music, dance, theatre and art

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September Songs
Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen needs little introduction - an established star of great opera houses around the world with a huge repertoire including fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden alone – and he has now recorded something completely different for Champs Hill Records.

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Callas in Concert
The Hologram Tour

Through cutting edge technology and extraordinary theatrical stagecraft, this first of its kind live concert brings the famed opera star back back to life through breathtaking state-of-the-art digital and laser projection for a live full concert experience featuring original recordings digitally remastered.

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Reading Gaol
by Oscar Wilde

Riding high from the critical success of their show Feel, which recently ran at the King’s Head Theatre, Lion and Unicorn Theatre and successful stints in Hertford and Coventry, the company now return with a challenging new staging of Oscar Wilde’s ballad, remixed with 5 new pieces of writing to tell the stories of 5 men’s oppression, incarceration and hope.

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Love, Genius
and a Walk
by award-winning author and playwright Gay Walley

Mixing a modern love story with fact-based historical drama this new play Love, Genius and a Walk examines the story of Gustav Mahler, his wife Alma, and how stories like theirs affect the world today.

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Classical Opera
and The Mozartists

Classical Opera and The Mozartists announce their 18/19 season with Artistic Director Ian Page. The season opens at Wigmore Hall with a performance of Mozart’s one-act singspiel Bastien und Bastienne, coinciding with the release of their new recording of the work on Signum Classics (18 Sept, album released 14 Sept).

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Totally Thames

A fantastic annual season of over 100 events celebrating the River Thames is back for the month of September. Saturday 1 – Sunday 30 September. This year’s programme will look at London’s famous river as an inspiration and source of creativity connecting London to other cities around the world. 

Joshua McTaggart

Joshua will step down as Artistic Director of The Bunker Theatre in September. David Ralf will continue to lead the London off West End theatre  in his new role as Executive Director alongside a new Artistic Director, who will be appointed this summer. Applications for the role of Artistic Director are now open.

The Leeds International Piano Competition

The Leeds International Piano Competition has  revealed a rich programme of events around the Competition that will provide a much-enhanced experience for audiences in the build up to and during the triennial event, which takes place in Leeds 6-15 September 2018.

Look out for...

Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau known as a passionate and quirky champion of his instrument performing in a BBC Prom at Cadogan Hall 23 July. Playing French Baroque – François Couperin, Jean- Philippe Rameau and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer – with a world premiere by genre-crossing French composer Eve Risser.

Five-time Grammy Award winner, Dianne Reeves features with NYO Jazz comprising some of America’s most outstanding young jazz musicians aged 16 to 19. Dianne Reeves received her Grammy Award for best jazz vocal performance for three consecutive recordings: a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, she also won a Grammy for the film’s soundtrack. Cadogan Hall 1st August.

Following the success of the first ‘Voice of the Violin’ in 2017 at Wilton’s Music Hall, Grammy-nominated soloist Peter Sheppard Skærved explores the violin in the 18th and 19th Centuries. You’ll hear virtuoso works by Giovanni Battista Viotti, Niccolo Paganini, Ole Bull, Charles de Beriot, and more. Plus two world premieres: Roger Redgate – Caprices, and Evis Sammoutis-Nicosia – Caprices. Wilton’s Music Hall 25 July.

Joshua Redman saxophone Ola Kvernberg violin. Two pioneers of their instruments join forces as a duo, once described as a ‘collaboration for the history books’. First meeting at Molde International Jazz Festival in 2006, when Joshua Redman was Artist in Residence, they made their first live appearance together ten years later when Ola Kvernberg took the reins. Wigmore Hall 11 September.

Courses and Conversations

If finally getting around to learning the guitar features high on your bucket list then head for Kings Place 19-22 July for the IGF Guitar Summit. Spend four days of schooling whilst immersing yourself in music performed by some of the biggest names in the guitar world, including the jazz star Nguyên Lê, classical legends Leo Brouwer and David Russell plus, Flamenco sensation Antonia Jimenez.

Dame Janet Baker in conversation with Simon Callow. Dame Janet Baker, widely regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time, is joined on stage by the acclaimed actor Simon Callow for a rare interview about her life in music, and the voices and people who inspired her remarkable career. During her career, which spanned the 1950s to the 1980s, she was considered an outstanding singing actress and widely admired for her dramatic intensity. Wigmore Hall 30th September at 3.00pm.

Dance

Wayne McGregor takes his audience on a personal journey of memory in recollections that have played an important part in his life exploring the body as a living archive with live accompaniment from electronic music innovator Jlin. Company Wayne McGregor are joined by designer Ben Cullen Williams, lighting designer Lucy Carter, artist Aitor Throup and dramaturg Uzma Hameed, for a series of deeply personal dance portraits algorithmically assembled and performed in a unique sequence at every show. Sadler’s Wells 26 – 28 July.

Life is a Dream is a spectacular new dance show from the Olivier Award-winning choreographer Kim Brandstrup. Alongside dramatic, lyrical dancing from Rambert’s brilliant ensemble, imagery from legendary filmmakers the Quay Brothers creates a dream-like experience, and a live orchestra playing the rich music of Witold Lutosławski adds to the otherworldly atmosphere. Various venues September 2018 – February 2019.

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