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Danish National Chamber Orchestra fights cuts by crowdfunding

Private donations and public support mean that this innovative orchestra will not be disbanded despite the loss of its state funding / Let’s save an orchestra: the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, which was scandalously disbanded on 1 ...

January 23   -  

A temporary reprieve for the troubled Ulster Orchestra

But the Belfast-based orchestra’s long-term future is yet to be secured / Reports from earlier in the week suggest that the Ulster Orchestra has managed to secure enough cash to maintain its existence in its current form, at least for the ...

January 16   -  

Can we ever get to the heart of Mozart?

In a new film for the BBC, I go behind and beyond the myths in search of the still-contemporary power and magic of Mozart’s music / It turned out to be both the simplest and most complex question I could have asked: just why is it that ...

January 15   -  

La Philharmonie de Paris: is this a new musical and social future for Paris?

The controversial concert hall might not have been quite finished and its architect might have elected to stay away from the opening concert, but it still sounded amazing, reports Tom Service / See also: François ...

January 12   -  

This year's classical music anniversaries – and some less usual suspects

Composer anniversaries fuel concert programmes the world over. So here are a few musicians we should be celebrating this year alongside Nielsen and Sibelius / While it’s still, just about, not too late in the month to be still wishing ...

December 16   -  

Dame Fanny Waterman retires from Leeds Piano competition

The co-founder, chair and artistic director of the prestigious competition steps down from her position, aged 95. / Interview: Dame Fanny Waterman at 90 / 95. Too early to retire! Dame Fanny Waterman has just announced that ...

December 14   -  

WNO puts opera's 'invisible people' on stage

Welsh National Opera performing project puts the spotlight on the stagehands / It’s not an entirely new concept, to put the backstage business of a theatre on the stage, and to turn the making of a show into the very subject of a show. ...

December 5   -  

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde: nothing in music was the same again

Bernstein called it ‘the central work of all music history’. Wagner’s radical music-drama was deemed unperformable when first written, but time has proved the Vienna Court Opera very wrong. Tom ...

December 4   -  

Karajan: a new film – and the controversy continues

The conductor – who led the Berlin Philharmonic from 1956 to 1989 – is the subject of a new BBC documentary. But he remains an enigmatic figure, whose musical approach sounds a false note in today’s world / Herbert von ...

December 2   -  

Wolfgang Rihm wins the Grawemeyer

$100,000 composing award honours the prolific 62-year-old musician / Composer Wolfgang Rihm has won the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer award for his 15-minute work In-Schrift 2. The award, worth $100,000, is given annually for ...
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