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  • Three Choirs Festival launches foundation in 300th year

    23 January 2015,

    The Three Choirs Foundation was officially launched last night at an event at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Faulkner of Worcester. The speakers were Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Connolly and Sir Michael Perry (chairman of the foundation), while Adrian Partington (director of music at Gloucester Cathedral) read a message from Edward Gardner, who was in rehearsal at ENO. The men of Gloucester Cathedral Choir sung plainchant and Byrd's Vigilate.

  • Southbank and resident ensembles announce 2015/16 seasons

    22 January 2015,

    The Southbank Centre and its four resident ensembles, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, have announced their 2015/16 seasons. With the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and other spaces in the Southbank’s Festival Wing becoming unavailable for up to two years from September for a £24m repair and maintenance project, many events will take place at St John’s, Smith Square.

  • Martyn Rose to step down as chairman of funding-hit ENO

    21 January 2015,

    The chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, will step down from his position on 15 February, reportedly because he believes that a full-time commitment is required to guide the organisation through its £5m drop in Arts Council England funding.

  • Barbican and resident orchestras announce 2015/16 season

    20 January 2015,

    The Barbican announced its 2015/16 classical music season at a members’ event yesterday on, unveiling programming across the Barbican complex, Milton Court and LSO St Lukes. Introduced by Barbican managing director Sir Nicholas Kenyon, the event featured brief presentations from Huw Humphreys, the Barbican’s new head of music, and resident orchestra representatives Kathryn McDowell (LSO), Paul Hughes (BBCSO), David Butcher (Britten Sinfonia) and Ed Hossack (Academy of Ancient Music).

  • Ward Swingle 1927-2015 ‒ a cappella king dies at 87

    19 January 2015,

    At his death, aged 87, Ward Swingle deserves to be remembered for far more than the scat singing of JS Bach which for many remains the trademark of his Swingle Singers. When in 1973 he formed an English ensemble to succeed the French original, Swingle expanded its repertoire dramatically, not least in the area of contemporary classical music.