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NOVEMBER 2013 - Events

London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Three Guildhall School composers take the ‘harmony’ of Hector Berlioz as a starting point for a series of new works, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of its Bicentenary celebrations. Scored for voice and small ensemble including guitar – Berlioz’s own instrument – the concert offers a thoroughly contemporary twist on this unique composer’s music.
12th - 14th November 2013

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Ebène String Quartet
Mozart Chamber Music series.
14th November 2013

The Dankworth Family with Guildhall Jazz Band
British Jazz Awards winner Alec Dankworth makes a special visit to the Guildhall School to direct a concert of small group jazz and big band music composed by his father, the late Sir John Dankworth. The concert will include some surprise special guests and celebrates the donation of a double bass to the School's jazz department from the Wavendon Foundation.
14th November 2013

Barbican Britten: Curlew River
Britten’s Church Parable Curlew River is a ‘once heard, never forgotten’ work, exploring the themes of community, suffering and redemption through the unforgettable figure of the Madwoman and the loss of her child. Britten was inspired by the austere and ritualized drama of Japanese Noh theatre, and the work is a strange and haunting encounter between a Japanese aesthetic and a medieval mystery play set in the context of East Suffolk, the whole shot through with mysterious, exotic music of exquisite refinement.
14th - 16th November 2013

Toneelgroep Amsterdam Scenes from a Marriage
Drawing on 30 years of marriage to five spouses, Ingmar Bergman acknowledged a strong connection to the lead characters of his masterful 1973 film. Johan and Marianne seem the perfect couple. Yet the illusion is soon shattered during this blisteringly perceptive study of a relationship breaking down.
14th - 17th November 2013

Curlew River Echo
An audio-visual installation playing in the atmospheric environment of this ancient church, visitors are invited to experience an echo of the opera in a mysterious, evanescent and thought-provoking way.
15th - 16th November 2013

Kai Hoffman
With Do It While You Can, international singing sensation Kai Hoffman takes her listeners on an intimate and sometimes cheeky journey through lovers, litigation and loss – whilst proving that contagious laughter really is the best medicine. A whirlwind of emotions, from wishful to wild with songs from Fran Landesman to Propellerheads and her own songs, Kai leaves her listeners full of ‘…an insatiable joie de vivre rare in these cynical times’ (Marlbank).
15th November 2013

Jazz Voice - Celebrating a Century of Song
The Festival’s signature opening-night gala returns once again with its epoch-spanning celebration of singing and song. The list of past guests stretches from Georgie Fame, Boy George, Kurt Elling and Sheila Jordan to Gregory Porter, Paloma Faith and Patti Austin.
15th November 2013

Snapshot Songs Auditions
Auditions for our new music project looking for 75 choir members and 25 soloists, comprising of great singers and spoken word artists from all ages, musical backgrounds and experience.
16th - 17th November 2013

Dutch Focus: Bruut, DASH!, Kapok
The story of Dutch jazz embraces some of the most radical and unconventional music of the past half-century, and the new generation is no less quirkily inventive.
16th November 2013

Blues Double Bill (PG*)
And This is Free (PG*) Recorded over the course of sixteen Sundays on Chicago’s legendary Maxwell Street, this film provides a fascinating street-level view of the open air market, which has since fallen victim to urban renewal. The street was a mecca for bluesmen trying to hustle a few dollars from the passing crowd, and many famous names got their start here. Among those featured in the film are Arvella Gray, Robert Nighthawk and Johnny Young.
16th November 2013

David Sanborn and Bob James
David Sanborn is one of the most commercially successful American saxophonists in the last 30 years and Bob James has more than 58 albums and 15 Grammy nominations to his name.
16th November 2013

Aurora Orchestra: Earth Song
For I will consider Aurora Orchestra’s ‘Earth Song’. For it pertains to the manifold colours of life. For it wreathes with elegant quickness among dreams, fears, beauty and darkness, For it features the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and singer/director Andrew Staples. For together they will semi-stage Britten’s jubilant Rejoice in the Lamb. For it sings praise for all living things, from the mouse to the lion to the flowers to the cat Jeoffry. For its poetry was written by Christopher Smart in 1759 while confined to an asylum.
16th November 2013

Weekend Lab: Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Ivo van Hove leads a two day intensive weekend lab (aimed specifically at actors and directors) to coincide with the UK premiere of Scenes from a Marriage at the Barbican. A unique opportunity to work practically with van Hove, participants will explore the complexities and possibilities of adapting and directing his latest production. Ages 18+. Suitable for students in higher education and training, emerging artists and professionals.
16th - 17th November 2013

