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James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Ehnes' Walton grips in stunning concert of English music at Bridgewater Hall

By , 13 April 2019
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Mark Wigglesworth © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Quintessentially English: Mark Wigglesworth reveals the greatness of Vaughan Williams' Fifth

By , 09 April 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Bleak polar landscapes evoked by The Hallé in Sinfonia Antartica

By , 24 January 2019
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John Harbison following the performance of his Second Symphony © Hilary Scott
Boston

To sleep, perchance to dream? Sir Andrew Davis conducts Harbison's Second Symphony

By , 10 January 2019
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Washington

Folger Consort dishes up a smorgasbord of seasonal English music

By , 22 December 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Fury, passion and loss from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

By , 30 November 2018
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

Mournful and humane Brahms at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 11 November 2018
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Lawrence Power © Jack Liebeck
Southampton

Vaughan Williams ‘Unwrapped’ at the Turner Sims

By , 06 October 2018
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Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Endings and beginnings: choral classics and a new commission from BBC Singers and Oramo

By , 20 August 2018
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St Patrick's © St Andrew Camerata
Edinburgh

Late night candlelit concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 18 August 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Two contrasting seascapes make a pair of satisfying voyages at Edinburgh International Festival

By , 09 August 2018
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Dame Sarah Connolly © Jan Capinski
London

Blissful daydreams on a hot afternoon: lullabies and dreams from Connolly and Middleton

By , 06 August 2018
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Andrew Manze © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 22: London calling – Andrew Manze conducts Haydn and Vaughan Williams

By , 31 July 2018
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Martyn Brabbins © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 17: Purity and passion from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC NOW

By , 27 July 2018
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Five Telegrams from Kensington Gardens © Mark Pullinger
London

Prom 1: Five Telegrams and a Harbinger of War from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

By , 13 July 2018
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Norwegian National Opera Orchestra © Jörg Wiesner
Oslo

On the waterfront: Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony closes the opera season in Oslo

By , 21 June 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Liverpool

Hough in exemplary Beethoven before Manze’s Antarctic tour

By , 07 June 2018
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Gidon Kremer © Roy Bjørge
Bergen

A tale of two concertos: Bergen Philharmonic play Gubaidulina and Grieg

By , 27 May 2018
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Mark Padmore © Marco Borggreve
Snape

Present for the future: a hansel at Snape Maltings

By , 15 March 2018
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Cristian Măcelaru © Sorin Popa
Manchester

Nostalgia, despair and triumph with Cristian Măcelaru

By , 25 January 2018
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Edinburgh

Manze and Fox’s brilliant Britten

By , 18 January 2018
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Rosanne Philippens © Marco Borggreve
Belfast

Translucent sounds: Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Dvořák in Belfast

By , 01 December 2017
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Philadelphia

German fairy-tales and knights: Runnicles conducts Humperdinck and Wagner

By , 30 November 2017
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Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Hamburg

Spanning the centuries with Andrew Manze at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 November 2017
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Kindred spirits: Holst and Vaughan Williams paired by John Wilson and the Philharmonia Orchestra

By , 09 November 2017
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Mark Bebbington © Rama Knight
London

English jewels in the European crown: Wordsworth and the RPO at Cadogan Hall

By , 01 November 2017
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Aurally spectacular Vaughan Williams and Birtwistle at the Barbican

By , 13 October 2017
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John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 14: John Wilson and BBC Scottish Symphony dazzling and searching in English greats

By , 25 July 2017
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Inspired Holst and Vaughan Williams from Mark Elder and the LSO

By , 18 May 2017
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Harriet Krijgh © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

A pot-pourri of British music in Sydney

By , 21 April 2017
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Frank Rosenwein and Sir Andrew Davis © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto receives a belated Cleveland Orchestra première

By , 20 April 2017
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Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

John Wilson and the CBSO present British classics with a difference

By , 01 March 2017
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Michael Francis © Marco Borggreve
Atlanta

Beautifully played Vaughan Williams crowns program in Atlanta

By , 23 February 2017
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Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Jay Price
London

Illuminating Vaughan Williams from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 25 January 2017
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Scottish Ensemble © Joanne Green
Perth

Soaring spiritual ascent by candlelight from the Scottish Ensemble

By , 05 December 2016
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Nicholas Collon © Jim Hinson
London

Shrill frenzy: fierce Walton from Nicholas Collon and the Philharmonia

By , 01 December 2016
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Nicholas Collon © Jim Hinson
Dublin

Moving and mysterious: Collon conducts Shostakovich 15 in Dublin

By , 25 November 2016
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Jamie Barton © Stacey Bode
Atlanta

Drenched by the sea in Atlanta: Elgar and Vaughan Williams from Spano and the ASO

By , 03 November 2016
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Benjamin Northey © Matt Irwin
Melbourne

The Planets: Benjamin Northey leads Melbourne Symphony with discipline and assurance

By , 21 October 2016
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Jennifer Pike © Tom Barnes
Dublin

Engaging English entertainment: the ECO and Jennifer Pike captivate in Dublin

By , 04 October 2016
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Manchester Camerata and Gábor Takács-Nagy © Manchester Camerata
Manchester

When Haydn met Hendrix: Manchester Camerata juxtapose musical genres and icons at the RNCM

By , 24 September 2016
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Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 75: Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

By , 10 September 2016
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Ray Chen © Julian Hargreaves
London

Prom 15: Max Bruch and Vaughan Willams end on a high

By , 26 July 2016
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The Ten Pieces Choir perform Verdi’s Dies irae and Tuba mirum © BBC | Guy Levy
London

Prom 10: Frothy and fast-paced: Ten Pieces Secondary Prom roars to life

By , 23 July 2016
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
London

Broad and glossy: Zukerman and the Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

By , 28 June 2016
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Sydney

Finely chiselled and tightly wrought Vaughan Williams in Sydney

By , 24 June 2016
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
London

BBC Symphony Orchestra introduces Partita by ‘voice of our generation’ Joseph Phibbs

By , 21 May 2016
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Alice Coote © Benjamin Ealovega
Birmingham

Quiet reflections and the swell of the sea: English classics from the CBSO

By , 05 May 2016
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Cédric Tiberghien © Jean-Baptiste Millot
London

Behind the Lines: the LSO in English and French masterpieces

By , 28 April 2016
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Allison Bell © Felipe Pagani
London

Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala to celebrate The Bard

By , 23 April 2016
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