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Dallas Opera announces The Institute for Women Conductors

Dallas Opera House

Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera has launched a unique, new residential programme to provide training and career support for talented women conductors.  Female conductors age forty and younger, as well as accomplished women singers, opera coaches and accompanists, and instrumentalists with established careers seeking a new career at the podium, are encouraged to apply.

The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera will be inaugurated on November 28, 2015 and run through December 6, with generous support from the Richard and Enika Schulze Foundation. Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny said: “The Dallas Opera has demonstrated, in multiple ways, its commitment to reshaping the opera field through the use of innovative public outreach, and by exploring new technologies, commissioning new works to expand the operatic repertoire, and programming with passion and imagination. This much-needed programme will enable more women conductors to add their talents and insights to our collective understanding of this marvellous art form.”

The Women’s Conducting Institute will provide participants with opportunities to conduct the Dallas Opera Orchestra, to participate in master classes with Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement, as well as attending seminars and discussions on how women conductors can make a greater impact on their field.

Six women will be selected for the inaugural class, and all participants will conduct The Dallas Opera Orchestra in a public concert to be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. Those attending are also eligible to take part in an annual two-day networking event, beginning in the summer of 2016.  There is also the potential for one or more participants to be invited to serve as Assistant Conductors on future Dallas Opera productions.

About the new institute itself, Ms Paiement commented “In tandem with my work as a professional conductor, I have spent many years striving to develop and support exceptional young talent, both onstage and in the orchestra pit.  I am tremendously pleased to be able to continue this aspect of my career in a leadership role here in Dallas, and to be responsible for guiding each carefully selected group through this newly developed Dallas Opera programme.

“You can learn a great deal by watching other conductors in action: how they interact with the orchestra, how they exercise their authority, apply their insights to a particular score, and guide the artists to greater heights of musical expression. 

 “The women taking part in this programme will have the all-too-rare opportunity to observe another woman in this leadership role, “Paiement added, “something that, regrettably, I never experienced in my early career as I sought role models from among my professional peers.  I sincerely hope my work with the women in this institute can serve as a source of both valuable insights and inspiration.”

The application process closes with a deadline of April 15, 2015. Those chosen to participate will receive a travel stipend, in-town housing, and a per diem to cover basic living expenses.  For more information on The Women’s Conducting Institute at The Dallas Opera, visit www.dallasopera.org/womenconductors.

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First Staging in Modern Times of JC Bach’s opera Adriano in Siria

JC Bach

Classical Opera and conductor Ian Page will give the first staging in modern times of Johann Christian Bach’s opera Adriano in Siria on April 14, 16 and 18 in the Royal College of Music’s Britten Theatre. The production is directed by Thomas Guthrie and designed by Rhys Jarman, with lighting by Katharine Williams. The cast is soprano Erica Eloff as Fasnaspe, soprano Ellie Laugharne as Emirena, tenor Stuart Jackson as Osroa, mezzo-soprano Rowan Hellier as Adriano, soprano Filipa van Eck as Sabina, and tenor Nick Pritchard as Aquillo.

The première of J. C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria took place at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket on January 26, 1765, the eve of Mozart’s ninth birthday, and attracted such a large audience that scarcely a third of those assembled were able to get seats. The young Mozart would have heard at least one performance of the work during his childhood stay in London, and subsequently wrote of Bach: “I love him with all my heart, and have the highest regard for him.”

Classical Opera’s new production is the first staging of the opera since the original staging 250 years ago. The plot describes Osroa’s attempt to assassinate the Emperor Hadrian, and Hadrian’s subsequent magnanimity and forgiveness, and the score ranges from the fiery excitement and virtuosity of Farnaspe’s “Disperato in mar turbato” to the serene beauty and nobility of Emirena’s “Deh lascia, o ciel pietoso” and Farnaspe’s exquisite “Cara la dolce fiamma”.

Classical Opera’s staging of Adriano in Siria is part of its major MOZART 250 project. Each year Classical Opera will devote a large part of its season to exploring the music that was being written and performed by Mozart and his contemporaries exactly 250 years before.

 

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News from Birmingham Conservatoire – 1

Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed as the new Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, confirming the city’s position as a major centre for classical music performance.

The internationally renowned cellist takes up his new position as work gets underway on a new home for Birmingham Conservatoire, the first of its kind to be built in the UK for a generation.

Built on Birmingham City University’s rapidly expanding city centre campus the new Conservatoire will feature a concert hall and unrivalled practice facilities.

Julian Lloyd Webber’s arrival in the city reinforces Birmingham’s longstanding reputation for classical music performance. It is home to the globally recognised City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and boasts three well-regarded concert halls at a time when London is urgently seeking a solution to its lack of high quality classical performance space. Julian said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be chosen as the new Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. The state-of-the-art facilities being built within Birmingham City University’s superb campus will be second to none and superior to many, both throughout the UK and beyond. I am especially excited about the fantastic opportunities that will be on offer to our students.”

