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Music, Drama, Opera, Live Events

Events

Jan – Apr 2020


Contents Monthly Highlights January February

March April

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Masterclasses 26 Guildhall Young Artists

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Research Works

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Future Events

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Contact & Information

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Our Partnerships Guildhall School is proud to work in partnership with the following organisations:

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Young Barbican

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Events with this symbol are part of the Young Barbican ticket discount scheme for 14–25 year olds

Photographs

Cover image: photo by Paul Cochrane. Inside: Paul Cochrane, One Week image courtesy of ITV plc (Granada International) by permission of the Douris Corporation, Mikaela Morgan, Marco Borggreve, Stefan Booth, Ulza, Ludwig image courtesy of Peter Lang, master1305, Lewis Parsons, Wikimedia commons, Alain Le Garsmeur (Bridgeman Images), Clive Barda, Marco Borggreve, Jason Joyce, Kim Sammut, David Finlayson, Gregor Hohenberg, Clive Totman, Paul Blakemore, TIHMS & Van Velden Fotografie, Timothy Soar.


LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Mendelssohn String Quartet No 6 in F minor Op 80

January ’20

Thursday 9 January, 6pm Barbican

Marmen Quartet (Guildhall Chamber

Music Fellows) Joe Stilgoe

Wednesday 8 January, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T

Guildhall Studio Orchestra with Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film

Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore violins Bryony Gibson-Cornish viola Steffan Morris cello

The award-winning Marmen Quartet presents Mendelssohn’s emotionally charged final String Quartet in a free recital ahead of the LSO’s evening concert. Admission free

Tom Richards director Joe Stilgoe voice

Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe brings his smash hit show to Guildhall School. Songs on Film pays tribute to much-loved movies as self-confessed film buff Joe raids his own collection and adds his original and stylish orchestrations to some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history. Joe and the Guildhall Studio Orchestra will perform songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century in a show of virtuosic musicianship, breathtaking theatricality and wit, directed by Tom Richards. “Sheer Joy” The Scotsman on Songs On Film Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

Thursday 9 January, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Guildhall Saxophone Ensemble Guildhall saxophonists perform the music of leading British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Admission free

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January ’20

Monday 13 January, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Postgraduate String Concert Postgraduate string musicians showcase their talent in an informal evening concert. Admission free Guildhall’s Carnegie Hall Artists

Friday 10 January, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall Tuesday 14 January, 8pm Weill Recital Hall, New York City

Guildhall Artists in New York Soohong Park piano Leo Popplewell cello Julia Raga Pascual clarinet 4

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 30 in E major Op 109 Debussy Cello Sonata Debussy Première Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano Brahms Trio in A minor Op 114 for clarinet, cello and piano Guildhall School returns to the world-renowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, to present three outstanding musicians in concert. The performance on Friday 10 January offers London audiences the chance to preview this programme of masterful chamber works, which concludes with the powerful, mature Clarinet Trio by Johannes Brahms. Admission free for Milton Court concert Tickets for Carnegie Hall: $20 ($10 concessions) available from carnegiehall.org

15 January – 18 March, 8pm Kansas Smitty’s, E8 4PH

Guildhall Jazz at Kansas Smitty’s Guildhall jazz combos feature in Monday and Wednesday performances at cult East London jazz venue Kansas Smitty’s. Visit gsmd.ac.uk/kansassmittys to view all dates in this series. Tickets: available from kansassmittys.com Friday 17 January, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall Consort & Sackbuts: Women of Venice Eamonn Dougan & Emily White directors

The richness of 17th-century Italian musical life supported the composition, performance and publication of a significant corpus of music by female composers, both cloistered and in the great city states. This evening’s programme showcases the majesty and intimacy of both their sacred and profane music. Admission free


Strings at Six Guildhall instrumentalists offer a programme of string repertoire. Admission free

One Week

Wednesday 22 January, 7pm Lecture Recital Room

Sunday 19 January, 3pm Barbican Cinema 1

Undergraduate String Concert

The Slapstick Home (PG*) with Live Jazz Accompaniment

Undergraduate string musicians showcase their talent in an informal evening concert.

