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United Kingdom's Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance

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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in London

© David Karlin
© David Karlin
There are so many classical music concerts and opera taking place in London that there is always something for you, no matter what you enjoy.

Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Birmingham

© G-Man | Wikimedia Commons
© G-Man | Wikimedia Commons
Check out this page to find out about upcoming performances in Birmingham, as well as the most recent reviews.

Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Cambridge, United Kingdom

© Chris Jefferies | Wikimedia Commons
© Chris Jefferies | Wikimedia Commons
Here is our short guide to the next classical music events taking place in Cambridge, as well as our latest reviews.
OUR INTERVIEWS
Gordon Back

Gordon Back talks about the Menuhin Competition

The Menuhin Competition catches its musicians young, with categories of under-16 and under-22. Gordon Back has been with the competition since the beginning, first as accompanist and now as Artistic Director.
Adam Gatehouse © Simon Jay Price

Spotting talent: Adam Gatehouse

The founder of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme tells us about finding star quality in young musicians and his plans for the Leeds Competition.
Joseph Phibbs

The clarinet as true protagonist

We caught up with Joe Phibbs and Mark van de Wiel ahead the premiere of a new clarinet concerto next week. 
A GLANCE AT THE ONGOING SEASON...

Releasing Janáček’s Vixen

Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Sergei Leiferkus (Forester) © Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne (2012)
Director Melly Still discusses her production of The Cunning Little Vixen, which returns to Glyndeoburne Festival Opera this summer.

The European Elgar takes the Bournemouth limelight

Statue of Sir Edward Elgar with his bicycle, Mr Phoebus © Wikicommons
Elgar is placed at the heart of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s programming next season, putting him very much into a European context.
LET'S THINK ABOUT THIS...

Opinion: UK concert times should change

© Bachtrack Ltd
David argues that typical UK concert times are almost guaranteed to put off the under 55 age group, especially those with kids.
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LondonLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Samuel Evans; Sophie Gilpin; Hampstead Garden Opera; Julia Bachmann; Eleanor Ross; Alexander Aldren; Sergio Augusto

BrightonBernstein, Messiaen, Mayuzumi for flute, piano, percussion

Bernstein, Messiaen, Mayuzumi, Copland
Rebecca Griffiths; Unknown

LondonRambert: Life is a Dream

Lutosławski: Life is a Dream
Kim Brandstrup; Rambert Dance Company

ManchesterThe Hallé - Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony

© B. Ealovega
Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn
The Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Hong Xu

GlyndebourneMadama ButterflyNew production

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Omer Meir Wellber; Annilese Miskimmon; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Benjamin Glassberg; Nicky Shaw; Olga Busuioc
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Battles won and drawn: Beethoven and Barry from the Britten Sinfonia

Nicolas Hodges © Eric Richmond
The latest concert in the Britten Sinfonia’s ongoing Beethoven symphony cycle also featured the London première of Gerald Barry’s combative Piano Concerto.
****1
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Tenebrae weaves a mesmerising spell at Perth Festival of the Arts

Nigel Short © Susan Porter-Thomas
Stunningly beautiful commemorative British choral music from Tenebrae under Nigel Short at Perth Festival of the Arts in St John’s Kirk’s wonderful acoustic.
****1
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Elegant guise from Arabella Steinbacher with Dresden Philharmonic

Arabella Steinbacher © Peter Rigaud
A polished Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto from Arabella Steinbacher preceded a forceful Shostakovich 5 from Michael Sanderling as the Dresden Philharmonic continue their UK tour.
****1
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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Jonas Kaufmann sings the Four Last Songs in recital at the Barbican

Jonas Kaufmann © Mark Allan | Barbican
Kaufmann’s magnificent instrument was not seen at its best in songs by Strauss, but there was pleasure from his clear artistry and the interesting orchestral pieces played by the BBCSO.
***11
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