Just in: Chetham’s head resigns
Claire Moreland has sent the following email to staff and students: ‘I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from Chetham’s School of Music on 31st August 2016 after 17 years as Head. I am sharing my decision with 18 months’ notice in order to liaise with the School Governors as […]
‘You’ve got hair like Rattle. You can conduct.’
Both the music director and the concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra told James Jeffrey that he looked the part on the podium. So what’s so hard about conducting, anyway? A good, long read here.
Boston Symphony mourns a violinist of 48 years
Ronald Knudsen has died, aged 83, two years after he retired from the orchestra. When he wasn’t playing in the BSO, he conducted two local orchestras, in Brockton and Newton. His son, Sato, played cello in the BSO.
French stars rally in defence of music on radio
No sooner was the decision out that two radio orchestras may be forcibly merged than the leading names in French music have sent a petition to the Minister of Culture, urging her to maintain the high standards of France Musique. The first signatories are: Roberto Alagna, chanteur ; Alain Altinoglu, chef d’orchestre ; Gautier Capuçon, […]
Official: Two Paris orchestras are told to merge
Our resmusica amis have drawn our attention to a ruling by the auditor of public finances, demanding the fusion of two Paris-based radio orchestras, the Nationale (Daniele Gatti) and the Philharmonique (Myung Whun Chung). The ruling was handed down by the Cour des comptes, which surveys spending at all public bodies from the Elysée Palace to […]
Music (and all else) is blacked out across Turkey
The entire country is under an electricity blackout. No transport, no air traffic control, no broadcast music. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said all possible causes of the blackout were under investigation, including terrorism. If you’re not hearing from frineds in Turkey, that’s why.
Latest: Naked string quartet leader ‘was drugged in a bar’
The Leipzig String Quartet has launched the defence of its leader, Stefan Arzberger, who was arrested after running naked through a Manhattan hotel and allegedly attacked a female guest. The Quartet says: After he got drugged in a bar he was disoriented for 5 hours and got robbed. All credit cards were used with high […]
Helping buskers survive in New York City
received message: Dear Norman, After reading your article about Andrew Kalleen’s wrongful arrest, I thought you’d be interested that The Busking Project has launched a service to help New York buskers get cashless payments in the street, network and hopefully avoid needless arrest.< This year is the 30th anniversary of the landmark case that legalised busking in New York. […]
Agency moves: Two ex-IMG men link arms
Stephen Wright, a co-founder of IMG Artists, now owns ICA Artists (which used to be Van Walsum). With me so far? Stephen needs help at the top so he has hired Ian Smallbone, who set up the ill-fated Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the IMG exodus in 2013. Like White Russians driving cabs in 1920s […]
The Met gets a one-par reply in the New Yorker
When the New Yorker refused to publish a letter from the Metropolitan Opera accusing it of inaccuracy, cooler heads than Peter Gelb’s submitted a shortened, watered-down version of the General Manager’s original rant, leaving out any suggestion that the reporter got it wrong. Here’s what gets published today: DRAMA AT THE MET We […]
New study: Cats prefer classical music
The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, an essential part of our weekend reading, reports a major breakthrough in our understanding of cats. Twelve females were fitted with headphones while being spayed at a vet’s surgery in Portugal. After two minutes of silence, the cats were played two minutes each of Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Natalie […]