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Philip Langridge, who has died aged 70 (Photo: Richard Davies)

Philip Langridge has died aged 70

The English tenor Philip Langridge died on Friday, aged 70. Born on December 16, 1939 in Kent, Langridge studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London before starting his career as an orchestral violinist...

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New Camerata conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy (Photo: Aline Paley)

Manchester Camerata names new music director

Manchester Camerata has appointed Gábor Takács-Nagy as its new music director. He will take over from Douglas Boyd as head of the chamber orchestra next year. The founding leader of the Takács Quartet, Budapest-born Takács-Nagy began to shift his focus to conducting in 2001. He was appointed music director of the UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007, and is also principal guest conductor of both the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, and founder of string orchestra Camerata Bellerive.

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Ainars Rubikis, en route to success (Photo: Matthias Hoch)

Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition: results

The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra’s International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition has been won by 31-year-old Latvian, Ainars Rubikis. He takes home a prize of €20,000 and conducts the orchestra in a public concert featuring the competition repertoire on Friday evening. Rubikis was one of two finalists in the competition, along with Aziz Shokhakimov, a 21-year-old from Uzbekistan, who was awarded the second prize of €10,000. Third prize (€5000) went to semi-finalist Yordan Kamdzhalov, a 29-year-old from Bulgaria.

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Stéphane Denève joins the Stuttgart RSO (photo: Drew Farrell)

Stéphane Denève joins the Stuttgart RSO as its new chief conductor

Stéphane Denève has been announced as Sir Roger Norrington’s successor at the helm of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), a role he takes up at the start of the 2011-12 season. Simultaneously, it has been announced that Denève will extend his contract with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra by another year, taking it to the end of the 2011-12 season.

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Irina Arkhipova, who died in February (photo: Tully Potter)

Irina Arkhipova - obituary

By the early 1960s chinks had begun to appear in the Iron Curtain: as on a dark night, cautiously but conspicuously, the stars began to show through. Arkhipova was one of the brightest, and, ultimately, in...

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Bernard Coutaz, Harmonia Mundi founder (photo: Dahmane)

Bernard Coutaz, Harmonia Mundi founder, has died

Bernard Coutaz, the founder and patron for the past 52 years of Harmonia Mundi, has died aged 87. The recipient of Gramophone ’s Special Achievement Award at last year’s Awards (you can watch a video we...

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Met Opera unveils 2010/11 season (photo: NYC & Company, Inc / Jon Ortner)

New York’s Metropolitan Opera unveils its 2010-11 season

The Met’s general manager Peter Gelb and music director James Levine have announced (February 22) next year’s season which includes seven new productions and the launch of a new cycle of Wagner’s Ring . New to the Met repertoire are John Adams’s Nixon in China and Rossini’s Le comte Ory .

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Pollini takes the South Bank on a personal journey (photo: Karen Robinson)

London's South Bank Centre unveils its new season

London’s South Bank centre has unveiled details of its 2010/11 season, with highlights featuring a series of performances by master pianist Maurizio Pollini and a focus on Mahler. Pollini, appearing as part of the International Piano Series, will perform five recitals between January and May of music from Bach to modernism, described as “personal journey through four centuries of piano repertoire”.

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John Reed as Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (credit: Tully Pot

Obituary: John Reed

John Reed, who died in Halifax on February 13 – his 94th birthday – was for many the embodiment of the true Gilbert and Sullivan tradition represented by the “old” D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, which in 1982 ceased its continuous performances that had begun in 1875.

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Theclassicalshop.net

Theclassicalshop.net relaunches with a new look and new features

Theclassicalshop.net, launched in 2005 by Chandos, has been re-launched today with many new features. As well as a much more stylish design, with easy access to the many labels on offer, the site has been reworked for ease of navigation.

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