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Baden-Baden to Berlin: German National Youth Orchestra Tour

Rehearsals begin today in Baden-Baden with the German National Youth Orchestra (BJO) and Alexander Shelley in preparation for a tour of Germany, which will begin on Easter Sunday with a collaborative concert between the BJO, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, The German National Youth Ballet (BJB), Alexander Shelley and Sir Simon Rattle. The tour entitled “Gipfeltreffen” (summit meeting), will see the BJO and BJB touring from Baden-Baden through Essen, Cologne, Hamburg and on to Berlin under Shelley’s direction. The first half of the concerts consists of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s ballet score...

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Nuremberg Symphony 2014-15 Season Announced

Chief Conductor Alexander Shelley and Intendant Lucius Hemmer today announced the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra’s forthcoming season during a press-conference at the headquarters of main sponsor Sparkasse Nürnberg. Welcoming international star soloists such as Simone Kermes, Daniel Hope, Colin Currie, Viviane Hagner, Sharon Kam and Antoine Tamestit the orchestra and its musicians present another season of diverse symphonic repertoire. In the 75th anniversary year of World War II, the season opens with a focus on two important works from the period: Shostakovich’s 8th Symphony, written in 1943...

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Return to Rotterdam

Elgar, Macmillan and Holst are on the programme for Alexander Shelley’s return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic this week. He is joined by the Karel Schoofs for the Dutch premiere of Macmillan’s Oboe Concerto, which was first performed in 2010 by dedicatee Nicholas Daniel. Macmillan is the 21st Century representative of British composers on a programme that is constructed around the 100th year anniversary of Holst beginning his work on the piece that would later become known as “The Planets”. The work has become a regular staple of Shelley’s repertoire, having performed it in Asia, Australasia...

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