Norma Fisher recalls ‘My Life and Music’ at St Mary’s Perivale

Something a little different today – Sunday 6 September 2020 – at St Mary’s Perivale: not a recital but a distinguished recitalist talking about her life in music. I don’t often talk about myself and I’m not very good at it says Norma Fisher, opening her talk. That is not modesty on her part. Most … Read more

Ryan Bancroft and BBC NOW premiere Gavin Higgins’s Rough Voices

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Martinů, Adams, Higgins, Barber, Copland: Natalya Romaniw (soprano), BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Ryan Bancroft (conductor), Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer, 8.9.2020. (RP)

Ryan Bancroft (conductor) with the BBC NOW © Jake Bufton

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The Barbican announces Live from the Barbican for global digital and live audiences

The Barbican today announced the line-up for its new autumn concert series Live from the Barbican. For the first time, a series of Barbican concerts will be accessible online for a global digital audience through a livestream and, also, for a reduced, socially distanced live audience in the Barbican Hall.

The newly programmed series runs from 4 October – 13 December 2020 and features an eclectic mix of artists across different genres, all reflecting the wide spectrum of the Barbican’s distinct music offer:

  • Celebrated bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel in Concert with Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia (Sun 4 Oct 2020)
  • Multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper and his ensemble (Sat 10 Oct 2020)
  • Revered chamber pop group The Divine Comedy (Wed 14 Oct 2020)
  • Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great performing material from her upcoming album April / 月音 (Sat 17 Oct 2020)
  • The seven brothers and sisters of the The Kanneh-Mason Family in concert (Thu 22 Oct 2020)
  • Northumbrian songsmith Richard Dawson with a special solo set (Sun 25 Oct 2020)
  • Award-winning tenor saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia performing material from her new album SOURCE (Thu 29 Oct 2020)
  • Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano in concert with friends and collaborators tenor Ian Bostridge, mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and the Carducci Quartet (Sun 1 Nov 2020)
  • Barbican Associate Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo and soprano Anu Komsi give the world premiere of the chamber orchestra version of Magnus Lindberg’s Accused (Fri 6 Nov 2020)
  • Cassie Kinoshi/SEED Ensemble mark the 80th birthday of spiritual jazz icon Pharoah Sanders (Sat 14 Nov 2020)
  • Saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and band leader Shabaka Hutchings performs Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Britten Sinfonia (Wed 18 Nov 2020)
  • Physicist Professor Brian Cox joins the BBC SO and Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska to explore the questions raised by music and the Cosmos (Sun 13 Dec 2020)

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Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage In Focus and first performances with live audience



Today Sadler’s Wells announces new activity for autumn, featuring a new digital season and the first live performances at Sadler’s Wells since lockdown:

  • Digital Stage In Focus is a new series featuring Sadler’s Wells in collaboration with three world-renowned dance companies running across the autumn
  • Sadler’s Wells will co-create a suite of digital content with Hofesh Shechter Company, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Candoco Dance Company
  • Live dance returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre with the first socially distanced public events to take place on its stage, with performances from Birmingham Royal Ballet, in a mixed bill featuring the first commission from new Artistic Director Carlos Acosta: Lazuli Sky ​

 For more news from Sadler’s Wells click here.

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Royal Opera: Live in Concert was a Covid-secure evening of world-class singing and music-making

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Royal Opera: Live in Concert #OurHouseToYourHouse: Kristīne Opolais, Lisette Oropesa (sopranos), Aigul Akhmetshina (mezzo-soprano), Charles Castronovo, Filipe Manu (tenors), Vito Priante (baritone), Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), Jeremy White (bass), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Streamed live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 4.9.2020. (JPr)

Kristīne Opolais and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for their Tosca duet

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Benedetti plays Baroque with the OAE at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Vivaldi, Handel, Avison, J.S. Bach: Nicola Benedetti, Rudolfo Richter, Kati Debretzeni, Matthew Truscott (violins); Katharina Spreckelsen, Sarah Humphrys  (oboes); Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Jonathan Cohen (director/harpsichord), Royal Albert Hall, London, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four, 3.9.2020. (CS)

Kati Debretzeni ,Nicola Benedetti, & the OAE (directed by Jonathan Cohen)
(c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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