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In today’s news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies at the age of 55, music in outer space, Bramwell Tovey becomes principal conductor of BBC Orchestra. Also, RTÉ orchestra cuts to see everywhere,  Cristian Măcelaru and Francesco Piemontesi at National Theatre Munich and Lukáš Vondráček at NDR Landesfunkhaus.

The Guardian

Why do we keep sending music to outer space?

Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris? 

Classic FM

Want to feel good about the future of music? Take a look at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

As Royal Birmingham Conservatoire boasts a brand-new building and royal status, we went along to find out what they have to offer. And it’s more than just classical music…

BBC Music Magazine

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017): leading Russian baritone dies aged 55

It is with great sadness that we learn that the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died aged 55 following a long battle with brain cancer.

BBC Concert Orchestra announces Bramwell Tovey as new principal conductor

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra music director steps into a new role.

Music Teacher

YolanDa Brown to become new Youth Music chair

Saxophonist, band leader, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown is to become the new chair of Youth Music.

New Scientist

Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain

Can’t stand the new Taylor Swift track? A quick jolt to the brain might change your mind.

Irish Times

RTÉ’s orchestra cuts will be seen everywhere, from weddings to schools

The devil is in the detail. When RTÉ announced its latest review of orchestral services, the man in charge of the RTÉ orchestras, Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, was quoted on the history those orchestras and the importance of orchestral life in European society.

Limelight Magazine

The Australian Chamber Orchestra plays Buckingham Palace

The Australian Chamber Orchestra wrapped up its European tour with a very special performance at Buckingham Palace on the weekend.

The full Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea

The opera may be 375 years old, but with its sex, murder, and lust for power, it feels as contemporary as the latest HBO hit.

Tagesspiegel

Antonella Manacorda dirigiert das DSO Violinseufzer

Hommage an den verstorbenen Dirigenten Jirí Belohlávek: Das DSO spielt Schumann unter der Leitung von Antonello Manacorda.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der innere Vogel

Der gefeierte rumänische Newcomer-Dirigent Cristian Măcelaru und der Pianist Francesco Piemontesi begeistern im Münchner Nationaltheater mit einem Ungarn-Abend.

Concerti

Bei Wein, Weib und Gesang vom Leben inspirieren lassen

In der Reihe „Talente entdecken“ gastiert Lukáš Vondráček im NDR Landesfunkhaus.

Concerti

Musikalische Wiederentdeckung

Mozarts „Mitridate“-Oper verdrängte andere Fassung von der Bühne. Dabei lohnt sich auch die Opernversion von Porpora.

Le Monde

Match Franz Schubert – Philip Glass au Collège des Bernardins

Avantage à Glass dans la confrontation de ses quatuors à cordes face à ceux de Schubert, programmée jusqu’au 26 novembre, à Paris.

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(Written on November 22, 2017 )

In today’s news: David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse allegations, classical music events app Jubal goes online, ECM Records makes entire catalogue available on streaming platforms. Also, San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, Brexit-Big-Band goes on tour and the French organist Michel Chapius is dead.

The Guardian

Singer David Lewis leaves Opera Australia after child sexual abuse charges

Allegations against 58-year-old tenor and longstanding member of nation’s top opera company date back to the 1990s.

BBC Music Magazine

ECM launches entire catalogue to major streaming platforms

Having previously resisted making their content available on streaming services, ECM Records have now launched on Apple Music, Spotify and more.

Opera Wire

British Opera Director Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment scandals continue the opera world as British theater and opera director Ramin Gray has been accused of sexually molesting a number of actresses.

Classical Music

Classical music events app launched

The new Jubal app allows users to access details of classical music concerts involving specific artists, venues and dates.

Delia Derbyshire honoured with posthumous PhD

Delia Derbyshire, best known as creator of the Doctor Who theme tune, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University for her contribution to electronic music.

The Herald

Former RSNO chief to lead Los Angeles Philharmonic

The former chief executive of Scotland’s national orchestra is to lead one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles.

Broadway World

San Francisco Opera presents World Premiere of GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST

On November 21, San Francisco Opera will present the world premiere of Girls of the Golden West, the newest opera by American composer John Adams.

nmz

EU-Austritt vertont: Brexit-Big-Band geht auf Tour

Während sich die Politik darum streitet, wie der EU-Austritt Großbritanniens aussehen soll, hat ein Künstler den Brexit bereits musikalisch interpretiert.

