8th October: Bows, Bond, and an Opera Singing MP.

Monday 8th October 2012

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrates Bond music with Hollywood composers

The music of James Bond will be celebrated by Classic FM in a two-hour special broadcast featuring interviews with Bond composers David Arnold and Thomas Newman.

New Zealand MP to become opera singer

Dr Lockwood Smith, MP and Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand, is to perform alongside the New Zealand Pops Orchestra later this month.

The Evening Standard

ENO’s Don Giovanni condom advert hits low note

English National Opera is under fire after using a provocative double entendre to promote its new production of Don Giovanni.

The Arts Desk

War and Peace: Russian National Orchestra, LPO, Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall

Hybrid orchestra of Russian and British players pulls Shostakovich’s sprawling Leningrad Symphony together

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

The MacArthur ‘Genius’ Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing 

Among the 23 recipients of the MacArthur “genius” grants this past week: an economist, a mathematician, a photographer, a neuroscientist, and a Boston-based stringed instrument bow maker.

The Independent 

Sexism with strings attached

With women in the classical world ignored or treated as objects, Jessica Duchen says it’s time for a new prize solely for them

Leona Lewis, the chart-topping pop star who wants to give it all up to sing opera

Simon Cowell’s biggest ‘X Factor’ success tells Adam Sherwin that despite 20 million record sales she’s still not satisfied

Deceptive Cadence, NPR