Have English music schools learned their lesson?
A Telegraph commentary by anti-abuse campaigner Ian Pace in response to the rape conviction of Philip Pickett ought to provoke a bout of soul-searching at England’s ‘elite’ music schools and conservatories. Ought to, but probably won’t. The response to past crimes at Chetham’s and the RNCM in Manchester, resulting in the conviction of Mike […]
The low-down: Mehta is being shuttled by private jet between San Carlo and La Scala
Our Italian golo profondo has been shocked to discover that a private jet has been booked to fly Zubin Mehta from Naples (where he’s conducting Tristan next week) to Milan for Aida. Not once, but seven times. In an era of austerity, that seems a tad … extravagant. Especially if La Scala is paying for it […]
Editorial: A rapist at the heart of London’s music world
Philip Pickett cut quite a figure in the early music revolution of the 1970s. In the intersecting acts of performing, teaching and selling the new doctrines of period practice, he was a trumpet player who took up the record, shawn and rackett, founding and leading ensembles and negotiating their contracts with major record labels. His […]
Verdict: Early music chief gets 11 years for sex crimes
Philip Pickett, founder and leader of several early music ensembles, has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to 11 years for rape and attempted rape of young women students at the Guildhall School of Music in the 1970s and 1980s. The case has been unreported until this morning, due to restrictions imposed by the judge. […]
Christoph Eschenbach: ‘ I’m able to always discover new worlds’
The conductor, 75 today, has given a soft-soap interview to Deutsche Welle. He has found the key to happiness: ‘Routine is a horrible word. It shouldn’t exist for anyone. I preach that practically like a priest,’ he says. He speaks of his love of Washington, DC, failing to mention his demission this week. Read here.
Russian maestro, 82, is out of intensive care
The veteran conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev is making a good recovery, Tass reports from Moscow, after being rushed to hospital in a serious condition two weeks ago. He has been transferred to a regular ward and hopes to fulfil a pair of Moscow concerts in a month’s time.
Carnegie Hall shifts chairs
Sanford I. Weill stepped down today as chairman of Carnegie Hall, a post he has commanded with great vigour since 1991. He is succeeded by Ronald O. Perelman, who has been a trustee for 27 years. Weill becomes president. Weill is 81, Perelman 72. You ever wonder why Carnegie doesn’t pack in the kids the […]
High tension as German star faces losing his Strad
The international virtuoso Frank-Peter Zimmermann is locked in last-minute negotiations to hold onto the Stradivarius he has played for the past twelve years. The 2002 loan, by an executor for a bankrupt bank (WestLB), expires tomorrow (Friday). Under the contract, Zimmermann has the right to buy the instrument, known as the Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius, when […]
Simon Rattle signs cuts petition
From the East London and West Essex Guardian: A second world-famous conductor has backed a campaign to fight off cuts to a music service which educates tens of thousands of children each year. Principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, pledged his support over the weekend after performing with Redbridge Music Service (RMS) students at […]
Mexican tenor gets major agency deal
AskonasHolt has signed Curtis-trained Diego Silva, 26, currently covering Faust in Paris.
Just in: Gidon Kremer cancels six weeks, blaming the music business
The great violinist has sent a letter to friends (below), saying he’s taking six weeks rest on medical advice. Most artists would leave it at that. But Gidon sees a moral precept in all that he does. Hit by the unexpected tour withdrawal of Daniil Trifonov, a pianist he esteems, he faced demands from promoters […]