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The Telegraph

The truth about falsettos

As he heads to Glyndebourne for a battle of the countertenors, Anthony Roth Costanzo reveals the secrets of singing high.

Classic FM

Kobe Bryant unveils Beethoven-themed Nike trainers

Basketball star Kobe Bryant has revealed his line of new trainers for Nike, entitled ‘Kobe 9 Elite Low “Beethoven”‘.


Pianos in the Parks, a Playful Public Art Project in Seattle, Encourages You to Tickle the Ivories

Artistically decorated pianos are scattered throughout Seattle parks, encouraging passersby to play a quick melody or two.

The Guardian

Olivier Messiaen: beyond time and space

Composed while he was a prisoner of war, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time seems to touch the far edges of human experience, writes pianist Steven Osborne.

Listen to Glyndebourne’s La traviata podcast

Find out all you need to know about Verdi’s masterpiece.

Ein Monat der Musik – Das Musikfest Berlin

Vom 2. bis 22. September findet zum 10. Mal das von den Berliner Festspielen gemeinsam mit der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker veranstaltete Orchesterfestival Musikfest Berlin statt.


Verbier Festival mit guter Bilanz

Das am Sonntag zu Ende gegangene 21. Verbier Festival konnte 33’000 Eintritte verzeichnen. Das ist das viertbeste Resultat seit Bestehen des Klassikfests. Dazu kamen 12’000 Besucher der Gratis-Events plus 600’000 Klicks auf die Internet-Live-Streams von 27 Konzerten.

Die ewige Boygroup

Seit Jahrzehnten behaupten die King’s Singers den Spitzenplatz in der internationalen A-cappella-Liga


BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms @Grosvenorpiano joins @BBCPhilharmonic for Prom 29, followed by an epic Late Night Battle of the Bands in Prom 30.

London Lyric Opera: ‏@LondonLyric Sad loss of a great Australian composer. Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)

Jennifer Johnston: ‏@jjohnstonmezzo  Piano geeks: a rare Schimmel glass grand piano is on display at Forsyth’s in Manchester



Anthony Roth Costanzo performing in 2012

Photo: Hulton Archive



(Written on August 8, 2014 )

The Times

Joseph Calleja is tipped as the heir to Luciano Pavarotti

Plácido Domingo once called Joseph Calleja “the baby tenor” but as Calleja has grown on to the world’s greatest opera stages, another moniker has attached itself: the new Pavarotti?

Classic FM Online

Gramophone Awards 2013 winners announced today

We’ll have information on all 11 recordings crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards as they are announced this morning

From the Back Desk – Gareth Davies, London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO’s principal flautist and host of The Show Must Go On on Classic FM, Gareth Davies, lets us in on some orchestral secrets – and tells us why he’ll always check his trousers before going on stage

Kobe Bryant plays Beethoven in new TV ad

Basketball player Kobe Bryant has appeared in a new TV commercial playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano


BBC Two and Four to present new 18th-century arts season

The series will include programming on Handel’s Messiah and the rise of British anthems

The Telegraph

No one is pulling Nicola Benedetti’s strings

Forthright violin virtuosa Nicola Benedetti, 26, on fame, beauty and the power of a fierce work ethic

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Erhabenes Ende einer Pilgerreise

Bevor sie ab nächstem Jahr die künstlerische Leitung des Beethovenfests in Bonn übernimmt, verbindet Nike Wagner im letzten Weimarer Kunstfest unter ihrer Federführung Schreckensmusikgedenken und Richard-Idyll


The Telegraph

(Written on August 27, 2013 )