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Mark Wigglesworth resigns from ENO

Mark Wigglesworth will resign as music director of English National Opera at the end of the current season. He began his tenure in October 2015. In a letter sent to ENO musicians sent on 22 March, Wigglesworth wrote: ‘On the one hand this has been the hardest decision of my professional life. The music making we … Continue reading Mark Wigglesworth resigns from ENO

Frantic Assembly, Lovesong Review

Here’s another chance to read our review from Autumn 2 of Frantic Assembly’s Lovesong.  In our forthcoming issue, out 20 December, we talk to the Frantic Assembly team about why education is so important to their company. Get your copy at www.pocketmags.com or subscribe at www.teaching-drama.co.uk. Production review:  Frantic Assembly – Lovesong  Star Rating * * * … Continue reading Frantic Assembly, Lovesong Review

Ministers slash value of 3000 vocational courses

Over 3000 vocational qualifications have had their value cut by ministers, losing the exams recognition in the league tables. Currently some courses, such as nail technology and fish husbandry, can be equivalent to up to 4 GCSEs. The government has accused some schools of using these kinds of vocational qualifications as a way to boost … Continue reading Ministers slash value of 3000 vocational courses

Ticket offer for Perform 2012

As a sponsor of PERFORM 2012, Teaching Drama is delighted to offer you and your students an exclusive £8 ticket deal for the event. To get your discount click here. PEFORM is for anyone looking for a career in the drama industry; teachers, actors and backstage artists can attend seminars, workshops and talk to the 40 exhibitors … Continue reading Ticket offer for Perform 2012

Topic of the day – To Edinburgh or not to Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a valued tradition amongst theatre enthusiasts. As we head further into the warmer months of the year, theatre companies, students and schools begin to hatch their plans for this year’s performances. However 2012 is not like every other year. The Olympic Games is set to completely take over London during the summer. … Continue reading Topic of the day – To Edinburgh or not to Edinburgh?

Scenes from an Execution – Review

Scenes from an Execution – Rose Bruford College Spring Season This production of Howard Barker’s play, Scenes from an Execution, is the first in Rose Bruford’s spring season at London’s Unicorn Theatre. The season showcases the talents of their third year students, on- and off-stage, and gives the students valuable experience performing in, or working on, … Continue reading Scenes from an Execution – Review

PERFORM 2012: The round-up

PERFORM 2012 took place on 9–11 March at London’s Kensington Olympia. It is the sister event to MOVE IT, a dance event for performers, students and teachers. The event was busy, with many young students eager to dance and perform at the three-day event. PERFORM was given its own corner of the hall, and was designed … Continue reading PERFORM 2012: The round-up

National Youth Theatre receives emergency grant from Arts Council

A grant of £200,000 has been given to the National Youth Theatre (NYT) by the Arts Council to ensure the charity’s future is secure. NYT has struggled to meet this year’s fundraising targets like many theatre companies and arts organisations. An Arts Council spokesperson said: ‘NYT has seen unprecedented growth in the last year, but … Continue reading National Youth Theatre receives emergency grant from Arts Council

Final season from Michael Boyd announced at the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s last season under artistic director Michael Boyd has been announced. Boyd said that: ‘I’m very proud to be programming my last season in our new space with many of the theatre artists who have contributed to its success in the last year.’ The Winter’s Tale directed by Lucy Bailey will open the RSC’s 2013 … Continue reading Final season from Michael Boyd announced at the RSC

Outstanding teacher of the year awarded to performing arts teacher

A performing arts teacher from Preston has been named teacher of the year at the National BTEC Awards. The ceremony, held in London in July, was organised to recognise and celebrate the work of teachers and students who are teaching and studying BTEC qualifications. Anne Markland was awarded the prize for Outstanding BTEC Teacher/Tutor of the … Continue reading Outstanding teacher of the year awarded to performing arts teacher

Routledge launch digital performance archive

Publisher Routledge, in partnership with Digital Theatre, has launched a digital archive of performance. The companies have been involved in two years of collaborative research and development, which has resulted in the creation of this new digital archive of resources, described by the organisation as ‘an unparalleled international performing arts archive of video, audio and text … Continue reading Routledge launch digital performance archive

Central receives royal title as part of diamond jubilee

The Central School of Speech and Drama has been awarded with a royal title by the Queen. She presented the performing arts school with the prestigious honour as one of the final gestures of her Diamond Jubilee year. Central’s royal patron Princess Alexandra said: ‘The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama holds a very special … Continue reading Central receives royal title as part of diamond jubilee

Teaching Drama magazine to host Teachers’ Area at PERFORM

PERFORM, an event for those studying or working in the performing arts industry, is returning to London Olympia for 2013. Brand new for this year, PERFORM will have its own separate venue from its sister event, MOVE IT. Along with over 60 seminars and workshops, as well as 50 exhibitors in attendance, there is the … Continue reading Teaching Drama magazine to host Teachers’ Area at PERFORM

COMPETITION: PERFORM 2013 TICKETS

Win tickets to PERFORM – an event for those studying or working in the performing arts industry. Along with over 60 seminars and workshops, as well as 50 exhibitors in attendance, there is the new addition of a Teachers’ Area – which will be hosted by Teaching Drama magazine! For your chance to win 1 of the … Continue reading COMPETITION: PERFORM 2013 TICKETS

New part-time performing arts school launched by actress in London

Actress Simone Lahbib has launched a new part-time performing arts school in North Finchley, London, offering children of ages three and up classes in dance, acting, singing and musical theatre. 360 Arts opened on 8 September, with Lahbib as principal. She has described 360 Arts as, ‘a vibrant, exciting environment, boasting some of London’s best … Continue reading New part-time performing arts school launched by actress in London

TheatreCraft 2013 – an overview

On Friday 22 November, TD visited TheatreCraft 2013 – the backstage, production and arts admin careers fair which takes over the Royal Opera House annually for a day of workshops, tours and networking events. Just as it had been the previous year, TheatreCraft was a huge success. Thronging with young people – both college groups … Continue reading TheatreCraft 2013 – an overview

Arts Council chairman concerned with arts education gap

This week has seen Arts Council England’s chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette address the gap in arts education between students educated in private schools and state schools. Bazalgette, speaking to The Stage, raised his concerns about the marginalisation of the arts for state school students: ‘I can’t see why 7% to 9% of the population who … Continue reading Arts Council chairman concerned with arts education gap

SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has awarded the latest round of Laurence Olivier Bursaries to 16 drama students worth over £50,000. The bursaries provide support to students who are facing financial difficulties in their final year of drama school. The Laurence Olivier bursaries range from £500 up to a maximum of £7,500. Applicants are … Continue reading SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

Last chance for Latitude Festival – Starts this Friday

Claudine Nightingale reports on the theatre offerings at this weekend’s Latitude Festival It’s that time of year again … school summer holidays, yes, but also festival season! If you’re wondering what to do with your weekend now there are no exam papers to mark, perhaps a trip to Latitude Festival in Suffolk is what you … Continue reading Last chance for Latitude Festival – Starts this Friday

Opera and ballet performances added to Digital Theatre Plus

Digital Theatre Plus, the online arts education resource featuring full-length films of captured live productions as well as behind the scenes interviews and study guides, has released a new series of opera and ballet performances. Six-full length Royal Opera House productions are now available to view: Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, Eugene Onegin, La … Continue reading Opera and ballet performances added to Digital Theatre Plus

TD to host teacher workshop sessions at PERFORM 2015

Teaching Drama is delighted to announce that we’ll be partnering up with 2015’s PERFORM, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary from 13–15 February 2015 at London Olympia. Each year PERFORM runs workshops and seminars for people involved or looking to build a career in the performing arts. 2015’s available sessions exceed 60 in number. … Continue reading TD to host teacher workshop sessions at PERFORM 2015

VAULT Festival announces ‘mini’ festival for under 11s

This year’s VAULT Festival – opening on 28 January for six weeks of performances, events and workshops at Leake Street’s tunnels in London Waterloo – will include an inaugural Mini VAULT festival for under 11s, with three weekends of underground shows, events and free activities for families. Highlights of Mini VAULT will include Comedy Club … Continue reading VAULT Festival announces ‘mini’ festival for under 11s

Theatre figures recognised in 2015 New Year honours list

The 2015 New Year honours list has recognised a range of individuals holding performing, artistic and administrative roles in the theatre and stage sector. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who starred in The Old Vic’s Electra last year, has been made a dame for her services to drama. Stage and screen actors Sheridan Smith and James … Continue reading Theatre figures recognised in 2015 New Year honours list

Weston-super-Mare and Las Vegas students collaborate on virtually linked transatlantic stage show

Students from Weston-super-Mare and Las Vegas have taken part in what is thought to be a world-first performance: producing a virtually linked transatlantic stage show. Students from Wessex Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA) at Weston College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) performed their show Time Lapse simultaneously with 5,000 miles and an … Continue reading Weston-super-Mare and Las Vegas students collaborate on virtually linked transatlantic stage show

Booking open for Kids Week 2015

Tickets are on sale now for this year’s Kids Week performances through the whole month of August. The month-long theatre initiative, run by Official London Theatre, offers free tickets to children aged 16 and under, when accompanied by a full-paying adult, with two extra children’s tickets available for purchase at half price, per transaction. Kids Week, … Continue reading Booking open for Kids Week 2015

