WildKat’s Unmissables

Tuesday 31st August 2010

After a very successful first post of ‘WildKat’s Unmissables‘, here is the second instalment to keep Londoners busy for another fortnight. Being local to the capital offers so many opportunities to see some truly spectacular performances that occur across the city every day –the WildKat team have collaborated some information on the top performances that are a must see for the next few weeks! Keep watching for bi-weekly updates.

What? The Purcell School of Music Soloists

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Sunday 10th October, 7.30pm (Click here to purchase tickets!)

– Katherine Robb – Violin – Schnittke Violin Sonata No. 1

– Tyler Hay – Piano – Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb Minor Op. 36

– Olga Jorgensen – Piano – Liszt Polonaise No.2 in E

– Jordan Black – Clarinet – Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73

As we were  talking about trying to involve younger people in classical music last week, we thought this would be a very topical concert. The Purcell School, Britain’s oldest specialist school for talented young musicians, presents the second of two instrumental recitals featuring its senior instrumentalists, selected by audition to present short recitals. These talented youngsters are an inspiration to us all and this evening promises to be an outstanding event.

What? Listen.to.my.world – Peter Gregson

Where? Kings Place

When? Monday 11th October, 8pm (Click here to purchase tickets!)

As part of the Out Hear series at Kings Place, prepare for an overwhelming, stimulating experience, providing the soundtrack to the vibrant world around us! Peter Gregson is blurring the boundaries between contemporary music and interactive technology. He presents an evening of live music from around the world including music by Max Richter, John Metcalfe, Steve Reich and Zoe Keating. Featuring music from New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Berlin and London, the relevant city will be brought into the concert hall for the duration of each piece, using location-aware, real-time software. This unique project explores whether our perception of a city influences our appreciation of the music that it inspired!

(Of course this is a biased plug!)

What? Rigoletto- Verdi

Where? Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

When? Monday 11th October, 7.30pm (Click to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Royal Opera, Dan Ettinger (Conductor), Wookyung Kim (Tenor: The Duke of Mantua), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone: Rigoletto), Eglise Gutiérrez (Soprano: Gilda)

Verdi is considered to be one of the greatest composers of opera and Rigoletto is often considered the first of his mature masterpieces. The Royal Opera is always worth seeing as you are guaranteed a first class performance from some of the world’s leading soloists, they are bound to portray one of Verdi’s most successful operas with depth and confidence! Being performed in one of London’s grandest venues (see below), this is a performance not to be missed.

What? An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan with the London Chorus

Where? Cadogan Hall

When? Thursday 14th October, 7.30pm (Click here to purchase tickets!)

– Richard Suart – Baritone

– Exerpts from The Mikado, Gondoliers, Iolanthe, and the Pirates of Penzance

The London Chorus are delighted to present an evening of excerpts from four of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas – all in celebration of Ronald Corp’s 25 years as the London Chorus’ music director. Enjoy Richard Suart, one of the finest exponents of Gilbert and Sullivan, perform with one of London’s best choirs, conducted by the hugely respected Ronald Corp. For all the aficionados of the best of British light opera – this is it!

What? Music as Theft

Where? Kings Place Hall

When? Saturday 16th October, 7.30pm (Click to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Nicholas Collon (Conductor).

The name of this show is a slight give away, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment combine in concert to perform pieces that are based on older musical elements. Six works will be performed, including a new commission by Richard Causton and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. This evening will be fun for classical music enthusiasts and the evening ends with the performers joining the audience at the bar.

What? MacMillan conducts MacMillan

Where? Queen Elizabeth Hall

When? Monday 18th October, 7.30pm (Click to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Britten Sinfonia, Nicholas Daniel (Oboe), James MacMillan (Conductor).

Shostakovich- Chamber Symphony C minor.

MacMillan- Oboe Concerto (London premiere)

Beethoven- Symphony N0.2 D minor.

This exciting concert displays the talents of two musicians, the oboist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Nicholas Daniel and James MacMillan, conductor and composer. This will be the London premiere of MacMillan’s oboe concerto which was composed for Nicholas and Britten Sinfonia. The programme being performed is diverse for an orchestra and with new works you can always expect to be taken by surprise.