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Done (a ramble)

I just finished listening to a particularly engaging episode of the Crushing Classical podcast called "Fireside Chat #20: Pondering the Myth of 'Done' and Your Legacy." The host, Tracy Friedlander, is a horn player who plays with the...Show More Summary

Eminent violinist is refused boarding by Qantas

The distinguished soloist and teacher Ole Bohn was forced to miss his plane tonight after a Qantas official refused to allow his violin on board. Ole, former concertmaster at Norwegian Opera and now professor at the Sydney Conservatorium, was due to fly by Qantas from Santiago de Chile to Sydney. Here is what he tells […]

Mourning for a Dutch maestro, 75

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Dutch musicians are reporting the death of Jan Stulen, a busy conductor, educator and television celebrity. His official bio: From 1964 to 1970 he was under contract with the Städtische Bühnen Münster, Germany, in various positions. He returned to Holland in 1970 to become chief conductor of the Nederlands Ballet Orkest, then music director of […]

Canadian string quartet breaks up

14 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Our pals at Musical Toronto report the breakup of the Cecilia Quartet, after ten years on the road.   They are the second Canadian string quartet to split up in a year. A trend? Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Charles Dutoit steps down at Verbier

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Last night was the Swiss conductor’s final appearance as music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He succeeded James Levine in 2009 and has now accepted the title of Conductor Emeritus.

Norwegian is not so friendly, after all

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The budget airline has upgraded its website with happy messages for musicians who fly with instruments. Yes, you can carry them on board. But not all their staff read the website, apparently. Here’s the latest incident from Aingeala De Búrca, who recently ha such trouble with Aer Lingus. Norwegian is an airline that presents itself as […]

A Sistema violinist is injured in Venezuela violence

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Wuilly Arteaga, a Sistema violinist who plays his instrument in anti-government protests, has posted a video of his bullet-swollen face, pledging continued defiance. He was hit by a volley from armed police. (Video) Ni PERDIGONES NI METRAS nos detendrán de seguir luchando hasta lograr la INDEPENDENCIA DE VENEZUELA. Show More Summary

Tragic news: Vienna Philharmonic principal suffers fatal heart attack

16 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We have been informed of the sudden, unexpected death of Ernst Ottensamer, principal clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera. Ernst, who was 62, suffered a heart attack last night and could not be revived. His loss will be felt across the summits of the orchestra world, and far beyond. His eldest […]

Silver Birch: sneak preview

Here's Garsington's introduction to Silver Birch, with director Karen Gillingham, conductor Douglas Boyd and choreographer Natasha Khamjani...Five days until opening night!

Art mirroring life: Soosan Lolavar's 'ID Please'

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

In 2016, the British-Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar was studying in the USA (on a Fullbright Scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University) during the Republican Primaries. With the rise of Trump and the rising tide of disturbing anti-immigration rhetoric, she wanted to do something political and started to talking to librettist Daniel Hirsch. Show More Summary

Wales is runner-up in Eurovision choir of the year

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The first Eurovision Choir of the Year contest ended last night with a victory for Carmen Manet from Slovenia (pop. 2m). Second was Côr Merched Sir Gâr from a slightly larger nation, Wales (pop. 3m) Third place went to Latvia’s Sp?go, cheered on by the host nation (pop. 1.96m). John Rutter and El?na Garan?a were among the […]

Vladimir Putin: These are my classical favourites

The Russian president has been talking to students about his classical tastes. ‘I always listened with pleasure and to so-called popular classical music – Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, of course. Maybe, first of all, Mozart, for me. ‘Of our own – Rachmaninov. Show More Summary

Philip Glass on President Trump: ‘I don’t do idiots’

The US composer made his dismissive comment in an interview with RAI. Watch here. In an Austrian interview, he expresses appreciation for the Trump presidency: ‘It is wonderful: for the first time even children are getting politicised. Even my children, who used to be sunk in video games, now go to demonstrations and get involved politically. We […]

Required Reading: Experimental Music Since 1970

Book Review: Experimental Music Since 1970 By Jennie Gottschalk Bloomsbury, 2016 284 pp. From the very beginning of Experimental Music Since 1970, author Jennie Gottschalk lets us know that her perspective is that of a “maker,” a composer. This is instructive as to the book’s approach and to its inclusion and, in some cases, exclusion, […]

Mailing List Segmentation

Major mailing list management programs, such as Constant Contact and MailChip, offer users a list segmentation function. You use this to divide your list members into sub-lists. For example, I might want to send a particular email exclusively...Show More Summary

Clérambault, Couperin, Monteclair - Arcangelo at Wigmore Hall

Sophie Junker Couperin, Clérambault, Monteclair; Arcangelo; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 21 2017 Star rating: 5.0 Early 18th century French chamber music and chamber cantatas performed with expressive style The final...Show More Summary

J sold his clarinet for $200. He’s now a music mogul…

From Finfeed: After selling his clarinet for $200, 10-year-old Jaddan Comerford became an investor,  putting the money into the stock market – specifically, shares in the National Australia Bank. That decision would turn out to have a major impact on his life and 23 years later, Comerford is the founder and CEO of UNIFIED Music Group, one […]

The art of saying no: soprano Albina Shagimuratova on Semiramide, Aspasia, Mimi and Turandot

Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia - Mozart: Mitridate Re di Ponto - Royal Opera House 2017 (Photo (c) ROH, Bill Cooper) The Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova has been wowing London audiences with her command of relatively rare repertoire. Show More Summary

Why Music Education is Vital to Humans

A seminal lecture from the Deal Festival by Richard J. Hallam, past president of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Sample content: Look at what is supposed to happen in primary school. Children in Key Stage 1 (5 to 7 year olds) should be taught to: • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants […]

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