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David Cameron becomes first PM since Thatcher to cut a record

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Maggie in her heyday narrated Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with orchestra for EMI. Now David Cameron has gone into studio for Decca to recite a Rupert Brooke poem for charity. Details here.                                         … [Read more...]

Boris, the busker’s friend

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This just in from City Hall, believe it or not: Mayor urges young musicians to sign up for Gigs busking competition and launches #BackBuskingcampaign to support capital's street musicians   Reams of red tape and a myriad of confusing rules could force talented buskers off London's streets, the Mayor Boris Johnson has warned as he launched a new campaign to nurture the capital's street musicians.   As this year's Gigs busking competition gets underway, the Mayor … [Read more...]

Gone: UK Culture Secretary quits

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No tears will be shed for Maria Miller, who diddled her expenses and grudged her apology to Parliament. She was an arts agnostic who cared little for the vibrant and varied cultures she was supposed to promote and protect. Report here. … [Read more...]

San Diego Opera fans sing out at city council meeting

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It looks and sounds like a professional chorus turned into a flash mob of survival fighters. The council seem to like it. Watch. … [Read more...]

Transfer news: Manchester signs French striker

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The Royal Northern College of Music announces today it has hooked the  French violinist Renaud Capuçon on a one-year contract as International Chair in Violin. Class act. … [Read more...]

Who’s free? Me, says Gergiev

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Carnegie Hall, hustling round for a second replacement for the indisposed Lorin Maazel, followed the old dictum: always ask a busy man. It looks like the LSO get short measure from his translatlantic rescue mission, but that was never likely to bother their outgoing chief. Release below. VALERY GERGIEV TO CONDUCT MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN ALL-RICHARD STRAUSS PROGRAM AT CARNEGIE HALL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Lorin Maazel, Scheduled to Conduct on April 11 and 12, Unable To Appear Due … [Read more...]

Another NY cultural hangout shutters up


Brian Wise reports that Klavierhaus has gone. Yet another victim of midtown developer greed. Brian notes: The transaction is the latest in a series of moves that signal the downsizing of the midtown piano retail district, which sits between Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and for decades has drawn piano buyers from around the world.  Sic transit....   … [Read more...]

Next music director of the boycotted Malaysian Philharmonic

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After months of barrel-scraping, it looks like the hapless oil-funded orchestra is nearing a decision on a new chief. … [Read more...]

The greatest benefactor of Britain’s arts

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Anthony Field was Finance Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1957, when its budget was under £1 million, to 1985 when he was handling £300 million a year. Over that period, the field he tended matured from pro-am to world rank. Anthony, who died on Sunday aged 85, was an apolitical nurturer who sought only the best for civilisation. He went on to become a successful consultant. Tribute follows. ANTHONY FIELD Anthony Field Associates announces with deep sadness the … [Read more...]

The man who brought Pavarotti to Seville


Lluís Andreu, director of the Liceo in Barcelona (1981-90) and the Maestranza in Seville, has died at the age of 79. Under fire for paying high fees to big singers, his proudest day was bringing Luciano Pavarotti to his home town. 'No promoter ever lost money on me,' Big Lucy assured him. … [Read more...]

Russian National Orchestra mourns a violinist who drowned


Edward Yatsun was working out in the pool at the gym, doing laps, when a heart attack caused him to go under. He was hauled out by lifeguards and doctors arrived quickly on the scene but they could not resuscitate him. Edward, 45, had played in Mikhail Pletnev's orchestra for 19 years. He leaves a wife and small children. … [Read more...]

A list of 10 top music schools on which we can all agree. Mostly.


This list comes with the welts of experience. Read here.   … [Read more...]

Sad news: An English lion has died

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We have been notified of the death last night, in Bath, of the glorious bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk. John was 83 and still teaching at Peabody in Baltimore and at Bath Spa University in England. A colleague there writes: 'He was very generous to students and they appreciated his wry sense of humour, to say nothing of his vast and remarkable performing experience.' After a 1961 Glyndebourne debut, John joined Britten's English Opera Group until the composer's death in 1976. He recorded … [Read more...]

Maazel, the great replacer, is himself replaced


FABIO LUISI TO STEP IN FOR LORIN MAAZEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12 CONDUCTING THE MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN ALL-RICHARD STRAUSS PROGRAM AT CARNEGIE HALLMaestro Maazel, Scheduled to Conduct on April 11 and 12, Unable To Appear Due to Illness Conductor for Orchestra’s Friday, April 11 Program To Be Announced Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor Fabio Luisi has agreed to step in for Lorin Maazel onSaturday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m., leading the Munich Philharmonic … [Read more...]

Visiting soloist hits the town with free pop-ups

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Alban Gerhardt was in Portland, Oregon, with time on his hands. So he took out his cello and played all over town. Watch. … [Read more...]

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