Rome prohibits payments to street musicians
Musicians have been called out onto the streets to usher in the New Year, but the city has made it illegal to pay them. Read here.
Arise, Sir Bryn…. and other honours
The baritone Bryn Terfel has been knighted and percussionist Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the UK list of New Year’s Honours. The conductor Jeffrey Tate also received a knighthood, as did Barry Ife, outgoing head of the Guildhall School. There are OBEs for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra chief exec […]
Conductor is fired for telling the truth
A stage show of the Disney musical Frozen was disrupted when the orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno announced to the young audience, ‘Father Christmas does not exist’. He was dismissed on the spot. His integrity intact. Read here.
Classical guitar has no effect on a female wallaby
Has anyone tried it on humans?
Is this the reason Natalie Dessay left her label?
From the last Lebrecht Album of the Week of 2016: This release is the first fruit of the artist’s new contract with Sony, following a close personal and creative friendship with EMI/Warner and its sensitive chief, Alain Lanceron. It would not surprise me to learn that Lanceron’s lack of enthusiasm for this odd project was […]
Watch: Paris orchestra sings in the rain for Debbie Reynolds
A tribute by members of the Orchestre de Paris. Vicens Prats is the soloist
Vienna has a new dress code. Are we bothered?
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has commissioned new tails from Vivienne Westwood. A free encore for those who stay awake through the whole (short) video.
Mormon Choir singer resigns, refusing to perform for Trump
A resignation letter from Jan Chamberlin, a five-year member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Dear President Jarrett and Choir, Today is my birthday. (Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you………..) It is with a sad and heavy heart that I submit my resignation to you and to Choir. I’m am praying that […]
The famous pianist who fixed a broken pedal
Further to yesterday’s adventures of Eliane Rodrigues with a broken Steinway pedal, the Vienna-based pianist Albert Frantz was reminded of an incident involving a master of the instrument: Paul Badura-Skoda once stepped onstage to perform a Chopin concerto. Since his plane had arrived late, he missed the rehearsal. The orchestral introduction was his only opportunity to […]
Exclusive: Toronto Symphony starts to learn from its past
In the week of the biggest boardroom clear-out anyone has seen in Toronto, interim president Gary Hanson took time out to consult with Walter Homburger, managing director of the orchestra in its glory years. Walter was the best classical impresario Canada has ever seen. He discovered and managed Glenn Gould, launched an international artists touring […]