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July 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody

July 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Soloist Joshua Bell performs Dvorak’s lively, folk-infused Violin Concerto, paired with another 19th-century Czech classic, Smetana’s symphonic suite Má vlast – a colourful celebration of a nation’s landscape, history and identity. Programme Antonín Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor(32 mins) interval Bedrich Smetana Má vlast(75 mins) Performers Joshua Bell violin Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Jakub Hrusa conductor

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September 2019

Proms Plus Talk – Korngold and America

September 4 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Rd
London, SW7 2BB United Kingdom
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Musicologist Ben Winters discusses Korngold and America. Edited version broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during tonight's interval. Booking is not required for this event. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis (doors open from 30 minutes before the event begins; capacity is limited).

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Dvorak and Korngold at the Proms

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony, with its wistful slow movement, is the centrepiece of the second concert from the Vienna Philharmonic – a programme of Central European works that showcases the orchestra’s distinctively rich sound. Andrés Orozco-Estrada pairs it with the composer’s colourful, folk-infused tone-poem The Noonday Witch, in which a mother’s threats inadvertently summon a witch into her home. Cinematic drama is also a hallmark of Korngold’s richly orchestrated and unashamedly romantic Violin Concerto, performed here by soloist Leonidas Kavakos.…

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Czech Philharmonic at the Proms

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 – the most personal of the composer’s many confrontations with the horror of war. Love dominates the first half, in music from the operas Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride. Programme Bedrich Smetana The Bartered Bride – overture The Bartered Bride – Three Dances(19 mins) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin – Letter Scene(12 mins) Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1892 interval Dmitry Shostakovich Symphony No 8 in C minor(65…

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November 2019

Pavel Haas Quartet

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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The ensemble took the name of a Czech composer, and continues its commitment to music from his country in this programme, with a work by Erwin Schulhoff alongside a quartet by Smetana. The contemporary Slovak composer L'ubica Cekovska is also represented. L'ubica Cekovska (b.1975) A Midsummer Quartet Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) String Quartet No. 1 Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor Op. 30 public booking…

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Wihan Quartet

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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Currently in residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, the Czech ensemble took its name from that of a compatriot cellist who himself founded the historic Czech String Quartet. Here it champions works from its country, including one by Gideon Klein, who died in a Nazi labour camp. Gideon Klein (1919-1945) String Trio Josef Suk (1874-1935) String Quartet No. 1 in B flat Op. 11 Leos Janacek (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters' public booking opens 30 May

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