David Watkin leads an unassuming but enjoyable account of Messiah

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah: Harriet Eyley (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Stuart Jackson (tenor), James Newby (baritone), Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge (director, organ: Richard Pinel), Britten Sinfonia / David Watkin (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 16.12.2021. (MB)

Britten Sinfonia’s Messiah at the Barbican Hall

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Yasmine Naghdi and Cesar Corrales lead The Royal Ballet on their very best form in The Nutcracker

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor). Encore screening (directed by Peter Jones) at Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, of the 9.12.2021 performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 13.12.2021. (JPr)

Isabella Gasparini (Clara) and Luca Acri (Hans-Peter) © Foteini Christofilopoulou

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Great occasion from the London Chamber Orchestra in memory of a legendary horn player, Dennis Brain

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Timothy Jackson, Haydn, Britten, Schumann – Horns at Play: Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson (horns), The Guild of Hornplayers (Pip Eastop, Alexander Wide, Michael Thompson, Martin Childs), London Chamber Orchestra / Hannah von Wiehler (conductor). Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 14.12.2021. (CC)

Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson and Hannah von Wiehler

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