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01-04/16 January - April 2016 EVENTS AND PERFORMANCE P09 P13 P46 P42 P20 P44 P30 P21 P17 P06 P37 P33 P32 P22 P27 P47 Sat 09 Sun 10 Jan STRINGS FESTIVAL The Strings Festival is a major event in the College
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01-04/16 January - April 2016 EVENTS AND PERFORMANCE P09 P13 P46 P42 P20 P44 P30 P21 P17 P06 P37 P33 P32 P22 P27 P47 Sat 09 Sun 10 Jan STRINGS FESTIVAL The Strings Festival is a major event in the College s calendar - a chance to see every single string student perform at some point over the weekend plus a showcase for internationally renowned artists who also happen to be our staff! We ve programmed 48 hours of incredible events from performances to masterclasses to workshops to appeal to string players and music lovers alike. On Saturday afternoon, the s Haworth International Chair in Cello Miklós Perényi performs Kodály s Cello Sonata and the Festival s closing Gala ends with a performance of Brahms Double Concerto performed by Alexander Sitkovetsky and Leonard Elschenbroich. This Festival is a true celebration and a manifestation of how passionate we are about the music to be explored over the weekend by our students and special guests and we look forward to welcoming you to share this experience. For full details, please see Sun 10 Jan 7pm EVENING GALA CONCERT Joseph Lauber Quartet for Double Basses Gustav Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No 5 Anton Bruckner (arr Stadlmair) Adagio from String Quintet in F major Johannes Brahms Double Concerto in A minor Op 102 Henk Guittart, Alpesh Chauhan conductors Alexander Sitkovetsky violin Leonard Elschenbroich cello Jiří Hudec, Ronan Dunne, Toby Hughes, Roberto Carrillo-Garcia double basses Tickets 15 Full Weekend Ticket 40 Saturday/Sunday Day Tickets 25 Student/Under 18s 10 per day Mon 11 Jan STRING ORCHESTRA Johannes Brahms (arr Hudec) String Sextet No 2 in G major Op 36 Pavel Fischer director Wed 13 Jan BAROQUE SOLOISTS Programme to include: Vocal chamber duets by George Frideric Handel and Agostino Steffani Trio Sonata by Arcangelo Corelli Songs by Alessandro Scarlatti Roger Hamilton director Tickets 10 Thu 14 Jan SAXOPHONE ORCHESTRA Rob Buckland, Andy Scott directors The Saxophone Orchestra performs an engaging programme displaying the incredible versatility of the saxophone family. What better way to celebrate the start of the year than with a festival of music for strings across ages, across styles and across genres? From harps and guitars to double-basses, from students playing alongside staff to alumni celebrities returning to perform at the College, and from masterclasses and workshops to a wonderful gala concert, this will be a lush yet fiery weekend! Dr Michelle Castelletti, Artistic Director Thu 14 Jan DIVERSO STRING QUARTET INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DIPLOMA RECITAL W A Mozart String Quartet in G major K 387 Leoš Janáček String Quartet No 1 Kreutzer Sonata Franz Schubert String Quartet in D minor D 810 Death and the Maiden This is the first of five International Artist Diploma recitals taking place this season. See pages 7, 16, 23 and 45 for details of the other events in this series. The Diverso String Quartet is also performing at our Chamber Music Festival in March. See p30-31 for details. Tickets 10 Fri 15 Jan WIND ORCHESTRA THE MUSIC OF ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT Music to include: Robert Russell Bennett Autobiography (Part One & Part Two); Down to the Sea in Ships; Suite of Old American Dances; Symphonic Songs for Band Clark Rundell, Mark Heron, Sam Hairsine, Matt Weites conductors Tickets 10 Mon 18 Jan MONDAY RECITAL SERIES Joseph Haydn Piano Sonata in A flat major XVI:46 Emily Hooker piano Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis Francis Poulenc Le Bestiaire Lara Rebekah Harvey mezzo-soprano Rachel Fright piano Tue 19 Jan ALEXANDRA DARIESCU (piano) Felix Mendelssohn Variations sérieuses in D minor Op 54 Gabriel Fauré 3 Préludes Op 103 Frédéric Chopin Prelude in C sharp minor Op 45 Karol Szymanowski 3 Preludes Op 1 Frédéric Chopin Polonaise in A flat major Op 53 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr Pletnev) Nutcracker Suite Frédéric Chopin Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31 From the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall, alumna Alexandra Dariescu, recently named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career by International Piano Magazine, has impressed audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence. Named BBC Music Magazine s Rising Star in 2011, Alexandra graduated from the in 2008 and went on to become the first pianist mentored by Imogen Cooper on the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. We re delighted to welcome her back for the first of our 2016 guest artist piano recitals. On 10 Mar Angela Hewitt visits the (see p36) and on 21 May, Richard Goode returns for an evening of Schubert. Tickets pm SPOTLIGHT Tula Flutes Music for four flutes Wed 20, Fri 22, Wed 27 Jan, Wed 03 Feb 6pm OPERA SCENES singers further their on-stage experience in these performances of excerpts drawn from a wide variety of operas. Thu 21 Jan GUITARS Music to include: Leo Brouwer Cuban Landscape with Rumba for guitar ensemble Paulo Bellinati Baiao de Gude for guitar trio Manuel de Falla La vida breve for guitar and cello Craig Ogden director Thu 21 Jan TOBY HUGHES (double bass) BENJAMIN POWELL (piano) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DIPLOMA RECITAL Programme to include: Giovanni Bottesini Gran Duo Concertante Vilmos Montag Sonata in E minor César Franck Sonata in A major This is the second of five International Artist Diploma recitals taking place this season. See pages 5, 16, 23 and 45 for details of the other events in this series. Toby Hughes will also be performing Joseph Lauber s Quartet for Double Basses alongside Jiří Hudec, Ronan Dunne and Roberto Carrillo-Garcia in the closing Gala of the Strings Festival on 10 Jan and will guest with the Chamber Orchestra on 18 Mar. See p4 and p41 respectively for details. Tickets 10 Fri 22 Jan SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Gary Carpenter The Listening Project Symphony Alfred Schnittke Viola Concerto Igor Stravinsky Petrushka Clark Rundell, Manoj Kamps conductors Kimi Makino viola To launch New Music North West 2016, we ve put together three fascinating works. Tutor in Composition, Gary Carpenter s The Listening Project Symphony was originally commissioned as a spin-off from the BBC and the British Library s Listening Project. It is designed to be played alongside a collage of conversations between people discussing things they had always wanted to, but never had, so it s often highly emotional subject matter. Also featured is Alfred Schnittke s Viola Concerto - a piece written for Yuri Bashmet in 1985 that actually has the musician s name encoded in musical letters into the score - to be played by alumna Kimi Makino, plus the Petrushka suite from Stravinsky s 1911 ballet. Tickets 17 14 NMNW HIGHLIGHTS Sat 23 Jan 8pm Studio Theatre THE VONNEGUT COLLECTIVE This chamber ensemble challenges conventional ideas about notation and invites improvisation, including works by Cornelius Cardew, Anton Hunter and Tullis Rennie. Mon 25 Jan 7pm Studio Theatre MYSTERIOUS 44 (world première) Kevin Malone composer/librettist Caroline Clegg director Based on Mark Twain s Mysterious Stranger stories, this new opera raises issues of humanism, Fri 22 Fri 29 Jan NEW MUSIC NORTH WEST Unbelievably, two years have now passed and it s time for our biennial festival of contemporary music, New Music North West. And we re about to embark on a monumental event! This year, NMNW spans eight days, there are over 30 individual events taking place in multiple venues and over 100 living North West composers are represented. The opening weekend (a festival within a festival if you like) is curated by composer Larry Goves and includes diverse responses to Manchester-based bands including New Order and The Chemical Brothers, pieces exploring notation and performer freedom, pieces exploring scale and perception of time in music (with works ranging from 30 seconds to a 4.5 hour long video installation) and performances by The Vonnegut