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This week saw a selection of captivating classical performances, from the English National Opera’s production of The Dead City to the world premiere of Black Angels by Manchester Collective and George Crumb at King’s Place Re:sound.
The Dead City, which opened at the ENO’s Coliseum in London, is based on the novel by Pat Barker and tells the story of a soldier’s journey home from the Great War. The production, directed by Annilese Miskimmon, was brought to life with stirring performances by the ENO’s chorus and orchestra, who delivered a powerful and moving performance.
Meanwhile, Manchester Collective and George Crumb’s Black Angels had its world premiere at King’s Place Re:sound. The piece, which was written for string quartet, electric guitar, and percussion, was inspired by the work of writers such as T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and William Blake. The performance saw Manchester Collective, led by violinist and artistic director Adam Szabo, and guest percussionist Joo Yeon Sir, deliver a stunning interpretation of the work, creating an atmosphere of ethereal beauty.
Lastly, the BBC Concert Orchestra presented their Re:sound Voices of Our Cities concert at the Royal Festival Hall. The concert featured pieces by composers such as John Adams, Anna Meredith, and Nico Muhly, and made use of a variety of urban sounds. Streetwise Opera, a charity that works with homeless people, performed a selection of new works, alongside the orchestra, which provided a poignant insight into the lives of those affected by homelessness.
With performances such as these, it’s clear that classical music is thriving, and that there are plenty of exciting opportunities to enjoy the genre.