9th December: Jonathan Reekie steps down from Aldeburgh Music, opera adaption of ‘How the Whale Became’ & Sir Harrison Birtwistle breaks records at British Composer Awards

Monday 9th December 2013


Jonathan Reekie to step down as chief executive of Aldeburgh Music

Jonathan Reekie, chief executive of Aldebugh Music for 16 years, has announced that he will be leaving to take up the post of director of Somerset House Trust.


Australian Chamber Orchestra in triple Grammy whammy

The Australian Chamber Orchestra and soprano Dawn Upshaw have received three Grammy nominations for their recording of Maria Schneider’s song cycle Winter Morning Walks.

Los Angeles Times

Nelson Mandela and music: 10 essential anti-apartheid songs

Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country’s rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music.

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Spanish classical music concert marks 5th centennial of European sighting of the Pacific

On the occasion of the 5th centennial of the arrival of the Europeans to the Pacific Ocean, Instituto Cervantes and the Spanish Embassy present the piano and violin concert “From Acapulco to Manila: Spanish Music Across Two Oceans.”


Ted Hughes’s children’s fables come to the stage

Librettist Edward Kemp discusses the difficulties of adapting Ted Hughes’s ‘How the Whale Became’ into an opera.

The National’s Bryce Dessner: how the Kronos Quartet let me in on their act

The guitarist has composed an album for the celebrated string ensemble. He explains how the exciting project was inspired by his Russian grandmother


Sir Harrison Birtwistle Breaks Record at British Composer Awards

In winning the instrumental solo award this year, Sir Harrison Birtwistle has become the most honoured composer in the British Composer Awards’ history.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Jeden meiner Fehler hört man sofort“

Was macht ein Dirigent denn nun eigentlich bei der Arbeit? Im Interview löst Tugan Sokhiev, seit Herbst 2012 Musikchef des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin, das große Rätsel.