Collective, Trio Atem, Solem Quartet and Esther Swift. And from Monday onwards, there is a major focus on Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who will be in residence in Manchester for a few days, working with both and University of Manchester students. You ll be able to hear works by and UoM composers and there will be plenty of performances by ensembles from both institutions. There is a world première of Kevin Malone s opera Mysterious 44, plus appearances by House of Bedlam, ACM Ensemble, Distractfold, ddmmyy, Chetham s Contemporary Music Ensemble, plus Psappha and the BBC Philharmonic, who will also be performing works by and University of Manchester composers. So this really is an incredible showcase for North West talent and as NMNW Artistic Director Clark Rundell says: the fact that so many extraordinarily creative people live and work in our midst is a cause of huge celebration! For full details, please see peer pressure, superstition and individual responsibility. The cast of 15 singers are accompanied by a surround-sound electronic score, a specially recorded narration by Richard Dawkins and a singing computer. Originally commissioned by Manchester Opera Project with funds from Arts Council England, with support from the Ida Carroll Trust, University of Manchester and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Tickets 15, students 8 Tue 26 Jan Philharmonic Studio, MediaCityUK BBC PHILHARMONIC AND PSAPPHA The BBC Philharmonic performs new works by Robin Walker, Adam Gorb and students from the and University of Manchester, whilst Psappha round off the evening with works by James Wishart, Anthony Gilbert and Mark Simpson. Free admission, by ticket only. (Once open, ticket applications will be available at bbc.co.uk/ tickets and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.) Thu 28 Jan 5.30pm and 10pm HOUSE OF BEDLAM CHANGES AND NOSTALGIA The 5pm show explores ideas about transformation in music, with works by Larry Goves, Christian Winther Christensen, Elliot Carter and Ben Hackbarth. The later show looks at lo-fi electronic sound, nostalgia and memory, responding to music by David Fennessy, Max Matthews and Jon Robinson. Fri 29 Jan St Michael s, Ancoats PSAPPHA Psappha conclude NMNW in a performance at St Michael s in Ancoats, with music by Harrison Birtwistle, Joshua Brown, Leo Geyer, Daniel Kidane, Aaron Parker, Jack Sheen and Emma Wilde. Tickets from 5 Advanced tickets available from psappha.com Sat 23 Jan BIG BAND WITH RYAN QUIGLEY Mike Hall director Our first Big Band show of 2016 features brilliant jazz improviser Ryan Quigley. Ryan is jazz trumpet tutor and one of the directors of the Big Band at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Born in Derry, he started playing the trumpet at 11 and was brought up on a diet of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Maynard Ferguson (but more of that later ). As a gigging musician, he has toured and recorded with The Bad Plus, Tim Garland, Bob Geldof, Del Amitri and Sharleen Spiteri, to mention but a few. Ryan will be joining forces with the Big Band to play some of his own arrangements, including Ticket to Ride and Rockin Robin, plus a few tunes from the Maynard Ferguson library, including the epic MacArthur Park. By the way, there s another fabulous Big Band concert on 12 Mar when we welcome Clark Tracey to the venue to recreate his father s envelope-pushing album Alice in Jazzland. See p37 for details. Tickets Sun 24 Jan 12pm and 4pm SING-A-LONG-A- FROZEN This year we re launching a new Children s Sunday Series and we re doing it in style. If you re not familiar with the phenomenon that is Frozen, then you ve had your head in the sand for the last couple of years! So we re delighted to embrace the spirit of this massively popular film and offer our own take on Elsa, Olaf and company with two daytime performances of Sing-A-Long-A-Frozen. Suitable for ages five and upwards, come along dressed as your favourite character, have your face painted and Let it Go PS don t forget that we have our next Family Day on 20 Mar. See p42 for details. Tickets 10 No concessions Do you want to build a snowman? Mon 