22nd July: Rod Franks, principal trumpet of the LSO, has been killed in a car crash, Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen’s music and Universal boss slams ‘unwelcoming, elitist’ classical music concerts

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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London Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet dies in car crash

Rod Franks, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been killed in a car crash.

The Guardian

Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen’s music

For Weir, the first woman in the position, it means supporting composers and exploring the state of music education.

Classic FM

Universal boss slams ‘unwelcoming, elitist’ classical music concerts

Max Hole singles out Royal Festival Hall for criticism in attack on live classical music.

The Telegraph

JK Rowling abuse over independence ‘frightening’ says Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti, the violinist, reveals she gets trolled on twitter on the issue of Scottish independence even though she has never publicly expressed a view on it.

Classic FM

Queen’s Guards play Game Of Thrones theme at Buckingham Palace

Ramin Djawadi’s Game Of Thrones theme was given an unexpected airing in front of Buckingham Palace over the weekend, when the Queen’s Guards played it during the changing of the guard.


New tenor lined up for the King’s Singers

Famous vocal sextet names Julian Gregory as its latest member.


Watch concerts from Verbier Festival live on our website

Two concerts will be streamed completely free of charge.

New York Times

Youth Is Not Wasted on This Young Orchestra

National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Concerts


Rettungsplan für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Das Stiftungsmodell zur Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) ausserhalb des SWR ist gescheitert.


Christian Kellersmann übernimmt Edel:Kultur

Der 53jährige übernimmt als Managing Director die Gesamtverantwortung für den Geschäftsbereich Edel:Kultur.


Personalquerelen am Theater Vorpommern

Der Intendant des Theaters Vorpommern, Dirk Löschner, kann entgegen einer Empfehlung des Aufsichtsrats nun doch im Amt bleiben.


Ein Chor, ein Klang

Der preisgekrönte Münchner Frauenchor feiert in diesen Wochen sein 25-jähriges Jubiläum.

El Mundo

‘Las hermanas Wagner me boicotean’

El dramaturgo alemán asegura que las bisnietas del célebre compositor se han extralimitado en sus funciones como directoras del festival.


London Symphony Orch: @londonsymphony The LSO is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rod Franks, a member of the trumpet section since 1988. http://lso.co.uk/rod_franks 

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Rod Franks: ‘incisive understanding, genuine warmth, legendary and remarkable courage’. The Principal writes: http://bit.ly/Umvt0a 

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Judith Weir confirmed as history’s first female Master of the Queen’s Music: http://classfm.co/wvmRyW  #ClassicFMnews

Rod Franks
Photo: Classic FM