Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A Part of Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

18/11/2017

A Great Tradition Lives: Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A (Royal College of Music)

Like all the world’s greatest teachers, Gioacchino Rossini was much more focused on what he could get out of a pupil than what he could put in. But the maestro was also a composer, in my spare time, he used to quip. So it was not unknown for him to to put something into the pupil too.  Read more

NEW! A Composer Speaks Up for the Environment: An Interview with Margaret Brouwer

01/11/2017

Mark Sebastian Jordan Encounters Margaret Brouwer

American composer Margaret Brouwer will be premiering an oratorio, Voice of the Lake, on November 12 in Cleveland. Though she grew up in Michigan, the composer now lives near Lake Erie in Ohio, where she served as head of the composition department of the Cleveland Institute of Music until 2008. By her own reckoning, she has a special relationship with nature in general, and water in particular, which is reflected in many of her pieces.

 Margaret Brouwer, composer of 'Voice of the Lake' (Photo: Christian Steiner)

Margaret Brouwer, composer of Voice of the Lake
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NEW! Twelve Years of Celebrating Malcolm Arnold in Northampton

18/10/2017

The 12th Malcolm Arnold Festival. Royal and Derngate and St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, 14-15.10.2017 (RBa)

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NEW! What is the Critic’s Job? A Review of A. O. Scott’s Recent Book

16/10/2017

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Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth by A. O. Scott.  Penguin, 291pp (available from Amazon)

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NEW! English Music Festival in Yorkshire Lifts the Lid Off an English Treasury

10/10/2017

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Stanford, Ireland, Holst, Moeran, Alwyn, Delius, Howells, Milford, Vaughan Williams, W. S. Lloyd Webber, Cyril Scott, Fogg, Brian, Phibbs, Pantcheff, Bach, Butterworth, Orr, Somervell, Finzi, Armstrong Gibbs: Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin), Joseph Spooner (cello), Duncan Honeybourne (piano, organ), Rebeca Omordia (piano), Christopher Foster (bass), Kathryn Moseley (piano). The English Music Festival. St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, Leyburn, Yorkshire, 6-8.10.2017. (RBa) Read more

JIŘÍ BĔLOHLÁVEK (1946-2017) AND THE CZECH CONDUCTING LEGACY

21/09/2017

Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Conducting Legacy

Jiří Bělohlávek (c) Petra Hajská

One mourns the recent passing of Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek (24 February 1946 – 31 May 2017) not only because he was a wonderfully discerning musician, but also because he perpetuated a conducting legacy that linked back to the great Czech composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Read more

JUSTIN DOYLE DISCUSSES MONTEVERDI WITH MARK BERRY

18/09/2017

Justin Doyle Discusses Monteverdi with Mark Berry

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Justin Doyle from the general rehearsal for Vespers (c) Matthias Heyde

For his first concerts as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RIAS Chamber Choir, Justin Doyle finds himself very much in at the deep end: dual-venue performances of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (at the Pierre Boulez Saal) and the Missa ‘In illo tempore’, with which it was published (just around the corner, at St Hedwig’s Cathedral). ‘Finds himself’, one might ask, or was he pushed? I was lucky enough to be able to do so, on the lunchtime in between the first, Friday evening performances, and the second ones on Saturday afternoon (the latter to be reviewed shortly). Read more

Katie Lowe Wins the 2017 Elizabeth Connell Prize

18/09/2017

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2017 Elizabeth Connell Prize Winner Announced

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KATIE LOWE from England Cheshire born 31 year old English soprano Katie Lowe has won the 4th annual Elizabeth Connell Prize for aspiring Dramatic Sopranos held in Sydney Australia on 16 September. Ms Lowe receives $30,000 and an audition at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. The Finalists were chosen from live auditions held in London, New York, Zurich, Paris and Melbourne and competed over 3 rounds in Sydney for the prize. Ms Lowe sang the “Immolation Scene” from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and “Suicidio” from La Gioconda by Ponchiello in the Final Round. Read more

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