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In today’s news: First premiere at Bayreuth Festival since 1882. Herbert von Karajan wax figure to be revealed at Madame Taussauds at Vienna Prater. RNCM awarded Erasmus+ grant for new conducting project. Wigmore Hall to host live-streamed concert with Holocaust survivor. Opera Rara strikes distribution deal with Warners. Hamburg Opera sees audience numbers rise. Berlin State Opera on tour in Argentina with Daniel Barenboim. Pierre Fournier Award 2018 won by young American cellist.

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RNCM awarded Erasmus+ grant for new conducting project

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has been awarded a 436,000 euro grant to fund an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership which will help develop digital learning resources and online conducting studies.

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Holocaust survivor to speak in live-streamed Wigmore Hall concert

Cellist and Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch is to speak at a specially-programmed concert at Wigmore Hall on Sunday.

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Opera Rara strikes distribution deal with Warners

Major label hopes to help operatic discoveries reach even wider audiences. The deal will see the major label take on the worldwide distribution for all future Opera Rara recordings.

Classic FM

The Star Wars Imperial March in the style of Beethoven sounds momentous and sad

Richard Grayson was a great American composer and pianist, who was a bit of a whizz at improvising.

The Violin Channel

American Cellist Rainer Crosett Awarded Coveted 2018 Pierre Fournier Award

26-year-old American cellist Rainer Crosett has been awarded the 2018 Pierre Fournier Award – at Wigmore Hall, in London

Concerti

Erste Uraufführung in Bayreuth seit 1882

Die Oper „der verschwundene hochzeiter“ entstand in Zusammenarbeit des Komponisten Klaus Lang mit dem Regisseur Paul Esterházy. Damit präsentieren die beiden das erste Auftragswerk bei den Bayreuther Festspielen seit deren Bestehen

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Herbert von Karajan als Wachsfigur

Der 1989 verstorbene Dirigent Herbert von Karajan zieht in der kommenden Woche in das Wachsfigurenkabinett Madame Tussauds im Wiener Prater ein.

Musik Heute

Hamburgische Staatsoper steigert Auslastung

Die Hamburgische Staatsoper hat in dieser Spielzeit mit 345.000 Zuschauern rund 25.000 Besucher mehr als in der vorherigen Saison angezogen.

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La Staatsoper de Berlín visita el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires con Tristán e Isolda, con Daniel Barenboim

Los días 11, 14, 18 y 22 de julio, el Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires acoge la visita de los cuerpos estables de la Staatsoper de Berlín, a las órdenes de Daniel Barenboim, para representar Tristan und Isolde de Richard Wagner.

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(Written on July 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Flautist sues top US orchestra. Classical Opera and The Mozartists announce 2018-19 season. Ghana orchestra reinterprets classical music for Africa. Principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, didn’t get a mention on Morning Ireland. Piotr Beczala steps in in place of Roberto Alagna for Bayreuther Festspiele. The Styrian festival with a political twist. Candidates announced for 2018 ARD International Viola Competition. Auditorio de Zaragoza announces Autumn programme. Thomaskirche Leipzig to fundraise for bell restoration.

Classic FM

Flautist sues top US orchestra in equal pay row

Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal flautist is suing the orchestra for paying her $70,000 less than her male woodwind counterpart.

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Classical Opera and The Mozartists announce 2018-19 season

Classical Opera and The Mozartists have revealed their 2018-19 season with artistic director Ian Page.

BBC News

Ghana orchestra reinterprets Western classical music for Africa

The Accra Symphony Orchestra is hoping to make a new generation in Ghana fall in love with classical music.

The Irish Times

Has RTÉ already cast the National Symphony Orchestra adrift?

Why did Nathalie Stutzmann, principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, not even get a mention on Morning Ireland when RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship programme broadcast an item on the National Concert Hall’s Female Conductor Programme?

