The Tallis Scholars will once again perform two programmes, the first of which presents an entire programme of non-Latin works, which is unusual for us. This programme also celebrates John Rutter’s 70th birthday with performances of some of his lesser known choral works. Our second programme this season is rather sorrowful and features Lamentations by…
John Barry created some of the most memorable and recognisable film scores of the 20th century, such as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Zulu and of course much of the music from the James Bond series; his versatility and originality were peerless. His death in 2011 deprived cinema of a true musical…
Christopher Lowrey continues his busy season with performances as Oberon in Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in Connecticut, USA then later at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia. Other highlights this season include a series of concerts in San Francisco “The Art of the Counter-tenor” and Monteverdi Madrigals in Venice with Ensemble Cappella Mediterranea.
The end of the year finds Christopher “down under” in Sydney singing Didymus THEODORA for Pinchgut Opera.
Paula Murrihy returns to one of her favourite roles in February/March, and sings Octavian in the Stefan Herheim production of Richard Strauss’ DER ROSENKAVALIER for Staatstheater Stuttgart. Georg Fritsch conducts the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and a cast that also includes Simone Schneider (Marschallin), Friedemann Röhlig (Ochs) and Lenneke Ruiten (Sophie).
Later this season Paula takes on the title role CARMEN for Oper Frankfurt.
Fergus Macleod is the current Charles Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera, and as part of his Fellowship will conduct a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at the London Coliseum this autumn and winter, making him the youngest conductor at the head of an ENO production since Mackerras himself. Former Assistant to Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Fergus is also a keen performer of new music and has given numerous world premieres.
“The tone is beautiful, the double-stopped demands of the violin writing are handled with ease, and there is a constant blend of freewheeling rhapsody and musical purpose.”
Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition and becoming the top European prize-winner in the Menuhin Competition. The coming months see the release of his second recital disc, featuring Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel with pianist Richard Uttley, and appearances in London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.
“…The musical japes and textural sophistication of the Third [Zemlinsky quartet] bring out the best in the Brodsky’s playing – wry, playful, and rhythmically taut. And there’s plenty of suavity and emotional depth in its account of the more lyrical Fourth…”
Matthew Rye, The Strad, June 2015
The Brodsky Quartet are known for their profound accounts of complete cycles. Their latest Chandos release is the complete quartets of Zemlinsky, which has met great critical acclaim worldwide. It is, however, the Shostakovich cycle which is perhaps most widely associated with the Brodsky name, the quartet having performed the project across the globe throughout their 40 year existence. 2016 will mark the release of the Brodsky Quartet’s second recording of this seminal cycle, recorded live at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.
‘Their singing produces music-making of intimate, aching beauty.’
Vox Luminis return to the UK this autumn with a programme of Purcell, Locke and Blow in Leeds’ Howard Assembly Room and at the Wigmore Hall. Prior to this comes their release of a CD of works by Roland de Lassus, following hot on the heels of a disc of Motets by members of the Bach family.