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Six Pieces of Britain

The current (domestic UK TV) BBC2 music series entitled 'Masterworks: Six Pieces of Britain' will turn to Britten on July 31, including his Serenade for tenor, horn and strings and the early unison song The Birds sung by the choristers of St Barnabas, Dulwich conducted by William McVicker. This will be the first engagement of this sort for the Dulwich choristers, who have already impressed professionals with their quality.

Caballero and Galvez

Jorge Caballero and David Galvez will perform music by Bach, Brouwer, Piazzola, Rodrigo Scarlatti, and Sor in a guitar duo concert at the Church for All Nations, 417 W 57th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), NYC, USA on 6 August, 8pm.

Full Moon Over Killaloe

From 21 August to 4 September, Canadian artists will meet in the Ottawa area to record local sounds such as traffic noise, voices and waterfalls and then produce new audio artworks, and a series of concerts, performances, retreats and workshops are planned, under the guidance of audio artists Hildegarde Westerkamp and Michael Waterman. Info: Canadian Society for Independent Radio Production.

'Ale and 'Arty

The group Tubalaté will perform tuba quartets at the BMIC in London on Wednesday 1st September, 7.30pm. The following works will be performed: John Reeman's Episodes, Pieces of Eight by David W Solomons, Almost a Fugue by Georg Pelecis, Tolsten Aagaard Nielsen's Pas de Quatre, 'Ale and 'Arty by Colin Bayliss and Philip Clarke's Smack.

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BMIC Concerts

A chance to hear the following at the British Music Information Centre in London over the next few days: violinist Simon Smith plays music by John Ogdon, Nicholas Maw and Bartok on 27 July; soprano Louisa Beard and pianist Geoffrey Burford play music by Denis ApIvor on 28 July; soprano Antonia Cviic is accompanied by piano and guitar in music by Matthew Linley, Tim Parkinson, Alban Berg, Luke Anthony and Julian Knight on 29 July. The BMIC concert room will then be silent during August, and their new season begins in September. Info:

Schleswig Holstein

The Schleswig Holstein Music Festival runs through the region from 11 July to 29 August. Details of this wide-ranging festival from

Visitors from France

Cambridge Summer Music - 16 July to 15 August - presents a wide variety of events, opening with the Maggini Quartet playing Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Other groups visiting will be I Fagiolini with Concordia, Parley of Instruments, Academy of Ancient Music, The Nash Ensemble, Red Priest, and The Campbell Ensemble. Organists will include two new visitors from France, Michel Bouvard and Francois Espinasse. The BBC Singers, London Baroque Soloists and His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts present Monteverdi's Vespers and a new work by Robin Orr under Stephen Cleobury. Cambridge Arts Box Office +44 (0)1223 503333.

Traviata in Busseto

On 27 and 30 July, both at 9.30pm, you can hear the Orchestra Sinfonica Dell'Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini with the Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma and soloists from the Accademia di canto Giuseppe Verdi in Verdi's La Traviata at the Villa Pallavicino in Busseto (PR), Italy. The performance will be directed by Alberto Caprioli.

Let's do it!

Voces Sacrae, one of Britain's finest young vocal ensembles, will sing sacred and secular music, part songs, close harmony and cabaret songs at Constantine Parish Church, near Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom, on 27 July, 7.30pm. Info: 

Alun Hoddinott at 70

The Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott's 70th birthday this summer is to be marked at the BBC Proms in London. His The sun, the great luminary of the universe will be played on July 28 by the BBC National Symphony Orchestra of Wales conducted by Tadaaki Otaka. Four Welsh Festivals also honour Hoddinott this year: St David's Cathedral Festival; Swansea Gower Festival, Presteigne Festival and St Asaph Festival.

Reflect, My Child

A lecture/concert Gilbert and Sullivan Rarities: Music From The Cutting Room Floor on 29 July in the Paxton Theatre at Buxton Pavilion features the world première of the ballad Reflect, My Child, sung by former D'Oyly Carte stars Michael Rayner and Jean Hindmarsh (with orchestra). Info: Helga Perry.

