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After three year, Stolen £1.2m Stradivarius violin is found

Posted on 31 July 2013 by admin

A £1.2m Antonio Stradivarius violin, which was stolen in London’s Euston railway station in November 2010, has been found by British Transport Police. Police said the 1696 Antonio Stradivarius instrument was recovered from a property in the Midlands last week and is now being held at a secure location in the capital after it was verified by experts.

The instrument, which dates from 1696, was taken from violinist Min-Jin Kym at a Pret a Manger café along with a Peccatte bow, worth £62,000, and another bow worth £5000.

Korean-born Ms Kym, 35, said: “It’s been a very difficult journey; I still can’t quite believe what has happened. The loss of the instrument, and the acute responsibility I felt, was at the back of my mind at every moment of the day.

“I’d played the instrument since I was a teenager, so it’d been a huge part of my identity for many years.

“The theft was a crushing blow and the detectives in the case had always, quite rightly, been very careful not to give me false hope. When they told me the good news, it didn’t feel real.

“I’ve now gone from devastation to the other end of the scale – an incredible feeling of elation that hasn’t left me. I’m still feeling the butterflies in my stomach and am on cloud nine.”

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The shortlist for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 has now been announced

Posted on 30 July 2013 by admin

On August 27 will reveal the 11 recordings, which have been voted the best in category. Three weeks later – on September 17 – one of those 11 will be named our Recording of the Year at an event in London that will also reveal our Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Choosing just a single disc in each of the 11 categories is always difficult so to allow you to survey the field and come up with your own favourites, the  gathered togetherreviews of the six discs in each category in a special free digital magazine.

Click here to read all 66 reviews of the shortlisted discs.

The shortlist for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013

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Leith Hill Place, Vaughan Williams’ family home

Posted on 29 July 2013 by admin

Leith Hill Place

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ old house, Leith Hill Place,  opened to the public now.

As it stands, the refurbishment is not yet complete, but visitors could see the house in transition, taking a look at what’s going on behind the scenes. The National Trust is appealing for furniture and musical instruments to use at the house, which might house small-scale concerts in future.

Visitor operations manager Gabrielle Gale said: “Unlike most National Trust houses, Leith Hill Place has not been renovated or interpreted to reflect the time when Ralph Vaughan Williams was living there, but the aim is to reflect much of the house’s interesting historical associations as it stands today.”

Vaughan Williams’ mother Margaret moved into the house when the young composer’s father died suddenly in early 1875. It was his family home until 1895.

The country house in Surrey was given to the National Trust in 1944 by the composer, and has remained a private house since the 1960s.

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Will closes on Thursday August 15, Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2013

Posted on 28 July 2013 by admin

The 10 nominees for this year’s Artist of the Year Award are: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Alison Balsom, Janine Jansen, Michael Collins, the Jerusalem Quartet, Jonas Kaufmann, Marc-André Hamelin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Below is a summary of each nominee’s recent recordings (with videos of them in action), followed by the voting form itself, where you can decide who deserves this prestigious Gramophone Award. Voting closes on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Go vote now >>>

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