Monday, March 05, 2007

News from the European music morgues

Greg Sandow appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters at the weekend to remind us that classical music has been certified dead. Judging by today’s Media Guardian there are a lot of exciting jobs being created in the European music morgues:

OpĂ©ra National du Rhin (Strasbourg) – General Director, £na
BBC – Tours Administrator BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, £na
Scottish Opera – Touring Manager, £na
London Symphony Orchestra
- Grants and Friends Assistant, £18k
- Development Assistant, £18k
- Digital Projects Manager, LSO Discovery, £27k
Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool – Performance Manager, £24k
Southbank Centre London (Festival Hall)
- General Manager, Learning and Participation, £43k
- Events Producers, £30K
- Assistant Events Producers, £25k

But we always welcome guidance from friends across the pond.
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2 comments:

Garth Trinkl said...

It is very sad to read about the death of classical music -- something that has given so much to many of us here. I deeply regret having been too engrossed in baritone Thomas Hampson's portrayal of the 14th C. Genoan Doge Simon Boccanegra, with the new Metropolitan Opera House, this past Saturday afternoon, to have tuned-in for Mr Sandow's pronouncement, incredibly, on BBC Radio.

Perhaps it will now be cancelled due to Greg Sandow having already certified classical music dead, but music scholar and director Joseph Horowitz is still scheduled to deliver the LOUIS C. ELSON MEMORIAL LECTURE this Wednesday at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.:

Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm -- LOUIS C. ELSON MEMORIAL LECTURE
THE CLASSICAL MUSIC "CRISIS" AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
by Joseph Horowitz (no tickets required)

"Joseph Horowitz, author of Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall (2005) and artistic director of Washington’s Post-Classical Ensemble, traces the decline of classical music in this country [U.S.A.] and suggests ways to revitalize it. It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with musicologist Karen Ahlquist, George Washington University, and Christina Sheppelmann, artistic administrator, Washington National Opera."

See
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2007/07-026.html

Shimmy said...

Just an observation, but those 'exciting' jobs seem to have pretty poor salaries. Are the best and brightest really attracted to that level of income?