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Music, Drama, Opera, Live Events

Events

Sep – Dec 2017


Contents Monthly highlights September October

November December

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Masterclasses 27 Guildhall Young Artists

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Research Works

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Future Events

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Contact and information

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

The Guildhall School is part of Culture Mile: culturemile.london Photographs Paul Cochrane, Clive Barda, Bo Huang, Steve Cropper, Jason Lai, Dave Stapleton, Chris Lacey, Matthew Ferguson, Andrew Mason, Ben Roost, Jeff Goldberg / Esto, Sarah Hickson, Simon Annand. Cover photo Terra Incognita – Here Be Dragons presented by the Guildhall School in the Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge (February 2017) Š Paul Cochrane


September ’17

This is Rattle This year Sir Simon Rattle becomes Music Director of the LSO and Artistin-Association with the Guildhall School and Barbican – an exciting new chapter which launches with ten days of special events which embody Sir Simon’s vison of classical music and his heartfelt belief that music is for everyone. For the full programme, visit barbican.org.uk/thisisrattle

Thursday 21 September, 6pm Sunday 24 September, 5pm Barbican Foyers

This is Rattle: Fanfares Monday 18 September, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

This is Rattle: Adès Patricia Auchterlonie, Harriet Burns, Mimi Doulton, Mirjam Mesak sopranos Matthew Jones viola Ausiàs Garrigós Morant clarinet Guildhall New Music Ensemble Richard Baker conductor

Per Nørgård Hut Ab! Nicholas Maw The Head of Orpheus Judith Weir The Alps Sir Harrison Birtwistle Célan settings Niccoló Castiglioni Vallis Clausa György Kurtág Életút Osvaldo Golijov Sarajevo John Woolrich A Farewell Madness arr. Adès Cardiac Arrest Composer and Guildhall alumnus Thomas Adès has curated this programme of inspirational works by some of the most distinctive voices of our time. In the intimate surroundings of Milton Court, young musicians of the Guildhall School are the ideal team to celebrate a new chapter in British music. Tickets: £10-£25, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

Guildhall musicians perform fanfares in the Barbican foyer ahead of the evening concerts conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Admission free Sunday 24 September, 12.15pm Barbican Hall

This is Rattle: LSO On Track LSO On Track Young Musicians Guildhall musicians London Symphony Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Elgar arr. Gareth Glyn Extracts from Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma Stravinsky arr. Gareth Glyn Extracts from The Rite of Spring LSO On Track is a partnership between the LSO and ten East London Music Services, in collaboration with the Barbican and Guildhall School, which puts young East Londoners on a worldclass stage with LSO artists to create inspirational performances. Tickets: £5, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

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September ’17

Friday 22 September, 1pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Pianists & Composers Postgraduate pianists and composers create and perform new works for piano. Admission free Friday 22 September, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus David Vinden chorus master Vassily Sinaisky conductor

Nicolai ‘Mondchor’ Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music Elgar Enigma Variations 4

Two celestial choral works and Elgar’s famous musical sketches, under the baton of renowned Russian conductor Vassily Sinaisky. Vaughan Williams’s much-loved Serenade to Music, set to words by Shakespeare, follows star-gazing lovers. Nicolai’s evocative ‘Moon Chorus’ is similarly inspired by the great bard, while Elgar drew inspiration from his friends in composing his famous Enigma Variations, a colourful collection of musical caricatures. Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Guildhall Circle members are invited to attend this concert and an exclusive pre-performance reception as guests of the School (booking required). Please contact Megan Gibbs in the Development Office on 020 7382 7179 or megan.gibbs@gsmd.ac.uk


Musicians Everywhere Guildhall Symphonic Wind Band Ian Wilson conductor Guildhall Wind and Brass Ensemble Peter Whelan conductor

September ’17

Friday 29 September, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall Saxophone Ensemble Christian Forshaw director Guildhall Percussion Ensemble Richard Benjafield director Guildhall Recorder Consort

Monday 25 September, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

The Nightfly Join the 2017 intake of the jazz department for a celebration of Donald Fagen’s classic album, The Nightf ly. As well as performing the work from start to finish, the evening will also feature transformations of the material, workshopped by jazz students and faculty members in the first two weeks of term. Transcribed and arranged by Head of Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone and supported by faculty members Jules Jackson, Stuart Hall and James Knight.  Admission free

Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks Philip Sparke Of Skies, Rivers, Lakes and Mountains Viktor Ekimowskij Kites Flying Tallis Spem In Alium (instrumental version) Peter McGarr Three Time Horizons for 15 percussionists Philip Glass arr. Forshaw String Quartet No. 3, ‘Mishima’ Bedford Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves An evening of musical fireworks starting with Handel’s famous regal celebration. Admission free

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Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 October, Saturday 14 October, 2pm Milton Court Studio Theatre

Crimp 1, 2, 3 & 4: Whole Blue Sky, Face to the Wall, Fewer Emergencies & Play House by Martin Crimp Chris Kelham director Cecilia Carey designer Gatti Routh Rhodes set design Kerry Yong composer and sound designer Leah Muller movement director James McKeogh lighting designer* Lewis Hannaby assistant sound designer*

Whole Blue Sky, Face to the Wall and Fewer Emergencies is Crimp’s trilogy of short plays that make up a disturbing fairy tale world, and the nightmarish impact on the contented life of an affluent middle class family. Play House depicts the story of a volatile relationship between a young couple learning to live in their new home. Sex, money, dancing and emotional fragility test the boundaries of their love. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. These amateur productions of “Fewer Emergencies” and “Play House” are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. * Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme


LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Performers include: Rees Webster oboe David Corkhill conductor Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2 Britten Sinfonietta, Op. 1 (chamber version) Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free

Monday 9 October, 11.45am Milton Court Concert Hall

Global Granados Marathon To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Spanish composer Enrique Granados, Guildhall pianists join with colleagues from around the world to play Granados’s complete works for piano in one day. The event starts in Melbourne at 10am GMT before the baton passes to Guildhall musicians and then to Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia and the USA. All performances will be streamed live at fimte.org. Guildhall’s contribution is a complete performance of Granados’s transcriptions of 26 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, introduced by Professor Sir Barry Ife. Organised by FIMTE and supported by the British Spanish Society. Admission free

Tuesday 10 October, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall GUILDHALL TIC KE T E D E VE NT

Canadian Brass Canadian Brass – known for their unique performance attire of formal black suits with white running shoes – round off a day at Guildhall with an evening concert which promises entertainment, spontaneity and virtuosity. Their performance includes wide-ranging repertoire from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – all performed with the utmost dedication, skill and excellence which has led to their international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today. Check gsmd.ac.uk for details of the group’s masterclasses with Guildhall musicians. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.

October ’17

Thursday 5 October, 6pm Barbican Hall

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October ’17

Wednesday 11 October, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Friday 13 October, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Kit Downes: Recital Masterclass

Strings Concert

The Guildhall School welcomes Kit Downes’ ENEMY, one of the leading groups in Europe’s progressive jazz scene, for a recital masterclass. Joining Kit are bassist Petter Eldh and Guildhall professor James Maddren on drums. Based in London and Berlin, they play expressive and complex music: lightspeed rhythmic patterns and dense harmonic clusters collide in a unique and formidable combination of voices that has been described as both ‘fiercely intense’ and ‘beautifully intricate’. Admission free

Postgraduate musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free Sunday 15 October, 5.30pm Barbican Hall

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Mendelssohn and Brahms Songs Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free

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Monday 16, Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Friday 20 October, 7.30pm Tuesday 17, Thursday 19 October, 2pm Milton Court Theatre

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Tom Stoppard Christian Burgess director Polly Sullivan designer Johanna Town lighting designer Sue Lefton movement director Eleanor Coxall sound designer* Jack Wills assistant lighting designer*

‘The whole of Russia is our orchard’ Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece, a comedy about a family facing ruin, is a poignant snapshot of the sweeping change that came to a head with the Russian Revolution in 1917. Audio-described performance and touch tour for blind and visually impaired people: Friday 20 October

Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. * Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme


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Monday 16 October, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion A short early evening concert featuring soloists from the Wind, Brass and Percussion department. Admission free

Tuesday 17 October, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT

Guildhall Studio Orchestra With special guest Dave Arch Tonight sees the launch of the Guildhall Studio Orchestra – the first of its kind in a UK conservatoire. Genre-fluid, multi-disciplinary and progressive, it places students next to the highest level

of professional musicians in a side-byside setup, with commissioned repertoire from some of the best arrangers working today. Joining the orchestra for its launch concert is Guildhall alumnus Dave Arch – a prolific pianist, conductor, arranger and composer best known for his role as Musical Director and arranger for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Recorded in 2016, Coming Home is Dave’s first solo album, a stimulating and diverse collection of songs rooted in jazz which takes the listener on an exciting journey through uplifting big band and orchestral compositions, retro-style rock big band, modern jazz rock, a classy melodic jazz style ballad and a tour-deforce that builds from a dreamy start to a frenetic mix of rhythms – all played live. Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.


