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Nora Fischer

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Nora Fischer tours HUSH across the Netherlands with Marnix Dorrestein

24 August 2018

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On the Roof

Nora Fischer begins the new season with a tour of the Netherlands performing her debut album HUSH. Together with guitarist Marnix Dorrestein, Fischer begins the tour at Amsterdam's On The Roof on 7 September and then visits the country's renowned concert venues including Theaters Tilburg and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven to Stadsschouwberg Nijmegen and De Doelen, as well as the more unique Art Night Nijmegen; Utrecht International Literature Festival; Sounds of Music Groningen, and the Schiermonnikoog International Chamber Music Festival.

HUSH was born from a longstanding dream of Fischer’s – to reimagine, rework and redefine early music songs. Growing up in the baroque tradition, she has frequently performed the music of Monteverdi, Dowland and Purcell, and deeply values their music. With HUSH, Fischer works alongside celebrated pop guitarist Marnix Dorrestein to create stripped back versions of these songs that will resonate with current and future generations – simple, timeless and intensely beautiful. Sometimes groovy and soulful, sometimes silent and soul piercing, HUSH is approached with the creativity of songwriters in the 21st century.

Watch Fischer and Dorrestein perform their arrangement of ‘Intorno All’Idol Mio’ by Antonio Cesti here:

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Nora Fischer performs Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre at the Concertgebouw with Asko|Schönberg

07 April 2018

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Nora Fischer joins Asko|Schönberg at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw on 21 April 2018 to perform Osvaldo Golijov Ayre. Ayre is an ode to various styles of folk music ranging from Sephardic tunes to Eastern European music and Christian Arab traditions, and demanding many different styles of singing and music making from the singer.

The following week, Fischer travels to the United States to perform Morris Kliphuis The Secret Diary of Nora Plain with the Ragazze Quartet and percussionist Remco Menting at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on 29 April.

The Secret Diary of Nora Plain – darting between the borders of pop, jazz and classical – tells the story of the young Nora Plain, trying to live as an individual in the increasingly monitored society of today. Through her diary entrances, we hear her struggles with the watching eyes all around her that try to penetrate her personal space more and more.

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The Barbican Centre revealed its classical music season for 2018/19 on 23 January 2018, and as ever there are many Intermusica artists performing over the season. Highlights include Daniil Trifonov's London Symphony Orchestra Artist Portrait, the visit of Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to perform Mahler Symphony No.6 and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's return to the LSO. See below for full details.

Daniil Trifonov is the subject of the LSO's Artist Portrait next season. The Portrait begins in February 2019 when he performs Ravel Piano Concerto with the orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, and continues in June with a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 and a solo recital of works by Beethoven and Prokofiev. It culminates on 16 June with a performance of Shostakovich Concerto No.1 for piano, trumpet and strings.

On 29 September 2018, Ben Gernon conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Holst The Planets, presented by scientist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox.

Sir James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along receives its world premiere from the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Halsey's London Symphony Chorus on 4 November and forms part of the Barbican Centre's series of events commemorating the First World War. Earlier that day, the piece is the focus of an LSO Discovery Day, during which members of the public can attend a morning LSO rehearsal of the MacMillan premiere followed by chamber music and a discussion about creative responses to World War I.

Martyn Brabbins is also involved in the First World War anniversary, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Cheryl Frances-Hood's Last Man Standing, part of a programme that also includes Bax November Woods and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.4.

Marin Alsop returns to the Barbican on 4 December to continue the Bernstein at 100 celebrations with a concert performance of the composer's Candide. Leonardo Capalbo stars in the title role.

Leonidas Kavakos makes two appearances at the Barbican during the 2018/19 season. In September he joins Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax in bringing their critically acclaimed Brahms Piano Trios to the Barbican Hall. In December, he renews his relationship with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO when he performs Brahms Violin Concerto.

James Ehnes returns to the Barbican on 18 January 2019, performing Beethoven Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Bevan joins John Butt and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Bach's B minor Mass on 2 February, singing with her sister Sophie Bevan, tenor Samuel Boden and bass-baritone Edward Grint.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner continues his fruitful collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra in February, conducting two concerts of works by Weber, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Gardiner is joined by soloists Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Piotr Anderszewski.

Lahav Shani joins the LSO in February, alongside pianist Simon Trpčeski, for a concert of Weill, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

Nora Fischer joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro in concert on 11 May, performing as soprano soloist in the UK premiere of Golijov Oceana.

Intermusica brings the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to the Barbican on 25 May for a concert with their Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano. 

Kian Soltani performs at LSO St Luke's in June, as part of the ECHO Rising Stars tour, for which he was nominated by the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein.

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