Klassik.com

Französischer Organist Michel Chapuis gestorben

Chapuis war vor allem als Spezialist für das Barockrepertoire bekannt; so machte er sich als einer der führenden Interpreten der Orgelwerke von Dietrich Buxtehude und Johann Sebastian Bach einen Namen.

Musik Heute

Mehr Orgeln von Schimmel befallen – Experten erforschen Ursachen

Seit 20 Jahren rätseln Organisten, Kantoren und Restauratoren immer öfter über Schimmel an historischen Orgeln. Die Ursachen seien vielfältig und nicht pauschal auf Klimaveränderungen zu reduzieren.

Codex Flores

Die Umwegrentabilität des Lucerne Festivals

Laut einer Studie der Universität St. Gallen beläuft sich der volkswirtschaftliche Mehrwert, den Lucerne Festival in der Region schafft, auf jährlich rund 22,6 Millionen Franken.

Pizzicato

Christoph Heesch gewinnt Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis

Die Jury des Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreises hat den Preis dem jungen Cellisten Christoph Heesch verliehen. « Er überzeugte nicht nur durch sein intensives und facettenreiches Spiel, sondern auch durch ein innovatives Aufnahme-Konzept für seine Debüt CD », heißt es in einer Mitteilung.

Platea Magazin

José Bros celebra con un recital los 25 años de su debut en el Liceu de Barcelona

El próximo 26 de noviembre el tenor barcelonés celebrará los 25 años de su debut en el Gran Teatro del Liceu, desde que cantara Anna Bolena de forma un tanto inesperada junto a la soprano Edita Gruberova.

France Musique

Le milieu de la musique classique réagit après les réformes chocs du ministère de la Culture

Le document confidentiel du ministère de la Culture que France Musique a pu se procurer fait réagir le milieu de la musique classique. Entre inquiétude et incompréhension, les principaux intéressés regrettent la vision exclusivement comptable des réformes envisagées.

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  in 1937 FP of ‘s 5th Symphony with Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra

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(Written on November 21, 2017 )

We are looking for an Account Manager to join WildKat PR in London!

 

Do you think you would be suitable for this position? Have a read through our job description below.

WildKat PR

WildKat PR is a game-changer in the classical music industry. We believe in changing the status quo of our industry, embracing creative values both on- and offline.

WildKat PR is the only classical music PR agency to spread worldwide, having established ourselves in London, Berlin, and New York, with further plans for expansion in 2018. We are deeply devoted to seeking out and using online platforms to reach and engage substantial new audiences, producing all-encompassing, bespoke, international PR campaigns that are data-driven.

 

Job Description

WildKat PR is offering an exciting opportunity to join our London team. Working with the Founder, Director of the London Office, they will learn how to develop and execute creative PR campaigns across the classical music and cultural industries in order to generate coverage and publicity for our clients.

Key Duties

As an Account Manager:

  • To manage your set of clients and work with them to help achieve their PR goals. This includes: gaining press, attracting new audiences, helping to improve their brand, organising events
  • To think creatively about how you (and your colleagues) approach campaigns. You will be asked to continually make new connections and approach your work in innovative ways. You will be expected to challenge how we, and the industry, are doing things
  • To integrate digital media into campaigns. This means exploring new technology and developing ways to include it in client campaigns
  • To take a leading role in the development and execution of unique, creative campaigns to promote your clients and the company
  • To write copy in relation to your clients’ needs, including: fact sheets, bios, blogposts, newsletters, brochures
  • To liaise with journalists to generate and secure media coverage for clients
  • To organise client events, as needed. This includes: concerts, VIP receptions, industry networking events
  • To attend all relevant artists’ events (which regularly occur outside of office hours) including meetings and performances
  • To network within the industry to build your reputation and that of the company
  • To oversee the work of others when required, and to be willing to grow into a more senior role

Opportunities of working with WildKat PR:

  • Small, open plan office
  • Chance to do diverse things within the role and expand your skillset quickly
  • Gain wider industry experience, not just PR
  • Supportive colleagues and management welcoming your fresh ideas
  • Personalised creative skills training and coaching
  • Collaboration with mainstream brands and projects
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Staff benefits, which include annual ski trip, Friday drinks, office yoga, opportunity for sabbatical and 6 hour working days

