The Pointy End

Clapping reveals applause is a 'social contagion'

The quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives, a study suggests.

BBC

How do you stage an opera on a beach?

No opera smells of the sea quite like Britten's Peter Grimes. The music makes us constantly aware of the sea's immensity, it's potential for threat, and the play of light on its waves.

The Telegraph

Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

The violin and viola that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played himself are in the United States for the first time ever. The instruments come out of storage only about once a year at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria.

NPR

Why don't men join choirs?

Men don't sing, so they say. Every choir leader I know, and I know a lot, bemoans the fact that they can't recruit men to sing in them.

The Guardian

If looks can sell classical music to the young, why make a noise?

If it's uncomfortable for any man to call a woman sexist, it's downright blasphemous to attach the label to the presenter of Woman's Hour.

The Indipendent

Encuentros Foundation Celebrates its 45th Anniversary

The International Encounters for Contemporary Music Foundation of Argentina celebrates, in 2013 , the 45th anniversary of its creation, which means that we have devoted 45 years to make the contemporary music and their musicians from all the world known to the Buenos Aires audiences including many provinces of our country through concerts, seminars, international meetings, composition competitions, radio auditions...all these activities free for all the public.

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France suffers from organ failure

On 12 December 2012, after 10 months' restoration work and silence, the great organ of Notre Dame de Paris – the largest in France, with five keyboards, 109 stops and nearly 8,000 pipes – opened the festivities for the cathedral's 850th anniversary.

The Guardian

Pianist Krystian Zimerman storms out of concert in protest at being filmed on phone

One of the world's most renowned classical pianists walked out of a concert on Monday night because he was dismayed by an audience member filming him.

The Telegraph

Singing Out in Angola

It is hard to imagine a transsexual achieving such success elsewhere on the continent, in say Uganda or Cameroon, where sexual minorities face extreme social stigma and where being gay is strictly taboo and can lead to a prison term or worse still a death sentence.

All Africa


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