A memorial to Stockhausen’s mother, murdered by the Nazis
Gertrud Stockhausen suffered from depression during her marriage, attempted suicide and was hospitalised in a mental institution. On May 27 1941 she was taken with 89 other patients to the killing centre Hadamar, in Hesse-Nassau. Early next month, a memorial plaque will be set into the ground outside the house where the Stockhausen family lived in Bärbroich. […]
Opera’s finest turn out for singer ‘who defined English opera in our time’
Dame Josephine Barstow leads a stellar line-up to celebrate the life and roles of Richard Angas, the effervescent bass who died last August. Cast and booking details here.
Bleakest concert hall on earth?
Dirty, wet, concrete desolation. I’m going there tonight. That C P E Bach had better be good.
Quartet for the End of Time – and then the Strad thieves struck
Tom Strini was at the Wisconsin Lutheran College Recital where Frank Almond played the Lipinski Stradivarius – just before he was tasered by criminals, knocked to the ground and robbed of the object dearest to him in life. Read Tom’s report here. We have heard from Frank who is physically fine and lying low, avoiding media […]
The average arts employee in the UK is female, 34 and earns less than £20,000 a year
A fascinating study from artsHub on the true state of the UK arts industry. More than 3 in 4 employees are young women. Most have 5 jobs in 10 years. More than half work in London and their job satisfaction is sky-high. Oh, just read the whole thing and give us your take on it. Far more […]
Dude to cover for baby-sitting Rattle
The Berlin Philharmonic has let it be known that Gustavo Dudamel will take over its open-air Waldbühne concert on June 27 and an Italian tour it has planned that week, when Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kozena are expecting the birth of their third child.
Composer is accused of rigging Oscar nominations
Bruce Broughton, a former governor of the Motion Picture Academy and head of its music branch, had one of the five best original song nominations in this year’s Oscars. That’s nice, except it was in a movie hardly anyone paid to see. Bruce has been accused of getting his industry pals to boost his vote. […]
Columbia Records chief dies
Sony Music have announced the sad, early death from lung cancer of Steve Ferrera, senior VP of A&R at Columbia Records. A granduate of NEC and Juilliard, Steve looked after the likes of Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Heather Headley, Ne-Yo, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. But when it came to merging the RCA’s classical Red […]
‘Arabs get treated like dogs at the checkpoint’
The Pittsburgh Emcee Jasiri X has released a video, ‘Checkpoint’, which makes Israelis out to be Nazis. We share it as a sophisticated example of the political propaganda that is going out these days under the guise of mainstream music. The lyrics are printed below. Any station that plays this stuff should have its license reviewed. […]
An epidemic of monocular cellists
Aron Zelkowicz warns us of an outbreak of one-eyed portraits in the cello world. Lots more here. Other instruments are getting infected. What is going on?