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least one year’s experience working in arts PR
  • Interest in classical music, culture, and the arts
  • A fast learner, able to absorb information quickly and confidently put it into practice
  • Ability to remain calm when working under pressure and to manage conflicting deadlines
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility when working alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A strong interest in online media
  • Self-motivated
  • Good standard of computer literacy (Word, Excel, WordPress)

Desirable

  • Education to degree level
  • Fluency in another language

Salary: Competitive – dependent upon experience

WildKat PR is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to olivia@wildkatpr.com with the subject title ‘WildKat PR Account Manager application’ by 5pm on 30th November 2017.

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.

Pizzicato

Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.

Nmz

Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 

Concerti

Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Klassik.com

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

France musique

Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.

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in 1911 FP of Gustav ’s Das Lied Von Der Erde

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome composer-pianist Alina K to our portfolio of artists.

Lithuanian-born Alina K came to London with the intention of developing and building on her piano playing skills, and with a dream that one day she might perhaps be able to turn her passion for music into a full-time career. Having recognised her talent early on, Alina K’s friends and family encouraged her to continue with her piano playing, but since she was working full-time in high-end retail concessions, she found very little time to devote to her true passion. However, encouraged by a close friend to compose her own music, Alina K discovered that she had the ability to compose, and this re-ignited her passion and her determination.

After a chance meeting in London with the founder of Vancouver Fashion Week who heard her music, Alina K was twice invited to perform at the opening ceremony of this prestigious event in Canada. With fashion being her second passion, she was delighted to accept this invitation and even more so when, on both occasions, she was unexpectedly asked to model on the catwalk for leading fashion designers.

Encouraged by this and championed and supported by friends and esteemed names across the music industry who recognised the immense potential that she had, Alina K threw herself into composing her own breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally engaging music. With the right people behind her, she became more determined than ever to pursue her dream of making music her full time occupation and of having her compositions used in films and on television. With this in mind, in early 2017 she made the brave and bold decision to leave her full-time day job in order to devote more time to her music.

The risk paid off because in February 2018, Alina K will release her debut EP ‘Awakening’, comprising four original tracks recorded in Studio Two at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in North West London. With her refreshingly edgy, stylish demeanour and engaging personality, Alina K really is set to breathe fresh air into the contemporary music world with the launch of her groundbreaking debut EP.

(Written on November 17, 2017 )

In the News today: Michael Tilson Thomas Headed for the California hall of Fame, ICMA jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards, UK Government increases exceptional talent visa offer, TfL and Yamaha unveil Tube Pianos and Radio France to host the 4th edition of the International Conductor Competition Evgeny Svetlanov.

International Piano

TfL and Yamaha unveil Tube Pianos

A two-year project, named #Platform88 is underway where three pianos will be installed across the Tube network for passengers to play. The first instalment being placed at Tottenham Court Road station.

Classic FM

Bach on 20 cellos 

Cellist Margarita Balanas plays the famous Bourée from JS Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 on 20 historic cellos

Classical Music

Government increases exceptional talent visa offer

Double the number of visas will be open to individuals who show promise in technology, science, art and creative industries.

Forbes

How To Make It In The Music Business Today: Improvisation All The Way

Artists today need to know a lot more than they needed to know twenty years ago.

The New York Times

Has all of opera’s gold already been mined? John Adams thinks not.

Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman whose new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.

The Washington Post

Noseda’s travels with the NSO, from club to concert hall

New music director Gianandrea Noseda is continuing what amounts to his real inauguration with the National Symphony Orchestra. His program this week was supposed to represent a trip around Europe; but in fact, he led the orchestra around Washington.

San Franscisco Classical Voice

Michael Tilson Thomas Headed for the California Hall of Fame

Amid the much-publicized news of his scheduled stepping down from the music directorship of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas has been selected by California Governor Jerry Brown as an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

Japan Times

Nintendo’s sound designer Hirozaku Tanaka and his 8-bit revolution

Chip Tanaka’s compositions: the music you didn’t realise you grew up with.

Pizzicato

ICMA Jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards

For the 2018 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 357 audio and video productions (321 in 2017, 364 in 2016) from 120 labels (119 in 2017, 115 in 2016).

