Project Smok’s utterly joyous concert of Scottish neo-trad music at the Hub

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [6] – Traditional music played by Project Smok: Project Smok (Ali Levack [piper], Ewan Baird [bodhran] and Pablo Lafuente [guitar]). The Hub, Edinburgh, 12.8.2023. (SRT)

Project Smok

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The exceptional Yuja Wang is a revelation at the BBC Proms both on the stage and off it

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 27 – Jimmy López Bellido, Rachmaninov, Walton: Yuja Wang (piano), Thomas Hampson (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus director: Neil Ferris) and Orchestra / Klaus Mäkelä (conductor). Recorded (directed by John Williams) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 4.8.2023 and shown on BBC Four. (JPr)

Belshazzar’s Feast at the BBC Proms 2023 © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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A feast of sonorities from Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 35 – Berg and Mahler: Leila Josefowicz (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 10.8.2023. (CK)

Sakari Oramo conducts violinist Leila Josefowicz and the BBC SO © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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András Schiff is full of surprises at the Edinburgh International Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [5] – Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven: Sir András Schiff (piano). Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 11.8.2023. (SRT)

Sir András Schiff (during a previous concert) © Yutaka Suzuki

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Only with no trace of a gimmick does it work brilliantly for Iván Fischer and his orchestra in Edinburgh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2023 [4] – Weber, Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn: Daniel Lozakovich (violin), Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 10.8.2023. (SRT)

Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra at a previous concert

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The Prom performance by violinist Geneva Lewis of Grace Williams’s concerto should be eagerly sought out

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Prom 32 – Pejačević, Grace Williams, Holst: Geneva Lewis (violin), Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus, BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Jaime Martín (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 8.8.2023. (CC)

Jaime Martin conducts the BBC NOW in Holst’s The Planets © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Musical favourites at the 29th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The 29th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival [3] – The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan Concert: Simon Butteriss (narrator and baritone), Gaynor Keeble (mezzo-soprano), Phoebe Smith (soprano), Jack Roberts (tenor), Matthew Siveter (baritone), National Festival Orchestra / Murray Hipkin (conductor). Opera House, Buxton, 4.8.2023. (RJW)

The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan: (l-r) Jack Roberts, Phoebe Smith, Simon Butteriss, Gaynor Keeble and Matthew Siveter © Jane Stokes

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