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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UPDATED! Russian Ballet Icons Gala at the London Coliseum on 25 February

30/10/2017

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Russian Ballet Icons Gala on SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2018 at 7:00pm at the London Coliseum

RBI image The 2018 Gala will once again be a fascinating display of Russian classical ballet repertoire with much-loved masterpieces including La BayadèreSwan LakeDon Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and contemporary choreographies.

There will be London and world premieres including A Flashback by Mariinsky-based choreographer Ilya Zhivoi, Warrior of Light by the unique ballet family Maria Sasha Khan and Nadia Khan, and Julian and Nicholas McKay under the umbrella of the Theatrum Vitae cultural platform. Vladislav Lantratov and Maria Alexandrova become Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in a pas de deux from the Bolshoi’s Nureyev, the talk of the town in Russia’s contemporary dance scene. Stanislaw Wegrzyn, winner of the Prix de Lausanne 2017 and now apprenticed with the Royal Ballet, will also be taking part in the Gala.

The Gala will feature performances by Maria Alexandrova (Bolshoi Theatre), Roman Belyakov (Mariinsky Theatre), Sergio Bernal (Ballet Nacional de España), Audric Bezard (Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris), Federico Bonelli (The Royal Ballet), Claudia D’Antonio (Teatro di San Carlo), Dorothée Gilbert (Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris), Francesca Hayward (The Royal Ballet), Maria Sascha Khan, Nadia Khan (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Kim Kimin (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Kondaurova (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Theatre), Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Theatre), Julian MacKay (Mikhailovsky Theatre), Nicholas MacKay, Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet),  Artem Ovcharenko (Bolshoi Theatre), Xander Parish (Mariinsky Theatre), Giuseppe Picone (Teatro di San Carlo), Dmitry Semionov (The Semperoper Dresden Ballett), Polina Semionova (Staatsballett Berlin), Oxana Skorik (Mariinsky Theatre), Anna Tikhomirova (Bolshoi Theatre) and Stanislaw Wegrzyn (The Royal Ballet).

The Gala will be accompanied by the English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Valeriy Ovsyannikov.

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2018 will be another unforgettable celebration of ballet at its best.

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2018 at 7:00pm

London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2

Box Office: Tel 020 7845 9300

Book online: https://tickets.londoncoliseum.org/

For VIP dinner packages please contact Ensemble Productions:

Tel:+44 (0)20 3819 7070 or email: admin@ensembleproductions.co.uk

NEW! The Generosity of Gwyneth Jones: Her Masterclass at the Royal College of Music

23/10/2017

The Gwyneth Jones Masterclass at the Royal College of Music

Anyone lucky enough to have heard Dame Gwyneth Jones will be familiar with her give-all approach to her work; generosity is the word, but it is a particular species of generosity, one which sounds unstoppable, forever reaching for greater heights, and above all, is informed by a formidable intellect, which has a command of German, Italian and English, not just as languages, but as musical nuances and worlds of expression which can continually surprise through the joys of exploration.

All these qualities were to the fore in Dame Gwyneth’s Masterclass in the packed Britten Theatre of the Royal College of Music on Wednesday 18th October 2017. The audience was predominantly students of singing and their teachers, with a few internal and external critics.  Read more

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! Hampstead Garden Opera Bring The Enchanted Pig to Highgate in November

17/10/2017

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The Enchanted Pig by Jonathan Dove                                    

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton                                                                   

Nov 10th to 19th, 2017

Nov 10th to 19th, at Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate, Hampstead Garden Opera will present a magical new production of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, directed by Laura Attridge.  This will be the company’s second Jonathan Dove opera, following on from their critically acclaimed 2013 production of Mansfield Park.  Having been commissioned and first produced by the Young Vic, this captivating opera is a wonderful tapestry of musical and theatrical styles. Humorous yet touching, Dove has created a deeply lovable work which can be enjoyed by the whole family. Read more

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

16/10/2017

INSIGHTFUL SENSE

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! Leeds Lieder’s Forthcoming Schubert Song Series in Leeds and Sheffield

11/10/2017

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Schubert Song Series, University of Leeds   

Held in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, and in association with the BBC New Generation Artists, Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Young Concert Artists Trust, the songs of Schubert are explored in a series that champions the finest young British-trained Lieder singers. Pre-concert talks will illuminate the programmes and explore Schubert’s song repertoire and that of his contemporaries. Masterclasses will be staged to work with student song duos. Read more

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

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