A woman to lead the Musicians Union?
Believe it or not, the Musicians Union (MU), representing 30,000 professionals across the UK and affiliated to the Labour Party and all left-on orgs, has never elected a female leader. Since 1893, it has been one bloke after another. That may be about to change. This morning, Kathy Dyson threw her hat into the ring […]
Count them: 3.1 million Germans are musicians
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in Wiesbaden has issued the latest statistics on musical activity. According to the 2015 survey, some 3.1 million Germans – 38 percent of the population – make music in organised groups, such as orchestras, choirs and church groups. There are 64,000 professional singers and musicians registered in Germany, of whom instrumental players […]
No room in the sauna: Finns refuse asylum to threatened Iraqi violist
More signs of humanitarian shutdown. The Finns, hitherto hospitable, are restricting entry. Among thousands of refugees that arrived in 2015 was a viola player in the Iraq National Symphony Orchestra. Members of the orchestra have been threatened for playing Western music. But the Finns have now designated Iraq a safe country and refused the player’s […]
Hallelujah! The Soweto Gospel version
Leonard Cohen’s anthem has gone truly universal.
Glenn Close is back singing Sunset
She didn’t get to finish her London run, but there’s energy to burn in New York. Review here.
Death of ‘the first girl to play bebop piano’
Friends have informed us of the death, aged 92, of Barbara Carroll, described by Leonard Feather in 1947 as ‘the first girl to play bebop piano.’ Barbara made numerous recordings with the big boys and many original arrangements.
Sony are hassling Youtube users
The Korean pianist Hai-Kyung Suh came to London last month to record videos at Henry Wood Hall, including this Mozart Fantasia. Barely had the video gone live on Youtube than Sony Music Entertainment issued an opportunistic takedown order, claiming the video was the work of Lili Kraus, who died in 1986. Apparently, this is common practice […]
Ex-clarinetist wins Solti competition
The Russian Valentin Uryupin, winner of the Solti conducting competition, has previously won the ARD and Geneva competitions in clarinet. Now 31, he is permanent conductor at Theodor Currentzis’s opera house in Perm and artistic director in Rostov. Like Osmo Vanska, he knew when the tootling had to stop.
Hallelujah! Now for cello solo
The latest manifestation of Leonard Cohen’s mighty anthem is in an arrangement for solo cello and strings by Tom Hodge. Sheku Kanneh-Mason recorded it at Abbey Road and gave a first live whirl at the Bafta awards. We think it might catch on.
A shout-out for autistic academics
Apparently there has been no research conducted on university lecturers with autism. My research aims to give a voice to academics who identify as autistic, Asperger’s or on the autism spectrum. It focuses on autistic academics’ experiences of research, teaching and being an employee in higher education. Men and women of all ages have already […]
Trump picks Sound of Music fan as Austria ambassador
This is not an alternative fact. Patrick Park, a businessman friend of Donald J Trump, has seen The Sound of Music 75 times. He has been told by the president that he’s to be the next US ambassador to Austria. ‘I’m flying to Vienna to check out the embassy, and then I’m going to Salzburg […]