26th May: David Pickard named as Director of the BBC Proms, Berlin Staatsoper to be even more expensive, McNeil Robinson II has died age 72

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Classical News

In today’s news a lock of Mozart’s hair is set to fetch £12,000 at auction, David Pickard has been appointed Director of the BBC Proms, England swells with the sounds of summer and James Rhodes tells how he fought the law courts in a legal battle in an interview with the Independent. Classic FM show why Donizetti at Glyndebourne is well worth a visit and 16-year-old violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones wins the Urdd Eisteddfod composer’s medal. Die Welt reports about the young conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the renovation of Berlin Staatsoper will cost another 10.5 million Euros and the Pfingstfestspiele in Salzburg has registered a decline of 1500 tickets. Lucerne Festival Ark Nova and The Rest is Noise-Festival get Classical: Next Innovation Award, conductor and organist McNeil Robinson has died age 72 and college student Austin Peppel has created a 3D printed violin bow, which sounds amazing.


Lock of Mozart’s hair set to fetch £12,000 at auction

Keepsake stored in a gold locket is among Mozart and Beethoven memorabilia to be sold by Sotheby’s this week


David Pickard named as Director, BBC Proms

David Pickard has been appointed Director of the BBC Proms, it was announced today.


From Glyndebourne to York, England swells with the sounds of summer

Across the country, at venues of every description, there are treats galore in the months ahead for those who love classical music


‘I was raped as a child, and only now can I tell my story’: How James Rhodes fought the law courts in a battle to be heard

Now he can publish ‘Instrumental’, with its narrative of child sex abuse

Classic FM

Donizetti at Glyndebourne is a thoroughly excellent way to spend an evening

Our Social Media Editor heads to the Sussex countryside for a look at the opening of the 2015 festival, and a thorough assessment of their production of Donizetti’s Poliuto, the Bel Canto and the picnics.

Classical Music Magazine

16-year-old wins Urdd Eisteddfod composer’s medal

16-year-old violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones was awarded the composer’s medal at the Urdd National Eisteddfod for his Fantasia in F for piano quartet.

Die Welt

Handys im Konzert sind ausdrücklich erlaubt

Jung, begabt, schwul, digital: Wer den Dirigenten Yannick Nézet-Séguin vor der ersten Europa-Tournee mit dem Philadelphia Orchestra erlebt, muss sich um die Zukunft der Klassik keine Sorgen machen.


Renovierung der Berliner Staatsoper wird nochmals teurer

Die Renovierung der Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin wird nochmals teurer. Zu den zuletzt vorgesehenen 389 Millionen Euro kommen nun weitere 10,5 Millionen hinzu.


Weniger Zuschauer bei Pfingstfestspielen

Die heurigen Pfingstfestspiele haben einen leichten Rückgang bei den verkauften Karten und bei der Auslastung gebracht: So wurden um knapp 1.500 weniger Karten verkauft als im Vorjahr. Die Festspielspitze ist dennoch zufrieden.

Codex flores

Classical:Next Innovation Award für Ark Nova

Das Projekt der mobilen Konzerthalle Lucerne Festival Ark Nova und das «The Rest is Noise»-Festival des Southbank Centre in London sind im Rahmen der internationalen Konferenz Classical:Next mit dem Innovation Award ausgezeichnet worden.

The New York Times

McNeil Robinson II, 72, Organist and Composer, Is Dead

McNeil Robinson II, an acclaimed organist, composer and teacher, died on May 9 in Manhattan. He was 72.


College Student Creates 3D Printed Violin Bows Which Sound Amazing

Classical musicians may soon be more involved with 3D printing than many of them had ever imagined.


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 McNeil Robinson II at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Midtown around the 1970s or ’80s. Credit American Guild of Organists

McNeil Robinson II at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Midtown around the 1970s or ’80s. Credit American Guild of Organists