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  • Where's Runnicles: The BBC Proms booking system
    season in two or more The Royal Opera house for example staggers booking for the season into four periods You could also consider doing Proms passes and the like separately Finally I would suggest they consider forcing online booking and keeping the phone free for troubleshooting problems Certainly it would be good to be able to resolve problems if you have them within the 30 minute window Whether or not the Albert Hall and the Proms are interested in our suggestions I hope they will be analysing their system with a view to whether it can be improved Even if you have a system which seems perfect you should be doing that and this one certainly doesn t seem perfect And for those wondering what Where s Runnicles will be attending the answer is we have a pair of arena passes for the opening weekend and Finn has another for the Ring Cycle week clearly he doesn t agree with my assessment that they ve overdone the Wagner Personally I m rather looking forward to promming properly for the first time Labels BBC Proms Features Tam 2 comments Lisa Hirsch 16 May 2013 at 00 31 I took a look at the Proms web site to see just how it s managed I ve never understood why orchestras and Proms sized festivals don t just have a big page listing all the concerts and seating options for each You check off everything you want and click BUY at the bottom and that s it Instead you have to navigate to every damn program and make choices Oh well But to get to the capacity problem Most of the year the Proms site is fairly static It s only for a couple of months that they more capacity and at the beginning of that period they need enough to cope with being swamped In the Proms position I d have my ticketing servers on Amazon Web Services or some other provider that lets you manage your capacity fairly closely So they could have X servers from October to May kick up to a larger number during the Create a Proms Plan period then go up to the largest number of servers the day they start selling tickets with some kind of dynamic allocation as the number of requests varies Reply Delete Tam Pollard 4 June 2013 at 19 52 Thanks for the comment Lisa I rather like the checklist idea It would make things much easier and it s what they do for things like orchestra subscription bookings up here albiet by paper rather than online It can be a real hassle when you re booking a number of things on these systems I find that particularly with the Edinburgh International Festival Also agree about Amazon or equivalent I don t know enough about the practicalities but it does seem surprising that in this day and age they can t buy a load of extra capacity for the one or two days that will be a problem 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

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  • Where's Runnicles: The 2013 BBC Proms
    for his health Their programmes are more or less identical to the ones they are presenting in Edinburgh a few days later The main difference is that the Prommers get the Symphonie Fantastique in place of Tchaikovsky 6 It will be interesting to see who has the better deal In both cases they are accompanied by the sublime Mitsuko Uchida who will perform Beethoven s 4th concerto one which she ought to be particularly well suited to A previous collaboration in the 3rd was a great success The Royal Albert Hall organ doesn t seem to have been as well utilised as in some recent seasons though Saint Saens 3rd symphony from Paavo Jarvi and the Orchestra de Paris should be a lot of fun if it is a slight shame that we are not getting this from Roth and Les Siecles For me the last few weeks of programming have less that jumps out This is no bad thing since Edinburgh will be keeping me more than busy enough Bavarians aside there are not too many other top name orchestras We do get the men of the Vienna Philharmonic with Bach and Bruckner under Lorin Maazel but I do not find this in any way an attractive prospect To much fanfare Marin Alsop will conduct the last night While it is great to see a woman in this role I find my cheers muted by the fact I find it profoundly depressing that in 2013 this can still be a first Surely this should have happened for the first time decades ago Still I enjoy Alsop s work and have done ever since I heard a very impressive Mahler 7 from her and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra the better part of a decade ago As a programme it doesn t hugely appeal to me though the last night never really does Elsewhere the Dr Who Prom returns in my view an excellent thing and a lot of fun However I find it infuriating that once again such a theatrical event it is not being televised live Yes it s being recorded for later broadcast but the Proms is ultimately a festival of live music and listening along on the radio just isn t the same It is an especially odd decision since this sort of Prom is the kind that might be able to lure people in to take a look at the rest of the season A couple of the more adventurous proms have attracted real ire in some quarters These include the Urban Classical Prom and the 6 Music Prom To be honest from the material available it is impossible to tell whether they will be any good When done well fusion can be fantastic and I am all in favour of it One of my great musical heroes Miles Davis was one of the finest exponents of bringing together disperate styles and forging something great out of them We shall have to wait and see though I have no objection to the festival wandering off the beaten track for one or two proms a year indeed I think it is very healthy Less adventurous is the return of John Wilson who has previously celebrated British film music MGM musicals and Rodgers and Hammerstein at the proms This year we get the Hollywood Rhapsody Prom There are few things which catch my eye on the chamber music side of things Vilda Frang has impressed me in appearances with the BBC Scottish with the sheer energy she brings to the performance As such her programme of Ravel Mozart and Lutoslawski should be worth hearing I m also looking forward to Tine Thing Helseth and her ten piece brass ensemble TenThing s programme of Grieg and Bizet Last but not least there is also a late night Prom with Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper playing Schubert which rather astonishingly seems to be the composer s only appearance this season All in all it feels a good season with plenty I want to hear And I m actually rather grateful that the things I m most interested in are front loaded and so there shouldn t be too many clashes with the Edinburgh festival in August That said for future seasons and this goes for everyone not just the Proms though they seem particularly vulnerable to it let s call an end to anniversary programming It s a little lazy and leads to overabundances followed by shortages well that s not entirely true I m not expecting a dearth of Wagner any time soon Let s celebrate a composer because they re good or under played and instead of chosing the composers that happen to share a round numbered anniversary let s choose composers who complement them in an interesting manner That s probably harder to do but in my view the rewards are commensurate with the effort Labels BBC Proms BBC SSO Donald Runnicles Features RSNO Scottish Chamber Orchestra Tam 1 comment The Wagnerian 9 May 2013 at 04 44 Good summary and overview of the highlights as expected And I cannot help but agree with much of it Well apart from there being a tad to much Wagner for obvious reasons Pity there is not more Verdi in this year but then he is better represented at the UK s opera houses I suppose While I am looking forward to the Barenboim Ring a lot I do feel however that the other Wagner performances are being unfairly sidetracked for it in the media Much from the broadsheets about the Ring little about the rest But such is the world I would suspect 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

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  • Where's Runnicles: Sakari Oramo and Anu Komsi kickstart the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Sibelius cycle
    well liked by the orchestra as far as one can judge such things I ve heard excellent Janáček Wagner and Nielsen from him in concert too Doubtless pleasing Where s Runnicles will not be at the top of the selection committee s agenda but fingers crossed nonetheless In the meantime I note from the programme biography that Oramo is due to record Elgar s symphonies with his Stockholm Orchestra Following on from their excellent Schumann cycle and more importantly his commanding and impressively fresh performances of The Dream of Gerontius The Apostles and The Kingdom with the CBSO over a single weekend in 2006 these should be a treat Alas only Gerontius ever made it to disc I also note that he has recorded Bruckner s 3rd symphony with them Given his thrilling account of the 1st in Edinburgh a few years back this would be exciting were it not for the fact that it appears only to have been released in Japan if anyone reading this can improve Exton s distribution we d be grateful Perhaps we should rename as where s Oramo The concert was broadcast live and will be available on iPlayer until Friday 4th November Labels 2011 12 Season Barbican Concert Reviews Tam 1 comment David 29 October 2011 at 14 45 I wondered that too about Oramo and the BBCSO indeed I get very excited whenever they have a good rapport with a conductor as with Dausgaard at the Proms only to have my speculation squashed It can t be too long now before we know And if I d have travelled all the way down from Scotland for that concert I d have been well pleased It took me a bit by surprise how deep Oramo went especially in the Third found myself weeping quite unexpectedly in of all things that second movement A good barometer just when I was wondering why the slick Leipzigers and Chailly weren t doing anything for me 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 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

