The Royal Conservatory of Music has announced two massive donations by Michael and Sonja Koerner and James and Louise Temerty, capping off an unprecedented four-year goal of raising $40 million towards of the Growing Greatness campaign.
The legacy of Canadian church music to come from within that church’s doors in the 20th century is significant, thanks to composer Healey Willan, who was music director there from 1921 until his death in 1968.
Latry, the titular organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris told Radio-Canada reporter Francine Plourde that, “I was really very impressed with what Casavant has realised with this instrument, which is a pipe organ with a wide dynamic range.”
An American startup called Roli has developed a new instrument called the Seaboard Grand. It is a mushy digital keyboard that mixes a piano’s controllable pitch and dynamics with a vibraphone’s wa-wa intonation.