22nd July: Sing to Learn Languages, Firing Up Festivals and Opera Seats to Stop Fidgeting

Monday 22nd July 2013

The Telegraph

Granville Bantock: Britain’s forgotten composer

Ivan Hewett tells the tale of Granville Bantock, a forgotten Victorian composer who is making his presence felt at this year’s Proms.

Bringing the beleaguered Bolshoi to London

As the Bolshoi Ballet returns to London, Sarah Crompton talks to promoters Victor and Lilian Hochhauser, who first brought them to Covent Garden in 1963, about the state of the famous ballet company.


Katherine Bryan – Flute Works

Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto was composed as a direct response to the killing of James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993.

Mahler – Symphony No 4

Christina Landshamer (sop) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly

Classic FM

Singing helps when learning languages 

Can’t get to grips with your French homework? German getting the better of you? Have a go at singing – it just might help you learn.

Metropolitan Opera installing new seats to combat fidgeting

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is to update its seating over the next 10 years with ergonomic seat cushions, to be installed through most of the 3,800 seat house.

BBC News

How do you start a music festival?

In the past decade there has been an “explosive increase” in the number of festivals held across the UK, according to industry promoters, but how do you start a festival?

Die Welt

Bezuidenhout ist der Justin Bieber des Cembalos

Der Südafrikaner Kristian Bezuidenhout spielt auch auf Konzertflügeln, aber seine Liebe gehört dem Hammerklavier. Bei ihm klingt die Tastenwerke Mozarts aufgekratzter, wilder denn je. Ein Porträt.


Classic FM