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In today’s news: ‘Funding crisis’ poses serious threat to A-level music and languages. ‘He is a true pioneer and visionary’: Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs sign Octavian. An antique machine plays THREE violins at once and we cannot stop watching it. Classical music lovers make the most money: Survey. First opera short film in Virtual Reality. Teodor Currentzis becomes first chief conductor of the new SWR symphony orchestra.

Classic FM

‘Funding crisis’ poses serious threat to A-level music and languages

A-level music, French and German are in danger of being removed from state schools and colleges in England because of funding cuts, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has warned.

Music Week

‘He is a true pioneer and visionary’: Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs sign Octavian

Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Stellar Songs have signed Octavian to a worldwide deal via their joint venture.

Classic FM

This antique machine plays THREE violins at once and we cannot stop watching it

A machine called the Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina uses a complex automated mechanism to play three violins and a piano at the same time. We simply cannot stop watching it.

The Calgary Sun

Classical music lovers make the most money: Survey

Your music tastes and bank account have a lot more in common than you think, according to TD Ameritrade.

Klassik heute

Berliner Festspiele: Präsentation des Filmprojektes DAU in Berlin

Seit dem Frühjahr 2018 arbeiten die Berliner Festspiele als Veranstalter am Zustandekommen der Präsentation des Filmprojektes DAU in Berlin. Die von den Festspielen als Gastspiel realisierte Produktion ist ein frei finanziertes Projekt, dessen Aufführung Teil eines europäischen Präsentationszyklus unter dem Motto Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit ist.

SWR Classic

“Musik ist eine Mission, kein Beruf.” Currentzis kommt!

Mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2018/19 wird Teodor Currentzis der erste Chefdirigent des neuen SWR Symphonieorchesters.

Klassik.com

Erster Opernkurzfilm in Virtual Reality

Nachdem erste Filme und Videospiele bereits mithilfe von Virtual Reality daran arbeiten, den Konsumenten so nah wie möglich in die Handlung einzubinden, wird nun auch die erste Operarie in Virtueller Realität produziert.

Pizzicato

‘Bayreuther Festspiele’: Das Niveau steigt wieder

Seit Katharina Wagner und Christian Thielemann an der Spitze der ‘Bayreuther Festspiele’ stehen, hat das sängerische, musikalische und szenische Niveau deutlich zugenommen. Die Produktionen wirken ausgereifter, die Rollen überlegter und somit besser besetzt, meint Alain Steffen, der sich für Pizzicato einige Aufführungen angesehen hat.

El Pais

Paladares exquisitos

Durante el verano, la mejor música se puede encontrar en muchos rincones de España en festivales de medio formato que enriquecen la oferta cultural

 

Virtual Reality Brille, © Tatiana Azeviche

 

(Written on August 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: embezzlement charges against Myung-Whun Chung dismissed, and cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire. Klaus Wüsthoff celebrartes his 95th birthday, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels performances in Vienna. What to expect of Alan Gilbert at the Elbphilharmonie, and protest letter sent by the Vancouver Opera.

Music Teacher

Music entries fall again at GCSE and A-level

Music GCSE, AS and A-Level entries have declined this year, according to Ofqual’s summer 2017 exam entry data.

The Violin Channel

Conductor Myung-Whun Chung Cleared of Seoul Philharmonic Embezzlement Charges

Embezzlement charges laid in 2015 against former Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director Myung-Whun Chung have been dismissed.

The Strad

Cellist Ben Davies joins Birmingham Conservatoire string faculty

Davies has previously taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway University of London, Marlborough College, Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music

Cmuse

Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way’ In Bach Allemande Mode

If you have ever imagined one of the best boy bands in history played in a baroque style, your wish has finally come true in the best way imaginable. We have musical genius and counterpoint enthusiast Michael Munroe to thank for the special arrangement that breathes new life to the 1999 pop masterpiece

Zeit.de

Einer, der weiß, was ankommt

Das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester macht Alan Gilbert zu seinem neuen Chefdirigenten. Ist der Amerikaner wirklich der Richtige?

