NEW! The 2017-18 Barbican Classical Music Season

17/01/2017

The Barbican announces its 2017–18 classical music season

barbiThe Barbican today announces its 2017–18 classical music season. At the core of the unparalleled programme are the Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Barbican Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia. Barbican International Associates, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra return to the Centre this season. Read more

NEW! Coming Soon in February: The Fifth Ealing Music & Film Festival

15/01/2017

The Fifth Ealing Music & Film Festival – 8 to 12 February 2017

EVF GreenThe Ealing Music & Film Festival returns in 2017 with a mix of music and film to entertain and lighten February’s dark days. Now in its fifth year the festival programme continues to celebrate Ealing’s cultural heart and to support the wealth of creative young artistic talent in the local area through outreach and scholarships. Read more

NEW! Siegfried comes to Saffron Walden

14/01/2017

Saffron Opera Group’s Ring continues on 12 February, 2017

Internationally acclaimed soloists in concert performance

Superb reviews for previous instalments

(Click for Jim Pritchard’s reviews of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre)

SOG Having achieved a host of ecstatic reviews for the first two concert-performance instalments of the Ring Cycle, Saffron Opera Group (SOG) continues its triumphant journey through Wagner’s epic score with Siegfried in Saffron Hall on Sunday 12 February, 2017. Read more

NEW! Symphonic Soundscapes: Cadogan Hall and RPO Announce Exclusive Collaboration with Digital App Octava

11/01/2017

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Cadogan Hall and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announce exclusive collaboration with Octava

Cadogan Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announce their collaboration with Octava, exclusive to the Orchestra’s Symphonic Soundscapes: The Music of Prokofiev and Sibelius series. Octava is a digital app that delivers real-time programme notes to audiences’ mobile devices during concerts that aims to introduce new audiences to classical music to enhance their concert experience.  Read more

NEW! The 2017 Aldeburgh Festival is from 9 to 25 June

10/01/2017

Aldeburgh Festival 2017: 9 – 25 June 

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  • 50th anniversary of Snape Maltings Concert Hall
  • A new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Netia Jones
  • First ever Snape Maltings performance of Billy Budd
  • Featured composers in 2017 are Bill Fontana, Olga Neuwirth and Jörg Widmann
  • 13 World premieres at the festival including a new work for soprano and ensemble by Oliver Knussen
  • Residencies from Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis & sitarist Nishat Khan
  • Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine set in a local house near Snape Maltings
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla making her debut at the Festival

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NEW! FIVE YOUNG SINGERS JOIN THE JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS FOR 2017

10/01/2017

NEW JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

rohThe Royal Opera is delighted to announce the five singers who will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2017.

American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker

Korean soprano Haegee Lee

Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina

Korean tenor Kuno Kim

British baritone Dominic Sedgwick Read more

NEW! English National Ballet presents Mary Skeaping’s Giselle at the London Coliseum from 11 – 22 January 2017

03/01/2017

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English National Ballet’s Giselle – the classic ballet by Mary Skeaping 

Click here to read Jim Pritchard’s first night review 

London Coliseum
Wednesday 11 – Sunday 22 January 2017
Performances at 7.30pm (mat at 2.30pm)
Tickets: £14 – £79 
www.ballet.org.uk/giselle    Read more

NEW! THE SOPRANO ELISABETH MEISTER: FIGHTING BACK FROM WHAT LIFE THROWS AT YOU AND INSPIRING OTHERS

03/01/2017

Fighting Back From What Life Throws At You And Inspiring Others: Jim Pritchard Interviews The Soprano Elisabeth Meister

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Elisabeth Meister

One of the highlights of the recent concert performance of Die Walküre for the Saffron Opera Group was Elisabeth Meister’s wonderful Sieglinde. Peter Reed in Opera magazine described how ‘gathering depth and brilliance’ she ‘built towards an orchestra-surfing “O hehrstes Wunder!” of pulverizing grandeur’. On this site I said she just ‘got better and better’ and how ‘Meister is an intelligent singer who knows how to project her voice, and she achieved extraordinary heights of passion in Act III without pushing the voice beyond its limits.’ (For full review click here.) I also mentioned how Elisabeth was – with this performance – returning to singing after something of a hiatus to her singing career, which was set to have a meteoric rise after leaving the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. Elisabeth has a remarkable – and inspirational – story to tell which involves losing and regaining her singing voice. Read more

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