16th December: Simon Streatfeild passes away, Anti-Semitic musicians go to Halle, José Carreras extends tour

Monday 16th December 2019

Violist and conductor Simon Streatfeild has died

The violist and conductor Simon Streatfeild, formerly principal viola of the LSO and a founder, with Neville Marriner, of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, has died. He was 90.

Born in Windsor in 1929, Streatfeild studied viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music and first made his mark as a professional musician playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera Orchestra, Covent Garden, before becoming Principal Viola with the Sadler’s Wells Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra – holding the latter post for over nine years. Whilst with the LSO he made frequent solo appearances and recordings and also helped to found the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra with Neville Marriner.

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Gegen Antisemitismus: Musiker aus Berlin kommen nach Halle

Jüdische Chormusik in einer Kirche: Als Zeichen gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit will das Louis Lewandowski Festival aus Berlin heute ein Gastspiel in Halle geben. Geplant sei ein Konzert des Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, das mit seinen Sängern bereits die ganze Welt bereist und Menschen unterschiedlichen Glaubens die jüdische Kultur nähergebracht habe, sagte Festivaldirektor Nils Busch-Petersen in Berlin. Anlass für das Gastspiel in der Marktkirche in Halle ist den Angaben nach der Anschlag vom 9. Oktober auf die Synagoge in der Saalestadt. Dabei starben zwei Menschen. Mehrere wurden verletzt.

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Against anti-Semitism: Musicians from Berlin come to Halle

Jewish choral music in a church: As a sign against xenophobia, the Louis Lewandowski Festival from Berlin wants to give a guest performance in Halle today. A concert by the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin is planned, which has already travelled all over the world with its singers and has brought Jewish culture closer to people of different faiths, said festival director Nils Busch-Petersen in Berlin. The reason for the guest performance in the Marktkirche in Halle is the attack on October 9 on the synagogue in the city of Halle. Two people died. Several were injured.

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José Carreras prolonge sa tournée d’adieu

À l’occasion du 25e gala donné ce jeudi à Leipzig au profit de sa fondation José Carreras Leukaemia, le célèbre ténor espagnol, atteint depuis plus de 35 ans d’une leucémie, a annoncé qu’il prolonge sa tournée d’adieu jusqu’à 2022. Il y a 2 ans, José Carreras annonçait au New York Times qu’il souhaitait mettre fin à sa carrière sur scène en 2019 à l’issue d’une grande tournée d’adieu. C’était sans compter sur l’exceptionnel courage du ténor catalan, âgé de 73 ans, qui a déclaré cette semaine à la presse allemande qu’il compte prolonger cette tournée de deux ans, jusqu’à 2022. José Carreras a expliqué qu’ensuite il se consacrerait à sa famille, à ses proches et, surtout, à sa fondation qui œuvre pour lutter contre la leucémie et d’autres maladies du sang et de la moelle osseuse et qui a déjà recueilli plus de 220 millions d’euros de dons depuis sa création en 1995. Une somme qui a permis de financer plus de 1 250 projets de recherche et projets sociaux, notamment la construction de la clinique Carreras à Leipzig, où sont soignés les patients atteints de cette maladie qu’il a contractée au milieu des années 80.

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José Carreras extends his farewell tour

On the occasion of the 25th gala held this Thursday in Leipzig for the benefit of its José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation, the famous Spanish tenor, who has been suffering from leukaemia for over 35 years, announced that he will extend his farewell tour until 2022. Two years ago, José Carreras announced in the New York Times that he wanted to end his career on stage in 2019 after a major farewell tour. Not to mention the exceptional courage of the 73-year-old Catalan tenor, who told the German press this week that he plans to extend the tour by two years until 2022. José Carreras explained that he would then dedicate himself to his family, his relatives and, above all, to his foundation, which works to fight leukaemia and other blood and bone marrow diseases and has already collected more than 220 million euros in donations since its creation in 1995. This sum has made it possible to finance more than 1,250 research and social projects, including the construction of the Carreras Clinic in Leipzig, where patients suffering from this disease, which he contracted in the mid-1980s, are treated.

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