It’s Sara Kim, presently principal at Staatsorchester Braunschweig.

Sara, 30, is a Korean who grew up in Russia, moving to Berlin in 2006 when she finished school.

She was a member of the Bayreuth festival orchestra in 2016.

The flight was heading from Paris to Shanghai.

The first plane filled with smoke, prompting a forced landing.

The replacement plane broke down.

We probably know people on that flight.

Read here.

Message received:

The first four participants in a new development scheme exclusively for female composers have been announced. Balancing the Score: supporting female composers has been launched by Glyndebourne to help address the under-representation of female composers in classical music.

The four participating composers are:
Anna Appleby, 25
Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, 29
Cecilia Livingston, 33
Ailie Robertson, 35
Through the scheme, the composers will spend two years immersed in life at Glyndebourne, where they will be introduced to commissioning opportunities, attend rehearsals and meet professional opera makers and performers.

Because they can fit in the travel case. Obviously.

This is Billy, esteemed companion of composer Rachel Jennings, who is also a violin (sic) teacher.

(And if the Times diary steals another story from us without credit, we will issue writs).


The most life-enhancing soprano of my time died in Munich of brain cancer on November 6,1993.

She was 54 years old and we have never seen her like again.

A Slovak, she had three high-calibre musician husbands and several lovers, but this is not the moment for biography.

Just marvel at the art.

And the fun.

Greatest of all:


The Austrian city of Linz, in the thick os a political war, has abolished its subsidy of seven million Euros to the Landestheater, home to the Bruckner Orchester Linz.

The orchestra faces almost immediate job cuts and a shorter season. Its conductor Markus Poschner has sent this message to the players:

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,


die Meldungen der letzten Tage aus dem Rathaus sind ein Skandal.


Hier wird der kulturelle Herzschlag der Stadt auf dem Altar der taktischen und parteipolitischen Befindlichkeiten geopfert. Und das, ohne zuvor überhaupt in einen Dialog treten zu wollen – keine Konzepte, keine Ideen. Man ist schier fassungslos. 

Dennoch müssen wir nun alles tun, um für unser Orchester die eigenen Visionen und Ziele voranzutreiben und zu verwirklichen. Das könnte auch eine große Chance sein. Es muss uns jetzt gelingen, selbst einen Schritt zu tun und am Ende sogar gestärkt und unabhängiger aus dieser Situation hervorzugehen.
Daran arbeiten wir hinter den Kulissen auf Hochtouren. 

Ich wünsche Ihnen eine gute Woche und uns viel Glück in den anstehenden Gesprächen.  




Markus Poschner


Dear Colleagues,


The messages of the last few days from the city hall are a scandal.

The cultural heartbeat of the city is being sacrificed on an altar of tactical and party political sensitivities.
And that without first entering into a dialogue – no concepts, no ideas. You are almost stunned.

Nevertheless, we must now do everything we can to promote and realize our own visions and goals for our orchestra.
This could be a big opportunity. The orchestra must now take a step for itself and may in the end be strengthened and become more independent .
We are working at full speed behind the scenes on this.


I wish you a good week and good luck in the upcoming talks.


Classical percussionist Alan Drever-Smith, from Kingston upon Hull, called the taxman. Like everyone else, he was left listening to the music.

For forty minutes.

‘Spent so long on hold today that I transcribed it before they picked up,’ he wrote.


Now he’s famous. More than 800 people have shared Alan’s transcription and the Telegraph have picked up the story.

Maybe he’ll get a tax rebate.

Or make HMRC change its tune.

Message from the Maestro:


It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.

I consider Tarantino a great director. I am very fond of my collaboration with him and the relationship we have developed during the time we have spent together. He is courageous and has an enormous personality. I credit our collaboration responsible for getting me an Oscar, which is for sure one of the greatest acknowledgments of my career, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to compose music for his film.

In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time, and I would never speak poorly of the Academy – an important institution that has given to me two of the most important acknowledgments of my career.

Ennio Morricone

© 2009 Irina Antonovna Shostakovich/Artistic Director Oksana Dvornichenko



1 Which is it, Svetlanov: The dog ate your score, or you left it with Brezhnev’s girlfriend?

2 They are serving WHAT for lunch in the canteen?

3 You’re telling me Mourinho’s still manager of Man. United?

Message received:

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will host a “Music for the Spirit” concert to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims on Tuesday, November 27.

Titled “A Concert for Peace & Unity,” this evening of remembrance and reverence aims to provide an opportunity for the Pittsburgh community to find comfort, strength and solace through music, hope and unity. Taking place one month after the tragedy, the concert is free to the public, and all are invited to attend.

Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman will join Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and all artists have graciously agreed to donate their services for this performance. Volunteers will be on-hand at Heinz Hall to collect contributions for the Jewish Federation’s “Our Victims of Terror” fund and contributions for the six injured Pittsburgh Police officers through the “Injured Officers Fund.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to participate in this concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony honoring the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. I hope this event will help us continue to heal and come together,” said Itzhak Perlman. “As advocates of peace, tolerance and understanding through the universal power of music, our entire Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra family extends its deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones on account of this horrific tragedy,” added Manfred Honeck. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our community as we resolve to go forward doing what we know best, performing music with the hope that we can bring people together as we collectively grieve and heal.”

Eric Chevalier is stepping down as general and artistic director of l’Opéra de Nice in early 2019, after just three years in the job.

No reason given on ether side.