‘Re-Creation’ at the Three Choirs Festival is a Roaring success

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival [7] – Haydn, The Creation: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Neal Davies (bass), Gabrieli Roar, Gabrieli Consort and Players / Paul McCreesh (conductor). Worcester Cathedral 1.8.2021. (JQ)

Haydn’s The Creation at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral

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Fine performances – and a large audience – as the BBC Proms return

United KingdomUnited Kingdom First Night of the Proms – Vaughan Williams, Poulenc, MacMillan, and Sibelius: Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Allan Clayton (tenor), Michael Mofidian (bass-baritone), BBC Singers (chorus-master: Martin Fitzpatrick), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.7.2021. (MB)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Persuasive advocacy for unfamiliar English music at the Three Choirs Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival [6] – Ireland, Howells, Gibbs: Guy Johnston (cello), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Njabulo Madlala (baritone), Three Choirs Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra / Samuel Hudson, Adrian Partington (conductors). Worcester Cathedral 31.7.2021. (JQ)

Guy Johnston (cello) (c) M. Whitefoot

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Back in the concert hall: Bournemouth soloists’ superb chamber music programme

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dvořák, Beethoven: Edward Kay and Holly Randall (oboes), Barry Deacon and Douglas Mitchell (clarinets), Tammy Thorn and Emma Selby (bassoons), Alexander Wide, Ruth Spicer and Robert Harris (horns), Mark Derudder (violin), Miguel Rodriguez (viola), Thomas Isaac (cello), David Daly (double bass). Plymouth Guildhall, 27.7.2021. (PRB)

Tammy Thorn (Principal Bassoon, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) (c) BSO

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Accomplished singing by the Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival [5] – Fauré, G. Williams, Duruflé: Charlotte Sleet (mezzo-soprano), Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir, Peter Dyke (organ), Philharmonia Orchestra / Geraint Bowen (conductor). Worcester Cathedral, 28.7.2021. (JQ)

Geraint Bowen (conductor) (c) M. Whitefoot

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LIVE from London’s Messiaen masterclass in creating a technicolour canvas from a mere four instruments.

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Vaughan Williams (arr. Drayton), Messiaen, LIVE from London Summer 2021 [3] – Angel of the Apocalypse: Julian Bliss (clarinet), Jack Liebeck (violin), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Katya Apekisheva (piano), VOCES8. Streamed from the VOCES8 Centre, London, 17.7.2021. (CC)

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The thrilling premiere of The World Imagined at the Three Choirs Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival [4] – Coleridge Taylor, Elgar, Gabriel Jackson: Nick Pritchard (tenor), Three Choirs Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra / David Hill (conductor). Worcester Cathedral, 27.7.2021. (JQ)

Nick Pritchard (tenor) and David Hill (conductor) (c) M. Whitefoot

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OHP’s Opera in Song: Anush Hovhanissyan’s vocal stamina is huge and she is the most welcoming of hosts

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Opera Holland Park’s Opera in Song: Violetta and Tatyana: Anush Hovhanissyan (soprano) with Ella O’Neill, Dylan Perez (piano), Lauren Young (mezzo), Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone). Opera Holland Park, London, 26.7.2021. (CC)

(l-r) Dylan Perez, Ella O’Neill, Lauren Young, Julien Van Mellaerts and Anush Hovhanissyan

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