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France Musique has established itself as the premier Francophone media outlet dedicated primarily to classical music, offering seven online radio stations, a phone app, and, since December 2017, a catalogue of more than 1,600 audio and visual concerts available to stream worldwide. Today, it launches its English-language site francemusique.com!

London Director, Olivia Brown, says: “There are a number of reasons why we are so delighted to be working with Radio France’s France Musique to promote this project, though first and foremost to share this content-rich platform worldwide. Radio stations have obviously been focusing on digital content to complement their stations more and more in the past few years, and this new platform not only demonstrates how Radio France is providing its current audiences in France with new, accessible, and informative content, but also welcoming an international audience to enjoy its platform too. Our company expansion to Paris in the next year only adds to the excitement of this project and we hope you enjoy exploring and learning!”

The main purpose of the new site is to share free access to a wide catalogue of music, and invite audiences to ‘listen from beyond the borders’. Its seven themed radio stations include ‘Easy Classical’, ‘Classical Extra’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Radio France Concerts’, Radio France’s own record label ‘Ocora World Music’, ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Film Music’.

Offering both Musical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge, the platform hosts a wide and growing variety of articles on the history of classical and jazz music, the chance to learn more about the context of different works, biographies of composers and musicians, curated playlists, and accessible content so anyone and everyone can learn and discover, whilst also having fun!

The Live Concerts section offers an ever-expanding catalogue of audio-visual concerts, accessible for free. As for the Studio Sessions, these allow access to unique sessions recorded at France Musique with both rising stars and established artists.

The database includes performances by France’s top ensembles, including the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the Choir and Children’s Choir of Radio France, putting you right on the front row.

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(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Lars Vogt releases Beethoven’s piano concertos, a Beatles opera is opening in Melbourne, Stuart Skelton replaces Anne Sofie Von Otter, robot band performs at SXSW, 90th anniversary of retired German dramatic mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, European tour of Philadelphia Orchestra with principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Columbian

Celtic, Irish-inspired music at Kiggins enliven St. Patrick’s weekend

St. Patrick’s Day rolled into St. Patrick’s weekend with traditional Celtic and Irish-inspired music from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon at Kiggins Theatre.

Classic FM

Lars Vogt releases new cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos

Lars Vogt releases final volume which includes Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, two outstanding examples of Beethoven’s writing.

Beat

An opera inspired by The Beatles is hitting Melbourne

Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme, a series of opera fusion on the Melbourne CBD Flagstaff Carpark rooftop with a bar.

Broadway World

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Announces Stuart Skelton to Replace Anne Sofie von Otter

Australia’s greatest living tenor, Stuart Skelton, will travel to Sydney to perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) this week after the untimely passing of mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter’s husband, Benny Fredriksson, in Sydney at the weekend.

VOA

Robot Orchestra Creates Otherworldly, Psychedelic Music at SXSW

A band from Germany called Joasihno performed at the SXSW. The group  includes two guys and robots as band members.

Limelight

The tech bringing international piano competitions closer to home

Pianist Hannah Shin recently auditioned for the Alaska International Piano-e-Competition digitally using the Yamaha Disklavier at the piano company’s Premium Piano Centre in Melbourne.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Christa Ludwig zum Neunzigsten : Meine Angst vor dem A

Egal, ob mit Leonard Bernstein oder Herbert von Karajan – jede Zusammenarbeit mit einem Dirigenten ist eine erotisch-elektrische Angelegenheit.

nmz

Nur keinen Aufruhr, der Betrieb muss laufen – Kein Erfolg für den Dresdner Tänzer István Simon vor dem Arbeitsgericht

Am 15. März fand vor dem Arbeitsgericht Dresden ein bemerkenswertes Verfahren statt. Der Tänzer Istvan Simon, Erster Solist am Semperoper Ballett, klagt gegen den Freistaat Sachsen.

klassic.com

8 Millionen für Sanierung des Altenburger Theaters

Das Land Thüringen will acht Millionen Euro zur Erneuerung der bühnentechnischen Anlagen im Altenburger Theater beisteuern.

pizzicato

Magdeburger Telemann-Festtage melden Besucherrekord

Die am gestrigen Sonntag zu Ende gegangenen 24. Magdeburger Telemann-Festtage zogen über 10.000 Besucher an.

