Now that classical music concerts have really begun again in earnest after the bad old days of lockdown, we are lucky that musicians are returning to perform in St. Margaret's Church in Topsham, and make use of its beautiful Yamaha grand piano again. One such is Exeter pianist and composer Stephen Beville, who last played here in 2019.
Providing a spectacular setting for classical music, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performs the music of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Beethoven at Cheltenham Town Hall. Providing an evening of beautiful classical music, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Cheltenham Town Hall on Thursday 16 June 2022. Conductor Marios Papadopoulos leads proceedings with Tamsin Waley-Cohen on violin, as the orchestra performs Mendelssohn’s Overture, The Hebrides, Op.
From Kloetzel and Koenig to Weilerstein and Barnatan, a flurry of new Beethoven double acts each offer something new. And Palaver Strings revel in the work of women through the ages Beethoven’s music for cello and piano is not a rarity, but four new recordings in the past year alone is surely an exception.
Lennie Street, 10, was supported by celebrities including Gary Barlow and Peter Andre as he entertained his thousands of followers during lockdown. A 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus who wowed the internet during the Covid lockdowns by learning scores of songs to play on the piano has closed his fundraising effort after raising more than 25 times his target.
There are some fun, beautiful and smart home-grown hits to celebrate, from Untitled Goose Game to the political statement of Escape from Woomera There used to be a time where video games were sneered at and overlooked by the culturati as lowbrow schlock but games are, and always have been, a lively and responsive form of artistic expression.
The privilege of close-quarters thrills from a live-wire duo A previous performance from Elschenbroich and Grynyuk at the Fidelio Cafe, with its mover and shaker Raffaello Morales as the pageturner London’s musical life began its halting road to recovery when in July 2020 a great cellist, Steven Isserlis, stepped out with obvious delight to play Bach to a live audience at the Fidelio Café.
MUSIC scholars from a city school took to the stage to perform a candlelit concert in an Old Portsmouth venue. Portsmouth High School pupils from Year 10-13 joined with sixth form leavers to perform pieces from John Rutter, Bach and Beethoven to songs from the musicals Waitress and Anastasia for an audience of families and staff at a concert held at the Square Tower.
Some people find the more nationalistic aspect of the traditional Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall a bit troubling, but this summer, the venerable concert series has one country-propping performance that absolutely all right-thinking types should be happy getting right behind. The brand-new Ukraine Freedom Orchestra is made up of musicians from the war-torn nation forced into exile by Russia’s sickeningly brutal illegitimate invasion, along with Ukrainian players from world-class European ensembles.
BBC Proms 2022 tickets: Dates, schedule, programme, prices and how to get tickets for Last Night of the Proms
The BBC Proms are back this summer for their first full eight-week schedule in two years. Like most live events, the Proms were significantly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but classical music fans can look forward to a triumphant return at the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC says: “From Mozart and Beethoven to Ravel and Prokofiev, this Proms season is jam-packed full of classic composers and repertoire.
With concerts free of Covid restrictions at long last, our classical music critic looks ahead to the highlights of this year’s festival The Proms are back – and I mean properly back, in swaggering style. The Covid restrictions are gone at last, so the Proms can do what it has always done best: the big blockbuster pieces such as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mahler’s Symphony No 2.
THE CHAMBER music of Beethoven featured heavily around a much anticipated performance of a Robert Simpson rarity in a concert which turned out to be about neither. All three musicians are world-renowned in their own right and together represent something of an all-star trio. Beethoven’s two contributions – first a cello sonata and, finishing the programme the Gassenhauer Trio, provided ample opportunity for such virtuosi to display their brilliance while also underlining how well they play together, a combination that takes obvious skill and abundant compassion.
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts Is there a human predisposition to a 4/4 beat in music? And if so why? Or does 4/4 just feel more natural to me because I grew up with pop/rock as the standard music form?
From cosmic voyages to flightless birds, test your knowledge with the Saturday quiz The questions 1 Walt Disney said, “Gee, this’ll make Beethoven” when he saw which film? 2 What was the first human-made object to leave the solar system? 3 What is the only flightless parrot?
| Winner of a 2022 International Classical Music Award, the DW film "A World Without Beethoven?" explores the composer's influences on pop culture. How different would music history have been if Ludwig van Beethoven had never existed? The 2020 DW documentary "A World without Beethoven?"
Radu Lupu, pianist revered for the depth and sensitivity of his interpretations of the great German composers – obituary
At the piano he conveyed an aura of absorbed meditation, while away from the concert stage he was taciturn and deeply private Radu Lupu, the Romanian-born pianist who has died aged 76, brought a sense of infinity to his interpretations of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms that made other interpreters seem shallow by comparison.
The French president has weathered widespread protests and a global pandemic, but can he overcome Marine Le Pen in today's vote? When Emmanuel Macron, a virtually unknown ex-banker who had never held elected office, swept to power five years ago to the strains of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy - the EU anthem - even he described the feat as an electoral "break-in".
GOT a parrot that needs cheering up? Well, it’ll thank you for the music if you play it some Abba. And cat owners should treat their pets to classical music, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or Mozart’s Symphony No40 in G minor, which are both soothing for their sensitive feline ears.
A world-famous string quartet is preparing to make a long-awaited visit to Wigan, after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, the Carducci String Quartet’s programme is keenly anticipated, as the musicians have kept to their original plan to honour Beethoven’s 250th anniversary which took place that year.