Archive of Past Events

Archive of Past Events:

Sun 8 Sep 2002, 8:00pm
Strange Passenger – Music and Poetry: Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Haas

Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3
Sonja Linden: Narrator/Reader; Jacqueline Cole: Piano.

Wed 25 Sep 2002, 7:30pm
Svetislav Bozic, Pavel Haas, Beethoven, Viktor Ullmann

St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA.
Recital dedicated to Pavel, Max, Felicia and Hank Ullmann.
Jacqueline Cole: Piano.
Reviewed in Jewish Chronicle.

Wed 16 Oct 2002, 1:10pm
Lunchtime Piano Recital: Pavel Haas, Viktor Ullmann, Messiaen

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC4.
Jacqueline Cole: Piano.

24 – 30 Nov 2002
Research and Meetings with Dr. David Bloch

(Director of the Terezin Music Memorial Project in Israel)
Yad Vashem, Lochaemi Ha’Getaot (Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz), ISRAEL.

Mon 2 Dec 2002, 8:15pm
Remembrance Concert for Pavel Haas (1899-1944)

New North London Synagogue, The Manor House, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY.
tel: +44 (0)20 8346 8560 fax: +44 (0)20 8346 9710

Yuval Shaked (1955) Love Lamentation Oboe Solo UK Premier
Pavel Haas (1899-1944) Suite for Oboe and Piano, opus 17 London Premier
Yuval Shaked (1955) Diaphanie for Piano Solo UK Premier
Pavel Haas (1899-1944) String Quartet No.1, opus 3 UK Premier
Anon Hebrew Folk Songs
Janáček (1854-1928) Moravian Folk Songs (Soprano and Piano)
Gideon Klein (1919-1945) String Trio (Terezin 1944)
Janáček (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata

The concert is dedicated to Olga Haasová-Smrcková and is given by musicians of the Pavel Haas Ensemble.

Tue 3 Dec 2002, 8:15pm
Remembrance Concert for Pavel Haas (1899-1944)

New North London Synagogue, The Manor House, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY.
tel: +44 (0)20 8346 8560 fax: +44 (0)20 8346 9710

Pavel Haas (1899-1944) Suite Opus 13, (1935) Piano
Berthold Goldschmidt (1903- 1996) Variations on a Palestine Shepherd’s Song
Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) Sonata No. 7 1944
Dvorak (1841-1904) Piano Quintet

The concert is dedicated to Olga Haasová-Smrcková and is given by musicians of the Pavel Haas Ensemble.

Fri 24 Jan 2003, 1:10pm
Holocaust Memorial Concert: Busoni, Bach

St Anne & St Agnes Lutheran Church, Gresham Street, London EC2.
This concert is dedicated in anticipation of Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).
Jacqueline Cole: Piano.

Sat 22 Feb 2003, 8:00pm CANCELLED


Berthold Goldschmidt Centenary Celebrations (1903-1996)
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford.
Recital – Medtner, Messaien, Goldschmidt, Haas and Ullmann.
Jacqueline Cole: Piano.

15,16, 18,19, 21,22 March 2003, 8:30pm

Opera Up Close present

The Kaiser of Atlantis

by Viktor Ullmann & Peter Kien

St Andrew’s Church, Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London SW18
With a free talk on the opera at 7:30pm

Funded by Awards For All, Arts About Wandsworth & The Czech Centre
Presented in association with the Jewish Arts Festival

19 July 2003, 7:30pm
Viktor Ullmann Recital

St Mary Magdalene Church, Cieszyn, Poland.
Jacqueline Cole: Piano.
Recital given in honour of Viktor Ullmann in the church of his baptism, supported by The New Horizons Film Festival, Cieszyn (17 – 27 July, 2003).
Programme to include:

John Ireland Sonata in E (1918-1920) Polish Premiere
Zikmund Schul Fugue in E (1941) Polish Premiere
Viktor Ullmann Sonata No 7 (1944) Polish Premiere

Also to include works of JS Bach and Frederic Chopin.

