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Thursday 11 February 2016

9:25AM GMT (9 hours, 39 minutes ago)

Violin made at Braintree PoW camp restored

It is understood the craftsman was unable to take the violin back to Germany after the war, so he handed it to a British officer as a thank you... | read article...

6:00AM GMT (13 hours, 5 minutes ago)

Mark Wigglesworth: save the people's opera

I do not know anyone in opera who does not wish for prejudiced preconceptions to be destroyed, and many spend a great deal of time, talent and thought trying to do so. English National Opera was in fact created specifically for this purpose. | read article...

5:56AM GMT (13 hours, 9 minutes ago)

Dead cyclist a member of Chch orchestra

A 52-year-old man fatally struck by a train while cycling in Christchurch this morning was a member of the city's symphony orchestra. | read article...

Wednesday 10 February 2016

10:37PM GMT (20 hours, 27 minutes ago)

Boston Classical Orchestra to close and new ensemble to begin

The Boston Classical Orchestra, whose concerts in Faneuil Hall have made it a vibrant fixture of the city’s performing arts scene for more than three decades, will be filing for bankruptcy and plans to cease operations. | read article...

10:13PM GMT (20 hours, 51 minutes ago)

The Unlikely Story of How the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra Came Back to Life

Five years after declaring bankruptcy, the newly renamed Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is not only on budget, it’s traveling to perform on the Neighbor Islands again, hosting internationally renowned guest musicians and attracting new audiences. What happened? | read article...

8:26PM GMT (22 hours, 39 minutes ago)

At 100, orchestra has a midlife crisis

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its centennial on February 11. Does that mean it’s arrived? | read article...

9:55AM GMT (1 day, 9 hours ago)

Italian opera singer wins prestigious music prize

Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and Swedish music producer Max Martin have been announced as this year's winners of Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize. | read article...

12:33AM GMT (1 day, 18 hours ago)

Danish National Chamber Orchestra is rescued

Danmarks Underholdningsorkester får støtte fra tre fonde. Dermed kan orkestret fortsætte frem til og med 2018. | read article...

Tuesday 9 February 2016

2:22PM GMT (2 days, 4 hours ago)

At last you can sing 'Happy Birthday’ for free (almost)

Warner Music has reportedly agreed to a court settlement that will place 'Happy Birthday' in the public domain following a three-year legal battle with a filmmaker. | read article...

2:21PM GMT (2 days, 4 hours ago)

This is what it looks like when you send electric shocks through a musician’s body

This composition sends by Michaela Davies sends electric shocks through a performer’s body to alter their performance. | read article...

Monday 8 February 2016

7:45PM GMT (2 days, 23 hours ago)

Jack McCaw Memorial Concert

7.30 pm Wednesday 10 February 2016 at the Royal College of Music, London... | read article...

12:52PM GMT (3 days, 6 hours ago)

Cellist Thomas Mesa wins 2016 Sphinx Competition $50000 first prize

Senior division second prize, worth $20,000, was awarded to 20-year-old violinist Annelle Gregory, while third prize went to 21-year-old cellist Guilherme Nardello Monegatto. | read article...

12:13PM GMT (3 days, 6 hours ago)

English National Opera singers to vote on strike action

Equity union says proposed pay and job cuts amount to ‘cultural vandalism’ that threatens company’s artistic future. Choristers at the English National Opera are to be balloted for industrial action after being threatened with redundancies and what their union called an unsustainable pay cut. Equity said ENO management wanted to renegotiate contracts which would result in the the 44-member chorus getting a 25% pay cut. | read article...

10:18AM GMT (3 days, 8 hours ago)

Bishop of Taunton taking up the saxophone for Lent

The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley will be marking the Christian festival, traditionally associated with discipline and self-denial, by practising every day for 40 days. | read article...

Sunday 7 February 2016

12:01AM GMT (4 days, 19 hours ago)

Brain damaged violinist makes music for first time in 27 years with mind-reading technology

Violinist Rosemary Johnson has spent the last 27 years coming to terms with the reality she would never make music again, following a devastating car crash. A member of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra she was destined to become a world class musician before the road accident in 1988, which left her in a coma for seven months. | read article...

Saturday 6 February 2016

5:01AM GMT (5 days, 14 hours ago)

Local opera company struggling - and struggling - to pay its artists

Many of the artists who made it happen weren't paid at the end of the festival. More than four months later, about 27 remain unpaid. Freelance Philadelphia musicians say this is fairly unusual. Because they worked on more than one production, many of them are out at least $2,000. | read article...

Friday 5 February 2016

10:02PM GMT (5 days, 21 hours ago)

San Diego misses out on conductor

Recall that time when Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla came to visit the San Diego Symphony and conducted Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring? She was maybe, possibly, a candidate to be the next music director in San Diego. Not any more. | read article...

3:00PM GMT (6 days, 4 hours ago)

Alma Deutscher: the 10-year-old who is making the music world listen

Simon Rattle was ‘bowled over’, Stephen Fry compared her to Mozart. Deutscher is a brilliant performer, but it is her composing that has got the connoisseurs talking. | read article...

2:41PM GMT (6 days, 4 hours ago)

OSO conductor David Currie stepping down

“After 24 years at the helm of the OSO, it's time for me to step aside and to welcome a new conductor and artistic leader to the podium,” Currie said in a release. | read article...

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