O Holy Night by The Choir of Merton College, Oxford University

The Choir of Merton College, Oxford University 

4th Dec 7:30pm Victoria Concert Hall Singapore  

Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg

Venues  of HK Concerts to be confirmed

 

“one of the UK’s finest choral ensembles” Gramophone

 

“outstanding” Guardian

 

Programme 

 

Gauntlett/Mann                            Once in Royal David’s City

Parry                                              Welcome Yule!

Darke                                            In the bleak midwinter

Tabakova                                       Alma Redemptoris Mater                                            

Howells                                         A Spotless Rose                                                               

Britten                                          Hymn to the Virgin                                                         

Harvey                                          The Annunciation                                                           

Mouton                                          Nesciens Mater                                                               

Lassus                                            Omnes de Saba venient   

Adam arr. Rutter                            O holy night!                                            

Trad German arr. Pearsall             In dulci jubilo    

Poston                                              Jesus Christ                                                                       

Rutter                                              Dormi Jesu                                                                         

Poulenc                                            Quem vidistis pastores dicite                                     

Bassi                                                Quem pastores                                                

Vaughan Williams                          Fantasia on Christmas Carols 

"the superb performances are characterised by a phenomenal sense of control and restraint, with every note carefully crafted and bathed in the radiant acoustic of the college chapel" Church Music Quarterly, March 2014

 

“Another choral hit with this exceptional and fascinating collection themed around musical representations of the Virgin Mary. And once again, Merton College Choir is the immaculate vehicle for performances that encompass the old and the new.”
— The Scotsman, January 2015, FIVE STARS

 

“Well performed, beautifully sung and exquisitely recorded. Who could ask for anything more?”

Gramophone, April 2016

  

Biography

 

The Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs and sings the liturgies, during term-time, in the thirteenth century chapel. The thirty undergraduates and postgraduates read a number of different subjects and are ordinarily members of Merton College. Outside term, the choir tours regularly, most recently visiting Sweden, France and the USA. Performances in 2016 included Mozart’s Requiem in Toulouse, and engagements at Washington National Cathedral and St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York and in 2017 the choir sang the first ever Anglican Service in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  Recent concert performances in the UK have included Duruflé’s Requiem in Gloucester Cathedral as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival, Tallis's Spem in alium in Cambridge, Oxford and London, and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The choir regularly appears in London at St John’s, Smith Square, The Cadogan Hall and The Temple Church.

 

Described by Gramophone as "one of the UK's finest choral ensembles", the choir’s recordings are on the Delphian label and have been widely acclaimed. The first release in 2011 was named 'Gramophone Editor’s Choice' and the most recent disc was a 2016 ‘Gramophone Critics’ Choice’. The choir regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 live from Merton College Chapel, and in 2013 was featured in the BBC series Music & the Monarchy.

 

Merton College Choir has demonstrated a strong commitment to contemporary music, and has held a new music partnership with Choir & Organ magazine and has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of its ‘Encore’ scheme. The choir has recently premiered new works from Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, MacMillan, Tabakova, Tavener and Weir and in April 2014 gave the world premiere performances of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion in Oxford and New York.  

 

 

Benjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford and Principal Conductor-Designate of The Oxford Bach Choir. As a conductor he has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Singers and The Holst Singers. Benjamin Nicholas has been involved in the commissioning of a great many works, and conducted the premieres of Charlotte Bray’s Bach Re-imagined in Southwark Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia, Howard Goodall’s Veni Sancte Spiritus in Westminster Abbey. He was elected a Bodley Fellow of Merton in 2018.  

 

British School of Tokyo and Bishop Hall Jubilee School

1st July 8pm Youth Square

Tickets from www.urbtix.hk beginning of May

A Celebration of British Choral Music

Sumer is icumen in
Madrigals: Fair Phyllis, Weep O mine eyes, The Silver Swan
Now is the month of Maying
Excerpts from Purcell Odes
Tallis: If ye love me
Byrd: Sanctus (mass for 4 voices)
Handel: upon thy right hand (from my heart is inditing)
The turtle dove: RVW
Howells: Like as the Hart
The long day closes: Sullivan
Holst: I Love My Love

Hide & Seek: Imogen heap
Blackbird: Lennon/McCartney.

