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4:48pm Thursday 13th June 2013
4:25pm Thursday 13th June 2013
Lullaby of Birdland: A tribute to Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing: St John the Evangelist, Oxford
12:00am Thursday 13th June 2013
When the great pianist and composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett died last December, he left some unfinished business. He had been asked to write a piece for the King’s Singers, but sadly fate intervened and the piece never got written.
12:21pm Thursday 6th June 2013
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2:01pm Wednesday 5th June 2013
You can serve it light and sticky-sweet, or you can stir in a strong flavour of dark foreboding: Engelbert Humperdinck’s German fairytale opera Hansel and Gretel can be played in many different ways. For award-winning director Olivia Fuchs, however, the choice is clear: her new production of the Brothers Grimm tale for Garsington Opera is influenced by the history of Germany since the Second World War. Her inspiration comes, she tells me during a rehearsal break, from her own childhood.
3:19pm Thursday 30th May 2013
12:00am Thursday 30th May 2013
1:56pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013
6:12pm Thursday 16th May 2013
4:31pm Thursday 16th May 2013
He has been credited with making folk music cool. The energetic Devon lad whose adrenaline-fuelled virtuoso guitar and fiddle-playing and captivating songs have the power to enthral audiences everywhere from his local pub to the fields of Glastonbury.
4:41pm Thursday 16th May 2013
There are probably few villages more quintessentially English than Dorchester-on-Thames with its ancient abbey and narrow, twisting main street lined with olde worlde houses and pubs. So it makes the perfect setting for the English Music Festival, established in 2006 to showcase the very best of English music, old and new. Festival founder and director Em Marshall-Luck is particularly keen to unearth long-forgotten gems and restore them to the mainstream repertoire. So it’s no surprise to find that this year’s programme includes the usual handful of world premieres, as well as many pieces that were popular in their day but have since faded into obscurity.
4:36pm Thursday 9th May 2013
4:33pm Thursday 9th May 2013
3:09pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
2:55pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
12:00am Thursday 2nd May 2013
What does opera composer Richard Wagner have in common with clarinettist Acker Bilk? The answer is that both appear in the billings for this year’s Newbury Spring Festival. So what, I ask festival director Mark Eynon, does he think Wagner would have made of Acker Bilk, and his music?
10:20am Thursday 25th April 2013
10:14am Wednesday 24th April 2013
It was a tough job but someone had to do it. When SJE Arts decided they needed a Steinway piano for their new concert venue, it involved a trip to Spain — and Sholto Kynoch who went out there to try it out.
11:50am Thursday 18th April 2013