Concerts

Forthcoming Concerts in our Churches



There are two series of concerts running, organized by different bodies with similar names! Each series is marked with a different background, as follows:

City Music Foundation Concerts
City Music Society Concerts


All City Music Foundation Concerts take place in St Bartholomew the Less (through the Henry VIII Gate in the grounds of St Bartholomew's Hospital)
All City Music Society Concerts take place in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great



Wednesday, 16th January 2019 – 13:00 City Music Foundation Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Less
Ariana Kashefi – Cello

Ariana Kashefi

British cellist Ariana Kashefi gives the first recital of 2019, the first of two solo string recitals.

Ariana is in high demand as a soloist and chamber musician having performed in venues including Wigmore Hall and Pierre Boulez Saal.

Her programme includes works by J.S. Bach, Sibelius, Walton, and the great Catalan cellist, Pau Casals.

Ariana joined the CMF Artist Programme in September 2018.

Ariana is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship and recently completed her studies in Berlin with Professor Frans Helmerson. She is also a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a recipient of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists and a Talent Unlimited artist. In 2018 she was a prize winner in the International Rubinstein competition in Berlin and a finalist In the Pierre Fournier Award, which took place at Wigmore Hall in London. Ariana frequently performs as soloist with orchestras and this season includes concertos with the Narva Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), North London Symphony Orchestra, and the Janus Ensemble. As an orchestral musician, Ariana has also worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and has been invited on several tours with the Mahler Chamber orchestra.

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Thursday, 24th January 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

GUILDHALL WIND ENSEMBLE
Richard Benjafield director

Guildhall School Concert Hall
Mozart Serenade for 13 wind instruments in B flat K361 (Gran Partita)
City Music Society 75th Anniversary Concert
City Music Society presented its first concert on 4th January 1944, in the Guildhall School in its original home in John Carpenter Street. 75 years later, to celebrate our anniversary we present an outstanding wind ensemble from the Guildhall, playing Mozart's Gran Partita, first played in a benefit concert in Vienna in 1784. In one of the most remarkable works for winds ever written Mozart explores an extraordinary spectrum of emotions, enhanced by the glorious combination of the darkly-hued basset clarinets and four French horns.

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Thursday, 31st January 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

IGNIS TRIO
Enyuan Khong violin
Frederick Winterson cello
Felix Hong piano

Ignis Trio

Beethoven

Trio in B flat Op. 11 (Gassenhauer)
Brahms Trio in C Op. 87
Winners of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize, 2018

The Ignis Piano Trio won the 2018 Sutton Chamber Music Prize with an assured and dramatic performance of Rachmaninov's Trio Élégiaque. For our concert they bring Beethoven's early trio, originally for clarinet but now most often played by violin, and gaining its nickname from the third movement's popular melody, reputedly sung in the Vienna lanes or 'Gasse'.

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Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

Carmiel Boorsma piano

Camiel Boomsma
Schubert Sonata in B flat D960

Chopin

Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2

The Dutch-born pianist Carmiel Boorsma has already established himself as an international artist as much for his exploration of unusual repertoire as for his distinctive sound. His recordings of Wagner transcriptions received rave reviews from, amongst others, BBC Music Magazine and have been broadcast extensively throughout Europe.

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Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

EBLANA STRING TRIO
Jonathan Martindale violin
Lucy Nolan viola
Peggy Nolan cello

Eblana
Finzi Prelude and Fugue Op. 24

Sally Beamish

The King's Alchemist

Beethoven

Trio in G Op. 9 No. 1

Formed in 2006, the Eblana String Trio performs regularly for music societies and festivals throughout the UK and beyond, constantly winning praise from audiences and critics alike for the depth and insight of their performances. Featured artists in the City Music Foundation programme, the Trio is intent on performing the often-neglected string trio repertoire and their programme reflects this interest in their combination of one of Beethoven's great early works with Finzi's piquant exercise in counterpoint and Sally Beamish's vivid description of the Scottish King James IV's alchemist.

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Wednesday, 20th February 2019 – 13:00 City Music Foundation Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Less
Emily Sun – Violin

Emily Sun

Australian violinist Emily Sun gives the second of two solo string recitals with a programme including works by J.S. Bach, Ysa˙e & Paganini.

Equally at home in recital and in front of an orchestra, Emily Sun was the winner of the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award, which will see her perform concertos with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the coming seasons.

