DIARY

June 12, 2020

Bournville BookFest

South Birmingham Sinfonia

Bournville, Birmingham

The South Birmingham Sinfonia plays a family concert as part of Bournville Book Festival 2020.

Details forthcoming.

February 08, 2020

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms

South Birmingham Sinfonia

Piano - Liang Shan

Beethoven - Egmont Overture

Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Minor

Brahms - Symphony No. 3 in F Major

November 23, 2019

HCMF: The Fish that became the Sun

Octandre Ensemble

Solo Violin: Benjamin Marquise Gilmore

Huddersfield Town Hall

Frank Denyer - The Fish that became the Sun (Songs of the Dispossessed) (World Premiere)

The Octandre Ensemble collaborates with Consortium5, the New London Chamber Choir and students from Trinity Laban, including the Rubythroat vocal ensemble (coached by Linda Hirst) to bring to life Frank Denyer's epic 1-hour work. Written in the early 1990s for 37 musicians playing over 80 instruments distributed about the performance space, this ambitious piece is a most delicate, intimate spectacle.

November 02, 2019

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

South Birmingham Sinfonia

Organ - Nick Arden

Friend's Meeting House, Bournville

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78

South Birmingham Sinfonia is joined by guests from the local area as it hosts a 'play day', leading to a performance of the Organ Symphony.

Nevis Ensemble Mini Tour

Nevis Ensemble with Zea Mays

The Nevis Ensemble revisits Edinburgh and Glasgow, for a day-long tour, marking the start of a month of events leading up to Fair Saturday. The performances of the mini-tour culminate in a collaboration with Basque rockers Zea Mays.

August 30, 2019

Yorchestra 2

Yorchestra 2

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York

A programme of music inspired by movement and Scotland, including the second performance of Scottish composer John de Simone's The Tour.

Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia

de Simone - The Tour

Trad. (arr. Phil Cunningham) - Cathcart

 

August 17, 2019

Nevis Ensemble Outer Hebrides Tour

Nevis Ensemble

Hebrides Islands

The Nevis Ensembles undertakes its second major summer tour, to the Hebrides Islands. Repertoire will include music related to the Hebrides and to the theme of 'Tracing Lines'. The recipient of the Nevis Ensemble Commission for 2019 is Rufus Elliot, who is writing a piece related to the experience if hitch hiking.

July 12, 2019

Summer Dances

South Birmingham Sinfonia

St. Francis Church, Bournville, Birmingham

Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake

Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite No.2

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor

Rossini, orch. Britten: Soirées Musicales

June 29, 2019

L'Apres-midi d'un Faune

London Medical Orchestra

St Mary Brookfield, London

Debussy - L'Apres-midi d'un Faune

Sibelius - Symphony No, 1 in E Minor. Op. 39

A collaboration with Bella Cora Ladies Choir.

April 17, 2019

Unity Tour

Nevis Ensemble

Venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The Nevis Ensemble will play in numerous public places and spaces in Glasgow and Edinburgh, to celebrate and promote unity. Repertoire will include excerpts from Beethoven's 9th Symphony. 

April 01, 2019

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra

NYOS Junior Orchestra

RSNO Centre, Glasgow

Anniversary Overture - Malcolm Arnold

La Calinda - Frederick Delius

The Land - Elizabeth Maconchy

Marche Ecossaise - Claude Debussy

Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 8 in G Major - Antonin Dvorak

March 24, 2019

Brahms Symphony No. 4 & Elgar Cello

London Medical Orchestra

Solo Cello: Josh Salter

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

Elgar - Cello Concerto

Brahms - Symphony No. 4 in E Minor

February 09, 2019

Brahms Double Concerto

South Birmingham Sinfonia,

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Birmingham

Violin solo - Michael Bochmann

'Cello Solo - Peter Adams

South Birmingham Sinfonia performs Brahms Double Concerto with Michael Bochmann, its Patron, playing the violin alongside Peter Adams' 'cello.

Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Brahms - Double Concerto in A minor

Dvorak - Symphony No. 8 in G major

January 25, 2019

Burns & Beyond

The Nevis Ensemble tours Edinburgh for two days of octane-fuelled performances to celebrate Burns night.

December 06, 2018

Aberdeen Music Hall Relaunch Tour

Nevis Ensemble

Aberdeen & Perth

The Nevis Ensemble plays a 4-day tour along the road north east from Glasgow, culminating in appearances in Aberdeen, to celebrate the relaunch of the city's newly refurbished Music Hall. In line with its 'Music for everyone, everywhere' ethos, the orchestra will play in various settings, including the Aberdeen Children's hospital.

October 26, 2018

Fair Saturday

Nevis Ensemble

Edinburgh

The Nevis Ensemble spends a day touring Edinburgh, with appearances in various venues including the zoo, museums, an Erskine Home, and culminating in a performance with Bilbao Choral Society at Queen's Hall.

September 29, 2018

Composer Portrait: Rolf Hind

Octandre Ensemble

The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, London

Hind: The City of Love

The third and final concert in the Octandre Ensemble's 'Way Out East' British composers series, as part of a residency at The Coronet.

