Having been one of the first venues in the UK to reopen its doors to music making after the first lockdown in July 2020, Cadogan Hall today announces the return of its flagship Zurich International Orchestra Series and Choral at Cadogan.
The Hall welcomes 6 international orchestras from 5 different countries during the 2021/22 season including Russia, the Czech Republic, Armenia, China, and Hungary and hosts a variety of top soloists such as Jennifer Pike, Angela Hewitt, Chloë Hanslip and Freddy Kempf. All measures on quarantine and testing for travelling orchestras will be adhered to.
Choral at Cadogan showcases some of the best British choirs within its superb acoustics, ideal for choral music. This autumn, The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall’s Musick, VOCES8 and The Sixteen perform classics in the repertoire. Spring 2022 concerts will be announced later in the year.
Zurich International Orchestra Series
Chloë Hanslip joins the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra from the Czech Republic for a concert steeped in storytelling, conducted by Dennis Russell Davis. Hanslipplays Korngold’s much-loved Violin Concerto in D major, a work that borrows thematic material from the composer’s film scores including Another Dawn (1937), Juarez (1939), Anthony Adverse (1936), and The Prince and the Pauper (1937). Janáček’s rhapsody for orchestra Taras Bulba opens the concert and is based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol; it tells the story of the eponymous Cossack and his two sons. The closing piece is Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World,’ a work influenced by his experiences whilst in America, and also inspired by the folk music of his native Czech culture (7 October, 7:30pm).
A favourite of Cadogan Hall audiences, Freddy Kempf returns to perform Beethoven’s infamous Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sergey Smbatyan. As part of its Chelsea debut, the Orchestra also presents fellow Armenian Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 (29 November, 7:30pm).
The violin returns to centre stage when Jennifer Pike performs Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No.2with the Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk, conducted by Thomas Sanderling. Priorto that, the Orchestra perform Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture and finish off with Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise & Waltz from Eugene Onegin and Sibelius’ Symphony No.5 (23 May 2022, 7:30pm).
Angela Hewitt plays one of the most recognisable piano concertos in the repertoire in the season’s closing concert: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23. The Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andras Keller also present Bartók ’s Concerto for Orchestra and Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No.5 (6 June 2022, 7:30pm).
The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and its Director Vladimir Fedoseyev perform an all-Tchaikovsky programme, starting with his Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. Sergei Davydchenko, one of the winners of the 2018 Grand Piano Competition, is the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s famous Piano Concerto No.1. The concert closes with his Symphony No.5 (16 March 2022, 7:30pm).
Daye Lin and the China Symphony Orchestra (of Shenzhen) bring two major works to Cadogan Hall: Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Vadim Repin and Mahler’s Symphony No.1. Beautiful Countryside, a 2019 work by contemporary Chinese composer Ye Xiaogang opens the programme (14 April 2022, 7:30pm).
Choral at Cadogan
The Tallis Scholars
As is customary, The Tallis Scholars open the Choral at Cadogan series, with their Director Peter Phillips. The group have been celebrating Josquin des Prez, who died 500 years ago, by recording the full set of his 18 masses; the last of these won BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year Award in 2021.
Within that programme and this concert’s repertoire is the iconic Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae which gained fame through how Josquin referred to his patron, Ercole I d’Este of Ferrara: in almost every bar. He did this by taking the eight syllables of Ercole’s name and putting the same eight notes to them, repeatedly. Movements of the Mass are interspersed with other works by Palestrina and Byrd (10 September 2021, 7:30pm).
In June 2022, The Tallis Scholars give two performances of Thomas Tallis’ epic motet Spem in alium, the first postponed from 2020 and the second date added due to demand. It is believed that the piece was first performed in 1570, which makes last year’s original planned performance date the 450th anniversary of its premiere (8 & 9 June 2022, 7:30pm).
The theme of VOCES8’s concert is regeneration, recognising loss, beauty, love and joy. The programme includes music from the Renaissance to the modern day, including a new commission for the group from US composer Taylor Scott Davis entitled Stardust. It was first performed during lockdown at the Live from London Festival and uses the words of Clairel Estévez’s poem to conjure up images of the universe, space and infinity. Other composers featured include Byrd, Schütz, Hugo Alfvém, Britten, Palestrina, Jonathan Dove and Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (10 November 2021, 7:30pm).
This year’s The Sixteen at Christmas concerts are centered around Bob Chilcott’s evocative and atmospheric double-choir ‘O’ antiphons. Anticipating the coming of Christmas, they were traditionally sung before and after the Magnificat on the seven days preceding Christmas Eve. Alongside this are two stunning settings of the Conditor – the hymn for advent – by Victoria and Guerrero, and The Sixteen’s usual mix of traditional carols and festival favourites (15 & 16 December 2021, 7:30pm).
The Spring Choral at Cadogan dates will be announced in due course.
Tickets go on sale for ENCORE members from 12pm on Tuesday 20 July and general sale from 12pm on Friday 23 July.