4th June: Terry Gilliam promises ‘Pythonic’ new opera, new Vaughan Williams work brought to light and a celebration of Weinberg

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Classical News

The Telegraph

Terry Gilliam promises ‘Pythonic’ new opera

A rarely-performed opera is to be put on the London stage for the first time in 40 years with a Monty Python twist, as Terry Gilliam puts on a show complete with circus performers, 40-ft statues and a prosthetic cucumber phallus.


When Vaughan Williams composed for the Women’s Institute

A little-known work by Vaughan Williams was the first musical piece ever commissioned by the W.I.

The Guardian 

The Passenger’s journey from Auschwitz to the opera

This week’s Composer of the Week on Radio 3 is Mieczysław Weinberg. Here, in a piece originally published in September 2011 ahead of a production of his opera The Passenger, director David Pountney introduces the neglected composer.

BBC News

How to conduct your staff

Quite often management books look to the symphony orchestra for examples of leadership in action: the conductor on the podium, conjuring wonderful music from a group of performers who would be rudderless without the man or woman with the stick.


 Festivalguide: Lebendige Ruine

Der Choriner Musiksommer feiert seinen 50. Geburtstag

Der Tagesspiegel

Sänger im Boxcamp

In seiner letzte Saison als Chefdirigent des RIAS-Kammerchores will Hans-Christoph Rademann 2014/15 weiter am unverwechselbaren Klang des Spitzen-Ensembles feilen. Zum Abschied dirigiert er eines seiner Lieblingsstücke.


New Concert Series at London’s Central Synagogue Opens with Violist David Aaron Carpenter in “Music of the Jewish Diaspora”

Le Figaro

Foisonnement créatif à Auvers-sur-Oise

L’opus 34 du Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, du5 juin au 2 juillet, célébre plus que jamais la curiosité et l’ouverture aux autres arts des musiciens classiques.

El Mundo

Vuelve la diva

Por primera vez se reeditan juntos todos los discos de la cantante más misteriosa, admirada y controvertida del siglo XX


Birmingham Phil Orch @BPOBirmingham#English Masterworks 13 days & counting http://tinyurl.com/nukemlx  #VaughanWilliams Wasps Overture – Old favourite from the master #classical

Oclassica @oclassica Misha Fomin recorded The 26 Classical Pieces for Piano by Russian Composers http://buff.ly/1mAp75P  #album #music #classical

Naxos Records @naxosrecords #Classical Playlist: Bang on a Can All-Stars, Meredith Monk, Kojiro Umezaki and More http://ow.ly/xoiZb  via @NYTimes

Alexandra Skey @AlexandraSkey Brilliant + funny way to perform #classical http://ow.ly/xkwc4  Vivaldi ‘Summer’ Classical Music Comedy



Benvenuto Cellini performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum

Photo: Jane Hobson/ Rex – The Telegraph