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Lon­don Han­del Fes­ti­val When: 17 March – 16 April Where: St Ge­orge’s, Hanover Square and around

Tel: +44 (0)1460 54660 Web: www.lon­don-han­del-fes­ti­val.com

Emerg­ing artists, many of them des­tined for ma­jor ca­reers, have be­come in­dis­pens­able to the Lon­don Han­del Fes­ti­val since Lau­rence Cum­mings took charge as its mu­si­cal di­rec­tor in 1999. This year’s edi­tion, fo­cus­ing on Han­del’s Lon­don years, is awash with top young tal­ents, in­clud­ing those ready to con­test the Han­del Singing Com­pe­ti­tion’s prizes.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

19 & 21 March Han­del Acis and Galatea; Nick Pritchard (Acis), Lucy Page (Galatea), Lon­don Han­del Orches­tra/lau­rence Cum­mings

6 April Arne The Judge­ment of Paris; Ed Lyon (Paris) Lon­don Early Opera/ Brid­get Cun­ning­ham

10 April Fi­nal of the Han­del

Singing Com­pe­ti­tion

11 April Han­del Gi­ulio Ce­sare; Tim Mead (Ce­sare), Early Opera Com­pany/ Chris­tian Curnyn

16 April Han­del Oc­ca­sional Ora­to­rio; Lon­don Han­del Singers & Orches­tra/ Lau­rence Cum­mings

Oc­cupy the Pianos

When: 20-22 April

Where: St John’s Smith Square Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 1061 Web: www.sjss.org.uk Brain­child of pi­anist and com­poser Rolf Hind, Oc­cupy the Pianos rolls out for its third full run in April. The icon­o­clas­tic en­ter­prise of­fers rad­i­cal per­spec­tives on the pi­ano’s place in con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, pro­voked this year by the themes of Protest and The Jour­ney Within.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

20 April Rzewski Com­ing To­gether; Maxwell Davies Miss Don­nithorne’s Mag­got; Loré Lix­en­burg (so­prano) 21 April On a Queer Day; Fin­nissy Re­ally liv­ing (world pre­miere)

21 April East­ern Cow The­atre; Loré Lix­en­burg (so­prano/di­rec­tor); Si­wan Rhys (pi­ano); am­a­teur mu­si­cians from COMA. Hind Way out East; Haiku This is the Cow; Kagel Scenes from Staat­sthe­ater.

Sounds and Vi­sions

When: 11-13 May Where: Bar­bican, Lon­don Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 7211 Web: www.bar­bican.org.uk A week­end of deep im­mer­sion in the sights and sounds of con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal mu­sic, cu­rated by Max Richter and BAFTA Award-win­ning film­maker Yu­lia Mahr. The boundary-de­fy­ing, genre-hop­ping Bar­bican Cen­tre minifes­ti­val presents works and mu­si­cians that have most inf lu­enced Richter to­gether with the Ber­lin-based Bri­tish com­poser’s scores, In­fra, Three Worlds and Waltz with Bashir.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

11 May Lu­tos awski Musique funèbre, Richter In­fra; 12 En­sem­ble

12 May Ives The Unan­swered Ques­tion, Re­ich Te­hillim, Be­rio Sin­fo­nia, Richter Three Worlds; Colin Cur­rie Group, BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra/an­dré de Rid­der 13 May Richter Waltz with Bashir; Chineke!/fawzi Haimor

Opera Hol­land Park

When: 29 May – 28 July

Where: Hol­land Park, Lon­don Tel: +44 (0)300 999 1000 Web: www.op­er­a­hol­land­park.com Your starter for ten. Which opera by an Ital­ian com­poser, based on the Lady Go­diva story, proved a hit

in Ger­many on the eve of the First World War? Opera Hol­land Park has the an­swer in the shape of Mascagni’s Is­abeau which re­ceives its be­lated UK pre­miere in the an­nual sum­mer­fest’s canopied au­di­to­rium this July.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

