Monday 11 March 2013

Coming up at Cadogan Hall

Photo credit David Underdown
April and May at the Cadogan Hall sees three further concerts in their excellent Choral at Cadogan series. Inevitably the music of Benjamin Britten gets significant outing from both the Orion Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. There is also a fine array of new music by Tarik O'Regan, Stephen Goss and Sally Beamish, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Choral at Cadogan continues with Tenebrae and the English Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nigel Short in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and music by Will Todd (4 April). And Alamire, director David Skinner, performs a selection of Tudor polyphony including music by Lambe, Taverner, Sheppard, Tallis and Byrd including music from Tallis and Byrd's 1575 Cantiones Sacrae.(24 April). And the Tallis Scholars celebrated their 40th anniversary and Geusaldo's 400th on 29 May.

The Orion Orchestra makes a welcome return conducted by Toby Purser with Bax's Tintagel  and Britten's Violin Concerto with Thomas Gould as soloist. Britten's concerto was written in 1938-39 and was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1940 conducted by Sir John Barbirolli. The Orion Orchestra's programme concludes with Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony. (17 April)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, will be giving the London premiere of Tarik O'Regan's Suite from Heart of Darkness, a suite for narrator and orchestra taken from the composer's recent opera Heart of Darkness (see my review of the opera on this blog). Music by Elgar and Sibelius makes up the remainder of the programme. (23 April)

Welsh composer Stephen Goss's new Piano Concerto receives its premiere on 25 April with Emmanuel Despax as the soloists, with Orpheus Sinfonia conducted by Thomas Carroll. (Stephen Goss is Professor of Music and Head of Composition at the University of Surrey, and a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London). Despax is also the soloist in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 (25 April).

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with violist Laurence Power will be performing a new commission from Sally Beamish, Variations on a theme of Benjamin Britten, alongside Britten's Lachrimae and his Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge and Arvo Part's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten (23 May).

Finally the Orchestra Pro-Musica Uganda, conductor Roger Norrington with Guy Johnston cello are performing Mendelssohn, Elgar and Beethoven in aid of the Kampala Music School's 10th Anniversary Appeal (31 May).

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