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Olympic Committee history as Estonia appoint first non-sport ambassador, Kristjan Jarvi

Kristjan Järvi - photo Peter Rigaud The Estonian Olympic Committee has appointed the conductor Kristjan Järvi to become a standing member of the national committee. This remarkable move makes history ; Järvi is the first non-sporting person to be appointed to the committee. Show More Summary

Cookery a la carte

Cookery a la carte; David Steadman, Melvyn Tarran; The Choir Press Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 22 2016 Star rating: 4.0 Anecdotes, pictures and recipes from members of the D'Oyly Carte opera This delightful new book Cookery a la...Show More Summary

What orchestral habits drive you crazy?

Clarinettist Richie Hawley has a list. And it’s not a short one. Tick the behaviours that infuriate you most. Click here to read.

After 19 years a widow, a music lifer finds love again

The music industry manager Medi Gasteiner lost her first husband Peter Girth to cancer in July 1997. They had been married for just under a year. Medi worked as head of PR for Philips and Peter was general manager of the Berlin Philharmonic. Medi went on to become a music manager in Frankfurt. Today we […]

Sibelius great-grandson goes on the rap

Lauri Porra’s new work “Kohta” for rapper, symphony orchestra and omniwerk was premiered on Friday by the Finnish radio orchestra, conductor Dalia Stasevska. Porra is the son of Sibelius’ granddaughter and bassist of a heavy metal band, Stratovarius. You can watch the performance by clicking here. Lauri Porra [r] with rapper Paperi T:

Jeremy Denk: How I made a career

The MacArthur Fellow pianist has been talking to our pal Zsolt Bognar about what it takes to go from zero to hero on the concert stage. Watch here:

Berlin puts up plaque to Bowie

The Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller today unveiled a plaque reading ‘David Bowie (1947-2016) lived in this house 1976-1978’. He added: ‘With David Bowie we are quite certain he will remain an important symbol for Berlin for years to come.’ Has London got a Bowie memorial?

Boston declares 40 days of opera

It’s not one of the world’s opera destinations, but Boston Lyric are turning a 40th anniversary to good use. Looks like they have defined a market hunk. Press release: Boston, MA — August 22, 2016 – Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) Stanford Calderwood General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson announced today a multi-platform, regional recognition of […]

What musicology is for in 2016

A round robin from William Cheng, of Dartmouth College: Dear colleagues, I write to share news of the release of Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good (University of Michigan Press, 2016, foreword by Susan McClary). Taking aim at the elitist, antagonistic, and imperialistic dimensions of classical music scholarship and beyond, this book advocates for a […]

The only record to sell 100 copies in the US this week

It’s the CD that I described as ‘the one we’ve all been waiting for’,  but it’s a poor state of affairs when only one recording tops 100 weekly sales in the whole of the US on the Nielsen Soundscan rankings. Four, five years back, one hundred sales would not have made it into the top twenty. […]

Thielemans has died, aged 94

Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica player who played the theme tune for the 1970s film Midnight Cowboy, has breathed his last. Christened Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans, Toots was sought out by such jazz greats as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He also accompanied Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel. He was often nominated as the greatest […]

Help BREMF crowd-fund 'Gaia - three intermedi for a living planet'

Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) has an exciting programme planned for this Autumn (see my preview). One of the highlights promises to be Gaia - three intermedi for a living planet, inspired by the festival's staging of the Florentine...Show More Summary

Rare Daniela Dessi: Beim Schlafengehen

The effulgent Italian soprano, who died this weekend at 59, sang mostly in her own language. Here, in Rome in April 2012, she performed Richard Strauss’s immortal valediction in German.

BBC sells its theme music

The music company BMG has paid the BBC an unspecified sum to own and exploit theme music from shows such as Doctor Who and Wolf Hall. This could result in popular signature tunes being attached to brands of crisps, soft drinks and motor vehicles. It doesn’t sound good. Report here.

Ades, Barry, Beethoven and more: Britten Sinfonia in 2016/17

The Britten Sinfonia's 2016/17 season includes regular concerts in Cambridge, Saffron Hall (where the ensemble has a residency), Norwich and the Barbican (where it is an associate ensemble). Highlights include Thomas Ades conductingShow More Summary

John Adams writes a Gold Rush opera

News from John Adams's website tells us that this much-loved American composer has been hard at work on his biggest creation since The Gospel According to the Other Mary. His new opera is called Girls of the Golden West - yes, really - and is to be premiered in San Francisco in, he says, November 2017. Show More Summary

Much that was superb musically: Eugene Onegin from Belarus at Birgitta Festival in Tallinn

Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Act 1 - National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet of Belarus at Birgitta Festivalphoto Heiti Kruusmaa Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin; Anastasia Moskvina, Oksana Volkova, Vladimir Petrov, Yuri Gorodetsky, Andrei...Show More Summary

The Proms–Inspire, Simpson, Dutilleux, and more….

Every year the BBC in conjunction with the Proms holds a competition for composers aged 12 through 18 as part of their larger music education program Inspire. Each concert performance of the winning pieces has always had a slightly different format, but has tended over the years towards less talk and more music. It has […]

A Broadway musical about Kathleen Battle? It’s a fraud

A Broadway entrepreneur Roland Scahill has been arrested for defrauding investors of $165,000 for a proposed musical about the life of the combustible opera singer, Kathleen Battle. In a scheme worthy of Bialistok and Bloom, he told investors he owned the rights to Battle’s life story and had signed a Hollywood star, Lupita Nyong’o, to […]

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