A festival stalwart dies, aged 99
The Dutch say he did more than anyone to make the Holland Festival what it is today. Jo Elsendoorn was press director and music programmer of the festival from 1951 to 1977. He introduced Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio (pictured), Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman, Mauricio Kagel and György Ligeti to the Netherlands. He commissioned many new works […]
Leaked email: Maestros attack Atlanta’s ‘unhealthy’ situation
In a move unprecedented in US orchestras, the music director and principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have pitched into the attempt by ASO management to force through further job cuts, under threat of an imminent lockout. Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles leave no doubt as to where their commitment lies. Read their […]
Soloist leaves his trumpet on the train
The Danish jazz trumpeter Per Nielsen has advertised in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung for the return of his prized instrument. He left it on the S 9 from Bonstetten to Zurich. Contact his website if you catch sight of it.
Glasgow appoints teenaged conductor
Ross Gunning, 19, is a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Two years ago, he founded the Glasgow Philharmonia. Now he has been appointed conductor of the Glasgow Schools Symphony Orchestra – the first time the players have faced a maestro their own age. Go, Ross!
Third new face at the Berlin Phil
We were first to report the close-season recruitment of Noah Bendix-Balgley from Pittsburgh as concertmaster and Florian Pichler, 18, as second trumpet. What we missed was a third signing before the transfer deadline. Michael Karg, 22, from Amberg, has joined the double-bass section. (We still think they are light in midfield)
Scorpions grieve for manager
The German rock group that once recorded and toured with the Berlin Philharmonic lament the death of their manager, Peter Amend. The collaboration in 2000 was once of the strangest and most desperate in the history of music, and Amend was behind the deal. Am 1. September 2014 ist unser Freund PETER AMEND […]
Arts Council loser to head BBC Radio 3?
The Times reports today that Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England since 2007, is in the frame to fill the vacancy left by Roger Wright at the head of Radio 3 and the BBC Proms. Davey’s role at ACE has been to impose rigorous political correctness and cut lots of jobs. Sounds ideal […]
Muti is in mourning for his brother
We regret to share news of the death of the Maestro’s elder brother, Mario. The letter below contains an address for those who wish to offer him condolences. Riccardo Muti comes from a tight-knit southern family. His father was a medical doctor and Mario followed the same vocation. Dear CSO […]
Hot video: Orchestra receives news of its next conductor
You can’t fake it. This was Monday morning…
Recording venue is sold
Potton Hall, the troubled Suffolk recording venue, has a new owner. Photo (c) Paddy Sutton The purchaser is a chartered accountant, John Westgarth. We hear he is prepared for recording to continue.
The Lebrecht who laid Schiller to rest
The wonderful photographer Suzei Maeder found this in a Weimar cemetery. As mayor of Weimar, our namesake collected the remains of the poet, who died of TB in 18o5 and brought them to a decent burial in March 1826. Recent research suggests they many have been the wrong remains.