MUSIC, THEATRE, DANCE & VISUAL ARTS NEWS

Internationally regarded as one of the finest composers of our time, Sir George Benjamin is the focus of landmark concerts on 5 and 6 March 2019, the first at Wigmore Hall and the second at the Roundhouse, promoted by Wigmore Hall.

A patron of the International Opera Awards since their inception, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo will receive the first ever Honorary Fellowship of the Opera Awards Foundation at a fundraising evening on Monday 28 January at the Royal Society of Arts, London.

The UK’s most prestigious classical music forum, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) annual conference, will be hosted by the Ulster Orchestra at the ICC Belfast, from 23-25 January.

The blurred identity of the gay relationship in the modern age. Following the story of one man’s romantic life, we are taken through the different relationships and encounters he experiences over a period of thirty years.

London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates three centuries of British music in year-long festival

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the full details of a year-long exploration of landmark classics of British music, Isle of Noises, taking place at the Royal Festival Hall across the whole of 2019. 

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Summer Season 2019

Content by Shakespeare's Globe Press Office

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the Summer Season 2019. Celebrating and interrogating our ‘sceptred isle’ through Shakespeare’s history plays, a year-long journey begins with Richard II, opening 22 February in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, continuing into the Globe Theatre this summer with Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.

I'm Woman is a true story of an immigrant girl who grew up without her parents and was sexually abused in childhood and offers a new message in a #metoo era.

Content by Chris Hislop

Directed by Dmitry Acrish, this hard-hitting true story merges facts, powerful memories and even notes of humour to explore the truth and ramifications of Ana’s story. As a prominent contemporary theatre director, Acrish has become famous for his ability to take audiences on inspirational and even humorous journeys over the past six years.

January 28th – 30th 2019, Tristan Bates Theatre

Content by Chris Hislop

Hear Me Howl

From Lights Down Productions, developed with support of Soho Theatre Young Company, comes Hear Me Howl one woman, her drums and a whole lotta rage against the patriarchy. A comedy post punk pregnancy scare.

Exhibitions

Pierre Bonnard THE COLOUR OF MEMORY

23 January – 6 May 2019

This is the first major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard’s work in the UK since the much-loved show at Tate 20 years ago. It will allow new generations to discover Bonnard’s unconventional use of colour, while surprising those who think they already know him.

Born 1867, Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory, imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and innovative sense of composition.

The exhibition concentrates on Bonnard’s work from 1912, when colour became a dominant concern, until his death in 1947. It presents landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture moments in time – where someone has just left the room, a meal has just finished, a moment lost in the view from the window, or a stolen look at a partner.

12 cities, one celebration, 1 February – 6 May 2019

LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE IN DRAWING

In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.  Twelve drawings selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown at each venue.

Following the exhibitions at Royal Collection Trust’s partner venues, in May 2019 the drawings will be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years.  A selection of 80 drawings will then travel to The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in November 2019, the largest group of Leonardo’s works ever shown in Scotland.

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