Gianluca Marcianò launches the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra for the 2016 festival in Lebanon marking Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary
Artistic Director Gianluca Marcianò has founded The Al Bustan Festival Orchestra to play in the 2016 festival in Lebanon, opening on Tuesday 16 February. Faced with several international orchestras pulling out of the 2016 Al Bustan Festival due to the unrest in the Levant, Marcianò decided to create a new orchestra from scratch through his Facebook network. He put out a call to his colleagues across the globe and within 48 hours he had created a new Orchestra with 70 musicians. Marcianò was overwhelmed by the response from his colleagues who were determined to see classical music continue to flourish in Lebanon and volunteered to come to Beirut for the inauguration of the new Orchestra.
The English Concert embark on a tour of Handel’s Orlando in February to London, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Vienna and New York 50 years after the opera’s UK revival
Artistic Director Harry Bicket and The English Concert embark on an international tour of Handel’s Orlando in February and March 2016 alongside Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson. The tour begins at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien and subsequently goes to Birmingham Town Hall, London’s Barbican, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The cast also includes Erin Morley as Angelica, Kyle Ketelsen as Zoroastro, and Sasha Cooke as Medoro. Davies performs with the ensemble for the third time this season following two sold out recitals at Wigmore Hall, which the Independent called “a flawless evening” and the Guardian noted the “finely focused playing” from The English Concert.
Jocelyn Pook’s Drawing Life – a multi-media composition about the children in the Terezin Concentration Camp – tours around the UK in January 2016
Jocelyn Pook tours her multi-media composition Drawing Life around the UK in January having shown previews of the project in 2014 to launch Jewish Book Week. The official premiere of the piece takes place at the Barbican's Milton Court on 30 January. Drawing Life was originally commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute and is inspired by the drawings and poems of the children who were at the Terezin concentration camp.
90th Birthday concert for Anita Lasker-Wallfisch with the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch at Wigmore Hall
To celebrate his mother cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch’s 90th year, Raphael Wallfisch with his Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch return to the Wigmore Hall on 20 January. Following the Trio’s critically-acclaimed recording, their programme includes piano trios by Rachmaninov and Arensky, alongside those of Beethoven and Brahms.
Cellist Raphael Wallfisch stars alongside Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth at the Royal Opera House
British cellist Raphael Wallfisch stars alongside dancers Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky at the Royal Opera House in the world premiere of Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth, new theatrical production with music composed by Martin Yates and narrated by actors Sonya Cullingford and Julia Righton.