Performances coming soon
Sunday 25 February 2018 at 10.30AM
Super Flumina Babylonis in Westminster Mass
Super Flumina Babylonis performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choir & Martin Baker (conductor)
Westminster Cathdedral Choir performs the Motet 'Super Flumina Babylonis' by Michael Berkeley, specially commissioned by the RVW trust and conducted by Martin Baker.
Photo: Westminster Cathedral
Saturday 17 March 2018 at 7.30PM
Veilleuse (Night Watch) performed by Madeleine Mitchell (violin)
Rudolph Steiner House Theatre, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT
Box office: Eventbrite
Distinguished violinist Madeleine Mitchell celebrates the 70th birthday of Michael Berkeley and the 75th of David Matthews with the lyrical pieces from her latest album 'Violin Muse' featuring both composers, together with two of the best loved violin sonatas plus exquisite Prokofiev from her album 'Violin Songs'. She is joined by the prize-winning Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin. There will be a short pre-concert talk in the auditorium by Michael Berkeley and David Matthews from 6.45pm until approximately 7.05pm which is open to all ticket holders for this event.
Photo: Madeleine Mitchell
Wednesday 28 March 2018 at 7.30PM
Concerto for Orchestra performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5AL, Wales
Box office: Wales Millennium Centre, 02920 636464
As part of the 90th anniversary celebrations at BBC Hoddinott Hall, this concert looks back at works commissioned for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales over the years. The programme includes:
Michael Berkeley - Concerto for Orchestra
Mark David Boden - Clarinet Concerto
Guto Puw - Camouflage
Hoddinott - Variants for Orchestra Op.47
Sarah Lianne Lewis - There is no seeker of dreams that were
Tickets: £11-£13. Concessions, Student Tickets and Family Tickets available. BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812 (Monday-Friday).
Sunday 20 May 2018 at 5.00PM
Listen, Listen, O My Child performed by the Capella Vesperale
City-Church of St. Catharina, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Friday 20 July 2018 at 7.00PM
Michael Berkeley 70th Birthday Concert
Oboe Quintet 'Into the Ravine' performed by Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP
Box office: Wigmore Hall, 020 7258 8200
The Wigmore Hall celebrates Michael's 70th birthday with an evening of his favourite chamber works.
Photo: Wigmore Hall, London
Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 7.30PM
Cross Currents Festival of Contemporary Music
Haiku performed by Clare Hammond (piano)
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TS
‘Cross Currents’ is a new festival of contemporary music at the Barber Institute in Birmingham. This concert features 'Haiku' by Michael Berkeley and performed by Clare Hammond, together with music by Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway.
Photo: Clare Hammond by Julie Kim
Saturday 23 December 2017 at 7.00PM
Choral Evensong Appreciation Society: Carol Service
St Nicholas Church, Market Place, North Walsham, NR28 9BT
The boys and men of the church choir will be singing seasonal music including This Endernight by Michael Berkeley, along with usual congregational items and readings.
Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 11.00AM
This annual event dates back to 1946 and is famed for bringing together the choirs of Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The choirs return for a celebration of music, performing the premiere of the Motet 'Super Flumina Babylonis' by Michael Berkeley, specially commissioned by the RVW trust and conducted by Martin Baker.
Photo: Westminster Cathedral
Tuesday 14 November 2017
Memorial Service for Michael Bond
Listen, Listen, O My Child performed by the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.00PM
Two Farewells performed by the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Boris Andrianov (cello) & John Axelrod (conductor)
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, 4/31, Triumfalnaya pl., Moscow, 125047, Russia
Two Farewells for solo cello and orchestra revisits and recasts music written for cello in memory of the recently departed. It was created for the cellist, Boris Andrianov, for his Vivacello Festival which took place in November 2017 in Moscow.
The piece opens with an anguished cello line at the very top of the register, barracked by repeated notes on tympani and brass, a deliberate nod to the insistent use of repeated notes in Beethoven. This leads to the first Farewell, an orchestrated version of the melody in At A Solemn Wake for cello and piano which was written in memory of my first wife, Deborah Rogers, who died suddenly in 2014. Music from the opening is then developed, taking us to the second Farewell: Ode - In Memoriam, for solo cello but heard now in an orchestral setting. It was written following the early death of a dance collaborator of mine, Lesley-Anne Sayers who worked as a researcher at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where the piece was subsequently choreographed and danced. For me Ode also marked the premature passing of another close friend, Robert Sandall, who was rock critic for the Sunday Times.
Two Farewells is not then a concerto in the sense of conventional structure (it is in one movement lasting around 17 minutes) but the soloist does have the role of protagonist, in this case a grieving figure, and the orchestra, by turns, supports or acts as a counter force. In the Ode section I became particularly intrigued by the opportunity to add harmonies and counter melodies where previously they had only been implied.
In the closing pages the solo cello is confronted yet again by unyielding Beethovenian repetition. Indeed the score uses a classical orchestra as inherited by Beethoven from Mozart and Haydn - double woodwind, two trumpets, two horns, tympani and strings.
By Michael Berkeley, November 2017
Photo: Boris Andrianov, Michael Berkeley and John Axelrod at the premiere of Two Farewells with the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 2.00PM
Violin Muse - Madeleine Mitchell's Album Launch
Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, Kensington, London, SW7 2BS
Box office: Royal College of Music, 020 7591 4314
A short recital to celebrate the launch of violinist and RCM professor Madeleine Mitchell’s latest album of new music by British composers, 'Violin Muse', which includes Michael Berkeley's Veilleuse. Madeleine and her accompanist Nigel Clayton will give a performance, following a discussion chaired by Head of Composition William Mival with composer Guto Puw on his concerto 'Soft Stillness' with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Tickets: Free but required.
Photo: Madeleine Mitchell with David Matthews (left) & Lord Michael Berkeley (right) by Zerlina Vulliamy