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In case you missed it: July on Planet Hugill - the first Leonore, a brace of Rossinis and the last Tristan

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Welcome to July on Planet Hugill, rather later than usual because we have been busy visiting Santa Fe, Iceland and Tallinn (of which more in next month's newsletter). If you would like to receive this newsletter in your inbox each month...Show More Summary

Bringing music-making to Dartmoor and Exmoor: Two Moors Festival

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

St George's Church, Dunster Founded in 2001 out of the devastation caused by Foot and Mouth, the Two Moors Festival brings music making to the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. This year the 16th festival runs from 22 to 26 October 2016. Show More Summary

Olympic Committee history as Estonia appoint first non-sport ambassador, Kristjan Jarvi

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Kristjan Järvi - photo Peter Rigaud The Estonian Olympic Committee has appointed the conductor Kristjan Järvi to become a standing member of the national committee. This remarkable move makes history ; Järvi is the first non-sporting person to be appointed to the committee. Show More Summary

Cookery a la carte

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Cookery a la carte; David Steadman, Melvyn Tarran; The Choir Press Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 22 2016 Star rating: 4.0 Anecdotes, pictures and recipes from members of the D'Oyly Carte opera This delightful new book Cookery a la...Show More Summary

Help BREMF crowd-fund 'Gaia - three intermedi for a living planet'

Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) has an exciting programme planned for this Autumn (see my preview). One of the highlights promises to be Gaia - three intermedi for a living planet, inspired by the festival's staging of the Florentine...Show More Summary

Ades, Barry, Beethoven and more: Britten Sinfonia in 2016/17

The Britten Sinfonia's 2016/17 season includes regular concerts in Cambridge, Saffron Hall (where the ensemble has a residency), Norwich and the Barbican (where it is an associate ensemble). Highlights include Thomas Ades conductingShow More Summary

Much that was superb musically: Eugene Onegin from Belarus at Birgitta Festival in Tallinn

Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Act 1 - National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet of Belarus at Birgitta Festivalphoto Heiti Kruusmaa Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin; Anastasia Moskvina, Oksana Volkova, Vladimir Petrov, Yuri Gorodetsky, Andrei...Show More Summary

Mozartian music theatre: 'Requiem... and life before' in Tallinn

Requiem... and life before - Birgitta Festival, Tallinn Mozart, Joel Lauwers Requiem... and life before; Uku Uussberg, Yuka Yanagihara, Helen Lokuta, Thomas Volle, Simon Robinson, Latvian State Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, dir:Show More Summary

Funny, lively and vivid: Le nozze di Figaro at Grimeborn

Heather Caddick, Cheyney Kent and ensemble - Mozart The Marriage of Figaro - Grimeborn Festival - photo Nick Rutter Mozart Le nozze di Figaro; Cheyney Kent, Heather Caddick, Dario Dugandzic, Sofia Troncoso, Katie Slater, dir: Lewis Reynolds,...Show More Summary

A pilgrimage to Santiago: To the Field of Stars

To the Field of Stars, Jackson, Victoria, Pärt, Byrd, Dove; Nonsuch Singers, Kate Gould, Tom Bullard, Convivium Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 25 2016 Star rating: 3.5 Gabriel Jackson's cantata for Victoria and Pilgrimage Trail...Show More Summary

Why not an afternoon at the opera?

The gardens of West Green House, setting for West Green Opera Last month we attended a performance of Gounod's La Colombe (see my review) at West Green House as part of the annual West Green Opera season. The performance was a matinee, so we arrived early enough to have a delightful lunch, followed by a walk round the garden. Show More Summary

A day at Harpa in Reykjavik - Ponce, Piazzolla and Icelandic song

Harpa - the atrium inside For the visitor to Reykjavik in Iceland, Harpa the concert hall on the harbour, is a striking sight, consisting of two uneven rhomboids covered in a cellular structure made of glass, and containing a concert hall and two smaller halls, two restaurants and much more. Show More Summary

Mendelssohnian charm: Sir Arthur Sullivan's Macbeth and The Tempest

Sullivan Macbeth (Incidental music), Marmion Overture, The Tempest (Incidental music); Mary Bevan, Fflur Wyn, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, John Andrews, Simon Callow; Dutton Epoch Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 20 2016 StarShow More Summary

Somewhere for the weekend: Rye Arts Festival

Rye You never really need an excuse to visit Rye, but the Rye Arts Festival (17 September to 1 October 2016) just makes the prospect more tempting. Euphonia (which we saw recently in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride) are performing Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Show More Summary

Towards a more historically informed view of performances of Bellini's Norma

Cecilia Bartoli and John Osborn in Norma - Photo: Hans Jörg Michel The two most influential female singers in early 19th century Italian opera were perhaps Rossini's muse (and later wife) Isabella Colbran for whom Rossini wrote a series...Show More Summary

WAM - music for clarinet by Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy Clarinet Sonata, L'Union Libre, Mike, Brian, Marilyn and the Cats, WAM, Giant Abstract Samba; Michael Nosworthy, Michael Finnissy, William Fedkenheuer, New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz; New Focus...Show More Summary

Bringing a touch of Brazil to Europe - the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop - Photo: Grant Leighton To keep us in the mood, following the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, another Brazilian city will be sending its orchestra over to Europe. The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), under conductor...Show More Summary

World premiere of John Joubert's Jane Eyre

Kenneth Woods and the English Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's birth in 2016 and the 90th birthday of composer John Joubert in 2017 with the world premiere of Joubert's opera Jane Eyre, based on Charlotte Brontë's novel. Show More Summary

Signs, Games & Messages

Kurt á g Signs, Games & Messages, Bart ó k Sonata for Solo Violin; Simon Smith; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 22 2016 Star rating: 4.0 Virtuosic works for unaccompanied violin by two Hungarian composers, in striking...Show More Summary

Marking the 250th anniversary of the Great Fire of London

Amongst other things, 2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The fire started on 2 September 1666 at the bakery of Thomas Farynor in Pudding Lane and raged for three days, to be finally put out as it reach the Temple. Show More Summary

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