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UPCOMING EVENTS

PAST EVENTS

Dec 13, 2019

06:30PM

12 Days till Christmas

Ealing Common Choir and Orpheus Sinfonia
Come and Listen!
Come and Sing!
From Handel to Hark the Herald

Listen to Buxtehude, Victoria, Handel, Tavener
Sing Carols and Christmas favourites

 

St Matthews Church, 7 North Common Rd, W5 2QA, London
£12 includes a mulled wine and mince pie
16 and under free!

Dec 10, 2019

07:30PM

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Mahler & Rachmaninov

BSO performing Mahler's formidable Symphony No.1 'Titan' and the brilliant pianist Vadym Kholodenko playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2

Piano: Vadym Kholodenko

Conductor: James Feddek

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG, United Kingdom

Nov 30, 2019

03:00PM

Asterakia Christmassy Concert

Come and join us on the 1st of December at 15:00 at East Barnet High School for our Christmassy Concert! Asterakia is collaborating with great musicians from the Rebetiko Carnival.
With a fun storyline and live musical instruments, we will get ready for Christmas. After the concert we will have a Christmas Bazar.

The doors will open at 14:45.

Parking available.

 

East Barnet School, Chestnut Grove, London, EN4 8PU
Adults: £10, Child: £8, Child under 1: Free

 

Nov 30, 2019

7.30PM

The Snowman/ Nutcracker - The British Museum - Concordia Foundation

Enjoy The Snowman as never before when this magical Christmas classic comes to the Museum’s iconic Great Court. This heart-warming story will be accompanied by a live chamber orchestra and soloists from the Concordia Foundation and specially lit to surround you in a wintry snowstorm, for a truly unforgettable evening. With much-loved classics such as Walking in the Air, you and the whole family can immerse yourselves in this animation masterpiece.

Your evening will begin in the Enlightenment Gallery (Room 1), where you will enjoy live music performances and festive treats such as mulled cider and mince pies before entering the Great Court for the main performance. The orchestra will get you into the Christmas spirit with a selection of classics from the famous Nutcracker before the film and live soundtrack begin.

The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Nov 29, 2019

7.30PM and 9.00PM

The Snowman/ Nutcracker - The British Museum - Concordia Foundation

Enjoy The Snowman as never before when this magical Christmas classic comes to the Museum’s iconic Great Court. This heart-warming story will be accompanied by a live chamber orchestra and soloists from the Concordia Foundation and specially lit to surround you in a wintry snowstorm, for a truly unforgettable evening. With much-loved classics such as Walking in the Air, you and the whole family can immerse yourselves in this animation masterpiece.

Your evening will begin in the Enlightenment Gallery (Room 1), where you will enjoy live music performances and festive treats such as mulled cider and mince pies before entering the Great Court for the main performance. The orchestra will get you into the Christmas spirit with a selection of classics from the famous Nutcracker before the film and live soundtrack begin.

The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Nov 16, 2019

12:00

Rebetiko's Journey: From Greece to the World

Join us for a day of workshops, exhibitions and concerts mapping the journey of rebetiko via the ports of the world. Get on board the adventure of this treasured Greek music, as it journeys from its beginnings in Smyrna and Peiraias gradually spreading to the Americas and the rest of the world, absorbing the rich elements of different musical cultures and making it its own.

Schedule:
12:00 - 15:00 - Workshop for musicians (Foyer)
17:00 - 18:15 - concert 1 - including talk before or after (Auditorium)
18:15 - 18:45 - BREAK
18:45 - 20:30 - concert 2 - including talk before or after (Auditorium)
20:45 - 21:45 - drinks and live session (Foyer.)

