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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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Tom Morris directs Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert for last night of Bristol Proms 2014

25 Jul 2014
Tom Morris directs a new production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert at the last night of the Bristol Proms 2014 on Saturday 2 August.
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Multiple music scholarships for inner-city primary school leavers and an OBE for LMM Founder

23 Jun 2014
London Music Masters announces results of first graduating Bridge Project pupils with several full scholarships to secondary schools, as LMM Founder Victoria Sharp receives OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
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Multiple music scholarships for inner-city primary school leavers and an OBE

16 Jun 2014
Validating the power of music to promote academic achievement, music charity London Music Masters announces remarkable results of multiple scholarships for its first graduating class from two primary schools in Lambeth completing six years of its music programme this summer.
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Violist Maxim Rysanov is appointed first artist-in-residence of Letchworth Garden City

16 Jun 2014
Internationally renowned violist Maxim Rysanov has been appointed as the first artist-in-residence of Letchworth Garden City.
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The Kelemen Quartet has won first prize at the 2014 Premio Paolo Borciani competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy

16 Jun 2014
The critically-acclaimed Hungarian Kelemen Quartet has won another first prize at the “Premio Paolo Borciani” 10th International String Quartet Competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
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Royal Northern Sinfonia announces Lars Vogt as new Music Director ahead of Sage Gateshead’s 10th birthday season

16 Jun 2014
Ahead of the 10th birthday celebrations of Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia announces German virtuoso pianist and conductor Lars Vogt as its new Music Director from September 2015.
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Music in a Tuscan Paradise

27 May 2014
La Foce’s annual chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena returns from 18 to 27 July to celebrate youth for its 26th edition in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the Anglo-American author of War in the Val d’Orcia. Artistic Director Antonio Lysy brings together rising stars alongside world-class musicians including Maxim Vengerov, the Borromeo String Quartet, Saleem Ashkar, Soqquadro Italiano and Solisti.it - musicians from leading orchestras in Italy. Sir John Elliot Gardiner will also be at the festival for a talk and book signing.
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Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Opera’s UK tour brings two great operatic epics, Berlioz’ Les Troyens and Wagner’s Ring Cycle in fully-staged productions, plus a new opera by Rodion Shchedrin

27 May 2014
Valery Gergiev and his celebrated Mariinsky Opera return to present two operatic epics, Berlioz’s Les Troyens at Edinburgh International Festival (28-30 August) and Wagner’s complete Ring cycle at Birmingham Hippodrome (5-9 November). With performances in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Birmingham, the Mariinsky showcases Russian masterpieces including Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, and sacred choral music. At the Barbican, they will also give the UK premiere of Rodion Shchedrin’s new opera Levsha, (The Lefthander). Between performances of the Ring, the Mariinsky Chorus sings Rachmaninov’s Vespers and the Stradivarius Ensemble give a concert of works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Strauss in Birmingham’s Town Hall. Their season is preceded by live screenings in cinemas across the UK of Prokofiev’s War and Peace in a new production by Graham Vick live from the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg – the first live cinema screening from the new Mariinsky II on 16 July.
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Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia give two concerts as part of the Rossini celebrations at Cecilia Bartoli’s Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele 2014

15 May 2014
Following their success at the Salzburg Festival over recent summers, Sir Antonio Pappano and his Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia make their debut at the Whitsun Festival 2014 with two concerts on 8 June. The first concert is at the Großes Festspielhaus at 12pm, in a programme consisting of Verdi’s Libera me and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with internationally acclaimed soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Elīna Garanča, Piotr Beczala and Erwin Schrott. At 5pm, Pappano will conduct his orchestra and chorus in a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Stiftung Mozarteum with renowned soloists Eva Mei, Vesselina Kasarova, Lawrence Brownlee and Michele Pertusi.
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Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza present a staged production of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in Regensburg, followed by a concert performance in Bruges

15 May 2014
Renowned Italian harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his critically-acclaimed ensemble La Risonanza give two performances of Purcell’s operatic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas on Monday 9 June in a fully-staged production at the Regensburg Theatre, followed by a concert performance in Bruges in November. The opera concludes the 30th edition of the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg and features contemporary dance choreography under the direction of Francesca la Cava. For both performances, Bonizzoni and La Risonanza are joined by distinguished international soloists including Italian soprano Raffaella Milanesi as Dido and Austrian baritone Richard Helm as Aeneas.
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