Hay Festival 2012: Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘ideal state’
Conductor Simon Rattle gives advise to amateurs and defines his “ideal state”.
Royal College of Music Chamber Choir: ‘Grit and determination kept us singing’
Sodden but unbowed, the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir encapsulated Sunday’s jubilant spirit.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow: in perfect harmony for Queen and country
Andrew Lloyd Webber, doyen of musical theatre, reveals how he joined pop star Gary Barlow and TV choirmaster Gareth Malone to honour ‘an extraordinary monarch’.
Valley and Soka performing arts centers set for second season
Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge and Soka Performing Arts Center at Soka University in Aliso Viejo have ambitions for sophomore year.
Leif Ove Andsnes warms up for Ojai Music Festival
The pianist, music director for the 66th edition, will perform with Marc-Andre Hamelin.
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Clandeboye’s former young musicians to return to celebrate tenth festival
Booking has opened for the tenth Clandeboye Festival, taking place 13 – 18 August at the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava’s Clandeboye estate near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Camerate Ireland launches Derry-Londonderry as UK City of Culture 2013
Camerata Ireland and its artistic director Barry Douglas launched the musical programme for Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture with a concert on 30 May in one of the city’s historic churches, Christ Church.
A guide to Oliver Knussen’s music
Oliver Knussen’s music packs as much incident and expression into mere minutes than some composers manage in a lifetime.
Mystery of the maestros: what are conductors for?
How do conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle and Valery Gregiev work?
Alfred Deller: a voice from the past
On the centenary of the great countertenor’s birth his grandson recalls how he came to know and love his music.
Tel Aviv Wagner concert cancelled after wave of protest
University cancels booking, saying performance of works by Hitler’s favourite composer would offend Holocaust survivors.
Moved by the tragedy behind Berlioz’s Troy story
David McVicar talks about the huge challenge of staging Les Troyens.
Opening ceremony orchestra is silenced
Musicians in the London Symphony Orchestra will have to mime their performance in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics because a live performance is deemed too risky.
Linn Records teams with Universal Music to distribute Studio Master downloads
Back catalogue masterpieces and current titles made available in high-quality digital format.
Australian string quartet acquire rare set of Guadagnini instruments
Matching instruments worth millions on permanent loan to the ensemble.
Making a noise, in its quiet way
As Scottish Opera turns 50, what does the future hold for the company?
(Written on June 6, 2012 )