Breaking news: Blue-blood opera boss dies
Sad news: the 7th Earl of Harewood, cousin of the Queen and former administrator of the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, died today aged 88, on the family estate near Leeds. George Harewood learned every available fact about opera from books that he read while a prisoner of war in Germany. He co-founded […]
I think Lang Lang likes Liszt (with new pics)
MY APOLOGIES IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE PICTURES. IT’S A SONY FAULT. THEY’RE WORKING ON IT… Here’s the cover of his new e-media kit, just in (photo: Detlef Schneider) Sorry, it’s just half the banner… the rest, too big to fit in this frame, says: Liszt, my piano hero… And here’s the cover […]
Anyone know the Mahler version of Happy Birthday?
Check this out on youtube. The celebrants are 12 cellists of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
How to run a National Health Service – in Chinese
Three years ago, on the 60th anniversary of Britain’s free-treatment health system, I wrote an essay on its role in my birth and my mother’s death, and how the system ultimately saved my life. You can read a short extract here (please do not pay for the full article). Today, I am informed that the article […]
Just in: Late Russian maestro to receive grave of honour in Vienna
The sad, early death of Yakov Kreizberg four months ago continues to draw tributes from all over the world. The latest is from the city of Vienna which has decided to award the Russian-America conductor the rare privilege of a grave of honour in the Zentralfriedhof. Kreizberg was born Jewish. No-one seems to have noticed that […]
Coke scandal Royal Ballet says it's business as usual
Trouble here among the tutus. Rumours of widespread cocaine abuse have wafted for more than a year around the Danish Royal Ballet, whose director is Nicholas Hübbe, once a star of New York City Ballet. photo: Paul Kolnick Photo: Finn Frandsen / Polfoto The company commissioned an independent investigation from the National Centre for Competence. More […]
Another plucky one gone
Manuel Galban, guitarist of the Buena Vista Social Club, is dead at 80.
News just in: death of Margot Fonteyn's discreet lover
He was the dancer she fled to when post-War England grew too austere, and he gave the great ballerina indelible lessons in love. Roland Petit, whose death was announced today, aged 87, was a 1949 refuge for Fonteyn from domestic fame and insular taste. He was only her second lover, after the composer/conductor Constant Lambert, […]
Abbado, cautiously, gives himself clean bill of health
In a rare interview, the conductor Claudio Abbado talks about his state of health. Ravaged by stomach cancer 11 years ago, he has adjusted his lifestyle and appears, at 78, to be in good condition. He takes a gentle question from Julia Spinola of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and deals with it: Ist es indiskret, wenn […]
Breaking: One side cracks in Brazil orchestra crisis
After months of confrontation, boycott and international condemnation, it looks as though the men behind the Brazil Symphony Orchestra have taken the first step towards peace. According to a well-informed report in the Estadao of Sao Paolo, the board of the OSB have stripped conductor Roberto Minczuk of his absolute power to hire and fire. There […]
Mahler for 10 year olds – an inspirational project
A musician in north-east London, David Hoskins, has sent me a project his orchestra has undertaken with local schoolchildren, showing them a video performance of the Resurrection symphony and harvesting their creative responses. In six sessions over three weeks, the Year 5 pupils in Chapel End Junior School, Walthamstow, heard sections from the symphony, discussed their reactions, made […]