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In today’s news, Tagesspiegel reports on the scandal at Cologne’s Opera House, Semperoper may suffer due to Pegida manifestations and ENO Chorus votes in favour of industrial action. Also, Ennio Morricone wins Oscar for best film score

The Strad

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra names Hee Young Lim principal cellist

The 28-year-old has won prizes at multiple competitions

The Guardian

Is opera the most misogynistic art form?

They stab themselves, throw themselves on funeral pyres, go mad and die. From Aida to Lulu, opera is extravagantly cruel to its female characters. Isn’t it time the divas were free to sing to their own tune?

Classical Music Magazine

ENO Chorus votes in favour of industrial action

The ENO Chorus has responded to the Equity ballot on industrial action with a unanimous vote in favour

broadwayworld.com

The Prince Of Wales to Act as Patron of The Menuhin Competition London 2016

The Menuhin Competition London 2016 is delighted to announce that The Prince Of Wales has agreed to be the Patron of the world’s leading Competition for young violinists

Der Tagesspiegel

Odyssee einer Oper

Auch Köln bekommt sein Musiktheater nicht saniert. Ein Besuch auf der Baustelle – und bei der Neuinszenierung von Braunfels’ Oper „Jeanne d’Arc“

Die Welt

Der Schatten von Pegida fällt auf die Semperoper

Stammgäste bleiben weg, Sänger fühlen sich unsicher, Proben müssen früher beendet werden. Wie geht die Dresdner Semperoper damit um, wöchentlich als Hintergrundfassade für Fremdenhass aufzuscheinen?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Talentschmiede für Streicher

Mit dem Puchheimer Jugendkammerorchester haben Peter Michielsen und seine Frau Simone Burger-Michielsen ein Orchester aufgebaut, dessen Qualität und Bedeutung für die Talentförderung weit über die Grenzen des Landkreises hinaus bekannt und mehrfach ausgezeichnet ist

Economic Times

Oscar 2016: Ennio Morricone wins the best film score for ‘The Hateful Eight’

The Latest on the 88th annual Academy Awards being presented Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local): 8:20 p.m.

France Musique

Les musiciens et les avions: ras-le-bol de la galère!

“Les musiciens ont le droit à un traitement décent d’où qu’ils viennent, lorsqu’ils voyagent en avion avec leur instrument, ” s’insurge la Fédération Internationale des Musiciens (FIM).

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Pizzicato Magazine Berliner Philharmoniker verlieren Intendanten via

neue musikzeitung  Die Freiheit der Kunst ist in höchster Gefahr: Der Musikbereich muss auch politisch Farbe…

Photograph: Arge SBK/Rakoczky/Tagesspiegel

Photograph: Arge SBK/Rakoczky/Tagesspiegel

 

(Written on February 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a report reveals that UK music consumption increased by 4% in 2015, the Menuhin Competition shortlist is dominated by females and the BBC Proms Inspire scheme is expanded for 2016. Also, a streaming surge leads to the first rise in music sales in more than a decade and arts subjects are squeezed out of school curriculums

Classical Music Magazine

UK music consumption up 4% in 2015

A report published by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) reveals that UK music consumption rose by approximately 4% in 2015

Classic FM

‘I don’t think people should have their phones out and be able to eat and drink at concerts’ says violinist Nicola Benedetti

We asked the brilliant violinist what three things she’d like to change in the classical music world. Here’s what she told us…

The Strad

Menuhin Competition 2016 names 44 shortlisted violinists in a list dominated by females

This year’s contest, celebrating the centenary of its famous namesake, takes place in London during April

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms Inspire scheme expanded for 2016

The BBC Proms Inspire scheme for young composers is offering a number of new features, and will now hold events throughout the year

The Times

Musicians in warning over arts at school

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the actor and director Samuel West are among 70 leading figures from the arts accusing the government of squeezing creative subjects out of the secondary school curriculum

The Telegraph

Streaming surge leads to first rise in music sales in more than a decade

Retail value of music sales grew by 3.5 per cent in 2015, as estimated revenue from streaming services such as Spotify rose by 50 per cent in a year

FAZ

Gesang ist das Herz der Musik

Alfred Brendel feiert an diesem Dienstag seinen 85.Geburtstag. In London sprechen wir mit ihm über die Vorteile der Schwerhörigkeit, seine junge Liebe zum Streichquartett, über Gesang, Werktreue, Streaming und über das Komische in der Musik

