Music, Drama, Opera, Live Events
Jan â€“ Apr 2018
Contents Monthly highlights January February
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Masterclasses 26 Guildhall Young Artists
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The Guildhall School is part of Culture Mile: culturemile.london Photographs Paul Cochrane, Clive Barda, Julie Kim, Askonas Holt, Chris Christodoulou, Sarah Hickson, Stephen Cummiskey, Morley Von Sternberg, Clive Totman Cover photo Shalifa Kaddu in Face to the Wall by Martin Crimp (October 2017) ÂŠ Clive Barda
Monday 8 January, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Keyboards at Six A performance snapshot from the Keyboard department, presented by postgraduate students. Admission free Wednesday 10 January, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T
Guildhall Studio Orchestra Malcolm Edmonstone piano and musical director With special guest Liane Carroll
Following its memorable debut in October, the newly-formed Guildhall Studio Orchestra returns to celebrate the power of song with multi awardwinning vocalist and Guildhall School jazz professor Liane Carroll. The concert features songs from Carroll’s latest album, The Right to Love – mesmerising interpretations of songs by Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel and more, delivered in Carroll’s signature soulful and emotive style. Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk
Friday 12 January, 12.30pm Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s
LSO Friday Lunchtime Concert Agnieszka Zyniewicz viola Amanda Sikich piano
Milhaud 4 Visages for viola and piano Akito Goto cello Ryan Drucker piano
Stravinsky Suite Italienne for cello and piano Rachel Leach presenter
Discover more about music and instruments of the orchestra in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Hall in this specially designed concert by LSO and Guildhall School musicians. Suitable for over 5s. Admission free
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Friday 12 January, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall Tuesday 16 January, 8pm Weill Recital Hall, New York G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT
Guildhall Artists in New York James Newby baritone Ionel Manciu violin Jonathan Ferrucci piano
Bach Partita No. 2 in C minor Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte Poulenc Violin Sonata 2 Improvisations ‘Hôtel’ from Banalités La Grenouillère Quatre Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire Rachmaninov arr. Kreisler: 4 songs When Night Descends, Op. 4, No. 3 O Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair, Op. 4, No. 4 To the Children, Op. 26, No. 7 Before my Window, Op. 26, No. 10
Guildhall returns to the world-renowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, to present three outstanding musicians in concert. London audiences can see these emerging artists at Milton Court before their New York debut. James Newby, Ionel Manciu and Jonathan Ferrucci are all rising stars on the concert platform. James Newby was a 2017 Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he won the prestigious John Christie Award. Ionel Manciu has won prizes at numerous international competitions and performed in prestigious venues across Europe. Jonathan Ferrucci is winner of the 2016 Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Competition and recently made his Wigmore Hall debut. Admission free for Milton Court concert Tickets for Carnegie Hall: $20 ($10 concessions), available from carnegiehall.org
Friday 19 January, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Ryan Drucker piano
Scriabin 2 Poèmes, Op. 32 Janácˇek Sonata 1. X. 1905 Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free
Tuesday 16 January, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Mike Walker: Recital Masterclass The first of a series of visits in which guitar supremo Mike Walker coaches Guildhall jazz students before presenting a set with faculty. Admission free Friday 19 January, 7pm Lecture Recital Room
Strings Concert Postgraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free
Directed by Simon Wills Natalie Davies voice Stravinsky Octet Pribaoutki Webern Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24 Varèse Intégrales Frank Zappa Music from The Yellow Shark G-Spot Tornado for orchestra The Girl in the Magnesium Dress Get Whitey Be-Bop Tango Outrage at Valdez for ensemble The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat Dog / Meat
Sunday 14 January, 5.30pm Barbican Hall
The Guildhall School’s Ubu Ensemble focusses on classics of avant-garde and experimental music. This programme explores the work of musical pioneers from Stravinsky to Frank Zappa. Admission free
Monday 22 January, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion Guildhall Brass Ensembles Directed by Eric Crees
An early-evening programme of music by Bernstein, Copland, Scott Joplin and Gabrieli. Admission free Monday 22 January, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Strings at Six A performance snapshot from the Strings department. Saturday 20 January, 1pm Wigmore Hall 6
Schubert for Male Vocal Ensemble
Admission free Tuesday 23 January, 8pm Silk Street Music Hall
Guildhall Jazz Singers
Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano Ben Johnson tenor Nick Pritchard tenor Stephan Loges bass-baritone Graham Johnson piano Guildhall singers
A celebration of jazz voice at Guildhall, including a showcase for alumnus James Rose’s new group, and culminating in a set from Guildhall’s established nine-part vocal group led by professor Scott Stroman.
