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Elijah – St Albans Bach Choir

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WNO Operatic Concert

The men of the chorus and orchestra of the WNO perform extracts from Verdi’s La Traviata, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, traditional Welsh music
for Male Voices, orchestral favourites and much more. Together they will explore strong male characters from the world of opera – Soldiers, Sailors, Prisoners and Priests!

With soloists:
Robyn Lyn Evans (Tenor) & Gareth Brynmor John (Baritone)

Full repertoire: 
Rossini La Cenerentola ‘Overture’
Rossini La Cenerentola No 4 ‘Cavatina’
Rossini La Cenerentola Act 1 Finale ‘Zitto’
Verdi La traviata Act II, No 4 ‘lunge da lei… De Miei Bollenti Spririti’
Gounod Faust ‘Soldier’s Chorus’
Bizet The Pearl Fishers Duet ‘Au fond du temple saint’
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet ‘Dance of the Knights‘
Traditional (arranged Arwel Hughes) Gwahoddiad


Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes ‘Overture’
Mozart The Magic Flute ‘Priest’s Chorus’
Donizetti The Elixir of Love ‘Una fur’
Arwel Hughes Tydi a Roddaist
Verdi Don Carlo ‘E Lui! Desso! … Dio, che nell’alma’
Beethoven Fidelio ‘Prisoners’ Chorus’
Wagner Lohengrin ‘Prelude to Act III’
Wagner The Flying Dutchman ‘Sailors’ Chorus’
Trenet La Mer

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Gareth Brynmor John, Gemma Summerfield with Libby Burgess

Gareth Brynmor John, Gemma Summerfield with Libby Burgess
June 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
£17.50 – £20
Libby Burgess’s passion for working with singers extends beyond the piano: she is in demand as a vocal coach, and runs opera workshops for professional singers with director Joe Austin. She is highly regarded as a chorusmaster, in which role she collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the premiere of his Kommilitonen!; she has conducted operas for Ryedale Festival Opera and at Grimeborn, and is regularly invited to give choral workshops or guest-conduct choirs. Libby loves working with living composers, and has premiered a range of new music. She gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK, and until 2015 was Head of Keyboard at Eton College.

Today, she has encouraged two top artists, Gemma Summerfield, soprano and Gareth Brynmor John, baritone, to take a day off their busy opera commitments and they will be singing their take on “Seasons of Life: A Journey in Song”.

Gareth Brynmor John, Gemma Summerfield with Libby Burgess

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My Music: Lord Jeffrey Archer

John Lubbock
Orchestra of St John’s

My Music’ with author and ex-politician Lord Archer (Jeffrey Archer).

A new concert series in which famous people discuss the music that has meant the most to them in their lives. Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtimes at SJSS.

Audiences in London, Oxford and festivals around the UK have acclaimed this wonderful mix of music and conversation. The guest talks about his life and musical influences, shares his opinions and chooses a selection of music. The Orchestra of St John’s plays these under its Musical Director, John Lubbock.

In 2018 you will enjoy fascinating events with Sir Trevor McDonald; former leader of the Conservative Party Lord Hague; and author and columnist Sir Simon Jenkins; and Lord Archer, writer and ex-politician.

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Strings in the Spring

Strings in the spring Noon-1pm,
22nd April 2018,
St Laurence Church, Catford, SE62TS
Admission free with retiring collection in aid of New Horizon Youth Centre and the church

Warlock Capriol Suite

Bach Double Violin Concerto
with Anna Kirkpatrick and Elinor Rolfe Johnson

Peter Copley Farnham Fantasia

Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring
with baritone Gareth Brynmor John

Conductor: Lucy Goddard

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Music for Kings

Friday 13 April, 7.30pm
ST GEORGE’S, Hanover Square
Music for Kings
Purcell King Arthur Suite
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 9
Bach Oboe & Violin Concerto in C minor BWV 1060
Rameau Suite from Zoroastre
Handel Dettingen Te Deum HWV 283

GARETH JOHN baritone
TOM VERNEY countertenor
JULIAN PERKINS harpsichord & organ

Written for King George II’s return from the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum is a wonderful celebratory work – joyful, dramatic and full of contrasting moods. Alongside this, music from Purcell’s King Arthur, Corelli’s splendid Italian concerto grosso, dances in the French style from Rameau’s late opera Zoroastre and Bach’s beautiful double concerto provide a wonderfully varied tapestry of music of the time.
We welcome back Southbank Sinfonia, an orchestra of outstanding young professionals who recently played to great critical acclaim in the National Theatre’s Amadeus, and chamber choir Vox Musica, alongside talented soloists Tom Verney and Gareth John, winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

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I went out to the Hazel Wood

Saturday 7th April 2018, 8.00pm
Ludlow Assembly Rooms


A sequence of words and music.

