Concerts

Jun
11
Mon
RAF Centenary Concert @ Barbican Concert Hall
7:30 pm

London Concert Choir celebrates the RAF’s 100th Anniversary with a new work by Roderick Williams and music by British composers of the last 100 years, including Parry, Walton and Britten.

Jun
15
Fri
A Britten Celebration with BBC Singers @ Southwark Cathedral
7:30 pm

Experience the dramatic biblical tale of Noah’s Ark, brought to life in the stunning setting of Southwark Cathedral. Feel uplifted by a very special performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in the place where it received its London premiere.

Hear legendary entertainer and original cast member Michael Crawford in the speaking role of the Voice of God, plus amateur instrumentalists depicting animals and nature through magical musical effects under conductor Martyn Brabbins. See members of Finchley Children’s Music Group, founded by Britten especially for this one-act community opera, represent the pairs of animals that joined Noah and his wife in the ark.

Enjoy the glorious choral sound of the BBC Singers performing Britten’s quirky cantata Rejoice in the lamb and Sacred and Profane, eight medieval lyrics that explore the theme of mortality and dates from towards the end of Britten’s life.

 

Michael Crawford – Speaker

Jamie W. Hall – Mr Noah

Jessica Gillingwater – Mrs Noah

Richard Pearce – Organist

Martyn Brabbins – Conductor

Finchley Children’s Music Group

BBC Singers

Aug
2
Thu
BBC Prom 25: The Nutcracker with BBC Symphony Orchestra @ Royal Albert Hall
7:00 pm

Glinka – Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No. 2)

Joby Talbot – Guitar Concerto

Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker Act 1


Miloš Karadaglić – Guitar

Finchley Children’s Music Group

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov – Conductor

Nov
10
Sat
The Silver Tassie with BBC Symphony Orchestra @ Barbican Concert Hall
7:00 pm

Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play The Silver Tassie pries open the wound of the First World War and peers unblinkingly into its horrifying depths. The futility of war and its painful human cost is conveyed with even greater intensity in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s beautifully crafted operatic adaptation, which explores what happens when young, football-mad Irishman Harry comes back from the war in a wheelchair.

An all-star British cast has been assembled for this first UK revival of the opera since its 2000 premiere, including John Tomlinson, Susan Bickley, Sally Matthews and Louise Alder, with rising young baritone Ashley Riches as Harry. The performance will be conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.

 

Ashley Riches – Harry
Sally Matthews – Susie
Sir John Tomlinson – Croucher
Claire Booth – Mrs Foran
Marcus Farnsworth – Teddy
Charles Rice – Barney
Louise Alder – Jessie
Susan Bickley – Mrs Heegan
Mark Le Brocq – Sylvester
Anthony Gregory – Dr Maxwell/Staff Officer
Andrew Rupp – Corporal
BBC Singers
Finchley Children’s Music Group

 

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth – Conductor
Nov
16
Fri
Britten’s War Requiem with English National Opera @ London Coliseum
7:30 pm

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbinsconducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’scontemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

Nov
22
Thu
Britten’s War Requiem with English National Opera @ London Coliseum
7:30 pm

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbinsconducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’scontemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

Nov
27
Tue
Britten’s War Requiem with English National Opera @ London Coliseum
7:30 pm

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbinsconducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’scontemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

Nov
29
Thu
Britten’s War Requiem with English National Opera @ London Coliseum
7:30 pm

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbinsconducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’scontemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

Dec
4
Tue
Britten’s War Requiem with English National Opera @ London Coliseum
7:30 pm

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbinsconducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’scontemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

Dec
7
Fri
Britten’s War Requiem with English National Opera @ London Coliseum
7:30 pm

War Requiem is one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century. Benjamin Britten juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass. The result is a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

Joining the production team as designer and making his ENO debut is the Turner Prize-winning artist and designer Wolfgang Tillmans. ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbinsconducts this new production created to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer’scontemporary staging seeks to examine and process the grief of the incomprehensible loss of life from wars past and present, offering us all a hope for the future.

War Requiem is performed by the combined forces of an 80-strong chorus, a children’s choir of 40 from Finchley Children’s Music Group, the full ENO Orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and three soloists.

Dec
9
Sun
FCMG Family Carols Concert @ All Hallows Church
Time TBC