Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera
May
31
7:30 pm19:30

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera

A new, staged production of Handel's Messiah, in a new edition by Malcolm Bruno. Christine sings in the chorus.

Netia Jones / Director, design and video
Bjarte Eike / Music Director
Michael McCarthy / Associate Music Director

Barokksolistene
Edvard Grieg Kor
Cathedra
Michael McCarthy / Choirmaster

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera
Jun
1
7:30 pm19:30

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera

A new, staged production of Handel's Messiah, in a new edition by Malcolm Bruno. Christine sings in the chorus.

Netia Jones / Director, design and video
Bjarte Eike / Music Director
Michael McCarthy / Associate Music Director

Barokksolistene
Edvard Grieg Kor
Cathedra
Michael McCarthy / Choirmaster

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera
Jun
2
7:30 pm19:30

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera

A new, staged production of Handel's Messiah, in a new edition by Malcolm Bruno. Christine sings in the chorus.

Netia Jones / Director, design and video
Bjarte Eike / Music Director
Michael McCarthy / Associate Music Director

Barokksolistene
Edvard Grieg Kor
Cathedra
Michael McCarthy / Choirmaster

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

Handel's Messiah at Bergen National Opera

A new, staged production of Handel's Messiah, in a new edition by Malcolm Bruno. Christine sings in the chorus.

Netia Jones / Director, design and video
Bjarte Eike / Music Director
Michael McCarthy / Associate Music Director

Barokksolistene
Edvard Grieg Kor
Cathedra
Michael McCarthy / Choirmaster

Haydn's Creation
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Haydn's Creation

  • Menuhin Hall

Christine joins the Ember Choral, conducted by Joel Newsome-Hubbard, as soprano soloist for Haydn's Creation. 


Sidwell Memorial Recital
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Sidwell Memorial Recital

  • Hampstead Parish Church

Christine is joined by pianist Keval Shah for the Sidwell Memorial Recital at Hampstead Parish Church. They will present a programme of songs by Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, and Jean Sibelius.

Recital at Morley College
May
8
6:10 pm18:10

Recital at Morley College

  • Morley College

Christine Buras and Keval Shah perform a short recital of works by Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Sibelius in the beautiful and historic Holst Room at Morley College, London. 

Siglo de Oro: Bach, Purcell, Scarlatti
Apr
14
1:05 pm13:05

Siglo de Oro: Bach, Purcell, Scarlatti

  • St. John Smith Square

We have been invited to return to St John’s Smith Square to present a programme of penitential Baroque works for choir and continuo as part of the Holy Week Festival, curated by Tenebrae and Nigel Short. The centrepiece of the concert will be Domenico Scarlatti’s extraordinary setting of the Stabat Mater for ten voices.

Purcell – Hear My Prayer, O Lord

Bach – Jesu, meine Freude BWV227

Purcell – Remember not, O Lord, our offences

Scarlatti – Stabat Mater

Tickets are available here: https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/siglo-de-oro-workshop-concert

Mozart C minor mass at St. John Smith Square
Apr
11
1:00 pm13:00

Mozart C minor mass at St. John Smith Square

Christine joins the Et Cetera Civil Service Choir for Mozart's Mass in c minor at St. John Smith Square as soprano 1 soloist. Donations will be accepted at the concert in aid of The Lifeboat Fund.

The Lifeboat Fund – helping the RNLI to save lives at sea – which is the oldest Civil Service charity, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. The Fund aims to raise sufficient money to purchase a new lifeboat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  thelifeboatfund.org.uk

Siglo de Oro: Bach, Purcell, Scarlatti
Apr
8
7:00 pm19:00

Siglo de Oro: Bach, Purcell, Scarlatti

  • St. Mary's Kenardington

We have been invited to give a concert at the Saxon Shore Early Music Festival. We will present a programme of penitential Baroque works for choir and continuo. The centrepiece of the concert will be Domenico Scarlatti’s extraordinary setting of the Stabat Mater for ten voices. Purcell – Hear My Prayer, O Lord Bach – Jesu, meine Freude BWV227 Purcell – Remember not, O Lord, our offences Scarlatti – Stabat Mater Tickets are available here: http://ssemk.org/.

