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Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

Zazà Opera Holland Park 18 July Endless revivals of “great” operas are legion. But sometimes a work pops out of the undergrowth and catches the imagination of a new era. Zazà, by Ruggero Leoncavallo, the composer of Pagliacci, burst (back) onto the scene with an...

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Proms Queens

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Leila Josefowicz Prom 50, Royal Albert Hall 21 August Sebastian Scotney What a heartening sound. The full house in the Royal Albert Hall didn’t just greet the end of this very fine Prom of Beethoven,...

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Thrill Ride

London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Prom 46, Royal Albert Hall A certain musical schizophrenia characterised the last hundred years: as “The 20th Century” the age was bright, modern and broke with the past. Composers braved atonality and persuaded the players it...

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Lighten Our Darkness

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Prom 40, Royal Albert Hall 15 August This Prom all seemed to fit together so well – on paper, at least. Its tone was described on the summary page of the programme: we were in for “darkness”. And “torment”. Berg’s Violin Concerto, his...

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THE 17TH NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Graham Watts Published: 08/02/2017 The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2016 were presented today, Monday 6th February 2017, at a ceremony in London, hosted by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the...

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