We are just over a week into our rehearsal period for our semi-staged performance of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea as part of the Snape Proms on Saturday, and things are definitely falling into place! We have been working with a fantastic team of tutors who have really pushed our singers and players to the best of their abilities: Richard Egarr (conductor), Michael Chance (vocal director), Daisy Evans (stage director), [read more…]
Writing while we get set up for the Peatbog Faeries show tonight, it’s always an exciting moment as we dive into a new season. This is my seventh Snape Proms and although August is the longest month of the year for the staff it’s also the best fun; the swifts are circling in a blue sky above the Maltings, July’s heatwave continues and everything is softer and more informal than the [read more…]
If you haven’t got tickets, put it in your diary in red ink (literal or metaphorical) and snap up a return or one of the Proms tickets available on the day. If you HAVE heard them before either at the BBC Proms or at Snape or on tour, you’ll know what I mean and understand my excitement.
The thing that strikes you is the sheer exuberance on stage – it’s [read more…]
The summer has always been busy for Aldeburgh Young Musicians and July 2014 has been no exception. This year we kicked off with ‘Crossing the Borders’ which was a week’s course collaboration between classical and non-classical musicians and languages.
There was the usual buzz of excitement on the first day of the course as the AYM’s reconnected with their friends. Working with Scott Stroman (London Jazz Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra [read more…]
This is a great idea from north of the border – one of Britain’s finest ensembles teaming up with brilliant young professionals from around the Commonwealth, surfing the tide of goodwill and energy that already seems to have been generated by the Glasgow Games to form a classical supergroup. (Actually, on a smaller scale it’s a bit like our own Aldeburgh World Orchestra, that unforgettable gigantic band formed for the [read more…]
So much of the fun of a great string quartet concert is in seeing and hearing the players listen and respond to each other. There are great quartets who’ve played together for decades and who respond to each other almost imperceptibly. And then there are groups like the Pavel Haas Quartet whose young players almost bubble over with the urgency and dynamism of their interaction – you could probably take [read more…]
Ian McMillan and John Hegley. Find out more about the event and book.
You’d better not come
to this year’s Poetry Prom
if you’re after weighty words
from heavy duty bards
who frown, who cannot bear
audiences who dare
to grin, giggle and guffaw
about Important Things
like Yorkshire puddings,
potatoes (pink string
and sealing wax for all we know).
No, you really must go
look elsewhere if laughing
until your ribs ache
until your ribs ache
is not your cup of tea.
Because this will [read more…]
Classical and folk music lovers alike will love the beautiful and haunting music of Trio Mediaeval. Their focus: monophonic and polyphonic mediaeval music from England, France and Italy, as well as the traditional tunes of their Scandinavian roots. They’re known for breath-taking performances that simply captivate the audience, surrounding them in a lush, full sound and guiding them on journeys of the soul through the medium of music. [read more…]
I love the sound of the kora. The African harp was one of the first sounds heard at the opening weekend party of the Britten Studio (was it really five years ago?) and its soulful, stirring strains remain with me even now – it was an implacably tranquil, very `other’ way to open a new building, an exotic, other-worldly music that sang of wide open spaces and timeless tradition.
The Celtic [read more…]
THIS is what got me into Igudesman and Joo. It was doing the rounds five or six years ago (it’s from 2006) and (naively) I thought I was part of a select insider few who’d latched on to them. But look at the number of hits – over FIVE MILLION on this clip alone! Clearly I was not – am not – alone in my appreciation.
Superstars in Europe and the [read more…]