Tales of the Unexpected: saying yes to today’s composers

From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music

October 7th, 2016 | Tags: ,
Conservatories at the Crossroads

Every few years comes a knock on the door from critics newly convinced that music conservatories have become irrelevant, and that even the best ones — despite all the hoopla in recent years about courses in entrepreneurial skills — are [...] more >>

October 5th, 2016 | Tags:
Between the ears: How music skills may help babies learn language

Babies who learned to keep waltz time during play sessions showed stronger brain responses to timing mistakes in both music and speech, suggesting that music training could help them learn to talk.

September 30th, 2016 | Tags: ,
Classical music page-turners turn the page into the modern era

As jobs go, there’s not much to recommend it. The work is hard, there’s no glory, and the risk of disaster is high. Regarding any levity, only the paycheck might draw a laugh.

September 28th, 2016 | Tags: ,
Can music help us fall asleep?

Insomniacs can train themselves to become better at falling asleep by listening to music

September 23rd, 2016 | Tags:
The Greatest Violin No One’s Ever Heard

The most famous violin in the world has never been heard. What’s more, it gained its reputation by being invisible. “The Messiah” sits in its glass display case just outside the Print Room of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and [...] more >>

September 21st, 2016 | Tags:
Science Shows How Piano Players’ Brains Are Actually Different From Everybody Elses’

Piano lessons are sort of like braces. For a few years, everyone’s parents paid a lot of money so their children could contort their bodies (fingers; teeth) and lie about doing something daily that, really, they never did (scales; rubber [...] more >>

September 16th, 2016 | Tags:
Music therapy helps recovery from respiratory disorders

Music therapy can increase effectiveness of standard rehabilitation that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic respiratory disorders receive, said a new study.

September 14th, 2016 | Tags: