The familiar mood at a classical music concert is, if you’re a fan, quiet and atmospheric; and if you’re not a fan a stuffy, awkward ambience where you aren’t allowed to breathe, eat or whisper for fear of upsetting the establishment. But the classical vibe is changing, at least among some U.K. concert promoters who are recognizing the benefit of presenting classical music in a nightclub setting.
Twenty year-old Essex pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest male recipient of a Classic BRIT Award last night, snatching the Critics’ Award from Sir Simon Rattle and Jirí Belohlávek at the ceremony which took place at London’s Albert Hall.
Twenty-five-year-old classical violinist Nicola Benedetti, who last week closed out the UK's Last Night of the Proms, has no desire to be a cross-over pop artist. Yet, her Proms' performance helped shoot her album "The Silver Violin" up to No. 32 on the UK album charts (ahead of Justin Beiber). With her record slated for U.S. release in Jan. 2013 and performances with the Pittsburgh and Dallas Symphonies and at the Ryder Cup closing ceremonies ahead, can she break through here?
For the first time ever the U.K’s famous Last Night Of The Proms will be screened live in cinemas across the country. Taking place on September 8, Odeon cinemas will screen the iconic classical music event in 3D -- with a 3D view of every instrument!
The British have a complex relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest. Entrants have varied from the obscure (Bucks Fizz) to chart-toppers (Blue); from the critically acclaimed (Katrina & the Waves) to the ridiculed (Jemini). This year's entry is legendary singer Englebert Humperdinck,who at 76 is the competition's oldest male. But his label has a plan which includes an award-winning producer and songwriter and two albums in the pipeline.
The 57th Ivor Novello Awards nominations have been announced and, as is often the case these days, British vocal powerhouse Adele heads the pack. Regarded as the U.K.'s most important songwriting and composing awards, other nominees include PJ Harvey, Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Ray.