31st January: Opera at the Hospital, UK Music Sales Boost and the Arts become Blockbusters

Thursday 31st January 2013

BBC News

Welsh National Opera singers raise Wrexham Maelor patients’ spirits

Opera is probably still seen by many people as a very exclusive art form

The Telegraph

David Pountney interview: An old radical with new ideas

David Pountney is bringing adventure back to Welsh National Opera, he tells Rupert Christiansen

The Independent

Event cinema: live screenings of opera and ballet are the British new wave

Today’s blockbusters are more likely to be live screenings of opera or ballet than the latest Hollywood movie. Jonathan Owen reports

The Guardian

The echoes of Benjamin Britten’s ‘composing walks’

Benjamin Britten used to take ‘composing walks’ around Suffolk. What would he have heard? Chris Watson spent a year finding out – armed with a microphone

Huffington Post

Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema and His Worldwide Influence On Music

The binding, the bonding effect of music on people, few other arts can achieve. It brings men together, it soothes the spirit, it frees us of despair, it calms down the inner strife of man with himself and it does give definite answers to our eternal questions.

Classical Source

English Heritage Blue Plaque For Mendelssohn

One of Europe’s greatest composers, and a frequent London visitor, is honoured

Music Week

2013 UK music sales already outperforming 2012

Sales of music have been higher in each of the first four weeks of 2013 than in the corresponding weeks of 2012, according to Official Charts Company data.


YouTube to Experiment with Paid Subscription Option This Year, Source Confirms

YouTube will be experimenting with an option over the next few months that will let a handful of channel partners charge a subscription fee for their content, according to sources knowledgeable with the plans.

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The Independent