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The Guardian

Living Symphonies: when an ecosystem becomes an orchestra

24 speakers have been installed in Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent to create a natural symphony.

The Guardian

Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?

The BBC have cut Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 from the televised performance by the National Youth Orchestra. While they suggest that it will be performed in a special programme, concerns are mounting over the BBC’s fear of televising new music.

The Telegraph

Laura Wright: ‘I want to show that strength can be sexy’

Soprano, rugby player and official RFU anthem singer, Laura Wright tells the telegraph all about her perfect weekend and her wish to inspire young female athletes.

The Independent

Salomé’s feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

The independent’s article explores Salome as both an opera and Wilde’s story ahead of the BBC Prom tomorrow and the conversation between Pacino and Stephen Fry at the BFI Southbank, which will be screened nationwide.

The New York Times

The Dissatisfied: To Leave or Not to Leave?

Spectators Walk Out of a Show for Many Reasons

The New York Times

France’s New Music Temple

Philharmonie de Paris Prepares to Open Amid Controversy

Die Welt

Der Meister ist tot. Wer wird der neue Meister?

Im schweizerischen Luzern merkt man, wie schwer es ist, einen Nachfolger für das von Claudio Abbado gegründete Festivalorchester zu finden. Auch bei der Musikakademie steht die Nachfolgersuche an.

Bayreuther Festspiele in der Krise?

Ein Tief über dem Grünen Hügel

Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München startet

Deutschland sucht den Klassik-Superstar

La Croix

Les 25 ans du festival Sinfonia en Périgord 

Le festival célèbre dignement son quart de siècle avec une programmation centrée sur la voix.


Southbank Centre: @Southbankcentre 70 couples are getting married @southbankcentre this weekend!  #BigWeddingWeekend

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Placido Domingo and @TheSixteen’s Harry Christophers take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Brilliant!  #ClassicFMnews

London Bach Society: @bachlive Congrats @MahanEsfahani @BBCRadio3 @BBCInTune on his @GramophoneMag award. He plays JSB’s Well-Tempered Clavier Bk1 at LBS Bachfest 3/4/ Nov

Benjamin Britten: @BrittenOfficial Today at 3pm, Lucy Walker plays and discusses Britten’s solo piano music in his beautiful Library. The Red House itself is open 2-5pm today.


The grass is singing … Living Symphonies Image from Guardian

The grass is singing … Living Symphonies
Image from Guardian

(Written on August 29, 2014 )

Tonight sees the start of ‘Sacrifices’ at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, directed by Andrew Staples. Vignette Productions and La Nuova Musica collaborate to present ‘two achingly beautiful oratorios’ in a new setting.

Speaking on BBC3’s In Tune, David Bates, conductor of La Nuova Musica, lent the “cool aspect” of this modern production to Staples’ directing, due to the “layers” and “visual aspect” of the Spitalfields performance. Suzy Klein of In Tune noted that this performance will bring the works of Charpentier and Carissimi “into our own time”.

‘Sacrifices’ is performed in the Shoreditch Town Hall on the 14th and 15th June from 8pm – 10pm. Tickets are available here.

Listen to the full BBC3 In Tune interview and performances by La Nuova Musica here.

(Written on June 14, 2012 )

Virtuoso Baroque Violinist Johannes Pramsohler will be appearing on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune this afternoon along with his ensemble the International Baroque Players.

Johannes will be joined by IBP Director, Aliye Cornish, to talk about the groups upcoming events and recently released debut CD ‘Pisendel – Violin Concertos from Dresden’.  The CD, which features previously unrecorded works by Handel, Fasch, Heinchen and Pisendel, has received rave reviews in the UK and mainland Europe.

The group will be performing tomorrow as part of the London Handel Festival at Grosvenor Chapel, 19.00 in a concert themed The Madness of Love’ featuring Soprano Mercedes Arcuri.

Tune in from 16.30 to listen live or catch up on BBC iplayer


(Written on April 11, 2012 )