Rock Star plays some Hardcore Classical?

James Rhodes known as the classical pianist with a rock-star attitude, but his honey-smooth performing style reveals a soft centre. Come experience an evening of Bach, Beethoven, banter and a whole lot of charm. 
Programme includes:

Bach-Marcello Adagio
Beethoven Waldstein Sonata
Bach-Busoni Toccata, Adagio & Fugue
‘Fresh, vital and undeniably exciting.’ (The Observer)
‘Performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resist.’ (The Times)
‘Bursting through the era of political correctness in a haze of Byronic romanticism, James Rhodes, is swiftly making himself a name as the wild man of the keyboard.’ (Classical Music Magazine)

Please note: This video contains a little strong language.

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Nigel Kennedy’s Chopin Super Group

31 May, Royal Festival Hall, 3pm

Nigel and guests perform a unique concert of Chopin featuring Polish jazz musicians, players from Nigel’s Orchestra of Life and pianist Janusz Olejniczak (who played the piano music in the film The Pianist). Expect an extraordinary musical feast for both Chopin, classical and jazz lovers alike.
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The Night Shift Podcast

Tonight the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment present a relaxed one-hour concert, The Night Shift, featuring Beethoven’s brilliantly evocative Pastoral Symphony.

Listen to a podcast featuring Eduardo Portal

Philharmonia Orchestra and cellist Alban Gerhardt

Alban Gerhardt will perform the Dvořák cello concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra (under Esa Pekka-Salonen) at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 23 May 2010. This will mark his 20th anniversary of performing the piece, so he decided to give us a little insight into what makes this concerto so fascinating.

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Nigel Kennedy and his brand new orchestra

Get a taste for whats in store on Saturday 29 May with the UK debut performance of Nigel Kennedy’s Orchestra of Life performing Bach and Ellington. Add an Image

Selected players from the Orchestra of Life also join Nigel Kennedy’s Chopin Super Group on Monday 31 May providing a unique interpretation of Chopin.

Part of Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Weekend on 29 – 31 May

Quick Questions with Eduardo Portal

Quick questions with Eduardo Portal, conductor of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s The Night Shift on 25 May:

What do you fear the most?
Not to use my life as much as I can and must.

Which mobile number do you call the most?

I tend not to call mobile numbers. They are always problematic. Landlines are my favourites.

What – or where – is perfection?

Only God is perfect.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Mr Incredible; he makes my fantasy fly.

What’s your favourite ritual?

To have breakfast in the mornings.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

So many, I couldn’t tell one. Those who understand life.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

To be more delicate.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre (Royal Festival Hall/Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room/Hayward Gallery)?

OAE and Ivan Fischer at the RFH doing Beethoven 1, 8 and FIVE!!!

What’s your favourite website?

The newspaper website.

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?

David Oistrakh, Fritz Kreisler and Jacqueline du Pré.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

That this life is only a step towards another life.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

Hmmm, I do not really play much music like that, luckily I listen to so much live music.

Listen Again: London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra launches a free complete concert streaming service with Vladimir Jurowski’s performance of Wagner, Brahms and Liszt.

If you weren’t able to be at the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 1 May 2010 concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, you can listen online or through the Orchestra’s popular iphone app until 20 May 2010.

Listen Again

Wagner Overture to Faust
Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Liszt Faust Symphony

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Anna Larsson contralto
Peter Auty tenor
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Tonight, London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Debut Sounds in Queen Elizabth Hall

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