Sir Colin’s role in British musical life was immense. He became principal conductor of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) in 1995 and was its longest serving prinicpal conductor. Alongside his commitment to the LSO, he forged special relationships with the Royal Opera House, the BBCSO (BBC Symphony Orchestra), and the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as mentoring many young performers and conductors at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School.
Lebrecht Music & Arts has photographs of all the different stages in Sir Colin Davis’ career in London, Paris and St Petersburg and the BBC Proms.
Russian pianist Sviastoslav Richter discussing his forthcoming performance of Mozart’s piano concerto in B flat major at the June 1965 Aldeburgh Festival with its conductor, Benjamin Britten. Their location is Blythburgh church, Suffolk. Photographer: Brian Seed.
Our picture of the day is Robert Powell as Richard Hannay filming The Thirty Nine Steps at Bewdley station in March 1978. Film directed by Don Sharp at film studio Norfolk International Pictures. Based on novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. Photo by: Graham Gough.
In today’s Guardian, Charlotte Higgins gains access to the composer’s medical notes, which were not available to his biographer, Paul Kildea. She also talks to the senior registrar who looked after Britten in hospital at the time Kildea says he was found to have syphilis. The notes give no indication of venereal disease, even by euphemism, and the cardiologist says the circumstances described by Kildea are ‘rubbish’.
Legendary British musician, actor and producer David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday this morning by releasing a brand new track “Were Are We Now?” and revealed plans to have a full album out on March 11th entitled “The Next Day”.
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