Van Cliburn, US classical pianist and cold war sensation, dies at 78
After triumph at 1958 competition in Moscow, Cliburn was the first classical musician to receive a New York ticker tape parade
Brighton festival 2013 takes off, with Michael Rosen at helm
Programme for May’s three-week arts celebration – released today – will feature Emil and the Detectives, Judith Kerr and Michael Rosen’s orchestral work for kids, The Great Enormo
Doctors’ Orchestra set for charity concert
The Doctors’ Orchestra will give a concert at London’s Cadogan Hall on March 4th in support of human rights charity Freedom From Torture.
Music groups enjoy share of BBC performing arts fund
Cheltenham Music Festival is among 19 music organisations that are celebrating after winning a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund.
Sing Handel anthems – and raise money for The Michael Oliver Trust
Join conductor Laurence Cummings at London’s Grosvenor Chapel on March 16
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Metropolitan Opera Cuts Ticket Prices Following Box Office Slump
The Metropolitan Opera is cutting ticket prices by an average of about 10 percent next season, when music director James Levine returns from a spine injury that led to a two-year absence.
Composer Michael Berkeley to become Lord
The composer and broadcaster Michael Berkeley is to be made a non-party political peer in the House of Lords.