JOYCE DIDONATO RECITAL, 26 OCTOBER 2021, BARBICAN
At 7.30pm at Barbican, London, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, accompanied by pianist and arranger Craig Terry, will perform a recital of works including Berlioz ('Adieu, fière cité' from "Les Troyens"), Handel, Haydn, Mahler and others.
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FAMILY CONCERT INCLUDING SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, 7 NOVEMBER 2021, RFH
FUNharmonics Family Concerts are interactive London Philharmonic Orchestra concerts designed especially to invite young audience members, aged 6 and above, to explore music.
The concert on November 7 at 12 noon at Royal Festival Hall will feature Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.
Tickets are priced from £16 to £24.
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MEMBERS' WEEKEND CONFIRMED FOR 20 & 21 NOVEMBER 2021
The Society’s 2020 weekend "L'Enfance de Berlioz", postponed due to the uncertainty caused by the response to Coronavirus, will now take place on 20 and 21 November this year.
For more details please see the Main Programme and Booking Form below.
GARDINER TO CONDUCT L'ENFANCE DU CHRIST IN LONDON, ELY, ZURICH & BARCELONA
Berlioz's oratorio L'Enfance du Christ is to be performed in November/December by John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, soloists Ann Hallenberg, Lionel Lhote, William Thomas, Alex Ashworth and Gareth Treseder with Michael Spyres (tenor) as Narrator.
UK performances will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London on December 11 at 7.30pm and Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire on December 10 at 7.30pm.
There will also be performances in Zurich Tonhalle (November 27 & 28) and Barcelona Palau de Musica (December 16).
For further information, and to book tickets, please click here.
RATTLE CONDUCTS KING LEAR OVERTURE, 16 DECEMBER 2021
Simon Rattle will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in "Le Roi Lear" Overture, along with works by Debussy & Mahler, on Thursday 16 December 2021 at 7pm in London's Barbican Hall.
For further details, including ticket availability, please click here.
RATTLE & LSO TACKLE LE CORSAIRE OVERTURE, 9 MARCH 2022
The LSO and Sir Simon Rattle continue their exploration of Berlioz Overtures with a performance of Le Corsaire Overture (and works by Sibelius, Ravel & Bartok) at a concert at the Barbican, London on March 9, 2022 at 7pm.
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JOHN NELSON - LIVE RECORDING OF ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, 7, 8 & 10 JUNE 2022
Erato/Warner Classics have announced plans to resume their Berlioz cycle under John Nelson with recordings of the Dramatic Symphony Roméo et Juliette, to be made at three live concerts in Strasbourg in June 2022.
The concerts will be given at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès on 7, 8 and 10 June 2022. John Nelson will conduct the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Chœur de l’Opéra national du Rhin and Gulbenkian Choir, with: Joyce DiDonato, contralto; Cyrille Dubois, tenor; and Ildar Abdrazakov, bass.
THE MEMOIRS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIOBOOK
Please click on AUDIOBOOK - THE MEMOIRS OF BERLIOZ from the menu above.
"DISCOVERING BERLIOZ" 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.
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 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).