WildKat’s Unmissables

Monday 16th August 2010

Living or being near London offers so many opportunities to see some truly spectacular performances that occur across the city every day –the WildKat team have collaborated some information on the top performances that are a must see for the next few weeks! Keep watching for bi-weekly updates.

What? The Mosaic Ensemble

Where? The Forge – our favourite venue!

When? Sunday 12th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Mozart Oboe Quartet Op.370,
  • Stich (Punto) Horn Quartet,
  • Devienne Bassoon Quartet in C Major Op.73, No.1,
  • Stamitz Clarinet Quartet in E Flat Op.19, No.1

Mosaic Ensemble was founded in 2009 by a group of exceptional young musicians who met as members of Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s young professional orchestra.  They formed with a view to exploring the expansive repertoire for mixed wind and strings, making full use of the breadth and versatility of the chamber music repertoire from Nonets to Trios.  Members of the ensemble have performed chamber works together as part of the Royal Opera House lunchtime chamber music series and at the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. This small ensemble in an intimate, up and coming venue promises to be a huge success!

What? Artemis Quartet

Where? Wigmore Hall

When? Tuesday 14th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

  • Beethoven
  • String Quartet in A Op. 18 No. 5
  • String Quartet in G Op. 18 No. 2
  • String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 ‘Razumovsky’

The distinguished Berlin-based Artemis String Quartet, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, brings the Wigmore Hall’s Anniversary Season Opening Celebrations to a close with the continuation of the complete Beethoven string-quartet cycle, charting Beethoven’s development across 30 years of composing in a form that demonstrates his great innovations in expressive development. A classic programme in a prestigious venue – most enjoyable!

What? La Bohème

Where? Wilton’s Music Hall

When? 16th & 18th September 2010 (Click to here purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Co-Opera-Co, Stephen Higgins (Conductor), Michael Scott (Tenor: Rodolfo), Mariya Krywaniuk (Soprano: Mimì).

Quite an obvious choice, Puccini is the master of Italian operas and I would never miss an opportunity to see the romance unravel between Rodolfo and Mimì, and like most operas ending in death. A company called Co-Opera-Co puts on the opera and the venue is also the world’s oldest Music Hall. Wilton’s Music Hall is a truly magical and beautiful venue that offers so much more than a performance but an experience. (The English National Opera are also putting on a production of La Bohème at The London Coliseum, October).

What? Max Richter performs ‘infra’

Where? Cadogan Hall

When? Saturday 17th September 2010 (click here to purchase tickets!)

For one night only, this unique performance comes to Cadogan Hall. Originally conceived as a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, Max Richter’s gorgeous score to ‘infra’ was written in autumn 2008 and premiered in November of the same year at The Royal Opera House in London. Expanded and extended from the original piece, it comprises music written for piano, electronics and string quintet. Richter’s work on the ballet came initially from McGregor’s invitation, a request for 25 minutes of music for his piece, inspired by T.S. Elliot’s ‘The Wasteland’. The process of collaboration between the two men was filmed for a BBC documentary. An active collaborator in other media, Max received The European Film Award last year for his work on ‘Waltz with Bashir’, Ari Forman’s Oscar-nominated animated documentary. Without a doubt, this is a must see!

What? The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Where? Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

When? 4th & 7th October 2010 (Click here to purchase tickets!)

Featuring: Royal Opera,  Antonio Pappano (Conductor), Nicole Cabell (Soprano: Leila), John Osborn (Tenor: Nadir).

Bizet is one of the most famous French composers of opera, his two most successful works being Carmen and The Pearl Fishers. The most famous work from this opera being the duet of friendship Au fond du temple saint between Zurga and Nadir. Not only is the music captivating and but the Royal Opera company whose production this is has to be one of the most prestigious in the world. The performers are guaranteed to give a phenomenal evening.