Tivoli incursion set to rock the classical music world. The world premiere of Asbourne's Prelude for Oboe and Strings replaced violence with violins led by Barbadian Oboe soloist Althea Neblett along with musicians from Jamaica, Japan, Colombia, Israel and other countries.

The composition revolved around a seven-note phrase introduced by the orchestra then re-interpreted by the soloist. It becomes increasingly mournful with each re-interpretation. The contemporary composition had parallels with the Hollywood sound — emphasising emotion rather than virtuosity.

Harvey: Ditch Conventions

One of Britain's leading composers is calling on fellow classical musicians to abandon the stuffy conventions that surround the concert hall and to adopt new and "blasphemous" ideas, such as amplifying the sound. After the stunning success of sales of Take That Concert Tickets, Harvey believes more needs to be done to attract fans to classical concerts.

Classic FM run out of music

Popular classical music station Classic Fm today issued a statement confirming that it had in fact ‘run out of music’ for its Hall of Fame Top 300, and had been forced to broadcast several pieces of music over and over again.

The Hall of Fame, which is based on a scientific poll of ‘the nation’s favourite music’ was found to consist of only four pieces of music, namely ‘the Brief Encounter music’, ‘the Hovis ad’, ‘that nice one by Mozart’, and ‘Tee-tum-tee-tiddly-pom, oh I can’t remember what it’s called. It might be Elgar.’

Festival for Classical Music

At first glance it looks like a rock festival. Hardy campers in wellies and odd hats traipse from event to event determined to have a good time. There's a double decker cider bus and food stalls are selling curries and burgers. And, of course, there's lots and lots of mud. Concert Hospitality Packages are still available.

But it sounds nothing like Glastonbury or the Big Chill. A soprano is belting out an aria from a soggy yurt while further on a choir is being coaxed through a tricky bit of Mozart in a wind-battered marquee. Over on the main stage a full orchestra is tuning up.

Murray Plays Mozart

Pianist Bruce Murray and violinist Jason Posnock will play a program of classical music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, at Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church. Works will include J.S. Bach’s Sonata in G, Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor, and Mozart’s Sonata in B flat, plus a set of lyric pieces by Edvard Grieg.

Murray has presented hundreds of concerts as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. He has played Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on three continents and has given dozens of premieres. He now serves as the dean of the Brevard Music Center.