The Guildhall School of Music & Drama today announces one of the highlights of the inaugural season in Milton Court Concert Hall, one of the School’s new venues within Milton Court, which will open in September 2013. The first ever Alumni Recital Series features four recitals by prestigious alumni from the Guildhall School including Thomas Adès, Anne Sofie von Otter, Tasmin Little and Toby Spence.

The Guildhall School’s new building Milton Court will include new performance venues, rehearsal rooms and teaching accommodation as well as technical facilities of the highest specification which will help provide the School’s students with the very best training for careers in the performing arts. Audiences will be able to enjoy the new Concert Hall, Theatre and Studio Theatre as well as spacious, light-filled foyers and public spaces.

The Alumni Recital Series will take place in the new state-of-the-art, 608-seat concert hall in Milton Court and commences on 5 November with Thomas Adès and Friends. Adès (Piano/Composition 1989) is joined by three other alumni: violinist Anthony Marwood, clarinettist Matthew Hunt and cellist and Head of Strings at the School Louise Hopkins for a concert that includes Britten’s Suite for Violin and Piano, Gerald Barry’s Low, Stravinsky’s Suite from The Soldier’s Tale and three works by Adès himself including Lieux retrouvés; Catch and Court Studies. Adès attended both Junior Guildhall and the Guildhall School, where he studied with Paul Berkowitz and Robert Saxton.

On 23 November mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter (Opera Course 1982) is joined by pianist Bengt Forsberg and accordionist Bengan Janson for a concert of French chansons including works by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel and Saint-Saëns. Von Otter studied on the School’s Opera Course with Vera Rózsa.

The series continues in 2014, on 26 February, with a concert from violinist Tasmin Little (Violin 1986) with pianist Martin Roscoe, who also teaches at the School. The concert will include sonatas by Mozart, Fauré, Ravel and Franck. Tasmin Little studied with Pauline Scott and won the School’s prestigious Gold Medal. She was awarded an OBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours.

The final recital in the series will be given by Toby Spence (Opera Course 1995) with pianist and fellow alumnus Julian Milford on 2 May 2014. Spence will sing a selection of songs by Schubert including Im Abendrot, Bei dir allein, Des Fischers Liebesglück and Am Fenster, set alongside Beethoven’s An Die Ferne Geliebte and Schubert’s Dichterliebe. Toby Spence studied with David Pollard whilst at the School.

The Alumni Recital Series is in support of the School’s Scholarships Fund.

Guildhall Symphony Orchestra

The first two Guildhall Symphony Orchestra concerts in the new Milton Court Concert Hall take place on 4 October and 29 November. James Gaffigan returns to conduct the orchestra and chorus in a performance of Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 on 4 October in the first public event at Milton Court. Soloists include alumni Katherine Broderick, Cátia Moreso, Timothy Robinson and Derek Welton.

On 29 November the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Takuo Yuasa at the Barbican Hall in a performance of Schoenberg’s Pelleas & Melisande and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.


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