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News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ISM's Protect Music Education secures £17m in extra funding for UK children

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ project was launched in April in response to proposed government cuts

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Protect Music Education campaign has been successful in securing a further £17m from the UK government for the county’s network of 123 music ...

News Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Japanese student wins violin category of International Bach Competition

Seiji Okamoto triumphed at the final, held in Leipzig, Germany on 18 July

Japanese student Seiji Okamoto has been awarded first prize in the violin category of the 19th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. The 20-year-old, who attends the Tokyo...

News Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Violinist Shlomo Mintz named Queensland Symphony Orchestra soloist-in-residence

The artist will join the orchestra as its inaugural resident soloist in 2015

Shlomo Mintz is to join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia as its inaugural soloist-in residence. The Russian-born violinist and conductor will work with the ensemble during two extended...

Focus Tuesday, 22 July 2014

From the Archive: The Strad responds to the declaration of World War I

A month after the beginning of the First World War, The Strad's editorial reflected on tough times ahead for classical music ― from reductions in funding to the folly of banning works by German composers

What effect the war will have upon the musical world remains to be seen. That things will suffer greatly can hardly be doubted; one has only to remember the early days of the South African campaign....

News Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Strad August 2014 issue is out now

The issue marks the centenary of World War I with a music and conflict theme

The August issue of The Strad is on sale now ― a special edition marking the centenary of the First World War.

Our music and conflict theme highlights the...

Focus Monday, 21 July 2014

Are modern instrument cleaners better than their past equivalents?

Turpentine, garlic and warm beer were all ingredients in instrument cleaners of the past. Are modern cleaners any better? Padraig ó Dubhlaoidh examines a far from spotless history

My dictionary defines ‘accessory’ in two ways: firstly, as ‘an additional or extra thing – contributing or aiding in a minor way – dispensable’ and secondly, as one...

News Monday, 21 July 2014

Top lots from June London and Vichy stringed instrument auctions

Gaglianos and a Peccatte shone in the sales

In contrast to the failed sealed-bid auctions in June of the ‘Kreutzer’ and ‘Macdonald’ Stradivaris, the regular sales that month in...

News Monday, 21 July 2014

London Symphony Orchestra musicians to appear in ‘Addicts’ Symphony’ documentary

The programme, to be broadcast on Channel 4 in August, features LSO Discovery’s work with ten addicts

Members of the London Symphony Orchestra will appear in a Channel 4 documentary about addiction and the ‘transformative power of music’ in late August. ‘Addicts’ Symphony&rsquo...

News Friday, 18 July 2014

German radio orchestra merger looking increasingly likely

The Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra are set to unite in 2016

It is looking ever more probable that a merger between the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, based in Baden-Baden and Freiburg, and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra will go ahead in 2016...

Focus Thursday, 17 July 2014

How to balance physical, mental and emotional aspects of your playing

Playing an instrument is not just a physical feat – it requires a musician’s hands, head and heart to work together in perfect combination. Pedro de Alcantara explains how to achieve better coordination between the three

We tend to compartmentalise different aspects of our lives. Into one box we put things that we consider physical: the body, movement, posture, tension and relaxation. Into a second box goes all that...

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