Posts Tagged ‘Downton Abbey’
« Back to E-News

In today’s news, the new artistic director at ENO will face some hard decisions and the ICMA held its General Assembly at the Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Also, Downton Abbey has been named as Britain’s favourite classical TV theme and a lost joint composition by Mozart and Salieri has been found

The Guardian

ENO in crisis: who can keep the magic alive?

Last week English National Opera advertised for an artistic director. Applications close on Wednesday. Get your skates on if you have a “broadly ranging knowledge of opera” and can “lead an artistic vision”.

Classic FM

Downton Abbey named nation’s favourite classical TV theme after poll of Classic FM listeners

Just weeks after the final episode of Downton Abbey, the theme, composed by John Lunn, has won the Classic FM TV Top 20 with the Sunday Express

BBC Music Magazine

Music’s Great Romantics

Love, requited or otherwise, was a huge inspiration for many of our greatest Romantic composers. We take a look at some of the best romantic tales of classical music…


Zweites Internationales Musikfest Hamburg steht in den Startlöchern

Die Betreiber der Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle bereiten sich auf das zweite Internationale Musikfest Hamburg vor

Die Zeit

Schön schleierhaft

Musik für unsere effektivitätskranke Gesellschaft: Der umjubelte Nils Frahm und seine Band Nonkeen legen ihre erste CD vor

Codex Flores

Interdisziplinäre Musikwissenschaft in Bochum

Die Folkwang Universität der Künste und die Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) bieten ein neues Studienprogramm an


A Very Fit ICMA Jury Met At The Grand Resort In Bad Ragaz

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) held its General Assembly this weekend during the Next Generation Festival at the Grand Resort in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Le Figaro

Une “précieuse” composition de Mozart et Salieri retrouvée

Deux siècles après la disparition des compositeurs, un morceau composé à quatre mains a été redécouvert

New York Times

Amid Tension, Met and James Levine Mull Last Bow

The question of when and how to say farewell to a leader is one that bedevils all kinds of institutions


ARTE Concert  Die offenbaren ihr Talent – heute u.a. mit und .

Manuel Brug  Interview: Jaap van Zweden und New York

dw_reise  Berliner Philharmoniker in 360 Grad! Video:

Photograph: Classicfm

Photograph: Classicfm

(Written on February 15, 2016 )

The Guardian

Philip Glass, composer – portrait of the artist

Philip Glass talks about the stars he’d like to work with, the price of fame and why an artist has to be true to himself

The Times

Dame Kiri suffers stage fright on set of Downton Abbey

Dame Kiri, who retired from full-scale opera performances in 2009, suffered sleepless nights ahead of her TV acting debut

Classic FM Online

Hans Zimmer to receive Outstanding Contribution award at 2013 Classic BRITs

Film music composer Hans Zimmer has been announced as the winner of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2013 Classic BRIT Awards

Kiri te Kanawa makes Downton cast cry

The cast of ITV’s Downton Abbey were reduced to tears by a performance from Dame Kiri te Kanawa during filming of the programme’s forthcoming fourth season

The Show Must Go On

On Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 8-10pm, Gareth Davies – the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Flautist – tells the story of the LSO’s 1912 tour of the U.S.A. and compares it with the orchestra’s tours to America, Japan and a range of other destinations exactly 100 years later

Russell Watson: “New material is very, very exciting”

As tenor Russell Watson prepares for a summer of concerts and gears up for a new record later in the year, we chat to him about good dry cleaners, avoiding the rain and where his career is at the moment

The Telegraph

Charlotte Church interview: ‘I’ve been a raving feminist all my life

Peroxide hair, an edgy band, and a new-found feminist fervour… Craig McLean finds out if this is really the same Charlotte Church the world once knew as the Voice of an Angel


Classic FM Online

(Written on August 14, 2013 )

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa set for Downton Abbey appearance

The fourth season of Downton Abbey will feature a cameo appearance from Kiwi soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa


Tenebrae to release Alexander Levine’s The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Chamber choir Tenebrae will give the UK premiere of Alexander Levine’s The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom directed by Nigel Short in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, London this Thursday, March 7

The Guardian

New BBC director general Tony Hall: ‘It’s about setting the conditions whereby artists flourish’

Tony Hall started working for the BBC 40 years ago, but left when he failed to get the director general’s job. Now, more than a decade later, he’s got it

The Huffington Post (via

Doing More About Diversity in America’s Orchestras

I have been reflecting on diversity and orchestras lately, prompted by some work we are doing at theLeague of American Orchestras and my recent participation in SphinxCon 2013 in Detroit, which examined diversity, inclusion and equity in the arts

PR Newswire (via

Carnegie Hall Announces Musicians Selected For First National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America 

Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 120 exceptional young musicians from across America who have been specially selected to come together from June 30 through July 23, 2013 to create the first NYO-USA

The Epoch Times (via

Armando Trovajoli Dies: ‘Voice of Rome’ Composer Dies at 95

Armando Trovajoli dies: The Italian film composer for hundreds of films, Armando Trovajoli, described as the “the voice of Rome,” died recently

The Queen awards Regius Professorship for music to Royal Holloway, University of


(Written on March 5, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht:Opera with real altitude

It has musicians in helicopters and in mid-air, seagull noises and a camel. Neil McCormick looks forward to Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht in Birmingham.

Classic FM

Hallé Orchestra teams up with Manchester Airport

The Hallé Orchestra has partnered with Manchester Airports Group for a tour to China aimed at strengthening links to the north west.


Children to compose for Wallace and Gromit

BBC announces new competition giving children the opportunity to write music for the popular TV series

BBC Music Magazine

BBC announces Britten centenary celebrations

The BBC dedicates 2013 to the life and work of Benjamin Britten

Financial Times

Kings Place Festival, Kings Place, London

Puppets, forgotten instruments and user-friendly Bartók featured in the venue’s sampler of this season’s attractions

Daily record, (found on Musical Chairs)

Downton Abbey’s composer John Lunn reveals James Brown is inspiration behind TV drama’s music

SCOTS composer John Lunn has been recognised in the US by the Primetime Emmys for his contribution to the worldwide Downton Abbey phenomenon.

NPR Music, Deceptive Cadence

Trouble In The Twin Cities: Two Orchestras In Labor Disputes

The Minnesota Orchestra may go on strike after management proposed to cut musicians’ salaries by 28 percent.

Limelight Magazine

YouTube spoof sensations The Piano Guys sign to Sony

Sending up Star Wars, The Bourne Identity and Coldplay has landed the goofy duo a record deal




(Written on September 18, 2012 )