FROM ROME: Keep in touch with the Italian opera and classical music scene by reading Giuseppe Pennisi's regular reports.
VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
On Sunday 3 March 2019, 8pm at the West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP, UK, the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra (SCO) will give a special performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony, the last symphonic work he completed and one of the twentieth century's most iconic pieces.
The SCO will be joined by the best Cambridge University players, select graduate students from leading conservatoires, exceptionally talented young musicians from the Cambridge area (NYO principals and BBC Young Musician finalists) and guest players from professional orchestras. The concert will raise money for the Voices Foundation.
Prior to the evening performance, the guest players will lead sectional rehearsals (mentoring one section each) and will also perform in the concert.
Guest 'mentor' players include: • Paul Barritt, guest Leader of the Hallé Orchestra, Michael Whight, ex-principal clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Buchanan, trombone, winner of the ARD Munich Competition and previously principal of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Scottish National Opera, and cellist Colin Alexander from the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
This promises to be a very special performance and an exciting musical and educational collaboration between talented young musicians and professionals from leading UK and European orchestras.
Tickets for the 3 March concert at £15 full price, concessions £12 concessions and students £5 for students are available online.
Founded and conducted by cellist and composer Joy Lisney, the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra (SCO) comprises talented young musicians studying in Cambridge and guest soloists. The orchestra performs music from the rich repertoire for strings including lesser-known and rarely-performed works as well as encouraging living composers to write for the ensemble.
Praised for her stylish playing, musical maturity, formidable technical finesse and keen advocacy for new music, Joy Lisney is one of the most exciting young musicians to emerge in recent years in a busy career combining the cello with composing and conducting.
She has been performing internationally since her teens, at leading venues including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Queen's Hall Edinburgh, St George's Bristol and the Southbank Centre, in concerts featuring some of the best known works for cello as well as specially-commissioned new music and her own compositions. Her first string quartet was premiered by the Arditti Quartet in 2015 and she premiered her own composition ScordaturA for solo cello in 2017 at St John's Smith Square as part of the Park Lane Group concert series.
Forthcoming performances this season include the Elgar Cello Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto (with violinist Emma Lisney), the premiere of her new work for chamber ensemble, and concerts at Temple Music Foundation, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, St George's Bristol, the Purcell Room, and St John's Smith Square where she will conduct the SCO in Busoni's Piano Concerto (with Karl Lutchmayer, piano).