Der Tagesspiegel

Rhythmen eines langen Lebens

Schlager, Swing, Orchesterwerke: Der vielseitige Berliner Komponist Klaus Wüsthoff wird 95 – und hat große Pläne für die Zukunft.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Papageien mit Rhythmus im Blut

Kakadus trommeln mit Stöcken den perfekten Beat auf hohle Äste.

The Globe and Mail

Protest letter sent after Vancouver Opera staff, contractors asked to take pay cuts

Staff and contractors at Vancouver Opera have been asked to take pay cuts, as the opera company’s officials work toward financial stability.

Pizzicato

Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels Vienna

Russian Opera baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has cancelled all his upcoming performances at the Vienna State Opera for health reasons.

Twitter

  Mahler schwingt sich in seiner Dritten zum Schöpfer auf und entwirft ein monumentales natur_erlebnis! – mit GMD

Only a few days left to apply at for your chance at purchase options. Perhaps you’ll be as happy as this soon!

Jung im Herzen. Das Swing-Trio mit Klaus Wüsthoff (links). Foto: Max Doehlemann

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(Written on June 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the DCMS is inviting feedback on the work of Arts Council England (ACE), Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals join forces, and the Royal High School in Edinburgh becomes a music school. Also, a systematic review found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help to alleviate cancer patients’ symptoms, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Schools Week

A-level results 2016: Grades remain stable, but drop in students taking arts subjects

The A-level pass rate has remained stable this year, but figures released today show a huge drop in students taking arts-based subjects and pose questions for the government’s “more rigorous” reforms.

Arts Professional

Spotlight falls on Arts Council England in DCMS review

The DCMS is inviting feedback on the work of Arts Council England (ACE) as part of a ‘Tailored Review’. The Review will assess its performance as a non-departmental public body, including the functions it performs and its engagement and influence with stakeholders.

Classical Music Magazine

Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals join forces

Representatives of Edinburgh and Adelaide’s festivals have signed an agreement to set joint goals for artistic, business and community collaboration over the next three years.

BBC News

Royal High School in Edinburgh to become music school

Plans to turn the A-listed Old Royal High School building in Edinburgh into a music school have been approved. Under the plans, the former school will become home to Scotland’s only independent music school, St Mary’s Music School.

DrexelNow

Music Demonstrated to Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms

A systematic review published by the Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life.

Broadwayworld

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and CSC Present THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE Free Concert, 8/31

Boston Landmarks Orchestra closes their 2016 Free Wednesday Concerts at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on August 31 (7 pm) with another extraordinary collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC).

NRK

Konsertar gjer deg lykkelegare

Festivalpublikummet visste det kanskje allereie, men no slår australske forskarar fast at du blir lykkeleg av å gå på konsert og høyre på musikk saman med andre.

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Digitale Revolution im Orchestergraben? Computerklänge zum Verwechseln ähnlich

Arbeitsgruppe um HMTMH-Professor Reinhard Kopiez belegt: Virtuelle Klangbibliotheken und realer Orchesterklang sind bei aller Ähnlichkeit noch unterscheidbar – aber nicht für jeden.

Musik heute

Festival Young Euro Classic eröffnet

Mit einem Konzert des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) hat am Mittwoch in Berlin das Festival Young Euro Classic begonnen. Dabei treten bis zum 3. September 18 Jugendorchester aus Europa und der Welt auf.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

“Jazz steht für die Feier des Augenblicks”

Der 35-jährige Ausnahmemusiker hat maßgeblich zur neuen Popularität des Jazz beigetragen. “The Epic”, das Album des Saxofonisten Kamasi Washington, hat letztes Jahr in der Jazz- wie in der Pop-Szene für große Aufregung gesorgt.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Should Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto be performed on the erhu?

klassik.com @klassikcom Leipziger Bach-Archiv beabsichtigt Ankauf eines wertvollen Kantaten-Manuskripts

nmz @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Bildgalerie: Gitarrenfestival Hersbruck

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Edinburgh and Adelaide festivals join forces. Credit: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on August 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.

