UK opens Shakespeare year by arresting Shakespeare scholar
Paul Hamilton, was awarded a doctorate at Birmingham University last July for his thesis on Shakespeare’s influence on American literature in the 19th century. On January 17, he was arrested at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon and informed that he was to be repatriated. Dr Hamilton, 42, a US citizen, has been held since then in a cell at […]
God saves classical music (again)
A truly shocking stat on this week’s Nielsen Soundscan classical charts. The Monks of Norcia on Decca sold more than 5,000 copies in the US last week. No classical release has done so well in months. Almost equally shocking: the next-best ‘classical’ seller is … Downton Abbey, with just under 500 sales. After that, Yo Yo […]
Lebrecht Album of the Week changes site
With the slow demise of sinfinimusic.com, we have relocated the widely-read review to its former homes, on www.scena.org in Canada and www.openlettersmonthly.com in the US. First review coming up shortly. Thanks for reading.
Happy end: Prized 1714 cello is found in abandoned car
An Antonio Domenicelli cello that was left in the owner’s car, which was stolen last November in Glendale, California, has been found safe and well in the car, which was parked on a residential street for two months. Neighbour called the police, who identified the vehicle and returned it to Hollywood session musician Cameron Stone with the […]
Luxury sub: Gheorghiu steps in at Covent Garden
Announcement on the ROH website: Amanda Echalaz has had to withdraw from Tosca on 25 and 29 January due to illness. The Royal Opera is extremely grateful to Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who will now sing the role for these performances. Tickets are, as they say, still available. Word at the box-office is that ROH is having a tough season. […]
Just in: New title for Christoph Eschenbach
The retreating conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra has been named Honorary Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, where he has made 150 appearances over 51 years. A consolation prize.
An Auschwitz survivor, 90, dances this week in Berlin
Eva Pusztai-Fahidi was a girl of 18 when she was taken to Auschwitz, where her parents, sister and 49 members of her extended family were murdered in the Nazi extermination machine. For 60 years after her liberation, Eva never spoke of her horrific experiences. Now, in her 90s, she has opened a show in dance […]
Boston Symphony ponders change after kicking out mother and child
An official from the BSO has written to Adele Ohki apologising for her eviction from Symphony Hall while pointing out that the orchestra has ‘a long-standing rule’ not to allow children under five into concerts, or rehearsals. Kim Noltemy, chief operating an communications office, adds: ‘I oversee the various audience policies at the BSO and […]
Young maestro move: American winner takes Paris agent
Jonathon Heyward, 23, winner of the Besançon conductors competition, has signed with Paris-based boutique agency, CLB Jonathon is currently based in London, where he is studying with Sian Edwards.
Charlotte Church is headline act for Jeremy Corbyn
The sometime Sony Classical artist will top the bill at a profile-raising concert for the Labour Party leader. She’s being touted as the big draw in #JC4PM (Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister) at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on March 9, and elsewhere on tour.
This gadget tunes your instrument automatically
From today’s Wall Street Journal: The hand-held device, which sells for $99, attaches to a tuning peg on a stringed instrument. After the user plucks the string, Roadie analyzes the sound and automatically adjusts the tension to get the string tuned properly. An app stores profiles for different instruments and custom tunings and keeps track […]