30th June: Judith Weir to be appointed first female master of Queen’s music, markedly different salaries between British and US orchestras and stage fright: classical music’s dark secret

Monday 30th June 2014

Classical News

The Guardian

Judith Weir to be appointed first female master of Queen’s music

Buckingham Palace is set to appoint the first ever woman as master of the Queen’s music. Judith Weir, a 60-year-old Scottish-born composer of several successful operas, will be announced this month as the successor to Peter Maxwell-Davies. It has yet to be decided if she will use the title of master or mistress.

The Guardian

Why are salaries so markedly different between British and US orchestras?

Half a million bucks for leading the New York Philharmonic, while most US orchestral musicians earn around double what their British counterparts do. Why do we value our musicians so poorly?

The Telegraph

Stage fright: classical music’s dark secret

Stage fright is like madness; it comes without warning, out of a blue sky. That’s how it came to Scottish pianist Steven Osborne, one of the most intelligent and sensitive pianists around. About ten years ago, during a performance of Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto, he suddenly started worrying that he was about to forget the next note.

The Telegraph

Karl Jenkins: ‘I am the original Gareth Malone’ 

Britain’s most successful composer explains why he is not a mere choirmaster.

Classical Music Magazine

ACE to announce rule-stretching national portfolio funding allocations on 1 July

Arts Council England will announce its National Portfolio Organisations for 2015-18 on 1 July, with National Lottery funding being used for the first time to bolster ACE’s grant-in-aid funding of portfolio institutions.

Die Zeit

Salonkultur in Popform

Ist das die neue E-Musik? Chilly Gonzales klemmt sich erfolgreich zwischen Pop und Klassik. In Berlin lud er zur Klavier-Masterclass und stellte sein Notenbuch vor.


„Ich brauche Neue Musik wie die Luft zum Atmen“

Die Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja verweigert sich sinnloser Schönheit.


MARFA: Ein neues Opern- und Lifestylemagazin

MARFA wird ein deutsch-russisches Magazin werden, das sich auf gut 100 Seiten mit Oper, Mode und Lifestyle beschäftigt. Die Erstausgabe soll durch Crowdfunding finanziert werden.

El Mundo

‘No hay la menor educación musical’

El director argentino, incansable, cierra el curso en Madrid y abra la temporada estival en Barcelona y Mallorca.


GoClassical: @GoClassicalUK#Classical music #humour pic.twitter.com/NfwjlZxC91

New York Polyphony: @npolyphony Humbled by the faces (framed head shots) staring back at us on the backstage walls of @wigmore_hall. #classical

The ClassicDB: @TheClassicalDB #PieceOfTheDay – Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms. Listen here: http://www.theclassicdb.com/pieces.php?id=6  #classical


Judith Weir has written several operas and been resident composer with the City of Birmingham symphony orchestra.

Judith Weir

Photo: Sean Smith for the Guardian