Emily joined the CMF Artist Programme in September 2018.

Equally at home in recital and in front of an orchestra, Australian violinist Emily Sun was the winner of the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award, which will see her perform concertos with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the coming seasons. Having begun her studies in Australia with Robin Wilson, Emily moved to London in 2011 to attend the Royal College of Music, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky. In the UK, Emily has been awarded the Gold Medal at the 2016 ROSL and 2017 Bromsgrove International competitions and selected as a Young Concert Artist for The Tillett Trust, Making Music UK, and The Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Performance highlights include Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor with Maxim Vengerov in Buckingham Palace for the 2017 Royal Gala hosted by HRH Prince of Wales, as well as recitals at Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, Tel Aviv Opera, Auditorium du Louvre, and Wigmore Hall. She is also an Artist-in-Residence at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, where she is mentored by Augustin Dumay.

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Thursday, 21st February 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great
MARMEN QUARTET
Johannes Marmen violin
Ricky Gore violin
Joshua Hayward viola
Steffan Morris cello
Marmen Quartet
Haydn Quartet in B flat Op.50 No. 1
Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor Op. 80
This concert is presented in memory of Eric Falk, a former Vice-Chairman of City Music Society
Winners of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, the Marmen Quartet has enjoyed extensive success. The Musicians' Company has awarded them a Wigmore Hall concert in July 2019, they were 2017 Selected Artists with Making Music, and The Royal Philharmonic Society awarded them their Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize. They now hold the String Quartet Fellowship at the Guildhall School. Mendelssohn's last major piece, a 'requiem' for his sister Fanny, was described by Julius Benedict as a piece of 'poetic melancholy' and 'a masterly and eloquent composition'.
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Thursday, 28th February 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

RCM WIND ENSEMBLE
Simon Channing director

 RCM Wind Ensemble

Taffanel

Wind Quintet
D'Indy Chanson et Danses Op. 50

Mozart

Serenade No. 12 in C minor K388
Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles, the Royal College of Music brings its Wind Ensemble for its annual concert for the Society. Two delightful, tuneful French Romantic compositions complement the classical elegance of Mozart's ominous, dark-hued serenade, not for nothing called 'Nacht musique' by the composer.

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Thursday, 7th March 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

ENGLISH YOUNG ARTISTS' SINFONIA
Robert Pepper conductor
Ben Marshall oboe

Robert Pepper Ben Marshall

Vaughan Williams

Concerto in A minor for oboe and strings

Leclair

Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550
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. Guildhall graduate Ben Marshall is soloist in Vaughan Williams' beautiful concerto while the young players of the EYAS will relish the intense, unconventional and inspired music of Mozart's penultimate symphony.

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Thursday, 14th March 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

TRINITY LABAN STRING ENSEMBLE
Nic Pendlebury director

Nic Pendlebury

Sally Beamish

Variations on a theme of Benjamin Britten

Britten

Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10
From its base in Greenwich, the senior string ensemble of Trinity Laban Conservatoire brings works linked by the name of Benjamin Britten. Inspired by hearing Britten's Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, and, as a violist, performing in the Frank Bridge Variations, Sally Beamish has created a homage of real imagination, full of echoes of Britten's dance-form tribute to his own teacher.

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Wednesday, 20th March 2019 – 13:00 City Music Foundation Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Less
Toby Hughes – Double Bass

Toby Hughes

Double bassist Toby Hughes is joined by a leading young cellist for a recital of works for double bass/cello duo, as well as music for solo double bass.

The duo will perform two works by prolific Czech composer Zdenek Lukáš (1928-2007) and alone, Toby Hughes will perform a solo work by Luciano Berio, amongst others.

Toby joined the CMF Artist Programme in September 2018.

Toby Hughes is one of the UK’s leading double bass soloists. A true virtuoso, Toby has exceeded the perceived limitations of his instrument by being the first double bassist to win the Bromsgrove International Music Competition, the ROSL string section final, and the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition.

He has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and St Martin in the Fields, and he regularly plays with the renowned 12 Ensemble. This year he looks forward to further recitals at St Martin in the Fields, Wiltshire Music Centre, and a concerto with Chandos Symphony Orchestra.

