Edinburgh Usher Hall 2019-2020 Orchestral Season


Edinburgh Sunday Classics 2019-2020

Karl Chapman (Director of Edinburgh Concert Series) (c) Duncan McGlynn

For some years, the series of international orchestral concerts, traditionally held on Sunday afternoons, has been a highlight in Edinburgh musical life. The season follows the Edinburgh International Festival maintaining a cultural level emphasizing the status of Scotland’s capital as the center of Scottish arts and music.

The series allows an opportunity for Edinburgh music lovers to compare the standards of the nation’s national orchestras with the best international ensembles. In the season starting in October are several well-known ‘friends’ who have visited in past years, and several orchestras who offer something quite fresh for Edinburgh audiences. Read more

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




NEW! Karabits Shares with Ian Lace his Impressions of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius


Kirill Karabits, Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, delivered a profoundly moving performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius on May 15th 2019 to conclude the BSO’s 2018/19 season. Following this (click here), I asked Kirill Karabits about his impressions of Elgar’s masterpiece.

Kirill Karabits

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Roman River 2019 Festival




Colchester weekend July 11-14

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Ex Cathedra’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2019-20



‘From the heart’ – Ex Cathedra announces its 50th anniversary season

Ex Cathedra, the world-class choir and Early Music ensemble founded in Birmingham by Jeffrey Skidmore, has announced a typically distinctive season of concerts for its 50th anniversary season, a programme that comes ‘from the heart’ – as Beethoven wrote in the score of his Missa Solemnis, one of the highlights of the season. Read more



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

Geneva Grand Théâtre in 2019-20


Aviel Cahn’s Forthcoming 2019-20 Season in Geneva is Reminiscent of Gérard Mortier’s Radical Approach at La Monnaie

Grand Théâtre de Genève

The next season of the Geneva Grand Théâtre has been announced. It is the first under the directorship of Aviel Cahn, whose Antwerp Opera House has just been awarded the prestigious ‘Best Company Award’, beating Vienna, London, Munich, Paris, …

This is more than a new season; it is definitely the start of a new dawn. Read more

2019-20 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden



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The annual revealing of the upcoming season details for the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, this year in the Linbury Theatre, set against the dark set for that evening’s production of Phaedra, promised no less than 17 new productions (including six world premieres), while the Royal Opera itself presents 24 co-productions, co-commissions and partnerships. Read more

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