Berliner Zeitung

Ein ganz besonderer Berliner

Der preußische Kapellmeister Gustav Sabac el Cher war beliebt und bekannt im Berlin der Jahrhundertwende. Der Superstar seiner Zeit war der letzte einer Reihe von afrikanischen Musikern der Preußenkönige

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ verweigern Hilfe bei Renovierung der Beethovenhalle

Die ‘Bürger für Beethoven’, mit 1.500 Mitgliedern größter ehrenamtlicher Verein in Bonn, wollen sich nicht an der Spendenaktion für die vom Stadtrat beschlossene Sanierung der Beethovenhalle beteiligen

New York Daily News

Violinist sues New York businessman over profits from sale of antique instrument

A 17th century violin that was played around the world by soloist Eugenia Choi is now being strummed in court as the instrument of a dirty deal

The New Yorker

Listening to “Star Wars”

The score of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is almost certain to secure John Williams his fiftieth Oscar nomination

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Music Mark@musicmarkuk Streaming and vinyl kept the music industry buoyant in 2015 http://tinyurl.com/jd3roxf

Interlude@interludeHK  no longer his anniversary year-but we’re still listening to Sibelius-more on his work here 

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(Written on January 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Xian Zhang makes conducting history as the first woman to have titled role at a BBC orchestra, BBC Radio 3 will bring back a slot aimed at youth audience, and an innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute

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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) has announced the appointment of its first female Principle Guest Conductor

Xian Zhang is the first woman ever to be awarded a titled role with a BBC orchestra, a position that will make her one of the most visible and influential women in the UK’s classical music industry

New York Times

Google Cultural Institute Puts Us All Onstage

An innovative assemblage of performing arts groups went online on Tuesday morning at the Google Cultural Institute, a free website that made its name in recent years by digitizing and displaying the collections of more than 800 art museums and historical archives

Telegraph

Radio 3 to bring back children’s show next year

Controller confirms return of slot aimed at youth audience, forty years after Pied Piper came to an end

Classical Source

Estonia Announces Ground-breaking Association With French Web-Based Music Learning Platform, Meludia – Baltic Nation To Offer Music Literacy To Its Entire Population From December

Estonia has signed a unique and ground-breaking partnership with the French web-based music learning platform for pre-solfege and ear training, Meludia

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata enhances board with three new appointments

UK-based ensemble Manchester Camerata continues its impressive growth strategy for 2015-16 with the appointment of three new board members to its team

Gramophone

Top 10 unfairly neglected operas

Operas that are lost or forgotten often suffer a protracted wait before re-emergence. David Patrick Stearns selects 10 notable examples

FAZ

Philharmoniker vergoogeln sich

Museen aus der ganzen Welt arbeiten bereits mit dem Suchmaschinenbetreiber aus dem Silicon Valley zusammen. Jetzt stellt Google ein „Performing Arts“-Programm mit rund sechzig Kooperationen vor. In Berlin

Klassik.com

Heiner Goebbels mit Franco Quadri Preis ausgezeichnet

Der deutsche Komponist und Theatermacher Heiner Goebbels ist mit dem Franco Quadri Preis der Ubu/Franco Quadri-Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet worden

Pizzicato 

Geschasster Dorny bekommt Recht vor Gericht

Das Land Sachsen hat dem designierten Intendanten der Semperoper Dresden, Serge Dorny, zu Unrecht gekündigt. Das beschloss die 1. Zivilkammer des Dresdner Landgerichts

El Mundo 

La música y la bilis negra

Instrumental, del pianista James Rhodes, es un muy valioso testimonio sobre los límites entre la genialidad y la enfermedad mental

Classicalite

Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary: ‘Somewhere Project’ Explores ‘West Side Story’

For Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary, the Weill Music Institute is paying homage to this giant among musicals with a venture called the Somewhere Project

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BBC Music MagazineOn the second day of advent…

Sinfini Music: Carol singing for (or fun) this year? Print out your free carol lyrics here!

BBC Radio 3Tom Service made this thrilling short video about Beethoven.