One Week (dir Buster Keaton, Edward Cline, 1921) One AM (dir Charlie Chaplin, 1916) Big Business (dir James W Horne, Leo McCarey, 1929) Carlos Lopez-Real composer

& music director Guildhall jazz musicians provide live accompaniment for a trio of superlative American slapstick comedies of the 1910s and 20s, all revolving around the home: One Week with Buster Keaton, One AM with Charlie Chaplin and Big Business starring Laurel and Hardy. Presented in partnership with the London International Mime Festival Tickets: £12.50 available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk YB

January ’20

Monday 20 January, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Admission free Thursday 23 January, 1pm Lecture Recital Room

Guildhall Harpists & Friends A programme of solos and chamber music for this most captivating of instruments, given by members of Guildhall’s dynamic Harp department. Admission free Thursday 23 January, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Miroslav Petkov Trumpet Recital Enjoy a one-hour recital by Miroslav Petkov, Principal Trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, following his afternoon masterclass (see page 26). Admission free

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January ’20

Mike Lovatt

Ubu Ensemble: A Brass Band With Wings On It Simon Wills director Ben Smith piano Ionel Manciu violin

Friday 24 January, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT

Billy May’s Big Fat Brass Mike Lovatt director & trumpet Matt Skelton, Mick Foster directors Guildhall Wind, Brass & Percussion Big Band

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Wednesday 29 January, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Ives The Unanswered Question Crawford Seeger Diaphonic Suite No 1 Feldman I Met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg Harrison Concerto for violin with percussion orchestra Antheil A Jazz Symphony Ruggles Angels Zorn Angelus Novus Carter Dialogues for piano with ensemble Guildhall’s Ubu Ensemble returns with a programme of 20th-century works by American composers.

Three of Britain’s most celebrated jazz performers join forces to direct Guildhall’s WBP Big Band in a programme including works by Count Basie and Big Fat Brass by the legendary Billy May. Mike Lovatt – Principal Trumpet of the John Wilson Orchestra and Lead Trumpet of the BBC Big Band – features as soloist.

Admission free

Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December.

Kathy Chow piano

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Wednesday 29 January, 6.30pm Lecture Recital Room

English Song Prize An annual competition for singers and pianists, celebrating song in English. Admission free

Thursday 30 January, 6pm Barbican

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Mozart Piano Sonata No 9 in D major K 311 Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 7 in B flat major Op 83 Guildhall pianist Kathy Chow performs sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev in a free recital ahead of the LSO’s evening concert. Admission free


January ’20

Thursday 30 January, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T

Guildhall String Ensemble Candida Thompson director

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op 10 Shostakovich Sonata for violin, percussion and string orchestra Op 134 Guildhall alumna Candida Thompson, Artistic Director of Amsterdam Sinfonietta, directs the impressive Guildhall String Ensemble in a programme of musical dedications: Arvo Pärt’s elegy for Benjamin Britten; Britten’s tribute to his teacher Frank Bridge; and Shostakovich’s birthday gift for the violinist David Oistrakh. Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

Candida Thompson

Tim Garland

Friday 31 January, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall GUILDHALL TIC KE T E D E VE NT

Guildhall Jazz Orchestra with Tim Garland Scott Stroman director Tim Garland saxophones

Guildhall Jazz Orchestra welcomes back special guest, Guildhall School alumnus Tim Garland. Since graduating, the Grammy Award winning saxophonist has played with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, led the group Lammas and the Dean Street Underground Orchestra, and formed a 17-year connection with piano legend Chick Corea. He is now known as one of Britain’s foremost composers, fusing jazz with contemporary classical influences. This performance with Guildhall jazz musicians will include a special arrangement of the title track of Tim’s five-star album Weather Walker, plus his own arrangements of Corea’s classic sixties tunes. “His level of genius is rare” Chick Corea on Tim Garland Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

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Friday 31 January, Saturday 1, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, Monday 10, Tuesday 11 February, 7.30pm Saturday 1, Thursday 6, Tuesday 11 February, 2pm Milton Court Studio Theatre

Gut by Frances Poet Kate Budgen director Louie Whitemore designer Nick Peel lighting designer Andy Taylor sound designer

For Maddy and Rory, devoted parents to three-year-old Joshua, life is good. But when their son is left with his grandmother for a weekend, suddenly everything changes. From a seemingly innocuous event, paranoia, fear and doubt grows, pushing them to the very edge. Winner of Best Play at the 2019 Writers’ Guild Awards and shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Frances Poet’s Gut is a psychological thriller that asks if anyone can truly be trusted with our children. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. This production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books


Friday 7 February 11.15–11.45am (relaxed concert) 12.30–1.15pm (lunchtime concert) LSO St Luke’s, London

LSO Discovery Concerts: From Russia with Love

Sunday 2 February, 11am–1pm, 2– 4pm Silk Street Music Hall

Russian song and opera extracts are presented by postgraduate singers and pianists in a programme curated by Lada Valešová. The 11.15am concert is a ‘relaxed’ performance open to everyone, including individuals with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities.

‘Ah, Ludwig!’

