Oxford enlightenment: Natalie is named director of performance
Oxford Univeristy has appointed the cellist Natalie Clein to be Director of Musical Performance for the next four years. Natalie says: ‘Ever since I first visited Oxford as a student and then later as a professional cellist performing at the Sheldonian, Holywell and Jacqueline du Pré, it has occupied a place of great significance in my consciousness, both […]
Buying a cello seat? You may pay 6 times more…
From Slipped Disc reader, Jennivine Doo: Here’s our experience with United with purchasing a cello seat: Purchase your cello seat separately from passenger seat with United, you may end up paying 6 times more than what you were quoted over the phone, but won’t find out till you receive your credit card statement because United […]
Symphony players go to jail
The Kansas Symphony has a program for playing in prisons. They tried it out this week. Gives a whole new upbeat dimension to the term ‘orchestral lockout’. Watch here.
Just in: Dudamel to play Superbowl
Just in from the LA Phil: LOS ANGELES, January 28, 2016 – Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), led by LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, will perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on Sunday, February 7 on CBS. The show will echo elements of the NFL’s On the Fifty campaign […]
Former Paris Opéra chief has died, aged 70
The death is reported of Jean-Louis Martinoty, director of the Opéra National de Paris from 1986 to 1989. He died on Wednesday of unknown causes, a few days after his 70th birthday. Martinoty was a prolific stage director, coming to attention with a celebrated Rameau Boréades for John Eliot Gardiner and working at many opera houses, including Mozart […]
Tragedy: US music student, 25, is found dead in Vienna
Austrian police say they have found the body of Lauren Mann, from Paonia in Western Colorado, in an apartment on the Wiedner Hauptstrasse. There were no external injuries but tests are being carried out to see if she was possibly poisoned. No other cause has been indicated. Lauren, who studied at the College of Music at […]
Cellist gets refunded for his extra seat
Nathan Chan, the cellist whose instrument was bumped off WestJet and had to be flown separately at great inconvenience, has been refunded the cost of the extra seat he purchased. That’s $248.74. But there’s no apology or policy shift from WestJet, so he’s running a petition to change their stubborn attitude. Click here.
The books you really need to read in 2016
The Lebrecht Album of the Week is now being published by another of its former sites, the brilliant US-based Open Letters Monthly, probably the best guide to literary form in the English language. Review here. What caught our eye on a browse of the site was a recommendation by the OLM editors of the new […]
What to do when Maestro gives you flowers
It’s a delicate etiquette point. The concert’s over. It’s been pretty good. Some flunkey or fan comes on and gives the conductor a bouquet of flowers. Which he then thrusts on you. What to do. Do you: (a) blush (b) blush and curtsy (c) say thank you (d) say thank you and dismantle the bunch, […]
Danish symphonist wins quarter of a million Euros
The Ernst von Siemens prize for 2016 was awarded today to Per Norgard, 83. Good composer. Nice top-up for his pension fund.
Orch to play all 28 EU states
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has announced plans to play in every European Union member state in the course of two and a half years, starting in Ireland in August. New principal conductor Daniele Gatti will be in charge. The tour patron is EU president Jean-Claude Juncker, something of a stranger to the concert hall. Let’s hope […]