Die Welt

Star-Tenor Piotr Beczala springt als Lohengrin ein

Vor wenigen Tagen sagte in Bayreuth spektakulär der „Lohengrin“-Tenor ab, weil er den Text nicht gelernt hatte. Nun springt ein Star ein, der Pole Piotr Beczala. Sein Vorteil: Er kennt die Rolle gut.

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Thomaskirche Leipzig: Spendenaktion für Glocken-Restaurierung

In der Leipziger Thomaskirche steht eine dringende Restaurierung der Glocken an. Es handelt sich um vier Bronzeglocken, eine davon über 500 Jahre alt, und einige kleinere Glocken.

Tagesspiegel

Zerreißproben der Gegenwart

Heiter bergab: Beim Grazer Festival „Styriarte“ geht es nicht nur um klassische Musik, sondern auch um den Rechtsruck in Österreich.

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El Auditorio de Zaragoza avanza su programación para el Otoño de 2018

El Auditorio de Zaragoza daba a conocer ayer en redes sociales su programación para el otoño de 2018.

The Violin Channel

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2018 ARD International Viola Competition

The 49 opening-round candidates for the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition have been announced – to be held in Munich, Germany from the 7th – 16th of September, 2018.

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(Written on July 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Konzerthaus Berlin releases financial statement from previous season. Report on sexual abuse from the Musikhochschule in Munich. Happy Independence Day – the Russian immigrant who composed an American classic. Ravenna Festival honours Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. A Theremin ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’. Wiltshire Music Centre reveals 20th anniversary season. The Purcell School appoints new director of music. Artist forms whale choir.

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Wiltshire Music Centre reveals 20th anniversary autumn season

Pianist Joanna MacGregor and jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE are artists in residence, while the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is orchestra in residence.

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The Purcell School appoints new director of music

Paul Hoskins has been appointed director of music at The Purcell School. He is currently music director at dance company Rambert, where he developed the Rambert Music Scholarship to encourage young composers to write for dance.

Classic FM

Watch: A massive THEREMIN ensemble plays ‘Ode to Joy’

Just a giant orchestra of theremin players, performing the signature tune from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on what seem to be tiny Russian dolls.

BBC News

Artist forms whale choir in North Shields

A choir, made up of a group of volunteers, mimics the various sounds made by whales

New York Times

‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem

The 5-year-old and his family had traveled thousands of miles to escape. When they finally arrived on American soil, free from the marauders who had burned their house to the ground, the boy was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their fate. From this story, a classic piece of music emerged.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wir brauchen eine Schule des Hörens“

Der Berliner Staatsopern-Intendant Matthias Schulz über den Kampf mit der Bühnentechnik und das neue Kinderorchester.

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Konzerthaus Berlin legt Bilanz für die Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Das Konzerthaus Berlin hat die Bilanz für die Spielzeit 2017/18 veröffentlicht: Eigenen Angaben zufolge knüpft das Ergebnis an die Vorsaison an und übertrifft sie sogar.

Musik Heute

Gutachter prüfen nach sexuellen Übergriffen Münchner Musikhochschule

Wegen mehrerer sexueller Übergriffe an der Münchner Musikhochschule soll nun eine Expertenkommission die Einrichtung genauer unter die Lupe nehmen.

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El Festival de Ravenna rinde homenaje al compositor ucraniano Valentin Silvestrov

Nacido en Kiev en 1937, el pianista y compositor Valentin Silvestrov es el principal homenajeado en la edición 2018 del Ravenna Festival, con Riccardo Muti al frente.

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Konzerthaus Berlin, Cameron Carpenter, © Marco Borggreve

(Written on July 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Nicola Benedetti has been a victim of stalking. Vasily Petrenko will be the Music Director of the RPO. Make Music Day generates over 500 free performances. Hacienda Classic brought performed an award winning show. Director at Opernhaus Zürich Andreas Homoki extends contract to 2025. Peter Ruzicka on his 70th birthday. Donald Trump denies entry to Cuban National Ballet.

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti ‘has learned to live with’ her stalker

The top violinist said she has been a victim of stalking and had to take out a restraining order against one obsessive fan.