Guardian

Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’

Independent

Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.

Slate

Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?

Twitter

Sound and Music: Today is deadline day for our on commissioning fees

Help Musicians UK: Any singers worried about the tiniest change to their voice? answers your queries via

Classical Music: The and announce as the second doctoral composer-in-residence:

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The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

With the summer holidays drawing to a close, for students all around the country this means one thing. Results. But one seventeen-year-old girl had other things on her mind.

Jessy McCabe noticed a distinct lack of female representation on the Edexcel A-level music syllabus, with 63 male composers and no females, despite including a variety of genres and eras.

She contacted Edexcel’s Head of Music, who claims “given that female composers were not prominent in the Western Classical tradition (or others for that matter), there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A Level specification]”. McCabe dismisses this statement. She argues that there are over 6000 female composers in history and BBC Radio 3 managed to programme a full day of music written by women in honour of International Women’s Day.

And it would appear that she is not alone in her opinions. Over 1700 people have already supported her online petition.

This topic certainly has sparked lively debate from both sides. What do you think? Tweet us at @WildKatPR or comment on our Facebook page.

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Seventeen-year-old Jessy McCabe
Photo credit: The Independent

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, perspiration-proof concert wear, are young people scared of the Proms or the audience and is it snobbery to wait until the end of a piece to applaud? Also, Oslo Philharmonic reveals plans for new hall.

The Times

No sweat! Now the orchestra can play it cool

Please don’t mention it over a Glyndebourne picnic but sometimes, whisper it, orchestra members sweat.

The Telegraph

Are young people scared of the Proms – or the audience?

The classical music establishment has never been more desperate to shake its elitist image.

It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap

It isn’t difficult: you buy your ticket, you listen in silence to the music, and at the end, should you feel like it, you applaud

Classical Music Magazine

Oslo Philharmonic unveils plans for new hall

The Oslo Philharmonic has announced plans for a new concert hall in Oslo. The new cultural centre will be situated on the waterfront at Filipstad.

Rare Poul Henningsen piano up for auction

A rare PH Andrea Christiansen grand piano will be up for auction at London’s Conway Hall next month.

The Strad

Violinist James Clark to step down as leader of Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Clark, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will spend more time on chamber pursuits

Sinfini

Call for female composers to be taught in schools

A student-led petition to include female composers on the music A-level syllabus has gained over 1,000 signatures.

BR Klassik

“Die Leute wissen bei uns nie, was sie erwartet”

Das auf zeitgenössiche Musik spezialisierte US-amerikanische JACK Quartet spielt gleichermaßen in Clubs und Bars wie in traditionellen Konzertsälen – Mittwoch Abend etwa bei den Salzburger Festspielen. BR-KLASSIK hat mit dem Bratschisten John Pickford Richards gesprochen.

Klassik Akzente

Große Sinfonien – Sternstunden der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sie gelten als eines der ausdrucksstärksten Orchester weltweit. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon Schlüsselaufnahmen der Berliner Philharmoniker: Große Sinfonien in Meistereinspielungen Herbert von Karajans, Claudio Abbados u.a.

Concerti

“Liebe auf den ersten Blick”

François-Xavier Roth will das Kölner Gürzenich-Orchester für alle in der Stadt öffnen.

Classical MPR

Women’s contributions to classical music are still underappreciated

I’ve never been told that I cannot achieve something as a musician because of my gender. I grew up surrounded by female musicians. They were my piano teachers, choir directors, people who taught privately and in churches and schools.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Chailly: From the War Memorial to the Apex of Music

Just as there are claims by zillions to have been at Woodstock (actual attendance: 400,000), San Francisco Opera’s famed 1977 Turandot premiere was apparently seen by at least 10 times of the War Memorial’s 3,200 capacity.

