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Premiere of Sally Beamish's The Judas Passion

Sally Beamish The Judas Passion, Sally Beamish's new piece to a libretto by David Harsent, premieres at the Saffron Hall on Sunday 24 September 2017. Nicholas McGegan conducts the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (OAE) with the Choir of the Enlightenment and soloists Julia Doyle (Mar), Brenden Gunnell (Judas) and James Newby (Christ). Show More Summary

Far from dry: Vox Luminis in Bach's musical forbears

Vox Luminis Johann Michael Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach; Vox Luminis; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 19 2017 Star rating: 4.5 An exploration of the music...Show More Summary

Celebrating musical pilfering: Septura's Kleptomania at St John's Smith Square

Septura The brass septet, Septura, has a new concert series at St John's Smith Square, London and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Called Kleptomania the series presents prize pickings of music that the group has "stolen" through transcription for brass septet: plunder from string ensembles, pianists, chamber orchestras and singers. Show More Summary

Rattle conducts Berlioz' La damnation de Faust

Sir Simon Rattle & the London Symphony Orchestra (Photo Tristram Kenton) Berlioz La damnation de Faust; Bryan Hymel, Karen Cargill, Christopher Purves, London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle; Barbican Hall Reviewed by Anthony EvansShow More Summary

Subito! debut recital from Julia Hwang

Grieg, RVW, Lutoslawski, Wieniawski; Julia Hwang, Charles Matthews; St John's Cambridge/Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 13 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Maturity and charm shine out in this debut recital from the young violinist...Show More Summary

Quickening on BBC In Tune - 25 September 2017

Baritone Johnny Herford, pianist William Vann and I will be on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Monday September 2017. We will be talking to Sean Rafferty about our new disc Quickening, and Johnny and Will will be performing songs from the album. Other guests on the show include the Chelys Consort of Viols and Emma Kirkby. Further information from the BBC Radio 3 website.

Lucy Goddard's American Songbook tour

Mezzo-soprano Lucy Goddard and pianist Siwan Rhys have put together a fascinating combination of British and American contemporary song which reflects views of America from both sides of the Atlantic. American Songbook features new work...Show More Summary

The Hampshire connection: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park in Jonathan Dove's operatic version at the Grange

Jonathan Dove: Mansfield Park - The Grange Festival - Emily Vine, Sarah Pring, Martha Jones, Oliver Johnston, Angharad Lyddon, Henry Neill, Jeni Bern (Photo Robert Workman) Jonathan Dove, Alasdair Middleton Mansfield Park; Martha Jones,...Show More Summary

Leaving you an emotional wreck: La Boheme at Covent Garden

La bohème, The Royal Opera - Simona Mihai, Michael Fabbiano, Nicole Car, Marius Kwiecien, Florian Sempey © ROH 2017. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore. Puccini La Boheme; Michael Fabiano, Nicole Car, Mariusz Kwiecien, Simona Mihai, Luca...Show More Summary

In the Top 20

Planet Hugill has made it into the Top 20 of the Top 50 Music Blogs on ScoreBig, the on-line ticket sales website.

What Would Bach Have Done?

Belle Chen In this guest posting Belle Chen, the Australian-Taiwanese pianist, sound artist, and producer, looks at the interface between classical music and electronics, and wonders what Bach would have done if presented with the possibilities of electronic music. Show More Summary

The first Englishwoman to sing Brünnhilde at Bayreuth: Catherine Foster on singing Wagner

Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) - Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Bayreuth Festival 2017 (©Bayreuther Festspiele / Enrico Nawrath) Opera aficionado and Wagnermaniac, Tony Cooper, meets Nottingham-born Wagner singer, Catherine Ann Foster, the Bayreuth Festival’s Brünnhilde. Show More Summary

Lativan review in Opera Magazine

Earlier this year, I was in Riga, Latvia for the Riga Opera Festival and caught Aik Karapetian's new production of Gounod's Faust and Rezija Kalnina's production of Eugene Onegin at Latvian National Theatre. My reviews of the two productions are in the October issue of Opera Magazine.

Getting your chamber-music fix: Conway Hall Sunday Concerts

Last Sunday (10 September 2017) the Conway Hall Sunday Concerts, director of music Simon Callaghan, started the 2017/18, providing chamber music lovers with their weekly fix. Sunday's opening concert was the Tippett Quartet with pianist Emma Abbate in Schumann and Dvorak's quintets. Show More Summary

Late flowering: John Joubert's St Mark Passion & Missa Wellensis

John Joubert Missa Wellensis, St Mark Passion; Peter Auty, Benjamin Bevan, Wells Cathedral Choir, Matthew Owens; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 12 2017 Star rating: 4.0 Three late sacred works from the pen of JohnShow More Summary

New music for choir and ancient instruments

James McMillan, John Kenny, Stuart MacRae, Bill Taylor, Francis Grier, Stevie Wishart, Stephen Bick; Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 12 2017 Star rating: 5.0 The imaginative...Show More Summary

National Youth Harp Orchestra premieres Patrick Hawes' St George and the Dragon

The National Youth Harp Orchestra The National Youth Harp Orchestra is celebrating its 15th birthday with a new commission. The 30 young players in the orchestra will be performing at St James's Church, Piccadilly on Saturday 16 September and giving the first performance of Patrick Hawes' St George and the Dragon. Show More Summary

Mozartian influences: Salieri's La scuola de' gelosi from Bampton Classical Opera

Saleri: La scuola de' gelosi - Matthew Sprange, Rhiannon Llewellyn, Alessandro Fisher, Nathalie Chalkey, Thomas Herford - Bampton Classical Opera (Photo Anthony Hall/Bampton Classical Opera) Salieri La scuola de' gelosi; Matthew Sprange,...Show More Summary

12 hour music marathon at St John's Smith Square

This weekend is Open House Weekend in London, and as part of the celebrations St John's Smith Square is having a free 12 hour music marathon on Saturday 16 September. From 10am the hall will be inviting people to combine a visit to its fine Baroque interior with performances and other musical activities. Show More Summary

20-year-old Turkish pianist wins the Scottish International Piano Competition

Can Çakmur, winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition, at the final with Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra The 11th Scottish International Piano Competition finished on Sunday 10 September and the Turkish pianist Can Çakmur was named as the winner. Show More Summary

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