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In our news today, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group appoints new artistic director, International Arts Manager goes behind the scenes at Beares and MPs encouraged to join a new campaign supporting greater access to music events for deaf and disabled music fans. Also, The Spectator questions why classical music has been so gender-biased for so long.

Classical Music Magazine

BCMG appoints Stephan Meier as artistic director

Stephan Meier, founder and artistic director of Hanover’s Das Neue Ensemble, will join the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as artistic director in August 2016.

International Arts Manager

A new deal for instruments

J & A Beare is one of the longest-standing established dealers and connoisseurs in the fine stringed instrument industry. Managing director Simon Morris takes IAM behind the scenes and explains the changing role of the instrument dealer in the 21st century.

The Spectator

Why has classical music been so gender-biased for so long?

For last year’s International Women’s Day, Radio 3 played 24 hours of music by female composers – and it was a revelation

Music Week

Call for MPs to join Attitude Is Everything campaign

MPs have been encouraged to join a new campaign supporting greater access to music events for deaf and disabled music fans.

ITV News

World-renowned ukulele maker hopes to make 1000th instrument despite Parkinson’s diagnosis

Most people are familiar with a ukulele and many people may know it was created in Hawaii but 7,000 miles away in Snowdonia one man and his workshop are creating some of the world’s most sought after instruments.

Metro US

NY-based maker of instrument accessories starts first string recycling program

D’Addario & Company is a family-owned and operated business dating back to the 1600s.

Crescendo

Talent Days 2016: Ran an die Tasten!

Crescendo unterstützt die „Talent Days 2016“, einem Nachwuchswettbewerb inklusive Masterclass mit Benjamin Grosvenor, initiiert von Casio

Musik-heute

Chordirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin geht nach London

Der Erste Chordirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, William Spaulding, geht nach London

Pizzicato

Musik-Gordi 2016: Grösster Schädling des Musiklebens gesucht

Wer erhält in diesem Jahr in Deutschland den ‘Musik-Gordi – den gordischen Knoten des Musiklebens’? Mit dem Preis des Musikforums und der neuen musikzeitung werden Persönlichkeiten ausgezeichnet, die aktuelle oder drohende Missstände im Kultur- und Bildungsbereich zu verantworten haben

France musique

Les représentations de l’Opéra de Paris perturbées par la grève

L’Opéra de Paris a annulé la représentation des “Maîtres chanteurs de Nuremberg” de Wagner à Bastille, et a réduit à la seule version de concert de “Iolanta” la double soirée opéra/ballet (“Iolanta/Casse-Noisette”) prévue au Palais Garnier

Tehran Times

Conductor of Tehran Symphony Orchestra officially announces resignation

Ali Rahbari officially announced his resignation as the conductor and general music director of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra via a letter sent to the Persian media on Sunday

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Twitter

@ClassicFM The Prince of Wales, dressed in his Royal College of Music robes, will confer the awards in @RCMLondon’s ceremony

@M_MagazinePRS .@ISM_music’s survey for composers is open for submissions – submit your views here >> http://ow.ly/ZfNMZ

@GdnClassical Jerusalem: 100 years since Hubert Parry composed an anthem http://d.gu.com/Kl0zK5 

(Written on March 10, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the media is in mournig of the Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, non-European classical traditions to be celebrated in new concert series & increasing number of physical stores selling music, films and games. Also, restoration and preservation order in Berlin Staatsoper & Frankfurt purchases house for Ensemble Modern

Telegraph

Bricks and mortar entertainment stores surge to record high

The number of physical stores selling music, films and games has surged to a record high as non-specialist vendors such as supermarkets

Independent

The Other Classical Musics: a new concert series celebrating non-European classical traditions from Afghanistan to Aleppo

A new concert series will celebrate non-European classical traditions. It’s about time

Classic FM

Pioneering early music conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at the age of 86

The Austrian conductor, best known for his work on Baroque music, has died at the age of 86

M-Magazine

Live music generated £123m for Bristol in 2015

Live music helped boost Bristol’s economy to the tune of £123m in 2015, a new report has found

