He’s 75 today.
Far be it from this space to cavil at the power and the glory that was the Royal Wedding.
I would so love if you’d pass on the following message to the current
management of my very favourite provincial British Orchestra the RLPO
Having only arrived in Rio to join the maligned body of musicians from
the OSB in a protest performance next Saturday, it is with disbelief
that I read the above statement from the RLPO.
It is utterly lamentable that the inhuman behaviour by the OSB
Foundation and its present chief conductor, is been considered an
‘internal matter’: the fact that any one leader in the world of Music
— an Art form of the highest spiritual content — is allowed the power
to dismiss so many dedicated professionals > is untenable and insane.
Instead of complete and unashamed solidarity, we hear that this unjust
madness has nothing to do with lack of integrity or ethics!
Be aware, fellow musicians: it could happen to you all: if the
opportunity of great financial profits — mainly undisclosed — were to
arise, unlikely though it may seem in the UK.
It would have been heroic : the ‘last drop’ coming from your
orchestra’s refusal to accommodate the presence of a musician who
needs to be shaken back into reality!
Most cordially but yet feeling deceived and let-down,
Before anyone heard it at the wedding….
DIVINE ART RECORDINGS GROUP
Royal Wedding Music
was confirmed yesterday morning on the official British Royal Blog that as
a central part of the Wedding Service for Prince William and Kate Middleton,
after the Anthem, the choirs will sing ‘Ubi Caritas’ by Welsh composer Paul
Mealor. Mr Mealor is Reader in Composition at the
the service, because only religious texts are permitted, Mealor set the words
of the ancient hymn Ubi Caritas to a recent composition titled ‘Now Sleeps the
Crimson Petal’ The original work, in which Mealor set poems on the subject of
the Rose, the emblem of love and purity, has been recorded by the Con Anima
Chamber Choir, conducted by the composer, and is to appear on an album of choral
music (“Madrigali: Fire and Roses”) to be issued in the summer by Divine Art
of the wedding celebrations, Divine Art have released a digital-only EP of ‘Now
Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ which is available from today on iTunes, Amazon,
eMusic, Napster, Classics Online and all other good digital music sellers
The case of the missing Lucerne Opera House is heading for the courts.
Salle Modulable Foundation files a suit against Butterfield
Lucerne, April 29,
2011 – The Salle Modulable
Foundation is taking legal action against Butterfield Trust Ltd. (Butterfield)
after the latter arbitrarily withdrew its commitment to provide financing. The
Foundation has filed a corresponding request for conciliatory hearing against
Butterfield with the Lucerne Justice of Peace. At a press conference, to be
held at 11 a.m. in the KKL Luzern, Hubert Achermann, Chairman of the Salle
Modulable Foundation, and Michael Haefliger, Delegate of the Salle Modulable
Foundation, will give the media more information and will be available for
questions and interviews.
In a letter dated August 23, 2007, Butterfield, referring
to discussions held with Christof Engelhorn, confirmed its willingness to
support the construction of a modern music theater in Lucerne with the
provision of up to CHF 120 million. Christof Engelhorn had agreed to this
support via a Bermuda-based trust founded by him and represented by Butterfield
as trustee. This agreement was based on a project study for a “Salle Modulable”
financed by Mr Engelhorn and implemented by the Lucerne Festival. He was keen
on the idea of helping his adopted home city of Lucerne become an innovative
cultural center for modern musical theater of major international repute.
confirmed on several occasions
Up until his death in August 2010, Christof Engelhorn
had given no cause to doubt his intention to finance this project. The trustee
Butterfield, too, confirmed the commitment of the Butterfield Trust in several
letters. In addition to the location – Lucerne – and the maximum amount to be
provided, the only conditions for the financing were the provision of a
feasibility study and a sustainable operating concept, as the financial support
was to be restricted exclusively to project planning and construction. Work on
the project, run by the Salle Modulable Foundation, which had been set up in
April 2008, progressed at a fast pace thanks to the funds totaling CHF 5.75
million that had been transferred by Butterfield from February 2008 onward.
For three years, representatives of the city and
canton of Lucerne, together with the Lucerne-based cultural institutions the
Lucerne Festival, Lucerne Theater and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra as well as
the Lucerne School of Music, were committed to developing a concept for a music
theater in Lucerne that offered flexibility and cutting-edge technology. All
those involved recognized the potential such a project had for the cultural
life of Lucerne, but also for the general positioning of the city and the
With the integration of the musical theater
sector, the internationally successful Lucerne Festival has the ideal
enhancement to its concept, a move which also reinforces its position in
The Lucerne Theater solves its existing
infrastructural problems efficiently and is able to develop further, in
artistic terms, as a multi-sector establishment.
The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra receives the
infrastructural support necessary to deliver high-quality musical theater.