Call for papers for 2016’s Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show

Applications are now open for programme ideas for the inaugural Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show. Launching in February 2016 at Olympia Central in London, the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show will be co-located with the Music Education Expo, going into its fourth successful year, as a new performing arts element to the Expo’s … Continue reading Call for papers for 2016’s Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show

Stagetext celebrates 15 years with Captioning Awareness Week

Captioning charity Stagetext will be marking its 15th anniversary with Captioning Awareness Week from 9–15 November, which will include captioned and live subtitled theatre performances. Stagetext was established in May 2000 by Peter Pullan, Geoff Brown and Merfyn Williams and is a registered charity and regularly funded organisation of Arts Council England. It was built … Continue reading Stagetext celebrates 15 years with Captioning Awareness Week

National Youth Theatre launches new technical courses for 2016

For the first time, the National Youth Theatre will be holding auditions and interviews for their brand new three-week technical courses. The auditions, alongside the usual annual intake of performers aged between 14 and 25, will be held across the UK. Actors hoping to follow in the footsteps of NYT alumni such as Daniel Craig, … Continue reading National Youth Theatre launches new technical courses for 2016

Should Shakespeare be ‘translated’ for students?

NO Alicia Pope completed a degree in English and Theatre and Media Drama at the University of Glamorgan, followed by a PGCE at UWE, Bristol. She is currently in her tenth year of teaching.   In the sense that ‘translated’ means rewritten and performed in modern prose, I don’t think Shakespeare should be translated for … Continue reading Should Shakespeare be ‘translated’ for students?

Entries open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award. UK-based composers aged 25 or under are invited to write a new work for lute and either tenor or mezzo-soprano voice. They must set one of four selected poems by William Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy. The winning pieces will be chosen at the … Continue reading Entries open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Temple Winter Festival: Cardinall’s Musick

Following the success of their William Byrd Tour in 2012, The Cardinall’s Musick are committed to performing the complete works of Thomas Tallis around the UK and this concert marks the grand finale of their tour. The programme they present in this festival certainly plays to the group’s strengths. Their latest CD of music by Tallis … Continue reading Temple Winter Festival: Cardinall’s Musick

Baroque Band: Gone With The Wind

At these concerts, British virtuoso recorder player Piers Adams will join Baroque Band for a whirlwind program of tempestuous recorder concertos by Vivaldi, Albinoni, and Telemann, including Vivaldi’s famous “La Tempesta” concerto. Known as the “modern-day Pied Piper,” Adams is regarded by many to be the greatest recorder player of our time. Stylistically unique and … Continue reading Baroque Band: Gone With The Wind

The Choir of Clare College Cambridge – In Dulci Jubilo

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge returns to St John’s Smith Square with In dulci jubilo: a programme of traditional European and English folk carols heard alongside celebrated Christmas works by Mendelssohn, Tavener and Rutter. Under their director, Graham Ross, the Choir is joined by four talented instrumentalists for the UK première of Giles Swayne’s … Continue reading The Choir of Clare College Cambridge – In Dulci Jubilo

A Scandinavian Christmas

A special collaboration between the internationally renowned early-music group Sirinu and Laude Novella from Sweden bring the sounds of a Scandinavian Christmas to the Michael Tippett Centre this December. With hurdy-gurdy, shawm, lute, fiddle and voices, they will be performing music from the Piae Cantiones; a classic songbook of the Baltic counties. Published in 1581, … Continue reading A Scandinavian Christmas

Fretwork

Classical Music Alive in Reading In 2011, Fretwork celebrated 25 years of performing music old and new, and look forward to a challenging and exciting future as the world’s leading consort of viols. In these last two and a half decades, they have explored the core repertory of great English consort music, from Taverner to … Continue reading Fretwork

Vivaldi Influenced

Young Spanish violinist and newly appointed Baroque Band concertmaster JOAN PLANA directs the season finale concerts with music by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Valentini, Corelli and Tessarini. Born in Lleida, Catalunya, Plana is in demand on both sides of the Atlantic, performing with orchestras including the Handel and Haydn Society and the European Baroque Orchestra.