31 May – 22 June Mozart Così fan tutte; Eleanor Den­nis (Fiordiligi), Kitty Whately (Dora­bella) et al, City of Lon­don Sin­fo­nia/dane Lam 14-28 July Mascagni (new li­bretto by Luigi Il­lica) Is­abeau; Anne So­phie Duprels (Is­abeau) et al, City of Lon­don Sin­fo­nia/francesco Cillu o 17-27 July Strauss Ari­adne auf Naxos; Mardi By­ers (Ari­adne) et al, City of Lon­don Sin­fo­nia/brad Co­hen

Proms at St Jude’s

When: 23 June – 1 July

Where: St Jude’s, Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb

Tel: +44 (0)20 3322 8123 Web: www.prom­sat­stjudes.org.uk While Hamp­stead Gar­den Sub­urb res­i­dents called time on the overuse of St Jude-on-the-hill as a record­ing venue in the 1990s, they’ve since ral­lied to the cause of the fes­ti­val that bears its name. Proms at St Jude’s is set to draw ca­pac­ity crowds to hear the Au­rora Orches­tra, Mozart’s Mar­riage of Fi­garo, the Kan­neh-ma­son Pi­ano Trio and the Academy of An­cient Mu­sic.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

23 June Mozart Sym­phony No. 40 etc; Au­rora Orches­tra/ni­cholas Col­lon

24 June Mozart The Mar­riage of Fi­garo; Nevill Holt Opera/ni­cholas Chalmers 29 June Han­del & Vi­valdi; Grace David­son (so­prano), Academy of An­cient Mu­sic/nigel Short

Dar­bar Fes­ti­val

When: 25-28 Oc­to­ber Where: Bar­bican Cen­tre Tel: +44 (0)20 7638 7211 Web: www.bar­bican.org.uk Le­ices­ter-based Dar­bar Arts Cul­ture Her­itage Trust comes to Lon­don for its first Bar­bican Cen­tre out­ing in Oc­to­ber. Dar­bar’s fes­ti­val of In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic spans ev­ery­thing from Car­natic fid­dle-play­ing and daz­zling dis­plays of sarod vir­tu­os­ity to a set from mas­ter sitarist Us­tad Shahid Parvez and the Hin­dus­tani singer Parveen Sul­tana, long-reign­ing ‘Queen of In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic’.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

25 Oc­to­ber Ru­pak Kulka­rni (bansuri) & Meeta Pan­dit (khayal singer)

26 Oc­to­ber Soumik Datta (sarod) & Mal­ladi Broth­ers (Car­natic vo­cals) 27 Oc­to­ber Sanju Sa­hai (sarod)

28 Oc­to­ber Us­tad Shahid Parvez & Parveen Sul­tana

Wim­ble­don In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

When: 10-25 Novem­ber

Where: Wim­ble­don

Tel: +44 (0)333 666 3366 Web: wim­ble­don­mu­sicfes­ti­val.co.uk While Lon­don sprawl and high street chains have re­duced Wim­ble­don’s charms, the vil­lage feel of its leafier parts re­mains in­tact. This year’s Wim­ble­don In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ref lects on change and tra­di­tion in a ten­thanniver­sary pro­gramme spiced with past and new com­mis­sions and per­for­mances by fes­ti­val favourites and new­com­ers. It also ex­plores themes of mu­si­cal di­ver­sity and in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion.

HIGH­LIGHTS:

10 Novem­ber Haydn Seven Last Words, Ge­su­aldo; Tene­brae, Brod­sky Quar­tet/ sitar & tabla

14 Novem­ber Mozart, Bartók, Brahms; Takács Quar­tet

19 Novem­ber Mozart Quin­tet for pi­ano and winds, K452; Imo­gen Cooper (pi­ano), Lon­don Winds

Wide ap­peal: Max Richter co-cu­rates Sounds and Vi­sions

In­dian fo­cus: Parveen Sul­tana at Dar­bar Fes­ti­val

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