For the love of music, indeed, BBC. A most resounding rendition of Brain Wilson's own "God Only Knows" has premiered at BBC Music, which features a studded cast of Beach Boys fans including pop stars like One Direction and Pharrell to classical and opera sensations like Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti.
It was always likely that the BBC's still-quite-new Director General -- former Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall -- would prioritise music. And today the corporation announced a slew of initiatives designed to put music back at (or close to) the center of the Beeb's world. Most eye-catching of these is a nationwide educational initiative called "Ten Pieces"
The Houston Symphony announced its 101st season, dominated by the news of incoming music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, with a live television broadcast and streaming webcast on January 10.
The leading British conductor Sir Mark Elder reportedly gave his London acting debut this week. Sir Mark's inner thesp came out during a performance at the Royal Festival Hall of Offenbach's Fantasio, where he gave the spoken lines of Le Tailleur. Whether his cameo makes it onto the linked recording, on the Opera Rara label of which Elder is artistic director, remains to be seen. Apparently he managed to both conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and have his lines heard by turning to the side for a moment
Having announced the individual recording category award winners some weeks ago, in a departure from tradition (or rather, a return to an old tradition, sort of), the leading classical music awards have been announced. The rest of them.