Classic FM

Vasily Petrenko will be the new Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2021

“I am delighted to become Music Director at this stage in the RPO’s history. This Orchestra, with its outstanding musicians and clear vision from management, has enormous potential.”

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Make Music Day generates over 500 public performances

The number of Make Music Day performances has tripled since the 2017 edition of the festival.

BBC News

Classical music is not ‘entitled’

Hacienda Classic – the collaboration between former Hacienda DJs Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra – brought their award-winning show (in all its shape-throwing glory) to the city’s Castlefield Bowl.

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Dirigent Zubin Mehta muss erneut Konzerte absagen

Der indische Dirigent Zubin Mehta (82) muss aus gesundheitlichen Gründen erneut mehrere Konzerte absagen und wird bis zum Ende der laufenden Konzertsaison pausieren.

Zürcher Zeitung

Stühlerücken im Opernhaus Zürich: Luisi geht, Homoki bleibt, Noseda kommt

Das Opernhaus Zürich schafft Fakten: Intendant Andreas Homoki verlängert seinen Vertrag bis zum Sommer 2025, es gibt einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor – und eine Neuproduktion von Wagners «Ring des Nibelungen».

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Musik über Musik

Er ist Musiker, Musikvermittler, Dirigent und Intendant bedeutender Opernhäuser sowie Festivals. Doch im Zentrum seines künstlerischen Schaffens steht das Komponieren. Heute feiert Peter Ruzicka seinen 70. Geburtstag

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EE.UU. niega la entrada al Ballet Nacional de Cuba, cancelándose su Cascanueces con Dudamel

Siguiendo con su política de visados desde la llegada de Donald Trump a la presidencia, Estados Unidos ha negado la entrada al país al Ballet Nacional de Cuba, tal y como ha anunciado la Filarmónica de Los Ángeles, con quienes debían ofrecer varias funciones de El Cascanueces, de Tchaikovsky, a mediados de agosto.

Le Monde

Le Festival d’Aix ou 70 ans de création contre vents et mêlées

La manifestation, fondée en 1948 par la comtesse Lily Pastré, a toujours été en prise avec son temps.

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(Written on July 3, 2018 )

In today’s news: BBC Radio 3 announces New Generation Artists. Graduates fight crime with Music. 103 year old pianist shares her love of music. Trumpeter Alison BCellist Sebastian Fritsch wins Hamburger Tonali competition. Roberto Alagna cancels appearance at Beyreuther Festspiel. Can music making cause health problems? The Venezuelan musicians in the Barcelona classical music scene. Finalists announced for The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship.

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BBC Radio 3 announces six New Generation Artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the six musicians selected to join its New Generation Artists scheme from 2018-2020.

The Times

The university graduates fighting crime with classical music and social media apps

Police Now is a scheme to attract lateral thinkers with degrees to the force. Recruits tell what it’s like dealing with murder call-outs and moped gangs.

BBC News

The 103-year-old pianist

Colette Maze was born in 1915 and has played the piano for over a century. Here she shares her love of the instrument and her secrets to growing old.

The Telegraph

Trumpeter Alison Balsom: ‘The way we treat music is criminal’

As she takes over the Cheltenham Music Festival, star trumpeter Alison Balsom tells Ivan Hewett why she’s on a mission.

Limelight

Finalists announced for The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

Eight finalists are in the running for this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, geared towards professional development and boasting a combined prize pool of $70,000.

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Cellist Sebastian Fritsch gewinnt Hamburger Tonali-Wettbewerb

Der Cellist Sebastian Fritsch hat den diesjährigen Tonali-Instrumentalwettbewerb gewonnen. Fritsch erhielt neben dem Preisgeld von 10.000 Euro auch den mit 3.000 Euro dotierten Publikumspreis sowie den saltarello-Sonderpreis.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Kann Musik krank machen – und wenn ja, welche?

Schlechte oder zu viel Musik gehört zum probaten Instrumentarium akustischer Kriegsführung – spätestens seit dem dreizehnten Jahrhundert vor Christus. Und auch die Liste der Musikerkrankheiten ist endlos.

Bayrischer Rundfunk

Roberto Alagna sagt kurzfristig ab

Dreieinhalb Wochen vor der Eröffnung stehen die Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Lohengrin da. Der französische Tenor Roberto Alagna, der die Titelpartie in der Wagner-Oper zum Auftakt des Festivals am 25. Juli singen sollte, hat abgesagt. Das teilte ein Festspielsprecher am Samstag mit.

El País

Con los chelos y los violines a otra parte

Un grupo de músicos venezolanos forma la Camerata Internacional de Barcelona

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(Written on July 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: Semperoper in Dresden to pay out 350,000€ to Serge Dorny. Dr. Dre hit with large legal pay out order over Beats headphones. Spotify to extend live performance streaming service. Piano lessons improve language ability as much as reading. Loud music in restaurants can make people choose unhealthy option. Bamberg Symphony continues tour in Japan. Association of British Orchestras’ Sirens scheme to promote women composers.

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Scheme to promote women composers returns for second year

The Association of British Orchestras’ Sirens scheme has announced its second year of awards for projects that raise awareness of historic women composers in orchestral programming.

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Tenebrae to give American choral music concert

Tenebrae are to give a concert of American choral music, as part of St John’s Smith Square’s Americana ’18 series.

Limelight

Piano lessons improve language ability as much as reading, study finds

A study of four to five-year-olds found piano training improved certain aspects of language development as much as – and in some areas more than – reading instruction.

Telegraph

Watch Madama Butterfly from Glyndebourne 

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly for free on the Telegraph website.

BBC News

Dr Dre hit with $25m bill for Beats headphones

Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine have been ordered to pay $25.2m (£19.2m) to a former partner in their headphone company, Beats.

Rolling Stone

The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is… Spotify

Streaming service is turning playlists into tours as it takes on more of the music industry

Music Week

‘It is absolutely a hot issue for the industry’: PRS For Music’s Paul Dilorito on how metadata can grow the biz

PRS For Music likes to think of itself as being at the cutting-edge of technology, so it’s understandably proud of its new deal with Swedish metadata platform Auddly.

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Speis & Trank II: Laute Musik in Restaurants verführt zu ungesundem Essen

Amerikanischen und schwedischen Forschern des Muma College of Business in Florida zufolge beeinflusst die Lautstärke der Hintergrundmusik in Restaurants die Auswahl des Essens.

MDR

Semperoper Dresden: Einigung im Fall Dorny

Im juristischen Streit zwischen dem Opernintendanten Serge Dorny und dem Freistaat Sachsen haben sich beide Seiten auf einen Vergleich geeinigt. Wie das sächsische Kunstministerium am Freitag in Dresden mitteilte, wird Dorny eine Zahlung von 350.000 Euro bekommen.

SWR

Seelennahrung für Jung und Alt

“Wenn ältere Menschen nicht mehr so mobil sind, um ins Konzert zu gehen, dann müssen wir uns eben bewegen”, findet Hanno Dönneweg, Solo-Fagottist im SWR Symphonieorchester. Er und Musikvermittlerin Jasmin Bachmann brachten Kinder und Senioren mit Musik außerhalb des Konzertsaals zusammen.

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La Sinfónica de Bamberg, de gira por Japón con su titular Jakub Hrůša

Desde el pasado día 25 de junio la Sinfónica de Bamberg está de gira por Japón, en una tournée que incluye cuatro conciertos en algunos de los principales escenarios nipones.

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Olga Busuioc and Joshua Guerrero in Madama Butterfly (c) Alastair Muir

(Written on June 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra unveil plans for 2018-19 season. NHS marks its 70th anniversary with music. RNCM 2018 Gold Medal winners. Pianist Martha Argerich honoured by city of Hamburg. Steven Sloane to leave Bochumer Symphoniker at the end of 2021 season. State sets aside 80 million € for renovation of National Theatre in Mannheim. Australian World Orchestra to tour in India once again.