British Invasion!

Jeffrey Tate is to conduct all British music at the Minnesota Orchestra Viennese Sommerfest on 30 July, 8pm. Matthew Trusler (violin), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Michael Gast (horn) and the Minnesota Orchestra will perform Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, These Premises are Alarmed by Thomas Adès, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams and Elgar's overture Cockaigne. Info: or +1 800 292 4141 (phone), +1 612 371 7191 (fax). (Tickets are $15 and $25.)

Festival Internazionale Massimo Amfiteatrof

The International Chamber Ensemble has just commenced its season of summer concerts and opera in the courtyard of S. Ivo in Rome. Similarly, there will be a summer music series of six concerts - Festival Internazionale Massimo Amfiteatrof at the Piazzi of S. Andrea in Levanto from 3 to 13 August. Admission to this festival is free. Info: 

Poems, Pictures and Memories of Russia

Pianist Daniel Paul Horn will play the Humoreske, Op 10 No 5 by Rachmaninov, Medtner's Sonata-Reminiscenza, Op. 38, No. 1, Prokofiev's Sonata No 2, Op 14, the Scriabin Poeme-Nocturne, Op. 61 and Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on 4 August, 7pm at Schoolcraft College, Livonia (in the Detroit / Ann Arbor area of USA). His recital is given in conjunction with a two-week concerto workshop for students.

Venus and Adonis

The development of BAC Opera continues with a London-based showcase Festival 1999 opening on August 13. The repertory is drawn from small-scale works, opening with Scarlatti's Venus and Adonis but concentrating on new material. Info from Katie Price on +44 (0)181 894 3058 or Ben Chamberlain on +44 (0)171 924 5255.

Jane Eaglen's benefit concert

Seattle Symphony's new Benaroya Hall is the venue for Jane Eaglen's benefit concert on 14 August. Her all-Wagner programme repeats Flagstad's 1955 farewell programme. Seats are selling very quickly, so book soon if interested. Info +1 800 426 1619.

Edinburgh Festival

The 53rd Edinburgh Festival runs 15 August to 4 September. Highlights include the return of the Vienna Philharmonic after 23 years, the Pittsburgh Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the new Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

In the realm of opera, a new production of Puccini's Turandot is to be seen with an Asian cast, and a new production of Verdi's Macbeth. Britten's The Rape of Lucretia will be heard in a concert version.

A galaxy of international performers will be heard in recitals and chamber music. Music of the Pipes is a series planned to show its expanding repertory and the diversity of music.

Perhaps the most innovative step for the Festival this year is a new Centre, The Hub, which is described as a 'stunning building'. It opens in July.

Scotland's Youth

Scotland shortly hosts two youth orchestra festivals: the Edinburgh Festival of British Youth Orchestras and the Glasgow Festival of British Youth Orchestras, running concurrently 16 August to 5 September. Thirty orchestras are involved embracing a highly diverse range of music from Mahler Symphony 5 (Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra) to a commissioned The Duegar's Revelry from our contributor Patric Standford (Yorkshire Youth Orchestra).

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Organ Recital

Friedemann Herz will play the organ of Brixen Cathedral in Italy on 24 and 26 August. Music by Ligeti (Volumina), Schnittke (Two little pieces), Corneliu Dan Georgescu (Orbis III, first performance), Adriana Hölszky, Viktor Suslin, Paul Hindemith, Arvo Pärt, Giacinto Scelsi and Bojidar Spassov, Info:

Presteigne Festival

John McCabe is composer in residence at this year's Presteigne Festival (August 26 - 31) in the Border Marches region between Wales and England. Also featured are the Vanbrugh Quartet and prize-winning New Zealand pianist Stephen de Pledge. Contemporary works by McCabe, Alun Hoddinott (as part of his 70th birthday celebrations), Gerald Barry, Celia Harper, Rodney Sephen Newton, Graham Fitkin, Malcolm Arnold and the Festival's founder Adrian Williams can be heard, as well as music by Brahms and the romantics.