Seville Orchestra goes culinary

In honor of Spanish mezzo soprano Teresa Berganza, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla organizes a royal culinary gala with celebrity chef Kamilla Seidler and Spain’s best sommelier Nuria Espaaaon November 25 at the ballroom of the legendary Hotel Alfonso XIII in seville

Concerti

Musikalische Grenzüberschreitungen

Ende November findet zum vierten Mal cresc… Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main statt. In diesem Jahr steht das Festival unter dem Motto „Transit“

Klassik.com

Französisches Kulturministerium plant einschneidende Maßnahmen im Pariser Musikleben

Die unter dem Titel “Action Publique 2022” zusammengefassten Maßnahmen umfassen in Bezug auf das Musikleben unter anderem eine Fusion des Orchestre de Paris mit der Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris.

Musik Heute

Bregenzer Festspiele 2018 mit Erst- und Uraufführung

Die Bregenzer Festspiele werden im kommenden Jahr mit der Oper “Beatrice Cenci” von Berthold Goldschmidt eröffnet. Die österreichische Erstaufführung wird im Festspielhaus drei Mal gezeigt, teilten die Veranstalter am Donnerstag in Bregenz mit.

France musique

Radio France accueille la 4e édition du Concours de chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov

Partenaire de l’évènement, Radio France va accueillir la 4e édition du Concours international de chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov.

Platea Magazin

La ciudad de Halle concede el Premio Haendel 2018 a la mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato

El evento tendrá lugar en mayo del año que viene, en un concierto de la propia artista, en el que presentará su último disco In war and peace, en Halle, acompañada de la agrupación Il Pomo d’Oro.

Twitter

Heildelberger Frühling @hdfruehling: Starker Abgang! Unser Musikpreisträger 2017, Klaus Lauer, verabschiedete sich von den Badenweiler Musiktagen mit allen 16 Streichquartetten von an 5 Abenden, gespielt vom ! war für die dabei

Bayerische Staatsoper @bay_staatsoper: Nominations are open! Name your favourite artists for the

 

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(Written on November 17, 2017 )

in todays news: A piece on racial diversity in classical music, Dame Evelyn Glennies residency comes to an end, music royalties go up and Lyric 360 is relaunched. An orchestra playing on broken instruments, how music can shape your dreams and your concentration, Cecilia Bartoli to sing in the Sistine Chapel, all of Brahms works compiled, Joyce DiDonato wins the Händel Prize and how music classes are affecting prisoners in Germany.

The Telegraph

Lawrence Brownlee on race Rossini and ‘injustice’ in Trump’s America

Scroll back half a century and opera was being magnificently swelled by a flood of African American singers. That tide has sadly ebbed now.

Classical Music

Dame Evelyn Glennie concludes King’s Cross residency

Dame Evelyn Glennie will present the product of her 12-month residency at London’s King’s Cross on 22 December.

Teaching Drama

Lyric 360 launched

London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Digital Theatre+ have launched Lyric 360, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Lyric’s The Seagull.

The Strad

Texas cello pedagogue Phyllis Young has died

Cellist was on the Butler School of Music faculty for over 50 years and director of the UT String Project for 35 years.

Billboard

CISAC Music Royalty Collections Grow to $8.4 Billion, even with Youtube and others ‘driving down the value of our works’

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organisations in 123 countries, reports that music revenue grew to 8.006 billion euros ($8.435 billion) from 7.497 million euros ($7.9 billion), an increase of 6.8 percent.

Popular Science

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of tasks

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.

The Inquirer

A desperate cry for help.’ 400 busted Philly school instruments revived for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

Su Spina normally plays kettledrums. But when she went to pick up the instrument she’d be playing in the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra — a new composition for 400 amateur and professional musicians all playing broken instruments from the Philadelphia public schools — her options were limited.

Pizzicato

Cecilia Bartoli is the first woman to sing at the Sistine Chapel

Tomorrow, Friday 17, Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli will sing ‘Beata Viscere’ by the medieval French composer Perotin with the choir of the Sistine Chapel.

Concerti

Vom Einfall bis zum Beifall

In liebevoller Detailarbeit entsteht im hohen Norden Deutschlands eine Ausgabe sämtlicher musikalischer Werke von Johannes Brahms.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wie Inhaftierte über die Musik neuen Lebensmut fassen

Das Projekt “Musik hinter Gittern” wird in 17 deutschen Gefängnissen angeboten. Es dient nicht nur als Freizeitangebot, sondern ist auch ein Resozialisationsprogramm.

