7th June: Peter Maxwell Davies, Sergei Leiferkus and the Clandeboye Festival

Thursday 7th June 2012

The Telegraph

Peter Maxwell Davies: The old rebel has a new cause

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies talks about the inspiration for his Ninth symphony.

The Guardian

Carmen in the desert: Israeli Opera promises hot staging at Bizet

Dead Sea and Massada fortress form backdrop for ambitious performance of fiery, romantic opera.

Interview: Sergei Leiferkus

Baritone Sergei Leiferkus, singing the Forester in Glyndebourne’s current production of the Cunning Little Vixen, talks about the opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Clandeboye’s former young musicians to return to celebrate tenth festival

Booking has opened for the tenth Clandeboye Festival, taking place 13 – 18 August at the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava’s Clandeboye estate near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.


Universal’s ‘Bass Hunter’ search uncovers what may be the world’s lowest singing voice

For singer Tom Stroms, the low E is effortless.

Arts Journal – Slipped disc

Naked Spencer Tunick is modifying his art for Munich’s Ring

Bavarian State Opera have just announced that the naked flash mob it is preparing for Wagner’s Ring will not be in the altogether. The American artist Spencer Tunick has been persuaded to cover prudish Muncheners with body paint.

Cathedral fires choirmaster for ‘being rude about Scotland’

Ian Simcock has been sacked by Glasgow Cathedral for merciless teasing of singers and ‘being rude about Scotland’.

Jessica Duchen

On the future of music journalism

Here are a few thoughts I’ve cobbled together in the wake of last week’s panel discussion at Classical:NEXT.

The New Yorker

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s Art Songs

As everyone knows, Fischer-Dieskau, who died on May 18th, was the reigning master of the art song.