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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Guildhall School announces spring 2017 season

3:01, 30th November 2016

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s spring 2017 season includes the premiere of the first opera written in Middle English and a masterclass led by Jonas Kaufmann.

The Tale of Januarie, which will receive its premiere on 27 February, is the first opera to be commissioned within the school. Based on Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale, it has been composed by head of composition Julian Philips with libretto by writer-in-residence Stephen Plaice.

Other premieres include Tigran Mansurian’s second violin concerto, which will receive its first British performance; and the London debuts of a number of works written to mark John Harle’s 60th birthday.

Further concert highlights include Guildhall Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Maazel’s arrangement of Wagner’s Ring under Pietari Inkinen, and a performance from Cellophony mixing established repertoire with specially-commissioned new works.

Jonathan Biss, Edith Wiens and the Takács Quartet are among those who will visit the Guildhall to give masterclasses to senior students, while vocal studies professors Susan McCulloch, Amanda Roocroft and Rudolf Piernay will give public masterclasses.

Students will also perform alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti, play in a lunchtime concert as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion Day: Philip Glass at 80, and participate in Dialogue 2017.

The season will also include four LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists concerts, two LSO Friday Lunchtime Concerts at LSO St Luke’s and a LSO Discovery Family Concert, and a Research Works event examining the craft of the librettist in association with the Royal Opera,


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