14th March: Handel’s Messiah’s charitable history, Arts groups refusing tobacco funding may be penalised and first English-language performance of Rimsky-Korsakov opera

Friday 14th March 2014


How Handel’s Messiah helped London’s orphans – and vice versa

George Handel’s oratorio is Britain’s best-loved choral work. But without its links to the Foundling Hospital, one of Georgian London’s leading charities, we might never have known it.

Arts groups refusing tobacco funding may be penalised, says George Brandis

The Australia Council has been asked to create a new policy punishing ‘unreasonable’ refusal of corporate sponsorship.

Classical Music Magazine

First English-language performance of Rimsky-Korsakov opera

University College Opera, one of the UK’s longest-running student opera companies, will perform the world’s first English translation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London on 24, 26, 28 and 29 March.


Harnoncourt honoured by the Berliner Philharmoniker

Nikolaus Harnoncourt has been given Honorary Membership by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Preceding a concert conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, in Vienna’s Musikverein, the Austrian scholar and conductor was presented with the honour by the orchestra ‘in an expression of their gratitude’.


20 Power Couples of the arts

From theatre, film, music and dance, they came together to show that the moving and the shaking begins at home.

League of American Orchestras

Ivory Ban Impact on Orchestras

On February 25, 2014, new strict limits immediately took effect for traveling with instruments that contain elephant ivory. According to the order, many instruments containing African elephant ivory will not be allowed into the U.S., even if a musician is simply returning to the U.S. with instruments in their personal possession, not intended for sale.

Engage mobile

Kansas City Symphony use Google Glass in rehearsal

The first time as many as four pairs of the wearable computers were used for an activity outside of Google headquarters was a Kansas City Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Er schließt seinen Pakt mit der Macht

Valery Gergiev soll Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker werden. Jetzt spricht er sich für die Politik Wladimir Putins aus. Kann sich München das leisten?

The Guardian

The Guardian