Palazzetto Bru Zane announces its 2017-2018 Season marking the bicentenary of Charles Gounod
Palazzetto Bru Zane, founded in 2009 in Venice as a center to promote French Romantic music, instigates a re-evaluation of the operas, sacred works and chamber music of Charles Gounod (1818-1893) to mark his bicentenary in 2018. With a series of recordings and publications devoted to Gounod, Palazzetto Bru Zane mounts a year-long celebration culminating in the annual festival in Paris in June for a performance of Faust in its original version by Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques and a new production of La Nonne sanglante (the Bloodied Nun) at the Opéra Comique by David Bobée with Insula Orchestra and Laurence Equilbey. Further operas can be heard across Europe - Le Tribut de Zamora in Munich in January, the revived production of Cinq-Mars in Leipzig and a concert of melodies in English performed at the Wallace Collection in London on 22 June. Gounod Gothique will explore his sacred works from September 2017 to June 2018 from Belgium to Paris while Gounod, Mystic or Sensualist will be the theme of Palazzetto Bru Zane’s spring festival in Venice.
Dubai Airport’s CEO Paul Griffiths to perform in Westminster Abbey on 13th August at 5.45pm
Organist Paul Griffiths’ day job is running the world’s busiest international airport but this summer he has set himself a different challenge for the holidays: to perform a programme which includes one of the most technically demanding organ works, Maurice Duruflé’s Suite Opus 5 – which includes his fearsome Toccata - at Westminster Abbey on 13th August at 5.45pm.
Divine Art releases a new album 'Violin Muse' with Madeleine Mitchell featuring 7 world premiere recordings by UK composers
Divine Art is to release a new album, Violin Muse with Madeleine Mitchell, featuring 7 world premiere recordings by UK composers Guto Puw, Michael Nyman, Sadie Harrison, Geoffrey Poole, David Matthews, Michael Berkeley and Judith Weir. As an internationally renowned solo violinist with a critically acclaimed discography, Madeleine has been an inspiration to composers and painters alike over the years, including The Madeleine Series by painter Gerald Marks which were created between 1989-1991. Five of the works, by Puw, Nyman, Harrison, Poole and Matthews were written for and premiered by Mitchell.
Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò launches a new festival of music and poetry - Suoni dal Golfo
Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò launches a new festival of music and poetry - Suoni dal Golfo - in his hometown of Lerici from 25 August to 8 September. The programme of the festival is inspired by the sea and by the poets who were drawn to this emerald coastline. For the first time, Villa Shelley will be opened to the public for a special evening reception on . Suoni dal Golfo provides a summer residency for the newly formed Orchestra Excellence as a training academy for young musicians from across the globe. Following an intense fortnight of concerts with world-class soloists, Suoni dal Golfo closes with Marcianò conducting Orchestra Excellence from a platform on the sea to audiences on the beach and nearby boats.
Harry Bicket celebrates 10 years with The English Concert with their 2017-18 season
Harry Bicket celebrates 10 years as Artistic Director of The English Concert with a star-studded 2017/18 season featuring Iestyn Davies, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Lucy Crowe, and Andreas Scholl. The English Concert continue their annual Handel opera-in-concert series this year with Rinaldo. Starring Iestyn Davies, Rinaldo travels to Sevilla, Madrid, London and New York. Following the success of Tom Morris’ Messiah in Bristol, the co-production is revived at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall (with the Erebus Ensemble) in spring 2018. Kristian Bezuidenhout has been announced as The English Concert’s new Principal Guest Director, exploring not only classical keyboard works, but chamber music as well.