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Laurence Cummings, taking Handel from London to Germany

Laurence Cummings to take over Göttingen Handel Festival

The Göttingen Handel Festival has named Laurence Cummings as the successor to Nicholas McGegan as artistic director from 2012. Cummings, a conductor and harpsichordist, is currently musical director of the London Handel Festival, and will be...

Martin Cullingford
Kristjan Järvi joins Sony (photo: Peter Rigaud)

Sony signs Kristjan Järvi

Kristjan Järvi, part of the illustrious conducting family which also includes his father Neeme and brother Paavo, has signed a contract with Sony Classical . The deal begins with the release in September of "Cantique", which...

Martin Cullingford
Composer Benjamin Lees (Photo: Bob Trogman)

Composer Benjamin Lees has died

One of the most distinguished composers to emerge in the USA in the period immediately after World War II, Lees’ reputation rests primarily on his five symphonies and various concertos - including examples with orchestra for...

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Smaller crowds - and fewer accidents: how the tunnel will look

Sydney Opera House receives AUS$152m for redevelopment

Sydney Opera House is planning a major upgrade after receiving AUS$152m (about £88m) in the New South Wales Government budget, announced by the Premier Kristine Keneally last week. The funds will be spent on improving backstage...

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes over in Philadelphia (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin named as Philadelphia music director

And so another young conductor’s star has well and truly risen. It was only a few years ago that the Canadian maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin was widely known only in his native country - he ran Opera...

James Inverne
Domenico Montagnana's violin - once owned by Josef Roisman

Perfectly-preserved Montagnana violin up for auction

An important violin by the Italian maker Domenico Montagnana will go up for auction in London today. The violin, an early but accomplished example of work by the Venetian luthier whose output spanned the years 1720-50,...

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Arne Nordheim, a 20th century great (photo: Morten Løberg)

Arne Nordheim, composer, has died

After several years fighting Alzheimer’s, Arne Nordheim – the leading contemporary Norwegian composer and one of the great creative figures in post-war 20th-century music – has died, 15 days short of his 79th birthday. Nordheim first...

Martin Cullingford
Stepping down: Gianandrea Noseda (photo: Sussie Ahlburg)

BBC Philharmonic unveils final season with Noseda

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra has unveiled details of its next season – the last with Gianandrea Noseda at the helm. The Italian conductor announced last week that he was stepping down as chief conductor of the...

Martin Cullingford
Giuseppe Taddei, Italian baritone (photo: Tully Potter Collection)

Giuseppe Taddei has died

“Oh my beloved Taddei!” ventured Philip Hope-Wallace on air one afternoon in the early post-war years, remarking on the great and sudden popularity of the new Italian baritone. And certainly Gianni Schicchi was one of his...

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Eric Whitacre: joins Decca

Eric Whitacre signs to Decca

American composer Eric Whitacre has signed to Decca on what is described as an “exclusive, long-term recording contract”. His debut album for the label, “Light & Gold”, will be recorded in August, and will feature Whitacre...

Martin Cullingford

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