archive-com.com » COM » W » WHERESRUNNICLES.COM

Total: 275

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Where's Runnicles: There's Runnicles - Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper
    or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/there-runnicles-lohengrin-at-deutsche.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Where's Runnicles: Aldeburgh 2012 - Knussen and the SCO play Ives, Goehr, Stravinsky and Berg (but not Knussen!)
    very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and the ENO Dr Dee at ENO or Pageantry is no Substitute for H Aldeburgh 2012 Ives Symphonies or Going out wit Aldeburgh 2012 From Darkness into Joy and Light Aldeburgh 2012 Britten s GPO Films Aldeburgh Festival 2012 The Alienating Manner of There s Runnicles Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Aldeburgh 2012 Knussen and the SCO play Ives Go Aldeburgh 2012 Perényi plays Bach and more Aldeburgh Festival 2012 Knussen Double Bill or Caligula at ENO or A Dull Dictatorship The Physicists at the Donmar or Proving that Play O Neill s Long Day s

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/aldeburgh-2012-knussen-and-sco-play.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Where's Runnicles: Aldeburgh 2012 - Perényi plays Bach and more
    Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and the ENO Dr Dee at ENO or Pageantry is no Substitute for H Aldeburgh 2012 Ives Symphonies or Going out wit Aldeburgh 2012 From Darkness into Joy and Light Aldeburgh 2012 Britten s GPO Films Aldeburgh Festival 2012 The Alienating Manner of There s Runnicles Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Aldeburgh 2012 Knussen and the SCO play Ives Go Aldeburgh 2012 Perényi plays Bach and more Aldeburgh Festival 2012 Knussen Double Bill or Caligula at ENO or A Dull Dictatorship The Physicists at the Donmar or Proving that Play O Neill s Long Day s Journey or A Masterclass in May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10 September 21 August 26 July 10 June 18 May 10 April 21 March 10 February 11 January 9 2008 70 December 9 November 3 October 11 September 4 August 13 June 15 May 7 April 3 March 2 February 2 January 1 2007 58 December 4 November 5 October 8 September 4 August 11 July 7 June 5 May 7 April 6 March 1 A few favourites Donald Runnicles Edinburgh International Festival Rachel Barton Pine The

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/aldeburgh-2012-perenyi-plays-bach-and.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Where's Runnicles: Aldeburgh Festival 2012: Knussen Double Bill, or, Fairy Tale Magic and Morals
    to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and the ENO Dr Dee at ENO or Pageantry is no Substitute for H Aldeburgh 2012 Ives Symphonies or Going out wit Aldeburgh 2012 From Darkness into Joy and Light Aldeburgh 2012 Britten s GPO Films Aldeburgh Festival 2012 The Alienating Manner of There s Runnicles Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Aldeburgh 2012 Knussen and the SCO play Ives Go Aldeburgh 2012 Perényi plays Bach and more Aldeburgh Festival 2012 Knussen Double Bill or Caligula at ENO or A Dull Dictatorship The Physicists at the Donmar or Proving that Play O Neill s Long Day s Journey or

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/aldeburgh-festival-2012-knussen-double.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Where's Runnicles: Caligula at ENO, or, A Dull Dictatorship
    s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and the ENO Dr Dee at ENO or Pageantry is no Substitute for H Aldeburgh 2012 Ives Symphonies or Going out wit Aldeburgh 2012 From Darkness into Joy and Light Aldeburgh 2012 Britten s GPO Films Aldeburgh Festival 2012 The Alienating Manner of There s Runnicles Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Aldeburgh 2012 Knussen and the SCO play Ives Go Aldeburgh 2012 Perényi plays Bach and more Aldeburgh Festival 2012 Knussen Double Bill or Caligula at ENO or A Dull Dictatorship The Physicists at the Donmar or Proving that Play O Neill s

