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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.

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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 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom addressed lack of music in schools, Met Opera welcomes new maestro, James Levine sues Met Opera, Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ is yet to be solved, Opera America awards 8 female composers, Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years, Alberto Vilar released from prison, Teresa Berganza honoured for her life work and Festival “Heidelberger Frühling” starts in Heidelberg.

The Times

Alison Balsom: ‘We have a music crisis in schools. Everyone needs to speak out’

Cheltenham Music Festival’s new artistic director on her job, her husband Sam Mendes and cuts to education.

The New York Times 

Met Opera’s Next Maestro Energises His Philadelphians

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the successor to James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, may have cause to feel anointed: To judge from recent audience reactions, he is seen as the new grand maestro on the block, and quite possibly a saviour for the troubled company.

Opera Now

James Levine sues Met Opera over dismissal

James Levine is suing the Metropolitan Opera for breach of contract and defamation.

NPR Music

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Still Keeps Music Detectives Busy

The North American branch of the Elgar Society is holding its annual conference in Madison, Wis., March 16 – 19 .

Opera Wire

Opera America Announces Grant Awards to 8 Female Composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of the Discovery Grants from for the Female Composers programme made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation which are given to promote the development of works by women.

NY Times

Listen In on a Violinist’s Rehearsal Room

“That was good,” the violinist Jennifer Koh told the soprano and composer Lisa Bielawa during a recent rehearsal. But then she pointed to a spot on her sheet music and said, “I do think we should take more time here.”

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years

The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director.

BR-Klassik

Ehrenrettung oder Gewissenlosigkeit

Vor wenigen Tagen erst war Stardirigent James Levine nach Vorwürfen sexuellen Missbrauchs von der Metropolitan Opera entlassen worden. Nun verklagt er die Oper auf Schadenersatz.

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Magnus, der Erste

Langfristige Projekte, Festivals, Radiosendungen. Mit einem Artist in Residence wird vieles möglich. Der Schwede Magnus Lindgren macht nun den Anfang bei der SWR Big Band.

Blühende Musiklandschaften

Liedzentrum, Binnenfestivals, Umwegrentabilität. Beim Heidelberger Frühling geht es auch 2018 unter dem Leitgedanken “Eigen-Arten” wieder um mehr als nur um Konzertveranstaltungen. Am Samstag, 17. März, startet das rund vierwöchige Musikfestival “Heidelberger Frühling”.

klassik.com

Opernmäzen Alberto Vilar wieder auf freiem Fuß

Der Opernmäzen und Unternehmer Alberto Vilar ist wieder auf freiem Fuß. Der in der Vergangenheit als Kultursponsor und Förderer zahlreicher kultureller Einrichtungen wirkende Mäzen und Gründer einer Vermögensverwaltung war 2008 wegen Investmentbetrugs, Geldwäsche und Urkundenfälschung zu einer neunjährigen Haftstrafe verurteilt worden.

Vier Preisträger beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb

Die Jury des Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs hat am Donnerstagabend in Bonn die Wettbewerbsgewinner bekannt gegeben. In der Finalrunde konnten Ioana Cristina Goicea (Violine), Theo Plath (Fagott), Maciej Frąckiewicz (Akkordeon) und das Eliot Quartett, bestehend aus Maryana Osipova (Violine), Alexander Sachs (Violine), Dmitry Hahalin (Viola) und Michael Preuß (Violoncello), den Preis des für sich gewinnen.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig wird mit Briefmarke geehrt

Das Leipziger Gewandhausorchester erhält zu seinem 275-jährigen Jubiläum eine Briefmarke sowie eine Gedenkmünze.

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JeongMeen Ahn gewinnt Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb

Beim Richard-Strauss-Gesangswettbewerb in München gewann der 26-jährige südkoreanische Bariton JeongMeen Ahn den ersten Preis.