Mardi Gras Manchester

Music for a While present songs by Sterndale Bennett, Elgar and Sullivan, solos and duets of the period and a reading of Oscar Wilde's the Nightingale and the Rose on 28 August, 7.30pm at Cross St Chapel, Cross St, Manchester M2 1NL, United Kingdom, as part of the Gay and Lesbian Manchester Mardi Gras Festival.

Berliner Mahler-Fest

The complete works of Mahler will be performed at the Berliner Mahler-Fest, throughout September. Info: .

What Next?

The Berlin premiere of Elliot Carter's one act comic opera What Next? is at the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 16 September 1999. With text by Paul Griffiths (after Jacques Tati's film Traffic), What Next? is conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Nicolas Brieger, with decor by Gisbert Jaekel. There are further performances on 18, 22 and 25 September, and on 25 and 31 March 2000.

RFH Classics International

Looking forward to London's Royal Festival Hall's Classic International Series starting in September, a procession of great orchestras of Europe and one American will dazzle the musical scene on the South Bank. Leading off with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam on 22 September under Riccardo Chailly, there follows in date order the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Milan directed by Riccardo Muti (4 October), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado (11 October), Pierre Boulez directing the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (22 October), the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome conducted by Myung Whun Chung (21 and 22 November), the Vienna Philharmonic again with Seiji Ozawa (15 March), and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch (19 May).

La Guitarra California

Tickets are now on sale for La Guitarra California (24-26 September 1999 on the campus of Cuesta College, scenic Highway 1, north west of San Luis Obispo, California) from +1 805 546 3131. Info: La Guitarra California website.


Gerard Schurmann's song-cycles, Chuench'i (translations of Chinese poems by Arthur Waley), and Six Songs of William Blake, together with Nine Slovak Folk Songs are due to be performed in Manchester on September 25, to be followed by recordings for commercial CD on September 27 and 28 by Alison Wells (soprano) and Martyn Hill (tenor), with Keith Swallow (piano). In addition, Moonbird for solo recorder will be given its first performance at the concert on September 25 by John Turner. Info:

Music to move you

'Music to move you' is an eight-concert season announced for the St David's Hall as the National Concert Hall of Wales from September through to May 2000. Apart from top ranking British orchestras and conductors there will be visits by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Beethoven cycle

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will give a Beethoven symphony cycle at the Royal Festival Hall in London commencing October 14 with conductor Sir Roger Norrington. Info: +44 (0)171 960 4242.

A Tale of Three Cities

An international conference is to be held at London University's Senate House, 22-24 October 1999. Entitled, A Tale of Three Cities: Janácek's Brno Between Vienna and Prague, the aim of the conference is to re-assess the self-image of Brno and Moravia between (roughly) 1850 and 1930, using Janácek as a focus. Info from Royal Holloway College.

Steel and Gold

'Steel and Gold' is the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's title for a forthcoming Rachmaninov retrospective. Over October and November, five concerts will contain the three symphonies, Symphonic Dances, and a concert version of his opera The Miserly Knight, as well as works by contemporaries. A series booking will also include a free celebrity concert with Artur Pizarro. Info:


A European tour by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will bring Biped, a new work to a commissioned score by Gavin Bryars to Paris for a season 9-20 November. The work explores a new animation technology of motion capture.

Millennium Pilgrimage

From 25 December 1999 to 1 January 2001, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner will perform all 200 of Bach's surviving church cantatas, each on the precise liturgical date for which it was written, in abbeys, cathedrals and churches throughout Europe. The project will cost more than 5 million UK pounds (approx. 7.5 million US dollars), and will involve Gardiner in 150 air flights. Deutsche Grammophon will record the concerts, and many will be televised.