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The Met: Live in HD series continues to expand

A further 43 UK cinemas set to broadcast Met operas this season

Gearing up for the International Wimbledon Music Festival

A festival committed to new works and new talent

Classic FM

Bond composers salute trumpet legend Derek Watkins

James Bond composers Thomas Newman and David Arnold have spoken to Classic FM about their admiration and respect for trumpeter Derek Watson, who has appeared on every official Bond movie soundtrack.

Slipped Disc

How to cross the road – in a musical fashion

Cardiff, capital of Wales, is joining an international art project this weekend to show pedestrians how to cross the road.

Beethoven’s ‘lost’ sonata to receive world premiere this weekend

Now where did I put that lovely thing? You can just about see the young Beethoven, 22 years old, rummaging around his room before a recital looking for the piece he’d written the night before and then getting into a terrible rage over a lost penny.

The Washington Post

Mexico goes to the opera, and likes what it hears

In the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, retired American opera professionals hold a competition for aspiring young Mexican opera singers, searching for the best voice that combines the nation’s darkness and light.


Peregrine’s Pianos supports Bloomsbury Festival

London piano dealer Peregrine’s Pianos has supplied five ‘Fantastical Pianos’ which are to be hidden around Bloomsbury for the Bloomsbury Festival, running 20-21 October in London.

Scottish Opera Orchestra forms co-op for hire 

Musicians in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera have set up Scotland’s first music co-operative following the restructuring of the company last year which resulted in all of its players going on to part-time contracts.

John Smith re-elected as Musicians’ Union general secretary

John Smith has been re-elected as general secretary of the Musicians’ Union, to serve a further five-year term. He has also been re-elected as president of the International Federation of Musicians.


The Song of the Ancient Soprano

It is no secret that opera companies have, of late, included youthfulness as one of the criteria in casting operas…


(Written on October 19, 2012 )

This year’s International Wimbledon Music Festival celebrates ‘ A Musical World Fair’, with musicians from across the globe flocking to South West London for a feast of music-making in November.

Festival highlights include a new production of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, combining a performance from Festival regular Mikhail Rudy with puppetry and live projects.

Singers feature prominently in this year’s Festival, which opens with a Purcell Pageant with the Academy Choir and Baroque Orchestra and soloists Susan Bickley, Malin Christensson, Njabolo Madlala and Robin Blaze performing Dido and Aeneas. In addition, Mark Padmore will perform Schubert’s Schwanengesang with pianist Simon Lepper, Cardinall’s Musick perform ‘Music of Spain’s Golden Age’ and Christine Brewer performs with Roger Vignoles.

Celebrating the Festival’s international partners and co-comissioning programme, cellist Zuill Bailey (Artistic Director of the Pro Musica Festival in El Paso, Texas and of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska) performs with Piers Lane (Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music). Together these festivals have commissioned an exciting new work from Benjamin Wallfisch –  Chopin’s Waterloo – inspired by the paintings and sculptures of the French artist Arman, which will premiere on November 24th.

The Festival’s musical offering also boasts a performance from Alina Ibragimova and her father Rinat, performances by the Nash Ensemble, New Zealand String Quartet, the Rosamunde Trio, Cristina Ortiz, and the Kopelman Quartet.

In addition, this year’s festival sees an exciting performance of Jessica Duchen‘s play: A Walk Through The End Of Time performed by Henry Goodman and Penelope Wilton. The play, which explores the ideas behind Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, as well as the circumstances under which it was composed, is followed by a retelling of the extraordinary story of The Woman’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, told by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who survived it.

For full programme information please visit the International Wimbledon Music Festival website and become a fan on Facebook.



(Written on May 25, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Online piano star Valentina Lisitsa gets Royal Albert Hall debut

YouTube star and and virtuoso pianist Valentina Lisitsa signs record deal and will play a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jessica Duchen

A Music World Fair

This year’s International Wimbledon Music Festival is ‘A Music World Fair’ – a tremendously international job, lighting up South West London with performances by the Kopelman String Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, Nicholas Daniel and Sam West, Christine Brewer, Zuill Bailey, Cristina Ortiz, Mark Padmore and many more.

NY Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Submits Plan to Cut Debt

The Philadelphia Orchestra has laid out its plan to erase debts and cut costs in a major step toward exiting bankruptcy court.

The Guardian

King Priam, a pacifist’s opera, can still shed light on the trauma of war

Half a century after its first showing, Michael Tippett’s libretto based on the lliad is a fitting work for today.

Fischer-Dieskau’s 12 best recordings

Martin Kettle’s pick of the great baritone’s recorded output.

LA Times

Glenn Dicterow leaving New York Philharmonic, joining USC faculty

Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for more than 30 years, will be leaving the venerated orchestra and joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

New West Symphony names Marcelo Lehninger as new music director

Marcelo Lehninger, the young Brazilian German maestro who serves as an assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director of the New West Symphony, which is based in Thousand Oaks.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical singles chart greeted with scepticism by industry

The launch of a weekly classical singles chart, the first of which will be released on 28 May, has been greeted enthusiastically by crossover artists but more sceptically by the core classical sector.


Anne-Sophie Mutter receives Distinguished Leadership Award

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been awarded the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award, recognising her as ‘one of the most significant leaders of our society’.

(Written on May 25, 2012 )