19th December: Audience Led Composition, Rieu’s Top Tour and Conflict at La Scala

Wednesday 19th December 2012


‘Loving Miss Hatto’: Victoria Wood on her new film

The film’s author discusses classical music’s great fraud

Classic FM

André Rieu tour beats Lopez, Bieber sales figures

André Rieu’s European tour has been named as the second most popular tour in the world this week, beating artists like Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber.

Wynne Evans’ Guide to Opera

From 3pm-5pm on 29 & 30 December, Welsh tenor Wynne Evans will present two special programmes dedicated to the world of opera.

The Guardian

La Scala cancels opening night as performers walk out

Milan opera house’s ballet dancers and chorus members take action in ‘surreal’ row over bonus demands

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland ends year mired in uncertainty

As the Year of Creative Scotland rumbles towards its end, the problems that have dogged the Scottish arts funding body for several months persist, as several recent developments have shown.

New York Times

Improvisation, With Prompting to Set the Mood

On a recent rainy afternoon, I was sitting at an old-fashioned desk in a bare concrete loft in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, listening intently to the members of So Percussion, joined by Grey McMurray on electric guitar, rehearse a composition called “Toothbrush.”

Slipped Disc

15 minutes into Nutcracker, the conductor fell ill. Who stepped in?

Fifteen minutes into a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the conductor was too unwell to continue.

Just in: Shakeout at top German agency

Konzertdirektion Schmid is losing v-p Burkhard Glashoff, who looks after orchestral touring. Cornelia Schmid will add those responsibilities to her already groaning pile of emails.

The Telegraph

A seasonal hit can really lay a musician low

Howard Blake has written an oratorio and numerous concertos,but you don’t hear them on Radio 3

New York Times