Grange Park Opera’s 2020 Found Season – 4 June to 12 July

Was Lost, Now FoundGrange Park Opera, Surrey, launches new summer season June/July 2020

15 performances free to view online

Superstars Sir Bryn Terfel and Sir Simon Keenlyside give concerts from their homes in Wales and tenor Joseph Calleja sings from the island of Malta

Eight new performances take place inside the Theatre in the Woods

ENB dancers amongst more than 70 artists taking part

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2020 BBC Proms – 17 July to 12 September

NOT THE PROMS AS WE KNOW THEM, THE PROMS AS WE NEED THEM

Unveiling the 2020 BBC Proms

17 July – 12 September 2020

  • This year marks 125 years since the first Proms season
  • The season will take on a unique format to reflect the times, with a compelling multi-platform offer
  • A unique First Night commission by Iain Farrington for a BBC Grand Virtual Orchestra to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth
  • Plans for live performances later in the season culminating in the Last Night of the Proms to bring the nation together
  • The 2020 season will open on Friday 17 July on BBC Radio 3 and Sunday 19 July on BBC Four
  • 8 weeks of broadcasts on television, radio and online

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Lockdown Fish and Chips

Greater London has an ever-increasing number of excellent takeaway fish and chips shops. Takeaway was always part of their tradition. A teacher at Whitgift School – my immediate neighbour- said of me, you can take your Lancashire lad away from Lancashire, but you can’t take him away from his fish and chips. Fair enough. Three bus stops to my right or half an hour walk, is an outstanding Cypriot-managed chip shop. One bus stop to the left or a fifteen-minute walk is a chip shop run by people from Avelino (south of Naples) overjoyed to find a client who can chatter in their home dialect. Chippies chatter like barbers. It’s their lifeblood. And they want their clients to be happy. What’s not to be happy about this delectable food combination? To add to your pleasure – indeed, to define the pleasure – both these shops cook with rapeseed oil. Costs more says Avelino with a shrug, but clients like it and it’s fresh every day, but the increased trade means I haven’t had to pass the cost onto our buyers. So no nasty smell of overused cheap oil as you near these shops. 

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Educating Rita, says who?

The OED on education refers an inquirer through a Middle English (ME) root of educe meaning to bring out or develop (something latent or potential): very much Willy Russell’s territory in his melodramatic farce of 1980 at the Royal Shakespeare Company;  which in turn became an even more successful (1983) film of the same name. whose stage version also had the same leading actors as the film. But that is only half the story.

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2020 Salzburg Festival – 1 to 30 August

Helga Rabl-Stadler, Markus Hinterhäuser & Lukas Crepaz (c) SF/Lydia Gorges

The Salzburg Festival’s directorate – President Helga Rabl-Stadler, Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and Executive Director Lukas Crepaz – comments on initial announcements by Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler and Federal Minister Rudolf Anschober, according to which regulations for cultural events are to be gradually loosened in significant ways from June onwards. According to their statements, in August events with up to 1,000 audience members may be possible if the presenter in question presents an adequate security concept. The Salzburg Festival is pleased that after long weeks without live events, this means that artists can once again invite their audiences to experience art together.

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IN CONVERSATION: Soprano Renée Fleming and ENB’s Artistic Director Tamara Rojo on the Art of Empathy

On Friday 15 May at 5pm BST (12pm EST), Renée Fleming (internationally renowned soprano, arts & health advocate, Artistic Advisor at Large to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and Tamara Rojo, CBE (Artistic Director and Lead Principal Dancer, English National Ballet) will meet for a virtual conversation discussing how the arts can contribute to holistic routes to wellbeing.

The Art of Empathy: Renée Fleming and Tamara Rojo on Creativity and Wellbeing will be led by Susan Boster (Founder and CEO, Boster Group). The conversation brings together these respected artists and arts leaders to discuss the cutting-edge work being done at the intersection of arts and science. They will also explore the inventive ways in which the arts aid physical recovery and measurably reduce depression and anxiety.

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ACCOMPANIST OR PARTNER? PIANIST SUSIE ALLAN IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN QUINN

Susie Allan talks to John Quinn

Susie Allan (c) Bill Wyatt

A little while ago I read two online reviews of the same Lieder recital. The singer and pianist involved were both highly distinguished musicians in their own right and, in addition, have worked together in recital quite frequently in the past. Both reviews were written by experienced and knowledgeable reviewers but there was a significant difference between them. One, admittedly the longer of the two, commentated on both the singer and the pianist in almost equal measure. The other addressed the work and the performance of the singer but the contribution of the pianist was covered in a final short paragraph which consisted of just two sentences.

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