Serious Big Sing with Cecilia Stalin
Swedish jazz vocalist Cecilia Stalin leads a fun packed sing-a-long jazz vocal workshop, designed for the whole family to enjoy. Some singing experience welcome.
17th November 2013

The Language of the Unknown: A Film About The Wayne Shorter Quartet (PG*)
At the turn of the millennium the critically acclaimed composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter formed a band under his own name: The Wayne Shorter Quartet.
17th November 2013

Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding: ACS
ACS – Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding – gathers three of the most important female instrumentalists in current jazz. Formed out of their work together on Carrington’s Grammy Award winning album The Mosaic Project, the small ensemble stretches boundaries and revels in the art form.
17th November 2013

Ruben Fox and Mark Kavuma
Music from Wayne Shorter’s classic 60s albums, Night Dreamer and Speak No Evil.
17th November 2013

Celebrating Jazz at the Philharmonic
Devised by the uber-producer Norman Granz back in the 40s, Jazz at the Philharmonic brought together the music's mainstream with the radical forces of bebop defining the transition of jazz from club to concert hall, leading to the evolution of a classic jazz record label, Verve.
17th November 2013

Wayne Shorter: Quartet & BBC Concert Orchestra
Wayne Shorter returns to London to celebrate his 80th birthday year with the stellar quartet of Danilo Pérez (piano), John Patitucci (bass) and drummer Brian Blade. A wholly distinctive saxophonist and a hugely respected composer, he has been consistently at the cutting edge of jazz since he joined Art Blakey in the early 60s, followed by landmark stints with Miles Davis and Weather Report before leading his own groups. His music transcends genre and keeps the improvisational genius and surprise of jazz burning at the centre.
17th November 2013

Artist Spotlight: Maxim Vengerov / Polish Chamber Orchestra
Mozart’s miraculous violin concertos – the last four written in remarkably quick succession and under the lightning flash of creative inspiration – were unprecedented in their combining of outer lightness with inner complexity. Maxim Vengerov performs the forth and fifth concertos here, alongside sweet and moving violin-and-orchestra works by Tchaikovsky accompanied by the fast-rising Polish Chamber Orchestra.
18th November 2013

Courtney Pine and Monty Alexander
No musician embodies more the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine C.B.E. The ground breaking, multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. His 15th studio album to date, House of Legends sees Courtney return to the instrument he is best known for – the saxophone and features his soprano sax exclusively for the first time. Deeply steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, this very personal project sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural view point.
19th November 2013

London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
Daniel Harding pairs together two works at opposite ends of the symphonic spectrum – Schubert’s traditional creation, written under the thrall of Mozart, and Mahler’s experimental blend of song-cycle and symphony.
20th November 2013

ECHO Rising Stars: Pablo Held Trio
Hailed as one of the ‘most exciting young groups of German jazz’, the Pablo Held Trio performs in the intimate surroundings of brand new Milton Court Concert Hall on 20 November. All music is written by the trio’s leader, ‘German piano wonder’ Pablo Held whose dialogue with bassist Robert Landfermann and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel (two young musicians of stature in their own right) is intense and dynamic, displaying crisp synchronized movements. Interaction is taken as literally as possible and the trio radically does away with pre-set ideas or arrangements. Pablo Held’s exceptional grasp of piano trio aesthetics, his technical mastery, his artistic appetite – wanting to experience jazz from every imaginable perspective – and the tranquillity of someone who is at home at nearly every major European jazz festival, has gained him recognition with his own groups, Pablo Held Trio and GLOW, and as a sideman in various projects across the European jazz scene.
20th November 2013

Michael Clark Company Triple Bill
Euphoric' said the public; 'exhilarating' reported the press; 'but wait,' exclaimed the choreographer, 'there's more to come'. Michael Clark Company stunned audiences at the Barbican last year with a double bill of diametrically opposed works, suggesting two sides of a vinyl recording set to a soundtrack by Relaxed Muscle and Scritti Politti. This autumn sees Clark, a Barbican Artistic Associate, add a third dimension for a variation on his 2012 double bill. A beginning, a middle and an end. But in what order?.
21st - 30th November 2013

