New York mourns a choral leader
Gregg Smith, founder of the Gregg Smith Singers, has died at 84. His chorus blazed trails in contemporary music. He recorded 100 albums and composed 400 works. First obit here.
Nikolaeva’s grandson makes his mark
A Russian pianist of 23, Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, has just made it it to the finals of the Sydney International Piano Competition. The locals are getting excited. ‘I cannot remember the last time I was so moved and so affected by musicianship of th(is) calibre, nobility, poetry and charisma,’ enthuses one music manager. Arseny is the grandson of […]
The long Read: France is lost
Essential reading for this sombre weekend. Ben Judah, a young English journalist of French extraction has been trawling the parts of France that have fallen to alien ideologies – Islamism on one hand, LePen-ism on the other. He has written a long essay in Standpoint magazine. Sample: You only really know Paris when you know […]
Theresa May appoints Osborne aide to culture
Replacing Ed Vaizey in the new UUK government as Minister of State for Culture & The Digital Economy is Matt Hancock. He used to be an economic adviser to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, later becoming George Osborne’s Chief of Staff. His last job was Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which capacity he often sat […]
Theresa May sweeps out another culture minister
Ed Vaizey is gone, following his former boss John Whittingdale to the back benches. Ed was a music enthusiast. His replacement has not yet been named.
Ex-Jacobs teacher is charged with sexual battery
Guoping Wang, a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music, has been arrested by Indiana police and charged with sexual battery by force and criminal confinement. Wang, a ballet teacher originally from Shanghai, was dismissed by Jacobs in May after a student lodged a complaint. He has been released on bail.
Death of leading Russian composer
Georgy Dmitriyev, former chairman of the Moscow Composers Union, has died aged 73. A minor apparatchik in the late Soviet era, he exploited 1990s freedoms to develop electronic music among other modernities. His last political act was a statement in support of President Putin’s annexations in Crimea.
Just in: Bayreuth drops its American Sieglinde
Message posted by a dignified, respectful Jennifer Ann Wilson: It is with great regret and disappointment that I must announce that I have accepted, in principle (financial terms are still in negotiation), a buyout of my contract to sing Sieglinde at this year’s Bayreuth Festival. Since as early as last summer, Maestro Marek Janowski […]
So this youth orchestra dropped in at an all-girls’ tech college….
After playing Nino Rota’s ‘La Strada’, NYO Inspire Orchestra gave an explosive encore that really got the crowd going at Selly Park Technology College for Girls. This performance was part of NYO Inspire Orchestra’s concert tour (7-10 July 2016) around the West Midlands.