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Mid-century classics and more - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's 2016/17 season

Kirill Karabits, chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, will be launching the orchestra's 2016/17 season with performances of William Walton's Symphonies 1 & 2, both of which will be recorded for future release on the Onyx Classics label. Show More Summary

Just in: Bayreuth’s Parsifal is stopped by security

There have been mutterings from singers about tighter security measures at Bayreuth ahead of an Islam-themed Parsifal, but no-one has been seriously affected – until today. It appears that Klaus Florian Vogt, dressed in the role of Parsifal in a soldier’s uniform, was stopped by security and taken out for questioning. It was later said […]

Musicians call Ode to Joy and Europe rally tonight in Trafalgar Square

If you care about the state of the nation and our pleace in the world, get your instrument down to the Square tonight at 10pm for an Ode to Joy and Europe. The facebook site is here. Be there if you can.

Breaking: Dutch opera chief quits

Pierre Audi will leave Dutch National Opera in 2018 to become general director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Pierre has put in 30 years in Holland, transforming it from a well-regarded Dutch hub into an international powerhouse. For much of the time he was also head of the Holland Festival. His last big project in Amsterdam will […]

‘I’m not allowed to talk about my stolen violin’

This week’s episode from the diary of Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet: When my violin was stolen on the train last week, I had the second experience with what I will now call the “dragon dance”.  This is when, in an extremely time-sensitive, intense and complex situation, each member of the Artemis […]

Label news: Sony signs Israeli bassist

Sony France has announced an exclusive long term agreement with the kibbutz-born Israeli bassist, singer and composer Avishai Cohen. First album due next spring.  

One Brexit result: Musicians will have to go

As things stand, musicians from all 28 EU countries can live and work in the UK without prior condition. After Brexit, they will have to prove they are earning £35,000 a year. Many, including regular players in the London orchestras and most outside London, do not achieve that income. They will have to leave. And […]

Association of British Orchestras rings the Brexit bell

press statement: Following the Referendum decision to leave the EU, the ABO is deeply concerned at the potential impact on its members.   The prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in […]

The hotel that walks your dog while you go to the opera

It’s an exclusive extra. Apparently, only the Park Hyatt in Vienna has seen fit to provide it. They will also arrange for the pet to be brought to you in the interval for a quick cuddle before the second half.

Jenufa returns to the London Coliseum

English National Opera - Jenufa - photo Robert Workman Janacek Jenufa; Laura Wilde, Michaela Martens, Nicky Spence, Peter Hoare, dir: David Alden, cond: Mark Wigglesworth; English National Opera at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert...Show More Summary

Official: The new Big Five

America’s orchestras were originally ranked by budget, hence the term Big Five. But the money has shifted from East Coast to West. On current budget rankings, here are the new Big Five:     1 Los Angeles Philharmonic                            budget $117,813,629 2 Boston Symphony […]

Funeral of Peter Feuchtwanger

June 30, 11am, Brompton Cemetery. All welcome. Many students from abroad will wish to attend.

Maestro move: Norway takes Poland

Rune Bergmann will become principal conductor and artistic director of the Mieczys?aw Kar?owicz Philharmonic in Szczecin from September. Bergmann, 40, was formerly kapellmeister in Augsburg, Germany.

Stylish seriousness and intelligent style: Idomeneo at Garsington

Garsington Opera 2016 - Idomeneo - Toby Spence - credit Clive Barda Mozart Idomeneo; Toby Spence, Louise Alder, Caitlin Hulcup, Rebecca von Lipinski, dir: Tim Albery, cond: Tobias Ringborg; Garsington Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jun 22 2016 Star rating: 4.5 Elegant and intense new production of Mozart's early masterpiece. Show More Summary


HANS SACHS: Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! Wohin ich forschend blick’ in Stadt und Weltchronik, den Grund mir aufzufinden, warum gar bis auf’s Blut, die Leut’ sich quälen und schinden in unnütz toller Wuth?Hat keiner Lohn noch Dank davon:...Show More Summary


Michael Cooper, fighting the good fight, has a new article at the NY Times on the subject of female choreographers and the underrepresentation of their work at major ballet companies.Sound familiar? It should; a number of us have been...Show More Summary

Vienna Opera mourns 100-role baritone

The opera has just informed us of the death of the baritone Alfred Šramek, at the age of 65. He had been a value ensemble member since 1975 and last sang on the main stage in Tosca on April 16, 2016. A student of Hilde Zadek and Peter Klein, he sang everything from Mozart’s Figaro to […]

Martha to be honoured in Washington

The Argentine pianist Martha Argerich will be decorated at the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, it was announced today. Others on the podium are the rock band the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues chanteuse Mavis Staples and legendary musician James Taylor. (Martha and the Eagles? I don’t think so.) Martha said: ‘I am deeply humbled […]

Did Mozart cheat on his wife with Nancy?

Speculation of an affair with the English soprano Nancy Storace, for whom he wrote the role of Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, was sparked in 1945 in a book by the musicologist Alfred Einstein and gets revived every time someone does a radio or television feature about her. As someone in Munich did this week. Clearly […]

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