How did a so-so violinist from Lincoln end up one of the world’s greatest conductors? And will he ever slow down? As Neville Marriner hits 90, he talks to Stuart Jeffries about setting up the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra, never saying no – and the teacher who had him beaten for over-gesticulating.
English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House were honoured last night at the 2014 Olivier Awards, held at London’s Covent Garden.
Royal Opera House
The A-Z of Richard Strauss: J is for Ben Jonson
One of the Jacobean playwright’s works inspired Strauss’s sole collaboration with Stefan Zweig.
The Arts Desk
The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush
We associate the Georgian era with elegance and good taste. But this gaudy, bloody period was a world away from Austen’s drawing room romances.
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(Written on April 15, 2014 )
WildKat PR is delighted to announce that we are going to be working with soprano Caroline MacPhie. Caroline studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music and in October 2014 she will be releasing her debut recital disc on Stone Records. The release will be a collection of songs written by, or about, inspirational women.
Caroline is a committed recitalist, and regularly performs with pianist Joseph Middleton, who joins her on this disc. Together they have recorded works by Poulenc, Wolf, Strauss as well as a few new commissions.
She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2011 and has performed with Southbank Sinfonia, Philharmonia, the Hallé and many more. On the operatic stage she has performed with Opera Project, Opéra National de Lyon, Silent Opera, Scottish Opera, and Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre.
You can keep up to date with Caroline’s performances and CD news over on Twitter.
(Written on March 25, 2014 )
Scientists have come up with a way to reveal the pecking order within a string quartet
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A 300-year-old Stradivarius violin on loan to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was stolen during an armed robbery after a performance by Almond at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Tuesday.
The New York Times
Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94.
Classic FM Online
An Austrian television presenter has surprised the media in the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl American Football match by dressing up as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classic FM’s John Suchet has officially opened the Classic FM Lecture Room at the London headquarters of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins
Classical music made an unlikely appearance on this year’s Grammy Award red carpet, in the form of a stunning gown worn by Katy Perry
A string quartet, soprano and violinist take top prizes
(Written on January 29, 2014 )
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year
The 90th anniversary of the legendary soprano’s birth is marked in the latest Google doodle
Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored
A homeless man who says he cannot read music and has had no formal musical training has stunned staff and customers at a Vancouver second hand store with his virtuoso piano playing
What do you get when you put a crowd of creative Londoners in a garage with DIY speaker kits and Converse All Stars sneakers? Musical instruments made from Chucks
The Wall Street Journal
New York Philharmonic’s Concerts Cater to Toddler Set
There’s nothing wrong with trying to make classical music more accessible to younger audiences
The Globe and Mail
On Monday, the Canadian Opera Company will announce that that opera – simply titled Hadrian– with a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor will have its world premiere as the opening production of the COC’s 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre
Maria Callas brachte es vom griechischen Einwandererkind in New York zum Megastar der Klassik. Nur in der Liebe hatte sie kein Glück: Der Reeder Onassis betrog sie, Filmemacher Pasolini war schwul
(Written on December 2, 2013 )
WildKat PR is pleased to welcome three new clients to the WildKat PR roster: National Geographic London Store’s new cultural calendar, lyric soprano Melinda Hughes, and Qanas Productions’ Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.
National Geographic London Store have launched their cultural calendar comprising of concerts, talks and photographic exhibitions to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society, and turning the adventure store into a cultural hub in Central London. Events include a performance by flautist Katherine Bryan launching her new album, artist Alexa Meade and Born Free Foundation CEO Will Travers.
Melinda Hughes is an operatic soprano whose roles have included Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and many more. In 2013, Melinda will be performing her new satirical show, ‘French Kiss’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Qatar 2013 Year of Culture celebrates creativity, diversity and mutual cultural understanding through an exciting and varied musical programme. The cultural collaboration can be experienced at a concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on May 27th and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 14th. Performers will include Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal National Scottish Orchestras with soloists Chloë Hanslip, Guy Johnston and Amira Fouad performing music by British and Qatari composers.
(Written on May 20, 2013 )
Amsterdam’s world-class orchestra and concert hall celebrate their 125th anniversary this week. Tom Service explains why the hall’s famously perfect acoustics create unexpected challenges for its players.
Nominations for the classical music industry’s most respected annual gongs, the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, have been announced
The novelist David Mitchell speaks to Sameer Rahim about writing the libretto for a spectacular occult-mystery-film-opera, Sunken Garden.
The talented 23-year-old soprano shares the highlights of her career so far with John Brunning, and talks passionately about Baroque vocal music.