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/caligula-at-eno-or-dull-dictatorship.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Where's Runnicles: The Physicists at the Donmar, or Proving that Plays that Preach are often Problematical
    Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and the ENO Dr Dee at ENO or Pageantry is no Substitute for H Aldeburgh 2012 Ives Symphonies or Going out wit Aldeburgh 2012 From Darkness into Joy and Light Aldeburgh 2012 Britten s GPO Films Aldeburgh Festival 2012 The Alienating Manner of There s Runnicles Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Aldeburgh 2012 Knussen and the SCO play Ives Go Aldeburgh 2012 Perényi plays Bach and more Aldeburgh Festival 2012 Knussen Double Bill or Caligula at ENO or A Dull Dictatorship The Physicists at the Donmar or Proving that Play O Neill s Long Day s Journey or A Masterclass in May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/physicists-at-donmar-or-proving-that.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Where's Runnicles: O'Neill's Long Day's Journey, or, A Masterclass in Every Sense
    EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 Billy Budd at ENO or Britten Gardner and the ENO Dr Dee at ENO or Pageantry is no Substitute for H Aldeburgh 2012 Ives Symphonies or Going out wit Aldeburgh 2012 From Darkness into Joy and Light Aldeburgh 2012 Britten s GPO Films Aldeburgh Festival 2012 The Alienating Manner of There s Runnicles Lohengrin at Deutsche Oper Aldeburgh 2012 Knussen and the SCO play Ives Go Aldeburgh 2012 Perényi plays Bach and more Aldeburgh Festival 2012 Knussen Double Bill or Caligula at ENO or A Dull Dictatorship The Physicists at the Donmar or Proving that Play O Neill s Long Day s Journey or A Masterclass in May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10 September 21 August 26 July 10 June 18 May 10 April 21 March 10 February 11 January 9 2008 70 December 9 November 3 October 11 September 4 August 13 June 15 May 7 April

