ADVANCE NOTICE - 2018 SOCIETY EVENTS​​

Society AGM - April 26 at 7pm - at Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London EC4 7BY.  Society members will be sent further details shortly.

June 10, West London - Summer Meeting.  Guest speaker Sir Roger Norrington.

August 18-September 2, La Côte Saint-André, south-east France - Festival Berlioz 2018 - theme: Sacré Berlioz

November 24-25, London - 16th Annual Berlioz Society Study Weekend - theme - Berlioz in London.

Further information nearer the time.

"EXPERIENCING BERLIOZ" TO BE PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY

Melinda O'Neal, choral-orchestral conductor and Professor of music at Dartmouth College NH, will be publishing her new book "Experiencing Berlioz - A Listener's Companion" in February 2018.

The link below goes into more detail, along with warm recommendations from fellow Berliozians, and includes a 30% discount offer. 

GARDINER CONDUCTS LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ AT THE BARBICAN, MARCH 2018

John Eliot Gardiner will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été song cycle with mezzo-soprano soloist Ann Hallenberg (along with works by Schumann) at London's Barbican Hall at 7 pm on March 11 2018.

For details please click here.

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE AT FESTIVAL HALL IN JUNE 2018

Paavo Järvi will conduct The Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of the Symphonie fantastique at London's Royal Festival Hall in a concert starting at 7.30pm on June 3,  2018 - Tickets and details: click here.

CARNAVAL ROMAIN PART OF "FRENCH FANCIES" AT RFH, 24 OCTOBER 2018

At 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Enrique Mazzola will play Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture along with works by Canteloube, Bizet and Gershwin.

For more details of the concert and ticket purchases please click here

"FANTASTIQUE!" LPO AT FESTIVAL HALL, 14 NOVEMBER 2018

AT 7.30pm at the Royal Festival Hal the LPO conducted by Oleg Caetani will play the Symphonie fantastique along with works by Messaien and Gounod.

For further details and to book tickets please click here.

HOLY TRILOGY AT CHRISTMAS AT THE BARBICAN, 17 DECEMBER 2018

On December 17 at 7.30pm at the Barbican, Edward Gardner will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in L’Enfance du Christ, with Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Étienne Dupuis (baritone) and Matthew Rose (bass).

For further details please click here.

TRISTIA AT THE BARBICAN, 25 JANUARY 2019

On January 25 2019 at 7.30pm at the Barbican, Le Concert Spirituel conducted by Hervé Niquet will perform Tristia along with Requiems by Cherubini and Plantade.

For further details please click here.

PARIS OPERA'S BERLIOZ CYCLE CONCLUDES WITH NEW PRODUCTION OF "LES TROYENS", EARLY 2019

The Opera Bastille is to conclude its current Berlioz Cycle in January and February 2019 with a new production of "Les Troyens" under the baton of Philippe Jordan.

There will be seven performances in all.

 6pm on 25, 28, 31 January 2019,

2pm on 3 February 2019 and 6pm on 6, 9 12 February 2019.

Cast:

La Prise de Troie
Cassandre: Stéphanie d’Oustrac
Ascagne: Michèle Losier
Hécube: Véronique Gens
Énée: Bryan Hymel
Chorèbe: Stéphane Degout

Les Troyens à Carthage
Didon: Elīna Garanča
Anna: Aude Extrémo
Ascagne: Michèle Losier
Énée: Bryan Hymel
Iopas: Cyrille Dubois
Hylas: Bror Magnus Tødenes
Narbal: Christian Van Horn

For further details please click here.

BERLIOZ 150 - SIR SIMON RATTLE TO CONDUCT SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, 5 MAY 2019

Simon Rattle will conduct the LSO in the Symphonie fantastique at a Barbican Hall concert on May 5 2019 to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz in 1869.

For further details please click here.

BERLIOZ 150 - "HAROLD IN ITALY" AT THE BARBICAN, 16 JUNE 2019

Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda will conduct the LSO, withFrench viola soloist Antoine Tamestit, in a sesquicentennial concert performance of Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" Symphony at the Barbican Hall on June 16 2019 at 7pm. 

For details of tickets etc., please click here.

NEW CAMBRIDGE BERLIOZ ENCYCLOPEDIA NOW PUBLISHED

The Cambridge University Press's new 420-page Cambridge Berlioz Encyclopedia - edited by Julian Rushton - was published on December 7.

For further information please click on the blue box below.

Members are advised that there is a special 20 percent discount
available to them on this encyclopedia - please use the discount code
‘Berlioz’ on the webpage below:

http://admin.cambridge.org/Ber...

ALASTAIR ABERDARE AND DAVID CAIRNS AWARDED MEDALS OF HONOUR BY LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ

At a ceremony in the Town Hall in early September during the Festival Berlioz 2017, Berlioz Society President David Cairns and Chairman Alastair Aberdare were presented with medals of honour by La
Côte Saint-André Mayor Joël Gullon.

Photograph below by kind permission of Festival Berlioz.

FESTIVAL BERLIOZ, LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ 2017

Please click the button below to read Chris Follett's report on this year's Festival.

GLYNDEBOURNE "BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT" NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD

The 2016 Glyndebourne production of Berlioz's late opera "Béatrice et Bénédict" - based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" - has been issued in DVD/Blu Ray format - the only official DVD of the work to date ! 

Available from Presto at £20 (£24 for Blu Ray).

Cast: Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Béatrice) ;
Paul Appleby (Bénédict);
Philippe Sly;
Sophie Karthäuser;
The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Antonello Manacorda Stage director Laurent Pelly - Opus Arte: OA1239D DVD) / OABD7219D (Blu Ray)


JOHN NELSON RECORDING OF THE TROJANS IN STRASBOURG

American conductor and Berlioz specialist John Nelson and a cast of some 250 musicians performed Berlioz's "Les Troyens" opera in Strasbourg over the Easter Weekend at two well-attended concerts which Erato/Warner Classics recorded and have now released.

Leading the cast in a towering interpretation were French-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Americans MIchael Spyres (tenor/ Énée) and Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano/Didon) with Nelson conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.




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BERLIOZ SESQUICENTENARY 2019

2019 marks the sesquicentenary - or 150th anniversary - of the death of Berlioz in 1869 and plans are already afoot in France and Britain to celebrate this event. The Berlioz Society's Chairman Alastair Aberdare is heading initiatives in Britain to stage major concerts of the composer's works, while in France, an International Conference is to take place in August 2019 at La Côte Saint-André, Berlioz's birthplace, in cooperarion with the Festival Berlioz and the Musée Hector Berlioz.

Please click the button below for more details (in French and English).

BERLIOZ LETTERS PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD

The long-awaited ninth volume of the Correspondance générale - entitled "New Letters by Berlioz, his family and contemporaries" - has appeared - with some 300 hitherto unpublished letters - as a continuation of the initial eight volumes published by Flammarion under the editorial supervision of the late Pierre Citron. This latest volume is published by Actes Sud and the Palazzetto Bru Zane, with support from the Association nationale Hector Berlioz, the Musée Hector Berlioz, the Festival Berlioz, Smith College USA and the Fondation d'entreprise La Poste.

This collection is available in French only.

Nouvelles lettres de Berlioz, de sa famille, de ses contemporains
Peter Bloom, Joël-Marie Fauquet, Hugh J. Macdonald, Cécile Reynaud (Editors)

Published by Actes Sud / Palazzetto Bru Zane, 792 pages, price 30 € (available from Musée Hector Berlioz - price includes postage and packing).

 

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