NEWS

A PODIUM OF ONE'S ONE

September 10, 2020

In the build-up to the upcoming opera concert with the Auckland Philharmonia, Holly met APO News Editor, Tabatha McFadyen, to discus touring life pre- and post-lockdown. Read the issue here

NEVIS LOCHAN SKETCHES

September 02, 2020

The first three of Nevis Ensemble's Lochan Sketches have been released and broadcast on BBC Scotland's Classics Unwrapped, with another 7 due to be released over the coming weeks. 

 

The project formed creative teams comprising a composer, a Nevis player and a member of the public, to produce a series of small solo electroacoustic works in response to the community member's memories or, and reflections upon, Scotland's coastal waters.

You can listen to the series, which is part of Nevis' contributions to the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, on the Nevis website.

MICHAEL HOUSTON FAREWELL CONCERT WITH CSO

August 26, 2020

Holly is delighted to be joining the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in a concert with Aotearoa's legendary pianist, Michael Houston, as he farewells audiences around the country. Houston will play Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1.

The concert celebrates the career of another major figure in Aotearoa's orchestral life, CSO Principal flautist Tony Ferner, who also retires this year. He will play Chris Cree Brown's arrangement of Poulenc’s Cantilena. Full concert details can be found in Holly's online diary or the CSO's website. 

AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ANNOUNCES REVISED SEASON POST-LOCKDOWN

August 22, 2020

As most of the world's arts organisations face devastating cancellations, New Zealand's orchestras have managed to retain most of their season, with last-minute changes on the artist roster. Holly is delighted to be returning in September to work with the Auckland Philharmonia after they enjoyed sold-out concerts together in 2019. 

They are joined by NZ's most celebrated opera stars, including Simon O'Neill, Anna Leese and Amitai Pati, in an evening of highlights from works by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Gounod.

OPERA NORTH HEARTLANDS PROJECT

August 12, 2020

After the cancellation of the planned premiere of Will Todd's community opera with Opera North due to covid-19, the project has resumed production as a film, with the orchestra and chorus of Opera North supporting community chorus and soloists from County Durham. 

Written by Durham-born composer Will Todd, with a storyline by Caroline Clegg and libretto by Emma Jenkins, Song of Our Heartland was commissioned by Northern Heartlands, the Great Place Scheme for County Durham, and developed in partnership with members of local communities. It was originally due to premiere at Locomotion in Shildon in May but is now being created digitally, with different elements recorded separately under social distancing guidelines and pieced together as a 60-minute film for release in October.

Set in a town marked by declining local industry and loss of civic spaces, Song of Our Heartland is both a love letter to the landscape, heritage and people of the area, and an act of storytelling by three generations of indomitable women. It will be filmed on location at Locomotion and the surrounding area and recorded by the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North and the newly formed Community Chorus, with solo roles shared between members of the Chorus of Opera North and community participants.

HOLLY RETURNS TO THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

August 05, 2020

Holly and the Philharmonia recorded the second of the Philharmonia Sessions this week, with the concert due to stream on Saturday August 22 at 11am. Go to the orchestra website to see details of the sessions and view a trailer for the concert.

SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA 20/21 ANNOUNCEMENT

June 25, 2020

In response to the challenges of large-scale musical activity, post-Covid, and after considerable thought, research and consultation, Symphony Nova Scotia have amended their planned schedule of activity for the 20/21 season. The focuses now will be on online activity, education initiatives and small-scale community-based work. For a full statement from CEO Chris Wilkinson, click here.

CORONA VIRUS CANCELLATIONS

March 17, 2020

In line with industry-wide cancellations, Holly's performances for the remainder of the 19/20 season are cancelled due to the global pandemic. The 20/21 season remains under review, but performances will be added as they are confirmed.

In the meantime, Holly is involved in the production of various digital projects with Symphony Nova Scotia, English Touring Opera and the Nevis Ensemble, and will be appearing as a guest on various podcasts and discussion panels. Keep an eye on social media for details each week.