Twitter

Fran Wilson @CrossEyedPiano: It’s not snobbery to wait until the end of the music before you clap | via @Telegraph

Halle Orchestra @‏the_halle: “Leeds Piano Competition names new artistic directors” via @GramophoneMag

BBC Radio 5 live @bbc5live: It’s a skill to sing opera, but to do it through brain surgery…

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Are young people scared of the Proms?
Photo credit: Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images/ Telegraph

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

On Wednesday evening, the WildKat London team were pleased to attend The Culture Debate in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. The debate, organised by the Creative Industries Federation and live streamed by BBC Arts, allowed members from arts industries to question representatives from the UK’s major political parties on their policies. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman were joined by the Martin Dobson, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Peter Whittle, and the debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.

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After hearing from the speakers, social media feeds were overwhelmed with comments about the amount of consensus occurring. All spokespeople professed their support for the arts, but without any real attention towards how key issues can be addressed. In an audience full with teachers, CEOs of PR and advertising agencies and young people new to the sector, many participants gladly shared their own experiences with the panel: mainly highlighting the lack of support they felt they had received from the government.

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Although we heard about the £7.7 billion that the arts contribute to the economy each year, and the fact that funding in Germany and Sweden has increased every year for the last 7 years in comparison, questions at the beginning of the debate “why say – we love you; here’s less?” were continually avoided. Many of the stories from individuals, including teachers, who had struggled and left their jobs because they felt there was no room for creativity, were dismissed as “anecdotal” by Ed Vaizey. Helpfully, Harriet Harman was able to provide some more evidence of the decline in arts subjects within schools, and followers took to social media to provide some more interesting statistics. The ISM, for instance, cited that in 2007 61,000 pupils studied music for GCSE, whilst in 2014 this had dropped to 47,000 pupils. Baroness Bonham-Carter’s reference to an “inspirational drama teacher” at Eton also irritated the audience, seeming, as Caroline Crampton from the New Statesmen wrote: “to skate over the other benefits private education brings.”

SATS and ArtsEducation remained a great focus of the debate. Ed Vaizey claimed that he does see art as being at the forefront of much primary education, whilst Harriet Harman continued to address the issue that equal opportunities are not provided to children in schools. This was mentioned as an issue within and outside of London, and one that was not addressed with any clear strategy. UKIP’s answer to this was to increase the amount of grammar schools, however as Caroline Crampton tweeted “It is not clear what this does for the arts”. When the conversation moved on to unpaid internships and the cost of living in London, everyone was yet again stuck for any form of solution, most notably Baroness Bonham-Carter, who could only agree with the statement.

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The question of how far we should rely on schools to promote culture was also raised. As Londoners benefit from £69 of arts funding per head, compared with £4.50 in the rest of the country, how can we expect every school to perform equally in the arts? Points about creativity were also raised by the audience more generally. Creativity needs to be applied to our working lives, not merely encouraged vaguely in infant years, and then forgotten about.

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This Culture Debate left many questions unanswered. Whilst it is difficult to quantify the monetary value of culture on a city or town and its inhabitants, the most pressing question for us was highlighted by Louise Jury, the Evening Standard’s Chief Arts Correspondent, after the debate: “if the arts generate so much revenue, why is it so impossible to invest in them?”

Let’s hope we will not be having an identical conversation in 4 years’ time.

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(Written on April 10, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

The playlist: experimental music – James Hoff, Richard Skelton, Pauline Oliveros and more

These unconventional artists and composers use everything from computer viruses to mud-crusted violins to create new sounds and reimagine masterpieces

Danish National Chamber Orchestra fights cuts by crowdfunding

Private donations and public support mean that this innovative orchestra will not be disbanded despite the loss of its state funding

Classical Music Magazine

Government publishes new GCSE, AS and A Level subject content

The Department for Education has published details of the subject content for the GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music to be taught from autumn 2016.