October ’17

Londinium The Romans are back, the Empire has returned. Explore the City of London’s Roman heritage with Londinium – a legion of great events that promises to unearth some of the City’s long lost stories and deepest buried secrets. Guildhall Technical Theatre students provide innovative digital artworks and animations across the event. For the full programme (28 July – 29 October) see visitlondon.com/romans

Thursday 19, Friday 20, Monday 23, Tuesday 24 October, 12pm – 3pm Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LT

Hallucinatio See Leadenhall in an interactive 5 minute virtual reality experience that transforms the market into a 3D digital landscape of Roman London and gaze on a virtually resurrected Basilica. Watch as the world distorts and transforms in front of your eyes, and reveals the ancient basilica that once stood on this very site – the largest of its type north of the Alps. Combining motion graphics and 3D digital artworks, this new VR experience is created by Guildhall Technical Theatre students. Admission free

Friday 20, Saturday 21 October, 6.30pm – 10pm (shows last 20 mins) Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE

Blood Rite From Boy Blue Entertainment and the Guildhall School comes a spectacular, digitally-animated new outdoor dance show. Set on the site of London’s Roman amphitheatre, an explosive fusion of urban dance, music and video projection transforms the facades of Guildhall Yard. Using the latest technology in motion tracking, combined with live dance and cutting edge hip-hop music, Blood Rite shows an unforgettable series of provocative scenes that both reveal the horror of the arena and celebrate the perseverance of the gladiatorial spirit. Commissioned by the City of London Corporation. Admission free

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October ’17

Monday 23 October, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Songs at Six Sacred and Secular in Spanish Art and Song Postgraduate singers celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) in a concert curated by Ricardo Gosalbo and Barry Ife. Supported by the British Spanish Society. Saturday 21 October, 1pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Admission free

BBC SO Total Immersion: Julian Anderson Guildhall New Music Ensemble Directed by Richard Baker

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Julian Anderson Poetry Nearing Silence Ring Dance The Colour of Pomegranates Van Gogh Blue Alhambra Fantasy Guildhall musicians explore the extraordinary chamber music of composer and Guildhall professor Julian Anderson as part of the BBC’s Total Immersion day. Four chamber works span 21 years of Julian Anderson’s compositional output: The Colour of Pomegranates for alto flute and piano is the earliest work here, while Van Gogh Blue (inspired by the exuberance of many of the letters of the Dutch artist) and Ring Dance show Anderson’s most recent musical voice. Poetry Nearing Silence was inspired by the paintings of Tom Phillips which in turn were created by painting over an obscure Victorian novel: it’s a magical score full of extraordinary sounds and textures. Tickets: £12, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

Tuesday 24 October, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Guildhall Jazz Orchestras: Classic and Modern Directed by Scott Stroman Scott Stroman directs Guildhall’s two renowned big bands in music both classically swinging (the ‘Friday Band’) and spur-of-the-moment modern (the ‘Tuesday Band’), featuring a host of exciting young soloists. Admission free Wednesday 25 October, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Strings Concert Undergraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free


G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T A L U MN I R ECI TA L SERI ES

The Flautadors The UK’s leading recorder ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary. In this special programme, The Flautadors perform much loved pieces, from Medieval to Contemporary, and combine with a new generation of recorder players and percussionists – Guildhall students and alumni – for Renaissance masterpieces. Performed on a vast array of recorders, this promises to be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. The Alumni Recital Series is in support of the School’s Scholarships Fund.

Friday 27 October, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Songs at Six ‘Noises, sounds and sweet airs’ A concert of Shakespeare in song, directed by Richard Jackson and performed by postgraduate singers and pianists.

October ’17

Thursday 26 October, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Admission free Monday 30 October, 1pm Silk Street Music Hall

Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion A short lunchtime concert featuring soloists from the Wind, Brass and Percussion department.

Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 Admission free 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.

