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February 11   -  

The 10 best Scandinavian symphonists (who aren't Sibelius or Nielsen)

Sibelius and Nielsen may be dominating London’s concert halls this year, not least with Simon Rattle’s Sibelius symphony cycle, but there are many other Scandinavian composers well worth hearing. Here’s our top ten ...

February 10   -  

Write a song for Shakespeare... if you dare

Go where Purcell, Finzi and Adès have dared to go and enter the RSC’s competition to compose a song to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday / You’ve got less than six weeks to make music-theatrical history. Seriously: the ...

February 9   -  

Alan Gilbert is to leave the New York Philharmonic: who will replace him?

Gilbert’s announcement means another key conducting job falls vacant. / It’s getting to be something of a merry-go-round, all of the conductor top-trumps at the major orchestras. With high profile positions at, not least, the LSO ...

February 6   -  

New concert halls - the good, the bad, and the rumours

Jonathan Nott’s move to Geneva will coincide with a new concert hall for the city, Jansons battles on for a hall in Munich fit for his world-class orchestra; and if rumours are to be believed, a similar project might help lure Rattle back to ...

February 5   -  

10 of the best: musical ghosts

As Bryn Terfel returns to the Royal Opera House as Wagner’s cursed Flying Dutchman, we list our other favourite musical ghosts. Tell us what we’ve missed in the comments section below. / It’s no surprise that so much music has ...

February 3   -  

ENO - enjoy the blood-letting, but let's hope this doesn't become an autopsy

What’s really going on at English National Opera? Who knows - but this is really a story about whether we care about opera in the UK. / English National Opera has to live! Or, ENO has had its day, it must die! [Artistic Director] John ...

January 29   -  

Modest good news for music education as government stick to their word

Hubs funding is to increase, but Arts Council England chief Darren Henley has a fight on his hands if he is to safeguard music education / Good - if shockingly mundane - news to report from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). The ...

January 27   -  

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 20   -  

A new 'human' piano is unveiled in Budapest

A ‘revolutionary’ piano, created by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi, promises ‘sound beyond time’. What does that even mean? / Promotional websites are brilliant, aren’t they? With promises of a ...
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