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

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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)


"BERLIOZ IN ITALY" STUDY WEEKEND, LONDON, 2 & 3 DECEMBER 2017

This year, the very popular Study Weekend will focus on Berlioz's ambivalent relationship with Italy.

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JOHN NELSON RECORDS NEW 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 for release in November 2017.

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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GARDINER TO CONDUCT 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.

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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.

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.

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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).