Talents Spark at the 2019 Whitgift International Music Competition

13/04/2019

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Every young, aspiring, instrumental soloist knows that she is up against the stiffest competition. Competitions have been known to launch these rare talents. Competitions also invariably leave exceptional talent behind. I have noticed repeatedly that my own preferences would sometimes go to a second or third place. If the Competition is important (ugly word there) enough, the second and third winners will get a fairly thorough launching too.  Read more

Simon O’Neill’s Debut Album of Beethoven, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Wagner

12/04/2019

DISTANT BELOVED – SIMON O’NEILL (TENOR)
& TERENCE DENNIS (PIANO)

DEBUT ALBUM ON DECCA CLASSICS BY WORLD-LEADING NEW ZEALAND HELDENTENOR IS OUT NOW (REVIEW BELOW)

LIEDER BY BEETHOVEN, SCHUMANN, RICHARD STRAUSS AND WAGNER Read more

Zurich Opera House in 2019-20

07/04/2019

Season Preview: Zurich Opera House 2019/2020 Read more

English National Opera in 2019-2020 and New Artistic Director

06/04/2019

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English National Opera announces 2019/20 Season

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Leeds Lieder Announces 2019 Art-Song Festival

03/04/2019

Leeds Lieder Festival 2019: Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th April 2019

Leeds Lieder announces their Ninth Festival – ‘Then Shall Song’s Magic Break Free’ – a four-day celebration of art-song (25th to 28th April) under the Artistic Directorship of Joseph Middleton. Read more

Adrian Partington Introduces the 2019 Three Choirs Festival in Conversation with John Quinn

23/03/2019

2019 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester 

In remarks accompanying the pathfinder prospectus for the 2019 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester the Artistic Director, Adrian Partington, commented: ‘Themes and anniversaries aren’t necessarily the best influences on successful programmes.’ I wouldn’t disagree, but even so, it’s surely appropriate that the highly attractive 2019 Festival programme, which has now been launched in full, reflects one or two notable anniversaries. This year the Festival will run from 26 July to 3 August. Read more

The Bath Festival in May 2019

21/03/2019

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THE BATH FESTIVAL 2019 – Friday 17 – Sunday 26 May 2019

The Bath Festival launches its 2019 celebration of music and literature with a diverse programme of more than 120 events over ten days in May (Friday 17 – Sunday 26 May). Among the stellar line-up are Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell, Radio2’s drive time presenter Sara Cox, leading film critic Mark Kermode, Last Night at the Proms sensation Jess Gillam and the original people’s poet, Pam Ayres. Headlining the Festival Finale on Bath Recreation Ground over the weekend of 1 – 2 June, will be Grammy award winning British band Clean Bandit (Saturday night) and legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison (Sunday night).

To see the full programme and obtain tickets click here.  Read more

ENB in 2019-2020 and Opening of their New London City Island Home

21/03/2019

The Mayor of London officially opens

English National Ballet’s new home in East London

  • English National Ballet’s new state of the art home will provide a world-class centre for ballet in East London
  • £1million from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund towards the new purpose-built home will generate jobs and apprenticeships for people in the local community
  • The 93,000-sq ft. new home houses a production studio with fly tower, seven full-sized studios, state-of-the-art wardrobe and medical facilities and public spaces 

English National Ballet’s purpose-built new home in Canning Town East London, was officially opened last night by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and is now open to the public.

The 93,000-sq ft. state-of-the-art building gives English National Ballet the space and facilities needed to continue to develop world-class artists, create new works that push the boundaries of ballet, and offer new jobs, skills and training opportunities for local communities.

Tamara Rojo, Deputy Mayor for Culture Justine Simmons and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
at the opening of ENB’s new building (c) Laurent Liotardo

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