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Monday 30 October, Wednesday 1, Friday 3, Monday 6 November, 7pm Silk Street Theatre

The Consul Music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti Timothy Redmond conductor Stephen Medcalf director Simon Corder designer and scenography Susannah Henry costume designer

Menotti’s tragic – and extraordinarily topical – opera follows a political dissident on the run from the secret police. The Consul is the piece that launched Menotti’s distinguished career and won him the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1950. Tickets: £25 (£15 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.


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Swansong Devised by Iain Burnside Schwanengesang (‘Swan-Song’) is revered as Schubert’s farewell to song. Written at the end of his short life, the 14 songs complete the composer’s peerless trio of song cycles.

November ’17

Saturday 4, Sunday 5 November, 7.30pm Milton Court Studio Theatre

Yet there is no evidence that Schubert intended them to be performed together at all. Instead the idea was the brainwave of his Viennese publisher, Tobias Haslinger.

Wednesday 1 November, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Malija Malija is formed of three of the finest improvisers led by Mark Lockheart, recently appointed professor of Jazz Composition and Saxophone at the School, with Danish bass virtuoso Jasper Høiby and one of Europe’s most original pianists, Liam Noble. The group describes its music as ‘weird, simple, complicated, free, tight, floaty, ugly, beautiful and heartfelt, depending on your mood’. This promises to be an inspiring day with a masterclass in the afternoon (see p27) followed by the trio in concert. Admission free

Swansong presents these 14 songs, for voice and piano, in their traditional order, interspersed with monologues from six different characters. Three are Schubert’s contemporaries; three are from later generations. Each casts fresh light, from different angles, on this collection of masterly songs, and on the genius who created them, months before his death. Swansong is the latest music theatre piece devised by renowned pianist and Guildhall professor Iain Burnside, with Guildhall singers, pianists and actors. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.

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November ’17

Monday 6 November, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Strings Concert Postgraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free Monday 6 November, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U IL DH A L L T I CK ET ED E V E NT FAC U LT Y A RT I ST SERI E S

The Veiled Voice

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Monday 6, Tuesday 7 November, 12pm – 10pm Milton Court Studio Theatre

Jazz Combos A veritable jazz takeover as students and faculty members showcase their talents in the Studio Theatre, transforming it into a jazz club for two days. Groups are led by Gareth Williams, Trish Clowes, Martin Speake, Stuart Hall, Barak Schmool, Scott Stroman, Barry Geen, Charlie Wood, Lee Gibson and Head of Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone. New combos perform at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 5.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

Bach Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering, BWV 1079 Reza Vali Folk Songs, Set No. 9 Beethoven Ten Variations on ‘Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu’ (‘I am the tailor cockatoo’) for Piano Trio, Op. 121a Timo Andres Words Fail George Crumb Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale)

Admission free

Decoda: Yonah Zur violin Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir cello Catherine Gregory flute David Kaplan piano and harpsichord

Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire.

Decoda is a New York-based chamber collective dedicated to bringing meaningful musical experiences to all audiences. As Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School, they present this imaginative programme which explores the expression and interaction of voices, from the counterpoint in Bach’s Musical Offering sonata to Crumb’s timeless evocation, Voice of the Whale. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.

Wednesday 8 November, 6pm Barbican Hall

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Bernstein and Copland Songs

Admission free

Wednesday 8 November, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Strings at Six A performance snapshot from the Strings and Chamber Music departments. Admission free


November ’17

Thursday 9 November, 1pm Silk Street Music Hall

Guildhall Jazz Singers & Band Directed by Scott Stroman The School’s flagship jazz vocal ensemble presents a lunchtime concert of music ranging from close-harmony jazz standards to funk, gospel, blues and creative improvisation. Admission free Friday 10 November, 6pm Lecture Recital Room

Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion A short early evening concert featuring soloists from the Wind, Brass and Percussion department.

Saturday 11 November – Tuesday 2 January 2018

Admission free

Waddesdon Imaginarium

Waddesdon Manor’s famous collection of art is brought to life in an eye-catching Friday 10 November, 7.30pm new installation created through video Silk Street Music Hall projection mapping by video design Time’s Winged Chariot students from the Guildhall School. The building’s façade is illuminated with Ubu Ensemble striking images that bring out the beauty Directed by Simon Wills and idiosyncrasies of the remarkable John Woolrich Spalanzani’s Daughter array of artefacts and paintings housed Ligeti Kammerkonzert within, celebrating this unique property Maxwell Davies Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot and its extraordinary contents like never before. The Guildhall School’s Ubu Ensemble focuses on the classics of avant garde and Part of the Waddesdon Manor Winter Light experimental music. This programme programme, 11 Nov 2017-2 Jan 2018, includes the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. Admission to the comic music-theatre work for mezzogrounds: £10 adults. For full details please soprano and ensemble, which follows the visit waddesdon.org.uk unfortunate Miss Donnithorne as she is jilted on her wedding day. Admission free

