Guildford International Concert Season 2024/25

Welcome to the 2024/2025 Guildford International Concert Season - a celebration of classical music at Surrey’s premiere concert venue, G Live.

This thirteenth Season offers an expanded programme that includes performances from orchestras, ensembles and solo artists, work for younger audiences, the National Youth Chamber Choir and a series of lunchtime concerts.

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Elgar: Cello Concerto

Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine

Wednesday, 9 October 2024, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine to G Live for the season launch with Rossini's Thieving Magpie, Sibelius' Symphony No. 4, Elgar's Cello Concerto featuring Jiří Bárta, and Dvořák's Slavonic Dances.

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Beethoven: Fifth Symphony

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, 30 November 2024, 7.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns with Beethoven under Alexander Shelley, featuring Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto No. 5.

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Christmas: Songs Of Celebration

National Youth Chamber Choir and Emma Johnson

Thursday, 5 December 2024, 7.30pm

Clarinettist Emma Johnson and the National Youth Chamber Choir present "Songs of Celebration" for clarinet and upper voices, with new Christmas music including a piece titled "Joy."

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

London Mozart Players

Friday, 7 February 2025, 7.30pm

London Mozart Players present classical favourites: Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Chamberhouse Winds

Tuesday, 18 February 2025, 2.30pm

Chamberhouse Winds performs Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, captivating young audiences with musical storytelling. Pre-concert workshops available.

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, 1 March 2025, 7.30pm

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at G Live, with Shiyeon Sung conducting and Johan Dalene performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Sibelius' Nightride and Sunrise followed by Rimsky-Korsakov's Arabian Nights Suite.

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Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic

Wednesday, 9 April 2025, 7.30pm

At G Live, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic debuts with Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony’ and Saint-Saëns' cello concerto featuring Pablo Ferrández. Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony concludes the evening.

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Bizet: Carmen Suite

Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra of Colón Opera

Friday, 16 May 2025, 7.30pm

This concert: Piazzolla's Libertango, Bizet's Carmen Suite, Wagner's Tristan Prelude, and Delius' Piano Concerto by Mark Bebbington. Ending with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite.

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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

The Orchestra for the Environment

Saturday, 7 June 2025, 7.30pm

Emma Johnson and Chris West founded the Orchestra for the Environment, featuring virtuoso players with environmental concerns. Their concerts, including Johnson's "Tree of Life" concerto, emphasize nature-inspired repertoire. At G Live, they present a special programme, featuring Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Symphony No.40, alongside works by Puccini, Holst, Gershwin, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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La Belle Époque

The Korros Ensemble

Friday, 24 January 2025, 1.10pm – 1.55pm

Formed in 2001 at the Royal Academy of Music, The Korros Ensemble, comprising flute, clarinet, and harp, has performed worldwide and recorded albums, featuring musicians who individually collaborated with major UK orchestras. This concert focuses on enchanting French chamber music from La Belle Époque.

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The Guitar World of Maria Camahort

Ahmed Dickinson

Friday, 14 March 2025, 1.10pm – 1.55pm

Havana-born guitarist Ahmed Dickinson, known for performances worldwide including iconic venues like the Royal Albert Hall, collaborates with orchestras, introduces European audiences to prominent guitar composers like Eduardo Martín and Jose Antonio (Ñico) Rojas, and presents thrilling works by award-winning composer Maria Camahort, showcasing a blend of innovative New Mediterranean style and Dickinson's musical sensitivity.

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Stars of the Future

The Yehudi Menuhin School

Friday, 25 April 2025, 1.10pm – 1.55pm

Yehudi Menuhin's school, founded in 1963, fosters musically gifted children globally, offering need-blind admissions; alumni like Nicola Benedetti, Alina Ibragimova, Tasmin Little, and Nigel Kennedy showcase classical music's future stars. Encourage and experience classical music’s stars of the future at this lunchtime concert.

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Home and Heart

Deniz Şensoy

Wednesday, 21 May 2025, 1.10pm – 1.55pm

Turkish violinist Deniz Şensoy, born in 2000, showcases her talent globally from Bach to Fazil Say, including UK performances and a tribute to Maxim Vengerov, blending classical beauty with Say's demanding, Arabian-infused compositions.

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This season we are delighted to welcome Scala Radio as our media partner for the Guildford International Concert Season, and are proud to welcome back The Cheryl King Trust as our Charity Partner. The trust aims to remove financial barriers that prevent young people in Surrey learning a musical instrument. Providing bursaries for instruments and singing lessons, as well as grants to local music ensembles, G Live hopes to shine a spotlight on their work, and to inspire more young people across Surrey to experience the joy of making music.