Read our artists’ latest news and keep up to date with the developments in their careers.
The Solem Quartet is excited to present a concert online at 1pm on Thursday 16th July.
Streamed on Facebook, the concert will take the form of a socially-distanced performance in the atmospheric setting of St Giles Church, Camberwell.
The half-hour programme will focus on themes of time and nature, and feature music written in times of isolation by composers including William Byrd, Bela Bartók, Cassandra Miller, Florence Price and Thomas Adès.
The Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane, Artistic Directors of the festival, will be joined by a select group of talented performers to present this virtual incarnation of the annual summer festival.
Soirées at Breinton have successfully organised hosting their summer concerts outside this year, and Huw Wiggin and Oliver Wass look forward to appearing as part of the series, ‘Summer at Breinton’, next month.
In an enterprising move towards the return of live performances, Summer at Breinton hosted its first live concert of the year on Saturday 4th July, with a socially-distanced audience taking their places in the garden at Breinton (pictured above).
Tickets for the upcoming Stiftfestival in the Netherlands go on sale to the general public today, Monday 6th July.
Artistic Director Daniel Rowland and the rest of the festival organisers are thrilled that they are able to run a ‘limited edition’ of their annual festival, with over 20 concerts and a hugely exciting list of artists, despite all of the hurdles!
Daniel Rowland looks forward to releasing a new disc in the autumn, featuring, amongst other landmark works by the composer, Pēteris Vasks’s second violin concerto ‘Lonely Angel’.
Lovely to hear the Ferio Saxophone Quartet’s recording of Corelli’s Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 8 (3rd movement) played on Sarah Walker’s BBC Radio 3 Sunday Morning programme.
If you missed it at the time, you can ‘listen again’ to Robert Plane chatting to Alice Neary on Penarth Radio about his career, the repertoire he has performed and recorded and also his new appointment as Head of Wind Performance at RWCMD. You can hear Robert from about fourteen minutes into the broadcast.
Daniel Rowland and the Stiftfestival management team have just announced that tickets will soon go on sale for their upcoming Limited Edition of the Summerfestival 2020. It will run from 23rd to 29th August, and will take account of the current guidance in the Netherlands in relation to COVID-19: events will have a maximum audience of 100 people, maintaining a 1.5-metre distance at all times. The themes of this edition, based on Beethoven’s life, are Isolation, Revolution, Freedom, Brotherhood, Nature and Love, which the organisers note now feel more important and relevant than ever.
Having made premiere recordings of exciting discoveries by Bax, Holbrooke and Robin Milford during his career, Robert Plane decided to turn his attention to lost concerto repertoire for his latest project. The resulting CD, ‘Reawakened’, brings back to life three exciting clarinet concertos that had fallen into neglect, in world-premiere recordings. It will be released by Champs Hill Records next month.
We are thrilled to announce that the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has appointed Robert Plane as its new Head of Woodwind Performance. Robert, who has been a clarinet tutor at the College for the last twenty years and also Principal Clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales over the same period, will start his new position in September in parallel with his highly successful career as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist.
Gramophone, Jeremy Dibble
“Reinventing the repertoire”: it may seem like a tall order, but this is how the Linos Piano Trio describes the philosophy at the heart of its music making.