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British music exports hit £400M Millennium high

Recorded music export revenues have reached their highest level since the turn of the millennium, hitting £408.4m in 2017.

This represents a rise of 12 percent year-on-year and sees overall overseas revenues for UK labels breaching the £5bn mark this century, according to new figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

For nine of the past 13 years, a British artist has held the spot for the world’s best-selling album, most recently with Ed Sheeran’s multi-platinum selling Divide, which sold 6.1 million copies worldwide and helped to fuel last year’s strong figures.

The BPI said on Thursday that growing demand for UK music ‘demonstrates the enduring demand for British music’, with UK artists accounting for one in every eight albums consumed globally in 2017.


Welsh National Opera announces new general director

Welsh National Opera (WNO) has appointed Aidan Lang as new general director.

Lang is currently general director of Seattle Opera, where he has overseen co-productions with Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera and New Zealand Opera.

He also launched the first of several chamber operas designed to showcase opera in a new light, especially those that have a direct connection to social conversations happening today.

The company’s audiences have increased from 67,000 to 85,000 since he has been at the helm.

Lang added: ‘The Welsh National Opera is where my career in opera really began, and I have always considered it to be my artistic home. It was during my time there in the 1980s that I came to understand the potential for opera to change the way that people view the society they live in, and that insight has been at the core of all my work ever since.’

Lang will take up the role in July 2019.


Lucerne Festival: Matthias Pintscher tritt zurück

Matthias Pintscher, der Principal Conductor der Lucerne Festival Academy, sieht sich «aus persönlichen Gründen» nicht länger imstande, seinen Verpflichtungen als Dirigent und Dozent an der Lucerne Festival Academy nachzukommen. Er tritt per sofort zurück. Diese Entscheidung gab die Leitung des Festivals am Mittwochmorgen bekannt. Der Rücktritt Pintschers, der seit 2016 zusammen mit dem Komponisten Wolfgang Rihm als Leiter der Academy sehr erfolgreich das Erbe von Pierre Boulez weitergetragen hat, kommt in jeder Hinsicht unerwartet.

Übernehmen Jaehyuck Choi, Peter Eötvös und Ruth Reinhardt die Dirigate der noch ausstehenden Konzerte des Orchesters der Akademie. Jaehyuck Choi dirigiert in beiden Konzerten am 9.

Matthias Pintscher, Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy, has unexpectedly quit his role with immediate effect. To make sure the Festival goes ahead as planned, Jaehyuck Choi, Peter Eötvös and Ruth Reinhardt have all stepped in at the last minute to conduct the remaining concerts.

(Written on September 7, 2018 )

Tourists and passersby at London’s St. Pancras station were taken aback yesterday afternoon as actor Jeff Goldblum made a surprise appearance to promote his upcoming release with Decca!

Goldblum is not alone in branching out into the music industry – he is amongst several actors and celebrities who have tried their hand at songwriting, some with more success than others.

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is best known for his roles in Jurassic Park and horror movie The Fly. At the end of May this year, it was announced that Goldblum will be releasing a jazz piano album later in the year. He was signed to Decca after label executives saw his appearance on on the Graham Norton Show, where he accompanied singer Gregory Porter in a performance of “Mona Lisa”:

Goldblum’s musical prowess is no secret – trained in classical piano as a child, he began playing jazz in cocktail lounges from the age of 15. He has performed intermittently with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, but this will be the first time he has recorded music. He performed in public at London’s St. Pancras Station on September 5th, ahead of the album release on November 9th.

In the meantime, the album is available for pre-order here and 2 live recordings can be found on Spotify and various videos on YouTube. Goldblum is due to perform at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 17 November as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Idris Elba

Best known for his leading role in television series John Luther, Idris Elba also has a successful music career on the side. Releasing his first EP Big Man in 2006, he has since collaborated with Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and even opened for Madonna during her Rebel Heart tour in Berlin, Germany. He has also recently launched his own record label – 7Wallace Music – signing French artist James BKS. His most recent release is the house single “Badman”, available on Spotify.

