Concerts

City Music Society Lunchtime Concerts



Admission to these concerts is free.

The City Music Society Young Artists Series celebrates the amazing talent of musicians performing and studying in the UK. Many of the artists are major prize winners, emerging from the UK's leading conservatoires, while some of the concerts mark the role of The Worshipful Company of Musicians in supporting and encouraging outstanding young musicians as they begin their careers.

The Spring series celebrates stringed instruments in a variety of genres. Three chamber orchestras present a rich tapestry of ensemble music, from Bach, via Beethoven and Elgar, to an accessible recent violin concerto by Tigran Mansurian. Solo cello, string trio, piano and string quartets provide variety and interest in quantities as well as quality, from Haydn to Ravel. And Ceruleo remind us of the early history of stringed instruments, whether plucked or bowed, as well as John Milton's iconic role in 17th-century London. But as an antidote to all this music for strings, if one should be needed, we have two outstanding pianists and the fabulous wind ensemble from the Royal College of Music.

A free-will collection is taken at the end of each young artists' concert at St Bartholomew's to benefit the City Music Society.

Please note the following: Seats cannot be guaranteed after 1.00pm. Limited standing is permitted at the discretion of the Society. Latecomers are only admitted during a suitable pause in the programme. All programmes are subject to change at short notice. The City Music Society reserves the right to refuse admission. Please note that City Music Society concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 8 and the Society reserves the right to refuse entry to children under that age.

[YAS]  = Young Artists Series

Friday, 20th January 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
BARBICAN QUARTET
Amarins Weirdsma violin
Christoph Slenczka viola
Yoanna Prodanova cello
Mihai Ritivoiu piano
 
Photo: Tom Gimson
Beethoven String Trio in D Op.9 No.2
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op.15
Three members of the Barbican Quartet join forces with the outstanding pianist Mihai Ritivoiu to perform Fauré's exquisite first piano quartet, full of the emotional turmoil resulting from the composer's unhappy love affair at the age of 32. It is preceded by the second of Beethoven's Opus 9 trios, considered by the 28-year-old composer to be his best compositions at that time and clearly important precedents of the Opus 18 string quartets.

Friday, 27th January 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
GUILDHALL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Levon Chilingirian director/violin
Tigran Mansurian Violin Concerto No.2 (Four Serious Songs)
Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131 (arranged for string orchestra)
This fascinating combination of works is clearly identified with the British-Armenian violinist Levon Chilingirian, leader of the eponymous quartet for more than 40 years. Directing from the front desk, Levon is the soloist in the beautiful and evocative second violin concerto of fellow Armenian Tigran Mansurian. And with the young string players of the Guildhall School he explores one of Beethoven's great late quartets, Opus 131
PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT WILL END AT 2.10pm

Friday, 3rd February 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
Anna Szalucka piano
Ravel Miroirs
Chopin Ballade No 4 in F minor Op.52
Bacewicz Piano Sonata No.2
A graduate of the Chopin Secondary School of Music in Poland, Anna Szalucka is a passionate advocate of the works of Polish composers and an outstanding interpreter of Bach's keyboard works. Now studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Anna won the Musicians' Company Harriet Cohen Bach prize in 2015. Her programme includes the second piano sonata of her compatriot, Grazyna Bacewicz, one of the leading 20th-century Polish composers.

Friday, 10th February 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
CERULEO
Emily Owen soprano
Jenni Harper soprano
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord
Kate Conway viola da gamba
Toby Carr lute & theorbo
Paradise Lost: Music for John Milton
John Blow Laudate nomen Domini
Giacomo Carissimi Lucifer Caelestis Olim
Henry Purcell Overture (from The Fairy Queen)
Purcell Oh! Lead me to some peaceful gloom
Blow Ah Heaven! What is't I hear?
Purcell The fatal hour comes on apace
Blow A Ground in D Minor
Purcell Man is for Woman Made
Purcell Dear Pretty Youth
Purcell No, no, no, resistance is but vain
Purcell If love's a sweet passion
Formed in 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Ceruleo creates dramatic programmes of music and words from the 16th and 17th centuries. Appearances at the Barbican Centre, the Brighton Early Music Festival, and in Italy and Utrecht have demonstrated the group's imaginative and intriguing approach to the presentation of baroque song.

