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A year after joining a string quartet, I’m starting a trio

Anthea Kreston’s weekly Berlin diary: This week marks the one year anniversary of my audition for the Artemis String Quartet. When I think back to it – that final Skype meeting where I was asked to come to Berlin on two week’s notice, to prepare 6 works for a two-round audition – I was exhilarated […]

When did you last take the back off your piano?

It must have been the E-flat that didn’t sound right. Checking over a Broadwood upright for a community group in Shropshire, an unnamed tuner took off the back and was dazzled by a stash of gold coins. Who owns the hoard is now a matter for the local coroner. The piano was sold in 1906 by a music […]

Church music director murders husband to marry pastor

There’s a real-life opera unfolding in the Sardis Baptist Church of Morris, Alabama. Read all about it here in The Christian Post. The trial is over. There is now a vacancy for music director.

Just in: CAMI loses China

AskonasHolt have just announced they have signed Long Yu, chief conductor in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and by far the most powerful musician in the People’s Republic. Long Yu was formerly with Cami Music’s Jacques Cesbron, superagent to his close friend and pathfinder, Lang Lang. Something appears to have gone wrong there.

Berlin Philharmonic violinist gets an agent

Tanja Dorn’s boutique agency has signed Stanley Dodds, a Berlin Philharmonic violinist with conducting ambitions. Dodds has assisted Simon Rattle on various projects and is principal conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, playing seven times a year in the Philharmonie. His bio: Stanley Chia-Ming Dodds was born in Canada, grew up in Australia and as […]

Hamburg’s new hall and London’s: a false equation

The rattlers are out in force in today’s newspapers, arguing that if Hamburg can build a new concert hall so should London – the more so now that the City of London has voted £2.5 million for another feasibility study. Here’s what they fail to grasp: 1 Hamburg cost 866 million Euros – three quarters […]

Digital, Diversity and Brexit! Tough topics at ABO Conference

The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) holds its 2017 conference in Bournemouth on 25 to 27 January 2017. Rather intriguingly the conference theme is Disruption and there will be sessions on diversity, digital and Brexit. The conference...Show More Summary

On the road: Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic in UK and Netherlands

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic on Tour Edward Gardner has been chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015, and now he is bringing the orchestra to the UK to give British audiences a chance to hear their extraordinary chemistry in action. Show More Summary

An evening of contrasts: German lieder & English song at Kensington and Chelsea Music Society

The Arab Hall in Leighton House Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, RVW, Britten, Walton, Roger Quilter; Mary Bevan, Johnny Herford, William Vann; Kensington and Chelsea Music Society at Leighton House Reviewed by Robert...Show More Summary

Chicago Friday Photo

U-505 Stern U-505 Bow Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago November, 2016

At a moment of transition, NSO offers the old-new: 20th-century classical works

Sir Mark Elder conducted an entertaining evening of Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and, again, “The Firebird.”

Seattle Opera Season 2017-18

I noted a couple of weeks ago that Seattle will have Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict next season, but I didn't write up the rest of the season.I also want to point out that next month they've got what looks like a strongly-cast Kat'ya Kabanova, by Janacek. Show More Summary

Houston Grand Opera Season Announcement, 2017-18

Houston Grand Opera season 2017-18, copy/paste from PDF. Some comments in line.Verdi: La traviataOctober 20, 22m, 28, Nov. 1, 3, 5m†, 11†, 2017Violetta Valéry Albina Shagimuratova #Alfredo Germont Dimitri PittasGiorgio Germont George...Show More Summary

City of London puts new concert hall back in play

The City of London Corporation today voted £2.5 million towards the completion of a detailed business case for a new concert hall on the site of the Museum of London. A spokesman said: ‘This decision re-affirms our commitment to transform the area surrounding the Barbican into a world-leading cultural hub for the arts, heritage and learning. […]

Canada is too mean to pay composers for anniversary commissions

MusicalToronto reports that a parliamentary competitions for composers to write pieces for Canada150 will award the winners C$400 or C$800 for a five minute work. Hardly enough to cover the plane fare to Ottawa. Composers are up in arms. Read on here.

French site stops instrument thieves with embedded chip

Anipo is a group of musicians who are working on a stop-thief implant that can be placed in all instruments. It’s early days yet, but you can read the plans here (in French). By containing the history of the instrument, the bow or the baton, the device will also help you avoid difficulties atb border […]

Dance to the Music of Time, or Caesium the Day

I have been listening to a podcast from the BBC that devotes individual episodes to individual elements. Aside from Tin, which is used in organ pipes, tin whistles, and a drum in a Günther Grass novel, I have encountered little in the...Show More Summary

Decca signs fashion model violinist

Decca has signed Ray Chen. It’s ‘a major new recording deal and multimedia partnership which celebrates his exceptional musicianship and unique style’.  His website says: ‘ In his unstinting efforts to break down barriers between classical music, fashion and pop culture, he is supported by Giorgio Armani and was recently featured in Vogue magazine.’ Ray […]

Germany agency signs Dutch bros

Konzertdirektion Schmid has swooped on the Dutch piano brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen, who are famous in the lowlands and have a DG contract but are in need of worldwide management. The brothers, 23 and 19, have a Concertgebouw orchestral release coming out in April.

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