Which musical Harry is dining at Downing Street tonight?
David Cameron’s having a summer party. Selected names have been leaked from the guest list including ‘Tevye’ Terfel and Katherine Jenkins. One of three Harrys is expected to attend. Is it – (80 next month) (earlier than most) actually, it’s this one.
Rolf Harris is guilty, OK?
The Australian musician and BBC darling has been convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault of minors. Story breaking here. Now, who at the BBC knew this was going on?
Chicago defaulter announces a new Beethoven fest
George Lepauw, who has failed to pay many of his musicians for last year’s festival and is under threat of a union boycott, has put up a web page for the 2014 festival in September. Check here. Do not play unawares. Lepauw is presently in Paris, with friends.
Concertmaster makes the nightly news
Glenn Dicterow’s farewell performance at the front of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra made it onto America’s screens. Respect. That’s what he talked about. Then Alan Gilbert weighed in and contradicted him. Watch here.
Universal revives the EMI brand … in China
Press release … just in: UMG’S EMI RETURNS TO CHINA AND SOUTH EAST ASIA WITH A-MEI, SHOW LO AND RAINIE YANG Taipei, June 30, 2014 – The legendary label EMI is making history once again in China and South East Asia with the signing of Mandopop superstar A-Mei as well as […]
A perfect antidote to aria albums
The one thing to make my essentially upbeat heart sink is the landing of yet another same-as aria album from one of the ‘greatest’ – read: label-signed – singers of our time. Never much originality and little promise of fun. So when an album comes along showing a considerable degree of forethought and some songs […]
When an African child has her violin stolen…
… and her mother is too poor to buy another. A tale of resourcefulness and energy from a community that never gives up hope. Read here.
The secrets of success on Youtube
Digital Music News, one of our favourite sites, has been attending a Youtubers convention in California. Three important conclusions. 1 It pays to be 16. 2 Collaborate with others. 3 Be yourself. Read full report here. It can be done. The man below outperforms Beyonce on Youtube.
Fiddles to the fore on Dartmoor
Where Druids once danced away the longest days of the year, their descendants come for tune-ups in playing technique. Report here.
Music industry still ‘hideously white’?
A survey by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport shows that only 6.7 percent of jobs in the Music, Performing and Visual Arts Industries are held by people of on-white origin. According to the 2011 Census, around 11 percent of the UK population are non-white. The gap appears to be closing, slowly. Orchestras, as ever, slower than […]
Headless Prague rushes out ‘pyrotechnic’ season
The National Theatre in Prague which lost its music director at the weekend – a sadly frequent occurrence has hastily promised a new season of ‘pyrotechnic effects, glow and revelation’. Who needs a music director? Details here (in English).