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Performer: Matthew Halls

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Musical cosmologies in Kansas City

Matthew Halls © Jon Christopher Meyers | Oregon Bach Festival
Visiting conductor Matthew Halls in a programme of Haydn, MacMillan and Beethoven.
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Callum Smart makes stunning RPO debut

Callum Smart, playing Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, and conductor Matthew Halls made very successful debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at a packed Cheltenham Town Hall.
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Bright seraphim: a rewarding Samson in Dublin

A riveting account of Handel's Samson in Dublin, with Katherine Watson, James Gilchrist and Madeleine Shaw shining as soloists. 
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Messiah in Adelaide

A scaled-down Adelaide Symphony Orchestra combine with the talented Adelaide Chamber Singers and visiting soloists, under the baton of Baroque specialist Matthew Halls to present a stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah.
***11
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Northern Sinfonia: A Messiah with plenty of passion

Handel’s Messiah is a challenge to any conductor, particularly in the English-speaking world. It’s probably the best-loved piece in the classical repertoire, guaranteed to bring people out in great crowds. You can’t mess with Messiah, but at the same time, there’s a danger of sinking into tired tradition.
****1
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