30th May: Judith Weir, Classical:NEXT and Jonas Kaufmann

Wednesday 30th May 2012

The Telegraph

Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade: Vivaldi’s Olympic opera returns

L’Olimpiade is one of Vivaldi’s 50 or so largely obscure operas, most of which have never been performed.

The Guardian

Accordion wrestling – squeezy does it

In the 40s and 50s, accordion wrestling was huge in Finland. Meet the man who brings it here.

A guide to Judith Weir’s music

Lightness, wisdom and imagination. Welcome to the rich musical world of Judith Weir.

LA Times

Bone flutes found in German caves point to roots of creativity

Make jokes about flute players all you want, but it’s looking more likely that our earliest musical impulses may have been fed by a variation on just such an instrument.

Johnny Mandel has composed quite a life in music

The songwriter, 86, convenes an orchestra for a weekend gig.

Classical Music Magazine

Creative Scotland drops ‘flexible funding’, meaning uncertain future for ensembles

Scottish music organisations including Aberdeen’s Sound festival, the Hebrides and Red Note ensembles, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, are facing an uncertain future following a financial review by funding body Creative Scotland (CS).


Composers sought for year-long collaborations

Applications are now open for the 2012/13 Adopt a Composer scheme, which pairs Making Music member groups with up-and-coming composers for a year-long collaboration that results in a new piece.

Winners of NCEM Composers Award announced

Young composers Alex Woolf (16) and Benjamin Rowarth (20) have been named the winners of the NCEM Composers Award 2012, in the under 18 years category and the 19 to 25 years category respectively.

Jessica Duchen

Off to Munich

Tomorrow I’m heading for the new classical music trade fair, Classical:NEXT, in Munich. The Classical:NEXT programme is jam-packed with intriguing talks, showcases, performances and screenings.


Jonas Kaufmann withdraws from Royal Opera House Les Troyens

Tenor suffering from a kong-running infection.