Another victim of UK music school decides to share his tale
The author, known to us, has never shared his story before. He is the second to post on Slipped Disc this week. I was abused at a British music school from the time at which I entered the establishment aged ten, until the time I left aged sixteen. It was, in that era, a […]
How to get your best-ever concert picture from Twitter
The Finnish coloratura soprano Anu Komsi saw people taking her picture during a concert in Oslo. What to do? Here’s what she tells us: This is a modern story how to get a picture of a concert: I saw quite many people in the Oslo public taking pictures during the concert and I did not […]
The month Germany lost two giants
December 1963 saw the deaths of two German composers who, each in a different way, stood up against their country’s Nazi government. Paul Hindemith left the country in 1935 once it was made clear to him that his music would not be performed again. Karl Amadeus Hartmann (pictured) made a principled decision in 1933 that […]
The bicentennial composer that France forgot
This year, as the world celebrated centenaries of Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten, Germany, Italy and England swelled with cultural pride and added a bit of swagger. France, too, had a bicentennial composer but opted to keep quiet about him. The Saturday, November 30, is the 200th anniversary of the boirth in Paris […]
30 years ago, he composed the first-ever commission by a gay men’s chorus
A colleague and friend remembers Conrad Susa, who died last week. Conrad Susa (1935-2013): An Appreciation by Byron Adams, Professor of Music, UC Riverside Conrad Susa was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, the child of Slovakian immigrants to the United States. As a boy, he played the piano and organ, served as an usher in a local […]
New video: This artist plays two pianos at once
This is Louis Schwizgebel, a BBC New Generation Artist. (His other piano’s a Porsche.) Watch.
Video: Netrebko, newly single, rehearses Trovatore in Berlin
‘Its a damned difficult role,’ says the diva, who has announced her separation from baritone Erwin Schrott. In a huge bustle, she’s made to look a great deal larger than life. Watch a five-minute report here.
Guess who’s 70 today
He’s battling cancer and he divides opinion wherever he goes, latterly as director of the Teatro Real in Madrid. But music would be a duller, poorer universe without Gerard Mortier and we expect most readers will join us in wishing him a happy day and a speedy recovery. Here’s a tribute in the FAZ.
Singer is shot dead in smoking dispute
Some said no good would come of smoking bans. In Tennessee, it has claimed a life. Country singer Wayne Mills, 44, was shot dead by bar owner Chris Ferrell, police say, after a disagreement over whether he was permitted to smoke indoors. Ferrell claims self-defence. NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather
German orchestra manager calls for new national strategy
While public attention is drawn to SWR’s attempt to abolish one of the broadcast orchestra, a former head of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra calls for a national dialogue on the workings of public orchestras. Read here (auf Deutsch).
Read this: A victim of abuse at UK music school appeals for others to come forward
A reader has asked us to post the following appeal: The tragic story of Frances Andrade and the revelations over the past year of sexual abuse at some of our most prestigious schools of music have stirred up painful memories for me dating from forty years ago. In the 1970s, I […]