INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE TROJANS, NOTTINGHAM 22 MARCH

Nottingham's 90-strong Robin Hood Youth Orchestra are performing a semi-theatrical version of the Act 1 finale of "The Trojans" in the town's Albert Hall on Wednesday 22nd March - the first experience of hearing an orchestra live (or indeed opera) for 1,500 8-9 year-olds in the city.

This will be an interactive performance, involving video effects, young audience singing as the people of Troy, with offstage bands processing through them forming a symbolic wooden horse.

For more information:
http://www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk/events/music-service-events/great-orchestra-experiment
and/or www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk

SOCIETY EVENTS IN 2017

You may wish to note these dates in your diary. Fuller details will follow.

Sunday 11 June 2017, 11am
Members' Meeting, London
The focus of the day will be the new Cambridge Berlioz Encyclopedia, with a talk by the Editor, Professor Julian Rushton, and other contributors.

Friday 18 August to Sunday 3 September 2017
Festival Berlioz – La Côte-Saint-André
So British: Berlioz à Londres au temps des expositions universelles
(Berlioz in London at the time of the Universal Exhibitions)
The theme this year marks Berlioz's appointment as France's representative to the international commission examining musical instruments at London's 1851 Universal Exhibition.Highlights include John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in La Damnation de Faust, a Concert shakespearien conducted by François-Xavier Roth, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Roger Norrington in Berlioz's Nuits d'été & Symphonie fantastique and Marc Minkowski's Musiciens du Louvre, performing Handel's Water and Royal Fireworks Music.

Full programme to be announced in early April, bookings open April 7.

festivalberlioz.com


Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017
Berlioz Society Weekend, LondonBerlioz in Italy


THE TROJANS AT STRASBOURG, EASTER 2017

John Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg will give two complete concert performances of "Les Troyens" at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg on April 15 (7pm) and 17 (3pm) (Easter Weekend) with:
Joyce Di Donato (soprano / Didon),
Michael Spyres (tenor / Énée),
Stéphane Degout (baritone/ Chorèbe),
Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto / Cassandre),
Marianne Crebassa (mezzo-soprano / Ascagne),
Hannah Hipp (mezzo-soprano / Anna),
Philippe Sly (bass baritone / Narbal),
the Badische Staatsopernchor,
Chœur de l'Opéra national du Rhin and
Strasbourg Opera Choir.

These performances will be in conjunction with a new recording of the work by Warner. Price: 17€-53€ on line.

Further information:

MUSIC CLUB OF LONDON TO SCREEN TONY PALMER FILM ON BERLIOZ

"I, Berlioz" - director Tony Palmer's film on the composer - is to be shown at a Music Club of London event in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1 on Wednesday 19th April at 7.30pm.

The film will be introduced by Tony Palmer.

Conway Hall, Brockway Room, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
(Nearest undergrounds Holborn or Chancery Lane or Russell Square)

Tickets £15 for Berlioz Society members - for further information and ticket applications please click on the attachment below.

SARAH CONNOLLY SINGS BERLIOZ WITH THE OAE, 20 FEBRUARY 2017

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will sing Berlioz's song cycle Les nuits d'été with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conductor Kati Debretzeni, at the Royal Festival Hall on February 20 2017 at 7pm.

Also on the programme are Berlioz's rarely heard Rêverie et caprice romance for violin & orchestra and popular works by Mendelssohn.

For further details click here.

DUTOIT CONDUCTS BERLIOZ AT THE FESTIVAL HALL, 7 MARCH 2017

Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are to perform Berlioz's "Benvenuto Cellini" Overture at a concert at the Royal Festival Hall at 7.30pm on 7 March 2017 featuring works by Grieg and Prokofiev.

Further details here.

FANTASTIQUE AT THE BARBICAN, 1 APRIL 2017

The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, will perform the Symphonie fantastique (along with works by Beethoven and John Adams) on April 1, 2017 at 7.30pm. For more details please click here.


BERLIOZ AT SUMMER SONG RECITAL, WIGMORE HALL, 5 JUNE 2017

Nahuel di Pierro, the Argentine operatic bass, accompanied by Alphonse Cemin (piano), will perform Sérénade de Méphistophélès from La Damnation de Faust along with songs by Debussy, Rossini, Donizetti etc on June 5 at 7.30pm. For information and to buy tickets please click on Rosenblatt Recitals.

SYMPHONIE FUNEBRE AT YORK MINSTER, 14 JUNE 2017

Berlioz's Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, including the final movement with choir (along with works by Walton) will be performed by the University of York Choir and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Seymour at York Minster on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Tickets 01904 322439 and http://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/booking/

"DAMNATION DE FAUST" WITH SIMON RATTLE, 17 & 19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Simon Rattle will open his first concert season with the London Symphony Orchestra as its new Music Director on September 17and 19 2017 with two performances of Berlioz's "Damnation de Faust" in London's Barbican Hall. Karen Cargill will perform the role of Marguerite, with Bryan Hymel as Faust, Gerald Finlay as Mephistopheles and Florian Boesch as Brander. The London Symphony Chorus directed by chorus director Simon Halsey will also participate. On Sunday September 17 at 6pm, Tuesday September 19 at 7pm. On Saturday September 16, an LSO Discovery Day (10am-3.30pm) will focus on the work, with morning discussion on the Faust legend and access to rehearsal.

GARDINER TO CONDUCT LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ AT THE BARBICAN, MARCH 11 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 VOTED SEVENTH GREATEST SYMPHONY IN BBC SURVEY

BBC Music Magazine surveyed 151 conductors working across the world to come up with a list of the 20 great symphonies with Berlioz's Fantastic Symphony in seventh place. Each conductor was asked to name his or her top three symphonies in any order before the magazine processed that into a top 20. Among the conductors polled was Simon Rattle (Beethoven's Third, Bruckner's Eighth, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde), Marin Alsop (Barber's First, Brahms's Third, Mahler's Second) and Sakari Oramo (Beethoven's Third, Mahler's Third, Sibelius's Fifth). Berlioz and Tchaikovsky were the only two non-German-Austrian composers listed in the Top Ten.

The BBC Music Magazine top 10

1. Beethoven Symphony No 3 (1803)
2. Beethoven Symphony No 9 (1824)
3. Mozart Symphony No 41 (1788)
4. Mahler Symphony No 9 (1909)
5. Mahler Symphony No 2 (1894 rev 1903)
6. Brahms Symphony No 4 (1885)
7. Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (1830)
8. Brahms Symphony No 1 (1876)
9. Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 (1893)
10. Mahler Symphony No 3 (1896)

• The top 20 is in the September issue of BBC Music Magazine.

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).

FESTIVAL BERLIOZ 2016 - LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ, SOUTH-EAST FRANCE AUGUST 19-30

Chris Follett attended the Festival Berlioz last month and his report is below - click on the blue button to read it in full.