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Foyers at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam (Photo Pepijn Bakker/Architectural Odyssey) I can think of few concert halls and theatres which could be described as a pleasure to leave. I think that Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, with its amazing staircase, comes into this category, but most involve some sort of audience log-jam. Show More Summary

The urge to explore something more urgent: Sean Shibe on his softLoud project

Sean Shibe - softLOUD (photo Kaupo Kikkas) The young classical guitarist Sean Shibe has managed to make quite a name for himself, he is currently a YCAT artist, was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012 to 2014 (the first guitarist to be admitted to the scheme) and is the only solo guitarist to have received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Show More Summary

Handel: Friends, Foes & Flattery

The Brook Street Band The Brook Street Band returns to St John's Smith Square on Sunday 4 June 2017 with a programme entitled Handel – friends, foes and flattery which looks at some of the other lively London personalities from Handel's time, composers whose music featured more prominently in contemporary programmes than that of Handel. Show More Summary

Gaudent in Coelis

Sally Beamish, Joanna Marsh, Judith Bingham; choirs of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Edward Wickham; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 25 2016 Star rating: 3.5 Attractive selection of contemporary pieces by threeShow More Summary

Zurich International Orchestra Series at Cadogan Hall

The Cadogan Hall's Zurich International Orchestra Series returns for the 11th series in 2017/18 with 16 concerts performed by 14 orchestras, including the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart with Sir Roger Norrington, the Dresden Philharmonic with Michael Sanderling and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. Show More Summary

Decades: A Century of song 1820-1830

Schubert, Glinka, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Niedermeyer, Loewe, Bellini; Anush Hovhannisyan, Sarah Connolly, John Mark Ainsley, Robin Tritschler, Luis Gomes, Christopher Maltman, Malcolm Martineau; Vivat Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May...Show More Summary

A new dystopia in Hamburg

The young British conductor George Jackson makes his Hamburg State Opera debut conducting a new opera, Immer weiter, by two composers. Conductor George Jackson On 7 July 2017, the young British conductor George Jackson makes his debut...Show More Summary

The Ruins of Detroit

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel. Part of The Ruins of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, 2006. With kind permission from the artists and assistance from Tristan Hoare Gallery. The Ruins of Detroit is a series of photographs by Yves...Show More Summary

Colour and movement: music by Tomasz Opa?ka

Tomasz Opa?ka Collisions of the matter, Symphony No. 2 - Emerge, D.N.A. Bass Clarinet Concerto, Quadra; Jadwiga Czarkowska, Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra / Krzysztof Slowinski, Warsaw Philharmonic Artists 'Chamber Orchestra of the...Show More Summary

Introducing the 2017 Buxton Festival, I chat to artistic director Stephen Barlow

Stuart Laing, Kristy Swift & ensemble - Beethoven's Leonore at the Buxton Festival in 2016 - photo Robert Workman This year's Buxton Festival continues themes from previous festivals, with a return visit from veteran director ElijahShow More Summary

Quickening - songs to texts by English and Welsh poets

A first look at the CD cover art-work for Quickening, the forthcoming CD of my songs on Navona Records (coming out in the Autumn). The disc features my settings of poems by Rowan Williams, A.E. Housman, Ivor Gurney and Christina Rosetti, performed by Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), Johnny Herford (baritone), Rosalind Ventris (viola) and William Vann (piano).

BBC NOW celebrates its 90th birthday and more

Thomas Søndergård, principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales During the 2017/18 season the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th anniversary in April 2018, and the orchestra is also joining with arts organisations across Wales for Russia 17, a series marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Show More Summary

Mostly wonderful: Handel's Ariodante at the Barbican

Alice Coote, Harry Bicket & English Concert - Handel: Ariodante - Barbican (Photo Robert Workman for the Barbican) Handel Ariodante; Alice Coote, Christiane Karg, Mary Bevan, Sonia Prina, the English Concert, Harry Bicket; Barbican Centre...Show More Summary

Side by side: Brahms, Schumann and Frances-Hoad

Schumann, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Brahms; Anna Huntley, Alisdair Hogarth, students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 19 2017 Students from the Guildhall School performing alongside Anna...Show More Summary

Baroque remix

Baroque Remix is a new classical club night launching at the arts venue, IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard SE1 7LG, on June 3. The night will feature baroque DJs alongside live instrumental performances from Carla Rees (baroque flute) and Liam Byrne (viola da gamba). Show More Summary

Amhráin Ón Ré Dhorcha: Tionscadal Brecht

Smock Alley Theatre Dublin Singing About The Dark Times: The Brecht Project | Amhráin Ón Ré Dhorcha: Tionscadal Brecht, which premieres at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin on 24 May 2017, rather intriguingly presents Irish language versions of monologues, scenes, poems and songs by Bertolt Brecht. Show More Summary

Handel's Jephtha at London Festival of Baroque Music

Jephtha's Rash Vow (1807), by James Gundee & M. Jones, London Handel Jephtha; Nick Pritchard, Helen Charlston, Matthew Brook, Mary Bevan, James Hall, Rowan Pierce, Holst Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Stephen Layton; London Festival...Show More Summary

Doubly valedictory: EUBO, Maria Keohane & Lars Ulrik Mortensen in Bach and Handel

EUBO at St John's Smith Square in 2015 Handel, Bach; Maria Keohane, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen; London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 19 2017 Star rating:...Show More Summary

The vividness & vibrancy of having been performed on stage: Verdi's Oberto from Heidenheim

Verdi Oberto; Choi, Princeva, Hebelkova, Dumitru, Banasova, cond: Marcus Bosch; Coviello Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 15 2017 Star rating: 3.5 Based on performances at the Heidenheim Opera Festival, this recording bringShow More Summary

Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the London Festival of Baroque Music

Monteverdi L'Orfeo; Matthew Long, I Fagiolini, English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, Thomas Guthrie, Robert Hollingworth; London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square Reviewed by Anthony Evans on May 18 2017 Star rating:Show More Summary

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