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.
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.