Nice piece on Chineke in the New York Times
Chi-chi Nwanoku’s orchestra of many minorities is turning into a musical comet. Barely two years old, it has a BBC Prom coming up this summer and a reasoned piece today in the NY Times. Read here. Last night, Chineke gave its first performance outside London – in Bristol. photo: Miles Brett
Watch: Vittorio Grigolo in spontaneous duet with LA street singer
Grigolo, while finishing a run of Hoffmann at LA Opera, heard a woman singing Puccini to a taped background on a street downtown. He stopped, joined her and threw in some coaching tips. She told friends it changed her life. Does anyone know her name?
75 today, Barbra Streisand sings Debussy
Barbra Streisand was born in Williamsburg, New York City, on April 24, 1942. Here is one of her lesser-known hits, sung in a little-known language. Full marks for trying. Try another language? Recorded 1973, released in 2013.
Polish opera chief dies
Poland has lost one of its foremost musical organisers. Stefan Sutkowski graduated music school in 1955 and won an audition in the Warsaw Philharmonic, where he played oboe for two decades. In 1957 he founded the period intruments group Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense. Four years later, he made it the core ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera, […]
In other French news, Paris opens new concert hall
The new Paris concert hall, La Seine Musicale, threw its first concerts this weekend – two by Laurence Equilbey and her Accentus and Insula ensembles, the third by Bob Dylan. Anything else happen in France yesterday?
The notes Verdi didn’t want us to see will be going online
The Times reports this morning that the custodians of the Verdi estate are handing over 5,300 pages of the composer’s notes to the Italian state archives. They include 900 pages of notes on Falstaff, including an instruction that reads ‘burn all these documents’. The trove, which has been the subject of a prolonged dispute among […]
Musical finishers in the London Marathon
Kate Openshaw Tom Elwin Amy Cardigan Krzysztof Chorzelski, Belcea Quartet Julia Sitkovetsky UPDATES: Emma Denton, Carducci Quartet Mark Anthony Turnage, composer
Girl plays violin with new artificial hand
Isabella Nicola Cabrera was born ten years ago without a left hand. This week she played the violin for the first time, thanks to a device fitted by the engineering department of George Mason University. More here.
Quartet cancels Canada ‘due to an immigration issue’
The YAS Quartet has cancelled a concert in Halifax for the second time because of ‘an immigration issue involving Russian violinist Artem Kolesov.’ Kolesov is the Russian violinist who last week issued an impassioned statement on being Russian and gay in the 21st century. Watch his video here.
Met musicians take it out to suffering vets
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera, 42 of them, are playing today for injured servicemen at the 23rd Street Veterans Affairs NY Harbor Healthcare System Facility. It’s an initiative of several members of the orchestra, a way of reaching out to a wider community. Something the instutition they work for fails signally to do. Details here.
US musicians raise alarm about their union pension fund
We have been sent a link to ‘a newly formed pension awareness group’ of US-based musicians who are worried about the management of the AFM pension pot. Here’s how it begins: As you may have heard, our hard-earned pension benefits could be slashed to a negligible monthly payout once we retire. Our Fund Trustees say this […]