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Balm in Gilead

(Spring 2017) Photo by Clive Barda


November ’17

Monday 13 November, 7pm Lecture Recital Room

Satoko Inoue plays Jo Kondo Satoko Inoue piano

A rare and unmissable opportunity to hear Japanese pianist and new music specialist Satoko Inoue, who is currently touring Europe performing works by one of Japan’s finest and most individual living composers, Jo Kondo, in celebration of his 70th birthday year. Admission free Thursday 16 November, 1.05pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Harp Concert A lunchtime recital from harpist Oliver Wass, winner of the Guildhall School’s prestigious Gold Medal prize (2016). 20

Admission free

Thursday 16 November, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall GUILDHA LL T I C KE T E D E VE NT ALUMNI R E C I TA L S E R I E S

Guitar Spectacular An exciting evening of music for guitar featuring the Jørgen Skogmo-Jens Franke duo, the Housden-Tarlton duo, and solo repertoire from George Tarlton and Isabel Martinez. The programme includes music by José Ferrer, Granados, Assad, Asencio, Rodrigo, Sáinz de la Maza and Francis Kleynjans. The Alumni Recital Series is in support of the School’s Scholarships Fund. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. Friday 17 November, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Scenes at Six A showing of opera scenes performed by postgraduate singers, directed by Sinéad O’Neill with music direction by Linnhe Robertson. Admission free


November ’17

Monday 20 November, 2pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Beethoven Piano Prize Supported by The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers For the performance of a complete Beethoven Sonata. Admission free Wednesday 22 November, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Piano at Six A performance snapshot from the Keyboard department, presented by postgraduate students. Admission free Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm Barbican Hall G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Adrian Leaper conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen LA Variations Mahler Symphony No. 5

of darkness to ecstatic joy, it’s thrilling to hear live. Tickets: £15, £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. Thursday 23 November, 11am Silk Street Music Hall

Esa-Pekka Salonen: In Conversation With Richard Baker The renowned Finnish conductor discusses his work with Guildhall composition professor Richard Baker. Hear more of Salonen’s work as part of the BBC SO Total Immersion Day (p25).

Two renowned conductors for the price of one. Tying in with the Barbican’s Esa-Pekka Salonen Composer Focus, the Finnish conductor leads the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in one of his own compositions, which has proved popular with audiences and critics alike since its premiere in 1996 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Admission free

Following this, Adrian Leaper takes the baton to conduct Mahler’s enduringly popular Fifth Symphony. A technically challenging rollercoaster ride of a symphony that journeys from the throes

Admission free

Thursday 23 November, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Strings at Six A performance snapshot from the Strings and Chamber Music departments.

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Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 November, 7.30pm Friday 24, Monday 27 November, 2pm Milton Court Theatre

Post-Mortem by Noël Coward Lucy Bailey director William Dudley designer Chris Davey lighting designer Yool Lee sound designer* Leah Muller movement director Elliot Smith assistant lighting designer*

A young soldier dying in the trenches has visions of visiting his surviving family and friends still enjoying wealthy decadent lives in the early thirties. Post-Mortem was first performed in 1944 in an Austrian prisoner of war camp but it was never performed professionally in Coward’s lifetime. Written in 1930 when he was 31 years old, it is a surprisingly angry and bitter vilification of the ruling classes who seem to have learnt nothing from the mass homicide of the First World War. The Guildhall School is delighted to welcome the distinguished partnership of director Lucy Bailey and designer William Dudley in this production which explores the use of video to uncover the darker, more serious side of Coward. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. This amateur production of “Post-Mortem” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. * Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme


G U I L D H A L L T I CK ET ED EVEN T

Friday 24 November, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

English Song Prize

Opera Scenes

Finalists perform a short recital of songs with English text.

Dominic Wheeler conductor Martin Lloyd-Evans director

Admission free

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 School Opera Course. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August.

