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  • Aurèle Nicolet – Leading Swiss flautist dies aged 90

    Aurèle Nicolet – Leading Swiss flautist dies aged 90

    Aurèle Nicolet, one of the most admired and influential flautists of the 20th century, has died at the age of 90. A player of exceptional versatility with a distinctively rich sound, he was as renowned for exploring and championing new repertoire for his instrument as he was for his polished performances of the great works […]Read More »
  • Maestro Mariss Jansons was given an almighty and heartwarming birthday surprise from his orchestra

    Maestro Mariss Jansons was given an almighty and heartwarming birthday surprise from his orchestra

    Jansons, the chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, was turning 73. So, with a little coordination from their Concertmaster, the orchestra planned something for both maestro and audience. A video shared on the orchestra’s Facebook page shows Thursday night’s concert. The orchestra tunes and the audience are still. However as the Jansons walks […]Read More »
  • What were the biggest classical music trends of 2015?

    What were the biggest classical music trends of 2015?

    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 was the most performed classical work in 2015 according to an annual report from Bachtrack, the classical music events database that uses statistics gathered from over 28,000 concert listings. The work moved up eight places to beat last year’s most popular work, Handel’s Messiah, to the top spot, with 151 performances. […]Read More »
  • Rare violin used to record “Star Wars” soundtrack was stolen

    Rare violin used to record “Star Wars” soundtrack was stolen

    The search is on for a rare violin that was stolen out of a car in San Francisco last week. The violin is worthy $35,000. But it’s the history of the instrument that makes it invaluable. It was used to record the original “Star Wars” soundtrack and has even accompanied famed singer Frank Sinatra. Greg […]Read More »
  • New Foundling anthem composed, over 260 years after Handel’s original

    New Foundling anthem composed, over 260 years after Handel’s original

    The composer-in-residence at the Foundling Museum, Luke Styles, has created a Foundling Museum Anthem, inspired by Handel’s original anthem for the Foundling Hospital, composed in 1749. For inspiration, Styles has dipped into the museum archives to find poetry and writings by foundlings (abandoned children) and their mothers who stayed at the hospital. The new work, […]Read More »

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