VIDEO PODCAST: Discussion about Bernard Haitink (1929-2021), Salzburg, Roger Doyle's Finnegans Wake Project, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Chopin Competition Warsaw, Los Angeles Opera and other subjects.
American composer, conductor and pianist John Towner Williams was born in New York City on 8 February 1932. He studied composition privately with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He began his notable career in film music by working as an orchestrator at studios in Los Angeles.
Ensemble. Bright Spots to Enjoy - Mike Wheeler was at Derby Concert Orchestra's Christmas Concert
Ensemble. The Craftsman and the Icon - John Dante Prevedini reports from Tanglewood
Classical music news. Gramercy Brass - A high profile brass group based in New York, the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, celebrates its fortieth anniversary and the ninetieth birthday of film composer John Williams
Ensemble. Bright Spots - Mike Wheeler listens to Jess Gillam and the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell
Classical music news - January 2022 Obituaries - Our summary of those the classical music world lost this month
Ensemble. A Fun Evening - Mike Wheeler listens to a pre-Christmas programme from Derby Concert Orchestra
Ensemble. A Zest for Rebirth - John Dante Prevedini reports on the opening of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's new season, including a performance of John Williams' Violin Concerto No 2
CD Spotlight. Highly Enjoyable - Gerald Fenech listens to film music played by Iain Sutherland and the Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra. '... brought to light with the utmost conviction.'
Ensemble. From the Poignant to the Zany - Russian-born musicians Yulia Northridge and Ekaterina Shetliffe, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Not Quite Christmas - Mike Wheeler listens to the Derby Concert Orchestra
Ensemble. Vivid Performances - Derby Concert Orchestra's Christmas concert, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Band Music - Hafabra's 'Light Music Vol 3', heard by the late Howard Smith. 'The performances are adequate as one may expect ...'
CD Spotlight. Evoking Mood - Piano music by film composers, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... Cheng is clearly at ease ...'
Ensemble. Triumphant Climax - Five organists at two organs open this year's series of Derby Cathedral organ recitals, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. A Splendid Violinist - Peter Fisher's 'Music from the Movies', enjoyed by Bill Newman
Ensemble. A Spirited Performance - Mike Wheeler listens to Voices and the Derby Concert Orchestra
Ensemble. Verve and Flair - Derby Concert Orchestra plays film music, heard by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Simply Too Long - Mike Wheeler sits through film scores and Christmas music
CD Spotlight. A Curate's Egg - Tangos and fantasies, explored by Howard Smith. '... good in parts.'
Ensemble. Intense Leadership - Sierra, Ginastera and Rachmaninov conducted by Alasdair Neale, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen