NEW! St John’s Smith Square announces ‘ARTIST LAB’

SJSS’s ‘ARTIST LAB’ PROJECT

#Artistlab

The covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges around the world. Clearly, our first priority is everyone’s health and well-being, but an important part of this is people’s enjoyment of music and the arts. Concert halls have closed their doors and musicians are unable to work. This creates enormous pressures and challenges as people’s livelihoods are challenged and venues face an uncertain future.

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Lise Davidsen’s compellingly expressive singing doesn’t entirely rescue Tobias Kratzer’s Fidelio

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Beethoven, Fidelio: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Performance of 9.3.2020 (directed for the screen by Rhodri Huw), televised on BBC Four, and reviewed on 26.7.2020. (JPr)

Amanda Forsythe (Marzelline), Georg Zeppenfeld (Rocco) & Lise Davidsen (Leonore)
(c) Bill Cooper

Read moreLise Davidsen’s compellingly expressive singing doesn’t entirely rescue Tobias Kratzer’s Fidelio

Revisiting Mariss Jansons and an unforgettable Ein Heldenleben at the Proms in 2004

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dvořák, Strauss: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, 30.7.2004 (re-broadcast on BBC iPlayer 23.7.2020). (MBr)

Mariss Jansons, © Markus Dlouhy

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The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty: a gift that goes on giving

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty: Dancers of the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Orchestra / Simon Hewett (conductor). Performance of 16.1.2020 (directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon) and reviewed as a live streamed performance in the #OurHouseToYourHouse series. (JO’D)

Fumi Kaneko (Princess Aurora) and Federico Bonelli (Prince Florimund)

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Roxanna Panufnik’s fabulous music is performed with real devotion and understanding by the Sacconi Quartet.

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Roxanna Panufnik: Sacconi Quartet (Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson [violins], Robin Ashwell [viola], Cara Berridge [cello]) with Andrew Marshall (double-bass) and Roderick Williams (baritone).  Streamed live (Pete Fozard [vision and streaming] and Chris Kalcov [sound]) from Riverside, Twickenham, via YouTube (available click here), 21.7.2020. (CC)

Sacconi Quartet (c) Alejandro Tamagno

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Salieri was not supremely talented but Lucian Msamati undoubtedly proves he is in NT’s 2017 Amadeus

United KingdomUnited Kingdom National Theatre at Home – Anthony Shaffer’s Amadeus: Performance of 2.2.2017 reviewed on 17.7.2020. (JPr)

Adam Gillen (Mozart) and Lucian Msamati (Salieri)

Read moreSalieri was not supremely talented but Lucian Msamati undoubtedly proves he is in NT’s 2017 Amadeus

Jonathan Ferrucci is a wunderkind pianist with noble soul

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bach, Bartók, Schumann: Jonathan Ferrucci (piano). Recital presented by the Arts Club of Washington with the Keyboard Charitable Trust at St Mary’s Perivale, West London. 12.7.2020 performance streamed live. (JB)

Jonathan Ferrucci

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