Musik Heute

Teresa Berganza wird für ihr Lebenswerk geehrt

Die spanische Mezzosopranistin Teresa Berganza (83) wird bei den diesjährigen International Opera Awards für ihr Lebenswerk ausgezeichnet.

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Philip Glass reçoit le Prix France Musique des Muses pour son livre “Paroles sans musique”

Chaque année, le Prix France Musique des Muses récompense des ouvrages consacrés à la musique classique, au jazz ou aux musiques traditionnelles publiés en langue française.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Steve J. Sherman

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

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Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

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  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, new plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh have been announced. The 5th London Contemporary Music Festival will take place on 15th, 17th and 18th of December. Royal Albert Hall presents new spring music festival Love Classical 2017. Also, Nigel Kennedy talks about hate crime and Brexit, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Classical Music Magazine

New concert hall proposed for Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the charitable trust Impact Scotland have announced plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

LCMF announces Julius Eastman focus

The fifth London Contemporary Music Festival will offer the world’s first major overview of American composer and performer Julius Eastman.

Royal Albert Hall presents Love Classical 2017

Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and Alison Balsom will headline Love Classical 2017.

Manchester International Festival announces new initiative

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has announced My Festival: MIF’s Creative Community.

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ICMA Published Nomination List 2017

The ICMA nomination list for 2017 is available. For the 2017 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 321 audio and video productions (down from 364 in 2016) from 119 labels (up from 115 in 2016).

Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb kündigt Gewinner für 2016 an

Der Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb gab seine Gewinner für 2016 bekannt.

ITV News

Nigel Kennedy: Maverick violinist on his career, talent shows and Brexit

Nigel Kennedy has spoken out about the hate crime that has followed June’s Brexit vote, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Broadway World

Young Jean Lee, Peggy Shaw and More Among United States Artists 2016 Fellows

United States Artists (USA) has announced the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Oxford choral foundations to host Frideswide Voices

Oxford’s Frideswide Voices has announced that Christ Church, Magdalen and New College will host termly residences for its rehearsals and services this year.

Slipped Disc

Swiss opera goes bankrupt

The company blames its demise on poor attendance at Rigoletto, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

San Fransisco Classical News

Taiwan Embraces San Francisco Symphony on Tour

After the orchestra’s first visit to Korea last week (part of their eighth tour of Asia), San Francisco Symphony musicians took a charter flight to Tainan — the first-ever direct flight from Seoul — to perform a concert that was the highlight of the southern Taiwanese city’s Rainbow Festival (Chai Hong).

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bob Dylan hat was anderes vor

Spätestens als er wochenlang nicht ans Telefon ging, um sich die Entscheidung des Nobelpreiskomitees anzuhören, hätte man das ahnen können: Bob Dylan schwänzt die Verleihung.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Existenzbedrohend für die Musikverlage

Die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema darf nicht länger Musikverlage pauschal an den Einnahmen aus Musik-Nutzungsrechten beteiligen. Viele Verlage stünden dadurch vor dem Aus oder würden jede Risikofreude verlieren, kommentiert Musikkritiker Uwe Friedrich. Besonders für die Klassikszene sei das fatal.

Musik Heute

Volkswagen-Stiftung fördert Wagner-Forschung mit 400.000 Euro

Die Volkswagen-Stiftung unterstützt die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der Richard-Wagner-Sammlung in Eisenach mit 400.000 Euro.

France Musique

Séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : l’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington sérieusement endommagé

Le séisme d’une magnitude de 7,8 qui a touché la Nouvelle-Zélande lundi 14 novembre a causé la mort de deux personnes ainsi que d’importants dégâts. L’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington a particulièrement souffert.

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The Economist @TheEconomist Does classical music still matter? A bustling crowd reduced to silence by a busker playing Bach suggests so http://econ.st/2fSNONW

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony http://dlvr.it/MgvQVB #ClassicalMusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/xjfM306eO6I SAD NEWS | Veteran Boston Symphony Principal Cellist Jules Eskin Has Died @BostonSymphony

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Nigel Kennedy

(Written on November 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news 92-year-old pianist Harriette Thompson has become the oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon. Opera singer Bryn Terfel will celebrate his 50th birthday with a Royal Albert Hall concert to include stars such as Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans. Also, violinist Alina Ibragimova tells Ivan Hewett that she still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, despite her busy international career.

