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Breakthrough for blind musicians as Prima Vista signs deal with OUP

Ms Machell, based in Leeds, has her own music publishing and software company, Prima Vista Braille Music Services, which provides music to enable blind musicians to ‘feel the music’.

Jubilee composers miss out on BBC coverage

The event, organised by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, saw nine ‘music herald barges’ sail down the river, with performers on each.

LA Times

Vinny Golia to enable young talent

Vinny Golia is using his residency at the Blue Whale, which celebrates his Nine Winds label’s 35th anniversary, to showcase young musical talent.

Playboy Jazz Festival tries to broaden its appeal

The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will feature classic styles, jazz-rock fusions and genre pushers. Bill Cosby is the emcee.

Sonny Rollins, Esperanze Spalding head S.F. Jazz Festival lineup

Los Angeles-area jazz fans will have ample reasons to trek north on the Golden State Freeway beginning in August with the recently announced lineup of the 30th San Francisco Jazz Festival.

The Guardian

Opera North tackles Wagner’s Ring Cycle – minus the financial drama

Concert hall staging with giant video and ‘nicely blown in tubas’ keeps ticket prices down to draw Wagner virgins.


Obituary: Judith Nelson, early music soprano

The American soprano Judith Nelson, who has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was one of the most prominent voices in the early music world.

New York Times

The White Light Festival Turns to Dark-Hued Mahler

White Light, Lincoln Center’s fall festival dedicated to humanity’s spiritual side, will present Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London next season.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition announced

The first prize at the annual competition founded by tenor Plácido Domingo,Operalia, has been awarded to 29-year-old American soprano Janai Brugger.

(Written on June 13, 2012 )

The Telegraph

David Munrow: Tragic genius who brought early music to the masses

The short but brilliant life of David Munrow blazed a trial for his passion.

Become part of the virtual Philharmonic Orchestra

An interactive digital installation allows visitors to step inside and become part of a virtual orchestra, taking on the role of a musician or even the conductor.

The Guardian

Leslie Baruch Brent on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘He inspired my love for lieder, especially those of Schubert’

Like thousands of others, my lifelong love for lieder, especially those of Franz Schubert, was inspired by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the 1950s.

Andrew M Rosemarine on Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: ‘The war helped him understand the transience of life’

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was uncertain of his legacy. But he recognised the change in himself from his earliest years and the difficulties he had surmounted in adolescence during the Hitler years.

John Birch obituary

John Birch, who has died aged 82 after suffering a stroke, was interested in – but by no means limited to – every aspect of the organ and its world.

NY Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Submits Reorganization Plan

More than a year after resorting to bankruptcy court, the Philadelphia Orchestra laid out its plan to erase debt and cut costs on Wednesday.

Arts Journal – Slipped disc

Silly, superficial, true to life: a Baroque lion’s take on the Met’s Enchanted Island

The purist Baroque pioneer Joel Cohen has been watching the Met’s potpourri on a television relay. Expecting irritation, he found a certain truth.

Classical Music Magazine

The Listening Machine launches as part of The Space

The Britten Sinfonia has teamed up with composer and cellist Peter Gregson and technologist Daniel Jones to create The Listening Machine.


Winners of NCEM 2012 Composers Award announced

Composition to be performed by Tallis Scholars and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Cycling with the Olympianist

Joining Anthony Hewitt on (one of a bit) Land’s End to John O’Groats concert tour.

Wigmore Hall expands commissioning programme 

Up to 15 new chamber commissions per season from 2013.



(Written on May 24, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Jonathan Harvey: Spirits Soar In The Hands Of A Master.

For truly spiritual music, you need to turn to Jonathan Harvey, says Ivan Hewett.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Debussy’s Bustin’ Out All Over

Jessica Duchen celebrates 150 years since the composer’s birth.

The Guardian

Tom Service: Gustav Leonhardt: Precision, Coolness, Brilliance – And Alfa Romeos.

Gustav Leonhardt was the most austere of the fathers of the Early Music movement. But there’s more to his personality, and playing, than intellectual rigour – even if he did wear the sharpest suits of any harpsichordist, ever…

Behind The Music: What If The Culture Industry Shut Down For A Day?

Wikipedia went black in protest against anti-piracy legislation. But which would you miss more: an encyclopaedia or music?

Robin Gibb To Honour Titanic Victims In First ‘Classical’ Composition.

Titanic Requiem – which will be composed by Bee Gees singer and son – will be played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.



(Written on January 20, 2012 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Schubert To The Max.

Maxim Rysanov’s Schubert project.

New York Times 

Julliard School Announces $20 Million Gift For Early Music.

The Juilliard School is announcing a $20 million gift to endow its graduate-level program in historical performance.

The Telegraph

Wigmore Hall And America’s Staggering Cultural Diversity.

Stephen Hough talks string quartets.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Another Barenboim Rises In Beijing. 

Rudolph Tang of Klassikom, reports the emergence of a third orchestra in Beijing.

What It Will Cost To Save Bayreuth From Demolition.

‘Unless something happens soon, the building will fall down,’ said Wolfgang Wagner.


(Written on January 17, 2012 )

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Early Music Giant Calls It Quits.

Gustav Leonhardt has told the Paris journal Le Nouvel Observateur that he has given the last concert of his life.

BBC Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder Becomes Principal Artist With The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment.

Conductor to join Sir Simon Rattle and others in the prestigious role.

The Times

Girls Aloud In The Cathedral Choir Stalls.

Alexandra Coghlan on the appointment of Caroline Trevor to the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir and the role of women in church choirs.

(Written on December 14, 2011 )