender billet-doux to his new wife. First, Webers athletic concerto sets the scene with crystalline poise. In just a few short years Daniele Rustioni has conquered the worlds opera houses from Covent Garden to La Scala. And with orchestras such as Romes Santa Cecilia and the LPO under his belt, hes no symphonic slouch either. Clearly another rising talent destined for big things says The Times. Hes not the only one. The Berlin Philharmonics Principal Clarinet Andreas Ottensamer is an bersoloist and a phenomenon (Der Tagesspiegel). Colston Hall 19:30 Thu 27 Apr 2017 1.00 to 36.00 incl. booking fee

Colston Hall, Bristol, United Kingdom

Bournemouth Symphony Or...

Colston Hall
Bristol

Thursday

27 Apr

Kitaro Live In London

New-age music master Kitaro is back in London after 20 years! Japanese recording artist, composer, record producer and arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, and is universally associated and regarded as the founding architect of new age music. Kitaro\'s various sound collaborations and resonant, multi-textured compositions truly defy the constraints of any genre. Grammy Award-Winning (for Best New Age Album - Thinking of You (1999); with record 16 nominations in the same category) and Golden Globe Award-Winning (for the Heaven & Earth (1993)) Kitaro has achieved global acclaim over a more than three decade long career with a signature sound and a pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.

Eventim Apollo, London, United Kingdom

Kitaro Live In

Eventim Apollo
London

Thursday

27 Apr

Catrin & Seckou Keita

'A Theatr Mwldan Production'   “intricate, ethereal and entrancing, an elaborate pas-de-deux... remarkable” Neil Spencer, Uncut Magazine   Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita perform at Acapela playing new material and tracks from their critically acclaimed, award-winning album Clychau Dibon.   Their album is widely regarded as a masterpiece, so much so that one of the tracks "Future Strings" is sampled on a track on the Robbie Williams’ new album The Heavy Entertainment Show (Deluxe Edition) which was released on Friday 4th November on Columbia Records.   The track, ‘When You Know’ is a love song Robbie wrote as a Valentines present for his wife Ayda Field, and it features on the Deluxe edition of The Heavy Entertainment Show. Catrin and Seckou say "We're beyond excited that Robbie has sampled us on 'When You Know' - it feels pretty surreal!  It's great to know that we've inspired people with our music, and it's a beautiful love song - classic Robbie."  Winners of the internationally prestigious fRoots’ Critics Poll Album of the Year 2013, Songlines’ Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award 2014 and two nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 (Best Duo and Best Traditional Track), plus abundant four and five-star reviews from UK and International press – the duo have achieved considerable critical and public acclaim for their collaboration one which led The Guardian’s Robin Denselow to describe their live London Debut at Bush Hall in May 2014 as “...one of the classic concerts of the year....magnificent *****”. Their album Clychau Dibon has topped the Amazon World Music charts and the pair performed gigs including WOMAD, Cambridge Folk Festival, Shambala and Festival Interceltique, Lorient where they double billed with Anoushka Shankar. The success of Catrin and Seckou’s debut album and their exhilarating live performances is attributed to the pair’s innate understanding and an infectious onstage chemistry. Despite Catrin coming from a classical background and Seckou unable to read music, they’ve found a huge amount of common ground and draw on their diverse traditions and transform them with remarkable synergy; Mandinka rhythms mix effortlessly with Welsh tunes.    Join us at Acapela for what is sure to be another great evening of world class music. 

Acapela, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Catrin & Seckou Keita ...

Acapela
Cardiff

Friday

28 Apr

Vivaldi Concertos By Candlelight

Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Violins in A minor Vivaldi – La folia Vivaldi – Summer from the Four Seasons Bach – Concerto for Two violins in D minor Vivladi – Concerto for Two Violins and Cello London Concertante Violins Guy Button & Alessandro Ruisi Guest Director/Violin Agata Daraskaite Performers London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The group has the rare ability to combine flexibility of instrumental grouping and consistently maintain superb artistic endeavour. With an enviable array of critical acclaim, a stunning selection of recordings on such prestigious labels as Chandos, Toccata Classics and Harmonia Mundi, and performances throughout the UK and Europe, London Concertante rightfully claims its position at the forefront of classical performers in the UK.

