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Katie Derham on Strictly: Week 2

Safe from the dance off thanks to a class act. The Derham appears to be loving it too.

Radio 3 2015/16 Season Launch held on Thursday 1 October 2015 at Broadcasting House, hosted by Alan Davey

BBC Radio 3’s 2015/16 Season Launch 2015

New (can we still call him new?) Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey introduced his station’s new season of programmes at an event earlier this week. At the same time, there was a hint of a slightly redefined station too.

Ten Pieces 2 Premieres in London

The premiere of the second instalment of BBC Learning’s hugely successful ongoing Ten Pieces project was projected onto a big screen in central London earlier this week. Four schools from across London were in attendance, so too some of the Ten Pieces ambassadors, all smiling excitedly about the prospect.


BBC unveils its plan for Eurovision 2016

New Eurovision year, new hope?

Before the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2015/16 season opening, Mahler 3 conducted by Sakari Oramo.

Mahler / Symphony No.3 / BBC SO / Oramo / Barbican

A magical season opener from the BBC Symphony Orchestra who delivered hard-earned redemption with a enthralling mixture of grit and determination.

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Katie Derham on Strictly: Week 1 

Radio 3 and BBC Proms presenter Katie Derham is on Strictly, paired up with Anton du Beke. I’m keeping a careful eye on proceedings.

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Alfred Brendel on Radio 3’s Music Matters

A new series of Music Matters has started on BBC Radio 3 this weekend with an extended 45 minute interview with pianist Alfred Brendel.

Practising Brahms Violin Sonata No.1

Preparing to accompany a violinst in her diploma has unexpectedly reawkened a love of piano practice.


Gramophone Recording of the Year 2015 posthumously awarded to Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado’s final concert before his death released by Deutsche Grammophon has been honoured with Gramophone’s Recording of the Year Award tonight at an awards ceremony held at St John’s Smith Square.


Sir David Willcocks (1919 – 2015)

His legacy on a generation of choristers was considerable, so too the reach and impact of his work, even if most of us aren’t as aware of its scope as perhaps we ought to be.

Anna Tcybuleva announced as Leeds Piano Competition 2015 winner

Twenty-five-year Russian Anna Tcybuleva won the Leeds first prize on Saturday 10 September seucring a £20,000 cash prize, giving her the chance to record a solo album.


Milan Siljanov wins Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2015

From around 160 applications, five soloists ended up competing in the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2015 on Thursday 10 September. Milan Siljanov secured the first place in the Singers’ Prize, winning £10,000.

The Halle’s pay-as-much-as-you-like concert feat. a 360 degree view of Beethoven 5

Experimentation in the form of payment and a unique view of a well-known work.

Wigmore Hall director’s battle cry for the song recital

Passionate articulate advocates are hard to find, but Wigmore Hall has got one, and they’re using it.

2015 Gramophone Awards shortlist announced today

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Abbado’s Bruckner 9 in line for the coveted Recording of the Year Award announced on September 17.

Being in the Proms audience

Three things online tackle a subject often visited around this time of year, every year: concert audience behaviour and its effect on newcomers.  Jonathan McAloon writing in the Telegraph on Tuesday, had an interesting idea for making newcomers to the Proms: “There needs to be an incentive for new audience members to take seats in…

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Haken Hardenberger. Ultra cool.

Philharmonia Orchestra 2015/16 Håkan Hardenberger Series

The Philharmonia Orchestra have announced details of Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger’s series of concerts with the orchestra, The Trumpet Shall Sound.


Trialling Medici.TV and the Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall

A user’s perspective of two of the most well-known international video-on-demand classical music streaming services.

New York Times: The importance of the BBC Proms ‘as austerity looms’

Nice to see the BBC Proms written about in the UK. A reminder of the festival’s global reach. Always good when international journos remind us what’s important.

Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons extends contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Nice work Boston Symphony Orchestra. I’ve not been to Boston, ever. Nor Tanglewood. But maybe now I know you’ve secured the marvellous Andris Nelsons until your 2021/22 season then I might line up a visit.

BBC Proms 2015: Prom 22 – Pastoral Symphony / Brett Dean / Aurora Orchestra

Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony – the London premiere of the work – was an expansive soundscape combining live orchestra and recorded sound effects.

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How the Radio 1 Ibiza Prom celebrated, validated and re-acquainted

I’ve always hated dance music. How did Radio 1’s Ibiza Prom change my view?

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Jan Lisiecki in Verbier talks eggs, performance practice and the BBC Proms

In an interview during the 2015 Verbier Festival, pianist Jan Lisiecki recalls his experience playing at the BBC Proms in 2013.

Like my other interviews over the past few days, I started Jan’s with the customary ‘what did you have for breakfast?’ question. This unexpectedly caused a titter of recognition. It appears everyone the world over is familiar with the technique. How very disappointing.


Verbier 2015: Daniil Trifonov / Liszt Transcendental Etudes

Daniil Trifonov didn’t dissapoint at Verbier this evening: his piano recital at the Salle de Combins was epic.


Verbier 2015: Leonidas Kavakos

Leonidas Kavakos’ programme featured sonatas by Mozart, Schumann and Bartok accompanied by Ferenc Rados who hummed along just a little too much.


Verbier 2015: Edgar Moreau

Cellist Edgar Morreau delights his Verbier recital audience with a programme of Brahms, Poulenc, Schumann and Chopin.


Daniil Trifonov in Verbier talks BBC Proms, Prokofiev and Glazunov

I spent some time with pianist Daniil Trifonov first thing this morning. He’s here at the Verbier Festival regular (the delights of which I’m currently sampling). One of his concerts was last night in which he played one of the three pianos in Mozart’s Concerto for Three Pianos with Daniel Matsuev and – making a…

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Philharmonia Managing Director David Whelton set to retire

David Whelton, managing director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, is to retire after 29 years running the London orchestra.


BBC Proms: Live Blog

That’s right. A live blog spanning 92 concerts for the entire BBC Proms 2015.

It’s not official but it is lovely, obviously.


BBC Proms 2015: Recommended concerts

This coming together of the world’s performers, orchestras and conductors under one-roof in West London for a summer of live broadcasts is something none of us should take for granted.

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