I am delighted to be introducing the 5th season of the Temple Winter Festival. Since its first incarnation in 2013, the festival has continued to grow in stature, showcasing a superb range of talent both from the UK and abroad. The Temple Church’s stunning acoustic and its atmospheric surroundings continue to make this a special…
Bach Collegium Japan’s most recent tour last April, which included concerts in Amsterdam, London, Paris, St Petersburg and Vienna amongst others, was highly successful with excellent audiences throughout. We are now planning their next major European tour. Having recently recorded the Mozart Requiem, and with a new recording of Mozart’s C minor mass about to…
Tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook take to the stage at Wigmore Hall for a series of three recitals across three seasons, performing Robert Schumann’s song cycles alongside music inspired by the English Romantic poets. The project premieres three new commissions from major British composers: Scottish composer Sally Beamish looks to the Gothic, setting…
Eighth Blackbird kicked off its 20th anniversary auspiciously in 2016, quickly garnering its fourth GRAMMY Award as well as the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include keystone performances as part of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday celebrations (in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony and beyond), a debut performance on Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner’s (The National) Eaux Claires festival, a fresh round of raucous shows with “Appalachian post-punk solipsist” (The Wanderer) Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy, and world premieres by Holly Harrison, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, and Ned McGowan. The 20th anniversary also brings significant expansion of the group’s international terrain, with debuts in Paris (Paris Philharmonie, Mona Bismarck), through multiple cities in Amsterdam, and through multiple cities in Australia.
The Gesualdo Six, directed by Owain Park, made their German debut this summer at the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik Festival. This performance was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Late programme.
Following a successful UK summer tour the group now turn their attentions to editing their first recording – an album of English Renaissance Polyphony, including works by Tallis, Sheppard and Byrd.
Highlights of autumn 2017 include appearances at the Brighton Early Music Festival, as part of their Early Music Live! Scheme, and a performance of Tim Watt’s opera ‘Kepler’s Trial’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum in November.
Anna Stéphany makes her Glyndebourne debut this summer singing Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito. A busy 2017/18 season follows, featuring concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestras, before returning to Zürich Opera as Idamante in Idomeneo, followed by Cosi fan Tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Adrian Thompson continues to maintain a busy diary – he recently appeared as Mr Upfold ALBERT HERRING at The Grange Festival, he returns to WNO later this year as Scribe KHOVANSHCHINA and Shapkin FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. Adrian will also sing Mime in a concert performance of DAS RHEINGOLD for the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall (V. Jurowski) and makes a welcome return to Garsington Opera in 2018 when he will be appearing in both DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and FALSTAFF.
Congratulations to Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan who have been announced as winners of the Choral category in the Gramophone Awards 2017. Awarded for their recording of Mozart’s Mass in C minor K.427 and Exsultate, jubilate K.165, the disc was released in December 2016 on the BIS label – their long-term recording partner – and features soloists Carolyn Sampson, Olivia Vermeulen, Makoto Sakurada and Christian Immler.
‘As a package, the disc as a whole is certainly a winner; the Mass easily ranks alongside the period-instrument benchmarks…’ (Gramophone January 2017)
The recording has been accorded five star reviews, with critics recognising Suzuki’s profound, expressive and well-judged interpretations.
‘This recording of Mozart’s glorious Great Mass in C minor is a special one: the tempi perfect, the unfolding drama of the choral writing so carefully judged….’ (Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian)
Following another outstanding year which saw debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and the Orchestra of St Luke’s, Benjamin Grosvenor starts the 2017/18 season with a European recital tour taking him to Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris and Casa da Musica Porto among others, before he crosses the Atlantic for further solo dates in Toronto, Philadelphia and in New York at 92nd Street Y.
In the new year concerto repertoire takes centre stage, as Benjamin prepares for his debut performances with the Boston Symphony, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. April 2018 sees him return to New York for three subscription series concerts with the New York Philharmonic as well as one chamber music concert with players from the orchestra. This follows the Ackman Classical Piano Prize which Benjamin was awarded last year as inaugural recipient.