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Tue 25 Jun 2019

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – Whitechapel

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We’re all about doing things a bit differently here at The Night Shift.

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Fri 28 Jun 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Missa Solemnis

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Beethoven Mass in D

David Hill  conductor
Sarah Fox soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Roderick Williams bass
The Bach Choir

We perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Bach Choir.

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Fri 16 Aug 2019

Royal Albert Hall

Prom 40: Queen Victoria’s 200th Anniversary

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Arthur Sullivan Victoria and Merrie England – suite
Felix Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Songs
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'

Alessandro Fisher tenor
Stephen Hough piano
Ádám Fischer conductor

The Proms celebrates the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a glimpse into the monarch’s musical life.

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Tue 27 Aug 2019

Royal Albert Hall

Prom 51: The Magic Flute

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Mozart The Magic Flute

David Portillo Tamino
Sofia Fomina Pamina
Björn Bürger Papageno
Alison Rose Papagena
Brindley Sherratt Sarastro
Caroline Wettergreen Queen of the Night
Jörg Schneider Monostatos

Glyndebourne’s new production of The Magic Flute comes to the Proms in a special semi-staging.

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Thu 3 Oct 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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Mendelssohn Elijah

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell tenor
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Mendelssohn’s magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

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Sun 13 Oct 2019

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Ach, ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe (Ah, I see, now as I go to the marriage) BWV 162

Professor Alain Goriely Statutory Professor of Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford

Mathematics and the Brain

The science: Can mathematics explain the brain? No-one is entirely sure, but Professor Alain Goriely definitely thinks it’s worth trying. He explores how applied mathematics can help us learn more about the effect of brain injuries and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The music: In this cantata, Bach imagines going to a wedding, although he’s initially concerned with the pre-marital angst of the participants, rather than having a party. It’s all resolved by the end, however, with a journey from doubt to certainty and a celebratory final chorale.

In partnership with Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

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Sun 3 Nov 2019

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ (Thou Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ) BWV 116

Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro Professor of Physics, University College London

Nature’s Hidden Nature

The science

You’ve probably heard of quantum physics, and might know it’s about weird things such as tiny particles being in two places at the same time. But quantum biology? Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro is a leading figure in this emerging field, which explores the role quantum mechanics plays in biological processes, from photosynthesis to birds’ remarkable navigation systems.

The music

This cantata is something of a musical sandwich, with flowing, optimistic first and last movements surrounding sections with darker moods of judgement and fear. It’s one for horn fans, with a prominent natural horn complementing the soprano singer.

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Mon 11 Nov 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Vivaldi and Pergolesi: Sacred Baroque

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Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Vivaldi Concerto for lute
Vivaldi Gloria, RV589

Katherine Watson soprano
Rowan Pierce soprano
Iestyn Davies counter-tenor
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Iestyn Davies and Katherine Watson star in a concert featuring three beautiful Baroque masterpieces by Italian composers.

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Sun 1 Dec 2019

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Now come, Saviour of the gentiles I) BWV61

Professor Marcus du Sautoy Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

The Creativity Code

The science: Could computers put composers out of job? Professor Marcus du Sautoy’s latest book, The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think, explores creativity, algorithms, and whether artificial intelligence will ever be able to write a cantata quite like Bach.

The music: For mark the start of Advent, the Orchestra plays one of Bach’s Christmas cantatas, full of anticipation for the big day. It’s an unusual cantata, bringing in element of secular French opera, such as an Overture, into church music.

In partnership with Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

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Tue 28 Jan 2020

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Beethoven’s Major Heroes

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Beethoven Symphony No.2
Beethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica

Sir Roger Norrington conductor

Sir Roger Norrington conducts two of Beethoven’s most popular major-key masterpieces.

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Sun 2 Feb 2020

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott (Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God) BWV 127

Professor Buzz Baum Professor of Cell Biology, University College London

Cell Your Soul

The science

“My core interest has been in trying to think like a cell,” says UCL’s Buzz Baum, who works at the intersection of biology and physics, trying to understand how cells evolve. He’s published a radical new theory as to how eukaryotic cells – which make up complex life forms such as ourselves – came to be.

The music

Written for the last Sunday before lent, this cantata repurposes a famous tune from Bach’s St Matthew Passion and features lovely writing for an oboe and recorders. Thematically, it’s a serious one, mostly about death and how it’s easier to face it with Jesus at your side.

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Fri 7 Feb 2020

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mozart’s Final Flourish

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Mozart Symphony No.39
Mozart Symphony No.40
Mozart Symphony No.41 Jupiter

Iván Fischer conductor

Iván Fischer conducts the three symphonies Mozart wrote in one extraordinary year towards the end of his life.

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Tue 11 Feb 2020

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s Mass in B minor

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Bach Mass in B minor

David Hill conductor
Gemma Sutherland soprano
Robin Blaze counter-tenor
James Oxley tenor
Matthew Brook bass
The Bach Choir

The Bach Choir sings Bach’s magnificent mass, led by Music Director David Hill.

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Sun 23 Feb 2020

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Der Herr denket an uns (The Lord hath been mindful of us) BWV 196

Dr Vicky Neale Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

The Beauty of Mathematics

The science: You’ve heard that some people find mathematics as beautiful as Bach’s music, but you’re not really sure why. Dr Vicky Neale is here to convince you it is, as she explores the intoxicating mysteries of prime numbers and how they push the limits of human understanding.

The music: This is one of Bach’s first cantatas, written when he was in his early twenties for a friend’s wedding. It features a striking soprano aria, and an overall theme of ‘partnership’, with two factions of instruments uniting to become one.

In partnership with Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

 

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Wed 25 Mar 2020

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Faust: The Life of a Composer

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Wagner Prelude to Act 3 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (arrangement)
Pfitzner Prelude to Act 2 Palestrina (arrangement)
Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No.1
Mahler Kindertotenlieder (arrangement)
Webern Concerto for nine instruments

Geoffrey Paterson conductor

Music by Mahler, Wagner and Schoenberg comes at the cost of a man’s soul in this chamber concert.

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Sun 5 Apr 2020

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Resound, ye songs, ring out, ye strings) BWV 172

Professor Susan Stepney Director, York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, University of York

Can Bacterium Compute?

The science

From smartphones to desktops, most people think of computers as being based on silicon. But what about slime mould? Bacteria? Can they computer? There are many types of non-conventional computing, and one of the leading figures in this field, Professor Susan Stepney, explores how harnessing this power might lead to exciting new developments in the near future.

The music

This cantata marks Pentecost, and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, even including a duet between the Holy Spirit and the ‘soul’. It’s therefore an upbeat, celebratory piece with festive instrumentation including three trumpets and timpani.

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Sun 26 Apr 2020

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

If Music Be The Food Of Love, Curse Me

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Purcell Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens
Blow Suite from Venus and Adonis
Britten Serenade

Ian Bostridge tenor

Ian Bostridge joins us for a tour through tainted love with English music by Purcell, John Blow and Britten.

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Tue 19 May 2020

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Saving Michael Haydn

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Mozart Overture The Marriage of Figaro
Michael Haydn Violin Concerto in A
Mozart Posthorn Serenade

Alina Ibragimova director/ violin

Alina Ibragimova explores music by Joseph Haydn’s often-ignored, but almost as prolific, younger brother.

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Fri 26 Jun 2020

Royal Festival Hall, London

Liszt and Wagner: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

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Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Liszt Piano Concerto No.1
Liszt Piano Concerto No.2
Wagner Overture Tannhäuser

Sir Mark Elder conductor
Stephen Hough piano

Sir Mark Elder and Stephen Hough perform works by the bad boys of 19th-century music.

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