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King and Queen of Sweden will open this summer’s Bayreuth

26 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden will attend the festival for the first time, it has been announced. They will attend the first night of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by Barrie Kosky, conducted by Philippe Jordan.  

Sad news: Paddington Bear has died

27 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The death has been announced of his author, Michael Bond, aged 91, yesterday in London. Here’s his theme tune.

Spanish orchestra puts American music director in charge of finances

In what our local orchestra says is ‘an unusual move’, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla has added the title of chief executive officer to John Axelrod’s role as music director. The decision has been approved by the Spanish city in the hope that the conductor, a Harvard grad, will find ways of raising private and […]

Another UK school removes music from curriculum

The Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport, near Saffron Walden, Essex, has withdrawn music from the timetable of 11-13 year-olds. Its head says: ‘By doing this with music, we can be creative and we can continue to protect all the other subjects.’ Note the use of the term ‘creative’. Nothing to do with the arts. Story […]

This one Kaufmann won’t cancel

I’m seeing Otello at Covent Garden tonight. Opening nights are not much fun any more so I decided to wait a week for a date when all stars must turn out. It’s screening night tonight, live at a cinema near you. All the way across the USA and Europe. Click here for locations. photo (c) […]

Salzburg’s Birthday Party loses both leads

The Salzburg Festival production of Harold Pinter’s Birthday Party has been abandoned by the actors who were meant to play Meg and Petey. Andrea Clausen and Martin Reinke will be replaced by Nina Petri and Pierre Siegenthaler. Can’t be easy doing Pinter auf Deutsch.    

Cancer claims a jazz leader, 60

The pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen died yesterday in Philadelphia of cancer. Her work, crossing many genres and instruments, earned her a Guggenheim fellowship and international recognition. Her music speaks for itself.

Baroque soloists are banned from UK’s classical charts

The guardians of public morality who operate the UK’s ‘Official Classical Artist Albums Chart’ have declared a release by Bjarte Eike and the Barokksolistene to be insufficiently refined for their exclusive weekly listing. The group’s new release, The Alehouse Sessions, revives vigorously and on period instruments the mixture of music that was played in English […]

Off the beaten track near Dresden: an innovative multi-media museum devoted to Wagner's music

Bust of Wagner outside the Richard Wagner Stätten, Graupa Graupa is a sleepy little village on the outskirts of Dresden in Saxony, on the edge of the area known as Saxon Switzerland. Its main claim to fame is that Wagner took three months...Show More Summary

Some Thoughts on Writing, Especially Big Projects

A discussion on Twitter got me thinking that I'd like to write up some observations about writing. They are based largely on three things: Twenty years as a professional writer, usually with tight deadlines. I've been a technical writer since 1996, and mostly I have had to deal with deadlines. Show More Summary

Marc Sabat and JACK – Harmony (CD)

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

  Marc Sabat Harmony JACK Quartet Canadian Composers Series #5 Another Timbre   Euler Spirals Scenery (2011), Claudiu Ptolemy (2008), Jean Philippe Rameau (2012)   A long time fixture on the Toronto scene as a string performer, improviser, and composer, Marc Sabat now resides in Berlin. However, he has taken his experimental penchant for tuning […]

College coup: Midori joins Curtis

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Peter Dobrin reports: She will phase in her involvement, visiting Curtis numerous times in the coming season, and taking up the post fulltime at the start of the 2018-19 school year. “I’m very much looking forward to making the move,” said the violinist, 45, who has been on the faculty of University of Southern California […]

Just in: Brazil maestro gets a job

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Roberto Minczuk, controversial former music director of the collapsing Brazil Symphony Orchestra (OSB), has won the contest for the vacant podium at the New Mexico Philharmonic. The unsuccessful candidates were Marcelo Lehninger, Rune Bergmann, Oriol Sans, Grant Cooper and Fawzi Haimor.

Label news: Dutch sign Californian string quartet

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The California-based Calder Quartet has signed an exclusive global recording deal with Pentatone. Their first album will be all-Beethoven.   Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, violins; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Beyers, cello ...

Justin Trudeau: ‘Glenn Gould is someone Canadians are specially proud of’

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Canadian prime minister talks about the piano icon in a short BBC radio interview with James Rhodes. ‘He embraced disruption in classical music,’ says Trudeau. ‘He is someone who, at a time when Canadians didn’t really feel they had a cultural imprint on the world, he was it. He transcended the Canadian modesty… we […]

Maestro fails to show up for last performance

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A concert by the National Philharmonic of Malta was thrown into chaos when the music director, Brian Schembri, failed to show up either for rehearsals or for the concert, the last of the present season. Schembri is in dispute over a new contract, apparently. An unnamed deputy conducted. Malta longs to be taken seriously as […]

Liverpool mourns Brian Epstein’s lawyer

11 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Tributes are flooding in here for Rex Makin, the impeccable Liverpool solicitor who drew up the first contract between Brian Epstein and the Beatles. Mr Makin has died, aged 91.

Bad luck: Gianandrea Noseda undergoes back surgery

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Press statement: On the morning of Monday, June 26, 2017, Maestro Noseda suffered a herniated disc which is also known as sciatica syndrome.  Prof. Michele Naddeo visited him today, June 27, 2017 at 11:00AM (Central European Time) and advised Maestro Noseda undergo a surgical treatment tomorrow at 1:00 PM (Central European Time) at the Clinica […]

Arts Council ineffectually trims London to feed the regions

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Arts Council England has lopped £2.5 million off the annual funding of four London-based national companies – the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company – in order to boost arts spending around the country. The ACE has increased the number of organisations it funds from 700 to 831. So far, so good. […]

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