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The Academy of Ancient Music’s 2016-17 season celebrates ten years of Richard Egarr as Music Director including a cycle of Purcell’s operas over three years starting with The Fairy Queen in October 2016. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ Music Director Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis releaseFor the Love of Brahmsin September on Sony, featuring the Academy. The centrepiece is Brahms’ Double Concerto, which was recorded following their critically acclaimed tour with the Academy in January.
Aldeburgh Music’s Friday Afternoons annual ‘Big Sing’ will take place on Friday 18 November with thousands of young people singing Jonathan Dove’s new song cycle commissioned especially for the event with lyrics by writing partner Alasdair Middleton. All resources to learn the songs are available here.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced Xian Zhang as its new Principal Guest Conductor. She is the first titled female conductor to have a role with a BBC Orchestra.
Nicola Benedetti released her new album on Decca in July 2016 with Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in A Minor and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor.
This summer, Cadogan Hall presents Some Enchanted evening, celebrating the music of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers. Lesley Garrett hosts the 4 performances between 18-20 August which also star Ruthie Henshall, Michael Xavier and Gary Wilmot.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla performs as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director for the first time on 26 August in Birmingham with a concert of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Hans Abrahamsen’s let me tell you. They bring the programme to the BBC Proms the following evening.
In the autumn of 2016, the City of London Sinfonia and Artistic Director Stephen Layton tour England’s most stunning cathedrals performing much loved choral works. The programme includes Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Zadok the Priest, alongside Bach’s Suite no. 3 in D major and the orchestral arrangement premiere of James MacMillan’s Oh Give Thanks Unto the Lord.
City Music Foundation’s Joseph Shiner and The Magnard Ensemble present Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music in celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th anniversary in 2016. More information here.
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced that Lynne Williams will become the next Principal, starting in early 2017. She takes over from Professor Barry Ife who has been in post for 12 years and is stepping down to focus on teaching and research. Williams has been the Director/CEO of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art since 2008.
In 2016 Stuart Skelton will perform the title role in Tristan und Isolde for the first time at Festspielhaus Baden Baden, English National Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.
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