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Piano firebrand Nicolas Hodges celebrates Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday with a new solo piece at Wigmore Hall in September

20 Aug 2014
Piano firebrand Nicolas Hodges continues his prolific season with a performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s new commission Variations from the Golden Mountains at a tribute concert for Birtwistle’s 80th birthday at Wigmore Hall on 14 September.
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To celebrate Odaline de la Martinez’ 65th birthday, Lontano launches the Fifth London Festival of American Music, including the European premiere of her opera on slavery and Pulitzer prize-winning John Harbison’s The Right to Pleasure

14 Aug 2014
Celebrating the 65th birthday of the enterprising and highly spirited contemporary music specialist Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano present the 5th London festival of American Music from 7 to 14 November 2014.
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Violin legend Kyung Wha Chung makes comeback to the UK stage with recitals in London and Liverpool

14 Aug 2014
Returning to London for the first time in twelve years, the multi-Gramophone-award- winning violin legend Kyung Wha Chung gives a comeback recital at the Royal Festival Hall with pianist Kevin Kenner on 2 December 2014, following a preview in Liverpool.
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The Kelemen Quartet embark on a European tour as part of their prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition

05 Aug 2014
The critically-acclaimed Hungarian Kelemen Quartet embark on a European tour following the success at the Premio Paolo Borciani International string quartet competition, where they won first prize.
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To celebrate Odaline de la Martinez’ 65th birthday, Lontano launches the Fifth London Festival of American Music, including the European premiere of her opera on slavery and Pulitzer prize-winning John Harbison’s The Right to Pleasure

01 Aug 2014
Celebrating the 65th birthday of the enterprising and highly spirited contemporary music specialist Odaline de la Martinez, Lontano present the 5th London festival of American Music from 7 to 14 November 2014.
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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor premieres new work by Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir at BBC Proms

01 Aug 2014
Outstanding British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor returns twice to this year’s BBC Proms. On 8 August 2014, Grosvenor joins the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and the seldom-performed Franck Symphonic Variations. He returns for a Proms recital on 1 September at Cadogan Hall to give the world premiere of Day Break Shadows Flee by Judith Weir, the newly appointed Master of the Queen’s Music.
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Orchid Classics new release: Harold in Italy - Berlioz/Liszt

31 Jul 2014
The renowned American violist Jennifer Stumm and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen release a new recording of Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with 4 songs by Franz Liszt on Orchid Classics on 1 September 2014.
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Benjamin Grosvenor’s 3rd disc of music from Bach to Boogie-Woogie – Dances – released as he returns to the BBC Proms

30 Jul 2014
Following two Gramophone Awards including Album of the Year for his debut disc in 2012, 22-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor releases his third much-anticipated recital album to coincide with two concerts at the BBC Proms.
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To mark Ton Koopman’s 70th birthday, the 13th Itinéraire Baroque festival returns to the Romanesque churches of the Dordogne’s leafy Périgord Vert region

25 Jul 2014
To mark Ton Koopman’s 70th birthday and 35th anniversary of the founding of his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the 13th Itinéraire Baroque returns to the ancient Romanesque churches around the picturesque medieval villages and towns of Brantôme and Riberac from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 July 2014.
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A sumptuous season of French operatic delights, Handel masterworks & forgotten composers

25 Jul 2014
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques embark on a tempting season of French operatic delights: Lully’s fully-staged Armide, Rameau’s Castor & Pollux and his seldom-heard Zais plus Mehul’s forgotten Uthal, performing the last two operas in concert at the Palace of Versailles.
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A sumptuous season of French operatic delights, Handel masterworks & forgotten composers

25 Jul 2014
Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques embark on a tempting season of French operatic delights: Lully’s fully-staged Armide, Rameau’s Castor & Pollux and his seldom-heard Zais plus Mehul’s forgotten Uthal, performing the last two operas in concert at the Palace of Versailles.
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Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia launch 2014/15 season in Rome marking Richard Strauss’ 150th anniversary followed by a Far East tour in November

25 Jul 2014
Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia welcome a host of international soloists to Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica for their 2014/15 season, commencing on Saturday 25 October with acclaimed Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin performing Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Marking Richard Strauss’ 150th anniversary, the programme - repeated on Sunday 26 and Tuesday 28th October - also includes the composer’s Alpine Symphony, a work they will take on an Asian tour the following month.
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Onyx Brass reach the climax of their Tour de Brass! with two performances at the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival in Glasgow on 2 August 2014

25 Jul 2014
As part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial, Onyx Brass perform David Sawer’s Bronze and Iron at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 2 August.
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“Italian whizz” Gianluca Marciano conducts three Italian operas in the UK in 2014 performing La traviata at Opera North and Grange Park and La bohème at ENO

25 Jul 2014
Vivacious Italian thoroughbred Gianluca Marciano, conductor of choice for Italian operatic repertoire, returns to the UK for three productions at Grange Park, Opera North and English National Opera in 2014.
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Amati host a Valuation Roadshow across the UK

25 Jul 2014
New auction house Amati (www.amati.com) are hosting a series of free valuation days across the UK, and are encouraging people to bring their stringed instruments to find out how much they are worth.
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