Tyra Banks

Following her retirement from modelling, Tyra Banks returned to the stage in an attempt to begin a music career. She released her first single “Shake Ya Body” in 2004 and followed it up with “K.O.B.E”, a collaboration with Kobe Bryant. The music career wasn’t quite the success she’d hoped for it to be, however, and she instead turned her sights towards a television show – The Tyra Banks Show was a greater success, winning Emmy awards in 2008 and 2009.

Hugh Laurie

Popular for his role as Dr. House on popular TV series House, Hugh Laurie is also an incredibly talented pianist, particularly interested in jazz and blues. He has showcased his piano skills in several of his on-screen appearances, but his cover albums “Let Them Talk” and “Didn’t It Rain” are by far the most personal of his creative output. He has said that ‘there’s a sensual pleasure involved in making music that [he] just can’t get from acting’. 

Scarlett Johansson 

Scarlett Johansson is widely known for roles including Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in The Avengers, Lucy in sci-fi thriller Lucy and Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl. Less well known are her contributions to the pop music industry, with her debut album Anywhere I Lay My Head being released in 2008. The album was met with mixed reviews, with critics saying there was ‘nothing particularly compelling about [her] singing’, however others described the album as ‘brilliant’, ‘surprisingly alluring’ and ‘a bravely eccentric selection’. The following year she released Break Up in collaboration with Pete Yorn, with whom she is currently working again. The duo recently released a new EP “Apart“.

Donald Glover/Childish Gambino

Donald Glover has so far enjoyed highly successful yet separate careers in both the music and film industries. Glover began his career writing for TV series 30 Rock with occasional cameo appearances, before scoring one of the main roles in comedy series Community. He has gone on to star in Ridley Scott’s The Martian and has been announced as the voice of Simba in the upcoming re-make of The Lion King.

His thriving music career, under the alias “Childish Gambino” has gone from strength to strength in recent years. His style ranges from political protest rap R’n’B to retro synth soul-funk fusions, with his single “Redbone” experiencing immense success in 2017. This year Gambino has once again returned to the spotlight with his provocative video for “This Is America”, a political commentary on gun violence in the US, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

 

(Written on September 6, 2018 )

Leading actors, comedians and composers have joined Prince Charles in his campaign to help every child have access to the arts.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Lenny Henry, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Myleene Klass and Meera Syal were among the guests at an event at the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Children and the Arts, a charity that was set up by the Prince of Wales.

Sir Lenny Henry, one of the stars supporting the campaign, told Sky News: “The arts is vital to society. The contribution to gross national products alone is immense – between £8bn and £20bn. So why is the arts in schools being deprivileged? It’s hard to understand.”

Industry leaders, government ministers and headteachers were all invited to join round-table discussions to look at what can be done to reach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who feel the arts aren’t open to them, and may be missing out on cultural experiences as a result.

The government insists it does take the arts seriously and that’s why music and art is compulsory until the age of 14. But campaigners want more investment and believe there has to be a change in how creative subjects are viewed by schools and wider society.

They realise that not all children will grow up to be performers or work in the industry but believe they should at least have the opportunity to watch or participate if they want to give it a try.


Auf Kommando das Zusammenspiel verweigert

Gibt es einen „rheinischen Originalklang“ für Beethovens Siebte Symphonie? Und wovon singt das Oratorium „Der Sieg des Glaubens“ von Beethovens Schüler Ferdinand Ries? Das Beethovenfest sucht Antworten.

Christoph Spering, der vor dreißig Jahren Das neue Orchester gründete, um Ideen der Originalklangbewegung auf das romantische Repertoire zu übertragen, führte jetzt, am dritten der 24 Tage des Bonner Beethovenfests, die Siebte mit dem Orchester Rheinton auf – einem weiteren neuen Orchester, dessen Mitglieder auf die Erforschung des Instrumentariums und der Spielpraxis der Rheinlande im neunzehnten Jahrhundert spezialisiert sind. Die Ausdifferenzierung des konzertierenden Historismus schreitet also fort, zur regionalhistorischen

Beethovenfest in Bonn, Germany, kicked off this year on 31st August. It featured performances from the Rheinton Orchestra under Christoph Spering. The orchestra specialise in historically informed performance, showcasing their interpretation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.