Friday, 17th February 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
Yoon-Kyung Cho cello
Malgorzata Garstka piano
 
Photo: Aiga Ozo
Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73
Beethoven Sonata No.4 in C Op.101 No.1
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D 821
Eric Falk Trust Concert
Korean-born Yoon-Kyung Cho was awarded The Musicians' Company Prince's Prize in 2016, won second prize in the Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and was the winner of the Royal College of Music Concerto Prize which led to a performance of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto at the RCM. With Malgorzata Garstka she performs three outstanding 19th-century works including the traditional arrangement of Schubert's only work for the arpeggione, a sort of bowed guitar. Today's concert is presented in memory of Eric Falk, a former Vice-Chairman of City Music Society.

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017, at 13:05 (please note the day and date)
ESTONIAN 99TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
Mirjam Mesak soprano
Kristiina Rokashevich piano
 
Heino Eller Kellad (The Bells)
Eduard Tubin Sügise päikene (Autumn Sun)
Mart Saar Ta tuli… (He came…)
Eduard Tubin Õnne ootel (Waiting for happiness)
Mart Saar Latvade kõne (The Talk of the Branches)
Eduard Tubin Igatsus (Longing)
Mart Saar Tuule hõlmas, luule hõlmas (In the arms of the wind, in the arms of the poetry)
Puccini O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca S.161/5
Verdi Saper vorreste (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Granados Mira que soy niña (Canciones Amatorias)
Debussy La soirée dans Grenade (Estampes)
Granados Iban al pinar (Canciones Amatorias)
Johann Strauss II Mein Herr Marquis (Die Fledermaus)
City Music Society is delighted to collaborate with the Estonian Embassy in presenting this special extra concert during the Young Artists Series to mark the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Estonian soprano Mirjam Mesak recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class Honours Degree. She is continuing her studies on the Artist Masters Programme of the Guildhall School, under the tutelage of Professor Rudolf Piernay. Kristiina Rokashevich began piano lessons in Tallinn Music High School with teachers Ell Saviauk and Marko Martin and later she continued her education at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In September 2010 Kristiina moved to London to study with Professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
 
Supported by The Embassy of the Republic of Estonia

Friday, 24th February 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
ENGLISH YOUNG ARTISTS' SINFONIA
Robert Pepper conductor
Elgar Serenade for Strings Op.20
Grieg Holberg Suite Op.40
Holst St Paul's Suite Op.29 No.2
Growing out of the English Schools' Orchestra, founded by Robert Pepper in 1994, the EYAS is made up of outstanding instrumentalists, graduates of the ESO and many now pursuing professional careers in music.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
RUISI QUARTET
Alessandro Ruisi violin
Guy Button violin
Asher Zaccardelli viola
Max Ruisi cello
Haydn Quartet No. 11 in D minor Op. 9 No. 4 Hob.III:22
Ravel Quartet in F
Winners of The Royal Philharmonic Society's Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Prize, and YCAT finalists in 2015, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading British quartets of its generation, delivering performances that are 'strikingly immediate, committed and direct' (Chichester Observer, 2014). Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe, including leading venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and King's Place.
 
Presented with the support of The Royal Philharmonic Society

Friday, 10th March 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
RCM WIND ENSEMBLE
Simon Channing director
Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves
Francaix 9 Pieces Caractéristiques
Mozart Serenade in E flat K 375
Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles, the Royal College of Music brings its Wind Ensemble for its annual concert for the Society.

Friday, 17th March 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
TRINITY LABAN STRING ENSEMBLE
Nic Pendelbury director
Ofer Falk violin
 
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major Op.4
J S Bach Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
From its base in Greenwich, the senior string ensemble of Trinity Laban Conservatoire brings two of the most popular works in the repertoire, with Ofer Falk, associate professor at TLC, soloist in the joyous, poignant and exuberant Bach concerto.

Friday, 24th March 2017, at 13:05 [YAS]
Ashley Fripp piano
Mozart Sonata No. 9 in D major K 311
Liszt Sposalizio (The Marriage of the Virgin) from 'Années de Pèlerinage - Deuxième Année: Italie' S 161
Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit
British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls. He has won several national and international competitions and awards, including the Guildhall School Gold Medal and The Prince's Prize of The Musicians' Company.

For further information about these concerts please contact
citymusicsociety@btopenworld.com

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