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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.


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!


„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.


Christine Southworth: String Quartets

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


Classical Music Agen: @AClassicalMusic Keith Jarrett is disgraced in Paris  #classicalmusic

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Nicholas McCarthy at home in Colchester with his pomeranian Binnie

Photograph: Maria Spann


(Written on July 11, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Protest disrupts Met’s Eugene Onegin first night

The Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on 23 September was disrupted briefly by a lone protester urging the house and its cast to take a public stand against Russia’s repression of homosexuals

Los Angeles Times

Renée Fleming sings Top 10 on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Renée Fleming lent her lush soprano voice to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday night, singing a humorous rendition of the show’s Top 10 list

Classic FM Online

Inflatable concert hall to open in Japan

A bright purple inflatable concert hall resembling giant plum is touring areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima, Japan

British Paraorchestra win Prime Minister’s Big Society Award

A year on from playing with Coldplay at the Paralympics 2012, the British Paraorchestra is to be honoured with a Big Society Award

Star Tribune

New Minnesota Orchestra offer includes $20K signing bonuses

Musicians are “offended” board went public with proposal that includes $20,000 one-time bonus

Limelight Magazine

Hilliards to hang up vocal cords after 40th anniversary tour

The Hilliard Ensemble are to launch their 40th anniversary season with a special reunion concert at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival on December 11 – four decades to the day since their debut concert in 1973

Arts beat

Gerard Mortier Named Artistic Adviser of Teatro Real Opera House in Madrid

The Teatro Real said Wednesday that it had created a new advisory post for Gerard Mortier, two weeks after abruptly ousting him as artistic director of the opera house here

Pacific Standard

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments

The Telegraph

New York Opera set to enter bankruptcy within a week

New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

Manchester’s classical music tradition and culture is full of names just as stellar and characters just as large and significant as the likes of Oasis, The Smiths and New Order, writes Stuart Maconie

BBC Music Magazine

John Williams’s Star Wars theme named nation’s favourite film score

Classic film score beats competition from Morricone, Bernstein and Herrmann



(Written on September 27, 2013 )

The New York Times

Spotlight on Safety for Shows Outdoors

Jim Digby, the tour manager for Linkin Park, knows better than most how dangerous a rock ’n’ roll show can be, after a piece of equipment he was operating came off a faulty overhead track, plummeted toward the floor and killed a young woman standing just a few feet from him. During the past year he has organized a campaign to improve safety at outdoor events.


Britten’s Peter Grimes to be performed on Aldeburgh beach

Special Aldeburgh Festival production celebrates composer’s 100th birthday in 2013.

Classic FM

Hazlewood’s British Paraorchestra appear in Paralympics ceremony

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony featured a performance from Charles Hazlewood’s British Paraorchestra, who played alongside Coldplay.

NPR Music: Deceptive cadence

Atlanta Symphony Locked Out

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are at an impasse, pushing the musicians to go on strike. The symphony is facing a $20M budget deficit, and it’s seeking millions in concessions from the musicians. Both sides say they want to reach an agreement, but they’ve left the bargaining table putting the orchestra’s 68th season in jeopardy.

Classical Music

Concern over budget cuts as music education hubs launch

Regional music education hubs, the new infrastructure for music education in England prescribed by the government’s National Plan for Music Education, have come into operation.

Limelight magazine

Classical music for September 11: a tribute to the victims

Five American composers respond to the tragedy of 9/11 in different ways.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC announces Britten centenary celebrations

The BBC dedicates 2013 to the life and work of Benjamin Britten.

The New York Times

(Written on September 11, 2012 )


Former concert pianist battles to keep home in Tube station car park

Anne Naysmith was the protégé of some of the most revered figures in classical music, including Sir Adrian Boult and Harold Craxton.

The Desert Island where Bach beats the Beatles

Tonight’s Desert Island Discs Prom will speak volumes about our musical tastes, says Ivan Hewett .


Anne Turner obituary

Violinist and music teacher who enjoyed several years playing with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester

Coldplay join the paraorchestra of disabled musicians for closing ceremony

Classical maestro Charles Hazlewood’s ‘paraorchestra’ is set to take centre stage at the Paralympics

Classic FM

Neuroscientist turns brain waves into music

Columbia-based neuroscientist and musician David Sulzer has turned brain waves into a musical composition

Benedetti beats Bieber, storms pop charts

‘The Silver Violin’, Nicola Bedetti’s new album, has made it to no. 36 in the UK official album charts, coming ahead of pop artists like Justin Bieber.

Classical music organisations shortlisted in Lever Prize 2013

The North West Business Leadership Team today announced their shortlist of arts organisations nominated for the Lever Prize, a £10,000 cash award.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disk

Seal saves concert for sick conductor – yet again

Michael Seal stepped in tonight at Redefin to conduct the second tour concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra after Andris Nelsons was rushed to hospital upon collapsing in rehearsal at the Rheingau Festival.

New York Times

Hal David, Songwriter, Is Dead at 91

Hal David, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning lyricist who in the 1960s and ’70s gave pop music vernacular the questions “What’s It All About?,” “What’s New, Pussycat?,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?,” died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 91 and lived in Los Angeles.


(Written on September 3, 2012 )


Paralympics Opening Ceremony playlist

The LSO, Britten, and new commissions at the Paralympics opening ceremony.

Classic FM

David Garrett, Lang Lang, and Lady Gaga?

The classical music stars reveal their penchant for pop after attending Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball concert in Vienna.

Piano tuning changes brain structure

You don’t need tuning forks or perfect pitch to tune a piano – in fact, listening to minute differences between notes can improve your brain structure, according to a new study

Kent Nagano appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

He adds his name to a host of master-conductors, including composers Sibelius and Nielsen, as well as Herbert von Karajan, Neeme Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Top conservatory leader drops out without a whimper

We have just been informed that the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester replaced its director last month.

NPR Music

Barenboim’s Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

Conductor, pianist and peace advocate Daniel Barenboim first recorded all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in 1967. Barenboim, a brash and fantastically smart 24-year-old, was paired with an elder statesman, conductor Otto Klemperer. There was real magic in that collaboration, yielding recordings that still set a benchmark.

Playbill Arts

The London Symphony Orchestra Returns

Fresh from its starring role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the London Symphony Orchestra returns to Lincoln Center next month for its annual New York residency

Lang Lang and Garrett at a Lady Gaga concert – Classic FM


(Written on August 30, 2012 )