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This Is London12 Oct 2018

12 CHRISTMAS AT THE

12 CHRISTMAS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL This Christmas, the Royal Albert Hall is to present its most diverse line-up ever, with a stellar cast ranging from the Welsh Guards to a gospel choir, and Birmingham Royal Ballet to Father Christmas. The Hall has played a central part in the country's Christmas celebrations for nearly 150 years, and this December the building and its surroundings will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland as it welcomes carollers, composers, musicians, TV comedians and, of course, the man himself – Father Christmas – for a festive party like no other. The season will include the unveiling of stunning new Christmas compositions from David Arnold (Sherlock, James Bond) and John Rutter, while focusing on reaching out to those who are lonely and isolated at Christmas. The programme includes jazz (Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas), comedy (a 30th anniversary Christmas Whose Line is it Anyway?), gospel music (courtesy of the London Community Gospel Choir), cinema (Home Alone screened with full orchestral accompaniment), and a perennial festive favourite in Handel’s Messiah. For glitz and glamour, there’s A Hollywood Christmas, an all-new show hosted and compered by Hollywood Bowl legend John Mauceri featuring tunes from beloved films such as A Christmas Carol. Traditional Carols return for four performances on 23 and 24 December, with a new carol from John Rutter (President of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain) and a commission from James Bond composer David Arnold, who creates a new version of Silent Night for the piece’s 200th anniversary. There will also be carols galore at the BT Christmas Carol Concert, an annual favourite, which this year features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kingdom Gospel Choir – who performed at this year’s Royal Wedding – and the National Youth Choir. For children, The Snowman and Paddington Bear – live in concert – celebrates two national institutions. The event marks 40 years of Raymond Briggs’ enchanting, timeless picture book, with the indelible 1982 animated adaptation accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The other half of the show features Herbert Chappell’s charming score as the audience is taken on a journey from Paddington’s first meeting with the Brown family to his debut as a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall. As well as Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas in the auditorium, there’ll be festive Late Night Jazz in the Elgar Room from Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project and Phoebe Katis. Finally, as the angel atop the Christmas tree, Birmingham Royal Ballet will return with its criticallyacclaimed production of The Nutcracker, which was adapted especially for the Royal Albert Hall in 2017. PARKHOUSE AWARD WINNERS TRIO SORA AT WIGMORE HALL Winners of the 2017 Parkhouse Award, Trio Sōra’s performances and inventive programming are inspired by the diverse cultural heritage of its members – France, Italy, Latvia and Basque. Having met at the Paris Conservatoire in 2015, they discovered and developed a shared passion for chamber music which has resulted in their unique interpretations. The Trio comprises Pauline Chenais, piano; Madgalēna Geka, violin; Angèle Legasa, cello.RAH Having won several awards at international competitions, including the Parkhouse Award, they were appointed Lauréat HSBC 2017 at the Festival d’Aix. They have performed at such venues as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium du Louvre and London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre in addition to festivals such as La Folle Journée de Nantes, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix en Provence and the Verbier Festival. Trio Sōra receive support from the Fondation Safran pour la Musique, ADAMI, Fondation Meyer and Fondation Baillet-Latour/Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Magdalēna Geka plays a Giuseppe Guarneri 1697 violin, and Angèle Legasa a Giulio Cesare Gigli 1767 cello, both instruments loaned by the Fondation Boubo-Music (Switzerland). Visitors will be able to experience their exciting playing at Wigmore Hall on Sunday 14 October (19.30) and at the Purcell Room on Monday 26 November. Trio Sora. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

Lara St John Photo: J Farley. KAZAKH ORCHESTRA UK DEBUT AT CADOGAN HALL The Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will be the first orchestra from Kazakhstan to perform in the UK. They will appear at Cadogan Hall (19.30) on 26 October. The event has been organised to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the UK. The three concert visit, taking the orchestra to London, Manchester and Dublin, launches a new project entitled Modern Kazakh Culture in a Global World. The orchestra will be joined by Canadian violinist Lara St John and Kazakh clarinettist Zholaman Bekturgan, performing under the baton of be Erbolat Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. 13 Akhmedyarov. The Kazakh Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1935 in Almaty, when Kazakhstan was still part of the Soviet Union. Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan and the largest city in the country, recognised as its cultural centre. The Orchestra will perform an exciting programme which includes two short works by 19 century Kazakh traditional/folk composers, giving the pieces their UK premieres. The programme will close with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The soloist in the Four Seasons is the Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John who has been described as ‘something of a phenomenon’ by The Strad and a ‘high-powered soloist’ by the New York Times. Tickets online www.cadoganhall.com or by telephone on 020 7730 4500. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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