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Preview: Garsington Opera 2021 – and a concert from Wormsley to enjoy now

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is opera to look forward to and gems to savour now. Melanie Eskenazi explains. One of the saddest cancellations of 2020 was the season…



Preview: York Early Music Festival 2020 Online

by Melanie Eskenazi

Despite the partial lifting of lockdown, classical venues remain closed. But, as Melanie Eskenazi has found, there is still much musical enjoyment to be had...

Preview: BBC Proms 2020

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms this year will be like no other. Barry Creasy gives us a preview

Various singers / Keval Shah: Italienisches Liederbuch @ YouTube

by Melanie Eskenazi

There is still great music to be found online. Melanie Eskenazi enjoys some Wolf

Why I Love… Götterdämmerung

by Benjamin Poore

Our look at Wagner’s Ring Cycle concludes with Benjamin Poore’s take on this epic work

Mark Padmore / Mitsuko Uchida @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Winterreise is the last of Wigmore Hall’s live lunchtime recitals. Melanie Eskenazi will miss these performances

Iestyn Davies / Elizabeth Kenny @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

This is the last week of Wigmore Hall’s live concerts via the internet. Melanie Eskenazi continues to be delighted

Clayton / Baillieu @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

From the comfort of her living room, Melanie Eskenazi is once again visiting the Wigmore Hall

Tynan / Burnside @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Barry Creasy

Wigmore Hall’s live streamed recitals continue. Barry Creasy tuned in

Connecting Stars: Supporting Isolated People and Struggling Artists

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith discovers an innovative project that helps our most vulnerable during the pandemic

Why I Love… Siegfried

by Simon Thomas

Continuing in our series, Simon Thomas guides us through part three of Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Williams / Middleton @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Our coverage of the Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3’s live lunchtime concert series continues. Melanie Eskenazi was there (virtually)

Book Review: Beethoven – A Life in Nine Pieces by Laura Tunbridge

by Benjamin Poore

Benjamin Poore finds plenty of shared love for an iconic composer

Why I Love… Die Walküre

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith explains why Die Walküre is his favourite opera in the tetralogy of the Ring Cycle

Stream classical music and opera at home: this month’s picks

by Barry Creasy

A timely update on classical music offerings from the major London venues

Why I Love… Das Rheingold

by Keith McDonnell

Our ‘Why I Love’ series now tackles Wagner’s Ring Cycle. First up – Keith McDonnell’s thoughts on Das Rheingold

Crowe / Tillbrook @ Wigmore Hall, London (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Owing to Covid-19, the Wigmore Hall is closed, but not silent as a series of live lunchtime concerts is launched in collaboration with BBC Radio...

Why I Love… Salieri

by Sam Smith

Continuing the series on our writers’ musical passions, Sam Smith explains his admiration for a composer who is still too often maligned Although it is...

Q&A: London Handel Festival’s Samir Savant

by Barry Creasy

Samir Savant, Director of The London Handel Festival, discusses lockdown and the future of the Festival

Stephen Hough: Composing in lockdown

by Benjamin Poore

Benjamin Poore talks to composer Stephen Hough about coping with lockdown and his forthcoming performance at Wigmore Hall Lockdown is Stephen Hough’s first real break...

The show must go on: Mark Simpson on composing in isolation

by Benjamin Poore

Lockdown hasn’t got everyone down. Benjamin Poore talks to composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson