20th December: Stradivarius Secrets, Cellist wins Miss Universe and Sports Teams Aid Orchestras

Thursday 20th December 2012

Classic FM

Scientists reveal secret behind Stradivarius quality

New research has shown that the quality of Stradivarius and Guadagnini violins is actually due to their imperfections, restorations and moderations over the years.

Massenet’s Werther back in Scotland after 25 years

The classic French opera is to be staged in Scotland for the first time since 1986 in a new production by Scottish Opera for 2013.

The Guardian

King’s College choir: meet the choirmaster

The Nine Lessons and Carols service from King’s College, Cambridge, is a Christmas tradition with 30 million listeners worldwide. So why does its director of music want to shake things up?

Classical Music Magazine

Park Lane Group Young Artists’ Series – new year new music

The Park Lane Group’s Young Artists New Year Series runs at the Southbank Centre, London, 7-11 January, with many premieres strung across six events, all played by up-and-coming young performers.

Limelight Magazine

Bundaberg boy wonder wins Wagner Composition prize

A major national prize for the Wagner bicentenary has been won by 17-year-old John Rotar.

Slipped Disc

Just in: Cellist is named Miss Universe

Today, she was named Miss Universe. Probably the first cellist ever to hold the title. She’s 20 years old, a student at Boston University.

Two sports teams kick in to help stumbling orchestra

The owners of the Indiannapolis Colts and the Pacers have donated $1.5 million to the orchestra’s $5 million fundraising target.

New York Times

All Across the City, Coming Together to Make Joyful Noise

‘Unsilent Night’ and Participatory Music

Slipped Disc