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Gewandhaus Debut

Alexander Shelley makes his debut with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig this weekend, conducting and presenting their two summer concerts to an expected audience of 20,000 per night. In two strongly contrasting programmes, Shelley and the orchestra will be joined by soprano Victoria Joyce to explore a huge range of British (and British-influenced) music. Celebrating Nicolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” Overture, Korngold’s and Walton’s music for film and stage, to works by Handel, Purcell, Holst, Elgar and Britten, the Porsche sponsored “Klassik Airleben” is stirring end to the Gewanhaus...

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Invitation by the German President

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was invited by German President Joachim Gauck to give a presentation of their activities at his residence Schloss Bellevue this Sunday. In front of a select group of 160 influential guests, the orchestra performed movements from the Beethoven symphonies, excerpts from the Haydn symphonies and a selection of works from the activities of the Zukunftslabor (“Future Lab”). In his role as Artistic Director of the Future Lab, Alexander Shelley was invited to give a speech to the President and the invited guests and to introduce a scene from this year’s...

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Festival Hall Debut with RPO and John Williams

Alexander Shelley this week made his debut at the sold-out Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre alongside guitarist John Williams and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom Alexander has collaborated regularly over the last few seasons. The concert was particularly auspicious as it marked the official retirement both from solo and concerto engagements of John Williams. Performing Stephen Goss’s Guitar Concerto as well as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Williams received rapturous applause from the appreciative London audience. Shelley and the Philharmonic performed Elgar’s...

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