Welcome to February on Planet Hugill
Candle Light TheatreFebruary opened with a trip to the theatre as we went to see Webster's Duchess of Malfi at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, highly atmospheric with its candle lighting and imaginative use of music.
ETO and ENOEnglish Touring Opera launched their spring tour at the Linbury Studio Theatre with two 20th century operas, Michael Tippett's King Priam and Britten's Paul Bunyan.
We had two views of ENO's new production of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Hilary attending the first performance, whilst I attended a later one.
Mainly ChoralThe English Concert performed Handel's oratorio Theodora, with Rosemary Joshua and Sarah Connolly, and Choral at Cadogan continued with a visit from the Belgian choir Vox Luminis in a programme based around Scarlatti's Stabat Mater.
Recitals and MoreAt the Wigmore Hall the Aurora Orchestra were joined by Andrew Gourlay, Jane Irwin and Andrew Staples for a programme of chamber sized Mahler, Shostakovich and Britten, prize-winning pianist Mei Yi Foo gave a dazzling lunchtime recital, the distinguished vocal ensemble Cantus Colln made their Wigmore Hall debut in an all Bach programme.
I was also lucky enough to attend the ISM's evening with Felicity Lott when she sang a selection of favourite songs, and talked about her career.
Peter Grimes with Stuart Skelton in the title role, heard Oliver Zefmann and the Melos Sinfonia playing Panufnik and Myaskovsky and Nicholas Collon conducting the Philharmonia in RVW, Britten and Ades. She attended Londinium's latest concert Chansonnerie, and went to the Barbican's Total Immersion day on Thea Musgrave. At the Barbican Theatre she saw Opus, a remarkable combination of circus, dance and Shostakovich quartet.