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2012/06/oneills-long-days-journey-or.html (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Where's Runnicles: Staggering! Booking for the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival
    media coverage Doubtless the festival have conducted research on the price sensitivity of Edinburgh audiences and finds them willing to pay London prices Well London prices at the top end but at the bottom the minimum is 30 and the minimum without restricted view is 40 rather higher than in London Doubtless also the gripes we previously have overheard in Edinburgh Festival audiences at cheaper prices than these are not representative Worse this practice devalues Friends membership At present for around 60 a year you can be more or less guaranteed tickets to all the shows you want Given the amount we spend each year this is a reasonable fee However if we book Norma now we may later find that it clashes with a concert we want to hear over the opening weekend And sales may well be such that there are no alternative tickets Yes we have our Norma ticket but we cannot do the other event that clashes True there are often clashes with the normal booking system but full information allows an informed decision True Friends and non Friends are equally disadvantaged and Friendship still confers priority and a better chance of securing tickets However since the lack of information leaves us less likely to get exactly what we may want when we fully know the programme one does have to question whether one still wants to pay up That surely can t be the Festival s intent but this is what happens when you don t think things through from the customer s point of view Alongside our question about exchange policy we also addressed three additional questions to the Festival Press Office 1 What research of booking arrangements at comparable Festivals did the EIF undertake before taking this decision and can you provide us with any examples of comparable Festivals who organise their booking in this way 2 What formal audience research did the Festival conduct with its existing audience before deciding to stagger booking again in this way considering that the proposal last year to open concert booking before the opera programme was known was abandoned precisely because of serious unhappiness among regular patrons 3 What were the reasons given to justify the decision to stagger booking in this way The answers we received to these in so far as they are answers we found staggering On the question of comparable research the Festival inform us that it is common for festivals to put events on sale separately However they do not mention any actual specific festivals or example events something that should be fairly easy if it is indeed common Perhaps they use a different dictionary than we do Similarly if they d done proper research into the matter which one might expect they would do in making a change to long established booking arrangements specific examples should be at their fingertips We can immediately name to the EIF five other Festivals we have attended in recent years Chichester Aldeburgh Glyndebourne Bayreuth and the BBC Proms none of which we have ever known to operate booking in this way A cursory search on the web of other festivals Salzburg Bregenz Avignon Aix does not indicate to us that any of them do this as a practice We would still like to be informed of specific examples since without them it is impossible to determine whether they are comparable The only example we can think of is the Fringe But this non curated event while wonderful is not really comparable to the EIF Not least due to the length of the runs of most shows which mean it s normally possible to see most things you want to It must though be noted that we re not fans of the staggered or should that be chaotic way in which Fringe shows have been released in the past few years The EIF press office also made the extraordinary claim that The Festival has put on sale individual shows in advance often It is always disturbing when an organisation seems to have a weaker grasp of its past than do its customers We have attended the Festival for 18 years In that time we know of only two occasions when an individual show was put on sale in advance last year s Antigone and the 2003 Ring Cycle Nor is the Ring Cycle comparable to the Antigone Norma arrangements In 2003 regular audience members complained about being asked to book for the Ring without knowing about the rest of the programme and a summary of artists appearing in each week was then provided before booking for the Ring opened If we are misremembering no doubt the Festival can give us other examples which allow them to claim they have done this often Maybe their errant dictionary is at work again As an aside it is also worth noting that the Festival seems to have abandoned the idea of clearer earlier information the full programme is launching three weeks later than in 2015 This is particularly frustrating as when attempting to justify the music programme split arrangements they noted that customers ourselves included had asked for more information further in advance The festival used to do this under Brian McMaster around this time each year with a flyer detailing main artists and events in each week This was more helpful for advance planning than anything Linehan has done Would that it was reintroduced With respect to the other questions posed the Festival claims that no objections have ever been made to putting single productions on sale Again this is untrue we objected to the Antigone decision last year and as we ve already noted patrons similarly objected to the original arrangements around sales for the Ring Cycle As noted above there was a deluge of negative feedback to the proposed music programme split It s also worth mentioning that during the dozens of shows we attended last festival we ran into many friends and acquaintances The subject of staggered booking came up several times and while this is far from a scientific sample we found nobody who had a kind word to say about it Finally the Press Office made the following claim We expect demand for tickets to be extremely high for this production Norma and early booking offers a security of booking We have had a number of very positive comments from existing audience members who have welcomed the opportunity to book earlier in order to help guarantee that they secure tickets Let us be quite clear about this the timing of booking makes absolutely no difference to the likelihood or otherwise of securing tickets Earlier booking does mean you know sooner that you will be able to attend something So if the Festival s argument is that they want more people to travel to Edinburgh just to see one show then there is an argument for this though this is not what their public announcements have said or the Press Office has indicated in its reply to us Further a high proportion of the festival s audience is locally based and this is therefore less of an issue for them However we question whether people who travel for single opera performances