November ’17

Thursday 23, Friday 24, Monday 27, Tuesday 28 November, 7pm Milton Court Studio Theatre

Friday 24 November, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Strings Concert Undergraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free

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November ’17

Tuesday 28 November, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Wednesday 29 November, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall

Laurence Cottle’s Portrait of Jaco

Historical Performance Opera Scenes

Tuesday Jazz Band Directed by Scott Stroman

A selection of opera scenes from the Baroque and Classical eras, staged and accompanied by an ensemble of period instruments. Directed by Victoria Newlyn, with music direction by Liz Marcus.

International bassist, arranger and Guildhall professor Laurence Cottle joins the School’s Tuesday Jazz Band for an evening of music paying tribute to Jaco Pastorius, widely acknowledged as the most influential jazz electric bass player. Cottle has been bassist of choice for a host of jazz, rock and fusion artists including Django Bates, Jim Mullen, Alan Parsons, Bill Bruford and Black Sabbath, and directs the Laurence Cottle Big Band. Admission free

Admission free Thursday 30 November, 10am Silk Street Music Hall

Max and Peggy Award for Violin For the performance of a violin concerto with piano accompaniment. Admission free

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Wednesday 29 November, 1pm Silk Street Music Hall

Es Werde Licht Ubu Ensemble Directed by Simon Wills

Maxwell Davies A Mirror of Whitening Light George Benjamin At First Light The Guildhall School’s Ubu Ensemble focuses on the classics of avant garde and experimental music. This lunchtime concert takes in two enthralling works by composers inspired by natural light. Maxwell Davies drew inspiration from the view from his Orkney home in composing the extraordinary A Mirror of Whitening Light, while George Benjamin 1982 work takes a Turner painting as its starting point: ‘what struck me… was the way in which solid objects – fields, cows and the castle itself – virtually appear to have melted under the intense sunlight’. Admission free

Thursday 30 November, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Songs at Six Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch Eugene Asti leads postgraduate singers and pianists in a complete performance of Hugo Wolf’s Italian songbook. Admission free


December ’17

Thursday 7 December, 6pm Barbican Hall

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Soohong Park piano

Mozart Fantasy in C minor, K475 Mozart Sonata in C minor, K457 Tchaikovsky Dumka, Op. 59 Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free

Sunday 10 December, 1pm Milton Court Concert Hall

BBC SO Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen Guildhall musicians

Esa-Pekka Salonen Dichotomie Memoria Second Meeting YTA1 Esa-Pekka Salonen’s smaller-scale works reveal, as if under a microscope, his fascination with the intricacies of music. His 17-minute Dichotomie, which he wrote in 2000, is a powerful addition to the modern piano repertoire and a highly rewarding listening experience. Tickets: £12, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

Wednesday 13 December, 6pm Barbican Hall

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Guildhall Wind Ensemble Andrew Marriner conductor

Richard Strauss Sonatina No. 1 for 16 Wind Instruments ‘From an Invalid’s Workshop’ Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free

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The Nutcracker and I by Alexandra Dariescu

and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen. The exquisite animations are all hand drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture. The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of The Nutcracker story.

The Nutcracker and I by Alexandra Dariescu is a new and innovative 50-minute live performance based on the magical Christmas story, for anyone who dares to dream. Alexandra inspires the audience by telling us her own story as Clara: from little girl to concert pianist and invites us to use our own imagination, to hope, work hard and never give up.

Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet music features throughout and includes favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pax de Deux, and the Flower Waltz, in 15 virtuosic arrangements by Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new adaptations by Gavin Sutherland.

On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and ballerina Désirée Ballantyne behind a see-through gauze screen. Bringing the story to life, the projected live digital animations, co-ordinated by technical producer Sander Loonen, will follow the music

Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.

Tuesday 19 December, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U IL DH A L L T I CK ET ED E V E NT A L UM N I RECI TA L SERIE S


Tuesday 24 October, 7pm Barbican Cinema 1

Richard Goode

Stephen Endelman

Piano Masterclass

Film Music Masterclass

Tuesday 3 October, 7pm Parliament Chamber in Inner Temple

Tickets: £12 (£11 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

Julius Drake

MASTERCLASSES

Wednesday 27 September, 10am Silk Street Music Hall

Voice and Piano Masterclass Tickets: £25 via templemusic.org or 020 7427 5641 Monday 9 October, 5pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Thursday 26 October, 10am & 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

Kathryn Stott Piano Masterclass

Ilya Itin Piano Masterclass Friday 13 October, 2pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Monday 30 October, 2.30pm Lecture Recital Room

Ralf Gothóni Chamber Music Masterclass

Levon Chilingirian Chamber Music Masterclass Monday 16 October, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

Wednesday 1 November, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall

Malija Jazz Masterclass

Jeremy Denk Piano Masterclass Milton Court Artist in Residence

Wednesday 8 November, 10am Lecture Recital Room

Paul Berkowitz Piano Masterclass Wednesday 18 October, 4pm Lecture Recital Room

Thursday 9 November, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall

Yvonne Kenny

Julius Drake

Voice Masterclass on Mozart

Voice and Piano Masterclass

Masterclasses are free to attend unless otherwise stated.

