30 September: Firefighters evacuate Albert Hall, new Guildhall complex and Scottish Opera’s musical director steps down

Monday 30th September 2013


Firefighters called to London’s Royal Albert Hall as thousands are evacuated

A Classic FM live event at the Royal Albert Hall was cancelled on thursday night when smoke in the basement of the building prompted an evacuation.

Esa-Pekka Salonen extends principal conductor contract with the Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra has extended Esa-Pekka Salonen’s contract as its principal conductor and artistic advisor until the end of the 2016-17 season. Salonen will also mark 30 years of conducting the orchestra with an anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

Celebratory concert opens Guildhall School’s Milton Court complex

Formal opening for the new £89 million performance and teaching complex in London.

Sunday Express

High-vis jackets and classical music get UK’s worst school back on track

Playing Beethoven and Brahms in the corridors has had an impressive effect on behaviour.

The Guardian

Classical music is at the heart of Manchester’s radical music scene

BBC Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season The Mancunian Way celebrates Manchester as a centre for innovation in classical as well as popular music.

West Side Story composer nearly gave up on show, letters reveal

Leonard Bernstein’s hostility towards writer of musical’s book almost halted project, newly released correspondence reveals

BBC News

Playing musical instruments sharpens the mind

Researchers at the University of St Andrews said their findings showed musicians were quicker to pick up mistakes and correct them. The study adds to previous studies linking musical skills with mental and physical well-being.

The Times

Opera company in crisis as musical supremo steps down

Scottish Opera has been plunged into crisis after its musical director Emmanuel Joel-Hornak stepped down almost as soon as he’d started his job.

Fono Forum

Erfinder der Klänge

Felix Klieser ist ein außergewöhnlicher junger Mann: Er spielt seit 18 Jahren Horn – was nicht jeder 22-Jährige von sich behaupten kann – und das ohne Arme. Dass sich der frühe Einstieg für ihn gelohnt hat, zeigt unter anderem seine Debüt-CD, auf der er sich in die romantische Hornwelt des 19. Jahrhunderts begibt.