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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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LondonAriadne auf Naxos

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Brad Cohen; Antony McDonald; Opera Holland Park; Mardi Byers; Kor-Jan Dusseljee; Jennifer France

GlyndebournePelléas et MélisandeNew Production

John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Robin Ticciati; Stefan Herheim; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Philipp Fürhofer; Christina Gansch; John Chest

BasingstokeCandide - Fully Staged Production

Candide - Fully Staged Production
Bernstein: Candide
Jonathan Lyness; Richard Studer; Fflur Wyn; Robin Bailey; Felicity Buckland

OxfordMagnificat

Magnificat
Telemann, Marcello, Vivaldi, Biscogli, Bach
Marios Papadopoulos; Oxford Choir of Merton College; Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic

Moreton-in-MarshAriadne auf Naxos | Longborough Festival Opera

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Anthony Negus; Alan Privett; Longborough Festival Opera; Faye Bradley; Helena Dix; Jonathan Stoughton; Robyn Allegra Parton
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Gabriela Montero returns to Wigmore Hall

Gabriela Montero © Shelley Mosman
Master improviser Gabriela Montero dazzles with an evening of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann.
****1
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Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's punchy, visually exhilarating take on Saul, with Iestyn Davies as a sublime David, makes for a powerful evening of drama at Glyndebourne.
****1
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Prom 6: Love laid bare in a passionate Turangalîla

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBCSO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Revelling in the luscious orchestrations and sumptuous melodies, it was a rare treat to bask in such obvious delight from both conductor and orchestra.
*****
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Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines

Laurent Naouri © Russell Duncan and Opera Rara | ROH
Dismembered after the 1840 bankruptcy of its promoter, Opera Rara's decade-long reconstruction has resulted in a beautifully constructed opera that's enjoyable throughout.
****1
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Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande at the Proms

Christina Gansch (Mélisande) and John Chest (Pelléas) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The annual transfer of a production from Glyndebourne to the Proms this year saw Herheim's baffling production of Debussy's masterpiece. 
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