19th June: Arvo Pärt, Diego Matheuz and Sir Andrew Davis

Tuesday 19th June 2012

The Telegraph

Beecham’s noise is always a sheer pleasure to hear

For sheer pleasure, the great English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham often strikes Charles Spencer as unbeatable.

The Guardian

A guide to Arvo Pärt’s music

The deeply spiritual composer who found his own musical language with a love of every note at its heart.

London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform live at the Royal Academy

The first symphonic concert to take place in the Royal Academy of Arts’ courtyard will be live-streamed at the Guardian.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

BBC decides to keep all its orchestras and performing groups

The nervously-awaited BBC review of its orchestras and performing groups landed today and the outcome is much better than some feared.

Some eye-popping statistics from the BBC orchestras report

Try this for size: the average annual spend of a BBC orchestra is £6.1 million, compared to £9.7 million for independent orchestras funded by the Arts Council.

A Venezuelan is rising Down Under

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has just announced Diego Matheuz as its principal guest conductor, starting alongside the new music director, Andrew Davis.

Classical Music Magazine

Musicians named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been announced, with opera director David McVicar awarded a knighthood and CBEs going to composer Michael Berkeley and Harry Christophers.

LA Times

Bill Cosby bids a fond farewell to hosting Playboy Jazz Festival

Bill Cosby wraps up his final Playboy Jazz Festival as emcee, saying it’s time for someone with ‘a newer voice’. Attendees say they’ll miss him.


Sir Andrew Davis appointed Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chief conductor

Sir Andrew takes up the position for four years, starting in January 2013.