Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2018

Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2018

The Music Section of the Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2018 Awards which are as follows:   Emerging Talent (Conductor): Karina Canellakis Considering she only made her conducting debut in 2014, encouraged by Sir Simon Rattle...
Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera

Hansel and Gretel, Royal Opera

Now brush your teeth The Royal Opera’s brief to director Antony McDonald was simple: create a production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel that does for Christmas opera what The Nutcracker does for ballet. His answer is picture-postcard pretty – a nineteenth-century,...
Mary Bevan Sings Purcell, Hoxton Hall

Mary Bevan Sings Purcell, Hoxton Hall

Weeping songs By Robert Thicknesse How many gloomy songs can you take at one sitting? The Spitalfields Festival invited its audience to test its mettle in this programme of downbeat (or even deadbeat) numbers by Purcell, Blow, John Dowland, Pelham Humfrey, and one...
The Creation, St John’s, Smith Square

The Creation, St John’s, Smith Square

On the hoof | by Robert Thicknesse | As everyone knows, the journey can be more diverting than the destination – even when the destination itself is pretty tasty. The culmination of Haydn’s great oratorio, the duet between Eve and Adam, is a momentous thing – the...
The Fairy Queen, St John’s, Smith Square

The Fairy Queen, St John’s, Smith Square

Echoes of dreamland | by Robert Thicknesse | Anna Dennis and Carolyn Sampson are our go-to sopranos for Purcell; you’d have to look hard to find better anywhere, so getting them in harness at St John’s with the Gabrieli Consort in The Fairy Queen was a toothsome...