 

Oundle School Concert 15th April Shouson Theatre HK

The Choir of St John’s Cambridge Hong Kong and Singapore Tour

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge 

Asian tour 

27th March 2018 Concert Hall, HK City Hall

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31st March 2018 Concert Hall, The Esplanade www.sistic.com.sg

Hear an u tube of our tour promotion. 

https://youtu.be/5NnvK6EasYk

 

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The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge Asia Tour


A Ceremony of Carols by Britten with Harp and Music for the Christmas Season

 18th December 2017 8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
 
tickets from www.urbtix.hk
 
19th Dec 2017  7:30pm
VIctoria Concert Hall,
tickets from www.sistic.com.sg
 

‘A Ceremony of Carols’

Britten’s magical collection of music for upper voices and solo harp ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ is the centerpiece of this varied collection of music for Advent and Christmas. Traditional carols are heard alongside French Romantic favourites by Berlioz and Adam (‘O holy night’) and works by much-loved composers of our own time: Carl Rütti, Bob Chilcott and John Rutter.

 

(DESCANT GEOFFREY WEBBER) O come, o come, Emmanuel

PLAINCHANT The Advent ‘O’s

OLIVIER MESSIAEN  Les bergers (La Naiveté du Seigneur)

BENJAMIN BRITTEN A CEREMONY OF CAROLS

GAUNTLETT/MANNOnce in Royal David’s City  

CARL RUTTIAve Maria

arr. JOHN RUTTERWestford Carol

HECTOR BERLIOZL’Adieu des bergers   

JOHN GARDNERWhen Christ was born of Mary free

JOHN  IRELANDOrgan solo: The Holy Boy 

STUART MACRAE  Coventry Carol 

ADOPHE-CHARLES ADAMCantique de Noel 

BOB CHILCOTTThe Shepherd’s Carol 

FRENCH ARR. MACK WILBERGDing dong! Merrily on high

HARMONY CHARLES WOODO come all ye faithful 

17th C., arr. GEOFFREY SHAWLute-hook Lullaby  

RODRICK WILLIAMSChristmas Bells 

 

The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Caius College Choir, Cambridge, is one of the UK’s leading collegiate choirs, performing under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Webber. During University Terms the choir sings regular services in the College Chapel, and out of term it has a busy and varied schedule of other activities including concerts, recordings, radio broadcasts, and tours that take the choir all over the world from South America to China. The choir performs a wide range of sacred and secular choral music ranging from the medieval period to the present day, blending choral classics with less familiar works. The choir has recorded a series of highly acclaimed CDs, including modern choral music from Brazil and sacred music from Tudor England composed for St Stephen’s College in the Palace of Westminster.

 

Concert by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

29th August 2017 7:30pm Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore

30th August 2017, 8pm Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

1st September 2017, 7:30pm NCPA, Mumbai, India

 

'O for the wings of a dove' brings together many of the most famous and
iconic choral masterpieces from Western Europe. From the thrilling top
notes of Allegri's Miserere and its austere chanting the programme moves
from the Italian Renaissance to classics from the German and French
Romantic repertoires, including Mendelssohn's 'Hear my prayer' with its
soaring soprano solo 'O for the wings of a dove'. The programme
concludes in England with some of the most-loved choral works from the
last century, notably Britten's Festival Cantata 'Rejoice in the Lamb'.
This colourful and jubilant work sets a poem by Christopher Smart that
takes its inspiration from unusual sources such as the poet's pet cat
(and a mouse!) and the mysterious beauty of flowers.

The Imatake Koto Ensemble (Ended)

8th Ocotber 2017 3:30pm  Tickets from www.urbtix.hk

 

The Imatake Koto Ensemble is a group of professional musicians who come together to perform traditional Japanese cultural music in Hong Kong and other major international venues.

They have played at the Japanese Club Autumn Music Concert sponsored by the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and also at events hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong.

The Koto musicians are studying under the supervision of Ms. Mie Imatake, Grand Master.

You will also have the opportunity to see our special guests and top musicians namely Hong Kong Philharmonic Violinist Ms. Miyaka Suzuki Wilson and Shakuhachi Master, Mr. Yukio Chidori. Also, making a rare appearance will be Ms. Rinase Ono, Grand Master, representing the Yamada Ryū (school).

Please join us for an enjoyable celebration of Japanese traditional music with a combination of sounds from the East and West.