BR Klassik

Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik

Die US-amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Joyce DiDonato erhält den Händel-Preis 2018 der Stadt Halle. Damit sollen “ihre herausragenden Verdienste um die Pflege von Händels Musik” gewürdigt werden, erklärte die Stiftung Händelhaus am Mittwoch.

Schallplattenkritik

Die aktuelle Bestenliste ist da

Der PdSK (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik e.V.) hat die vierte Vierteljahresliste 2017 veröffentlicht. 157 Juroren sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im letzten Quartal, sie nominierten 258 Titel in 32 Kategorien für die Longlist und evaluierten daraus die Siegertitel.

Le Figaro

Comment la musique influence nos rêves et notre sommeil

À l’occasion d’un grand concert donné à la Philharmonie de Paris dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche devant un public venu avec oreillers et couettes, Le Figaro a interrogé Sophie Schwartz, une spécialiste des neurosciences.

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#Today in 1895 Birth of #composer and conductor Paul #Hindemith #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

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(Written on November 16, 2017 )

We’re delighted to welcome to our roster Damian Iorio, conductor, who we will be working with over the coming months.  Damian’s reputation as a formidable conductor continues to grow thanks to highly-acclaimed performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Oper Bonn.

Damian has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has led the orchestra to new heights, whilst successfully attracting an ever-growing audience for classical music in the region.  This season he welcomes a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloe Hanslip.

In June and July 2018, he will be making a much-anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, where he will conduct performances of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”.  His pedigree as a fine conductor of opera has been established after performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris and Verdi’s “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne. He conducted the Russian premiere of Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” in Moscow, which was subsequently nominated for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

His recent recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos was highly acclaimed, with “fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio” (The Guardian), and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.  Iorio is a champion of new music, and has worked closely with Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman.

Iorio studied in the UK and USA, and began his musical career as a violinist with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, before studying conducting in St Petersburg and embarking on a life on the podium.

You can keep up to date with Damian at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on November 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Music helps children through tough times, Jessica Dandy wins Bach Singers Prize, Refugee ensemble gets standing ovations and 5 music start-up to watch. Also German city Bonn honours Beethoven and  Christoph Eschenbach is the new chief conductor of Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Financial Times

Arts therapy: listening helps children tune into their potential

From Kabul to Hackney, music lessons help the young through tough times.

UNHCR

Refugee orchestra wins standing ovation

An eight-strong ensemble of performers from five countries performed at the Besançon Music Festival in France.

Music Teacher

Today’s children more musical than parents, research shows

Today’s secondary school children are more likely to be able to play a musical instrument than their parents or grandparents, according to a study by Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH), Birmingham.

Early Music Today

Jessica Dandy wins LBS Bach Singers Prize

Contralto Jessica Dandy has won the sixth London Bach Society (LBS) Bach Singers Prize.

Opera Now

Richard Gaddes receives honorary fellowship from Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban has presented an honorary fellowship to alumnus Richard Gaddes, in recognition of his 50-year career in opera in the USA.

IQ

Unlocking blockchain: 5 music start-ups to watch

Tickets Cloud founder Katerina Kirillova highlights some of the companies hoping to revolutionize the music business using blockchain technology.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center to End Its Namesake Summer Festival

When Jane Moss arrived at Lincoln Center 25 years ago to shake up it’s programming, many people thought that the days of its well-loved but staid Mostly Mozart festival were numbered.

The Washington Post

The concert was about unity; the message was all Russian

It was an unusual event from the outset: a privately funded reception and concert of music by Russian and American composers, all based on an ambiguous premise.

Pizzicato

France plans merger of Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonie

The French Ministry of culture plans the merger of the Orchestra de Paris and the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, France Musique has revealed.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Hewlett Foundation Announces First Winners of 50 Arts Commissions Initiative

The Hewlett Foundation dropped a money bomb on the Bay Area arts scene today, announcing the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative.

Chicago Tribune

Opera ‘As One’ sings a timely tale of being transgender in America

At a time when transgender issues are turning up more often in the national conversation, a recent opera about the journey to self-acceptance of a young trans protagonist is all the more topical than it must have seemed at its premiere three years ago.

