2nd July: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra App, Marathon for Music and Christiansen on Arts Council Cuts

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

The Telegraph

Where should the Arts Council make its cuts?

Rupert Christiansen applauds the resilience of the arts in the face of financial adversity and offers some suggestions as to how best to cope with the latest five per cent cut to the budget.

The Guardian

John Tavener: ‘The days of seven-hour pieces are gone’

Crippling illness has transformed John Tavener’s relationship with music. As his new works premiere in Manchester, he tells Tom Service about how pain has remade his composing, why he finally gets Beethoven – and why he is no spiritual superstar

The Times

Conductor’s half-marathon feat pays for new music

When Martyn Brabbins panted his way over the line in 863rd place in the Stroud half-marathon a few years ago, most onlookers would have thought it a commendable feat for a middle-aged orchestra conductor, but an inconsequential one.


Southbank Centre increases ties with England’s In Harmony programme

London-based In Harmony Lambeth will take up residence in the venue’s new Festival Wing

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra App available for free download

Britten-Pears Foundation launch the programme to inspire a new generation of children

The Spectator

The syphilitic sound of Schumann’s violin concerto is part of its genius

Robert Schumann met a wretched end. He died in a lunatic asylum where he thought the nurses were feeding him human faeces

Music Week

Steinway bought by private equity firm for £288m

Piano maker Steinway is to be acquired by private equity group Kohlberg for $438 million (£288m).

Die Welt

Sag zum Abschied leise Dvořák

Letzte Quartett-Seufzer, Nina Stemmes zweiter Wesendonck-Liederanlauf, Claudio Abbados erste Schumann-Sinfonie und böse Jungs, die sehr gut klingen: die Klassik-CDs der Woche