20th August: the First Lady of the Proms, Bard Music Festival, and Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra

Tuesday 20th August 2013

The Guardian

Digital magazines: how popular are they?

The latest magazine circulation figures from the PPA show promising digital results for the industry – but is it enough to offset the fall in print?

In praise of… Janet Baker

The opera singer’s continuing sale of her classic recordings means she seems not to  have really stopped singing at all

The New York Times

Stravinsky’s many rites of passage are distilled

Bard Music Festival focuses on Works in France and U.S.

Classic FM Online

The Recycled Orchestra: making music on a landfill site

Meet some of the incredible youngsters from Paraguay experiencing the power of music in the Recycled Orchestra, playing on instruments made from rubbish. They’re the stars of a new documentary film, Landfill Harmonic, which explores their extraordinary day-to-day lives

Classical singers judged by actions not voice

Never mind the quality of the singer’s voice, audiences judge performances on what they see rather than what they hear, according to a new study

Edible pianos and flame-driven organs in instrument competition

Judges are searching for weird and wonderful instruments as part of a competition in America – which has previously championed an edible piano and a voice activated synthesiser

From The Back Desk – Nigel Downing, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

We take five minutes with Nigel Downing, horn player for the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, to chat about Bruckner, losing your music on stage and attention from the over-60s

The Independent

Marin Alsop: First Lady of the Last Night of the Proms

For the first time in 118 years, the conductor on the Royal Albert Hall podium will be a woman. It’s a chance she is keen to take to promote equality. Paul Bignell meets Marin Alsop


Celebrating 100 years of recording the Berlin Phil

Gramophone’s editor introduces the September issue of the magazine

Berliner Zeitung

Digital-Geschäft beschert Musikbranche mehr Umsatz

Der Abwärtstrend im deutschen Musikmarkt wächst. Erstmals seit zehn Jahren verzeichnet die Branche wieder ein Umsatzplus


The Independent