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  • Where's Runnicles: English National Opera's 2013-14 Season, or, Oh God, All the Old Familiar Faces
    also have been curious to hear Iain Paterson as Balstrode It is preceded by the Minghella production of Madame Butterfly receiving what I calculate to be its fourth revival and last seen in 2011 12 I haven t actually yet managed to see this so will probably try to tick it off Most of the cast ring no bells with me in terms of past performances and I think the conductor will be new to me as well but I m pleased to see George van Bergan back who was excellent in the last revival of the Miller Boheme I had been cherishing the fond hope that the company might continue its championing of John Adams s operas by reviving Nixon in China the only one I have not yet managed to see Instead in the American line and considerably less appealing we get a revival of Glass s Satyagraha This I also missed first time round and hope to catch this time although I have to say that Einstein on the Beach did not wholly convince me of Glass s talents as an operatic composer Both this and the Butterfly should be well calculated though to bring in an audience And finally the season ends in June 2014 with a revival of Bizet s The Pearl Fishers About this one can only say Really Are you quite serious I can think of few more dreary third rate works in the repertoire than this and quite why it keeps getting dredged up is frankly beyond me I heard the work once in concert at the Edinburgh Festival some years ago and it went firmly down on my list of things I didn t need to hear again hence my missing the original run of Penny Woolcock s production A cursory survey of the reviews from that original run suggest a mixed critical reaction The casting of Sophie Bevan and George van Bergan is attractive but I m not even sure they can convince me to sit through Bizet s score a second time Editor s note At this time they appear not to have found a conductor who fancies it as the job is still listed as TBA Beyond main stage productions two other dubious enterprises were also announced this morning The company is to stage a site specific production of Thomas Ades s weak first opera Powder Her Face Given that this has recently had two runs in the Linbury it seems rather doubtful that London needs to see it again so soon surely there are other contemporary works more urgently in need of revival Editor s note As opposed to all the other productions staged across multiple sites I too am puzzled by this choice I saw the first of those two Linbury runs ans was not overly impressed Though I m generally a fan of Ades and it does contain some fine musical writing I didn t find the story engaging Finally there is to be a screening of something called River of Fundament Apparently this is another film opera It s hard to see from what a google search turns up quite where the opera comes in see for example here and here but doubtless this won t bother those who choose to see ENO s ongoing flirtation with film as proof of its adventurous agenda Already the critical chorus and the twitter fan club have been vociferous in their declarations of what an exciting season this is I on the other hand look down the road at a Royal Opera who will be bringing us Die Frau ohne Schatten Elektra Moses und Aron Dialogues des Carmelites and rare Verdi not to mention visiting companies with Britten s Paul Bunyan Tippett s King Priam and Turnage s Greek There is frankly no competition ENO adventurous Experimental File under Don t be ridiculous Financial Note I wasn t able to be at the Season Launch and I have not had time and doubt I have the financial acumen to examine such of the company s accounts which are in the public domain to properly understand the current financial position The company states that the deficit has now been reduced to 800 000 still a sizeable sum and that box office takings were up 1 3 million in 2012 13 on 2011 12 I have not seen a figure for how this looks in terms of percentage of tickets sold This is good news but I don t think it removes the problems with the way the original loss was debated in the media An issue which I didn t comment on in the original post but which others have discussed is the question of the company s pricing structure It would be very interesting if they exist to know what percentage of tickets are sold at full price and what percentage via the many varied discounts Editor s note I too find this overall a rather unexciting announcement Certainly it does not have me reaching for my calendar and train timetable that I may frantically begin planning trips