Ensemble x.y at St. John Smith Square
Apr
6
1:05 pm13:05

Ensemble x.y at St. John Smith Square

  • St. John Smith Square

Ensemble x.y presents a concert of four entwined modern works: investigations into the luminous and the blurred (blurring like heat haze or an over abundant information stream, luminous like clean technology and decisive intention).

Each work, from Agata Zubel’s exquisite setting of Samuel Beckett’s poem Cascando, to the modern master Salvatore Sciarrino’s highly dramatic Piano Trio No. 2, balances finely the demands of sensuous beauty and compositional rigour, discipline with fancy, modern technique with musical engagement.

Ensemble x.y are particularly excited to present a new commission by Sara Cubarsi, x.y violinist and doctoral student at the California Institute of the Arts, written especially for this concert.

Bach St. Matthew Passion
Apr
2
6:00 pm18:00

Bach St. Matthew Passion

  • Hampstead Parish Church

Christine sings in the choir and as a step-out soloist in Bach's masterpiece the St. Matthew Passion. Sung in German with Ensemble Passio, conducted by James Sherlock.

Brahms Requiem
Apr
1
7:00 pm19:00

Brahms Requiem

  • St. Stephen's Church

Christine performs as soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Hanover Choir, conducted by Tori Longdon.

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Mar
4
7:30 pm19:30

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

  • Reading University Great Hall

Christine performs the role of Belinda with the Wokingham Choral Society, conducted by Patrick Allies.

Shahrazad
Feb
11
7:00 pm19:00

Shahrazad

  • Leighton House

Christine is delighted to join Opera Vera and Cantata Dramatica in their premiere of Danyal Dhondy's new opera Shahrazad. Christine sings the roles of Princess Almond and Dunyazad. 

'Opera Vera is delighted to be premiering Danyal Dhondy's 'Shahrazad' in February 2017. The opera takes its inspiration from the tale of the 'Thousand and One Nights' and will be performed in the sumptuous rooms of Kensington's Arabian fantasy, Leighton House. Nick Pitts-Tucker's libretto deals presents a dramatic re-telling of the final three tales of the Arabian Nights and the production is created by acclaimed director Nina Brazier (Royal Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North). Opera Vera is delighted to be collaborating with Cantata Dramatica , who have commissioned the opera (www.cantatadramatica.com).'
Shahrazad
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Shahrazad

  • Leighton House

Christine is delighted to join Opera Vera and Cantata Dramatica in their premiere of Danyal Dhondy's new opera Shahrazad. Christine sings the roles of Princess Almond and Dunyazad. 

'Opera Vera is delighted to be premiering Danyal Dhondy's 'Shahrazad' in February 2017. The opera takes its inspiration from the tale of the 'Thousand and One Nights' and will be performed in the sumptuous rooms of Kensington's Arabian fantasy, Leighton House. Nick Pitts-Tucker's libretto deals presents a dramatic re-telling of the final three tales of the Arabian Nights and the production is created by acclaimed director Nina Brazier (Royal Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North). Opera Vera is delighted to be collaborating with Cantata Dramatica , who have commissioned the opera (www.cantatadramatica.com).'

 

Siglo de Oro at the Spitalfields Winter Festival
Dec
10
7:00 pm19:00

Siglo de Oro at the Spitalfields Winter Festival

  • St. Leonard's Shoreditch

We return to the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival with a compelling Advent concert of contemporary carols, little-known renaissance music and a series of newly-commissioned works inspired by medieval prayers.

An evening filled with mystery and hope, contrasting the resonance of the saxophone with the glowing richness of the choir.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes (with an interval)

Judith Weir – Advent Prose
Will Todd – O Wisdom
Pierre Certon – O Adonai
Matthew Kaner – O Adonai
Sam Rathbone – O Root of Jesse
Antoine Mornable – O clavis David
Bonnie Miksch – There is no Rose of Such Virtue
Francis Pott – O Key of David
Hieronymus Praetorius – Magnificat Quinti toni
Richard Allain – O Dayspring
Gareth Wilson – O King of the Nations
Stuart Turnbull – O Emmanuel
Josquin des Prez – O Virgo virginum
Ralph Allwood – O Virgin of Virgins
Owain Park – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Siglo de Oro: Advent Antiphons
Dec
4
3:30 pm15:30

Siglo de Oro: Advent Antiphons

  • Bishops Lydeard Church

We return to Bishop’s Lydeard Church with a compelling Advent concert of contemporary carols, little-known renaissance music and a series of newly-commissioned works inspired by medieval prayers.