Musik Heute

Bayerische Staatsoper startet neue Saison mit Doppeljubiläum

Zum Beginn der kommenden Spielzeit feiert die Bayerische Staatsoper ein Doppeljubiläum: Die Festwoche “Geliebt, gehasst und Vorhang auf” steht im Zeichen des 200-jährigen Bestehens des Münchner Nationaltheaters und des 100. Jahrestags des Übergangs der Königlichen Oper in die Obhut des Volkes der jungen Republik Bayern.

Klassik Heute

Europatournee des Philadelphia Orchestra mit Chefdirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Zum zweiten Mal begibt sich das Philadelphia Orchestra unter Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Yannick Nézet-Séguin auf Europareise und gastiert im Mai und Juni in neun Städten.

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Musik und Kristalle

Ein Fest nicht nur fürs Ohr, sondern auch fürs Auge: Das Tiroler Festival Musik im Riesen feiert dieses Jahr 15-jähriges Bestehen

france musique

Philip Glass reçoit le Prix France Musique des Muses pour son livre “Paroles sans musique”

Jeudi 15 mars 2018, lors de l’inauguration du salon Livre Paris, les lauréats du Prix France Musique des Muses ont été annoncés et c’est Philip Glass, pour son livre Paroles sans musique, qui a reçu le Grand Prix.

L’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France dans les camps de réfugiés en Grèce

En parallèle d’une série de concerts à Athènes, des musiciens de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France sont allés à la rencontre des habitants du camp de réfugiés de Skaramagkas.

Platea Magazine

La Sala sinfónica del Auditorio Miguel Delibes recibirá el nombre de Jesús López Cobos

Momentos antes de que este sábado comenzase el funeral por el director de orquesta Jesús López Cobos, la Consejera de Cultura y Turismo de la Junta de Castilla y León anunciaba, en el mismo lugar del funeral, que la sala sinfónica del Auditorio Miguel Delibes, sede de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, que tantas veces dirigió, recibirá el nombre del músico zamorano.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs traditional Celtic music for St. Patrick’s Day © Steve Dipaola for The Columbian

(Written on March 19, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw is to take up a newly created position of PR Executive & Manager at WildKat PR from May 2018. Naomi currently works at PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager.

At WildKat, Naomi will provide strategic direction for composers, independent artists and ensembles, in addition to advising on rights, royalties and licensing opportunities. She will also manage the campaigns of specific clients.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented:

“We are thrilled to have Naomi join our London team to work across our offices. Her years at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, both in very different capacities, mean we are developing and strengthening our offerings for independent artists and projects, from vital funding advice to consulting on sync and licensing.

Naomi has always been someone we admire and love collaborating with in the industry, and this is an exciting time for the company, as part of our current expansion and development of our service offerings.”

Naomi commented:

“I am delighted to announce that I will soon be joining the team at WildKat PR. I am really looking forward to working more closely with UK composers, ensembles and artists to help them realise their aspirations and pass on the knowledge that I have gained from working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation over the last 5 years.”

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

In today’s news, Carnegie Hall welcomes youngest ever concert series curator, new survey highlights public concern on secondary ticketing sites, UK music venues are still not being inclusive enough for less able performers, audience members and staff. Making music in urban spaces, and musicians envisage a borderless world post-Brexit.

The Guardian

UK music venues still exclude disabled performers, audience members and staff

Why are so many disabled staff, performers and guests having to fight for access to music venues? The sector and the government needs to do more.

Music Week

New survey ‘highlights public concern on secondary ticketing’

A new consumer survey has found that 80% of the British public consider secondary ticketing to be a “rip-off”.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

“Being the first woman to sing with the choir, and to record in the Sistine Chapel, is an immense privilege, I am at a loss for words. I am in seventh heaven, may I say that?” said Cecilia.

Varsity

Car park concerts, balcony bands and subway singing 

Thea Sands charts the social implications of music making in urban spaces.

Broadway World

Daniil Trifonov to Offer Seven-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

At 26 years of age, Mr. Trifonov is the youngest artist ever to curate a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Je spektakulärer der Bau, desto höher die Aufmerksamkeit

Allein um die beste Kunst geht es beim Konzertsaalbau nicht. Oft zählen nur Aussehen und Aufmerksamkeit. Dieser Wettlauf wird weitergehen.

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus München Keine kulturelle Sensation

Das also soll der lang ersehnte neue Münchner Konzertsaal werden: Eine von dem aus Vorarlberg stammenden Büro Cukrowicz Nachbaur entworfene, im Grundriss nach Vorgabe des Grundstücks streng rechteckige, steil, glatt und weich geschwungen ansteigende Glashaube, unter der die drei Säle, die Foyers und Probenräume, Restaurants und Tiefgaragen aufgestapelt sind.