Admission free

February ’20

Ludwig

Guildhall Session Orchestra Mike Roberts director

A 1970s television icon, this surreal, mischievous and Beethoven-playing ovoid makes a Barbican/Guildhall debut with live musical accompaniment. Forty-three years after the magical eggshaped being first graced our television screens, we are delighted to present all 25 episodes of this classic children’s animation with revised soundtracks arranged and composed by members of Guildhall School’s Electronic Music department. Binge on the entire series or just drop in for a few episodes as Guildhall Session Orchestra players help bring Ludwig – and Beethoven – to a new generation. A family event as part of the Barbican’s Beethoven Weekender Admission free

Tuesday 11 February, 7.30pm Silk Street Music Hall

Guildhall Jazz Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Choir Scott Stroman, Clare Wheeler & Flora Medlicott directors

Guildhall School jazz vocalists present a potpourri of jazz performances. Admission free Wednesday 12 February, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Songs at Six: Duparc & Friends Visiting professor Michael McMahon (McGill University) leads a survey of French song by Henri Duparc and associated composers, co-directed by Professor Rudolf Piernay. Admission free

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Monday 3, Tuesday 4, Friday 7, Saturday 8, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 February, 7.30pm Tuesday 4, Saturday 8, Thursday 13 February, 2pm Milton Court Studio Theatre

The Royale by Marco Ramirez Ameera Conrad director Louie Whitemore designer Tom Lishman sound designer Samuel Harris lighting designer*

Becoming the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world is Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson’s ultimate dream. But, in the segregated United States of 1905, he doesn’t stand a chance. Inspired by the little known true story of Jack Johnson, The Royale tells the incredible tale of the African-American boxer who, in demanding the fight he deserved, also had to take on history. This extraordinary play by awardwinning writer Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black) is set in a boxing ring and told in six heart-stopping rounds. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. *Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme This production is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.


Friday 21 February, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion

Guildhall Big Band: Modern Masters

Lakeside Clarinet Quartet Lakeside Brass Quintet

Tom Richards director

Two impressive Guildhall ensembles are showcased in this early evening concert. Admission free 13–15 February Norwich City Centre

Love Light Norwich Love Light Norwich is a bright new festival celebrating art and innovation in Norwich – the City of Stories – during Valentine’s weekend 2020, supported by Arts Council England. Guildhall video designers will present a bespoke projection on the theme of love and belonging, brought to life by Guildhall Live Events. Admission free

Friday 14 February, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall Baroque Orchestra Pavlo Beznosiuk director

Heralded by fanfares and sonatas from trumpets, horns and timpani, the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra present a Valentine’s Day programme featuring the many facets of love – from jealousy to hoped-for wedded bliss. Admission free

The acclaimed director of the Tom Richards Orchestra leads the Guildhall Big Band in an exploration of modern big band jazz. Featuring works by composers Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza and Maria Schneider.

February ’20

Thursday 13 February, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Admission free Saturday 22 February, 1.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion: Anders Hillborg Ben Tarlton cello Ben Smith piano Ugne Vazgileviciute piano Ragnhild Kyvik Bauge violin Charlotte Bartley clarinet Jonathan Willett clarinet Cara Doyle clarinet

Journey through the exhilarating world of maverick Swedish composer Anders Hillborg in the latest BBCSO Total Immersion day. This afternoon concert features a varied selection of chamber music by Hillborg, introduced by the composer himself and performed by Guildhall musicians. Tickets: £12, available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk YB

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Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12, Thursday 13, Friday 14, Saturday 15 February, 7.30pm Thursday 13, Friday 14 February, 2pm Milton Court Theatre

Earthquakes in London by Mike Bartlett Abigail Graham director Sarah Beaton designer Anna Clock sound designer Sofia Di Lorenzo lighting designer*

An all-pervasive fear of the future and a guilty pleasure in the excesses of the present drive this epic rollercoaster of a play from 1968 to 2525 and back again. Earthquakes in London follows three sisters as they attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe. From localised social breakdown to worldwide paranoia, Mike Bartlett’s fast and furious play explores the domestic and the epic effects of climate change on us all. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. This production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books * Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme YB


Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Jazz Singers: Jazz Vespers

GUILDHALL TIC KE T E D E VE NT FACULTY ARTIS T S E R I E S

Guildhall’s premier jazz vocal group makes Beethoven: The Last a fifth return visit to London’s Jazz Vespers, Three Piano Sonatas a series of services featuring jazz musicians which began in New York in the 1960s and Ronan O’Hora piano soon spread around the world. Beethoven Piano Sonata No 30 in E major Op 109 Admission free Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major Op 110 Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor Op 111 Monday 24 February, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Strings at Six Guildhall musicians offer a programme of string repertoire in this early evening concert. Admission free

February ’20

Sunday 23 February, 6.30pm Christ Church, Highbury Grove, N5 1SA

Guildhall’s distinguished Head of Keyboard Studies Ronan O’Hora presents Beethoven’s final three piano sonatas in a special concert marking the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

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BEETHOVEN


Monday 24, Wednesday 26, Friday 28 February, Monday 2 March, 7pm Silk Street Theatre

The Angel Esmeralda

(world premiere)

