NEW! ‘MUSICAL MAGIC’: AN INTERVIEW WITH VIOLINIST HENNING KRAGGERUD

21/05/2019

Geoffrey Newman in Conversation with Henning Kraggerud

Henning Kraggerud © Robert Romic

There are few artists who convey a greater sense of communication and discovery in the concert hall than Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. There is a life-enhancing glow in his appearances, and one surmises that his bountiful inspiration must come from somewhere – perhaps from a tradition that stresses experimentation and an almost Renaissance diversity in musical reach. Kraggerud is not only a beautifully fine-toned and sensitive violin soloist and chamber musician, but a devoted educator, a play/direct specialist, a (sometimes) violist and a composer. Read more

NEW! English National Ballet Announces Winners of Emerging Dancer 2019

08/05/2019

English National Ballet is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Emerging Dancer Award is Julia Conway.

Julia Conway receiving her award from host Adam Cooper (left)
and dancing the Flames of Paris pas de deux with Rentaro Nakaaki (right)

Having performed the Flames of Paris pas de deux with partner Rentaro Nakaaki and Untitled Code, a solo by choreographed by Rambert dancer Miguel Altunaga, Julia Conway was announced as winner on stage at Sadler’s Wells – and livestreamed to audiences across the world on Tuesday 7 May 2019 – by Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo. Read more

NEW! CONDUCTOR THOMAS SANDERLING IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

04/05/2019

Thomas Sanderling talks to Gregor Tassie

Thomas Sanderling

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NEW! YOUNG RUSSIAN PIANIST ALEXANDRA DOVGAN TALKS TO GREGOR TASSIE

25/04/2019

Alexandra Dovgan in conversation with Gregor Tassie

Gregor Tassie with Alexandra Dovgan (c) Sergei Dovgan

The eleven-year-old Alexandra Dovgan was honoured by opening the Ninth Rakhlin International Music Festival in Kazan playing Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto together with Alexander Sladkovsky’s outstanding Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, an event (review click here) which I attended together with journalists from Israel, St Petersburg, and Moscow. Read more

NEW! Chelsea Opera Group Perform Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon on 30 June

18/04/2019

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Enjoy a rare chance to hear Anton Rubinstein‘s opera The Demon in a concert performance by the chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group under the baton of Oliver Zeffman. A cast of international soloists join conductor, orchestra and chorus for the performance. Read more

NEW! When Music is Indistinguishable from Drama by Jack Buckley

25/03/2019

Hugh Grant tells the tale of when he was playing the part of the presumed husband of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) in the hugely entertaining film, he asked director, Stephen Frears, whether the man was an adventurer after Foster Jenkins’s money or genuinely in love with the woman who was living a passionately dedicated life of self-deception. How should I know? replied Frears, You’re the actor.
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NEW! In August Fulham Opera’s Most Ambitious Project to Date – Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg

07/03/2019

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FULHAM OPERA’S DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG on 9 – 17 August 2019 at London’s Greenwood Theatre

  • Fulham Opera stages its first production of Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg
  • Most ambitious project to date.
  • First performance by the company in central London
  • New production, directed by Paul Higgins
  • New orchestral arrangement by Jonathan Finney
  • Sixth Wagner opera from Fulham Opera

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R.I.P. IN MEMORIAM ANDRÉ PREVIN (1929-2019)

28/02/2019

A statement from the London Symphony Orchestra about André Previn (1929-2019)

André Previn

The London Symphony Orchestra is deeply saddened to hear of the death of its Conductor Emeritus André Previn. His relationship with the LSO spanned over 50 years, with his appointment as Principal Conductor in 1968 marking the start of a new era for the Orchestra. Under his leadership, the LSO performed to large audiences in the concert hall and on television, through André Previn’s Music Night, the show that turned Previn into a star and the LSO into a household name. He introduced new repertoire to the Orchestra, and many of the recordings made together remain definitive versions today. Read more

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