Kazuki Yamada is the CBSO’s new Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor from 2023

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra appoints Kazuki Yamada as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Kazuki Yamada (c) Andrew Fox

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce that Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada has been appointed as its Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with effect from 1 April 2023 for an initial four and a half-year period.

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An undoubted jewel in this season’s Proms: John Wilson and his Sinfonia of London

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [24] – Johann Strauss II, Berg, Ravel, Korngold: Francesca Chiejina (soprano), Sinfonia of London / John Wilson (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 4.9.2021. (KM)

John Wilson (c) Chris Christodoulou

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It was a privilege to hear Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [22] – Handel, Bach: Anne Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists / Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 1.9.2021. (KM)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Bampton Classical Opera’s Paris and Helen at St John’s Smith Square in September

BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2021 –  Christoph Willibald Gluck Paris and Helen
(1770 – 250th anniversary production)


..a work of shining beauty, an exquisite, at moments rapturous outpouring of romantic lyricism with few parallels in 18th-century opera‘  Max Loppert, Opera Magazine

Following performances at Bampton in July, and Westonbirt School on 30 August, Bampton Classical Opera (click here) will bring their highly-praised production of Gluck’s major work, Paride ed Elena to St John’s Smith Square on 24 September, which will be the first-ever London staging of this opera.

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Sergei Polunin returns to London for one night of conversation and dance


Sergei Polunin © Albert Watson

Join world-renowned iconic ballet dancer, actor and artist SERGEI POLUNIN at a one-night-only unique appearance: an unmissable evening of intimate conversation and UK premieres of new solos live on-stage at London’s Palladium theatre, to celebrate the publication of his autobiography FREE: A LIFE IN IMAGES AND WORDS (teNeues Publishing, 2021, click here).

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Glyndebourne announces their operas and casts for 2022

Glyndebourne Festival 2022

Glyndebourne was determined to proceed with its 2021 Festival and chose to invest in a significantly loss-making event in order to provide vital work for staff and freelancers and to stay connected to audiences. This necessitated changes to its original programme and normal working practices in order to accommodate social distancing measures. Among the adaptations were reduced orchestrations and choruses, performing company bubbles and regular testing of performers and staff.

Despite the challenges, the company successfully presented five operas, including three new socially distanced productions from international creative teams – Káťa Kabanová, Il turco in Italia and Luisa Miller – a semin-staging of Tristan und Isolde and a concert series featuring the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (read reviews on Seen and Heard).

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Emerging Dancer: A Celebration and English National Ballet in 2021/22

English National Ballet’s New Season

Recent updates as rehearsals for English National Ballet’s 2021-2022 Season begin.

Emerging Dancer: A Celebration – 9 September 2021

Whilst a reduction in live performance has made it impossible to select Emerging Dancer finalists and People’s Choice Award winners this year, English National Ballet continues to recognise the excellence of its Artists with Emerging Dancer: A Celebration. This special event features performances from previous winners and will be live streamed on YouTube and the ENB at Home platform from the Holloway Production Studio in the company’s east London home, the Mulryan Centre for Dance, on (please note new date)  9 September 2021.

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