Just in: Valentina Lisitsa is silenced by Dutch airline
Ukrainian agitators have persuaded the Dutch airline KLM to take down audio tracks by the pro-Russian pianist from their in-flight entertainment. Valentina has expressed approval for Russia’s annexation of parts of Crimea and has performed with pro-Russian militants (pictured). Inna Thorn, a Canada-based Ukrainian, wrote to KLM: I traveled this August with KLM from Canada […]
Last-minute appeal: ‘We need concertmaster, solo cello, first trombone…’
Boian Videnoff has issued an SOS on behalf of the Mannheim Philharmonic. Dear Friends our season is about to start and we’re looking for a new concert master, solo cello, first trombone, tutti violins and violas. If you’re interested please apply or tell your friends. Die neue Saison beginnt und in Kürze stehen Probespiele an: […]
Orch hires: St Paul names oboe and viola
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has appointed Barbara Bishop to the vacant oboe post and Hyobi Sim solo violist. Details here.
Why critics split over new operas
Thoughtful piece by David Patrick Stearns in Philly.com on this summer’s two US operatic premieres. Everyone raved over George Benjamin’s post-modern opera, Written on Skin. Stearns could not see the point. Most reviewers cavilled at Jennifer Higdon’s traditionalist Cold Mountain. Stearns liked it. So why is that? Read here.
Arts buildings architect goes bust
Malcolm Fraser, the Edinburgh firm that designed headquarters for Rambert (in London), Scottish Ballet and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (pictured), has gone into liquidation. Fraser said: ‘The work we did is beautiful and important. However, we have been unable to make it profitable. I am immensely proud of what we have done over 22 years and the […]
A bleak week for poets
In addition to Charles Tomlinson, we have lost Stephen Rodefer – ‘a resort darling’ – and the mischievous Cynthia Macdonald. May they rest in peace and harmony.
Estonia mourns musicologist politician
Vardo Rumessen, who has died aged 73, was the leading scholar of the music of Eduard Tubin and member of parliament for the moderate-right Pro Patria party. (How many musicologists are there in your parliament?)
Ensemble cancels release after Universal steps in
A few days ago Mother Falcon, an Austin-based group that walks the gangplank between après-classical and indie pop, were about to release an album, Good Luck Have Fun, when the big guys stopped it. Mother Falcon (how do you pronounce that?) got made an offer they could not refuse. The new album will now come […]
Israel to Merkel: Don’t take Barenboim to Iran
Th Israeli media have picked up reports from Slipped Disc and elsewhere that Chancellor Merkel is planning to take a Berlin orchestra with Daniel Barenboim to accompany her to Iran. This has provoked a furious response from the ultra-nationalist culture minister in the Netanyahu government government, Miri Regev who explodes on her Facebook page, demanding […]
Orchestras are bewildered organisms, don’t know which way is up
From a speech yesterday by Rory Jeffes, managing director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: I remember when we were touring in Japan in 2007 we were giving a performance in Osaka. In Japan concerts halls are often built into larger complexes and this one happened to be on the third floor so you had to […]
UK music teacher pleads guilty to making child pornography
Eric Wayman of Bowgate, Gosberton, will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on 11 counts of making indecent photographs of children. Wayman, 63, is former head of music at Spalding Grammar School and organist at Spalding St Mary and St Nicolas Church. In one of his videos, the court was told, a child is seen […]