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Young Artists Lunchtime Recitals

 

This year's Young Artists Programme focuses on instrumentalists representing many musical genres, with peformances on trombone, flute, organ, piano, cello and guitar. What finer way to spend your lunchbreak than with these top-class young musicians, and do also look out for more outstanding young talkent with this year's John Lewis Young Stars.

 

 

 

14 May Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

Misha Mullov-Abbado is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-awardwinning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences.

 

The band has performed at many venues and festivals all around the UK such as King’s Place, the Barbican Centre, the Elgar Room as part of the BBC Proms Lates series, and has toured internationally around Europe and in Mexico. Having been signed to Edition Records the group released its debut album New Ansonia, included in ‘Best Jazz Albums 2015’ of both The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3.

 

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16 May Flauti d’echo Awake, Thou Wintry Earth

In this programme, Flauti d’echo celebrates the arrival of spring with music from Germany, England, France and Italy. Cheeky cuckoos, blossoming flowers, dancing shepherds and buffeting winds frame a beautiful pastoral aria, ‘Awake, Thou Wintry Earth’ by J.S. Bach.

 

Encompassing music from the 14th century to freshly-penned compositions, Flauti d’echo creates repertoire for the recorder through their own arrangements and new commissions. The duo engage a variety of different instrumentalists on a project-to- project basis that allows them to communicate their repertoire to audiences in a wide range of performance settings. The ensemble won the Nancy Nuttal Early Music Prize for Chamber Music in 2016 and is a participant of the BREMF Live! Scheme 2017–18.

 

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18 May Barbican Quartet

The Barbican Quartet is made up of violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Timothy Crawford, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where they all currently study.

 

The group has already appeared in many international concert halls and enjoys a busy concert diary. Their mentors include Alasdair Tait, David Waterman, David Takeno, Levon Chilingirian, Natalia Prishepenko, Rita Wagner and Ferenc Rados.

 

They will be performing quartets by Mozart and Brahms during this hour-long lunchtime recital.

 

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21 May The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Winner

Newbury Spring Festival is delighted to welcome the winner of the 10th Sheepdrove Piano Competition to the Corn Exchange to perform a recital as part of the Festival’s Young Artists Lunchtime Series.

 

The prestigious competition, open to students from all the major UK conservatoires, was founded in 2009 by The Sheepdrove Trust. The winning pianist’s programme will feature works by Schubert.

 

Today’s recital is an opportunity to hear more of the winning pianist following the competition held at Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, Lambourn on Sunday 20 May.

 

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23 May Timothy Ridout

In a review of his recent CD, Gramophone magazine referred to Timothy Ridout’s ‘gorgeous tone, thoughtful approach to phrasing and infectious sense of impetuosity’. One of the most outstanding viola players to have emerged in recent years, he became the first-ever British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016. Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence, and is now represented by Young Concert Artists Trust.

 

He is joined here by Jâms Coleman, 2015 winner of the Brenda Webb Award for Accompanists at the Royal Academy of Music.

 

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25 May James Newby

24-year-old British baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. Other recent awards include: the Wigmore Hall/ Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and the Richard Tauber Prize and Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the John Christie Award by Glyndebourne.

 

For today’s recital of spring-inspired songs by Schubert, Wolf, Beethoven and Britten, James is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton who specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music. He was the first accompanist to receive the Young Artist Award at the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

 

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JOHN LEWIS YOUNG STARS

 

12 May Philharmonia Orchestra

The Festival is delighted to celebrate the opening night of its 40th anniversary with a specially commissioned work by young composer Hannah Kendall.

For the opening of the 40th Spring Festival, what better work to include than Schumann’s uplifting Spring Symphony. This is preceded by Elgar’s Sospiri, written at the outbreak of the First World War, and his monumental Cello Concerto composed after the Armistice, the centenary of which we commemorate this year.

 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, joins Festival favourites the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by world-renowned Edward Gardner, who makes a welcome return to the Festival.

 

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24 May Sansara

One of the most dynamic new choral groups in the UK, Sansara has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, juxtaposing choral music old and new in imaginative narrative programmes. In September 2015, Sansara won First Prize and Audience Prize in the London International A Cappella Choir Competition, hosted by St John’s Smith Square.

 

Featuring a full performance of Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell in the 100th anniversary of his death, this very special all-English programme explores individual and collective expressions of loss and grief, reflecting on the centenary of the end of the First World War, before turning towards spring and the sense of hope and regeneration which it symbolises.

 

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25 May James Newby

24-year-old British baritone James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. Other recent awards include: the Wigmore Hall/ Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and the Richard Tauber Prize and Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn International Song Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Trinity Gold Medal by the board of Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the John Christie Award by Glyndebourne.

 

For today’s recital of spring-inspired songs by Schubert, Wolf, Beethoven and Britten, James is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton who specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music. He was the first accompanist to receive the Young Artist Award at the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

 

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26 May Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

This all-Mozart programme opens with thrilling extracts from Don Giovanni and, in the Spring Festival’s 40th year, is followed by his 40th Symphony. The Mass in C minor, one of the greatest expressions of Christian faith in music, is a fitting conclusion to this year’s Festival. It will be preceded by a blessing prayer from the Tibetan Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Resident Festival Artists.

 

Stephen Barlow makes a welcome return to conduct Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and, in its 20th anniversary year, the Festival’s own Chorus. Elizabeth Watts, one of Britain’s finest lyric sopranos, returns to the Festival where she first appeared as a promising young artist. She is joined by a trio of young singers who are also on the threshold of major international careers, and who all appear elsewhere in this year’s programme.

 

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