Don Quixote | Li Lin and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers | Photographer: Conrad Dy-Liacco | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
We could not be more thrilled that Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company, is pirouetting, glissading and jetéing back into live performance starting 30 October 2020.
This new season is bursting with classics, including: Don Quixote (30 October 2020); The Nutcracker (18 December 2020); Artistic Director Septime Webre’s Ballet Classics for Children: Cinderella, featuring a stripped-down and narrated version of Prokofiev’s score (30 January 2021); Balanchine’s Jewels (21 May 2021); and Septime Webre’s new Romeo + Juliet, with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta on Prokofiev’s iconic score (18 June 2021).
In addition, Hong Kong Ballet will be running turn(it)out festival for two weeks at West Kowloon Cultural District’s Freespace, kicking off with an opening gala on 29 January 2021. The Vivaldi / Handel Project follows on 5 February 2021, along with a ton of interactive, family-friendly activities and events throughout the two weeks.
Artistic Director Septime Webre says that the central theme for the new season is, quite simply, love: “The word “love” infuses absolutely everything at Hong Kong Ballet: love of being a dance artist, and love for our amazing city, which has seen and experienced so much this past year. Love fuels the dedicated work we do, and drives the innovative ways we engage with the community. Love is not about getting – it’s about giving.” Well, we certainly cannot wait to celebrate this love for ballet in Hong Kong again.
Read Hong Kong Ballet’s new brochure and get booking.
Scotland’s East Neuk Festival (ENF) returns for its 15th festival, 26 – 30 June 2019, inviting audiences on a musical adventure in beautiful and unique locations along East Neuk’s picturesque coastline. The festival promises major artists, unique collaborations and a large-scale art installation for the 2019 ENF, filling the hidden corners of Scotland’s coastal area of the East Neuk in Fife.
Percussionist Colin Currie and his new Colin Currie Quartet will be teaming up with community musicians of the East Neuk, for this year’s Big Project for massed percussion. Pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pavel Haas Quartet and Belcea String Quartet will all be coming together to present a unique series of five concerts, while Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora master Seckou Keita will make their ENF debuts with a three-concert residency.
A large-scale art installation in the grounds of the National Trust for Scotland’s Kellie Castle will celebrate the communal Drying Greens of yesteryear, and culminate in an afternoon of family activities and pop up performances from the Tullis Russell Mills Band (in its centenary year).
An evolution of the ENF Retreat sees two past Retreatants – violinist Benjamin Baker and violist Diyang Mei – return to the festival to play solo, chamber and concerto dates. Festival Director, Svend McEwan-Brown, said: “ENF is all about relationships: we love when our favourite musicians return, collaborate and take new directions at the festival. Experimenting is a risky business, and we are proud that artists of such stature trust us to support them as they do it.”
Read the brochure, get excited, and start booking.
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, the world’s only professional orchestra dedicated to performing musical theatre repertoire, have enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since their debut outing in 2016.
The opportunity to hear Lerner and Loewe’s magnificent score for Camelot (1960), with a full orchestra and chorus, back home at the London Palladium, where it ran for 518 performances, cannot be missed.
“It all started with a semi-serious Facebook post in 2015,” grins LMTO’s conductor and artistic director, 26-year-old Freddie Tapner. “I wondered if we could get together enough people for an orchestra, just for fun, to have a play through of a musical. In just a few hours I had more responses than I knew what to do with.”
As usual, an all-star West End cast will join the LMTO including Sam Swann, Clive Carter, Celinde Schoenmaker, Matthew McKenna, Emmanuel Kojo, Oliver Savile and Raphael Higgins-Humes.
Tapner is used to working with singers of the highest quality, but even he seems giddy at the prospect: “I’m extraordinarily excited to be working with this sensational cast.”
“Camelot hasn’t been seen in the West End for thirty years, and we can’t wait to share this glorious score with you.”
LMTO’s concert production of Camelot will run for one performance only, Saturday 6 October 2018, so book now.
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 19:00-23:00
The UK has gone John Williams mad in 2017, with many concerts over the country celebrating the iconic film composer’s 85th birthday, including an entire BBC Prom dedicated to exclusively to his work.
John Williams’ scores are known for being enormous and lush, with gargantuan orchestras packed to the rafters with percussion (think Star Wars; Harry Potter; Jurassic Park; Indiana Jones; E.T.; the list is endless). John Williams has a close association with the London Symphony Orchestra, known for the original Star Wars soundtrack recordings, often reaching up to a hundred musicians for those real fortissimo moments.
How exciting then that the intimate, rock-gig-esque setting of The Jazz Cafe in London is putting on a show of John Williams’ music but with only a twenty-piece ensemble. It will be fascinating to appreciate Williams’ breathtaking music up close and personal; and not swimming in reverb but where we can appreciate the individual musicians.
At the John Williams BBC Prom, about 1,350 people stood in the Royal Albert Hall’s central “arena” for the best views, while a further 4,000 sat around the outside. The Jazz Cafe has only standing room, for 420 people maximum, with a restaurant on the upper circle if you do fancy sitting.
It’s all set to be a cracking gig, and a chance to hear John Williams’ stunning music like never before. The John Williams Prom sold out well over 5,000 tickets in a few days; make sure you get your tickets for this intimate gig asap.
For more information and to book tickets, visit The Jazz Cafe website.