Simon is delighted to join Bristol Symphony orchestra, conducted by William Goodchild, in Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1, op.11, E minor in the peaceful surrounds of St Mary Redcliffe Church on Saturday 22 April at 7.30pm. The concert is in support of Age UK Bristol.

On Thursday 25 March, Katie is delighted to direct London Concertante, one of the UK’s finest Chamber Ensembles, in a programme of baroque masterpieces, including Vivaldi’s magnificent Four Seasons in the stunning, candlelit setting of Coventry Cathedral.

“……són and I are therefore particularly delighted to be sharing the stage with David Owen Norris at Turner Sims, Southampton on 4 June – only 2 days after Elgar’s 160th birthday – for “Elgar Unwrapped”, where we pull apart both the Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance No. 4, in a new orchestration by George Morton. Sharing the stage with someone as extraordinary as David Owen Norris is always a joy. His energy is contagious, and we bounce ideas off one another all the time. David is one of the UK’s great Elgar-specialists, and as we work on this project together, I’m eager to delve into what makes the great composer tick – emotionally, musically, as well as searching for the source of that deep Elgarian melancholy. We’re also working on a short film about the project, which includes our discussions about Elgar, the enigma we plan to unwrap, and where our musical journey might lead us.”

Complete programme for Sunday 19th March at 7.30pm at the Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9EU:

Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 2
Debussy Images

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Later this month Callaghan performs Tchaikovsky’s colourful and explosive Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor with the London Phoenix Orchestra, in their Spring Concert at St John’s Smith Square on the evening of Thursday 23 March.

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Directed by Augustin Peson and set in Paris, the film portrays the duo performing Piazzolla’s Tango Suite

The ‘Radio 3 in Concert’ broadcast of the complete concert, in which Timothy Orpen performed the Finzi Clarinet Concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, is available here.   It will be available until the end of March. You can also hear their rather fabulous encore!

The Ferio Saxophone Quartet perform ‘Best of British’ on Sunday 23 April at 3.00pm at St John’s Smith Square, London, as part of their St John’s Young Artists’ Scheme Award. Featuring works by Edward Elgar, Gary Carpenter, Michael Nyman and Will Gregory, their programme opens with William Byrd’s Ave Verum Coprus, considered by many to be Byrd’s finest work.

‘Best of British’ also features two world premieres:

Rachel Roberts, one of Europe’s leading violists, performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician. Rachel has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi and Andras Schiff, performing concertos with the Kolnphilharmonie and the Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland, amongst others.

Naxos released the first of two volumes of Bach’s English Suites, transcribed by the Montenegrin Guitar Duo for two guitars, in 2015; this unique project – to transcribe and record the complete set of English Suites BWV 806 – has received excellent reviews. You can hear a few excerpts here:

We are thrilled to announce that Ferio Saxophone Quartet has signed with Chandos Records to record the ensemble’s debut commercial CD!

Following on from his BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week recordings of piano solo works by Sterndale Bennett, broadcast in April 2016, Takenouchi was delighted to be invited to contribute to Radio 3’s examination of the work and life of Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935). We will hear Hiroaki Takenouchi playing Mackenzie’s Valse sérieuse (Trois Morceaux, Op 15 No 1) during Monday’s programme; on Friday 10th February his recording of Revery and Ariel  (Varying Moods, Op 88) will be broadcast.

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff. A regular performer at St John’s Smith Square, Simon is really looking forward to performing Tchaikovsky’s colourful and explosive Piano Concerto No. 1 with the London Phoenix Orchestra.

Wed 1st March at 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square,
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