would be less likely to do so because of timing of booking if they know the dates of the performances in good time In effect this is the same confusion between timeliness of information and timing of booking which the Festival demonstrated over the concert rest of Festival booking debacle in 2014 One must also hope that few of the Festival s regular patrons are on holiday at this time as no advance warning has been given of the special booking arrangements for Norma Doubtless they ve thought of this too and it s true November isn t prime holiday season but allowing just a week between announcement and booking leaves them potentially open to very angry donors We have no illusions that the Festival will reverse course on this not least because the way in which the decision has been taken and the Press Office response to us suggests a contempt for the views of loyal audience members like ourselves who objected so strongly on precisely the same grounds to the proposed concert opera booking split last year All we can say is that this policy is a serious annoyance to us as loyal International Festival regulars of nearly two decades surely not an outcome a sensible organisation would seek to achieve In many other ways Fergus Linehan is showing himself a canny and inventive Artistic Director But on this one as he himself effectively acknowledged in December 2014 he is just plain wrong and worse is now making the same mistake twice The Festival still has time to do the sensible thing and reverse course We sincerely hope they will do so Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Labels Edinburgh Festival EIF 2016 Finn Tam 4 comments Vecchio John 10 November 2015 at 10 25 While I am prepared and have done so to come for a single opera performance I would prefer to combine this with other events and not knowing what they are makes choosing a date difficult Regarding the high price just look at the current Salzburg programme and you will see that the top price for opera is Euro 430 which puts the EIF price level into perspective Reply Delete Replies Finn Pollard 10 November 2015 at 11 03 Vecchio John I d be interested to know if the lower price tiers are comparable with Salzburg particularly in terms of variety of different price tiers at the lower end Delete Reply Kate Calder 10 November 2015 at 16 24 I agree with much of what you have said I didn t complain about the early sale of the Antigone tickets early as I booked a matinee but I did comment when phoned re fund raising that it was a silly idea to book different parts of the Festival separately I was briefly excited to hear about the Norma performances but felt differently when I saw the prices I attend opera at Covent Garden and other UK venues regularly Top prices at Covent Garden are sometimes higher than the top price for Norma at the Festival Theatre But a large number of tickets priced at 50 and less is available at the ROH when booking in advance or queueing on the day Some are limited view but many are not and standing places and slips seats cost as little as 6 Scottish Opera has day tickets in Edinburgh and Glasgow for 10 The top price for Norma is almost twice as expensive as the previous top price charged at the Festival in recent years Fergus Linehan has stated his belief that opera is an expensive art form He seems determined to prove that is the case even though the experience of those of us who regularly attend opera is that it need not be Two general points about opera and song at EIF Concert performances are cheaper to produce than staged performances Some of the most memorable events of the last 25 years have been concert performances of opera both well known eg the Mozart series conducted by Charles Mackerras in the 90s and rare eg the Rossini performances which Brian Mcmaster programmed Those in last year s programme were excellent EIF directors in that period have often enjoyed spotting and nurturing talent rather than pay a great deal for a starry name Jonas Kauffman Ian Bostridge Bryn Terfel Joyce Didonato are among those who made appearances in Edinburgh in recitals and operas earlier in their careers The young soprano in The Rake s Progress who I assume had worked with the conductor Andrew Davies in the States was a fine example of an emerging talent given an opportunity last year I imagine that many festival goers would like these practices to continue hopefully at similar price bands Two points about this production of Norma Like last year s Antigone we seem to be promised an experience unique to Edinburgh As we all discovered after rushing to buy tickets Antigone had a long run at the Barbican and was on television before arriving here Norma having been premiered a few years ago in Salzburg was on in Salzburg again this year in Geneva last month and is in Monte Carlo in February The promoters are still advertising online looking for other opera houses to stage it Finally I am a fan of Cecilia Bartoli I very much enjoyed hearing her in Glasgow a few years ago BUT her voice is not huge In the Glasgow Concert Hall I moved my seat to hear her better This production of Norma has so far been seen in venues with capacities of between 1000 and 1500 The Festival Theatre seats nearly 2000 I live in Edinburgh and appreciate the range and quality that the Festival provides over a number of genres Like many Festival goers I can currently afford to see a lot of events and do so There are other Festivals where ticket prices are higher but patrons go to see only a few performances Edinburgh has never been like that and it would concern me if it became a different type of Festival with a different richer audience Reply Delete Finn Pollard 10 November 2015 at 20 17 Kate thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts I completely agree about concert opera thought the Festival had a good year in that regard in 2015 I have some sympathy about higher top prices for opera though will local EIF audience accept such a leap in one go but I agree contrast with range of ROH cheaper options is striking ROH is I think a model in this regard Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Search Where s Runnicles Loading Where s Runnicles Photos where s Runnicles on Twitter Tweets by wheresrunnicles Where s Runnicles on Facebook Where s Runnicles on Spotify The Where s Runnicles Podcast As well as reading us you can now listen to the Where s Runnicles Podcast Charles Mackerras 1925 2010 Read our tribute to the late great conductor Charles Mackerras Subscribe to where s Runnicles Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments About us Welcome to where s Runnicles a blog founded by brothers Tam and Finn while sharing a flat in Edinburgh Finn is now based in Lincoln Our purpose to talk about the arts in general classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 Staggering Booking for the 2016 Edinburgh Interna October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10

    Original URL path: http://www.wheresrunnicles.com/2015/11/staggering-booking-for-2016-edinburgh.html?showComment=1447151120809 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive



  •