Tickets:
Workshop - £5
Concert - £15 / £12 conc.
Talk - free
Concert - £15 / £12 conc.
Live acoustic Rebetiko jam session in the bar - free

The day will consist of:

1) Creating a Rebetiko band for amateur musicians! A 3 hour workshop given by Spiros Bolovinis and Pavlos Carvalho on rebetiko music. Mainly playing for everyone, not talking! This will be appropriate for experienced amateur instrumentalists and singers, as well as people who have just started and can only play open strings. We will find an important role for everyone and together form a big band of rebetiko musicians. Together with you, who take part, we will put together a set list of your favourite rebetika songs, chosen by the participants. We will work at melodic lines, how to support the singers, improvisations and how to structure them as well as harmonising with second and third voicings for those who are more advanced. All done on the spirit of an open jam session. This will end in an acoustic performance at the end of the day in the foyer and bar area of the Cockpit Theatre after Plastikes Karekles’ performance in the main auditorium.

2) Two performances (afternoon and evening) by Plastikes Karekles. Two different programmes of songs that show the exciting journey of rebetiko and how it developed from it’s early days through to the 50s.

Plastikes Karekles: Manolis Taouxis-bouzouki/voice, Michalis Iskas-violin, Maria Tsirodimitri-guitar/voice , Marina Deligianni-voice/hand-held percussion, Spiros Bolovinis-baglama/voice, Pavlos Carvalho-bouzouki/voice

3) An all day exhibition of instruments by one of Greece’s greatest instrument makers, Christos Spourdalakis. Here you will have the opportunity to try instruments and if you like even buy them!

4) A short talk on the music being performed by Plastikes Karekles.

Do join us for what will be a really fun, exciting, informative and interactive day for people of all nationalities and all ages. If you love music of the world, whether you are a seasoned connoisseur of rebetiko or you are just discovering Greek music and it’s treasures, this day is not to be missed.

Nov 14, 2019

7:30PM

Astor Piazzolla 'Maestro del Tango'

A.Piazzolla - Le grand Tango for viola and bandoneon

E.Granados - Orientale, Andaluza (viola and accordion)

A.Piazzolla - Double Concerto for guitar, bandoneon and strings

A.Piazzolla - Estaciones Porteñas (Winter, Spring)

The musicians:

George Zacharias (violin)

Victoria Zora (violin)

Michael Iskas (viola)

Sarah Carvalho Dubost (cello)

Dimitris Soukaras (guitar)

Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade (accordion)

Hara Kostogianni (piano)

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Cross & St. Michael, Golders Green Rd, Golders Green, London NW11 8HL, United Kingdom

Nov 08, 2019

10:30AM

Wigmore Hall Family Day: Journey to the Moon

Find your space boots and get ready for a musical adventure to the moon! To celebrate 50 years since the first moon landing, families are invited to join professional musicians and artists in this interactive day of workshops. You can expect singing, prop-making, movement and drama, so come prepared for an energetic day!

Wigmore Hall is proud to meet the Family Arts Standards reflecting its commitment to offering family-friendly events and spaces.

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP, United Kingdom

Nov 01, 2019

07:30PM

Hampstead Arts Festival - The Dream of Gerontius - Orpheus Sinfonia

This performance of Elgar's masterpiece is made possible by a grant from the Hampstead Church Music Trust and is presented in association with the Friends of the Music.. Aidan Coburn makes his role debut as Gerontius, and contralto Jessica Dandy appears as the Angel, together with the choirs of Emmanuel and Fitzwilliam Colleges, Cambridge, Colla Voce Singers, and Orpheus Sinfonia.

Choirs of Emmanuel & Fitzwilliam Colleges

Colla Voce Singers

Aidan Coburn: Tenor

Jessica Dandy: Contralto

Orpheus Sinfonia

Conductor: Peter Foggit

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, London NW3 6UU, United Kingdom

Oct 28, 2019

01:10PM

Diphonon Duo Lunchtime Recital at St. Clement Danes

Delighted to invite you to our Lunchtime Recital at St Clement Danes. Please come to enjoy some beautiful music!

 

Central Church of the Royal Air Force, Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1DH

Concert is not ticketed; entry is free

Oct 16, 2019

07:30PM

Oxford Philharmonic - Music & Maths

DEBUSSY        

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86

STRAVINSKY        

Symphony in Three Movements

BARTÓK        

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, BB 114

Marcus du Sautoy presenter

Marios Papadopoulos conductor

University of Oxford Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science Marcus du Sautoy returns for our second exploration of Music and Maths, this time exploring 20th century works in which numbers can enlighten the notes. Balance and geometry were vital tools for Igor Stravinsky, whose Symphony in Three movements is a work of utter mathematical sense in which Stravinsky uses symmetry to create new harmonic structures. But the mathematics doesn’t stop there, as du Sautoy, Papadopoulos and the Orchestra turn their analytical gaze towards haunting Bartók and impressionistic Debussy.

The concert is scheduled to end at approximately 22:10

Saffron Hall, Audley End Rd, CB11 4UH Saffron Walden

Oct 04, 2019

07:30PM

Evgeny Kissin - Oxford Philharmonic

A new dawn breaks with the first concert of our new season, as we inaugurate our Side-by-Side scheme for outstanding young instrumentalists (in a performance under the Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Hannah Schneider) and collaborate for the first time with a pianist who can be safely described as iconic. Evgeny Kissin has demonstrated his unparalleled way with the poetry, drama, virtuosity and sensitivity of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which here comes before Marios Papadopoulos’s interpretation of Brahms’s second symphony whose gloom-tinged idyll leads to a glorious fanfare.


BRAHMS
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80*
(Side-by-Side)

LISZT
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125

BRAHMS
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Evgeny Kissin piano
Marios Papadopoulos conductor
Hannah Schneider conductor*


Pre-concert Talk 18:30
Welcome to the Oxford Philharmonic season, with Marios Papadopoulos and Katie Derham
Free admission

 

The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AZ, United Kingdom
Tickets: £60 £40 £30 £20 (students from £5)

Sep 27, 2019

07:30PM

Windsor Festival : Verdi Requiem - Orpheus Sinfonia

Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most thrilling choral masterpieces ever composed. This great work appeared towards the end of Verdi’s life at a time when he had already created such famous operas as ‘Aida’, ‘Il Trovatore’ and ‘La Traviata, Verdi’s unique musical creation of the Requiem provides strong dramatic music, which is brilliantly contrasted with magical sections of music with a quieter nature. The ‘Dies irae’ and ‘Tuba mirum’ are two of the most exciting sections of choral music ever composed and there are many more different parts of the score featuring glorious choral music alongside wonderfully varied radiant and dramatic music for the four solo singers. Verdi’s outstanding setting of the Requiem Mass is a unique masterpiece.

Orpheus are delighted to be returning to Windsor Festival to perform with the wonderful Windsor and Eton Choral Society in Verdi's magnificent requiem for the closing concert of the 2019 festival.

conductor: Tim Johnson

Verdi - Requiem

Eton College School Hall, Windsor SL4 6DW, United Kingdom

Sep 26, 2019

02:15PM

Orpheus Sinfonia - Fred and the fantastic Tub-Tub

We welcome you all to join us for the soft launch of a brand new work with music by EMI TV composer James Marangone and words by BBC Radio 4 Newsreader Zeb Soanes.

Experience an adventure in sound as we discover the amazing, exotic and, dare we say it, unexpected noises the musical instruments of the wonderful Orpheus Sinfonia can make as they bring this new epic to life for the first time. Join Fred, her Grandpa and Attenborough for a journey of a lifetime.

Be a part of the creation of this new symphonic, "cinematic" children's work is an adventure in sound and story, designed to open the doors to symphonic music for all ages, inspired by the likes of The Snowman, Peter and the Wolf, The Composer Is Dead and Babar the Elephant. This project aims to redefine young people's music for the twenty-first century with a fantastical and cinematic score utilising multiple sound effects.