25 Jan MONDAY RECITAL SERIES Emily Howard Sky and Water for solo piano Edward Gregson Serenata Notturna for cello and piano David Ellis Two for Six Op 55 for saxophone quartet Simon Parkin Cellphone for cello and vibraphone Alan Williams Jazz Disasters for euphonium and piano This lunchtime concert is part of New Music North West. Read more about our contemporary music festival on p8-9. Mon 25 Jan MANCHESTER CHAMBER CONCERTS SOCIETY ALBAN GERHARDT (cello) ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT (piano) Samuel Barber Cello Sonata Op 6 Benjamin Britten Cello Sonata in C major Op 65 Lukas Foss Capriccio Leonard Bernstein Three Meditations from Mass George Gerswhin (arr Alban) Three Preludes Ástor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango Tickets 25, platform seats Promoted by MCCS 6.30pm PRE-CONCERT TALK Free admission, to ticket holders Tue 26 Jan PATTY GRIFFIN WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Patty Griffin is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. She has proved herself a writer of uncommon perception, with a genius for character-driven storytelling. On her latest album, Servant of Love, she brings that genius to bear in its overarching themes. She travels through different musical terrains - folk and blues, rock and jazz, ancient sounds and modern - and a sparse, organic quality persists. Patterns and recurrence weave throughout the album in small ways and large: the drone of open tunings, modal riffs and bluesy moves, images of nature. Tickets No concessions Promoted by Edge St Live The promotion of the art of our time is a constant priority for the. In the last six months we have welcomed Krzysztof Penderecki, Robert Saxton, and Brian Ferneyhough. Today we welcome alumnus Sir Harrison Birtwistle testament of our strong commitment to contemporary music. From 60sec works to an opera and a 4.5hr long installation, we have created our most exciting and contrasting NMNW to date. Dr Michelle Castelletti, Artistic Director Thu 28 Jan WIND ORCHESTRA Tom Harrold Acrid Lines (world première of new version) Harrison Birtwistle Panic Mark Heron, Matt Weites conductors Harry Fausing Smith saxophone This lunchtime concert is part of New Music North West and we re delighted to confirm that Panic will be performed in the presence of the composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Read more about our contemporary music festival on p8-9. Fri 29 Jan LOUISE WINTER (mezzosoprano) JOHN GOUGH (piano) STAFF RECITAL This is the first in a new series of staff recitals. The programme will include works by works by Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Poldowski, Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and Joan Trimble. See pages 23, 40 and 48 for details of the other events in this series. Fri 29 Sun 31 Jan BRASS BAND FESTIVAL The Brass Band Festival reaches its 26th year with a new name and a renewed focus on the finest music composed or arranged for brass band. Six of the foremost bands in the land will be joined by world-class soloists, an award-winning brass quartet, an ambitious youth band from Cheshire and outstanding student bands from the and the Junior. The Festival pays tribute to the creativity of John McCabe ( ), whose brass band works are among the most highly regarded in the brass band repertoire. A retrospective of the complete brass band music of Joseph Horovitz honours this distinguished composer and teacher in his 90th year. We celebrate the centenary of one of the Salvation Army s finest composers and arrangers, New Zealander Sir Dean Goffin, and mark the 70th birthday of Manchester-born composer Michael Ball. This year we also première new and recent work from Nigel Clarke, Simon Dobson, Gavin Higgins, Paul McGhee and Lucy Pankhurst as well as first performances from rising stars Jonathan Bates and Tom Davoren. We re very excited about this new chapter in the s brass banding history and look forward to welcoming you to these wonderful performances. For full details, please see Fri 29 Jan BLACK DYKE BAND Michael Ball An English Suite Bruce Broughton (arr Argente) Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale (world première of brass band arrangement) Joseph Horovitz Euphonium Concerto Philip Wilby Five Rivers, A Pastorale Symphony Jonathan Bates Panic on Pudding Lane (world première) Dean Goffin Rhapsody in Brass Simon Dobson Rampage (world première) Peter Graham Metropolis 1927 Nicholas Childs conductor Gary Curtin euphonium Katrina Marzella baritone Tickets Sat 30 Jan FODEN S BAND Benjamin Britten (arr Hindmarsh) King Arthur: Suite (world première of brass band version) Michael Ball Euphonium Concerto Joseph Horovitz Theme and Co-operation John Mackey Asphalt Cocktail (UK première) Andy Scott A Child like You Arthur Butterworth Odin From the Land of Fire and Ice Op 76 James Gourlay, Michael Fowles conductors David Thornton euphonium Anna-Clare Monk soprano Lauren Scott harp Tickets Sun 31 Jan 6.30pm GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND John McCabe Salamander Joseph Horovitz Concerto Classico Nigel Clarke Further Adventures of the Same (world première) Dean Goffin Rhapsodic Variations: My Strength, My Tower Eric Ball Sunset Rhapsody Michael Ball Whitsun Wakes Robert Childs conductor Roger Webster, Alexis D ly cornets This event is sponsored by Besson Tickets Full Weekend Ticket 98 Early Booking Discount 78 (full Weekend Ticket only, book by 18 December) Student/Under 18s Weekend Ticket 49 Saturday Day Ticket 44 Sunday Day Ticket 42 Mon 01 Feb MONDAY RECITAL SERIES J S Bach Partita in A minor BWV 1013 Paul Bonneau Caprice en forme de valse Ivan Alekhin flute Andrew Downes Meditations Op 38 Joseph Turrin Psalm from Two Portraits Louise Franks trumpet Wed 03 Feb PIANO DUO PRIZE Tonight s competition for piano duos is adjudicated by Martin Roscoe. Tickets 7 Thu 04 Feb CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Aaron Copland Old American Songs (Set 1) Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring (chamber version) Carlos Agreda, Edmon Levon, Chloe van Soeterstede conductors Tue 02 Feb THE FREDERIC COX AWARD FOR SINGING Come and hear the singing stars of tomorrow in the first of three major vocal competitions this year. The judging panel includes Richard Berkeley Steele. If you like this you might also enjoy the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize (24 Feb - see p26) and later in the year, the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss (7 Jun). Tickets 10 Thu 04 Feb JEREMY SO (piano) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DIPLOMA RECITAL Programme to include: Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major Op 110 György Ligeti Etudes Book 1 Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 8 in B flat major Op 84 This is the third of five International Artist Diploma recitals taking place this season. See pages 5, 7, 23 and 45 for details of the other events in this series. Tickets pm Studio Theatre SPOTLIGHT The Novus Brass Quartet Shostakovich, Barber and 7/8 Funk Neil Balfour, John Holland-Avery, Hollie-Anne Bangham, Xiang Ting, Juliet Montgomery singers Sat 06 Feb 10.30am Venues JUNIOR OPEN DAY An opportunity to visit the Junior, meet current staff, students and parents, and listen to the Juniors perform. For full details, contact the Junior on Sat 06 Feb 8pm ICARUS AT THE EDGE OF TIME BRIAN GREENE AND PHILIP GLASS A futuristic re-imagining of the classic Greek myth set in outer space, Icarus at the Edge of Time is based on a stunning book by the world-renowned theoretical physicist and Pulitzer Prize nominee Brian Greene. Featuring a spectacular science fiction film created and directed by AL and AL, with a brand new score by Philip Glass, this North West première is performed live by the BBC Philharmonic and conducted by alumnus Duncan Ward. Discover the boy who challenges the awesome power of a black hole and the unyielding forces of Einstein s theory of general relativity. Narrated live by Professor Brian Greene, the evening includes an additional companion score for piano, accompanying a screening of the recently restored Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon, 1902). Directed by film-making pioneer George Méliès, it is recognise
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