ETO at Home: Ferrandini’s Il pianto di Maria

English Touring Opera’s ETO at Home project has seen the company produce a series of films of operas, large scale vocal works, chamber music and song which can be viewed…

Exile and Isolation: Julian Anderson’s Suite from Exiles, the LSO and Simon Rattle

Often you go to concerts and the programming isn’t especially obvious – why are these works being played besides each other?  This is particularly the case with concertos and symphonies.…

Hasse’s serenata, La Semele, at Wigmore Hall

The cultural influence of Ovid’s Metamorphoses is immeasurable.  A source of inspiration for artists, sculptors, novelists, poets and composers for centuries, its myths have furnished countless composers and librettists with…

Angels and Demons: Christmas Eve with I Fagiolini

I Fagiolini can always be relied upon to bring a double shot of invention and intellect to a choral Christmas cocktail.  Stalwarts of VOCES8’s Live from London festivals, their Monterverdian…

A Renaissance Christmas: Stile Antico, live from London

Place ‘A Renaissance Christmas’ alongside ‘Stile Antico’ and one might comfortingly anticipate familiar festive fare, immaculately performed.  That final expectation was rewardingly fulfilled in this instalment of VOCES8’s Live from…

‘Hymns to the Virgin’: The Tallis Scholars at St John’s Smith Square

St John’s Smith Square’s 36th Christmas Festival has gone ahead as planned. That in itself is something to grant seasonal cheer, especially at what again is proving a trying time…

Kirill Karabits conducts the LSO in mixed performances at the Barbican

Dedicated to the memory of Bernard Haitink, this Barbican concert with the London Symphony Orchestra could have been stymied by cancellations of conductor and soloist.  But Ukrainian-born Kirill Karabits (more…

Monteverdian mystery, magic and majesty from L’Arpeggiata at the Barbican

A discontented and depressed composer demonstrates his talents in the hope of employment elsewhere?  Is that how we are to understand the publication in Venice, in 1610, of Monteverdi’s Vespers…

A formidable Dame Patricia Routledge as the formidable Dame Myra Hess

It came as something of a shock to me to discover that Dame Patricia Routledge is now 92 years old. She is much shorter than one imagines, given the massive…

The 66th Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2021

For the second year running, the Kathleen Ferrier Awards were delayed until the autumn and the participants had only a panel of illustrious judges and a small private audience before…