For sheer pleasure, the great English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham often strikes Charles Spencer as unbeatable.
The deeply spiritual composer who found his own musical language with a love of every note at its heart.
The first symphonic concert to take place in the Royal Academy of Arts’ courtyard will be live-streamed at the Guardian.
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The nervously-awaited BBC review of its orchestras and performing groups landed today and the outcome is much better than some feared.
Try this for size: the average annual spend of a BBC orchestra is £6.1 million, compared to £9.7 million for independent orchestras funded by the Arts Council.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has just announced Diego Matheuz as its principal guest conductor, starting alongside the new music director, Andrew Davis.
Classical Music Magazine
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been announced, with opera director David McVicar awarded a knighthood and CBEs going to composer Michael Berkeley and Harry Christophers.
Bill Cosby wraps up his final Playboy Jazz Festival as emcee, saying it’s time for someone with ‘a newer voice’. Attendees say they’ll miss him.
Sir Andrew takes up the position for four years, starting in January 2013.