Next time Renee sings the Superbowl, she’ll have to pay for it
In a textbook case of capitalism max, the National Football League is telling half-time performers they won’t get paid. On the contrary, they’ll have to pay for the privilege. “One way to think about it is to remember that companies pay $4 million for 30 seconds of exposure during the Super Bowl,” says Daniel Lin, […]
A Swedish star stages opera without subsidy or sponsors
She is one of the county’s most outspoken stage personalities, never afraid to speak out in defence of embattled minorities. Now, she’s taking on the opera establishment with her own production of Handel’s Xerxes – without state funds or private sponsorship, relying just as the composer did on the money she takes at the door. […]
Concertgebouw: ‘By 2016, Holland may no longer have an international orchestra’
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has sounded a solemn note in its annual report, warning the Dutch government that it will lose a world-class asset if it does not increase state subsidy. ‘Our position is still strong but it is weakening fast,’ said David Bazen, the orch’s commercial director. Despite artistic success at home and on […]
Mendelssohn Prize goes to … German Foreign Minister. Er, why?
Sometimes being German is all it takes. The award of the International Mendelssohn Prize in Leipzig to Hans-Dietrich Gesncher, long-serving foreign minister and middle-road politician, is one of those sometimes. What has Genscher done to exemplify the values and creative exhilaration of Felix Mendelssohn? Here’s the citation (auf Deutsch): „Seinem Motto: ‘… verantwortliche Politik […]
Another teacher vanishes from troubled music school
We hear that Daniel King Smith, the school accompanist, will not be returning to the Purcell School in the new term. No reason for his departure has been given to staff, parents or pupils. We have requested confirmation from King Smith. It is understood that King Smith has been made to sign a confidentiality agreement and […]
The next Stephane Grapelli?
Meet Fewaz Yekini. We like how he plays and we can’t find anything more about him. Click here for video, uploaded last night. h/t: Barbara Luisi
1,300 surge to sing in Berlin’s Verdi Requiem
Places in Berlin radio choir’s annual singalong concert, conducted by Simon Halsey, sold out yesterday in 20 minutes. The waiting list is also booked out. There has never been such a need in Berlin to sing out loud.
An opera diva shuns Selfies, Facebook…
The Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (pictured left), who took Salzburg by storm in La Favorita after prolonged maternity leave, has issued a coded attack on those of her colleagues (I think we know who she means, pictured right) who market themselves on social media. Elina tells the Munich Merkur (not online): Heute ist es […]
What violinists are paid in…
… Sydney, Australia. We gave been sent the pay rates for second violins in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The going rate for a tutti seat is A$92,135 to A$115,169 (US $85,600-107,027). It comes with 9.50% superannuation, and 6 weeks annual leave. That is more than double the tutti rate in most UK orchestras. nd you won’t […]
What conductors earn in…
… Finland. The Helsingin Sanomat critic Vesa Siren has been looking at the fees for chief conductor in his town, after the announcement that Susanna Mälkki is to take over the Philharmonic from John Storgards. Vesa has worked out that the Helsinki Philharmonic pays its chief between 10,000 and 15,000 Euros per concert (US […]
Incredible video: Paul McCartney plays Bach
Guy Traviss, the editor of Classical Guitar magazine who’s coming round tomorrow to do some filming, has come up with a remarkable video of Macca getting his fingers around a piece of Bach. Sir Paul was working at the time with Carlos Bonell on a classical guitar concerto. He demonstrates, among other secrets, how Bach […]