NEW! English Music Festival Celebrates First Decade with a Knight (May 27th-30th)

06/04/2016

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NEW! From Satie to Sir Francis Drake: Preview of Cheltenham Music Festival July 6th-17th 2016

02/04/2016

From Satie to Sir Francis Drake: Preview of Cheltenham Music Festival July 6th-17th 2016

Cheltenham-Music-FestivalThree centuries ago William Mason discovered a spring with health giving properties on his land, so he fenced it in and opened Cheltenham’s first spa. Visitors began to stream in to cure their ailments and also to have a good time. As a consequence a range of entertainments were put on for them, and what had once been a rural backwater became known as a “pleasure town”. The tradition carries on today with a wide range of festivals encompassing horse-racing, jazz, science, literature and, not least, the Cheltenham Music Festival which started in 1945. Read more

NEW! Zurich Opera Preview of 2016-2017 Season

01/04/2016

Zurich Opera Preview of 2016-2017 Season Read more

NEW! The Three Choirs Festival 2016: A Preview

31/03/2016

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NEW! Norfolk and Norwich Festival 13-29 May 2016

25/03/2016

Norfolk and Norwich Festival May 13-29 2016

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NEW! Konzerthaus Berlin pays homage to Yehudi Menuhin in April

18/03/2016

22 April 2016 will mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin, the world-famous violinist and conductor, and Konzerthaus Berlin is planning to pay homage to him at that time.

Menuhin is regarded as the most renowned violinist of the 20th century, in addition to being a great humanist and philanthropist. He campaigned ceaselessly for human rights and international understanding, was the first world-class Jewish artist to play in Germany after World War II and performed pieces by German composers in Jerusalem. Until his death in Berlin in 1999 he believed in the unifying powers of music and in using it to change society for good with its help.

The Konzerthaus will commemorate this brilliant person and musician and his fit-as-a-fiddle legacy with concerts, screenings, an exhibition, a special publication and many other special events.

The celebrations start with Menuhin’s former student Daniel Hope and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the direction of Iván Fischer performing the piece that the great violinist is possibly best known for: the Violin Concerto by Edward Elgar.

Menuhin’s fascination with other musical worlds finds its expression in a “Fiddle Fest” where superb violinists including Roby Lakatos, Mark O’Connor, Didier Lockwood and Dr. L. Subramaniam will be presenting the world’s violin sounds. Menuhin’s legacy and his foundations and projects will be at the focus of special concerts and films. Both the 1st prize winner of the “Menuhin Competition London 2016” will be performing as will other Menuhin School alumni who have distinguished themselves over the years.

The homage “100 years Yehudi Menuhin: Musician – Myth – Human” will also include a complementary exhibition on the great person and musician Yehudi Menuhin and his very vibrant legacy. There will also be a commemorative publication in his honour.

UPDATED! Carlos Acosta’s Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall in October

10/03/2016

Carlos Acosta – The Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall, SW7 from Monday 3 – Friday 7 October 2016
Performances: Mon – Fri at 7.30pm
Ticket Office: 020 7589 8212 or www.royalalberthall.com  

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Update! Jim Pritchard’s review of the first night of The Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall..

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Longborough Festival Opera announces its 2016 season

11/02/2016

Longborough Festival Opera announces its 2016 season

LFO_logo_onOver the past decade and a half Longborough Festival Opera it has built an international reputation for its productions, led by its triumphant performances of Wagner. Its 2016 Summer Season features four operatic masterpieces with a line-up of artists which includes some familiar to Longborough but also many fresh faces. Read more

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