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In today’s news, star violinist David Garrett receives the Frankfurter Musikpreis, and the critique of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie: accessibility not guaranteed. Finland musicians explore the fusion of classical and metal, and Handel opera gets a period punch. Drake music creates accesible music education guide, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made a $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth.

The New York Times

An Early-Music Ensemble Gives a Handel Opera a Period Punch

After centuries of relative neglect, Handel’s operas have come into their own.

The Guardian

Long before Brian Eno and others realised it was possible, Basil Kirchin was manipulating sounds to create a new and pioneering form of music

The List

Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) – ‘Classical music is bombastic and massive and metal has the same essence’

Finnish quartet celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos.

Classical Music Magazine

Drake Music releases guide to accessible music education

The charity hopes that the guide will act as a simple ‘one stop shop’ for organisations, resources, venues, assistive music technology and instruments for inclusive approaches to music education.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Berliner Morgenpost

Opernstar Netrebko in Wien zur Kammersängerin ernannt

Anna Netrebko (45) ist in Wien mit dem Titel Kammersängerin geehrt worden. Sie sei seit Jahren eng mit der Wiener Staatsoper verbunden, so die Begründung.

Klassik.com

Kritik an Elbphilharmonie: Stolperfallen für Menschen mit Behinderung

An der Barrierefreiheit der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist Kritik laut geworden. Einem Bericht des Schleswig-Holsteinischen Zeitungsverlags zufolge fordern Vertreter des Blinden- und Sehbehindertenvereins (BSVH) Nachbesserungen, da die Elbphilharmonie Menschen mit Behinderung durch einige Stolperfallen gefährde.

Frankfurter Musikpreis geht in diesem Jahr an Geiger David Garrett

Der Geiger David Garrett erhält den diesjährigen Frankfurter Musikpreis. Die im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse verliehene Auszeichnung ist mit 15.000 Euro dotiert und ehrt Künstler, die einen besonderen Beitrag für die internationale Musikszene geleistet haben

Inside Philanthropy

A Foundation Goes All-In On Classical Music Education for Underrepresented Communities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently made an unprecedented $2.5 million multi-year grant to the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY)—a consortium of music education organizations serving students all over Greater Philadelphia

Chicago Tribune

Principal trumpet Martin resigns from Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2005, has resigned from the orchestra, effective on Wednesday of this week, the orchestra has announced.

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Music History  in 1882 Birth of German Kurt .

Classical Music‏  Viewpoints: Eye On History: Exploring Beethoven’s African roots – Buffalo News

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Image: The Guardian

(Written on February 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, amateur orchestras are competing for a spot at the BBC Proms, BIS Records release the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series & BBC creates a virtual orchestra. Also, The North Devon Sinfonia has been chosen to be a part of TV series All Together Now.

Classical Music Magazine

Amateur orchestras competing for Proms spot revealed

The BBC has revealed the five orchestras selected to participate in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The series will follow the ensembles in their quest to be crowned the best UK amateur orchestra and to perform on stage at the BBC Proms in the Park concert in Hyde Park.

Broadwayworld

Bis Records to release final recording of Minnesota Orchestra’s SIBELIUS series, 9/9

The Swedish label BIS Records releases the final recording of the Minnesota Orchestra’s celebrated Sibelius symphonies series. Conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the album features the Finnish composer’s Third, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies.

BBC Music Magazine

Learning the drums with Sarah Walker

Do you have an instrument gathering dust in a cupboard? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to play an instrument but never quite got round to taking it up. Now’s your chance. This summer, the BBC is asking people around the UK to Get Playing and take part in a virtual orchestra. The orchestra, led by conductor Marin Alsop, will perform the Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen at the Last Night of the Proms.

 

North Devon Journal

New BBC series All Together Now to shine spotlight on North Devon’s musical talent

North Devon is preparing to be thrust into the musical spotlight after a group of talented performers was chosen to appear on a new BBC series. The North Devon Sinfonia has been chosen to be a part of All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge – a nation-wide search for the best amateur orchestra in the UK.

The Telegraph

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: 10 top tips for survival

If you don’t like the weather in Edinburgh, so the saying goes, just wait 10 minutes – and that’s no exaggeration. Just because the sun is blazing one moment in the Scottish capital, it doesn’t mean that rainfall of Old Testament ferocity isn’t seconds away, with raindrops hitting the ground with such a whump that they can ricochet half way up the inside of your trouser-leg.

New York Times

How artists change the world

As usual, there were a ton of artists and musicians at the political conventions this year. And that raises some questions. How much should artists get involved in politics? How can artists best promote social change?

