Monday, 28 February 2011

Das Lied 2011

DAS LIED is fast becoming one of the most prestigious song competitions in the world, not least because of its first class Jury, the demanding repertoire selection and the lucrative prize monies involved. The winners of this year were announced on saturday and the competition ended with a final concert on sunday. Without doubt there is a great resurgence of interest in the German Lied repertoire especially amongst young singers. I feel privileged to have become witness to so much Lied attention outside of Germany! It is a great treasure trove of classical art, I believe one of the many art pillars of our modern society.

1st prize: € 30,000 - AMIRA ELMADFA

2nd prize: € 15,000 - MARTIN HÄßLER

Joint 3rd prize: € 7,500 - ANNA HUNTLEY & DAVID PICHLMAIER

Prize for pianists: € 10,000 – JAMES BAILLIEU

Prize for most promising future talent: AARNE PELKONEN & JUHO ALAKÄRPPÄ

Public’s Choice Winner: BENJAMIN APPL

The next DAS LIED competition will be held in Berlin in 2013.

Sunday, 20 February 2011


Now, here's a thought: How many London Fashion Week goers have heard of ROH's new production of Anne Nicole, and where is all their advertisement going? No doubt, more artists should be buyers, and more buyers should be artists...

London A/W 2011

London Fashion Week A/W 2011. It's that time of the year again. The Osman Show was beautiful. No doubt, Fashion is Art.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Styles ... Levi Organist

Wayne Weaver is an Organist, Harpsichordist and choral conductor in Edinburgh. He was Choral Scholar at Bradford Cathedral and St Mary's Episcopal, before going on to study Music at Edinburgh University. Since, Wayne has been Organist and assistant at St Giles and St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh as well as running several local choirs.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Dancing Cantata

Dancing to the sounds of a Bach Cantata in Wellington College Chapel. Great art fusion.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

in profile ... Jonathan McGovern

Jonathan McGovern Baritone London

Friday, 4 February 2011

Diary: Fridays

Looking forward to spring now! The diary is full: Maxwell Davies' New Opera Production for March, Weil's Dreigroschenoper (the Threepenny Opera) in May, Opera Scenes in April. We are also working on a selection of Russian Songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, soon to be performed! And finally Schumann's Liederkreis (Op.39), a collection of 12 songs based on the most exquisite poems.
Make sure to get tickets for the new production of Ann Nicole at ROH. Exposure | Snapshots of new Operas currently runs at ROH 2 (Good Luck my friends!) and of course everyone wants to see Kate Royal in ROH's Magic Flute. Happy Spring!