Commissioned by Scottish Opera Adapted from the short story by Don DeLillo Music by Lliam Paterson (Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Composer in Residence) Libretto by Pamela Carter Dominic Wheeler conductor Martin Lloyd-Evans director Gregor Donnelly designer Robbie Butler lighting designer

A mysterious girl witnessed clambering across the ruins of a South Bronx estate dies... or does she? Composed by Guildhall alumnus Lliam Paterson, this new opera is based on Don DeLillo’s captivating short story, described by the New York Times as “a dazzlingly told tale of despair and ruination, the dream of redemption and the testing of faith”. Tickets: £25 (£15 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB


March ‘20

Tuesday 3 March, 7pm Lecture Recital Room

Postgraduate String Concert Postgraduate string musicians showcase their talent in an informal evening concert. Admission free Wednesday 4 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Songs at Six: Seven Deadly Sins Iain Burnside director

Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth find their way onto the stage of Milton Court Concert Hall in a selection of songs performed by postgraduate singers and pianists. Admission free Wednesday 4 March, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Robert Levin in Residence: Talk and Q&A Pianist Robert Levin, one of the world’s leading classical improvisation scholars, leads a talk and Q&A session as part of his annual residency as International Chair of the Centre for Creative Performance and Classical Improvisation. Admission free

Robert Levin

Thursday 5 March, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Robert Levin in Residence: Mozart Piano Concertos Mozart Piano Concerto No 12 in A major K 414 Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat major K 449 Multitalented classical performer, musicologist and composer Robert Levin is joined by five Guildhall string players to perform concertos by Mozart, arranged for piano and string quintet. An improvised modulating prelude between the two works will make it a continuous and unique performance. Admission free Friday 6 March, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Ubu Ensemble Simon Wills director Eva Aronian violin Karnsiri Prim Laothamatas piano

Webern Five Pieces Op 10 Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No 1 Op 9 Berg Chamber Concerto for piano and violin with 13 wind instruments Guildhall’s exciting Ubu Ensemble offers the chance to hear music by principal members of the Second Viennese School. Admission free

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March ‘20

Sunday 8 March, 1pm New Malden Methodist Church, KT3 4BY

Tuesday 10 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall Lutes & Voices

Songs at Six: Russian Song

William Carter director

For many Russian 19th-century thinkers and artists, Britain was a symbol of liberal thought and enlightenment. This concert celebrates the UK and Russia’s longstanding fascination with the other’s culture, in parallel with a concert given by Guildhall musicians in St Petersburg, curated by Maria Razumovskaya.

Musicians from Guildhall’s Historical Performance department explore the English song repertory of the 17th century, from the melancholy of Dowland to the bawdiness of Purcell. Admission free with a retiring collection Monday 9 March, 6pm & 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Songs at Six: Paradise [Lost]

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Project funded by the British Council UK-Russia Year of Music Grant Scheme, with support from Dr Trudi Darby and Professor Sir Barry Ife. Admission free

Guildhall pianists and postgraduate singers present songs and opera extracts examining the bonds between nature and human beings, revealing a relationship that is sometimes harmonious and sometimes cruelly destructive. The two concerts, devised and directed by Bretton Brown and Pamela Lidiard, will be connected by this important environmental theme.

Wednesday 11 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Admission free

Admission free

Monday 9 March, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Wednesday 11 March, 6.30pm Lecture Recital Room

Undergraduate String Concert

Franz-Schubert-Institut Lieder Prize

Undergraduate string musicians showcase their talent in an informal evening concert.

The final of this annual competition for Lied duos, incorporating the Vera RózsaNordell Travel Award.

Admission free

Admission free

Keyboard at Six Guildhall keyboard players present an early evening programme of music.


LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Guildhall musicians present a programme of songs by Claude Debussy in a free recital ahead of the LSO’s evening concert.

March ‘20

Thursday 12 March, 6pm Barbican

Admission free Roberto González-Monjas

Wednesday 11 March, 7.30pm Barbican G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra Roberto González-Monjas conductor Ryan Drucker piano

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 in C major Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 in E minor The highly sought-after Spanish conductor, an alumnus of the School, leads Guildhall orchestral musicians in Sergei Rachmaninov’s enduringly popular Symphony No 2 alongside Sergei Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto featuring outstanding Guildhall pianist Ryan Drucker. Tickets: £15, £10 (£5 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk YB

Thursday 12 March, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

Romantic Piano Prize Guildhall pianists perform one major work or a programme of shorter works from the Romantic period. Admission free

Thursday 12 March, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Keith Bonnington Prize The final of a new prize for male voices, in which singers present songs and arias. Admission free Thursday 12 March, 7.30pm Lecture Recital Room

Guitar Concert: My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone David Miller & Jørgen Skogmo directors

