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Breaking: Wagner’s Ring is leaving London

Breaking: Wagner’s Ring is leaving London

While state-funded opera companies are being strangled by Arts Cancel England, the private sector is thriving in country houses across the south of England. Today, the irrepressible Wasfi Kani announced a Ring cycle to be stage in the heart of the Surrey stockbroker belt. It’s an astonishing venture for a cheeky startup and something of …

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Cracks appear in the Voices Foundation

Cracks appear in the Voices Foundation

We hear that CEO Manvinder Rattan left the music education charity last week and a statement is expected shortly on the VF’s future. The charity’s accounts show it overspent its £430,000 annual revenue by £53,000. The Voices Foundation, founded by Suzi Digby in 1993, works with teachers and schools to support children’s singing skills and …

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A Playlist to Add to Your Enjoyment of the Novel AWE by Pierre R. Schwob

A Playlist to Add to Your Enjoyment of the Novel AWE by Pierre R. Schwob

Pierre R. Schwob, the founder and CEO of Classical Archives, has written books on calculators, history and even chess. He has now published a unique and remarkable novel, entitled AWE. All of us at Classical Archives love it. It is a technothriller, but one with a difference. Its hero Pic de Lucrète is a committed …

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Death of a classical magazine editor

Death of a classical magazine editor

We have been notified of the death from cancer of Máire Taylor, founding editor of International Record Review and its guiding spirit for 15 years. Before that, she worked at Gramophone. The post Death of a classical magazine editor appeared first on Slippedisc.

A rare ovation for Vaughan Williams in Germany

A rare ovation for Vaughan Williams in Germany

We hear that the Baden-Baden audience erupted last night after a performance of VW’s second symphony by the SWR orchestra, conducted by the boyish Finn, Tarmo Peltokoski. The first half of Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo Suite and Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra was unremarkable. But the post-interval reading of A London Symphony was ecstatic, with Peltokoski returning …

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Daniel Barenboim: We cannot afford the luxury of pessimism

Daniel Barenboim: We cannot afford the luxury of pessimism

In a moving Times conversation with ex-Diwan violinist Clemency Burton-Hill, Barenboim stays positive about the orchestra he created: ‘We were very lucky that there were enough people on both sides that were interested. When you get a young community like this, it burns quickly in a good way — it didn’t have to be led, it …

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Berlin Konzerthaus has new boss

Berlin Konzerthaus has new boss

The venue needs to replace Sebastian Nordmann, who is of to run the Lucerne Festival. It has chosen Tobias Rempe, founder-manager of Ensemble Resonanz. Rempe, 53, has the approval of chief conductor Joana Mallwitz and of Kultursenator Joe Chialo, who said he brought a ‘new vision and strategy’. The post Berlin Konzerthaus has new boss …

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Elgar and Roderick Williams: conjoined meditations on Death

Elgar and Roderick Williams: conjoined meditations on Death

R. Williams, Elgar Daniel Norman (tenor, Gerontius); Jennifer Johnston (soprano, Angel); Roderick Williams (baritone, Angel of the Agony); The Bach Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra / David Hill (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 16.05.2024 Roderick Williams Cusp (World Premiere) Elgar The Dream of Gerontius The Dream of Gerontius is one of Elgar’s supreme masterpieces, and a cornerstone …

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Dear Alma, I’m burned out and can’t afford to retire

Dear Alma, I’m burned out and can’t afford to retire

A cri de coeur to our agony aunt: Dear Alma, I am in my mid-50’s, play in a medium sized orchestra, and teach part-time at a university. I have been in this situation for many years, and am wondering when or if I can retire. Neither job is substantial enough to give me retirement benefits, …

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Half the Queen Elisabeth violinists are American

Half the Queen Elisabeth violinists are American

The 12 violin finalists were named last night in Brussels. Six are American, three Korean. Most are seasoned competitors, aged 22-25. Joshua Brown · Hana Chang · Elli Choi (pic) · SongHa Choi · Anna Im · Julian Rhee · Karen Su · Ruslan Talas · Dmytro Udovychenko · Minami Yoshida · Dayoon You · …

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