Lucerne is to be home to a cultural center of
major international repute that is unique worldwide, thus making the city even
more attractive, and boosting tourism and the economy.
All conditions met
In December 2010, the project development organization
founded for this purpose unveiled its overall concept, which shows detailed
proof of the project’s feasibility at the Lido site, and is being jointly
supported by the representatives of the city and canton of Lucerne and the
Salle Modulable Foundation. The concept estimates an investment volume of CHF
157 million, taking account of Butterfield’s contribution of CHF 120 million.
The overall concept also includes a realistic and sustainable operating plan,
meaning that the conditions for Butterfield’s financing commitment are met.
arbitrarily on commitment and disregards the wishes of the trust settlor
For this reason, the Salle Modulable Foundation is not
prepared to accept Butterfield’s withdrawal of its commitment to provide
financing, made on specious grounds in October 2010, shortly after the death of
Christof Engelhorn. There is no substantive reason for this. Moreover, it was
done expressly against the wishes of Christof Engelhorn, initiator of the
project and settlor of the trust. The Foundation has therefore decided to
challenge the arbitrary withdrawal of the commitment to provide financing and
to claim the outstanding amount, totaling CHF 114.25 million, from the
Butterfield Trust through the courts. The Foundation has filed a corresponding
request for conciliatory hearing with the Lucerne Justice of Peace.
Foundation to fight
for its rights
The Foundation only decided to take this step after
due deliberation and intensive consultation with legal experts in Switzerland,
England and Bermuda. After receiving clarification from said experts, it is
convinced that it is worth fighting for the project, not just as a matter of
principle, but also in view of the legal situation. This being said, the
Foundation also understands that cultural planning in Lucerne must go on. As
Butterfield’s binding commitment to provide financing for the construction of a
new music theater in Lucerne was not connected to any timetable, a successful
outcome of the proceedings would still be beneficial for Lucerne and its
cultural institutions, even if it did not come until a later point in time.
Hubert Achermann, Chairman of the Salle Modulable
Foundation: “It is with great regret that we have to resort to this measure. We
would gladly have avoided it, but Butterfield have left us with no choice.
Based on the committed support of Christof Engelhorn and the binding commitment
from the trustee, we have worked, together with the city and canton of Lucerne
as well as Lucerne’s major cultural institutions, for the past three years in a
most professional manner to realize the idea of a modern music theater for
Lucerne. We owe it to our partners, the city, the region and, last but not
least, to Christof Engelhorn himself, to fight for this idea.”
press conference today at 11 a.m. in the KKL Luzern, Club Room 3 + 4
Hubert Achermann, Chairman of the Salle Modulable Foundation,
and Michael Haefliger, Delegate of the Salle Modulable Foundation, will be
providing further information on this matter at an event for interested media
representatives to be held today at 11 a.m. in the KKL Luzern. They will also
be available for questions and interviews. Media representatives are invited to
submit their interview questions to the Foundation’s Media Officer: Andreas
Hildenbrand, Tel. +41 79 468 92 35.
The Nippon Music Foundation has put one of its most exclusive violins up for sale to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief. The Lady Blunt Stradivarius was bought for around $10 million in 2008 and is expected to fetch at least as much at auction in June via online dealers, Tarisio. The Lady Blunt, once owned by a descendant of Lord Byron, dates from 1721, prime period for the Stradivarius workshop in Cremona.
Which do you want first? The 44 musicians fired by the Brazil Symphony Orchestra (OSB) will give a free concert this Saturday with Cristina Ortiz as soloist at the Salao Leopoldo Miguez – a protest of the best kind against an authoritarian management and conductor. Put yours hands together, please, and let’s hear it for Cristina and the honest musicians of Rio.
According to Italian news agencies, Susanna Mälkki broke an age-old taboo when she led the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s opera Quartet. The work, based on a Heiner Müller, derives from Les Liaisons Dangereuses and runs til May 7.
The Schwetzingen Festival is staging the world premiere tonight of a new opera by Georg Friedrich Haas, the contemporary Austrian composer. Titled Bluthaus (Blood House), it describes the sale of a house where two murders were committed. ‘We waded in blood,’ said librettist Klaus Händel. Others are drawing explicit comparisons with the Kampusch child rape and abduction scandal. It sounds like exploitation opera at its worst.
The Klimt painting restored this week to its rightful owners after 70 years of Nazi dispossession has untold connections to the Gustav Mahler story.
In a first wobble since the Philadelphia Orchestra went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, principal clarinet Ricardo Morales is moving to Manhattan at the end of next season, writes philly.com
A tweet from Oslo tells me that EMI are about to announce a 4-CD deal with the latest Nordic dazzler, the young, blonde trumpet player, Tine Thing Helseth.