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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).

Info from admin@nayo.org.uk

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.

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.

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Choral Music Symposium

The 5th World Symposium on Choral Music, consisting of more than 50 concerts and more than 100 workshops, takes place 7-14 July in Rotterdam. Info: www.snk.nl

Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham (UK) Festival explores music with as much enthusiasm as ever from 3-18 July. Twenty or so premières will uphold the original reputation of this Festival to support new music, especially British. Festival debuts include Anonymous 4, Julian Lloyd Webber, and the pianist Francois-Frederic Guy.

To celebrate the 65th birthday of Peter Maxwell Davies there will be a staging of Eight Songs for a Mad King and the English première of a Trumpet Quintet.

As composer-in-residence, Mark-Anthony Turnage receives several performances. Music Theatre Wales brings a new production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. Various ensembles will between them programme the Mozart string quintets. There is much more, and many young artists also making their Cheltenham debut. Info from www.cheltenhamfestivals.co.uk/music

Leipzig, Mullova and Pushkin

The City of London Festival runs 22 June to 15 July. Alongside a multiplicity of non-musical events are the Leipzig String Quartet, the Mullova Ensemble, a St Paul's Cathedral concert combining the Choir and Chorus, and a Barbican weekend of Pushkin-related films. Info on www.city-of-london-festival.org.uk .

Lichfield International Arts Festival

Under the direction of Paul Spicer, Lichfield International Arts Festival takes place 7-18 July. It presents a galaxy of star performers - Felicity Lott, Stephen Kovacevich, Christian Blackshaw, The Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet; and a new opera for voices alone by Andrew Gant. Noye's Fludde is to be performed with local children. There's much more to be found in the brochure. Info on +44 (0)1543 257557.

St Albans International Organ Festival

The 20th St Albans International Organ Festival takes place 8-17 July. The jury for the Organ Competition is made up of notable organists: David Higgs (USA), Naji Hakim (France), and Ben van Oosten (Holland). Each will also give recitals. Catherine Ennis will hold schools' workshops and a Poulenc centenary concert will include the piano and organ concertos. Verdi's Requiem will be sung by the St Albans Bach Choir under Andrew Lucas. The lighter side is presented by equally notable performers: Kim Cresswell and Wayne Marshall (16 July). Booking info +44 (0)1727 846126.

Butterflies in Milan

A new production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly by the Fondazione Teatro alla Scala in collaboration with the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini and the Teatro Regio di Parma will be performed in Cortile Castello Sforzesco, Milano, Italy on 13, 15 and 16 July, all at 9.30pm. Cast includes Elmira Veda - Maria Pia Jonata, Viktor Afanasenko, Franco Vassallo - Vittorio Vitelli, with the Coro Del Teatro Regio di Parma (director Marco Faelli) and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Emilia Romagna 'Arturo Toscanini (director Patrick Fournillier). Info: Fondazione Arturo Toscanini 

Madley Festival

Incredibly, a flourishing UK music festival in the small town of Madley near Hereford is announcing its 34th season, 10-18 July. The particularly impressive Parish Church is the hub of these activities. Experienced professional players come and play in various guises: Orchestra of the Swan, and The London Gala Orchestra, plus Ebony Quartet, Brook Street Baroque, and the Pro-Arte Guitar Trio. The music is mostly mainstream, although some neat touches are to be found. Details from either +44 (0)1981 250309 or +44 (0)1981 550293.

Schleswig Holstein

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

Buxton Festival

The Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, UK, runs 15-25 July. Operas include Donizetti Il campanello di notte and Suppe The beautiful Galatea as a double bill, Puccini's Il Tabarro and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia plus an opera gala. Info +44 (0)1292 70395.

Musica Mundi on campus

Musica Mundi (voice, baroque flute, recorder, baroque cello and harpsichord - 'A valid rival to the Tallis Scholars' - Church Times) will perform 18th century English music, including sonatas and songs by Arne, Eccles, Croft on 16 July, 7.30pm at the University of Hertfordshire, Hertford Campus, United Kingdom. Phone +44 (0)1707 284004 for tickets (£5). Details: www.byrd.u-net.com/mm/forth.html 

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.

