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The Guardian

Disability and the arts: the best of times, the worst of times

Introducing a new series on disability arts, producer Jo Verrent looks at some of the key issues affecting disabled artists and organisations in the sector

The Strad

Students practise performance skills on virtual audience

The Royal College of Music, London and Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano have developed a performance simulator

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold TV launches, featuring Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and more

Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host content from events including the Rhinegold LIVE concert series and Music Education Expo, as well as content from partner producers, at

International Arts Manager

Five Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2015

Five new Avery Fisher Career Grants – the maximum number available in any one year – have been awarded to talented young and emerging musicians, all recognised by the Avery Fisher Artist Program board and committee as having ‘great potential for major careers in future’.

Classic FM

The new Star Wars soundtracks: everything we know so far

All the latest news about the new Star Wars soundtracks, as it happens: we’re expecting John Williams’ score for The Force Awakens in December 2015!

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ah! und Oh! statt E und U

Beethoven, Blockbuster, Hip-Hop: Niemand kann Musik so gut erklären wie der Pianist Chilly Gonzales.



Der Grundstein für seine internationale Karriere wurde beim seinem Rezital-Debüt in der Londoner Wigmore Hall im Jahr 2013 gelegt, seither sorgt Joseph-Maurice Weder bei Kritikern und Publikum für reges Aufsehen.


Bach-Marathon in der Ukraine

Am vergangen Samstag, 21. März, feierte die ukrainische Stadt Lviv (Lemberg) Johann Sebastian Bachs 330. Geburtstag im Rahmen des weltweit veranstalteten Events ‘Bach in the Subways’.

Scala: 240.000 Euro jährlich für Alexander Pereira

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala erhält gemäß seinem nun bis 2020 verlängerten Vertrag jährlich ein Gehalt von 240.000 Euro.

The New York Times

How David Geffen’s $100 Million Lincoln Center Gift Came Together

Barbara Walters never expected a role in the renaming of Avery Fisher Hall.

Le Monde

Une famille saisie par l’appel du zarb

Malgré les moustaches épaisses, le sourire se devine. Quant aux lunettes, elles ne cachent rien de la malice joueuse qui brille au fond des yeux.


RSNO ‏@RSNO : What happens when you cross Beethoven & @johnsuchet1? Hear them both this weekend w/ the @RSNO …

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : Our Yr 3s wanted to run special storytelling sessions for early years classes:  #SMTakeover

SM ‏@ISM_music : Don’t worry if you missed out on booking your ticket to #MakeMusicWork! We have an extra 20 tickets available: 

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The new performance simulator at the Royal College of Music.

(Written on March 24, 2015 )

New Statesman

Deal with it, parents: Violin lessons are pointless

Parents who drag their children through music and dance lessons in order to give them skills for life, are wasting their time says Mark Oppenheimer. Such lessons are pointless – but that needn’t be a bad thing 

Times Colonist (Victoria, Canada) 

Female trombonist fought battle against orchestra sexism

Abbie Conant didn’t anticipate that taking a job with the Munich Philharmonic would also mean entering a 13-year legal battle for human rights. But while she expressed discomfort at the term “trailblazer,” she said progress is sometimes just a matter of responding to daily injustices.

Classical Music Online

Opera singers make human piano

A human piano made up of opera singers has taken Quebec by storm at the city’s Festival d’Opéra. Members of the public were encourage to join in and test out the human piano by standing on the keys. Each key on the piano was represented by a different opera singer, each one assigned a specific note.

BBC News

Smith-Magenis Syndrome: Plight of boy who cries to music

The family of a boy who has a condition that makes him cry when he hears music hope raising awareness about him will make people more understanding. Certain music, such as classical or love songs, make Louis, 9, cry because they release emotions in his brain.


The Hilliard Ensemble celebrate 40th anniversary year with reunion concert

Founding and former members of the vocal ensemble join with current line-up to launch 2014 season

Reading Post

Classical Music Alive season aims to make music accessible for all

Reading Arts offers £10 ‘test drive’ tickets for those who have never been to a classical concert before

Classical Music Magazine

New music curriculum for English schools becomes law

Regulations for teaching music are included in the new national curriculum for state primary and secondary schools in England, which was published on 11 September and comes into force in September 2014. The new music curriculum reflects the rigorous, perhaps old-fashioned, approach to academic standards of Michael Gove.

Fono Forum

Kit Armstrong

Mit dem Begriff Genie sollte man vorsichtig umgehen, zu inflationär wird dieser gebraucht. Doch bei Kit Armstrong gerät man in Versuchung, ihn zu verwenden: Mit drei Jahren liest er das „Wall Street Journal“, mit acht debütiert er als Pianist mit Orchester, und mit neun beginnt er sein Mathematikstudium. Nun erscheint seine Solodebüt-CD bei Sony.

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on September 20, 2013 )