 

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News from Birmingham Conservatoire – 2: British Music Festival June 14-16

Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire has announced details of a British Music Festival which will provide an opportunity to enjoy some rare and familiar works from the twentieth century. It will be hosted by John Thwaites, Director of Keyboard, and leading British pianist Mark Bebbington, who is also a member of the Faculty staff.

The Conservatoire’s British Music Festival will involve students and guest artists who will showcase rarely-performed and contrasting works by Bridge, Howells, Holbrooke, Bowen, Ireland and Fergusson as well as by contemporary composers including Anthony Payne, Ian Venables and Robert Matthew-Walker.

“The Birmingham Conservatoire has regularly hosted festivals of British Music, the most recent being our 'Delius and Ireland' Festival”, explained John Thwaites.  “Our students, from all over the world, are embracing this repertoire, which is exciting for those of us who love it so much.  It will be a particular pleasure to re-visit John Ireland’s Guernsey-inspired ‘Sarnia’, to explore repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, to enjoy Mark Bebbington’s extraordinary triple-bill of concertos, and to offer an opportunity to hear in Birmingham for the first time Anthony Payne's Piano Quartet, fresh from its London Premiere in February.”

An evening of pianistic panache and bravura launches the Festival on Sunday 14th June, when pianist Mark Bebbington will perform three unjustly neglected piano concerto rarities by Gordon Jacob, Malcolm Williamson and Doreen Carwithen with the Innovation Chamber Ensemble (its members drawn from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and conductor Richard Jenkinson.

Bringing together a dazzling eclecticism of styles Concertos for Piano and Strings by Jacob and Williamson, and, although a rarity on the concert platform, Carwithen’s Concerto is a work of immediate and lasting appeal, with a heart-stopping slow movement. Internationally recognised for his revivals of British piano music, Mark Bebbington has recently recorded these vivacious yet rarely heard works on the SOMM label and gaining an 'Outstanding' accolade from International Record Review (December 2014)'. The concert is a joint collaboration between Birmingham Conservatoire and the British music promoter, Archery Concert Productions.

The full Festival programme is as follows: Sunday 14th June at 7.30pm, Adrian Boult Hall. A triple-bill of 20th century piano concertos performed by Mark Bebbington and the Innovation Chamber Ensemble conducted by Richard Jenkinson. The works are: Gordon Jacob: Concerto No.1 for piano and string orchestra; Malcolm Williamson: Concerto No.2 for piano and string orchestra; Doreen Carwithen: Concerto for piano and string orchestra. Tickets: £15, £12 (concessions), £5 (students) Free to students of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Monday 15th June at 7.30pm, Adrian Boult Hall.

A programme that focuses on early works by Frank Bridge, together with the powerful and significant Clarinet Sonata by Howells, and a much more unusual work featuring Bass Clarinet by York Bowen.  Frank Bridge: Three Sketches; Elegy; Two Pieces; Howells: Clarinet Sonata; Holbrooke: Ballade for Bass Clarinet; York Bowen: Toccata; Quintet for Bass Clarinet and Strings; Ian Venables: Elegy for Cello and Piano. Ronald Woodley, bass clarinet; Luke English, clarinet; David Quigley, piano; Jiali Wang, piano; Sebastian Suhardi Jiang, piano; Lydia Handy, viola; Thieres Brandini, cello; Boya Yang, piano, and the Primrose Piano Quartet with Daniel Roberts, Violin.

Tuesday 16th June at 1.05pm, Recital Hall

Anthony Payne: Piano Quartet (2015) (Birmingham Premiere); Brahms: Piano Quartet in A, Op.26 Primrose Piano Quartet: Susanne Stanzeleit, Violin, Dorothea Vogel, Viola, Andrew Fuller, Cello and John Thwaites, Piano.

Tuesday 16th June at 7.30pm, Adrian Boult Hall

Mark Bebbington performs a significant Piano Sonata by a living British composer, whilst APD student Sofia Sarmento tackles Ireland’s great piano cycle ‘Sarnia’.  Programme to include:

Robert Matthew-Walker: Fantasy-Sonata: ‘Hamlet’ (Piano Sonata No. 3), Op. 34; (Mark Bebbington, piano); Howard Fergusson: Bagatelles; John Ireland: ‘Sarnia’ and ‘The Island Spell’; Ian Venables: Three Pieces for Violin & Piano. Rebecca Tan, piano; Sofia Sarmento, piano; Peck Yoon Leong, piano. Violinist tbc.