Pizzicato

Eröffnung eines Gamelan-Ausbildungszentrums in der Schweiz

Zehn Jahre nach der Gründung einer aus jungen Studenten bestehenden Gruppe von javanesischen Gamelan-Musikern, wird die von Nicole Coppey gegründete und geleitete Pädagogische Schule für Musikalische Kunst ‘Un, Deux, Trois, Musiques …’ in Sion im November dieses Jahres ein Ausbildungs- und Leistungszentrum für Gamelan eröffnen.

Musicians against Brexit

With viola player Timothy Ridout and cellist Jacob Shaw, two excellent British musicians proudly took part in Alpenarte’s European Journey, representing their country in this exciting international ride through a border-less music world.

Le Figaro

Dans les pas de Stravinsky à l’Opéra Garnier

Soirée Royale. Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris interprète Agon et Le sacre du Printemps, tandis que Teshigawara signe une création sur une partition de Salonen.

Twitter

@StevenIsserlis: When as a boy I refused to practice, my parents used to insist, adding: “Some day you’ll thank us.’ And the annoying thing is – I do!

@STNMC1 This from @PrivateEyeNews, doesn’t look good for Diocese of London: ‘Staggering vacuity’

© Burkhard Bartsch (c): Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

(Written on October 30, 2017 )

In today’s news, have you ever wondered why people don’t clap between movements in a symphony? Classic FM investigates. Lang Lang relies on his assistant to lend a hand mid-performance, and a Welsh opera company is under fire for its racist casting. Orchestra carries on without a conductor, and Delnon and Nagano extend their contracts in Hamburg.

The Guardian

Assistant lends a hand to Lang Lang

Pianist plays Gershwin at the New York concert hall with a 14-year-old protege literally his left-hand man.

Classic FM

Why don’t we clap between movements?

There’s a bit of a tradition in classical music that you only clap after a piece has finished – and never in between movements. But why does this ‘rule’ actually exist?

The Stage

Welsh opera under fire for racist casting

Industry figures, including the artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre Kumiko Mendl and actor Daniel York, have slammed “yellowface” casting in the touring production.

The Sun

Writer of hit BBC drama ‘Doctor Foster’ has plans to make it into an opera

Playwright Mike Bartlett has written 17 works for the stage, including hits in the West End and on Broadway.

Codex Flores

Delnon und Nagano verlängern ihre Hamburger Verträge

Der Aufsichtsrat der Hamburgischen Staatsoper hat die Verträge mit dem Schweizer Georges Delnon und Kent Nagano an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper um fünf Jahre zu verlängert.

Broadway World

Shortlist Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; Voting Now Open!

Today, the shortlist is announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, celebrating the best long-running West End productions and best new productions from around the country.

NMZ

Klang der Revolution – Orchester spielen ohne Dirigent

So klang die Oktoberrevolution: Im Jubiläumsjahr der russischen Revolution von 1917 ist in Düsseldorf das Experiment des «herrschaftsfreien Musizierens» neu zu erleben.

Twitter

@TrinityLaban  is today! Find out why ballet is good for everyone! http://bit.ly/2yIzQHW

@BBCIntroducing Think Introducing only supports indie music? Think again. 

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(Written on October 5, 2017 )

In today’s news: The BBC launches new season of opera special programmes, new music industry report released and Sondheim on West Side Story. Berlin State Opera offers free concert, Alain Altinoglu’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, and music festival for sacred music at the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel/France.

i news

BBC tests whether sopranos really can shatter glass

The BBC launches a new season of opera-themed programmes, including a Tomorrow’s World special, a V&A collaboration, and Lucy Worsley has a night at the opera.

Classic FM

Classic FM make a case for Mahler’s Symphony No. 7  (with GIFs!)

“Take an hour and a bit to yourself, tidy your room, rearrange your sock drawer and have a listen to this epic piece of music which quite literally reinvented the orchestra.”

Rhinegold

UK Music releases ‘Measuring Music’ report

The annual economic study by UK Music and its members showed that the music industry continued to grow last year across almost every sector of the business.

The Guardian

How we made West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim and Broadway leading lady Chita Riviera on the enduring success of the American theatre classic.

Broadway World

Les Miserables North American Tour Launches Tonight in Providence

Les Mis begins its North American Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Klassik Heute

Alain Altinoglu debütiert bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Die Saison 2017/18 beginnt der französische Dirigent Alain Altinoglu mit einem besonderen Debüt: Am 21. September steht er erstmals am Pult der Berliner Philharmoniker.

