BMS is delighted to feature the Cantabile String Quartet, with Belfast cellist David Sloan, recent finalists at the Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest. This short concert includes music by Mozart, Haydn, Wolf and Lajtha and acts as a ‘taster’ and ticket booking opportunity for the 2013 International Festival of Chamber Music.
You can also enjoy delicious complimentary refreshments courtesy of Direct Wine Shipments and Radisson Blu Hotel.
Please note: this event usually has a capacity audience and there is restricted seating at the venue: prior reservation is essential.
Two of Britain’s most glamorous and versatile performers appear together for the very first time in a specially devised programme for the soprano voice and its instrumental counterpoint, the clarinet, as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson are justly celebrated for their many achievements in classical music, making it popular, moving and fun. In their new venture together, supported by the pianist Andrew West, they focus on melody: the natural melody of folk song and of great composers like Schubert, Gershwin and Bach. Clonard Monastery Tues 30 Oct, 8pm £18
With an artistic vision that transcends fashions and trends, Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation and has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life. Hough has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays all over the world.
‘The luminous and lyrical soprano of Camilla Tilling, which keeps its beautiful bloom even in the top register, is a pure joy for the ear’Fono Forum
Besides having a highly successful career in opera, the Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling has made a name for herself in concert and recital. International Record Review praised her ’rounded golden tone’ and her ‘ability to float a vocal line that seems to hang effortlessly on the air demanding that time itself should stop.’
She is supported by the eminent German pianist and chamber musician Paul Rivinius. The importance of Franz Schubert for the lied genre has been compared to that of Shakespeare for the theatre – the same kind of instinctive and inexplicable genius, appearing without forewarning, unparalleled in its own era and never surpassed by later exponents. This performance will include some of Schubert’s best-known songs and some of the most beautiful of all ‘lieder’.
St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast Sat 27 Oct, 8pm £12
A celebration of glorious voices in a concert featuring soprano Mary Nelson and the Belfast Philharmonic Choir. They join the Ulster Orchestra and its Associate Conductor, Christopher Bell, for an uplifting evening of music by Haydn, Fauré and Poulenc. The concert’s climactic close is a great acclamation of faith – Poulenc’s Gloria for solo soprano, choir and orchestra should raise the roof of the Ulster Hall. Ulster Hall, Belfast
Fri 26 Oct, 7.45pm
£8 – £22
The National Chamber Choir of Ireland are excited to stage a double bill concert of experimental music by John Cage and the world premiere of a new commission by Irish composer Jennifer Walshe, entitled The White Concert.
Both concerts will be conducted by Paul Hillier. The White Concert will feature John Cage’s Hymns and Variations and Jennifer Walshe’s The White Noisery.
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Sun 21 Oct, 7pm
Fifty Fanfares is a specially commissioned work by Belfast composer Michael Alcorn in celebration of the 50th year of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
A renowned composer and leading figure in brass bands in Northern Ireland, Alcorn also celebrates his fiftieth birthday this year. His piece provides a flourish to open the Festival by bringing together leading brass players from across Northern Ireland to perform in Victoria Square, Belfast. The exhilarating sounds of trumpets, cornets and trombones, located at the various levels of Victoria Square, will ring out across Belfast marking the beginning of Festival 2012.
Victoria Square, Belfast Fri 19 Oct, 5pm
Admission is free
Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire. She has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform her unique musical understanding and lyrical quality.
Vienna’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Art supplied the initial cornerstones of Wolfgang Holzmair’s artistry, strengthened and deepened over the many decades of his career by profound thought about communication through song. The Austrian baritone brings a remarkable sensibility and technical refinement to his searching interpretations.
“Music tells a story, our story, the human story, which we all share. It does not need words necessarily, if we dig deep enough past the sheer excitement of playing, the language is clear enough. Up to us performers to convey it with the full range of emotions that make up the human condition, anger, love, fear, tenderness, sadness, it’s all there…” Imogen Cooper
First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast Sun 21 Oct, 8pm £12/£10 conc
This month’s update includes a chance to win tickets to see the Irish Baroque Symphony Orchestra at the Crescent Arts Centre in September, highlights you can look forward to from this year’s Ulster Bank Belfast Festival At Queen’s, and the usual mix of news and events coming up in the next month.
This month includes a chance to win tickets to see the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at the Belfast Waterfront in October, season launches from NI Opera and the Ulster Orchestra, and the usual mix of news and events coming up in the next month.