Tagesspiegel

Das alles und noch viel mehr

Vom Wunderkind zum Bühnenstar: Der Pianist und Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat musikalisch wie kulturpolitisch eine glückliche Hand. Heute wird er 75 Jahre alt.

Klassik.com

Musikpreis des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie der Klarinettist Ernesto Molinari sind mit dem diesjährigen Musikpreis des Kantons Bern ausgezeichnet worden.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Bonn entdeckt Beethoven doch noch für sich

Lange hat sich Bonn wenig um den berühmtesten Sohn der Stadt gekümmert. Mit den Feiern zum 250. Geburtstag des Komponisten soll sich das ändern: Ludwig van Beethoven soll zum Aushängeschild der Stadt werden.

Codex Flores

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin

Christoph Eschenbach, der in den 1980er-Jahren auch das Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester geleitet hat, wird ab der Saison 2019/20 für vorerst drei Jahre Nachfolger von Iván Fischer an der Spitze des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

France musique

Réforme du ministère de la Culture : des propositions chocs pour la musique

Intégration de l’Orchestre de Paris au sein de la Philharmonie, fin des régimes spéciaux à l’Opéra national de Paris… France Musique révèle les mesures du document du ministère de la Culture qui concernent le monde musical.

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The 2017 Global Collections Report is now available. Creators’ global royalty collections hit record €9.2 billion. Digital income growth accelerates to 51% as CISAC member author societies drive efficiencies worldwide.

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(Written on November 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: the funding for the next European youth choir festival in Basel is secured, Academy of Ancient Music announces partnership with Chiltern Arts. In Munich, faculty members of music colleges are protesting low wages. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is extending its contract with Rossen Milanov. A feature on composing and political stance and sexual misconduct at Berklee Music College. Spotify starts selling Makeup.

Classical Music

Academy of Ancient Music and Chiltern Arts announce partnership

The Academy of Ancient Music is to become orchestra in residence at Chiltern Arts Festival.

Choir and Organ

Leicester MusicFest organ competition

The second Leicester MusicFest will include a pipe organ competition.

Opera Now

Glyndebourne Tour to visit Liverpool in 2019

The Glyndebourne Tour is to visit Liverpool’s Empire Theatre – the biggest two-tier theatre in the country – for the first time in 2019.

Classic FM

Flight of the Bumblebee for a marimba and 4 mallets is crazier than you’re expecting

Rimsky-Korsakov’s notoriously fiendish piece sounds absolutely mad in this one-man arrangement for marimba and four mallets.

Forbes

Spotify Is Selling Makeup Now, And That Could Change Things For The Music Industry

Spotify isn’t known primarily as a retailer, even though music fans can purchase items from the streaming site, but as of today, it has taken another step towards becoming more of a shopping destination of sorts.

Pizzicato

Columbus Symphony extends contract of Rossen Milanov

Rossen Milanov’s contract as Music Director of the Columbus Symphony has been extended through the 2024-25 season, the orchestra announced.

New York Times

Three Composers on the Necessity and Pitfalls of Political Music

When classical music composers get political, they often do it at the risk of preaching to the proverbial choir.

WCVB5

Berklee says 11 faculty members were fired over 13 years for sexual assault, harassment

A prestigious music school in Boston will hold a campus forum following a newspaper investigation that found the college allowed three professors to quietly leave the school after students complained the men had sexually harassed or assaulted them.

Codex flores

Finanzierung des 11. Europäischen Jugendchor Festivals Basel gesichert

Die Finanzierung des 11. Europäischen Jugendchor Festival Basel (EJCF) – es findet über die Auf­fahrtstage vom 9. Mai – 13. Mai 2018 in Basel und der Region statt – ist gesichert.

Klassik.com

Lehrbeauftragte an bayerischen Musikhochschulen demonstrieren

Lehrbeauftragte bayerischer Musikhochschulen haben mit einer Demonstration gegen Pläne der bayerischen Landesregierung protestiert. 

Neue Musikzeitung

Braunschweiger Sing-Projekt mit Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet

Das Braunschweiger Schulprojekt «Klasse! Wir singen» ist mit dem Initiativpreis Deutsche Sprache ausgezeichnet worden. 

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Image: Choir and Organ

(Written on November 14, 2017 )