Monday Link Round Up: June 8

Some top stories from over the weekend: We wrote about Judith Weir’s new song cycle last week, which premiered on Saturday.  The Guardian and The Telegraph each have reviews of the work which was decidedly well received. You can also read a review of a new album of Weir’s choral music, titled Storm. The Dallas Opera’s new initiative to train women conductors has chosen the first six participants out of 103 applications.  Read more here. The New York Philharmonic has announced that Anna Thorvaldsdottir was named the Kravis Emerging Composer.  She is only the second composer in the relatively new program…

World Premiere of Weir

We are excited for the World Premiere of Master of Queen’s Music Judith Weir’s new song cycle taking place this weekend in London. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and the Aurora Orchestra will present Good Morning, Midnight on June 6.  The work was commissioned by Wigmore Hall and features poetry by Emily Dickinson, Kathleen Jamie, Charles Simic, and Giacomo Leopardi. Hear Weir discuss the work in an interview on BBC Radio 3, or attend the preconcert talk on Saturday.  More information and tickets are available here.

Attack on Judith Weir

Well. We knew it couldn’t possibly be that easy. When Judith Weir was announced to be the next Master of Queen’s Music the news was met with some excitement and praise for Weir and her well-respected work. We first addressed the news here, and after the official announcement from the Palace, Weir also responded directly in The Guardian  where she shared her plans to travel the country, get to really know the status of music education, speak to musicians, composers, and educators and work to make music more accessible to the masses. But on Sunday David Mellor, former Culture Secretary and Daily…

2014 BBC Proms

The 2014 BBC Proms kicked off on Friday, July 18, with another very full roster of concerts carrying through September 13.  This cultural treasure has been a staple of the British musical landscape since 1895, often featuring the works of UK composers, actively commissioning new music, and introducing a diverse audience to innovative programs and new composers and compositions. A look through the 2014 lineup reveals six works by women composers—which is six more than  most major American orchestras can manage to fit into an entire concert season! The first concert with a work by a woman was yesterday evening.  The World Orchestra…