Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Jocelyn Freeman is a young pianist currently finishing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Today I accompanied her to the Sky Arts Southbank Awards at the Dorchester Hotel London. The prestigious awards are given out annually and are a true melting pot of all that we love of art and pop culture! Jocelyn played for none other than Bryn Terfel and Alfie Boe performing an excellent rendition of the Pearl Fisher's duet. I loved the vibe today. Nigel Kennedy was in great form and the girls of Bond truly rocked the floor. The Opera prize went to WNO and their Production of Meistersinger, which made Bryn a happy man. Congratulations all round for a great day! Oh, and we love the Dorchester ...
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Monday, 17 January 2011
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Royal Academy Opera
Royal Academy of Music Sinfonia
Jane Glover conductor
David Pountney director
Robert Innes Hopkins designer
James Farncombe lighting designer
Carolyn Choa choreographer
Royal Academy Opera is thrilled to present the world première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera Kommilitonen! (‘Young Blood!’), co-commissioned with The Juilliard School, who will present the opera in Autumn 2011 in New York.
No doubt this will grab the attention of everyone. Maxwell Davies's composition seems incredibly detailed, meticulously researched and thought provoking depicting the struggles of the 'White Rose' in Nazi Germany, the cultural Revolution in China and the segregation struggle in America. Performances on Friday 18, Monday 21, Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 March
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Friday, 14 January 2011
Marcus Farnsworth and James Cheung in rehearsal for their performance of Die Schoene Muellerin by Schubert.
This, alongside Winterreise, is likely Schubert's most famous work. A cycle of German romantic songs about the love of a young apprentice to a miller's maid. It is incredible how much these songs are still able to capture the spirit of a young human soul. Famously difficult to perform, they are a real challenge for any young singer.
Marcus and James did a terrific job at portraying the young man destined to die as he fails to accept lost love. A real feat of concentration, this is a highlight for any music fan.
For great performances of Schubert songs check out London's Wigmore Hall or New York Carnegie Hall. Or just come and see Marcus and James soon! Before they perform at Carnegie ...
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