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Martha Argerich Honoured with the RPS Gold Medal

Magazine article Gramophone

Martha Argerich Honoured with the RPS Gold Medal

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Martha Argerich has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal by RPS Chairman John Gilhooly, who said: 'Martha Argerich's combination of technical mastery and passionate artistry make her one of the most compelling and expressive pianists, and her extraordinary live performances are a musical and intellectual tour deforce. She is a consummate chamber music collaborator. It is this spirit of

'Classical 100' brings classical music to primary schools

Launched in early November, 'Classical 100' is now available to teachers in primary schools across England. The online initiative, developed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Classic FM and Decca Classics, aims to introduce children to 100 recordings of classical music pieces. Taken from Decca's catalogue, they represent a rich diversity of styles that span more than 10 centuries--from Hildegard of Bingen to Graham Fitkin.

Any school that registers for 'Classical 100' can access the recordings as well as information about the composers and the stories behind the music. In addition, ABRSM will also draw on its network of primary school experts to create a range of downloadable materials, helping teachers even further in bringing the music to life. Moreover, the programme is supported by the Department of Education, and can be used to meet certain National Curriculum Key Stage 1 criteria. Schools can gain full, unlimited, free access by registering at

Alondra de la Parra to head Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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