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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 )

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 )

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“.

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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.

Video gaming music © Getty

(Written on August 29, 2018 )

In today’s news: ‘Music China’ to promote music and music study in Shanghai. In September 250 musicians will meet at the 67th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. St Asaph Cathedral cuts its music team in an attempt to balance its budget. Chariots Of Fire revealed as top sporting classical music list from Classic FM. Mexico’s food markets offer groceries with a side of opera.

BBC News

St Asaph Cathedral makes music team redundant

A cathedral has cut its music team as it attempts to balance its budget.

Classic FM

Chariots Of Fire tops sporting classical music list from Classic FM

The nation’s favourite piece of classical music with a sporting connection has been revealed as Vangelis’ ‘Chariots of Fire’, taken from the movie of the same name.

The Straits Times

Mexico’s food markets offer groceries with a side of opera

Shoppers in Mexico City’s Argentina Market got an unexpected dose of culture last Saturday (Aug 25) when they were treated to Spanish composer Pablo Sorozabal’s opera La Tabernera Del Puerto.

London Theatre

Play written in support of Brexit Leave campaign to premiere in London

A new play written by two journalists in support of the Leave campaign is set to premiere at the Union Theatre in October.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Besessen um die eigene Zukunft gespielt

Kirill Petrenko eröffnet die Saison der Berliner Philharmoniker – und lockt diese Elitetruppe aus der Reserve.

nmz

Der Guru der Musikethnologie

Eine der größten Sammlungen globalmusikalischer Tondokumente befindet sich heute im Ethnologischen Museum in Berlin. Den ältesten Teil dieser Tonaufnahmen bilden Edison-Walzen aus der Zeit um 1900. Sie stehen heute auf der Liste des UNESCO-Weltdokumentenerbes.

Klassik.com

Bahn knickt ein: Keine Musik zur Bekämpfung der Berliner Bahnhofskriminalität

Die Berliner Bahn hat ihr Projekt zur Vertreibung von Trinkern, Drogenabhängigen und Kriminellen an Bahnhöfen durch atonale Musik auf Eis gelegt. Die Initiative Neue Musik Berlin hatte zuvor zu einer Demonstration am Brennpunkt-Bahnhof Hermannstraße eingeladen, bei der atonale Musik gespielt wurde.

Pizzicato

‘Music China’ soll in Shanghai für Musik und Musikstudium werben

Die Klassik boomt in China. Ständig werden neue Orchester gegründet. Die Musikschulen halten damit nicht Schritt.

BR Klassik

ARD-Musikwettbewerb 2018 Spielen und Singen um die begehrten Preise

Knapp 250 Musiker treffen sich ab dem 3. September beim 67. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD in München. Die jungen Instrumentalisten und Sänger aus aller Welt treten vor Jury und Publikum, um in diesem Jahr in den Fächern Gesang, Trompete, Viola und Klaviertrio einen der begehrten Preise zu gewinnen.

Platea Magazine

Der Pianist Josu de Solaun weiht den George Enescu International Contest 2018 ein

El próximo 1 de septiembre Josu de Solaun viajará a Rumanía, invitado por el Concurso Internacional George Enescu, para interpretar el Triple concierto de Paul Constantinescu en la jornada inaugural del certamen.

St Asaph Cathedral makes music team redundant

Photo credit: Philip Halling/Geograph

 

(Written on August 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Israeli conductor Noam Sheriff passed away. The Berlin Initiative for new music holds a concert for the homeless. A great concern has been raised over the decline in music uptake at GCSE. George Walker, who was a trailblazer in Music and a Pulitzer Price winner has passed away. And one more piece on Leonard Bernstein and what we can learn from him.

Rhinegold

90 music leaders express concern over GCSE music decline

90 leading figures from the music industry, including Sir Simon Rattle, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, have signed a letter to The Times expressing their concern over the rapid decline in music uptake at GCSE.

Grammophone

Bartoli’s new label to champion next generation

The mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is marking 30 years on the Decca label with the launch of a new sub-label aimed at nurturing the next generation of stars.

The Guardian

Learning from Leonard Bernstein: our cheeky Proms love letter to a musical pioneer

Bernstein wasn’t only a maverick maestro – he brought classical music to a whole new generation with his Young People’s concerts. But have they stood the test of time?

Capital Public Radio

George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and educator George Walker has died at the age of 96. Walker’s death was announced to NPR by one of his family members, Karen Schaefer, who said he died Thursday at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. after a fall.

Tagesspiegel

Israelischer Komponist Noam Sheriff gestorben

Der einflussreiche israelische Komponist und Dirigent Noam Sheriff ist tot. Der 1935 geborene Musiker hatte sein Debüt als 22-Jähriger mit der Premiere seines Werks „Festival Prelude“, das Leonard Bernstein 1957 mit dem Israelischen Philharmonieorchester in Tel Aviv aufführte.

Nmz

„,Atonale‘ Musik für alle“ – Musikalische Aktion in Berlin, paradox

Im Prinzip ist die Sache ganz einfach. Vor einiger Zeit kündigte die Deutsche Bahn an, mittels Musikeinsatzes für einen geräumten Platz an der S-Bahn-Station Hermannstraße in Berlin sorgen zu wollen.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Inge Borkh verstorben

Borkh wurde am 26. Mai 1921 in Mannheim als Ingeborg Simon geboren, wuchs jedoch aufgrund der jüdischen Herkunft der Familie in Österreich und der Schweiz auf.

El Mundo

Necesitamos escuchar casetes y vinilos (aunque Albert Rivera diga que están obsoletos)

El presidente de Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, dijo hace unos días que el debate sobre exhumar a Franco era algo tan “obsoleto” como escuchar música en “casetes y vinilos”.

La Vanguardia

Katharina Wagner dirigirá un ‘Lohengrin’ en el Liceu

Katharina Wagner, la biznieta del compositor y actual directora artística del Festival de Bayreuth, dirigirá la puesta en escena de una nueva producción de Lohengrin en el Liceu.

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Leonard Bernstein with young students at a Young People’s Concert in 1965 Photograph: Alamy

(Written on August 27, 2018 )