Together with violin, lute and theorbo players and singers, Guildhall guitarists present a delightful programme of English ballads and chamber music. Admission free Friday 13 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Songs at Six: Italian Songs & Arias Tobias Truniger curates a programme of Italian repertoire, performed by postgraduate singers and co-directed by Professor Rudolf Piernay. Admission free

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Blow’s Venus and Adonis

(Summer 2019) Photo by Clive Barda


March ‘20

Friday 13 March, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Monday 16 March, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Opera Scenes

Guildhall Percussion Ensemble

This informal concert features a selection of opera scenes performed by postgraduate singers. Directed by Dafydd Hall-Williams with music direction by Peter Robinson. Admission free

Julian Warburton & Richard Benjafield directors

An exhilarating evening of music by Xenakis, Philip Glass and Cardew performed by Guildhall percussionists. Admission free

Sunday 15 March, 5.30pm Barbican

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Britten Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe Three Divertimenti for String Quartet

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Guildhall musicians including oboist Inoko Isobe perform chamber music by Benjamin Britten in a free recital ahead of the LSO’s evening concert. Admission free

Monday 16 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Wednesday 18 March, 1pm St George’s, Hanover Square Friday 20 March, 1pm Milton Court Theatre

Guildhall Cantata Project James Johnstone director

Purcell Timon of Athens J S Bach Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich Separated in composition by only 12 years, Purcell’s masque for Shadwell’s restored Shakespeare and Bach’s first church cantata (BWV 150) display the wealth and variety of European music around the turn of the 18th century. The concert at St George’s, Hanover Square is part of the London Handel Festival.

Song Guild

Tickets: for Hanover Square concert available from london-handel-festival.com Graham Johnson devises a programme for a small group of postgraduate singers Admission free for Milton Court concert and pianists in a concert which concludes with the awarding of the Paul Hamburger Prize for Voice and Piano Duo. Wednesday 18 March, 4pm Admission free

Silk Street Music Hall

Piano Accompaniment Prize Each finalist performs a 20-minute programme of instrumental and vocal works in this competition for Guildhall pianists. Admission free


Thursday 19 March, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Needlemakers Wind Prize Supported by the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers

March ‘20

Alison Balsom

Guildhall wind instrumentalists perform a short programme with piano accompaniment in the final of this annual prize. Admission free Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Alison Balsom plays Sketches of Spain Alison Balsom trumpet Scott Stroman director Guildhall Jazz Orchestra Iain Ballamy composer & saxophone Guildhall Big Band

Thursday 19 March, 6pm Barbican

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Guildhall artists present songs by Bartók and Stravinsky in a free recital ahead of the LSO’s evening concert.

Admission free Iain Ballamy 21st Century Pastoral Miles Davis Sketches of Spain arr. Gil Evans Guildhall alumna Alison Balsom and Guildhall Jazz Ensemble give their take on Miles Davis’s ground-breaking concept album Sketches of Spain: as fresh today as it was when recorded over half a century ago. Balsom is a trumpet player with all the necessary tools to recreate the album’s moody, heady atmosphere once again. This concert also offers the opportunity to hear the Guildhall Big Band performing Iain Ballamy’s 21st Century Pastoral, starring the composer himself on saxophone. Part of Alison Balsom: Milton Court Artist-in-Residence Tickets: £15–£31 available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk YB

Thursday 19, Friday 20, Monday 23, Tuesday 24 March, 7pm Milton Court Studio Theatre GUILDHALL TIC KE T E D E VE NT

Opera Scenes Elizabeth Rowe music director Stephen Medcalf director

Outstanding singers and repetiteurs from the first year of the Guildhall School Opera Course perform classical and contemporary operatic excerpts with piano accompaniment, staging and costume. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December.

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Friday 20, Saturday 21, Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 March, 2pm Silk Street Theatre

Antigone Written by Stef Smith Orla O’Loughlin director Kai Fischer designer Michael John McCarthy composer

and sound designer A contemporary retelling of the story of Antigone, her siblings and her city, specially commissioned for Guildhall School. This epic and lyrical reimagining of the classic Greek tragedy mixes ancient legend with modern perspective, resulting in a powerful exploration of generational damage, sisterly devotion and how we find hope in the most desperate of places. Written by Olivier Award winner Stef Smith, Antigone is Guildhall’s first production directed by the School’s multi-award winning new Vice-Principal & Director of Drama, Orla O’Loughlin. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB


Tuesday 24 March, 7.30pm Silk Street Music Hall

Piano Duos

Guildhall Jazz Singers & Vocal Jazz Ensemble

In her annual piano duo concert, Noriko Ogawa directs postgraduate pianists in a programme of orchestral works transcribed for two pianos. Admission free Saturday 21 March, 8pm The Electric Theatre, GU1 4SZ

Iain Ballamy’s 21st Century Pastoral Iain Ballamy saxophone Scott Stroman director Guildhall Big Band Guildhall Jazz Choir

Scott Stroman & Clare Wheeler directors

Shakespeare is the inspiration for this programme, which includes songs from Cleo Laine and John Dankworth’s classic album Shakespeare and All That Jazz and Stroman’s stage musical As You Like It. Admission free Wednesday 25 March, 1pm Wigmore Hall

Prince Consort Side by Side Guildhall singers and pianists perform at Wigmore Hall alongside Alisdair Hogarth and his collective The Prince Consort, Associate Artists of the Guildhall Vocal Studies department.