Songs of drinking and battle form an appetising slice of the menu for this lunchtime date with Schubert. Six male voices from the Guildhall School join Nick Pritchard, Stephan Loges, Anna Huntley and Ben Johnson for a programme that includes rousing part songs and choruses.
Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions), available from the Wigmore Hall Box Office: 020 7935 2141 wigmore-hall.org.uk
Monday 29 January, 1pm Lecture Recital Room
Songs at Six
Guildhall Harpists & Friends
‘Thicker Than Water’
A lunchtime concert exploring the delightful world of chamber music with harp.
Iain Burnside leads postgraduate singers and pianists in a programme exploring the family in song. Admission free Friday 26 January, 7pm Lecture Recital Room
Admission free Monday 29 January, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Songs at Six
‘Donizetti in the salon and on stage’
Postgraduate pianists showcase their talents in this informal evening concert.
Emanuele Moris curates a programme of chamber songs and opera arias by Gaetano Donizetti, performed by postgraduate singers and pianists.
Admission free Saturday 27 January, 1pm Milton Court Concert Hall
BBC Total Immersion: Leonard Bernstein Anne Reilly soprano James Newby baritone Michael Sikich, Krystal Tunnicliffe piano
Leonard Bernstein Arias and Barcarolles Charlotte Bartley clarinet Michael Sikich piano
Leonard Bernstein Clarinet Sonata Ryan Drucker piano
Leonard Bernstein Touches: Chorale, eight variations and coda for piano Gustavo Clayton Marucci clarinet solo Scott Stroman conductor
Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Guildhall musicians showcase Bernstein on a small scale, revealing his genredefying gift of melody. Tickets: £12, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk
Wednesday 24 January, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Thursday 1 February, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall
Strings Concert Undergraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free Friday 2 February, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall
Guildhall Baroque Orchestra & Consort
Sunday 4 February, 5.30pm Barbican Hall
Directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk and
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
A feast of Italian Baroque music featuring Caldaraâ€™s Missa Dolorosa, sacred madrigals by Monteverdi, and instrumental repertoire from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Admission free 8
Songs by Hanns Eisler, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Kurt Weill Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free
Sunday 11 February, 5.30pm Barbican Hall
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists Joon Yoon piano Amarins Wierdsma, Lyrit Milgram violin Alexander McFarlane viola Ben Tarlton cello
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free
Friday 2, Saturday 3, Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, Monday 12, Tuesday 13 February, 7.30pm Saturday 3, Thursday 8, Tuesday 13 February, 2pm Milton Court Studio Theatre
Colder Than Here by Laura Wade Lisa Blair director Frankie Bradshaw designer Sally McCulloch lighting designer* Abigail Palmer sound designer*
Nobody can ignore the fact that Myra is dying, but in the meantime life goes on. There are boilers to be fixed, cats to be fed and the perfect funeral to be planned. As a mother researches burial spots and biodegradable coffins, her family are finally forced to communicate with her, and each other, as they face up to an unpredictable future. Laura Wade’s beautifully-poised family drama was first performed at the Soho Theatre, London, in 2005. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 11 December. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. *Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme.
Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Friday 9, Saturday 10, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm Tuesday 6, Saturday 10, Thursday 15 February, 2pm Milton Court Studio Theatre
Saved by Edward Bond John Haidar director Frankie Bradshaw designer Jack Wills lighting designer* Abigail Palmer sound designer*
Two strangers go home together; a mother takes her baby to the park; a young man mends a chair. Mining the extremities of human experience on a South London council estate, Edward Bond’s anatomy of a forgotten generation changed the face of modern drama. This play contains violence and scenes of a disturbing nature. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 11 December. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. *Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme.
Scenes at Six A showing of opera scenes performed by postgraduate singers, directed by Simon Iorio with music direction by Clive Timms. Admission free Wednesday 14 February, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Thursday 22 February, 3.30pm – 7pm (drop-in) Broadway Theatre, Barking
Changing Dialogue: Workshops and Performances
Tuesday 13 February, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Featuring sound, interactions and games platforming the work devised from Changing Dialogue. Admission free, no booking required.
