Tax break this week for UK orchestras?
The Financial Times reports that George Osborne is hinting at tax breaks for British orchestras in his forthcoming autumn statement. The sector complains its public funding has dropped 14 percent in four years and musicians pay has fallen behind inflation. One orch, in Ulster, could go out of business this month. No details yet, but […]
Barenboim: ‘I fell in love with La Scala sound’
The departing principal conductor had no regrets in his farewell press conference in Milan after nine ‘wonderful’ years. ‘I have to say very simply: I fell in love with that which I heard,’ he said. He impressed on Pope Francis this month ‘the very urgent need to find a solution’ in the Middle East and […]
Salzburg coup: Cecilia renews to 2021
Bartoli, the brighest spark on the mountain, has made the Whitsun Festival her own.She signed a new contract today.
New video: A Syrian child plays toy instrument on Istanbul street
Watch. Weep. Rage. Click here.
Two women and a lad flute it out in Geneva
The finalists in the flute section of the prestigious Concours Genève are: Results of the Semi-Final round (candidates selected for the Final round) Ms Elena BADAEVA 25 y.o., Russian Federation Ms Adriana FERREIRA 24 y.o., Portugal Mr. Yubeen KIM 17 y.o., South Korea
Give this music PR an award
Whoever’s doing media for the previously unprepossessing conductor Gianandrea Noseda should be up for a Christmas bonus. First, they used the desperate New York Times – without a music exclusive all year – to splash a thin story about his threatened walkout from Torino. Then, along with various other soft plants, they splashed the balding […]
Toronto is in the recovery position
The Toronto Symphony has posted a small surplus for the past financial year – $222,349 on earnings of over $23 million. ‘The deficit era is over,’ declared new chief executive Jeff Melanson. ‘I have never had a deficit in my career.’ Always good to claim credit for your predecessor’s achievement.
Conductor interviews composer…. erm, they are the same person
Post by Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Franz’s favourite falls to Franck
The ultimate trigger for Franz Welser-Möst’s walkout from the Vienna Opera was a disagreement over a favourite piece of his, Richard Strauss’s ballet, Josephslegende. Franz’s walkout left Vienna with many empty nights in its podium. Josephslegende was one of the last to be filled. This morning they announced it will be conducted by the Finn, […]