Timothy Orpen recently featured on a BBC Radio 3 'Opera on 3' broadcast, in his capacity as principal clarinettist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Timothy's performance was described as a "stunning solo" by Richard Morrison, in his review of the opera in The Times
The brand-new collaboration between Louise Thomson and the New Oxford Consort is offering an enticing programme for future bookings, entitled "Eastern Pictures", for upper voices and harp. The title of the programme is taken from Gustav Holst's work of the same name, and refers more broadly to his intense interest, during the early years of the 20th century, in the ancient religious literature and poetry of India. During this period he penned several works for the combination of voices and harp, and three of them feature in this programme.
Simon Callaghan has been invited to return to Hong Kong next month for a performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2 with Pro Arte Orchestra.
The Montenegrin Guitar Duo will be visiting this year's Tallinn Guitar Festival in Estonia to serve on the jury, give masterclasses and to perform.
The Linos Piano Trio will host their inaugural chamber music festival in Cologne next month.
This exciting new collaboration, born out of a shared enthusiasm for the lesser-known and rarely-performed repertoire for choir and harp, and for the wonderful, rich and varied programmes of music it offers, can now be booked for 2020, 2020-21 and, indeed, the seasons beyond.
Gower Festival regulars are in for a treat on Friday 12th July when Huw Wiggin (saxophone) and Oliver Wass (harp) give an early afternoon concert as part of this year’s festival. The event is close to being sold out, so if you would like to hear this unusual pairing of instruments and some wonderful music, you need to book soon!
Parnassius (Hiroaki Takenouchi and Simon Callaghan) recently visited Wyastone Estate to record arrangements by Saint-Saëns of sonatas by Chopin and Liszt.
On Saturday 13th July, saxophonist Huw Wiggin will be performing as a soloist with the Henley Symphony Orchestra as part of the annual Henley Festival.
On Sunday 28th April, Daniel Rowland visits the National Gallery of Ireland for a chamber music concert organised by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He will be performing in his capacity as International Visiting Artist at RIAM alongside other members of the faculty and some advanced students.
In June of this year, Robert Plane will be recording a new disc with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins. The disc will include premiere recordings of clarinet concerti by three twentieth-century British composers, building on both Martyn’s and Rob’s continuing advocacy of British music.
On the 2nd May, in the first of a new series, Solem Lates, the Solem Quartet presents 'batózeyal': a night of music for string quartet and electronics.
The Solem Quartet is committed to taking its music to as wide an audience as possible, and especially to young people. Each member of the group is an experienced teacher and as a quartet they have performed and collaborated with young people in many contexts through their regular university visits, workshops and classes with primary and secondary schools and work with the charity ‘Live Music Now’ which provides support to people with special needs.
Simon Callaghan describes his latest recording (which will come out on the Nimbus label later this year) as "a collection of characters - a procession, if you like - by two composers who I think go really well together: Poulenc and Schumann."
February 2019 saw the release of a CD on the Nimbus label of music by Richard Blackford, prominently featuring the Solem Quartet. The first work on the disc, Seven Hokusai Miniatures, was written for the quartet in 2018 and is offered among their current programme proposals.