The French government has named British conductor Jeffrey Tate a Chevalier
de la Légion d'Honneur - a distinction usually reserved for Frenchmen.
Tate has been a Chevalier of Arts and Letters since 1990.
The British government has come under attack from Simon Rattle for its
attitude towards funding the country's orchestras, with Sir Simon claiming
that they are all 'technically bankrupt', but that they 'muddle through'.
Rattle also suggests in an interview with Radio Times magazine that
anyone running a British Arts organisation is likely to be permanently exhausted.
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Death of Rodrigo
The much-loved Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo died on 6th July.
Please refer to our Rodrigo tribute for further
Michael Heseltine's company Haymarket Publications is to buy Gramophone
Publications for around £10m. Owned and run by the Pollard family,
the Gramophone magazine has always had dominance in the classical record
market for its copious reviews of new releases and the authority of its
panel of reviewers. We await developments with interest.
It was announced on 2 July that Yakov Kreizberg will stand down as Principal
Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at
the end of the 1999/2000 Season. He took over in September 1995 to generate
a period of growth for the orchestra, which shows in the present excellence
of both their national and international acclaim.
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