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Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza perform Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno in Versailles followed by a “Ruspoli” gala at the Petit Trianon

15 May 2014
The Royal Opera of Versailles provides a sumptuous setting for acclaimed harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his Italian ensemble La Risonanza’s performance of Handel’s first oratorio, Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, on Sunday 6th July 2014 at 4pm. This is followed by a gala concert at Marie Antoinette’s private estate, Le Petit Trianon, in honour of Handel’s Italian patron, Prince Ruspoli. Soloists Roberta Invernizzi (Bellezza), Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (Piacere), Martin Oro (Disinganno) and Krystian Adam (Tempo) join the baroque ensemble for both performances.
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Bevan Family Choir Reunite for Fundraising Concert in Aid of the Downside Abbey Bicentenary Appeal with Sophie, Mary and Ben Bevan

07 May 2014
The Bevan Family Choir reunite with the new generation including world-class singers Sophie, Mary and Benjamin Bevan for a fundraising concert at Downside Abbey for the the Bicentenary Appeal on Sunday 11 May.
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Highbury Opera Theatre gives the premiere of Scott Stroman’s new musical - Shakespeare's As You Like It- at Union Chapel on 13 & 14 June 2014

07 May 2014
Highbury Opera Theatre continues its enterprising programme of presenting contemporary works for all with the world premiere of As You Like It, a new musical adapted from Shakespeare's comedy by American composer, conductor, singer and jazzman Scott Stroman.
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Thomas Zehetmair marks his final concerts as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Music Director with the world premiere of John Casken’s That Subtle Knot at Sage Gateshead & London’s Milton Court

24 Apr 2014
Thomas Zehetmair marks his final concerts as Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Music Director with the world premiere of John Casken’s That Subtle Knot at Sage Gateshead & London’s Milton Court
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ORCHID CLASSICS NEW RELEASE: BRAHMS COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS & PIANO QUINTET GRINGOLTS QUARTET WITH PIANIST PETER LAUL

24 Apr 2014
Orchid Classics, founded by entrepreneurial violinist Matthew Trusler, releases a new CD of the Complete String Quartets and Piano Quintet by Brahms with the Gringolts Quartet and Russian pianist Peter Laul.
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La Foce hosts a stellar line-up of world-class musicians and young talents at the 26th festival Incontri in Terra di Siena in memory of Anglo-American writer Iris Origo

24 Apr 2014
La Foce’s annual chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena returns from 19 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.
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Amati auction features a rare Bergonzi cello worth £500K following valuation roadshow for stringed instruments around the UK

24 Apr 2014
New auction house Amati (www.amati.com) is hosting a series of valuation days around the UK from 23 April to 23 June, offering people the chance to find out what their stringed instruments are worth before the next online auction on Wednesday 14 May.
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Sir Antonio Pappano and his Roman Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia return for a UK tour to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall & London’s Royal Festival Hall

24 Apr 2014
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia returns to the UK with its Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano for concerts in Birmingham and London from 16 to 18 May, performing Verdi’s Requiem and an innovative concert exploring the theme of imprisonment and freedom with works by Beethoven and Dallapiccola.
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Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza release a new recording of Handel duets followed by a performance at Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in May

24 Apr 2014
Celebrated harpsichordist Fabio Bonizzoni and his Italian ensemble La Risonanza follow their series of Handel’s Italian Cantatas with a new recording of the composer’s Duetti da camera on the Glossa label, featuring leading soloists Roberta Invernizzi and Marina De Liso.
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Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook’s new commission for the inaugural Anxiety Arts Festival premieres at Wigmore Hall on 12 June 2014

24 Apr 2014
The Mental Health Foundation has commissioned film composer Jocelyn Pook to write a new work for its inaugural Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014. Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voices, which forms the centrepiece of the festival, receives its world premiere at Wigmore Hall on 12 June at 1pm.
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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

24 Apr 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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Amati online auction on 25 March offers chance to buy Grancino cello valued at £350K, Tecchler violin worth £200K and instruments from The Royal Artillery collection

24 Apr 2014
New auction house Amati (www.amati.com), the online market place for stringed instruments, hosts its next sale on Tuesday 25 March, offering the chance to buy two exceptional stringed instruments: a Grancino cello valued at £350,000 and a Tecchler violin worth £200,000.
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Now 21, Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performs across the UK in the lead up to his third album ‘Dances’ on Decca Classics

25 Mar 2014
In the lead up to the release of his new recording on Decca Classics, Benjamin Grosvenor, the 21-year-old pianist from Southend-on-sea, embarks on a series of UK concerts, including performances at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 24 May and the Southbank Centre on 10 June.
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Highbury Opera Theatre marks Passiontide with performances of James MacMillan’s Clemency and Seven Last Words from the Cross at Union Chapel on 17 & 18 April

25 Mar 2014
Highbury Opera Theatre and Eclectic Voices marks Good Friday weekend with the first staged coupling of BASCA award-winning composer James MacMillan’s one-act chamber opera Clemency and his powerful cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross at London’s Union Chapel, Islington on Saturday 18 April.
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Violist Maxim Rysanov completes his recordings of Bach’s Cello Suites on the BIS label with the release of his new disc on 31 March in advance of his UK tour with the Britten Sinfonia from 23 - 30 May

11 Mar 2014
British-Ukrainian violist Maxim Rysanov releases his second disc of Bach Cello Suites (Nos. 2, 3 & 6) transcribed for viola by Simon Rowland-Jones, on 31 March 2014, completing the set of Six Suites recorded on the BIS label.
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