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In today’s news: New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect, the winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced and YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans. Also, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth to reopen in 2018 after renovation and new locations for concert performances were tested in the German competition “D-bü”.

Irish Times

Orchestra funding should be ringfenced at RTE, says Martin

New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect

Teaching Drama

Linbury Prize winners announced

The winners of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design have been announced. At a ceremony held at the National Theatre on 1 November, it was revealed that Khadija Raza, Eleanor Bull and Fin Redshaw won prizes, with Basia Binkowska taking home the title of overall winner.


Amazon has an 80-person orchestra just for employees

In the last several years, Amazon has expanded its efforts so employees with artistic streaks have more creative outlets to let loose, including the Amazon Symphony and the a cappella group Vocally Self-Critical — a riff off of Amazon’s now retired 10th principle of the same name.


Streaming music market picks up tempo ahead of Spotify IPO

Subscription music leader Spotify is set to capitalize next year on the rude health of the industry with a stock market flotation, even as competitors race to find fresh ways to outflank it by catering to often fickle consumer tastes.

BBC News

YouTube signs Universal Music deal amid subscription plans

Universal Music Group said the deal would provide its artists more flexibility and pay, and strengthen YouTube’s commitment to managing music rights.


Nicht nur im Konzertsaal: Wettbewerb testet neue Klassikformate

Ob in einem Club oder im Museum: Klassische Musik muss sich nicht unbedingt nur im Konzertsaal abspielen. Auf dem Wettbewerb «D-bü» der deutschen Musikhochschulen haben jetzt in Berlin acht Studentenensembles neue Konzertformate ausprobiert und vorgestellt.

Sanierung des Markgräflichen Opernhauses in Bayreuth vor Abschluss

Jahrelang wurde das Markgräfliche Opernhaus in Bayreuth saniert. Im Frühjahr 2018 soll das zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe gehörende Gebäude wieder eröffnet werden.

Deutscher Musikrat

Nuno Coelho gewinnt internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb in Spanien

Mit Nuno Coelho und Felix Mildenberger konnten sich zwei Stipendiaten des Dirigentenforums beim 12. Concurs Internacional de Direcció d’Orquestra de Cadaqués gegen die internationale Konkurrenz durchsetzen. Bei dem renommierten Dirigierwettbewerb belegten sie die Plätze 1 und 2.

france musique

Daniel Barenboim appelle à la reconnaissance internationale de la Palestine

Suite à la décision de Donald Trump de reconnaître Jérusalem comme capitale d’Israël, le chef et pianiste Daniel Barenboim s’est prononcé en faveur de la reconnaissance internationale de l’Etat de Palestine.

Quand des enfants interprètent un chant de Noël, supplément piment

Les jeunes chanteurs d’un chœur danois ont interprété un chant de Noël, tout en croquant dans de très forts piments. Une vidéo pleine de joues rouges et de petites larmes au coin des yeux.


Pizzicato Magazine @PizzicatoMag: Nicholas Milton neuer Chefdirigent in Göttingen via

Music History @today_classical: in 1888 FP of J. ‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest.

Image: © Rainer Viertlböck / Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

(Written on December 21, 2017 )

In today’s news: Amazon makes a significant move into the UK live music scene, and British conductor Antonio Pappano launches a new competition for young singers named after his father, Pasquale Pappano. Bob Dylan will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend, researchers working on Google Brain aim for machines and musicians to work together to create a “new kind of art”. Why the music industry needs more ‘rule-breakers’, and discover the lost opera of Liszt!

The Telegraph

Google wants humans and machines to create ‘new kind of music’

Researchers working on Google Brain, the internet giant’s deep learning research project, hope one day machines and musicians can work together to create a “new kind of art”.

BBC NewsBeat

David Bowie producer: Music needs more young rule-breakers

The producer behind some of David Bowie’s biggest songs says the music industry needs to give more young “rule-breakers” a chance to follow in his footsteps.

BBC Music Magazine

The story behind Liszt’s unheard opera

Can we really take Franz Liszt seriously as an opera composer? David Trippett makes the case for the Romantic genius.

Music Business Worldwide

Amazon Partners with UK Events and Venues to offer Prime Experience

Amazon has made a significant move into the UK live music scene with the launch of pre sale tickets for gigs, and exclusive lounges at venues and festivals.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Rainer Kussmaul ist tot

Etwas zutiefst Untypisches für einen Geiger umgab Rainer Kussmaul, diesen bedeutenden Musiker und Lehrer: ein wohltuender Mangel an Selbstbezogenheit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Neugierige

Fünf Jahre war Rainer Kussmaul Konzertmeister bei den Berliner Philharmonikern, seine Schüler: unter anderem Thomas Hengelbrock und Daishin Kashimoto. Jetzt ist er mit 70 Jahren gestorben.

Berliner Zeitung

Chor aus Kapstadt: Die African Angels kommen in die Philharmonie

Bald geht Simphiwe Mayeki wegen dieser auf Reisen und lässt seine Familie zurück. Er gehört zu den African Angels, einem Teil des Chors der Cape Town Opera. Am Abend zuvor haben wir ihn bei Verdis „Rigoletto“ auf der Bühne gesehen


Antonio Pappano Creates Singing Contest Honouring His Father

Together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Benevento, an Italian city 50 kilometres northeast of Naples, British conductor Antonio Pappano launches this year a new competition for young singers named after his father, Pasquale Pappano, who was a singing teacher.

Codex Flores

Tod des Saxophonisten und Publizisten Ekkehard Jost

Laut einer Mitteilung der Universität Giessen ist der Saxophonisten und Musikwissenschaftler Ekkehard Jost, eine namhafte Stimme der deutschen Jazzpublizistik, im Alter von 79 Jahren verstorben.