Academy of Ancient Music / Anna Prohaska
The AAM returns from a tour of Australia with a performance celebrating the golden age of English baroque music, with instrumental and vocal works featuring soprano Anna Prohaska. The programme, featuring music both well-known and neglected, provides a panorama of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from Locke’s dramatic incidental music to the grandiloquent operatic arias of Handel – who brought Italian flair to this English tradition. As his biographer John Hawkins eloquently put it: 'such was the sublimity of Handel’s genius, he was persuaded to form a style of his own: he made the experiment, and it succeeded.'
21st November 2013

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana: Mehliana + Sons of Kemet
World-renowned pianist Brad Mehldau switches to Fender Rhodes and a battery of vintage synths to partner up with acclaimed drummer Mark Guiliana in a collaboration whose rare US club sets and recent intimate UK dates have generated a massive buzz.
21st November 2013

Alan Hampton
Taking jazz to the four corners of the city is a big part of the Festival programme, with music happening – sometimes unexpectedly - in spaces of all shapes and sizes, including a range of free events. Two artists feature heavily in 2013’s Festival On The Move strand – the engagingly witty New York singer/songwriter Alan Hampton , and the gloriously portable a cappella group Vive – you’ll find them popping up throughout the Festival, both planned and unplanned.
22nd November 2013

Taking jazz to the four corners of the city is a big part of the Festival programme, with music happening – sometimes unexpectedly - in spaces of all shapes and sizes, including a range of free events. Two artists feature heavily in 2013’s Festival On The Move strand – the engagingly witty New York singer/ songwriter Alan Hampton, and the gloriously portable a cappella group Vive – you’ll find them popping up throughout the Festival, both planned and unplanned.
22nd November 2013

Geoff Gascoyne 50th birthday concert
Guildhall School professor Geoff Gascoyne, one of Britain's pre-eminent jazz players, celebrates his 50th birthday with Guildhall musicians and special guests, in a variety of settings from large ensembles to small groups.
22nd November 2013

Barbican Britten: The Sixteen on Britten's 100th Birthday
Benjamin Britten’s choral music connected him to the everyday musical lives of the UK and beyond more than any other part of his work, and it still does today. In this music – often written for amateur and community ensembles – Britten is at his most gregarious, his most radiant and sometimes his most experimental. The Sixteen present a smorgasbord of a cappella Britten at this concert, from the unerring perfection of his Hymn to St Cecilia to the advanced techniques and treacherous difficulty of the Flower Songs and Sacred and Profane.
22nd November 2013

Amarcord Nino Rota
Nino Rota is a seminal figure in contemporary music, as composer, conductor and hugely influential teacher. He was also one of the best-loved of movie composers – perhaps best-known for The Godfather, his scores for the films of Federico Fellini are especially memorable, brim-full of Mediterranean warmth, humour and romance.
22nd November 2013

Junior Trinity Winter Residency
Junior Trinity, the prestigious Saturday school of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, pays a return visit to LSO St Luke’s with an action-packed weekend featuring talented students aged 3-19 in workshops, masterclasses and performances. We also feature students from String Time satellite centres across London in association with our educational partner Alpha Plus.
23rd - 24th November 2013

Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity (PG*)
He played at Monterey, gigged regularly at both Fillmores and enraptured millions of hippie rock enthusiasts. However, at the height of his fame, saxophonist Charles Lloyd retreated to a life of simplicity on Big Sur.
23rd November 2013

Barbican Britten: Albert Herring Study Afternoon
An afternoon exploring Britten’s Albert Herring.
23rd November 2013

Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (PG*)
Fresh from the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, this fascinating documentary explores the life and music of piano legend James Booker, the man Dr John once described as ‘the best black, gay, one eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.
23rd November 2013

Barbican Britten: Albert Herring
Albert Herring is the brightest, breeziest and wittiest of all Britten’s operas. A delightful chamber piece that follows the fortunes of down-trodden young simpleton Albert Herring, who is put forward by the grotesque village worthies to be ‘King of May’ because the local girls have all disgraced themselves. Young lovers Sid and Nancy spike his drink on May Day and enjoy the chaos that ensues, when he escapes humiliation and his mother’s clutches… Britten expert Steuart Bedford conducts a fabulous cast, including Christine Brewer as Lady Billows, Gillian Keith as Miss Wordsworth, Roderick Williams as Mr Gedge and rising star Andrew Staples as Albert himself.
23rd November 2013

