Michael Dore's Christmas

I love Christmas as it’s such a special time of the year and what always makes it especially magical for me is the music. My family Christmases as a child were always musical, with me playing the piano and singing with my mum and sister, whilst my dad played the guitar, mouth organ and even the musical saw. This often all went on at the same time! The piece of music that really reminds me of this time is the beautiful Johnny Mathis classic When a Child is Born, which I will be singing this year at the RPO’s Christmas Cracker concert at Watford Colosseum on Tuesday 9 December.

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2015 Regional Concerts: Preview

Concerts in the New Year feature such acclaimed artists as Grzegorz Nowak, Morgan Szymanski, Eduardo Portal, Sarah Beth Briggs, Natalie Clein and Freddy Kempf, amongst others, and you can now book for more 2015 events at The Baths Hall (Scunthorpe), Wycombe Swan (High Wycombe), Orchard Theatre (Dartford), Ipswich Regent Theatre and Marina Theatre (Lowestoft).

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Charles Dutoit discusses Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Sinister, enigmatic, and yet so simple: such is the story of Béla Bartók’s one-act 1911 opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. A young woman enters her new husband’s home – a huge dark castle with seven locked doors. Despite her husband’s protestations, she insists that all the doors be opened, at first to allow light into the gloomy interior, and then out of insatiable curiosity. What awaits her is a series of gruesome, disturbing, perplexing sights – among them a blood-stained torture chamber and a lake of tears.

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A concert of two halves: the RPO plays German Romantic classics

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Thursday night’s concert, from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, sought to draw similarities and accentuate differences between three pillars of German Romanticism: Wagner, Richard Strauss and Brahms. Whilst both Wagner and Brahms saw themselves as successors to Beethoven, they composed strikingly different music. Brahms displays far more reverence for the past, particularly when it comes to structural and rhythmic devices, yet as Schoenberg famously pointed out in his 1933 essay Brahms the Progressive, Brahms’ music is far from conservative.

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