6th December: University Suspends Music Degree, Technology Renovation and EBacc Fears for Creativity

Thursday 6th December 2012

Classic FM

James Mottram International Piano Comp winners announced

Three pianists have been named as winners in the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition after a week of heats and concerts.

Jonathan Harvey dies aged 73

British composer Jonathan Harvey has died, it has been confirmed by his publisher. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease.

Classical Music Magazine

Lancaster University suspends music degree course

Lancaster University is planning to suspend its undergraduate music course for a year, following a drop in student applications.

Slipped Disc

Australian arts bow their heads as Rupert Murdoch’s mother dies

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch died today, aged 103.

One German household in three has a musical instrument in the living room

But many sit there idle and do not get played, according to a new survey.

New York Times

Met’s Technology to Get With the Program

The Met’s technology has fallen behind European opera houses, where many of the directors bringing new productions to New York are used to computerized controls that produce precise results for increasingly spectacular shows.

BBC News

National Youth Orchestra awarded Queen’s Medal for Music

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music at a London gala.

The Telegraph

The 19th century’s equivalent of Phantom of the Opera

It was once the biggest hit in town, but will Meyerbeer’s opera ‘Robert le Diable’ work for the Royal Opera, asks Rupert Christiansen

Evening Standard

Don’t cut the arts in schools

You have until Monday to take part in the Ebacc consultation — the exam threatens the creativity of our nation, says the Barbican’s Nicholas Kenyon

The New York Times