Anne Sofie von Otter - DOUCE FRANCE
The Guildhall School welcomes back some of its most highly-acclaimed alumni to perform in the new Milton Court Concert Hall during its inaugural season.
23rd November 2013

Next Generation Takes Over
The East London Creative Jazz Orchestra’s six day collaboration with their director Paul Griffiths and guests Sons of Kemet culminates as the centrepiece of an afternoon-long programme of ensembles packed with the cream of tomorrow’s jazz generation. Ronnie Scott’s Big Band in a Day, vocalist Andrew Plummer’s project Rhythm Sticks, the powerhouse big band that is the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, and the National Youth Jazz Collective’s current ensemble.
24th November 2013

The Pan-African Festival of Algiers (PG*)
A celebration of post-colonial African nations and a call for liberation for the rest of the continent, the 1969 Pan-African Cultural Festival brought a global spotlight to African culture and arts.
24th November 2013

Titus (PG*)
Featuring an original score by Archie Shepp (whose concert in the Hall follows the film) and both the performances and the music of UK jazz stars from Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Tom Challenger, Nathaniel Facey, Liam Noble, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Ian Shaw, Titus promises to be a jazz cult classic in the making.
24th November 2013

Barbican Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Britten Sinfonia’s recent recording of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Mark Padmore, has been acclaimed worldwide and these artists will perform the work in this fascinating concert. Violinist Pekka Kuusisto directs the orchestra in an illuminating programme of works which also includes the London premiere of a new work by Judith Weir, commissioned by the Britten Pears Foundation and Royal Philharmonic Society, to celebrate Britten’s centenary.
24th November 2013

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra
Following the Attica Prison riots in 1971, in which 39 people were killed following a rebellion of black inmates over poor living conditions, free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp released jazz masterpiece Attica Blues, in which he took a stand for black civil rights.
24th November 2013

Kensington Symphony Orchestra
Kensington Symphony Orchestra is joined by pianist Nikolai Demidenko to celebrate Russell Keable's 30th year as Music Director of the orchestra.
25th November 2013

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
Rock and roll icon, author, restaurateur - legendary former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has seen it all and continues to live life to the full. His latest musical rebirth as the driving force behind the fabulous Rhythm Kings sees him return to his musical roots. This set of virtuoso musicians superbly bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired Wyman to pick up the guitar as a teenager. A show imbued with absolute quality.
25th November 2013

Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango really needs no introduction – the ‘Lion of Africa’ has been at the forefront of African music for more than half a century. He has proved himself a remarkably versatile force: a gifted saxophonist and marimba player, an African ambassador, a world music pioneer, a creator of disco, a humanitarian and philosopher, a reporter and anthropologist, a lover of everything from funk, hip-hop and cabaret to chanson, gospel and reggae, from Latin, Caribbean music to West African rhythms, but above all…he is a jazzman.
26th November 2013

UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - Norwegian Requiem
Commissioned by the Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir for their 20th anniversary, this moving Requiem features jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen with organ, girls’ choir and community choir. Loosely based on the requiem mass, Andrew Smith’s piece is a reflection on the tragic massacre of 22 July 2011 on Utøya in Norway. The first half will feature a duo from Arve Henriksen and keyboard player Ståle Storløkken.
26th November 2013

Opera Scenes
An informal performance of classical and contemporary operatic excerpts presented in a workshop setting with piano accompaniment, performed by singers and repetiteurs from the first year of the Guildhall Opera Course.
28th November - 3rd December 2013

London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
Instrumental and operatic classics sit side-by-side, as Daniel Harding conducts Schubert’s Eighth ’Unfinished’ Symphony, before diving straight into the heart of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.
28th November 2013

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
Japanese conductor Takuo Kuasa conducts two late-Romantic masterpieces: Schoenberg’s sensuous and haunting Pelleas und Melisande, and Strauss’s tone poem ’A Hero’s Life’, a dramatic rollercoaster of a work which places the composer as the ’hero’ at the centre.
29th November 2013

Marathon '33 by June Havoc
1933: the height of the Great Depression. A savage contest is about to kick off. This is a Dance Marathon, an endurance test in which contestants must dance perpetually, until one by one they succumb to exhaustion and madness in a spectacle of cruelty, rigged to keep the audience members hooked and spending. Eighty years on, in an era of reality TV and poverty porn, the Guildhall School presents the British premiere of this extraordinary, visceral show.
29th November - 4th December 2013

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