Laurence Equilbey announces Insula orchestra’s first season at their new home
Laurence Equilbey announces Insula orchestra’s first season at their critically-acclaimed new home La Seine Musicale celebrating the multi- media capabilities of their Shigeru Ban-designed concert hall to their full potential. The season opens with a rarely staged version of Goethe’s play Egmont with musical interludes by Beethoven directed by Séverine Chavrier on 21 and 22 September, which will tour to Vienna in December.
Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices forms part of the PRS New Music Biennial in Hull
A new wristband invention measuring stress and levels of anxiety will be tested at a performance of Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices in free public performances as part of the PRS New Music Biennial in Hull on Sunday 2 July and on Sunday 9 July in London in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom.
King's College Cambridge to release new CD with Guy Johnston
The record label of King's College, Cambridge launch a major new series of alumni recordings with an album by
cellist Guy Johnston, which celebrates the 300th anniversary of his Tecchler cello. The cello’s homecoming
to Rome in January for a recording of Respighi’s Adagio con variazioni with the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa
Cecilia is the culmination of year-long journey from Cambridge, Hatfield House and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Also a homecoming for Guy Johnston, the project begins in Cambridge with a recording of Ola Gjeilo’s O Magnum
Mysterium with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Guy Johnston's cello was broken on a trans-Atlantic flight
10 years ago, prompting a long search for a new instrument. Guy was helped to buy the 1714 David Tecchler cello by a consortium of generous patrons and the Royal Society of Musicians.
Line-up for Incontri in Terra di Siena festival at La Foce announced
Celebrated pianist and new Artistic Director of the Incontri in Terra di Siena, Alessio Bax is inviting musical friends and colleagues Joshua Bell, Radovan Vlatkovic, Henning Kraggerud, Lise Berthaud and Paul Watkins to the Festival's 2017 edition. Located in the Val d'Orcia, the Tuscan chamber music festival runs from 29 July to 5 August. A festival highlight is Sarah Connolly, who is making her first and much-anticipated appearance for a recital with Julius Drake. Set in the buildings and gardens of one of Tuscany's most beautiful estates, villas and churches of the Val d'Orcia, the summer festivities begin with Incontri's founding Director and cellist Antonio Lysy together with new artistic Director Alessio Bax and pianist Lucille Chung. Also making their debut at the festival,
the Escher String Quartet joining jazz pianist Dan Tepfer to perform the European premiere of Tepfer's Piano Quintet Solar Spiral.
2017 line-up announced for Ton Koopman's Itinéraire Baroque Festival
At this summer’s Itinéraire Baroque, Ton Koopman is marking the 250th anniversary of German composer Georg Philipp Telemann during his annual festival in the Dordogne. The composer’s works form the backbone of the 4-day programme alongside Koopman’s trademark Bach Cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra. Set in the picturesque medieval villages and towns around Riberac, the festival runs from Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.