Summer Festivals Part III

The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London is surely one of the best know festivals in the whole world. I have not come across anyone who would not (secretly) love to attend the Last Night of the Proms at least once. It is great fun - I did it in 2011! Also when I first moved to London 20 years ago, I had a season ticket and was 'proming' almost every night with my friends - it was a fantastic experience!

This weekend sees the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall for three concerts (July 23rd,24th and 26th). These concerts are the final stop of their Beethoven Journey - a monumental four-year project, illuminating the composer’s works for piano and orchestra. Previous stops of the project included Paris, Boston, Vienna, New York as part of the 70 live performances across 15 countries on 3 continents with Leif Ove Andsnes - spiritus rector of the project - leading the MCO from the keyboard. For everybody who won’t make it to London, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting all concerts live which you can catch world wide. If you find yourself in the UK you can also watch the performance of the 24th broadcasted live on BBC Four TV (and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer).

It is not until much later in the 3 month festival that you will be able to catch Nicola Benedetti’s performances both in the Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall. On Aug 10th she will be the soloist in Korngold’s Violin concerto together with the Bournemouth SO. And on Monday Sep 7 she will appear together with the pianist Alexei Grynyuk and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich pairing the Brahms Piano Trio No.1 with Butterflies Remember a Mountain by the American-born composer Arlene Sierra.

As part of the 150th-anniversary celebrations of Sibelius, the audience will have a treat in hearing our founding member Julian Rachlin returning to the Proms with the much loved Violin concerto. Hurry, when I had a look there were a few tickets left for this concert together with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra! The UK will be seeing much more of Julian as he is starting as Principal Guest conductor with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the beginning of the 15/16 season.

Two more of our Orchestral members will be stopping at the Proms:

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe are bringing Bernhard Haitink and Maria João Pires to the Royal Albert Hall on August 28th. Together they will already have performed their Schubert-Mozart cycle at the Lucerne Summer Festival. Luckily for all of us, the BBC Four will broadcast the sold out concert on Friday Sept. 4th. After the Proms the COE is taking September off and will embark on a busy season mid October in Lisbon. Afterwards they are reunited with Bernhard Haitink (this time for a Schumann cycle) in Amsterdam and Vienna in November. For more details look here.

A the end of August, the San Francisco Symphony embark on their European festival tour. After stopping at the Edinburgh Festival they are in London for two concerts at the Proms, bringing Mahler’s First Symphony as well as soloist Yuja Wang with them, (the next stops of the tour are Wiesbaden, Berlin, Bucharest, Lucerne, Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Paris).

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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