The Song Guild Professor Graham Johnson directs a complete cycle of the Britten Canticles. Admission free Monday 19 – Thursday 22 February
Changing Dialogue A festival of workshops, interventions and live music events from 50 Guildhall students and 200 community members in East London. Responding to the Barbican’s 2018 season, ‘The Art Of Change’, Changing Dialogue explores how creative practice can kick-start a conversation and holds the potential to challenge and change. Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm Chats Palace, Hackney
Changing Dialogue: Live Performances Live music from (Im)Possibilities, a 25-piece band inhabiting the land of experimentation, psychedelic grooves and exotic melodies. Guest performance by Where Pathways Meet and others. Admission free but booking required via the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018.
Thursday 22 February, 7pm Broadway Theatre, Barking
Changing Dialogue: Finale Showcase The finale showcases The Messengers and Future Band, the Satellite Collective and other community groups from Barking and Dagenham. Admission free but booking required via the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018.
Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16, Saturday 17 February, 7.30pm Tuesday 13, Thursday 15 February, 2pm Milton Court Theatre
The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson Joseph Blatchley director Dora Schweitzer designer Elliot Smith lighting designer*
Three estranged sisters meet for their mother’s funeral. In the face of such a momentous event, will they be able to reconcile the very different versions of their shared childhood or are they bound to fail at distinguishing false memories from true? Shelagh Stephenson’s first stage play is a poignant family drama that won Best Comedy at the 2000 Olivier Awards. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 11 December. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. *Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme.
February ’18 Monday 19 February, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Friday 23 February, 6pm Victoria and Albert Museum, SW7
Songs at Six
Vocal Scenes at the V&A
Guildhall singers perform opera scenes at the V&A Museum, as part of the major exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.
Devised and directed by Susan Waters, this concert explores the influence of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte on song and opera through the centuries. Performed by postgraduate singers and pianists, incorporating movement led by Bryony Williams. Admission free
Tickets to the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition: £19 via vam.ac.uk
Friday 23 February, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT
Guildhall Chamber Orchestra Directed by Roberto González-Monjas Soohong Park piano Strauss Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Solo Strings Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, K.467 Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat, ‘Eroica’, Op. 55 Beethoven’s mighty ‘Eroica’ symphony is a landmark piece of music that signalled the turning point from the Classical to Romantic period. Its expressive extremes – ranging from funeral march to virtuosic scherzo and exhilarating finale – make it an awe-inspiring listen.
It forms the heart of this programme from the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra, led by Guildhall professor and violinist Roberto González-Monjas. Tickets: £15 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 11 December. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. Monday 26 February, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Chamber Music at Six A performance snapshot from the Chamber Music department. Admission free
Monday 26, Wednesday 28 February, Friday 2, Monday 5 March, 7pm Silk Street Theatre
Les Dialogues des Carmélites Music by Francis Poulenc Dominic Wheeler conductor Martin Lloyd-Evans director Takis scenography and costume designer Robbie Butler lighting designer
Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Poulenc’s sublime masterpiece follows the harrowing story of Blanche de la Force, a shy young aristocrat who joins the Carmelite convent. This dramatic and powerful tour-de-force, based on a true story, explores faith and redemption, fate and sacrifice. Tickets: £25 (£15 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.
Thursday 1 March, 1pm Silk Street Music Hall
Friday 9 March, 5pm Lecture Recital Room
Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion
Franz-Schubert-Institut Lieder Prize
A lunchtime concert featuring soloists from the Wind, Brass and Percussion department.
The final of this annual competition for Lied duos, incorporating the Vera RozsaNordell Travel Award. Adjudicated by Dr Deen Larsen.
