Blogging about classical music can be a bit of a time-suck. You can start your day intent on publishing the thing you've been working on for the past couple of days and then, right out of nowhere, someone emails with a press release about an event in a couple of weeks time. Your eyes widen. Schedules go all to cock. To-do-lists decimated.
So it is here. This post is principally about flagging that the forthcoming Menuhin Competition in Geneva will be streamed (for free) via the Arte Concert website from Friday 13 April. Dates below.
Founded by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Menuhin Competition
The dates of the competition broadcasts are as follows:
Junior First Rounds – Friday 13 April
Junior First Rounds – Saturday 14 April
Senior First Rounds – Sunday 15 April
Senior First Rounds – Monday 16 April
Junior Semi-Final – Tuesday 17 April
Senior Semi-Final – Wednesday 18 April
Masterclasses – Thursday 19 April (Pamela Frank, Henning Kraggerud, Joji Hattori)
Junior Finals – Friday 20 April
Senior Finals – Saturday 21 April
Closing Gala Concert – Sunday 22 April
But more than this (and here I may risk prompting silently asked questions in readers along the lines of, "er, didn't you know that already?") is the delightful discovery that a Europe-wide arts TV channel is, as a result of the European Union and a variety of like-minded broadcasters, available online.
The offering appears to be rich, recent and, important, free of the usual nauseating on-screen presentation tropes. A sort of grown-up BBC Four.
And no, I had absolutely no idea it even existed online. A delightful discovery.
The Menuhin Competition starts on Friday 13 April and is available live (for free) via Arte Concert. The concluding Gala Concert is on Sunday 22 April.
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