Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2017

Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2017

The Music Section of The Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the recipients of its Annual Awards for 2017 which are as follows: Emerging Talent (Voice) Natalya Romaniw At just 30, Natalya Romaniw’s star is in the ascendant. A voice of rare spinto warmth lends...

Words and music

By Jessica Duchen Two less than Christmassy pieces of news in music journalism have arrived within a matter of weeks. One is that the Ham & High – more than merely a north London local paper – is dropping its classical music coverage. The other is that the...
Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town

The London Symphony Orchestra’s final Barbican show of the year – show is more fitting than mere concert – was 90 minutes of unalloyed pleasure and delight; a suitably celebratory curtain call for new music director Simon Rattle. Rattle introduced the work,...
Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner, V&A

Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner, V&A

Monteverdi’s curtain call Amanda Holloway At the top of my Christmas highlights is John Eliot Gardiner’s trio of Monteverdi operas, compressed into an evening of music at the V&A to coincide with the Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition....
Marnie, English National Opera

Marnie, English National Opera

Take two by Jessica Duchen Nico Muhly’s opera is a gigantic achievement in every sense. A sprawling, complex, fascinating story feeds Nicholas Wright’s fine libretto with unusually well-rounded characters – and Muhly meets them with a score that glimmers and glows in...
Under starter’s orders

Under starter’s orders

On Wednesday 6 December 2017, the winner of the Critics’ Circle’s annual award for Distinguished Service to the Arts will be announced at the Circle’s Annual General Meeting in London, and in due course published. The 500 members of the Circle are...