NEW! THE PIANIST GEORGE HARLIONO IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

07/08/2018

George Harliono talks with Gregor Tassie

Valery Gergiev with George Harliono

Among the finalists for the 2018 Brit Awards was the brilliant young pianist George Harliono, unfortunately he didn’t win an award but certainly this seventeen-year-old has already been causing a stir in the classical music world. The young teenager George Harliono from Cambridge became a media celebrity a couple of years ago when he was invited to play with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Russia, and since which he has given several high-profile concerts in Russia and has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played at the Wigmore Hall, and this autumn will play at the Berlin Philharmonic. But he comes from a musical family for his older brother Joshua is studying violin at the Guildhall School of Music and his sister Adelaide plays cello in the National Children’s Orchestra. Read more

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NEW! A Major Work by Stanford to be Premiered – 99 Years Late!

20/07/2018

John Quinn discusses Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix, Op.173 with Adrian Partington

Adrian Partington conducting at the Three Choirs Festival,
July 2016 (c) Ash Mills

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NEW! Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 Starts on 24 July

20/07/2018

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Arcola announces 2018 Grimeborn Opera Festival

‘Dalston’s attitude-packed alternative opera festival’ – Time Out

For full details and how to book tickets click here Read more

NEW! Snape Proms 2018 from 1 August

20/07/2018

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SNAPE PROMS 2018: 1 – 31 AUGUST 

Full listings and tickets online at www.snapemaltings.co.uk |Tel: 01728 687110 Read more

NEW! Oxford Chamber Music Festival October 2018

19/07/2018

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World-renowned Oxford Chamber Music Festival heading in exciting new directions

 ELEMENTS

October 3 – 7 October

Philip Pullman ‘The festival is a national treasureRead more

Saffron Opera Group Presents Parsifal in Saffron Walden on 16 September

11/07/2018

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SAFFRON OPERA GROUP CONTINUES WAGNERIAN TRIUMPHS

 CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ENSEMBLE PRESENTS PARSIFAL

FOR SEEN AND HEARD’S REVIEW CLICK HERE

REVIEWS OF THE RING CYCLE

‘Saffron Opera is now a major Wagnerian force’ (Wagner News)
‘Intellectually as well as emotionally engaging… shattering’ (Operissima.org)
‘The whole performance seemed to transcend itself’ (The Guardian)

After triumphant performances of the Ring Cycle and Die Meistersinger – which have been hailed in the national press as some of the UK’s most ambitious and successful British Wagnerian events of the last decade – Saffron Opera Group now turns its attention to Wagner’s final masterpiece: Parsifal. The performance will take place on 16 September 16 in Saffron Hall. Read more

NEW! Schubert Life Death Fantasies: An Equation

11/07/2018

Arthur and Lucas Jussen (c) Marco Borggreve

The one certainty of life is death, said a wit.

Moreover, the life death process is operative thousands of times a minute within all livings things –animal as well as vegetable.  Understanding what humans have in common with a blade of grass is not without its charm, once you’ve got over the shock.  But until the relatively recent advent of microbiology, Western medicine blithely operated in ignorance of this fundamental.  Microbiology is, however, the very cornerstone of Eastern medical practice, and has been since before written records were kept, which is long before the year the presumed Noah went into the presumed ark.

And Schubert, unobserved by most of us, spent a lifetime exploring this phenomenon in music. The OED’s phenomenal says perceptible through the senses or through immediate experience.  Schubert invokes both.

And perhaps nowhere quite so impressively as the Fantasies in F for piano duet.

Two young Dutch brothers have with surgical precision, taken this music to pieces, but unlike other King’s Men, they have also put Schubert together again. Also with surgical precision.  The Jussen brothers and others mentioned in comparison are all available on YouTube (click here), so readers can conveniently hear these differences for themselves.  Read more

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