On a recent February evening, a shopkeeper, a former marketing director, a philosophy professor and several dozen others braved Milan’s bone-chilling dampness to do something that many had been told as children they could never do: sing. Read the story at the New York Times.
One of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols, “Silent Night” was written nearly two centuries ago, yet keeps resonating in Christmas festivities. Read the article here.
Young musicians from the makeshift Oaxaca neighbourhood of Vicente Guerrero have defied the odds to offer hope to their blighted community. Read the article at the Guardian.
There is a stark reality increasingly facing American orchestras: They are now charities, relying more, on average, on philanthropy than on the ticket sales that used to buttress them. Read the story at the New York Times.
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills. Read the article at the Guardian.
The classical establishment may soon have to figure out where to put contemporary composers, if only for its own survival. Read more at the Independent.
Voice teachers and singers understand that physical posture directly affects the quality of the singing voice. Posture is usually addressed in the first voice lesson, and in this age of more casual stances, singers typically need numerous reminders about this issue. Continue reading the article here.
For centuries, cathedral and college choir across Britain have been exclusively populated by school-age boys – but with the admission of girls, an outdated practice is finally breaking down. Read the article at the Guardian.
Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, stated a question that’s been lurking around the edges of the orchestra world. That is: Is the main purpose of orchestras to play great music, as well as humanly possible? And if not, what is it? Read the story at the Washington Post.