The Times names head of music in sex abuse case
The Times newspaper has obtained a court order enabling it to name the head of music at Wellington College, a Berkshire private school, who has been suspended over alleged sex offences. The charges relate to Ampleforth, the Roman Catholic School, in the 1980s (pictured). Report here.
A rare call for Katharina Wagner
The mistress of Bayreuth has been booked to direct Tannhäuser at the Leipzig Opera next season. She does not get many guest requests. For its 325th anniversary year, Leipzig Opera wants a Wagner on board. The city is where Richard Wagner was born.
Maestro move: Sanderling to Siberia
Thomas Sanderling, 74, has been named chief conductor of the Novosibirsk Philharmomic Orchestra. The eldest son of the eminent Leningrad conductor Kurt Sanderling, Thomas was born in Novosibirsk in October 1942. His half-brothers, Stefan and Michael, are also conductors.
The trouble with nose hair
A dispatch from our quartet diarist, Anthea Kreston: I am on my way to Paris – I nipped home for 17 hours between our two concerts in Vienna and today’s concert in Paris. I have exciting news. I fell in love, a little, two times this week! Once with Anna Vinnitskaya, our diminutive and effervescent […]
Can you help? Police search for missing UK violinist
Lauren Philips, 26, a gifted violinist and junior doctor in Bristol, was last seen on Thursday 23 February. Yesterday, her car was found in Woolacombe, Devon. Police are appealing for help from anyone who may have seen or heard from her. Please call 101 if you have information, giving reference 5217045398. Police statement: We really need […]
Exclusive: London orchestra establishes ‘50% female leadership’
The City of London Sinfonia has decided that ‘from this Autumn, their Artistic leadership will be 50% female, and at least one female conductor or director perform at every one of their major artistic series.’ The artistic leadership will be split between Principal Conductor Michael Collins and Creative Director, violinist Alexandra Wood. The CLS already has […]
BBC finally finds a chorus director
Fourteen months ago, the BBC fired the popular Stephen Jackson, director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra chorus, ‘for failing to follow reasonable management instructions’. (George Orwell is alive and well in BBC-speak). Today, after more than a year of uncertainty, it announced as the new director Neil Ferris, associate chorus director of the LSO and […]
Top quartet replaces violinist
The award-winning Heath Quartet has found a replacement for Cerys Jones, who left in November. She is Sara Wolstenholme, former leader of the Finzi String Quartet and a frequent concertmaster with orchestras in Sweden and the UK. It will be good to see the Heaths back on the road.
Why Westminster Choir College is losing its home
America’s foremost choir college is being threatened with eviction from its Princeton campus by a Rider University president who is obsessed with profit and loss. Here’s the latest situation from a prominent faculty member: “Over the past week, President Dell’Omo has been meeting with the Westminster departments. On Monday, he came to voice and […]
The flight from Lincoln Center continues
Valerie Guy, director of artistic planning and administration at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2002, has handed in her notice. She’s heading for a job in Santa Fe. Lots more Lincoln people are feeling unsettled by the upcoming building works.
Pittsburgh has a fourth principal vacancy
The gaps are looming larger. Principal trumpet George Vosburgh has announced his retirement after 25 years, together with his wife JoAnn, who is the orchestra’s librarian. There are now principal vacancies for trumpet, second violin, timpani and concertmaster. The effects of the lockout continue to be felt.