Pizzicato

Kent Naganos ‘Ring’ startet mit Symposium

Kent Naganos Projekt Richard Wagners ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ zusammen mit ‘Concerto Köln’ in historisch informierter Aufführungspraxis vorzustellen, beginnt am 29. September mit einem Symposium in der Universität zu Köln.

Kultur Radio

Staatsoper veranstaltet Gratis-Konzert

Zu einem “Konzert für Berlin” lädt die Staatsoper Unter den Linden am 7. Oktober bei freiem Eintritt ein. Es beginnt um 12:30 Uhr und wird auch auf den Bebelplatz übertragen.

Le Figaro

La musique sacrée s’invite, le temps d’un festival, en baie du Mont-Saint-Michel

Via Aeterna, nouveau festival de musique sacrée s’ouvre jeudi pour quatre jours au Mont-Saint-Michel et dans ses environs, à l’initiative du directeur de la Folle journée de Nantes et du groupe de presse Bayard.

Twitter

@CincinnatiPops “What is Pops? #jeopardy #CincyArts” http://bit.ly/2yrqp0d 

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(Written on September 21, 2017 )

Charles Dance, celebrated English actor, will join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on their forthcoming European tour to perform Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián.
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Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage

“I am thrilled to be performing this historic work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of their European tour. Past performances of the work have included speakers of high esteem, and I am delighted to be joining that list. I look forward to performing with the CSO as they make their debut performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián’s Musical Fortnight festival.” – Charles Dance OBE
Lincoln Portrait, Copland’s tribute to the former US President, was premiered by the CSO in 1942 at the height of World War II, and retains a special significance for the orchestra, having been performed by many notable orators throughout the last century. The ‘tone poem’ features extracts of Lincoln’s speeches, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra in a dramatic and poignant interpretation.
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Charles Dance OBE was formerly a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has subsequently become a household name among the British acting establishment. His numerous film roles include Gosford Park (2001), The Imitation Game (2014), Me Before You (2016) and Ghostbusters (2016). More recently, Dance starred as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, before meeting his (**spoilers**) death at the hands of his son, Tyrion.
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Tickets for the BBC and EIF concerts can be purchased here and here.
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(Written on August 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: RNCM announces French Connections festival, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row gets TV spin-off, and Opera America announces latest grants for female composers. Number of women in artistic productions remains too low, ARD invites German students to the ‘Handel experiment’, and merger of K & K Philharmonic and K & K Symphoniker.

The Stage

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row gets TV spin-off

BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row will be broadcast weekly on television, the Corporation has announced.

Opera Now

Opera America announces latest grants for female opera composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of its Opera Grants for Female Composers.

Music Teacher

RNCM announces French Connections festival

The Royal Northern College of Music’s (RNCM) autumn 2017 season will mark the beginning of a year-long French Connections festival celebrating the music of France and its impact across the world.

The Irish Times

Violin-making refugee shapes a sweeter sounding future

“It’s a miracle really, my life. I came here to Ireland without anything, but now I have a lot. In six months I have got a lot of things and I am sure I will make amazing things in Ireland in the future.”

France Musique

Le nombre de femmes dans les productions artistiques reste trop faible

L’Adami, société de gestion des droits d’auteur, a publié une étude sur la place des femmes dans les productions artistiques de spectacles vivants sur l’année 2016 et les chiffres sont toujours aussi inquiétants.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra launches its 2018 season

David Robertson introduces his fifth season with Ax, Freire, Grosvenor, Mutter, Capuçon and Batiashvili among the headliners.

Pizzicato

ARD lädt deutsche Schüler zum ‘Händel-Experiment’ ein

Nach vier erfolgreichen Projekten der ARD-Reihe zur Vermittlung von Musik an Schulen, die sich um Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin und Antonio Vivaldi drehten, folgt im Schuljahr 2017/18 das ‘Händel-Experiment’, ausgerichtet vom MDR.

KulturRadio

– Slowakischer Musiker Marian Varga gestorben

Der Experimentalmusiker und Komponist wurde 70 Jahre alt.

