Embrace the adventure at the 2015 Edinburgh International Magic Festival

The sixth Edinburgh International Magic Festival transforms into a world of dreams – a hub for magic, illusion and wonder. Audiences are invited to embrace the adventure as some of the world’s most accomplished magicians take over Edinburgh’s Summerhall this summer from 26 June – 4 July 2015.  MagicFest held at Summerhall for the first…

Sonorama by Claudia Molitor

Sonorama is a major new audio work by composer and artist Claudia Molitor for the otherwise silent view of the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate in Kent. Downloadable as an App from 19 June, Sonorama was curated and produced by Electra in partnership with Turner Contemporary. More details to follow…. Claudia Molitor…

Watching Over You with Karen Cargill

Watching Over You, the premiere of a new song cycle by Scottish composer Rory Boyle, setting a specially-written set of poems by Dilys Rose for Scottish Mezzo Soprano Karen Cargill and Red Note Ensemble. The seven songs tell, in honest first-person detail, of the joys and trials of early motherhood. Based around the experience of…

Music at Paxton launches 10th anniversary programme

Music at Paxton, a summer festival of superb international chamber music, takes place in Paxton House on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders from 17 – 26 July 2015. The concerts offer an intimate, friendly and relaxed experience and take place in Paxton House’s splendid Picture Gallery. With its large, domed…

Scottish film and TV composer Malcolm Lindsay on BBC Radio Scotland Classics Unwrapped

Malcolm will be chatting to BBC Classics Unwrapped host Jamie MacDougall tonight about his latest album After the Snow – out on 9th February. You can listen online tonight from 8.05pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007hqb5 The new album features a piece co-written with clarinettist Barnaby Robson called Watkins, which is inspired by the photography of Margaret Watkins. Gramophone Magazine is running an…

J & A Beare Ltd loan rare Stradivarius cello to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts

A rare cello, made circa 1696 by the celebrated Antonio Stradivari, has been loaned to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts for the orchestra’s first performance in the newly refurbished RNCM Concert Hall on 11th February. One of very few cellos by the master to be rediscovered in the last fifty years, J & A…

Great review for Manchester Camerata and Tine Thing Helseth

Tine Thing Helseth performed an alternative Christmas concert with Manchester Camerata yesterday at the Albert Hall. The programme paired Bach and Corelli with a sprinkling of traditional carols and saw the 26 year old Norwegian trumpet champion perform a solo encore of the Norwegian seasonal equivalent to In The Bleak Midwinter.Great review from Manchester Confidential here:…

Olivier Award-winning singer Maria Friedman joins Manchester Camerata

Stars of the West End stage will join the orchestra, including Olivier-award-winning singer Maria Friedman, and Damian Humbley in a night of musical theatre favourites complete with a seasonal finale. Add a touch of glamour to your New Year celebrations, and visit Manchester Camerata for more info: www.manchestercamerata.co.uk

The Trumpet Shall Sound with Tine Thing Helseth

Tine is hailed for her communicative powers with audiences and one of a number of trumpeters, including Alison Balsom and Håkan Hardenberger, who are helping to grow and develop the trumpet repertoire. The concert is an alternative festive happening – baroque, carols and the ultimate Christmas instrument – and Tine joins permanent Guest Conductor, Nicholas…