Guildhall School’s free digital Spring Season of events

The Guildhall Chambers Festival will be huge

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Spring Season of more than 80 events will all be available to watch online, totally free of charge. That’s another win for those of us wanting some more culture in our lives.

From January 2021, online audiences will be able to experience a mixture of live broadcast and pre-recorded content from across departments, all created, performed and filmed at Guildhall School.

Orchestral highlights include Richard Lester directing the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra from the cello in CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A minor, and the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra performing a programme of Beethoven, Brahms and Elgar.

The latter concert will take place using ground-breaking low latency technology, allowing musicians in different spaces within the School to play with no detectable delay in audio and video. It is believed that Guildhall School is the first institution in the world to use this technology for the rehearsal and performance of a full orchestra.

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Stream a live performance by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra too. Photo by Alexander Newton.

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The Opera department presents Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow, a work which was given its UK premiere at Guildhall School in 2005, directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans and conducted by Dominic Wheeler. The same creative team reunite for this new live-streamed production of the fairy-tale opera based on Carlo Gozzi’s 1765 fable.

Guildhall’s Drama department presents four live-streamed productions: Anne Washburn’s music-filled dark comedy Mr. Burns, a post-electric play directed by Chelsea Walker: Gone Too Far!, Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning drama exploring identity and culture, directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu; Pooja Ghai’s new production of Caryl Churchill’s celebrated 2012 play Love and Information; and a new version of Maxim Gorky’s Barbarians created by alumni Filter Theatre with Guildhall School students.

Masterclasses will also take place with artists such as saxophonist Naomi Sullivan; violist Jane Atkins; pianist Alexandra Dariescu; mezzo-soprano Ann Murray; and tenor Ronald Samm. All content will be available to watch online, for free, via Guildhall School’s website.

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