Telegraph

Alina Ibragimova: ‘My heart is still Russian’

Despite a busy international career, violinist Alina Ibragimova still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, she tells Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

92-year old Carnegie Hall pianist becomes oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon

Harriette Thompson, who is a classically trained musician, completed the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec.

Classical Source

Bryn at 50

Opera star Bryn Terfel to be joined by stars, including Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans, for birthday concert celebration

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces third full season

Saffron Hall has announced its 2015/16 season, which will see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Alison Balsom, Sir András Schiff and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields make their debut appearances at the venue.

Gramophone

Peter Cropper, first violin of The Lindsays, has died

Peter Cropper, the first violin of the Lindsay Quartet (later The Lindsays), has died; he was 69. He was also the founding Artistic Director of Sheffield’s Music in the Round.

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Siemens Musikstiftung + BR + Lucerne Festival = zeitgenössische Musik

Der Förderung zeitgenössischer Orchestermusik dient eine jetzt angekündigte Kooperation der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, des ‘Lucerne Festival’ und ‘musica viva’ des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Belgian [PIAS] To Become The Major Shareholder Of Harmonia Mundi

In the next months an important merger will occur in the recording industry.

MUSIK HEUTE 

Oper Halle: Generalmusikdirektor bleibt bis 2018

Der katalanische Dirigent Josep Caballé-Domenech hat seinen Vertrag an der Oper Halle verlängert.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Invention of Opera?

Boston Early Music Festival’s presentation all three of the extant operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)—“The Monteverdi Trilogy”—with a cohesive artistic and scholarly vision, constitutes a signal moment in the modern revival of Baroque opera. BMInt had conversations with the BEMF publiscist and stage director.

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Berlin Philharmonic: Happy Birthday, Edward ! Find many more works by Elgar in our concert archive at

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The Royal Opera ‘The lines become an indivisible part of something else’ Insights into libretto-writing: ^C

(Written on June 2, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Maria Radner, my beloved friend

Fellow singer Karen Cargill remembers a colleague – lost in the Germanwings disaster – who became so much more

Classic FM

Alison Balsom performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Star trumpeter Alison Balsom continues the LPO’s Live and Local tour this spring with performances of Songs of the Paradise Saloon

BBC Music Magazine

Scottish festival calls for multiple horn players

Festival requires 32 players for world premiere by John Luther Adams

Classical Music Magazine

Value of cultural tourism to London report supports case for concert hall

Four out of five visitors to London come for the culture, said London mayor Boris Johnson, but more needs to be done to realise the city’s cultural potential.

BBC News

Saving Gaza’s only grand piano

The only concert grand piano in war-ravaged Gaza has been rediscovered and brought back to life after years of neglect.

Zeit Online

“Sprengt die Opernhäuser!”

Pierre Boulez ist der berühmteste Musikrevoluzzer der Moderne: Zum 90. Geburtstag des kühnen Komponisten und sensiblen Dirigenten

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Gabriel holt Lobbyisten Gorny als Berater

Er schon wieder! Der Mann ist Medienmanager und Musiker, Professor ist er und Grimme-Preisträger.

»Der Jazz ist ziemlich akademisch geworden«

Die Sängerin Cassandra Wilson bewundert den Mut und den politischen Kampf ihrer Idole – und findet trotzdem, dass man kein schweres Leben braucht, um große Musik zu machen.

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Engländer wollen mehr übersetzte Opern

Von der Nordsee-Insel Großbritannien dringt Sonderbares aufs Festland: Die finanzielle Situation der Opernhäuser könnte sich verbessern, wenn man mehr Opern in der Landessprache aufführen würde, wird dort verkündet.