Programme

1. Sakura 桜
2. Moon over the ruined castle – Rentaro Taki荒城の月
3. Wadaiko
4. Hana Ikada 花筏
5. Ichikotsu
6. Chidori
7. Festival 祭花
8. Kudariba 下り葉
9. Cannon - Pachelbel


Performers
Rinase Ono小野 里菜勢(山田流家元所属), Grand Master of the Yamada Ryū (school) of Koto. (山田流家元所属) and trained under Ms. Riese Takahashi, Grand Master.

She was born in Miyagi-ken, Japan and has been performing Koto for over 60 years. Rinase has frequented famous music venues such as the the Kabukiza (Japanese Opera) and the National Theatre of Japan.
She also performs regularly in international music festivals.


Miyaka Suzuki Wilson, Violinist, Hong Kong Phil harmonic
韋鈴木美矢香
Born in Tokyo Japan, Miyaka Suzuki started her violin at age of 3. In 2001 Miyaka joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She had previously served as Concertmaster in orchestras, such as Tokyo Meros Chamber Orchestra in Tokyo, Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra in West Virginia, New Amsterdam Symphony, in NY. She also held positions in orchestras in the tri-state area, including Long Island Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony in Philadelphia. Miyaka received full scholarship to study with Glenn Dicterow and Sheryl Stapels, Concertmaster and Principal Associate Concertmaster of New York Philharmonic at the Manhattan School of Music, where she graduated from Orchestral Program and received Diploma and Wittker award. She also graduated from Japanese prestige Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with full scholarship and Ikueikai Award, studied with Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Concertmaster of NHK Symphony, and the Mannes College of Music, where she obtained her first Master Degree. Miyaka studied chamber music extensively with Felix Galimir, Joseph Silverstein, Isidra Cohen, Ruth Laredo, American String Quartet, and Orion String Quartet, has performed in many chamber music concerts, including with members of the New York Philharmonic, tour in Europe with Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival under Christoph Eschenbach, Sarasota Music Festival, Baroque Chamber Players. Miyaka plays on Francesco Ruggeri 1678.


Yukio Chidori began studying the shakuhachi under renowned shakuhachi master Teruhisa Fukuda, a student of Miyata Kohachiro, and is the founder of the Hijiri School / Sainte-École.

He subsequently performs in various performances organized by The Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Japanese Club. He has also given many performances at local universities and concert halls in Hong Kong in an effort to promote traditional Japanese music. These include a Cultural Night Concert organized by The Faculty of Arts of The Chinese University of Hong Kong held at Government House and a performance with Hong Kong pianist Peter Fan held as part of the 2007 ISCM-ACL World Music Days Conference. In 2012, he was invited to play with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in HK debut of Karl Jenkins - Requiem under the baton of the composer himself.

Yukio Chidori is currently an instrumental instructor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Music Department.


千鳥 幸生
千鳥氏隨日本尺八聖流創始人及宮田耕八郎門生福田輝久先生學習尺八。
千鳥氏經常在本地大學及音樂廳演出,積極推廣日本傳統音樂,包括獲邀在香港禮賓府參與香港中文大學文學院主辦的「文化之夜音樂會」。他亦於「香港2007國際現代音樂節」聯同著名鋼琴家樊國雄先生演出。2012年2月獲邀聯同香港城市室樂團,在作曲家親自指揮下,一起演繹英國作曲家詹金斯(Karl Jenkins)的傑出聲樂作品"安魂曲"(Requiem)。此外,亦曾應邀出席眾多日本邦樂活動,包括日本總領事館及香港日本人俱樂部所舉辦的各類音樂活動。

現任中文大學音樂系器樂導師。

Lee Ka Pui Etta holds her Bachelor Degree of Arts (Music) (Hons.) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lee is the scholarship recipient of the CUHK Honours Certificate (2003-2004), the Chung Chi College Scholarship (2004, 2006), the Faculty Dean’s Honours List (2004-2005) and the Kong Yu Kau Memorial Scholarship.
Lee was elected as exchange student in her junior year, and she studied Musicology at Humboldt University, Berlin.
Lee received koto training under Grand Master Imatake. Since then she has performed frequently at the Japanese Club Autumn Music Concert. She was invited to perform for the cocktail party of the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong last year.
李嘉珮小姐為香港中文大學音樂系榮譽畢業生,主修長笛以及中西民族音樂學。自2003年開始師從日本箏師範今竹三惠老師學習日本箏。於中大修學期間,李小姐曾經榮獲學院榮譽獎狀 (2003-2004) ;祟基學院獎學金 (2004, 2006) ;院長榮譽錄(2004-2005)以及江譽鏐紀念獎學金 (2006-2007)。於2005-2006年間更遠赴德國柏林洪堡大學作為交換生,修讀音樂學。
李小姐多次於香港日本人俱樂部之秋季音樂會上演奏, 去年亦應邀於香港日本国総領事館之宴會上表演。

