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Protest disrupts Met’s Eugene Onegin first night

The Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on 23 September was disrupted briefly by a lone protester urging the house and its cast to take a public stand against Russia’s repression of homosexuals

Los Angeles Times

Renée Fleming sings Top 10 on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show’s Top 10 list

Classic FM Online

Inflatable concert hall to open in Japan

A bright purple inflatable concert hall resembling giant plum is touring areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima, Japan

British Paraorchestra win Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

A year on from playing with Coldplay at the Paralympics 2012, the British Paraorchestra is to be honoured with a Big Society Award

Star Tribune

New Minnesota Orchestra offer includes $20K signing bonuses

Musicians are “offended” board went public with proposal that includes $20,000 one-time bonus

Limelight Magazine

Hilliards to hang up vocal cords after 40th anniversary tour

The Hilliard Ensemble are to launch their 40th anniversary season with a special reunion concert at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival on December 11 – four decades to the day since their debut concert in 1973

Arts beat

Gerard Mortier Named Artistic Adviser of Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid

The Teatro Real said Wednesday that it had created a new advisory post for Gerard Mortier, two weeks after abruptly ousting him as artistic director of the opera house here

Pacific Standard

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments

The Telegraph

New York Opera set to enter bankruptcy within a week

New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

Manchester’s classical music tradition and culture is full of names just as stellar and characters just as large and significant as the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and New Order, writes Stuart Maconie

BBC Music Magazine

John Williams’s Star Wars theme named nation’s favourite film score

Classic film score beats competition from Morricone, Bernstein and Herrmann



(Written on September 27, 2013 )

What? Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Where? The King’s Head Theatre, Islington

When? 10th October – 21st December, 19.45 (click to purchase tickets!)

After a sell-out international tour and great success at the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’ returns the The King’s Head pub theatre in Islington, London, from 10th October to 21st December 2010. Each performance of Showstopper! is different, and, with the help the audience’s suggestions, an unpredictable, spontaneous spectacle of dance and singing is formed right before their eyes. Having been described as “fantastically refreshing” by the Evening Standard and “astonishing” by the Metro, Showstopper! promises to entertain and enthral audiences of all musical tastes. Book now to experience “top-class creativity in action” (Time Out).

What? Cinemusica – Villa-Lobos and Brazil

Where? The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

When? Thursday 2nd December, 19.45 (click to purchase tickets!)

The Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke and artist Mariannita Luzzati come together to celebrate Heitor Villa-Lobos’ music in this concert at the Southbank Centre. In this performance the audience’s perception of Villa-Lobos’ Brazilian-inspired compositions is enhanced by the projection of Luzzati’s landscape photographs, and this combination of the visual and the auditory creates a striking artistic fusion. Bratke’s interpretations of Villa-Lobos have been described as “offering hints of wildness” and “shining piano colours” by The New York Times, and Luzzati’s works have been praised for their “essence and atmosphere” by The Spectator. As an evocation of the ‘Brazilian soul’, this concert will be treat for all the senses!

What? Farsa Monea

Where? The Forge, Camden

When? Thursday 2nd December, 19.30 (click to purchase tickets!)

This unique ensemble of guitar, percussion and vocals brings a fresh and vibrant new life to traditional and folk music of Spain and Latin America. Through the beautiful sound of the Spanish guitar, profound and powerful vocals and various traditional percussion instruments, the ensemble captures the stories, passion and dreams of the Spanish people. They have previously performed in the City of London Festival, the London Classical Guitar Festival and have appeared at venues such as the Bolivar Hall and Bishopsgate Institute. This is most definitely a group to keep your eye on in the near future.

What? Arthur Davison Family Concert

Where? Fairfield Halls

When? Saturday 4th December, 11.00 (click to purchase tickets!)

A festive Christmas concert featuring a variety of music and performances including, The Sleeping Beauty, a Toy Symphony, a Sleigh ride for Santa, a Chidren’s Overture, a Feather Dance, and the lively Can-Can. There will also be carols which have been composed by local children as well as traditional carols so that the audience can join in. This event is incredibly family friendly and in the Fairfield Halls which has just completed the refurbishment of its foyer.

What? Coro Ensemble

Where? St John’s, Smith Square, SW1 3HA

When? Saturday 11th December, 18.30 (click to purchase tickets!)

This one is to get you into the Christmassy mood. The London chamber choir, Coro, will be performing a celebratory Christmas concert to mark the 10 year anniversary of their founding. They will be singing highlights of their repertoire together with season music from across the centuries such as Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. There will also be readings from Penelope Wilton and Benedict Cumberbatch. Coro is also welcoming back their founder conductor, Susan Digby OBE. The Coro ensemble have a strong following an their Christmas concerts are consistently sold out, so make sure you get your tickets soon!

What? Spitalfields Winter Festival: Madrigals Transformed

Where? Christ Church, Commercial Street, London

When? Tuesday 14th December, 18.30 (click to purchase ticket!)

Cauis College choir performs madrigals transformed into sacred works by Monteverdi and Coppini. This is a rare opportunity for music lovers to see Montiverdi’s famous madrigals as well as the famous lament from his lost opera, Arianna. The Italian choral works will be a great way to break in your festive season.

Extra: Spitalfields Winter festival is a music festival that has a wide musical selection for everyone to enjoy. From Baroque, Early music, Contemporary, family friendly, school events and free concerts this is definitely something to look into for something to do over the December weeks!

(Written on October 25, 2010 )