Frankfurter Musikhochschule fordert Neubau

Die Frankfurter Musikschule bedauert, dass trotz verbesserter finanzieller Bedingungen, eine verbindliche Zusage für den geplanten Neubau der Hochschule seitens der Politik ausbleibt.

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In Contract Battle, Orchestra Moves To Replace Up To Two-Thirds Of Its Players

“The KBS Symphony Orchestra moved to potentially replace 67 positions in its 100-strong orchestra on Monday, upping the ante against players in an intensifying labor dispute.”

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Fran Wilson ‏@CrossEyedPiano: This week’s top post: Meet the Artist……Gabriella Swallow, cellist http://wp.me/pXzqp-2G  @gabiswallow @ISM_music #MakeMusicWork

BatterseaArtsCentre ‏@battersea_arts: The #BACphoenix Fundraiser is now on sale @southbankcentre 18 April! Featuring @BridgetChristie and @StewartLee1 http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/battersea-arts-centre-phoenix-fundraiser-91631 …

Robert Hugill ‏@RobertHugill: Good Friday Passions in London: @AAMorchestra at @BarbicanCentre & @LHandelFestival at St George’s. My preview: http://www.planethugill.com/2015/03/a-pair-of-passions.html …

_81898788_wideview624Saving Gaza’s only grand piano. Photo: BBC News

(Written on March 27, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Simon Rattle: new concert hall was not precondition for accepting LSO job

Rattle, who takes over as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017, denies appointment was dependent on venue being built

Telegraph

All hail the return of Simon Rattle!

Rattle’s return to the UK to join the London Symphony Orchestra will lift the entire British classical music scene, says Ivan Hewett

Independent

Sir Simon Rattle returns to London for his ‘last big job’

Conductor’s homecoming boosts hopes for new venue to replace Barbican

Classical Music Magazine

Simon Rattle joins the LSO: Reaction to classical music’s ‘worst-kept secret’

The reaction to news of Simon Rattle’s appointment as music director-elect of the London Symphony Orchestra has been generally positive, with the official revelation of ‘classical music’s worst-kept secret’ generating statements from across the industry.

Classic FM

Alison Balsom launches Bristol Proms with Paddington Station fanfare

Trumpeter Alison Balsom has signalled the launch of this year’s Bristol Proms with a spectacular fanfare performance at London’s Paddington Station.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Königsmacher

Am 11. Mai ist es so weit: Die Berliner Philharmoniker wählen den Nachfolger von Simon Rattle.

Die Welt

Simon Rattle geht zum London Symphony Orchestra

Der bis 2018 amtierende Chef der Berliner Philharmoniker will danach nicht nur geehrter Dirigiersenior sein.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Jazz im März

Im März hören Sie Höhepunkte vom Pori Jazz-Festival in Finnland und Vokal-Akrobatik der Legenden Al Jarreau und Bobby McFerrin.

The New York Times

Simon Rattle to Return to His Roots, Taking Over the London Symphony

Their long flirtation is over, and now they are engaged: Simon Rattle, the Liverpool-born maestro who rose to become chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, said on Tuesday that he would return to Britain in 2017 as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Eric Lu, 17, Wins National US Chopin Competition

At the end of this year’s National Chopin Competition in the United States, 17 years old Eric Lu, was awarded First Prize which includes a cash award of $75,000, concert appearances and automatic acceptance as a competitor at Warsaw’s International Chopin Competition in October.

