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Tuesday 9 May, 1:00pm NB Start time
St. John’s, Smith Square

‘Beyond Baroque’
The second of four programmes in association with BBC Radio 3

Martin Helmchen
Martin Helmchen

Bach Partita no.1 in B flat major, BWV825
English Suite no.2 in A minor, BWV807
Messiaen Extracts from Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

Two prolific composer/organists – the devout Lutheran and the
devout Catholic – revel in the sonorities of the solo keyboard,
extending contrapuntal and harmonic boundaries. In one of the
great piano works of the 20th century, Messiaen exploits new
ranges of tone colour and virtuoso piano technique in his vibrant
and highly personal style while Bach, with his equally distinct
individuality, brings to maturity the popular dance suite with
masterly integration of Italian and French Baroque styles and
supreme contrapuntal ingenuity.

Regarded as one of the most gifted among young German
pianists, Martin Helmchen has already performed in Japan, USA
and Russia and major concerts halls across Europe and is now on
the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme.

‘He delivered a veritable treasure trove of emotions. What amazing dynamic and tonal differentiation in his keystrokes and what inspiration!’ Süddeutsche Zeitung

Tickets £12 all seats

Tuesday 9 May, 7.30pm
St. John’s, Smith Square

I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth director

SDASA Chorale
Mokale Koapeng director

I Fagiolini Mokale Koapeng

Simunye: ‘We are one’

This groundbreaking collaboration with the SDASA Chorale, a
black male-voice gospel and traditional music choir began in
1995 on the first tour to South Africa by I Fagiolini, one of the most
distinctive vocal ensembles in the world. Each group developed a
response to the other’s repertoire, producing an intriguing fusion in
which both stayed true to their roots.

The contrasted soundworlds of partsongs and traditional Zulu music
are thrillingly unified in this arresting programme which includes a
new work by Mokale Koapeng and Roderick Williams whose
arrangements of Cornyshe, Machaut and Gibbons are also featured.
‘Simunye’ (a Zulu word meaning ‘we are one’) comes together one
last time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of both groups.

Left seduced, enchanted and spiritually moved.’ Daily News, South Africa

‘A Simunye concert is an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss it.’ Classical Music

Tickets £19, £17, £13, £10