Bereaved child: ‘Music makes me feel as if my Daddy is on my shoulders’
This heart-stopping piece of testimony comes to us from the Mayor of London’s Music Fund. An eight year-old girl whose father died of cancer whose father died of cancer earlier this year came to London last week to receive a Mayor’s Music Scholarship and attend a violin workshop. The Mayor, Boris Johnson, dropped in to hear […]
Outgoing maestro agent defines her future links with IMG
Statement just posted by Kathryn Enticott, who has flown the coop: To avoid further speculation, I wanted to make my own announcement about my on-going relationship with IMG Artists and the start of my new company, Enticott Music Management. I have worked for IMG Artists for many years – in fact, almost half my life […]
Breaking: Musical chaos at Radio France amid rumours the maestro has quit
The Orchestre philarmonique de Radio France has declared a strike, starting Thursday, following the forced resignation of its capable and popular artistic director Eric Montalbetti. The musicians are protesting – this reads much better in French contre “les méthodes brutales employées par la nouvelle direction de Radio France qui ont forcé leur directeur artistique à la […]
Joyce DiDonato: ‘My new favourite piece, ever…’
The diva’s in Paris and in love all over the place. Watch.
Hong Kong protestors brought cellos and violins to their demo
Media reports from the semi-autonomous Chinese province suggest the organisers of the democracy protest intended to foster a peaceful atmosphere by playing classical music outside the centres of power. In a previous protest, a cello was played as demonstrators had their heads ceremonially shaved. Chan Kin-man, one of the organisers, believes in the power of […]
Opera sells £1 million worth of tickets in a week
Our mole in the box-office at English National Opera has collapsed with exhaustion. The phones won’t stop ringing, the internet link’s in meltdown and the bank has been asking if the money is clean. What has brought on this rush? Sweeney Todd. That’s what. Not an opera, to be sure, but a stage musical that […]
Janáček in the raw – ‘dishevelled and prickly’, just as he intended
There’s a new recording out of the Glagolitic Mass. It follows the composer’s final score of September 1927, before it got cleaned up by the maestro profession for civilised performance. This is Janáček’s godless Mass as he wanted it to sound, led by a conductor who likes it prickly. And effervescent. It’s my Album of the […]
In defence of the Indy: A judge speaks out
Our friend Philip Setzer, violinist of the Emerson Quartet, was one of the judges at the Indianapolis Competition, which was tainted by controversy over the high number of judges’ pupils among the finalists. Phil had no students in the finalists line-up. Nor had he ever agreed to judge a competition before. Here’s his frank and […]
Our ensemble is called Isis. Er….
There’s a rather good London ensemble with a little problem. They’ve been around for nine years and are just getting ready for anniversary liftoff. But some other group seems to have hijacked their name. What do you think they should do? Read here. h/t: Susanne Stanzeleit
Who’s a winner in Cremona?
Slipped Disc accepted the Mondo Musica award this weekend in absentia by means of a video link. The other winners were: