Events

Gavin Plumley will be appearing at the following events and broadcasts:

Wells Cathedral, Wells – 7 September 2019 – 5.15pm
Choral Evensong
Writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley gives the sermon at Choral Evensong, with celebrations for members of the Music Foundation.
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Philharmonia Orchestra – Royal Festival Hall, London – 26 September 2019 – 6pm
Berg: Violin Concerto
Gavin Plumley is joined by violinist Christian Tetzlaff for a musically-illustrated exploration of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, prior to a performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis series.
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Philharmonia Orchestra – Royal Festival Hall, London – 29 September 2019 – 12 noon
Weimar Berlin: Insights Day
Find out about this exciting and dangerous period in the history of Germany in this Insights event, part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis series. Hosted by writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley, this session gives you an in-depth look at Germany during the 1920s.
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Wells Cathedral School – Cedars Hall, Wells – 3 October 2019 – 7pm
Alban Berg Ensemble plays Pierrot lunaire
The celebrated Vienna ensemble plus soprano Magdalena Anna Hofmann join writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley to explore Arnold Schoenberg’s revolutionary music theatre piece Pierrot lunaire. This visually and musically illustrated lecture-recital looks in depth at the unique fusion of cabaret, song cycle and chamber music in the composer’s 1912 masterpiece. Culminating in a full performance of the work.
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Wells Cathedral School – Cedars Hall, Wells – 4 October 2019 – 11am
Alban Berg Ensemble plays Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony
The premiere given on 8 February 1907 by members of the Vienna Philharmonic caused a near riot, with catcalls, whistles, chair-banging and ostentatious departures by many of the audience. The Alban Berg Ensemble invites you to come and hear what all the fuss was about and why this work proved to be one of the most revolutionary in the history of music. Introduction by Gavin Plumley.
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Wigmore Hall, London – 5 October 2019 – 1pm
Inside the Score: Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire
The Alban Berg Ensemble Wien and soprano Magdalena Anna Hofmann join writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley to explore Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. This visually and musically illustrated lecture-recital looks in depth at the unique fusion of cabaret, song cycle and chamber music in the composer’s 1912 masterpiece. As well as breadth, Schoenberg achieved marked concision in these 21 settings of Albert Giraud’s poems about a sad, sadistic clown. With the help of projections and musical examples from the stage, this event looks beyond the work’s nightmarish atmosphere to reveal its motifs and methods.
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Cheltenham Literature Festival – Town Hall (Baillie Gifford Stage), Cheltenham – 8 October 2019 – 1.30pm
Masters of Light: Impressionism
Their iridescent canvases dancing with light, the Impressionists reinvented the possibilities of colour with extraordinary depictions of landscapes and scenes of everyday life. From Monet’s Water Lilies to Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, some of art’s best-loved works were created thanks to Impressionism. Chris Riopelle, curator of the National Gallery’s extraordinary Sorolla exhibition, and art historian Belinda Thomson illuminate this extraordinary period of creativity, painting a portrait of the artists and works that defined the movement with Gavin Plumley.
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Cheltenham Literature Festival – Town Hall (Pillar Room), Cheltenham – 9 October 2019 – 11.30am
Bauhaus at 100
Established 100 years ago by visionary architect Walter Gropius, the founding of the Bauhaus school marked the birth of a radical new philosophy that spanned architecture, performance, design and visual art. Curator Grant Watson (Bauhaus Imaginista), author Naomi Wood (The Hiding Game) and writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley join James Long to explore the fascinating cast of characters behind the Bauhaus movement and consider its continued influence on architecture and design.
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Wells Cathedral School – Cedars Hall, Wells – 7 November 2019 – 7.30pm (6.15pm)
Complete Beethoven String Quartets
The Endellion String Quartet continues its Beethoven cycle with two quartets from op. 18, plus the great A minor Quartet op. 132, in which Beethoven composed ‘a song of thanksgiving offered to the divinity by a convalescent’. The pre-concert talk by Gavin Plumley at 6.15pm explores the inspiration of op. 132 for the poet T.S. Eliot when writing his Four Quartets.
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CBSO – Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 19 January 2020 – 5.45pm
Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Music writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley delves into Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, one of the largest-scale choral works in the classical repertoire.
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