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Concerts: 2019-2020
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Heaven and Earth: Messiaen and Mahler

Sunday 30 June 2019, 7.30 pm
Venue: St John's Hyde Pk, Hyde Park Crescent, London, W2 2QD

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The immensely colourful four 'symphonic meditations' by Messiaen called L'Ascension are, as he said himself, "at the service of the dogmas of Catholic theology". That is evidenced by his exploration of plainsong, but he goes much further than one might expect by using birdsong and Hindu thythms. Originally for organ the music is intense and intensely religious. In Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde there are is a strong Eastern philosophical influence throughout the work, which is based on translations of Chinese poetry. It is a symphony in all but name - Mahler not wishing to call it his 9th symphony due to superstition.
Biography of Peter Fender  Peter Fender  Conductor
 Anna Loveday  Mezzo-soprano
 John Upperton  Tenor
Messiaen  L'Ascension
Mahler  Das Lied von der Erde
Fantasy, Water and Finches

Saturday 12 October 2019, 7.30 pm
Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

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Handel's evergreen Water Music and Mozart's great penultimate symphony nestle side by side with two pieces for flute solo and orchestra. Faure's Fantasie - written as an examination piece for flute players at the Paris Conservatoire - is full of charm and Vivaldi's Il Cardellino shows off the folo flute's virtuosic capabilities in its ability to imitate the goldfinch.
Biography of Peter Fender  Peter Fender  Conductor
 Janina Byrne  Flute
Handel  Water Music Suites
Faure  Fantasie
Vivaldi  Flute Concerto 'Il cardellino'
Mozart  Symphony No.40 in G minor
Brahms Requiem

Saturday 18 January 2020, 5.30 pm (stet)
Venue: St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

A mass written more for those who mourn for the dead rather than for the dead themselves - and a very personal work for Brahms as his mother had died in that very same year of 1865. The performance will be sung in German.
Biography of Peter Fender  Peter Fender  Conductor
 tbc  Soprano
 tbc  Baritone
Brahms  German Requiem
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