Mon 29 Sep 2003
Repentance and Hope

Holy Trinity Church, Ponsonby Rd, London SW15 4LA.
Tel: 01623 836 627

Concert in aid of the Rwanda Fund given in Association with Beth Shalom Holocaust Memorial Centre, the Aegis Trust, Laxton Newark Notts and the Churches of the Southwark Diocese, London UK.

Works of Viktor Ullmann, Zikmund Schul, Frederic Chopin, John Ireland and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Jacqueline Cole: Piano

This concert is a memorial to the day, 8th September 1942, when Viktor Ullmann was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Thu 16 Oct 2003
Johann Sebastian Bach Partita No. 6 BWV 830
John Ireland Sonata in E Minor (1918-1920)
Zikmund Schul Fugue in E (1941) Prague Premiere
Viktor Ullmann Sonata No. 7 (Theresienstadt 1944)
Frederic Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor

Jacqueline Cole: Piano.

Wed 29 Oct 2003, 7:30pm
Jacqueline Cole Piano Recital

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP.
Tel: 020 7935 2141
Tickets: £10, £12, £16, £18.

Johann Sebastian Bach Partita No. 6 BWV 830
John Ireland Sonata in E Minor (1918-1920)
Zikmund Schul Fugue in E (1941)
Viktor Ullmann Sonata No. 7 (Theresienstadt 1944)
Frederic Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor

Mon 3 Nov 2003
Wandsworth Arts Festival

National Opera Studio, 2 Chapel Yard, Wandsworth, London SW18.
More information will follow.

Tue 6 Jan 2004
Jacqueline Cole Piano Recital

Cheethams School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB
Tel: 0161 834 9644

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)
Variations and Double Fugue on a Theme of Arnold Schoenberg (UK Premiere)

Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
Sonata 1943


Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963)
Sonata “27 April 1945”

Ervin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
Sonata Opus 22

This concert is given on behalf of the NSPCC.

Tue 13 Jan 2004, 8:00pm (for 8:15pm start)

A.S.K. Meeting at Wimbledon presents

Composers and Musicians of Terezin

Piano recital and talk by Jacqueline Cole

Wimbledon and District Synagogue
1 Queensmere Road, Wimbledon Parkside, London SW19 5QD (streetmap).
tel: 020 8946 4836
fax: 020 8944 7790

Everybody Welcome.
Plenty of time for talk and refreshments. We will finish by 10:30pm.

30 April – 9 May 2004

In the Year of Czech Music, celebrating Janácek (1854) and Dvorák (1904), the Director of the Czech Centre, London, has described the 2004 Leamington Festival as probably the world’s biggest and most extensive festival of Czech music outside the Czech Republic.

Thursday 6 May is Terezín Day, and includes four concerts, featuring works by Viktor Ullmann, Hans Krasa and Pavel Haas amongst others. Concerts took place at  the Warwick Arts Centre.

Wed 30 Jun 2004, 7:30pm
‘Silenced Voices’ – Terezin Music

Lecture and Piano Recital by Jacqueline Cole

Leo Baeck College – Centre for Jewish Education (LBC)
The Sternberg Centre for Judaism, 80 East End Rd, London N3 2SY (streetmap).
Telephone: 020 8349 5600.

8-16 July 2004
Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Di Viktor Ullmann
Libretto di Peter Kien

Teatro Caio Melisso, Spoleto, Italia
(Festival dei Due Mondi 2004)
8 luglio 2004 ore 20.00
Repliche 10 luglio ore 18.00
11 luglio ore 15.30
15, 16 luglio ore 21.00

James Conlon

The Julliard Orchestra

Edward Berkeley

Matthew McCarthy


Kaiser Überall (Brian Mulligan · baritono)
La Morte (Daniel Gross · basso-baritono)
Arlecchino (Steven Paul Spears · tenore)
Un Tamburino (Alison Tupay · mezzosoprano)
Un Soldato (Matthew Garrett · tenore)
Una Ragazza (Hanan Alattar · soprano)
Altoparlante (cantato) (Alvin Crawford · basso-baritono)
Altoparlante (parlato) (Nico Castel · voce recitante)

Due danzatrici

Sun 16 Jan 2005, 5:00pm
Homage to Szymon Laks 1901-1983
Jacqueline Cole – Piano


Wigmore Hall,
36 Wigmore Street,
London W1U 2BP (streetmap).
Tel: 020 7935 2141

Tickets: £20, £17, £14, £10.

