Classical and Opera Features
BBC Proms 2021

Preview: BBC Proms 2021

by Barry Creasy

The BBC Proms are back with audience attendance. Here’s the programme lineup



Winterreise: Padmore / Kolesnikov @ The Ragged Music Festival, London

by Benjamin Poore

Schubert’s great work is presented in an ideal setting

La corona @ St John’s, Smith Square, London

by Sam Smith

Live audiences may be back, but those who missed out on Bampton Classical Opera’s latest performance can still catch it online

Synchron Stage Orchestra / Johannes Vogel: Brahms @ On Air

by Benjamin Poore

Streaming performance continues even after the return of live music. It’s the best of both worlds

Preview: English National Opera 2021-22

by Keith McDonnell

An exciting season of live opera awaits at the London Coliseum

The Individual Heart: London Symphony Orchestra / Reynolds @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

The London Symphony Orchestra under Lee Reynolds in a programme of Percy Grainger

Stile Antico: Spotlights (Ramsey, Lobo, Taverner, Palestrina)

by Barry Creasy

Stile Antico explore four works by Early Music composers in more episodes of their ‘Spotlight’ series

London Symphony Orchestra / Noseda @ LSO St Luke’s, London

by Barry Creasy

Strauss, Liszt and Rota feature in a remarkable performance by the LSO

Preview: Bampton Classical Opera 2021

by Sam Smith

Bampton Classical Opera is currently doing more than other company to put Salieri’s operas back on the map in the UK. We look at its 2021 plans where the focus is on Gluck

Preview: English Touring Opera Returns to ‘Live’ Performance

by Melanie Eskenazi

Handel around the nation. A new live tour from ETO revives a neglected masterpiece

Preview: Opera Holland Park presents Vaughan Williams’ Song Cycle ‘The House of Li...

by Sam Smith

While we still await the return of live audiences, we can look forward to a highly interesting online offering

Benjamin Grosvenor @ Barbican Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

Online music resumes from the Barbican featuring a virtuosic pianist

OBS Easter Festival: St John Passion & Easter Oratorio @ Christ Church Cathedral, ...

by Melanie Eskenazi

It was not easy being deprived of live music over the long Easter weekend, but there is a way to enjoy it

Messiah Reimagined @ St George’s Hanover Square, London

by Barry Creasy

A brilliant transcontinental mosaic of Handel’s great work from The London Handel Festival

Music for Holy Week: Easter Sunday – Eisler’s ‘Ostersonntag’ from t...

by Melanie Eskenazi

Easter is celebrated by Melanie Eskenazi with a different kind of religious music

Music for Holy Week: Black Saturday – Grechaninov’s ‘Passion Week’

by Barry Creasy

Saturday, and Barry Creasy brings us rich Russian choral harmonies from Alexander Grechaninov

Stile Antico @ Wigmore Hall, London

by Barry Creasy

“A consummate understanding of the idiom”. Stile Antico sing Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Wigmore Hall

Music for Holy Week: Good Friday – Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’

by Keith McDonnell

A little bit of Wagner makes Good Friday even better. Keith McDonnell explains why

Music for Holy Week: Maundy Thursday – Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’

by Melanie Eskenazi

It’s hard to get holier than a St Matthew Passion. Melanie Eskenazi is moved every Easter

Music for Holy Week: Spy Wednesday – Handel’s ‘Brockes-Passion’

by Sam Smith

For today’s Holy Week offering, Sam Smith considers a work by Handel that deserves to be far better known

‘Into the Hands of Sinners’ @ St John’s Smith Square, London

by Barry Creasy

Tenebrae Choir curate a moving choral summation of the events of Holy Week for the opening of the St John’s Smith Square Holy Week Festival