Supported by PRS Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation and RVW Trust.

July 31, 2018

Nevis Ensemble Inaugural Tour

The Nevis Ensemble is different. There’s nothing else quite like it in Scotland. Its vision is ‘music for everyone, everywhere’. And it means business.

 

Removing barriers to accessing orchestral music means bringing it to where people are, and when they are there. Just think; 40 young and energetic musicians run out of a bus, instruments in hand, and less than five minutes later the intrigued crowd hears something incredible and unexpected. Everyone leaves feeling uplifted and inspired, proud of the city to which they belong. Full-scale, 40-piece orchestral performances of the best, most diverse music you can imagine: popping up and surprising commuters first thing in the morning; entertaining residents in oft-forgotten parts of the city; guerrilla-style appearances in swimming pools; generating huge public audiences in public spaces.

Running in parallel to a fast-and-furious public pop-up performance schedule, is a carefully plotted patchwork of community-based performances. Partnerships with voluntary and third-sector organisations are nurtured to ensure the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society do not miss out. Our musicians hone their specialist skills in working with the very young, the very old, and those who face challenges in their lives, knowing that access to great live music provides a huge wealth of benefits, particularly to health and wellbeing, social cohesion, and the simple but powerful feeling of joy.

July 13, 2018

English Summer

South Birmingham Sinfonia,

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Birmingham

South Birmingham Sinfonia performs a concert intended to show the diversity of English 20th-Century music.

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

Delius - Walk to the Paradise Garden

Holst - Ballet music to "A Perfect Fool"

Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad

Strauss - Suite for Winds

Walton - Suite for "Henry V"

June 30, 2018

The Great Outdoors

London Medical Orchestra

Solo Violin: Gavin Davies

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin

Ravel - Tzigane

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Copland - Appalachian Spring

June 23, 2018

Composer Portrait: Frank Denyer

Octandre Ensemble

Soprano: Juliet Fraser

Violin: Sarah Saviet

Shakuhachi: Richard Stagg

The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, London

Denyer: After the Rain

Denyer: Voices and Axe

The second in the Octandre Ensemble's 'Way Out East' series of of British composer portraits, part of a residency at The Coronet.

Supported by PRS Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation and RVW Trust.

April 26, 2018

The Fish that became the Sun (Recording)

Menuhin Hall,

Octandre Ensemble with New London Chamber Choir

Solo violin: Benjamin Gilmore

In collaboration with the New London Chamber Choir conducted by Matthew Hamilton and violinist Benjamin Gilmore, the Octandre Ensemble will spend a weekend recording Frank Denyer's epic work The Fish that became the Sun.

Supported by PRS Foundation, RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation.

March 04, 2018

Composer Portrait: Nicola LeFanu

Octandre Ensemble

Soprano: Sarah Dacey

Violoncello: Corentin Chassard

The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, London

LeFanu: The Same Day Dawns

LeFanu: Deva

The first of three portraits of British composers, as part of the Octandre Ensemble's residency at The Coronet.

Supported by PRS Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation and RVW Trust

March 22, 2018

Sonates pour divers instruments

Chamber Ensemble of RSNO players

University of Glasgow

RSNO chamber music event to accompany a study day looking at Debussy's unfinished project. Featuring new works by Drew Hammond, Thomas Butler and Adam Gorb.

March 18, 2018

'Una Primavera Italiana'

London Medical Orchestra

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

Schubert - Overture in an Italian Style in C major (D. 591)

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52

Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A major ('Italian')

February 10, 2018

Russian Reflections

South Birmingham Sinfonia

Ruddock Arts Centre, Birmingham

Borodin - In the Steppes of central Asia

Rachmaninov - Isle of the Dead

Mussorgsky - A Night on Bald Mountain

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 in B minor

Debut as MD of South Birmingham Sinfonia

December 10, 2017

Classical Christmas

London Medical Orchestra

St. Mellitus RC Church, London

Mozart - Overture from Die Zauberflote

Mozart -German Dance No. 3

Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C minor

July 21, 2017

Music at Thornham

Festival Ensemble

Thornham Summer Music Festival

World premiere of a new work by Octandre Ensemble guitarist and composer Sam Cave

Sam Cave - ...At the edge of his dreams

July 07, 2017

Nordic Nights

St. Catherine's Church, Brockley, London

Solo Piano; Dinara Klinton

Harmony Sinfonia

Nielsen - Helios Overture

Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor

Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 

July 01, 2017

Adopt A Composer and A Young Person's Guide

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

London Medical Orchestra

London Medical Orchestra collaborates with young composer Martin Humphries in the world premiere of his new work, as part of Making Music's Adopt a Composer Scheme (in association with Sound and Music).

