Orchestra names and plays David Cameron’s parting hum
What tune was on the departing PM’s mind? All can now be revealed. It’s Gone with the Wind. Apparently.
Youtube just halved what it pays out
According to the FT: ‘Effective payment rate from online video site halves to $0.001 per stream in 2015’. Youtube is owned by Google. Google steals the world.
Social and personal: Top young pianist gets engaged
The pianist ‘for the rest of our lives’ has announced his engagement on social media. Daniil Trifonov’s message reads: With Judith, celebrating our engagement in my favorite Russian restaurant in New York ❤️
Dallas responds to tension with mass singalong
It’s on Thursday, if you’re free. press release: Dallas – The community is invited to join together at a free concert of uplifting and healing music on Thursday, July 14th at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street in Dallas. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. The […]
Germany pumps millions into Barenboim’s Said Academy
The German government paid 20 million Euros for the conductor’s new Middle East project in Berlin. Culture minister Monika Grütters (below) has now committed to pay 5.5 million Euros a year for running costs. Up to 100 Arab and Israeli students are expected to enrol. The chamber music concert hall is a mini-marvel, designed by […]
Bayreuth director: New conductor has changed my Parsifal
The crabby Uwe Eric Laufenberg has been complaining about his new conductor, Hartmut Haenchen, hastily summoned to the relief of Parsifal after Andris Nelsons walked out. Hanechen, he says, is more of a precisionist in the Boulez mould than an imaginative artist like Nelsons. He also brought his own orchestral parts, which proved ‘irritating’ at first. […]
What’s the jaunty tune that David Cameron is humming?
Cheerfully giving up hs job the British prime minster was clearly heard humming a little theme as he walked through his front door at 10 Downing Street. But which theme? Could it be the opening of Shostakovich’s first violin concerto? UPDATE: here’s another clue.
Barenboim: The world is sick, so we’re changing the medicine
Spaking at the press tour of the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, the conductor said: ‘When you’re sick and you realize your medicine isn’t working, you have to try something different. That’s what we are doing right now. What has been done over the years in the Middle East had not been productive and has not […]
It’s Jane Eyre, the opera (again)
A Charlotte Bronte opera that occupied twenty years of composer John Joubert’s life until its completion in 1997 is to receive its world premiere on 25 October 2016, at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Birmingham. Joubert will turn 90 next year. A previous Jane Eyre opera by Michael Berkeley and David Malouf was stolen from […]
New music prize seeks public jury
Here’s a spot of glasnost: The European Composition Prize at Young Euro Classic in Berlin wants an audience vote on the winner. Interested? Call Berlin (030) 884713963
US orch appoints Buddhist concertmaster
Santa Cruz Symphony has recruited Nigel Armstrong, 26, as its new concertmaster. A contender at international competitions, Nigel went ‘to live with and learn from the Plum Village community founded by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, where he spent a year working on their organic farm and taking part in their daily life.’ Not your […]