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Labour leader refuses to take arts questions

The Creative Industries Federation has withdrawn from a general election event with Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson after the Labour Party refused to let them ask questions. Their statement: We had previously agreed with the four largest parties at Westminster – the Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrats – that we would provide an opportunity […]

UK musician love-bombs MPs with Brexit postcards

Anneke Scott plays horn with Europa Galante, John Eliot Gardiner’s ORR and other early music ensembles across Europe. She fears for her livelihood when Brexit comes around. So she’s taking a picture of every venue she plays and sending it to members of Parliament. So far she has sent around 270. Read all about it […]

Hamburg names Elbphilharmonie orchestra bosses

The veteran Achim Dobschall, 60, will take over the management of all NDR orchestra, chorus and concert activities at the Elbphilharmonie. He replaces Andrea Zietzschmann, who is off to become intendant of the Berlin Philharmonic. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra itself will be managed by Sonja Epping, presently at the Gewandhaus.

Mitsuko Uchida: ‘None of my musical gods were pianists’

She tells Ivan Hewitt of the Telegraph: ‘I loved the violinist Joseph Szigeti, when I heard his recordings of Mozart I was moved to tears. And the cellist Casals. The great piano God in Vienna at that time was Wilhelm Backhaus. I didn’t like him at all, but you couldn’t say that.’ Read the full, […]


William Baumol, an important economist, died the other week at 95. You can read his NY Times obituary here. The Times is evidently not going to run the letter I sent them, so here's a blog post on the subject.He is most famous in musical...Show More Summary

A survivor’s life in music

A 90-year-old Czech harpsichordist gets long-due grace notes from local filmmakers.

Meet Glyndebourne's new Violetta

Kristina MkhitaryanPhoto: Emil Mateev This summer at Glyndebourne is dominated by a new production of Verdi's La Traviata, which gets not one run but two, the second in August, the first starting this Sunday. The first of their Violettas is the Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan. Show More Summary

Vienna Phil grabs Rome trombone

Enzo Turriziani, 27, won the audition today for principal trombone in the Vienna State Opera orchestra, making him a candidate member of the Vienna Philharmonic. Enzo is principal trombone of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He will start work in Vienna in September.      

The best side of Kathleen Ferrier

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: When the English contralto Norma Procter died a few weeks ago at the age of 89, readers remembered seeing Kathleen Ferrier in her audience at Norma’s London debut, at Southwark Cathedral, in 1948. This was typical Ferrier. Six years before she had been a switchboard operator in Lancashire […]

Leipzig names Gewandhaus square ‘Kurt Masur Platz’

The city council took a decision on Wednesday to name the square after the long-serving Gewandhauskapellmeister. The designated area is located between Augustusplatz and Universitätsstrasse.

Virginia gets a music director

Benjamin Rous has been named music director of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. He succeeds Kate Tamarkin, who has served 11 years.    

Harold Prince: Trump has turned America’s atomsphere viral

Letter to the New York Times from the veteran theatre and opera producer: There’s a saying in the theater that whoever occupies the star’s dressing room creates the atmosphere backstage. If you have a leading lady or gentleman who is easy to get along with, undemanding, friendly and charming, the cast follows suit, and you […]

Yale suspends Dean for ‘white trash’ comment

June Chu, Dean of Pierson College, has been sent on leave after students found online comments in her name that called restaurant staff ‘morons’ and diners ‘white trash,’ Pierson’s Head of College Stephen Davis said he was ‘grieving’ over the issue. ‘On Saturday evening, I found out that she was in fact responsible for multiple reprehensible posts, […]

Why we’re staying away from the Cliburn

Of all the world’s musical trouble spots, Fort Worth has shown the highest burnout rate in the past year. First, the orchestra got locked out of its hall for four months when musicians had the temerity to resist a deep cut in their wage packet.  The FWSO president Amy Adkins ordered them to play up or […]

Teodor Currentzis: My favourite living composers

The colourful Russian-based Greek conductor has been telling Ricordi about the new music he likes: Which Russian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries are the most interesting for you and why? A lot: Leonid Desiatnikov, Sergey Newski, Alexey Syumak, Dmitri Kourliandsky, Darin Sysoev, Boris Filanovsky… and many others. But I believe that it’s very […]

Next season, we have 16 guest conductors

Bremen, which recently lost its chief conductor Markus Poschner to the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, has announced a sampler season with 16 guest conductors, mostly young, one of whom may be the next music director. Among the call-ins are Miguel Hart-Bedoya, Yoel Gamzou, Marko Letonja and Dirk Kaftan (below).

Martynas Levickis at Club Inégales

Martynas Levickis (Photo Vadimas Vystavkinas) Martynas Levickis, Notes Inégales, Peter Wiegold; Club Inégales Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 18 2017 Star rating: 4.5 The young Lithuanian accordionist joins with composer Peter Wiegold's...Show More Summary

Hard-hat orchestra boss quits music

Amy Adkins, who led the Fort Worth Symphony Association in a brutal showdown with its musicians last year, will leave the orchestra in July to head the All Saints Health Foundation in Fort Worth. Ms Adkins had been president of the orchestra for six years. Her handling of the musicians’ dispute was notable for its […]

Cliburn adds a new contestant

Nikita Abrosimov, 28, of Russia, was added today to the contestants in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, May 25–June 10, 2017, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall. He replaces Mehdi Ghazi of Algeria and Canada, who has withdrawn from the competition. No reason given.

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