Nationwide Choral Tributes to Fallen of the Somme during Remembrance Weekend

21/10/2016

Nationwide Choral Tributes to Fallen of the Somme during Remembrance Weekend

small-logo-darkChildren whispering the names of the Fallen, the elegiac sounds of the Black Watch Regiment’s pipers, a silent film backdrop of Irish soldiers in the trenches – these are just some of the imaginative ways in which choirs all over the British Isles are adapting this special choral work, Memorial Ground, created by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer David Lang. Over the Remembrance weekend in November (11-13) they will perform their tailor-made versions of Memorial Ground in churches, cathedrals, schools, universities – even health centres – from Belfast to Skipton, from Canterbury to Cumbria, from Gosport to Glasgow. David Lang is flying from New York to attend a signature performance of the work at London’s National Portrait Gallery on 12 November. Read more

MARTYN BRABBINS IS ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA’S NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR

21/10/2016

Martyn Brabbins to take up position as Music Director of English National Opera from 21 October 2016
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English National Opera (ENO) has today, 21 October 2016, announced that British conductor Martyn Brabbins will become Music Director of the Company with immediate effect.

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Grace Bumbry and Xian Zhang Join Jury for Cardiff Singer of the World 2017

21/10/2016

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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017

Grace Bumbry and Xian Zhang will join Thomas Quasthoff, Sumi Jo and Chair David Pountney as jury members for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition. Read more

MONICA HUGGETT IN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFFREY NEWMAN

17/10/2016

MONICA HUGGETT IN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFFREY NEWMAN

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If one wanted a broad picture of the evolution of historical performance, with intriguing little nuances revealed along the way, there would be few better musicians to talk to than Monica Huggett. She has been an unremitting force for four decades, well known from her early association with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and these days as Artistic Director of the Portland and Irish Baroque Orchestras, and Adviser to the Juilliard Historical Program. This interview traces the violinist’s experiences from the time when the authentic movement was just gathering momentum. Most important are her insights about how historical performance has developed out of a number of contrasting approaches that have cross-fertilized each other. Equally interesting are her ideas on where historical scholarship and performance practice still have room to grow, what she wants to achieve from an orchestra in interpretation, and how she has maintained an undiminished inspiration all this time. The interview took place in conjunction with the Vancouver Bach Festival in August 2016, where Monica Huggett directed the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in the Complete Bach Orchestral Suites (review).    Read more

Movers Makers Musicians Mingle Part Two

10/10/2016

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Cremona Musica: Cremonafiere 30.9.2016 to 2.10.2016 Fiere di Cremona.  Part Two of a two-part report. (JB) Read more

Movers Makers Musicians Mingle Part One

10/10/2016

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Cremona Musica: Cremonafiere 30.9.2016 to 2.10.2016 Fiere di Cremona. Part One of a two-part report. (JB) Read more

Celebrate Christmas 2016 at St John’s Smith Square

04/10/2016

Christmas at St John’s Smith Square (9-23 December 2016)

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The 31st Annual Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square has now flourished into a series of 16 concerts running from 9-23 December with Stephen Layton as Artistic Director Read more

UPDATED IN MEMORIAM – SIR NEVILLE MARRINER CH, CBE (1924 – 2016)

02/10/2016

Sir Neville Marriner CH, CBE, Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields has died

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Sir Neville Marriner (1924-2016)

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is deeply saddened to announce the death of Sir Neville Marriner, Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Sir Neville Marriner passed away peacefully in the night on 2 October. Read more

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