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In today’s news, the Glyndebourne tour will offer a look behind the scenes of its productions, Cambridge University selects the Ligeti Quartet for its chamber music residency & Yo-Yo Ma made it his mission to to bring about peaceful change through music. Also, the Daily Telegraph explains how to vote in the EU referendum when attending Glastonbury Festival and Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart returns to the  stage in January 2017.

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Glyndebourne Tour offers a look behind the scenes

The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour will feature the company’s first staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and the premiere of Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain. Annilese Miskimmon’s production of Madama Butterfly will be conducted by John Wilson (making his Glyndebourne debut). The cast features Karah Son as Cio-Cio-Sa, Matteo Lippi as Pinkerton, and Claudia Huckle as Suzuki.

Cambridge University selects Ligeti Quartet for chamber music residency

The Ligeti Quartet has been appointed as the inaugural holders of the Cambridge Chamber Music Residency. A statement on the university’s website notes that their ‘breath-taking performances, both technically and musically, coupled with outstanding artistic plans for working with student composers and performers will undoubtedly be an exciting new development in Cambridge music-making.’

BBC News

Yo-Yo Ma’s musical mission for peace

Yo-Yo Ma is by far the world’s best known cellist, but he’s also made it his mission to bring about peaceful change through music.

The Telegraph

I’m going to Glastonbury, how do l vote in the EU referendum?

Glastonbury Festival has over the years coincided with sporting events such as Wimbledon or the European or World football cups, but this year, the UK’s biggest music bash goes head to head with the biggest political event of the year. So those people lucky enough to have got a ticket for Glastonbury will also have the headache of trying to work out how to vote in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, held on Thursday June 23.


Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart returns on stage in January 2017

The Orchestra Mozart Orchestra, created in Bologna by Claudio Abbado in 2004, will resume concert activities on January 6, 2017 after three years of silence.

Road in White Plains, NY, Named After Kurt Masur

A road in White Plains, NY, has been called after the late German conductor Kurt Masur. The Masur family owned a house there, since their son, Ken-David, attended the German Language School in White Plains.

Musik heute

Auktionshaus Christie’s stellt Bach-Manuskript aus

Das Auktionshaus Christies stellt kurzzeitig das Manuskript von Johann Sebastian Bachs Präludium, Fuge und Allegro Es-Dur BWV 998 aus.


“Masur Drive” in New York eingeweiht

Zum Gedenken an den verstorbenen Kurt Masur wurde in White Plains nahe New York City nun eine Straße nach dem Dirigenten benannt. Sie liegt an einem Ort, der für die Familie Masur auch persönlich von großer Bedeutung ist.

Restaurierte 340 Jahre alte Richborn-Orgel in Mecklenburg eingeweiht

Die restaurierte Richborn-Orgel hat im mecklenburgischen Dorf Ruchow ihre Einweihung gefeiert.


Glastonbury Festival @GlastoFest This year’s flashmob dance is a tribute to Bowie. If you’re coming to learn the moves!

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Two weeks until our live cinema screenings of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Find one near you:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Richly imaginative – Mascagni’s Iris open’s Opera Holland Park’s 21st season

wildkat-pr-glyndebournePhotograph: Bill Cooper

(Written on June 8, 2016 )

Ensemble BPM are proud to announce the brilliant performers that will be joining them for their production of Steve Reich’s video opera in April.

Incorporating live orchestra and singers, sampled audio, re-processed historical film and interviews with prescient cultural thinkers, Three Tales is a video opera that examines man’s deepening relationship with technology.

Joining Ensemble BPM on 22nd and 24th April will be the Ligeti Quartet (Patrick Dawkins, Phillip Granell, Richard Jones and Valerie Welbanks), percussionists Dave Burgoyne and Oliver Butterworth as well as vibraphone players Oliver Lowe and Tom Lee, and pianists Nathan Mercieca and Katherine Tinker.

The group are also proud to be working with Sound Intermedia and Synergy Vocals on the production.

The production will be presented in association with a conference at the Institute of Historical Research entitled Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early Twentieth Century. The first performance, on 22 April 2015, will mark the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to stage Three Tales since the work’s 2002 premiere. The production will be conducted by Artistic Director Nick Sutcliffe, directed by Matthew Eberhardt and produced by Amanda Carrick. It is supported by the London Science MuseumArts Council EnglandArts and Humanities Research Council – AHRC and The Hinrichsen Foundation.


(Written on March 30, 2015 )