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.

ANDREW DAVIS CONDUCTS THE FANTASTIQUE, 31 MAY 2020

Andrew Davis will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Symphonie fantastique (and works by Elgar and Richard Strauss) at the Royal Festival Hall on on May 31 at 7.30pm. For more details please click here.
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EDWARD GARDNER & LPO TO START THE 2020/21 SEASON WITH SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE, 23 SEPTEMBER 2020

London Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Conductor designate Edward Gardner is to conduct Berlioz's Fantastic Symphony at a major concert at the Royal Festival Hall on September 23 at 7.30pm.

For more details please click here.

LSO BERLIOZ CONCERTS FOR THE 2020/21 BARBICAN SEASON

The LSO under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth will perform the following works by Berlioz during the 2020/2021 Season:

October 28 2020 at 6.30pm - Symphonie fantastique (March to the Scaffold;

October 29 2020 at 7.30pm - Symphonie fantastique (complete work);

June 13 2021 - Berlioz & Varese LSO Discovery Day starting 10am in Hall with rehearsal, afternoon programme in LSO St. Luke's, evening concert in Hall at 7pm: 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

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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