Pascal Nègre : « Ne sacrifions pas la prochaine génération de musiciens »

Le producteur de musique s’élève, dans une tribune au « Monde », contre l’article 13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur qui menace l’émergence des futurs jeunes artistes.

Cet article, dans sa rédaction actuelle, impose à toute plate-forme de détecter et de bloquer systématiquement toute mise en ligne par un utilisateur d’un contenu potentiellement protégé par le droit d’auteur (pas uniquement de la musique), sauf lorsqu’un accord de licence a auparavant été conclu avec l’ayant droit ou ses représentants.

Cette disposition qui est très large pourrait en fait avoir un impact négatif sur la création puisqu’elle aboutirait à une certaine forme de censure aveugle, automatique et systématique. Trente-cinq années d’expérience dans l’industrie musicale me portent à croire que cette directive s’avérerait négative pour les artistes, pour l’industrie et, à terme, pour le bien public.

Il est essentiel que les plates-formes se comportent de manière responsable et maintiennent leurs accords avec les labels, éditeurs et sociétés de gestion collective. Cela est indéniable. Mais l’article 13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur ne prend pas le bon chemin

Music producer Pascal Nègre has spoken out against Article 13 of the European Parliament’s Copyright Directive, stating that it threatens the emergence of future young artists. Currently, the article requires any platform to detect and block the uploading of potentially copyright-protected content, including music, unless a license agreement has already been arranged.

Nègre worries that this could lead to ‘blind, automatic and systematic censorship’, limiting artists’ creativity.

Article 13 will put limitations on uploading content – for example budding instrumentalists may be blocked from uploading their performance of an existing piece of music:

But apparently it’s not all bad, as memes are exempt from copyright.

Whilst Nègre acknowledges that it is important for creators to have access to copyright protection and fair renumeration, he maintains that Article 13 is too broad and must be amended.

(Written on September 6, 2018 )

Royal Albert Hall ‘not just classical music venue’ as it is set to turn 150

The chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall said the institution is “not just a venue for classical music” as icons of its history were honoured. Plaques commemorating major names that shaped the history of the venue have been installed around the London concert hall.

via BBC 

Among those honoured are Queen Victoria, who laid the foundation stone in 1867, Sir Winston Churchill, who has made 16 appearances at the hall, and a number of classical and popular musicians, such as Eric Clapton CBE and Dame Shirley Bassey.

 


BBC Radio 3 to include dedicated ‘slow radio’ offering in autumn

The sounds of Irish cattle being blessed by a priest, the tick-tocking of one of the largest collection of clocks in the UK and the animal sounds of a zoo at dusk are to be highlights of a regular BBC Radio 3 series.

The 30-minute programmes will include sounds from the Burren cattle blessing, a revival of an annual ritual in County Clare; Durham cathedral in the evening; and the tolling, chiming, ticking and pealing from a huge collection of clocks.

Plans have also been announced for the station to mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war with a series of “sonic memorials”.

The plan involves sending a sound recordist out to battlefields across the world to record contemporary sounds. They include the site of the Battle of Antietam, fought in 1862 during the American civil war; the site of the Lochnagar crater, caused by a huge explosion at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme; sounds from Kent will represent the Battle of Britain; and the site of the Chinese civil war campaign of Pingjin.

There will also be recording from modern battles including the frontline in Helmand province in Afghanistan and the site of the Halabja chemical attack, which happened during the last days of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

The sounds will be broadcast every hour on the hour, on 11 November, apart from the normal minute of silence at 11am.


Tracey Thorn, Nadine Shah and Peggy Gou top Aim independent music awards

The awards for the best in British independent music acknowledged a wide-ranging series of names, from Goldie to Idles and Sophie.

Tracey Thorn, Peggy Gou and Nadine Shah.

