Ik zeg: NU: I say now, now … an interview with Richard Causton

Richard Causton
Richard Causton

What do you understand by the word ‘history’? This simple question, but one which will inevitably prompt multifarious and complex responses, was the origin of the title of Richard Causton’s new orchestral work, Ik zeg: NU (which translates from Dutch as ‘I say: NOW’), which was commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and will be premiered by the orchestra and their chief conductor Sakari Oramo at the Barbican Hall later this month.

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Venus Unwrapped: Kings Place’s Year-Long Focus on Women Composers

VENUS UNWRAPPED

A new light on music by women (January – December 2019) opening on Thursday 10 January with a concert that marks the 400th birthday of singer and composer Barbara Strozzi. Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped is a year-long series focusing on the creative firepower of women composers.

For more information about Venus Unwrapped events and how to book click here.

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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].)

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CONDUCTOR ÁDÁM FISCHER IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL COOKSON

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.

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BARITONE SIMON MECHLIŃSKI IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BEATTIE

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).

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Some Forthcoming London Events from Temple Music

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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. 

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