Little, Tasmin

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall. Tasmin’s concerto appearances include those with Adelaide Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bournemouth Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and all the BBC Orchestras.
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Paul Mitchell

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.

The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.

Bamert, Matthias

Matthias Bamert conducts Osaka and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestras Matthias Bamert travels to Japan and South Korea in the coming weeks for two special performances. First of all he joins the Osaka Philharmonic... Matthias Bamert conducts three Japanese orchestras Matthias will conduct the Gunma Symphony Orchestra on 16 January at the Maebashi Cultural Center with Miki Kobayashi performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major. The Sapporo Symphony... Matthias Bamert conducts Israel Symphony Orchestra The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion will see Matthias Bamert conduct a series of five concerts in and around Tel Aviv from 28 November – 2 December. The main programme will include... Matthias Bamert at the Brevard Music Center Festival Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert returns to the Brevard Music Center Festival, conducting two orchestras in concerts on 17 and 18 July 2015. He first conducts the Brevard Music Center... Matthias Bamert conducts the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco Matthias Bamert conducts the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jaslico in two concerts on 20 & 22 March 2015 at the Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara. In a programme of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and... Page 1 of 2 There are no reviews available for this artist Matthias Bamert's distinguished career started at the Cleveland Orchestra where he was Resident Conductor alongside the then Music Director Lorin Maazel. Since then, Bamert has held Music Director positions with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, West Australian Symphony and Swiss Radio Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and as Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, Mr. Bamert masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings of works by “Contemporaries of Mozart” which has already exceeded 75 symphonies. As part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1999, he conducted the LMP at the BBC Proms, in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival; he returned with them to Japan in January 2000. In the UK, Matthias Bamert has worked frequently in the concert hall and studio with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, featuring regularly at the BBC Proms. Internationally, Mr. Bamert has appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

BBC Singers

BBC Singers
The BBC Singers is Britain’s only full-time professional chamber choir and a group with an international reputation. Established in 1924, the versatility of this virtuoso 24-voice ensemble is second-to-none, and this flexibility makes the Singers both an important resource in the broadcast music-making of the BBC and a significant presence in British musical life. The BBC Singers’ breadth of repertoire is unsurpassed by any other choral group, singing everything from Renaissance music to the latest contemporary scores, and their unrivalled expertise with the latter has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries. At home on the concert platform as much as in the recording studio, the BBC Singers also regularly work with the BBC’s own orchestras, a wide range of period instrument and contemporary music ensembles, and with a host of internationally-renowned conductors. The group’s rapidly expanding education programme now embraces regular outreach work with school children, youth choirs, the amateur choral community, and young professional composers, singers and conductors. The BBC Singers have a unique place on the British concert scene: a world-class choral ensemble committed to sharing their enthusiasm and creative expertise with audiences and performers, amateurs and professionals, young and old, across the nation and throughout the whole spectrum of the choral community.
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John Wood

Poole, John


John Poole has given a wide repertoire of choral concerts throughout the world with many and varied organisations.  Especially during his years as Director of the B.B.C Singers he was involved in an enormous output of music of all periods at the highest level.  During these years he regularly conducted choral and orchestral concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in Britain and Europe.  He is a committed advocate of new music and is regularly involved in commissioning new works.  He has a special interest in working in courses and master classes with singers, conductors and composers.

English Northern Philharmonia

English Northern Philharmonia
The English Northern Philharmonia is the resident orchestra of Opera North and since its formation in 1978 by David Lloyd-Jones has established itself as one of the UK's leading operatic orchestras. In addition to playing for all the Company's performances, the ENP enjoys an independent existence as a symphony orchestra, giving concerts throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding area. The ENP has appeared with numerous international guest conductors and soloists, as well as with David Lloyd-Jones, its Founder Conductor, and Paul Daniel who was Opera North's Music Director and Principal Conductor of the ENP from 1990 to 1997. The orchestra is an important contributor to all the major concert series in the Yorkshire region and has also made visits abroad, not only with Opera North, but also in its capacity as a symphony orchestra.

Masson, Diego

Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries French conductor Diego Masson completed his studies at the Paris Conservatoire before becoming percussionist in Domaine Musicale the contemporary music group founded by Pierre Boulez. In 1966, following a period of study with Boulez, he formed Musique Vivante establishing a regular and notable series of concerts presenting important contemporary works. After considerable success as Music Director of the Marseille Opera in the 1970s Diego Masson went on to pursue an international conducting career which has taken him to the major musical centres of Europe, Scandinavia and the Antipodes. A regular visitor to the UK, Masson has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Hallé, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Northern Philharmonic, Nash Ensemble, Opera Factory and Opera North with whom he gave the world première of Robert Saxton’s opera Caritas. With Scottish Opera he conducted the world première of Sally Beamish’s first opera Monster. He appears regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in their Music of Today series at the South Bank Centre and has made several appearances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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This addition to NMC's Ancora series reissues Robert Saxton's opera Caritas - based on Arnold Wesker's drama about a walled-up anchoress of the 13th century - alongside his Violin Concerto, Music to Celebrate the Resurrection, In the Beginning and the set of choral motets I Will Awake the Dawn.

Cast of Caritas

Eirian Davies ... Christine   
Jonathan Best ... Bishop Henry of Norwich
Christopher Ventris ... Robert Lonle, Christine's fiance
Linda Hibberd ... Agnes, Christine's mother
Roger Bryson ... William, Christine's father
David Gwynne ... Richard Lonle, Robert's father
Paul Wilson ... Mathew, Christine's parish priest
Galloway Bell ... Bailiff
Bruce Budd ... Villager
Brian Cookson ... Tax collector
Linda Ormiston ... Matilde, a village gossip



These recordings were originally released on Collins Classics.
Reissued with funding from Arts Council England.


'NMC's Ancora series, salvaging deleted recordings, does Saxton proud with this double set. ... The first disc comprises four works, each a journey from darkness to light: Music To Celebrate the Resurrection begins with a crash and proceeds through sinous argument to a sunburst of octave Es.'
The Sunday Times


The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England


Disc 1:

Recording date: October 1989 (Music to Celebrate...); 19-20 July 1991 
Recording venue: The Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh (Music to Celebrate...); Studio 1, Abbey Road, London
Engineers: Sean Lewis (Music to Celebrate...); John Timperley / Simon Rhodes 
Producers: John H. West (Music to Celebrate...); Andrew Keener

Disc 2:
Recording date: Recorded live on 21, 23, 24 November 1991
Recording venue: Wakefield Opera House, for Huddersfield Contempoerary Music Festival
Engineer: John Timperley
Producer: Edward Fisk

Cover image: Photo: Malcplm Crowthers

Music to Celebrate... (P) 1990 Collins Classics
Violin Concerto / In the beginning/ I will awake .. (P) 1991 Lambourne Productions Ltd
Caritas (P) 1992 Lambourne Productions Ltd

Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D102
Release Date:
1 January 2004