Performances we've heard

My contributors and I cover around 20 to 30 events per month usually in and around London but with occasional excursions to Cardiff, Leeds and other places. We review mainly classical music concerts and opera, with a sprinkling of theatre, ballet and other events, with everything from Renaissance music to contemporary. We try to present a varied selection, covering both major companies and smaller groups and try to give a reflection of London's vibrant classical music scene. Time constraints, and personal preferences, do govern what we review. This is a personal blog, and the following list of events we have reviewed in the last few years represents out own particular tastes.

This page lists the performances from January 2017, those for 2012 to 2016 are listed on a separate page.

April 2017

  • Delius - A Village Romeo and Juliet - Kirsty Taylor-Stokes, Luke Sinclair, Ian Beadle, Robert Gildon, Geoffrey Moses, dir: Susannah Waters, Kantanti Ensemble, cond: Lee Reynolds; New Sussex Opera at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne  (2 April 2017)
  • Bellini, Donizetti, Salvi, Verdi, Tosti, Massenet, De Curtis, Gastaldon, Puccini - Ivan Magrì, Iain Burnside - Rosenblatt Recitals (3 April 2017)
  • London Handel Singing Competition, Max Riebl, Arianna Venditelli, Marcjanna Myrlak, Heloise Mas, Jungkwon Jang, London Handel Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; London Handel Festival at St George's Church, Hanover Square  (4 April 2017)
  • Bach - St Matthew Passion - Ian Bostridge, Andrew Davies, Armonico Consort and Baroque Orchestra, Christopher Monks; St John's Smith Square  (5 April 2017)
  • Russell Hepplewhite - Silver Electra - Amanda Wagg, Alison Manifold, Dominic Walsh, Harry Neill, Jack Riley, Tim Yealland  (5 April 2017)
  • Galina Grigorjeva, Cyrillus Kreek, Arvo Pärt  - Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve - Estonian Music Days at Niguliste  (6 April 2017)
  •  Liisa Hirsch, Tauno Aints, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Timo Steiner, Lepo Sumera, Peter Vähi -  Theodor Sink, Johan Randvere, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Kristiina Poska and Peeter Vähi, Hele-Riin Uib - Estonian Music Days at the Estonia Concert Hall (7 April 2017)
  • Wagner - Parsifal - Matthias Hölle, Anna Larsson, René Pape, Andreas Schager, Tomas Tómasson, Lauri Vasar, cond:Daniel Barenboim, dir:Dmitri Tcherniakov; Staatsoper Berlin  (8 April 2017)
  • Jonathan Harvey, György Ligeti, Salvatore Sciarrino, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Evelin Seppar, Mirjam Tally - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putninš - Estonian Music Days at Niguliste  (8 April 2017)
  • Obscure Avenues; Estonian Music Days (8 April 2017)
  • John Ireland, Peter Warlock, Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells, Charles Villiers Stanford, RVW, Michael Head, Joseph Horovitz, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc,Geoffrey Bush - Kitty Whately, Joseph Middleton; Wigmore Hall  (10 April 2017)
  • Bach - St John Passion - James Way, Gareth Brynmor John, Augusta Hebbert, Tim Travers-Brown, Matthew Sandy, Andrew Rupp, Collegium Musicum London, Bar Choral Society, Temple Players, Greg Morris; Temple Music at Temple Church (11 April 2017)
  • Bach - Coffee Cantata - The Little Baroque Company; London Handel Festival at Charterhouse  (11 April 2017)
  • Handel - Messiah - Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London Mozart Players, William Vann; Cadogan Hall  (12 April 2017)
  • Thomas Tallis: Songs of Reformation & the service of Tenebrae for Holy Saturday; Alamire, David Skinner, Tenebrae Consort, Nigel Short; St John's Smith Square  (14 April 2017)
  • Tavener, Poulenc, Duruflé - New London Singers, Martha McLorinan, Susie Winkworth, Ian Tindale, Ivor Setterfield; St John's Smith Square  (15 April 2017)
  • Rossini - La Gazza Ladra - Rosa Feola, Edgardo Rocha, Alex Esposito and Paolo Bordogna, dir: Gabriele Salvatores, cond: Riccardo Chailly; Live broadcast from Teatro Alla Scala, seen at Barbican Cinema 2  (18 April 2017)
  • Presence through Sound - Yi Ji-Young (gayageum), Hyelim Kim (taegum), Jihye Kim (chango), Kiku Day (shakuhachi), Notes Inégales; Club Inégales (18 April 2017)
  • Heimat  - Benajmin Appl, James Baillieu - Wigmore Hall  (21 April 2017)
  • Alberto Ginastera - Bomarzo - John Daszak, Hilary Summers, Thomas Oliemans, dir; Pierre Audi, cond: David Afkhan; Teatro Real Madrid (24 April 2017)

