She might well have come in on a white steed. Orchestral recording has suffered from the collapse of the music industry. NACO first clarinet Kimball Sykes explains, Its more normal not to be recording than to be recording these days. It may be a nice time to be shopping for classical music: For the first time since the invention of the gramophone, there are retailers who carry every recording on the market, as Andy Doe, former head of classical at iTunes put it. But orchestral recording is so expensive that new recording fell off a cliff along with the record labels. Phillips Classics used to record a hundred discs a year and all of a sudden was recording 30, recalls producer and McGill professor Martha de Francisco. Phillips was later swallowed by a merger, while others stopped subsidizing prestige divisions that had once produced recordings through a system that paid conductors, soloists and orchestra musicians for studio sessions. Today, orchestral studio sessions are limited to a few hours of patching after a concert to produce excerpts for correcting the live recording, and performers welcome audiences by commanding them not to cough. Contracts are changing to reflect live recording and digital distribution. Unions have developed lower recording rates with the participation of musicians, so it is possible to get the product out, explains Francine Schutzman, president of the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Gatineau. For now, its still cheaper to record in Europe, and thats why a lot of American and Canadian orchestras are losing out, says Hewitt. Musicians face pressure to release live concerts without guarantees of additional payment, though, as long as most revenues from these arrangements return to orchestras, this may be fair.
Stars perform at Stephen Lawrence tribute concert
Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Doreen Lawrence, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Beverley Knight Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire Rita Ora, Beverley Knight and Jessie J led a star-studded concert held in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence . They were joined by Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran for a tribute performance 20 years after the 18-year-old was killed in a racist attack as he waited for a bus in Eltham, south-east London. Watch a teaser for the concert below: ‘Unity – A Concert for Stephen Lawrence’ was also due to feature performances from Rizzle Kicks and Jamie Cullum. Rita Ora before Unity: A concert for Stephen Lawrence at the O2 Arena Credit: John Stillwell/PA Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence , who accepted a peerage this year for her tireless campaigning, said her son would be “smiling down” on the show this evening. Emeli Sande He would have loved this because he really loved music. I would like Stephen to be remembered as a young man who had a future. He was well loved, and had he been given the chance to survive maybe he would have been the one to bridge the gap between black and white because he didn’t distinguish between black or white. He saw people as people. doreen lawrence Beverley Knight Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Tonight’s concert was designed to unite communities and draw people of all backgrounds together through music. It saw artists select tracks chosen for their social message. Jamie Cullum Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Funds from the show will go to The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust which aims to create brighter futures for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire The concert was held at the O2 Arena in London.
Why I think the concert was political
So, the term ‘Peace’ or ‘Peace Concert’, although a positive term, falls within the realm of Kashmir politics. Please remember, the concert was not termed as a simple Cultural show, or a ‘German-Kashmir Concert’ or ‘An Evening with Zubin Mehta’ etc. Two. Kashmiris have been facing brutal military oppression for more than two decades now. They have been trying hard to garner international as well as Indian public support by reaching out to them and informing them about the reality of Kashmir. Due to the fact that Kashmir has been on agenda of the United Nations, so it has a decent support at the international level. However, world does not know about Human rights violations as much as they deserve to know, hence Kashmir barely appears in international media. World needs to know the fact that Kashmir is absolutely ‘not normal’. In fact, we want to make it normal. However, when Bavarian state orchestra from Srinagar is telecasted live in 104 countries, it does not need to be a psychologist to understand what kind of deceptive perception will go out. If they accuse me of politicizing this issue, I accuse them of oversimplifying it. Things are not always black and white, there is a grey area too, and it needs bit of a grey matter to patiently look into the intricacies of the issue at hand. This makes it amply clear that Kashmiris have a genuine reason to oppose such overtures, even if they don’t mean to oppose the concert per se. So, please stop rushing to draw conclusions like Music versus Kashmir, so on and so forth. Three.