The Roundhouse presents Hannah Kendall’s first opera 'The Knife of Dawn' based on the life of Caribbean poet Martin Carter for National Poetry Day and Black History Month
On 6 October, The Roundhouse in Camden presents the world premiere of ‘The Knife of Dawn’, an opera based on the life of Guyanese poet and political activist Martin Carter, composed by Hannah Kendall, who won the 2015 Women of the Future Award for Arts and Culture. With a libretto by award-winning British-Guyanese author Tessa McWatt, the one-man chamber opera is premiered on National Poetry Day during Black History Month. It also marks the 50th anniversary of Guyana (formerly British Guiana) gaining independence.
Sophie Solomon, violinist turned vocalist, launches new album - Stop the Parade - at the Jewish Music Institute’s inaugural Festival of Jewish Arts & Music
Sophie Solomon, former violinist in raucous fusion band Oi Va Voi and now Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, turns vocalist in a new album - Stop the Parade - launched at this September’s inaugural JAM, a festival of Jewish Arts and Music from 8 to 15 September. Dubbed “the Keith Richards of the violin” by the Times, violinist-composer Sophie Solomon makes her comeback on 14 September at the Jazz Café performing songs from her new album with hits from her debut album Poison Sweet Madeira. She is joined by band members Ian Watson, Sam Lewis, Ali Friend, Daisy Palmer, Malcolm Forbes-Peckham and Quentin Collins.
Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra launch the 2016/17 Season in Rome and abroad
Sir Antonio Pappano and his multi-award-winning Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia announce the 2016/17 Season, opening in Rome on 20 October with a concert performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio. Due to popular demand, Pappano and his Roman Orchestra’s extensive touring continues with return visits to Central Europe - Prague, Budapest and Vienna - in September, followed by a May tour to Switzerland, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Essen.
Samuel Bordoli writes anthem - The Great Silence - to commemorate former choristers killed in World War I in aid of children’s music charity London Music Masters
British composer Samuel Bordoli has been commissioned by General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL to compose a choral anthem - The Great Silence - in memory of fallen choristers who gave their lives in the First World War. The new anthem will be premiered at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on 26 September in a concert to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday as part of the Windsor Festival. Samuel Bordoli’s chosen text is the poem Song and Pain by Ivor Gurney, chorister, poet and composer who was wounded whilst serving with The Gloucestershire Regiment in the First World War. The anthem will serve as the fallen choristers’ legacy to the young of today in supporting the work of music charity London Music Masters.
Raphael Wallfisch rediscovers exiled Jewish composers in a new series of CDs
Through a series of new recordings with Classic Produktion Osnabrück (CPO), cellist Raphael Wallfisch goes on a personal journey to rediscover the forgotten cello music of exiled Jewish composers who escaped Fascism and the Third Reich. The series will include premiere recordings of cello concerti by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Weigl and Reizenstein, and Bloch’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. With conductor Nicholas Milton, Wallfisch has joined forces with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and Deutschland Radio starting in May to record the series of cello concertos of Hans Gál and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for release later this year.