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£10,000 for auctioning actual locks of Mozart’s and Beethoven’s hair

Posted on 31 May 2015 by admin

Sotheby’s auctioneers in London will this week be auctioning off an actual piece of musical history – a lock of Mozart’s hair.

The lock, presented in a gilt locket from the 19th century, has been passed around various musical luminaries across the centuries, including Mozart’s wife Constanze, the mother of conductor Karl Anschütz, and British composer Arthur Sommervell.

It’s expected to fetch somewhere between £10,000 and £12,000 when it goes under the hammer on Thursday.

Alongside the lock snipped from Mozart’s bonce will also be a similar (whiter) lock from the head of one Ludwig Van Beethoven, though it’s expected to fetch a lower price of around £2,000 – 3,0000. Bonus: it even comes with an invitation to his funeral .

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British Library earmarked £9,568,900 of funding to digitise up to 500,000 recordings at most risk of being lost forever

Posted on 23 May 2015 by admin

The Heritage Lottery Fund have earmarked £9,568,900 of funding for the sound archive at the British Library, which will enable them to digitise up to 500,000 recordings at most risk of being lost forever.

The library estimate that there are more than one million recordings which are at risk of being lost forever unless they are preserved within the next 15 years. These recordings range from ‘underwater recordings of killer whales made in the waters surrounding Shetland (held by the Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria), to a collection of sounds held in the Canterbury Cathedral archives spanning 50 years of services, choral and opera performances and other recordings, many of which are thought to be unique.’

Stuart Hobley of the Heritage Lottery Fund said: ‘Historic recordings have a unique quality of bringing into the present the events, sounds and voices from our past. From regional dialects to the call of long extinct birds, Heritage Lottery Fund support will ensure that the most up-to-date digital expertise will be used to rescue some of the UK’s most vulnerable and rare sound recordings that would otherwise be lost to silence.’

Some of the most precious recordings in the archive include writers Lord Alfred Tennyson, Sylvia Plath and James Joyce reading their own work, radio broadcasts from the 1930s and previously unheard musical performances and plays, including Laurence Olivier playing Coriolanus in 1959.

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The young cellist Edgar Moreau Plays Works for Cello and Piano

Posted on 19 May 2015 by admin

The young French cellist Edgar Moreau has been awarded the Arthur Waser Award by the Arthur Waser Foundation and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. The prize includes a gift of CHF 25,000 and a debut performance with the Lucerne Symphony on their home turf.

Edgar Moreau can already look back on a number of exceptional achievements: among them becoming the winner of the Second Prize in Russias formidable Tchaikovsky Competition at age 17, winning the Young Soloist Prize in the 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris, and performing with many distinguished musicians.

Moreau signed to Erato as an exclusive artist at the age of 19, and his debut album of virtuoso encores and lyrical pieces, Play, was released last year. Gramophone praised his “gift for mellifluous line with a sparkle and a spirited rhythmic impetus”, as well as his “mature tone, lyrical polish and romantic leanings”.

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The entirety XV International Tchaikovsky Competition to be streamed live online via Medici TV

Posted on 15 May 2015 by admin

Details of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition have been announced with the news that the competition will be streamed live online in its entirety via Medici TV. The competition, which will take place over 18 days from June 15 to July 3, will host 120 competitors in categories for violinists, pianists, cellists and singers. The competition opens with a gala concert conducted by Valery Gergiev in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on June 15. The winners will be revealed on July 1 with celebratory concerts featuring the winners to occur on July 2 and 3.

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