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The Guardian

Philip Glass, composer – portrait of the artist

Philip Glass talks about the stars he’d like to work with, the price of fame and why an artist has to be true to himself

The Times

Dame Kiri suffers stage fright on set of Downton Abbey

Dame Kiri, who retired from full-scale opera performances in 2009, suffered sleepless nights ahead of her TV acting debut

Classic FM Online

Hans Zimmer to receive Outstanding Contribution award at 2013 Classic BRITs

Film music composer Hans Zimmer has been announced as the winner of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2013 Classic BRIT Awards

Kiri te Kanawa makes Downton cast cry

The cast of ITV’s Downton Abbey were reduced to tears by a performance from Dame Kiri te Kanawa during filming of the programme’s forthcoming fourth season

The Show Must Go On

On Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 8-10pm, Gareth Davies – the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Flautist – tells the story of the LSO’s 1912 tour of the U.S.A. and compares it with the orchestra’s tours to America, Japan and a range of other destinations exactly 100 years later

Russell Watson: “New material is very, very exciting”

As tenor Russell Watson prepares for a summer of concerts and gears up for a new record later in the year, we chat to him about good dry cleaners, avoiding the rain and where his career is at the moment

The Telegraph

Charlotte Church interview: ‘I’ve been a raving feminist all my life

Peroxide hair, an edgy band, and a new-found feminist fervour… Craig McLean finds out if this is really the same Charlotte Church the world once knew as the Voice of an Angel


Classic FM Online

(Written on August 14, 2013 )

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Hope to headline Bristol Proms

A new series of concerts, The Bristol Proms, have been unveiled, and will feature performers including Nicola Benedetti and Daniel Hope.

Around the World In 18 Tunes – the performance

All the performance pictures from the Armonico Consort’s ‘Around The World In 18 Tunes’ concert, featuring 1,200 school children from all over the country, and Russell Watson performing ‘You Raise Me Up’.

The Guardian

Letters and secret files reveal the tormented life of Lina Prokofiev

New book on Soviet composer’s family will show how his wife was abandoned, tortured by Stalin’s police and sent to the gulag

The Telegraph

Clemency Burton-Hill: why Justin Bieber is like Mozart

Some say he represents the very worst of manufactured teenage pop music. Others say his scraps with paparazzi photographers and late arrivals to concerts are brattish.

The Independent

Heads Up: Sunken Garden

It’s a bouquet of 3D film, opera, and electronic music

BBC News

Vienna Philharmonic’s Nazi past detailed

Almost half the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic during World War II were members of the Nazi party, new research has revealed.

Washington Times

Polish police arrest man in philharmonic killing

A Polish official says a suspect has been arrested in the killing of a young female harpist and a security guard in the building of a philharmonic in western Poland.

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Classic FM (Richard Johnson)


(Written on March 11, 2013 )

Classic FM

Eric Whitacre and Danielle de Niese to host Gramophone Awards 2012

The votes are in, the classical artists and record companies are ready to go – and two of the world’s most in-demand performers are gearing up for the glamourous award ceremony.

More acts announced for Classic BRIT Awards

The Classic BRIT Awards will feature performances from Gary Barlow, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Russell Watson and more, it has been announced.

Glenn Gould’s classical music gesture app

The great pianist once had the idea that music would be created using gestures – and now a new app has made his dream a reality.

Trademark causes choc crisis for Mozart Balls

Sweet manufacturers in Austria will now be allowed to freely use the Mozart name to market their products after a ban on using the name has been lifted.

LA Times

Philip Glass, Cai Guo-Qiang named Praemium Imperiale laureates

Composer Philip Glass and artist Cai Guo-Qiang are among the recently announced laureates of the 2012 Praemium Imperiale awards, organized by the Japan Art Assn. The annual awards are considered one of the most prestigious cultural honors in the world.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

A fistful of dollars: how the Charles Ives House was sold

We have received the inside working of the transaction from one of the activists who worked, with great dedication and in close cooperation with the local authorities, to save the house for posterity.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music and Ballet Blog

Breaking news: Music is left out of education reform again

Legacy? What legacy? The runaway success of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival looked set to prove to everyone that the UK’s arts scene is second to none. But that’s meaningless without the follow-up of lasting care and attention at grass-roots level – ie, in education.

Classical-music, BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s The Magic Flute at ENO

Nicholas Hytner’s production stands the test of time

NPR, Deceptive Cadence

Trifonov’s Triumph: Tchaikovsky, Twice Over

At just 21 years old, Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, the most recent winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, is zooming into the classical music stratosphere — and with his new album he’s out to prove he’s here to stay.

Classic FM






(Written on September 19, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Russell Watson to sing at White House

British tenor Russell Watson will perform at Barack Obama’s White House for Independence Day celebrations.

We can’t all be Mozart – but we can still play

From Caracas to Sterling, the evidence that music can transform lives is utterly overwhelming.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council’s £30.5 million match funding for endowment schemes

The Hallé’s new orchestra centre, Opera North’s ongoing Ring cycle, the Philharmonia’s digital programme, and international work to be based at The Sage, Gateshead, are among projects to benefit from Arts Council England’s ‘Catalyst’ funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New Gareth Malone TV series

Choirmaster and television presenter Gareth Malone will return to television later this year with a new six-part series featuring choirs in the workplace.

The Times

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna: the Liz Taylor and Richard Burton of opera

For anything is possible when it comes to opera’s golden couple. Their romance off-stage has mirrored the operas they headline around the world.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Cello authority dies

Gerhard Mantel, author of ‘Cello Technique – Principles and Forms of Movement’ and professor at the Frankfurt Hochschule, has died aged 82.


King’s College Cambridge and King’s Singers Foundation launch ‘A Carol for Christmas’

The UK summer is now in full swing – complete with its traditional rain and tepid temperatures – but the King’s Singers Foundation is asking British composers to cast their thoughts forward to the Christmas season.


Big Noise orchestra’s classical music proves instrumental in social change

El Sistema and Gustavo Dudamel’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra turn musicianship into citizenship in in Stirling’s Raploch estate.

Wagner’s Dream: watch clips from the new documentary

Susan Froemke’s documentary follows Robert Lepage’s five-year journey as he stages Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

La Cenerentola – a musical guide 

The prince is in disguise, there’s no fairy godmother and not even a glass slipper, but Rossini’s take on the Cinderella story offers sparkles, star turns and a great storm scene.


(Written on June 21, 2012 )