Watch this.

With extreme care.

The player is Dylan Steven King, academic advisor at the University of Florida’s college of liberal arts and sciences.

Just watch.


Michael Vincent at Ludwig Van Toronto reports that the Toronto Mendelsohn Choir has put its conductor Noel Edison on ‘personal leave’ after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by male accusers.

Edison, 59, is also being investigated by the Elora Festival, where he is artistic director.

Read on here.

Full statement by Toronto Mendelssohn Choir here.

In the absence of a conductor, the choir has cancelled two concerts in the coming week.

Orchestral concerts in the UK rarely fall victim to the weather,

But this week’s extreme conditions have claimed a first cancellation.

Friday’s RSNO concert at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh is off. It is hoped that Saturday’s repeat in Glasgow will still go ahead.

RSNO Chief Executive Dr Krishna Thiagarajan: ‘The safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians, staff and visiting artists must always be our top priority. Adhering to the advice from the Scottish Government and Police Scotland, as well as our partner venues, we have decided to cancel Friday’s performance in Edinburgh. We apologise to our supporters who were looking forward to conductor Lorenzo Viotti’s RSNO Season debut and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s return to the Usher Hall. We will endeavour to invite them to join us at the first available opportunity.’
UPDATE: Saturday’s Glasgow show is also cancelled.

When Belgium’s VRT digitised its music collection, the originals were carefully treated and conserved for posterity.

CBC Montreal will earn international contempt if it junks its record library, as planned.

How’s it done? Read here.


Just before Christmas, the audience for Rigoletto were rushed out of the Royal Opera House on the very last chord of Rigoletto, due to what was announced as a fire emergency and turned ot to be a bomb scare.

Earlier last year, in August, the area around the ROH was put on lockdown while a suspicious package was identified.

This week, on Tuesday morning, the ROH was evacuated during rehearsal. Another bomb scare.

Either the threat level has significantly increased, or someone in security is a bit hypersensitive.


The Mexican Javier Camarena has been replaced in this week’s performances of the Met’s unhappy Semiramide production by a house understudy, Robert McPherson.

Camareno called in sick last Saturday. The Met has just announced his absence.


News that Mirga is expecting a baby has brought on an attack of the goo-goos at Slipped Disc Towers.

Back then, you could hand the baby back.

Now you take it to work.

And book yourself on Sesame Street.

Doug Sheldon has taken on North America representation for Alma Deutscher, the media-friendly British child who wrote a piano sonata at 6 and an opera when she was nine.

She turned 13 last month.



Christopher Ward, 37, has been appointed MD in Aachen.

The decision is due to be ratified next week by the city council and he will start work in the summer.

A former Rattle assistant, Ward succeeds the US conductor Kazim Abdullah. Perhaps Aachen is no longer the launchpad it once was for Herbert von Karajan.