Rare Performance of Berkeley’s Stabat Mater Combines Austerity with Profundity

18/07/2016

Ravel, Michael Berkeley, Colin Matthews, Poulenc,Lennox Berkeley: The Berkeley Ensemble, The Marian Consort / David Wordsworth (conductor), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 17.7.2016. (RJ)

The Berkeley Ensemble [Luke Russell (flute), Emily Cockbill (oboe), John Slack (clarinet, bass clarinet), Andrew Watson (bassoon), Paul Cott (horn), Fontane Liang (harp), Jolwey Cragg (percussion), Sophie Mather (violin), Francesca Barritt (violin), Matthew Kettle (viola), Gemma Wareham (cello), Lachland Radford (double bass)]

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Sally Beamish Introduces an Extra Three Deadly Sins

18/07/2016

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Sally Beamish: Red Note Ensemble [Ruth Morley (flute), Marie Lloyd (clarinet), Jacqueline Shave (violin0, Robert Irvine (cello) Tom Hunter (percussion), Huw Watkins (piano), Crawford Logan (actor), Cheltenham Music Festival, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, 16.7.2016. (RJ) Read more

NEW! Keyboard Mania Engulfs Cheltenham

17/07/2016

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Keyboard Mania Engulfs Cheltenham

If Cheltenham has taken on a somewhat Surrealistic aspect over the past week, blame it on that musical eccentric Erik Satie born 150 years ago. As you stroll around the town you come across a number of piano-like or piano related objects ranging from painted pianos, pianos planted with flowers, a tubular bell piano, a fruit machine synthesiser and even aircraft landing gear sporting a keyboard. There’s also an electro-mechanical lithophone, but please don’t ask me to describe it or how it works. Read more

Fidelio Trio Transfigure the Music They Play

16/07/2016

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Michael Zev Gordon, Erik Satie, Hunter Coblentz, Piers Hellawell, Arnold Schoenberg: Fidelio Trio [Darrah Morgan (violin), Adi Tai (cello), Mary Dullea (piano)], Sinéad Morrissey (poet/reader), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 15.7.2016. (RJ)

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Zhang Zuo Saves the Day in Young Artists’ Recital

15/07/2016

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 Handel/Halvorsen, Liszt, Schubert/Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Schwertsik, Brahms: Esther Yoo (violin), Narek Haknazaryan (cello), Zhang Zuo (piano), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham,14.7.2016. (RJ) Read more

Ex Cathedra’s Visionary Concert in Tewkesbury Abbey

14/07/2016

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 Parry, Weir, Howells, MacMillan: Cheltenham Festival – Ex Cathedra, MacMillan Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore, Alexander Mason (organ), Tewkesbury Abbey, 13.7.2016. (JQ) Read more

Bevan, Loges and Kynoch Offer a Sumptious Seasonal Spread

14/07/2016

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Schubert, Beethoven, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Richard Strauss, Peter Cornelius, Wolf: Mary Bevan (soprano), Stephan Loges (baritone), Sholto Kynoch (piano), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 13.7.2016. (RJ) Read more

Fidelio Reverts to its Original Form at Buxton Festival

14/07/2016

Beethoven,  Leonore (or The Triumph of Married Love): Soloists, Buxton Festival Chorus, Northern Chamber Orchestra / Stephen Barlow (conductor), Buxton Festival 2016, Opera House, Buxton, 8.7.2016. (RJF)

Leonore - Ludwig van Beethoven - Buxton Festival - 8th July 2016 Conductor - Stephen Barlow Director - Stephen Medcalf Designer - Francis O’Connor Lighting Designer - Simon Corder Leonore - Kirstin Sharpin Florestan - David Danholt Rocco - Scott Wilde

Beethoven’s Leonore (c) Robert Workman

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