Independent

Prom 21: Aurora Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, review: ‘Elegant and joyous in equal measure, this was much more than a gimmick’

The Aurora Orchestra’s symphony-from-memory has become an annual Proms fixture. The first time Nicholas Collon and his players set music-stands aside in 2014 it was a curiosity, the second time still very much an oddity. Only now, third time round, can we stop marvelling at the feat of memory and start listening properly to the music.

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Klassik-Festspiele erinnern an Dirigent Menuhin

Mit einem Konzertwochenende erinnern die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Yehudi Menuhin. Die Konzerte am 5. und 6. August in Ulrichshusen gestalten der Geiger Daniel Hope, Pianist Sebastian Knauer sowie das Zürcher Kammerorchester.

Musik heute

Instrumentenverband schreibt Schulmusikpreis aus

Der Verband der Musikinstrumentenbranche (SOMM) hat am Montag den Europäischen Schulmusikpreis (ESP) ausgeschrieben. Gesucht werden innovative Methoden für den instrumentalen Musikunterricht.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wiederentdecker der Viola da Gamba

Er ist ein unermüdlicher Forscher im Bereich der Alten Musik. Der weltbekannte Dirigent Jordi Savall hat die Viola da Gamba wiederentdeckt – ein fast vergessener Vorläufer des heutigen Cello. Gestern ist der Gambenvirtuose 75 Jahre alt geworden.

Twitter

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK : we’ve launched our Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme in partnership w/ &

Live at Zedel @LiveAtZedel Late night classical music in Soho? Join us for the residency each month during the Autumn season

Classique ONE Paris @OrchestralRadio R/Evolutionary Classical Music Radio – Live From Paris – Listen Now:

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(Written on August 2, 2016 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy on music education and the Paralympics

The first left-hand only pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music tells Lucinda Everett why he’s glad he was a late bloomer in the world of music.

The Guardian

Why is the Arts Council punishing ENO for innovation and imagination?

With a 29% funding cut and a new commitment to produce musical theatre – never ENO’s strength – the future looks bleak for the Coliseum.

Gramophone

Principal Guest positions for Vänskä and Stenz

German Marcus Stenz heads for the US while Osmo Vänskä returns to Reykjavik.

The Japan Times

Composer Sakamoto has cancer, cancels all engagements

Globally acclaimed composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said Thursday that he has throat cancer and is canceling all professional commitments to focus on treatment.

Boston Classical Review

Honeck and Gardner to replace Dohnanyi at Tanglewood

Christoph von Dohnanyi has cancelled his Tanglewood concerts this month with the Boston Symphony Orchestra due to illness in his family.

Die Welt

Friedrichs Kapaunfrikassee mit Klangsauce

O wie herrlich ist’s zur Sommerszeit in Potsdam: Die wie immer hinreißenden Musikfestspiele entführen dort in ein tönendes Mittelmeer-Märchenland, wo die Goldorangen an den Opernbäumen glüh’n.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bariton Christian Gerhaher im Gespräch Die übertriebene Träne ist nicht richtig

Er ist der beste und der vielseitigste Bariton unserer Tage, weltweit gefragt für Lied und Oper. Gerade hat Christian Gerhaher ein neues Album herausgebracht. Ein Gespräch über das Liedersingen und die prinzipielle Unschärfe der Kunst.

Die Zeit

Eine Liebe aus der Grundschulzeit

Die Pianistin Lise de la Salle wird mit Schumann erwachsen.

Klassik Akzente

Kreative Kollaboration: Die Videopremiere von Max Richter und Woodkid

Was passiert, wenn ein französischer und ein britischer musikalischer Tausendsassa alle kreativen Kräfte zusammenwerfen? Es entsteht ein künstlerisches Meisterstück!

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„Ich will ein Sänger auf der Trompete sein“

Gábor Boldoczki, der legitime Nachfolger der Trompetenlegende Maurice André, will mehr als strahlende Töne. Hier spricht er über reine Schönheit.

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Christine Southworth: String Quartets

Merging ensembles with electronics, Christine Southworth is controlling a 21st century overload of data streams.

