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Artist of the Month March 2013: Claire Wilkinson

Clare Wilkinson sings the Nelson Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr on 1 March 2013 (City Halls, Glasgow). With the Dunedin Consort conducted by John Butt, she sings the St John Passion on 13 March 2013 (Aberdeen Music Hall), 14 March 2013 (Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow), 17 March 2013 (The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh) and 18 March 2013 (St John’s Kirk, Perth). With Le Concert d’Anvers conducted by Bart Van Reyn, she sings the St Matthew Passion on 22 March 2013 (Collegekerk, Sint-Niklaas, Antwerp), 23 March 2013 (Carolus Borromeus, Antwerp) and 24 March 2013  (Abdijkerk, Grimbergen) (www.octopusensembles.be). With the Bachkoor Holland conducted by Gijs Leenaars, she sings the St Matthew Passion on 26 March 2013 (Oosterpoort, Groningen) and 28 and 29 March 2013 (Pieterskerk, Leiden). 

Her new recording of the St John Passion with the Dunedin Consort conducted by John Butt is released this month on Linn CD and has been selected by Gramophone as CD of the Month for March 2013.

A Ruby Christmas on Radio 3

BBC New Generation Artist soprano Ruby Hughes is featured on two broadcasts this Christmas.

On 27 December 2012, she can be heard singing songs by Schumann accompanied by Joseph Middleton and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Paul Daniel. The programme airs between 1800 and 1930. For more details visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pct2j.

On 31 December 2012, she can be heard singing Chausson’s Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pascal Rophé. The programme airs between 1805 and 1930. For more details visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pjk9p.

Royal Opera Live

On 7 January 2013, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, will be broadcasting an unprecedented glimpse into life behind the scenes with the Royal Opera, with live rehearsals, interviews and insights. Look out for James Laing in rehearsal for his Royal Opera debut in The Minotaur. The day will conclude with Act 111 of Die Walküre, recorded earlier in the season, in which Alwyn Mellor sings Gerhilde.

A RUBY CHRISTMAS ON THE BBC

New Generation Artist Ruby Hughes will feature prominently on BBC Radio 3 over the Christmas period and may be heard in recital with Julius Drake as follows:-

19 December 2011 at 1815
Schumann: Five Poems of Mary Stuart

27 December at 1815
Berg: Lieder

30 December 2011 at 1815
Songs by Benjamin Britten

Don’t forget that you can also access programmes for a week after first transmission on BBC iPlayer.

Further details may be found at
www.bbc.co.uk/radio3

An american in London

Tenor Steven Ebel shares how he landed a spot as the only American in a London YAP, as well as how he manages to both sing and compose professionally.

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