Saffron Opera Group’s Ring continues with Die Walküre on 9 October

13/09/2016

Saffron Opera Group’s Die Walküre – Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden – Sunday 9 October 2016 at 2.30pm

UPDATE! Read Jim Pritchard’s review https://seenandheard-international.com/2016/10/saffron-opera-groups-ring-continues-to-impress/.

If you love opera and especially Wagner (but maybe not enough to spend £200 watching one of his operas in London) set aside six hours on Sunday 9 October and make a pilgrimage to Saffron Walden in rural north west Essex to see Saffron Opera Group’s Die Walküre at Saffron Hall. Read more

OLIVER MEARS TO JOIN ROYAL OPERA HOUSE AS DIRECTOR OF OPERA

12/09/2016

OLIVER MEARS TO JOIN ROYAL OPERA HOUSE IN MARCH 2017

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Oliver Mears © Sim Canetty-Clarke

The Royal Opera House announced today that Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House at the beginning of March 2017 to succeed Kasper Holten as Director of Opera, who leaves on 11 March 2017. Read more

R.I.P. IN MEMORIAM – JOHAN BOTHA (1965-2016)

08/09/2016

JOHAN BOTHA (1965-2016) HAS DIED

Johan Botha, Tenor

Johan Botha (1965-2016)

Michael Lewin International Artists’ Management announces: This morning Johan Botha lost his battle against a severe illness.

For 23 years we have worked together with Johan Botha. His death not only means the loss of an irreplaceable artist but more importantly the indescribable loss of a great person. Read more

FREE 24-HOUR MUSIC MARATHON AT ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE

08/09/2016

A free 24-hour MUSIC MARATHON at St John’s Smith Square for Open House Weekend –also includes a “Pay-per-Note: The People’s Piece” challenge

site-logo At 10am on Saturday 17 SeptemberSt John’s Smith Square opens its doors for Open House London Weekend 2016, inviting visitors to experience the stunning Baroque architecture while listening to and participating in musical activities.

There will be 24 hours of non-stop performance, open rehearsal and workshops from 10am on Saturday 17 September until 10am on Sunday 18 September. All events are free of charge and people are encouraged to drop in at any time to hear what’s happening. The schedule for the Music Marathon can be found on the St John’s Smith Square website at https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/24-hour-music-marathon
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LSO STREAMS VERDI’S REQUIEM LIVE FROM LONDON’S BARBICAN

07/09/2016

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STREAMS VERDI’S REQUIEM LIVE FROM LONDON’S BARBICAN ON 18 SEPTEMBER WITH ITS NEW PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR, GIANANDREA NOSEDA

lsoThe London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its new Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Verdi’s Requiem in the Barbican Hall on Sunday 18 September, opening the Orchestra’s 2016/17 London season. For the first time, the entire concert will be streamed live on the Orchestra’s YouTube channel, completely free, preceded by an insightful pre-concert programme from backstage at the Barbican on the LSO’s Facebook pageRead more

2016-17 Leeds Lieder Concert Series and Advanced Notice about 2017 Festival

30/08/2016

Leeds Lieder announces 2016-2017 concert series (and advance information about 2017 Festival)

LLIn collaboration with partner organizations Opera North, University of Leeds, Leeds College of Music and BBC Radio 3, Leeds Lieder is delighted to announce its 2016-17 season of concerts. Read more

The 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton this October

28/08/2016

Looking Forward to the 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival (Northampton 15-16 October 2016)

MalcolmArnoldEven if this year’s Proms remain a disappointment in some quarters (mine, for example) deserving yet largely unheard British music is doing fairly well. There’s a jangle of seasons and festivals crying out for attention: the William Alwyn around Aldeburgh (5-9 October 2016 – including the Third Symphony), the BBC Phil season at Salford Quays (7-16 September 2016 including the premiere of Arnold Cooke’s Sixth Symphony) and the professional premiere of Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre (Birmingham, 25 October 2016).

My first Malcolm Arnold Festival was last year (review review review) and I am pleased to be returning to cover this year’s two day event. As ever the 2016 event is packed with Arnold’s music and is fashioned around the theme of Arnold – Voice of the People. The programme, squeezed tight into two days, mostly at the Royal & Derngate, is remarkable. Read more

2016 Oxford Lieder Festival: The Schumann Project (24-29 October)

23/08/2016

OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL 2016: THE SCHUMANN PROJECT

image002For the first time ever, all of Schumann’s songs will be performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival (14- 29 October 2016) together with an array of his other works, the complete songs of his wife Clara Schumann, and songs by his friends, contemporaries and successors. Featuring nearly 100 events, The Schumann Project will include some 40 song recitals, as well as piano and chamber music recitals, choral works, study events, film, readings, masterclasses and more. Read more

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