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Author: Catherine Porteus

The Night Shift

Listen out for a taste of The Night Shift series, 40 minutes in, on The World Tonight programme! ‘Chamber music was written for… the salon of the noblemen, which was very much the same size and very much the same kind of environment [as a pub]… so we feel very much at home… [Classical Music is treated] very differently [today, compared] to the days when people went to the Opera and played cards and conducted business’ Kati Debretzeni Don’t miss the next in the series! LoveMusicPass members are eligible for 2-for-1 tickets! Find out more here: The Night Shift...

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Opera North’s Il Tabarro/Suor Angelica – Review

‘Il Tabarro/Suor Angelica – Opera North illuminate Puccini’s dark visions of loss and pain’ – Guardian Guardian | **** ‘Michael Barker-Caven skilfully presents this dark double-bill as dual reflections on a single theme, as the outstanding Anne Sophie Duprels leads a strong cast… Jac van Steen’s conducting implies the sour undertow beneath the shimmer of pious flutes and seraphic strings; even the depiction of golden light playing in the cloister fountain has no sooner been established than it appears to curdle. The sense of loss is palpable… Soraya Mafi sings Sister Genoveva’s sad recollection of her favourite lamb in terms that...

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Sam Lee, Song Collector

“Spending time with the singers is a great privilege. When I’m old, it’ll be the thing I cherish most. To be in the presence of someone who’s from another world and generation and in touch with a way of life that is so far gone. Such a slow process of change over so many hundreds and thousands of years.” – Sam Lee On 17 November, traditional English folk singer Sam Lee joins the City of London Sinfonia for an evening featuring songs of lost love at St John at Hackney Church. Badged as a Mercury Music Prize nominated artist,...

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Happy 40th Anniversary 606 Jazz Club!

40 Years, 40 Bands!! The year was 1976. In the UK, the summer was the hottest on record, 22 days straight at 28° or more. The average house price was £12,704, and petrol was 77p per gallon. Abba, Queen & Rod Stewart were topping the charts, “The Song Remains the Same”, the feature film of Led Zeppelin’s Madison Square concert, was in cinemas and The Sex Pistols were bringing Anarchy to the UK, shocking the nation. On Kings Road, that defiance of authority & expression of counter culture angst found its centre at Vivian Westwood & Malcolm McLaren’s clothes...

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7 Things You Didn’t Know about the Howard Assembly Rooms

1.      Ever Eclectic     The opening performance at the original Assembly Room was given by the conjuror Dr Lynn in 1879. Over the next three decades the venue hosted a variety of entertainment from magic and minstrel shows to musical concerts, balls and religious meetings. 2.     A Century of Cinema The Assembly Room opened as a cinema in 1907 with ‘an enthralling programme in a hall magnificently fitted up and transformed into a miniature theatre’ (Yorkshire Evening News). The opening picture was a film of Little Tich, a celebrated music hall turn whose bizarre antics have dated surprisingly well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ZXb61-BQw...

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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter violin born in Rheinfelden, Germany, 29 June 1963   Anne-Sophie Mutter is best-known for three things: her discovery by Herbert von Karajan, the crystalline perfection of her technique and her stunning strapless Galliano dresses. (The last, according to the violinist herself, are the only practical option.) She made her international debut at the 1976 Lucerne Festival. But when Herbert von Karajan brought her to the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts the following year he really sealed her career. She was just 13. But Karajan’s support, in both the concert hall and recording studio, set her on a trajectory to...

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Rhinegold LIVE: City Music Foundation Showcase – Meet the Performers

Join Rhinegold LIVE at the City Foundation Showcase on Monday 03 October at 6.15pm!   Andrey Lebedev  Born in Moscow and raised in Australia, Andrey Lebedev is one of the most successful upcoming guitarists of this generation. This year he has been a featured artist in the Canberra International Music Festival, performing 5 concerts over 6 days featuring new premieres and collaborations with local musicians, as soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand, the Norfolk and Norwich Festivals, Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart, Swaledale Festival, Newbury Spring Festival, and the closing concert of the Hong...

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Jeremy Denk at the Wigmore Hall – Review

Jeremy Denk’s century-spanning, and versatile, programme invited glowing reviews for his performance at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday the 17th of September. The Arts Desk | ***** The concert concluded with a Denk speciality, the Ligeti Etudes. (See video below.) “Despite the astonishing versatility the pianist had shown throughout the evening, this music [Ligeti] remains his forte. As in the Liebestod, the subtle gradations of tone and the fluent but carefully controlled way that each climax was approached marked this out as a distinguished reading, and the thundering descent to the bottom of the keyboard brought the evening to a...

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