Binchois Consort & Birmingham University Singers

Binchois Consort & Birmingham University Singers Andrew Kirkman director programme includes: Gascongne Maria virgo, semper lætare Richafort Quem dicunt homines Lheritier Alma Redemptoris Mater Brumel Sicut lilium Josquin des Prez Recordare, virgo Mater The Binchois Consort was founded in 1995 to perform Dufay’s Mass for St Anthony of Padua. They have since recorded a number … Continue reading Binchois Consort & Birmingham University Singers

Charlotte Barbour-Condini

Charlotte Barbour-Condini – recorder David Gordon – harpsichord In 2012 Charlotte Barbour-Condini became the first recorder player to reach the grand final of the BBC Young Musician of Year. For this Hoxton Hall recital, she is joined by harpsichordist David Gordon performing a mix of baroque and contemporary recorder music, from JS Bach to the … Continue reading Charlotte Barbour-Condini

Purcell’s Fairy Queen – Opera in the Garden

Eboracum Baroque return to the Treasurer’s House Garden on midsummer eve for a semi-staged performance of Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen based on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s dream.’ They are joined by the celebrated Horrible Histories author Terry Deary who, acting as narrator, will guide the audience through the magical tale. The singers are joined by … Continue reading Purcell’s Fairy Queen – Opera in the Garden

Les Arts Florissants

Les Arts Florissants Paul Agnew, director Monteverdi – Excerpts from Madrigals Books I-III Renowned European early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants make their festival debut performing excerpts from Monteverdi’s First, Second and Third Book of Madrigals. Led by tenor Paul Agnew, they explore a cappella works from the youthful Monteverdi’s first three madrigal collections composed … Continue reading Les Arts Florissants

Handel’s MESSIAH

Our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah is a must during the festive season. We are therefore delighted that The Hanover Band and Chorus will once again be performing at Chichester Cathedral under the baton of the Master of this work Andrew Arthur.

Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight

Eboracum Baroque visit Oxford to perform Handel’s celebrated work, Messiah. Relax in the run up to Christmas with this candlelit performance from some of the top young singers and instrumentalists in the UK. Performed on period instruments from the time of Handel, this will be an evening of music not to be missed! Eboracum Baroque … Continue reading Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight

Bach, Sweelinck on guitar and piano

Piano & Guitar Recital: Sergei Podobedov & David Braid This unique duo will be performing their new arrangements of the organ music of 16th-century Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, together with works by Bach and the duo’s guitarist David Braid

Mediva: A Dance to the Music of Time

Ann Allen (director) recorders and shawm Emily Askew fiddle, recorders and shawm Tim Garside percussion Sophie Brumfit singer Dancing has always been an intrinsic part of cultures and societies. In this concert, Mediva takes you on a European ‘grand tour’, looking at songs and instrumentals that would have provided the music for dancing in the Middle Ages, featuring pilgrim … Continue reading Mediva: A Dance to the Music of Time

Northern Baroque: Baroque and Roll

For their programme Baroque and Roll: Toe Tapping Tunes of the 18th Century, Northern Baroque is joined by guest artist, soprano and baroque dance expert Frauke Jürgensen. In the baroque period, many musical forms were inspired by contemporaneous dance types. These relationships often went beyond simple matters of rhythm, tempo, and form, to evoke the complex associations … Continue reading Northern Baroque: Baroque and Roll

Supernatural Songs

Supernatural Songs, Tavener’s ethereal tour de force inspired by the poems of W.B. Yeats, forms the centrepiece of this special concert, which also features The Hilliard Ensemble, as part of its 40th birthday season. They perform Arvo Pärt’s Litany, with the Holst Singers, and give the UK premiere of Voice of St Columba, by Gavin … Continue reading Supernatural Songs

J. S. Bach – St John Passion

Illuminare and Knightsbridge Baroque perform Bach’s St John Passion at St Paul’s Knightsbridge. Illuminare is a chamber choir comprising some of the finest singers in London and Cambridge. The choir was founded in 2012 by Jeremy Cole, for a concert in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. The choir achieved a reputation in Cambridge for their superb … Continue reading J. S. Bach – St John Passion

Florilegium in Warwick

Florilegium continues their series of concerts for Music in the Round performing works by Telemann, JS and CPE Bach, Leclair, Marais and Rebel, CPE and JS Bach

An Evening of Baroque Music

The Stanesby Players:An Evening of Baroque Music by this talented Ensemble performing a varied programme including music by Telemann Bach Corelli and Castello.

ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: THE MUSES OF ZION

Join the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment to open their Associate Artist series with works by Praetorius and Schütz, two of 17th-century Germany’s biggest musical personalities. In this concert music resounds from all corners of Christ Church Spitalfields in expressive, overlapping multi-choir harmonies. You can also be part of the music, performing chorales with the … Continue reading ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: THE MUSES OF ZION

Handel’s Messiah

Our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah is a must during the festive season. We are therefore delighted that The Hanover Band and Chorus will once again be performing at Chichester Cathedral under the baton of the master of this work Andrew Arthur.