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A still from an immersive video of Benjamin Millepied’s dance piece “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward.” Credit Google Cultural Institute/Palais Garnier/NY Times

(Written on December 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a 17 year-old female conductor breaks down barriers in Afghanistan, and Harpist Catrin Finch describes how a Welsh settlement in Patagonia survives through music. Also, the UK music sector shows rapid growth, and Shoichi Yabuta has been announced as the winner of the Geneva Competition 2015 composition prize

International Arts Manager

UK music sector shows rapid growth

The UK’s music industry is making itself heard, as a new report shows its importance to the country’s economy

BBC Music Magazine

Female conductor breaks down barriers in Afghanistan

A 17 year-old conductor makes history in Kabul

Classical Music Magazine

Shoichi Yabuta wins Geneva composition prize

Shoichi Yabuta (Japan) has been announced as the winner of the Geneva Competition 2015 composition prize

Independent

Georg Friedrich Haas on ‘Morgen und Abend’: ‘I don’t do melodies’

‘Expect soundscapes, not harmonies’, says the composer of his Covent Garden premiere

The Guardian

Catrin Finch’s Patagonia diary: ‘Wales survives here through music’

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is midway through an ambitious tour of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, including a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Harpist Catrin Finch kept a diary of the first week of the residency

Spiegel

Bewunderter Pianist aus New Orleans: Allen Toussaint ist tot

Er fuhr einen goldenen Rolls-Royce, Kennzeichen “Piano”: Als Musiker spielte er mit Paul McCartney, seine Lieder coverten die Rolling Stones, er prägte den New Orleans Soul. Nun ist Allen Toussaint auf Tournee gestorben – er wurde 77 Jahre alt

nmz 

Komponist Georg Friedrich Haas: Liebevoller Umgang mit dem Tod

Emotionen wachrütteln, Schmerz hören, das sind die Anliegen von Georg Friedrich Haas. Seine Themen kreisen um Leben und Tod. Haas sprach in einem dpa-Interview über seine Zusammenarbeit mit dem norwegischen Star-Autor Jon Fosse

Klassik.com

John Neumeier mit Kyoto-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Choreograph und Ballett-Intendant John Neumeier hat den diesjährigen Kyoto-Preis in der Sparte Kunst und Philosophie erhalten

Scherzo 

El Museo Lázaro Galdiano abre su temporada musical

El concierto del 16 de noviembre abre la temporada musical en el Museo Lázaro Galdiano a cargo del pianista Enrique Lapaz

El Mundo 

Streaming: el futuro de la música ya se puede escuchar

Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Deezer, Tidal… ¿Qué ofrece cada plataforma? ¿Por qué gastarse el dinero en una? Una guía para no perderse en la ‘Nube’ sonora

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Breaking CLE News A Jam-Packed Week of Classical Music Events You Shouldn’t Miss: There’s lots to highlight this week, and a number…

Classical 101The Many Moods of Classical Music in Bond Films

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(Written on November 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, soprano Marlis Petersen says goodbye to Lulu, Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum & pianist Seong-Jin Cho is the newest classical music icon in Korea. Also, Stephen Kovacevich reveals how he ‘attuned to the dark side of life’

The Guardian

Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum

The guitarist’s restored 1960s flat will open to visitors next spring in a building adjoining the 18th-century composer’s former home

Telegraph

Stephen Kovacevich: ‘I’ve attuned to the dark side of life’

It may seem a surprising remark from this apparently otherworldly man, but it’s all of a piece with his labours every day at the piano

The Strad

Joshua Bell on performing and directing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time

The star soloist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields music director will perform and direct the work with the ensemble in London in November

New York Times

Classical Music This Week: The Met and the Mets, Female Conductors and Schiff’s Pedal

With the World Series starting tonight, the Metropolitan Opera got in on the action: Mr. Met, the team’s mascot, led members of the company’s orchestra and chorus in “Meet the Mets” this morning

The Nation

Pianist Cho, Korea’s newest classical music icon

SEOUL – Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the Chopin piano competition, is a new classical music icon in Korea, setting recording history even before the release of his first solo album

nmz

Psychoaktive Klangsubstanzen

Offenbar sind wir in der Lage, im Gemenge der auf uns einströmenden Schallwellen winzige Details wiederzuerkennen, unser Gehör im Nu „scharf“ auf sie einzustellen und so einen musikalischen Komplex zu isolieren, der „eigentlich“ doch gar nicht hörbar sein dürfte. Wie gelingt uns das?

