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Pianist James Rhodes’ new label

Posted on 29 May 2014 by admin

Pianist James Rhodes is launching a new record label (in association with Signum Classics) called Instrumental Records. The label will be formally launched at a concert at Hinde Street Methodist Church, Marylebone, London, on June 4. The first album, called ‘Five’, sees Rhodes recording Bach’s Partita, BWV825, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 15, Chopin’s Ballade No 3 and Scherzo No 2,Gluck’s Orfeo Melody (arranged by Sgambati) andSchumann’s Frühlingsnacht (arranged by Liszt). Rhodes says of the new label that ‘Even before I started making albums, I had long dreamed of forming my own label. One that had something new to say – great designs, brilliant musicians, thrilling repertoire. I want it to include a big presence on social media, I want to tour as a label and hopefully engage a new kind of musician and listener.’

Rhodes’s previous four albums have been well-received inGramophone. Reviewing Rhodes’s ‘Now would all Freudians please stand aside’ in July 2010, Jeremy Nicholas wrote, ‘Behind all this redundant rock-image nonsense is an innovative and imaginative musician of real talent. The CD’s subtitle is a quote from Rhodes’s hero Glenn Gould and his best playing here is the Bach Partita, outstanding in every way – lightly pedalled, lucidly voiced, with a lithe, rhythmic buoyancy and deeply expressive Sarabande.’

And in reviewing Rhodes’s ‘Bullets and Lullabies’, Jed Distler wrote, ‘However you respond to Rhodes’s pop persona – inescapable in the way this disc is presented – the fact is that he’s a pianist who can deliver the goods and has something to say.’

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Full winners’ list of Arts & Business Awards 2014

Posted on 28 May 2014 by admin

More than 400 key figures in the world of business and the arts gathered last night to celebrate the partnerships between the two sectors. Eight awards were given out to organisations with particularly strong collaborations, with the technology sector leading the way with its innovative partnerships.

Arts & Business Awards 2014: full list of winners

A&B New Sponsorship Award

Hull 2017 Angels Business Consortium (nominated by Force-7 Ltd) & Hull 2017 UK City of Culture Bid

A&B Sponsorship Awards (below 10k)

Fellows Auctioneers & Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Culture Coventry)

A&B Sponsorship Award (10k and above)

Hornby PLC & National Railway Museum

A&B Digital Partnership Award

Sennheiser & Victoria and Albert Museum

A&B Corporate Responsibility Award

Deutsche Bank & 13 UK Universities

BP A&B Long-term Partnership Award

Samsung and the British Museum

A&B Board Member of the Year Award

Robin Woodhead & Hofesh Shechter Company

A&B Young Board Member of the Year Award

Alice Millest & Clean Break

The Goodman Award

Tony Elliott

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Stradivarius is expected to fetch $10 million

Posted on 28 May 2014 by admin

An antique Stradivarius violin kept in a cupboard for 25 years is to be auctioned later this month, it’s a part of a collection being sold in an auction entitled ‘An American Dynasty: The Clark Family Treasures’. The auction will take place in New York on June 18th.
The violin, believed to date from 1731, was owned by the violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer for most of his life. The violin is now known as the ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius as a result.
The violin was displayed in Hong Kong this week as part of Christie’s preview of their spring auctions.

Christie’s instrument specialist Kerry Keane described the violin as “a magnificent instrument, it’s a great piece of sculpture.”

It’s not the only Stradivarius to go under the hammer this month: a viola, known as the Macdonald, is expected to reach something in the region of $45 million , which would make it the most expensive sale of its kind.

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Full list of Arts & Business Awards winners

Posted on 23 May 2014 by admin

More than 400 key figures in the world of business and the arts gathered last night to celebrate the partnerships between the two sectors. Eight awards were given out to organisations with particularly strong collaborations, with the technology sector leading the way with its innovative partnerships. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The winners of these awards are innovative partnerships that are not only inspiring cultural success, but unlocking the huge economic potential of the UK’s art and culture sectors too. These winning partnerships are shining examples of the success that arts and business collaborations can bring to projects across the country.” Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor presented the awards to a host of famous business representatives, from high-profile organisations including Deutsche Bank, Hornby PLC, Samsung, and Sennheiser. The ceremony was interspersed with performances from violinist Jennifer Pike, pianist Peter Limonov and soul vocalist Natalie Williams.

Arts & Business Awards 2014: full list of winners

A&B New Sponsorship Award Hull 2017 Angels Business Consortium (nominated by Force-7 Ltd) & Hull 2017 UK City of Culture Bid A&B Sponsorship Awards (below 10k) Fellows Auctioneers & Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Culture Coventry) A&B Sponsorship Award (10k and above) Hornby PLC & National Railway Museum A&B Digital Partnership Award Sennheiser & Victoria and Albert Museum A&B Corporate Responsibility Award Deutsche Bank & 13 UK Universities BP A&B Long-term Partnership Award Samsung and the British Museum A&B Board Member of the Year Award Robin Woodhead & Hofesh Shechter Company A&B Young Board Member of the Year Award Alice Millest & Clean Break The Goodman Award

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