 

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Ross Pople: 70th Birthday Tribute at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Ross Pople

The famous cellist and conductor Ross Pople celebrates his 70th birthday on May 11 with a concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, featuring the London Festival Orchestra and a special guest appearance by Sir András Schiff.

The concert is being given in aid of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, for, as Ross Pople recalls: ‘The memory of being on my skis in the crisp snow on a beautiful day, then being on my back looking at the blue sky without any sensation in my body, is still vivid. The helicopter ride and the first few days of intensive care in a specialist spinal injury unit in Murnau, Germany, is a blur. The fight to regain movement and the excruciatingly slow and painful path to recovery is indescribable. Without a doubt, it is a testament to the skill and compassion of dedicated medical professionals working together that I am able to celebrate my 70th. During my time at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore I witnessed first-hand the profound need for specialist care and the difference it makes to lives. All the proceeds from this concert will go to the RNOH. This auspicious birthday coincides with the resurgence of my musical energies and how wonderful it is to share it with a musician I most admire, András Schiff. I am immensely looking forward to this very special evening of wonderful music-making, surrounded by my lifelong colleagues and friends.’

Concert details: Mendelssohn – The Hebrides Overture; Berlioz – Les nuits d’été, with Ruby Hughes, soprano; Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending, with Robert Gibbs, violin; Sir András Schiff - a solo piano ‘Birthday Surprise’; Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain.

South Bank Box Office: 0844 847 9910 www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Tickets £45, £35, £18, £12, VIP £75; Booking fee £1.75. Concessions 50% (limited availability) Friends/RNOH discount 20% on designated seats (£45 and £35) (no discount on VIP tickets). Friends/RNOH discount code: RNOH SOUTHBANK CENTRE, BELVEDERE ROAD, LONDON.

 

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Kirckman – 50th Anniversary and Future Concerts

Villiers

The 50th anniversary of the Kirckman Concert Society is celebrated on May 6 at King’s Place with a programme comprising Beethoven’s ‘Harp’ Quartet; the Andante from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 1, and Brahms’s Piano Quintet, played by the Cavaleri Quartet with Andrew West, piano.

The customary Wigmore Hall recital series of the Kirckman Concerts continue with Monday April 6 at 7.30pm: Diego Aceña (flute) Jonathan Musgrave (piano) - Schumann: Three Romances Op.94; J S Bach: Partita in A minor for solo flute BWV 1013; Poulenc: Flute Sonata; George Enescu: Canabile et Presto; Prokofiev: Flute Sonata Op.94.

Lisa Ueda

Sunday April 12 at 7.30pm: Lisa Ueda (violin) Daniele Rinaldo (piano): Janácek: Sonata for violin and piano; Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K 378; Robert Matthew-Walker: Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano [World Première]; Respighi: Sonata in B minor for violin and piano.

Friday May 15 at 7.00pm: Atéa Wind Quintet. Mozart:Andante for a Small Organ Cylinder in F major, K. 616, arranged by Wolfgang Meyer; Poulenc: Novelette in C major, Op. 47, No. 1, arranged by Geoffrey Emerson; Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo; Taffanel: Wind Quintet in G Major; Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Op. 43; Debussy: Syrinx; Briccialdi: Wind Quintet No. 1, Op. 124.

Further details from: Kirckman Concert Society, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8HX, Tel: +44 20 7586 5343 or www.kirckman.org.uk.

 

 

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Patrick Noronha Orchestra Concerts

Noronha

Two up-coming London concerts by the Patrick Noronha Orchestra are centred upon 18th-century music by Bach, Vivaldi and Haydn, contrasted with much later works by Puccini, Barber and ‘Requiem for a Dream’ Clint Mansell.

The first programme is on May 1st at St Martin-in-the-Fields, a lunch time concert featuring concerti by Bach and Vivaldi with Orpheus Papafilippou violin and Bridget Cunningham, harpsichord.

The later concert is at St John’s Church, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill on June 27th, a programme entitled ‘String Expressions’.

 

 

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The Chamber Music of Howard Blake

The chamber music of Howard Blake comprises the programme on April 17th at Milton Court Con cert Hall, 1 Milton Street EC2, in a concert presented by Lisa Peacock Concert Management Ltd.

The musicians taking part are Madeleine Mitchell, violin; Rivka Golani, viola, Benedict Kloeckner, cello and Howard Blake himself as pianist. The programme will be made up of Blake’s Elegia Stravagante, Piano Trio no.3 *; Diversions for cello and piano*; Prelude for solo viola*; The Enchantment of Venus for cello & piano* and the Piano Quartet. Works marked * will be receiving their 1st London concert performances. Tickets available from the Barbican box office: 020 7638 8891 www.barbican.org.uk.

 

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