29th October: Soundtrack for The Shard, Iran Ensemble Abolished, and the Waltz: the New Dance Craze?

Monday 29th October 2012


2012 British Composer Awards shortlist revealed

Winners to be announced at a ceremony in London on December 3

London Symphony Orchestra record music for The Shard

The London Symphony Orchestra have recorded an exciting soundtrack to entertain visitors at The Shard, London’s newest landmark.

Alan Gilbert extends tenure as New York Philharmonic music director

New contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 season

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Hans Werner Henze, 1 July 1926-27 October 2012

Hans Werner Henze, the German composer whose output includes ten symphonies and more than 40 stage works, has died aged 86 in Dresden.

Slipped Disc

Breaking: Iran abolishes national symphony orchestra

The ensemble, relaunched earlier this year after a two-year quietus, has been disbanded. No reason has been given – except that some officials have been quoted as saying ‘we have no budget’.

Welsh lad, 16, wins international piano competition

Luke Jones from Wrexham, a pupil at Chethams, has come top in the under-19 section of  Slovenia’s first Aci Bertoncelj piano contest. All other winners were from the eastern half of Europe.

Classic FM

Kids sing pop lyrics to classical music, create YouTube hit

A new musical experiment called ‘How To Get Kids Into Classical Music’ shows a novel way to get young people acquainted with classical music – with a little help from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, One Direction and more.

The Independent

Benjamin Grosvenor: The piano prodigy who keeps fame at arm’s length

Lauded and awarded, the 20-year-old pianist is a grounded nine-to-fiver, finds Michael Church

The Guardian

Could the waltz be the next dance craze?

Acid house pioneer Adamski wants to get us all dancing in 3/4 Viennese time and ‘partying like its 1799’

The Telegraph

Nun’s 800 year old chants top charts

A series of compositions by Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine abbess who died in 1179, have been released as an album.

The Guardian