Handel, all singing and dancing…

Thank you Sue Jones and Dansox for the opportunity to speak at this event on Handel’s extraordinary L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. What a treat to explore Mark Morris’ choreography, Milton’s text and Handel’s music with such brilliant colleagues as Stephanie Jordan (Roehampton) and Dr Margaret Kean (St Hilda’s). I’ll be programming this wonderful piece as soon as possible…    

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Rameau world-première recording

Very excited that our world-première recording of Rameau’s Anacreon (the one of 1754) is out this month. It’s the first studio recording of a Rameau opera in the UK for 30 years! Thank you Stephen Carpenter and the OAE; Anna, Agustin and Matthew for singing so wonderfully; Andrew, Claire and Matt and all the Signum team; and all the modern-day Ramistes whose generous support has helped make it happen. An important landmark – 4 stars ‘Debussy conducted a version of Rameau’s…

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The Greenpeace Suite

Save the Arctic: a new suite for Greenpeace Throughout August, supporters of Greenpeace UK performed a brand new piece of music – Requiem for Arctic Ice – to highlight the threat to the Arctic environment and the growing movement that is fighting to protect it. However, these performances were slightly different. Rather than arrive with a banner, the musicians arrived at the office doors of the Shell oil company, bow to the staff in the building, and then take their…

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