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Tue 4 Jul 2017

St John's Smith Square

Bach goes to Paris

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Campra Suite from Les Fêtes Vénitiennes
JCF Fischer Suite No. 7 from Le Journal du Printemps
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4
Rameau Suite from Les Indes galantes
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3

William Christie conductor

Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra.

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Tue 1 Aug 2017

Royal Albert Hall

Proms 23: Israel in Egypt

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Handel Israel in Egypt

William Christie conductor
Christopher Lowrey counter-tenor
Ashley Riches bass
Dingle Yandell baritone
Callum Thorpe bass
Anna Devin soprano
Rowan Pierce soprano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Our first trip to the Proms in 2017 is filled with frogs, locusts, hailstones and rivers of blood, as we perform Israel in Egypt, one of Handel’s most extravagantly dramatic oratorios. Placing the chorus in the spotlight, Handel uses the collective voices to tell the story of an entire people, demanding greater virtuosity than ever before in some thrilling choral writing.

William Christie conducts in the launch of a series of Handel oratorios to be performed over the coming seasons at the Proms.

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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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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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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
Julia Doyle Mary
Brenden Gunnell Judas
Roderick Williams Christ
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 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
Mary Bevan Iris
Catherine Wyn-Rogers Juno

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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Sun 26 Nov 2017

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe, and Everything

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Bach Wachet! betet! (Watch! Pray!)

Steven Devine director
Rowan Pierce soprano
Ciara Hendrick alto
Tom Robson tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Sir John Pendry guest scientist

What is light? 

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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Mon 27 Nov 2017

St John's Smith Square

Mozart: Master of Deception, 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 in No.5

Rachel Podger director and violin

There is more to Mozart than meets the eye.

His repertoire is full of surprises and deceptions.

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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Sun 17 Dec 2017

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Darzu ist erschienen (For this the Son of God appeared)

Steven Devine director
Helen Charlston alto
James Way tenor
Edward Grint bass
Professor Tara Shears guest scientist

Antimatter Matters

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.

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Sat 6 Jan 2018

Kings Place

In the beginning… The Creation

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Haydn The Creation

Ádám Fischer conductor
Charlotte Beament soprano
James Way tenor
James Newby bass

Make Haydn’s Creation your first concert of 2018 with this intimate New Year performance at Kings Place. 

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Sun 14 Jan 2018

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Praise the Lord, my soul)

Steven Devine director
Charlotte Beament soprano
Nicholas Pritchard tenor
James Newby bass
Professor Helen F Gleeson guest scientist

Time and Vision

There’s a focus on time as our Sunday morning series helps launch Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped programme.

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Sun 4 Feb 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

Marin Alsop & Nicola Benedetti

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Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Beethoven Violin Concerto

Marin Alsop conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

Nicola Benedetti’s first appearance with us.

A musician always confounding expectations, violinist Nicola Benedetti performs with us for the first time in this concert.

She’s joined by conductor Marin Alsop for a programme of Beethoven performed with pure unvarnished musicality.

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Sun 18 Feb 2018

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant)

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

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.

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Tue 27 Feb 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

The Corridors of Power

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Mozart Arias from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Symphony No. 38
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Haydn Symphony No. 103 Drumroll

Ádám Fischer conductor
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano

What wins – love or duty?

Berenice is Queen of Palestine, set to marry the Roman Emperor Titus. But a change of political weather at home makes it impossible for the Emperor to marry a foreign queen. What wins out – love or duty?

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Sun 18 Mar 2018

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (King of Heaven, welcome)

Steven Devine director
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell baritone
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell guest scientist

We are Made of Star Stuff

Pioneering astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell joins us for our Sunday morning series mixing music and science, perfect for inquiring and curious minds.

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Mon 26 Mar 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St Matthew Passion

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Bach St Matthew Passion

Mark Padmore director/Evangelist
Roderick Williams Christus
Claudia Huckle contralto
Hugo Hymas tenor
Katherine Watson soprano
Jessica Cale soprano
Eleanor Minney mezzo-soprano
Hugo Hymas tenor
Matthew Brook bass

A powerful depiction of the Easter Story.

Commemorate Easter with Bach’s St Matthew Passion, featuring an all-star line-up of singers, led by Mark Padmore.

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Wed 11 Apr 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Mozart: Master of Deception, with Sir Roger Norrington

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Mozart Symphony No. 33
Mozart Horn Concerto No.4
Mozart Horn Concerto No.1
Mozart Symphony No. 36

Sir Roger Norrington conductor
Roger Montgomery horn

More from the ultimate musical game-player

There is more to Mozart than meets the eye. His repertoire is replete with surprises and deceptions.

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Thu 17 May 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Der Rosenkavalier

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Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
Richard Strauss Selection of songs

Tom Kemp conductor
Miah Persson soprano

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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Tue 26 Jun 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Dangerous Liaisons

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John Butt conductor/harpsichord
Hubert Hazebroucq choreographer
Anna Dennis soprano

The sights and sounds of Versailles – elegant 17th century dance meets the best of French Baroque music.

Recreating the sounds of Versailles, we’re blending elegant French dance from the court of Louis XIV with a greatest hits of French music from the era.

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