Le Gelosie d’un Amore

Be the first to hear this newly rediscovered oratorio by the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Caldara! Greatly admired during his lifetime, Caldara’s works are now virtually unheard, yet his new-found recognition is growing. Often playful and upbeat his music is also assuredly captivating and at times dissonant and lamenting. Performed with a cast of internationally … Continue reading Le Gelosie d’un Amore

Harpsichord Recital at Belair House

Join us in listening to a special one-off recital by Lorraine Liyanage performing live harpsichord, showcasing music by Blow, JS Bach & CPE Bach. Drinks and food refreshments will be available to purchase alongside bespoke chic cocktails from the bar for the more adventurous soul. Entry is free, so guests are advised to arrive early … Continue reading Harpsichord Recital at Belair House

Harpsichord Competition at the Horniman Museum

The Dulwich Music Festival presents a Harpsichord Competition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens using the Museum’s historic 18th-century English harpsichord. The competition is open to pianists that would like to gain experience of performing Baroque/early Classical repertoire on a historic instrument. You do not need to have played the harpsichord before to participate in … Continue reading Harpsichord Competition at the Horniman Museum

Four Seasons at the Nourish Festival

Devon Baroque Persephone Gibbs (baroque violin) Jonathan Watts (harpsichord/conductor) Le Quattro Stagioni, ‘The Four Seasons’ Op 8 – Antonio Vivaldi Overture, from Agrippina condotta a morire HWV 110 – George Frideric Handel String Sinfonia in D minor BR C 4; Wf1:3 – Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G BWV 1048 – … Continue reading Four Seasons at the Nourish Festival

Workshop: The White Rose and the Red – Music from the age of Richard III

A workshop for voices and instruments tutored by Tim Bayley & Deborah Catterall 11.30am – 5pm Saturday 8th November 2014 Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH The York Waits take their name from the ancient city band of York, which like many towns, employed them as the Lord Mayor of the city’s … Continue reading Workshop: The White Rose and the Red – Music from the age of Richard III

Hampstead Arts Festival – Natalie Clein (Part 1)

Natalie performing the six cello suites (over two concerts) for the first time. “Having Natalie Clein perform the complete Bach suites would be a highlight of any festival.” – Eric Siblin, author of The Cello Suites: J S Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece PROGRAMME Bach: The Cello Suites, Part 1 … Continue reading Hampstead Arts Festival – Natalie Clein (Part 1)

Hampstead Arts Festival – Natalie Clein (Part 2)

Natalie performing the six cello suites (over two concerts) for the first time. “Having Natalie Clein perform the complete Bach suites would be a highlight of any festival.” – Eric Siblin, author of The Cello Suites: J S Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece PROGRAMME Bach: The Cello Suites, Part 2 … Continue reading Hampstead Arts Festival – Natalie Clein (Part 2)

Belsize Baroque in concert

The wonderful Belsize Baroque orchestra will be holding a concert on the 6th November at Grosvenor Chapel in aid of the DSMT. We’re delighted and honoured to announce that world renowned violinist Adrian Butterfield will be directing and performing during the evening.                      

Harpsichord Competition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Dulwich Piano Festival presents the Under 18s Harpsichord Competition for the first time at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, South London. The aim of the competition is designed to bring relevance to the music that we play by performing it on the instrument for which it was written. Our adjudicator Steven … Continue reading Harpsichord Competition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

J.S. Bach – St. John Passion

Join Hieronymus for their London debut, an exciting performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Using a lean, eighteen-piece ensemble, this promises to be an intimate and intense account of Bach’s most dramatic passion setting, played out in the unique underground surroundings of the Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum. Formed in Birmingham in … Continue reading J.S. Bach – St. John Passion

Eleanor Turner/Clouds Harp Quartet

It’s obvious when a musician connects with their music and Eleanor Turner certainly does. Celebrated internationally for the warmth and passion she brings to every performance, Eleanor has a refreshingly good-humoured approach to the pedal harp repertoire. She will share her interpretations of Mozart’s emotive duet Ah, perdona al primo affetto and Liszt’s evocative Nightingale … Continue reading Eleanor Turner/Clouds Harp Quartet

Jessica Swale’s Thomas Tallis returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Jessica Swale’s Thomas Tallis is reopening at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse later this month. The specially commissioned piece – the first piece of new work performed at the theatre – follows the English composer’s life through the four Tudor monarchies of the Reformation, with Tallis’s music woven into the text. It was last performed in … Continue reading Jessica Swale’s Thomas Tallis returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

HEBREO: THE SEARCH FOR SALOMONE ROSSI

An evening celebrating Renaissance composer Salomone Rossi, who gave the world the first collection ever of originally composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers in 1622. JW3 will treat you to a screening of the documentary film Hebreo: The Search for Salomone Rossi introduced by its director Joseph Rochlitz, followed by a performance from early … Continue reading HEBREO: THE SEARCH FOR SALOMONE ROSSI

