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Video: Go Inside The Royal Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by Joshua Wright - April 09, 2024

Watch as The Royal Opera explores Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer....

Musicians' Union Members Reach Agreement with English National Opera
by Stephi Wild - February 20, 2024

The Musicians' Union (MU) has reached an agreement with English National Opera (ENO). As a result, all planned strike and action short of strike by MU members in the orchestra at ENO have been cancelled. Learn more about the agreement here!...

The Royal College of Music to Open Performance Laboratory This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 25, 2024

Experience fully immersive and groundbreaking performance simulation facilities at the Royal College of Music....

Igor Levit Becomes The Youngest Ever Recipient Of The Wigmore Hall Medal
by Stephi Wild - January 22, 2024

36-year-old Russian-born German pianist Igor Levit has become the youngest ever recipient of The Wigmore Hall Medal.  In recognition of his outstanding musical achievements and contribution to Wigmore Hall, Levit received the medal from Wigmore Hall director John Gilhooly following Levit's performan...

Southbank Sinfonia Announces Spring/Summer Season at St John's Smith Square
by Aliya Al-Hassan - January 08, 2024

Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square have announced their Spring/Summer 2024 season, with highlights including one-off event concerts, as well as a series of exciting concerts by its own orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia....

Photos: West End Stars Join National Youth Music Theatre For A Christmas Celebration
by A.A. Cristi - December 22, 2023

A host of West End rising stars joined the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) A Christmas Celebration at the iconic St Johns Smith Square, all alumni of this leading youth organisation. See photos of the concert....

Andrew Lloyd Webber Appeals to UK Government for Funding for Music in Secondary Schools Trust
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 30, 2023

Andrew Lloyd Webber has written to Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer, calling for public funding for the foundation Music in Secondary Schools Trust, which helps students in disadvantaged schools to access to quality music education....

Helen Wallace Joins Barbican as New Head of Music
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 07, 2023

Helen Wallace has been appointed the new Head of Music at the Barbican. Helen will take up her new role in February 2024.   ...

British And International Soloists Announced For THE NUTCRACKER, SWAN LAKE & SLEEPING BEAUTY UK Tour
by A.A. Cristi - November 01, 2023

Raymond Gubbay Limited has announced the British and international soloists for Varna International Ballet and Orchestra who will be touring in early 2024, as part of their return to UK after a hugely successful debut in 2023. ...

BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Appoint New Directors
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 25, 2023

Following a very competitive recruitment process, Bill Chandler has been appointed Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and Adam Szabo has been appointed Director of the BBC Philharmonic....

Review: LA TRAVIATA, London Coliseum
by Franco Milazzo - October 24, 2023

Much shorter than Richard Eyre’s three-hour plus version for the ROH, Peter Konwitschny’s La Traviata perhaps should be renamed La Trav or L’ Abbreviata. Its breathless sprint over 105 uninterrupted minutes takes more than it gives but there’s an admirable boldness to it all....

Eminent Conductors Warn Cuts Will Cause 'The Demise' of ENO
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 17, 2023

Three of opera’s most eminent music directors have predicted “the demise” of the English National Opera if planned cuts go ahead in a letter published in The Times....

ENO's Musical Director Martyn Brabbins Resigns Over Cuts
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 16, 2023

 British conductor and the ENO's Musical Director Martyn Brabbins has resigned from the company in response to cuts to the orchestra. ...

Cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia Debuts at Wigmore Hall, Plus a Live Broadcast With BBC Symphony
by Stephi Wild - October 09, 2023

​​​​​​​ Colombian cellist and 2022 BBC Next Generation Artist Santiago Cañón-Valencia embarks on a three-date series of performances in the United Kingdom this fall, including his Wigmore Hall debut recital with pianist Naoko Sonoda. Learn more about the upcoming performances here!...

National Theatre Wales Receives 100% Cut from Arts Council of Wales
by Aliya Al-Hassan - September 28, 2023

National Theatre Wales has had its funding completely cut in the latest Wales funding review....

BBC Young Composer 2023 Winners Announced
by Aliya Al-Hassan - September 20, 2023

In March, the BBC invited young music-makers of all technical abilities, musical backgrounds and styles from across the UK to enter a composition for the BBC Young Composer competition. Applicants were required to submit their entry online, using any instruments and method of composing that suited t...

New English Ballet Theatre Presents THE GENESIS DANCE PROJECT Tour In Essex and London
by A.A. Cristi - September 18, 2023

NEW ENGLISH BALLET THEATRE presents THE GENESIS DANCE PROJECT, featuring music by prog-rock legends GENESIS and new works by contemporary choreographers. Don't miss this dynamic ballet tour in Essex and London....

Anna Clyne Appointed Composer in Association of the BBC Philharmonic
by Aliya Al-Hassan - September 14, 2023

Anna Clyne will compose three new scores for the BBC Philharmonic in her new role as Composer in Association. Her first piece in the role is Glasslands, which she composed for celebrated saxophonist Jess Gillam, and will have its UK premiere with the BBC Philharmonic at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall...

Hannah Waddingham Withdrew From BBC Prom in Support of SAG-AFTRA Strike
by Aliya Al-Hassan - August 29, 2023

Hannah Waddingham stepped down from presenting a special BBC Prom, in support of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike...

Review: PROM 56 – RATTLE CONDUCTS MAHLER'S NINTH, Royal Albert Hall
by Debbie Gilpin - August 28, 2023

Last night’s performance consisted of a rendition of Francis Poulenc’s Figure humaine by the BBC Singers, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra tackling Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. A fitting pairing for something of a bittersweet evening, as it brings together words from the French Resistance...

Review: PROM 55 – GERSHWIN'S PIANO CONCERTO, Royal Albert Hall
by Debbie Gilpin - August 28, 2023

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s second outing at this year’s Proms celebrated the magic of movement, with varying degrees of dance in pieces by Stravinsky, Ravel, Gershwin, and a European première from Carlos Simon. Their programme took the audience back in time, beginning in the 2020s and ending in...

Hannah Waddingham to Present FANTASY, MYTHS AND LEGENDS PROM at the Royal Albert Hall
by Aliya Al-Hassan - August 25, 2023

Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Hannah Waddingham will present an evening of orchestral works from film, television and gaming, from titles including Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft. The BBC Concert Orchestra led by their new Chief Conducto...

Review: BBC PROM 49: SCHUMANN'S DAS PARADIES UND DIE PERI, Royal Albert Hall
by Louise Penn - August 23, 2023

This is a piece of folk storytelling at its best. Das Paradies und die Peri is an exciting piece of music which has everything you might want in an evening: moments of battle evoked by complex orchestrations; true love brought to life by the emotional power of song; and eventual redemption....




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