St Bride's: Music - Blaze Ensemble<br />George Vass – conductor

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Blaze Ensemble
George Vass – conductor

Tuesday, 12 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Blaze Ensemble<br />George Vass – conductor

Haydn

Symphony no. 7 in C major, Le midi

  i. Adagio - Allegro

 ii. Adagio

iii. Menuetto and Trio

iv. Finale: Allegro

Symphony no. 8 in G major, Le soir

  i. Allegro

 ii. Andante

iii. Menuetto and Trio

iv. La tempesta: Presto

Blaze Ensemble is a London-based chamber ensemble. Our output ranges from works for small wind ensemble through to chamber orchestra. The ensemble was formed in 1997 and currently gives up to nine concerts each season. Blaze Ensemble performs in all the major lunchtime recital venues in central London. This season (2018/2019) our London concerts feature performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Bride's, St James's Piccadilly and St Olave's in the City. We like including contemporary works in many of our programmes. In the 2016/17 season we gave the first London performance of Chris Gunning's Concertino for Flute and small orchestra. In November 2018, we gave the first performance of Adrian Sutton's 'Montana Peaks' for chamber ensemble.

Described by BBC Radio 3 as 'the saviour of contemporary classical music', respected English conductor George Vass studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He made his professional conducting debut at St John's Smith Square in 1979 and, as Artistic Director of the Regent Sinfonia of London and Orchestra Nova, has appeared at many of the UK's major concert halls and festivals. As a guest conductor he has worked with ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony and Ulster orchestras, Amsterdam's Promenade Orkest, Konzertensemble Salzburg, Joyful Company of Singers, London Mozart Players, Malmö Opera Orchestra, the choirs of Royal Holloway and Merton College Oxford and Schola Cantorum Oxford. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4 television.

Vass has made over thirty commercial recordings for the Dutton Epoch, Champs Hill, Guild, Lyrita, Naxos, Resonus Classics, SOMM and Toccata Classics labels. His discography encompasses the music of William Alwyn, Richard Rodney Bennett, Elgar, Delius, Dodgson, Handel, Holbrooke, Holst, Hurd, Thomas Hyde, John Joubert, Leighton, Maconchy, Mathias, David Matthews, McCabe, Cecilia McDowall, Stephen McNeff, Paul Patterson, Purcell, Tovey, Vaughan Williams and Warlock.

He has been in post as artistic director of the Presteigne Festival since 1992, having also directed the Hampstead and Highgate Festival (2004-09). Currently music director of Bushey Symphony Orchestra and St Albans Choral Society, he works regularly with Blaze Ensemble and, in 2016 and 2017, conducted at the Dartington International Summer School.

As founder Artistic Director of Nova Music Opera, he premiered Thomas Hyde's That Man Stephen Ward (Hampstead and Highgate Festival, 2008; revival for Nova Music Opera, 2015) and, for Nova Music Opera, Sally Beamish's Hagar in the Wilderness (2013), Stephen McNeff's Prometheus Drown'd (2014), Cecilia McDowall's Airborne (2014) and Charlotte Bray's Entanglement (2015). He has also conducted Britten's Curlew River (Hampstead and Highgate Springfest, 2009; Nova Music, 2013) and Holst's Savitri (Nova Music, English Music Festival, 2010).

Recent highlights include a much-lauded sixtieth birthday concert at St John's Smith Square, performances of Sweeney Todd at the Dartington International Summer School and a highly praised recording of Thomas Hyde's That Man Stephen Ward for Resonus Classics; he gave the premiere Joseph Phibbs' new chamber opera Juliana at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

Blaze Ensemble is a London-based chamber ensemble. Our output ranges from works for small wind ensemble through to chamber orchestra. The ensemble was formed in 1997 and currently gives up to nine concerts each season. Blaze Ensemble performs in all the major lunchtime recital venues in central London. This season (2018/2019) our London concerts feature performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Bride's, St James's Piccadilly and St Olave's in the City. We like including contemporary works in many of our programmes. In the 2016/17 season we gave the first London performance of Chris Gunning's Concertino for Flute and small orchestra. In November 2018, we gave the first performance of Adrian Sutton's 'Montana Peaks' for chamber ensemble.