BBC PHILHARMONIC STUDIO CONCERT ONLINE

January 13, 2020

Listen here to Holly's concert with the BBC Philharmonic, which was live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 8th January, 2020. The orchestra plays two works based on the writings of Oscar Wilde: Ibert's La ballade de la geôle de Reading and Schreker's Der Geburtstag der Infantin.

The broadcast will be available online until early February 2020.

SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA MUSIC DIRECTORSHIP FROM 20/21

January 03, 2020

Holly is delighted to accept the position of Music Director with Canada's Symphony Nova Scotia's from the 2020-21 season. “We are beyond thrilled to be joining forces with such an exciting and inspiring artist,” says Nancy Barteaux, Chair of Symphony Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors. “Holly is a spectacular musician, a passionate communicator, and a collaborative, highly experienced conductor. She shares deeply in our orchestra’s commitment to artistic excellence and community connection, and we know she will become a vital part of our province’s rich musical life.”

For a full press release, click here.

CROSS-EYED PIANIST INTERVIEW

October 02, 2019

Holly was delighted to do an interview for the Meet the Artist series on The Cross-Eyed Pianist's popular blog celebrating amateur music-making, mentors and what she considers to be most important as an artist. Head to the blog  to read it, or find a copy on the Writing page.

NZ OPERA DEBUT WITH BRITTEN'S TURN OF THE SCREW

January 01, 2020

Holly's season of Britten's Turn of the Screw has opened to critical success and full houses in Wellington with Orchestra Wellington. The company has three remaining performances, at Auckland's ASB Waterfront Theatre, accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia with limited seats available. Head to the NZ Opera website to read the reviews from the Wellington performances, or see the highlights here.

INTERVIEW WITH CLARISSA DUNN, RADIO NZ CONCERT PROGRAMME, OCTOBER 2019

October 01, 2019

Follow the link to hear Holly's interview with NZ's premiere classical music broadcaster, Clarissa Dunn.

NZ LISTENER INTERVIEW WITH RUSSELL BAILLIE

September 30, 2019

Russell Baillie dropped into the NZ Opera studios to talk with Holly between rehearsals about Britten's Turn of the Screw, touring with the Nevis Ensemble, and forging a career as a conductor. Read the article online here.

DEBUT ALBUM WITH DECCA CLASSICS AND ISATA KANNEH-MASON

July 16, 2019

Holly's first major commercial release debuted this week at #1 in the UK Classical Charts. The disc features Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto with phenomenal young pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, along with numerous of the composer's solo piano works and a collaboration with Elena Urioste on the violin sonata. The album was released by Decca Classics, and produced by recording industry legend Andrew Cornall.

The album is available for purchase or download from all music retailers.

4- & 5-STAR REVIEWS FOR OPENING WEEK OF SCOTTISH BALLET SPRING TOUR

March 30, 2019

Sophie LaPlane's Dextera, a new commission for Scottish ballet, set to music by Mozart, has enjoyed a rapturous world premiere in Inverness's Eden Court Theatre. Read some of the reviews from the first week here, and try to make a performance later in the tour!

***** https://theweereview.com/review/scottish-ballet-spring/

 

***** https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/dance-review-scottish-ballet-spring-eden-court-inverness-1-4898220

**** https://www.telegraph.co.uk/dance/what-to-see/spring-scottish-ballet-review-fun-sexy-50th-anniversary-celebration/

**** https://www.list.co.uk/article/107677-scottish-ballet-spring/

BBC RECORDINGS WITH NEW GENERATION ARTISTS

February 12, 2019

Holly has had her BBC studio recording debut broadcast in the last couple of weeks: studio recordings of concertos with two of the BBC New Generation Artists. You can listen for a limited time at the following links!

Tchaik vln concerto with Aleksey Semenenko (jump to 2:12:20)

 

Mozart Piano concerto no. 23 with Elisabeth Brauss (jump to 2:31:00)

CANADIAN DEBUT TO OPEN SEASON

October 04, 2018

Next week marks Holly's debut on Canadian soil, with Symphony Nova Scotia, on October 11. The programme carries us from the ecstasy of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto to the dark turmoil of Dvorak's 7th Symphony. Tickets are available here.

