6th November: Miniature Instruments, Sting Supports Orchestras, and The Hobbit Soundtrack Released

Tuesday 6th November 2012


2012 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists announced

Three composers and five visual artists each receive £50,000 over three years

Classic FM

Sting and Lee Hall support In Harmony North East

Sting and Lee Hall have pledged their financial support to the In Harmony North East Project.

Elliott Carter dies aged 103

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer known for his avant-garde music died in New York last night.

Howard Shore’s The Hobbit soundtrack details released

Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Hobbit: And Unexpected Journey now has an official track-listing and artwork.

The Guardian

The Pilgrim’s Progress: Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece returns at ENO

On the eve of its comeback performance at English National Opera, conductor Martyn Brabyns explains why it has taken more than 60 years to bring this opera back to the stage

Slipped Disc

Chinese composer wins Russia’s Shostakovich award

Tan Dun says he wants to rebuild bridges between the two nations. He called Russia ‘the homeland of music’, which ought to go down well in the US, where Tan Dun completed his studies and lived for two decades.

The Arts Desk

Opinion: why arts education matters

Michael Gove’s plan to marginalise the arts spells disaster, argues one of theartsdesk’s writers from the frontline

The Daily Mail

That looks a little fiddly! Musician gives up his cello to make the smallest violins in the world… and they’re yours for £1,000

David Edwards gave up his professional music career to become a miniaturist, making pieces for doll’s houses


The Daily Mail