Near And Now is Gwilym Simcock’s second album for solo piano with ACT Records, and will be available on CD from April 26th. His ACT debut, the Mercury Prize-shortlisted Good Days At Schloss Elmau (2011), was hailed a success by critics and audiences alike, and established the Welsh-born pianist’s reputation internationally.

On Saturday 2 March, the BSO will once again be opening the doors of Lighthouse, Poole for a full day of public workshops as part of its Composers’ Day 2019. The BSO’s Composers’ Day 2019 provides composers or anyone with an interest in new music the opportunity to take part in a full day of composition workshops and discussions.

Classical Opera

Bruno Michel has been Artistic Administrator at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for the past twenty-two years, working closely with general directors Jean-Pierre Brossmann and Jean-Luc Choplin on the artistic policy of the theatre and its wide-ranging programme of music, opera and musical theatre.

While working at the Châtelet, he took over as Director of Artistic Planning at the Leipzig Opera in 2006-2007, presiding over the casting of guest artists and the development of the opera house’s permanent ensemble.

Shakespeare’s Globe Summer 2019 tour

Brendan O’Hea returns to direct Globe on Tour, where a company of eight actors will once again offer audiences around the world a trio of plays which this year explore the themes of refuge and displacement. Continuing last summer’s experiment, which revived the Shakespearean tradition of allowing audiences to vote for the play they’d like to see, this year’s audiences will cast their votes for The Comedy of ErrorsTwelfth Night or Periclesall stories of lost families, new homes, and what it means to belong. The tour will return to the Globe stage for Refugee Week (17 – 23 June) as part of a wider programme of events.

2018 saw Nevill Holt Opera open their stunning 400-seat theatre designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Witherford Watson Mann in conjunction with theatre designers Sound Space Vision.

As its programming for 2019/20 again affirms, the spirit of Wigmore Hall is exemplified by both continuity and renewal: artists who have enjoyed decades of association with the Hall and their exceptional performances.

Roy Budd's Phantom of the Opera

Never performed during the composer’s lifetime, Roy Budd’s masterful score to the 1925 silent classic Phantom of the Opera is played live alongside the film by the 72-piece Docklands Sinfonia. Roy Budd had loved Phantom since he was a child. The self-taught pianist and prodigious composer – best known for his thrilling score to Get Carter – had always dreamed of writing music for the iconic film. And in 1993, he did just that, completing his monumental, romantic, anguished score.

Festivals and more...

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Pint of Wine's 2019 season of musical productions

Pint of Wine Theatre Company, an innovative theatre company providing opportunities for artists, technicians and practitioners to challenge the conventions on how theatre should be presented, is excited to announce its full 2019 season.

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Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival

first artist confirmed for 2019 – King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story

Featuring acclaimed vocalist Atila, alongside a world-class group of musicians, this thoughtful and entertaining new show takes a fresh look at the life and work of the timeless Nat King Cole, whose vocal styling in songs such as Nature BoyUnforgettable and When I Fall in Love defined a golden era of music and earned him a place in the history of American music as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time.
Following sell-out shows at London’s Hippodrome and Ronnie Scott’s, and featuring many of Nat King Cole’s most celebrated songs, alongside stylish reworkings of his lesser-known gems, this is a unique evening of music celebrating one of music’s all-time greats!

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The Vestrock Festival 2019

Vestrock Festival headlined by Kaiser Chiefs

VESTROCK is an intimate two-day boutique festival on a beautiful island in the fortified medieval town of Hulst (Zeeuws Vlaanderen, The Netherlands), featuring four stages, good food and great drinks, a 2-day capacity of 10,000 visitors per day, an average of 65 live acts per edition and a marvellous camping site. In 2019 the festival celebrates its 10th edition.
During the past few years the festival has grown to be one of the most unique and ambitious festivals of The Netherlands. VESTROCK, also known as ‘the festival of friendship’, brings you a combination of rock, pop and dance music. 
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Julian Joseph & Jason Rebello - Steinway Two Pianos Festival

Sunday March 24th @ PizzaExpress Jazz Club

In 1995, at London’s revered Wigmore Hall, the renowned jazz pianist Julian Joseph hosted a series of sold out jazz concert partnerships, one evening of which was a two piano concert with Jason Rebello. That concert is still talked about as one of London’s greatest jazz experiences. The recording of Julian and Jason’s 12-minute improvised rendition of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” bears repeated listening as a classic experience of two jazz masters, not only playing brilliantly as individual pianists, but also listening, interacting and responding together. Twenty-three years later JBGB Events are thrilled to bring Julian and Jason together again at PizzaExpress Jazz Club.

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Strike Up The Band

March 6th – 31st, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Take one sparkling Kaufman plot featuring: a scheming cheese factory owner eager to destroy his rivals, a pliable Presidential advisor, a snooping newspaperman, a couple of spies and three complicated romances. Wrap everything up in delightful Gershwin tunes. The result? A joyous romp through the ultimate American business dream of the 1920s!

Director and producer Mark Giesser has written, directed and produced extensively in both Off-Broadway and London Fringe venues. Recent productions include his adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic short story The Lady With A Dog, the UK premiere of Alan Alda’s Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, and the 60th anniversary UK revival of the stage play of Gigi.


Edward Burne-Jones Until 24 February 2019

Born in 1833, Burne-Jones rejected the industrial world of the Victorians, looking instead for inspiration from medieval art, religion, myths and legends. He made spectacular works depicting Arthurian knights, classical heroes and Biblical angels – working across painting, stained glass, embroidery, jewellery and more. With his friend William Morris he was a pioneer of the arts and crafts movement, which aimed to bring beautiful design to everyone.

This exhibition – his first solo show at Tate since 1933 – charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century. With over 150 objects, it will bring together major works from across his career for the first time in generations. Highlights include some of his best loved works, such as his huge paintings telling the dreamlike fairytale of Sleeping Beauty, wall-filling tapestries and his remarkable drawings.

Photography exhibition showcasing the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today, celebrating the vitality and importance of fresh perspectives within fashion photography in our globalised and interconnected world.

Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English as a Second Language until 28 April

For English as a Second Language Moon and Ng have created two new series of photography works, responding directly to the historical setting of Somerset House.

Moon presents a dramatic reimagining of Somerset House’s neoclassical setting. She captures imagery of her two muses; Moffy, from London, and Heejin, from South Korea, in the dark of night, rebelliously ‘invading’ the site to create a series of intimate works, featuring bespoke sets and objects that reflect her personal experiences living in UK.

Joyce Ng, a rising star within today’s fashion landscape, uses street-casted models, natural environments and props to create images which feel both familiar, yet surreal. Drawing inspiration from the renowned sixteenth century Chinese novel Journey to the West, Ng has cast models solely from the vibrant community at Somerset House, inviting visitors and residents to become characters in a fragmented narrative through the hidden and public spaces of the building.


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