El Mundo

Segundo ’round’ para el compositor Conrado del Campo

La Fundación Juan March, en colaboración con la Zarzuela, dedica un ciclo al compositor madrileño y recupera su ópera ‘Fantochines’

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Classicalite @Classicalite: UPDATE: @TenorKaufmann Cancels Met Performance of ‘Carmen’ Due to Illness http://www.classicalite.com/articles/18325/20150303/jonas-kaufmann-cancels-met-performance-carmen-illness-flu.htm …

Zeit Online Kultur @zeitonline_kul: Klassik-Langeweile: München diskutiert über seinen Konzertsaal. V. Hagedorn fordert stattdessen neue Spielpläne (raw) http://www.zeit.de/kultur/musik/2

Klassik.com @Klassikinfo: 24 Stunden lang Beethoven – Der neue Leiter der MaerzMusik Berlin über das Programm 2015 http://www.klassikinfo.de/Interview-Berno-Odo-Polzer.2031.0.html …

Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in October. Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in October.
Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

 

(Written on March 4, 2015 )

Classic FM

Opera house audience faking disability for free tickets

The Belfast Grand Opera House is reviewing its policy for disabled access following reports that concertgoers have been pretending to be disabled to get free tickets.

The Guardian

BBC Radio 3 chief: I won’t be ‘dumbing down’ station

Alan Davey says station will not become more like Classic FM to address shrinking audience and will still offer ‘complex culture

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves

BBC Media Centre

Donald Runnicles to become BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Donald Runnicles will become its Conductor Emeritus in September 2016, when he will step down from the post of Chief Conductor.

The Classical Review

Despite the protests and an uneven staging, Met’s powerful “Klinghoffer” makes a devastating impact

The loudest sound Monday night was the ovation for John Adams as he stepped on stage for a bow after the opening performance of his second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Die Welt

Met spielt Klinghoffer-Oper unter Polizeischutz

An der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera hatte John Adams’ Opernoratorium “The Death of Klinghoffer” Premiere – unter Protest.

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‘Eemerging’ will mit EU-Geldern jungen Ensembles helfen

Unter dem Titel ‘eeemerging’ haben sich acht internationale Partner zu einem Projekt-Netzwerk zusammengeschlossen und ein europäisches Stipendienprogramm entwickelt.

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„Ich bin kein Glamourgirl“

Alison Balsom fällt auf in der Männerdomäne der Trompete.

I Care If You Listen

Met Opera premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer

Monday, October 20 marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s highly anticipated production of The Death of Klinghoffer, with a score by John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman.

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Telegraph Classical‪ @TeleClassical: Paris Opera stars wrong to kick out veiled woman ‪http://tgr.ph/1tfcHXn 

Classic FM‪ @ClassicFM: Rossini & ‪@IronMaiden? Played by a cello duet? The result is just incredible: ‪http://classfm.co/2jm6eF 

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BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be 'dumbing down' the station

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be ‘dumbing down’ the station. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, via. The Guardian

(Written on October 23, 2014 )

Classical News

South Wales Evening Post

Welsh National Opera’s David Pountney awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour

Welsh National Opera’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, David Pountney, has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class.

BBC Music Magazine

Music education to get a boost

Education Minister Nick Gibb has announced an increase of £18 million in funding for UK music education.

The Telegraph

Has music education been saved?

Ivan Hewett celebrates a government climb-down over proposed cuts to music education funding in schools.

Klassik.com

Tenor Peter Seiffert wird zum Berliner Kammersänger ernannt

Der Tenor Peter Seiffert wird mit dem Titel Berliner Kammersänger geehrt. Seiffert wurde durch die Stiftung Oper in Berlin für diese Ehrung vorgeschlagen, der Senat stimmte dem zu.

El País

El Orfeó Català elige hoy a su junta en un clima de tension

La asamblea del Orfeó Català, la entidad propietaria del Palau de la Música, escogerá hoy a su nueva junta directiva tras una campaña electoral marcada por las descalificaciones y acusaciones de la candidatura presidida por Pau Duran a la anterior junta directiva de Mariona Carulla y a la mesa electoral que ha presidido las elecciones.

Le Figaro

Ton Koopman : un pur esprit baroque

Légende vivante, le chef néerlandais préside, à 70 ans, Itinéraire baroque en Périgord Vert. La 12e édition s’ouvre ce soir.

