9. Return to the Magic Mountains 1: Manon Lescaut in Munich, and I had a picture taken with Jonas afterwards...
6. Sir Simon Rattle tells us that European orchestral conditions look like "the wildest edges of science fiction" from here in the sunny UK. (In which case, if that hall is ever build, he needs to demand that it has proper facilities for its musicians as well as its audience, for starters...)
3. Pianist lands dream job. Namely, Piers Lane is assuming the directorship of the Sydney International Piano Competition.
2. Sarah Connolly's speech on why we need the arts, as presented to a special Arts Council England event in Westminster.
And in first place:
Meanwhile, I'm glad to say that the 2013 post Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Conductor remains hot property and has notched up more reads than any other post in more than 12 years of JDCMB existence.