Claims of violent conduct at Italian classical festival
We reported yesterday that Musicfestperugia had shut down because of the nearby earthquake. This, it appears, was not the full story. The festival director Ilana Vered has accused the Romanian conductor Mihnea Ignat of attacking and ‘choking’ one of the teachers, John Holloway. Holloway posted later that he is okay. The police were called. Mihnea […]
Philharmonic sells 100,000 season subscriptions
Natalia Uvarova of the Moscow Philharmonic Society reports that they have sold 100,000 memberships for the coming season, and more are still coming in. She adds that there is a good demographic spread, the new subscribers come from all age groups. The Philhrmonic Society is the host organisation for the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in […]
The future of opera stage design?
This looks remarkably like a digital background set…. they are coming more and more into use. The production is Cenerentola at the Innsbruck Festival. Photos: Innsbrucker Festwochen/ Rubert Larl UPDATE: The designer assures us (see Comments) that this is not a digital set. It’s hand-painted.
Just in: Stolen London violin is returned to owner
Message just in from Jane Gordon, whose violin was stolen on a train coming in to Waterloo: Hi Norman, I thrilled to announced the violin was handed back safe & sound to me this evening – nothing missing. Thank you very much for posting and helping spread the word. Relieved beyond words can describe! But […]
The composer wears no clothes at the BBC Proms
Krzysztof Chorzelski, violist of the Belcea Quartet, has taken issue with Mica Levi’s world premiere, Signal Before War, performed last Saturday as one of the new works at the BBC Proms. Once you’ve listened to the short piece, you might well be inclined to agree. Point, what point? Here’s Krzystof: On Saturday 20 August at […]
I never saw my stolen viola again
The musician Sally Beamish relates movingly in the Guardian how the theft of her instrument in 1989 changed her from a performer to a composer. A friend found the two bows in an alleyway. In the following weeks, I scoured markets and antique shops, convinced I would find the viola. These unique instruments don’t just […]
Watch: Youth orchestra is stranded at JFK airport, so they….
…. play Elgar. Newly posted on Youtube: When musicians of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra flew to Spain in June 2016 for a concert tour, one of the flight groups was stranded at New York’s JFK airport after their flight was cancelled at midnight. In response, they all took out their instruments. Check out as 55 […]
Trumpet star gives $10 million for free music tuition
The magnificent Herb Alpert has put up $10.1 million to enable Los Angeles City College to teach music majors for free. Now that’s what we call brass.
Italian festival is cancelled due to earthquake
The pianist Ilana Vered has announced that ‘because of the earthquake we cancelled the rest of our musicfestperugia.’ No further information has been posted on the official site.
Could there be a Brexit boost for British arts?
In the new issue of Standpoint, I survey the post-referendum arts wasteland. The further we get from the Brexit referendum the less we know about the ultimate outcome, be it in this lifetime or the next. All we know for sure is that predictions are not worth the paper they are printed on and, as […]
BBC Proms loses a star cellist
Truls Mork is out of tonight’s Liverpool Phil Prom. He’s replaced by Alexei Stadler in the first Shostakovich concerto. Not much time to rehearse. UPDATE: From Sandra Roberts of the RLPO: I got the call at 9.35 and thanks to BA being ahead of schedule he landed at Heathrow at 1529 and was playing on stage […]