Guildhall School jazz musicians present the headline concert of Guildford Jazz Festival with internationally recognised saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy. Tickets: £5 available from Together they’ll showcase a broad Wigmore Hall Box Office: 020 7935 2141 selection of Iain’s work from over the last wigmore-hall.org.uk 30 years arranged by Guildhall’s Head of Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone. Tickets: £20–£22 available from guildfordjazz.org.uk Wednesday 25 March, 6pm Milton Court Studio Theatre Monday 23 March, 6.15pm Silk Street Music Hall

Scenes at Six

Susan Longfield Award

A selection of opera scenes performed by postgraduate singers, directed by Simon Iorio with music direction by Liz Marcus.

The final of this annual competition for sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, in which Guildhall singers present songs and arias. Admission free

March ‘20

Friday 20 March, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Admission free

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March ‘20

Wednesday 25 March, 6.30pm Silk Street Music Hall

Thursday 26 March, 1pm Ely Cathedral, CB7 4DL

Armourers and Brasiers’ Company Brass Prize

Guildhall Saxophone Ensemble

Supported by the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers

Christian Forshaw director

Finalists perform a short programme of brass repertoire with piano accompaniment in this annual prize.

A lunchtime concert in Ely Cathedral’s magnificent surroundings and acoustics. Admission by Cathedral ticket or pass

Admission free Thursday 26 March, 6pm Lecture Recital Room Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT

The Great British Songbook: The Beatles Reimagined Guildhall Studio Orchestra Malcolm Edmonstone director 24

American Songbook Inspired by composers such as Gershwin, Porter and Berlin, Guildhall’s first American Songbook Company presents a bespoke theatrical performance delving into the enduring theme of love. Admission free

Guildhall Studio Orchestra draws upon the legacy of the Lennon and McCartney Thursday 26 March, 6.30pm songbook, performing reworkings of hits Silk Street Music Hall including In My Life, Eleanor Rigby and Yesterday in a concert which celebrates Brian Nisbet Early Guildhall alumnus Sir George Martin’s Music Prize pivotal role in the creation of these Historical Performance groups from timeless songs. across the School perform in the final This exciting evening of music features of the Early Music Prize, endowed in arrangements by Guildhall’s Head of memory of the poet Brian Nisbet. Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone which were originally commissioned by BBC Radio 2 Admission free for Friday Night is Music Night. Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

Friday 27 March, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Songs at Six: Scenes from Childhood Robert Schumann’s piano work Kinderszenen forms the inspiration for a concert of German songs for children and about childhood, curated by Eugene Asti. Admission free


March/April ‘20

Friday 27 March, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall Brass Ensemble & Guildhall Trumpet Ensemble Eric Crees, Emily White & Will O’Sullivan directors John Kenny director and carnyx

Programme includes: James MacMillan The Company of Heaven for solo carnyx and large ensemble Bernstein arr. Eric Crees Symphonic Dances from West Side Story An eclectic programme offering the chance to hear the rare sound of the Celtic carnyx, to enjoy works for sackbuts by Barbara Strozzi, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Johann Hentzschel, and to be thrilled by music from West Side Story. Admission free Sunday 29 March, 5.30pm Barbican

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Elina Bennett flute Andrew Mellor clarinet Eva Aronian, Sabine Sergejeva violins Mabon Rhyd viola Julia Sompolinska cello Gabriel Abad Varela double bass

Guildhall musicians perform Sibelius’s En Saga Septet, reconstructed by Gregory M. Barrett, in a free recital ahead of the LSO’s evening concert. Admission free

Elmira Darvarova

Monday 6 April, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall GUILDHALL TIC KE T E D E VE NT ALUMNI RE CITA L S E R I E S

Astor Piazzolla’s Greatest Tangos Guildhall welcomes back violinist and Guildhall alumna Elmira Darvarova, former leader of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, for a high-voltage concert of masterpieces by Astor Piazzolla. Elmira will be joined by horn player Howard Wall and pianist Thomas Weaver to present London and UK premieres of their own arrangements of the composer’s most beloved tangos, including Libertango, Oblivion and Le Grand Tango – transporting audiences to Argentina for the evening. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

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MASTERCLASSES

Thursday 9 January, 10.30am Silk Street Music Hall

Edith Wiens Vocal Masterclass Vocal Masterclass series supported by Peter and Corinne Young Monday 13 January, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