Twitter

Classical Music Agen: @AClassicalMusic Keith Jarrett is disgraced in Paris http://ift.tt/1sFyk0k  #classicalmusic

ComposersForum: ‏@ComposersForum  Would a #classicalmusic ESPN work in bridging gap between musical institutions & every cable-subscr home in America? http://ow.ly/yIjal 

Shoshana Fanizza: ‏@AudienceDevSpec  It’s gone global! Classical music in clubs http://bit.ly/1mcuICp  #auddev #classicalmusic

MasterclassFoundat’n: ‏@MMFmasterclass   See what composers really thought of each other in this article from @ClassicFM http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/composer-insults … #composers #classicalmusic #insults

 

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Nicholas McCarthy at home in Colchester with his pomeranian Binnie

Photograph: Maria Spann

 

(Written on July 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Children today ‘more musical’ than previous generation, says study

Young people today are more likely to learn a musical instrument than their parents, according to a new YouGov research study commissioned by Philharmonia.

Julian Lloyd Webber to stop playing cello

Legendary cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been forced to stop playing the cello due to a slipped disc in his neck, it has been announced.

Evening Standard

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle hits out at London’s lack of world-class music venues

Britain’s most celebrated conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, has hit out at London’s lack of world-class music venues by claiming they lag behind concert halls in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester.

Classical Music Magazine

Vänskä returns to Minnesota

Conductor Osmo Vänskä has announced he is to return to the Minnesota Orchestra as its musical director just six months after resigning from the post.

Guardian

Mike Leigh on board for The Pirates of Penzance opera

Filmmaker to direct English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan classic at Coliseum next year.

The Washington Post

A happy marriage between Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, 21st Century Consort 

The museum gets a concert series, and the Consort gets a fine hall and subjects to build programs around.

Classicalite

Symphonic Synchrony

Three New Devices That Allow Any Simple Object to Become a Beloved Musical Instrument

Joyce DiDonato Offers Masterclasses for Aspiring Opera Singers 

Calling all opera singers between the ages of 18 and 24: Classicalite’s mezzo of choice, Joyce DiDonato, is available for some serious vocal refinery with her upcoming masterclasses at Carnegie Hall.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

Seattle Philharmonic:@seattlephil A site just launched for us Seattle folk–one that helps you find live classical music events in the area! http://fb.me/3jDKXUZgX

Stephen P Brown:@Stephen_P_Brown Why the next 20 years of classical music will smash the last 20 http://www.stephenpbrown.com/why-the-next-20-years-of-classical-music-will-smash-the-last-20/

EnglishNationalOpera: @E_N_O A major world premiere @BarbicanCentre – Between Worlds, by Tansy Davies, based on events of 9/11 #ENO1415 #ENOWorlds

Richard Pinkstone: ‏@RAPinkstone 1 more day until #ON1415 season announcement! SO EXCITED. @Opera_North

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(Written on April 29, 2014 )

The Guardian

Pet Shop Boys, CBeebies and Military Wives among Proms debuts

Other highlights of this year’s BBC Proms season include the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the return of both Daniel Barenboim and Marin Alsop, announces outgoing director Roger Wright

The Telegraph

Proms 2014: Top ten concerts

As this summer’s BBC Proms programme is announced, Ivan Hewett selects the best concerts

Classic FM

Classical music street art

Sometimes our favourite music pops up in the most unlikely places. Discover the most beautiful classical music-inspired street art.

Classical Music Magazine

Music education campaigning steps up as councils pressured out of supporting music 

A consultation document on local education funding shows that central government expects local government to cease funding music in English schools from 2016.

Limelight Magazine

Dame Kiri’s final bow?

The opera star writes exclusively for Limelight about ending her stage career and the good times ahead.

Die Welt

Johann Sebastian Bach – Fetischist der Vierzehn

König David hat Bach berufen: Bei der Zahlenmystik des größten Barockkomponisten lassen sich Wahrheit und Legende längst nicht mehr unterscheiden. Das lehrt effektvoll eine Ausstellung in Eisenach.

Tagesspiegel

Die Pläne der Philharmoniker: Proben für die neue Zeit

Brahms, Schumann, Sibelius: Die Berliner Philharmoniker stellen ihre Saison 2014/15 vor – und gründen ein eigenes Label.

Washington Post

After longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history, Osmo Vänskä considers his options 

For the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, the Finnish conductor who will lead them in three performances this week, is a welcome returnee, a once-frequent visitor to the Kennedy Center podium coming back for the first time since 2007.

