A banker is the new UK Culture Secretary
Sajid Javid, 44, is a former V-P at Chase Manhattan and MD at Deutsche Bank. He lists no cultural interests. Lot to learn. He replaces Maria Miller, brought down by expenses confusion and bare-faced arrogance.
A virtuoso drops his fiddle
Mark O’Connor, the American cross-genre performer, saw his fiddle fall to the ground as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD. The instrument, made for him in 2002 by Portland luthier John Cooper, suffered two dreadful cracks. Here’s Mark’s firsthand account of the disaster: My back was […]
A symphony for football’s dead
Michael Nyman has written a symphony for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra containing the 96 names of innocent football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago. The composer hopes it will make ‘a small but significant contribution to the healing process for the families. The premiere is in Liverpool on July 5.
David Cameron becomes first PM since Thatcher to cut a record
Maggie in her heyday narrated Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with orchestra for EMI. Now David Cameron has gone into studio for Decca to recite a Rupert Brooke poem for charity. Details here.
Boris, the busker’s friend
This just in from City Hall, believe it or not: Mayor urges young musicians to sign up for Gigs busking competition and launches #BackBuskingcampaign to support capital’s street musicians Reams of red tape and a myriad of confusing rules could force talented buskers off London’s streets, the Mayor Boris Johnson has warned as he launched a new […]
Gone: UK Culture Secretary quits
No tears will be shed for Maria Miller, who diddled her expenses and grudged her apology to Parliament. She was an arts agnostic who cared little for the vibrant and varied cultures she was supposed to promote and protect. Report here.
San Diego Opera fans sing out at city council meeting
It looks and sounds like a professional chorus turned into a flash mob of survival fighters. The council seem to like it. Watch.
Transfer news: Manchester signs French striker
The Royal Northern College of Music announces today it has hooked the French violinist Renaud Capuçon on a one-year contract as International Chair in Violin. Class act.
Who’s free? Me, says Gergiev
Carnegie Hall, hustling round for a second replacement for the indisposed Lorin Maazel, followed the old dictum: always ask a busy man. It looks like the LSO get short measure from his translatlantic rescue mission, but that was never likely to bother their outgoing chief. Release below. VALERY GERGIEV TO CONDUCT MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN […]
Another NY cultural hangout shutters up
Brian Wise reports that Klavierhaus has gone. Yet another victim of midtown developer greed. Brian notes: The transaction is the latest in a series of moves that signal the downsizing of the midtown piano retail district, which sits between Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and for decades has drawn piano buyers from around the world. Sic […]