Michael Hankinson


  • A new orchestra for King's Lynn - Norfolk
  • 23.02.2016 News
  • The King's Lynn Sinfonia is a new musical venture aimed at promoting orchestral music in the ancient town of King's Lynn. Launched in 2015, the orchestra gave its inaugural concert in the King's Lynn Minster performing organ concertos by Handel, Vivaldi and Poulenc. The Minster was filled with an enthusiastic audience and met with critical acclaim. In February 2016 the orchestra accompanied five performance of The Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan in the 15th century Arts Centre of ...
  • Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto review
  • 13.09.2014 Article
  • RECORDING OF THE MONTH   Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912) Violin Concerto in G minor Op. 80 (1911) [31:25] * Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53 (1882) [31:02] Philippe Graffin, violin Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Michael Hankinson * world premiere recording AVIE AV 0044 [62:43] The curious, the knowledgeable music enthusiast and those with cult fascinations find their cherished and multiply-copied radio broadcast tapes and CDRs being ...
  • Princess Magogo Opera in Chicago
  • 13.09.2014 Article
  • IN REVIEW  -  CHICAGO — Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu , Ravinia/African Renaissance Opera Productions, 6/5/04 September 2004 , vol 69 , no.3 M zilikazi Khumalo’s Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu , South Africa’s first Zulu-language indigenous opera, generated a great deal of interest upon the broadcast of its initial mounting by Opera Africa in 2002. Although a production was planned for the U.S., the project regrettably drowned in a morass of contractual legalities. It fell to Ravinia to pick ...
  • English Chamber Orchestra & Ladysmith Black Mmbazo
  • 12.09.2014 Article
  • The UK born in South Africa active conductor/arranger/composer Michael Hankinson’s arrangements of some of legendary LBM creator Joseph Shabalala’s compositions - this blend of African classical Isicathamiya and the sounds of a Western classical orchestra was premiered at the Festival by LBM and the English Chamber Orchestra. “The by-laws were tough...our boys could not carry on expressing themselves through their Ndlamu dance because it was illegal to do so in a municipal area. The Zulu dance they ...