HENTY’S WUNDERKIND ARRIVES
We would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to Timothy Henty and his wife, Louise, upon the birth of their first child, George William, on the 6th June. Weighing in at an impressive 9lb 5oz the baby and his mother are doing well.
Apart from this life-changing experience Timothy has two visits to Ireland to look forward to. He returns to the RTE Concert Orchestra to conduct a Spanish extravaganza at Dublin’s National Concert Hall with Miklos Rozsa's Suite from the Hollywood epic El Cid, De Falla's evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1 on the bill. Later in the year Timothy makes his Ulster Orchestra début at Belfast's Ulster Hall conducting Finzi's Dies Natalis, Warlock's Capriol Suite and Britten's Men of Goodwill.
PHILIP ELLIS DISPLAYS HIS ARTISTRY
When the leading ballet conductor Philip Ellis was in Sydney recently he had a little free time to practise his skills as an artist and produced this lovely picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
With imminent trips to Hong Kong, where he conducts The Merry Widow for Hong Kong Ballet, and Melbourne to conduct La Sylphide for Australian Ballet, we hope that there will be time for Philip to paint some more local scenes, as we wouldn’t mind hanging one on the office wall!
MORE STARS FOR JOHN WILSON
Leaving Hollywood and Broadway behind (in spite of repeats of the 2011 and 2012 Proms on Christmas television), John Wilson returned to his other major love, English music, in an outstanding début last week with the National Youth Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall (recorded by Radio 3) and the Barbican. "There is a barrage of Britten to come in this centenary year though surely none of it will be better played than the NYO’s pellucid and bracing account of Four Sea Interludes (The Guardian), where "Wilson’s predilection for juicy string vibrato lent Britten’s aching violin lines delicious colour”. In Holst’s The Planets "the music’s progression from aggressive exuberance to otherworldly abstraction was beautifully plotted, and the extended, rapt silence as Neptune ebbed away was exquisite, the entire vast audience collectively holding its breath..” (theartsdesk.com). "Under Wilson’s dynamic direction the players delivered a performance that was not just cinematic but high-definition and 3D to boot” (London Evening Standard). On 20 January John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia and the Royal Festival Hall with a programme of Elgar, Walton, Delius and Vaughan Williams with Leon McCawley as soloist in the John Ireland Piano Concerto.
EMMA JOHNSON RECORDS HINDEMITH ANNIVERSARY
Emma Johnson goes into the studio next month to mark 50 years since the death of Hindemith with a new recording of his Clarinet Sonata from 1939. Entitled Brave New World, the disc features composers who solved the problem of how to write music rooted in the classics while still relevant to the modern world but who were affected by the Second World War. They include Lutoslawski, Messiaen and Prokofiev. The pianist is Emma's long-time collaborator John Lenehan.
ALESSANDRO TAVERNA DEBUT RECORDING WITH SOMM
And while on the subject of recordings, we are pleased to announce that Alessandro Taverna is to make his debut on the SOMM label later this year with a selection of major piano works by the Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin, whose music is steeped in both the traditions of classical virtuoso pianism and improvisational jazz.