Kazuki Yamada is the CBSO’s new Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor from 2023

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra appoints Kazuki Yamada as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Kazuki Yamada (c) Andrew Fox

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce that Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada has been appointed as its Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with effect from 1 April 2023 for an initial four and a half-year period.

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Bampton Classical Opera’s Paris and Helen at St John’s Smith Square in September

BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2021 –  Christoph Willibald Gluck Paris and Helen
(1770 – 250th anniversary production)


..a work of shining beauty, an exquisite, at moments rapturous outpouring of romantic lyricism with few parallels in 18th-century opera‘  Max Loppert, Opera Magazine

Following performances at Bampton in July, and Westonbirt School on 30 August, Bampton Classical Opera (click here) will bring their highly-praised production of Gluck’s major work, Paride ed Elena to St John’s Smith Square on 24 September, which will be the first-ever London staging of this opera.

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Sergei Polunin returns to London for one night of conversation and dance


Sergei Polunin © Albert Watson

Join world-renowned iconic ballet dancer, actor and artist SERGEI POLUNIN at a one-night-only unique appearance: an unmissable evening of intimate conversation and UK premieres of new solos live on-stage at London’s Palladium theatre, to celebrate the publication of his autobiography FREE: A LIFE IN IMAGES AND WORDS (teNeues Publishing, 2021, click here).

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Permanence as Pleasure: Rodin at Tate Modern

Permanence as Pleasure: Rodin at Tate Modern

Advanced in his career, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) went to see the Hellenic (Greek and Roman) sculptures in the British Museum. Those which had been broken spoke most powerfully to him.  So much so that he returned to his workshop and immediately broke some of his own sculptures. Their so-called message increased. Critics and friends agreed.

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The San Diego Symphony’s Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is open for music lovers and those who just want a great view

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is the first permanent open-air performance venue in the San Diego Symphony’s century-long history. With world-class acoustics, video screens and broadband streaming capabilities, this state-of-the-art facility is designed to host more than a hundred concerts and events annually. It is situated in the 3.7-acre Jacobs Park on the city’s … Read more

Howard Smith discusses his book Note For Note: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Note For Note: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
An interview with author and amateur pianist, Howard Smith

Howard Smith has had a top-flight career in the world of computing and computer programming. On approaching retirement, he decided to leave his career and try something completely different – learn to play the piano. Howard had started the learn to play the piano as a child but was uninspired by the rigid approach adopted at that time and did not continue with his studies. In his book, Note For Note – Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered he describes the new and creative approaches which his teachers adopted to enable him to engage with the process of learning to play.

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Samuel Hudson introduces the 2021 Three Choirs Festival in conversation with John Quinn

Samuel Hudson discusses his 2021 Three Choirs Festival with John Quinn

Samuel Hudson (c) Michael Whitefoot

When Samuel Hudson took up his post as Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral in autumn 2019, he must have been very excited. Not only was he to be in charge of the music at one of England’s leading cathedrals, but also the post carried with it the artistic directorship of the Three Choirs Festival one year in every three – and it was to be Worcester’s turn to host the festival in the summer of 2020. He moved to Worcester from Blackburn Cathedral, where he had been Director of Music since 2011, and his musical pedigree is strong. He was organ scholar successively at Girton College, Cambridge and Wells Cathedral, after which he held posts at two significant churches, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London and All Saints’ Church, Hertford, prior to his move to Blackburn.

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She Walks in Beauty – Marianne is Faithfull

Marianne is Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull (c) Giancarlo Botti

Marianne is Faithfull. That’s true whether upper or lower case is used for the f. We have to ask, faithful to what or to whom? In Marianne’s case it doesn’t just mean tribe, though as I shall show, that is of overwhelming importance; it means faithful to herself, even as that self continues to reveal to her, unknown aspects of herself.

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