NEW! The 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton this October

28/08/2016

Looking Forward to the 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival (Northampton 15-16 October 2016)

MalcolmArnoldEven if this year’s Proms remain a disappointment in some quarters (mine, for example) deserving yet largely unheard British music is doing fairly well. There’s a jangle of seasons and festivals crying out for attention: the William Alwyn around Aldeburgh (5-9 October 2016 – including the Third Symphony), the BBC Phil season at Salford Quays (7-16 September 2016 including the premiere of Arnold Cooke’s Sixth Symphony) and the professional premiere of Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre (Birmingham, 25 October 2016).

My first Malcolm Arnold Festival was last year (review review review) and I am pleased to be returning to cover this year’s two day event. As ever the 2016 event is packed with Arnold’s music and is fashioned around the theme of Arnold – Voice of the People. The programme, squeezed tight into two days, mostly at the Royal & Derngate, is remarkable. Read more

NEW! 2016 Oxford Lieder Festival: The Schumann Project (24-29 October)

23/08/2016

OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL 2016: THE SCHUMANN PROJECT

image002For the first time ever, all of Schumann’s songs will be performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival (14- 29 October 2016) together with an array of his other works, the complete songs of his wife Clara Schumann, and songs by his friends, contemporaries and successors. Featuring nearly 100 events, The Schumann Project will include some 40 song recitals, as well as piano and chamber music recitals, choral works, study events, film, readings, masterclasses and more. Read more

NEW! JAN VOGLER IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL COOKSON

23/08/2016

Jan Vogler in conversation with Michael Cookson

Jan Vogler © Jim Rakete

Jan Vogler © Jim Rakete

Not only is Jan Vogler a renowned cellist on the international stage but driven by his insatiable appetite for music he also serves as Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival; with his contract recently extended until 2021. I have attended the festival for several years and under Vogler’s management the festival has grown to one of international renown attracting the world’s finest artists. Read more

NEW! Musica Deo Sacra – Spiritual Duruflé and a Remarkable Achievement

08/08/2016

Spiritual Duruflé and a Remarkable Achievement – Musica Deo Sacra / David Ireson (conductor) at Tewkesbury Abbey August 1st to 7th

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NEW! Deborah Voigt Stars in New American Opera, Roscoe, with the Albany Symphony

07/08/2016

Deborah Voigt Stars in a New American Opera, Roscoe, with the Albany Symphony

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Deborah Voigt (c) Dario-Acosta

On October 15, 2016, the Albany Symphony will present Roscoe—an American grand opera composed by Evan Mack featuring the legendary, dramatic soprano Deborah VoigtRead more

NEW! Interview with Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns about the World Premiere of The Exterminating Angel

28/07/2016

Christian Arseni Interviews Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns about the world premiere of The Exterminating Angel at the 2016 Salzburg Festival  

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NEW! Sacred Music in August Surroundings: Tewkesbury Abbey and Edington Priory this Summer

26/07/2016

Sacred Music in August Surroundings: Tewkesbury Abbey (August 1-7); Edington Priory (August 21-28)

Music-lovers who appreciate hearing sacred music within a liturgical context have plenty to look forward to in August when two well established music festivals take place. Read more

NEW! John Joubert’s Jane Eyre Opera to Receive its First Professional Performance

18/07/2016

John Joubert’s Jane Eyre Opera to Receive its First Professional Performance

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John Joubert (c) Adrian Pearman

British/South African composer, John Joubert is an august and much-loved figure in British musical life. Perhaps his most popular work is his choral piece, Torches written in 1952 for his wife’s primary school. It is said to be “one of the best-loved carols of modern times.” He has written upwards of 150 works in all genres. The catalogue is wide-ranging and impressive. Read more

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