Sunday, December 4

Tag: Royal Festival Hall

Philharmonia: ‘American Dreams’ – Royal Festival Hall
London

Philharmonia: ‘American Dreams’ – Royal Festival Hall

After being away from their London home since March 2020, Philharmonia have come together (albeit in a socially distanced way), to stage this concert celebrating the work of Aaron Copland, Florence Price, Steve Reich and Igor Stravinsky.  Conducted by the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Designate Santtu-Matias Rouvali, this is a wonderful opportunity for the Orchestra to celebrate their 75th Anniversary and to help to raise funds to enable them to continue to produce their lively performances.  The performance begins with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, written in 1943-4, this piece was composed for choreographer Martha Graham who asked Copland to write a new ballet.  The story centres around a young couple in 19th Century Pennsylvania who meet, marry and set up home...
Alfie Boe: Bring Him Home – Royal Festival Hall
London

Alfie Boe: Bring Him Home – Royal Festival Hall

Filmed in London at The Royal Festival Hall in 2012, ‘Alfie Boe: Bring Him Home’ was not surprisingly a sell-out. Streamed as part of ‘The Shows Must Go On’ series, this is a performance not to be missed. Alfie Boe may be one very talented tenor, but this performance also showcases not only his powerhouse of a voice but also his charismatic stage presence.  His personality is warm and engaging with the audience. With lots of audience ‘banter’, especially with a certain Matt Lucas in particular, he was instantly likeable and also displayed a very witty sense of humour throughout. He performed several duets with special guests including Matt Lucas, Mel C and Tom Fletcher from McFly. His performance of ‘The Impossible Dream,’ with Matt Lucas was impressive and was also interjected...