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Not quite a vintage revival but much to enjoy: Verdi's Don Carlo returns to Covent Garden

Auto da fe scene - Verdi: Don Carlo - Royal Opera - ©ROH, Photo Catherine Ashmore Verdi Don Carlo; Bryan Hymel, Kristin Lewis, Christoph Pohl, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ildar Abdrazakov, dir: Nicholas Hytner, cond: Bertrand de Billy; Royal...Show More Summary

Fort Worth just got even worse

First responses to the event where the music director was thrown out of Bass Hall for carrying his daughter’s violin and many others were similarly inconvenienced by over-zealous security:     From the Youth Orchestra director: ‘As the FWYO Orchestra Manager, this and other bizarre policies made last night’s enormous production of five ensembles and […]

I saw music save a family

At lunch today with the Mayor of London’s music fund, we heard from Benjamin who had been living with his mother and brother in a rundown hostel after they were made homeless. Benjamin was failing at school, had no friends because he could not bring them home and was deeply unhappy. Then a teacher put […]

Met Opera attendance is down again

The house has reported it took just 67 percent of potential box-office revenue in the season just ending. Peter Gelb is putting on the best possible spin, claiming 80,000 new ticket buyers, but wit the glass one-third empty there’s not much to brag about. Why has New York deserted the Met? Look no further than […]

Watch: Maestro is thrown out of hall for carrying his kid’s violin

Fort Worth Symphony’s music director Miguel Hart-Bedoya reports that he was evicted from his own concert hall by security for carrying his daughter’s violin case. Miguel writes: ‘Tonight, after having conducted throughout the weekend and hosted eight guest orchestras ALL day long yesterday, I come to hear my daughter play with the Fort Worth Youth […]

Elbphliharmonie, Boulez Saal

Temples of Sound. The New Yorker, May 22, 2017.

Sad news: Brain tumour claims US composer, 66

The death of Daniel Brewbaker has been reported by friends and family. Daniel, 66, had been suffering for two years from a brain tumour. A composers of great gifts, charm and grace, he was one of the first US composers to be performed in Russia by Valery Gergiev. Based in New York, he spent a […]

Pro-am orch picks maestra

Janna Hymes has been named music director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Indiana, chosen from 130 applicants. Founded in 1975, the CSO is ‘comprised of highly trained musicians, both paid and volunteer, who annually perform a subscription concert series featuring an eclectic repertoire.’ Hymes is music director for the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra of Virginia and […]

Frost over Swedish ensemble

The clarinet virtuoso Martin Fröst has been named chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from 2019. He succeeds Thomas Dausgaard, who has held to post since 1997.

Finalists from Portugal, France and UK in 2017 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award

Nuno Filipe Coelho Silva, Marie Jacquot, Kerem Hasan ©SF/Kolarik The three finalists have been announced for the 2017 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. Marie Jacquot (France, born 1990), Kerem Hasan (Great Britain,...Show More Summary

Sharp young Brit stick is Salzburg finalist

We’ve been tracking Kerem Hasan, 25, since the start of the year. He has just made it as one of three finalists for the Salzburg Festival/Nestlé contest. The others are Marie Jacquot (France) and Nuno Filipe Coelho Silva (Portugal). May the best win.  

Five music directors fight it out for one vacancy

The Kalamazoo Symphony is looking for a music director to replace the long-serving Raymond Harvey in June 2018. A shortlist has been drawn up. All five candidates are music directors elsewhere, looking for an upgrade. They are: Donato Cabrera, m.d. at Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014 and the California Symphony since 2013. Edwin Outwater, outgoing […]

Macron names his music chief

The person who is délégué à la musique at the ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris holds the purse strings for all musical activity in France. Before he has even appointed a prime minister, it is being reported that Emmanuel Macron has appointed Alain Loiseau to the role. Loiseau, 62, is a former head of the […]

Rare Caldara, guitar focus and vocal ensembles at the 19th Felicja Blumental festival

La Ritirata The Felicja Blumental International Festival in Tel Aviv celebrates its 19th year this year with a festival which has an American focus. Running from 15 to 20 May 2017 at Tel Aviv Museum of Art the festival was founded in...Show More Summary

Watch: Putin’s back at the piano… and scoring no points

This is the Russian leader doodling around yesterday while being kept waiting to see the Chinese leader, Xi Kinping. He get’s the notes mostly right, but the piano needs tuning and he has absolutely no expression. Slipped Disc tip: He should not enter any piano competition in which Emmanuel Macron is taking part.

Music & movement at Conway Hall: the Gildas Quartet brings a final twist to its programme of Haydn, Janacek & Bridge

The Gildas Quartet (Gemma Sharples, Kay Stephen, Anna Menzies, Christopher Jones) Haydn, Janacek, Bridge; Gildas Quartet; Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 14 2017 Star rating: 4.0 The young string quartet bring energy, verve...Show More Summary

Happy days (2): Alison Balsom cancels, pregnant

An elegant cancellation at the Wigmore Hall: We are delighted to hear the news that Alison Balsom is pregnant and fully understands that she is unable to proceed with some of her concerts during this time. Alison married the film director Sam Mendes in January.  

Emmanuel Macron: My favourite composer

Here’s the original text of the French president’s reply about his musical preferences to He has great admiration for Rossini – ‘he completely reinvented the lyric art’. However, as a trained pianist, he is most affected by the music of Schumann and Liszt, ‘that major European’. J’ai une grande admiration pour Rossini. Il occupe à […]

Will my orchestra be allowed into America?

Ever since January’s regime change, musicians are finding it harder than ever to plan a US tour. Not only are visas and work permits taking longer to obtain, more and more complications are piling up. Symphony orchestra with major sponsors usually have enough staff to get them through the process. But what about chamber orchestras […]

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