The Pianist of Willesden Lane to Receive UK Première


The UK première of The Pianist of Willesden Lane opens at the St. James’s Theatre London on 20 January 2016 and runs until 27 February.

Pianist of Willesden Lane

Mona Golabek as a Jewish teenager who escapes the Nazis in The Pianist of Willesden Lane at 59E59 Theaters
(c) Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

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Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at The Royal Opera House, to Leave in March 2017



Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, announced this morning that Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at The Royal Opera, will be leaving the Company at the end of March 2017. The search to find his successor will begin in the New Year.


Kasper Holten

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Three Choirs Festival Tercentenary Concludes at Buckingham Palace


Three Choirs Festival Tercentenary Concludes at Buckingham Palace


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Three Choirs Festival at Buckingham Palace © Paul Burns

2015 marked the 300th anniversary of what is almost certainly the world’s oldest music festival, the Three Choirs Festival. The anniversary has been celebrated in style. In June members of the Festival Chorus travelled to Hamm in Germany to sing The Dream of Gerontius. The Festival itself was held in Hereford during the last week in July and many of the major events of a very successful week were reviewed by MusicWeb International Seen and Heard. The final event in the celebratory year occurred on 24 November with a gala performance in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, President of the Three Choirs Festival. Read more

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia Announce New Partnership


Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia Announce New Partnership
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Saffron Opera Group to Perform Wagner’s Ring Starting in January 2016


Saffron Opera Group to perform Wagner’s Ring Cycle

A heroic project of extraordinary ambition is soon to be realized when Saffron Opera Group performs Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Saffron Hall.


Saffron Hall

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NCEM Hosts First Major Emerging European Ensembles Residency in the UK


NCEM Hosts First Major Emerging European Ensembles Residency in the UK

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), one of the eight major partner organisations from across the European Community, welcomes the innovative young French ensemble, Les Contre-Sujets to York in November 2015 for the first residency in a four year programme funded by Creative Europe – the EEEmerging: Emerging European Ensembles project.


NCEM at St Margaret’s Church

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Bampton Classical Opera Announces Young Singers’ Competition Winner


Bampton Classical Opera  Announces Young Singers’ Competition Winner

Bampton Classical Opera has just announced that the winner of the 2015 Young Singers’ Competition is Russian soprano Galina Averina, and the runner-up Welsh soprano Céline Forrest. The decision was reached after an exciting final on Saturday 14th November at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford.  The adjudicators were tenor Bonaventura Bottone, and conductors Andrew Parrott and Peter Robinson, who is also a vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music.  Galina is awarded £1,500, and Céline £500. Read more

The Musical Loders of Bath – Study Day


United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Loder Family and their Music in Provincial Britain: The Picture Gallery, Holburne Museum, Bathwick, Bath, England 15.10.15 (RJW)

The Night Dancers-3x

The Night Dancers – (c) The Richard Bonynge Archive, Switzerland

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