21st January: Martyn Rose to step down from funding-hit ENO, Alexander Shelley appointed as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and new piano unveiled in Budapest

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Classical News


A very brief guide to the world’s first ‘mindfulness opera’

Lost in Thought aims to ‘stretch the boundaries of what opera can be’, which seemingly includes ‘a yoga session’

Classical Music Magazine

Martyn Rose to step down from funding-hit ENO

The chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, is expected to step down at a board meeting held today, reportedly because he believes that a full-time commitment is required to guide the organisation through its £5m drop in Arts Council England funding.

Classical Source

Alexander Shelley appointed as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the appointment of Alexander Shelley, “a conductor of superlative gifts”, as its new Principal Associate Conductor.


New piano unveiled in Budapest

A Hungarian pianist has unveiled a futuristic new piano of his own invention inspired by Liszt

International Arts Manager

BBC to feature Sir Simon Rattle at 60

BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 are set to mark the 60th birthday celebrations of famed conductor Sir Simon Rattle with a special series of programmes during January and February 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ohne wär’s nur Provinz

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern spart seine Theater kaputt. Am Donnerstag will eine Demo in Neustrelitz die Politik aufrütteln.

Die Welt

Der Turbopianist und sein Nahkampfspray

Zu Turnschuhen, Füllern und Playstations hat der umjubelte Pianist Lang Lang schon “inspiriert”, jetzt war es Zeit für ein Parfum.


Wo der Meister einst durch die heiligen Hallen tobte

Der Zauber des Bachfests Leipzig liegt in der Einbeziehung der ganzen Stadt


Deutsche Orchester engagieren sich immer mehr für Kinder und Jugendliche

Zwei Prozent weniger Veranstaltungen insgesamt und eine zunehmende Zahl an Musikvermittlungskonzerten: Das sind die Eckwerte der Konzertstatistik, welche die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) heute vorgestellt hat.

The Washington Post

Ward Swingle, musician who made Bach swing, dies at 87

Ward Swingle, who formed a singing group that reimagined Bach and Mozart with driving jazz rhythms and playfully scatlike vocals — and that put centuries-old classical masterworks on the pop charts alongside the Beatles — died Jan. 19 in Eastbourne, England.


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The ‘Bogányi’ piano. Photo: Sinfini