Lost and Found: Samling Institute for Young Artists' Summer concert at the Glasshouse, Gateshead
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The Samling Institute's Lost and Found at the Glasshouse, Gateshead on 12 July 2024, will provide an opportunity to hear the current crop of Samling Academy Singers in action, performing music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter, Gabriel Fauré, Leonard Bernstein and Flanders and Swann in a semi-staged evening of song, opera and poetry. We are promised exciting discoveries of new love, nostalgia for the places we can never return to and the everyday drama of misplaced objects. Samling Artists soprano Miranda Wright and pianist Leo Nicholson will direct the program ..read more
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Dunedin Consort 2024/25: Three premieres, Handel's Susanna, chamber-scale tours of Scotland, side-by-side with Royal Academy of Music & Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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The Dunedin Consort has announced its 2024/25 season with concerts across Scotland, a continuation of its residency at Wigmore Hall as well as other London appearances. Contemporary music continues play an interesting role in the group's seasons. 2024/25 features the Scottish premiere of David Fennessy’s Bog Cantata in Edinburgh as part of a programme featuring music by Zelenka, Telemann and Bach with Fennessy using similar orchestration to the Baroque works, and An Italian Christmas at Wigmore Hall includes a second new commission from composer Caroline Shaw.  Singers from the ..read more
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Medea Gosperia: a retelling of Euripides' Greek tragedy set in the Caribbean and featuring a fusion of musical styles
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Euripedes' classic tragedy Medea has inspired writers and artists across the centuries as well as playwrights directly reinterpreting Euripedes' original (hands up those who have heard a performance of the original Ancient Greek!). Now Thee Black Swan, a new company that aims to bring classical and contemporary theatre and opera productions to a wide and diverse audience, providing a platform for classically trained actors and singers of diverse heritage, is creating Medea Gosperia, a retelling of Euripides' Greek tragedy set in the Caribbean and featuring a fusion of musical style ..read more
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Discover the Harp: Welsh company, Cambrian Harps take their discovery days on the road
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One of Cambrian Harps' Discover the Harp sessions Cambrian Harps, a company from the heart of Wales specialising in making harps and encouraging harp playing, is on a mission to show the country and the world that the harp is not an elitist instrument, played only by the wealthy, that it is an accessible, and affordable, instrument for all. Cambrian Harps has created its Discover the Harp days to dispel the myths that surround this beautiful instrument, and they are now taking these introductory half day sessions around the country. Many people have dismissed the idea ..read more
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Second view: Anna Patalong makes her role debut as Puccini's Tosca at Opera Holland Park
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Puccini: Tosca - Opera Holland Park, 2024 (Photo: Ali Wright) Puccini: Tosca; Anna Patalong, José de Eça, Morgan Pearse, director: Stephen Barlow, conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren, City of London Sinfonia; Opera Holland Park Reviewed 12 June 2024 A return to Opera Holland Park's 1968-set Tosca for the poised and engaging role debut of Anna Patalong Puccini: Tosca - Anna Patalong - Opera Holland Park 2024 (Photo: James Clutton/Opera Holland Park) We returned to Opera Holland Park's production of Puccini's Tosca that opened its 2024 season [see my review] on Wednesday ..read more
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A school trip with a difference: the Richard Shephard Music Foundation celebrates Make Music Day in York
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1w ago
The Yorkshire region has a rich musical history from the Arctic Monkeys to the Minster Choir, film composer John Barry to the National Centre for Early Music. But like many people and organisations, Richard Shephard Music Foundation is concerned how to make sure that we are cultivating the next generation of diverse musicians. That the region’s young people not only listen to music, but are inspired to create music as well. Working via partnerships with funders, charities, the music sector, schools, and inspiring music teachers, over the past three years, since the death of com ..read more
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An undeniable gift for melody: Charles Mauleverer's Overture
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Charles Mauleverer: Overture; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lee Reynolds, Prague Symphonic Ensemble, Jérôme Kuhn, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Vogel; Wotuno Reviewed 11 June 2024 Ten short orchestral pieces by film composer Charles Mauleverer, spanning some twenty years, and revealing a real gift for melody and for creating atmosphere Composer Charles Mauleverer describes his disc Overture, released on Wotuno records, as the first complete album of his compositions under his own name. The material on the disc spans over 20 years, from Overture, written in 2003 just afte ..read more
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New hall, new season: newly renovated Bristol Beacon unveils its 2024/25 season of orchestral concerts
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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits at Bristol Beacon (Photo: Giulia Spadafora) Bristol Beacon reopened in November 2023 following a radical transformation which has seen significant improvement in the appearance and function of the main hall and the restoration of the historic core to the building incorporating imaginative new work. Built in 1867 and opened in 1873, the halls have had a series of rebuilds during the 20th and 21st centuries, and in 2020 adopted the new name of Bristol Beacon. The recent renovation was driven by a vision to enhance and expand the venue’s ..read more
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The 75th edition of the Aldeburgh Festival gets off to a good, spirited and proud start
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Messiaen: Hawari - Gweneth Ann Rand, Simon Lepper - Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Festival (Photo Britten Pears Arts) Judith Weir: Blond Eckbert; English Touring Opera, dir. Robin Norton-Hale, cond. Gerry Cornelius Messiaen song-cycles; Gweneth Ann Rand, Simon Lepper Brtitten, Elgar, Shostakovich; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alban Gerhardt, cond. Edward Gardner Schumann and Larcher: André Schuen, Julius Drake Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen; Vox Luminis, Tuomo Suni, artistic director, Lionel Meunier Reviewed by Tony Cooper (12 June 2024) The Aldeburgh Festival's opening ..read more
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13 premieres, a focus on Britten, William Mathias at 90: Presteigne Festival 2024
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The Shire Hall, Presteigne; photographed by Percy Benzie Abery c. 1910s This year's Presteigne Festival, the 42nd, runs from 22 to 26 August 2024, bringing music and art to the Welsh Marches. For 2024, the festival has a focus on the music of Benjamin Britten, contrasted with works from his contemporaries, his influences and those who, in turn, were influenced by him. But the festival's continuing espousal of contemporary music remains. Richard Blackford is the composer in residence and the festival features 13 premieres from Blackford,  Michael Berkeley, Nathan James Deard ..read more
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