Classical music in London – October 2013

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All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during October

Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra - Prokofiev and Rachmaninov

Join conductor Yuri Temirkanov, violinist Vilde Frang and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Join director and violinist Alison Bury, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Handel, Muffat, Connors, Corelly and Geminiani.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Cedric Tiberghien, playing Liszt, Szymanowski and Ravel

Join the young French pianist Cedric Tiberghien at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as he performs Liszt's "Annees de pelerinage", Szymanowski's "Three Masques" and Ravel's "Miroirs for piano".
Royal Albert Hall
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Grand Opera Gala - Popular operatic arias

The Grand Opera Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall will feature a stellar line-up of vocalists including Claire Rutter, Stephen Gadd and the Classic BRIT nominee Gardar Thor Cortes. They will be joined by conductor Renato Balsodonna, Barts Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic - Dutilleux and Shostakovich

Join conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, the Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Dutilleux and Shostakovich.
Royal Albert Hall
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Carmina Burana, William Tell and Bruchs Violin Concerto

"Carmina Burana" returns to the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be a rousing and memorable night -- when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Choral Society and the English Concert Chorus join forces to sing Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana".
Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra - Cherubini and Beethoven

Join conductor Juraj Valcuha, pianist Sunwook Kim and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Luigi Cherubini and Beethoven.
Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic, playing Poulenc and Prokofiev

Join conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Poulenc and Prokofiev.
Cadogan Hall
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John Lill, playing Beethovens Piano Sonatas

Pianist John Lill will be giving a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall over four months, during which he will perform Beethoven's complete Piano Sonatas.
Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra - Delius, Grieg and Holst

Join conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist Alice Sara Ott and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Delius, Grieg and Holst.
Royal Opera House
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Romeo and Juliet, at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo And Juliet", set to the music of Prokofiev's exhilarating score. It tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers, forbidden to see each other by the rivalry of their families.
Royal Festival Hall
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Mozarts Requiem - Royal Festival Hall

Join conductor David Hill, the Bach Choir and the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform Mozart's "Don Giovanni Overture", "Piano Concerto No.21 in C" and "Requiem".
Royal Festival Hall
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Simply Gershwin - Royal Festival Hall

Get down to the Royal Festival Hall for a glamourous evening of toe-tapping tunes by America's greatest composer -- George Gershwin. The music will be performed by Gavin Sutherland and the London Concert Orchestra, and include "Strike Up The Band", "Rhapsody in Blue", "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So" and songs from "Porgy and Bess".
Cadogan Hall
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Royal Philharmonic, playing Bizet, Bruch and Tchaikovsky

Join conductor Bramwell Tovey, violinst Tasmin Little and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Bizet, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.
Royal Opera House
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Verdis opera, Les Vepres Siciliennes

"Les Vepres Siciliennes" is one of Verdi's lesser known operas, but played a key role in his development. It is set during a time when the French have occupied Sicily. Helene is held hostage by the French governor, who has just had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance.
Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra - Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky

Join conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.
London Coliseum
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Madam Butterfly - London Coliseum

Puccini's score is one of his best, and tells of the doomed love affair between a young Japanese geisha girl and the American naval officer Pinkerton, whose thoughtless toying with her affections breaks her heart. When Butterfly's unwavering belief that her love will return is finally dashed, the opera moves to its powerful and tragic conclusion.
Cadogan Hall
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Beethoven and Bach - Cadogan Hall

Join Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Beethoven and Bach.
Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Brahms

Join conductor Andris Nelsons, violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform Johannes Brahms' "Variations on a theme by Haydn (St. Anthony)", "Double Concerto" and "Symphony No.3".
Royal Festival Hall
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Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Brahms

Join conductor Andris Nelsons, pianist Helene Grimaud and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform Johannes Brahms' "Piano Concerto No.1" and "Symphony No.1".
Cadogan Hall
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Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Alissa Firsova, at Cadogan Hall

Join conductor Alissa Firsova, cellist Michael Petrov and the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and a world premiere by Alissa Firsova.
Cadogan Hall
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Royal Philharmonic, playing Berlioz, Beethoven and Brahms

Join conductor Grzegorz Nowak, violinist Robert Davidovici and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Berlioz, Beethoven and Brahms.
Royal Albert Hall
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Danny Elfman - Music from the films of Tim Burton

Join conductor John Mauceri and the BBC Concert Orchestra for a special evening of music by Danny Elfman. He has joined forces with Tim Burton to create a unique experience, blending his film scores with visuals on the big screen of Burton's original sketches, drawings and storyboards.
Cadogan Hall
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John Lill, playing Beethovens Piano Sonatas

Pianist John Lill will be giving a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall over four months, during which he will perform Beethoven's complete Piano Sonatas.
Royal Albert Hall
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Royal Philharmonic: The Best of John Barry

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a special concert of film music by John Barry, including pieces from "James Bond", "Dances with Wolves", "Midnight Cowboy", "Out of Africa", "Born Free", "Zulu" and more.
Cadogan Hall
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Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich

Vladimir Fedoseyev will be leading pianist Andrei Korobeinikov and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio at Cadogan Hall, as part of the Zurich International Concert Series. They will be performing Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence", Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10".
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Orchestra Mozart, playing Mozart and Beethoven

Join conductor Diego Matheuz and the Orchestra Mozart at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as they perform Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)", Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No.3" and "Symphony No.3 (Eroica)".
Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic, playing Britten

Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, cellist Truls Mork and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform Benjamin Britten's "The Prince of the Pagodas Suite", "Suite on English Folk Tunes", "Nocturne" an "Cello Symphony".
Royal Albert Hall
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Classic Brit Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall

The Classic Brit Awards are the classical equivalent of the pop music's Brit Awards and Grammies. The event combines live performances from some of the most highly regarded musicians and performers in the world today, with a number of specially commissioned awards presented throughout the evening.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Igor Levit, playing Beethovens Piano Sonatas

Igor Levit will be opening this year's International Piano Series, with a performance of Beethoven's "Piano Sonata in E", "Piano Sonata in A flat" and "Piano Sonata in C minor".
Royal Festival Hall
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Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven - Royal Festival Hall

Join conductor Claudio Abbado, pianist Martha Argerich and the Orchestra Mozart at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Royal Opera House
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Don Quixote - The Royal Ballet

"Don Quixote" tells the story of Kitri and Basilio, whose happy love is threatened by Kitri's father's attempts to persuade his unwilling daughter into a more suitable (and lucrative) match with the rich nobleman Gamache. Here steps in the bumbling knight Don Quixote, determined to seek adventures while searching for his beloved Dulcinea.
London Coliseum
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Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss

Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" is a story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred around a high-society party thrown by Prince Orlofsky. Light-hearted and colourful, this new production is set in an Art Deco-inspired fantasy world influenced by Freud and his dream analysis. Eisenstein is to be jailed, his wife is being seduced... and Dr Falke wants to exact revenge for a past prank.
London Coliseum
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Beethovens Fidelio - London Coliseum

"Fiedlio" was Beethoven's one and only opera, and tells the moving story of Leonore who disguises herself to find work in the prison that's incarcerating her husband. She joins the prison staff as a guard and works against the tyranny of the corrupt governor, Don Pizarro. "Fidelio" is a story of the power of marital love, triumphing over injustice.
Royal Opera House
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Elektra, at the Royal Opera House

When Klytamnestra murders her husband, King Agamemnon, their daughter Elektra determines to avenge her father's death. Strauss's most daring opera is a concentrated and psychologically intense drama. Elektra's desperate need to avenge her father makes for a gripping plot, and the opera contains some passages of great vocal beauty.
Royal Opera House
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Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro

The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro). The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva... but the action soon sucks in the entire household.
 
 
 
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