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A harpist and a cyclist are top of the charts. Go figure…

Holland, to paraphrase L. P Hartley, is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

Top of the Dutch iTunes chart, and #4 in the overall charts (just behind Robbie Williams) is the harpist Lavinia Meijer with a CD of music by Philip Glass, taken from the soundtrack to The Hours.

After appearing on this talkshow, she sold 10,000 CDs. Phil himself pops up on the show (persist past screeds of Dutch talk) and Lavinia gives the nation a useful lesson in how to pluck.

Meantime, top of the Dutch classical charts is our handlebar friend Daria van den Bercken.

She played Handel to 1.3 million viewers on a Dutch talk show “Pauw and Witteman”. Like I said, a foreign country… more’s the pity.

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  1. Dominy Clements says:

    Not so very different – legions of cultural institutions are being closed down here as the result of cuts. There’s a gloomy, ‘last one to leave switch off the lights’ mood beyond the TV studios….

  2. Soon to be redundant says:

    The Ulster Orchestra is in trouble, and over next couple of years is facing job cuts from 63 to a possible 48. This is due to a cut in funding from both Radio3 and Arts Council of Northern Ireland, leaving a deficit of £200,000 for 2013/14 and a further £188,000 in 2014/15. So without this huge cull the orchestra are facing bankruptcy by 2015/16 with little help from A.C.N.I or any one else.
    Is this the future of Classical Musicians in the U.K? An eventual cull coming to an orchestra near you!

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