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Jane Glover in Conversation with Michael White. 24 May 22

Tuesday 24th May 2022 at 7.30pm

We welcome acclaimed conductor Dame Jane Glover to the library to talk about her career in conversation with critic Michael White. 

Dame Jane Glover is a specialist in Baroque music and has conducted orchestras all around the world. A particular specialist in Mozart, she has conducted all of his operas in the great opera houses of the world. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books Mozartʼs Women and Handel in London. She holds a personal professorship at the University of London, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and the holder of several honorary degrees. 


Michael White has written for the Guardian, the Independent and the prestigious music journals.  He has presented The Proms and Cardiff Singer of the World for the BBC, and has the enviable job of giving talks at some of the lovely summer opera festivals. 


This promises to be a delightful evening.


Tickets remain £10 and can be bounght in the Library or on line from this link



More about  our speakers:

Acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 New Year’s Honours, has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002. From 2009 until 2016 she was Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music where she is now the Felix Mendelssohn Visiting Professor. She was recently Visiting Professor of Opera at the University of Oxford, her alma mater.​

Jane Glover has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. She has worked with the period-instrument orchestras Philharmonia Baroque, and the Handel and Haydn Society, and made regular appearances at the BBC Proms.

In demand on the international opera stage, Jane Glover has appeared with numerous companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne,Berlin Staatsoper, and Glimmerglass.A Mozart specialist, she has conducted all the Mozart operas all over the world.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed books Mozartʼs Women and Handel in London. She holds a personal professorship at the University of London, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, and the holder of several honorary degrees.

Once voted Britain's least boring music critic by listeners to Classic FM – who turned out not to be great fans of critics but made a grudging exception – Michael White studied at Oxford, began writing for the Guardian, and was chief critic at the Independent for ten years. He went on to be a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and contributor the New York Times – with other columns in Opera Now, BBC Music Magazine, and the Camden New Journal titles.

As a radio & TV broadcaster he has presented long-running BBC series like Opera in Action and Best of Three, attempted to explain Wagner's Ring Cycle in half an hour, introduced the Proms, fronted Cardiff Singer of the World, and made acclaimed documentaries - including Opening the Boxes on Radio 4, about his rediscovery of the hidden life of Hampstead singer Jennifer Vyvyan. 

He gives lectures for opera companies like Glyndebourne and Garsington, leads study days and presents concert broadcasts for Wigmore Hall, and has devised a words & music show about the life of Rachmaninov which he narrates alongside soprano Ilona Domnich and pianist Sholto Kynoch.

His books include Opera & Operetta (Collins) and Introducing Wagner (Icon): a guide for the curious but wary.


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