March 2017

  • Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur - Hrachuhi Bassenz, Brian Jagde, Alessandro Corbelli, Ksenia Dudnikova, dir: David McVicar / Justin Way, cond: Daniel Oren; Royal Opera House  (2 March 2017)
  • Ryan Wigglesworth  - The Winter's Tale - Iain Paterson, Sophie Bevan, Samantha Price, Leigh Melrose, Anthony Gregory, Susan Bickley, neal Davies, Timothy Robinson, dir: Rory Kinnear, cond: Ryan Wigglesworth; English National Opera at the London Coliseum  (3 March 2017)
  • Dowland, Britten, Stephen Goss, Purcell - Carolyn Sampson, Matthew Wadsworth - BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall  (6 March 2017)
  • Louis Spohr, Franz Lachner, Schubert, Mozart, Rossini - Tara Erraught, Ulrich Pluta, James Baillieu = Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall (6 March 2017)
  • Rough for Opera, Cockpit Theatre (7 March 2017)
  • Mozart, Paganini, Werner Bosch, Schubert - I Musicanti - St John's Smith Square  (5 March 2017)
  • Britten, Jackson, Berio, Werle - Nederlands Kamerkoor, Peter Dijktstra - Cadogan Hall  (8 March 2017)
  • Puccini - Tosca - Laura Mitchell, Alexander James Edwards, Craig Smith, dir: Blanche McIntyre, cond: Michael Rosewell; English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire  (9 March 2017)
  • Gilbert & Sullivan - Patience - Lauren Zolezzi, Bradley Travis, Ross Ramgobin, Valerie Reid, Andrew Slater, dir: Liam Steel, cond: Timothy Burke; English Touring Opera at the Hackney Empire  (10 March 2017)
  • Verdi - La Traviata - Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson, dir: Willy Decker, cond: Nicola Luisotti; Met Opera Live in HD at the Barbican Cinema  (11 March 2017)
  • Debussy, Chopin, Ibert, Beethoven, Mozart - Cédric Tiberghien, CBSO Wind Soloists - Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music at John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich  (11 & 12 March 2017)
  • Noah Mosley - Mad King Suibhne, Anon. L'Ospedale - Dominic Bowe, Isolde Roxby, Edward Hughes, Henry Grant Kerswell, Laura Wood, Raphaela Papadakis, cond: Noah Mosley, dir: Ella Marchment, Jonathan Sells, Rebecca Moon, Thomas Herford, Michal Czerniawski, Victor Sicard, Lucy Page; dir: James Hurley, cond: James Halliday; Bury Court Opera  (12 March 2017)
  • Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Gioseffo Guami, Giovanni Battista Grillo - Festa Veneziana! - The Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, Peter Davoren, Nicholas Mulroy, Iestyn Evans, Scott Price; Temple Music at Temple Church (14 March 2017)
  • Handel - Partenope - Sarah Tynan, Stephanie Windsor-Lewis, Patricia Bardon, James Laing, Rupert Charlesworth, dir: Christopher Alden, cond: Christian Curnyn; English National Opera  (15 March 2017)
  • Giacomelli, Bellini, Richard Strauss, Liszt, Barber, Giordano - Sondra Radvanovsky, Anthony Manoli - Rosenblatt Recitals at Cadogan Hall  (16 March 2017)
  • Barber, Britten, Bacri, de Falla, Rodrigo, Obradors, Villa-Lobos, Bridge Poulenc, Collet, Semos & Stanton, Mignone, Granados, Turina, Guastavino, Lara, Churchill, Glanzberg - Patricia Petibon, Susan Manoff - Wigmore Hall  (18 March 2017)
  • Camille Saint-Saens - Samson et Dalila - Claudia Huckle, Aaron Cawley, Michel de Souza, Michael Scott Rogers; Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall  (19 March 2017)
  • Handel - Faramondo - Ida Räntzlöv, Harriet Eyley, Beth Moxon, Josephine Goddard, dir: William Relton, cond: Laurence Cummings; London Handel Festival at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music  (20 March 2017)
  • Francis Poulenc - La voix humaine - Anne-Sophie Duprels, Pascal Rogé; Opera Holland Park at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall  (22 March 2017)
  • Mozart Piano Concerto in C minor K491, Haydn Theresienmesse in B flat Hob XXII:12 - Leon McCawley, Grace Davidson, Catherine Carby, Nick Pritchard, Tristan Hambleton, City of London Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton; Cadogan Hall  (23 March 2017)
  • Willis, Gotham, Bowler, Gorb, Patterson, Oades, LaVoy, Davies, Chan - Choir of Selwyn College, Dingle Yandell, Onyx Brass, Simon Hogan, Chloe Allison, Michael Bawtree; JAM at St Bride's Church  (23 March 2017)
  • Johann Strauss - Die Fledermaus - Opera Integra, dir: Fiona Williams, cond: Sonia Ben-Santamaria; St John's Notting Hill (24 March 2017)
  • Music for the Sun King - Mouret, Lully, Couperin, Rebel, Purcell, Handel, Corelli; London Handel Players, Academy Baroque Ensemble, Rachel Brown, Adrian Butterfield, Laurence Cummings; London Handel Festival at Royal Academy of Music
  • Operatic excerpts -  National Opera Studio - Rhinegold Live at Conway Hall  (27 March 2017)
  • Handel gala - Ruby Hughes, Iestyn Davies, Rupert Charlesworth, Josep-Ramon Olivé, London Handel Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; London Handel Festival at Cadogan Hall
  • Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.1, Alceste, Boyce Solomon - Mary Bevan, Benjamin Hulett, James Platt, Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn; Wigmore Hall (29 March 2017)
  • Luzzaschi, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Frescobaldi, Handel; William Wallace, Galina Averina, Shaked Bar, Pavla Flámová, Marie Lys, Katherine Sharman, Elizabeth Kenny, Laurence Cummings - London Handel Festival at the Foundling Museum  (29 March 2017)
  • Josquin, Mouton, Bach, Vasks, Levine, Pärt, Tavener - Kian Soltani, Hugo Ticciati, VOCES8; Kings Place (31 March 2017)

