Grieg Grainger Piano Rolls: an Equivocation


Nina Greig & Percy Grainger

At the 1988 Last Night of the Proms, Andrew Davies conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Percy Grainger as soloist. Grainger’s part was played from a couple of piano rolls he made in 1921. (The hugely popular performance is captured on YouTube [click here].) Read more



Michael Cookson interviews Ádám Fischer

Ádám Fischer conducting the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker © Susanne Diesner

Sitting in the conductor room at the famous Semperoper, Dresden last May I interviewed conductor Ádám Fischer. In an hour’s time he would be conducting a compelling performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio directed Keith Warner (click here). I couldn’t help but contemplate on the many famous conductors who had been in the room over the years since the Semperoper’s reconstruction in 1985. Read more

Opera Buenos Aires in 2019 – Largely Traditional


Teatro Colón’s 2019 season

Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Teatro Colón’s artistic & production director-general
presents the 2019 season (c) Teatro Colón/Juan José Bruzza

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Robert Beattie interviews Simon Mechliński

Simon Mechliński (c) Zbychu Nowak

The Wexford Opera Festival is famous for introducing rare, neglected and new works to the public. It also provides a forum for young performers to make their mark on the world. One such performer at this year’s Festival was 25-year-old Polish baritone, Simon Mechliński, who performed in Mercandante’s Il bravo (click here) and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (click here). Read more

Some Forthcoming London Events from Temple Music



This year’s Temple Winter Festival will be held between 10 and 14 December at Temple Church, just off Fleet Street in London.

The festival continues to bring together some of the UK’s finest talent from the choral world, including SansaraORA Singers, and The Tallis Scholars, who return for this year’s festival. The concerts take place in the magnificent and centrally located Temple Church, built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar.  Read more



Gregor Tassie Interviews Elim Chan

Elim Chan (c) Willeke Machiels

The young Chinese conductor Elim Chan has enjoyed a highly successful career since she won her breakthrough competition at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition roughly four years ago and which immediately gave her the opportunity of working as an assistant conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra. In London she had the opportunity of being mentored by Valery Gergiev (who invited her to conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg), Michael Tilson-Thomas and Sir Antonio Pappano. In 2017 she was appointed chief conductor at Norrlandsoperan in Umea, Sweden, and principal guest conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and at the beginning of 2018, she was appointed chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra from the 2019-2020 season. In a short period, Chan has worked with some of the best orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Read more

Royal Opera House Cinema Festival Begins Monday 3 December in State-of-the-Art Linbury Theatre


Antonio Pappano and Darcey Bussell among guest presenters at the new Royal Opera House Cinema Festival

Guest presenters will offer exclusive performance insights during the Royal Opera House Cinema Festival, which opens on Monday 3 December in the state-of-the-art Linbury Theatre. Famous faces include former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell (presenting Sylvia, 7 December, 7pm) and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano (presenting Otello, 21 December, 7pm, and The Flying Dutchman, 29 December, 7pm). The festival, which includes 11 free opera and ballet performances for children, runs until Sunday 6 January. Read more

English National Ballet at the London Coliseum 13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019



English National Ballet
Nutcracker … Swan Lake … Manon

London Coliseum
13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019  

This Winter, English National Ballet presents three critically acclaimed productions, Nutcracker (review click here)Swan Lake (review click here) and Manon (review click here), at the London Coliseum. The company today announces Principal Casting for performances of Nutcracker and Manon, and, an additional performance of Manon. Read more

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