“For the same reason we are bound to believe that, as neither the beautiful neither the ugly is universal,” claimed the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1844. “Certain operas, which are every day represented and applauded (on Earth), will be hissed off the stage on Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus.”Read More
“It really changes the way we think about the music”.
Our Co-Principal Keyboard, Steven Devine, introduces the predecessor of the modern piano, the fortepiano.
It’s the type of instrument Haydn, Mozart and the young Beethoven would have known and composed for.Read More
The first of a new series of videos exploring the instruments of the ‘classical’ era (1750-1820).
Principal Horn Roger Montgomery looks at the instrument that would have been used to perform Mozart’s horn concertos.Read More
Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of naughty notes and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.
Read the notes as we perform it at Conway Hall with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery.Read More
Here’s the programme for our The Corridors of Power concert on Tuesday 27 February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.Read More
One of the more unusual concerts in our 2017/18 Visions, Illusions and Delusions season is The Corridors of Power, a mixture of Haydn and Mozart conducted by our old friend Ádám Fischer.Read More
West London Synagogue is one of London’s unexpected gems – an architectural beauty with a brilliant acoustic for music.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Mozart: Master of Deception concert with Rachel Podger on Monday 27 November at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
As well as the programme notes, in this issue:
Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue asks ‘Is seeing believing?’ We take a look at the eventful London life of Johann Christian Bach.
If you can’t see it, just click here.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Faust and the Mozart Concertos concert on Tuesday 18 April at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.Read More
‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’Read More
Frances Kelly takes us through some of the basics of her instrument which she will play in Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto on Sunday 14 February 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall.Read More
Finishing around 8.30pm, our Kings Place concert is the perfect aperitif for a sophisticated New Year’s Eve in the heart of Kings Cross and Camden.
So, if you’re planning on sticking around after the chamber music and Viennese dances, here are our top local tips to keep you entertained to midnight and beyond.Read More
We’re taking a break from our 30th birthday season at Southbank Centre to pay a visit to the stunning West London Synagogue, just off Edgware Road.Read More
The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.Read More
We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).
The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.Read More
Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.Read More
Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.Read More
The dinner jackets have been returned to their wardrobes and the picnic hampers stowed as Glyndebourne is over for another year.Read More
We’re currently performing La Finta Giardiniera at Glyndebourne Opera House. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this Mozart opera, check it out and tell us about it!Read More
We all have our favourite operas (if you are into opera, of course). And frequently an intense debate among opera fanatics can arise over who is the best composer. After two hundred years we still debate about Wagner and Verdi, two amazing composers that changed opera forever. With this in mind, I have recently been asked the following: “Daniel, if you had to nominate five (and only five) operas that everyone must see before they die, what would they be?”Read More