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2011-04-29 12:30:00

NEW YORK and LONDON, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in history, the Royal Wedding ceremony was recorded this morning and will be immediately released digitally today. Decca Records, one of Britain's historic record labels, will release Prince William and Catherine Middleton's entire wedding ceremony on the world's foremost download and streaming platforms within hours of the service ending. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110429/NY92475 ) (Logo:...

2008-10-12 12:00:14

By Edward Reichel Deseret News Conductor Brady Allred has a lot of confidence in his Salt Lake Choral Artists. There is no other way to explain it after one has had a chance to glance at the new season. "I'm trying to stretch the choir and the audience," he told the Deseret News. And the choir members don't seem to mind one bit. They will have their hands full at the first of their four concerts this season. Titled "Multicultural Celebration," the concert, which takes place Saturday...

2008-09-05 00:00:16

I'm A great fan of Gloucestershire composer Ralph Vaughan Williams' music and I am enjoying the celebrations of his music at the Proms at present, in tribute to the 50th anniversary of his death. There is something special about English composers which sends a tingle down the spine. They are full of passion and a quintessential tone which sound English through and through. I was born in Shrewsbury and I have to say On Wenlock Edge holds a great interest and love for me of all of RV...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

By Robert Hanks The Week In Radio On Monday, the Today programme tackled the question of Britishness, with reference to the London portion of the Olympics closing ceremony, in which the nation was represented by a double- decker, dancers waving umbrellas and "Greensleeves" set to a disco beat. Today's discussion didn't clear up the evident confusion - indeed, by handing the question over to a journalist from the Daily Telegraph and the cockney comedian Arthur Smith, I'd say they deepened...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

By EDWARD SECKERSON PROM 54: BBC SO / DAVIS Royal Albert Hall LONDON **** Fifty years to the day since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams, it was only fitting that this Prom should be for him alone. And for those among us who still insist that a little of his "modal mysticism" goes a long way, the Ninth and last Symphony was there to remind us that the old man went out as he came in - confounding his critics. Indeed, the man once described as "a queer, mad fellow from Chelsea" did his...

2008-08-08 15:00:38

By CRAIG SMITH Craig Smith I The New Mexican Ralph Vaughan Williams is widely regarded as the king of the English pastoralists. He was the man who, by tonally expressing the streams, sun, showers, and meadows of his native land, freed its musical life from a century of complicated Germanic contrapuntal dominance and led composers back to the serene fields of Purcell, Tallis, and Byrd. Along the way, the story goes, he rediscovered the treasures of English folk song; did some...

2008-07-05 00:00:15

There are a dazzling number of musical performances taking place over the next couple of weeks for Cheltenham Music Festival. It is being dramatically opened tonight by BBC Philharmonic at Cheltenham Town Hall and the orchestra returns tomorrow with pianist Aleksandar Madzar for a double bill. On Sunday, local groups including Gloucestershire County Youth Choir and Tewkesbury Youth Choir, will be taking to the stage for a performance of Carmina Burana. Festival director Meurig Bowen...


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