south For me the likes of Paul Bunyan which ENO despite its championing of more bankable Britten refuses to touch is a far more exciting a prospect than anything on offer here Finally I note mention of the Peter Moores Foundation s Swansong Project 2013 2015 This is presumably a reference to Moores stated intention to wind up his foundation Given he has been one of opera in English s most valuable champions one hopes they have a solid plan in place to fill the hole Labels 2013 14 Season Coliseum Features Finn 1 comment Anonymous 30 May 2013 at 15 35 I understand that Christy does not elicit excitement I have seen good reviews for her but having witnessed a performance recently she played Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor found her to be technically quite accurate in her lyrical coloratura but possessing a weak voice weightless yes but

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  • Where's Runnicles: ENO's Sunken Garden, or, Proving that Michael van der Aa is not a Triple Threat
    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 The Edinburgh International Festival s new directo ENO s Sunken Garden or Proving that Michael van March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 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

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  • Where's Runnicles: The Edinburgh International Festival's new director
    at Sydney or elsewhere How does he define contemporary music Does he mean contemporary classical or does he mean the likes of Brian Wilson Bjork Grace Jones and Elvis Costello as mentioned in the Scotsman It seems perhaps most appropriate to close with some words from that very first blog post back in 2007 So is this just a bitter twisted rant Not a bit Our aim is to be positive where possible and open minded about the new director and his programme Hopefully we ll say the odd interesting or thought provoking thing along the way We ll also cover far more than just the festival or Runnicles but that can wait for future posts We sincerely hope that all the effusive praise that has appeared in the media since the announcement proves justified but we won t know that for another two years Update 2013 04 24 16 25 The Edinburgh International Festival has tweeted to clarify some of the questions raised The first clarifies Linehan s role as an Artistic Associate of the festival This involved researching shows and projects and making recommendations to Mills and was across the programme rather than being limited to theatre The second notes that his Sydney programmes included English National Opera The Sixteen Philip Glass the Vienna Philharmonic and the Brodsky Quartet so he does have some experience of programming working with big international names in classical music Labels Edinburgh Festival Features Tam 1 comment Finn Pollard 24 April 2013 at 10 45 Thanks to the EIF for advising on Twitter that a Linehan mainly worked as Artistic Associate in 2012 advising on work across the programme and b that his Sydney and Dublin Festivals included work from ENO Sixteen Vienna Phil Philip Glass and Brodskys 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 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 The Edinburgh International Festival s new directo ENO s Sunken Garden or Proving that Michael van March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April

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  • Where's Runnicles: EIF 2011 - Volkov and the BBC SSO present a Jonathan Harvey triptych to a deserted Usher Hall
    on Radio 3 whenever that may be On the marketing issue which sadly I think it really is I like your suggestions Having sat in many half two thirds three quarters empty halls for contemporary stuff over the years I think it s pointless imagining you re going to get the same audience as you would for something more conventional yet organisers persist in pretending that they can presumably have come to expect an empty room There needs to be an effort as you say to attract the fringe crowd also people who are interested in other kinds of experimental music with which there can be many points of connection I suspect Volkov s used to it by now but if I were up there I d find it a bit dispiriting really 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 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 May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 EIF 2011 Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra or A Demonst EIF 2011 There s Runnicles and the BBC Scottish EIF 2011 Jurowski and the OAE PLAY Liszt s Faust EIF 2011 Myung Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharm EIF 2011 Orlando Paladino or Rene Jacobs wows a EIF 2011 Salonen and the Philharmonia PLAY Strav EIF 2011 Wind Up Bird Chronicle or Put that Kit EIF 2011 Ravel Hosokawa and Duruflé blossom wit EIF 2011 1001 Nights or An Epic which doesn t EIF 2011 Princess Bari or would someone be good EIF 2011 Thaïs if you ever get the chance to he Snape Proms Louis Lortie s Spellbinding Liszt EIF 2011 Asian Shakespeare 2 or The Tempest a EIF 2011 Warning those in the front row may get EIF 2011 The Peony Pavilion or something is ami EIF 2011 at the Queen s Hall Nuts Bolts Two Pia EIF 2011 Asian Shakespeare 1 Does Lear walk t EIF 2011 Volkov

