BBC invites abolished orchestra to the Proms
The best name that leaps out of the coming BBC Proms season is that of SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, with its conductor, Franz-Xavier Roth. The orchestra has been fighting a losing battle – with the help of leading conductors from Boulez to Rattle – to stop the SWR merging it with its other orchestra […]
Bad hair day: BBC leaks the Proms
First there was the Friday drop to the Sunday Times, confiding that Marin Alsop will conduct the Last Night again. Then there was yesterday’s delivery of Proms brochures to news agents, allowing Londoners to see the menu before it was officially announced. Now the Proms booking site has gone live, an hour before scheduled and […]
Really edgy playing
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King’s Singer quits
After 25 years, David Hurley is moving on. He tells the group’s website: ‘ I’ve decided the time has come to move over and allow someone else the fantastic opportunity to be the group’s 1st Countertenor.’
Classical record sales just keep on falling
The latest weekly Nielsen stats from the US are deeply discouraging. The highest selling album – CDs and downloads combined – was Andrea Bocelli with fewer than 400 sales. The next two, still above 300 units, were the Benedictines of Mary and Hilary Hahn’s new DG Mozart concerto. Below these three chart-toppers, no classical record […]
Glyndebourne bids farewell to late press officer
We have just learned of the death of Helen O’Neill, head of press at Glyndebourne in the era of Peter Hall, Bernad Haitink and any number of divas. Helen joined in 1957, was assigned to press and publicity 1969, retiring in 1996. She was also managing editor of the thick and scholarly programme books. Helen […]
Gloom in Belgium as new music centre shuts down
We are informed by a reader that the CeBeDeM – Belgium Centre of Music – has just closed its doors. ‘This is the place where for years we bought all our music by Belgian composers and where Belgian composers present themselves to the world,’ says our informant. The website says: The Belgian Centre for Music […]
Why do musicians beat themselves up?
Some trenchant reflections from Dana Fonteneau: Here’s the thing. 95% of what I hear when talking with other musicians, regardless of whether it’s in a personal or professional capacity, is negativity and criticism. Here’s a list of things I’ve heard in just the last three days. “We played a concert last week […]
The loveliest orchestra ad you’ll ever see
M&C Saatchi, Sydney, needed to project a wildlife angle for Optus, Australia’s second largest telecommunications company. So they booked an orchestra and set out to sea, in search of a humpback whale. Watch. Be still. And here’s how they made it (you can skip the adman jargon at the end).
Eastman names German professor of composition
Oliver Schneller will also be director of the Computer Music Center at Eastman School of Music. April 22, 2015 Composer Oliver Schneller Appointed to Faculty of Eastman School of Music Oliver Schneller, who has directed and curated festivals and collaborative arts projects over the course of his wide-ranging career, has been named […]