Concerts & events  calendar
NOVEMBER Sunday 26th November  4:30pm Sunday Recital Tredici Musical Director: Richard Thomas Scarlatti: Te Deum a 8 Monteverdi: Messa a 4 voci Plus works by Gretchaninov & Gjeilo Admission free, suggested donation £8    ______________________________________________________________________ DECEMBER Sunday 3rd December  4:30pm Sunday Recital Emmanuel Garnier - solo piano Childhood Perfumes Let us go back, for the duration of a concert, to the realm of childhood, through masterpieces of Brahms, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, JCF Bach... This concert presents a selection of brilliant and playful pieces related to childhood, starting with a theme and variations on the classical nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The concert will also present pieces by French composers, including extracts of Debussy's Children's Corner, Pierne's Albums for my Young Friends and Cesar Franck's The Moans of the Doll. The concert will end with Brahms' famous Lullaby, in a revised and harmonically enriched version by the prodigy pianist Leopold Godowsky. A journey back to childhood through vivid and fresh pieces, sometimes virtuosic, sometimes humorous, but always colourful. At the age of 10, during a concert, as he was student at Château Thierry Music Conservatory, Emmanuel Garnier drew the attention of Alain Weber, pianist and composer, laureate of the "Grand Prix de Rome". After a first medal in piano and music theory, he received tuition at Reims Music Conservatory from Jean Claude Englebert, pupil of Alfred Cortot.   Emmanuel Garnier has had the opportunity to take part in piano masterclasses with Jacques Moreau and Isabelle Bonneaux and in chamber music interpretation masterclasses with the Wanderer trio. He has performed at venues and festivals in France, in the United States, Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, both as solo pianist and as a chamber musician.   An enthusiastic pianist, he enjoys to make the audience discover, besides the classical repertoire, forgotten or seldom played pieces. Admission free, suggested donation £8    _______________________________________________________________ Friday 8th December  7:30pm An evening with the University of London Chamber Choir Christmas carols for choir and audience Tickets: £10 adults / £5 concession. More information at    _______________________________________________________________ Saturday 9th December  7:30pm Collegium Musicum London Chamber Choir Greg Morris, conductor Schubertiade During Franz Schubert's short lifetime, informal, unadvertised gatherings – known as Schubertiades – were frequently held in the apartments of wealthy patrons, showcasing his more intimate works. These evenings quickly became popular in early 19th-century Vienna, were typically sponsored by friends or aficionados of the composer's music, and also featured poetry readings, dancing, and other sociable pastimes. Many Schubertiades included Schubert's participation, accompanying notable soloists. Eventually, gatherings also took place outside Austria’s capital, as the composer’s fame spread. CML’s first visit to St George’s, Bloomsbury, presents an intriguing, relaxed evening of a cappella and accompanied salon works, including Brahms’s Three Songs, opus 42, Stamford’s The Bluebird, Vaughan Williams’s Three Shakespearean Songs and Schubert’s sublime setting of psalm 23. Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of London’s leading chamber choirs, Collegium Musicum of London will round off its 2017 season with this varied and accessible programme, under Greg Morris’s expert musical direction. Tickets £14, £12 (concessions) available on the door  or in advance on 07812 599340 Online ticket sales:     ______________________________________________________________________ Sunday 10th December  4:30pm Sunday Recital The Greater Europe Peace Orchestra Concert for peace in the Greater Europe Edward ELGAR, Serenade for strings, op. 20 Johann-Sebastian BACH, Aria “Erbarme dich mein Gott” from Mathew’s Passion Ludwig von BEETHOVEN, Irish songs Wolfgang A. MOZART, Aria from an opera Pyotr I. TCHAIKOVSKY, Serenade for strings, op. 48 17 young musicians from Ukraine, Russia and Europe travel across the continent to play for peace and cooperation in the Greater Europe. One hour of beauty and love for the sake of cultural dialogue. Admission free, suggested donation £8     _____________________________________________________________________ Wednesday 13th December  6:00pm ABCD Carol Concert An evening of congregational and choral carols in support of ABCD Bethlehem, who have been supporting disabled children in the West Bank for over 30 years. Followed by refreshments and the chance to purchase Christmas cards and Bethlehem-made gifts! Free admission, donations welcome. Tickets available at      _____________________________________________________________________ Saturday 16th December  7:30pm Renaissance Singers Director: Dr David Allinson O Oriens! An Advent Cycle Amid the onslaught of predictable and traditional seasonal fare, the Renaissance Singers presents a programme of sumptuous polyphony in the spirit of Advent, the liturgical season of expectation and preparation.   We are excited to be singing the cycle of ‘O’ antiphon settings published by Pierre Attaingnant in the mid- 1530s. Written by a group of composers working at institutions including Notre Dame and Ste Chapelle, Paris, the polyphony is in the finest traditions established by Josquin — expressive, sinuous and studded with false relations.   Each antiphon begins with the exclamation ‘O’. They were to be sung at Vespers before and after the Magnificat on the days preceding Christmas Eve. The music is newly-edited for this concert, and to our knowledge this is the first modern performance of all nine motets in the cycle; only a few have previously been recorded.   The music, by composers including Pierre Certon, Antoine Mornable and Pierre de Manchicourt, deserves to be better known. It has great emotional power, especially in the untexted melismatic sections that are reminiscent of settings of the Lamentations. The programme will be capped with selected settings of the Magnificat by Franco-Flemish contemporaries. In advance: £12/ £10 (concessions) up to 7pm on Wednesday 13th December Thereafter or on the Door: £14/ £12 (concessions) Available via our website at     ______________________________________________________________________
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