10th March: Gerard Mortier dies aged 70, first BBC Young Musician jazz award, & ‘deaf’ composer apologises for deception

Monday 10th March 2014

The Guardian

Avant-garde opera director Gerard Mortier dies aged 70

Belgian former artistic director of Madrid’s Teatro Real is praised as ‘visionary and generous figure.’

The Fly music magazine closes after nearly 15 years

Free monthly magazine that was once UK’s biggest-read music title hit by ‘current market conditions’ including collapse of HMV.

BBC News

First BBC Young Musician jazz award won by saxophonist

Teenage saxophonist Alexander Bone has won the first jazz prize to be awarded as part of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition.

The Telegraph

Young musicians to ‘miss out’ after scrapping of EU download levy

Plans by the European Union to raise a levy on the sale of iPads and tablets to help young musicians benefit from downloads have been blocked by the British government.

The Japan Times

‘Deaf’ composer Samuragochi says he’s sorry for deceiving

A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly “deaf” composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people. However, the 50-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture flatly denied composer Takashi Niigaki’s claim that he is not deaf, saying he is preparing to sue Niigaki for defamation.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Marines Corp of Drums prepares for world’s longest drum roll

The Royal Marines Corps of Drums is to make a world record attempt on the longest group drum roll, with preparations underway for six teams to undertake an ambitious 64-hour roll from 30 April.

Die Zeit

Die Oper war seine Mission

Der große belgische Intendant und Kulturermöglicher Gerard Mortier ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 70 Jahren an einem Krebsleiden.

BBC News

BBC News