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Congratulations to baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts who was presented with The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Laureate by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Opera Holland Park

Congratulations to baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts who was presented with The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Laureate by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Opera Holland Park

Julien Van Mellaerts and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Opera Holland Park (Photo: Chris Christodoulou) Congratulations to baritone Julien Van Mellaerts who was presented with The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Laureate by the Foundation’s Founder and Chair, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, at a gala concert to celebrate Dame Kiri’s 80th birthday at Opera Holland Park.  The Kiri …

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Louis Vierne’s piano music: revelatory performances by Sergio Monteiro

Louis Vierne’s piano music: revelatory performances by Sergio Monteiro

Better remembered for his organ music, Louis Vierne (1870-1937) nevertheless penned a substantial amount of piano music. Sergio Monteiro’s survey was launched by a disc that included the Suite Bourguignonne and the Poème des cloches funèbres. Here in volume 2, we begin with his set of 12 Préludes, Op. 35 (1914/15). The music is often …

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New music, traditional Scottish fiddle music, puppets and more: Scottish Ensemble’s 2024/25 season

New music, traditional Scottish fiddle music, puppets and more: Scottish Ensemble’s 2024/25 season

The Scottish Ensemble Collaboration is at the heart of the Scottish Ensemble’s recently announced 2024/25 season. A season that includes new work by Hannah Kendall, a new collaboration with fiddle player and violinist Donald Grant, concerts with Héloïse Werner as both composer and singers, a programme with puppeteer Mark Down and further performances of their …

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Pianist Yuki Negishi in recital

Pianist Yuki Negishi in recital

Gershwin, Kapustin, Bonds, Norton, Wave, Arlen/Jarrett Yuki Negishi (piano). Holy Trinity Church,  South Woodford, 2pm, 16.06.2024 Gershwin  Three Preludes (1926)  Kapustin  Contemplation, Op. 47 (1987) Margaret Bonds Troubled Water  Christopher Norton Bulgarian Sketches (2023)  Sally Wave  Sunshine Droplets Falling in the Quiet River, Op. 13 (2024)  Harold Arlen  Somewhere Over the Rainbow (arr. Keith Jarrett, 1984)  Gershwin  Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)  …

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Music like no other: Icelandic composer Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson’s Stífluhringurinn

Music like no other: Icelandic composer Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson’s Stífluhringurinn

Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson: Stífluhringurinn; Caput Ensemble; Carrier RecordsReviewed 18 June 2024 Music like no other. The Icelandic composer returns with a long, single work for large ensemble that mines his fondness for contemplating timbres and rhythms, and for music that avoids conventional straight lines and grids, yet creates pure magic The Icelandic composer Gudmundur Steinn …

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Celebrating 20 years at The Glasshouse, Royal Northern Sinfonia launches a new season that also celebrates principal conductor Dinis Sousa’s second three-year term

Celebrating 20 years at The Glasshouse, Royal Northern Sinfonia launches a new season that also celebrates principal conductor Dinis Sousa’s second three-year term

Maria Włoszczowska & Dinis Sousa – Royal Northern Sinfonia (Photo: Thomas Jackson / Tynesight Photograph) This Autumn marks 20 years since the Royal Northern Sinfonia moved into its present home, at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music (formerly Sage Gateshead) and Autumn also marks the second three-year term of principal conductor Dinis Sousa, and a new …

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Paul Wee plays Alkan’s Concerto for Solo Piano at Wigmore Hall

Paul Wee plays Alkan’s Concerto for Solo Piano at Wigmore Hall

Alkan Concerto for Solo Piano, Op. 39 Nos. 8-10. Paul Wee (piano). Wigmore Hall, 1 pm, 15.06.2024 With his recordings for BIS, Paul Wee has gathered quite a following. He goes against current trends by manifesting as a real polymath: he is a fine concert pianist and also has attained high success within the legal …

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New colours in old sound worlds: the Portuguese duo, Bruno Monteiro & João Paulo Santos in Elgar, Debussy, Ravel & more

New colours in old sound worlds: the Portuguese duo, Bruno Monteiro & João Paulo Santos in Elgar, Debussy, Ravel & more

Music for violin and piano: Elgar, Debussy, Luíz Barbosa, Ivan Moody, Ravel; Bruno Monteiro, João Paulo Santos; EtceteraReviewed 17 June 2024 Four early 20th-century works for violin and piano alongside a more recent one in a wonderfully wide-ranging recital from the Portuguese duo who find all sorts of new colours in Elgar and give a …

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Lost and Found: Samling Institute for Young Artists’ Summer concert at the Glasshouse, Gateshead

Lost and Found: Samling Institute for Young Artists’ Summer concert at the Glasshouse, Gateshead

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 …

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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

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

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 …

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