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Festival of Voice finalists, Belfast 2020 Live opera is returning to Northern Ireland this August, when Northern Ireland Opera brings The Festival of Voice to Belfast. Normally this annual celebration of the best young voices from the island of Ireland takes place in the Glenarm but the current restrictions mean that this year it will be taking place from 28-30 August 2020 in the First Church Belfast, under the theme of Myths and Legends.The finalists for the competition are chosen from singers between the ages of 18 and 28, born on the island of Ireland. This year the five finalists are David Corr (baritone), David Howes (bass baritone), Andrew Irwin (tenor), Sarah Luttrell (mezzo-soprano) and Jade Phoenix (soprano), and they will be working with vocal coaches across the weekend and building to finale where they compete by performing arias, duets and Irish songs in front of a judging panel […]
Shirley Thompson and BSO Resound The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has announced plans for 12 socially distanced performances from the Lighthouse, Poole, for its Autumn season. The performances will be available on-line, and will be open to a socially distanced audience when government restrictions allow. The seasons opens on 30 September 2020 when the orchestra's chief conductor, Kirill Karabits, conducts a programme of Bach, Ives, Beethoven's Symphony No 7, and Britten's arrangement of the third movements of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 (the work originally planned to open the season), and the Autumn season ends in December with Robert Howarth conducting a programme of Handel, Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi with soprano Anna Devin performing arias from Messiah.The 2020/21 season will also include two major new commissions, a symphonic work from German-based Azervaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, whose work fuses Azerbaijani traditions with Western classical music, and a chamber work for BSO Resound, […]
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Bromley The collapse of live performance and the lack of opportunities for artists has made some performers create their own luck. Three artists who all happen to be based in Bromley, have decided to get together and create the Bromley and Beckenham International Music Festival. This has been launched by pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and violinists Raja Halder and Hyeyoon Park, and the first festival runs at St Peter and St Paul Church in Bromley from 17 to 20 September 2020. The programme includes four socially-distanced chamber concerts with guest artists including Tomo Keller, Timothy Ridout, Leon Bosch, David Cohen, and festival co-founders Raja Halder, Benjamin Grosvenor and Hyeyoon Park. Whether by accident or design the programme has a variety of quintets to the fore, including Beethoven's Violin Concerto in a version for violin and string quintet with soloist Hyeyoon Park, Schubert's Trout Quintet […]
Ethel Smyth The Prison; Dashon Burton, Sarah Brailey, Experiential Chorus and Orchestra, James Blachly; Chandos Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 10 August 2020 Star rating: 5.0 (★★★★★) Ethel Smyth's final major work makes it to disc at long last, in a fine recording from American forces which brings out the subtlety of the workEthel Smyth's last major work, The Prison, a symphony for soprano, bass-baritone, chorus and orchestra with words by H.B. Brewster has finally made it to disc, giving us a chance at long last to put the composer's post-World War One career into focus. Issued on Chandos Records, this new recording of Ethel Smyth's The Prison features bass-baritone Dashon Burton, soprano Sarah Brailey, Experiential Chorus and Orchestra, conductor James Blachly, and you can read more about the background to the recording in my interview with James. Until recently, mention Ethel Smyth and three things were […]
Xuefei Yang The guitarist Xuefei Yang has a new disc out, Sketches of China which has a digital release on Decca this month. This not standard repertoire but an exploration of the music of her homeland, China, ranging from traditional tunes to contemporary pieces. Now based in the UK, Xuefei trained first at the Beijing Conservatoire before studying at the Royal Academy of Music, and she was something of a ground-breaker in China, the first guitarist to graduate from Beijing Conservatoire. A disc of music from China has long been a dream, and she describes the disc as the result of a 20-year journey. She spent 10 years studying in Beijing, and where colleagues would play all sort of music including that from China, but she found that there was no repertoire for the guitar. This is how she came to make her first […]
Kemal Belevi Guitar duos; Duo Tandem; NAxos Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 12 August 2020 Star rating: 3.5 (★★★½) Imaginatively written for two guitars, music by the Turkish-Cypriot born, London-trained composerI have to confess that until I was sent this disc, I had never come across composer Kemal Belevi, who was born a Turkish Cypriot and trained in London as a guitarist and composer. This disc from Naxos features music for guitar duo by Kemal Belevi, performed by Duo Tandem. Kemal Belevi was born in Nicosia, he started playing guitar in his brother's band as a teenager but moved to London in 1972 to study music, eventually studying classical guitar and composition (with David McBride, a pupil of Benjamin Britten's) at the London College of Music. When Belevi arrived in London (aged 18) to stay with his uncle, he had never come across the classical guitar and […]
The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) is again looking for young composers for its Young Composers Scheme 2021. Four composers aged 18 to 29 will be provided with a fully-funded, year-long programme of professional development including the opportunity to write for NYCGB's choirs. Professional mentoring is led by Ben Parry, artistic director of NYCGB, along with guest mentors, and the year-long programme also includes residential courses, workshops, peer mentoring, performance showcases and the opportunity to work with the National Youth Choir and the NYCGB Fellowship. Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 4 September 2020. Full details from the NYCGB website.
The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchestervenue for concerts by Eboracum Baroque With the advent of the Summer weather and lockdown restrictions continuing to cause uncertainty for performers, groups are starting to go outside to create performance opportunities. Of course, it helps if you have an outdoor space already that can be used. Opera Holland Park showed the way, with its season of concerts which finished on Saturday, and next weekend (13-15 August 2020) Waterperry Opera Festival is holding its mini-festival with performances of Jonathan Dove and Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in a socially distanced manner. At the Grange Festival they are premiering an out-door promenade piece Precipice (21-23 August 2020) which promises to utilise many of the site's interesting spaces and a wide range performers from singers Sir John Tomlinson, Claire Barnett Jones, Kiandra Howarth to the Grange Festival Chorus, conductor John Andrews, to choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, directed […]
The Corran Quartet live in Islington Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven; Corran Quartet Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 9 August 2020 In an enterprising re-start to performing, this young string quartet brings finesse to outdoor performance in IslingtonAfter months of isolation, performers are gradually emerging and exploring the possibilities of outdoor performances. Having said an emotional goodbye to Opera Holland Park on Saturday [see my article], Sunday 9 August 2020 saw us in the courtyard of a modern housing development in Islington where we heard the Corran Quartet performing Mozart's String Quartet No. 12 in B flat major, K 172, Haydn's String Quartet in E flat major, Opus 20, No. 1, and Beethoven's String Quartet in A major, Opus 18 No. 5 The Corran Quartet (Joana Ly, Kirsty MacLeod, Edward Keenan, Molly McWhirter) is a young string quartet (three Scots and a Portuguese), and they had […]
Opera Holland Park - the final concert in the 2020 season (Photo Ali Wright) And so Opera Holland Park's enterprising 2020 season came to its end. Saturday 8 August 2020 would have been the final performance of the planned 2020 season, and instead it marked the end of the short lockdown season of three concerts of opera arias and a family performance based around G&S' The Pirates of Penzance, which was, frankly, little short of amazing in the current circumstances. For many people, the music at Holland Park would be the first live music they had heard in months. Opera Holland Park - Emma Stannard, Matthew Kofi Waldren, City of London Sinfonia(Photo Ali Wright) Saturday saw a talent cast of opera singers performing everything from Handel and Mozart, through Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, to Verdi and Puccini, along with something from Rogers & Hamerstein's […]