28th Feb: Venezuela’s ‘kindly virus’ and classical music as form of soft diplomacy

Tuesday 28th February 2012

NY Times 

Kid Rock to Team Up With Detroit Symphony

Kid Rock has agreed to do a benefit concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to help raise money for that cash-strapped symphony

LA Times 

South Korean conductor to travel to North Korea

Classical music has often served as a form of soft diplomacy in cases of Cold War detente.


Get ready for Music Nation!

Amateurs and professionals join together for a music-packed weekend across the UK

The Telegraph 

Hayley Westenra shocked by proposal

Hayley Westenra, the soprano, reveals exactly what transpired when her French boyfriend, Arnaud Sabard, proposed to her on a secluded spot in New Zealand.

BBC Music Mag 

Beautifully performed Strauss from Christianne Stotijn

Download a free track performed by the mezzo-soprano

Yuja Wang on YouTube

Watch the brilliant young pianist play the Flight of the Bumblebee and Stravinsky’s Petrushka 

The spread of Venezuela’s ‘kindly virus’

Children from a deprived part of Scotland are the latest to discover the joy of making music thanks to the global growth of El Sistema