Concert Programme (PDF, 775KB).

Review by Anne Ozorio on MusicWeb

Thu 27 Jan 2005
Holocaust Memorial Day

Various events around the country.
Search the dedicated website…

Mon 7 Mar 2005, 12:00 – 12:30pm
Pre-Purim Party Lunch

Kinder Transport Association of Jewish Refugees Special Interest Group
Paul Baliant AJR Day Centre, 15 Cleve Road, London NW6 3RL
Tel: 020 7328 0208

Thu 5 May 2005, 7:30pm
Yom ha Shoah Concert ‘Homage to Szymon Laks 1901-1983’

in Association with Nottingham City Council
Beth Shalom Holocaust Memorial Centre
Laxton, Newark, Notts NG22 OPA
Tel: 01623 836627

Sun 8 May 2005, 7:15pm

Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
University of Central England
Paradise Place
Birmingham B3 3HG
Tel: 0121 331 5901/5902
In assocation with the Representative Council of Birmingham and Midland Jewry with Birmingham City Council for the Memorial to Jewish Ex Servicemen in Birmingham.

Mon 22 Aug 2005, 7:30pm
Homage to Viktor Ullmann 1898-1944

‘Remembering all victims of the Holocaust’
Jacqueline Bowen Cole: Piano

‘Dom Naradowy’ National Polish Cultural Centre
Rynek 1
43-400 Cieszyn Poland

Thu 29 Sep 2005, 8:00pm – Konzerthaus Berlin
Gesprächskonzert: Anspielen gegen das Grauen (note change of programme)

in the Musikclub of the Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin.
In association with Musica Reanimata

Change of programme: due to health problems the original speaker, Edith Kraus, former pianist in Theresienstadt, can no longer travel. In her place, Eva Hermannová, who was imprisoned as a young person in Theresienstadt and participated among other things in the performances of “Brundibár”, will talk about Theresienstadt.

The programme also includes a piano recital by Jacqueline Bowen Cole (London)

Szymon Laks (1901-1983)
Prelude for Solo Piano – World Premiere

Frank Harders Wuthenow, Head of Contemporary Music at Boosey and Hawkes Berlin, has only very recently discovered this unknown work of Laks in Warsaw. Jacqueline Bowen Cole believes the work to date from his days as a student of composition at Warsaw Conservatoire in the early 1920s.

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)
Sonata No. 7

Siegmund Schul (1916-1944)

Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
Sonata 1943 (composed in Theresienstadt)

Review (in German) by Isabel Herzfeld in Der Tagesspiegel

Thu 2 Nov 2006, 7:30pm – Houston, Texas

Jewish Community Center of Houston in partnership with Houston Grand Opera Presents

Der Kaiser von Atlantis

an opera by Viktor Ullmann

Congregation Beth Israel
5600 N. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Houston, the event is a collaborative project with the Houston Grand Opera in association with the Holocaust Museum Houston and Congregation Beth Israel.

More information from the Jewish Community Center of Houston…

Concert Programme (PDF)

Wed 7 & Sat 10 March 2007, 7:30pm – Los Angeles, California
Recovered Voices

Recovering a Musical Heritage
The Music Suppressed by the Third Reich

Los Angeles Opera
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

Curated and Conducted by
Music Director JAMES CONLON

The diverse selections for the March 2007 concerts include excerpts from Schreker‘s The StigmatizedBraunfels‘ The BirdsKrenek‘s Johnny Tunes UpUllmann‘s The Emperor of AtlantisSchulhoff‘s Flames and Korngold‘s The Dead City. The concerts will also feature a complete performance of Zemlinsky‘s A Florentine Tragedy, a one-act opera based on Oscar Wilde‘s play of the same name.

