NEW! Les Misérables – The Staged Concert is live in cinemas on 2 December 2019

09/11/2019

LES MISÉRABLES ROCKS THE UK AND THE US

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY THE SOLD-OUT STAGED CONCERT FROM THE WEST END Read more

NEW! English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala Performances – 17 & 18 January 2020

07/11/2019

English National Ballet celebrates 70th Anniversary
London Coliseum
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 January 2020

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As part of its 70th anniversary season, English National Ballet celebrates its history with three specially curated gala performances at the London Coliseum on 17 and 18 January 2020. Read more

NEW! Martin Yates and RSNO to give world premiere of The Future by Ralph Vaughan Williams

31/10/2019

World premiere performances of The Future by Ralph Vaughan Williams from the RNSO
in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Ralph Vaughan Williams

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NEW! CONDUCTOR HERVÉ NIQUET INTERVIEWED ABOUT GRÉTRY’S RICHARD, COEUR DE LION

21/10/2019

Hervé Niquet discusses Grétry’s opera, Richard, Coeur de Lion with Colin Clarke

Hervé Niquet  (c) Julien Mignot

Opéra Versailles’s production of Grétry’s Richard, Coeur de Lion recently was a great success (review click here). The morning after the first performance of the run, I meet Hervé Niquet in an achingly cool hotel in Versailles. Open and friendly, he is an interviewer’s dream. Read more

NEW! Surrey’s Grange Park Opera in 2020

16/10/2019

Grange Park Opera’s 2020 season

The 2020 season combines mainstays & eyebrow-raisers: the traditional and the unexpected. Sitting firmly in the latter category is a world première, The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko, promising to be one of the most discussed events of the summer.

The trump card is Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, one of the grandest of all Italian grand operas, demanding an array of vocal powerhouses. The season is rounded off by La bohème and Meet Me in St Louis and on the very last night, Grange Park Opera welcomes gorgeously costumed guest artists from The Royal Ballet. Read more

NEW! Abay Kazakh State Opera and Ballet Theatre at the London Coliseum on 17 November

08/10/2019

Abay Kazakh State Opera and Ballet Theatre UK Debut

For one night only on Sunday 17 November the London Coliseum hosts the UK debut of the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in a performance of two classic one-act ballets by Michel Fokine. Read more

HarrisonParrott celebrates 50 years at the Royal Festival Hall

07/10/2019

HarrisonParrott’s 50th anniversary celebrations

Jasper Parrot with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paavo Järvi, Elim Chan
and Santtu-Matias Rouvali (c) Kaupo Kikkas

Over 25 leading artists came together yesterday for three big concerts at London’s Southbank Centre to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of HarrisonParrott, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jess Gillam, Barbara Hannigan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Víkingur Ólafsson, Alice Sara Ott, Andreas Scholl and Jörg Widmann.

Established in 1969 by Jasper Parrott and Terry Harrison, on Sunday 6th October HarrisonParrott celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by taking over London’s Southbank Centre for ‘50 Years in a Day’ on 6 October 2019.

A day of sold-out concerts, pop-up performances and talks reflected HarrisonParrott’s role in nurturing and building careers for its artists, as well as leading the industry in issues concerning championing female conductors, access to music education and careers in the industry for people currently underrepresented.

Long recognised as the world’s leading classical music management company, with four generations of artists and three generations of staff, HarrisonParrott has always been an innovator in its field. From its founding, the company was consistently international in its outlook and reach and was the first European artist management company to invest intensively in developing tours and concert appearances in China, Japan and more widely in Asia.

From representing many of the world’s leading musicians it has expanded into offering a range of services beyond traditional artist management. With a client roster that ranges far beyond classical musicians, the company curates and presents a wide range of concerts and artistic events and this year became the only artist management company to form its own charitable foundation.

Jasper Parrott, Chairman of HarrisonParrott, said:

“Our day of performances and talks is not just a way of looking back over the past 50 years, but more importantly it’s a day of celebrating what HarrisonParrott is today and our future. The day encapsulates much of what HarrisonParrott represents, with artists who have been with us from the beginning to our very latest signings; from established great repertoire to new commissions and a wide variety of musical styles. The arts are crucial to a civilised society and while we continue to live in uncertain times, HarrisonParrott’s commitment to nurturing and presenting excellence is stronger than ever.”

Three concerts anchored the day of activities across Southbank Centre. The first concert, ‘Brahms, Chopin, Debussy’ in the Queen Elizabeth Hall featured a programme from six HarrisonParrott artists including Jess Gillam (saxophone), István Várdai (cello), Alice Sara Ott (piano) and Andreas Scholl (countertenor).

It was followed by Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre’s Director of Music, in conversation with Jess Gillan, Pekka Kuusisto and Zwakele Tshabala in the QEH foyer, accompanied by a performance from tenor Zwakele Tshabalala.

In the next concert, HarrisonParrott presented the wide range of repertoire, both established and new, that it represents. ‘From Bach to Birtwistle’ featured works by Duke Ellington, Manuel De Falla, Astor Piazzolla, the world premiere of ‘For Lydia’, a new composition by Peter Eötvös for violin duo, and the London premiere of Birtwistle’s ‘Keyboard Engine for 2 pianos’. Performers include Lucienne Renaudin Vary (trumpet), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Alban Gerhardt (cello), Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Tamara Stefanovich (piano) and Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin).

The day culminated in a gala concert in Royal Festival Hall, ‘One Orchestra, Four Great Conductors’ featuring Vladimir Ashkenazy, who has been with the company since its founding, and one of its most recent signings Elim Chan as well as Paavo Järvi and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. They conducted Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme ranging over four centuries with works by Schubert, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Elgar.

The day also celebrated the launch of HarrisonParrott Foundation and its work with partners Tri-Borough Music Hub and Creative Access. Dedicated to supporting and championing access to music education and training in the arts industry it aims to challenge preconceived assumptions of what the arts are and who they are for. From October, a series of performances, masterclasses, talks and educational workshops will take place, many with HarrisonParrott musicians such as Susan Bullock and Jess Gillam.

Further information about HarrisonParrott’s 50th anniversary celebrations at: https://www.harrisonparrott.com/hp50

NEW! Highgate International Chamber Music Festival’s Beethoven 249 in November

04/10/2019

Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, 23 – 30 November 2019 in Highgate, London.

The theme for 2019, Beethoven 249, sees HICMF celebrate this notable anniversary of the great man, with Beethoven featuring in each of the main concerts.

The festival opens with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (arr. for String Quintet) and much-loved String Quintet in C major, performed by Alexander SitkovetskyNatalie KloudaLaurence PowerSheku Kanneh-Mason and Ashok Klouda. Further highlights include Julian Bliss performing Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio Op.11 and Dohnányi’s Sextet Op.37, and on 28 November Classic FM presenter John Suchet provides spoken introductions to music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Read more

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