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The Lebanese Al Bustan Festival brings the first Wagner opera to the Middle East for its 20th Anniversary

09 Jan 2013
Artistic Director Gianluca Marciano and president Myrna Bustani announce the full programme for the 20th anniversary of the Al Bustan Festival, which will bring the first Wagner opera to the Levant.
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Jocelyn Pook wins BASCA British Composer Award for score to DESH as her new piece Hearing Voices is premiered at the Southbank Centre

09 Jan 2013
Jocelyn Pook has won a BASCA British Composer Award in the Stage Works category for her vibrant, touching score to Akram Khan’s critically-acclaimed DESH.
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Renowned Japanese-American violinist Midori continues 20 years of community outreach, tutoring children at London Music Masters Bridge Project

09 Jan 2013
Renowned Japanese-American violinist Midori continues 20 years of community outreach, tutoring children at London Music Masters Bridge Project
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Italian-born conductor Gianluca Marciano returns to Grange Park Opera to conduct seven performances of Vincenzo Bellini’s last opera, I Puritani

09 Jan 2013
The young, dynamic conductor Gianluca Marcianò, nick-named “the Italian whizz” by The Times, returns to Grange Park, following critically acclaimed productions of Tosca and Madam Butterfly, to conduct seven performances of Vincenzo Bellini’s last opera, I Puritani.
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London Music Masters Bridge Project nominated in DSC Social Change Awards 2012 for “Everyday Impact Award - New Enterprise”

24 Oct 2012
London Music Masters (LMM) has been shortlisted as one of three finalists at DSC Social Change Awards 2012 for the “Everyday Impact Award – New Enterprise” Category for its ground-breaking music programme the Bridge Project in schools in Lambeth.  
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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor wins three awards in six days as he scoops the Critics’ Choice Award for his debut Decca CD at the Classic Brits

22 Oct 2012
‘The most important British pianist to emerge in decades. He’s one in a million – several million.’
The Independent

Benjamin Grosvenor, the stellar 20-year-old pianist from Southend-on-Sea, has won  the Critics’ Choice award for his debut Decca CD at the Classic Brits this evening.  Grosvenor faced tough competition, being nominated alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Bělohlávek and Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Last week, Grosvenor won the Young Artist of the Year and the Instrumental Category at the Gramophone Awards making a total of 3 awards in six days. 
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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor wins two Gramophone Awards - the Young Artist Award and the Instrumental Category award for his debut Decca CD ‘Chopin, Liszt, Ravel’

27 Sep 2012
‘The most important British pianist to emerge in decades. He’s one in a million – several million.’
The Independent

Benjamin Grosvenor, the stellar 20-year-old pianist from Southend-on-sea, has won two Gramophone Awards at a ceremony held this afternoon at the Dorchester Hotel. Benjamin was presented with the ‘Instrumental’ category award for his debut CD on Decca - ‘Chopin, Liszt, Ravel’, and has also won the prestigious ‘Young Artist Award’. Benjamin has also been nominated for two Classic Brit awards, which will be announced at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 2 October.
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Australian Pianist Angelo Villani makes much anticipated comeback concert at St James’ Piccadilly, London

18 Sep 2012
Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm

Programme:
Liszt - Après une Lecture de Dante:  Fantasia quasi Sonata
Liszt  - Petrarch Sonnets 47 and 123
Brahms -  Ballade Op. 10 No. 1
Brahms – Intermezzo Op. 116 No. 6
Brahms - Rhapsody Op. 79 No. 2
Grieg - 5 Lyric Pieces
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Lontano champions UK premiere of opera Full Moon in March by Pulitzer prize-winning John Harbison as part of the Fourth London Festival of American Music

18 Sep 2012
From 22 to 27 October 2012 at The Warehouse, London

“Harbison’s operatic devices are applied as surely as those that animate great operas from Monteverdi to Britten” - New York Magazine

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Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Southbank Centre recital debut on Wednesday 31 October, following nominations at the Gramophone & Classic Brit Awards

18 Sep 2012
Thursday 27 September, Gramophone Awards,
announcement at 3pm

Tuesday 2 October, Classic Brit Awards

‘The most important British pianist to emerge in decades. He’s one in a million – several million.’

The Independent


Wednesday 31 October 2012 at 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall

 

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GRIMEBORN, London’s Hippest Opera Festival returns to Dalston for its 6th year

09 Aug 2012
Tuesday 21 August – 8th September, 7:45pm

“The place was packed out with a crowd so cool and buzzing that I felt I had crashed some very hip party.”
- Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph

Grimeborn, London’s hippest Opera Festival, returns for its 6th year in Dalston. Among the highlights of this year’s festival is the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s The Sound of a Voice (2003) on 23, 24 and 25 August. This year’s programme includes a stimulating mix of timeless classics by Puccini, Verdi and Mozart; new operas with challenging and provocative themes and new musicals. Edgy subject matter is prominent with operas dealing with suffering and loss in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine; extreme seclusion in Glass’s The Sound of a Voice; sexual violence in Venables’ Unleashed, and even greed in the modern world through a dramatic retelling of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

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Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques announce their 2012-2013 season making welcome returns to Frankfurt, Versailles, Paris and London

09 Aug 2012
During the 2012-2013 season, musical archaeologist Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques present a programme of masterpieces and some more forgotten works in performances across Europe including Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Paris and the Opera Royal, Versailles. Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques will open the season at the Theater an der Wien for a new production of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria directed by Claus Guth. 
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Christophe Rousset champions a revival of Lully’s tragédie lyrique Phaëton, composed for the Sun King in Versailles

09 Aug 2012
Thursday 25 October 2012
Paris:  Salle Pleyel

Friday 26 October 2012
Lausanne, Opéra, Festival Bach de Lausanne

Friday 8 March 2013
London, Barbican Hall

Renowned conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset and his Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques continue their exploration of forgotten masterpieces with a fresh interpretation of Lully’s Phaëton - the story of the son of Helios, the sun God. Performances take place at at Paris Salle Pleyel on Thursday 25 October; Festival Bach de Lausanne on Friday 26 October and at London’s Barbican Hall on Friday 8 March 2013.  Phaëton will be recorded on CD by APARTÉ in October 2012, ready for release in 2013.  This will be the first recording of the complete work since 1994 (ERATO/Marc Minkowski).

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Lontano give UK premiere of John Harbison’s Full Moon In March as part of the Fourth London Festival of American Music

09 Aug 2012
From 22 to 27 October 2012 at The Warehouse, London

“Harbison’s operatic devices are applied as surely as those that animate great operas from Monteverdi to Britten”
 - New York Magazine

Enterprising and highly spirited contemporary music specialist Odaline de la Martinez and her ensemble Lontano present the Fourth London Festival of American Music at The Warehouse, Waterloo, from 22 to 27 October. The centrepiece of this year’s programme is the UK premiere of Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Harbison’s opera Full Moon in March.

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London Music Masters launches the first instrument recycling campaign for London children - LOST & SOUND

03 Jul 2012

London Music Masters (LMM), a music charity providing music education to inner-city primary schools and violin awards for young emerging professionals, launches the first London-wide musical instrument recycling campaign  - LOST & SOUND. The campaign is a rallying call for supporters to donate disused violins, cellos, trumpets, flutes and clarinets for distribution to LMM Bridge Project children aged 5-9, in some of the capital’s most deprived boroughs.

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