23rd October: Classical music and prejudice, Concert halls for refurbishment, and voices at risk

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

London Evening Standard

Stradivarius violin which thieves tried to flog for £100 set to fetch £2m at auction

A Stradivarius violin stolen by thieves who tried to sell it for £100 could make more than £2 million when it is sold at auction next month

The Guardian

How can musicians afford to buy such expensive violins?

The price of a really good violin such as a Stradivarius can reach millions of pounds. Which is where wealthy benefactors and charitable trusts step in

Charleston City Paper

Classical music isn’t just for white people anymore

With the Colour of Music festival, director Lee Pringle aims to show how black contributions go beyond gospel


Famed Hungarian music academy gets new lease on life

The Liszt Academy music school founded by Franz Liszt, the first piano superstar, reopens its main concert hall on Tuesday

LA Times

Critic’s notebook: Nearly 10 years old, Disney Hall needs upgrades

Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall design and Yasuhisa Toyota’s acoustics have made the hall a destination but the hall needs new elements

The Economist

Who will sing Aida?

Are we ruining young opera singers? Today lots of young singers take roles that are far too big for their voices

PR Week

Metro Bank’s CEO on why PR matters more than advertising

You would expect the first new bank on the British high street for more than a century to burst on to the scene with a multi-million-pound advertising blitz

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Singakademie wird 50

1961 verlor die historische Sing-Academie zu Berlin die Hälfte ihrer Mitglieder – jene Sängerinnen und Sänger, die in Ostberlin wohnten. 1963 aber gelang es dem Staatsopern-Intendanten Hans Pischner, die Neugründung einer Singakademie durchzusetzen. Schnell erwarb sich der ambitionierte Laienchor einen guten Ruf. Jetzt feiert er Jubiläum

The Guardian

The Guardian