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<h6><b>The Sixteen</b></h6>
International Concert Series
The Sixteen
International Concert Series

Britten Sinfonia | Harry Christophers conductor

MacMillan Miserere (13') | Tallis Why fum’th in fight (2') | Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (17') | MacMillan Stabat Mater (60')

Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of Sir James MacMillan, and performances of his new Stabat Mater will be eagerly anticipated. The work is placed alongside Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia, a haunting evocation of a lost age, and the psalm-setting by Tallis upon which it is based.

Friday 28 October 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Philharmonia Orchestra</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Philharmonia Orchestra
International Concert Series

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor | Alice Sara Ott piano

Borodin Overture, Prince Igor (11') | Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor (36’) Rachmaninov Symphony No.1 in D minor (45’)

The Philharmonia, led by charismatic conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, return with a programme featuring a stalwart of the concerto repertoire performed by German-Japanese pianist, Alice Sara Ott, while Rachmaninov’s First Symphony explores the stormy emotions of youth and lost love.

Tuesday 22 November 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>The Choir of King's College, Cambridge</b></h6>
International Concert Series
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge
International Concert Series

Stephen Cleobury conductor

Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine (6') | Duruflé Requiem (36') | Howells Three Carol Anthems: A Spotless Rose, Sing Lullaby, Here is the Little Door, (11’) | Seasonal organ music (8’) | Sequence of favourite carols, including Ding Dong Merrily on High, Away in a Manger (33')

Founded in the 15th century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the foremost representative of the British church music tradition. In this concert, we hear a programme that ranges from the heartfelt spirituality of Duruflé’s sublime Requiem to favourite carols from the choir that made singing part of everyone’s Christmas.

Tuesday 13 December 2016 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Craig Ogden: Bach to The Beatles</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Craig Ogden: Bach to The Beatles
International Concert Series

Craig Ogden classical guitar | Royal Northern Sinfonia

J. S. Bach Prelude from the Lute Suite BWV 997 (4’) | Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra (solo) (4’) | De Falla Danza del Molinero (from El sombrero de tres picos) (solo) (3’) | Boccherini Quintet No. 4 in D, G. 448 – “Fandango” (with strings) (4’) | Villa Lobos Prelude No. 1 in E Minor (solo) (4’) | Jobim The Girl from Ipanema (solo) (3’) | Savio Batucada (solo) (3’) | Rodrigo Españoleta from Fantasía para un gentilhombre (with strings) (5’) Anon. Jeux Interdits (Spanish Romance) (with strings) (4’) | Piazzolla Libertango (with strings) (7’) | The Beatles A selection of songs, including: Blackbird, Yesterday, Michelle (solo) (10’), Here Comes the Sun, Fool on the Hill, Eleanor Rigby (guitar and strings) (10’)

We regret to announce that Milos Karadaglic is unable to perform owing to a reoccurance of an injury. He is replaced by Craig Ogden, one of the world's greatest classical guitarists. Existing ticket bookers are being contacted. In this stunning programme, we are taken on a journey through time to reveal the guitar’s varied repertoire from Bach to the popular music of the twentieth century.

Friday 20 January 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra</b></h6>
International Concert Series
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
International Concert Series

Yuri Temirkanov conductor | Nicolai Lugansky piano

Khachaturian Excerpts from the ballet ‘Spartacus’: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (1st mvt. from Suite no. 2) (10'), Dance of Gaditanae and Victory of Spartacus (Last mvt. from Suite no.1) (6') | Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (30’) | Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite (45’)

Among the world’s finest ensembles and led by a truly great maestro, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra return with a Russian programme packed with fine melodies and vivid colour.

Friday 27 January 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Paul Lewis, piano</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Paul Lewis, piano
International Concert Series

Bach Partita No.1 in B-flat BWV825 (16’) | Beethoven Piano Sonata No.4 in E-flat Op.7 (30’) | Chopin Three Waltzes: A minor Op.34 No.2, F minor Op.70 No.2, A-flat Op.42 (15’) | Weber Piano Sonata No.2 in A-flat J199 (30’)

Paul Lewis makes his Bridgewater Hall recital debut with a programme encompassing one of Beethoven’s most ambitious early sonatas and Weber’s rarely heard Second Sonata.

Sunday 12 February 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra</b></h6>
International Concert Series
The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
International Concert Series

Yutaka Sado conductor | Emma Johnson clarinet

Schubert Symphony No.8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ (25’) | Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A (30’) | Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor (50’)

Led by one of Japan’s most distinguished musicians, Yutaka Sado, The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra perform works with a strong Viennese pedigree.
Friday 24 February 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Kremerata Baltica</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Kremerata Baltica
International Concert Series

Gidon Kremer director/violin

Pärt Passacaglia for violin and strings (4’) | Philip Glass Violin Concerto No.2 'The American Four Seasons' (42') | Raskatov The Seasons’ Digest (20') | Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. Desyatnikov) (26’)

Kremerata Baltica return with a typically adventurous concert, opening with Philip Glass’s Second Violin Concerto accompanied by a montage of evocative and original video images and closes with Piazzolla’s atmospheric evocation of the changing year in his native city.

Friday 24 March 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Waters of Life<br />'Jamie's Concert' with Noriko Ogawa, piano</b></h6>
Waters of Life
'Jamie's Concert' with Noriko Ogawa, piano

Concert programme includes:

Clara Schumann Polonaise Op.1 | Debussy Reflections in the water, The girl with the flaxen hair, Clair de Lune | Hiroko Kokubu Sleeping Forest | Beethoven Für Elise |
Akiko Yamane Illuminated Baby | Chopin Ballade No.1

Friday 21 April 2017 10.30AM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Wall of Water</b></h6>
Wall of Water

English String Orchestra | Kenneth Woods conductor | Harriet Mackenzie violin

Wall of Water Introduction (30') | Thea Musgrave Green (15') | Deborah Pritchard Violin Concerto 'Wall of Water' (20') | Emily Doolittle falling still (5') | Kaija Saariaho Terra memoria (15')

A chance to hear the acclaimed new Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard written in response to a series of 13 oil paintings, Wall of Water by the contemporary artist Maggi Hambling. The programme also includes music by that pioneer among women composers, Thea Musgrave, Emily Doolittle’s evocation of a blackbird singing in the rain and Kaija Saariaho’s intense meditation on the presence of the dead.

Friday 21 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Simón Bolívar National Youth Choir of Venezuela
International Concert Series

We regret that this concert will not be going ahead as the Simón Bolivar National Youth Choir has withdrawn from their European tour. The Choir has no wish to disappoint audiences and it is hoped that the tour will be rescheduled and included in a future International Concert Series at The Bridgewater Hall.

Tuesday 25 April 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment<br />
Complete Brandenburg Concertos</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Complete Brandenburg Concertos
International Concert Series

J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F (20’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G (11’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D (20’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G (16’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat (16’) | Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F (12’)

In this programme, The Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment focus their creative attention upon those iconic orchestral works of the Baroque, Bach’s six amazing and varied Brandenburg Concertos.

Thursday 11 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Six Hands</h6>
John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan</h6></b><br />
International Concert Series
Six Hands
John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan
International Concert Series

Programme to include: Vivaldi Concerto in D | Gary Ryan Benga Beat |
New works by John Williams and Leo Brouwer |
Jazz solos by John Etheridge, as well as arrangements for guitar duo and trio

Classical guitarist, John Williams only tours these days accompanied by long-standing musical friends. In this rare appearance, he is joined by the sparkling jazz performer, John Etheridge and another master of the classical guitar, Gary Ryan.

Thursday 25 May 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Sir Willard White<br />
The Brodsky String Quartet</h6></b>
International Concert Series
Sir Willard White
The Brodsky String Quartet
International Concert Series

Copland Hoedown, Two folk songs (Long Time Ago, The Dodger) | Gershwin Summertime, Honey Man, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' | Barber Dover Beach |Khachaturian Sabre Dance | Britten Poem, Two folk songs (Ash Grove and The Foggy, Foggy Dew) | Jerome Kern They Didn't Believe Me | Sinatra Classics Close to You, PS I Love You, My Way | Massenet Elégie | Jamaican trad. Jamaica Farewell

Sir Willard White collaborates with the innovative Brodsky String Quartet in a unique programme which acknowledges the work of the great Hollywood String Quartet, including the work they did with Frank Sinatra on the extraordinary album Close to You.

Friday 09 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2017</b><br /></h6>
International Concert Series
The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2017
International Concert Series

Harry Christophers conductor

Poulenc Salve Regina (4') Palestrina Surge amica mea (3') Palestrina Parce mihi, Domine (7') Palestrina Surgam et circuibo civitatem (2') Poulenc Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence (14') Palestrina Peccantem me quotidie (4') Palestrina Kyrie and Gloria (Missa L’Homme Armé) (9') Poulenc Un soir de neige (7') Palestrina Credo (Missa L’Homme Armé) (8') Palestrina Salve Regina (6') Poulenc Agnus Dei (Mass in G) (5')

Associate Artists, The Sixteen bring their own richly coloured sound and well-balanced voices to music that has both spiritual fervour and heavenly vision.

Friday 16 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall

<h6><b>Wayne Marshall</b></h6>
International Concert Series
Wayne Marshall
International Concert Series

Messiaen Transport de Joie from L'Ascension (4’) | Vierne Final from Symphonie No.6 (8') | Vierne Carillon de Westminster (7') | J.S.Bach Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV 542 (12') | Dupré Prelude & Fugue in G minor (7') | Widor Marcia from Symphonie No.3 (6') | Alain Three Dances (24') | Improvisation on themes provided by the audience

Associate Artist and organist at The Bridgewater Hall for 21 seasons, who else could finish a landmark series but Wayne Marshall with his special brand of virtuoso fireworks.

Tuesday 27 June 2017 7:30 PM The Bridgewater Hall