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Westminster Abbey choir in concert at the Cadogan Hall

Choir of Westminster Abbey - photo Paul Grover Byrd, Tallis, Sheppard, Bull, Gibbons, Poulenc, Howells, Martin, Head, Gardner, Rutter, Parry; Choir of Westminster Abbey, O'Donnell, Cook; Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on DecShow More Summary

Apex 2014

Notable Performances and Recordings, New Yorker website.

'We're going to show them that orchestras aren't boring'

One of Orchestras Live's Lullaby Concerts in Lowestoftwith City of London Sinfonia and Claire Bloorin October 2014, photo Paul Coghlin Orchestras Live, a national music charity that brings orchestral music to thousands of people in under-served areas across England, is continuing to have a busy year. Show More Summary

The North - modern saxophone music with balls

The North, music by Carpenter, Harrold, Arnalds, Cote, Gregory, Smith, Pankhurst; Borealis Saxophone Quartet Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Forthright and edgy, new music for saxophone quartet This new discShow More Summary


Found in the NY Times, which has extensive reporting on the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA interrogations after 9/11: WASHINGTON — John O. Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, defended...Show More Summary

SFS Concert (December 11, 2014) Canceled on Account of Rain

The rain is worse in SF than in Oakland, I think: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / December 11, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY: SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERT WITH BURT BACHARACH CANCELLED TONIGHT SAN FRANCISCO, CA ( December 11, 2014 ) – The San Francisco...Show More Summary

A knight at the piano

Sir András Schiff went to Buckingham Palace today and was officially knighted by the Prince of Wales. Gratulalok!

In memoriam José Feghali

Absolute shock in the piano world today at the news that José Feghali, a former winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has died aged 53, apparently by his own hand. More information here.I met the Brazilian-born Feghali...Show More Summary

November on Planet Hugill - clutch of rarities including Les Martyrs and Oberon

James Laing as Nerone and Sandra Piques Eddy as Poppea in Opera North's production of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea; photo credit: Tristram Kenton. Welcome to November on Planet Hugill. Opera in Leeds Our opera visiting started...Show More Summary

Spitalfields festival in Christmas spirit with The Sixteen

The Sixteen - credit Molina visuals Palestrina, Victoria, Lauridsen, Ireland, Warlock; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers; Spitalfields Music Winter Festival at Christchurch Spitalfields Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Dec 6 2014 Star rating:...Show More Summary

Dido and Aeneas in Surrey

Samuel Coleridge Taylor - Thelma - Surrey Opera 2012 Another Dido and Aeneas this time from Surrey Opera, the company which brought us the world premiere of Samuel Coleridge Taylor's opera Thelma in 2012. The company's opera soiree on 14 December 2014 is in the concert hall at the Whitgift School in Croydon. Show More Summary

West Edge Opera Medium-Rare

Following an excellent summer season, which I swear I will eventually blog, the always-enterprising West Edge Opera has a winter/fall season of rarities coming up, this year with two performances each, so I expect to be able to attend. Show More Summary

Night Kayaking in Riga

I was in Riga in July 2014 to cover the World Choir Games. One night, I took a break from all the singing and joined a kayak expedition. The kayaks were doubles, so I ended up being the odd person...

Day 11: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

After yesterday’s 11/10 loudissimo Adeste Fideles explosion, it seems only right and meet to spend bring it down to a more human scale. The oldest hymns, Christmas or otherwise, often have these delightfully higgledy, piggledy rhythms about them and complex...

Day 10: Adeste Fidelis

An epic start, some interesting noodling that gets a bit lost in the wilderness, a climactic tease, a bit more noodling and then an rollicking build up to a conclusion worthy of best speakers on house-shaking volume. It’s a DB9...

Crowdfunding Tudway at Wimpole Hall

Thomas Tudway The composer Thomas Tudway is not a well known figure. Born around 1650/1656, he sang in the Chapel Royal as a child, becoming organist at King's College, Cambridge in 1670 until his death in 1726. He was the second Professor...Show More Summary

New Cobbett Composition Prize

The Berkeley Ensemble - photo: Nigel Luckhurst The original Cobbett Competition, created by the philanthropist Walter Willson Cobbett, was responsible for commisioning works from Benjamin Britten, Frank Bridge and RVW. Now the Berkeley Ensemble has instituted the New Cobbett Composition Prize in emulation of the original. Show More Summary

Siglo de Oro at Spitalfields Festival

Sandstrom, Howells, Hildegard, Mouton et al; Siglo de Oro, Patrick Allies; Spitalfields Winter Music Festival at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 09 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Imaginative programme and beauty of tone from young choral ensemble Siglo de Oro is a young vocal ensemble directed by Patrick Allies. Show More Summary

Marvels of Messiaen

It's Messiaen's birthday today. Above, the last movement of the Quartet for the End of Time, 'Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus' played by Gil Shaham and Myung Whun Chung. One of the most heavenly pieces I know.Next year my play A Walk through the End of Time, which centres on the quartet, is due for a couple of performances. Show More Summary

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