Voice alert: Covent Garden instals discreet amplification
Installation magazine reports that the Royal Opera House has ‘upgraded its sound system’ with ‘eight KP102s mounted each side of the proscenium arch.’ The system comprises the aforementioned KP102, colour matched to the gold of the proscenium arch, with 24 KKS50 Compact Sub-Bass in six clusters of four subs, three clusters each side. As well […]
Delay for London’s new concert hall?
According to the brief for the million-pound feasibility study, ‘The Feasibility Steering Group will present an interim report to the GLA and the DCMS in June 2015 and a final report in September 2015.’ Hadn’t happened, apparently, by close of play today. Any chance they’ll sort it out before the next Heathrow runway?
A baby girl for Welsh singing star
Katherine Jenkins was delivered of a 7lb daughter today, she announced on Twitter and Instagram: Introducing our daughter Aaliyah Reign Levitas, who came loudly into the world weighing almost 7lbs and surrounded by love. We are absolutely besotted with her & grateful for the beautiful blessing of this happy, healthy, little miracle. Cwtches all round. […]
Agent swoop: Tchaikovsky runner-up gets signed in London
The American pianist George Li, silver medal winner in this summer’s Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, has signed for global management with UK agecy Intermusica. George is currently enrolled in the Harvard-New England Conservatory joint degree program, studying with Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. Where was the US music biz when he impressed in Moscow?
Popular London conductor dies, aged 94
He was a fixture at Sadlers Wells in the 1950s and 1960s, often conducting Gilbert and Sullivan but even more frequently in light French opera. Alexander Faris was an authority on Jacques Offenbach and a man who never allowed himself to be troubled by the weightier aspects of music. Away from the opera, he wrote […]
The German conductor of the year is…
The 50 critics of Opernwelt magazine, catering to a German readership, have voted the Bavarian Opera chief Kirill Petrenko conductor of the year, for the second year running. The Bavarian Opera orchestra is voted orchestra of the year, but the opera house of the year is not Munich – it’s a split decision between Frankfurt […]
How to win fame on a railway station piano
A young Italian composer, Alberto Giurioli, struggling in London, went last week to try out his latest songs without words on the forecourt piano at St Pancras International station, gateway to Eurostar. A passing journalist filmed him and posted the clip on Youtube. The railway station management, liking what they saw, loaded the improvisation clip […]
Orchestra violinist flies off to aid African refugees
Dymphna Halls-Smith, a violinist in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, decided when she was 29 to volunteer as a medic in the Australian Army Reserves. That led to a nursing degree and career change. Recently, Dymphna joined Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Tanzania, helping refugees from the civil war in Burundi. She tells the ABC about it here. photo […]
Lifetime honour for the world’s best-loved pianist
We are thrilled to report that Echo Klassik will give an award for lifetime achievement next month to Menahem Pressler, pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio for 55 years and now an international soloist. Menahem, 91, is revered by four generations of musicians as a teacher, a thinker and a life-enhancing friend. You can hear […]
A pianist spat
A Russian pianist who lives in Italy and refuses to play in the UK has refused an honour in Cremona because it was previously awarded to Norman Lebrecht. Some websites seem to think this is a news story. The organisers of the award have clarified their position here. Our response: The pianist is entitled to […]
International soloist: Why I slept on airport floor
We have received a full account from Rachel Barton Pine on why she and her family spent the night on an airport floor after US Airways refused to board her precious Guarnerius violin. Rachel is at pains in her email to point out that the US Airways attendants were never rude. Just bloody unhelpful. Read […]