In today’s news, relive the London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square with photos in the Guardian. It was an all Shostakovich programme with Nicola Benedetti and Valery Gergiev. Also in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee urges the next Labour leader to increase the importance of the arts. Actor and musician, Johnny Flynn talks about composing for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and how it will be performed on period instruments. The Strad reports that violinist Julian Rachlin has been named the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s artist in residence.
The London Symphony Orchestra’s Trafalgar Square concert 2015: in pictures
On Sunday 17 May the London Symphony Orchestra performed in Trafalgar Square in the fourth of its annual open air concerts. Valery Gergiev conducted an all-Shostakovich programme, Nicola Benedetti also performed.
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Johnny Flynn on composing for ‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare’s genius, and the charm of the nyckelharpa
Actor and musician Johnny Flynn’s music for ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe is on period instruments – they’re peculiar but pleasingly idiosyncratic, he tells Emily Jupp
Violinist Julian Rachlin named Royal Liverpool Philharmonic artist in residence
The musician will perform as soloist and conductor, and in chamber concerts in November 2015
Classical Music Magazine
Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms
Over 118,000 tickets were sold in the first 12 hours, a 9% increase on last year. Within the first hour of booking, more than 31,000 tickets were purchased online (over 10% more than in 2014).
BBC Music Magazine
Free Download: Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor
This week’s free download is Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor, as performed by Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea on their latest disc, out now on Avie.
Württembergische Philharmonie streikt
»Wir machen lieber Musik als Warnstreik«, rief Geiger Rainer Hill – aber gestern Morgen sahen sich die Musiker der Württembergischen Philharmonie doch genötigt, für symbolische 15 Minuten in den Ausstand zu treten. In gelben Streikwesten setzten sie sich zu Beginn der Probe fürs Sinfoniekonzert in den Zuschauerraum der Stadthalle und schwenkten Protest-Plakate.
Norwegian and Slovenian Composers Won First Prize at the IMC Rostrum
Songr by Norwegian composer Jan Erik Mikalsen and Cancro by young Slovenian composer Matej Bonin are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15.
Kenneth Woods Appointed Artistic Director of Colorado Mahlerfest
Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest.
Jean-Pierre Rousseau quitte la direction de la Musique de Radio France
Nommé il y a un an par Mathieu Gallet, Jean-Pierre Rousseau n’est plus directeur de la Musique de Radio France. Il y a deux semaines, le groupe avait annoncé un remaniement imminent de ses instances de direction.
After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down
The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders’ intent was to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.”
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The stage and audience for the London Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian