Friday, 10 January 2014

Spring at the Guildhall School of Music

Edward Gardner conducts the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
The spring term at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama includes a recital by Tasmin Little, masterclasses from a range of distinguished practitioners, the launch of Rolf Hind's new CD, a conference on audience engagement, performances of Shakespeare's Henry V and Hamlet and a staging of Jonathan Dove's opera Pinocchio

Musicians from the Guildhall School will be joining the BBC for their two Total Immersion days, devoted to Thea Musgrave (15 February) and Villa-Lobos (8 March). The Guildhall New Music Ensemble is conducted by James Weeks in a programme of music by Aldo Clementi, Salvatore Sciarrino, Edmund Finnis (a recent DMus graduate) and Thomas Fournil (a current BMus composer) (3 April).

The series of Alumni Recitals continues with violinist Tasmin Little and pianist Martin Roscoe performing Mozart, Faure, Ravel and Franck (26 February). Masterclasses are being given by Susan Bullock (31 January), Richard Goode (3 February), Richard Tognetti (24 February), Takacs Quartet (24 February), Benjamin Luxon (12 March), Julius Drake (21 March) and musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (1 April)

Rolf Hind's new CD of chamber and orchestra music is launched in 24 February with a presentation and performance of The City of Love for piano, violin and voice. Guildhall Research Works has a one-day conference Composers, Performers and their Audiences: exploring dialogue and interaction which includes findings from an audience engagement project based around two Britten Sinfonia concerts.

A major event must surely be the performances of Jonathan Dove's opera Pinocchio, directed by Martin Lloyd Evans and conducted by Dominic Wheeler, originally written for Opera North (4-10 March)

Two major Shakespeare plays are being presented, with Henry V in the Milton Court Studio Theatre directed by Martin Hutson (10-15 February) and Hamlet in the Milton Court Theatre (17-22 February)

The Guildhall Jazz Festival and Improvisation Fringe runs from 22 to 28 March, with concerts by the Guildhall Jazz Band, the Guildhall Jazz Singers and Ensemble, the Guildhall Jazz Composers Ensemble and many more.

Further information from the Guildhall School website.

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