The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.
Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.
BBC Music Magazine
Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.
Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.
The New York Times
David Finckel about travelling as a musician
This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks
Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden
Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.
Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.
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