Thorn was presented with the outstanding contribution to music prize, for a career that has featured major chart hits with duo Everything But the Girl, as well as solo work including this year’s album Record. Another award for an entire career’s work, the Pioneer award, was presented to drum’n’bass star Goldie.

The best album prize went to Nadine Shah for Holiday Destination, her searing survey of the Syrian refugee experience and other contemporary political crises – she is also up for next week’s Mercury prize. Best track meanwhile went to Korean dance producer Peggy Gou, for her disco track It Makes You Forget (Itgehane).


Musiksommer in Mitteldeutschland mit positiver Bilanz

Der Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) hat für 2018 eine positive Bilanz seines Musiksommer-Festivals gezogen. Zu den 48 Konzerten in Sachen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Sachsen kamen den Angaben zufolge über einen Zeitraum von neun Wochen insgesamt rund 16.000 Zuschauer. Davon waren 14 Konzerte vollständig ausverkauft. 

Die größte Veranstaltung des Festivals war mit 800 Besuchern der Auftritt der Blechblas-Komiker von Mnozil Brass in Bad Elster. Ähnliche Zahlen erreichten das Eröffnungkonzert im Magdeburger Dom sowie des Abschlusskonzert in Suhl. Beliebt waren außerdem Führungen, die den Zuschauern vor Veranstaltungsbeginn einen Einblick in die historischen Veranstaltungsorte gaben.

16,000 spectators attended the 48 concerts of the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk festivals, which took place across Germany. 14 of these were completely sold out, with Mnozil Brass attracting a crowd of 800 in Bad Elster.

(Written on September 5, 2018 )

We are very excited to announce several new clients this week, working with both new and returning clients.

We are thrilled to be working once again with AyseDeniz Gokcin, a young Turkish virtuoso pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. She will be celebrating the pre-release of her upcoming album, Beethoven Senses, with a concert at St James Sussex Gardens in October featuring a colourful light show, a silent disco and special guest Benjamin Hughes, principal cellist of the BBC concert orchestra. Tickets to this concert can be bought here

AyseDeniz is best known for her classical and rock fusions, in particular her Liszt-inspired arrangements of Pink Floyd hits, which went viral after being featured on Pink Floyd’s Facebook page.

 

AyseDeniz made her public concert debut aged nine and has gone on to play in such prestigious venues as the Steinway Hall, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, the Lysenko Colonnaded Hall of the Philharmonic in Kiev and has even performed in the Kremlin Palace at personal invitation. She won “Pianist of the Year” in 2016 at the Donizetti Classical Music Awards after her 2015 album dedicated to Kurt Cobain reached the Top 10 in the UK Classical Charts on iTunes.


We are also excited to be working with WITCiH – Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub. Co-founded by musician and artist BISHI, WITCiH empowers and celebrates the achievements of women and non-binary artists at the intersection of music, technology and STEM. Although female accomplishment is their main focus, WITCiH welcome those from all backgrounds and identities.

WITCiH will be producing a three-night festival later this month, featuring four brand new commissions of four new audio-visual works  involving live coding, hacking, interactive tech and awe-inspiring visuals. “WITCiH – The State of Gender?” will be hosted at The Bargehouse in Dalston, running from the 26th to 28th September. More information can be found here and tickets can be bought here.

WITCiH operate mainly in London, putting on exhibitions, lectures, workshops and performances. Past events have included a salon at the Tate Modern and have attracted guests such as Imogen Heap, Mira Calix, Ana Matronic and Lone Taxidermist.


Last, but certainly not least, is a new project for long-standing WildKat client, Moritz Eggert for his latest collaborative release. The Collectors is a CD recorded by percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and pianist Eke Simons. It forms part of Napolov’s Dutch Golden Collection which aims to popularise and promote contemporary percussion pieces, with many being written for Napolov himself.

Konstantyn Napolov is a Ukrainian percussionist with an already highly accomplished career. Graduating from the Stolyarsky school in 2005, he became co-principal percussionist at The National Philharmonic of Ukraine and went on to study at The Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. More recently, Napolov has collaborated with Steve Reich, participated in masterclasses at Juilliard, and won the principal position of the World Percussion Group in 2016.

