Ex-LSO trumpet has died, aged 92
Bram Wiggins was assistant principal trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra for 11 years before migrating to Canada. He returned to play in other London orchestras and teach at the Royal Academy. He is internationally known as an author of instrument tuition books and a composer of brass pieces.
Klinghoffer director: We never expected Gaza
The English director Tom Morris, who staged The Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera and the Met, has given an interview today to The Hollywood Reporter about the emotions aroused by the work. He says: Obviously we had no idea when we started planning this production that there was going to be a bitter conflict […]
New music crosses New York lines in 11 subway wi-fi link-up
Ljova Zhurbin introduces …. a short experimental video project that we’ve just uploaded — young filmmaker Chris Shimojima commissioned me to write a composition for 11 NYC subway buskers, who would be connected via the newly-established wifi network to play a song together. The instrumentation was too good to pass up — musical saw, theremin, […]
US conductor asks mother with sleeping child to leave his concert
Larry Johnson on South Florida Classical Review reports that ‘Michael Tilson Thomas told a woman sitting near the stage with a child in her lap that she was distracting him and asked her to leave…. The child was apparently sleeping noiselessly on the woman’s lap.’ Full report here. UPDATE: We have received this clarification from […]
New video: How to sell a festival (if you’re French)
This is Renaud Capucon’s idiosyncratic new promo for his Easter Festival at Aix. Very stylish, but what exactly is he selling? Teaser Festival de Pâques by Festival_de_Paques
Record news: DG/Decca get wiped out at Edison Awards
The awards season has hit Holland, and it seems they’re shutting out the major labels. DG comes in with one modernist curiosity and Decca with one artist (pictured) who has since left them. Curiously, the jury is chaired by a former Universal executive, Stef Collignon. Read the list here. In Dutch. UPDATE: DG have found a […]
BBC baton steps aside as new regime arrives
Donald Runnicles will step down as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2016. He will have held the reins for seven years. Like all good conductors, he shows perfect timing. BBC Radio 3, which operates the orchestras, is getting a new bureaucrat in January and he has been charged with making cuts […]
And the award for winner of most prizes goes to….
Watch Jonathan Levin’s desperate new video. Personally endorsed by the President of the USA. Pain is good. Like a visit to the dentist’s.
US musicians take 38% pay cut to help save their orchestra
The Memphis Symphony has been in trouble a long time. Now the waters have risen above chin level. The musicians, facing oblivion, have agreed to take a reported 38% cut for the next year in the hope of keeping the struggling ensemble alive. It’s the biggest employer of musicians in the city. It’s looking grim. […]
A Finn saves Vienna’s Elektra bill
Slowly, date by date, Vienna is filling the 32 holes left in its season by Franz Welser-Möst’s spetacular walkout as music director. This morning it announced Mikko Franck has agreed to take over most of next April’s new Elektra, with a cast of Nina Stemme, Anna Larsson, Anne Schwanewilms and Falk Struckmann. Franck had a hit last […]
Knocking away at Slava’s old house
Our publisher friend Martin Anderson has been producing for Toccata Classics in Évian, at the Grange au Lac, built in 1993 for Mstislav Rostropovich in the manner of a massive Russian izba, peasant house – entirely constructed of wood, and sitting in a natural woodland. However, there was a price to pay. Martin found that […]