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Planet Hugill is written by Robert Hugill, singer, composer, journalist, lover of opera and all things Handel. Planet Hugill contains regular reviews of concerts, CD's and operas by Robert, our contributor Ruth Hansford and guest posters, along with concert previews, classical music news, interviews and feature articles on subjects as diverse as Handel opera, Bizet's Carmen and English opera in the 1950's.

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Planet Hugill has been running in its present form since 2011, and averages over 60 postings per month. There is a regular interview slot on Saturday mornings, and recent interviewees have included the composer Sven Helbig, Thomas Lauderdale of the band Pink Martini, the conductor Kristjan Järvi, composer Samuel Bordoli and soprano Rhian Lois.

The blog covers the diversity of music in and around London, with occasional forays further afield. We cover performances at many of the summer festivals including Garsington, Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park, as well as visiting Opera North and Welsh National Opera.

Visits abroad have included coverage of the Santa Fe Opera, Dresden Festival, Slovak National Opera, the Birgitta Festival in Tallinn and the Estonian Music Days.


Ruth Hansford also writes reviews for the blog: See Ruth's reviews.
Hilary Glover also writes reviews for the blog. See Hilary's reviews.


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Robert's articles on other websites:
Deep Roots Magazine - Of time and the artist's heart
Deep Roots Magazine - In praise of St Columba
Deep Roots Magazine - Populaires - Amel Brahim-Djelloul
Deep Roots Magazine - Serious, Fascinating, Independent
Deep Roots Magazine - Throw of the dice: Josquin's Missa Di Dadi Album of the week
Deep Roots Magazine - From Advent to Epiphany Classical Christmas Album round-up
Deep Roots Magazine - The 'Circular Music' of Pellingman's Saraband
Deep Roots Magazine - Music of a Forgotten Master
Deep Roots Magazine - Of Ethereal, Poised Beauty
Deep Roots Magazine - Klezmer? Gypsies? Schubert? Yes! Border Crossings Dept
Deep Roots Magazine - The Mesmerising world of music in 16th century convents



Classical Music Magazine: feature article Trouser roles: En travestie
Classical Music Magazine:  opinion piece Classical music is in danger of functioning as a thing apart

The Culture Trip - Journey through time: Glashütte's German Watch Museum
The Culture Trip - Real Cabinet of Wonders: The Mathematisch-Physicalischer Salon, Dresden
The Culture Trip - A walking tour of Kalamaja, Tallinn
The Culture Trip - The treasure's beneath: my tour of Cologne's Roman-Germanic Museum
The Culture Trip - Venice's Hidden Operatic Past
The Culture Trip - Lost in Venice: Discovering the byways of La Serenissima
The Culture Trip - The Royal Swedish Opera: 200 years of history
The Culture Trip - David Jones: Artist and visionary at Pallant House Gallery 
The Culture Trip - Evelyn Dunbar: Rediscovering a lost artist at Pallant House Gallery
The Culture Trip - Stockholm's Concert Hall: Classical to World Music
The Culture Trip - South East Culture: Exploring the Galleries of Sussex
The Culture Trip - The Brighton Early Music Festival 2013: From Medieval to Romantic
The Culture Trip - A Musical Odyssey: Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival 2013
The Culture Trip - Poulenc's Carmelites at the Theatre des Champs Elysees
The Culture Trip - Art Deco exhibition at the Cite de l'architecture 
The Culture Trip - Dresden Weekends: Architecture and Arias in Germany's Reconstructed City 
The Culture Trip - A weekend at Sissinghurst
The Culture Trip - Classical music in Turkey: A long history and a promising future


Opera Today - Der Rosenkavalier at Welsh National Opera
Opera Today - Carmen at The Grange Festival
Opera Today - La Rondine at Opera Holland Park
Opera Today - Heroique flashes - Bryan Hymel in recital
Opera Today - Strong revival Il Trittico at Covent Garden
Opera Today - I gioielli della Madonna in Bratislava
Opera Today - La Traviata at ENO
Opera Today - Donizetti's Les Martyrs
Opera Today - Joyce DiDonato as Alcina
Opera Today - Guilllaume Tell at WNO
Opera Today - Mose in Egitto at WNO 
Opera Today - Alice Coote as Xerxes at ENO
Opera Today - Nina Stemme in Salome at the BBC Proms
Opera Today - Christina Goerke in Elektra at the BBC Proms
Opera Today - Theodora at the Barbican
Opera Today - Tippett's Midsummer Marriage at the BBC Proms
Opera Today - Interview with Kate Lindsey

Mongoos Magazine - Anthony Gormley manhole cover stolen
Mongoos Magazine - Turner Prize Shortlist
Mongoos Magazine - An American in London: Whistler and the Thames at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
Mongoos Magazine - Sir Anthony Caro 1924 - 2013
Mongoos Magazine - Adrian Piper pulls out of Black Exhibition
Mongoos Magazine - British Museum's Duerckheim gift


Forum Opera - Rossini a Naples

Feature articles on Planet Hugill:
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