An evening filled with mystery and hope, contrasting the resonance of the saxophone with the glowing richness of the choir.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes (with an interval)

Judith Weir – Advent Prose
Will Todd – O Wisdom
Pierre Certon – O Adonai
Matthew Kaner – O Adonai
Sam Rathbone – O Root of Jesse
Antoine Mornable – O clavis David
Bonnie Miksch – There is no Rose of Such Virtue
Francis Pott – O Key of David
Hieronymus Praetorius – Magnificat Quinti toni
Richard Allain – O Dayspring
Gareth Wilson – O King of the Nations
Stuart Turnbull – O Emmanuel
Josquin des Prez – O Virgo virginum
Ralph Allwood – O Virgin of Virgins
Owain Park – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Siglo de Oro: Advent Antiphons
Dec
2
7:30 pm19:30

Siglo de Oro: Advent Antiphons

  • St. Paul's Wokingham

We return to Wokingham with a compelling Advent concert of contemporary carols, little-known renaissance music and a series of newly-commissioned works inspired by medieval prayers.

An evening filled with mystery and hope, contrasting the resonance of the saxophone with the glowing richness of the choir.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes (with an interval)

Judith Weir – Advent Prose
Will Todd – O Wisdom
Pierre Certon – O Adonai
Matthew Kaner – O Adonai
Sam Rathbone – O Root of Jesse
Antoine Mornable – O clavis David
Bonnie Miksch – There is no Rose of Such Virtue
Francis Pott – O Key of David
Hieronymus Praetorius – Magnificat Quinti toni
Richard Allain – O Dayspring
Gareth Wilson – O King of the Nations
Stuart Turnbull – O Emmanuel
Josquin des Prez – O Virgo virginum
Ralph Allwood – O Virgin of Virgins
Owain Park – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Brahms Requiem
Nov
25
7:30 pm19:30

Brahms Requiem

  • Emma Cons Hall

Christine sings as soprano soloist with the Morley College Chamber Choir in their performance of the Brahms Requiem. Conducted by Patrick Allies, with Angus McPhee, baritone soloist.

Bach - Christmas Oratorio
Nov
20
7:00 pm19:00

Bach - Christmas Oratorio

  • Hampstead Parish Church

Christine sings with the choir of Hampstead Parish Church and Ensemble Passio, conducted by James Sherlock. 

Ensemble x.y plays Korsun Tidrow Perini Black Barbosa Feliz
Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

Ensemble x.y plays Korsun Tidrow Perini Black Barbosa Feliz

  • St. Mary-at-Hill

x.y plays six works picked from its call for scores:
- Juro Kim FELIZ: Sa Kanyang Paglayah
- Luciano Leite BARBOSA: Música Longíqua
- James BLACK: Al-Anbiq
- Anna KORSUN: Nächste Haltestelle
- Thierry TIDROW: "Maar..."
- Alessandro PERINI: Perturbance (Ghost Study no. 2)

Tickets available here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/377406
and at the door £10/£5

Monteverdi Vespers
Oct
14
7:30 pm19:30

Monteverdi Vespers

Christine performs in the chorus for Monteverdi's Vespers alongside the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, conducted by Laurence Cummings.

x.y song / sehnsucht
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

x.y song / sehnsucht

  • Craxton studios

The 26th September marks the first concert in a new series of contemporary song, performed by x.y song, a newly formed offshoot of Ensemble x.y. Each concert will be programmed around a theme, and will involve the commissioning of new cycles for voice and piano.

Concert 1 is themed 'Sehnsucht':

- Geoffrey KING: Buckley Songs
- Brett DEAN: Poems and Prayers
- Judith WEIR: The Voice of Desire
- Jesse JONES: Margaret
- Ben ROWARTH: Sehnsucht

- Christine Buras, soprano
- Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano
- Malachy Frame, baritone
- Michael Mofidian, bass-baritone
- Joseph Havlat, piano

Entry by donation at the door (suggested £10/5)

This concert also marks the beginning of our fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of hiring venues and paying composers. If you would like to make a contribution, we would be very grateful! More information available here: https://www.gofundme.com/xy-song-project

Orff: Carmina Burana
Sep
10
7:30 pm19:30

Orff: Carmina Burana

  • Leicester Grammar School

Christine sings as soprano soloist with the Countesthorpe Festival Chorus in their performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Monteverdi Choir: Schumann's Manfred
Aug
11
7:30 pm19:30

Monteverdi Choir: Schumann's Manfred

  • Usher Hall

The Monteverdi Choir will be performing Schumann's Manfred alongside the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, concluding a mixed programme of Schubert and Schumann conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Schumann’s powerful melodrama Manfred is a dramatic vision of heroism and remorse, inspired by the poem of the same name by Lord Byron. The Overture to Manfred is well-known and well-loved, enhanced in this Festival performance by the less familiar, but no less powerful, entractes, melodramas and choruses.

Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall

Chabrier: Une Education Manquée
Aug
6
2:45 pm14:45

Chabrier: Une Education Manquée

  • Wilderness Festival

Pop-up opera comes to the Wilderness Festival with the story of a young French aristocratic couple figuring out what the wedding night actually entails. Christine sings the role of Helene in Chabrier's farcical one act opera.

Reverie: Sounds Sublime
Jul
16
2:00 pm14:00

Reverie: Sounds Sublime

Curated by The Sixteen, Sounds Sublime is a day-long festival showcasing the UK’s most exciting and vibrant young vocal ensembles. Reverie is delighted to be the resident choir for the 2016 festival.

This year’s festival has a distinct Shakespeare theme running throughout. Reverie with The Sixteen Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan, will lead a Come & Sing event, focussing on wonderful Shakespeare settings. Reverie will also close the festival will an hour-long concert of Shakespeare poetry and music in the beautiful setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Reverie: Lamento
May
26
7:30 pm19:30

Reverie: Lamento

As the centrepiece of their new programme, Choral Reimaginings, Reverie presents new commission, ‘The Turn’, by Ben Rowarth. The new work reflects upon, interacts with and explores the harmonic possibilities of Monteverdi’s ‘Lamento D’Arianna’, the only surviving fragment of his opera ‘L’Arianna’.

Complementing the new commission, this programme explores outstanding contemporary work by Sven-David Sandström and Judith Bingham, in particular Bingham’s ‘Darkness is no Darkness’, reflecting on harmonic themes in Samuel Wesley’s ‘Thou Wilt Keep Him’. and Sandstorm’s ‘Hear My Prayer’, the ending of which is altered as a dissonant reflection on Purcell’s original work.

Set in the hauntingly beautiful surroundings of the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London, Reverie look forward to welcoming you to what is sure to be a memorable evening.

 

Programme | Choral Reimaginings


Sven-David Sandstorm / Henry Purcell – Hear My Prayer
Judith Bingham / Hubert Parry – My Soul there is a Country
Judith Bingham / Samuel Wesley – Darkness is no Darkness: Thou Shalt Keep Him in Perfect Peace
Judith Bingham / Charles Villiers Stanford – Drowned Lovers: The Bluebird
 – Interval –
Ben Rowarth / Claudio Monteverdi  – The Turn:  Lamento D’Arianna

Ensemble x.y: Eight premieres
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

Ensemble x.y: Eight premieres

Ensemble x.y premieres eight new works by young composers commissioned by the ensemble. The composers are: Edward Henderson, Louis D'Heudieres, Maya Verlaak, Jocelyn Campbell, Andy Ingamells, James Moriarty, Timovich Capov, and Michael Baldwin.

Shakespeare in Song
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

Shakespeare in Song

The Templar Scholars sing a programme of Vaughan Williams, Frank Martin, Pearsall, and McDowall, interspersed with live excerpts from the plays and sonnets by the ReversedShakespeare Company. Conducted by Tori Longdon. www.templar-scholars.com www.reversedshakespeare.com

Portrait Choir: Confession
Apr
24
2:00 pm14:00

Portrait Choir: Confession

The Portrait Choir collaborate with musician and director Andy Staples to create Confession, a production interweaving words from Tolstoy’s existential questionings about the human condition, A Confession (1879/80), and music from Tchaikovsky’s seminal choral work The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1878). The performance will also feature site-specific sound and lighting design.

The part of Tolstoy will be read by David Horovitch, one of the UK’s leading actors. David’s theatrical credits include performances in the West End, for the RSC, and with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. On screen he is perhaps best known for playing the character of Inspector Slack in Miss Marple.

Part of the programme of events complementing Russia and the Arts.