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces 2018-19 season

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced its 2018-19 season, celebrating ten years with Long Yu as music director.

The Telegraph

How the sounds of the NHS became a symphony

Ivan Hewett talks to the creatives marking the institution’s 70th year in an unusual way.

The Times

Singer Claire Rutter ‘too English for Royal Opera’

Claire Rutter can give a glorious display of bel canto and perform elegant legato, according to critics. But the soprano from South Shields is “too English” for Covent Garden, a remark she says was made by the Royal Opera’s casting director after her audition for Tosca.

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RNCM 2018 Gold Medal winners

The RNCM held its Gold Medal Competition on Saturday 23 June featuring 10 of the College’s finest performers and four of its leading young composers, who wrote new works for string quartet.

Classic FM

‘I quit banking to become an opera singer’ – rising star Nadine Benjamin

Soprano Nadine Benjamin left school at 16 to become a city banker, and is now one of the UK’s most exciting new opera stars. Here’s proof that it’s never too late to start a career in music.

Limelight

Australian World Orchestra announces second India tour

The Australian World Orchestra has announced a second tour to India, following the success of its 2015 tour under the baton of acclaimed maestro Zubin Mehta.

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Hamburg ehrt Pianistin Martha Argerich

Die Pianistin Martha Argerich ist von Hamburgs Erstem Bürgermeister Dr. Peter Tschentscher und Kultursenator Dr. Carsten Brosda im Rathaus empfangen worden und hat sich in das Goldene Buch der Stadt Hamburg eingetragen.

Musik Heute

GMD Steven Sloane verlässt Bochumer Symphoniker

Der Generalmusikdirektor der Bochumer Symphoniker, Steven Sloane, will sich 2021 zurückziehen. “Das Ende einer Ära kündigt sich an”, teilte eine Sprecherin des Orchesters mit.

NMZ

80 Millionen vom Bund für Nationaltheater Mannheim anvisiert

Der Bund wird die Generalsanierung des Nationaltheaters Mannheim voraussichtlich mit rund 80 Millionen Euro unterstützen.

El País

Dudamel despide a su maestro Abreu al frente de una orquesta ‘all star’

El director venezolano homenajea a su mentor, fallecido en marzo, con dos conciertos en Chile.

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 RNCM 2018 Gold Medal winners

(Written on June 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Guadagnini violin sold for record price. New managing director for London Southbank Sinfonia. Music creators urged to fight for their rights. Fund to help Coventry’s arts organisations to prepare to become City of Culture in 2021. New music museum to be created in Madrid.

Pizzicato

Guadagnini Violin sold at record-price of € 1,8 million

Tarisio, a web-based auction house specializing in stringed instruments and bows has announced the sale of the Sinzheimer Guadagnini violin for £1,587,000 (€1,8 million) – the highest price ever paid at an auction for an instrument by this maker.

Music Business Worldwide

Sony Music acquires stake in classical music promoter Raymond Gubbay

Sony Music has acquired shares in UK-based classical music events promoter Raymond Gubbay as part of a process which sees the major label group sell off 49% of another company.

Southbank Sinfonia

William Norris appointed Managing Director

Southbank Sinfonia is pleased to announce the appointment of William Norris as Managing Director, taking over from James Murphy who departs to be Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

M magazine

Music creators urged to fight for their rights

In early July, all MEPs will come together to vote on whether to approve the most significant reform of copyright in nearly 20 years. Ahead of this vote, PRS for Music is asking its members to use a new tool to email them asking for their support in addressing the ‘transfer of value’ from rightsholders to digital service providers.

The Guardian

What’s it like to be directed by the great conductor? One amateur violinist found when she joined the Berlin Philharmonic’s BE PHIL orchestra for five inspiring days.

The Stage

Fund set up to help Coventry’s arts organisations prepare for 2021 City of Culture

A dedicated funding stream has been set up for artists and cultural organisations preparing for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021.

