Outdoor Opera afternoons from Cumbria Opera Group on 9 and 10 July 2022

Outdoor Opera  –  9 and 10 July 2022 at Battlebarrow House Gardens, Appleby
(Doors open 3pm, Shows start at 4pm.)
Battlebarrow House Gardens
Battlebarrow House Gardens (Appleby) plays host to a weekend of Shakespeare, Arthur Ransome, and opera highlights as the Cumbria Opera Group present two family-friendly afternoons of opera: Swallows and Armenians Karen Babayan‘s reimagining of Ransome‘s ever-popular story – receives a musical twist, while a one-person performance of Ariel – Shakespeare‘s most musical character – comes to Appleby for the weekend. The afternoons will be completed with music by Puccini, Mozart, and Verdi.

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Classical Vauxhall: Classical Done Differently at St Mark’s Kennington

Classical Vauxhall – 10 to 13 February 2022  The third Classical Vauxhall Festival had already given their first concert (of five) at St Mark’s Kennington when I received information about their imaginative and appetising programmes. After the end of the festival they were able to let me have a recording of the concert of 10 … Read more


Bernard Jacobsen (right) with Andrzej Panufnik

London-born Bernard Jacobsen was a long-time contributor to MusicWeb International (where a 2006 biography can be found by clicking here), as well as Seen and Heard International and we are deeply saddened by news of his passing. We send our condolesences to his wife Laura and their family in the hope they will remember all the happier times with Bernard during these sad days. 

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The Glyndebourne Tour returns this autumn with a new production of La bohème

The Glyndebourne Tour returns this autumn with performances at Glyndebourne, Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich and Liverpool, accompanied by an exciting new programme of community activity.

As in 2021, Glyndebourne will take two world-class opera productions and one concert on the road – this year, Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Mozart’s Requiem (the latter following the success of last autumn’s Handel’s Messiah concert).

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Revisitation of the Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings

Haunting or bewitching are words that come to mind to the hundreds of thousands of those who have experienced Samuel Barber’s 1936 Adagio for Strings. Or the countless millions whose lives have been unwittingly changed by eight minutes of music of which they could not name composer or title. Composer and title are so inextricably … Read more