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so said the Arts Desk review after Thursday night's exciting BBC Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Vasily Petrenko and 25 year old cellist Alekey Stadler (pictured right) who arrived with less than 3 hours to spare.
Truls Mørk, the Norwegian cellist who should have performed was taken ill on thursday morning which resulted in a stressful few hours for Sandra Parr at Royal Liverpool as she scoured Europe to find a musician of the hightest callibre to replace Mr Mørk. Her efforts were well rewarded with the young Russian cellist who is based in Berlin and had performed the concerto with Ashkenazy and San Francisco Symphony earlier this year.
The audience at the 'sold out' Royal Albert Hall were treated to an exciting and wonderfully assured performance of which the Arts Desk review commented:
Stadler excelled in the finger-shredding finale, while sparks flew in the orchestra. His encore, the Sarabande from Bach’s Suite No. 2 in D minor, was a gift quietly given. A young man to watch.
Maestro! were pleased to be able to take more than 80 supporters of the Liverpool Philharmonic to London for a three night visit which also included an evening at the Globe Theatre for their new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, A second Prom with Wirral born Stephen Hough, a private tour of the theatre and costumes collection at the V & A and a champagne lunch at a private London club. Maestro! also arranged the logistics for the almost 100 strong orchestra.
Our next visit to London will be in April 2017 when Vasily Petrenko conduct's the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of the monumental Verdi Requiem.
Emirates continue their growth from Manchester with the addition of a 3rd A380 each day from January 2017.
The upgrade of the 3rd daily flight (from the current Boeing 777) gives the airline almost 11,000 seat each week from Manchester!
With connections to over 100 cities (including the recently lauched 'world's longest non-stop route' from Dubai to Auckland) Emirates is a truly global carrier.
It's a rather pathetic reflection on British Airways (who you will recall rather arrogantly styled themselves "the world's favourite airline") that they can no longer be bothered to fly from Manchester to their second base at Gatwick let alone see any value in providing international service from the largest airport base outside of London while Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Ethiad Airways, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and, most recently, Hainan Airlines clearly DO! And that's just the long-haul services!
The National Youth Orchestra of the USA conclude their 2016 European Tour with a performance this evening at Smetana Hall in Prague.
The tour, conducted by Maestro Valery Gergiev, started at Amsterdam's magnificent Concertgebouw and travelled to Montpellier and Copenhagen with renowned pianist Denis Matsuev.
The Maestro team lead by Stacey Friend have been busy on the road this past ten days looking after all of the logistics for the tour and soloists which included bringing the 140 strong complement of young musicians and support staff from New York. Maestro! also arranged a programme of sightseeing and dining experiences for the musicians in each of the cities on the tour and an aircraft for their exclusive use to get between the various cities in the short time available.
The innovative French media group www.medici.tv filmed the opening concert at the Concertgebouw and you can enjoy the performance online for the next 60 days free of charge by clicking on the button below. If you get a pop-up 'sign in or subscribe' page just close it and watch the rest of the performance!