He founded the Italian chamber orchestra, which he conducted right up to this month, in 1959. Together they toured to more than 90 countries and made more than 350 recordings, largely of 18th- and 19th-century Italian repertoire, much of which had never been recorded before.
“While most Brazilians were still reeling from the devastating fire at the country’s National Museum last week, Luana Santos and fellow museum studies students in Rio de Janeiro had started gathering photos and videos of missing items, and even selfies taken by visitors to the vast archive. … Within hours, their appeal went worldwide; so far, it has received 14,000 replies – including videos, photos, written recollections and even drawings of favourite exhibits.”
The highly anticipated museum, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and opening to the public this weekend, is part of a £1 billion plan to regenerate Dundee’s waterfront and change the Scottish city’s public image from post-industrial wasteland to cultural hub.
“Claxton’s drive to make dance happen took her globe-trotting beyond her adopted country, Scotland, to Australia [her birthplace], New Zealand, the USA, Japan, Taiwan, India, Spain and the Netherlands. Her passion for prising dance out of conventional spaces, revealing it to the ‘accidental audience’ saw her company perform in zoos, parks, museums and galleries.” Her final triumph, titled POP Up Duets, was created in 2016 for the galleries of the National Museum of Scotland and has since toured internationally, with a huge success this summer at Jacob’s Pillow.