Branscombe Festival will run from July 26-28, 2013.
Classical Music Magazine
The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.
In 1749 an English engineer called John Grundy visited Charles Jennens’ house, Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire. In his travel diary he describes the interior, with the particularly grand music room complete with stucco ceiling and carved marble fireplace…
(Written on April 12, 2013 )
“Exclusion in the classical music world stretches far beyond race” Andrew Mellor explores the existing tensions in the world of classical music.
Arts Journal- Slipped Disc
Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium reaches number one in the charts after its feature in E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey.
Musician Shaun Boswell tries to remedy the lack of good music on London’s underground.
Composer and viola player Lev Zhurbin gives a 21st spin to folk music that Stravinsky used.
The Guardian – Music Blog
Tom Service picks his Opera Highlights from the programme of this year’s Proms.
A former Steel worker and Olympic medalist Albert White inspires a community opera in Scunthorpe which featured as part of the London 2012 festival.
Four new youth orchestras launch across England as a part of the In Harmony Programme inspired by Venezuela’s famous El Sistema.
A new version of Vivaldi’s Opera Orlando Furioso has been discovered in manuscript form almost 300 years after his death.
Newly discovered Higgs boson particle has inspired quite a different piece by Domenico Vicinanza.
Recent study by two doctors in Detroit suggests that Soprano’s live longer than altos.
(Written on July 16, 2012 )
Mark Elder, Tamsin Little, Sarah Connolly and more pick the Proms 2012 they are most looking forward to.
Eliza Doolittle will screech in Cockney and sing posh as the quintessential London musical “My Fair Lady” makes its BBC Proms debut on Saturday in a lavish production that owes a debt to Hollywood.
BBC Music Magazine
The BBC Proms kick off tonight at the Royal Albert Hall with a world premiere performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Canon Fever.
Happy returns for Glassmost took place recently with a performance in Times Square. His 1997 opera “Monsters of Grace” was reworked into a piece for soloist and an eight-part chorus commissioned by NPR.
Arts Journal – Slipped Disc
A 22 year-old tenor Beomjin Kim took first prize and soprano Sang-Ah Yoon came third in the 31st Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.
It was only a matter of time before a label locked on to Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the first Canadian conductor to achieve international renown.
Son of Yan Pascal Tortelier to work closely with BSO’s Kirill Karabits .
(Written on July 13, 2012 )
Garsington has proved a hit when beamed to the sands of Skegness.
Delians claims his music evokes the soul of the forgotten English landscape, but I don’t hear that.
Opera aims shy hight with 150 performers and 4 helicopters.
Stag beetles and bats are among the hazards of outdoor performances, says Michael Volpe, head of Opera Holland Park. And don’t get him started on the weather…
All composers are dreamers. But very few have dared to dream sonic images of such magnetic power as those that Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has conjured in her music for ensembles, orchestra, opera houses, electronics and soloists.
Production with 250-strong cast and crew made up of local people shines spotlight on working-class family life.
BBC Music Magazine
The soprano who appeared with every major opera company in the US dies aged 86.
In his latest movie “To Rome With Love,” Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter’s fiancé.
Arts Journal – Slipped Disc
Pierre Boulez has been forced to withdraw from the BBC Proms as a result of continuing difficulties with his eyesight. He is in doubt for the Lucerne Festival.
‘You need t be brave to join this opera’, says Daniel Barenboim. ‘Our mission is vital’.
With the Proms starting on Friday, here are highlights from Berlioz, Beethoven, Boulez, not to mention Wallace & Gromit.
Sarah Connolly, 49, is an English mezzo-soprano, widely viewed as one of the world’s finest.
(Written on July 10, 2012 )
Violinist Tamsin Little tells Ivan Hewett why she loves the music of Delius.
If you were ever in doubt that opera could be hilarious then Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicchi will convince you.
Evelyn Lear, an American soprano who became a star in Europe in the 1950s and later won acclaim in the United States for singing some of the most difficult roles in contemporary opera, died on Sunday.
Arts Journal – Slipped Disc
If you missed a rare interview with Vangelis in the sports pages of the Observer, you’ll want to catch up on the Greek composer’s thoughts on economic crisis and its relation to creative impotence.
More people these days are making their feelings known about where sport and the arts get their necessary lucre. And it’s not a moment too soon. But where do we go from here?
Presenting Erich Korngold’s Die tote Stadt has compelled Australia’s national opera company to think outside the box – literally.
(Written on July 5, 2012 )