Tragic events at Kabul music school
Cathy Graham of the British Council has reported for us in the past on attempts to bring music back to Afghan children. Her latest communication is particularly salutary: Dear colleagues and friends, I’m writing to let you know about the showing of a film by Polly Watkins about Dr Ahmad Sarmast and the […]
Nice sacks artistic director. Not Nice…
Marc Adam will leave Nice in October after the city refused him a contract renewal. The highly experienced director has been there just three years. More from our copains at resmusica. Marc was head of Stadttheater Bern, 2007-11. Before that he ran Lübeck and Rouen.
Get a kid to write your concert notes
Brilliant initiative from concertmaster Holly Mulcahy. Read here.
La Scala goes interactive for under-30s
Wire magazine has news of a scheme by which La Scala’s notoriously secretive and clannish backstage becomes an access area for social media, aimed at under-30s. This could breach generations of darkness. Read extract here.
The composer who got cancelled at Carnegie Hall
Was this a political decision? Read this statement by the Boston-based Estonian-Armenian composer, Jonas Tarm: It has been an honor and pleasure to rehearse my music with the New York Youth Symphony and conductor Joshua Gersen. These fellow young musicians are some of the most artistically advanced and mature musicians I have been able to […]
What’s this? BBC to start new orchestra
At a time when the future of BBC orchestra is under scrutiny, the following notice has appeared on one of the BBC’s public-engagement websites: The Orchestra | BBC Three Are you a talented classical musician looking for your next big career opportunity? Do you have the skill, passion, and drive to be part of a […]
Another UK conductor wants a new hall
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra plays in an acoustic hellhole in Poole. It has longed for years to have a hall in the town whose name it bears. Now it seems the conductor Kirill Karabits may have persuaded Bournemouth’s council leader by taking him to hear Bilbao’s 100 million Euro new hall. Bournemouth may beat London […]
Orchestra founder quits
Joel Levine, who founded the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in 1988 and conducted it ever since, will step down in 2018, it was announced today.
Label news: Major quartet signing for Decca
Decca have signed the Borodin Quartet to record the Shostakovich cycle of 15. That’s bold. Thee Borodins have been around with various players for 70 years. Press release follows: Celebrating a milestone 70th anniversary year, the world-leading Borodin Quartet has signed to Decca Classics for a major series of recordings of the music […]
All change ahead at the top of British arts
Whichever party holds power after the election, the mandarinate of Whitehall has decided that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport ought to be abolished. We happen to agree, although for different reasons. The DCMS has been a disaster for the arts. Its abolition might bring a restoration of independent thought. Read here.
How much has the LSO given up for Simon Rattle?
The implications have started to sink in. In their eagerness to land Simon Rattle before he responded to an American vacancy, the London Symphony Orchestra have awarded him the title of Music Director. He is the first to hold it. All past chiefs of the LSO have been Principal Conductor, with essential powers remaining in […]