St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, United Kingdom

Vivaldi Concertos By Ca...

St Martin-in-the-Fields
London

Friday

28 Apr

The Selecter

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, United Kingdom

The Selecter

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
London

Saturday

29 Apr

Catrin Finch & Elin Manahan

Secret Places of the Soul - A Journey of Life Through Song Catrin Finch (Harp) & Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)   Explore the unique qualities of song to reflect particular stages of the soul’s experiences:  joy, love, longing, sorrow, death, paradise; punctuated by carefully chosen readings. Catrin Finch   "Catrin has done more than anyone in harp history to bring her instrument to a wider public...."   International welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation. Since her inspiration to learn the harp at the age of five, she has been delighting audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide.  Her rise to prominence started almost immediately.  From achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade 8 exam at the tender age of nine, under the guidance of Elinor Bennett, she went on to study at The Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year.  In 2000 – 2004, she had the honour of reviving the ancient tradition of Royal Harpist to H.R.H, the Prince of Wales, last held in 1873.  Since then, her musical journey has blossomed, appearing with the world’s top orchestras around the world and recording for most of the major international recording companies.  Since her first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the Deutsche Grammophon label in 2007, she has recorded three further albums for the label including the best selling “Blessing”, which featured her own composition Celtic Concerto and works by multi-award winning composer John Rutter. In 2013 Catrin Finch collaborated with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on a record celebrating the harp traditions of Wales and West Africa, which has been outstandingly well received, winning the 2014 Album of the Year in both Froots and Songlines magazines, and sitting atop the World Music charts for a number of weeks. Catrin and Seckou toured the album, entitled “Clychau Dibon”, in Europe and the U.S. to rave reviews. Elin Manahan Thomas Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album ‘Eternal Light’ in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festi-vals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces - such as Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony - Elin is equally at home per-forming classical and contemporary works.     Elin has performed across Europe at major venues and festivals, including: the Edinburgh, Canterbury, Three Choirs, Llangollen, Mostly Mozart and Lufthansa festivals, St John's Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Casa de Musica in Porto, Zurich Tonhalle, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2008 Elin gave the World Première of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral (also recorded for EMI), and later premiered his Love Duet at the Manchester In-ternational Festival in 2013.     Her recordings range from the renaissance to Handel to Elgar and beyond, and 2016 sees the release of a CD of songs by Morfydd Llwyn Owen (previously unrecorded) for Ty Cerdd, and Karl Jenkins' Cantata Aberfan for Deutsche Gramophon, alongside Bryn Terfel. In April 2016 she was Classic FM's Artist of the Week.    In addition to her singing and presenting, Elin is a passionate advocate of music education, and has led choral workshops with Eric Whitacre, masterclasses at RWCMD, University of Oxford, children's concerts with LPO and OAE, and children's operas with Chil-dren's Music Workshop. She is an Honorary Fellow at RWCMD, and at the Universities of Swansea and Bangor, and is currently Artist in Residence at Bangor Music Festival. 

Acapela, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Catrin Finch & Elin Man...

Acapela
Cardiff

Saturday

29 Apr

May

Gypsy & Swing

Hot on the heels of sell out concerts in Cardiff in 2015 and 2016, as well as a successful series of concerts in the French Caribbean in 2016, special guests Adrien Chevalier (violin) and Tatiana Eva Marie (Vocals) will be returning alongside Cardiff based Electro-Acoustic Jazz Harpist Ben Creighton Griffiths for another wonderful night in Acapela. They are delighted to be joined by Ashley John Long (bass). Join us for some fantastic Traditional Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, and Swing once again!   Further Details – www.bjcg.co.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkhYGq_24NU&list=PLM2NQjFUWVp5Zf_EK7najQPnumCj5UuR2

Acapela, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Gypsy & Swing

Acapela
Cardiff

Friday

05 May

Papillion (Anne Phoebe & Nicolas Rizzi)

