Today’s a significant anniversary in the history of recorded music, writes Andrew Everard : the world's first CD players were announced in Japan on October 1st, 1982. And despite the rearguard action fought by some record companies – and some audiophile reviewers who went into full, barricade-manning denial at the time – it’s still with us as a highly successful medium for recorded music, the antecedent of modern DVDs and Blu-rays and the precursor of today’s digital download trend.
Sotheby’s London is to host an exhibition of the work of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, the leading 19th-century French violin maker, from October 25 to 30, 2012, in conjunction with the bi-annual auction of Musical Instruments on October 30. The exhibition will bring together approximately 20 stringed instruments, including a cello and three violas, and consists primarily of instruments from the world’s two leading private collectors of Vuillaumes – CM Sin and Olivier Jaques.
George Butterworth famously claimed ‘I’m not a musician, I’m a professional dancer,’ and commented that dancing gave him more artistic fulfilment than anything else. In 1911, Butterworth’s passion led him to become a co-founder of the English Folk Dance Society along with Cecil Sharp, who was 16 years his senior, and the sisters Helen and Maud Karpeles. The society’s purpose was to preserve and promote English folk dances in their original forms, and in 1912 and 1913 Butterworth devoted much of his time to collecting morris and sword dances with Sharp.
BBC Radio 3 has unveiled this year’s new entrants to its prestigious New Generation Artists scheme, which for the first time includes a classical guitarist.
Sonica 2012 , produced by Cryptic , launches in Glasgow with a 10-day showcase from November 8-18 as part of The Year of Creative Scotland . The programme is 'dedicated to developing and promoting world-class sonic arts, all with a strong visual element'.
The renovated central section of London's Royal Festival Hall organ has been reinstalled to the auditorium thanks to Southbank Centre 's 'Pull Out All The Stops' campaign, which has thus far raised £750,000 towards the complete refurbishment and reinstallation of the instrument. The campaign to sponsor the organ’s pipes, ranging from one foot to 32 feet long and from £30 to £10,000, was launched two years ago to help Southbank Centre restore the organ to its former glory.
This September, London's Kings Place presents three concerts exploring the relationship between Schubert's songs and the drawings of Austrian artist Martha Griebler (1948-2006). All three concerts take place on Sunday, September 16, in association with arts charity Samling , featuring nine singers accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton. During the performances illustrations by Martha Griebler will be projected on stage together with the song texts.
Berlin based dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests will perform the UK premiere of Continu at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London from September 28-30. Featuring 24 dancers, the work showcases music by Varèse, Xenakis and Vivier, including a live performance of Xenakis’s Rebonds A performed by American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky on stage as part of the choreography.
Were every celebrity residence in Manhattan marked with a blue plaque, the weight of extra metal would likely send skyscrapers crashing down through the East Coast seaboard, flattening the honeycomb of subway lines that sprawl underneath with the resonant impact of so many names, dates, achievements and moments in time that changed the world.