February 2017

  • Tallis, Clemens non Papa, Esquivel, Victoria, Harry Escott, Richard Allain, Frank Ferko, Kerry Andrew, Ken Burton, John Barber, Frances Grier, Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, Alec Roth; - Ora, Suzi Digby,  Cutty Sark, Greenwich  (1 February 2017)
  • Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel - Katie Bray, Fflur Wyn, Susan Bullock, Stephen Gadd, dir: Edward Dick, cond: Christop Altstaedt; Opera North at the Grand Theatre, Leeds  (2 February 2017)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) - Daisy Brown, Yvonne Howard, James Creswell, Heather Lowe, Elin Pritchard, Phillip Rhodes, James Sharpe, dir: John Fulljames, cond: Leo McFall; Opera North at Grand Theatre, Leeds  (3 February 2017)
  • Liszt Les Preludes, Kodaly Peacock Variations, Bartok Concerto for Orchestra; Salomon Orchestra, Rebecca Miller; St John's Smith Square  (7 February 2017)
  • Richard Wagner Tristan und Isolde prelude, Wesendonck Lieder, Die Walkure Act One - Jonas Kaufmann, Karita Mattila, Eric Halfvarson, London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano; Barbican Hall  (8 February 2017)
  • Gilbert and Sullivan - The Pirates of Penzance - David Webb, Soraya Mafi, Andrew Shore, Ashley Riches, John Tomlinson, Lucy Schaufer, Katie Coventry, Angharad Lyddon, Johnny Herford, dir: Mike Leigh/Sarah Tipple, cond: Gareth Jones; English National Opera  (9 February 2017)
  • New Teeth 4 -  Bastard Assignments; Hackney Showrooms  (10 February 2017)
  • The Food of Love - Song of Songs - Victoria, Palestrina, Lassus, Ceballos; Ensemble Plus Ultra; Cadogan Hall  (15 February 2017)
  • Bettina Furnée, Lucy Sheerman, Cheryl Frances Hoad - Even You Song - Peterborough Cathedral Choir, choir of schoolchildren, David Humphreys, James Bowstead, Steven Grahl; Peterborough Cathedral  (16 February 2017)
  • Kemal Yusuf, Haydn, Webern, Beethoven -  Carducci Quartet - Norwich & Norfolk Chamber Music at the John Innes Centre, Norwich  (18 February 2017)
  • Mendelssohn, Pärt, Hartmann, Vasks, Bach - Alina Ibragimova, Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton; Wigmore Hall  (18 February 2017)
  • Parry, Copland/Bernstein, Rachmaninov - Parnassius Piano Duo (Simon Callaghan, Hiroaki Takenouchi); St John's Smith Square  (19 Feburary 2017)
  • Snow - JL Williams, Lewis Murphy, Lucie Treacher, Tom Floyd; Alice Privett, Rick Zwart, Polly Leech, Alison Langer, Cliff Zammit Stevens, dir: James Hurley, cond: Christopher Stark; The Opera Story at CLF Art Cafe (20 February)
  • Julian Philips - The Tale of Januarie - John Findon, Anna Sideris, Martin Hässler, Elizabeth Skinner, dir: Martin Lloyd-Evans, cond: Dominic Wheeler; Guildhall School of Music and Drama (27 February 2017)
  • Beethoven, Czerny, Jonathan Dove - Melvyn Tan - Rhinegold Live at Conway Hall  (28 February 2017)

