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Mahler 5 Oxford UO

The Hertfordshire Festival of Music presents a week of concerts and events place between June 10 and 16, inspired by the theme ‘The Music of Fantasy, Folklore and Fable’. On Friday 15th June the Galliard Ensemble and actor Matthew Sharp perform a dramatisation of James Francis Brown’s Heralds Of Good Fortune.

Ensecu Video

In this film, made at the 2016 Stift Festival by Pilvax & Oberyn, the Rowland Kudritskaya Duo performs Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance.

They have just completed recording both Hubert Parry’s Grosses Duo in E minor and Percy Sherwood’s Suite for Two Pianos, for release on the Lyrita label later in the year.

Following several highly successful appearances with the City of Joensuu Orchestra over recent years, performing concerto no. 2 by Philip Glass, and the Vivaldi/Piazzolla “Eight Seasons” with conductor Arie van Beek, the orchestra has invited him to return – this time to perform Lindberg’s Violin Concerto no. 1. He has just arrived there for rehearsals, and the concert takes place on Thursday evening. The conductor is Jurjen Hempel.

Rowland says:


In addition to giving the festival’s opening concert, Goran and Danijel will serve on the competition jury and run masterclasses.

During their stay at Wyastone to make their first recording for Lyrita, Simon and Hiro enjoyed chatting with Adrian Farmer about a wide range of subjects for this (the label’s inaugural) podcast.

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Roland Dyens - Classical Guitar Magazine credit Felix Salazar

The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet has been invited to present this tribute to the legendary French guitarist, composer and teacher Roland Dyens, who passed away in October 2016.

Robert Plane
Robert Plane is looking forward working with students at Leeds College of Music on Wednesday 24th January. The masterclass, which is  open to the public, starts at 1pm and runs until 4pm.

BBC NOW celebrate 90th Birthday - Mark Boden Clarinet Concerto

As part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s 90th birthday celebrations during 2018, the orchestra’s concert on 28th March will includes two world premieres, each written by a welsh composer. Mark Boden’s Clarinet Concerto has been written for BBC NOW Principal Clarinet, Robert Plane and Guto Puw’s Camouflage: a BBC Radio 3 and Ty Cerdd Commission.

Robert Plane

Robert Plane will make the world premiere recordings of concertos by Iain Hamilton, Ruth Gipps, Richard Walthew and an orchestration of John Ireland’s Fantasy Sonata for clarinet and strings with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins.

Linos Piano Trio Ensemble-in-Residence Trinity Laban

The Linos Piano Trio thoroughly enjoyed their first visit to Trinity Laban Conservatoire in November as Ensemble-in-Residence. They return on Friday 23rd March to give another enticing lunchtime recital in the chapel, featuring two arrangements of orchestral works. They will then work collectively with students to explore both the rewards as well as the challenges of transcribing orchestral works for piano trio. As part of this post concert workshop, the Linos Piano Trio will share examples of their approach to re-imagining orchestral colours in Debussy, Ravel, and Dukas. The day will end with a series of masterclasses.

John Lill

Robin Browning and SÓN are honoured to welcome one of the world’s most celebrated pianists, John Lill, to perform Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto on Sunday 28th Jan 2018 at 7:30 pm.

A note for the diary – listen to Simon on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on Wednesday 3rd January when he performs with Harry Cameron-Penny.