From the first moment when the bows slid across the stringed instruments on Sunday night, the Britten Sinfonia filled Crowland Abbey with magic.The Serenading Lincs tour of four venues in the county by one of the most accomplished classical ensembles in the world, came to South Holland with works by English composer Henry Purcell, Hungarian Bela Bartok, Benjamin Britten and contemporary English composer Alec Roth.In just 64 minutes, the sinfonia transpired to heights, depths, breadths and lengths of sound really heard in the flatlands of England.Fortunately for the criminally spoilt audience inside the 12th century, the violinists, violists, cellists and double bass player who make up the Britten Sinfonia were not alone.After opening the concert with Purcell's 17th century-composed Chacony in G minor, revived 300 years later by Britten in 1964 and described by the programme writer as a piece of "dynamic colouring", the Britten String Quarter followed it up with Bartok's Allegro molto … [Read more...] about CONCERT REVIEW: Magical night of classical music at Crowland Abbey
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It was only in September that Kitty Macfarlane released her debut album, Namer of Clouds, but don’t be surprised to find it ending up in a few best of 2018 lists in coming weeks. Just this week it has been nominated in the influential fRoots Critics Poll For Albums Of The Year. And it will all be deserved, the stunning album wears its intelligence and research lightly – wrapped in beguiling poetic lyrics and Kitty’s easy way with a melody.Produced by fellow musicians Sam Kelly and Jacob Stoney, the album was only recorded in April.‘A lot of the songs I’ve been playing live for a long time,’ she tells The Guide, ‘so structurally they were already there, and it was a case of arranging them and putting them together. I wanted it to feel not laboured, not contrived.‘I’m not going to say it wasn’t a challenge – we spent quite an intensive period of time in a couple of studios layering things … [Read more...] about Discover why Kitty Macfarlane is one of folk’s fastest rising stars at The Ashcroft in Fareham
I've buzzed past the Colosseum on a Vespa, witnessed the Palio in Siena, swum in crystal-clear water off Sardinia. But it was the passeggiata in Siracusa that really brought it home, that made the word 'Italy' one of the few that can instantly erase lines from my forehead. It ain't perfect, of course. Driving in Italy is hairy; the difference between romance and real life in places like Naples and Sicily can be jarring, and tourist crowds are pushing Venice towards crisis. But who wants perfection? That would be boring - one thing Italy could never be. From David to the Dolomites, the Aeolian Islands to the Amalfi Coast, we've tried to capture its essence in our travel pages. Impossible? Absolutely. But it's the perfect excuse to go back... Buon viaggio! - Pól Ó Conghaile 1. Take a Fiat 500 tour in Rome Want to experience the iconic craziness of Italian driving while feeling like you’re starring a 1950s Cinecittà Studios movie? Make those dreams come true with a … [Read more...] about The Italian Bucket List: 25 things to do in Italy before you die!
Los-Angeles based Unison Duet Music Production is holding a charity concert in Armenia to donate the proceeds of the event to the music school in the border village of Achajur in Armenia’s Tavush Province, Unison Duet’s co-founder, pianist Shushan Hakobyan told a news conference on Wednesday. The concert scheduled to be held on 10 August, at 7pm, at Komitas Museum-Institute, is organized as part of the Keep Armenian Borders Spiritually Strong program, reports Panorama.am. “This program has been implemented for the third year already. It is mainly focused on providing support to music schools in border villages. This year Achajur music school will open a violin class: violins and corresponding literature will be provided,” she said, adding the tuition fees for violin lessons will also be compensated. Hakobyan said tenor Hovhannes Ayvazyan and flutist Tigran Gevorgyan have also confirmed their participation in the charity program. The students of the … [Read more...] about Music school in Armenia’s Achajur border village to offer violin classes
More famous names including Alistair McGowan, Andrew Graham-Dixon and Suzannah Lipscomb will be taking part in King’s Lynn Festival over the next week.A busy weekend will include a concert at St Nicholas’ Chapel by the world-famous choral ensemble, The Sixteen, whose programme at 7pm tomorrow (Saturday) – entitled Immortal Legacy – will include works by Byrd, Tallis and Britten.It will be followed by a late-night recital at 9.30pm by the festival’s artist-in-residence Marcin Zdunik from Poland and the first of six events he is involved in, including the final concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, July 28.Vocalist Claire Martin will be the guest of the BBC Big Band at the Corn Exchange on Sunday at 7.30pm with a programme entitled Swing Legends and Big Band Divas.Historian Suzannah Lipscomb will talk on Witchcraft at St George’s Guildhall tomorrow at 3.30pm and on Wednesday art critic and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon will give … [Read more...] about TV and music stars head to Lynn Festival week