Klassik Heute

K&K Philharmoniker und K&K Symphoniker fusionieren

Die österreichischen Sinfonieorchester K&K Philharmoniker und K&K Symphoniker treten mit Beginn der Konzertsaison 2017/2018 unter dem einheitlichen Namen K&K Philharmoniker auf.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms

Online Promming tickets for Prom 33 are now on sale. Book  ➡️ 

‘Handel-experiment’ makes students into composers © MDR

 

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(Written on August 10, 2017 )

In today’s news, Cadogan Hall will host a benefit concert for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the NYOS prepare for top collaborations on summer tour, and is sight reading damaging the UK classical music scene? Prison outreach opera and Chancellor Merkel learns a lesson in high fashion at Bayreuth.

The Scotsman

The Scottish National Youth Orchestra’s growing ambition

Youth orchestra broadens its horizons with a dynamic list of soloists for summer tour

Rhinegold.co.uk

Cadogan Hall to host Grenfell Tower benefit concert

Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny will present the event, which will take place at 6pm on 17 September

Classical-Music.com 

Is sight reading damaging our music scene?

British talent for sight-reading doing our music scene more harm than good, argues Benjamin Goodson

Die Welt

So treibt Bayreuth sich die Gespenster aus

Die „Meistersinger“ gelingen, Horst Seehofer sonnt sich im Premierenglanz, und sogar die Haussanierung liegt im Plan. So gut wie heute ging es dem Familienunternehmen Wagner lange nicht

Die Zeit

Trommelfell lässt Filterblase platzen

Wer meint, das Digitale führe zur Vereinheitlichung aller Vorlieben, benutzt das Internet falsch. Auf Spotify erforscht unser Autor unendliche Weiten und Wege der Musik

klassik.com

Kosten für die Sanierung der Oper Köln mittlerweile mehr als verdoppelt

Kölner SPD will Neubau eines Opernhauses nicht ausschließen

The New York Times

Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison

For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festivalhad left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall

El Mundo

Merkel, Valentino y Boris Becker: cómo cumplir con la etiqueta en los festivales pese al calor

Los grandes templos de la música clásica deben recordar a los asistentes que no pueden ir de cualquier manera. El placer tiene precio

Twitter

@ClassicalDiary ‘Meena, age 9, and Monique reviewed the first ever relaxed Prom @bbcproms and gave it 5 stars!’

@M_magazine ‘Half of nominees for @MercuryPrize supported by @PRSFoundation

Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 31, 2017 )

This evening, the Hong Kong Music Series begins with an inaugural concert celebrating the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music at St. John’s Smith Square. This is just the first in a series of concerts celebrating the music of Hong Kong and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Involving over 70 musicians and creatives from Hong Kong, five concerts will be performed in prestigious venues across central London. The Hong Kong Arts Development Council has overseen the organisation of this music series, and they are keen to share the talent and skill of their home musicians with the UK.

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

WildKat PR assisted with a creative campaign day on London’s South Bank to promote the concert series, and engage the public with some of Hong Kong’s more traditional music. The day involved live music performances from a local Chinese music ensemble, traditional ‘bubble’ waffles, and a social media competition to win £100 vouchers from one of the Hong Kong Music Series’ main sponsors, Dorsett Hotels . Many passers-by paused to listen to the beautiful sounds of the ehru, guzheng and pipa, having never heard or seen anything like it before! As our team handed out leaflets advertising the concerts in the music series and chatting to people interested in the music and delicious, sweet smells from the bubble waffle stall, we were confident that the Hong Kong Music Series would be a success. 

(Photo: Eleonora Cecchini)

The upcoming VIP reception on the 7th of July will see the Hong Kong Arts Development team welcoming esteemed guests from Hong Kong and London to meet the performers of Music Interflow – A Dialogue of Two Cultures. The reception will also feature speeches, anticipating the excitement of the upcoming concerts with their diverse musical genres, ranging from classical music, Chinese music theatre, contemporary music and opera. This first concert will represent both the Chinese and British cultural heritage with a repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Furthermore, the concert will mark the important anniversary of a momentous historical event in the annals of Hong Kong citizens’ close relationship with the British people.

Other intriguing concerts include Beyond the Senses, atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai which runs for one show only on the 15th of July at London’s Shaw Theatre. Law Wing-fai is one of Hong Kong’s leading composers, using the contemporary theatre as a means of expression, revolving around the natural timbres of Chinese musical instruments, poetry, songs, music, dance and visual elements to create an Oriental and reflective atmosphere in this production.

We can’t wait to get started, don’t forget to let us know if you’re at any of the concerts! Click here to find out more about the Hong Kong Music Series.

Click here to follow the HK Music Series on Twitter and here to follow on Facebook.

(Written on July 7, 2017 )