25th June: Accidental Opera Star, Baroque Graffiti and a Call for Critics

Tuesday 25th June 2013

The Telegraph

South African opera star returns to township after signing record deal

A singer from the South African townships, who discovered opera music by accident, has signed a deal for a debut album with a major classical record label.

The Times

Graffiti shows Charles II’s composer as a wild child

The Baroque composer Matthew Locke, who went on to become a composer for Charles II, was something of a wild young man.

LA Times

Gustavo Dudamel is bowled over by the Bowl

The L.A. Philharmonic’s music director loves the place. It holds happy memories from his introduction to the area and beyond.

Classical Music Magazine

Robert Maycock Memorial Writer’s Prize: £1,000

Calling all musically-engaged writers and bloggers under the age of 30. We are looking for a new voice in music criticism.

Classic FM

Vladimir Ashkenazy on his life in conducting

Before he takes to the stage at Birmingham Symphony Hall, the great Vladimir Ashkenazy spoke to Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall about his life in conducting and the joys of Holst.

Classical Source

Barbara Hannigan Receives Major Award From Syndicate Of French Critics

Soprano Barbara Hannigan today receives one of the most important awards in French music, the ‘Prix de la personnalité musicale de l’année’ (Musical Personality of the Year) by the Syndicat de la Critique.

Music Week

AmazonMP3 comes to iPhone – without in-app purchase tax

Amazon has managed to dodge Apple’s in-app purchase tax by making its MP3 Store available to iPhone users via it’s open web browser Safari.

Die Zeit

Wie kommt die Frau zum Taktstock?

Kristiina Poska hat es in Berlin geschafft, Simone Young zuvor schon in Hamburg: Die klassische Musik kennt inzwischen große Dirigentinnen. Aber immer noch werden weibliche Karrieren am Pult behindert. Es ist an der Zeit, die Geduld zu verlieren.


The Times