US composer is fighting deportation from Scotland
Steve Forman is a creative percussionist who started out in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and went on to become a sought-after session collaborator for the likes of James Taylor, Sarah Vaughn, Pink Floyd, Art Garfunkel and David Bowie. In 2008, he gave up the studio work and moved to Scotland to develop and record his […]
UK Deputy PM: Paris Opéra is ‘ridiculous’
Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, sounded off today about the ejection of a woman in a niqab from a performance at the Paris Opéra. Clegg told LBC Radio: ‘She’s just in the audience. That’s ridiculous to stop it. What are you going to do next, throw people out for having tattoos?… I do not want […]
100,000 readers want concert rules to change
Baldur Brönimann’s ten proposals for changing classical music, which we flagged up at the weekend, has been read by 97,000 people and rising. That’s a significant body of people who have declared an interest in change. They may not agree with all of Baldur’s the points, but they don’t want things to carry in the […]
What should a conductor do in the event of disruption?
Alan Gilbert famously stopped a Mahler 9 when a cellphone went off. A German maestro asked for an intruding bird to be shot. Michael Tilson Thomas asked a front-row lady with a fidgety child to leave her seat. Proportionate? Appropriate? Necessary? One astute Slipped Disc reader asks: What would Karajan have done? Good question. Karajan […]
Can the music you love show if you’re smart or dumb?
A scholar at Caltech was wondering if the music you listen to most says much about your intelligence. So he collected the average SAT scores from ten colleges and correlated them against their ten most frequent “favorite music” page on Facebook. The results? Click here. Gospel and Beyoncé lovers had the lowest SAT scores. Beethoven came […]
Breaking: Belgium aims to merge national orchestra with La Monnaie
Yet another orchestra is facing abolition. La Monnaie in Brussels has been ordered to cut its spending by 6.5 million Euros – shedding 4% on staff ad 20% on operating costs. The government is nudging it to merge the opera orchestra with the national orchestra (ONB). Peter Caluwe, the Monnaie’s intendant, has come out fighting […]
Kennedy Center mourns principal bassoon, 52
Donald A. Shore, principal bassoonist of the Washington National Opera Orchestra for almost 30 years, has died at his home in Washington of brain cancer. He was 52. Placido Domingo, the opera’s former director, called him ‘a great artist’. Obituary here. photo (c) David Peiffer
Bartoli bursts the pop charts in 7 countries
Stats just in show that Cecilia Bartoli’s recording of lost arias from the Tsars’ dungeons is promising to be the classical bestseller of the year. Just shows what can be done when a major star thinks outside the box. Take a look at these rankings: Austria Pop chart: No.10 Belgium Classical chart: No.1 Pop […]
Conductor explains why he asked mother and child to move
Michael Tilson Thomas has given his version of events at a Miami concert, which he interrupted to request a front-row patron to change her seat. He told WQXR: The child ‘was moving around and leaning up against her mother, putting her head up on her mother’s lap,” said the conductor. “She was restless. And I’m […]
Ex-LSO trumpet has died, aged 92
Bram Wiggins was assistant principal trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra for 11 years before migrating to Canada. He returned to play in other London orchestras and teach at the Royal Academy. He is internationally known as an author of instrument tuition books and a composer of brass pieces.
Klinghoffer director: We never expected Gaza
The English director Tom Morris, who staged The Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera and the Met, has given an interview today to The Hollywood Reporter about the emotions aroused by the work. He says: Obviously we had no idea when we started planning this production that there was going to be a bitter conflict […]