Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning gothic romance is screened with a live performance of Michael Nyman’s emotion-laden score. Nyman’s potent romantic minimalist music became one of the most popular soundtracks ever written. The film follows mute Ada (Holly Hunter) to New Zealand as she’s sold into marriage to land-grabber Alisdair (Sam Neill). Forced to sell her…
This female a cappella group from Latvia is quickly establishing itself on the world stage. Latvian Voices was founded in 2009 and since then they have participated in numerous international music festivals, been invited to workshops from such artists as The King’s Singers, and given concert tours globally. Furthermore, since 2017 the group have enjoyed…
With a busy autumn in Europe, conductor Matthew Halls begins the 2019/20 season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Lammermuir Festival before he returns to the South Netherlands Philharmonic to conduct four concerts alongside pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. He then returns to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra following a successful series performing the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Paul Lewis followed by making his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he is conducting a Mozart and Haydn programme featuring pianist Steven Osborne. Halls also returns to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.
Elizabeth Llewellyn’s 2019-20 season opens with her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, singing Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in a production by James Robinson, conducted by David Robertson. Elizabeth previously performed the role at the Royal Danish Opera and Seattle Opera. Following this Elizabeth travels to Theater Bielefeld, Germany to make her debut in the title role Aida, with performances from December through to April 2020.
Concert performances this coming season sees her join the BBC Symphony Orchestra to sing Missa Solemnis conducted by Richard Farnes, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven Symphony No. 9 alongside Hazard Chase artists – mezzo soprano Paula Murrihy, and conductor Grant Llewellyn.
The beginning of the 2019/20 season sees an exciting start for pianist Andrew Tyson, who releases his third recital album on the Alpha Classics label. Featuring a Spanish themed programme to include works by Scarlatti, Granados, Mompou and Albéniz, Tyson describes his new album as a programme which “synthesizes my love of Spanish music, my love of nature and my fascination with the coloristic aspects of piano playing.” The album title Landscapes takes its name from Federico Mompou’s Paisajes, which are “landscapes of the mind as much as intimate yet vivid depictions of Spain”.
Highlights in Tyson’s 2019/20 season sees recital appearances taking him across the United States, Lithuania, Taiwan, Switzerland and Germany, with orchestral appearances including return visits to the Hallé and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras as well as making his debut with Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen.
This autumn Adrian returns to the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto to make his role debut as Emperor Altoum in Robert Wilson’s new production of Puccini’s Turandot, to be conducted by Carlo Rizzi. In January Adrian can be heard in concert with the LPO as Mime Siegfried (Vladimir Jurowski) and he will also return to The Grange Festival as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ending her summer season on a high, Sofi Jeannin will be leading the BBC Singer’s for their appearance at the BBC Proms on 17th August, before heading to Arezzo, Tuscany, to sit on this year’s Jury for the prestigious EGP International Choral Competition. Whilst having a busy schedule as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers and Music Director of la Maîtrise de Radio France, Jeannin has an array of exciting international collaborations in the works for the coming season. Alongside a number of choral projects, such as her work with Coro Casa da Música, highlights include orchestral appearances with the Halle, Norrköping Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducting repertoire such as Britten’s St Nicolas, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Handel’s Messiah.
Principal Conductor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Eduard Topchjan is also co-Artistic Director of the Yerevan International Music Festival, whose 13th edition takes place this autumn. Internationally acclaimed musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Gautier Capuçon, Simon Trpceski, Yevgeny Sudbin, Freddy Kempf and guest conductor Andrey Boreyko, to name a few, will perform as part of the six-week festival, taking place at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan.
Other highlights in Eduard’s diary include a tour to the Netherlands with the MAV Symphony Orchestra, comprising among others of a performance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as an extensive tour of China with his own orchestra, the ANPO, touring Russian-Armenian repertoire and culminating in a concert in Beijing in early January.