A look at The Fairy Queen revival

The ironic lines of Ben Johnson sum up The Fairy Queen, a strange but moving production of the ‘semi-opera’ by Purcell, revived from the 2009 version but with more emphasis on theatrical shocks and surprises like the warren of promiscuous bunnies and Adam and Eve by the Tree of Knowledge which is used as a […]

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A look back over the youth Proms

The youth Proms came in thick and fast, with joyous and massively exuberant events from orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra. The tone was set by the opening, a fantasy by Edgar Varése which is teased out of one single note, that of ‘A’. The piece, entitled Tuning Up, involves shouts of ‘sit down’ […]

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