The Collectors includes works by Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Eggert’s piece shares its name with the album and explores the idea that the compositional process is a collection of sounds, ideas and events that slowly assemble themselves into a certain order. He asserts that musical ideas do not just ‘happen’ – they are the result of a constant assembling and reassembling of music that happens over time in the composer’s head.

The album was released over the weekend on the 9th September and can be downloaded here

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

Chemnitz: „Wir sind mehr“-Konzert war ein voller Erfolg – Deutscher Kulturrat bedankt sich für Engagement der Künstler

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände bedankt sich bei den Künstlern des gestern Abend in Chemnitz stattgefundenen Konzertes „Wir sind mehr“.

via Die Zeit

 


Classical music venues and placemaking

Classical music venues have been at the centre of town planning since the Romans built the Colosseum and the Ancient Greeks built the Amphitheatres.

Classical Music venues tend to fit into larger regeneration schemes, especially former docks, as they offer fantastic waterside back drops – think of Copenhagen, Sydney, Liverpool and Oslo. Perhaps a world-class concert hall would boost Canary Wharf as a destination and bring a wider audience to the area beyond the daily office workers?

Thoughtfully designed, cultural centres can be hugely beneficial to reviving a city. The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, for example, has increased visitors to the city dramatically and brought with it the inevitable knock-on prosperity for the rest of the city (shops, restaurants, hotels), whilst the renovation and expansion of The Royal Opera House in the 1990s, including the adjacent Floral Hall, led the revival of Covent Garden.

The £35m Hepworth Wakefield gallery has regenerated the local economy

via Property Week

(Written on September 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: a review of the festival summer. A music journalist on the quality of music journalism. A portrait of the Liedkunst Festival, that will be held in Mid-September. A French festival invites well known stars and newcomers on the same stage. Also more on video game music taking over Classic FM and a new festival in Florence.

The Guardian

How video game music waltzed its way on to Classic FM

Once regarded as inferior to film and TV soundtracks, games scores are gaining recognition and awards as a valid form of contemporary classical music

The Telegraph

When opera meets rave: why socialites are flocking to Florence’s New Generation Festival

The dog days of August used to be the deadest time of year, at least for glamorous social gatherings. But thanks to three bright young musicians, that has suddenly all changed.

International Arts Manager

Nancy Zhou wins Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

American violinist Nancy Zhou has won the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC). She collects a cheque for USD100,000 (€86,100).

NY Times

An All-but-Extinct Piano Plays Once More

When a recording of forgotten music on a forgotten instrument appears on the prestigious ECM label, chances are good that something ear-opening has been exhumed from the graveyard of history.

taz

Blau in Bayreuth

Die Musik hat jetzt wieder ein Dach überm Kopf. Das ist jedes Jahr so, Anfang September: Sommer vorbei, Schluss mit den Open-Air-Konzerten, Picknick mit Debussy, Beethoven in der Scheune, Verdi auf der Burgruine, Carmen am See. Das Wetter ist ab heute egal.

nmz

Make-News

Einer der wenigen Irrtümer des ansonsten so treffsicheren, begnadeten Kabarettisten Georg Kreisler dürfte sich in der Chansonzeile manifestieren: „Heute findet jede Zeitung größere Verbreitung durch Musikkritiker“.

concerti

Musizieren auf kleinstem Raum

Der Internationale Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart zählt zu den ältesten und traditionsreichsten Veranstaltungen seiner Art im deutschsprachigen Raum. 

Le Monde

Les jeux de rôle de la pianiste Lise de la Salle

Chaque samedi et chaque dimanche, à raison de deux concerts par jour, le festival Les Solistes à Bagatelle invite, jusqu’au 16 septembre, des pianistes à se produire dans des programmes panoramiques d’environ une heure.

