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Music in the Round: Milton Keynes

Izzy Gizmo (Schools Concert)

Best-selling children’s book, Izzy Gizmo, by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie, tells the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. This brand-new family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life! Featuring original music including pots, pans, whistles and household items as well as orchestral instruments together with story-telling and visuals from the book, this concert is a great introduction to music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in.

Commissioned by Sheffield-based Music in the Round, the concert features music by Paul Rissmann, Music in the Round’s award-winning Composer-in-Residence, with illustrations from the book animated especially for the concert by Vic Craven. Children and their grown-ups are encouraged to participate in the concert by joining in with songs and actions taught by presenter Polly Ives at the beginning of the show.

Music in the Round: Hampshire

Izzy Gizmo (Schools Concert)

Best-selling children’s book, Izzy Gizmo, by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie, tells the enchanting story of an intrepid young inventor who puts her talents to work to rescue a crow that can’t fly. This brand-new family concert brings Izzy’s mechanical marvels and infectious creative spirit to life! Featuring original music including pots, pans, whistles and household items as well as orchestral instruments together with story-telling and visuals from the book, this concert is a great introduction to music for children. It’s full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in.

Commissioned by Sheffield-based Music in the Round, the concert features music by Paul Rissmann, Music in the Round’s award-winning Composer-in-Residence, with illustrations from the book animated especially for the concert by Vic Craven. Children and their grown-ups are encouraged to participate in the concert by joining in with songs and actions taught by presenter Polly Ives at the beginning of the show.

Oxford Lieder Festival: Oxfordshire

Julian Bliss
Tim Horton
Alexander Sitkovetsky

This stellar trio of musicians perform Béla Bártok’s effervescent Contrasts, written in 1938 and commissioned by the legendary jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman. They also include music by the toweringly influential American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, and Antonín Dvo?ák, who spent nearly four years in New York, where he wrote some of his best-loved works including the famous ‘New World Symphony’.

Peasmarsh Festival: East Sussex

Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester, Tim Horton, Sascha Bota, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Benjamin Gilmore, Graham Mitchell, Emily Nebel, Barbican String Quartet

R Strauss Sextet from ‘Capriccio’, Op. 85
Ligeti String Quartet No. 1
R Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Dvo?ák String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77

Like his opera, Capriccio, of 1942, the final programme in the Peasmarsh festival opens with Strauss’s rich, Romantic Sextet. Inspired by Bartók’s third and fourth quartets, Ligeti’s quartet – titled Métamorphoses nocturnes – was composed under the restrictions of Communist Hungary, before Ligeti emigrated to Austria and was able to explore his passion for the avant-garde. Proclaimed by Clara Schumann to be ‘brilliant, fresh and compassionate’ and just the sort of work that she liked, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro of 1848 is performed in this concert on horn and piano (Schumann also produced alternative parts for cello and violin). The festival draws to a close with Dvo?ák’s second String Quintet, with double bass instead of 2nd viola; a composition for which Dvo?ák won 5 ducats in a competition.

Peasmarsh Festival: East Sussex

Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester, Tim Horton, Sascha Bota, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Benjamin Gilmore, Graham Mitchell, Emily Nebel, Barbican String Quartet

R Strauss Sextet from ‘Capriccio’, Op. 85
Ligeti String Quartet No. 1
R Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
Dvo?ák String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77

Like his opera, Capriccio, of 1942, the final programme in the Peasmarsh festival opens with Strauss’s rich, Romantic Sextet. Inspired by Bartók’s third and fourth quartets, Ligeti’s quartet – titled Métamorphoses nocturnes – was composed under the restrictions of Communist Hungary, before Ligeti emigrated to Austria and was able to explore his passion for the avant-garde. Proclaimed by Clara Schumann to be ‘brilliant, fresh and compassionate’ and just the sort of work that she liked, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro of 1848 is performed in this concert on horn and piano (Schumann also produced alternative parts for cello and violin). The festival draws to a close with Dvo?ák’s second String Quintet, with double bass instead of 2nd viola; a composition for which Dvo?ák won 5 ducats in a competition.

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