In today’s news, legendary Glastonbury festival starts today and pays tribute to David Bowie with its first classical headline act & studies reveal that Mozart’s music lowers blood pressure even more than silence does. Also, Opera North director warns of isolationism from Brexit vote & Experiments in Opera puts opera on your mobile.
Wheelbarrows, carts and trolleys in tow, the bravest of the brave queued hours in the mud and rain for festival gates to swing open – a report from the frontlines.
A tribute to David Bowie will be paid at Glastonbury, with the festival’s first classical music headline act. Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, composed in 1996 as an homage to Heroes, Bowie’s 1977 album, will be performed around midnight on Saturday as part of tributes to people who have died this year, including the MP Jo Cox.
The music of Mozart and Strauss has been found to significantly lowered blood pressure and heart rates. Researchers looking at the effects of classical music found the two composers were far more effective than listening to Abba, or silence.
The Yorkshire Post
Membership of the European Union has played a huge role in enriching Yorkshire’s cultural scene, according to one of the region’s most senior arts figures.
The New Yorker
Making video operas you could watch on your phone occurred to Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, and Matthew Welch a few years ago in a bar in Brooklyn, at a meeting of Experiments in Opera, the company they began in 2010. Cady, Siegel, and Welch are composers.
Classical Music Magazine
The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is joining forces with Ars Nova Workshop to present a two-day contemporary music festival in Philadelphia.
For decades women were systematically sidelined at the BBC. The female voice was thought to lack the necessary gravitas for newsreading – being a discreet and efficient PA to a busy male director or producer was the best that could be hoped for.
On the occasion of tonight’s football match Croatia-Spain the Philharmonie in Paris invites to a concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Regional Conservatory of Paris.
Der französische Musiker Jean Rondeau wird mit dem diesjährigen “Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk” für hochbegabte Nachwuchskünstler ausgezeichnet.
Das einst von Benjamin Britten gegründete Festival in der ostenglischen Küstenstadt Aldeburgh pflegt – neben Aufführungen des Standardrepertoires auf höchstem Niveau – stets auch das Besondere. Einen der Höhepunkte in diesem Jahr bildet Olivier Messiaens “Catalogue d’Oiseaux”, gespielt von Pianist und Festivalleiter Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Der niederländische Bassist Peter Kooij ist mit der Bach-Medaille der Stadt Leipzig ausgezeichnet worden.
Royal NSinfonia @RNSinfonia A few final ticket packages for @Opera_North‘s Ring Cycle have been released! Get in quick to secure yours now! http://sagegateshead.com/event/opera-north-ring-cycle-2016-package-booking/ …
Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian