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Preview: BBC Proms 2019

by Barry Creasy

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Wood, the founder-conductor of the Proms, and the man who initiated the concert series’ link…



Preview: London Handel Festival 2019


Since the late 1970s, the London Handel Society has promoted a festival to celebrate the music of the composer christened Georg Friedrich Händel. There are...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2019


Booking is now open for Garsington Opera’s 30th anniversary season, and what an impressive one it is. Each year, this exquisite house set in the...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2019


There is one respect in which Longborough Festival Opera can be seen as having succeeded where even Glyndebourne did not. When the festival’s founder Martin...

Obituary: André Previn


Goodnight, Andrew Preview “For another four pounds we could have got Edward Heath…” André Previn’s 1971 appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show for a...

Preview: Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2019


Public booking for Glyndebourne’s new season opens online at 6 pm on Sunday, March 3rd and at 10 am on Monday, March 4th for an...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2019


While Glyndebourne, Garsington and the Granges all offer an exceptional summer opera experience, there is one venue in the heart of London that also provides...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2019


Situated near Winchfield in Hampshire, West Green House Opera may be smaller than Glyndebourne, Garsington or the Granges, but, judged by the standards of its...

Preview: Nevill Holt Opera 2019


Although it has quite a history, Nevill Holt Opera, situated near Market Harborough in Leicestershire, always feels new because it constantly seems to be at...

Venus Unwrapped @ Kings Place, 2019


Kings Place has devoted a year-long season – Venus Unwrapped – to concerts featuring the works of female composers, largely performed by female artists. We...

Celebrating 50 years of the Glyndebourne Tour


The Glyndebourne Tour was launched by George Christie in 1968, with the aims of bringing first class productions to a wider audience than is possible...

Preview: Spitalfields Music Festival 2018


In his speech introducing the Odyssean Ensemble’s performance of William Byrd’s Cantiones Sacrae, the Chairman of the Spitalfields Festival Board made the point that we...

Preview: Salzburg Festival 2019


In the beautiful surroundings of Ely House, now the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, just around the corner from the Royal Academy in London, the team from...

Preview: BBC Proms 2018


It would not be at all surprising to see a Tricolore flying over the Royal Albert Hall this summer, and for the usual rendition of...

Preview: West Green House Opera 2018


Judged by the standard of its recent seasons, West Green House Opera is surely a contender for the title of most underrated summer opera venue...

Preview: Opera Holland Park 2018


While part of the delight of Glyndebourne, Garsington and the various Granges is making a day of it, Opera Holland Park’s unique selling point is...

Preview: Garsington Opera 2018


Garsington’s 2018 season is perhaps the most enticing of all the Summer opera offerings: there are four new productions including a world premiere, and the...

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera 2018


Longborough Festival Opera occupies a special place in the summer opera calendar. Nestled in the Gloucestershire Countryside, with glorious views over the Cotswolds, it is...

Interview: Gregory Rose, Singcircle


Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung, very much a child of post-serialist experimentalism, has, since its first performance in 1968, achieved somewhat of a cult status, not least...

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London


This major exhibition, opening on September 30th, is the first to explore Opera on a grand scale – and what a scale it is, with...

Interview: Jac van Steen


Garsington Opera will present Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande on June 16th, with six further performances. The Philharmonia Orchestra will be conducted by Jac van Steen;...