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.
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-
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 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.
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-
Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi
For Spring 2017, Pop-
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Llŷr Williams piano -
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.
Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo; Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo; Emily Sun violin; Jennifer Hughes piano
A showcase for artists selected to join Young Artists’ Platform in Spring 2016.
Multiple award winning Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo première a new commission by Michael Finnissy. Emily Sun, winner of all major violin competitions in her native Australia, was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2016 Royal Over-
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Antonio Pappano
LSO Artist Portrait: Janine Jansen
Janine Jansen – a violinist who pours every drop of energy and emotion into her performances – launches her LSO Artist Portrait series, collaborating with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano.
Commended by The Times for performances that reveal both 'technical prowess' and 'a highly stimulated and fiery imagination', Janine Jansen has been working with the LSO for over a decade, and returns in 2016/17 for her Artist Portrait series. She is joined here by Sir Antonio Pappano, who channels his flair for dramatic music into three works of great character and passion.
BBC Radio 3 Anna Vinnitskaya -
Four pianists celebrate the riches of the Russian piano repertoire before and after the momentous events of 1917, when the country was shaken by not one but two revolutions. For the Russian people, life changed utterly as society was remodelled from top to bottom.
Composers’ reactions varied widely. Rachmaninov left Russia as quickly as he could, soon followed by Medtner and Prokofiev – who would later return home. The Shostakovich family, by contrast, welcomed the revolutions – though precocious young Dmitri was only eleven at the time. This series marks the centenary with four concerts that each feature Russian piano music both 'before' and 'after' 1917: from Tchaikovsky through Rachmaninov and Medtner to Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
Delta Piano Trio Thursday Lunchtime Concerts
A contrasting programme with Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 combined with the second piano trio of emerging Russian composer, poet, writer, painter and pianist Lera Auerbach performed by the Delta Piano Trio.
This young piano trio has performed worldwide since its founding in 2013, winning several (first) prizes in international competitions and working with a.o. Rainer Schmidt, Stephen Kovacevich and Hatto Beyerle.
Boxwood and Brass -
A rare chance to hear this extraordinary harmonie version of Beethoven’s symphony on instruments of the early 19th century, exactly 200 years after it was issued by the composer’s publisher. Leading specialists Boxwood & Brass place this tour-
There will be a pre-
Mozart Symphony Orchestra Enigma and The Planets
Two of Britain’s best loved works for orchestra – Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Holst’s The Planets – are performed in exciting new arrangements for chamber orchestra by George Morton.
Elgar Enigma Variations
Holst The Planets
Philip Mackenzie conductor
Ensemble Plus Ultra The Food of Love – Song of Songs
Just one day after Valentine’s Day, the award-
With music by composers including Tomás Luis de Victoria, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and Orlande de Lassus, this programme showcases some of the most beautiful and erotic of scriptural texts (the Song of Songs being essentially a love poem), set in a variety of styles.
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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.