These 5 Slipped Disc readers win one year’s free viewing at Vienna Opera
We’ve got 230 names in the hat and are starting the draw for a free season’s livestreaming now. The winners: 1 William James Dundas 2 Andrew Condon 3 Rosalind Porter 4 Cristina Monica Hauser 5 Alexandra Ivanoff Congratulations to the lucky winners. You will be contacted shortly by the Vienna State Opera with details of your free […]
Berlin Philharmonic warns of ‘cultural and political disaster’
Statement published just now by the Berliner Philharmoniker: The imminent disbanding of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) from 1 September 2016 due to lack of funding from the EU would symbolically be a cultural and political disaster second to none and a terrible indictment against a background of increasing nationalistic and anti-EU tendencies. As a result, […]
Who’s that blondie snogging Boris?
Someone in Bristol has a thing about politicians who can’t tell truth from lies. source: Bristol 24/7 The graffito went up overnight in front of the Carriageworks. It might possibly be the work of Banksy, who has been much celebrated in the city.
He’s 75 today
Don’t have to believe it if I don’t want to. portrait by Don Hunstein (c) LebrechtMusic&Arts
Pittsburgh has new chorus director
Matthew Mehaffey, associate professor of music at the University of Minnesota, has been named music director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, choral adjunct of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He succeeds Betsy Burleigh and will shuttle between the two jobs.
Canadian singer has terminal brain cancer
Canada woke this morning to the sad news that Gord Downie, lead singer of Tragically Hip, has final-stage cancer. Downie, 52, is something of a heritage figure, celebrating all things Canadian in his songs. Very sad to share this news.
The publishing contract that J S Bach never saw
Sotheby’s are today selling the first contract for the publication of the St Matthew Passion. Not signed by the composer, who had been dead for 80 years by the time Mendelssohn rediscovered the work in 1829. Nor by his family. Our friend Stephen Roe reports: The document is completely unknown and unrecorded in the extensive […]
US orchestra shuts down after 75 years
The board of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, in Butler County, Ohio has announced that next season will be its last. The music director for the past 35 years has been Carmon DeLeone and the orchestra has 60 professional musicians on its books. Steve Ifcic, board chairman, said: ‘Although a decision of this nature never comes easily, […]
Swiss to vote on $250 million concert hall renewal
The Tonhalle in Zurich is literally falling to pieces. It needs urgent refurbishment. The gloomy public areas could easily be mistaken for the city morgue. But before anyone puts up a scaffold, the good people of Zurich get to vote on the expenditure in a referendum. The Swiss People’s Party have come out in opposition, […]
Sony signs someone
It has been a very long time since Sony Classical have added a new artist. It’s so long ago, the last one might have been Jonas Kaufmann. But never say never at Sony. Yesterday they brought out the fountain pen for the London-based German baritone Benjamin Appl, a member of the BBC New Generation artists scheme. […]
Met picks principal second violin
We hear from Rob Knopper, who prepares players for audition, that Chinese-born violinist Shenghua “Simon” Hu is to be the new principal second violin of the Metropolitan Orchestra. Raised in Shanghai and finished off in Cincinnati, Simon is a prizewinner at several international competitions and a soloist with leading US orchestras.