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“Alma Mater - Music from the Vatican” retains the number 1 spot for the Christmas Specialist Classical Music Chart .

Martin Cullingford
Mario Venzago

Mario Venzago joins Northern Sinfonia team

Mario Venzago has joined the conducting team at the Northern Sinfonia , as a principal conductor. The Gateshead-based ensemble now boasts two people with that title – the other is John Wilson – in addition to its music director Thomas Zehetmair.

Martin Cullingford
Midem Classical Awards 2010

First 2010 Midem Classical Awards winners named

The Midem Classical Awards 2010 will be held during the record industry’s annual trade fair in Cannes in late January. At a gala event, to be co-hosted by the Canadian mezzo Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Gramophone ’s Editor in Chief James Jolly, on January 26, awards will be made for a host of recordings (over many categories) and to a handful of major international stars. Jacek Kaspszyck will conduct Sinfonietta Cracovia.

James Jolly

Obituary: Geneviève Joy pianist

The French pianist and teacher, Geneviève Joy, has died aged 90. She is survived by her husband, the French composer Henri Dutilleux. She started playing the piano at an early age and entered the Paris Conservatoire aged 12, where as well as the traditional piano curriculum she also worked on accompaniment and sight-reading, a skill that stood her in good stead as her interest in contemporary music developed. She carried off the first prize in most of her subjects at the Conservatoire.

James Jolly
Knight Crew

Glyndebourne’s Knight Crew expands company outreach work

Glyndebourne’s commitment to education and community takes centre stage in March 2010 with four performances of Knight Crew , a new commission by the festival’s first composer-in-residence Julian Philips. Billed as the largest outreach project in Glyndebourne’s history, the work is based on the novel by Nicky Singer, which places the legend of King Arthur in a contemporary urban setting. The production features six professional singers alongside 60 young performers and a “Mothers Chorus” of local adults, accompanied by an ensemble of professional and young instrumentalists.

Charlotte Smith
Carmen - La Scala, Milan, December 2009 (Marco Brescia / Teatro alla Scala)

Curtain rises on Carmen at La Scala

Fourteen minutes of applause greeted 25-year-old Anita Rachvelishvili and the cast of Barenboim's Carmen yesterday evening as another high-profile season began at La Scala, Milan. The annual December 7 opening night sold out long before the event as usual, even with tickets priced at €2,400. The performance was given in the presence of the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano.

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Jason Yarde receives the Contemporary Jazz Award from Sir Nicholas Kenyon

2009 British Composer Awards announced

Sir John Tavener, John Adams, Graham Fitkin and Gabriel Jackson were among the winners of this year's British Composer Awards, announced yesterday.

Martin Cullingford
York Höller wins 2010 Grawemeyer Award

York Höller wins Grawemeyer Award

German composer York Höller has been awarded the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his six-movement orchestral work Sphären (Spheres). Given “in recognition of outstanding achievement by a living composer in a large musical genre” by the University of Louisville, the annual prize is worth $200,000 to the winner.

Martin Cullingford
Robbins Landon

Obituary: HC Robbins Landon, musicologist

HC Robbins Landon, doyen of musicologists in the second half of the 20th century, was primarily known for his pioneering work on the music of Haydn. Nevertheless, it was his popular writing on Mozart following the success of the film version of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus , with which he reached his widest audience.

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Elisabeth Söderström

Obituary: Elisabeth Söderström, soprano

The Swedish soprano Elisabeth Söderström died on November 20 in Stockholm at the age of 82. She maintained a career of over a half a century during which her vocal and dramatic versatility enabled her to...

James Jolly

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