Classical News on Twitter

the listener: ‏@inthetheatre  Ben Heppner, star tenor, announces retirement from singing | @scoopit http://sco.lt/6epEob 

Worcester News: ‏@worcesternews Elgar’s music to feature heavily during BBC Proms 2014: THE BBC’s annual celebration of classical music comes … http://bit.ly/1icN30e 

BBC Music Magazine:@MusicMagazine Six of the best musical settings of Romeo and Juliet to celebrate the Bard’s 450th | HappyBirthdayShakespeare http://www.classical-music.com/article/six-best-musical-settings-shakespeares-romeo-and-juliet …

CM editors:@ClassicalMusic Michael Dervan has some interesting thoughts on Lang Lang – he’d like to see him tackle contemporary music http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/the-low-down-on-lang-lang-and-how-china-will-change-music-1.1770190?page=1 …

Gramophone:@GramophoneMag Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance: from the stage to recording studio  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/gramophone-guest-blog/tracing-the-evolution-of-a-new-ballet …

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 25, 2014 )

The Guardian

BBC promises ‘strongest commitment to the arts in a generation’

New season will see extra £3m spent on productions of Shakespeare and live broadcasts from Glyndebourne and Hay.

BBC Music Magazine

Chetham’s School of Music announces plans for new concert hall

The school has received funding to build a world-class concert hall in Manchester’s city centre.

Classic FM News

Yoshiki plays piano battle with hologram of himself

Japanese rock star and classical crossover artist Yoshiki has surprised audiences at the annual SXSW music conference by playing a piano duet with a hologram version of himself.

Lost London Underground violin sparks social media campaign

A performer lost her violin ‘in a daze’ on the London Underground and is relying on the kindness of strangers for its safe return.

Lang Lang launches new app challenge with €30k prize

Pianist Lang Lang has created a competition to find the best digital application to encourage learning and discovery of classical music, with a prize of €30,000 for the winning entry.

The New York Times

Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Returns … For Now

Osmo Vänska, who resigned as its music director in October, makes a triumphant return to the newly renovated Orchestra Hall. But if any kind of resolution in the matter of artistic leadership is imminent, no one is yet willing to discuss it.

Paris Match

A 70 ans: Gérard Mortier, mort du roi de l’opéra

Le Belge, qui a dirigé certains des plus grands opéras de la planète, a marqué par son audace.

Il Messaggero

Arriva in Italia “La famiglia Addams”, Elio e Geppi Cucciari calcheranno la scena

La famiglia Addams si trasferisce in Italia. Zio Fester e tutti gli altri personaggi creati negli anni Trenta dal genio del disegnatore statunitense Charles Addams, infatti, saranno protagonisti di una commedia musicale che andrà in scena in molti teatri della Penisola a partire dal prossimo ottobre.

Das Orchester

François-Xavier Roth neuer GMD in Köln

François-Xavier Roth wird Generalmusikdirektor in Köln. Der Dirigent tritt sein Amt am 1. September 2015 für fünf Jahre an.

Classical music on Twitter

International Piano: @IP_mag ‘More than half the pianists I heard in three months used printed music’ writes our US correspondent. Is memorisation out of fashion?

Brooklyn Rider: ‏@Brooklyn_Rider We are thrilled to launch our Kickstarter campaign for the Brooklyn Rider Almanac! Check it out and please share! http://bit.ly/BRAlmanac

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: @SCOmusic We launch our 2014/15 Season today! New brochures are available to view on our website http://bit.ly/1jwlPng  tell us what you think!

Noted:@WeAreNoted If you missed out on a ticket tonight, look out for our blog tomorrow morning of a rundown of tonight’s talk 🙂 #notedtalks #socialmedia

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(Written on March 27, 2014 )

Guardian 

Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit

Playlists based on the dance brand’s compilations will be removed from streaming service’s search engine.

Alice Herz-Sommer, 1903–2014: remembered by Ed Vulliamy

The Observer’s Ed Vulliamy recalls his life-affirming meeting with the pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, who died last week aged 110.

Star Tribune

Divided Minnesota Orchestra board faces big leadership decision

A divided board today will weigh CEO Michael Henson’s future and the possible return of ex-music director Osmo Vänskä.

The Telegraph

Musician loses beloved viola in bitter dispute with builders

Kathryn Bassano, an accomplished viola player, has been forced to sell the instrument after using it as security for three separate loans as she struggled to pay escalating court costs following a row with builders over the cost of work at her mansion.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council responds to regional balance debate

Following the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s announcement on 10 January of an inquiry into the regional imbalance of funding in the UK, Arts Council England has published a formal response as well as a report entitled This England: How Arts Council England uses its investment to shape a national cultural ecology.

Die Welt

Die wichtigsten Theaterpremieren im März

Rosenkrieg und Weltkrieg. Einstein am Strand und Dichter an der Front. Philosophen, die Stücke schreiben, und Stücke, die Philosophen beschreiben. Das sind die Top-Themen deutschsprachiger Bühnen.

