The LPO announces its 2019/20 season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, confirming its reputation for bold, creative and distinctive programming that continues to inspire audiences on a journey of exploration and adventure. Resident orchestra the LPO has been performing at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951.

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.

The First China International Music Competition, newly created by the Global Music Education League and China Conservatory of Music, has announced the twenty-two pianists who will participate in Beijing from May 4 to 21 2019.

The competitors, all between seventeen and twenty-eight years of age, have been selected by the world’s foremost international music authorities and come from a total of ten countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Several competitors currently attend the world’s leading conservatories, and many have already won prizes at major international piano competitions such as the Cliburn, Chopin, and Queen Elisabeth.

Ian Page and The Mozartists present the UK premiere of Hasse’s two-act opera Piramo e Tisbe at Cadogan Hall on 28 March. They will be joined by two of their recently announced Associate Artists, Chiara Skerath and Gwilym Bowen (who will be making his company debut), and Australian soprano Kiandra Howarth. Ian Page will give a pre-concert talk to introduce the opera and explore its background.

Piramo e Tisbe was the sixty-first of Hasse’s sixty-two operas, and unlike its predecessors it is surprisingly forward-thinking, incorporating and developing many of Gluck’s operatic reforms in music of sumptuous lyricism and pathos.

The artists and programmes have been confirmed for the first ever Riga Jurmala Music Festival. The new-concept festival takes place in the historic cities of Riga and Jurmala and presents four powerful weekends – July 19-21, August 16-18, August 23-25 and August 30-September 1.

Each weekend is anchored by a leading international orchestra and conductor, with a range of symphonic concerts and recitals, featuring a dazzling array of the foremost stars of classical music, both instrumental and vocal. The Festival is destined to contribute to the rich panorama of cultural offerings in Latvia and provides a major platform for young talent from the Baltic region and beyond, all taking place in a celebratory atmosphere of artistic exchange.

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.

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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