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This week, classical music in the UK was marked by a variety of performances, from the world premiere of The Dead City at the English National Opera’s Coliseum in London to the Manchester Collective’s performance of George Crumb’s Black Angels at Kings Place.
The Dead City, a new opera from Anneliese Miskimmon, saw its world premiere at the Coliseum and was met with rapturous applause from the audience. The opera tells the story of a city in turmoil, with a corrupt and oppressive government and a population struggling to survive. The production featured a powerful score, with a combination of orchestral and choral elements, as well as a range of haunting visuals and projections. The production was a masterful exploration of the human cost of conflict, and the audience was moved by the story and its powerful message.
Also this week, the Manchester Collective performed George Crumb’s Black Angels at Kings Place. Crumb’s work is often described as ‘dark and mysterious’, and the performance certainly lived up to this description. The piece featured an array of electronic and acoustic instruments, from piano to electric guitar, and the performance was as emotionally charged as it was technically impressive. The audience was enthralled by the performance and it was an enthralling evening of music.
The week also saw the start of Re:sound – Voices of Our Cities, a series of concerts from Streetwise Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concerts will feature music from a range of composers, from Bach to Bernstein, and will explore the stories of those living in the cities of the UK. The first concert of the series was held at Southbank Centre and featured music from composers such as Purcell, Handel, and Britten. The concert was an inspiring and uplifting experience, and the audience was captivated by the stories that were told through the music.
This week saw an array of classical music performances that were both entertaining and thought-provoking. From the world premiere of The Dead City to the Manchester Collective’s performance of Black Angels to the start of Re:sound – Voices of Our Cities, it was an exciting week of music in the UK.