Nanako Ono 小野菜菜子has studied Koto since she was 3 years old. She originally learned from her mother, Rinase Ono, Grand Master of the Yamada-ryu. Nanako has also organized and participated in a number of Japanese cultural performances worldwide, in an effort to promote traditional Japanese music.
Music aficionados across the world have enjoyed Nanako’s performances in the USA, Japan and especially Hong Kong.
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小野菜菜子之母親 小野里菜世 是山田流箏曲家,教授及演奏箏曲已達三十五年之久。小野小姐自三歳跟從母親學習箏藝, 十年前移居香港,跟從今竹三惠老師繼績研習箏藝。她曾於東京、美國及香港的音樂節上演奏。


Chika Kojima 兒島智華was born in Aichi, Nagoya. She started learning Chinese Zheng since high school and achieved the China Conservatory of Music Guzheng grade 8 fexamination in Beijing.

Back to Japan, Chika tried Koto in Japan for her first time and soon she became a member of Koto club of her Grad school in Niigata and had been performing Koto in the cultural events in University.

After moving back to Hong Kong in 2010, she continued her Koto studies with grand master Mie Imatake and participated in various performances in Hong Kong.

兒島智華出生於名古屋愛知縣。高中開始學箏,其後在北京留學期間,考獲中國音樂學院社會藝術水平考試古箏專業8級。
回日本繼續學業時,首次接觸並愛上日本箏,成為大學古箏部成員,多次參加校內文化演出。2010年回到香港,從生田流箏曲家今竹三惠學習日本箏,亦開始參與各類演出。

Robin Zebaida Piano Recital 14th May City Hall. Just finished

14th Sun 7:30pm Recital Hall, HK City Hall

Robin Zebaida 30th Anniversary Concert

Programme

Rondo in A minor. Mozart

The white peacock. Griffes

Apres une lecture de Dante. Liszt

Mother goose suite. Ravel

Piano sonata no. 2 op 36 (1913) Rachmaninov

23rd May A Friends' Quartet The Hong Kong Club

7:30pm Private Club in Central (please message if interested)

Tickets: $300

Students: $200

RSVP: Christine.nigam@aol.com/9464 1941

Payment:
Please send a cheque to Christine N Concerts Ltd
1801 Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1 Hollywood Road, Central



Programme
Sonata no 5 in F major "Spring", op. 24 Beethoven
Allegro (with Daria Kovtunova - violin)

Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and piano, D 821 Schubert
Allegro moderato (with Meidad Yehudayan - viola)

Sonata no 1 in E minor, op 38 Brahms
Allegro non troppo (with Siwon Park - 'cello)

INTERVAL

Divertimento for String Trio in E flat major, K. 563 Mozart
Menuetto

Piano Quartet no 1 in G minor, K 478
Allegro
Andante
Rondo (Allegro)

Musicians:

Meidad Yehudayan - Viola
A native of Israel, Mr. Yehudayan performs around the world, as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He recently performed at the International Chamber Music Festival of AMEROPA in the Czech Republic, Foosa String Festival, California and a few Concertos in USA, Hong Kong, Korea and Israel. Mr. Yehudayan was also invited to play solo at the main event of the World Peace Festival 2005 in Korea in which all proceeds from the festival were donated to Unicef. Past few years' projects include solo and chamber music concerts with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Hamburg symphony, as well as CD recordings with Hong Kong Pure Strings. The first CD, "Popsinera", was awarded "The 10 Hottest CD of the year 2008" and "The Best Light Music Album of the year 2008" by the Radio Guangdong "Voice of the City." The second CD "Surprise - Happy Birthday" was awarded the "Best CD of 2009" by Canton Radio. This is one of the biggest awards in China which incorporates playing, music selection and arrangements. Mr. Yehudayan also gave master classes in Indiana University and California, and was a jury member at the International Vienna Music Competition, HKGNA competitions, and Hong Kong Bauhinia Cup Strings Competitions.

