UCAN UK Music Streaming
Thursday 3 – Sunday 27 December
This month, we’re delighted to announce our involvement in UCAN UK Streaming. Together with other university concert programmes across the country, we are bringing our streamed events to a wider audience during this challenging time for music performance. Our partner venues are: Lancaster Arts (Lancaster University), Turner Sims (Southampton) and University of Sheffield Concerts.
University Centres for the Arts Network (UCAN) UK is a dynamic and growing network of over 30 University arts centres and arts programmes from across the UK. Bridging the Higher Education and arts and cultural sectors; UCAN’s member organisations connect cultural communities, creative industries, academics, students and the wider public to deliver imaginative, innovative and inspirational experiences.
UCAN UK Streaming is a new partnership venture that seeks to broaden public engagement by delivering our high-quality artistic programmes through shared digital channels.
Please see details and programmes of each concert below and by clicking through to their booking pages.
SARAH WATTS & ANNE MACGREGOR
Thursday 3 December, 7.30pm | £5
University of Sheffield Concerts
A beautiful programme celebrating the versatility of the clarinet and piano, including works by Debussy, Vaughan Williams and Poulenc.
Sarah Watts studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Victoria Soames Samek (bass clarinet). She specialises in the bass clarinet, and has gained an international reputation as an artist, teacher and researcher on the instrument. She has performed solo repertoire internationally and has attracted composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Piers Hellawell and William Sweeney to write works for her. Anne Macgregor studied piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Fali Pavri and Philip Jenkins, where she won prizes for both her performance and academic work.
Sunday 6 December, 3pm | Pay what you can from £5
Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
At 30, Shanghai-born pianist Ji Liu has performed on concert platforms worldwide, produced five classical chart-topping albums and is also a prolific composer and arranger.
Ji Liu's programme is heroic both thematically and technically. Beginning with Schubert’s demanding ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy in C major, so called for the appearance of the opening phrase of Schubert's ‘Der Wanderer’ lied linking each movement. Liszt revered Schubert and arranged many of his lieder including the evocative ‘‘To be sung on the water’, the terrifying ballade of ‘The Erlking’ and the moonlight yearning of a lover in ‘Serenade’. The programme is completed with the fourth of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes ‘Mazeppa’, inspired by Lord Byron’s poem and its Romantic hero.
Sunday 13 December, 2pm & 5pm & 8pm | £10 each
Turner Sims Southampton
Join distinguished British pianist Joanna MacGregor as she takes us on a journey through the music of Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year.
Across three livestreamed recitals direct from Turner Sims, Joanna presents a personal selection of nine of the composer’s defining set of 32 piano sonatas. From the bold early Sonata No 3 dedicated to his teacher Haydn, to the ever-popular Moonlight, and concluding with the monumental and technically challenging final sonata, which Beethoven described as ‘not very difficult’, the day spans three decades of the composer’s life and through music of great power, intimacy, and vision.
MUSICAL SIGH: FROM BRAHMS TO PÄRT
Tuesday 15 December, 7.30pm | £10
Samuel Staples and Jonathan Ferrucci are two exceptional chamber musicians who team up for a special recital of Arvo Pärt, Jean Sibelius and Johannes Brahms, a combination of composers not often performed live together. Catch these rising superstars while you can.
Jonathan Ferrucci was recently called ‘a wunderkind pianist with noble soul’. In 2016 he won the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Competition at Wigmore Hall and made his recital debut in that season, followed by recitals in Barbican Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Samuel Staples has performed across the UK and Europe. An alumnus of the Guildhall and Menuin Schools, Sam has also appeared at the Sejong International Festival, the Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree, and the Grieg in Bergen Festival.
SEPTURA BRASS SEPTET WITH TANYA MYERS
Thursday 17 December, 7pm | Pay what you can from £10
Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by Tanya Myers, The Nutcracker with its rapturous and fantastical music will transport you to Christmas Eve. Join young Clara, as her favourite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight.
Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet.