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Sat 8 Sep 2018

Kleine Beethovenhalle

Beethovenfest

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Beethoven Overture to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s tragedy  Egmont , op. 84
Haydn Symphony no. 101 in D major
Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67

Ádám Fischer conductor

We’re delighted to be returning to Beethovenfest Bonn with conductor Ádám Fischer for a programme of Beethoven and Haydn.

When Haydn wrote his Symphony no. 101 he was at the pinnacle of his career. After serving for decades in Esterháza, he was now a figure of international stature: he wrote the final movements in Vienna and the opening movement during his triumphant second tour of England. At this time Beethoven was Haydn’s pupil. Strikingly, he tended to sidestep genres dominated by Haydn and only gradually found his way to the symphony. The  Egmont  Overture and the Fifth Symphony are two works from his middle period that travel ‘through darkness toward the light’ – a narrative pattern of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Mon 10 Sep 2018

Darlington Hippodrome

Der Rosenkavalier

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Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (salon score)

Geoffrey Paterson 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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Sun 16 Sep 2018

Rudolfinum, Prague

Dvorák Prague Festival

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Elgar Serenade for Strings
Schubert Mass no. 2 in G
Dvorak Mass in D

Pavla Vykopalová soprano
Markéta Cukrová mezzo-soprano
Aleš Voráček tenor
Roman Hoza baritone
King's College Choir
Stephen Cleobury conductor

A trip to one of our favourite cities to perform at the 11th Dvorák Prague Festival.

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Sun 21 Oct 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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J.S. Bach Was soll ich aus dir machen (‘How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?’) BWV89

How to Leave the Planet 

Our pioneering series of Sunday morning music and science returns.

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Thu 25 Oct 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Apollo and Daphne

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Handel Suite from The Alchemist
Manfredini Concerto Grosso Op 3 no. 9
Handel Concerto Gross Op.6 No.4
Handel Apollo e Dafne

Katherine Watson Soprano
James Newby baritone

Your typical Handel opera has a multitude of characters and runs for more than three hours. With Apollo e Dafne, however, he showed he could also write a short, sharp, enjoyable two-hander.

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Fri 26 Oct 2018

Zuiderstrandtheater

Apollo and Daphne

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Handel Suite from  The Alchemist 
Manfredini Concerto Grosso Op 3 no. 9
Handel Concerto Gross Op.6 No.4
Handel  Apollo e Dafne 

Katherine Watson soprano
James Newby baritone

Your typical Handel opera has a multitude of characters and runs for more than three hours. With Apollo e Dafne, however, he showed he could also write a short, sharp, enjoyable two-hander.

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Sat 10 Nov 2018

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Brahms: A German Requiem

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms A German Requiem

Marin Alsop conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
James Newby baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A Requiem for the masses.

To mark Armistice Day, we perform Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

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Sun 11 Nov 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms: A German Requiem

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms A German Requiem

Marin Alsop Conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
James Newby baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A Requiem for the masses.

To mark Armistice Day, we perform Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

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Sun 25 Nov 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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J.S. Bach Herr, wie du willst – ‘Lord, deal with me as Thou wilt’ BWV73

Worlds Beyond

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Thu 29 Nov 2018

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Pipedreams

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Handel Overture Alexander's Feast
Telemann Concerto in G for Two Violettas and Strings
Handel Organ Concerto Op.7 No.1
Telemann Concerto in E minor for Flute and Recorder
Handel Sinfonia, Act 1 from Saul
Telemann Concerto for oboe d'amore, viola d'amore and flute in E major
Handel Op. 4 No. 1 in G minor

John Butt Director/Organ

The sounds of the 18th century.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rarely has more fun than when it’s performing music from the 18th century and letting the unique sounds of its period instruments come to the fore.

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Mon 3 Dec 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Pipedreams

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Handel Overture Alexander's Feast
Telemann Concerto in G for Two Violettas and Strings
Handel Organ Concerto Op.7 No.1
Telemann Concerto in E minor for Flute and Recorder
Handel Sinfonia, Act 1 from Saul
Telemann Concerto for oboe d'amore, viola d'amore and flute in E major
Handel Op. 4 No. 1 in G minor

John Butt Director/Organ

The sounds of the 18th century.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rarely has more fun than when it’s performing music from the 18th century and letting the unique sounds of its period instruments come to the fore.

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Fri 7 Dec 2018

The Church of Holmen, Copenhagen

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel Messiah

We return to Denmark to perform Handel’s festive oratorio with the renowned Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir.

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Sat 15 Dec 2018

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel  Messiah 

Miriam Allan soprano
Tristram Cooke counter-tenor
Jeremy Budd tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of WMC with an intimate performance of Handel’s ecstatic Messiah.

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Sun 16 Dec 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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J.S. Bach Sehet, welch eine Liebe - ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us’ BWV64

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Tue 18 Dec 2018

St George's, Bristol

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

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Bach Christmas Oratorio Parts 1,2,3 & 6

Anna Dennis soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Laurence Williams bass
Steven Devine director/keyboard

From the unbounded joy of the opening chorus, Jauchzet, Frohlocket (Celebrate, Rejoice) to the concluding movements marking the adoration of the Magi, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is a festive treat.

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Sat 22 Dec 2018

St John's Smith Square

Christmas Oratorio

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Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6

Katherine Watson soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Stephen Layton conductor
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage – Celebrate, rejoice, rise up and praise these days!

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Sun 23 Dec 2018

St John's Smith Square

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel Messiah

Katherine Watson soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Stephen Layton conductor
Polyphony

We join forces with Polyphony for Handel’s visionary, ecstatic Messiah.

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Thu 10 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Venus Unwrapped – Barbara Strozzi

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Barbara Strozzi Dolcissimo, Silenzio nocivo
Barbara Strozzi Bella Madre, le tre grazie a Venere
Barbara Strozzi Lagrime Mie
Barbara Strozzi Come Puo, non come suolo, Pace Arrabbiata, op 1
Barbara Strozzi Che dolce udire, Canto di belle bocca
Claudio Monteverdi concertante madrigals
Claudio Monteverdi Il ballo delle ingrate

Christian Curnyn conductor

Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state.

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Tue 22 Jan 2019

St. John's Co-Cathedral, Malta

Bach’s St Matthew Passion

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Bach  St Matthew Passion 

Julia Doyle soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Tom Robson tenor
James Newby baritone
Dingle Yandell bass
John Butt director
Choir of the Age of the Enlightenment

We perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion as part of Valetta International Baroque Festival in the magnificent surroundings of St Johns Co-Cathedral. 

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Sun 27 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Jesu, nun sei gepreiset – ‘Jesus, now be praised’ BWV41

Charlotte Beament soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Professor Alan Fitzsimmons

The Mystery of ‘Oumuamua

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

 

The music

To celebrate the start of 2019, we perform the cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, 1725. It opens the year in triumphant fashion, with brilliant trumpets and a powerful message of hope conquering evil.

The science

In 2017, scientists discovered ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through our solar system. What is it? Where did it come from? Professor Alan Fitzsimmons of the Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, the led the first team to try and find the answers.

 

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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