Meltdown

'Meltdown' presents its fifth annual celebration at London's Royal Festival Hall of one of the world's biggest festivals of percussion and its music on 17-25 July. Percussive Sticks assembles a multi-cultural display of brilliant performers worldwide, from the Kobayakawa Suigin Taiko Drummers of Hiroshama, the South American Airto Moreiro to the remarkable Adrian Spillett, BBC Young Musician of the Year 1998, and many more. Nick Cave, director of 'Meltdown', speaks of his role as 'helping facilitate mayhem, magic and madness on a grand scale'. Box Office +44 (0)171 960 4242.

New Sullivan Trial in Martley

A new edition of Sullivan's Trial by Jury is to receive its first performance on 18 July, 7.30pm at the Chantry High School, Martley, Worcestershire, United Kingdom. American conductor Bruce I Miller from Worcester, Massachusetts will direct the Severnside Theatre Ensemble (an ad-hoc group of local singers and instrumentalists). Sue Black and Patrick Briddon will sing the roles of the Plaintiff and the Defendant.

The new edition has been produced as part of the Broude Critical Edition project, of which Bruce Miller is a member of the editorial board. Miller and Gloucestershire musician Helga Perry recently discovered a lost song from H.M.S. Pinafore. Info: Helga Perry or Bruce Miller.

Gala Concert in memory of Richard Tucker

A gala concert in memory of the singer Richard Tucker will be held on 21 July at the Teatro Communale in Firenze, Italy (where Tucker was so popular, and sang so often). Singers appearing in the concert include the Alagnas, Terfel, Ramey, Bocelli, Bartoli, Fleming and the voice of Tucker himself. Guests of honour will be Renata Tebaldi and Franco Corelli. A world-wide broadcast of the concert is expected, with the concert also being shown live outside in the piazza.

Messiaen Festival 1999 in the French Alps

Details of the imminent Messiaen Festival at la Grave in the French Alps (21-24 July) are available at festival-messiaen.org/indexe.html . Highlights include performances of Poèmes pour MI, Chants de Terre et de Ciel, Visions de L'Amen and Stockhausen's Les Signes du Zodiaque. Also features a thematic concert based on rhythm in the 20th century and Indian classical music.

Biped

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will present Biped, a new work to a commissioned score by Gavin Bryars at the Lincoln Center in New York on 21 and 24 July. A European tour by the Company in the autumn will bring Biped to Paris for a season 9-20 November. The work explores a new animation technology of motion capture.

Rossini and Verdi

Alberto Caprioli will direct a performance of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle on July 23, 9.30pm at the Santuario della Beata Vergine delle Grazie, Boccadirio di Castiglione Dei Pepoli (BO), Italy. Soloists Rosa Picciotti, Claudia Marchi, Refat Lleshi and Francesco Medda will join the Coro Claudio Merulo and the Orchestra Sinfonica Dell'Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini.

On July 24, 27 and 30, again at 9.30pm, you can hear the same orchestra 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).

New music for solo cello

Gabriel Prynn performs contemporary works for cello solo by Richard Barrett, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Elliott Carter, Jonathan Harvey, Michel Gonneville and André Ristic. Saturday, 24 July, 7:30 pm at St.John's Church Waterloo, London (Waterloo Station/Tube) United Kingdom. Tickets: £5 / £4 Info: www.bcity.com/gabrielprynn

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: www.acprom.demon.co.uk/vocessacrae/ 

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: www.mnorch.org 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: www.webeco.it/interensemble 

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. www.seattleopera.org

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.

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: fherz@online-club.de

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: www.berlinerfestspiele.de .

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.

Moonbird

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: www.gerard-schurmann.com

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.

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: bbcso@bbc.co.uk