Opera Prelude: Tantrums and Tiaras
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Opera Prelude: Tantrums and Tiaras

Nigel Bates was Principal Percussionist of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. In this talk, he takes a look at the history, architecture and life backstage at London's Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the tribulations and triumphs of working with the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet companies. Simply putting on the performances is not enough - there has to be encouragement for the audience to spend quite large amounts of money to attend a performance.  He will discuss the way artistic inspirations, the people involved and the unique building all function together to create world-class opera and ballet in a unique environment. Nigel’s talk will be interspersed by live performances from our young artists. 

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Britain after Britten - a lecture recital
May
14
10:30 AM10:30

Britain after Britten - a lecture recital

accompanied by Natalie Burch

‘We never seem to get over looking for the next Benjamin Britten. It’s a stupid game’ - Robert Saxton, Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and teacher of Thomas Ades.

Benjamin Britten famously only had one student. Despite this, his legacy remains unavoidable for the contemporary British composer, with the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945 kickstarting a revival of the British opera scene. This lecture will look at different forms of British opera post Peter Grimes, featuring both composers who revered Britten and those who tried to escape his shadow. We will begin with works created in Britten’s lifetime by Vaughan Williams and Tippett, and continuing to explore right up to works of this decade by George Benjamin and Roxanna Panufnik.

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Final Recital
Jun
19
2:50 PM14:50

Final Recital

with Alice Turner (piano), Katherine Clarke (viola), Isha Crichlow (clarinet)

Programme:

  • Handel - With Darkness Deep (Theodora)
  • Schumann - Die Meerfee; Aufträge
  • Grieg - En Svane; Våren; Ein Traum
  • Berg - Die Nachtigall; Im Zimmer
  • Strauss - Kornblumen; All mein Gedanken
  • Melkonian - excerpts from 'Four Middle Eastern songs'
  • Laitman - excerpts from 'I never saw another butterfly'
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