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The Independent

English National Opera’s beards smell “like wet dog”

…and The Barber of Seville requires 28 of them

The Guardian

The Rest Is Noise festival: the third instalment – Paris

The Southbank Centre’s head of classical music introduces the third part of the Rest Is Noise season – with the action switching to Paris and the worlds of Josephine Baker and Stravinsky

Helen Boaden offered BBC audio and music job

Bob Shennan had been favourite to take the post, but director of news is being lined up for role under new DG Lord Hall

The Guardian Music Blog

Guardian launches Tracks of the Week music service with Rough Trade stores

Want six new music tracks handpicked by the folk at Rough Trade and the Guardian landing in your inbox each week? Better still, for the service’s first month, everything is free if you sign up now

Classical Music Magazine

Michael Brewer found guilty of sexual abuse of former pupil who committed suicide during trial

Mike Brewer, former director of music at Chetham’s School of Music and a founder of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, has today been convicted of sexual abuse at Manchester Crown Court.


London celebrates Richard Wagner’s bicentenary with ‘Wagner 200’

2013 festival, running from May to December, features many of the city’s leading cultural institutions

Classic FM

Thomas Newman’s Skyfall wins BAFTA for Original Music

Composer Thomas Newman has been awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Original Music, beating competition from John Williams, Dario Marianelli and others.

NPR Deceptive Cadence

Remembering Pioneering American Conductor, Poet And Anime Inspiration James DePreist

Pioneering American conductor, National Medal of Arts winner and poet James DePreist died early this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 76 years old.

Limelight Magazine

Julie Andrews to tour Australia

The legendary performer will appear on stage with an old pal from the Sound of Music.

Music Week

Could Amazon sell secondhand digital music?

A patent for re-selling digital content has been granted to online retailer Amazon.

British artists claim one in seven US artist album sales in 2012

British artists secured 13.7% of US artist album sales last year, helped on by the success of acts such as One Direction, Adele and Mumford & Sons.

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The Independent


(Written on February 11, 2013 )


The Met: Live in HD series continues to expand

A further 43 UK cinemas set to broadcast Met operas this season

Gearing up for the International Wimbledon Music Festival

A festival committed to new works and new talent

Classic FM

Bond composers salute trumpet legend Derek Watkins

James Bond composers Thomas Newman and David Arnold have spoken to Classic FM about their admiration and respect for trumpeter Derek Watson, who has appeared on every official Bond movie soundtrack.

Slipped Disc

How to cross the road – in a musical fashion

Cardiff, capital of Wales, is joining an international art project this weekend to show pedestrians how to cross the road.

Beethoven’s ‘lost’ sonata to receive world premiere this weekend

Now where did I put that lovely thing? You can just about see the young Beethoven, 22 years old, rummaging around his room before a recital looking for the piece he’d written the night before and then getting into a terrible rage over a lost penny.

The Washington Post

Mexico goes to the opera, and likes what it hears

In the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, retired American opera professionals hold a competition for aspiring young Mexican opera singers, searching for the best voice that combines the nation’s darkness and light.


Peregrine’s Pianos supports Bloomsbury Festival

London piano dealer Peregrine’s Pianos has supplied five ‘Fantastical Pianos’ which are to be hidden around Bloomsbury for the Bloomsbury Festival, running 20-21 October in London.

Scottish Opera Orchestra forms co-op for hire 

Musicians in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera have set up Scotland’s first music co-operative following the restructuring of the company last year which resulted in all of its players going on to part-time contracts.

John Smith re-elected as Musicians’ Union general secretary

John Smith has been re-elected as general secretary of the Musicians’ Union, to serve a further five-year term. He has also been re-elected as president of the International Federation of Musicians.


The Song of the Ancient Soprano

It is no secret that opera companies have, of late, included youthfulness as one of the criteria in casting operas…


(Written on October 19, 2012 )

Classic FM

A James Bond Celebration: The Music of 007

Celebrating the release of Skyfall, we’re offering you a chance to hear Bond composers Thomas Newman and David Arnold in conversation with Tommy Pearson in front of a live studio audience – watch our exclusive video!

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea loves Rachel Podger

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has tweeted about his love of the baroque violinist Rachel Podger, alongside Iggy Pop.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Excellent Violin Adventure

After 17 years molding the Los Angeles Philharmonic into one of the smartest and most adventurous U.S. orchestras, music director Esa-Pekka Salonen called it quits in 2009.

Slipped Disc

World exclusive: Woman to be named music director of Arab orchestra

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is about to appoint a music director. Well-informed sources have whispered the name to Slipped Disc.

Just in: Hot tenor renews his album deal. (No, it’s not Kaufmann)

Rolando Villazon has re-signed with Deutsche Grammophon.

The Wagnerian

BBC to broadcast ROH Ring Cycle live

Should you not have managed to get tickets, you can catch the entire cycle for free on Radio 3 over 8 days.

Denver Post

Classical music calms dogs in CSU research

Mozart and Chopin do a lot more to soothe the nerves of shelter dogs than Anthrax and Iron Maiden.

The Journal

Opera singer Janice Cairns is singing her heart out for good causes

A stalwart of the annual North East Last Night of the Proms concert, Janice Cairns is a force for good on three continents…

The Wagnerian

(Written on October 17, 2012 )

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrates Bond music with Hollywood composers

The music of James Bond will be celebrated by Classic FM in a two-hour special broadcast featuring interviews with Bond composers David Arnold and Thomas Newman.

New Zealand MP to become opera singer

Dr Lockwood Smith, MP and Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand, is to perform alongside the New Zealand Pops Orchestra later this month.

The Evening Standard

ENO’s Don Giovanni condom advert hits low note

English National Opera is under fire after using a provocative double entendre to promote its new production of Don Giovanni.

The Arts Desk

War and Peace: Russian National Orchestra, LPO, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

Hybrid orchestra of Russian and British players pulls Shostakovich’s sprawling Leningrad Symphony together

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

The MacArthur ‘Genius’ Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing 

Among the 23 recipients of the MacArthur “genius” grants this past week: an economist, a mathematician, a photographer, a neuroscientist, and a Boston-based stringed instrument bow maker.

The Independent 

Sexism with strings attached

With women in the classical world ignored or treated as objects, Jessica Duchen says it’s time for a new prize solely for them

Leona Lewis, the chart-topping pop star who wants to give it all up to sing opera

Simon Cowell’s biggest ‘X Factor’ success tells Adam Sherwin that despite 20 million record sales she’s still not satisfied

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

(Written on October 8, 2012 )