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Afternoon Concert

Today’s Radio 3 ‘Afternoon Concert’ was from the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2012, when the orchestra made its debut tour of China, featuring Robert Plane as soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The conductor was Thierry Fisher and the 2,000 members of the audience were joined by 6m people watching live on Chinese television.

We are thrilled to announce a collaboration between the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet and Clarice Assad, who have known each other for many years, having discovered a striking musical affinity early on in their friendship.  They have developed an eclectic programme of genre-defying music full of rhythm, energy, humour and emotion, which they look forward to presenting on disc and in concert in 2020.

“Clarice Assad is quite simply a phenomenon who has streaked across the world’s musical landscape like one of those comets that appears just once in a lifetime”
— Latin Jazz Network

Weber

‘Radio 3 in Concert’ on Thursday evening comes from Aberystwyth Arts Centre, where Ryan Bancroft and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales continue the orchestra’s Beethoven cycle.

Between the composer’s fledgling first symphony and his iconic fifth is a gem of the woodwind repertoire, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No 1, written three years after Beethoven’s fifth symphony and also considered innovative for its time. The soloist is BBC NOW’s Principal Clarinettist, Robert Plane.

Daniel Rowland’s performance of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra can be heard on ‘WWFM The Classical Network’ at 8 pm this evening, Eastern Time.

Rachel Roberts looks forward to joining Tim Horton, Adrian Brendel and the other festival musicians at Plush next week. Full details of the concerts she is involved in can be found here. You will also find information about her forthcoming Wigmore Hall concert with Steven Isserlis, Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust and Katharine Gowers on the 17 November at 7:30 pm, which is the night before her recital with Julian Milford for Sutton Valence Music Society.

We are delighted to unveil a new area of the website, specifically designed to aid you, the concert promoter, in finding and considering artistic proposals.

Simon’s recital on the 24th August at 8pm will be broadcast live on Deutschlandfunk Kultur radio from the festival’s main venue, the stunning Husum Castle.

Tonight’s audience at Church Stretton Festival have a huge treat in store, when they will be able to hear this wonderful new creation from Huw Watkins alongside Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, op. 114 and Schubert Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat major, D. 929

Naxos Top Ten

We are thrilled to be able to report that the Montenegrin Guitar Duo’s second Bach English Suites disc is in this month’s Naxos Top Ten Bestsellers. Many congratulations to the duo.

Robert Plane

On tonight’s programme, Robert Worby presents highlights from Sonorities 2018 – Belfast’s important festival of electronic music which is held every two years.
In April this year, Robert Plane was involved in a series of concerts at the festival covering a wide range of repertoire including Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double for Clarinet and Electronics. Robert’s performance of ‘A Celestial Breath’ by Chris Malloy features in tonight’s programme.

I’m happy to share this little video about the Stift Festival that we made last Sunday. I visited some beauty-spots round Stift and talk a little bit about the upcoming 14th Stift Festival, and the place I grew up.I hope you enjoy this ‘Postcard from Stift’, and feel free to share 😊✨🎶

Posted by Daniel Rowland on Sunday, 8 July 2018

In this film, Daniel takes us to beautiful Twente in the Netherlands, and to the ancient village of Stift where he grew up. We go inside the intimate 14th-century village church where many of the festival’s concerts are held and on a tour of this beautiful location. As Daniel explains, the theme for Stift Festival 2018 – 26th August to 2nd September – is ‘Intimate Letters’. There is a parallel theme of ‘Nature’. Not to be missed!
Festival website for Stift Festival 2018 – 26th August to 2nd September – and ticket information

Please click here to find six super possibilities to consider. They are in the UK in November, playing at Conway and also for Luton Music Club. The Monte Piano Trio are also excited to be performing at the George Enescu Festival in Romania in 2019, where they will give a series of three concerts.

Buxton Radio 3 InN Tune

On Monday 9th July you will be able to hear the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune.

Mike, Vasilis, James and Rory will be chatting to Sean Rafferty about their forthcoming concert at Buxton International Festival next week. They are also at Church Stretton Festival later in the month. They are also hugely looking forward to playing live from the Radio 3 In Tune studio; listen out for pieces by Ariel Ramirez, Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla, arranged for Guitar Quartet!

Rawsthorne

“The Solem String Quartet play with clarity and commitment in the String Quartet”

SÓN – Southampton’s professional orchestra – is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with one of the UK’s leading concert halls.

Unveiled today as Orchestra in Association at the city’s Turner Sims, the partnership deepens a relationship that stretches back to the orchestra’s launch event only two and a half years ago. In that short space of time, SÓN performances in the hall have flourished, often to a capacity audience, in concerts including their acclaimed Unwrapped series featuring David Owen Norris and Classic FM’s John Suchet, and Beethoven 20:20 cycle with pianist John Lill .