RADIO 3 BROADCAST WITH BBCSSO AND NEW GENERATION ARTISTS

September 05, 2018

Holly has recorded her first full works for BBC Radio 3 broadcast this week, collaborating with violinist Aleksey Semenenko and pianist Elisabeth Brauss, both 2018 BBC New Generation Artists. The recordings of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23, with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, will be released for broadcast later this year.

SIGNED WITH MUSIC INTER ALIA

May 01, 2018

Holly is delighted to have signed with boutique agency Music Inter Alia for global representation, and will be managed by Director Lorna Neill.

FINAL LSO ON TRACK PROJECT FOR 2017-18 SEASON

April 27, 2018

Holly enjoyed the last of her projects with the LSO for the season, working with LSO players and schools across London in workshops and performances.

HOLLY'S INTERVIEW WITH SWAP'RA GOES VIRAL

March 22, 2018

I was really pleased to share some thoughts in support of SWAP'ra, the new initiative aimed at creating a more supportive and practical system for women and parents in opera. Read my words, along with interviews with men and women across the music industry, here.

WEIR, HAYDN AND COPLAND WITH RSNO

March 19, 2018

This week marks the highlight of Holly's time as Assistant Conductor with the RSNO, with subscription concerts in Glasgow and Musselburgh. The programme features Judith Weir's evocative Still, Glowing from her opera The Vanishing Bridegroom, Haydn's Symphony No. 49 and Copland's Appalachian Spring.

TOUR WITH BBCCO CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

March 02, 2018

Snow across the UK meant this week's tour with Holly ad the BBC Concert Orchestra was cancelled. The orchestra managed to find a way to keep themselves busy, however, playing for a local wedding in Skegness! Watch the news report here.

 

HOLLY NAMED AS CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NEVIS ENSEMBLE

December 20, 2017

Holly, and husband Jon Hargreaves, have been announced as co-Artistic Directors for the Nevis Ensemble, Scotland's new street orchestra. Nevis Ensemble will undertake its first tour, spanning the breadth of Scotland, during the World Championships in August 2018. General Manager, Jamie Munn, writes "Running in parallel to a fast-and-furious public pop-up performance schedule, is a carefully plotted patchwork of community-based performances. Partnerships with voluntary and third-sector organisations are nurtured to ensure the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society do not miss out. Our musicians hone their specialist skills in working with the very young, the very old, and those who face challenges in their lives, knowing that access to great live music provides a huge wealth of benefits, particularly to health and wellbeing, social cohesion, and the simple but powerful feeling of joy." Read the press release here.

NUTCRACKER TOUR WITH SCOTTISH BALLET

December 17, 2017

This week begins a 2 month tour of Scotland with Scottish Ballet and Peter Darrell's iconic staging of Nutcracker, starting in Edinburgh. The tour will include Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle.

BEETHOVEN IN THE ROUND, WITH SOUTHBANK SINFONIA

October 10, 2017

October brings some exciting work in London - a return to Southbank Sinfonia in a concert featuring Jorg Widmann's Con Brio and Beethoven's 7th Symphony played in the round, as part of Southbank Sinfonia's innovative Concert Lab series!

HOLLY NAMED ONE OF NZ'S TOP 50 WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT

March 27, 2016

Earlier this month, Zonta New Zealand named Holly one of New Zealand's 50 Women of Achievement. The list celebrates NZ women who, through their work, campaigning or volunteering, make a significant impact on the lives and rights of other women. Holly was honoured for persevering in a career which has historically been overwhelmingly male-dominated, and for her support and championing of other women in leadership roles in the arts. She was the only arts practitioner on the list.

LSO DEBUT, LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS AT THE BARBICAN

March 13, 2017

On 10th February, Holly conducted Stravinsky's iconic score Le sacre du printemps with the London Symphony Orchestra in her second concert with the orchestra as part of their LSO Discovery series.

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