Klassik.com

Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie für Peter Weck

Der österreichische Autor, Produzent frühere Intendant der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, Peter Weck, ist mit dem Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie ausgezeichnet worden. Weck wurde damit für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Musical-Bereich gewürdigt

Pizzicato

Roberto Minczuk gibt künstlerische Leitung des Brasilianischen Symphonieorchesters ab

Der umstrittene Dirigent Roberto Minczuk hat nach monatelangen Querelen den Posten des Künstlerischen Leiters beim Brasilianischen Symphonieorchester aufgegeben, bleibt aber Chefdirigent

The New York Times

Soprano Marlis Petersen Is Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Quitting while ahead is never easy, but walking away while on top is truly rare. So it was startling to hear Marlis Petersen, the German soprano who reigns in the daunting title role of Berg’s “Lulu”

South China Morning Post

Bassist prejudice: Hong Kong’s MTR eases ban on cellos, larger musical instruments still not allowed

Trial scheme allows for registered instruments to be carried aboard, but larger guzheng and double bass will remain banned from trains

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Sinfini MusicShould bobbing your head in time be allowed at classical concerts? What about clapping between movements? Coughing?

BBC Music MagazineVery sad to hear of the death of organ builder Peter Collins. An incredible craftsman and a wonderful man.

Classic FM9 problems only music teachers will understand:

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Hendrix rented the attic flat at 23 Brook Street, in the centre, long after Handel lived next door. The two buildings have since been knocked together. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/The Guardian

(Written on October 28, 2015 )

Farinelli is perhaps the most well known castrato singer and the new West- End production of Farinelli and the King brings his story back to life for the stage.

Between the 17th and early 20th centuries, many castrati became famous. Indeed, they were the darlings of the opera house; they played prestigious male and female lead roles, and classical composers wrote music specifically for castrati voices.

It is believed the practice was started around 1500, and the number of castrati declined during the 19th century.

Women were banned from the Vatican choir and much church music was written for high voices, therefore castrati were often employed. The unique voice of a castrato combined the pure sound of a boy soprano with the lung capacity of an adult male.

Castrati occupied a middle-ground between male and female, biologically they were male but psychologically and socially they weren’t considered to be men. They were forbidden from marrying, becoming priests or holding political posts.

Alessandro Moreschi was the Church’s last castrato singer, he died in 1922.

Here Alessandro Moreschi sings “Preghiera” by Francesco Paolo Tosti, recorded in the Sistine Chapel in 1902.

(Written on October 19, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Spectator argues that female composers have been left off the syllabus because they’re no good, and the Evening Standard lists classical music’s most influential Londoners in 2015. Also, The Strad reports on how harmonics can be used as a violin teaching tool

The Spectator

The reason why there are no female composers on the syllabus is because they’re no good

Nothing by Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth or Judith Weir matches up to the work of their male counterparts

The Guardian

Marriage of Figaro – have you lost the plot?

Do you too struggle to follow every twist and turn of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro? Help us get things clear, for once and for all

The Strad

Using harmonics as a violin teaching and practice tool

Although harmonics are most often used for musical effect, in the search for a perfectly pure sound they can be a wonderful aid to learning and practice, argues Laura Reed

Evening Standard

The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2015 – Classical Music

Classical music’s most influential Londoners and what they have done for the Arts

Manchester Evening News

Hacienda classics turned classical as DJs perform dance hits with Manchester Camerata

Former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering came up with the idea to play a non-stop set of 20 songs with the local chamber orchestra to give the club’s anthems a new life

New York Times

The Met Considers Naming Rights, and Other Ways Forward

A bigger glass lobby stretching into Lincoln Center’s plaza. Operas on Sunday. And perhaps, following the lead of its neighboring theaters recently renamed for David Geffen and David H. Koch, slapping another wealthy donor’s name on the storied Metropolitan Opera House.

Listen Magazine

The Mensch

Itzhak Perlman discusses teaching, Mendelssohn, color, chamber music, warhorses, interpretation, solo Bach, and his hair.

Neue Musikzeitung

Gergijew gibt Einstand in München – Aufbruch in eine neue Ära?

Mit dem Einstandkonzert des russischen Stardirigenten Waleri Gergijew beginnt für die Münchner Philharmoniker an diesem Donnerstag eine neue Zeitrechnung.

