Written on: September 5, 2018
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Royal Albert Hall ‘not just classical music venue’ as it is set to turn 150

The chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall said the institution is “not just a venue for classical music” as icons of its history were honoured. Plaques commemorating major names that shaped the history of the venue have been installed around the London concert hall.

via BBC 

Among those honoured are Queen Victoria, who laid the foundation stone in 1867, Sir Winston Churchill, who has made 16 appearances at the hall, and a number of classical and popular musicians, such as Eric Clapton CBE and Dame Shirley Bassey.

 


BBC Radio 3 to include dedicated ‘slow radio’ offering in autumn

The sounds of Irish cattle being blessed by a priest, the tick-tocking of one of the largest collection of clocks in the UK and the animal sounds of a zoo at dusk are to be highlights of a regular BBC Radio 3 series.

The 30-minute programmes will include sounds from the Burren cattle blessing, a revival of an annual ritual in County Clare; Durham cathedral in the evening; and the tolling, chiming, ticking and pealing from a huge collection of clocks.

Plans have also been announced for the station to mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war with a series of “sonic memorials”.

The plan involves sending a sound recordist out to battlefields across the world to record contemporary sounds. They include the site of the Battle of Antietam, fought in 1862 during the American civil war; the site of the Lochnagar crater, caused by a huge explosion at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme; sounds from Kent will represent the Battle of Britain; and the site of the Chinese civil war campaign of Pingjin.

There will also be recording from modern battles including the frontline in Helmand province in Afghanistan and the site of the Halabja chemical attack, which happened during the last days of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

The sounds will be broadcast every hour on the hour, on 11 November, apart from the normal minute of silence at 11am.


Tracey Thorn, Nadine Shah and Peggy Gou top Aim independent music awards

The awards for the best in British independent music acknowledged a wide-ranging series of names, from Goldie to Idles and Sophie.

Tracey Thorn, Peggy Gou and Nadine Shah.

Thorn was presented with the outstanding contribution to music prize, for a career that has featured major chart hits with duo Everything But the Girl, as well as solo work including this year’s album Record. Another award for an entire career’s work, the Pioneer award, was presented to drum’n’bass star Goldie.

The best album prize went to Nadine Shah for Holiday Destination, her searing survey of the Syrian refugee experience and other contemporary political crises – she is also up for next week’s Mercury prize. Best track meanwhile went to Korean dance producer Peggy Gou, for her disco track It Makes You Forget (Itgehane).


Musiksommer in Mitteldeutschland mit positiver Bilanz

Der Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) hat für 2018 eine positive Bilanz seines Musiksommer-Festivals gezogen. Zu den 48 Konzerten in Sachen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Sachsen kamen den Angaben zufolge über einen Zeitraum von neun Wochen insgesamt rund 16.000 Zuschauer. Davon waren 14 Konzerte vollständig ausverkauft. 

Die größte Veranstaltung des Festivals war mit 800 Besuchern der Auftritt der Blechblas-Komiker von Mnozil Brass in Bad Elster. Ähnliche Zahlen erreichten das Eröffnungkonzert im Magdeburger Dom sowie des Abschlusskonzert in Suhl. Beliebt waren außerdem Führungen, die den Zuschauern vor Veranstaltungsbeginn einen Einblick in die historischen Veranstaltungsorte gaben.

16,000 spectators attended the 48 concerts of the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk festivals, which took place across Germany. 14 of these were completely sold out, with Mnozil Brass attracting a crowd of 800 in Bad Elster.

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