Returning to Canada after the Christmas break, Alexander and the National Arts Centre Orchestra continued their exploration of the Brahms and Schumann Symphonies, glued together by the music of Clara Schumann. For the opening concerts of the year they were joined by regular collaborator Gabriela Montero, who received glowing reviews for her interpretation of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, written when the composer was only 15 years old.
Also on the programme: Emilie Mayer’s Faust Overture, a concert hall rarity, and Schumann’s 3rd Symphony.
Reviewing the first performance, classical music journal Ludwig van Toronto described it as ‘an auspicious TSO debut’ for Shelley ‘…leading the orchestra in a very crisp reading of the score. He’s a fine conductor, and let’s hope he’ll be back.’ Read full review here.
The National Arts Centre (NAC) and the NAC Orchestra are honoured to announce a new commissioned work from Philip Glass, one of the most acclaimed and renowned classical composers of his generation. This new orchestral piece will be developed around the theme of truth in our times, an ode to freedom of the press that will honour the memory of Canadian-born Peter Jennings, one of the most revered and respected journalists, news anchors and broadcasters of his generation.
In this six part video series, topics include how to use the right and left hand, how to rehearse and prepare scores as well as how to collaborate with orchestras. Whether you are a student or amateur conductor these videos will provide you with clear instruction, practice tips and useful advice.
Alexander Shelley’s latest series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off at Cadogan Hall this Thursday evening in a concert featuring cellist Kian Soltani.
Every season, Alexander curates a new series of concerts with the RPO at their home in Chelsea and this year he focuses in closely on the lives and times of three composers: Shostakovich, Wagner and Lili Boulanger.
Alexander Shelley last week returned to Leipzig’s Gewandhaus for a programme of music by Wolfgang Rihm, Chopin and Brahms with the MDR Symphony Orchestra.