Boris dishes out cash to young musicians
PRESS RELEASE Mayor’s Music Fund hands out £1.5m to help gifted young music- makers reach their potential 70 talented young Londoners are to be awarded four-year music scholarships to help them develop their skills as musicians, in the latest round of awards being presented by the Mayor’s Music Fund at a City Hall ceremony […]
Neil Shicoff’s father could sing…
Sidney Shicoff, born 1920 in New York to an immigrant baker from Kiev, became a cantor at Catskills resorts and at various synagogues. He died of a heart attack in 1965, aged 45. His son was an operatic tenor who came close to being named director of the Vienna state Opera.
100 concerts to commemorate centenary of Turkish massacre
An orchestra of Armenian musicians has planned a calendar of 100 events to mark the genocide of their people by the Turkish state in 1915, an event that remains officially unacknowledged by most of the world. Click here for schedule. They have also recorded a CD. Let us never forget.
Gershwin’s piano finds a new home
press release: ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A fully restored 1933 Model A Steinway piano, the last to be owned and played by George Gershwin, will be unveiled by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance at a free public concert Oct. 10. The piano was donated to the school in 2013 by Marc Gershwin, George’s […]
Sad news: Early music mega-star has died
We regret to report the death today of Christopher Hogwood. He was 73 years old and died at his home in Cambridge after a long illness. Hogwood, who started out on the harpsichord with Neville Marriner’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the early 1960s, broke away to form his own Academy of […]
BBC Radio 3 decision is ‘imminent’
We’re hearing there will be no second-round interviews for head of Radio 3. A decision has been made. Candidates have not yet been notified. The winner is, in all likelihood, the least impressive , accomplished and in broadcasting terms least qualified of the candidates interviewed. Requiems to the ready.
A man of 85 is America’s classical top-seller
Nielsen Soundscan puts the venerable Leon Fleisher on top of its classical charts this week, with 358 sales of his birthday album on Bridge Records. Second is Elina Garanca (DG), third Leif-Ove Andsnes (Sony), fourth Joyce DiDonato (Warner). Must be the first time in a distinguished and turbulent career that Fleisher has released a number […]
Fabio Luisi on maestros, madness and sudden exits
We have received these reflections from the music director of Zurich Opera on the changes that are taking place in his profession, as outlined earlier today on Slipped Disc. Dear Norman, I don’t think that Maestros (sic!) have gone mad. But like any other artist, and probably more than other artists, they are looking for […]
In Atlanta, half the basses have gone missing
In the second of his lockout logs, bass player and composer Michael Kurth describes life in a section where three (of eight) seats are vacant and two more are falling soon. The cost of flying in replacements is exorbitant. This is what the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra calls good management. Read Michael here.
Newspaper admits hacking BBC’s creative director
Now how dumb is that? The Daily Mirror has just made a handsome payout to Alan Yentob for hacking his phone. Yentob, a corporate survivor, has not consciously taken a decision in decades and knows hardly anyone worth knowing. Hacking his phone must be like listening to paint dry.