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Thu 17 Aug 2017

Heath Street Baptist Church

The Night Shift – Transfigured Night

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Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Take a trip to a darkened wood on a clear and moonlit night, for an adventure in music we’ve never dared play at The Night Shift before.

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Fri 18 Aug 2017

Kensington Palace

The Night Shift – From Baroque to Rock

The Night Shift
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Enjoy live music in the beautiful grounds of Kensington Palace at this outdoor summer event. For a special Royal Night Shift, we’re playing songs by one of The Night Shift’s favourite composers, George Frideric Handel, who wrote music for the Royal stars of the Palace’s Enlightened Princesses exhibition.

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Sat 19 Aug 2017

Glyndebourne

La clemenza di Tito

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Mozart La clemenza di Tito

Mozart’s last opera makes a rare appearance at Glyndebourne this summer. 

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Mon 21 Aug 2017

Glyndebourne

La clemenza di Tito

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Mozart La clemenza di Tito

Mozart’s last opera makes a rare appearance at Glyndebourne this summer. 

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Thu 24 Aug 2017

Glyndebourne

La clemenza di Tito

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Mozart La clemenza di Tito

Mozart’s last opera makes a rare appearance at Glyndebourne this summer. 

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Sat 26 Aug 2017

Glyndebourne

La clemenza di Tito

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Mozart La clemenza di Tito

Mozart’s last opera makes a rare appearance at Glyndebourne this summer. 

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Mon 28 Aug 2017

Royal Albert Hall

Prom 59: La clemenza di Tito

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Robin Ticciati conductor
Steve Davislim Titus
Alice Coote Vitellia
Joélle Harvey Servilia
Kate Lindsey Sextus
Anna Stéphany Annius
Clive Bayley Publius
Glyndebourne Festival Opera Company

Mozart La clemenza di Tito

Our second BBC Prom of the summer sees our Glyndebourne production transported to London in concert format.

The collision of love and ambition in Mozart’s morally conflicted final opera, and the compassion of a wronged emperor, make for a scenario as relevant today as in the ancient Rome where it is set. Blending ravishing arias with intricate human psychology, La clemenza di Tito ranks among the finest of Mozart’s mature works.

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote leads an all-star cast as the vengeful Vitellia under Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati.

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Tue 29 Aug 2017

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – Reeds, Dances and Marches

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The winds of change blow through The Night Shift this month, as we get rid of our usual violin, viola and cello players and replace them with oboes and bassoons.

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Fri 22 Sep 2017

Kings Place Hall One

Christophe Coin: Galloping Galant

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Sammartini Symphony in D minor
Boccherini Cello Concerto in G
CPE Bach Symphony in A
CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A minor

Christophe Coin cello, director

Christophe Coin is period instrument royalty. Known for the luminous elegance of his playing, this cellist and viola da gamba superstar trained with the best, is celebrated as the cellist of the Quatuor Mosaïques and play-directs the finest baroque ensembles in Europe.

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Sun 24 Sep 2017

Saffron Hall

The Judas Passion

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Sally Beamish The Judas Passion

David Harsent libretto
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Brenden Gunnell Judas
James Newby Christ
Mary Bevan Mary Magdalene
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Co-Commission with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, we ask in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who sold him for 30 pieces of silver.

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Mon 25 Sep 2017

St John's Smith Square

The Judas Passion

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Sally Beamish The Judas Passion

David Harsent libretto
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Brenden Gunnell Judas
Roderick Williams Christ
Mary Bevan Mary Magdalene
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Co-Commission with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, we ask in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who sold him for 30 pieces of silver.

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Wed 11 Oct 2017

Musikverein, Vienna

Handel’s Semele

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Handel Semele

Ivor Bolton conductor
Louise Alder Semele
James Way Jupiter
Ray Chenez Athamas
Brindley Sherratt Somnus/Cadmus
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Juno
Ciara Hendrick Ino
Rowan Pierce Iris
Jeremy Budd Apollo
Robert Davies High Priest
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

When Handel premiered Semele in Covent Garden in 1744, he shocked audiences expecting something solemn for Lent with this steamy, sexy story of gods having affairs with mortals.

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Fri 13 Oct 2017

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Oxford Lieder Festival Opening Night

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Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Strauss Selection of songs
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Thomas Kemp conductor
Kate Royal soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Dietrich Henschel baritone

The Oxford Lieder Festival gets off to a stunning start with two of Mahler’s great vocal works in chamber orchestrations.

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Sat 14 Oct 2017

Stamford Arts Centre

Stamford Arts Centre

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Handel Concerto Grosso in B flat, Op. 3 No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Corelli Concerto Gross Op. 6
Rameau Instrumental Suite

We make a rare trip to Lincolnshire and the vibrant Stamford Arts Centre to perform this Baroque programme. 

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Sun 15 Oct 2017

Oxford Town Hall

Der Rosenkavalier

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Thomas Kemp conductor

A night at the cinema.

We’re going to the cinema with a historically-informed recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in 1926.

Enjoy the big screen adaptation of Richard Strauss’ great comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, accompanied by a live orchestra playing the music Strauss himself wrote to accompany the film.

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Wed 18 Oct 2017

Royal Festival Hall, London

Handel’s Semele

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Handel Semele

Ivor Bolton conductor
Louise Alder Semele
James Way Jupiter
Ray Chenez Athamas
Brindley Sherratt Somnus/ Cadmus
Rowan Pierce Iris
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Juno
Ciara Hendrick Ino
Jeremy Budd Apollo
Robert Davies High Priest
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Be careful what you wish for.

When Handel premiered Semele in Covent Garden in 1744, he shocked audiences expecting something solemn for Lent with this steamy, sexy story of gods having affairs with mortals.

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Sun 22 Oct 2017

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Ich glaube, lieber Herr (I believe, dear Lord, help my unbelief)

Robert Howarth director
Helen Charlston alto
James Way tenor
Professor Carlos Frenk guest scientist

Origin of Galaxies

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with Bach, the Universe, and Everything, our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds.

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Tue 24 Oct 2017

Courtyard, Hereford

Der Rosenkavalier

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Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (salon score)

Thomas Kemp conductor

A night at the cinema.

We’re going to the cinema with a historically-informed recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in 1926.

Enjoy the big screen adaptation of Richard Strauss’ great comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, accompanied by a live orchestra playing the music Strauss himself wrote to accompany the film.

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Thu 9 Nov 2017

Adelaide Town Hall

Australia Tour with Rachel Podger

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Haydn Symphony No.26 Lamentatione
Mozart Violin Concerto No.1
JC Bach Symphony in G minor
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5

Rachel Podger director and violin

There is more to Mozart than meets the eye. 

Mozart was the ultimate musical genius – and the ultimate game player. He tore up the rulebook, and if you hear his music twice, you never have quite the same experience.

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Sat 11 Nov 2017

City Recital Hall, Sydney

Australia Tour with Rachel Podger

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Haydn Symphony No.26 Lamentatione
Mozart Violin Concerto No.1
JC Bach Symphony in G minor
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5

Rachel Podger director and violin

There is more to Mozart than meets the eye. 

Mozart was the ultimate musical genius – and the ultimate game player. He tore up the rulebook, and if you hear his music twice, you never have quite the same experience.

Read More