More information and booking details from LA Opera.

Sun 6 May 2007, 6:30 pm
Witnesses in Wounded Songs

St Paul’s Church Clapham, Rectory Grove, London SW4 0DX – Map
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8785 4772

Jacqueline Cole: Piano and Organ

Works to include:
Szymon Laks : Variations on the J S Bach Chorale “Was Gott tut, ist wohlgetan” for Organ — world premiere;
Viktor Ullmann : Piano Sonata no 2, opus 19 — London premiere;
Erwin Schulhoff : Jazz Partita for Piano;
Eugen d’Albert : piano transcription of J S Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582;
Pavel Haas : Suite for Piano, opus 13.

The event will include a talk, and there will be a retiring collection for St Paul’s Church.

Concert Programme (PDF).

Report of the concert by Celia Male.

Wed 22 August 2007, 7:30 pm
Live in the Moment, Live in Eternity

St Paul’s Church Clapham, Rectory Grove, London SW4 0DX – Map

Violin – Jennifer Thorn
Piano – Jacqueline Cole

A lecture recital to include works of the composers Erwin Schulhoff, Arvo Part, John Taverner and Viktor Ullmann.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8785 4772 or +44 (0)20 7662 2128
Email for more information

Sun 14 October 2007, 7:30 pm
We Search for the Forgotten Song of Angels

Golda Cohen Room, New West End Synagogue, St Petersburgh Place, Bayswater, London W2 4LB – Map

Piano – Jacqueline Cole

Erwin Schulhoff : Jazz Partita – Berlin 1922
Pavel Haas : Suite Opus 13 – Brno 1935
Siegmund Schul : Fugue – Prague 1941
Viktor Ullmann : Klaviersonaten No 7 – Terezin 1944
Szymon Laks : Homage a Chopin – Ballade – Paris 1949

Tickets: £10 to include refreshments.
Call the Synagogue Office on 020 7229 2631 to book your place or email

Thu 1 November 2007, 7:30 pm
Portrait de l’oiseau – qui – n’existe pas

Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QJ – Map
Tel: 020 7935 6179, email:

Jennifer McGregor – soprano
Jacqueline Cole – piano

This recital celebrates the birthday of Szymon Laks born in Warsaw on the 1st of November 1901.

Erwin Schulhoff – pisne a tance z tesinska – Ostrava 1936
Wojciech Kilar – “vocalise” from Roman Polanski’s 1999 film – The Ninth Gate
Szymon Laks – “portrait de l’oiseau – qui-n’existe-pas” – Paris 1952


Szymon Laks – trois poemes chantes – Paris 1960
Aleksander Tansman – cinq melodies – Paris 1927
Alban Berg – sieben fruhe lieder – Vienna 1905-1908

“An engaging personality, polemicist of a universal culture…” – (In Praise of Szymon Laks, Aleksander Tansman, 1984)

Nov-Dec Concert Programme (PDF, 2.7MB).

Tickets: £10 to include refreshments.
For further details contact the Viktor Ullmann Foundation:
Tel: 020 8785 4772, mobile: 07936 268 804

Sun 2 December 2007, 3:00 pm
Rozhinkes mit Mandlen – Raisins and Almonds – Tales of Chassidic Life


Tue 29 January 2008, 7:30pm
“Co je to za nebe” – “what kind of heaven is this…” Remembering Viktor Ullmann

St. John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA – Map
box office: 020 7222 1061 – or book online – tickets £15, £12, £8 .

Piano – Jacqueline Cole

Leos Janacek : “Po zarostlem chodnicku” series 1 – Hukvaldy, 1911
Pavel Haas : Suite Op 13 – Brno 1935
Viktor Ullmann : Klaviersonaten No 1, Op 10 & No 2, Op 19 – Prague 8 April 1936 & 1938/39
Siegmund Schul : Fugue – Prague 19 July 1941

Concert Programme (PDF, 362KB).