Public Colloquium – “The Culture of Versailles”

Join ABS Academy faculty and guests as they explore what sets French Baroque music apart from that of the rest of Europe. The first of three 45-minute sessions will outline the culture of Paris and Versailles through a survey of the art, architecture, and politics of the period. Then, ABS Academy instrumental and vocal faculty … Continue reading Public Colloquium – “The Culture of Versailles”

Distinguished Artist Series: John Thiessen, Baroque Trumpet

Performing a diverse program of Italian chamber music and cantatas, English music for the theater, and oratorio, trumpeter John Thiessen will demonstrate his instrumental mastery in an astonishing variety of styles and settings in music by Corelli, Jeremiah Clarke, Handel, and Alessandro Scarlatti. For this special recital, members of ABS and guest soloists, including soprano … Continue reading Distinguished Artist Series: John Thiessen, Baroque Trumpet

Alina Ibragimova – Solo Bach by Candlelight

A wonderful opportunity to hear J.S. Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas for violin, presented in two late-night concerts in the magical atmosphere of candlelight. Alina Ibragimova is one of today’s most exciting young performers: recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010 and the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009, … Continue reading Alina Ibragimova – Solo Bach by Candlelight

Alina Ibragimova – Solo Bach by Candlelight

A wonderful opportunity to hear J.S. Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas for violin, presented in two late-night concerts in the magical atmosphere of candlelight. Alina Ibragimova is one of today’s most exciting young performers: recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010 and the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009, … Continue reading Alina Ibragimova – Solo Bach by Candlelight

Jim Moray: Upcetera

Jim Moray is an English folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who first came to attention with his debut album ‘Sweet England’, released at the age of 21. It crashed the barriers of folk – blending traditional music, electronica and neo-classical orchestration to startling effect. Over the subsequent twelve years he has proved to be one of … Continue reading Jim Moray: Upcetera

Maz O’Connor, Ashley Condon and Lowri Evans

They will perform a specially created show in association with Music PEI and trac, blending traditional Canadian and English folk music crafted during a residency in the Lake District, alongside solo material. Maz O’Connor joined Canadian folk singer Ashley Condon in Atlantic Canada last year. Maz O’Connor is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned … Continue reading Maz O’Connor, Ashley Condon and Lowri Evans

Rosie Hood and Friends

Rosie Hood marks the end of her BBC Performing Arts Fellowship with a special performance featuring some of the artists she has worked with over the year. The BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship is designed for people who have shown dedication to a career in the performing arts industry. The Fellowship with EFDSS is a … Continue reading Rosie Hood and Friends

Preview: Barbican 2016/17 season

The Barbican Centre has announced its 2016/17 season. Baroque offerings include Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha Triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and a stellar cast headed by Magdalena Kožená; Andreas Scholl and Accademia Bizantina performing sacred music from the Neapolitan school of opera composers; the English Concert and Joyce DiDonato in Handel’s Ariodante; and the same … Continue reading Preview: Barbican 2016/17 season

Handel Messiah

Spring Concert. Handel’s Messiah is unquestionably the most enduringly popular choral work of all time, and one which Canterbury Choral Society have performed with power and conviction over the years. They will be joined by the famous Hanover Band, another world-class orchestra specializing in performing on period instruments from the 18th century.

RSNO announces 2016/17 season

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will continue its 125th anniversary celebrations into the 2016/17 season. The season will also be the fifth year of Peter Oundjian’s tenure as music director and Thomas Søndergård’s as principal guest conductor. The RSNO will have further cause for celebration as conductor laureate Neeme Järvi turns 80 in 2017. The … Continue reading RSNO announces 2016/17 season

Early music works feature in concerts for Delphian Records’ birthday

Scottish label Delphian Records is celebrating its tenth birthday as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Founded to promote music created in Scotland during the annual International Festival, the record label will have its artists perform in a series of concerts. As the inspiration for founding Delphaian Records, celebrating this landmark occasion at the Edinburgh … Continue reading Early music works feature in concerts for Delphian Records’ birthday

The English Concert announce 2012-13 worldwide season

Baroque orchestra The English Concert (TEC) has announced their 2012-13 season which will see them tour around the world, visiting Europe, the far east and the USA. One of the pieces TEC will be performing this season, under the direction of Harry Bicket, is Handel’s Radamisto. They will perform the opera throughout February, taking it to … Continue reading The English Concert announce 2012-13 worldwide season

