This is music to their ears

By Lena Nemirovsky-Wiskind, January 7, 2016

Our Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna, of which I am executive director, is guided by the belief that any child, regardless of socio-economic level, ethnicity or religious affiliation, should be provided with the opportunity to experience music instruction of the highest calibre.


No one can Beat Amram, the jazz genius

By David Herman, January 4, 2016

David Amram has had an extraordinary life. He knew Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Pete Seeger, he played with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk and worked with Leonard Bernstein and Elia Kazan among many, many others.


Opera: Eugene Onegin

By Stephen Pollard, December 23, 2015

Let's pass over the unforgivably drab scenery and costumes, and concentrate on the - wonderful - plusses of this first revival of Kasper Holten's production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Holten's central conceit - having the story performed as a flashback, with alter egos of both Tatyana and Onegin watching on - has been badly received generally.


How we all got under his skin

By Michael Freedland, December 19, 2015

Everyone - of a certain age - knows that Frankie became the Chairman of the Board. What they probably don't know was that the board was that of his local synagogue in Palm Springs. Of course, it was just an honorary job, but the Temple wanted to show their appreciation in some way. For without Frank Sinatra they might still be in what the estate agents like to call temporary accommodation.


'My operatic world beyond Carmen'

By Yehuda Shapiro, November 12, 2015

It's not every day you meet a notorious femme fatale. The Israeli mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham is in London for her debut at English National Opera, appearing in a new production of Verdi's The Force of Destiny, but the world knows her best as Bizet's Carmen. As it happens, it was in the UK that she first took on the untameable gypsy - at Glyndebourne in 2004.


Opera's House of Diamonds

By Yehuda Shapiro, October 8, 2015

'Every respectable house in the world has an opera studio," says Michael Ajzenstadt, and the company of which he is artistic administrator is no exception.


The classical composer: It gets my emotional juices flowing

By Debbie Wiseman, July 23, 2015

I remember the first time I had a piece of my music played on commercial radio. It was my theme from the film, Wilde, and I was hugely excited hearing the presenter introduce the music, and listening to it being played on the radio.


The 'spy' who saved the Proms

By Tony Lentin, July 16, 2015

The Proms begin tonight but few who attend or listen on the radio will be aware that in 1902, barely seven years old, they were saved from bankruptcy by music lover Sir Edgar Speyer, a naturalised German immigrant of Jewish parentage. Speyer took over the running of the Proms.


Amy, the film: So who is to blame?

By Jason Solomons, July 2, 2015

Watching the documentary, Amy, about the short but stellar life of singer Amy Winehouse, you get the sense of a Jewish tragedy unfolding before your eyes.


The rediscovery of Goldmark

By Philip Hyman, July 2, 2015

This year, concert halls and broadcasters are justifiably celebrating composers Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen who were both born 150 years ago, Sibelius in Finland, Nielsen in Denmark. But what about the smaller fish?