 

(Written on September 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: Gramo Mag category award winners are announced ahead of the ceremony in mid-September, and The Quietus turns ten. Pianist Alexis Ffrench on why young people love classical music, and the PR-guru-turned-life-coach who helps musicians stay on an even keel. A review of the concept of the Musikfest Berlin. A strategy to help diversify American orchestras. A guide to hidden Jazz recordings. The German president on Classical music and it’s perception in the public and in Weimar a new concert series focuses on works that were restored from the burnt down library.

Gramophone

The winners of 2018’s category awards are announced

One of the ten award winners will be named our Recording of the Year at an event in London that will also reveal awards for Orchestra of the Year, Artist of the Year, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Telegraph

Alexis Ffrench on why young people love classical music

“Young people want to listen to great music and it’s a question of where they’re finding that music. They play computer games, they watch music. People already enjoy classical music but they’re not necessarily going to the hall and watching the symphonies.”

The Guardian

How one woman helps A-list musicians survive

Kathryn Frazier spent much of her career raising the profiles of clients like Migos and Daft Punk through publicity but now as a life coach she also helps artists stay on an even keel.

The Quietus

“Help Us To The Next Decade Of Black Sky Thinking”

The music website turns ten, and editor Luke Turner reflects on the past decade, and the future of music journalism.

Marketplace

To help diversify American orchestras, one group is helping to get players to auditions

Gabrielle Skinner is in a coaching session for auditions at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She’s one of 18 musicians here, and she plays an excerpt from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on her viola.

NY Times

Unreleased Jazz Treasures Are Arriving: Here’s a Guide

There’s never a shortage of old jazz albums being repackaged, or previously unknown recordings finding the light of day. But this year, a particularly impressive trickle of unreleased music from jazz’s halcyon midcentury has emerged for the first time.

Tagespiegel

Glaube, Lüge, Hoffnung

Winrich Hopp ist kein Mann für markige Motti. Der künstlerische Leiter des „Musikfest Berlin“ will das Publikum nicht durch Werbesprüche anlocken, sondern durch Inhalte überzeugen. Viele Gedankenstränge zu einem fein verwobenen Netz zu fügen, ist Hopps Passion.

Nmz

Frank-Walter Steinmeier sieht keine Krise klassischer Musik

„Viele Freunde der klassischen Musik kommen sich ja selber schon wie eine anachronistische Minderheit vor, die immer kleiner zu werden scheint“, sagte Steinmeier am Donnerstag laut einer Mitteilung.“

RBB Kulturradio

Weimarer Aschebücher erklingen im Konzert

Bei der Premiere am Donnerstag in einer Woche kommen Werke aus dem 17. Jahrhundert zur Aufführung, kündigte die Klassik Stiftung in Weimar an.

Alexis Ffrench © Telegraph

(Written on August 31, 2018 )

Academy Music Group has announced a new lease agreement with Manchester-based live entertainment venue, FWSO has hired Keith Cerny as its next president and CEO. New artists announced for woman and tech festival, and why is Classic FM so popular with Millennials? New award dedicated exclusively to classical artists to be launched in Germany after discontinuation of ECHO, and silent film remembering war victims by Abel Gance to be honoured with live orchestra at Musikfest Berlin.

Music Week

Academy Music Group expands with Manchester’s ‘stunning’ Victoria Warehouse

Academy Music Group has announced a new lease agreement with Manchester-based live entertainment venue, Victoria Warehouse. It will be rebranded O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester from September 1.

International Arts Manager

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra appoints former Dallas Opera chief

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) has hired Keith Cerny as its next president and CEO. He will take up the job in January 2019.

The Guardian

Why are more millennials tuning in to Classic FM?

The classical music station has seen a 30% leap in younger people listening to it in the past 18 months. What is the secret of its growing appeal?

M Magazine

New artists announced for women and tech festival

Bishi, Chagall, Gazelle Twin and Rebekah Ubuntu are among the artists confirmed for the inaugural WITCiH festival next month.

Limelight Magazine

Management changes at Limelight

Limelight Arts Media Pty Ltd, the publisher of Limelight Magazine, has announced changes to the management structure of Australia’s classical music and arts magazine.

