BBC SO’s all-English Barbican programme performed with utmost professionalism by all participants

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Knussen, Britten, Vaughan Williams: Silja Aalto (soprano), Morgan Pearse (baritone), Vilde Frang (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 24.5.2024. (AK)

Morgan Pearse (baritone) and the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo © Mark Allan

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Compelling Royal Festival Hall day of unfamiliar Eastern Europe music from Kirill Karabits’s BSO

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Various: Valeriy Sokolov (viola), Harutyun Chkolyan, Karen Sirakanyan (duduk/zurna), Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Karabits (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 19.5.2024. (CK)

Kirill Karabits conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall © Pete Woodhead

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A powerful reminder of the stature of Saint-Saëns from Ensemble 360 in Sheffield

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Music in the Round [1] – Sheffield Chamber Music Festival – Saint-Saëns: The Renaissance Man: Ensemble 360 / George Morton (conductor, L’assassinat du duc de guise). Crucible Playhouse, Sheffield, 21.5.2024. (CC)

Ensemble 360’s Saint-Saëns: The Renaissance Man © Matthew Johnson

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