‘From my own music education, I know four suicides’
The anti-abuse campaigner Ian Pace has written a powerful, personal article in the current issue of Music Teacher magazine on the need to safeguard students of all ages at music institutions. Here’s a sample: From those I encountered during my own musical education, I know of at least four suicides – not to mention other […]
US orch hires reindeer Pekka
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, bouncing back from bad times, is forming a formidable artistic team. It has now added Pekka Kuusisto, the Sibelius winner to a top table comprising the pianist Jeremy Denk, clarinettist Martin Fröst and two other violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Thomas Zehetmair. Pekka, 38. says the new job ‘gives me reindeer-bumps.’ That […]
Just in: Barenboim is out of Berlin Philharmonic running
‘I am not a candidate,’ he told the Morgenpost at the season launch of the Berlin State Opera. His dismissive comment is confirmed by El Pais. Barenboim yesterday, checking suits with Jürgen Flimm. (Can we have some comments on the suits?)
Gelb bombs at international opera awards
A nameless singer attending Sunday’s awards has been sharing its highs and lows. Her lowest of the low…. this may come as a surprise… was the me-me-me speech by the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera. Read here. And more failures here.
Cecilia Bartoli commands a new ensemble
Already head of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Bartoli has been announced as artistic director of a new baroque ensemble, Les Musiciens du Prince, at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. She has signed on until 2021.
Church composer escapes jail over child porn
A fellow of the Royal College of Organists and an associate of the Royal School of Church Music received a four-month suspended prison sentence after police found 29 images of boys aged 14 to 16 on his computer. John Barnard is presently suspended as head of choir at John Keble Church, Edgware. He is a retired French […]
Sad death of Belgian opera singer, 46
We regret to report the death of Marc Claesen. The cause is unknown. He leaves a partner, Ester Salemi. Marc, a baritone, sang major roles in Flemish Opera, Dutch National Opera, Darmstadt, Heidelberg and elsewhere. Latterly, he was artistic director of Arte Duct.
David Cameron gives his views on music education
Speaking tonight on Classic FM, the prime minister talks up his government’s work on music education: ‘As a government we’ve put something like £390m into music education. We’ve created these hubs around the country so that more children get the chance to learn a musical instrument. I think it is important. There’s more to be […]
Sad news: A Paris conductor has died
The New Zealand-born conductor Gary Brain has died in Paris, aged 72. Gary was a percussionist in Wales, Ulster and at the Royal Opera House, London. He became principal timpanist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra but on a flight to the US a suitcase fell from an overhead locker and crushed his wrist beyond repair. He retrained […]
‘Air France broke my cello’
The cellist Aristide de Plessis informs us: A colleague of mine recently acquired a 200-year-old cello. She headed to Zurich from Johannesburg to do an audition. Being a student, she had no choice but to check it in as hold baggage as she could not afford a second seat from one hemisphere to another. Not […]