NEW! June Sees Natalia Osipova in the London Premiere of The Mother

14/06/2019

Bird & Carrot presents

THE MOTHER

Natalia Osipova in The Mother (c) Anastasia Tikhonova

Avant-garde dance theatre by choreographer/director ARTHUR PITA

Performers: NATALIA OSIPOVA and JONATHAN GODDARD

June 20th, 21st, 22nd – London, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall

Tickets: www.southbankcentre.co.uk £30-£70 Read more

NEW! CHORUS MASTER STEPHEN DOUGHTY IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BEATTIE

01/06/2019

Stephen Doughty Tells Robert Beattie About the Work of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir

Stephen Doughty conducts the Belfast Philharmonic Choir (c) Linda Salem

The Belfast Philharmonic Choir is Northern Ireland’s only symphonic choir.  I went to listen to them perform in St Anne’s Cathedral a few months ago and was impressed with the quality of the singing and the range of their repertoire. The repertoire of the choir is exceptionally varied and includes key works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner. The Phil also champion new works and in 2015 they performed the world premiere of James Whitbourn’s The Seven Heavens which was written especially to commemorate the choir’s 140th anniversary.

They will be performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Ulster Orchestra on 7 June.  I spoke to their Chorus Master Stephen Doughty about preparations for the performance and about the work of the choir more generally. Read more

NEW! Ron Howard’s Pavarotti in Cinemas 13 July (Preview) and Nationwide (15 July)

30/05/2019

Pav

From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard‘s documentary Pavarotti celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime and was dubbed ‘The People’s Tenor’. Read more

NEW! MULTI-FACETED MUSICIAN JOY LISNEY IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BEATTIE

30/05/2019

Joy Lisney talks to Robert Beattie

Joy Lisney (c) Krisztian Siphos

I first came across Joy Lisney at a concert in London’s Purcell Room where she performed all five Beethoven Cello Sonatas with her father, James (review click here).  I was struck by the extraordinarily high level of her technical accomplishment and musicianship, and her willingness to take on such demanding repertoire at a relatively young age. Read more

NEW! ‘MUSICAL MAGIC’: AN INTERVIEW WITH VIOLINIST HENNING KRAGGERUD

21/05/2019

Geoffrey Newman in Conversation with Henning Kraggerud

Henning Kraggerud © Robert Romic

There are few artists who convey a greater sense of communication and discovery in the concert hall than Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud. There is a life-enhancing glow in his appearances, and one surmises that his bountiful inspiration must come from somewhere – perhaps from a tradition that stresses experimentation and an almost Renaissance diversity in musical reach. Kraggerud is not only a beautifully fine-toned and sensitive violin soloist and chamber musician, but a devoted educator, a play/direct specialist, a (sometimes) violist and a composer. Read more

NEW! English National Ballet Announces Winners of Emerging Dancer 2019

08/05/2019

English National Ballet is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Emerging Dancer Award is Julia Conway.

Julia Conway receiving her award from host Adam Cooper (left)
and dancing the Flames of Paris pas de deux with Rentaro Nakaaki (right)

Having performed the Flames of Paris pas de deux with partner Rentaro Nakaaki and Untitled Code, a solo by choreographed by Rambert dancer Miguel Altunaga, Julia Conway was announced as winner on stage at Sadler’s Wells – and livestreamed to audiences across the world on Tuesday 7 May 2019 – by Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo. Read more

NEW! CONDUCTOR THOMAS SANDERLING IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

04/05/2019

Thomas Sanderling talks to Gregor Tassie

Thomas Sanderling

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NEW! Chelsea Opera Group Perform Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon on 30 June

18/04/2019

COG
Enjoy a rare chance to hear Anton Rubinstein‘s opera The Demon in a concert performance by the chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group under the baton of Oliver Zeffman. A cast of international soloists join conductor, orchestra and chorus for the performance. Read more

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