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Valery Gergiev brings his Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble to Milton Court for their UK debut, showcasing the world’s most sought-after instruments

27 Jan 2014
For their UK debut, Valery Gergiev brings the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble, his selection of 23 of the Mariinsky Theatre’s finest musicians performing on some of the world’s most famous instruments, to the Guildhall School’s new building Milton Court on Monday 4 November, as part of the Barbican’s classical music season.
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To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, cellist Raphael Wallfisch releases a CD of Jewish music with Benjamin Wallfisch in memory of lost family

24 Jan 2014
In advance of Holocaust Memorial Day on 22 January 2014, British cellist Raphael Wallfisch releases a disc of Jewish music with his son Benjamin Wallfisch conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on the Nimbus label on 6 January 2014.
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Director Lynn Binstock and Unexpected Opera present their critically acclaimed show Opera Naked at the St. James Theatre from 15 – 20 October

18 Oct 2013
Following the sell-out success of the unique show Opera Naked in October 2012 which was a finalist for Best Opera in the 2013 Off-West-End OFFIE Awards, Unexpected Opera returns with Opera Naked at St. James Theatre’s Studio from 15 – 20 October 2013.
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Inner-city primary school children from London Music Masters’ Bridge Project perform their first opera, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde on Saturday 12th October

30 Sep 2013
Inner-city primary school children from London Music Masters’ Bridge Project perform their first opera Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten, directed by distinguished British opera director Olivia Fuchs on Saturday 12th October.
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Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen wins Gramophone Award for sublime recording of Bartók’s Violin Sonatas in lead-up to a season of concerts in London

30 Sep 2013
The 35-year-old Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has won a prestigious Gramophone Award in the Chamber category, for his powerful recording of Béla Bartók’s Violin Sonatas, with Zoltán Kocsis on piano.
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Newly renamed “Royal” Northern Sinfonia kicks off their final season with Music Director Thomas Zehetmair at Sage Gateshead and in London at the new Milton Court

30 Sep 2013
Royal Northern Sinfonia, sporting its new honorary title, marks Music Director Thomas Zehetmair’s 12th and final year with a star-studded season of concerts in 2013-14 at Sage Gateshead and with its first London concert of the season at Milton Court as part of the Barbican’s new series there.
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John Graham-Hall releases debut novel, My Wife the Diva

30 Sep 2013
John Graham-Hall, acclaimed tenor in the Met’s opening production of Eugene Onegin, releases debut novel, My Wife the Diva, a satire of a British opera company and its leading soprano.
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Maestro Italiano at ENO

30 Sep 2013
Italian thoroughbred Gianluca Marcianò makes his debut at English National Opera conducting a revival of Anthony Minghella’s Madam Butterfly by Puccini.
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Darbar Festival 2013: Weekend immersion in Indian classical music, culture and food featuring pioneering female Indian musicians and a special tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar

19 Aug 2013
The Darbar Festival returns to the Southbank Centre following its sell out success in 2012 for another invigorating weekend of music, talks, food, and yoga from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September in the Purcell Room for a full immersion in the hypnotic flavours of India.
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Christophe Rousset breathes life into six rare harpsichords from Edinburgh museums in a three-concert residency at the Edinburgh International Festival

19 Aug 2013
Christophe Rousset, whose soundtrack to the film Farinelli about the Italian castrato sold more than a million CDs worldwide, returns to the Edinburgh International Festival for a series of concerts that will breathe life into six historic harpsichords usually kept on display in Edinburgh’s museums.
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British cellist Raphael Wallfisch marks his 60th birthday at the Wigmore Hall on the 15 June followed by a performance at the BBC Proms

22 May 2013
Marking his 60th birthday, world-renowned concert cellist Raphael Wallfisch launches a season of celebrations starting with a showcase concert on his birthday at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday 15 June followed by his return to the BBC Proms on 24 July.
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La Foce marks the 25th anniversary of music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena in memory of Anglo-American writer Iris Origo

22 May 2013
Celebrating a landmark year, La Foce’s annual chamber music festival Incontri in Terra di Siena marks its 25th anniversary in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the Anglo-American author of War in the Val d’Orcia. Set in the buildings and gardens of one of Tuscany’s most beautiful estates, and in historic castles and churches of the Val d’Orcia, the festival returns from 19 to 28 July 2013.
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Ton Koopman’s 12th Itinéraire Baroque returns to the Romanesque churches of the Dordogne’s leafy Périgord Vert region

22 May 2013
Set in the rural corner of the Dordogne’s leafy Périgord Vert, Ton Koopman’s festival Itinéraire Baroque returns to the ancient Romanesque churches around Brantôme and Riberac from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 July 2013.
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Valery Gergiev’s new opera complex, Mariinsky II, opens its doors to the 21st ‘Stars of the White Nights’ Festival in St. Petersburg

21 May 2013
Following the star-studded opening galas, Valery Gergiev’s new opera complex, Mariinsky II, opens its doors in St. Petersburg to the 21st International Festival ‘Stars of the White Nights’ from 24 May to 28 July, showcasing the transformation of the Mariinsky Theatre into one of the world’s premier centres for classical music, opera and ballet.
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Christophe Rousset revives Lully’s opera Amadis in the Palace of Versailles and Beaune Festival

21 May 2013
Musical archaeologist Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques revive Lully’s opera Amadis, a tale of knights and sorcerers written for Louis XIV, in a concert performance at the Opéra Royal in the Palace of Versailles on Friday 5 July.
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