Decca Classics signs soprano Aida Garifullina

Decca Classics has signed soprano Aida Garifullina on an ‘exclusive, multi-album contract’.

Classic FM

ABO conference: Vaizey ‘sick and tired’ of councils abandoning music

The Conservative minister was speaking at the opening session of the 30th conference of the Association of British Orchestras at the Sage Gateshead.

Zeit Online

Dirigent Eschenbach erhält Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis

Christoph Eschenbach wird als Pianist und Dirigent ausgezeichnet.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

»Sprache und Taten sind gefährlich, nicht Musik«

Darf man beim Singen weinen? Wie fühlt sich Überwältigung an? Kann Musik wirklich trösten? Ein Gespräch mit dem Bariton Christian Gerhaher, der ein weltweit gefeierter Star ist – und ein tiefgründiger Zweifler.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wiener Meister einer Zwischenepoche

Mit der “Wiener Klassik” werden Haydn, Mozart und Beethoven verbunden. Von den ungezählten Meistern zweiten Ranges ist seltener die Rede.

Codex Flores

Nott übenimmt Leitung des Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Jonathan Nott ist seit dem Jahr 2000 Chefdirigent der Bayerischen Staatsphilharmonie.

pizzicato

Hurrah: Danish Chamber Orchestra Is Kept Alive

Private donations and crowd funding were successful.

Twitter

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : BBC announce Ten Pieces Prom as climax to the project: http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/features/news/bbc-ten-pieces-interactive-weekend-at-2015-proms …

ABO @aborchestras:Second day of #abo15 kicks off with a musical moment before we look at what we can learn from sport.

The Stage ‏@TheStage : One in five showbiz professionals affected by mental health issues, survey finds http://bit.ly/1wDtale 

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Aida Garifullina. Photo: Decca Classics

 

(Written on January 29, 2015 )

Today, 28th January 2015, the Department for Education published their new plans for the content of GCSE and A Level Music exams to be brought into effect from autumn 2016.

The state of music education has been a hot topic in recent weeks and months and was particularly publicised by pianist James Rhodes’ Channel 4 documentary and subsequent ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ campaign to give every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Fueling the fire, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, warned in November 2014 against studying arts subjects in favour of science and maths, arguing that the arts would ‘hold them [students] back for the rest of their lives’. Many prominent musicians such as Nicola Benedetti spoke out against this statement.

The main changes to note from today’s announcement is that, at both levels, the dates open to study are being widened from 1700 to 1900 (this narrowness has been widely criticised) to 1650 to 1910.  This means a much large portion of the Baroque period is included and will now account for the beginning of Bach and Handel’s lives who were both born in 1685. Although the Baroque period is usually said to begin in 1600, 1650 is still a much more standardized year to begin musical education than the original guidelines. The same can be said of the additional 10 years at the end of the timeline. Indeed, bringing music education in line with widely recognised facts in the classical music industry is surely only a positive thing. For this development we have ISM’s Protect Music Education campaign to thank.

Interestingly, commentators have also noted that the usual overwhelming focus on the Western Classical Tradition at GCSE and A Level has been changed to include a compulsory study outside of this. As the world, business, finance and politics become more interconnected, understanding other countries’ history and culture is increasing in importance. Part of this is understanding others’ music and I think this change in the curriculum is a good starting point.

Another positive change, although small, is a change of phrasing: ‘performance and composition’ has become ‘performing and composing’. This subtle difference somewhat removes the pressure on the final outcome of recitals and compositions but emphasises the enjoyment of all parts music making: practising, refining, crafting harmony, correcting errors, discovering that pupil’s personal style. Again, ISM’s campaign was successful.

Hopefully these changes will contribute to the widening belief that music education is beneficial and relevant but that it will also encourage more young people to experience the enjoyment of music.

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Photo: Wikipedia

 

(Written on January 28, 2015 )