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  • Decca Classics signs soprano Aida Garifullina

    28 January 2015,

    Decca Classics has signed soprano Aida Garifullina on an exclusive contract. Her debut album will feature works by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as her native Tatar folksong.

  • Government publishes new GCSE, AS and A Level subject content

    28 January 2015,

    The Department for Education has published details of the subject content for GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music to be taught from autumn 2016, appearing to yield to campaigning during a period of consultation. It is anticipated that exam boards will soon publish their own specifications, based on these guidelines.

  • Parting shot from ENO chairman declares John Berry ‘the problem not the solution’

    26 January 2015,

    The outgoing chairman of English National Opera, Martyn Rose, has called ENO’s direction under artistic director John Berry ‘wholly unsustainable’ in a letter sent to Sir Vernon Ellis, ENO’s president. ENO has denied several points in the letter and denied accounts that Berry and executive director Henriette Götz are not talking.

  • Tax relief for orchestras ‒ chancellor announces commitment

    23 January 2015,

    The chancellor George Osborne has announced details on tax relief for British orchestras to match the existing scheme for theatres Though mentioned in the Autumn Statement as a option being considered, it is only now that details have been confirmed. It is not due to come into force until April 2016, however.

  • Three Choirs Festival launches foundation in 300th year

    23 January 2015,

    The Three Choirs Foundation was officially launched last night at an event at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Faulkner of Worcester. The speakers were Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Connolly and Sir Michael Perry (chairman of the foundation), while Adrian Partington (director of music at Gloucester Cathedral) read a message from Edward Gardner, who was in rehearsal at ENO. The men of Gloucester Cathedral Choir sung plainchant and Byrd's Vigilate.