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Rare & revelatory: Vaughan Williams for one and two pianos

10 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Ralph Vaughan Williams piano music; Mark Bebbington, Rebeca Omordia, Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow; SOMM & ALBION records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 13 2017 Star rating: 4.0 New discoveries and a revelatory new view of familiar...Show More Summary

Handel's Belshazzar

39 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Handel's Belshazzar is one of his finest, dramatically coherent oratorios yet it does not get as many outings as it deserves. There is a chance to catch it on Saturday March 25, 2017 at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London when Richard...Show More Summary

Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs Scheme

Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs Scheme run by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama together with social enterprise Cause4. Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs offers enterprise training, mentoring and funding support to aspiring entrepreneurs in the performing arts and creative industries. Show More Summary

Ice cream and coffee

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sandow

An idea my students loved -- conservatories should make ice cream and coffee available, all the time. And free. Because…quite seriously, work/life balance. And schools should show their students that they care.

Christian Reif at Berkeley Symphony

Received today, not a surprise: BERKELEY, CA (March 23, 2017) – Guest conductor Christian Reif will lead Berkeley Symphony in Shostakovich's evening-long, epic Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar,” on Thursday, May 4 at 8 pm at Zellerbach Hall. Show More Summary

Sicklist: Lang Lang cancels Elbphilharmonie

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

It’s the first time any artist has cancelled on Hamburg’s new concert hall. But they have found a luxury replacement for flu-stricken Lang Lang this Saturday. Igor Levit steps in.

London’s US terror victims run a music studio back home

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Kurt and Melissa Cochran from Utah were visiting London to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. Kurt, 54, was hurled off Westminster Bridge during the terror attack and died soon after of head injuries. Melissa suffered a broken leg and is expected to recover. Her parents live in London, serving as LSD church missionaries. A church […]

The future of the LA Phil

A Cultural Comment for the New Yorker website.

Crowd-funding update: Just a week to go

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

There is just a week to go in our crowd-funding for our new disc Quickening. We have had some great support with over 30 people contributing so far and raising over £1600 (including a private donation). If you haven't already, please do visit: Many thanks to all those who have supported.

London sees major violin merger

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

J&A Beare have bought the venerable London trademark of W E Hill (est. 1887).  

Adored dean of Mannes has died

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Mannes School of Music community mourns the death of its former president and dean, Dr. Charles Kaufman. A legendary educator and leader, Chuck was a beloved figure, particularly by the Mannes students. A musicology scholar who was a protege of Gustave Reese, Chuck Kaufman joined the Mannes faculty in 1975, becoming president in 1980, […]

A Republican candidate speaks up for arts funding and the NEA

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Mike Huckabee, the former presidential contender and Arkansas governor, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post today, urging president Trump to abandon his abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts. As aspiring musician, Huckabee benefited as a child from the NEA. He reminds Trump: If it seems unusual that a conservative Republican would […]

San Fran Symphony chief clears his desk, leaving Pacific orchs headless

21 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Brent Assink is winding down as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He will leave the organisation next week after 18 years in charge. His departure coincides with Deborah Borda’s shock decision to leave the LA Phil and move back to New York. That leaves both leading West Coast orchestras in search of new […]

Maestro move: Robert Spano gets Euro agent

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The veteran Atlanta Symphony music director signed with Linda Marks at HarrisonParrott today with a view to expanding his footprint in Europe and Asia.  

Maestro goes: Järvi quits Leipzig

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Kristjan Järvi will leave the MDR Symphony at the end of next season, after six years. He’s busy now with his Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

Young maestro is accused in age-discrimination suit

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Indianapolis music director Krzysztof Urbanski has been named in an unfair dismissal suit by former principal bassoon John Wetherill, who claims he was ousted from the orchestra on grounds of his age. Wetherill, 62, says he was ‘duped and ambushed’ in 2012 by the 29 year-old music director. He argues that ‘the [ISO] is economically […]

Toulouse stops opera after tenor is arrested for domestic abuse

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The final performance of Verdi’s Ernani was cancelled in Toulouse on Tuesday after the tenor Alfred Kim was arrested on charges of beating up his girlfriend. Kim was tried the following day. He was given an eight months suspended sentence and a fine of 8,000 Euros. He then took a flight out of France. The […]

Club Inégales starts its Spring season

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Dhruba Ghosh and Kiya Tabassian The Spring season of Club Inégales starts on Saturday 25 March 2017 when Dhruba Ghosh (sarangi) and Kiya Tabassian (Persian setar) join resident band Notes Inégales. The evening will feature a set from...Show More Summary

Stylish and intense: Anne Sophie Duprels in La voix humaine

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Anne Sophie Duprels in La voix humaine at the Buxton Festival in 2013 Francis Poulenc La voix humaine; Anne-Sophie Duprels, Pascal Rogé; Opera Holland Park at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 22 2017...Show More Summary

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