Admission free Thursday 1 March, 6.30pm Silk Street Music Hall
Susan Longfield Prize The final of this annual competition for sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, held in memory of Susan Longfield. Admission free Friday 2 March, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall 16
Piano Accompaniment Prize Each finalist performs a 20 minute programme of instrumental and vocal works. Admission free Monday 5 March, 3pm 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 8 March, 7.30pm Lecture Recital Room
Guitar Chamber Music An evening of chamber music presented by all students in the Guitar department. Admission free
Friday 9 March, 7.30pm Silk Street Music Hall
Liquid City: Saxophone Ancient and Modern Tammy Clark-Barrett, Tom Gimson, Nicholas Hann, Finn McEwen, Tom Plater, Sophie Toft saxophones
With: Adrian Brendel cello Steve Lodder piano and keyboards John Harle saxophone and director
Dario Marianelli Prelude for John Harle (world premiere) Gary Carpenter Jonny Spielt Aus (world premiere) Daniel Asia The Alex Set (world premiere) Roy Powell Towards the Light Machaut arr. Sir Harrison Birtwistle and John Harle The Saxophone Mass Music from the Sardana: La Santa Espina Strandjanska Melody Nicholas Hann new work (world premiere) John Harle Liquid City (world premiere) Renowned saxophonist and Guildhall professor John Harle leads an exciting programme featuring premiere performances. Admission free
March ’18 Monday 12 March, 7.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall 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
Clare Hammond piano Haydn Fantasia in C, Hob XVII: 4 Unsuk Chin 3 Études (1995-2003) Julian Anderson Piano Études Nos. 1-3 Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 Scriabin Sonate-Fantasie No. 2, Op. 19 Edmund Finnis New work (world premiere) Stravinsky Three movements from Petrushka Winner of the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award, pianist Clare Hammond returns to showcases contemporary approaches to the piano, alongside more familiar masterpieces. Opening with Haydn’s witty Fantasia, Clare then presents three etudes by Unsuk Chin and three by Guildhall professor,
Julian Anderson, both striking in their wizardry. Beethoven’s Op. 109 Sonata, with its rare intimacy and affection, closes the first half. In the second, Scriabin’s mercurial second sonata and Stravinsky’s dazzling Petroushka Suite frames a new work by Guildhall alumnus Edmund Finnis, commissioned by Clare and here receiving its world premiere. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. Wednesday 14 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Keyboards at Six A performance snapshot from the Keyboard department, presented by postgraduate students. Admission free
(Autumn 2017) Photo by Clive Barda
Thursday 15 March, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Tessiture Elettronico Tessiture Elettronico is a collaborative project between the Guildhall School’s Vocal and Electronic Music departments. This concert presents new pieces of electro-acoustic music involving live vocal performance and electronics, inspired by Stockhausen’s seminal Stimmung. Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm Barbican Hall G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT
Guildhall Symphony Orchestra Ben Gernon conductor Ionel Manciu violin
Anna Clyne This Midnight Hour Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 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. This season, he became Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, making him 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: £15, £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.
Admission free Friday 16 March, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
The Song Guild Led by Professor Graham Johnson, this concert looks at various female characters in song. The evening concludes with the awarding of the Paul Hamburger Prize for Voice and Piano Duos. Admission free
Monday 19 March Milton Court Concert Hall
Brahms and his Poets A day-long event dedicated to Brahms’s solo songs, with a focus on the poetry he set. Professors Stephan Loges and Eugene Asti lead postgraduate singers and pianists in two concerts involving a selection of songs by Brahms and figures he admired such as Schumann, Schubert and Mendelssohn. Dr Natasha Loges discusses the challenges of Brahms’s songs, and the day concludes with a faculty recital. 1.05pm
Lunchtime Concert 2.30pm
ResearchWorks event with Dr Natasha Loges (see p31)
Tuesday 20 March, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall
EXAUDI, directed by James Weeks, premieres six exciting new works by Guildhall postgraduate composers.
Songs at Six
7.30pm G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T FAC U LT Y ART I ST SERI ES
Stephan Loges & Eugene Asti Stephan Loges baritone Eugene Asti piano
An enthralling programme of songs by Brahms and his contemporaries – settings of poetry by Daumer, Platen, Rückert, Keller, Goethe, Candidus and others. Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.
Wednesday 21 March, 1pm St George’s, Hanover Square
Guildhall Cantata Project Directed by James Johnstone The Guildhall Cantata Ensemble presents Handel’s music, placed alongside some of the influences he carried with him from Germany, including sacred music by Tunder, Buxtehude, Bruhns and Schütz. Part of the London Handel Festival. Tickets: £10 available from london-handel-festival.com from January 2018.
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Wednesday 21, Thursday 22, Tuesday 27 March, 7pm Saturday 24 March, 2.30pm Milton Court Studio Theatre G U I L DH A L L T I CK ET ED E VE NT
Opera Scenes Victoria Newlyn director Elizabeth Rowe musical director
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 8 January 2018.