Esposito The Lark in the Clear Air
Matthew Sweeney A Round House
Gurney Cathleen ni Houlihan
Patrick Kavanagh Maguire was faithful to death
Moeran Tilly
John Montague A Drink of Milk
Barber At St Patrick’s Purgatory
Matthew Sweeney Pink Milk
Barber Promiscuity
Thea Musgrave Loneliness, from Night Windows
Seamus Heaney Sloe Gin
Philip Martin This is just to say
Wood At the Mid hour of Night
Ian Duhig From the Irish
Bax Thy dark eyes on mine
Paul Durcan The 2003 World Snooker Championship
Roussel A flower given to my daughter
Ina Boyle Sleep Song
Dennis O’Driscoll Middle-Class Blues
Stanford Prospice
Ciaran Carson Campaign
Bernadette Marmion War
Thea Musgrave Anger, from Night Windows
Rebecca Clarke The Cloths of Heaven
Michael Hartnett Poor Actaeon
Huang Ruo Actaeon, who discovers the naked Diana bathing in a stream. Splashed by her, he is turned into a deer, and killed by his own hounds.
Mary O’Malley PMT – The Movie
Jennifer Walshe A Folk Song Collection
Desmond O’Grady The Old Head of Kinsale Says
Hamilton Harty The Sea Gypsy
Yeats Song of the Wandering Aengus
Benjamin Britten Arethusa, who, flying from the love of Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain, from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Yeats Under Ben Bulben V
Bax To Eire
Conor O’Callaghan Signing Off
Stanford Crossing the Bar

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Basingstoke Choral Society: Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Basingstoke Choral Society
Croydon Philharmonic Choir
New London Sinfonia

David Gibson

Brahms composed numerous works, but his German Requiem is the only large scale choral work he wrote. It was begun in 1865 and finally completed in 1868 with the addition of a fifth movement. The text does not follow the normal liturgy of a traditional mass but is derived from the Lutheran Bible, hence its name of a ‘German Requiem’. Rather than the solemn words of a religious service it is written more as a work of consolation to comfort and soothe the bereaved.

Basingstoke Choral Society is delighted to be joined, once again, by Croydon Philharmonic Choir, in singing this work of sheer beauty and drama with wonderful melodies to uplift the spirits of the listener.

Baritone Gareth Brynmor John

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Battersea Choral Society: Bach St John Passion

On Saturday 10 March members of Battersea Choral Society, with world-class soloists and renowned early music ensemble Musica Poetica, will perform the epic masterpiece by JS Bach – St John Passion.

The Passion according to St John was first heard on Good Friday, 7 April 1724, as part of the service of Vespers in the church of St Nicholas in Leipzig.

We shall look forward to performing Bach’s musical equivalent of the Passion Play in the heart of Lent, leading to Eastertide; a time for reflection upon the Crucifixion before the celebration of the Resurrection.

Holy Trinity Sloane Square, Sloane Street, London SW1X 9BZ
Time: 7.30pm


John Savournin CHRISTUS
Elin Manahan Thomas SOPRANO
Christopher Lowrey COUNTER-TENOR
Andrew Tortise TENOR
Gareth Brynmor John BASS

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WNO: Don Giovanni

Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

Leporello David Stout
Donna Elvira Elizabeth Watts (ex. 23 March) Camilla Roberts (23 March)
Donna Anna Emily Birsan (ex. 7 March) Meeta Raval (7 March )
Don Giovanni Gavan Ring
Commendatore Miklós Sebestyén
Don Ottavio Benjamin Hulett (ex. 19 April) Nico Darmanin (19 April)
Zerlina Katie Bray
Masetto Gareth Brynmor John

Conductor James Southall

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