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The Importance of Being Earnest Released on CD

NMC Recordings releases the first recording of Gerald Barry's outlandish and wildly successful opera,  The Importance of Being Earnest , on 22 September as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations. Thomas Adès leads Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the starry cast from the opera's ...



Julian Anderson joins Schott

Schott Music is pleased to announce a new exclusive publishing agreement with Julian Anderson, one of the foremost composers of our time. Schott will publish Anderson’s future works beginning with his Violin Concerto , to be premiered on 14 March 2015 by Carolin Widmann and the ...



Gavin Bryars Ensemble Resident at Beckett Festival

The third annual "Happy Days" Samuel Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland will feature Gavin Bryars and his Ensemble. Four concerts with Bryars' music will take place over the first three days of the festival, which runs from 31 July to 10 August. The opening event of the ...



Maxwell Davies reflects on time as Master of the Queen's Music

Following the announcement today of Judith Weir as the next Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies reflects on his ten years in the position: “My appointment as Master of The Queen’s Music came as a great surprise, but I seized the opportunity as it offered the possibility ...



Antony Hopkins CBE (1921-2014)

Schott Music is sad to learn that composer Antony Hopkins died aged 93 on 5th May 2014.  Hopkins' early recorder works Suite for descant recorder and piano and Four Dances for treble recorder and piano have been popular with performers around the world for many decades and Schott Music ...



Two Awards Announced for Schott Composers

Two awards have been announced this week for Schott composers: English Touring Opera's was presented with a 2014 Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Opera' for their recent productions of Tippett's King Priam and Britten's Paul Bunyan . Juror's cited ETO's 'brave and challenging ...



Award-winning performance of Turnage's Greek on Radio 3

On 17 February, Music Theatre Wales’ award-winning production of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s prime-time programme, ‘Opera on 3’. The programme, airing at 7:30pm GMT and presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch, was recorded live during MTW’s recent 25th anniversary ...



Praise for Wigmore Hall Tippett Series

The second concert in the Wigmore Hall's Tippett Series on Friday, 17 January was one of the great nights: content and performances on extraodinarily high levels. Praise came from the audience and critics alike, who felt they were witnessing something really special, and there was a tremendous sense ...



Sir Peter Maxwell Davies made Companion of Honour

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will be made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the New Year 2014 Honours List. The Honour is given as a recognition of Max's outstanding achievement in the arts. He says: “I am delighted to be joining such distinguished company in receiving ...



The AniMotion Show at St Giles Cathedral

In the stunning setting of St Giles Cathedral, monody meets multi-media as soprano Rebecca Tavener and artist Maria Rud are combining forces for an evocative and beautiful evening of music and art featuring music by Gavin Bryars. Rud’s talent is painting what she ‘sees’ in the music on to ...


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