The Sydney Morning Herald reports that opera legend Joan Sutherland has died at the age of 83, after a long illness. I met Joan Sutherland when she led a Bel Canto masterclass course at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (now known as the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme) back in 1996. It was a […]
The opening concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Friday 1 October 2010′ had a strong programmatic thread running through it. And like all good concerts, the programme spoke on more levels than merely just quality of the playing or the interpretation of the music. The concert’s undeniable success was in spotlighting two different takes […]
Not only did casting the show from previous productions ensure the quality of the musical performances remained high throughout the Barbican run, but the combination of stylish set and lighting designs reinvigorated the reputation of the work as a whole. This is how musical theatre should be. All the time.
Ryanair’s Head of Communications Stephen McNamara bullishly defended the airline’s policy on musicians having to buy a second seat for their musical instruments on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row tonight by saying: … musicians are good at reading music, but not so good at reading the terms and conditions … The discussion chaired by presenter […]
The thoughts of a collection of marketing peeps feature in the final BBC Proms video for 2010, including contributions from Alison Atkinson (London Philharomonic Orchestra), Jo Johnson (London Symphony Orchestra), Will Norris (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and Tom Service (BBC/Guardian).