NEW! Beethoven 250 at London’s Southbank Centre

04/12/2019

Beethoven 250

Beethoven 250 at Southbank Centre © Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre’s series marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth

Southbank Centre is joined by an outstanding roster of international artists to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth throughout 2020. With over 20 events in spring 2020 and more to follow in the autumn, the season includes historical recreations, concerts and series curated by leading musicians, and a bold reinterpretation of arguably music’s most famous chorus: Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth ‘Choral’ symphony. Read more

NEW! Snape Maltings – January to April 2020

22/11/2019

Snape Maltings Spring 2020 Concerts and Events

Highlights include:

  • Friday Lunchtime concerts from January to April from young international performers
  • BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Weekend features four recent New Generation Artists performing Mozart, Debussy and Tchaikovsky
  • Music of the Baroque and Renaissance from Britten Sinfonia, The Sixteen and Mahan Esfahani over Easter Weekend
  • Be My Superstar: a new opera for teenagers
  • English Touring Opera presents Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Handel’s Giulio Cesare and The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me an opera for young children
  • Performances by outstanding musicians include cabaret singer Barb Jungr and pianist Mitsuko Uchida

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NEW! Saffron Hall in February – August 2020

22/11/2019

Saffron Hall Spring season at a glance

Igor Levit and Sir Antonio Pappano with London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Busoni Piano Concerto
Chineke! And Sheku Kanneh-Mason come together for Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment bring The Magic of Mozart to over 1000 primary school students
Britten Sinfonia and star soloists perform Britten’s Curlew River, featuring Ian Bostridge as the Madwoman and including study afternoon
The Tallis Scholars perform Spem in alium and Allegri’s Miserere
World premiere of new Danny Elfman work with Elim Chan conducting National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Beethoven 250 celebrated with Midori and players from Lucerne Festival Strings performing all-Beethoven concert, and pianist John Lill returns with four Beethoven sonatas
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NEW! Bampton Classical Opera in 2020 – Gluck’s Paris and Helen

15/11/2019

BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2020 – Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Paris and Helen (1770)

Performances:
Gardens at The Grange, Bampton, Oxfordshire: Friday 17, Saturday 18 July
(please note change of venue)
The Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, Gloucesteshire: Monday 31 August
St John’s Smith Square, London: Friday 18 September Read more

NEW! Surrey’s Grange Park Opera in 2020

16/10/2019

Grange Park Opera’s 2020 season

The 2020 season combines mainstays & eyebrow-raisers: the traditional and the unexpected. Sitting firmly in the latter category is a world première, The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko, promising to be one of the most discussed events of the summer.

The trump card is Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, one of the grandest of all Italian grand operas, demanding an array of vocal powerhouses. The season is rounded off by La bohème and Meet Me in St Louis and on the very last night, Grange Park Opera welcomes gorgeously costumed guest artists from The Royal Ballet. Read more

NEW! The Leeds Lieder Concert Series 2019-20

04/10/2019

Leeds Lieder announces 2019-20 Concert Series and advance information about 2020 Festival Read more

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

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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