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The Independent

Music lessons for children boost ‘executive brain function’ throughout adult life

A new study has suggested that children who receive regular music lessons display increased brain function through the rest of their adult life.

Revisiting the Rite

Five incarnations of Stravinsky’s best-known work.

The Independent

Sir Antonio Pappano: Conducting gave me Tennis elbow’

Covent Garden’s musical director, Sir Antonio Pappano, tells Jessica Duchen about funding crises, new productions, cinema broadcasts, and the pain of wielding the baton.

BBC News

Horace Silver, top US jazz musician, dies

Berliner Zeitung

Irgendwo ganz aus der Ferne

Kurt Masur wird im Rollstuhl zu den Musikern des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters in der Philharmonie gebracht. Er dirigiert im Sitzen, mit sparsamen Bewegungen. Doch es wird ein großer, herzwärmender Mendelssohn-Abend.


Blick über die Buchsbaumkante: Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen

Diskurs statt Idyll in Hannover: das risikofreudige Programm der Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen. 


Beim Debüt der Berliner Philharmoniker bei den Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Redefin am 21. Juni springt Gustavo Dudamel für Sir Simon Rattle ein. Der Chefdirigent des Orchesters freut sich unterdessen darauf, ein weiteres Mal Vater zu werden.

New York Times

Bachfest Celebrates Monteverdi Choir’s 50th Anniversary

The Father’s Day timing of the concert by John Eliot Gardiner and his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists was fitting but coincidental. 

New York Times

‘Klinghoffer’ Composer Responds to Met’s Decision

John Adams said he feared that without international exposure via the Met’s cinema program, “The Death of Klinghoffer” might be greeted by a “Wikipedia opinion.”

Le Monde

Le Met annule la retransmission d’œuvre, par crainte de manifestations antisémites

« The Death of Klinghoffer » de John Adams devait être diffusé dans des cinémas du monde entier.


John Fordham: @jfordham_jazz RIP Horace Silver …, wonderful composer, inspired & funky populist for bebop, Latin jazz & #hardbop pioneer

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Study measured brain activity in regions of brain associated with ability to process information, solve problems and regulate behaviour using fMRI scans

Brain function

Photo: The Independent


(Written on June 19, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Classical music doesn’t improve brain function, study claims

The Mozart effect could be completely non-existent, according to a new neuro-scientific study in America

Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras head to Abu Dhabi

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins ans Spanish tenor José Carreras are to perform together in Abu Dhabi on October 25th

Brighton Philharmonic saved from closure

The Brighton Philharmonic has been saved from closure thanks to a series of late donations before yesterday’s board meeting that was to decide the orchestra’s fate

90-year-old Ethiopian nun is classical composer

The compositions of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù who was in near seclusion for nearly 30 years have been discovered by an Israeli pianist, who describes them as a “strange combination of classical, Ethiopian and blues”

National Children’s Orchestra in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s it like playing in one of the world’s best children’s orchestras? We’ll be talking to former percussionist Benjamin Glassberg and Sarah Derbyshire in our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 21 August


2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award winners announced

Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner receive the biennial award for promising American pianists

Classical Music Magazine

Last-ditch £70,000 fundraising effort hailed as success for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jeder giert nach seinem Gut

Abschluss der vielleicht kürzesten Ring-Inszenierung zu Wagners 200. Geburtstag. Der Schauspieler Stefan Kaminski erklärt Wagners Ring in vier Videos: „.Rheingold“, „Walküre“, „Siegfried“ und „Götterdämmerung“


Classic FM Online

(Written on August 21, 2013 )