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Bariton Mikolaj Trabka gewinnt Stella Maris-Gesangswettbewerb

Der Bariton Mikolaj Trabka von der Oper Frankfurt hat den internationalen Gesangswettbewerb “Stella Maris” gewonnen. In den Genres Oper, Lied und Oratorium nahmen in diesem Jahr sechs Künstler internationaler Opernhäuser auf.

NMZ

Wie ein Erdbeben klingt? – Japaner Hosokawa an der Oper Stuttgart

Sieben Jahre nach dem Erdbeben in Japan und der so ausgelösten Atomkatastrophe in Fukushima setzt sich die Staatsoper Stuttgart künstlerisch mit der Tragödie auseinander.

Forscher kreieren mit Computersimulationen eine Jazz-Glocke

Mit Computersimulationen haben Wissenschaftler der Technischen Universität München (TUM) den Klang von Glocken erforscht – und dabei eine Jazz-Glocke kreiert.

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El PSOE propone crear un museo de la música en Madrid

El grupo municipal socialista llevará hoy al pleno del Ayuntamiento de Madrid la propuesta de la creación de un museo de la música en la capital.

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Michael Schade, Mikolaj Trabka (Oper Frankfurt), Kapitän Mark Behrend, © Hapag Llyod

(Written on June 27, 2018 )

In today’s news: BASCA announces election results. Nadine Sierra explores American opera and song in new album. Musicologist Robert Pascall has passed away. Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series. Ricardo Muti stops Chicago Symphony Orchestra mid-performance after cough from audience member. Richard Strauss Orchestra Academy cancelled this year. Bach reinvented: the Bach music festival with musical saws and nyckelharpa. Music Festival Krzyżowa – how a music festival transformed a sleepy village in Poland.

Rhinegold

Nadine Sierra to release album with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold

Soprano Nadine Sierra has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed a contract with the labels last year.

Basca

Board and Committee Election Results Announced

Over the past few weeks, Professional and Standard members have been voting for BASCA members to represent them on the BASCA Board, and our Classical, Songwriter and Jazz Committees.

Rhinegold

Cambridge Orchestral Concert Series 2018-19 announced

Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series at the Corn Exchange.

The Guardian

Robert Pascall obituary

Robert Pascall, the musicologist and Brahms scholar, has died aged 74. His dedication to Brahms (and slight resemblance to him) was lifelong, from his DPhil at Oxford to the crowning glory of his career: new critical editions of the Brahms Symphonies for the complete edition of the composer’s works published between 1996 and 2012.

The Herald

Obituary: Joyce Blackham, opera singer

Joyce Blackham, who has died aged 84, was a mezzo-soprano who was renowned for her singing of the fiery cigarette girl in Bizet’s Carmen. At the beginning of her career she sang it with Sadler’s Wells Opera (SWO) and joined another young singer, Placido Domingo, in regional opera houses in America and at the New York City Opera.

Limelight

Riccardo Muti stops mid-performance after audience member coughs

The famously stern maestro brought the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to a halt after noise from the audience interrupted a quiet moment in the music.

The Violin Channel

Prizes Awarded at United States’ 2018 Washington International String Competition

Violinist Youjin Lee, violist Muriel Garnet Razavi and cellist Tony Rymer have been awarded 1st prizes at the 2018 Washington International String Competition

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Richard-Strauss Orchesterakademie muss abgesagt werden

Die “Internationale Richard-Strauss-Orchesterakademie”, die als eine Säule der Neuausrichtung des Richard-Strauss-Festivals junge Musiker an das Werk von Richard Strauss heranführen sollte, kann in diesem Jahr nicht stattfinden.

NMZ

“Stelzenfestspiele”: Bach mit Obertongesang und Schlüsselfidel

Johann Sebastian Bach bleibt eine unerschöpfliche Inspirationsquelle für Musiker: Bei den “Stelzenfestspielen bei Reuth” im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Sachsen und Thüringen wurden am Samstag Werke des Komponisten in ungewöhnlicher Ausführung geboten – verjazzt oder klassisch, mit Obertongesang und auf Instrumenten wie Schlüsselfidel und Singender Säge.

