Jul 15

Historical Liebig Collectors’ Cards at Lebrecht Music & Arts

LiebigClockwise from left: Afrak astrapia (astrapia nigra), Birds of Paradise. Samurai warrior, History of Japan. Filling and folding machines, Chocolate Production.


Lebrecht Music & Arts has acquired an extensive collection of Liebig’s famous collectors’ trading cards. This unique, historic collection was published by the Liebig meat extract company from 1872. The cards feature many varied illustration styles, and are usually grouped as sets of six cards around a particular theme. They cover an extremely wide range of topics, from ancient and modern history, to scientific discoveries, myths and legends, and curiosities of the natural world.


Jul 01

Poet Geoffrey Hill has died

Geoffrey HillGeoffrey Hill during the Encaenia procession, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 29 June 2011 © Anne Purkiss


Sir Geoffrey Hill, poet and professor of English literature at Oxford University, has died yesterday aged 84. His poetry collection Mercian Hymns won the first Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1971.

18 June 1932 – 30 June 2016



Jul 01

July Music Anniversaries

July’s anniversary calendar includes anniversaries for two giants of musical history, Louis Armstrong and Hans Werner Henze. Scroll down for a full list of dates.

One of the most influential figures in the history of jazz music, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong revolutionised the role of the solo jazz performer. He is best known for his virtuosity on the trumpet and his trademark, gravelly singing voice.

Jazz was also one of the many influences on the work of German composer Hans Werner Henze. His compositions are extremely varied and incorporate influences ranging from traditional schools of German and Italian composition to serialism and Arabic classical music. He is also known for his left-wing political associations, and much of his musical work is highly politicised. The premiere of his requiem for Che Guevara,The Raft of Medusa, sparked a riot involving the arrest of several people, including the librettist.

JulMusicClockwise from left: Louis Armstrong, 1964 © JazzSign. Hans Werner Henze at his house in Marino, Italy, 1991 © Marcello Mencarini.


1 July – 90th birth anniversary of Hans Werner Henze, German composer

4 July – 100th death anniversary of Alan Seeger, American 1st World War poet and father of folk musician Pete Seeger

6 July – 45th death anniversary of Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer

27 July – 100th death anniversary of Karl Klindworth, German composer and pianist

30 July – 75th death anniversary of Hugo Becker, German cellist and composer

Jun 29

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin perform 3 world premieres at Sadlers Wells

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers WellsNatalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin perform together in Silent Echo by Russell Maliphant at Sadlers Wells 28 June 2016 © Tom Bowles


Natalia Osipova is joined by Sergei Polunin for a performance of three world premieres by contemporary choreographers, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita. The three works, Silent Echo, Qutb and Run Mary Run were specially commissioned by Osipova. Opening tonight at Sadlers Wells.

Running 29 Jun – 3 Jul 2016

All photographs © Tom Bowles

Polunin and Osipova in Run Mary Run by Arthur Pita

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells

Polunin and Osipova in Silent Echo by Russell Maliphant

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells


Osipova performing Qutb by Sidi Larbu with Jason Kittelberger and James O’hara

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells




Jun 27

July Literary Anniversaries

July has lots of literary anniversaries in store. Major ones to look out for include Ernest Hemingway, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Marcel Proust, George Bernard Shaw, Gertrude Stein, Mikhail Lermontov and Beatrix Potter. Scroll down for a full list.

JulyLitClockwise from left: Marcel Proust, portrait by Jacques-Emile Blanche © leemage. Ernest Hemingway fishing for swordfish in Key West, Florida, 1929 © The Granger Collection. Mikhail Lermontov, 1941 portrait by Nikolai Ulyanov © culture-images


1 July – 100th death anniversary of Henry Lionel Field, 1st World War poet whose death anniversary falls on the date of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme (until 18 November 1916)

1 July – 100th birth anniversary of Olivia Mary de Havilland, American actress

2 July – 55th death anniversary of Ernest Hemingway, American novelist known for such books as A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea

7 July – 200th death anniversary of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright who was known for such successful plays as The Rivals and The School for Scandal.

10 July – 145th birth anniversary of Marcel Proust best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

20 July – 200th death anniversary of Gavrila Derzhavin, Russian poet

22 July – 100th death anniversary of James Whitcomb Riley, best selling American writer and poet famous for his children’s books, such asLittle Orphan Annie and The Raggedy Man.

26 July – 160th birth anniversary of George Bernard Shaw the Irish playwright who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

27 July – 70th death anniversary of Gertrude Stein, American novelist famous for her book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, published in 1933.

27 July – 175th death anniversary of Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and author of A Hero of Our Time

28 July – 150th birth anniversary of Beatrix Potter, British children’s writer famous for her stories of animals such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her conservation work in the Lake District of England.


Jun 20

Spanish premiere of Der König Kandaules

The Spanish premiere of Zemlinksy’s opera Der König Kandaules opens tonight at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville

Pedro Halffter conducts the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in a production by Manfred Schweigkofler from the Teatro Massimo de Palermo. Soprano Nicola Beller Carbone is Queen Nyssia and baritone Martin Gantner will play the fisherman Gyges.

Running 20 – 24 June 2016

Images © Daniel Gonzales Acuña – click here for more images. Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

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Jun 14

Alberto Remedios has died aged 81

Operatic tenor Alberto Remedios passed away on Saturday 11 June. He is best known for his Wagnerian roles, on one occasion performing as Siegfried in both Götterdämmerung and Siegfried, as well as taking on the role of Siegmund in Die Walküre, all within a single week for a production of the Ring Cycle, on tour in his native Liverpool.

27 February 1935 – 11 June 2016

Photo: © Private Collection. Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk

Alberto Remedios

Jun 10

Francesco Maria Colombo Exhibition Opening

Francesco Maria Colombo, Lebrecht photographer and orchestral conductor, has an exhibition opening tomorrow 11th June in Parma, Gli Ori di Parma at the Palazzo Pigorini. As you can see he does not just photograph cultural personalities and musicians. We are very privileged to work with a photographer who has such a sharp eye for composition and detail.