Aquiles Delle Vigne Piano Masterclass Wednesday 15 January, 2pm Milton Court Concert Hall

SĂŠrgio Carolino Tuba Masterclass

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Thursday 16 January, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall

Juliette Bausor

Thursday 23 January, 2.30pm Silk Street Music Hall

Miroslav Petkov Trumpet Masterclass (with postmasterclass recital at 7pm, see page 5) Thursday 23 January, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Kamal Khan Vocal Masterclass Vocal Masterclass series supported by Peter and Corinne Young

Flute Masterclass Thursday 16 January, 4pm Lecture Recital Room

Michael Chance

Friday 24 January, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

Richard Goode Piano Masterclass

Vocal Masterclass Vocal Masterclass series supported by Peter and Corinne Young Monday 20 January, 2pm Lecture Recital Room

Valentin Erben Chamber Music Masterclass

Friday 31 January, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

TakĂĄcs Quartet Chamber Music Masterclass Tuesday 11 February, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall

Hie-Yon Choi Piano Masterclass


Tuesday 10 March, 2pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Michael McMahon

Iain Burnside

Vocal Masterclass

Russian Song Masterclass

Vocal Masterclass series supported by Peter and Corinne Young

Vocal Masterclass series supported by Peter and Corinne Young

Friday 14 February, 2.30pm & 4.30pm Lecture Recital Room

Monday 16 March, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall

Elian Ortiz

Monday 16 March, 2.30pm Lecture Recital Room

Double Bass Masterclasses Friday 21 February, 5pm Lecture Recital Room

Ido Ariel

MASTERCLASSES

Wednesday 12 February, 11am Milton Court Concert Hall

Sarah Willis French Horn Masterclasses

Sarah Willis

Song Masterclass Vocal Masterclass series supported by Peter and Corinne Young 27 Monday 24 February, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Juliana Koch Orchestral Artistry Masterclass Monday 2 March, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall

Jimmy Briere Piano Masterclass Wednesday 4 March, 10.30am Lecture Recital Room Thursday 5 March, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall

Robert Levin Classical Improvisation Masterclasses Part of Robert Levin in Residence

Unless otherwise stated, masterclasses are free to attend, no ticket required.


GUILDHALL YOUNG ARTISTS

Saturday 28 March, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra Julian Clayton conductor

Vaughan Williams A Pastoral Symphony Ibert Suite from Le chevalier errant

Wednesday 8 January, 7.30pm Barbican

London Schools Symphony Orchestra: Music from The Dark Side Performers include: Sian Edwards conductor Collin Shay countertenor Brenton Spiteri tenor Thomas Mole bass-baritone

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LSSO Chorus

Penderecki Melodrama from Paradise Lost Mendelssohn Overture: The First Walpurgis Night Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1 Berlioz Rakoczy March, Ride to the Abyss and Pandemonium from The Damnation of Faust Schnittke Faust Cantata London’s inspirational youth orchestra presents a devilish evening of music, culminating in a rare performance of Schnittke’s terrifying Faust Cantata. This programme includes dramatic readings of Milton, Goethe and Marlowe. “a touch of the miraculous...” The Daily Telegraph on the LSSO Tickets: £9–£26 available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk YB

The musicians of Junior Guildhall return to Milton Court for an afternoon concert in collaboration with the School’s Production Arts department. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

Monday 27 April, 7.30pm Barbican

London Schools Symphony Orchestra: Star-Crossed Lovers Performers include: Dominic Wheeler conductor Singers from Guildhall School

Programme to include: Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story A programme inspired by Romeo and Juliet, including famous works by Tchaikovsky and Bernstein and arias and ensembles by Berlioz, Gounod and Bellini. Tickets: £9–£26 available in Spring 2020, from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk YB


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Your support will preserve the School’s specialist training of international musicians, actors and production artists and provide expert masterclasses, strands of specialist teaching and the equipment essential to maintaining Guildhall School as a world-leading conservatoire. As a Patron you will be richly rewarded with performances across the breadth of the School’s artistic disciplines. We invite you to witness artists in training and enjoy a fulfilling rapport with Guildhall staff, students and fellow supporters. For more information about becoming a Patron, please contact: Emily McNeillis, Regular Giving Officer, emily.mcneillis@gsmd.ac.uk


RESEARCH WORKS

Monday 27 January, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

The Talbot Manuscript – 70 Years of Questions Luthier and scholar Benjamin Hebbert is joined by Oliver Webber to discuss the questions raised by the recent digitisation of James Talbot’s 17th-century manuscript. Monday 10 February, 6pm Silk Street Room 148

William Walton – Evolution of his Voice Through the Violin Matthew Jones, Head of Chamber

Music at Guildhall School, explores the evolution of Walton’s musical voice, illustrated by musical excerpts performed with acclaimed pianist Annabel Thwaite.

