Julia Savage

Julia works behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey as an Editorial and Administrative Assistant. Outside of her job, she sings with a variety of ensembles in London and further afield, and undertakes freelance editorial and writing projects – from concert programmes to tasting notes. She is a keen concert- and opera-goer, but maintains a broad interest in the arts in general, and enjoys visiting museums and art galleries equally as much. On a rare weekend off, she may be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or exploring the National Parks on horseback.
ENO's Madam Butterfly is once again a must-see

The libretto, with its gut-wrenchingly tragic ending, and Puccini's ravishing, oriental-inspired score tug at the heartstrings, but any number of operas can claim to do that. What makes this production such a success is the attention to detail with its understanding of Japanese aesthetic principles, dramatically colourful lighting and astonishingly intricate costumes.

Friday 18th October 2013 Read more...
Deep, dark and brooding: LSO, Lugansky and Noseda in Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich

The London Symphony Orchestra continued their 2013/14 season with some fine performances of music by Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Nikolai Lugansky was the outstanding soloist in Prokofiev's Third Concerto.

Thursday 3rd October 2013 Read more...
An exploration of fleshly form: John Stezaker and others at the Contemporary Art Society

The Contemporary Art Society displays works from York Art Gallery's capsule Flesh collection, including recent purchases of works by John Stezaker, in this small but well-curated exhibition.

Wednesday 18th September 2013 Read more...
Prom 75: DiDonato and Alsop dazzle at the Last Night

The Last Night of the Proms 2013 featured a woman conductor for the first time ever, in Marin Alsop, and also starred performers including mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Nigel Kennedy. This was a finely judged programme that will doubtlessly be remembered for a good time to come.

Wednesday 11th September 2013 Read more...
Prom 65: Wars on the ground and in space at the Film Music Prom

The Film Music Prom with the BBC Concert Orchestra focused on war films and science fiction, with Keith Lockhart conducting the orchestra through music by composers including William Alwyn, William Walton, and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Wednesday 4th September 2013 Read more...
Prom 40: The 6 Music Prom with London Sinfonietta, The Stranglers, Laura Marling and more

Hot on the heels of the Urban Classic Prom came this, the BBC 6 Music Prom. Yet another first in this year’s Proms saw BBC Radios 3 and 6 Music bring together the likes of Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling, Xenakis, The Stranglers, Varèse and the London Sinfonietta, and produce a programme comprising styles that might loosely be described as “alternative”.

Friday 16th August 2013 Read more...
Prom 37: Urban Classic Prom a pleasure to witness

The first ever Urban Classic Prom found the BBC Symphony Orchestra in their element alongside a mixture of stars of urban music, from Fazer to Lady Lesurr to Laura Mvula. This might not have been quite the "culture clash" promised, it was still an excellent evening of music.

Wednesday 14th August 2013 Read more...
Prom 31: BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds play coronation music, Bruch and Korngold

An on-form BBC Philharmonic conducted by John Storgårds brought a selection of Coronation-themed music to the Proms alongside Max Bruch's First Violin Concerto (with soloist Vilde Frang) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Symphony.

Friday 9th August 2013 Read more...
Proms Chamber Music 4: Tine Thing Helseth's tenThing reinvents the brass ensemble

It's not quite a chamber ensemble or a brass band, and it's certainly not an orchestra, yet tenThing seems to be able to morph effortlessly into each of these: Tine Thing Helseth's ten-piece female brass ensemble delivered a great chamber Prom at Cadogan Hall.

Thursday 8th August 2013 Read more...
Prom 24: The BBC Concert Orchestra in an an evening of British light music

Although it is easy to dismiss British light music as one of the quirks in our vast home-grown repertoire, there is a case for playing and performing it well But this BBC Concert Orchestra performance at the Proms didn't do full justice to this entertaining music.

Monday 5th August 2013 Read more...
Prom 17: The apotheosis of the dance with the BBC Philharmonic and Antonio Márquez Company

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra were joined by the Antonio Márquez Company, one of Spain's most successful flamenco troupes, for the second half of this Proms concert. Dance did indeed receive its apotheosis.

Monday 29th July 2013 Read more...
A humorous romp through Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park's production of Donizetti's comic opera L'elisir d'amore has come at the right time for those jaded by the heat: for a fun, effortless evening out, this is just the ticket.

Friday 19th July 2013 Read more...
Conflict and resolution: The CBSO perform Britten's War Requiem at St Paul's Cathedral for CoLF

This performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem tied into the City of London Festival's theme of "Conflict and Resolution", and received a stirring performance from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner and soloists in St Paul's Cathedral.

Monday 1st July 2013 Read more...
Spitalfields Music Summer Festival: A rare outing for Handel's Susanna by the Early Opera Company

Associate artists at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival this year, the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn performed Handel's rarely-heard oratorio Susanna in Christ Church last week. This was a performance to satisfy Handel fans of all level of knowledge.

Monday 17th June 2013 Read more...
The Celtic viol: An enchanting concert at Wigmore Hall by Jordi Savall and friends

This Wigmore Hall concert with violist Jordi Savall featured Celtic music from a remarkable breadth of sources, played with this renowned musicians customary musicality and enthusiasm.

Friday 14th June 2013 Read more...
Pomp and circumstance: Music from the 1953 Coronation

This concert from Crouch End Festival Chorus, Hertfordshire Chorus, the Dessoff Choirs from New York, and the London Orchestra da Camera celebrated the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The singers did themselves justice, and the concert presented an opportunity for reflection.

Monday 10th June 2013 Read more...
Hungarian music at Kings Place: Budapest Bár educate and entertain

Budapest Bár presented an enjoyable concert of Gypsy music, "infused with rock 'n' roll energy", at Kings Place. With at least seven languages and about as many genres of music, the musicians demonstrated genuine talent and enthusiasm for their art.

Wednesday 5th June 2013 Read more...
Baroque on the high seas: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Carolyn Sampson at Lufthansa

This year's Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music closed with an excellent concert from the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and soprano Carolyn Sampson at St John's Smith Square. With a convincing nautical theme, the concert was a real coup, and it was  privilege to attend.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 Read more...
Electrifying: Mariza, Queen of Fado at the Barbican

Championing the Portuguese answer to the blues, the world-renowned fadista Mariza made a welcome return to the Barbican. This was a thrilling concert, musically and atmospherically, by the end of which the audience were on their feet, dancing and clapping, as would happen with such music in a Portuguese taverna.

Wednesday 15th May 2013 Read more...
Bach unwrapped through brass: Onyx Brass at Kings Place

This unusual programme was the brainchild of Onyx Brass, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Part of Bach Unwrapped, the brass quintet explored arrangements of music by Bach and Shostakovich, alongside some new commissions as well.

Thursday 9th May 2013 Read more...
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