Mr. Yehudayan received his Bachelor of Music Degree and Artist Diploma in the Faculty of Performing Arts from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. There he studied violin and viola with Prof. Samuel Bernstein, a renowned teacher and the first mentor of Gil Shaham. He had the honor to be the first and only Israeli student to be sent to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia from which he received a diploma under the guidance of Yuri Bashmet and Prof. Fiodor Druzhinin. Subsequently, he acquired his Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree, violist of the Guarneri String Quartet and Pinchas Zukerman.

Mr. Yehudayan was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong String Quartet between 1995-2001. He participated in the Geneva Competition in 1992 and was a prizewinner of many competitions in Israel. He has performed many recitals in Israel, America and Europe, and recorded for Israeli National Radio & RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong.

Mr. Yehudayan is the violist of the Pure Strings Ensemble and Orchestra and Strings Director at Hong Kong International School since 2000.



You can watch some of Mr. Yehudayan solo performances on Youtube.



Si Won Park - Cello

A native of Seoul, Korea, Ms. Park won the 1997 Artist International Competition and was presented as the Recipient of The Special Presentation Award in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall.


Her solo appearances include performances of the Haydn and Saint-Saens Concertos in Carnegie Hall, New York and in Korea, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto in Hong Kong and Korea. Recent recitals took her to Kumho and Young San Art Halls in Seoul and City hall in Hong Kong. Ms. Park was also invited to be a jury member at the VIMC Vienna International Music Competition.



Ms. Park studied at The Juilliard School and later on graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees under the guidance of Paul Tobias, Zara Nelsova, Myung Wha Chung and Ardyth Alton. While attending at Manhattan School, Ms. Park had the honor to be recipient of the President Marta Istomin Award and the Hans & Klara Bauer Cello Scholarship. Her chamber music coaches were Jerry Grossman, Nathaniel Rosen, Yehuda Hanani and Alan Stepansky as well as members of the Guarneri, American & Vermeer String Quartets.



Ms. Park participated in the music festivals of The International Symphony Orchestra, Israel, The National Orchestra Institute (MD) and National Repertory Orchestra (CO) among others. As a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, Ms. Park has performed in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. She gave quartet recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, played in Musicarama – the International Contemporary Music Festival Concerts and recorded for RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong.



SiWon Park is a prizewinner of other competitions including the Weschester SUNY of 1992 Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition of 1989 and the Youth String Orchestra Competition of 1987.



Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Bauhinia Piano Trio. She is also a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and teaches at the Hong Kong International School.

Robin Zebaida

Described after a Liszt recital as 'a pianist of Herculean stamina', Robin Zebaida enjoys a performing career that has frequently taken him around the world. Highlights of recent seasons have included visits to USA, Canada - where he collaborated with theOrchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Central America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, where his Sydney recital was reported as achieving 'a warmth and empathy with the audience rarely seen'. At home in London he has performed at several venues including St John's Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Away from the concert platform, Robin Zebaida's broadcasting experience includes studio recordings and live appearances on radio and television for several national and foreign networks. Robin Zebaida was born and educated in London, England, later winning an Exhibition to read music at New College, Oxford, from where he graduated with maximum distinction in performance. He completed his formal studies with a postgraduate year at the Royal College of Music.


Daria Kovtunova
A native of Russia, Daria Kovtunova began studying violin at age six. She latter trained with Michael Mindlin and Edward Gavrilenkov at the Saratov State Conservatory of Music where she received numerous competition awards and was selected as the principle of the Saratov Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. She also was a favourite performer on the conservatory's festivals of contemporary music. Upon graduation Mrs. Kovtunova joined the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India, where she also was a member of several touring chamber ensembles. From 2010 to 2013 she was engaged as a violinist by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra of China. She has performed under the batons of internationally renowned conductors including Adrian Leaper, Eugenie Bushkov, Johannes Wildner, Muhai Tang and Vladimir Spivakov and has toured in Germany, Thailand, Kazakhstan, China and the UK. In 2014 she joined City Chamber orchestra of Hong Kong as a core player, one of Asia’s major chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic arts entities. The orchestra has recently collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists, including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyd Webber, Lise de la Salle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also forged exciting partnerships with celebrities such as Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Katherine Jenkins, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Lam, Hacken Lee and Robin Gibb. Mrs.Daria is currently playing and teaching in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

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