National Portfolio Organisation via BBC Music Magazine

National Portfolio Organisation via BBC Music Magazine

(Written on March 3, 2014 )

Huffington Post

The Sphinx Organisation: democratising classical music

This week IMG Artists announced a new partnership with the Sphinx Organization, a non-profit working to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

The Telegraph

Radio 3’s job is to enrich Britain’s cultural fabric

The idea that the BBC’s classical music arm chases listeners by copying Classic FM is nonsense, says the station’s controller Roger Wright.

Minneapolis Business Journal

After lockout, ex-Orchestra conductor calls for president’s exit

Osmo Vanska, the famed Minnesota Orchestra conductor who left during the orchestra’s year-long lockout of musicians, hasn’t said whether he’ll return now that the lockout is over. He has, however, said that Orchestra President Michael Henson, who led the organization’s management during the lockout, should step down “For any healing to begin.”

London Jazz News

“The best thing we could do for our listeners was to stay in business.” Interview with Richard Wheatly – Chairman of JazzFM

In an exclusive, wide-ranging, seven-part interview, the chairman of JazzFM, the UK’s predominant specialist Jazz station, Richard Wheatly talked us through where the station is, its strategy and where it is headed.

BBC Music Magazine

Grand piano to make ascent by bicycle

To celebrate the opening of the Hebden Bridge Piano festival a Grand piano will be pulled up some of Yorkshire’s most arduous hills by a bicycle.

The News-Herald

Contemporary Youth Orchestra to use Google Glass to live-stream concert 

Google Glass, a tiny computer attached to a head-mounted device that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands, will be worn by Liza Grossman, music director of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (Ohio) during a Rock the Orchestra concert which will also feature Ben Folds.

 

The News Herald

The News Herald

(Written on February 11, 2014 )

The Guardian

Financial Times to move to single global print edition

The Financial Times is to institute path-breaking changes to the production of its printed newspaper that appear to be the penultimate step towards becoming a digital-only publication

Gramophone

Naxos to launch free Christmas Advent App

25 complete tracks revealed behind numbered doors

PR Newswire

Sir Jonathan Ive And Marc Newson Collaborate With Bono On (RED)TM Auction Celebrating Masterworks Of Design And Innovation

The Apple Senior Vice President has curated a collection of items for auction including a Steinway & Sons Piano

Digital Music News

Deezer Declares: Classical Is Not Dead!

Music streaming services have never really been marketed for classical music lovers, and Deezer is looking to change that

New York Times

Classical Musicians, Too, Make Berlin Their Capital

Berlin has turned into an arts and culture centre, but in particular it has become a hub for classical music says Rebecca Schmid

Classical Music Magazine

James MacMillan launches festival in home town of Cumnock

Composer James MacMillan has launched a brand new music festival for southern Scotland, with the aim of bringing together international artists and local schools and community groups. Violinist Nicola Benedetti has been enlisted as the event’s patron

Classic FM Online

Osmo Vänskä breaks down after final Minnesota Orchestra concert

In a moving farewell speech, the conductor addressed the audience at the end of his final concert with the conflicted orchestra

Die Zeit

Revolution der Künstler

Kartellabsprachen, Dumping-Gagen, Ausbeutung – und nur wer sich fügt, hat Erfolg? Die Sängerin Elisabeth Kulman führt eine Bewegung an, die im Musikbetrieb mehr Gerechtigkeit erkämpfen will

Digital Music News

(Written on October 9, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Classic FM’s Pavarotti Takeover Weekend, 5-6 October 2013

This weekend gone by, it was Pavarotti all the way as Classic FM paid the tenor a special tribute

Inquirer Entertainment

A personal journey with classical music

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s history and achievements

The New York Times

Strife Joins Minnesota Musicians in Concert

MINNEAPOLIS — By the end of a disastrous week, classical music fans in this city sorely needed something positive to hang onto, however fleetingly. And, happily, they got momentary relief over the weekend in three concerts by the players of the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vanska

The Independent

Coming soon in classical: Big things by Britten, Strauss and Verdi

Benjamin Britten dominates programming in the weeks before the centenary of his birth next month. This Saturday, at the Royal Festival Hall, Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in the War Requiem

Cathedrals nervous about Mediaeval Baebes

For many, cathedrals provide a retreat for prayer and contemplation. But that is set to change when Mediaeval Baebes, the all-female “pagan” singing group, notorious for bringing sex appeal to Madrigals, take over England’s most sacred halls of worship

Arts Beat 

Departing Director Conducts Locked-Out Minnesota Orchestra

Appreciation shown for Osmo Vanska as audience shout praise and applaud: “We love you, Osmo”

Classic FM Online

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(Written on October 7, 2013 )