Classical Music News – 9th August

Tuesday 9th August 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan newspapers, websites and blogs for interesting classical music news, and now we’ve decided to publish our lists so that you can get a classical music news summary each day. If you’ve read anything interesting each day that we’ve missed do feel free to comment and let us know!

Jessica Duchen

What do we want? EL SISTEMA! When do we want it? NOW!

Music Journalist Jessica Duchen posted two contrasting videos today; Riots rage as Anarchy spreads across the UK and the youth of Venezuela, El Sistema performing at the proms. Go figure.

The Telegraph

Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Riverside Studios, review

Tete a Tete at the Riverside Studios is a festival for opera fans with open minds, patience, a sense of humour and no preconceptions. Rating: * * * *


OAE excels in Glyndebourne’s Rinaldo

For real action and excitement, look no further than the orchestra pit.

BBC News

 Musicians ‘emotionally blackmailed’ into playing charity gigs.

Professional musicians are being “emotionally blackmailed” into working for free at charitable and fundraising events, a trade union has claimed.

London Evening Standard

Nigel Kennedy, Royal Albert Hall- review

‘We were promised an hour of Bach for solo violin but Nigel Kennedy delivered just 40 minutes, and for once the shortfall wasn’t a result of his interminable chat.’


Glyndebourne introduces August fringe festival

Pre-performance events to showcase new talent: Glyndebourne Festival Opera is presenting its own “fringe” festival.