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Monday 25 September, 7.30pm Barbican Hall

London Schools Symphony Orchestra: Libeer plays Beethoven London Schools Symphony Orchestra Peter Ash conductor Julien Libeer piano

Saturday 16 September, 4pm Silk Street Music Hall

Big Gig A free, fun workshop for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re just starting out on your musical journey, have been playing or singing regularly since childhood, or have an old violin that’s been gathering dust in the loft for years, this event is for you! If you don’t play an instrument then join the chorus or the percussion section. There is no need to be able to read music. Led by Lincoln Abbotts (Executive Director: Strategic Development at ABRSM) and conducted by Spencer Down, this is an exciting opportunity to come along and make music with family members and friends with the assistance of teaching staff from Junior Guildhall. Participants need to be aged 5 or above and anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult. This is a fantastic opportunity to play in an incredible ensemble of all ages and abilities and to perform what will certainly be a world premiere! For further information and to book, please contact junior@gsmd.ac.uk Admission free

Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes                    Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1                                   Brahms Symphony No. 4  Award-winning Belgian pianist Julien Libeer joins the London Schools Symphony Orchestra as soloist for Beethoven’s zestiest piano concerto. The concert begins with the powerfully evocative Sea Interludes from Britten’s most popular opera Peter Grimes and concludes in fiery tragedy, with the symphony often described as Brahms’s farewell to the Austrian capital he adored. Tickets: £9 – £26, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk Saturday 2 December, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Junior Guildhall String Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra Julian Clayton conductor

A vibrant end-of-year showcase from two of Junior Guildhall’s flagship ensembles. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August.

Junior Guildhall presents over 80 events every year. To request a copy of the Junior Guildhall events guide, please contact junior@gsmd.ac.uk


For just £50 a year you can receive the following benefits:

· Priority booking for major ticketed concerts, plays and operas · Opportunities to attend exclusive supporter events · Guildhall School’s magazine, play · Events guides and monthly event highlights email · Termly supporter emails with inside track on developments at Guildhall Funds received from Guildhall Circle membership provide vital support for students at the Guildhall School. For more information and to join:

Visit gsmd.ac.uk/circle, call 020 7382 7179 or pick up a leaflet in the School The Guildhall School Trust, Registered Charity No. 1082472

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RESEARCH WORKS

Hands, Gestures, Voices Chaired by Dr Ceri Owen (University of Cambridge), this series of talks looks at the relationship between songs and the experience of the people who perform them. Presented in collaboration with The Oxford Song Network: Poetry and Performance, at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Monday 25 September, 6.30pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Text to Act: Tchaikovsky’s songs as embodied emotion Philip Ross Bullock (Professor of

Russian Literature and Music, University of Oxford)

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Monday 2 October, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Contemporary cello technique: performance and practice Cellist Alfia Nakipbekova discusses ‘traditional’ and ‘extreme’ techniques, and performs one of the most technically challenging works for solo cello: Nomos alpha by Iannis Xenakis. Friday 20 October, 10am Lecture Recital Room

Heaven is Shy of Earth: Julian Anderson at 50

Taking place the day before the BBC SO Total Immersion: Julian Anderson event, this one-day conference has been specially programmed to illuminate Monday 9 October, 5pm Anderson’s music, contexts and Silk Street Room 148 inspirations. Some of the UK’s leading Quilter as Collaborator: scholars of contemporary music consider themes such as Anderson and the voice, perspectives on the song Anderson’s extraordinarily colourful pianist use of harmony and the influence of Dr Ceri Owen (Research Fellow in Music, folk music and 20th century painting University of Cambridge) and literature on his work. Presented with Birmingham Conservatoire. Monday 27 November, 5pm Silk Street Room 148

Tickets: available in late August. Visit gsmd.ac.uk for details.

