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The Specialist Classical Chart: now with reviews

This week's Specialist Classical Chart now online

This week's Specialist Classical Chart is now online. Compiled in association with the BPI by the Official Charts Company, the chart tracks UK's best-selling classical discs each week. The Dutton Epoch label must take this week's...

Martin Cullingford
Streetwise Choir celebrate

Streetwise Opera and Sage Gateshead join forces

Streetwise Opera, 2009 Gramophone Award winner for Music in the Community, is to form a new partnership with the The Sage Gateshead. Streetwise Opera helps homeless and formerly homeless people to further their personal development through...

Martin Cullingford
Keith Lockhart joins the BBC Concert Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra appoints Keith Lockhart

The BBC Concert Orchestra has named Keith Lockhart as its new Principal Conductor, with immediate effect. The ensemble is one of the corporation’s most versatile orchestras whose repertoire embraces classical, jazz, light music, contemporary and crossover...

Martin Cullingford
September issue of Gramophone - on sale now!

Gramophone September issue on sale now!

Why is it that, 200 years after his birth, we still don’t quite do Schumann justice? One of the most influential composers held in great esteem by performers, one of the most brilliant of music critics,...

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Novum's Monteverdi Vespers is released in the autumn

Edward Higginbottom and the Choir of New College, Oxford announce new recording label

Edward Higginbottom and his Choir of New College, Oxford have announced the creation of their new recording label, Novum. The choir’s first release will be Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers . It’s a special occasion twice-over as, in...

Charlotte Smith
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, one of the greatest English tenors, has died

Anthony Rolfe Johnson, revered tenor, dies

In a sad week for the UK, indeed the world, music scene, Anthony Rolfe Johnson has died. There had been rumours about his ill health for some years (he had been battling Alzheimer's disease), and in...

James Inverne
Domingo will sing Rigoletto in a live television broadcast

Plácido Domingo to sing Rigoletto

To hear the plaudits that greeted Plácido Domingo at Covent Garden and then at the Proms recently, one would think that Simon Boccanegra was to be his last great hurrah. Certainly his bold foray into baritone...

James Inverne
David Fanshawe, composer of the celebrated African Sanctus, has died

Obituary: David Fanshawe

Born April 19, 1942; died July 5, 2010 David Fanshawe, who died suddenly of a stroke, was a national treasure. Physically tall but gently eccentric, he evolved an all-embracing view of music based on the juxtaposition...

Charlotte Smith
Sir Charles Mackerras's Dvorak (Supraphon) is nominated for this year's Gramopho

Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras dies at the age of 84

The conductor Sir Charles Mackerras died yesterday; he was 84. Celebrated for his wide musical sympathies, Mackerras enjoyed a career that spanned 60 years and took him all over the world. Born in New York to...

James Jolly
King's College CHARM project

King's College London launches its CHARM project

There are historic recordings, and great recordings that just happen to be ‘old’, and if you log on to the website of CHARM (the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music) you can download...

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