The words go something like this (according to a modified Google translate): ‘She gave birth to a beautiful son / Namely Jesus Christ / Only the Jews murmured against it. / Jidovan afuristit / would not tolerate the holy Lord / No heaven, no earth.. Only corlan [= horn] smoke, / There’s a good […]
Message from the embattled head, David Thomas: For the benefit of those not at yesterday’s Staff Forum, this email is to confirm that all staff have been awarded a 1.5% pay increase from January 2014. Although the school’s finances remain very tight, with many demands on our resources, the Governor’s (sic) believe that it […]
Rudolph Tang has sent us this fascinating dispatch from Beijing: The China National Symphony Orchestra presented a concert as part of its 2013-14 season on December 10, 2013 at Beijing Concert Hall, commemorating the centenary of veteran music critic turned orchestra executive Li Ling. Mr Li was the founding president of Central Philharmonic when it […]
Sinfini have put together my selection of the most important albums of the last 12 months. All you have to do is click at the foot of the page, here.
Catherine Lange-Jensen’s cancer had returned, but the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra violinist willed herself to play one last time for LumenoCity, the symphony concert and light spectacular in Washington Park in August. “She was hanging in there just to do that. She really wanted to get through it, and was already feeling sick. It was very […]
Amid the ghastly mess in certain states beginning with M, there is some cause for Christmas cheer in other corners of the Union. 1 Cleveland last week announced a break-even budget of $48.2 million, almost half of which – $22m – came in increased revenues. Some of this money has trickled up from 13,000 students […]
Coming in at…. 6 Ilona Schmiel New-broom Intendantin at Zurich’s wealthy Tonhalle, with rising maestro Lionel Bringuier 7 Ruth Mackenzie Incoming director of the Holland Festival, formerly head of London’s Cultural Olympics 8 Katharina...Show More Summary
These are the worst covers of the year. The top one sold almost twice as many copies last week – just under 2,000 – as any other classical album on the market. That includes humming nuns and Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland. Short skirt works wonders. Old proverb.
We know the old brute suffered from disabling headaches. So did many other composers – Beethoven, Schumann, Mahler, Jimi Hendrix. But new research in the British Medical Journal suggests that Wagner translated his migraines into music. For instance,… Siegfried opens with a pulsating thumping which gradually becomes more intense until it reaches an “almost painful […]
You’ve met the American power women. Here are the top five Euros. 1 Helga Rabl-Stader President of the Salzburg Festival since 1995, has seen off several directors 2 Anne-Sophie Mutter The Angela Merkel of the concert circuit. Alaways gets her way. 3 Jude Kelly Artistic director of London’s South Bank, Europe’s biggest arts centre. 4 […]
Paris Match reports the death of Kate Barry, daughter of the Bond composer John Barry and the actress and singer, Jane Birkin. Kate, 46, fell from her fourth-floor apartment in the 16th district of Paris. She was a gifted photographer, working for many French publications. We extend sympathies to her son and family. John Barry […]
The heart sinks to receive yet another waste of time and money jabbering on cultural value, rather than teaching arts in schools. Will they never learn? Read this latest bout of academic seat-warming.
A year ago, pianist Tamar Halperin and her husband Andreas Scholl took out a keyboard and a voice to see how many New Yorkers knew Schubert’s Ave Maria. She writes: ‘Most people shook their heads and walked on. Other people looked annoyed and walked on. And then there were those, who quickly fixed their hair, smiled from […]
Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonicat the Barbican in 2011, photo Mark Allen Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic will be coming to London in 2015 for an extended residency which sees the collaboration between the Barbican Centre and the South Bank Centre. Show More Summary
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. After a few years of resistance to the craze for live opera relays to the cinema, ENO has at last stepped aboard the bandwagon. From February you'll be able to see some of their productions at your local...Show More Summary
The Hilliard Ensemble - credit Marco Borggreve 40 years to the day, the members of the Hilliard Ensemble celebrated their first ever concert with another concert, on Wednesday 11 December 2013 this time at St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch as part of the Shoreditch Winter Festival. Show More Summary
spotonlists.com The Minnesota Orchestra Association put out a press release today about its year-end financial results. The press release may be summarized thusly: Look, we had a great year! Even though the orchestra hasn't performed in 13 months. Show More Summary
There have been no performances for 14 months and they managed to lose a fortune. Board chairman Jon Campbell said: ‘The fact that the organization’s deficit is substantially smaller in a year without any performances indicates the degree to which this business model is out of alignment.’ He was duly re-elected as chair by the […]
From a press release on behalf of the Minnesota Orchestral Association: "'The fact that the organization’s deficit is substantially smaller in a year without any performances indicates the degree to which this business model is out of alignment,' said Board...
On Tuesday, the Kennedy Center announced the appointment of Deborah Rutter, the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, as its next president; she will succeed Michael Kaiser in the fall of 2014. Throughout the classical...Show More Summary