“See Anna Phoebe as she prowls the stage and you can’t take your eyes off her” - Simon Broughton, Evening Standard.   See  Anna Phoebe perform at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssrsoRuXLU8 Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi perform at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_DjmlGB-1c   Papillon is the new project by Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi. It combines raw Eastern inspired violin and guitar melodies set within cinematic soundscapes. Anna Phoebe has performed throughout the world as a featured soloist for various artists and is now carving a career with her own projects.  Together with Nicolas Rizzi and her band, Anna released her EP 'Embrace' in 2013 followed by the album 'Between the Shadow and the Soul' in 2014. As ‘Papillon,’ Anna and Nicolas will perform their new material in a series of live concerts in 2016, to be followed by the release of their debut album later this year.  Previous live performances include main support for Bob Dylan at the Rock Legends Festival in Poland, the Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place in London, and a tour of UK cathedrals including Winchester Cathedral and Liverpool Anglican.      Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her stunning live performances. Dazzling and charismatic, she’s played major arenas all over the United States, London venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and festivals across the UK and across the world such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Sonar Festival.  Anna has toured with artists and bands including Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Oi Va Voi, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as a solo artist with her own band.     Anna also composes for film.  She was a finalist in the Best Composer Category in the 2013 Underwire Film Festival for her original score for 'Harriet & The Matches', directed by Miranda Howard-Williams. Her film composing work ranges from avant garde contemporary classical pieces to electronic soundscapes weaving vocals and strings.  Anna has played violin and viola on several BBC sountracks for various composers including 'Peaky Blinders' (Series 1 for Martin Phipps) and 'Peaky Blinders' (Series 2 for Flood and PJ Harvey), and most recently the BBC series 'War and Peace' (Martin Phipps).    Past reviews include:   “Sumptuous beauty” Simon Broughton, Evening Standard   “as beautiful and exotic as you'd expect” Prog Magazine   "A stunning lightning bolt of rock-edged world music" Q Magazine   "A beautiful exposition of musical excellence" Malcolm Dome   “intricate melodies weaved within the tapestries of her band” Songlines Magazine   “intelligent improvisation and sweeping, emotional cadences” Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull

Acapela, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Papillion (anne Phoebe ...

Acapela
Cardiff

Saturday

06 May

WNO Family Concert

James Southall - conductor Following last years sold-out performance, Welsh National Opera returns with a brand new Family Concert that has something for everyone. Its the perfect way to introduce all the family to opera and classical music as the WNO Orchestra guides you through a selection of popular favourites from the world of opera, film and TV. This years concert has an animal theme, so join us and go wild for WNO. Come along early and join in a selection of activities involving wigs, costumes and make-up as the team show you what happens behind the scenes of a production. This fun and informal concert is the ideal Sunday afternoon musical treat for the young, the young at heart and everyone in between. Tickets: 10 | 15 Children 5-16: 5 | Under 5: Free Plus a Ticket Service Charge of 3.95 per transaction and an optional 1 postage fee for tickets to be posted. PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only. They may be subject to change.

St. David's Hall, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Wno Family Con

St. David's Hall
Cardiff

Sunday

07 May

L'incoronazione Di Poppea: Monteverdi 450

English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras Wed 12 Apr 2017 - Il ritorno d\'Ulisse in patria Mon 8 May 2017 - L\'incoronazione di Poppea Sun 28 May 2017 - L\'Orfeo Colston Hall, Bristol 1-55 incl. booking fee. Premium ticket including champagne reception 65 incl. bf. Book for all three Monteverdi 450 concerts and save 25% Set in the opulence of Imperial Rome, LIncoronazione di Poppea follows Poppas progression from Neros mistress to his acknowledged queen. Monteverdis operatic swan-song is a celebration of carnal love and ambition triumphing at the expense of reason and morality. Monteverdis final opera was first performed in the 1642/43 carnival season in Venice, and in contrast to LOrfeo and Il ritorno dUlisse sees Monteverdi turn his back on mythology in favour of a retelling of historical events, though refracted through the lens of classical antiquity. A study in power, driven by a heady collision of lust and love, The Coronation of Poppa explores the emotional core of this assortment of vivid characters as they form and dissolve alliances to achieve their amorous goals and social ambitions. As fatally fascinating as they are morally repulsive, these figures inject elements of loss and longing, humour and stoical sobriety into a tale that unfolds almost cinematically. Monteverdi skilfully achieves stark contrasts from the outset: the audience is at first prepared to despise Nero and Poppa, but instead, the lovers leave us under their irresistible spell with one of the most entwiningly seductive duets ever penned. Sung in Italian with surtitles. Monteverdi 450 Colston Hall is privileged to be a host venue of Monteverdi 450, in which Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir along with a stellar cast of international soloists in a landmark semi-staged presentation of Monteverdis three surviving operas. http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/monteverdi-450/

Colston Hall, Bristol, United Kingdom

L'incoronazione Di Popp...

