Opera Holland Park is adored by opera newbies for its friendly, informal atmosphere and its accessible ticket prices. Yet it is adored by aficianados too for its brave programming... and this season is no different.
“If you haven’t heard Notations your life isn’t complete.” Ruth Mackenzie is clearly passionate about the music of Pierre Boulez, and in her new capacity as Artistic Director of the Holland Festival she is in the perfect position to share that passion.
From delectable strudels to fine Hungarian dining in opulent surroundings to improbable fusions of Italian and Jewish cooking, Budapest will tempt every palate. The city's famous "Ruin bars", spas and clubs are just some of a thousand places to relax or have fun.
The cultural stepping stone between Europe and the Middle East, Istanbul, with its stunning Byzantine architecture, continues to entrance visitors. Founded in 1973, the Istanbul Music Festival originally began as a classical music festival, but has expanded its horizons.
We know that love isn't really a bed of roses, so if you've been jilted, dumped. left all alone this Valentine's Day, fear not. Here's our alternative guide – a cynic's guide, if you will – to what love can really be like!
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing some of our most romantic pieces of classical music with you to create that special playlist. Break open a bottle of bubbly, unwrap that box of chocolates and curl up together on the sofa to enjoy our Valentines favourites.
On 26th December, 1926, Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphonic Society gave the première of Tapiola, a tone poem depicting the forest spirit of the Kalevala. No-one knew thatTapiola would turn out to be the composer’s last major work...