9th March: Sir George Martin dies, Lloyd Webber discusses London’s new concert hall & early music reawakes

Wednesday 9th March 2016

Classical News

In our news today, the media mourns the record producer Sir George Martin after his death at the age of 90 and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber maintains that the Royal Festival Hall is a great concert hall.  In France, four opera houses decide to join forces and in Germany the Vogtland hopes to attract more visitors to the region through its musical traditions.


Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber defends Royal Festival Hall

Julian Lloyd Webber is the first to agree that the Royal Festival Hall’s acoustics are far from perfect – but that doesn’t stop it from being a great concert hall


Beatles classic ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ could cause health problems

Study says tracks with negative lyrics about growing old can affect the confidence of people later in life

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Obituary: Sir George Martin

Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the “fifth Beatle”, has died, aged 90.

Die Zeit 

Beatles-Produzent George Martin gestorben

George Martin war als “fünfter Beatle” maßgeblich am Aufstieg der Band zu Weltstars beteiligt. Der britische Musikproduzent starb im Alter von 90 Jahren


Französische Nationalbibliothek erwirbt verschollen geglaubten Berlioz-Klavierauszug

Die Bibliothèque nationale de France hat ein umfangreiches Manuskript von Hector Berlioz erworben. Es handelt sich um das Manuskript des Klavierauszugs von Berlioz‘ Oper “Les Troyens”


Vogtland will mit Musiktradition mehr Gäste anlocken

Im vogtländischen Musikwinkel in Markneukirchen soll eine neue Schauwerkstatt für Blechblasinstrumente mehr internationale Gäste anlocken

Washington Post

Jordi Savall wakes an early-music instrument from a long sleep

The viola da gamba, Jordi Savall said, “started a long sleep” around 1800, when the instrument fell out of widespread favor

France Musique

Les quatre maisons d’opéra du Grand Est mutualisent leurs forces

Alors que vient de se créer la nouvelle grande région Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine, les quatre maisons d’opéra du territoire ont décidé de se rapprocher

Classical Music on Twitter

The Economist: @TheEconomist Sir George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle”, has died. He was instrumental in shaping their music

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ .@ClarinetEmmaJ has become the first woman to have her portrait unveiled at

Classical Diary:  Producer for the , Sir George Martin was also a composer & conductor who worked for the BBC’s classical music department & EMI.

Music History: @today_classical  in 1748 FP of ’s oratorio Joshua at the Covent Garden, London.


Joel Ryan / BBC

Joel Ryan / BBC