An entertaining idea on paper, Weill was lacking finesse in performance

United KingdomUnited Kingdom ‘Wie man sich bettet, so liegt man’ – ‘You made your bed, now lie in it’: Monica Arnó (voice), Charles Prince (piano and musical director), Evelyn Estava (violin). Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, 7.5.2022. (PRB)

Kurt Weill, Monica Arnó and Lotte Lenya (c) Philip R Buttall

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Everything you wanted to know about Expressionism but were afraid to ask

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Scriabin, Schoenberg: Robert Taub (piano), Alison Wells (mezzo-soprano), Kokoro Ensemble (Maxine Willis [flute], Liz Drew [clarinet], Kate Turnbull [violin], Judith Preston [viola], Lionel Handy [cello], Jonathan Beatty [piano]) / Mark Forkgen (conductor). Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, 12.3.2022. (PRB)

(From top) Mark Forkgen, Robert Taub, Lionel Handy and Alison Wells (c) Philip R Buttall

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Back in the concert hall: Bournemouth soloists’ superb chamber music programme

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dvořák, Beethoven: Edward Kay and Holly Randall (oboes), Barry Deacon and Douglas Mitchell (clarinets), Tammy Thorn and Emma Selby (bassoons), Alexander Wide, Ruth Spicer and Robert Harris (horns), Mark Derudder (violin), Miguel Rodriguez (viola), Thomas Isaac (cello), David Daly (double bass). Plymouth Guildhall, 27.7.2021. (PRB)

Tammy Thorn (Principal Bassoon, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) (c) BSO

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Back to the future, music sets sail in Plymouth on the good ship Mayflower

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jane O’Leary and Jonathan Dawe: Erika Baikoff (soprano), Timothy Nelson (baritone), Plymouth Performing Arts Academy Junior Chorus. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Kokoro Ensemble / Mark Forkgen (conductor). Theatre Royal Plymouth, 4.6.2021. (PRB)

Erika Baikoff (top left), Timothy Nelson (top right), Robert Taub (bottom left),
Mark Forkgen (bottom right) (c) Philip R Buttall

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