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Thursday, 21st March 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

Ming Xie piano

Ming Xie

Rameau

Nouvelle Suite
Beehoven Sonata in Op. 31 No. 3

Glazunov

Sonata No. 1
Described by the legendary Martha Argerich as 'phenomenal', the young Chinese pianist Ming Xie is quickly established himself as one of classical music's rising stars. A distinctive and enterprising artist, Ming has played with the Marinsky orchestra under Valery Gergiev and has completed an Oceania recital tour and concerts in New York, Bogota and Panama City. Awarded The Musicians' Company Silver Medal in 2017 for his outstanding achievements as a student at the Guildhall School, Ming will appear at the Wigmore Hall for a second time in the 2018/19 season.

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Thursday, 28th March 2019 at 13:05 – City Music Society Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great

THE CHOIR OF ROYAL HOLLOWAY
Rupert Gough conductor

Royal Holloway Choir
Songs of Springtime - an 'eve-of-Brexit' programme of music by British and other European composers
The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in the country. The 24 choral scholars that constitute the College's Chapel Choir undertake a busy schedule of services, concerts and tours and have recorded for Hyperion Records. This concert heralds a new recording featuring works by Ben Parry.

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Wednesday, 17th April 2019 – 13:00 City Music Foundation Lunchtime Concert – in St Bartholomew the Less
Bartosz Glowacki – Accordion

Bartosz Glowacki

Polish accordionist Bartosz Glowacki concludes our 2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bart’s the Less with a programme including works both written and arranged for solo accordion by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Penderecki & Piazzolla.

Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists hailed for creating “a poignant and distinctive sound world” (The Observer).

Bartosz joined the CMF Artist Programme in 2015.

Bartosz Glowacki has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Salle Cortot. He has premiered compositions by Luke Bedford, Richard Causton, and Diana Burrell, and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as Nigel Kennedy and Trevor Pinnock.

Bartosz is also extremely active as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Deco Ensemble, which has been described as “one of the UK’s foremost tango quintets” (The Daily Telegraph). Bartosz has also worked with institutions such as The Royal Opera House, London Sinfonietta, and Sinfonia Varsovia.

Born in Poland, Bartosz won Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009. After studying at the National School of Music, he moved to London and, in 2015, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first-class diploma and the Regency Award.

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Thursday, 2nd May 2019 – 19:30 City Music Foundation Concert – in St Bartholomew the Great
Rokas Valuntonis – Piano

Rokas Valuntonis

“We have a major new talent in our midst” – Christopher Axworthy

Fresh his victory at the 2018 Campillos International Piano Competition, Rokas Valuntonis presents an eclectic solo recital at the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great.

His programme ranges from the light-fingered Baroque sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti to muscular Romantic works by Schumann and Liszt, as well as impressionistic works by Scriabin and Debussy.

Rokas Valuntonis is a Lithuanian pianist now based in London. He is a prize winner of more than 20 international piano competitions and has performed throughout Europe and in Japan.

Rokas Valuntonis joined the CMF Artist Programme in September 2017.


Programme:

Tchaikovsky Dumka in C minor, Op. 59
Chopin Four Mazurkas, Op. 6
Schumann Symphonic Etudes, Op.13

Interval Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor ‘Sonata-Fantasy’, Op 19
D. Scarlatti Sonata in C major, K487; Sonata in G minor, K8; Sonata in G major, K79
Debussy Images, Book 1
Liszt Mephisto Waltz No.1 ‘The Dance in the Village Inn’


Rokas Valuntonis began his formal training at the Panėvežys Conservatory of Music, before studying at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts and the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. He subsequently left Lithuania to continue his development, first at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and then with renowned pianist Eugen Indjic in Paris. He also received masterclasses from Jerome Lowenthal, Konstantin Papadaki, Denis Pascal, Petras Geniušas, and Mūza Rubackytė, and as of 2015, Rokas was invited to give an annual masterclass himself in Portugal.

Valuntonis has performed in all the major Lithuanian concert halls, as well as with orchestras such as the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Lund Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors including Olivier Grangean, Juozas Domarkas, and Vidmantas Kapučinskas. He has also performed in many other Baltic Countries, as well as in Spain, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, German, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, and Japan.

Amongst many competition awards, Valuntonis has won First Prize at Campillos International Piano Competition in Spain (2018), the Nordic Piano Competition in Malmö, Sweden (2010), and the International Music Competition “Societa Umanitaria” in Milan, Italy (2013).

For his achievements Valuntonis has been rewarded by the prestigious Queen Morta Award as well as acknowledgements by two Lithuanian Presidents.

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