11th February: Secondhand Downloads, Bad Smelling Beards and Julie Andrews Tours Australia

Monday 11th February 2013

The Independent

English National Opera’s beards smell “like wet dog”

…and The Barber of Seville requires 28 of them

The Guardian

The Rest Is Noise festival: the third instalment – Paris

The Southbank Centre’s head of classical music introduces the third part of the Rest Is Noise season – with the action switching to Paris and the worlds of Josephine Baker and Stravinsky

Helen Boaden offered BBC audio and music job

Bob Shennan had been favourite to take the post, but director of news is being lined up for role under new DG Lord Hall

The Guardian Music Blog

Guardian launches Tracks of the Week music service with Rough Trade stores

Want six new music tracks handpicked by the folk at Rough Trade and the Guardian landing in your inbox each week? Better still, for the service’s first month, everything is free if you sign up now

Classical Music Magazine

Michael Brewer found guilty of sexual abuse of former pupil who committed suicide during trial

Mike Brewer, former director of music at Chetham’s School of Music and a founder of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, has today been convicted of sexual abuse at Manchester Crown Court.


London celebrates Richard Wagner’s bicentenary with ‘Wagner 200’

2013 festival, running from May to December, features many of the city’s leading cultural institutions

Classic FM

Thomas Newman’s Skyfall wins BAFTA for Original Music

Composer Thomas Newman has been awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Original Music, beating competition from John Williams, Dario Marianelli and others.

NPR Deceptive Cadence

Remembering Pioneering American Conductor, Poet And Anime Inspiration James DePreist

Pioneering American conductor, National Medal of Arts winner and poet James DePreist died early this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 76 years old.

Limelight Magazine

Julie Andrews to tour Australia

The legendary performer will appear on stage with an old pal from the Sound of Music.

Music Week

Could Amazon sell secondhand digital music?

A patent for re-selling digital content has been granted to online retailer Amazon.

British artists claim one in seven US artist album sales in 2012

British artists secured 13.7% of US artist album sales last year, helped on by the success of acts such as One Direction, Adele and Mumford & Sons.

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The Independent