 

Twitter

ncogb:@ncogb Calling all NCO Social Staff. We need a member of social staff (ideally male) to join us on Training Orchestra starting TOMORROW!

IntArtsManager:@IntArtsManager #amaconf keynote this morning: “Is it time to change the way we think about audiences?” Remember they’re real living people, not just stats

Classic FM:@ClassicFM
Tune in as John Suchet has the very first play of @AlisonBalsom‘s new album: http://classfm.co/ymXEC1  @WarnerClassics

musik heute: ‏@Musik_Heute
Neuer Beitrag: Bundesjugendorchester tourt erstmals nach Tunesien: (mh) – Das Bundesjugendorchester reist auf … http://bit.ly/1nujCZ

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

Credit: South Wales Evening Post

(Written on July 24, 2014 )

Classic FM

Ukraine protesters disrupt London Symphony Orchestra concert

The London Symphony Orchestra’s open air concert in Trafalgar Square last night was interrupted by protesters who were making a stand against conductor Valery Gergiev’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Drunk’ man climbs Sydney Opera House

A man has been rescued from the roof of the iconic Sydney Opera House after walking up and down the ‘sails’ for over an hour. An eyewitness told news.com.au that the man was shouting “Where’s my wallet?” and drinking from a can of beer he produced from his trouser pockets.

The Telegraph

Alison Balsom: Government cutbacks to music lessons make me furious

Alison Balsom, the virtuoso trumpeter and former Young Musician of the Year finalist, attacks Government policy on music lessons in schools, saying she would not have become a professional musician under current levels of funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New electronic musical instrument created from pebbles and sticks

Created by Italian designers Fabrica, the ‘Stone Pad’ makes its debut.

B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season. The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Emmanuel Krivine appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Krivine will be their new Principal Guest Conductor, starting in September 2015.

The Independent

A comeback for the humble cassette?

Show a child an old cassette and you’ll probably get a snigger or two. But, says Rhodri Marsden, a breakthrough from Sony could make them regard tapes with a certain awe.

The New York Times

I’m a Cellist, Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 

David Finckel about travelling as a musician

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks

Klassik.com

Australian String Quartet erhält Spende von 510.000 Dollar

Geld soll für Kauf eines Guadagnini-Cello genutzt werden

“Goldener Schikaneder” für Edita Gruberova

Die Opernsängerin Edita Gruberova erhält beim diesjährigen Österreichischen Musiktheaterpreis für ihr Lebenswerk den “Goldenen Schikaneder”.

Klassik Heute

Gotthold Schwarz vertritt Thomaskantor beim Bachfest Leipzig

Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller wird aus gesundheitlichen Gründen noch bis zum Schuljahresende pausieren. Gotthold Schwarz vertritt den Thomaskantor ab sofort in dessen Amt und zeichnet somit auch für die Konzertaufführungen mit dem Thomanerchor im Bachfest Leipzig verantwortlich.

 

Classical Music on Twitter

OperaSpace@OperaSpace Here’s a reminder of the @RoyalPhilSoc #RPSMusicAwards shortlist for this evening: http://rpsmusicawards.com/shortlist

Southbank Centre@southbankcentre 20 composers have been commissioned to write for #NewMusicBiennial. Meet Alistair Anderson in this quick video: http://j.mp/1l7JTcg

The Musical Brain ‏@themusicalbrain We’re crowdfunding to improve access at arts/science events for those with #hearingloss. Can you help?Donate & RT: http://bit.ly/RavCmd

Gdn Culture Pros ‏@GdnCulturePros Arts fundraising tips: setbacks don’t have to be failures http://dlvr.it/5fXbRn #arts #culture
Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical ‘Opera can make us see, feel and hear the world differently’: UK’s opera chiefs on why it matters http://gu.com/p/3p3k4/tw #insideopera

Guardian Classical ‏@GdnClassical Inside Opera: did it convince three sceptics? http://gu.com/p/3p662/tf

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(Written on May 13, 2014 )