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In today’s news, jury president of the Carl Nielsen Competition disagrees with the jury’s choice, 16-year-old Andrew Woolcock has been announced as winner of the BBC Young Musician percussion category final and Meryl Streep explains how to become an opera diva. Also, Turkey intervenes in concert project from the Dresdner Sinfoniker and king of rumba Papa Wemba dies during concert.


Nielsen Competition: Jury President Disagrees With Jury’s Choice

Nikolaj Znaider, Jury President of the Carl Nielsen competition, has publicly disagreed with the result of the semi-finals.

BBC Young Musician percussion winner announced

16-year-old Andrew Woolcock has been announced as the winner of the BBC Young Musician percussion category final.

Classic FM

Meryl Streep’s guide to being an opera diva

The brilliant actress has been getting into character as the larger-than-life diva Florence Foster Jenkins for her latest film.


Türkei interveniert gegen Konzert

Die Dresdner Sinfoniker widmen ihr Konzertprojekt „Aghet“ dem Genozid an den Armeniern vor hundert Jahren. Nun fordert die Türkei, die Produktion nicht weiter zu fördern – und hat bereits einen Teilsieg errungen.

Preise der Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung verliehen

Die diesjährigen Preise der Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung für junge, hochbegabte Musiker im Bereich der klassischen zeitgenössischen Musik gehen an die Geigerin Agata Nowak, den Fagottisten Miguel Ángel Pérez Domingo und den Posaunisten Alexandre Mastrangelo.

Musik Heute

Staatsoper Hannover startet mit Ivan Repušić in neue Spielzeit

Die Staatsoper Hannover geht mit ihrem neuen Generalmusikdirektor Ivan Repušić in die Spielzeit 2016/17. Der kroatische Dirigent tritt die Nachfolge von Karen Kamensek an.

El Pais

El cantante congoleño Papa Wemba muere en un concierto en Costa de Marfil

Conocido como el rey de la rumba congoleña, su fallecimiento ha conmocionado el país africano

Carmen, lecturas de un mito

Casa del Lector (Madrid) acoge la exposición ‘Carmen. Lecturas de un mito’, que incluye más de 450 piezas de 40 museos y bibliotecas de toda Europa centradas en la mítica figura creada por Prosper Mérimée en 1845.


Classic FM @ClassicFM We asked Meryl Streep for her tips on being an incredible opera diva…

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Photograph: Classic FM

Photograph: Classic FM

(Written on April 25, 2016 )

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to be guest soloist with San Diego Symphony

The guitarist with heavy metal band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, will take centre stage in a concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Eric Whitacre reveals sketches for Nine Inch Nails a capella cover

The choral composer uploaded initial sketches of his version of Trent Reznor’s ‘Hurt’ on YouTube yesterday, performed on piano

The Washington Post

Classical music: dead or alive?

Questioning the statement: “Classical music is dead”


Mozart museum seeks to debunk evil Salieri poison myth

It’s one of the great mysteries of music – did composer Antonio Salieri poison his onetime protege Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with arsenic?

The Telegraph

Lorde fed up with ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

Grammy-winning teenage pop star Lorde says that ‘the price tag of fame sucks’ and bemoans the ‘lecherous gaze’ of music industry

PR Week

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam fall out over controversial SodaStream work

Global charity Oxfam has accepted the resignation of Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after a spat over her commercial work for SodaStream, which has a controversial factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank

Der Tagesspiegel

Peer Gynt als Oper

Werner Egks Opernversion von Henrik Ibsens Drama “Peer Gynt” war bis in die sechziger Jahre ein viel gespieltes Stück. Dann geriet der Komponist in Verruf – wegen der Rolle, die er im “Dritten Reich” gespielt hatte. Das Staatstheater Cottbus stellt die Oper nun erneut zur Diskussion.


Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 31, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins: why classical music snobs are wrong

Singer Katherine Jenkins speaks of classical music snobs, the perils of the internet, and why she refuses to adopt a “sexier image”

Claudio Abbado’s death marks the end of an era

Cool-tempered Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who died aged 80, was a genuine hero for countless musicians and music-lovers. John Allison pays tribute to one of the last giants of the podium

Classic FM Online

Katherine Jenkins re-signs record deal with Decca

Katherine Jenkins has signed a new record deal with the label that first signed her up, Decca records

The New York Times

For Revered Concertmaster, the Start of a Long Goodbye

Farewells Begin for New York Philharmonic’s Glenn Dicterow

BBC News

Theatre by candlelight opens at the Globe

Fourteen years after the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe, the vision of its founder has been fully realised. The thatched amphitheatre on London’s South Bank now stands cheek by jowl with a brand new, old theatre: the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Killing actress Sofie Grabol stars in James plays

Three new plays about 15th Century Scottish kings are to form the centrepiece of the National Theatre of Scotland’s new programme.

Music Week

Are you in support of age ratings for online music videos?

Debate surrounding an appropriate age-rating system for online music videos was reignited again last week with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) saying it wants one introduced as soon as possible

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on January 21, 2014 )

Stroud News & Journal

Start your career in the music industry through the Josh Edmonds Memorial Scheme

The parents of former Cirencester student Josh Edmonds are inviting youngsters in Gloucestershire to apply for a scheme in his honour which will help start their career in the music industry

Classic FM Online

National Music Council honours UK music education

Celebrating imaginative music provision in the UK, this year’s National Music Council Honours have awarded the major trophy to SoundStorm (Bournemouth & Poole) and East Ayrshire

Lang Lang receives honorary Oxford fellowship

Pianist Lang Lang has been given an honorary fellowship at St Peter’s College Oxford, presented to him by Mark Damazer CBE at a special ceremony

BBC News

Music industry hope for deaf Grange Hill actress

A former Grange Hill actress who became deaf says it has become her ambition to break into the music industry

Huffington Post

Live In the Vineyard, a Music Industry LoveFest

Bobbi Hach-Jacobs and Clare Parr should be fierce competitors in the cutthroat world of music promotion and marketing. But as leaders in their industry, they found a friendship through their love of music and musicians and bonded as dear colleagues and close friends.

Die Zeit

Endlich daheim

Was heißt hier Macht, was Kunst? Ein Spaziergang mit Markus Hinterhäuser, dem Pianisten, Programmerfinder und designierten Intendanten der Salzburger Festspiele

Classical Music News

Classical Music News

(Written on November 20, 2013 )