20th Feb: Peter and the Wolf, String quartets and classical music taken out of its comfort zone

Monday 20th February 2012

The Telegraph 

English National Opera faces protest over ‘pro-terrorist’ hijacking opera 

It is one of the most controversial musical works ever written, described by critics as “anti-Semitic” and “romanticising terrorism”.

Mackenzie Crook takes on orchestral role

Actor Mackenzie Crook will narrate the Prokofiev children’s classic Peter And The Wolf with the Aurora Orchestra.

Katherine Jenkins to omit Gethin Jones from memoirs

Katherine Jenkins, the Classical singer, reveals she has no intention of giving her former fiancé Gethin Jones a mention in her memoirs.

Conducting with kisses and fluttering eyelashes

What the orchestra sees, or ‘The Dancing Conductor’.


Sir Mark Elder on his Gramophone Hall of Fame choices

There’s still time – just! – to cast your own votes

The Guardian

String quartets: ’til death us do part?

Many of the most successful string quartets play together with the same lineup for decades. But what happens when one of the four moves on?

BBC to screen Joyce Hatto biopic penned by Victoria Wood

British pianist had dozens of recordings by other artists passed off as her own by husband William Barrington-Coupe

Elizabeth Connell obituary

South African born dramatic soprano hugely popular with audiences worldwide


Instruments of change 

Aurora Orchestra’s daring cross-arts programme takes classical music out of its comfort zone