Die Zeit

Pionier der glücklichen Entdeckergemeinschaft

Historische Musik muss gespielt werden, wie der Komponist sie sich gedacht hat. Mit dieser Idee hat Nikolaus Harnoncourt die Klassik revolutioniert

Der Tagesspiegel

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Auch bei der Anhörung des Architekten HG Merz im Berliner Staatsopern-Untersuchungsausschuss zeigt sich wieder: Ans Publikum wurde zuletzt gedacht

NMZ

Stadt Frankfurt kauft Gebäude für Ensemble Modern

Um die Zukunft des Ensemble Modern zu sichern, will die Stadt Frankfurt das Gebäude kaufen, in dem das berühmte Orchester derzeit untergebracht ist

Classicalite

BBC’s ‘Get Playing’ Initiative: The Great British Amateur Orchestra, Winner to Play at Proms

Last month, the BBC launched an ambitious project that celebrates not just the everyday musician, but the everyday collaborator

France Musique

L’Ensemble Correspondances de Sébastien Daucé entame sa résidence à Caen

L’Ensemble Correspondances, créé par Sébastien Daucé en 2008, entame une résidence de trois ans à Caen

Twitter

neue musikzeitung Dirigent des Teheraner Symphonieorchesters schmeißt hin: – Der iranische Dirigent…

Top Classical News Four baritones advance to Met Auditions finals

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Photograph: Barbara Gindl / dpa / Die Zeit

Photograph: Barbara Gindl / dpa / Die Zeit

 

(Written on March 7, 2016 )

The last minute cancellation of a performance last week by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra at the World Wrestling Cup, infuriated its conductor Ali Rahbari. As the orchestra was about to play the national anthem, it was announced that women weren’t allowed to perform; Rahbari refused to perform if the orchestra could not play all together.  

Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, women have been forbidden from performing solo on stage. Outside the capital, performances are often cancelled if there is a female musician, even when tickets have been sold. To perform music in Iran, it is necessary to have a permit from the ministry of culture, however even with the permit, anti -music groups call off concerts; conservatives and some religious leaders claim music can “excite and cause deviation” among the country’s youth. Last week’s incident was the first time a performance by the Symphony Orchestra had been cancelled because of its female members.

Only this April, after a three year interlude, was the orchestra revived by Alexander Rahbari. According to Rahbari, this is thanks to Rouhani’s relatively moderate administration. Under the previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the orchestra was broken up, due to negligence and financial stringency.

Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs in Tehran in March after a 25 month break/ photo: Payvand Iran news

Tehran Symphony Orchestra performs in Tehran in March after a 25 month break/ photo: Payvand Iran news

It is odd that there are such gender issues in Iran’s entertainment industry. In many ways, the country is one of the more progressive middle Eastern countries; 70% of university graduates in Iran are women. The cancellation of concerts which have been permitted by the ministry of culture is considered wrong, and there doesn’t seem to be much clarity or consistency on the issue; Iranian law allows women to perform as part of an ensemble, however sometimes concerts go ahead and on some occasions they are called-off. Women aren’t allowed to sing solo either, as a result many are forced to go abroad in order to pursue careers in music. Are the restrictions on women performing just an extreme method of limiting music in Iran rather than restricting women? It seems that women in other industries aren’t discriminated against as severely, but according to some conservatives, music can “excite and cause deviation.”

The restrictions on the performance of music, the necessity of a permit and the cancellation of concerts because of female performers seem bizarre to Europe. Although females in the European music industry – most notably composers and conductors – do face gender issues, we have progressed considerably. This week, it was announced that Xian Zhang will be guest conductor at BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Although female conductors are still a rarity, the idea of women in this role is becoming normalised.

Conductor Ali Rahbari

Conductor Ali Rahbari

The human rights of women in Iran have been infringed upon; the orchestra was quite right not to perform rather than bow to the demands of the authorities, who prohibited the women from playing. Not only is it a kind of gender segregation, but audiences are deprived of music, which they have paid to hear. The head of the Wrestling Federation, Rasoul Khadem, has asked the orchestra to play the national anthem at another wrestling event in Tehran in January; let’s hope it goes ahead uninterrupted! 

(Written on December 4, 2015 )