The Two Grenadiers Susan Rutherford (Professor of Music, University of Manchester) and Laura Tunbridge (Professor of Music, University

of Oxford)

Monday 23 October, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

The Creative Singer: unlocking creativity in opera training Sally Burgess and Rebecca Meitlis

discuss a mentoring and coaching approach and the Feldenkrais method used during rehearsals of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Guildhall singers.


RESEARCH WORKS

Monday 30 October, 6.30pm Lecture Recital Room

Not just tools: Revealing the instrument in musical practice Professor Neil Heyde (Royal Academy

of Music) explores some of the ways in which an instrument-led perspective can shed special light on musical practice, drawing case-study examples from recent music that invokes the past.

Monday 20 November, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall

Monday 6 November, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room

Playing Doctors

Public Engagement vs Aesthetic Imperatives? Artistic value, politics of participation and the social impact agenda

Theatre and medicine share a mission to understand, represent and, in different ways, care for the human. Dr Alex Mermikides (Head of Research, Guildhall School) outlines some recent projects that bring together performance and medicine in novel ways. This event is part of the Being Human festival of the humanities.

Barbican Centre and Guildhall School Doctoral Studentship candidate Stefania Donini leads a roundtable discussion on artistic value and the social impact agenda. Wednesday 15 November, 6pm Milton Court Rehearsal Room 1

In search of lost constructivism in instrumental music learning & bridges to holistic musicianship Sibelius Academy research fellow Guadalupe López-Íñiguez discusses how different instrumental teaching approaches affect students’ learning, and what psychological processes and learning conditions can help musicians to become more motivated, regulated, personal, and autonomous.

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Brahms Re-heard: A salon at 22 Mansfield Street Jacqueline Ross discusses her approach to the understanding of Brahms’ string writing through the transcription of his vocal music, and performs music by Brahms and his circle. Join us for an illustrated recital at this wonderful stately home, in aid of the Nicholas Boas Trust for Young Musicians.

Tickets: £20 – £45, via bit.ly/researchworksboas

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


FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday 10 January 2018, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Saturday 27 January 2018, 1pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall Studio Orchestra

BBC SO Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein

With special guest Liane Carroll Following last-year’s sell-out concert, award-winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll makes a welcome return to the Milton Court Concert Hall stage to collaborate with the Guildhall Studio Orchestra on songs from her new album. Tickets: available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. Friday 12 January 2018, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall Tuesday 16 January 2018, 8pm Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York

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Guildhall musicians

Leonard Bernstein Arias and Barcarolles Clarinet Sonata Touches: Chorale, Eight Variations and Coda Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Guildhall musicians showcase Bernstein on a small scale, revealing his prodigious ability to write music of charm, substance and a miraculous and genre-defying gift of melody. Tickets: £12, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk

Guildhall Artists in New York James Newby baritone Ionel Manciu violin Jonathan Ferrucci piano

Monday 26, Wednesday 28 February, Friday 2, Monday 5 March 2018, 7pm Silk Street Theatre

The Guildhall School returns to the world-renowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, to present three outstanding musicians in concert.

Poulenc: Les Dialogues des Carmélites

Admission free for Milton Court concert Tickets for Carnegie Hall: available from carnegiehall.org from 23 October.

Dominic Wheeler conductor Martin Lloyd-Evans director

The Guildhall School’s award-winning Opera department presents Poulenc’s masterpiece. Tickets: available from the Barbican Box Office from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.


FUTURE EVENTS

Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 February 2018 Milton Court

Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018: Artists as Citizens The 2018 Reflective Conservatoire Conference, ‘Artists as Citizens’, brings together leading performers, teachers and researchers from all over the world to address the key issues in Higher Education within music and drama, explored through a series of performances, practical workshops, keynote speeches, curated sessions, seminars and roundtable discussions. For more information and the conference programme, see gsmd.ac.uk/rcc Tickets: available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 7 August.

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7.30pm Barbican Hall

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra Ben Gernon conductor

Programme to include: Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 ‘Pateticheskaia’ Guildhall alumnus Ben Gernon has quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest and most exciting young conductors working today. He takes up takes up his position of Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2017/18 season, one of the youngest conductors to have held a titled position with a BBC orchestra. Here he makes a welcome return to the School to conduct the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s tragic last symphony. Tickets: available from the Barbican Box Office from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.

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Guildhall School Scholarships Fund

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