Charles Owen announced as new Steinway & Sons UK Ambassador ahead of Bach partitas album release
British pianist Charles Owen has been appointed Steinway & Sons’ UK Ambassador ahead of the release of his latest album – Bach’s Six Keyboard Partitas – on Avie. As part of his new position, Owen will host a series of three exclusive master classes at Steinway Hall in London. Steinway & Sons explain that the master classes are “aimed at the UK’s next generation of pianists, students will have the opportunity to spend the day at Steinway Hall, to perform a piece of their choice on a Steinway & Sons grand piano and to receive personal feedback and advice from Charles himself, guiding and improving each student’s technical skills and performance.”
Joanna Marsh to mark 40th anniversary of the admission of women undergraduates to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, has commissioned Resident Composer Joanna Marsh to write three new works, commencing with Martha and Mary to mark the 40th anniversary of women’s admission as undergraduates of the College. On 22 October 2016 following a seminar with Sidney Sussex alumnae discussing their careers in various fields, the Choir of Sidney Sussex will perform the world premiere of Marsh’s new anthem Martha and Mary during Evensong.
2016 – 2017 season marks Les Talens Lyriques’ 25th anniversary - Operas by Purcell, Cavalli, Charpentier, Salieri, Mozart, Handel & Monteverdi
Culminating in his debut at London’s Royal Opera House for Mozart’s Mitridate in June next year, Christophe Rousset embarks on a rich season of opera with Les Talens Lyriques - from Purcell, Cavalli, Handel, Monteverdi and Mozart to forgotten masterpieces by Charpentier, Salieri and Pergolesi, to mark their 25th anniversary. From Israel to Italy, Spain to Lithuania, Rousset’s infectious enthusiasm for the baroque is in high demand.
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra announce their 2016/17 season with a host of internationally renowned guest artists
Established in 1998, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Oxford Philomusica) under Music Director Marios Papadopoulos MBE, introduce a 2016/17 season featuring a host of exceptional guest artist appearances, many of whom are returning to the orchestra for a second time or more. With music from the age of Purcell through to two world premiere performances by emerging University of Oxford student composers, the season is presented across a number of Oxford’s historic venues, including the orchestra’s home in Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century Sheldonian Theatre.
Odaline de la Martinez champions opera, The Boatswain’s Mate, by suffragette composer Ethel Smyth in debut recording with Retrospect Opera
Odaline de la Martinez champions suffragette composer Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate in debut recording with Retrospect Opera. This period comedy written by British composer and suffragette Smyth was completed in 1914 and first performed in January 1916.