10th January: Women conductors & composers absent from Bachtrack stats, Nemanja Radulovic signs to DG & Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund art apprenticeships

Friday 10th January 2014

Classical Music Magazine

Bachtrack stats 2013: women conductors and composers notable by absence

Listings website Bachtrack.com has, for the fourth time, published an analysis of its data from the last year’s classical performances.  It shows a surge of popularity Britten in his centenary year, Valery Gergiev closely followed by Andris Nelsons as the busiest conductor in the world, and a dismal lack of women composers and conductors.

Barbican’s Angela Dixon announced director of Saffron Hall

Angela Dixon has been named director of the new Saffron Hall Trust Essex from March 2014. She moves from the Barbican Centre, where she has been head of music since October 2011.


Violinist Nemanja Radulović signs to DG

The Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović has signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon, extending his relationship from the company’s French arm to a global deal.

The Economist

Stanford makes creative classes compulsory for its Science and Technology students

Students of California’s prestigious Stanford University are obliged to study classical music, Shakespeare or take voice lessons alongside their main discipline to make them into leaders with a broad range of skills. “Arts will fundamentally change our students, and it will change students who come to Stanford.”

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund arts apprenticeships

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation has announced six grants, totalling more than £150,000, which will support apprenticeships within professional arts organisations.

The Spec

Canada’s Opera Hamilton to cease operations

After years of financial difficulty, Opera Hamilton has cancelled next Saturday’s Gala performance and April’s production of Carmen. It will cease operations for good.