Unique in the UK as the only classical music festival dedicated to the music of living composers.

As the UK’s only festival dedicated to the work of living composers, it provides a unique opportunity for audiences to discover the rich variety of contemporary music from around the world, and – often in the presence of the composers themselves – to experience new works for the very first time.

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Delta Piano Trio

In a world of globalized uniformity the trio stands out by its personal sound, dedication and natural youthful vigor. Their playing is honest, un-affected and passionate, merging three personalities into one musical entity. They approach chamber music as a form of communication, an exchange of ideas, and a shared road of reflection, discovery and evolution.

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Piano Portraits

Rick Wakeman Makes Chart History As Piano Portraits Becomes First Ever Solo Piano Album To Reach UK Top 10 Album Chart.


Currently enjoying his 50th year as a professional musician, Wakeman began working on Piano Portraits following the unprecedented reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s Life on Mars on BBC Radio 2 in early 2016, which went on become the most shared clip in the station’s history. The album features a varied selection of music including classic songs that he originally performed on including Space Oddity, Life On Mars and Morning Has Broken.

The Vale of Glamorgan Festival Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The University of Liverpool and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are launching a new postgraduate course in the Business of Classical Music.

Students on the new Masters programme will study key aspects of the classical music business; including artistic planning, audience development, music education, marketing, communications, fundraising and business models.

Nicholas Phan

Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction.

Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

Pop-Up Opera

Pop-Up Opera: Spring Season 2017
Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

For Spring 2017, Pop-Up are reviving their first ‘tragic’ opera, staged to great acclaim in 2016. Pop-Up’s version of I Capuleti e i Montecchi (sung in Italian with English captions) conjures an atmospheric and intimate environment that places spectators at the heart of Bellini's moving love story.

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Llŷr Williams piano - Beethoven

For the past three seasons Llŷr Williams has moved through the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall, the latest milestone in his lifelong commitment to the composer’s music.

The Welsh pianist’s penultimate programme includes the graceful Op. 78 and the ‘Farewell’ Sonata, written following the French siege of Vienna in 1809.

Wigmore Hall 16 February 3.00pm

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Opera North

Opera North and the University of Leeds’ Cultural Institute have announced the shortlist for their inaugural DARE Art Prize.

Aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process, the launch of the annual £15,000 prize is part of a programme in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the DARE partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds, now a world leader in building collaborations between the arts and higher education.