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Basel Chamber Orchestra with Stephen Hough, piano
20 November 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

The Kammerorchester Basel was founded in 1926 by the famous musicologist Paul Sacher and now ranks as one of the most popular international chamber orchestras in Europe. The orchestra plays on both modern and period instruments and is known for combined programmes of old and new music.

This evening’s concert is conducted by Heinz Holliger who is among the most versatile musical personalities of our time, talented as an oboist, conductor and composer. The programme includes his short composition for strings, Meta Arca.

The orchestra is joined by acclaimed concert pianist, writer, composer and painter, Stephen Hough for a performance of Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto: ‘Hough [with his] immaculate timing, pacing and placing of every note, both as glittering soloist and filigree accompanist, is the living advocate of the work’ (The Times).

Stile Antico Divine Consolations
23 November 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

In this alluring programme, critically acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico explores an exquisite selection of German Baroque repertoire. Delving into the rich tradition of Lutheran funeral music written to console and uplift the living, the ensemble traces a journey from the polyphonic works of the late Renaissance (often performed in Bach’s Leipzig), by way of Schütz’s masterpiece, Musikalische Exequien, to Bach’s longest and most moving motet, Jesu, meine Freude.

Stile Antico
Oliver John Ruthven organ
Kate Aldridge violone
Alex McCartney theorbo

NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover with Lars Vogt, piano
24 November 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

The orchestra of the broadcasting station in Hanover was founded in 1950, however the roots of the ensemble reach back to the 1920s when Hanover’s first radio station was started up. Andrew Manze has been the Principal Conductor of the orchestra since the 2014-15 season.

Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won Second Prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly 25 years. He joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, premiered in 1795 with young Beethoven as soloist, marking the composer’s public debut.


Handel's Messiah Tenebrae & English Chamber Orchestra
3 December 6.00pm Cadogan Hall (please note start time)

Handel’s Messiah isn’t just an oratorio: it’s practically a national institution. Everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus, but if that’s all you know, you’re in for a wonderful surprise – and you don’t have to be religious to be stirred by some of the most heartfelt and uplifting music ever written.

No Christmas is complete without it, and for this performance the English Chamber Orchestra has teamed up with baroque music expert Nigel Short and his famous chamber choir Tenebrae, plus some of the UK’s finest vocal soloists, to recreate the grandeur, the glory and the pure inspiration of this best-loved of all choral masterpieces.

Grace Davidson soprano
Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Christopher Purves bass
Nigel Short conductor