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musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 9:
Mozart’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor’ (3rd movement)

by Barry Creasy

Another day, another door opens on our Classical Advent Calendar. Today, we celebrate the master



Why I Love… Christmas music

by Barry Creasy

A festive addition to our continuing series. Barry Creasy picks his favourite Christmas tunes

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 8:
Sibelius’ ‘Christmas...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Another 2 for 1 today as we celebrate the birthday of a composer and mourn the loss of a musician who changed modern music forever

Spiritato – The Taste Of This Nation

by Barry Creasy

A real feeling of physicality, and of the subtle differences in instrument timbres.

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 7:
Chris de Burgh’s ‘A ...

by Sam Smith

Here’s something a little different from our Advent Calendar on the 7th. Enjoy!

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 6:
Vaughan Williams’ ‘H...

by Barry Creasy

Day 6 of our Christmas countdown is here. Today, we highlight some British choral music

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 5:
Tchaikovsky’s ‘The N...

by Sam Smith

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a spot of ballet, so we celebrate dance with the fifth treat in our special musical Advent Calendar

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 4:
Britten’s ‘A Ceremon...

by Melanie Eskenazi

A double-header on day 4 of our Advent Calendar. In memory of two composers who left us on this day

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 3:
Poulenc’s ‘Un Soir d...

by Barry Creasy

Choral music is traditional at this time of year. Day 3 of our Advent Calendar brings us a beautiful example

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 2:
Humperdinck’s ‘Häns...

by Sam Smith

Day 2 of our Advent Calendar highlights some festive magic thanks to Engelbert Humperdinck. No, not that one!

musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar Day 1:
Clarke’s ‘Prince of Denm...

by Melanie Eskenazi

The first day of musicOMH’s 2020 Classical Advent Calendar opens a door on a piece by the first organist of the rebuilt St Paul’s Cathedral

musicOMH’s Classical Advent Calendar 2020

by Melanie Eskenazi

Happy Holidays from musicOMH!

Preview: Longborough Festival Opera’s Pagliacci

by Sam Smith

Sam Smith looks forward to the opportunity to reassess one half of ‘Cav and Pag’ on its own terms

Preview: Opera North looks to the future and provides sustenance for the present

by Melanie Eskenazi

Lockdown can’t stop music. Melanie Eskenazi looks forward to some online treats from Opera North

Alice Coote / Christian Blackshaw @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Keith McDonnell

Keith McDonnell beats the lockdown to witness the Wigmore Hall’s last attended recital for a while

Bostridge / Connolly / Drake / Carducci Quartet @ Barbican Hall, London

by Sam Smith

In the midst of the current uncertainty, Sam Smith leaves it all behind for an evening at the Barbican

Siobhan Stagg / Jonathan Ware @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

Music venues are due to close to live audiences in the latest lockdown. But, not before Benjamin Poore’s visit to the Wiggy

Damrau / Calleja @ The Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy (online)

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually travels to Italy for a Metropolitan Opera concert

Mahan Esfahani @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Benjamin Poore

The Wigmore continues its defiance of Covid-19 with a full concert season. Benjamin Poore was there

Riches / Kynoch & Williams / Glynn @ Holywell Music Room, Oxford

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi continues our coverage of the virtual Oxford Lieder Festival

Bostridge / Giorgini & Appl / Kynoch @ Merton College Chapel & Holywell Music...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Melanie Eskenazi virtually attends the Oxford Lieder Festival, revamped for the pandemic