The Bathos and Musicality of Laurel and Hardy

14/06/2019

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June Sees Natalia Osipova in the London Premiere of The Mother

14/06/2019

Bird & Carrot presents

THE MOTHER

Natalia Osipova in The Mother (c) Anastasia Tikhonova

Avant-garde dance theatre by choreographer/director ARTHUR PITA

Performers: NATALIA OSIPOVA and JONATHAN GODDARD

June 20th, 21st, 22nd – London, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall

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NEW! Edinburgh Usher Hall 2019-2020 Orchestral Season

02/06/2019

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

CHORUS MASTER STEPHEN DOUGHTY IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BEATTIE

01/06/2019

Stephen Doughty Tells Robert Beattie About the Work of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir

Stephen Doughty conducts the Belfast Philharmonic Choir (c) Linda Salem

The Belfast Philharmonic Choir is Northern Ireland’s only symphonic choir.  I went to listen to them perform in St Anne’s Cathedral a few months ago and was impressed with the quality of the singing and the range of their repertoire. The repertoire of the choir is exceptionally varied and includes key works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner. The Phil also champion new works and in 2015 they performed the world premiere of James Whitbourn’s The Seven Heavens which was written especially to commemorate the choir’s 140th anniversary.

They will be performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Ulster Orchestra on 7 June.  I spoke to their Chorus Master Stephen Doughty about preparations for the performance and about the work of the choir more generally. Read more

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

30/05/2019

Pav

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MULTI-FACETED MUSICIAN JOY LISNEY IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT BEATTIE

30/05/2019

Joy Lisney talks to Robert Beattie

Joy Lisney (c) Krisztian Siphos

I first came across Joy Lisney at a concert in London’s Purcell Room where she performed all five Beethoven Cello Sonatas with her father, James (review click here).  I was struck by the extraordinarily high level of her technical accomplishment and musicianship, and her willingness to take on such demanding repertoire at a relatively young age. Read more

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

28/05/2019

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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NEW! Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2020 Ring Cycles

28/05/2019

Magnificent Casting and Staging Herald Chicago’s 2020 Ring Cycles

Die Walküre Act III at Chicago Lyric Opera (c) Cory Weaver

It is not just one more Ring, but a stellar cycle with world-class performers and top-notch staging: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2019–2020 season features Wagner’s magnum opus between 13 April and 3 May 2020 — three sequences of the four operas. This is a rare opportunity to hear Wagner’s epic as he intended, on consecutive nights during a single week, and the first time to view Lyric’s new and engaging production in its entirety. Read more

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