After the Snow by Malcolm Lindsay

After the Snow, released on 9 February 2015, is the latest album by acclaimed Scottish composer Malcolm Lindsay. Beautifully performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Greg Lawson, the CD features a world premiere co-write with English National Opera clarinettist Barnaby Robson. The album contains three suites; Remembrance, Vision and Last Words and…

The Piano, Glasgow offers an annual feast of the world’s finest pianists

The Piano offers an annual feast of the world’s finest pianists, stars of the future, masterworks, masterclasses, talks, improvisation and some iconic works from the repertoire. Focused over two weekends in November, this year’s festival includes Romantic, Classical, Contemporary and Jazz: the piano in many moods and guises. In addition to a lecture by master…

Tomasz Lis debut album Impromptus Chopin – Schubert – Faure

Impromptus Chopin – Schubert – Fauré, released on 3 November, is the debut album by Tomasz Lis, a pupil of the prolific Graham Johnson and one of the most outstanding young pianists of his generation, who has developed a great artistry for playing piano. Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin and Gabriel Fauré are three names that…

Red Note Ensemble European tour begins in Orleans

Red Note Ensemble and LOD Music Theatre are touring François Sarhan’s Lâchez Tout! around Europe in 2014 and 2015. The tour starts tonight in Orleans at www.scenenationaledorleans.fr François Sarhan, composer in residence at the National Theatre in Orleans between 2009 and 2012 is a cellist, composer, author, encyclopaedist, and a creator of stop motion animation…

Manchester Camerata 2014/15 UpClose season kicks off with Bill Ryder-Jones

Manchester Camerata’s UpClose season begins with an edgy collaboration with Manchester Literature Festival and Bill Ryder-Jones, former lead guitarist from The Coral and session guitarist with Arctic Monkeys. This is the first live performance of Ryder-Jones’ landmark solo album If… and actor John Simm has recorded extracts from Calvino’s novel to be played on the night….

Manchester Camerata 2014/15 Season opens with Nicola Benedetti

Manchester Camerata’s 2014/15 Season takes audiences on a journey from the exquisite to the experimental, defying expectation to redefine what an orchestra can do.  Under music director Gábor Takács-Nagy season highlights include performances by international soloists Nicola Benedetti, Tine Thing Helseth and Ingrid Fliter, plus a challenge to the senses with Camerata’s first ever blindfolded…

New Music Biennial

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall presents two days of new music, free concerts and workshops featuring commissions from PRS for Music Foundation: New Music Biennial and the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme Highlights include: A work by Matthew Herbert featuring samples of 20 pianos from around the world played on a…

Classics Marathon Day – a triumph

Last weekend saw Nicola Benedetti lead the cream of Scotland’s orchestras, classical musicians and ensembles in one amazing marathon day of music at the heart of the Commonwealth Games, produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. There has never been a day like it in Glasgow – it was a feast of many flavours: from Baroque…

MagicFest on BBC Scotland’s On The Road with Fred MacAulay

The brand-new weekly magazine programme On The Road 2014 is a showcase of Scotland and looks at events and activities across the length and breadth of the country, reflecting what the nation is talking about in the year of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Homecoming Scotland. VJP Media clients MagicFest featured on Monday’s show (23…

Festival Fest!

It’s an action packed festival weekend for team VJP Media.  Combining music, literature and performance this year’s Solas Festival in Tibbermore, Perthshire could be the best yet. Dubbed ‘Scotland’s best kept secret’, s identity and place in the wider world ahead of the September referendum.  An all-star line up includes Liz Lochhead, King Creosote, Josie Long, Robin Ince,…