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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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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 2 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A thrilling staging of the Easter story.

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Tue 25 Sep 2018

CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building)

The Night Shift – Peckham

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The creative heart of Peckham hosts classical music, minus the rules.

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Sun 21 Oct 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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

Rowan Pierce soprano
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Newby bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dallas Campbell speaker

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

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

Jonathan Cohen conductor
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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Tue 30 Oct 2018

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – Whitechapel

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As the nights draw in, join us in the magnificent candle-lit surroundings of The George Tavern.

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Sun 25 Nov 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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

Charlotte Beament soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
James Newby bass
Professor Suzanne Aigrain speaker

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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Tue 27 Nov 2018

Camden Assembly

The Night Shift – Camden

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The Camden Assembly was once known as The Barfly, which was the kind of place where you could find Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse duetting together. It’s had a facelift since those days, but it still hosts gigs by some of the UK’s best up-and-coming bands, and eclectic events, including your favourite classical club night.

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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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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

Rowan Pierce soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Maggie Aderin-Pocock speaker

Engineering for Space

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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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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Sun 27 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & 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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Mon 4 Feb 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Love and Duty

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck Arias from Il Parnaso Confuso, Antigono and La Clemenza di Tito
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orfeo
Mozart Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito

Giovanni Antonini Conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Songs from the heart with Magdalena Kožená.

Can you enjoy all three of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or do you have to compromise? We explore this question with sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck, sung by Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená.

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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Wie schön leuctet der Morgenstern ‘How Beautifully Gleams the Morning Star’ BWV1

Rowan Pierce soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dr Emma Chapman

Cosmic Dawn

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

Bach wrote this cantata when he was very busy – he produced six in one month while he was writing St John Passion. This one is more flamboyant than many, with the violins getting the chance to shine.

The science

How did the universe emerge from its dark ages after the Big Bang? Dr Emma Chapman tells us about her work researching early stars.

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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Sun 17 Mar 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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Bach Cantata: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende ‘A Terrible End Shall Sweep You Away‘. BWV90

Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
Jonathan Brown bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Lewis Dartnell speaker

Hunting for Aliens

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

With its uncompromising title, this theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection.

The science

Is there life on other worlds? Science is getting closer to finding an answer. Lewis Dartnell closes our season with a look at the latest research in astrobiolology – the search for extraterrestrial life.

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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Mon 18 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Tue 19 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concerto no.2

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Schumann Symphony No. 3
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Sir András Schiff piano/ conductor

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahams’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Thu 18 Apr 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Trial by Jury

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Gilbert and Sullivan Overture from The Gondoliers
Gilbert and Sullivan Selection of songs from The Yeoman of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Ruddigore
Gilbert and Sullivan Trial by Jury

John Wilson Conductor
Simon Butteriss The Learned Judge
Louise Alder Angelina
Michael Porter Edwin
Counsel for the Plaintiff Simon Bailey

The feel good hit of the 1870s.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury was the Mamma Mia! of the 1870s, running for hundreds of performances and touring as far as the USA and Australia.

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