Klassik-heute.com

ARD-Musikwettbewerb geht mit dem 3. Preisträgerkonzert zu Ende

Die 64. Ausgabe des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD ist erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen und hat in allen vier Kategorien ausgezeichnete Ergebnisse hervorgebracht.

Klassik.com

Neues Kulturzentrum in Lugano eröffnet

Theater- und Konzertsaal bieten Raum für musikalisches Angebot unterschiedlicher Sparten. Entworfen hat das Gebäude der Tessiner Architekt Ivan Gianola.

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Classic FM: The 8 noisiest things in classical music:

ISM: Classical concert etiquette: the new rules from :

GramophoneYou voted in your thousands. At 8pm tonight we will announce the Artist of the Year.

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Music Director of English National Opera: Mark Wigglesworth Daniel Hambury/ Evening Standard

 

 

(Written on September 17, 2015 )

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday (8th March), WildKat PR are turning the spotlight onto influential and inspiring female figures in classical music, past and present.

Today’s focus is on Dame Ethel Smyth, a female composer of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, who was also an extremely active suffragette. Such was her devotion to women’s rights that she gave up her music for two years to fight for the cause.

As common to many women of middle class origins at the time, music and music theory lessons were undertaken only as part of a ‘ladylike’ education and not a serious career option. Yet, for Ethel, these inspired her to relocate to the Leipzig Conservatoire when she was 19 where she studied composition, much to her Father’s disapproval who preferred for her to marry.

Ethel Smyth Picture

Bassano. Dame Ethel Mary Smyth Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

In Leipzig she studied under Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg and it was around this time that her work was introduced to Brahms. He commented, with what she realised afterwards was not a compliment but actually ‘scathing irony,’ ‘So, this is the young lady who writes sonatas and doesn’t know counterpoint.

Despite Brahms’ comments, Smyth’s works were received with critical acclaim, particularly her String Quintet in E Major. Highly respected critic, Wilhelm Altmann, wrote ‘this quintet clearly showcases the composer’s tremendous talent.’ Her Symphonic Serenade in D, secured her recognition with both public and press.

Her introduction to Emmeline Pankhurst in 1910 sparked her passionate involvement in the Suffragette movement. Indeed, she was sentenced to two months in jail for breaking an anti-suffrage politician’s window with a brick! The movement also influenced her music: she wrote The March of the Women which became an anthem for suffrage and was sung by the women on marches.

So, what can we learn from Ethel today? Clearly, her uncompromising commitment to women’s rights is something which is still very important (although we do not condone her violent methods). Whilst there are many wonderfully talented female musicians, there is still a distinct lack of women composers and conductors and Ethel’s determination to buck the trend in 20th Century England is something our industry should celebrate and encourage.

Check back here tomorrow for the next in our series on Marin Alsop!

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A Suffragette protest in London. Photograph: PA

Sources: WomenComposers.org

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The Telegraph

(Written on March 4, 2015 )

Limelight Magazine

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins 2014 Nemmers prize

Finnish composer and conductor awarded the 2014 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Cincinnati

American Classical Music Hall of Fame inducts five

Legendary American pianist Andre Watts, who has appeared multiple times with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of this year’s inductees in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

Israel National News

‘Violin Scam’ to Come to Trial

An Israeli conductor and his violinist wife were indicted on Monday by the Haifa Magistrates Court for fraudulently representing themselves as investment managers who dealt in valuable antique violins.

Voice of Russia UK

Women conductors passing on the baton in new Musin-model course

Conducting orchestras is largely a male preserve, with few women taking up the baton. But now Britain’s female conductors are working to change that, by launching a course designed to encourage more women to get onto that podium.

The Telegraph

Robotic arm gives amputee drummer ‘superhuman’ skills

A drummer who lost his arm after being electrocuted can continue to pursue his dream, thanks to a robotic arm

The Moscow Times

Turetsky Choir Mixes Opera Vocals and Pop Styles

The Turetsky Choir will celebrate its 14th birthday this year, yet the singers in the group have known each other for  20 years, since they first turned their trained operatic voices to the creation of pop music

Der Tagesspiegel

Premiere “Rein Gold” an der Staatsoper

Kalauernde Kapitalismusklatsche: Nicolas Stemann richtet Elfriede Jelineks Bühnenessay über Wagners „Ring“ für die Berliner Staatsoper zu.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 11, 2014 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )