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 will premiere three new commissions from major British composers: Scottish composer Sally Beamish will be looking to…
Composed by Henning Kraggerud in 2014, Equinox is a kaleidoscopic tour across the world and time. Comprising 24 short Postludes, it is the musical counterpart to a 24-part story by world-famous Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. In the story, a man travels through each of the 24 time zones, starting in Greenwich in C major. The work, which is a full concert length, can be performed with or without narrator.
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…
In the lead up to Easter Stephen Layton took his wonderful choir Polyphony to Frankfurt and Paris with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. On their return to the UK the choir performed their annual Easter concert on Good Friday at St John’s Smith Square – this has become something of a British institution.
Katherine Watson’s busy season continues with Acis & Galatea at the Basilique de Notre Dame in Beaune, before her first of two appearances at the BBC Proms (Shakespeare Prom) on 13th August, returning on 1st September for the Mass in B Minor at the Royal Albert Hall. In the autumn Katherine can be seen in Le Voyage de Don Quichotte at Opéra National de Bordeaux with Marc Minkowski, followed by Belinda Dido & Aeneas in Vichy, Rouen and Versailles and recitals in Lille and Oxford. The year ends with a series of Messiah concerts with Les Arts Florissants in Baden-Baden, Versailles, Paris, Barcelona, Budapest & London.
Katherine continues her critically acclaimed work in the field of contemporary opera. In September she returns to the US for performances of The Hunger, a new opera composed by Ireland’s famed composer Donnacha Dennehy, performed by the New York-based ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Through powerful music, compelling personal stories from the Irish Famine, and insights from today’s great economists, The Hunger connects a tragedy from the past with one of the great debates of our time. Having performed the world premiere of van der Aa’s 3D opera Sunken Garden a few years ago, Katherine then goes off to Beijing to sing performances of Michel van der Aa’s new one woman opera, Blank Out.
Trio Apaches has recently returned from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where they gave a performance of the beautifully oppressive Piano Trio No.2 by Shostakovich, and the dramatic Trio in F sharp by Babajanian. The concert was recorded, live, by BBC Radio 3, and you can listen to the full broadcast here.
This is the second broadcast for Trio Apaches in as many months. In February, they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor, Alexandre Bloch. This has led to a very exciting development for the Trio – watch this space!
The Tallis Scholars once again find themselves across the Atlantic singing a wonderful English Renaissance programme of Byrd, Tallis, Taverner and Davy to enlightened audiences in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Texas and Minnesota.
“…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.