EUBO announces development prize winners

The 2012 winners of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) Development Trust prize have been announced. Lea Rahel Bader and Jean Rondeau were both presented with the award which supports young European musicians at the beginning of their careers. The EUBO Development Trust gives awards to musicians performing at early music competitions throughout Europe. Competitions … Continue reading EUBO announces development prize winners

Westfield International Harpsichord competition winners announced

The Westfield Centre has announced the winners of the 2012 International Harpsichord competition. The competition took place at The University of Maryland, College Park School of Music, with entrants performing on modern reconstructions of period instruments. The competition was open to musicians of all nationalities, under the age of 35. Five candidates made it through … Continue reading Westfield International Harpsichord competition winners announced

York Early Music host young artist showcase

York Early Music is to hold an International Young Artists Showcase during this year’s Christmas Festival. The 2012 York Early Music Christmas Festival will be held from 6 to15 December. The young artist showcase is set to take place on 1 December. Ensemble Les Ombres will perform ‘Telemann in Paris’, along with a concert from … Continue reading York Early Music host young artist showcase

Celebration of British performers at St John Smith’s Square’s Christmas festival

St John’s Smith Square is holding its annual Christmas festival from 13 to 23 December. This year’s event, in its 27th year, will celebrate British performers to mark the end of a patriotic year. Artistic director Stephen Layton described Britain as ‘a force for excellence, certainly in the fields of choral and early music performance … Continue reading Celebration of British performers at St John Smith’s Square’s Christmas festival

Baroque at the Barbican in spring 2013

The Barbican will play host to a couple of lesser-performed works from the baroque repertoire in spring 2013. The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket will perform Handel’s opera Radamisto (first premiered in 1720 at the King’s Theatre in London) on 10 February 2013. This will be the first of three Handel projects that The … Continue reading Baroque at the Barbican in spring 2013

Early music features at York Minster

York Minster cathedral has revealed the seasonal early music offerings available in 2013 as part of its music programme. March will see York Minster host ‘The Festival of Passions’, a new series of concerts to mark preparations for Holy Week, which will include performances of two of Bach’s Passions. Bach’s Passions will appear at the … Continue reading Early music features at York Minster

Early Opera Company series at Spitalfields Summer Festival

The Early Opera Company (EOC) and conductor Christian Curnyn are to host a series of concerts as associate artists at the 2013 Spitalfields Summer Festival. EOC will open their series on 9 June, performing Bach’s Coffee Cantatas. The seventeenth century saw the arrival of both J. S. Bach and coffee to Germany, with this performance … Continue reading Early Opera Company series at Spitalfields Summer Festival

Blog: Bethany Seymour – BBC performing arts fellowship winner

Welcome to the first installment in a monthly blog written exclusively for Early Music Today by one of the winners of a BBC Performing Arts fellowship award. The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK in all disciplines, including early music. Bethany Seymour explains   My name is … Continue reading Blog: Bethany Seymour – BBC performing arts fellowship winner

City of London Sinfonia launches RE:Imagine

The City of London Sinfonia, the orchestra founded by the late Richard Hickox and now directed by Stephen Layton, has announced an adventurous programme for its 2015/16 season. Entitled ‘RE:Imagine’, events throughout the year will feature ‘re-imagined works, immersive musical experiences and premieres of new interpretations’, involving contributions from some of the country’s leading composers. … Continue reading City of London Sinfonia launches RE:Imagine

AAM launches partnership with Guildhall School

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has announced details of a new partnership with The Guildhall School of Music & Drama to provide students with opportunities to prepare for a career in professional performing. The partnership, which will launch in September 2013, will see masterclasses led by principal members of the AAM, as well as … Continue reading AAM launches partnership with Guildhall School

Blog: Bethany Seymour – No.5

Bethany Seymour is writing a monthly blog exclusively for Early Music Today to talk about her experiences as a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Award winner. The young professional soprano is carrying out her fellowship at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York. The BBC Performing Arts Fund (BBC PAF) is a charity committed … Continue reading Blog: Bethany Seymour – No.5

Lineup for York Early Music Christmas Festival 2013 revealed

A selection of renowned and popular early music artists make up this year’s lineup for the York Early Music Christmas Festival. Rachel Podger, Harry Christophers and David Skinner will all feature as part of the festival, taking place on 6-15 December 2013. The festival will be opened by the Yorkshire Bach Choir with the Yorkshire … Continue reading Lineup for York Early Music Christmas Festival 2013 revealed

Early music highlights at the Cambridge Music Festival

This year’s Cambridge Music Festival, taking place from 12 to 22 November, features a few early music highlights for appreciators in the area. Andreas Scholl makes a return to this year’s festival, performing music by Purcell with King’s College Choir and Florilegium. Pieces to be featured include the odes Welcome to all the Pleasures (to … Continue reading Early music highlights at the Cambridge Music Festival

Work of youth baroque strings project to be unveiled at York Early Music Christmas Festival

The results of a year-long baroque strings project for young people are to be showcased on 14 December, as participants perform in concert at the York Early Music Christmas Festival 2013. The York Baroque Strings Project is a collaboration between the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) … Continue reading Work of youth baroque strings project to be unveiled at York Early Music Christmas Festival

Bach theme for 2014 RNCM Chamber Festival

The 2014 RNCM Chamber Music Festival is to base its programme on the music of J. S. Bach under the title ‘Art of Bach’. The festival’s artistic director Petr Prause said of this year’s theme: ‘I spent time looking back at the history of the college’s chamber music festivals, from my own time as artistic … Continue reading Bach theme for 2014 RNCM Chamber Festival

‘Authentic’ performance of rediscovered C. P. E Bach Passion at Dartington

This summer the choir of Dartington International Summer School will mark the 300th anniversary of C. P. E. Bach’s birth by performing the composer’s 1784 St John Passion on instruments authentic to the period. The St John Passion was long thought to be lost; first performed in 1772, was rediscovered in 1999 in a Kiev … Continue reading ‘Authentic’ performance of rediscovered C. P. E Bach Passion at Dartington

Stradivarius violin discovered in heiress’s apartment expected to make $10m at auction

A 1731 Stradivarius violin is to go up for auction at Christie’s in New York this week. The ‘Kreutzer’ model, known as such due to its first-known owner French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, is expected to be sold for between $7.5m and $10m. A spokesperson from Christie’s told The Telegraph: ‘It would be the one violin … Continue reading Stradivarius violin discovered in heiress’s apartment expected to make $10m at auction

Juilliard School becomes Utrecht’s first conservatory-in-residence

The Juilliard School is set to become the first conservatory-in-residence at the Utrecht Early Music Festival later this summer. The festival will see performances from Juilliard415, the school’s period instrument ensemble led by faculty members Monica Huggett and Robert Mealy, and Juilliard Baroque, comprising members cellist Phoebe Carrai, bassoonist Dominic Teresi, oboist Gonzalo Ruiz, and violinist … Continue reading Juilliard School becomes Utrecht’s first conservatory-in-residence

MacGregor reveals programme for 2015 Dartington Interntional Summer School

The 2015 programme for Dartington International Summer School has been revealed – the first with new artistic director Joanna MacGregor. MacGregor spoke of what to expect from next year’s summer school: ‘The 2015 programme remains true to the tradition of welcoming everyone; by day, every corner of the estate hums with activity and learning, and … Continue reading MacGregor reveals programme for 2015 Dartington Interntional Summer School

Gothic Voices concert

Vocal ensemble Gothic Voices, originally founded in 1980 by musicologist and conductor Christopher Page, are to perform on 4 March at London’s Cadogan Hall as part of the ‘Choral at Cadogan’ 2014/2015 season. As well as presenting a new programme, ‘Mary, Star of the Sea’ – which combines medieval settings of Marian texts with those … Continue reading Gothic Voices concert

University of St Andrews to launch record label

The University of St Andrews will launch its first CD label in April. The Sanctiandree label will profile St Salvator’s Chapel Choir under the direction of university organist Tom Wilkinson. Produced by Odradek Records and distributed in the UK by Proper Note, the label plans to release a CD every six months in its initial phase. … Continue reading University of St Andrews to launch record label

Genesis Sixteen training programme celebrates fifth anniversary

(Pictured: Harry Christophers conducts Genesis Sixteen in a performance of Salve Regina (Victoria) at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2013) The Sixteen’s choral training programme Genesis Sixteen is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the announcement of the scheme’s 100th successful applicant. This year has seen the highest ever proportion of young singers (73%) from state school backgrounds take … Continue reading Genesis Sixteen training programme celebrates fifth anniversary

NCEM and OAE launch Baroque Strings resource

by Katy Wright The National Centre of Early Music (NCEM) and players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) have developed a free online teaching resource dedicated to baroque string playing. Designed for students of grade 6 level and above and their teachers, Baroque Strings explores interpretation and technique in early 18th-century music … Continue reading NCEM and OAE launch Baroque Strings resource

St John’s Smith Square announces 2015/16 season

St John’s Smith Square has released details of its forthcoming 2015/16 season, which will include over 250 concerts featuring a host of international artists and ensembles. As the UK’s only baroque concert hall, SJSS has long played host to leading practitioners of historically-informed performance, and next season will see artists such as Solomon’s Knot, the Orchestra … Continue reading St John’s Smith Square announces 2015/16 season