FESTIVAL BERLIOZ 2021 - NEWS
The Festival Berlioz will return in 2021, from 17 to 31 August - entitled "Berlioz ou le Retour à la vie", aptly enough in view of this year's cancellation.
This video, from the Festival's website,shows the locally produced Trojan Horse making its triumphal way through La Côte-Saint-André to the château for last year's concert performance (under the baton of François-Xavier Roth) of "La Prise de Troie".
CORONAVIRUS AND FUTURE SOCIETY EVENTS
The Government's restrictions on meetings have led the Society's Committee to cancel the Annual General Meeting (AGM) originally set for 23 April, with a view to arranging an electronic AGM scheduled (provisionally) for 5 pm on Thursday 18 June. Details of the business for the meeting and guidance on how to use the Zoom system will be sent out in due course.
Similarly the present uncertain situation has obliged the Society to postpone, with regret, the Sunday 7 June summer meeting at the home of Sir Adam Ridley.
The Festival Berlioz 2020, scheduled originally to take place from August 18-30 in Berlioz's town of birth La Côte-Saint-André near Grenoble, has also announced with great regret its cancellation due to the pandemic.
We are monitoring the situation concerning the Society Weekend on the subject of Berlioz's childhood and youth - scheduled to take place in Bloomsbury on 21 and 22 November this year - and will again report back to members should the event have to be postponed until 2021.
UPCOMING BERLIOZ SOCIETY EVENTS
November 21/22: Eighteenth Annual Berlioz Society Weekend at Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Anne Square, London WC1.
Theme: L'Enfance de Berlioz - Early Life & Influences.
Further details will be published nearer the time.
BERLIOZ AT THE BARBICAN, LSO, 13 JUNE 2021
The LSO under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth will give a Berlioz, Ravel and Varèse Discovery Day on 13 June 2021, starting at 10am in the Barbican with a rehearsal, followed by an afternoon programme in LSO St. Luke's and an evening concert in the Hall at 7pm, including Lélio ou le Retour à la vie (six musical numbers introduced by monologues, the sequel to Symphonie fantastique).
VENEZUELA'S PAYARE TO PERFORM THE FANTASTIQUE, 11 FEBRUARY 2021
Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare will conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Symphonie fantastique (along with Richard Strauss's Don Quixote) at a major concert at the Royal Festival Hall on February 11 2021, starting at 7.30pm.
For more details please click here.
DIDONATO SINGS TROJANS EXCERPTS AT BARBICAN, 29 JUNE 2021
US mezzo-soprano Joyce Didonato will sing excerpts from "Les Troyens" with the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Barbican on June 29 2021 at 7.30pm. The concert will also feature a performance of Symphonie fantastique.
For more details please click here.
NEW BERLIOZ BOOK BY DAVID CAIRNS OUT ON TOCCATA PRESS
"Discovering Berlioz - Essays, Reviews, Talks" - the new, 400-page book on Berlioz by Society President David Cairns is now out and available (price £39.50) on Toccata Press, London.
For further details please click here.
PETER BLOOM'S NEW ANNOTATIONS FOR BERLIOZ MÉMOIRES PUBLISHED
French publisher Vrin has announced the publication of U.S. Professor Emeritus Peter Bloom's fresh annotations to Berlioz's Mémoires, a major 900-page project supported in part by the Berlioz Society. A compendious work by a leading Berliozian scholar, casting fascinating new light on the Memoirs. In French.
MÉMOIRES D'HECTOR BERLIOZ DE 1803 À 1865, ET SES VOYAGES EN ITALIE, EN ALLEMAGNE, EN RUSSIE ET EN ANGLETERRE ÉCRIT PAR LUI-MÊME
Price 49€ - For more information please click here.
FESTIVAL BERLIOZ, LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ 2019
Please click the button below to read Chris Follett's report on this year's Festival.
CONCERT MONSTRE - PERFORMANCE FILMED
24 June 2019 saw five hundred artists on stage at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing the Funeral and Triumphal Symphony under the direction of François-Xavier Roth.
To watch, please click here. Thanks to Jim Hart for sending the link.
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 the Mayor of La Côte Saint-André, Joël Gullon.
Photograph below by kind permission of Festival Berlioz.
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
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).