Classical Music News – 2012 Olympics, Royal Opera, Joan of Arc, Barbican

Monday 7th November 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.


BBC 4 explores the symphony

Four documentaries to be broadcast throughout November

The Times (£)

Joan of Arc at the Stake, at the Barbican, EC2

The conductor Marin Alsop has been unafraid to answer the obvious question about her weekend with the London Symphony Orchestra devoted to Joan of Arc. “Being a woman in a field typically without a lot of women I feel a connection,” she told The Times, a reminder that while Alsop has blazed a trail for woman conductors, a new generation has hardly rushed to follow.

The Telegraph

Kate Middleton and Prince Charles pay visits to the opera together

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been making series of visits to the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden to watch ballet and opera productions with her father-in-law Prince Charles.

The Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

Infernal Dance”, the year-long survey of Bartók from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, left the best to last….

Classical Music Online

Dudamel and Bolivar Orchestra coming to Raploch for London 2012

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra will take up a four-day residency at Sistema Scotland in Raploch, Stirling in June next year. The residency will culminate in an outdoor concert on 21 June, one of the opening events in the UK-wide London 2012 Festival for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.