Review: Nicholas Daniel at Aldeburgh Festival (Daily Telegraph)

Nick Daniel & Friends/Aldeburgh Festival One of the things that makes the Aldeburgh Festival special is the way the mysterious flat landscape, the festival’s history and the musical programme all partake of the same spirit. Key to that spirit is the festival’s founder Benjamin Britten, whose image as always crops up in this year’s programme […]

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Review: Stauss concerto in Hereford

ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN STRAUSS/RAVEL REVIEW STRAUSS AND RAVEL WONDERFUL PROGRAMME-PARTNERS ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN/Michael Seal 17 May 2019 The Courtyard, Hereford ***** Adding Hereford’s Courtyard to Orchestra of the Swan’s regular schedule touring out of Stratford seems to be proving a win-win both for audiences and orchestra. I bumped into several players dining in […]

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Nicholas Daniel returns to Aldeburgh for the 2019 festival

Oboist Nicholas Daniel, ever-popular at the Aldeburgh festival, returns on Saturday 22 June with a programme that features three chamber works by Oliver Knussen, including the revival of the unhappily titled Fire, a work requested by Britten for the 1969 festival and premiered just days after the new Snape Maltings had burned down. Daniel is […]

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Britten Oboe Quartet among highlights of Holt Festival

New Holt Festival artistic Director Anwen Hurt has announced the first highlights for the 2019 festival. Now in its eleventh year, it’s one of the East of England’s most anticipated events. Each July the festival sets the charming North Norfolk Georgian country town alight with performers, musicians, art exhibitions and literary events. Local audiences and […]

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Britten Sinfonia at Wigmore Hall – review

‘Intellectual Curiosity and Musical Insight from the Britten Sinfonia at Wigmore Hall’ Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, London – 6 February 2019 Mozart – Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546 Skryabin – Rêverie Op.24 (arr. Colin Matthews) (world première) Britten – Temporal Variations (arr. Colin Matthews) Colin Matthews – Postludes for oboe, […]

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