The ‘Save the wood of Stradivari’ campaign has raised 230 thousand euros, which has been used to recover 3,000 resonant firs
Following the devastation of Stradivari’s forests in the Val di Fiemme region of Italy during storms in October 2018, a recent crowdfunding campaign has given cause for optimism. Initiated by the entrepreneur Fabio Ognibeni di Tesero, the ‘Save the wood of Stradivari’ campaign has raised 230 thousand euros from 870 donors, which has been used to recover 3,000 resonant firs buried by the Vaia storm last October. These will be turned into soundboards for 35,000 musical instruments – among them around 15,000 pianos, 2,200 concert harps and 20,000 violin instruments – whose sale will generate the income to reimburse the campaign donors.
Cowbridge Music Festival celebrates 10th anniversary
Running from 6 – 21 September, Cowbridge Music Festival returns to Glamorgan for its tenth year in 2019. A celebration of music in the heart of the Welsh countryside from classical to jazz, vocal and world music, the tenth Cowbridge Music Festival comprises more than 30 events across 16 days. This year’s festival is to open with a recital from saxophonist Jess Gillam (pictured), performing works by Ravel, Britten, Nyman, Harle, Dowland and Milhaud.
Frauen werfen Plácido Domingo Belästigung vor
Der Opernsänger und Dirigent Plácido Domingo soll versucht haben, Frauen zu sexuellen Handlungen zu überreden, indem er ihnen Jobs angeboten hat. Auch sonst soll er durch unangemessenes und sexuell-gefärbtes Verhalten im Arbeitsalltag aufgefallen sein. Domingo hält die Anschuldigungen für “unzutreffend”.
Women accuse Plácido Domingo of harassment
The opera singer and conductor Plácido Domingo is said to have tried to persuade women to engage in sexual activities by offering them jobs. He is also said to have attracted attention for his inappropriate and sexually coloured behaviour in everyday work. Domingo considers the accusations “unfounded”.