Project commissioned by Michael Close

The Old Court, St Leonard's Road, Windsor SL4 3BL, United Kingdom

Sep 20, 2019

10:00AM

Wigmore Hall: Open House Day, Diphonon Duo

Open House at Wigmore Hall. An opportunity to look behind the scenes at Wigmore Hall, with free performances and workshops taking place throughout the day. Everyone is welcome and there will be special workshops for families with music leaders Lucy Drever and Georgia Duncan. Please sign up for workshops on the day.

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP, United Kingdom

free entrance

Sep 19, 2019

01:10PM

Diphonon Duo Lunchtime Recital At St James Piccadilly

We are delighted to invite you to our lunchtime recital at St James Piccadilly this Friday 20th of September, 1.10pm.

Programme:
- Fratres (A. Pärt)
- Sonata in G minor for Viola da Gamba BWV 1029 (J. S. Bach)
- Breathing Space (L. Murphy)
- Like Swans Leaving the Lake (Y. Takahasi)
- Pavane pour une Infante Dèfunte (M. Ravel)
- El Yeli (J. Cazcarra)

Admission is free, no booking required, all welcome!

Jul 18, 2019

08:00PM

Near East Collective at Cafe Barcelona

The Near East Collective are a world music ensemble that explores and perform rebetika and folk music of Asia Minor, Istanbul, the Balkans and the Aegean sea.

Sotiris Georgiou: vocals, Michael Iskas: violin, Kostas Glynos: kanun,
George Maglaras: lute, oud, lavta, Nicki Maher: clarinet


Tickets £8 Adv/ £10 at door

Jul 07, 2019

07:00PM

Kingston String Sinfonia Summer Concert

Our advanced string ensemble will be performing a selection of chamber music as well as some solo items. It is sure to be a wonderful concert in the beautiful surroundings of All Saints Church.

 

Tickets are available on the door priced at £8 (£6 concessions).

Jul 07, 2019

11:00AM

Diphonon Duo concert and musical story at Towers Infant and St Alban's Catholic Primary School

Story telling and school concert at Towers Infant and St Alban's Catholic Primary Schools, adventures of little viola!!

Closed event for school purposes

Jul 06, 2019

10:30AM

Family Concert with Asterakia and Rebetiko Carnival

Come and join us for our amazing Family Concert! With a fun storyline and live musical instruments we will explore the beauty of Greek music! After the concert you will have the Come and join us for our amazing Family Concert! With a fun storyline and live musical instruments we will explore the beauty of Greek music! After the concert you will have the chance to meet the violin, the cello, the bouzouki, the guitar , the clarinet and the percussion instruments! Asterakia is collaborating with great musicians from the Rebetiko Carnival.

For tickets: https://www.asterakia.co.uk/en/event
Adults: £10
Child:£7
Child under 1: Free

Jun 28, 2019

07:30PM

Oxford Philharmonic - Four Last Songs

Emma Bell joins Orchestra in a performance of Strauss's elegy for a lost world, his iconic Four Last Songs. Before it, Marios Papadopoulos conducts a swashbuckling overture from the other end of Strauss's career, and Mahler's deeply moving protestation of love – the Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony.

 

MAHLER

Adagietto from Symphony No.5

RICHARD STRAUSS

Don Juan, Op. 20

RICHARD STRAUSS

Four Last Songs

 

Emma Bell, soprano

Marios Papadopoulos, conductor

 

The concert is scheduled to end at 9:10 pm.

Tickets: £60 £40 £30 £20 (Students from £5)

May 22, 2019

7.30PM

Diphonon Duo Evening Concert at St. Mary's Lichfield

Works by J.S.Bach, G.Haendel, L.Murphy, B.Britten, M.de Falla, Y.Constantinidis, Y.Takahasi, A.Pärt, A.Makris, M.Ravel, A.Piazzolla, H.Purcell


entrance £19.50

St Mary’s Lichfield Market Square Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6LG

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 Violist / Violinist