Wednesday 21 March, 7pm Lecture Recital Room
Strings Concert Postgraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free Thursday 22 March, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall
Classical Chamber Music A concert of classical period chamber repertoire for woodwinds, performed on period instruments and coordinated by Guildhall Artist Fellow in Historical Performance, Rosie Bowker. Admission free
G U I L DH A LL T I CK ET ED EVEN T
Friday 23 March, 1pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Spotlight on Wind, Brass & Percussion A lunchtime concert featuring soloists from the Wind, Brass and Percussion department.
Guildhall School at Tower Bridge
The Guildhall School returns to Tower Bridge for a second series of intimate shows.
Friday 23 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall
With support from the City of London Police Museum, video design artists from the Guildhall School will create an immersive light and sound installation at Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber – using digital technology to transform the hidden bowels of one of London’s most iconic structures.
Strings at Six
Tickets: £28.50 (£19.50 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018.
Friday 23 March, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm Saturday 24 March, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm & 9pm Sunday 25 March, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge
A performance snapshot from the Strings department. Admission free Friday 23 March, 7.30pm Silk Street Music Hall
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra with Gareth Lockrane Directed by Scott Stroman The Guildhall School’s jazz orchestras have long been recognised as among the world’s most exciting and inventive student big bands. Here the ‘Friday Band’ is joined by flautist and professor Gareth Lockrane, known both for his exciting playing and inventive compositions and arrangements. Admission free
Friday 23, Saturday 24, Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 March, 7.30pm Monday 26, Wednesday 28 March, 2pm Silk Street Theatre
Paradise Lost by Clifford Odets Wyn Jones director Libby Watson designer James McKeogh lighting designer* Monty Evans sound designer*
This rarely-produced play by one of America’s great playwrights portrays the unravelling world of a solidly middle-class family whose aspirations are thwarted by events outside their control, leaving them with not much more than primal 24 survival instincts. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. *Student on the BA (Hons) Technical Theatre Arts programme.
Tuesday 27 March, 7.30pm Silk Street Music Hall
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra & Singers
Elin Samuel harp Timothy Chua, Ida Derbesse violin Agnieszka Zyniewicz viola Akito Goto cello Piotr Hetman double bass
Directed by Scott Stroman
Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings Accendo Quartet: Juliette Roos, Sabine Sergejeva violin Alexander McFarlane viola Daniel Benn cello
Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 Senior musicians from the Guildhall School take to the Barbican stage before LSO concerts with free performances of complementary repertoire. Admission free
Guildhall’s ‘Tuesday Band’ is joined by a close-harmony vocal ensemble for an evening of swinging standards, new songs and exciting improvisation. Expect everything from Singers Unlimited to Ella, Nancy Wilson, Mingus, pop and more. Admission free Wednesday 28 March, 6pm Milton Court Studio Theatre
Scenes at Six Opera scenes performed by postgraduate singers, directed by Simon Cole with music direction by Elizabeth Marcus. Admission free
Monday 26 March, 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Wednesday 28 March, 7pm Silk Street Music Hall
Piano Duo Recital
Supported by the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers
Noriko Ogawa coaches senior pianists in piano duos written by composers from English-speaking countries.
Wind instrumentalists perform a short programme with piano accompaniment. Admission free Monday 26 March, 6pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Scenes at Six Opera scenes performed by postgraduate singers, directed by Dafydd Hall-Williams with music direction by Janet Haney. Admission free
Sunday 25 March, 5.30pm Barbican Hall
Admission free Wednesday 28 March, 7pm Lecture Recital Room
Strings Concert Undergraduate string musicians showcase their talents in this informal evening concert. Admission free
Tuesday 9 January, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall
Tuesday 13 February, 7.30pm Silk Street Music Hall
Monday 22 January, 6pm Lecture Recital Room
Wednesday 14 February, 4pm Lecture Recital Room
Voice Masterclass on Mozart
Wednesday 24 January, 2pm Silk Street Music Hall
Monday 26 February, 2pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Orchestral Artistry Masterclass on Ravel La Valse
Piano Masterclass Thursday 1 March, 4pm Lecture Recital Room
Thursday 25 January, 6.30pm Silk Street Music Hall
Susan Bullock Voice Masterclass
Adrianne Pieczonka Voice Masterclass Friday 26 January, 10am Silk Street Music Hall
Tuesday 20 March, 10am Milton Court Concert Hall Wednesday 21 March, 10am Silk Street Music Hall
Sa Chen Piano Masterclass
Piano Masterclass Friday 26 January, 2pm & 6pm Silk Street Music Hall
Friday 23 March, 10am & 2pm Silk Street Music Hall
Victor Rosenbaum Piano Masterclass
Violin Masterclass Tuesday 27 March, 10am Lecture Recital Room
Isabelle Perrin Harp Masterclass All masterclasses are free to attend.
