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News Thursday, 01 May 2014

Norwegian orchestras hit by pension increases

The Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras are each experiencing financial issues due to wage increases and longer life expectancies

Norwegian orchestral and theatre pension costs have increased significantly over the past three years – rising by NOK 70m (£6.9). This figure is affecting musical institutions in the country...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Stephen Miahky named first violinist of the Blair String Quartet

The musician and pedagogue is also named Blair School of Music Joachim Professor of Violin

The Blair School of Music, part of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has appointed Stephen Miahky as its Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin. The position includes the role of first violin...

News Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Colorado Symphony launches cannabis-friendly concert series

‘Classically Cannabis’ is sponsored by pro-marijuana promoter Edible Events

In what must be a first for a symphony orchestra, the Colorado Symphony has announced a series of performances in association with the cannabis industry. Mischievously titled ‘Classically Cannabis:...

News Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra launches iOrchestra to encourage instrumental tuition

The project targets the South West of the UK, where in some areas over a third of children do not learn an instrument

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra has responded to the results of a YouGov survey with the launch of its new iOrchestra project this month. Although the survey found that, on the whole, today&rsquo...

News Monday, 28 April 2014

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announces forced retirement from playing

The British musician is suffering from a herniated disc in his neck

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has today announced that he has been forced to stop playing ‘due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm’. His final...

News Friday, 25 April 2014

Osmo Vänskä to return as Minnesota Orchestra music director

The conductor will lead a minimum of ten weeks during the next two seasons

Osmo Vänskä is to return to his post as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, it has been announced. The conductor, who had served in the role since 2003, resigned in October ...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Violinist Janine Jansen to appear in Last Night of the Proms 2014

This year’s festival will also feature performances from Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer and Alisa Weilerstein

A number of leading names from the string world will appear at this year’s BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall, including violinist Janine Jansen, who will perform Chausson’s Poè...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Rhode Island Philharmonic concertmaster Charles Sherba dies aged 62

The US violinist also taught at Brown University since 1986

US violinist and pedagogue Charles Sherba died on 19 April after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 62. Sherba served for 27 seasons as concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and had been...

News Thursday, 24 April 2014

Guarneri violin copy to be auctioned for charity Luthiers Sans Frontières

The sale, through Ingles and Hayday, is expected to make £3,000-£5,000

Luthiers Sans Frontières, a charity which provides training in the repair and maintenance of stringed instruments in countries where resources are scarce, has been gifted a Guarneri violin copy...

News Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Campaigns to protect government music education launch in Australia and the UK

The UK’s ISM and Australia’s The Music Trust warn that lack of funding will impact children from poorer backgrounds

Campaigns to ensure that school children have access to classroom and instrumental music education have launched both in Australia and the UK.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has established...

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