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Musikalische Begegnungen

Erst 2015 wurde das Festival Krzyżowa-Music gegründet und hat schon jetzt ein schlesisches 200-Seelen-Dorf zu einem kulturellen Hotspot gemacht.

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Riccardo Muti conducting the Australian World Orchestra. Photo © David Collins

(Written on June 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Vienna State Ballet appoints new director. Meet the 11 year old composers who wowed the New York Philharmonic. Deutsche Oper in Berlin offers a week of reduced price opera. Jessica Curry becomes London Oriana Choir composer-in-residence. Glyndebourne announces new programme for young orchestral player and female composers.

New York Times

Meet the 11-Year-Old Girls Whose Music Wowed the Philharmonic

It was the kind of debut most musicians only dream of: a world-class orchestra, tens of thousands of listeners. At its outdoor parks concerts last week, the New York Philharmonic performed works by two 11-year-old girls, Camryn Cowan and Jordan Millar — newcomers to the world of composing.

Rhinegold

Jessica Curry becomes London Oriana Choir composer-in-residence

The London Oriana Choir has appointed British composer Jessica Curry composer-in-residence for its five15 project, an initiative that promotes women composers.

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne announces new programmes for female composers and young orchestral players

Balancing the Score: supporting female composers is a new development scheme exclusively for female composers. It will offer up to four women the chance to spend two years immersed in life at Glyndebourne, attending rehearsals and meeting professional opera makers and performers.

The Telegraph

Hungarian State Opera axes Billy Elliot shows after homophobic campaign

The Hungarian State Opera has axed 15 performances of the hit musical Billy Elliot after poor ticket sales, blamed by the management on a homophobic campaign that claimed the show would “transform boys into homosexuals”.

Express

Career fear forced opera star back 3 weeks after birth

A leading opera soprano has told how she returned to the stage three weeks after giving birth because she feared for her future career.

The Times

UK singles chart to include music videos for the first time

The Official Charts Company will overhaul its rules to include music video streams and downloads for the first time. Unofficial videos and user-generated content featuring music will not count – but official videos played on YouTube, Apple, Tidal and Spotify in the UK will

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Martin Schläpfer übernimmt das Traditionsensemble

Martin Schläpfer wird Chef beim Wiener Staatsballett. Aber wie passen ein traditionsstarkes Ballett und sein Publikum zu einem Direktor, der sich tanzhistorisch nur in der Moderne auskennt?

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Tenor Jonas Kaufmann ausgezeichnet

Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann ist zum “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” ernannt worden. Überreicht wurde ihm die Auszeichnung von Thomas Vautraver, Leiter des Institut Français in München.

Klassik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin bietet eine Woche lang Oper zum kleinen Preis

Zum Beginn der neuen Spielzeit bietet die Deutsche Oper Berlin Musiktheater hautnah. Bei den vier Vorstellungen vom 25. bis 31. August kann man zum Einheitspreis von 25 Euro auf allen Plätzen Die Zauberflöte (am 25. und 26.), La Traviata (30.) oder den Barbier von Sevilla (31.) erleben oder beim großen Eröffnungsfest am 1. September hinter die Kulissen blicken – bei der Eröffnungskampagne „Auf, Auf!(takt)“ gibt es eine Woche lang Oper als Intensiverlebnis für jedermann.

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Valery Gergiev y la Orquesta del Mariinsky llegan al Festival de Granada por partida doble

Durante el próximo fin de semana, los días 30 de junio y 1 de julio, el prestigioso director de orquesta ruso Valery Gergiev visitará el Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada al frente de la Orquesta del Teatro Mariinsky.

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Camryn Cowan and Jordan Millar — newcomers to the world of composing (c) Celeste Sloman for The New York Times

(Written on June 25, 2018 )