This concert is dedicated to Paul Aron Sandfort who died on 29 December 2007 – more …

Thu 8 May 2008, 7:30pm
Love Poems to God…

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG. Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 1610.

Jacqueline Cole – Piano
Jennifer Thorn – Violin
Torsten Harder – Cello
Raficq Abdulla – Reader


Readings from:
Eckhart * Boehme * The Lenten Triodion * Buber * Bonhoeffer * Rilke * Celan * Hill * Heschel * St John of the Cross * Ullmann

In association with The Friends of St Ethelburga’s – tickets by invitation.
Sponsors: Leo Hepner, Penelope Eckersley and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.

Concert Leaflet (PDF, 4.35MB).

faith is a source of conflict… and a resource for transforming conflict…

Wed 24 Sep 2008, 1pm
On an Overgrown Path…

Tribute to George Mantle Childe (b.1911)
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster DN1 2AE – Map

Lunchtime recital – Jacqueline Cole – piano

Nicolas Medtner (1879-1951) ‘Vergessene Weisen’ fur Klavier – Nr. 1 – Sonata ‘Reminiscenza’ Opus 38
Leos Janacek (1854-1928) ‘On an Overgrown Path’
Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) Klaviersonaten No 2 Opus 19

Telephone: 01302 734293

Tue 21 April 2009, 6:45pm
Ma’Ariv – Erev Yom HaShoah

West London Synagogue
34 Upper Berkeley Street
London W1M 7HJ

Jacqueline Cole – piano

Viktor Ullmann — Sonata No 7 (Theresienstadt, 22 August 1944)

More details…

Sun 10 May 2009, 8:30pm, Paris
Ullmann / Klein / Schoenberg

Opéra national de Paris – Palais Garnier
8 rue Scribe
75 009 Paris

VIKTOR ULLMANN String quartet no. 3, op. 46
GIDEON KLEIN String trio
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, sextuor à cordes op.4

Thibault Vieux, Vanessa Jean, violins
Pierre Lenert, Jean-Michel Lenert, viola
Martine Bailly, Aurélien Sabouret, cello

Wed 7 October 2009, 1pm
Kol Nidre… All Vows

In memory of all those people whose names were on the list of the ‘transports to the east’ in Theresienstadt, October 1944
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster DN1 2AE – Map

Lunchtime recital – Jacqueline Cole – piano

Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn 1809-1847
Variations Serieuses Opus 54 (1841)

Viktor Ullmann 1898-1944
Klaviersonaten No 7 (Theresienstadt 1944)

George Mantle Childe b.1911
Suo Gan – lullaby on a Welsh folksong (1949)

For further details contact:
Philip Scowcroft – telephone: + 44(0) 1302 367 540
Telephone: 01302 734293

Tue 5th, Wed 6th, Fri 8th, Sat 9th April 2011, 8pm
Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Four chances to see a rare staging of Viktor Ullmann’s astonishing opera

The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, London SE1 8TJ (map)

Dioneo presents Viktor Ullmann’s dramatic take on the events of the Second World War and the horrors it exposed. Performances will take place on the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th April 2011 in advance of a run at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Grimeborn Festival in August.


Tue 23 October 2012, 8pm
‘On Some Threshold of the Air’ – Songs of Viktor Ullmann with English Touring Opera

£10; students £5; WDS £5

St John’s Waterloo

1, 2, 3 February 2013, Switzerland
The Soldier and the Kaiser

1 and 2 February 2013 Delémont, St. George Forum
3 February 2013 Basel, UNION

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Soldier’s Tale (Morges, 1917)
Incidental music to a libretto by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz
Pierre-Alain Clerc, narrator

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)
Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Theresienstadt, 1943)
One-act opera on a libretto by Peter Kien (1919-1944) / concert version
Overall Kaiser, Jean Knutti
Der Tod / Der Lautsprecher, Lisandro Abadie
Bubikopf, Laurence Guillod
Der Trommel, Carine Séchaye
Harlekin, Ein Soldier, Michael Laurenz

Facundo Agudín, direction
Soloists from the Orchestra Symphonique du Jura