Why are films about composers almost invariably awful? Why do they seem to bring out a penchant for camp in directors? The questions are prompted by a recent viewing of The Devil’s Violinist, a film about Paganini which has just been released on DVD.
The French culture minister has dismissed proposals to merge France’s two radio orchestras, in a drive to cut costs at the national public service broadcaster Radio France. Fleur Pellerin told the French news station France Inter yesterday that she felt savings could be made as regards the staffing of the orchestras and the way their work is organised.
For musicians, the inter-library loan system has been vital in helping performing groups find orchestral and choral sets to which they might not otherwise have access. (Making Music says 45% of its 3,000 members source music through a public library, around a quarter of the total market.)
With music festivals old and new popping up all over the UK, festival planners have their work cut out to draw in new and dedicated audience members. Fiona Clampin meets artistic director Alasdair Nicolson who has some promising plans for the Bath International Music Festival
Students at Lancaster University are holding an emergency meeting today (Tuesday, March 5) to discuss the future of music and other arts subjects on campus. It follows a decision by university management to end the study of single and combined honours music. There will be no new intake in September this year.
Steve Reich's Radio Rewrite will be performed by the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall on 5 March, then touring to Town Hall, Birmingham, 6 March and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 9 March. Plus March's premieres listings.
A spokesperson for Lancaster University said: 'This course has experienced significant decline in undergraduate applications in recent years and has reached a point that is unsustainable in terms of undergraduate activity.'
There is a photo on the wall of the BSO chief executive’s office that shows six men who conducted the orchestra in 1910. Four are seated – Elgar, Dan Godfrey, Alexander Mackenzie and Stanford – with Edward German and Parry standing behind them. All apart from German are sporting walrus moustaches, and wearing a range of expressions from inscrutable to quizzical.