28th May 2014: Arts venues get 14m rescue, Garsington announces Philharmonia deal and the Mandela opera is cancelled

Wednesday 28th May 2014

Classical News

BBC News

Troubled arts venues get 14m rescue

More than 50 theatres, galleries and other arts organisations at “serious financial risk” have received emergency grants totalling £14m from Arts Council England over the past three years.

Classical Music Magazine

Garsington announces Philharmonia deal

The Philharmonia Orchestra will accompany one production a year, initially for five years from 2017, in new productions of late 19th- and 20th-century opera.

BBC News

Mandela opera cancelled after three shows 

Producer Unathi Mtirara, Mandela’s grandnephew, told the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency the show had run out of money to pay performers.

Classic FM 

The Piano Guys transform One Direction with Saint-Saëns 

Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt have taken a break from performing at the Seven Wonders of the World to re-work a version of an unlikely pop track – One Direction’s ‘Story Of My Life’.


Für immer neugierig

Ulrich Eckhardt hat 27 Jahre lang die Berliner Festspiele geleitet – und dann ein zweites Leben als Pianist, Organist und Galerist begonnen. Ein Besuch in Zehlendorf anlässlich seines 80. Geburtstags.


Festivalguide: Von der Magie der Gezeiten-Konzerte

In Ostfriesland umarmt die Musik die Natur – und manchmal auch umgekehrt.


Dokument von 1894/95 wird erstmals in New York präsentiert.

Listen Magazine

From dorky niche to hipster darling, is the accordion going legit?

Epoch Times

Contrabass ‘Sings’ When Coaxed by Two Virtuosi

Despite the richness of the voice of the grandfather of stringed instruments, the contrabass or bass—an instrument that, in the right hands, tells its own story through great depth, color, and individuality—few bass players find much public recognition. However, two wonderful virtuosi should never be ignored again—American Joe Tamosaitis and Romanian Botond Kostyak.

Le Figaro

 La « Leçon de piano » de Valentina Lisitsa

L’artiste consacre un album à Michael Nyman, compositeur de la BO du film de Jane Campion.


CBC Music @CBCclassical Classical violinists told they can’t take instruments on US Airways plane, make great video on the tarmac http://bit.ly/1gylK1r  #classical

World Concert Hall @wconcerthall  Today, #Bruch with @NickyBenedetti and #Mendelssohn‘s ‘Scottish’ from #Copenhagen http://ht.ly/xj90c  #wch #classicalmusic

Tim Benjamin @timthecomposer “I’ve plundered the Baroque!” http://rarescale.org.uk/section745285_285131.html …

Susan Jones @SusanJonesArts #PayingArtists@guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk/culture  holding steady in #mostpopular read #artists #goodpractice #artsfunding


The National Youth Theatre at the London Olympics

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