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! 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 

snape-maltings Highlights include:

  • 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! The Grange Festival’s First Season in June and July 2017

31/12/2016

The Grange Festival announces major new events for its first season from 7 June – 9 July 2017 

grangeThe Grange Festival’s Artistic Director Michael Chance, today announced two new performances – Verdi’s Requiem and a ‘Celebration of the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Rodgers & Hart with The John Wilson Orchestra’ – for the first season of the UK’s newest country-house opera festival in June and July 2017.

These events are in addition to the three new opera productions – Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring – already announced. Read more

NEW! Opera Buenos Aires 2017 With a Focus On Co-productions

11/12/2016

Opera Buenos Aires 2017

A late in the year announcement for the Teatro Colón’s 2017 season revealed some surprises and a focus on co-productions, along with some bigger ‘names’ than has been the tendency in recent years.

2017 will have the same number of operatic productions as 2016, namely nine. But unlike the current year, they are all part of the subscription series. And for visitors it must be noted, ticket prices are now very much up with likes of, if not exceeding, Covent Garden. Read more

NEW! Preview of the 2017 Chipping Campden Festival

30/11/2016

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Chipping Campden Festival Honours Monteverdi and Other Leading Composers (14-27 May 2017)

As we experience the first frosts of winter it is always a comfort to know that the cold weather will not last and that in six months’ time we shall be enjoying the Chipping Campden Music Festival – the 16th. Read more

NEW! Investec Opera Holland Park’s Casts for the 2017 Season

29/11/2016

Investec Opera Holland Park announces casts for 2017 season

ohpOpera Holland Park’s 2017 casts will feature longstanding Opera Holland Park (OHP) performers, house debuts from established names, and emerging talent, including many young British performers who have benefitted from OHP’s Young Artists Scheme.

The season will open with Puccini’s La rondine, which celebrates its centenary in 2017. The swallow of the title, Magda, will be played by Elizabeth Llewellyn, who has previously appeared at OHP as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (2011) and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (2012). The Armenian soprano Tereza Gevorgyan makes her OHP debut as Lisette and David Stephenson, who played Sharpless in OHP’s 2013 production of Madama Butterfly, returns as Rambaldo Fernandez. The production also features Stephen Aviss and Alice Privett, who trained on the Young Artists Scheme at OHP in 2016. Matthew Waldren – now Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera – will be conducting, and Martin Lloyd-Evans directing, both OHP stalwarts; and takis, who designed the sparkling Die Fledermaus in 2016, will return. Read more

NEW! I Musicanti and Virtuoso Double Bassist Leon Bosch Perform a Trio of Concerts at St John’s Smith Square

29/11/2016

downloadI MUSICANTI and virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch perform a trio of concerts at St John’s Smith Square featuring world premieres from South Africa and chamber works by Mozart and Schubert.

Concerts: 8 January; 5 March; 28 May

On 8 January 2017, rather than perform Peter Klatzow’s Quintet, I Musicanti and Leon Bosch will instead give the world premiere of the Quintet ‘But All I Wanna Do Is Dance” by esteemed South African composer, Matthijs Van Dijk.

“But All I Wanna Do Is Dance”

“There is a general consensus in comedy (and in most forms of entertainment) which is “Don’t mention politics: you will immediately lose half your audience.” However, whatever your political leaning, I think we can all agree, to quote a t-shirt I saw recently: “2016 Sucked”. From Brexit and Trump, to students (and friends) clashing with police over free education in South Africa, we’ve been confronted, through the help of social media, with what seems to be a never ending wave of anger, frustration, hate and bigotry in all shapes and sizes – all issues that need to be addressed, of course, and, once one is aware of them, unable to ignore.

The title is not a joyous declaration by any means, but rather an “inner childlike” plea – an overwhelmed whisper of “I can’t be an adult any more. Please stop.” Originally, the piece was going to be called “#butallIwannadoisdance”, but the more I worked on it, the more I felt that instead of allowing social media to overpower me, I needed to break free from it and drop the hashtag. This piece is part “tip of the hat” to electronic dance music and part elegy to one’s inner child yearning to dance and/or play; yearning for a time when one was too young to really know what was going on in the world, if one was fortunate (or privileged) enough to not have to. “

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