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GUILDHALL YOUNG ARTISTS
Tuesday 9 January, 7.30pm Barbican Hall
The Planets London Schools Symphony Orchestra Sir Richard Armstrong conductor Louise Alder soprano
Bernstein Overture to Candide Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Holst The Planets One of Britain’s most distinguished conductors joins the London Schools Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Holst’s The Planets, 100 years after the popular suite first premiered. Tickets: £9 – £26, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk Saturday 17 March, 5.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Junior Guildhall String Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra Julian Clayton conductor Dominic Wheeler conductor
Two of Junior Guildhall’s flagship ensembles present an exciting programme of music in Milton Court. Tickets: £10 (£5 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk from 8 January 2018.
Saturday 24 March, 4pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Junior Guildhall End of Term Concert A vibrant showcase from ensembles across Junior Guildhall, including the Brass Band, Jazz Big Band, Percussion Ensemble and Wind Orchestra. Admission free Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm Barbican Hall
Classic Italian Comedy London Schools Symphony Orchestra Dominic Wheeler conductor Christopher Purves baritone Guildhall singers
Stravinsky Pulcinella Puccini Gianni Schicchi A Neapolitan clown inspired Stravinsky’s ballet, Pulcinella, while Puccini set his own comic masterpiece in Renaissance Florence. Baritone Christopher Purves, whose recent performances of Gianni Schicchi were celebrated, leads a talented cast of young singers in this uplifting concert of music. Tickets: £9 – £26, available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk
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Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 February Milton Court
Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018: Artists as Citizens The 2018 Reflective Conservatoire Conference brings together leading performers, teachers and researchers from all over the world to address the key issues in Higher Education within music and drama. Economic, social and political landscapes are transforming in unparalleled ways across the globe. However bewildering this may be, one thing is certain: we are living in a time where the arts and artists must realise their potential more fully as leaders in society. The theme for the 2018 Reflective Conservatoire Conference, Artists as Citizens, considers how artists, arts organisations, and specialist higher education institutions can and are already engaging with artistic citizenship within contemporary societies. Keynote speakers include:
Professor Geoffrey Crossick (Distinguished Professor of Humanities, SAS, University of London) Vikki Heywood CBE (Chairman, RSA) Helen Marriage (Director, Artichoke)
For the full conference programme and booking, visit gsmd.ac.uk/rcc
Monday 15 January, 6pm Lecture Recital Room
An officer and a gentleman: Record Effects The legacies of B H Crusell Marisa Gupta (British Library Edison Fellow) examines how recordings, (1775-1838) Jane Booth (Guildhall School)
investigates the legacies of clarinet virtuoso Bernhard Henrik Crusell as shown through his instruments, letters, travel journals and compositions, particularly his three quartets for clarinet and strings (Op. 2, 4 and 7). Featuring Ensemble DeNOTE. Monday 22 January, 6pm Silk Street, Room LG6
The audience as artist: examining the effect of new music written for audience participation 30
Monday 29 January, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room
Dr Jutta Toelle (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt) and Professor John Sloboda (Guildhall School) report on an investigation of audience experience during the Connect project, an international creative collaboration involving world premieres of two new works for professional ensemble and audience (by composers Christian Mason and Huang Ruo), performed in 2016 in four European cities including London. How effective are initiatives such as this in widening and deepening audience engagement with contemporary classical music?
perhaps one of the greatest influences on music making over the past 100 years, have impacted how we make and experience music. Monday 5 February, 6pm Silk Street, Room 148
Theatre Aurality Dr Lynne Kendrick (Royal Central School
of Speech and Drama) discusses the emerging critical field of theatre sound theory and what this offers for theatre and performance analysis. Monday 12 February, 6pm
Sombering Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto Due to its influence on popular culture, specifically in soundtracks for various Hollywood films, Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto is prone to associations of superficial sentimentality and even banality. In this talk, co-organised by the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies and the Institute of Musical Research, Dr Mine Doğantan-Dack (University of Cambridge) describes the process of preparing this piece for performance with the aim of lifting off this ‘popular’ veil in order to present it as a sombre, serious and deeply moving work.