Britten - A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Grainger (arr. Paterson) - Lincolnshire Posy

Holst (arr. Jacob) - A Moorside Suite

Humphries - Tilikum (WP)

Vaughan Williams - Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'

June 16, 2017

Grampian Youth Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

St. Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Solo violin: Amy Birse

Grampian Youth Orchestra

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude

Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5 in E Minor

March 19, 2017

Beethoven and Mendelssohn

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

Solo Violin: Gavin Davies

London Medical Orchestra

Beethoven - Coriolan Overture

Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor

Beethoven - Symphony No. 1 in C Major

February 11, 2017

LSO Soundhub Concert

LSO St. Luke's, London

LSO Soundhub

Leith - Sexton Blakes

Westwood - Extraversing

Horrocks-Hopayian - Bird Dance; The Ladies

New works by Phase II LSO Soundhub composers, Oliver Leith and Lee Westwood, and marking the culmination of Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian's Residency at Khadambi's House, 575 Wandsworth Road. Featuring video projections, the LSO Community Choir (conducted by Lucy Griffiths)

December 11, 2016

Winter Dances, Images and Tales

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

London Medical Orchestra with the Barnet Wind Band

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (Op. 49)

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite Symphonique

Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre Poème Symphonique

Debussy (arr. Caplet): Children's Corner Suite

November 28, 2016

Rogue Orchestra Recordings

Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow West End

Commercial recording session including arrangements by Annemarie MacGahon and works by Malcolm Lindsay.

November 10, 2016

Online Orchestra Workshop

Online Orchestra educational workshop day in association with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Music by Jim Aitchison

October 09, 2016

Pierrot Lunaire

Little Missenden Festival

Octandre Ensemble

Soprano: Lore Lixenberg

Schönberg - Pierrot Lunaire

August 23, 2016

Iris Dreaming

Grimeborn Opera Festival, Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London.

Soprano: Joanne-Roughton Arnold

Octandre Ensemble

World premiere of one-woman opera, with support from Arts Council England and Creative New Zealand

Whitehead - Iris Dreaming (WP)

August 22, 2016

Iris Dreaming

Grimeborn Opera Festival, Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London.

Soprano: Joanne-Roughton Arnold

Octandre Ensemble

World premiere of one-woman opera, with support from Arts Council England and Creative New Zealand

Whitehead - Iris Dreaming (WP)

July 09, 2016

David Bowie Tribute

T in the Park Main Stage, Strathallan Castle, Pethshire

Rogue Orchestra, Glasgow

Conducting the Rogue Orchestra in their tribute to David Bowie. Stunning new arrangements by Annemarie MacGahon.

June 25, 2016

The Bloom is on the Bough

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

London Medical Orchestra

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Strauss - Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments (op. 7)

Butterworth - Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad

Dvorak - Symphony no. 8 in G major

April 02, 2016

Layers of Love

Principal Sound Festival, St. John's, Smith Square, London

Octandre Ensemble

Webern - Concerto for Nine Instruments

Feldman - Routine Investigations

Vivier - Samarkand

Denyer - After the Rain

Mason - Layers of Love (UK premiere)

Savaskan - Green Plastic Vase

Concert recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in October 2016

March 13, 2016

Holst: The Planets

St. Mary Brookfield Church, London

London Medical Orchestra with Bella Cora Ladies' Choir

Pickard - In Sea-Cold Lyonesse ('offline' WP)

Holst - The Planets Suite

December 13, 2015

Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve Suite

St. Mellitus RC Church, London

London Medical Orchestra with the Tottenham Community Choir

Hargreaves - Fanfare for LMO (WP)

Copland - Old American Songs

Debussy - Marche Écossaise

Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve Suite 

November 12, 2015

Curiouser

The Asylum, Peckham, London

Octandre Ensemble

Soprano: Sarah Dacey

Mezzo-soprano: Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Cello: Corentin Chassard

Composer-curator collaboration project in association with new:dots. Click composer's name for web link.

Bloom - Alice's Dream Fragments (WP)

Fox - DaNCE

Graves - Sweet Flowers Grow (WP)

Wiegold (arr. Ashton) - Les Roses, songs 1, 2 and 5 (WP)

Ashton - Cow-wheat (WP)

Ravel (arr. Illean) - Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé: 1. Soupir

Illean - Artificial Night (WP)

September 03, 2015

Folk Songs

Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, Strasbourg, France

Ensemble Linea Summer School Ensemble

Berio - Folk Songs, nos. 1-5

July 11, 2015

Online Orchestra World Premiere

Truro Cathedral; Five Islands School, St. Mary's, Scilly Isles; Mullion School; University of Falmouth

Online Orchestra

Solo Violin: Philippa Mo

Archaic telecommunications machines: Aleks Kolkowski

World-first network performance: musicians separated by miles, playing together in real time.

PickardIn Sea-Cold Lyonesse (WP)

AitchisonRe-tracing (after Mark Rothko) (WP)

ReubenSpiritus Telecommunitas (WP)

March 21, 2015

Milhaud: Suite Française

St. John's Waterloo, London

Junior Trinity Wind Orchestra

Milhaud - Suite Française

March 15, 2015

Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Grieg

St. Mary Brookfield RC Church, London

London Medical Orchestra

Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude

Grieg - Symphonic Dances (Op. 64)

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 in F Minor