Wagnerians Live in Concert

So, after months of serving as the immensely professional, amiable and modest host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live in Concert series, soprano Christine Goerke finally got her own…

A magical marriage of Occident and Orient: Fleur Barron at Leeds Lieder

‘Dreams, Homeland and Childhood’ was an apt title for Fleur Barron’s Leeds Lieder Festival recital with pianist Joseph Middleton.  Born in Northern Ireland, to a British father and Singaporean mother,…

Re-Wilding the Wasteland: I Fagiolini return to Live from London

I Fagiolini’s third contribution to VOCES8’s Live from London series took its inspiration and its structure from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, a poem described in the introductory programme note…

The House of Life: David Butt Philip and James Baillieu at Leighton House

The Rossetti family, according to William Michael, in Some Reminiscences (1906), ‘were not a musical family; they had no gift in that direction … no craving to be constantly hearing…

An absorbing, imaginative ‘enactment’ of the St John Passion from Oxford Bach Soloists

Last April, writing in the Observer, Fiona Maddocks lamented her first Easter without the mysteries and joys of Bach.  ‘This year all performances have been cancelled.  Our lives have already…

Bach’s B Minor Mass: VOCES8 and the AAM on Easter Sunday

In 1818, the Swiss musician, writer and publisher Hans Georg Nägeli (1773–1836) issued a public advertisement announcing an ambitious publishing project, which would make a new Mass, that he had…

VOCES8 and the English Chamber Orchestra join forces on Good Friday to perform Bach and Fauré

For their Good Friday Live from London performance, VOCES8 joined forces with members of the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall.  Barnaby Smith had moved from his countertenor’s perch to…

Fatma Said and Joseph Middleton open Leeds Lieder’s spring festival with ravishing Ravel

“Asie, Asie, Asie.  Vieux pays merveilleux des contes …”  At the start of Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Tristan Klingsor’s Arabian princess proffers a languorous introduction to that ‘old marvellous land of tales’, and…

Dame Emma Kirkby and Friends: Abiding Love

Dame Emma Kirkby’s Live from London, Spring concert coincided with Mothering Sunday, and Kirkby and the ‘Friends’ whom she had invited to perform with her had curated an eclectic and…

Poulenc’s brilliantly observed La voix humaine given a stunning Wigmore performance

We’ve all been there: the heart-lurching response to the sound of the telephone, the bitter disappointment when a text message isn’t returned and the rapid descent into floor-pacing emotional disarray.…