Why do sopranos have such a rough time in opera? Lucien Jenkins (Guildhall School) looks
Wednesday 21 February, 7pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Theatre Censorship: Still alive and kicking? On 26 September 1968 the Theatres Act abolished a censorship that had controlled plays in Great Britain since 1737. The next day the musical Hair opened in London with rock anthems and nude hippies. Expression was free. Fifty years on, what are the forces at work that may be challenging freedom of expression? Who or what are the new Lord Chamberlains? How free are our performing arts? This panel discussion, chaired by Jodie Ginsberg (Index on Censorship), will include contributions from experts from across the sector. It launches Shakespeare’s Globe series on Shakespeare and Censorship and forms part of the Guildhall School’s Reflective Conservatoire Conference (see p29). Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions & Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe, free for Reflective Conservatoire Conference ticket holders), available from the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891 barbican.org.uk
at the influence of Samuel Richardson on Romantic opera, focusing in particular on his Clarissa (1748), a vast novel about a family quarrel, social class, female friendship, kidnapping, imprisonment, rape, mental breakdown, religious faith, duels and death.
Wednesday 7 March, 6pm Silk Street, Room 148
Monday 12 March, 6pm Milton Court Seminar Room
Is the personal still political in artistic research? Guildhall School doctoral candidates discuss how personal arts practice and research can engage with wider political contexts. 31 Monday 19 March, 2.30pm Milton Court Concert Hall
Brahms and his Poets As part of a day-long Brahms event (see p21), Dr Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music) and other panellists discuss the challenges of understanding and performing Brahms’s songs, in particular those raised by his choice of poetry. This event focuses on the changing meanings of song poetry during his lifetime, and the implications for performers today.
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Venables is the first to set music to a play by Sarah Kane. Despite the dark nature of its subject and the eventual fate of its troubled creator, 4.48 Psychosis is a work that contains humour and warmth as well as tremendous emotional power, all of them underlined in Venables’ entirely original and hard-hitting operatic version. Contains themes of an adult nature. Tickets: available from the Royal Opera House: roh.org.uk from 31 January 2018.
Thursday 10 May, 7pm Barbican Hall
The Gold Medal
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4.48 Psychosis By Philip Venables Based on the play by Sarah Kane Richard Baker conductor Ted Huffman director Hannah Clark designer Pierre Martin video designer D. M. Wood lighting designer South Intermedia sound designer
A revival of the critically-acclaimed opera by Philip Venables, the Guildhall School and Royal Opera’s first Doctoral Composer-in-Residence. 4.48 Psychosis received its premiere in May 2016. It went on to win the award for Achievement in Opera at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards and an Olivier Award nomination.
The 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 James Judd. 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 from the Barbican Box Office from 12 February 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members.
Hindemith: The Long Christmas Dinner Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement Dominic Wheeler conductor Ashley Dean director
The Guildhall School’s opera department presents a double-bill of one-act operas with a distinctive culinary flavour: Hindemith’s imaginative family drama set over the course of 90 Christmas dinners, and Berkeley’s 1954 comic gem. Tickets: £25 (£15 concessions), available from the Barbican Box Office from April 2018. Priority booking for Guildhall Circle members. June 2018 Hackney Empire
Mamzer Bastard (world premiere) Music by Na’ama Zisser Libretto by Samantha Newton and Rachel C. Zisser
The Guildhall School and Royal Opera present the world premiere of a new work by exciting young composer Na’ama Zisser, in a soundworld that thrillingly unites contemporary idioms with the music of Orthodox Hasidic Judaism. Mamzer Bastard is the culmination of Zisser’s doctoral residency with the Guildhall School and The Royal Opera. Tickets: available from the Royal Opera House: roh.org.uk from April 2018.
Wednesday 27 June, 7.30pm Wigmore Hall
Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize Ming Xie piano
Granados El Amor y la Muerte El Fandango de Candil Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit Chopin 24 Preludes, Op. 28
Monday 4, Wednesday 6, Friday 8, Monday 11 June, 7pm Silk Street Theatre
The Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize annually awards an exceptional Guildhall School musician with a Wigmore Hall recital. Ming Xie, this year’s recipient, presents a thrilling programme of piano music taking in pieces from Granados’ masterful Goyainspired piano suite, charming Chopin preludes and Ravel’s virtuosic Gaspard de la Nuit, considered one of the most technically-challenging solo piano pieces of all time. Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions), available from Wigmore Hall Box Office: 020 7935 2141 wigmore-hall.org.uk from February 2018.
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