12th December: Grammies Scandal, the Music of Sir Patrick Moore and Opera for Children

Wednesday 12th December 2012


The soprano Lisa Della Casa has died

Born February 9, 1919; died December 10, 2012

Classic FM

Philip Pullman novel to become children’s opera

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman is to become a major new opera for children from Opera North, touring the country in 2013.

The Stage

Report: most musicians earn less than £20k

More than half of musicians earn less than £20,000 a year, a report on their pay and working conditions has revealed.

Evening Standard

Musical dares

Quartet takes a typically unfashionable setting — a retirement home for singers and musicians — and adorns it with British film acting royalty. ‘I don’t see why old age should be grim,’ its writer, Ronald Harwood, tells Nick Roddick

Popstar to Operastar singer happy to bring music to new audience

Tenor Rolando Villazón says he has no regrets about judging the ITV show Popstar to Operastar because it brought new audiences to classical music.

The Arts Desk

Sir Patrick Moore, Xylophonist and Composer

The people’s star-man was an avid composer, with three operas and 70 marches and waltzes to his name

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: Scandal at the Grammies – one classical nominee has sold just 11 copies

Some labels carefully select the candidates they submit for a Grammy. Others apparently send in everything they have released.

The Guardian

Ravi Shankar, India’s sitar maestro, dies

Man who took instrument to the world and collaborated with western greats has died aged 92 in San Diego

The Guardian