Ukraine museums president accuses Russian colleagues of crimes against humanity
Serhey Layevsky, President of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has published an open letter ‘to my despised and no longer colleagues’ in Russia, who signed the letter supporting Putin’s venture into Crimea. His targets include the directors of the Glinka and Tchaikovsky museums. ‘I merely want to get you […]
Music and the Jews: so, how’s business?
In the third programme in my Radio 3 series, we look at the cultural action of Jews with western music after the Napoleonic empancipation. Until the late 1820s, no Jew penetrated the musical mainstream. When Jews finally broke through, there was a driving incentive to change the civilisation that had excluded them for so many […]
Paris Opera under occupation
Stage union members took over the Opéra Garnier yesterday as part of a long-running dispute over changes to pension entitlements. The occupation was, happily, peaceful.
Bocelli to receive lifetime award… for Latin music
If ever you want a sign of how out of touch the music biz can be, catch this upcoming Billboard award where the Italian pop-and-wouldbe-opera singer is categorised in antediluvian record shop terms. Or do they think Andrea Bocelli sings in the language of the unreformed Church and ancient Rome?
Music teacher sold school’s instruments for drugs
A contemporary human tragedy from upstate New York. Danielle Conner-Willowglade, 30, admitted stealing instruments for several months and disposing of them at pawnshops. She was arrested in possession of a tuba. Her boyfriend was also charged. Full story here.
Hold the top notes: Kate Bush is coming back on tour
She hasn’t set foot on the road since 1979. And we haven’t got a day older. Nice to see you back, Kate. But whatever happened to your record label?
Minnesota: Michael Henson goes
The isolated president of the Minnesota Orchestra will leave in August, it was announced last night. His picture in the Star Tribune shows a man worn and weary by two years of incessant conflict in a situation that was not of his making. It is hard not to feel a twitch of sympathy. Henson […]
Shock in cloisters as St Paul’s Cathedral appoints a woman organ scholar
It’s only taken a couple of millennia, but tonight the great church has announced a breach with its breeches. The new organ scholar of St Paul’s is going to be Rachel Mahon, 24, presently organ scholar at Truro Cathedral. She’s the first woman to hold any organ post at the Cathedral. Rachel is Canadian, originally from […]
Gergiev is summoned to Munich for clarifications
Deutsche Welle reports (in Russian) that the Green faction in Munich’s city council want the Russian conductor to explain his letter of support for Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Crimea. Gergiev is due to become music director of the Munich Philharmonic next year. The new cold war may have consequences for him. More here (auf Deutsch).
Why was San Diego panicked into shutting down?
Up to the last board-room minute yesterday, plans were being made for a 50th season of opera in San Diego. Directors and conductors were planning productions. We know of one singer who, just a few days ago, received a signed contract for next season. The suddennes of the decision is perplexing. So why was San […]