For those not seduced by social networking on the go, high-resolution camera phones or carrying the office in their pocket, there is still one fast-developing aspect of the smartphone and tablet computer revolution that absolutely everyone can be interested in. Apps. Abbreviated from 'applications', 'apps' are computer software that can be downloaded to your smartphone, computer or other electronic device.
How many Christmas discs can the market take of different cathedral and church choirs parading their seasonal wares? Each year brings a new crop with at least half the repertoire seemingly common to all. Christmas from Chichester becomes interchangeable with Christmas from King’s, Ripon, Wells or anywhere else in the country. But commercial cynicism aside, there is nothing quite as reassuring, as uplifting, as life-affirming as a good English cathedral choir on top form singing the same familiar songs.
German countertenor Andreas Scholl recently released his new album, ' Wanderer ' on Decca - a disc of works by Brahms, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Although the recording includes repertoire not normally associated with the countertenor voice, Scholl believes 'if the singer’s approach is true, there is no reason why these songs shouldn’t be sung by a countertenor as by a tenor or baritone'.
When Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was presented with the 400,000 tax-free Danish Kroner that constitutes the Carl Nielsen Prize in 1973, he came off the podium repeating one word. ‘Skattefri…skattefri!’ he mumbled with a glint in his eye. ‘Tax-free!’ Yes, Pelle, that’s 400,000 kroner with not an iota of duty heading back to the Danish crown. How good does that feel?
On Saturday November 10, The Met: Live in HD presented the company premiere of Thomas Adès's The Tempest , conducted by the composer in a new production by Robert Lepage. The Met staged eight performances of the work this season, opening on October 23.
This year's Cambridge Music Festival runs from November 9 to 20, and on November 15 and 16 stages a sound and light projection, ‘Plenum’, on the City’s famous King’s College Chapel from 7pm to 10.30pm. The project is one of the Festival's events designed to embrace science and technology.
English National Opera continues its commitment to outstanding English opera with its first ever staging of Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim's Progress during November. Based on the celebrated Christian allegory by John Bunyan (published in 1678), the opera was premiered during the 1951 Festival of Britain and charts the adventures, temptations and revelations encountered by Bunyan's Pilgrim on his journey ‘from this world to that which is to come’.