Bernard Sherman top 10 Classical CDs of 2011- Orchestra of the Swan Bobby and Hans vol. 1

A big thank you to Jason in Iowa, who alerted us to the fact that the eminent musicologist and Brahms scholar, Bernard D. Sherman,  picked Orchestra of the Swan’s recording of the Third Symphonies of Hans Gal and Robert Schumann as one of his top 10 best Classical CDs for 2011, as listed on his […]

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Call for Applications- Conducting Masterclass with Orchestra of the Swan, May 20th, 2012

Magicians of the orchestra: revealing the conductor’s art On Sunday 20 May 2012 the Two Rivers Festival (ww.tworiversfestival.co.uk) will present a special day-long workshop at The Bushell Hall, Birkenhead School working with an ensemble of players from the Orchestra of the Swan directed by Kenneth Woods.   Magicians of the orchestra: revealing the conductor’s art […]

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Concert Review- Surrey Mozart Players, Brahms Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven Symphony no. 9

Small-scale Choral Symphony draws large crowds Surrey Mozart Players – Holy Trinity Church – 19th November 2011 When Beethoven conducted the première of his Choral Symphony in 1824 to rapturous applause the forces deployed were not much different from those used in the Surrey Mozart Players’ conclusion to their Beethoven symphony cycle last Saturday [19th […]

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Repertoire Report- Sasha Mäkilä 2011

Next up in the 2011 Repertoire Reports is Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, Sasha Mäkilä. I first became aware of Maestro Mäkilä when a couple of comments on VFTP led me to his excellent blog– to the best of my knowledge, Sasha was the second conductor to start and maintain a blog (VFTP was […]

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Repertoire Report- Michael Böhnert-Wheatley 2011

Now in his sixth season as Music Director of the Seven Hills Sinfonietta in Cincinnati, OH, Maestro Michael Wheatley has established a reputation as a builder of orchestras. During his tenure with this ensemble the orchestra has nearly doubled in size, relocated to an expansive new concert venue, formed significant new relationships with grant-giving organizations, and has […]

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Repertoire Report- 2011 KW

Happy New Year, VFTP Friends and Fans The old year is out and the new one has arrived, which means it is Repertoire Report season at VFTP.  Our crack research team has spent literally minutes upon minutes combing through my programs for the year now past, assembling the annual listing of repertoire. 2011 was a […]

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