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Monday 13 January, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Thursday 20 February, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Lessons From Magic and Theatre Jon Armstrong examines insights from

Quintilian at Wigmore Hall: Rhetorical Performance of a Lied

magic and immersive theatre practice and applies them to the broader practice of experience design, arguing that magic can be the perfect art form for co-creation.

Dr Ido Ariel examines the usefulness of rhetoric for the interpretation of Lieder, using Schubert’s Wanderers Nachtlied I as a case study.

Monday 20 January, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Monday 24 February, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Leaders on Stage: Devising a Coaching Skills Training Course for Performers

“Intelligible Spectacles”: Professional Wrestling and Exhibitionism

What leadership skills are needed for orchestral life in the 21st century? What training will equip and sustain musicians best? Jane Booth and Trudy Wright use their research to build a picture of the issues.

Dr Claire Warden claims that

professional wrestling might provide a useful site of enquiry to construct an alternative exhibitionism reliant on collaborative practice.


Monday 16 March, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Insiders/Outsiders: Contemporary Reflections on Intercultural Performing Arts Research in London

Classical Music and Cultural Difference: Negotiating International Student Performance and Pedagogy in the Conservatoire

Current Guildhall School doctoral students whose work focuses on international performing arts cultures examine their own position as intercultural researchers and how studying in London shapes their work.

Conservatoires in the West, within the contemporary context of a globalised market for higher education, now welcome a significant body of international students. Yundu Wang and Dr Biranda Ford discuss the challenges for East Asian students in Western conservatoire studies.

RESEARCH WORKS

Monday 9 March, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Unless otherwise stated, Research Works events are free to attend but booking is required. Please visit researchatguildhall.eventbrite.co.uk

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Guildhall Short Courses & Summer Schools We offer a wide range of short courses across music, drama, production arts and cross-arts. Whether you’re thinking about learning something completely new, exploring a hobby or passion, or just brushing up on existing skills, we have something for you. Courses offer an insight into Guildhall’s world-class learning environment in a fun and supportive setting. To find out more visit: gsmd.ac.uk/shortcourses


FUTURE EVENTS

Saturday 9 May, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall

National Open Youth Orchestra This pioneering orchestra marries the sounds of traditional and electronic instruments in their debut concert, featuring the London premiere of What Fear We Then by Alexander Campkin, the latest work by British Composer Award winner Liam TaylorWest and reworkings of music by Michael Nyman, Vivaldi, Hans Zimmer and Beethoven. Relaxed performance. BSL interpreted Tickets: £8 adults, £5 under-18s available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

Wednesday 13 May, 7pm Barbican GUILDHA LL T I C KE T E D E VE NT

The Gold Medal Guildhall School’s most prestigious prize for musicians. This year is the turn of the instrumentalists, who will perform a concerto with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adrian Leaper. Previous winners of the Gold Medal include Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Tasmin Little (1986) and Sir Bryn Terfel (1989). Tickets: £20, £15 (£5 concessions) available in February from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk. Priority Booking for Guildhall Circle members from 2 December. YB

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Centre for Young Musicians 50th Anniversary Gala Christopher Warren-Green conductor Peter Ash conductor Vashti Hunter cello

Programme to include: Jonathan Dove There Was a Child Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals An evening celebration headlined by a specially created Anniversary Orchestra and Choir, featuring Centre for Young Musicians alumni performing alongside current students. Tickets: £15–£30 (VIP seats £60) available from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

NOYO members


17–21 July Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

She Described It to Death (world premiere) Music by Matt Rogers Libretto by Sally O’Reilly Anna Morrissey director The Royal Opera

Monday 15 June, 7.30pm Wigmore Hall

Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize Élisabeth Pion piano

Mozart Piano Sonata in F major K 332 Schumann Piano Sonata No 2 in G minor Couperin Five Pièces de Clavecin Messiaen Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus from Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize annually rewards an exceptional Guildhall School musician with a Wigmore Hall recital. Chosen for 2020 is Canadian pianist Élisabeth Pion, first prize winner at numerous international competitions, who will perform a programme of much-loved works by Mozart, Schumann and three French composers from across the ages. Tickets: £16 (£14 concessions) available in February from Wigmore Hall Box Office: 020 7935 2141 wigmore-hall.org.uk

FUTURE EVENTS

Élisabeth Pion

What would happen if humans lived as long as trees? Composer Matt Rogers’ new chamber opera is set in an improbable future where extraordinary lifespans have changed human beliefs and behaviour. The piece tells its complex story while reflecting on our often disastrous relationship with narrative itself. She Described It to Death will be premiered at the Linbury Theatre as the third Doctoral Composer-in-Residence collaboration between The Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Tickets: available in April from the Royal Opera House Box Office: 020 7304 4000 roh.org.uk

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