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Voices of Kristallnacht

Music | Words

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm at St John's Downshire Hill

Music and readings commemorating the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht
Programme curated by Professor Shirli Gilbert

Simon Wallfisch     baritone
Norbert Meyn         tenor
Gemma Rosefield  cello
Danny Driver          piano
Christopher Gould  piano
Martin Behrman     actor

Music by Ernest Bloch, Maurice Ravel, Robert Kahn, Max Kowalski, Karl Rankl & Max Bruch

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Kokoschka’s Doll

Song | Music

Tuesday 13 November 7.30pm at St John's Downshire Hill

Sir John Tomlinson bass-baritone/speaker
Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano 
Counterpoise  Fenella Humphreys violin, Deborah Calland trumpet, Kyle Horch saxophone/clarinet, Iain Farrington piano

Kokoschka’s Doll, a new chamber opera by John Casken
London premiere of a newly discovered song by Alma Mahler
plus music by Zemlinsky, Gustav Mahler, Webern, David Matthews & Wagner

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Elif Shafak

in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Words

Thursday 15 November 7.30pm at Burgh House

Elif Shafak is the award-winning author of 15 books, 10 of which are novels (e.g. The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Three Daughters of Eve). She is Turkey’s most read female writer, as well as a women's rights activist, an engaged intellectual and speaker.  She writes in Turkish and English and her books have been translated into 48 languages.

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Martin Wolf

in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Words

Friday 16 November 2.00pm at Burgh House

Martin Wolf CBE, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London, talks about his career, economics, the state of the British economy and Brexit with Matthew Stadlen.

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Verdi Requiem

Music

Saturday 17 November 7.00pm at Hampstead Parish Church

Soloists and Choir of Hampstead Parish Church
Hampstead Arts Festival Chorus
Orpheus Sinfonia
Peter Foggitt
, conductor

Made possible by a grant from the Hampstead Church Music Trust and presented in association with the Friends of the Music.

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Novelist James Meek on music in fiction

Words

Sunday 18 November 2.00pm at Burgh House

Novelist and arts & culture journalist James Meek talks with Matthew Stadlen about the presence of music in his fiction.

James Meek is a contributor to the London Review of Books and the author of several novels. Of these, The Heart Broke In offers an outstanding example of how authors can harness music for narrative purposes. James and Matthew’s discussion on this topic promises to change your perception of novels in which music plays a role.

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van Kuijk Quartet

Chamber music | Music

Monday 19 November 7.30pm at St John's Downshire Hill

Recent BBC New Generation Artists and winners of the 2015 WIgmore International String Quartet competition, the stunning van Kuijk Quartet will bring a programme of Beethoven, Ligeti & Debussy to Hampstead.

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Trio HLK & Dame Evelyn Glennie

Jazz | Music

Tuesday 20 November 7.30pm at South Hampstead High School Hall

Dame Evelyn Glennie  percussion
Richard Kass                drums
Ant Law                         guitar
Rich Harrold                  piano

This unique collaboration concert sees pioneering Scottish ensemble Trio HLK team up with the world's premier solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie.

"With Glennie in the mix, HLK’s music is genuinely intoxicating: an alluring mix of sophisticated jazz harmonies, catchy rhythmic vibes and dreamy improvisation." - Ken Walton in The Scotsman

This concert is also part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr

Film | Music

Wednesday 21 November 7.30pm at Hampstead Parish Church

Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr (1924), preceded by the short The Scarecrow (1920).
Two classic comedies from the silent film era.
With live improvised accompaniment by Peter Foggitt on both piano and organ!

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David Reynolds: The Long Shadow of the Great War Poets: 1918-2018

Words

Thursday 22 November 7.30pm at Burgh House

(This talk links to Roderick Williams's song recital on Monday 26th Nov.)

David Reynolds is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books and publications, as well as the writer and presenter of several BBC programmes. His award-winning book, The Long Shadow, explores the relationship between the Great War and twentieth-century history. Prof. Reynolds’ talk will focus on the complex legacy of Great War poetry to this day.

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Elgar  Cello Concerto
Vaughan Williams  Dona Nobis Pacem

Music

Saturday 24 November 7.00pm at Hampstead Parish Church

Gemma Rosefield  cello 
Choir of Hampstead Parish Church
Orpheus Sinfonia
George Vass, Peter Foggitt  conductors

A special concert in memory of Ian Macdonald-Hay. Proceeds will be donated to Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead

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Roderick Williams  baritone 
Susie Allan              piano

Song | Music

Monday 26 November 7.30pm at St John's Downshire Hill

Opera star in a beautifully structured programme of songs based on World War I era poems.
With music by Elgar, Butterworth, Finzi, Ireland, Ives, Vaughan-Williams and others.

(This concert links to David Reynolds's talk on Thursday 22nd Nov.)

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Juliet Stevenson

in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Words

Tuesday 27 November 7.30pm at Burgh House

Juliet Stevenson talks to Matthew Stadlen about her career in film, TV and theatre.

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Imogen Cooper

Music

Thursday 29 November 7.30pm at St John's Downshire Hill

International concert pianist Imogen Cooper will play a thirty minute recital before offering her audience an unusual opportunity to get to know her through a conversation with well known interviewer and LBC broadcaster Matt Stadlen.

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