Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Monday, 28 November 2011

What next for music education?

Is the UK Department for Education's newly launched strategy all talk and no action?

The first thing I did when faced with the 55-page, 149-point ‘National Plan for Music Education’ (details here ) was to search for the phrase ‘funding sources’. Sure enough...

Blogs Thursday, 03 November 2011

Lounge Ligeti

Ariane Todes probes some new rules for listening to classical music

Is there any better way to listen to Ligeti, Berio, Webern and Reich than in an East London bar lounge with a glass (or two) of wine? I've just spent an enjoyable evening at the Nonclassical club held...

Blogs Thursday, 28 April 2011

Mesmerised by Simon Rattle's eyebrows

Ariane Todes has a vivid experience with a new 3D film of the Berlin Philharmonic

In my life so far my 3D film experience of music has been confined to seeing flamingos dance in Fantasia 2000 and having Kathryn Grayson throw tankards out of the screen at me in Kiss Me Kate. So I ...

Blogs Monday, 11 April 2011

The music of the Messe

After a week in Frankfurt, Vicky Hancock ponders the issue of testing new instruments

Last week I was in Frankfurt for my first ever Musikmesse. Slightly in awe of the ten massive halls filled with instruments and music-related businesses, I helped to man The Strad’s stall in hall...

Blogs Sunday, 20 March 2011

Closing time in Kansas City

Ariane Todes reports at the end of this year’s ASTA conference

Sessions are over and exhibitors’ stands packed up here in the Marriott Hotel Kansas City. String players and teachers are dispersing wearily but happily as another American String Teachers Association...

Blogs Wednesday, 09 February 2011

Squeezing music out

Vicky Hancock asks why the arts are not part of the New English Baccalaureate

I’ve just been reading the Henley Review of the funding and delivery of music education and the government’s recent response to its findings, and I was really happy to see Darren...

Blogs Monday, 07 February 2011

Mutiny on Ryanair

Should musicians take airlines on directly, asks Ariane Todes

I see that a hundred Belgian students were ‘removed’ from a Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands when they refused to comply with staff in protest against excess baggage charges, according...

Blogs Tuesday, 25 January 2011

One hundred and forty characters and counting

David Miliband’s recent interview with The Strad was picked up by Fleet Street and was perhaps more revealing than we had originally thought, says Matthew Andrews

This month’s Double Acts interview with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his violinist wife Louise Shackelton caused a ripple of interest in the national press here in the UK &ndash...

Blogs Thursday, 20 January 2011

Eye contact in orchestras

Controversial conducting style raises questions, argues Ariane Todes

News of conductor Alan Gilbert’s appointment as head of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School has provoked a variety of responses, including a rather unhappy one from an anonymous...

Blogs Thursday, 13 January 2011

Forlorn hopes for end to airline woes

Parliamentary debate was no help to string players, says Ariane Todes

The problems of carrying musical instruments on to planes strike anger and frustration into the hearts of most string players and thanks to the persuasion of the Incoporated Society of Musicians they...

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