Two heads lost at BBC Proms Salome
press release: Prom 58, 30 August: We are sorry to announce that Ildikó Komlósi and Ante Jerkunica have had to withdraw from this Prom. We are very grateful to Doris Soffel who will now sing Herodias and Marko Mimica who will now sing First Soldier.
Rural isolation of murdered orchestra player
The tragic death of Mary Whitaker, a popular violinist in upstate New York orchestras, remains at this moment unsolved. Mary, 61, was found dead in her isolated summer residence in Chautaqua County, killed by a single shotgun wound. No motive has been discovered. Her closest neighbours, quarter of a mile away either side, were Amish […]
Crime wave? A second oboe is stolen in Montreal
Katherine Needleman, principal oboe of the Baltimore Symphony, has asked us to share news of the theft of her instrument in Montreal. A month ago, we reporteda similar loss suffered by the New York player, Ron Cohen Mann. It could be that some criminal is stealing oboes to order. Katherine’s Yamaha was taken on Tuesday […]
A trusted restorer has died
The death has been announced by violin specialists J&A Beare of Michael Carlton Byrd, who maintained and repaired instruments for thousands of players. He worked at Beares for over 20 years, setting up on his own in 1996. Among the violins that he made, one was owned by Yehudi Menuhin. Michael was 62. He died […]
Final nails in Met deal. Now let’s see the small print.
press release: New York, NY (August 21, 2014) – The Metropolitan Opera and IATSE jointly announce tonight that new labor agreements have been secured with the remaining unions whose contracts had expired. Groups with new agreements include six unions represented by IATSE: Local 751 (box office treasurers), Local 764 (costume and wardrobe), Local 794 (camera operators), […]
British tenor sweeps four early music prizes
Rupert Charlesworth, 27, has cleaned up at the Innsbruck early music competiion. He took the main prize, the audience award and two other special awards. An Italian soprano, Giulia Semenzato, came second.
Berlioz piano for sale at 800 Euros
You know how it is when you’re redecorating. You get rid of a lot of old stuff on sale websites. So this person in Normandie put an Erard piano up for sale, noting its serial number: 19972. She was looking for 800 Euros. A collector identified the instrument as belonging to Hector Berlioz. The composer’s […]
A death prematurely reported
On the basis of a report by a close family member, we announced yesterday the death of the Marshall Fine, from injuries sustained in a road accident. The notification was some hours premature. Marshall died in hospital this morning at 10.3o local. We regret the inaccuracy along with any distress that may have been caused. […]
Andris Nelsons leaves on a Beethoven high
The Latvian conductor is leaving the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he made his name. He is leaving with some reluctance, having apparently asked the Boston Symphony if he could retain a formal attachment to his previous band. Boston said no. So Andris is launchuing his final season with a six-day Beethoven cycle, the […]
Orchestra violinist shot dead. Conductor mourns.
Mary Whitaker, a violinist in the Westchester Philharmonic and the Chautaqua Symphony, has died in tragic, horrific circumstances. Details are still sketchy, but it appears she was shot in Chautaqua during the course of a robbery. UPDATE here. She was a close friend of Marin Alsop and played at her parents’ memorial tributes. Marin has […]
Yehudi’s guru is no more
The practical mystic B K S Iyengar who did more than anyone to popularise yoga beyond Indian culture has died, aged 95. His fame spread after a meeting with Yehudi Menuhin in 1952. Yehudi learned to stand on his head. So did the Israeli prime minister, David Ben Gurion. Soon, a large part of the […]