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The Quest: London Youth Opera’s commission for 2024

The Quest: London Youth Opera’s commission for 2024

Stuart Hancock: Pandora’s Box – London Youth Opera at Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, 2023 (Photo: Nina Swann) Last December, London Youth Opera (LYO) presented Stuart Hancock and Donald Sturrock’s Pandora’s Box at the Royal Academy of Music’s Susie Sainsbury Theatre [see my review].  Charlie Swann, who sang Prometheus, has accepted a scholarship at Royal …

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Creating something remarkable: Fatma Said & Joseph Middleton in Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, de Falla, Obradors & Hankash

Creating something remarkable: Fatma Said & Joseph Middleton in Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, de Falla, Obradors & Hankash

Joseph Middleton and Fatma Said – Milton Court concert hall, Barbican (Photo: Mark Allan / Barbican) Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, de Falla: Siete canciones populares, Obradors, Najib Hankash; Fatma Said, Joseph Middleton; Milton Court concert hall, BarbicanReviewed 22 May 2024 A consummate programme where two exceptional performers took us on a journey and held us spell-bound …

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Happy 60th birthday: the Salomon Orchestra celebrates with Martyn Brabbins, Michal Oren, Mussorgsky and Elgar

Happy 60th birthday: the Salomon Orchestra celebrates with Martyn Brabbins, Michal Oren, Mussorgsky and Elgar

The Salomon Orchestra in rehearsal at Henry Wood Hall When the Salomon Orchestra celebrated its 40th birthday in 2003 it assembled the huge orchestra needed for Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, directed by founding conductor Nicholas Braithwaite, filling St John’s Smith Square with so many orchestral musicians that you felt there was hardly room for the …

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Julia Thomsen’s ‘Beauty’ from Harmonies of WoMen

Julia Thomsen’s ‘Beauty’ from Harmonies of WoMen

    Harmonies of WoMen is an album that was released on International Women’s Day 2024, featuring work from ten different female pianists, and released under the banner of the Piano And Nature label, which dedicates itself to environmental consciousness by planting a tree for each release. The full album is available on Spotify, but …

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Summer Music in City Churches: Love’s Labours

Summer Music in City Churches: Love’s Labours

St Giles Cripplegate This year’s Summer Music in City Churches focuses on Shakespeare and under the title Love’s Labours runs at a single City church, St Giles Cripplegate from 6 to 15 June 2024.  Pierre Vallet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra open the festival with a concert featuring Gerald Finzi’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s Love’s …

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Music that Moves You: new survey from ABO & partners reveals 74% say that orchestras are a vital part of the country’s cultural heritage

Music that Moves You: new survey from ABO & partners reveals 74% say that orchestras are a vital part of the country’s cultural heritage

National Children’s Orchestras under 12 orchestra perform Shimmer and Glow at Portsmouth Guildhall, August 2023 (Photo: Vernon Nash) It shouldn’t need saying but it does, and there is a new survey to prove it. Yesterday, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), representing its 200 member organisations, along with partners, Classic FM, Classical Music Magazine, LIVE, UK …

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NCEM Young Composers Award

NCEM Young Composers Award

NCEM Young Composers Award winners Ryan Collins and Charlotte Robertson with Ex Corde Last week (16 May 2024), the winners of the 17th National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award were announced. Presented in partnership with BBC Radio 3, the event took place on Thursday 16 May at the National Centre for Early Music …

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Making It at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Making It at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

What does it mean to “make it” as an artist in the 21st century? From 11 to 28 June 2024, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama will be presenting Making It, a new festival celebrating new work created by Guildhall’s eclectic and multi-skilled student community. Events include Guildhall School’s final year actors in Kaleidescope, …

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Calling women musicians: Watermill Theatre wants them to join its new play about Fanny Mendelssohn

Calling women musicians: Watermill Theatre wants them to join its new play about Fanny Mendelssohn

Calum Finaly’s Fanny in rehearsal at Watermill Theatre (Photo: Pamela Raith Photography) When Queen Victoria invited Felix Mendelssohn to perform for her at a personal concert and play her favourite song, Italien, the composer had to admit that he hadn’t actually written the song. It was one of his sister Fanny Mendelssohn’s pieces that were …

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Jack Bazalgette of ‘through the noise’ announced as next artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Jack Bazalgette of ‘through the noise’ announced as next artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Jack Bazalgette (Photo: Ehimetalor Unuabona) Since 2020, through the noise has programmed more than 130 classical music concerts in non-traditional venues using an innovative crowd-funding model to widen audience appeal [see my review of their recent noise night at Leeds Lieder Festival]. Now through the noise co-founder and director Jack Bazalgette has been announced as the new artistic …

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