Colston Hall
Bristol

Monday

08 May

Brassed Off Live

British classic Brassed Off comes to the Royal Albert Hall for a special screening with live accompaniment by the brass band that inspired the story. This 1996 bittersweet comedy drama, written and directed by Mark Herman, stars Pete Postlethwaite as Danny, the devoted leader of the Grimley Colliery Band who is determined to show the Tories we are not defeated. Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson and Tara Fitzgerald are stand-outs in the impressive ensemble cast. Relive a piece of British cinema history as the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform the score live at the iconic venue at the films heart, alongside the film on the big screen. Plus, a pre-show talk with special guests to be announced.

Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom

Brassed Off Li

Royal Albert Hall
London

Tuesday

09 May

Fairport Convention

Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim throughout its long career. The band won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s ground breaking album Liege & Lief  'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time', and their story and music has often featured on radio and television. Fairport Convention’s line-up is Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.   “Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.” The Guardian “Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room.” The Mirror  Acapela is delighted to welcome the legendary Fairport Convention.  

Acapela, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Fairport Conve

Acapela
Cardiff

Tuesday

09 May

Killer Queen

Killer Queen have been performing their tribute to Queens concert since 1993. Their expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the worlds greatest live band have rightfully earned Killer Queen the title of Queen tribute royalty. Thrilling sell-out audiences across the globe from the UK to Moscow and in 2016 their first tour of USA, Killer Queen recreates the high energy, powerful phenomenon that was Queen live. Fronted by Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury, Time Out described Patricks resemblance to Freddie Mercury as "Spooky, his uncanny likeness was further proven when he recorded a number one hit single singing as Freddie Mercury on Fat Boy Slim\'s record \'The Real Life!\' This quality, combined with a powerful 3 1/2 octave tenor range, expert musicianship and dynamic stage presence, has captivated audiences the world over. Tickets: 19.50 Groups 10-19: 1 off each ticket Groups 20+: 2 off each ticket Plus a Ticket Service Charge of 3.95 per transaction and an optional 1 postage fee for tickets to be posted. PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only. They may be subject to change.

St. David's Hall, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Killer Queen

St. David's Hall
Cardiff

Wednesday

10 May

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Noble Ideals

Schumann only completed one concerto for his own instrument the piano, but its fiery passions and confiding intimacies have made it a favourite, tonight framed by two conspicuously elevated works revelling in a sumptuous solemnity. Wagner - Prelude to Parsifal Schumann - Piano Concerto Elgar - Symphony No.1 Conductor - Karl-Heinz Steffens Piano Yulianna Avdeeva - pianist Hallowed, hushed, the Prelude to Wagners Parsifal entwines ritual, remembrance and redemption in music that never fails to go straight to the heart. It shares with Elgars great symphonic embodiment of life, love and a massive hope in the future an all-pervasive underpinning nobility. Elgar called Schumann my ideal, and, first performed by his wife Clara, Schumanns ideal concerto rounds out our programme con amore. When Principal Clarinettist Karl-Heinz Steffens took up the baton full time the Berliner Tagesspiegel reported The Berlin Philharmonic has lost a prominent instrumentalist; the musical world has gained a go-ahead Maestro. Theres been no stopping him. For the Schumann he teams up with the winner of the 2010 Chopin Competition, a pianist of unparalleled energy and phenomenal technique (Neue Zrcher Zeitung) who doesnt just play the piano, she conquers emotional oceans (Solinger Morgenpost). Colston Hall 19:30 Thu 11 May 2017 1.00 to 36.00 incl. booking fee

Colston Hall, Bristol, United Kingdom

Bournemouth Symphony Or...

Colston Hall
Bristol

Thursday

11 May

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