Laura Wright in Concert
Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne, Friday 24th April
With over a million album sales under her belt, Laura Wright is one of the biggest selling classical artistes this decade and she is now embarking on her first headline national tour.
She was the first mezzo soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium and has toured extensively, performing at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Great Wall of China.
Laura will perform some uplifting and classical favourites such as World in Union, Swing Low, Jerusalem, Nessun Dorma as well as Invincible which stole the show at the Opening Ceremony of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. A firm fixture at sporting events, Laura sings regularly at International rugby matches, the 6 Nations at Twickenham and is the England Rugby team’s first ever official anthem singer.
Visit www.royalhippodrome.com for more information.
Finale of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Eastbourne spring Residency
Elgar, Mendelssohn and Beethoven
Sunday 12th April 3:00pm at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne sees the final performance of the LPO’s season at Eastbourne.
With Domingo Hindoyan conducting and featuring Madalyn Parnas on violin the LPO will perform Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.
Venezuelan Domingo Hindoyan opens this last concert of the Eastbourne season with the poised nostalgia of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for strings. A mysterious introduction, a propulsive musical explosion, a strangely hypnotic march and an unstoppable, elemental outpouring of dance-like tunes – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is probably the most unusual and certainly the most energetic symphony he wrote. Fascinating jagged edges and emphatic outbursts are heard in this concert after the smooth radiance of Mendelssohn’s noble Violin Concerto, a heartfelt gift for a violin-playing friend that took a long time coming but was, in its exquisite craft and care, utterly worth the wait.
Visit www.lpo.org.uk for full information about the LPO in Eastbourne and Brighton.
Baroque Recorder Recital in Lewes
Saturday 18th April 7:30pm, The Workshop, English Passage, Cliffe High Street
I love unusual gigs by talented musicians. And in my eyes, Naomi Okuda’s gig in Lewes in April is certainly one of those.
She will be performing a wide-ranging programme for recorder and harpsichord, joined by ex-Red Priest harpsichordist Howard Beach.
Naomi Okuda studied in Osaka and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She has worked with Bach Collegium Japan and has performed widely as a baroque music specialist giving recitals, playing with orchestras such as Bach Collegium Japan and recording. She was one of the recommended artists of Osaka City in 2003.
In 2010 Naomi moved permanently to the UK where she continues to develop her performing career and teaches recorder at the Wellington College. She has made a number of recordings and her latest solo CD ‘Airs Anglois’ was released to considerable critical acclaim in the Japanese and English musical press.
Visit www.emclute.com/okuda/eng to learn more about her work.