5th October: BBC Radio 4’s Power List, Charles Aznavour dies, and James Davison wins Jazz Young Musician 2018

Friday 5th October 2018

Marin Alsop and Chi-chi Nwanoku placed in top ten of Woman’s Hour 2018 Power List

Women from across the classical world feature throughout BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List. Conductor Marin Alsop and double-bassist and Chineke! founder Chi-chi Nwanoku are the highest ranking classical musicians, at numbers nine and ten respectively. This year’s list celebrates women who have worked to make the music industry become more ‘equal, diverse and creative’.

Other classical musicians who feature include violinist Nicola Benedetti, who developed her own initiative, The Benedetti Sessions, to provide opportunities for young string players, conductor Alice Farnham, who co-founded the Women Conductors programme to encourage women into the profession, and composer Issie Barratt, who was responsible for establishing Trinity Laban’s Jazz Faculty in 1999 and was the winner of the 2014 Parliamentary Awards Jazz Educator of the Year.

[via Classical-Music]

Charles Aznavour, French singer, dies aged 94

French-Armenian singer, Charles Aznavour, has died aged 94 at his home in Alpilles, southeastern France. He was known for his 1974 hit ‘She’, and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

President Macron was among the prominent figures who paid tribute on Twitter to the man known as the French Frank Sinatra. Macron described Aznavour as “Deeply French, viscerally attached to his Armenian roots, recognised throughout the world”, adding that he had “accompanied the joys and sorrows of three generations.”

Born in Paris to Armenian immigrants in 1924, the singer and lyricist found global fame with a career that spanned more than seven decades – his most recent UK performance was at the Royal Albert Hall in June – and 1,200 songs, including a number of swooning romantic numbers that became popular in the UK.

Songs such as She, which topped the charts in record speed in 1974 and was famously covered by Elvis Costello for the opening titles of Love Actually, Dance the Old-Fashioned Way and La Bohéme saw Aznavour sell 180 million records.

[via The Telegraph]

James Davison wins Jazz Young Musician Award 2018

The Musician’s Company has announced the winner of its Jazz Young Musician Award 2018 as trumpeter James Davison.

Davison fought off competition from fellow finalists Nathaniel Cross (trombone), Joe Downard (bass), Will Glaser (drums), Alex Hitchcock (saxophone) and David Swan (piano). Lady Brewer, master of the Musicians’ Company, presented Davison with his award at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on 30 September.

Past winners have included singer Tina May, saxophonists Andy Panayi and Tim Garland, and BBC Radio 3 presenter Emma Smith.

[via Rhinegold]