January 2017

  • Britten, Vivaldi, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Kodaly - Alban Gerhardt, the Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon; Kings Place  (7 January 2017)
  • Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Gounod, Giordano - Maria Katzarava, Stefano La Colla, Simon Lepper; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall  (10 January 2017)
  • Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, RVW, Britten, Walton, Roger Quilter - Mary Bevan, Johnny Herford, William Vann, Kensington and Chelsea Music Society at Leighton House  (11 January 2017)
  • George Benjamin - Written on Skin - Barbara Hannigan, Iestyn Davies, Christopher Purves, Victoria Simmonds, Mark Padmore, dir: Katie Mitchell, cond: George Benjamin; Royal Opera House  (13 January 2017)
  • Dubois, Hahn, Ravel, Faure, Debussy, Couperin - Trio Anima (Matthew Featherstone, Rosalind Ventris, Anneke Hodnett), Conway Hall Sunday Concerts (13 January 2017) 
  • Ligeti - Le grand Macabre - Peter Hoare, Pavlo Hunka, Ronnita Milller, Elizabeth Watts, Frode Olsen, Heidi Melton, Audrey Luna, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Peter Tantsits, Joshua Bloom, dir: Peter Sellars, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, cond: Simon Rattle; Barbican Hall  (15 January 2017)
  • 1767 - a retrospective - Mozart, Gassmann, Gluck, JC Bach, Abel, Haydn, Arne - Gemma Summerfield, Stuart Jackson, Ashley Riches, orchestra of Classical Opera, Ian Page; Wigmore Hall (17 January 2017)
  • Haydn Arianna a Naxos, Ravel Chants populaire, Kaddisch, Poulenc Le voix humaine - Christine Rice, Julius Drake; Temple Song at Middle Temple Hall  (23 January 2017)
  • Kancheli Mourned by the Wind, Martinu Memorial to Lidice, RVW Symphony No. 9 - Isabelle van Keulen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall (25 January 2017)
  • Nico Muhly, Dominick Argento, Robert Schumann - Alice Coote, Julius Drake; Wigmore Hall  (27 January 2017)
  • Gian Carlo Menotti  - The Medium - Magnetic Opera,Thomas Henderson, Calum Fraser; Barons Court Theatre  (28 January 2017)
  • Herbert Howells, RVW, Roger Quilter, betty Roe, John Ireland, John Dankworth, Peter Warlock, Benjamin Britten, Purcell, Stanford, Joseph Phibbs - Tim Mead, James Baillieu - Wigmore Hall (29 January 2017)
This page lists the performances from January 2017, those for 2012 to 2016 are listed on a separate page.

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