The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge on Fine Form at the Proms

18/07/2016

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Prom 3. Mozart, Haydn and Fauré: Thomas Hopkins (treble), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Paula Murphy (mezzo-soprano), Robin Tritschler (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Cleobury (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 17.7.16 (AS) Read more

Expert Handel Performances for the Brook Street Band’s 20th Anniversary

18/07/2016

Handel: Nicki Kennedy (soprano); Matthew Brook (bass-baritone). Brook Street Band Wigmore Hall, London, 17.7.2016 (CC) Read more

A Splendid Boris Godunov at the Proms

18/07/2016

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Prom 2 – Mussorgsky Boris Godunov (original version, 1869). Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 16.7.2016 (CC)

Bryn Terfel as Boris; photo credit - Chris Christodoulou.

Bryn Terfel as Boris; photo credit – Chris Christodoulou.

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The Van Kuijk Quartet Excel in Mozart but Disappoint in Smetana

18/07/2016

Mozart, Smetana: Van Kuijk Quartet [Nicolas Van Kuijk, Sylvain Favre-Bulle (violin); Grégoire Veccion (viola); François Robin (cello)]. Wigmore Hall, London, 17.5.2016 (CC) Read more

The Doric Quartet Show a Genuine Sense of Dedication

18/07/2016

Haydn, Dennehy, Beethoven: Doric Quartet (Alex Redington & Jonathan Stone [violins], Hélène Clément [viola], John Myerscough [cello]), Wigmore Hall, London, 15.7.2016 (CS) Read more

NEW! Keyboard Mania Engulfs Cheltenham

17/07/2016

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Keyboard Mania Engulfs Cheltenham

If Cheltenham has taken on a somewhat Surrealistic aspect over the past week, blame it on that musical eccentric Erik Satie born 150 years ago. As you stroll around the town you come across a number of piano-like or piano related objects ranging from painted pianos, pianos planted with flowers, a tubular bell piano, a fruit machine synthesiser and even aircraft landing gear sporting a keyboard. There’s also an electro-mechanical lithophone, but please don’t ask me to describe it or how it works. Read more

Zhang Zuo Saves the Day in Young Artists’ Recital

15/07/2016

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 Handel/Halvorsen, Liszt, Schubert/Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Schwertsik, Brahms: Esther Yoo (violin), Narek Haknazaryan (cello), Zhang Zuo (piano), Cheltenham Music Festival, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham,14.7.2016. (RJ) Read more

Ex Cathedra’s Visionary Concert in Tewkesbury Abbey

14/07/2016

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 Parry, Weir, Howells, MacMillan: Cheltenham Festival – Ex Cathedra, MacMillan Ensemble/Jeffrey Skidmore, Alexander Mason (organ), Tewkesbury Abbey, 13.7.2016. (JQ) Read more

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