Brussels fury at ballet ‘suppression’
The decision to end ballet performances at La Monnaie as part of a range of financial cuts has drawn a stinging response from the choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, whose company was in residence at La Monnaie for 25 years. She writes: « L’annonce de la direction de la Monnaie de supprimer toute sa programmation danse […]
A terrible mistake at the New York Times
Most people in media are aware that the Grey Lady is having a haircut. That means lots of journos being relieved of their jobs, some walking of their own volition, others being escorted to the door. Among the latter, I learn today, is the veteran music critic and reporter, Allan Kozinn. Let me […]
Tatler’s diva cover girl
The Russian January issue of the fashion magazine is out now. In it, the diva talks about her son’s autism.
Can music teach ethics to medical students?
The art of treating dying patients is being lost in an era of factory hospitals. The brain surgeon Henry Marsh discusses the doctor’s dilemma with pain-filled perception in his extraordinary book, Do No Harm. At a lower, entry level, Carwyn Hooper discusses how he utilises music and poetry to engage future doctors in the moral […]
‘I am about to outrage five million readers…’
The big composer anniversaries of 2015 will be Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, both born in 1865. Nielsen, I write in the new Standpoint, flickers in the shadow of Sibelius. Comparison is inherently unfair since the Finn enjoyed much greater success than the Dane. However…. That said — and I’m about to outrage five million […]
Soloist, rushed to hospital, resumes recital in shades
This just in from our London neighbour, the wonderful accordion virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova: Dear audience in Erfurt! Thanks for being understanding and sorry for wearing glasses tonight. I usually never do that, so I feel like dropping a little note… If you heard sirens of ambulance today it was me being driven to the hospital […]
Luc Bondy quits Salzburg: it’s personal
Press release just in: PETER KONWITSCHNY to direct Die Eroberung von Mexico, replacing LUC BONDY (December 18, 2014, SF) The Salzburg Festival regrets to announce that Luc Bondy finds himself unable to direct the production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico for reasons of scheduling as well as personal ones. With him, […]
Chicago blues as Symphony cancels Christmas
The annual Welcome Yule concerts, a big-budget production by the Chicago Symphony and Chorus, are to end this year. Cost too much, apparently. Read here.
Arts Council is paralysed by culture shock
They don’t realise how much of the culture will change when a man from the commercial sector takes the helm of our nanny state in miniature. Click here for a commentary I have written for the Spectator. Henley is different from any Arts Council boss I have known over four decades. He was born in […]
Who would you bring back for a day?
Running through the files of musicians we have lost this year, we fell to wondering which giants from the past would we bring back from the other side, if such encounters were permitted. Would it be… Or Perhaps Or (our choice)? Your call?