The Pointy End

The myths, magic and mystique of a Stradivarius violin

True or false? The quality of a Stradivarius violin stems from its combination of wood and varnish, the secret of which has yet to be uncovered.

Financial Times

Unheard music to be broadcast for 24 hours in remote Scottish forest

If a 24-hour radio broadcast happens in a Scottish forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Wired

Japan Pill-harmonic claims Brahms cures constipation

Suffering from a broken heart? Looking to enhance your appetite? Next time, don't reach for the antibiotics, stop and take the Japanese Pill-Harmonic.

Limelight

Street and Subway Performers Earning a Living

Just how much money can you make singing in the subway?
Thanks to generous tips and CD sales, some buskers can earn enough to support themselves.

WNYC

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


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