Die Welt

Klassik-Branche startet eigenen Musikpreis

Nach dem Ende der Echo-Musikpreise geht die Klassik-Branche eigene Wege bei der Würdigung ihrer Talente und Stars.
Musikkonzerne, unabhängige Platten-Label, Verlage und Konzertveranstalter wollen am 14. Oktober erstmals den Opus Klassik in Berlin verleihen – unabhängig vom Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI), der bisher für den Echo in den Sparten Pop, Jazz und Klassik verantwortlich war.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Weltkriegsende auf Musikfest : Auf, ihr Toten, in die Musik des Lichts!

Im September 1918 drehte der Regisseur Abel Gance eine Vision über die Wiederauferstehung der Kriegstoten. Der Stummfilm wird nun – zum 100-jährigen Weltkriegsende – mit Live-Orchester auf dem Musikfest Berlin gewürdigt.

Klassik.com

Festspiele Erl: Rund 100 Strafverfahren wegen illegaler Beschäftigung

In der Affäre um illegale Beschäftigung und die Hinterziehung von Sozialabgaben bei den Tiroler Festspielen Erl haben sich die Vorwürfe zu den Beschäftigungsbedingungen ausländischer Musiker weiter erhärtet. In einem Interview mit der Tiroler Tageszeitung äußerte sich Bezirkshauptmann Christoph Platzgummer dahingehend, dass mittlerweile in etwa 100 Fällen Strafverfahren eingeleitet wurden und ermittelt werde.

Pizzicato

Beginn der Endrunde im Isaac Stern-Wettbewerb in Shanghai

In dem 2014 eröffneten, akustisch hervorragenden und optisch großzügigen Saal des ‘Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’ beginnt heute die Endrunde der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’. Remy Franck berichtet aus Shanghai.

New home © Music Week

 

(Written on August 30, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, LSO announces the sudden death of James Mallinson, and RPO study suggests increasing numbers of young people are discovering classical music through gaming. Independent music festivals have urged the competition watchdog to investigate Live Nation’s dominance of the UK music industry, warning that the summer festival scene is suffering. A dispute escalates regarding the future of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and singer Bernd Weikl wonders what has become of his beloved profession and if  vocal art is ruined by hidden microphones.

Rhinegold

LSO announces the sudden death of record producer James Mallinson

Mallinson learnt his trade with Decca, where he recorded the first ever complete Haydn symphonies with Antal Dorati and a major series of works by 20th-century composers including Messiaen, Ligeti, Cage and Birtwhistle.

Classic FM

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra suggests more young people are discovering classical music through video games than live concerts

Video game music is just as good an introduction to classical music for children as a real-life concert, says managing director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), James Williams.

The Guardian

Live Nation’s grip on music festivals ‘stifling competition’

Independent music festivals have urged the competition watchdog to investigate Live Nation’s dominance of the UK music industry, warning that the summer festival scene is suffering.

Digital Music News

The Music Industry Has a New Tactic to Fight Google: #LoveMusic

In a collective effort, the music industry has banded together to ensure Google finally pays music creators fairly.  But will the #LoveMusic campaign work?

Der Tagesspiegel

Schwieriger Start mit neuem Leiter

Um die Zukunft der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg eskaliert ein Streit.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Naturgewalt adé

Der Sänger Bernd Weikl wundert sich, was aus seinem geliebten Beruf geworden ist. Wird die Gesangskunst durch versteckte Mikrofone ruiniert?

neue musikzeitung

Theater Chemnitz: Für Vernunft und Diskursoffenheit – gegen Hass und Gewalt

Die Theater Chemnitz äußern sich in einer Stellungnahme zu den aktuellen Vorgängen in der Stadt und sprechen sich aus für eine „Kultur, die Respekt im Miteinander lebt,“ für „Vernunft und Diskursoffenheit – gegen Hass und Gewalt.“

El País

Utrecht, capital musical de Borgoña

El Festival de Música Antigua de la ciudad holandesa se da un baño de polifonía renacentista con presencia de intérpretes casi antagónicos.

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(Written on August 29, 2018 )