11th December: Swiss Guard Band, Landfill Harmonic Heartbreak and Demonstrations Over Youth Orchestra

Tuesday 11th December 2012


The pianist and author Charles Rosen has died

Born May 5, 1927; died December 9, 2012

Classic FM

Handel’s Messiah inspires amazing Christmas light show

As the season of Messiah performances gets underway, a particularly unique version caught our eye.

The Telegraph

Swiss Guard band: On the front line of pope music

The Swiss Guard band, who usually play only for the Pontiff, are releasing a Christmas CD. Joanna Moorhead tunes in.

The Guardian

Why we’re watching… Rachel Zeffira

The 29-year-old musician who plays all the instruments on her debut solo album and produced it herself

The Independent

The only way is opera! Essex gets a cultural boost

The arts are flourishing in Thurrock, despite the town being voted the most miserable in Britain this year

Slipped Disc

More heartbreak at the Landfill Harmonic

Favio Chavez, director of the orchestra of recycled instruments on a Paraguayan landfill, and his luthier Nicolas Gomez have just posted a photo of their latest visit to the landfill site in Catuera, where little children aspire through music to rise from a life of danger and misery.

China’s first 100-CD classical box – a Karajan in the making?

The China Philharmonic Orchestra released a 100 CDs box-set at the press conference on Dec 7th in Beijing under the label DR Classics.

Just in: Mayor slashes youth orchestra to pay for rock concert

There’s going to be a demonstration in Buenos Aires tomorrow against a decision by the mayor, Mauricio Macri, to fatten up the budget of the Teatro Colon for rock legend Roger Waters while hacking chunks out of the Buenos Aires Youth Orchestras Program.

The Telegraph