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  • Where's Runnicles: EIF 2013 - The Music Programme in more detail
    The brochure speaks of interactions between audience and music so perhaps it owes something to The Listening Machine in which Gregson was involved Either way I eagerly await it In the meantime he brings his and Gabriel Prokofiev s Cello Multitracks to the Queen s Hall tonight Pierre Laurent Aimard has been at the Aldeburgh festival for a good few years now so is an excellent choice for some contemporary music He brings two programmes to the Hub which mix piano and electronics I ll be going to the second not least as it has some Messiaen and unlike the first does not have any Kurtag The festival get their money s worth out of Aimard who also appears at the Queen s Hall with Debussy and Ligeti Elsewhere at the Queen s Hall Nikolai Lugansky brings a programme of Janacek Schubert Liszt and Wagner arranged by Liszt while the Arditti Quartet bring Janacek Zenakis and Nancarrow It s not often you get the chance to hear the glass harmonica so the Hebrides Ensemble s programme is worth checking out too sadly I can t as I can only take so much of the festival off work All in all it seems we have a good year in prospect Indeed it strikes me as one of Mills more compelling programmes the first week in particular posing some difficult decisions As ever the festival closes with the fireworks concert Once again Gary Walker conducts the SCO and this year s chosen music is Ravel s orchestration of Mussorgsky s Pictures at an Exhibition which should be an excellent fit or at least so I assume the programme lists it as Musorgsky but we re not really in any position to criticise other people for typos Labels BBC SSO Donald Runnicles Edinburgh Festival EIF 2013 Festival Theatre Queen s Hall RSNO Scottish Chamber Orchestra Usher Hall 4 comments Anonymous 5 April 2013 at 01 56 For those lucky enough to have priority booking the appearance of the Festival programme a day earlier than usual had its downside By the time booking opened lots of people knew what they wanted tried to go online first thing with the inevitable meltdown of the website As to Musorgsky I believe that is the accepted transliteration of the original I recall Conrad Wilson years ago getting one of the papers he wrote for to use the modern transliterations for Russian composers names so we had Rakhmaninov for example and Chaikovsky but it never caught on Is this some conservatism in the world of classical music I don t think anyone has referred to Chekhov as Tchekhov in a very long time At any rate inconsistency is rife with foreign languages especially when it comes to titles of works If you referred to the piece played in the Usher Hall tonight as Harold en Italie you d be considered pretentious but how about Debussy s The Sea And finally I m just as excited as you to see that Janssons and his Bavarian band are back and with Uchida as soloist too Reply Delete Tam Pollard 18 April 2013 at 10 26 Sorry to hear about the website troubles For what it s worth owing to being at work I didn t get round to logging on until the evening and there wasn t any difficulty getting my favourite seats at the Usher Hall or seats in smaller venues Interesting point about translations thanks A few years ago I heard Uchida do an excellent Beethoven 3 with Jansons and the Bavarians I think she could be even better suited to the 4th http www wheresrunnicles com 2011 03 uchida jansons and bavarian radio html Reply Delete Brian Morrison 4 May 2013 at 23 44 Having only the other day read your response to my earlier unintentionally anonymous comment I have just noticed that a DVD has been issued of a Munich performance by Janssons Uchida of the same programme that you reviewed http www europadisc co uk classical 110189 Mariss Jansons Conducts DVD htm came close to calling myself I Am Not A Robot as I nearly always encounter problems trying to prove to the Captcha that I m a bona fide human being Reply Delete Tam Pollard 4 June 2013 at 19 49 Hi Brian Sorry for the delay in replying Thanks for the tip on the DVD I wasn t aware of it but will have to check it out Apologies also for it being harder to comment than I d like I used to require no verification or catchphrases at all for comments but was just getting too many spam comments and had to do something to cut them down It s a shame as in an ideal world I d have no barriers to comments 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 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