The New York Times

Finally Returning Bernstein’s Overdue Mahler

It was more than 50 years overdue, but Leonard Bernstein’s score of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was finally returned to the Vienna Philharmonic on Tuesday.

Bob Dylan Will Receive His Nobel Prize While on Tour in Sweden

After months of suspense and typically inscrutable standoffishness, Bob Dylan, the elusive Nobel laureate, will finally accept his literature prize at a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend.


Klassiker der Woche: Helium für die Sänger

Sie suchen noch nach einem guten Aprilscherz? Geben Sie es auf. Einen besseren als diesen hier finden Sie nicht.


 Classical:NEXT 2017 programme revealed

Help Musicians UK  The line-up is finally here

Music History  1  in 1881 FP of ´ Symphony in d, with Hermann Levi, in Munich.

Image: The Guardian

(Written on March 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Indian conductor Zubin Mehta performs with Berlin Philharmonic, Sebastian Manz’s recording of selected works by Carl Maria Weber, and hotelier Klaus Lauer hosts Badenweiler Musiktage. Cincinnati Opera announces premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season. Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, and Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

The Times

As robots take our jobs the arts will matter more

The humanities are in crisis. There is an urgent skills gap for at least 3,000 graduates capable of explaining the events that led to the War of Jenkins’ Ear. In 2015 alone Britain drafted in 1,200 Filipinos to write essays on symbols of patriarchy in the comedies of Lope de Vega.

The Telegraph

King Henry VIII’s sixth wife collaborated with Thomas Tallis to write music to rally her husband for war

Katherine Parr was in fact a masterful PR who rallied England behind its King on the way to war, an academic has claimed, as he prepares for the first performance of her secret musical collaboration in 470 years.

The Atlantic

Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.

The Drum

Amazon gets physical with US music festival presence

Amazon is to further diversify its business by staking out a presence at music festivals in a bid to enhance the experience of US festival-goers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Alles unter Kontrolle

Der indische Stardirigent Zubin Mehta führt mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Stücke von Elgar und Tschaikowsky auf.


Beinahe heroische Größe

Carl Maria von Weber schrieb hinreißende Werke für die Klarinette. Sebastian Manz wollte keine halben Sachen machen und nahm gleich alle auf. Richtige Entscheidung!


Aus Liebe zur Musik

Hotelier Klaus Lauer ist das Herz der Badenweiler Musiktage. Bereits seit 1973 veranstaltete er im elterlichen Grandhotel Römerbad regelmäßig Musiktage, alles ganz auf eigenes finanzielles Risiko mit Schwerpunkt auf Neuer Musik

The New York Times

An Opera Inspired by Pink Floyd Will Get Its United States Premiere

The Cincinnati Opera has announced the United States premiere of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera,” capping its 98th season and its first after a $135 million restoration of the Cincinnati Music Hall.

South Dakota Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season – Strauss Masterpieces, Video Games Live and More!

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) and Maestro Delta David Gier announce its 2017-18 concert season.


Music History @today_classical in 1861 FP of Richard ‘s opera Tannhäuser in Paris at the Théâtre Imperial de l’Opéra.

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Facing the music: James Laing

Sebastian Manz Credit: Marco Borggreve

(Written on March 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Vienna State Opera extends its live streaming service, and the 2015 BBC Radio 3 auction in aid of BBC Children in Need offers the chance to own handwritten manuscripts by living composers. Also, The Guardian scolds John Humphrys’ remark about the price of opera tickets, arguing that it’s time to scotch this cliche

The Guardian

It’s time to scotch the cliche that opera tickets are too expensive

John Humphrys is just the latest to repeat the myth that opera tickets are prohibitively expensive. Look at the figures. In fact, opera houses offer tickets that are among the cheapest for any live event in the country

Classical Music Magazine

Vienna State Opera extends live streaming service

Vienna State Opera is expanding its offer to cable and satellite television, users of Apple TV and Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices, as well as discussing bringing other opera companies on to its platform, while dramatically cutting its subscription prices

Classical Source

Distinguished living composers donate original handwritten manuscripts to support BBC Children in Need’s 2015 Appeal

The 2015 BBC Radio 3 auction in aid of BBC Children in Need offers the public a chance to own a piece of musical history 

The Strad

Chicago Symphony Orchestra appoints two new violists

Sunghee Choi and Youming Chen join the orchestra from the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Kansas City Symphony respectively


Multimediales Musikerlebnis – Die Apple TV Klassik App

Zusammen mit dem Apple TV der 4. Generation hat Apple einen eigenen App Store für den Fernseher gelauncht. Für die so entstandene neue Plattform haben Touchpress und DG die erste Klassik App für den TV entwickelt


Schlagzeuger Simone Rubino erhält Credit Suisse Young Artist Award

Der Schlagzeuger Simone Rubino erhält den diesjährigen Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Die Jury unter Vorsitz von Michael Haefliger, Intendant von ‘Lucerne Festival’, vergab den mit CHF 75.000 zum neunten Mal


Aus sich selbst heraus bewegt

Douglas Lilburn, dessen Geburtstag sich am 2. November zum hundertsten Mal jährt, war nicht nur Neuseelands überragender Komponist, sondern ein Meister von universellem Karat, eine singuläre Stimme in der unglaublichen Vielfalt der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts

The New York Times

BalletNext and Abraham.In.Motion Experiment With Jazz

BalletNext, was having its first rehearsal with the Tom Harrell Quintet, and the musicians were playing something a little different from the recording that the dancers had been practicing to for weeks

San Francisco Classical Voice

Young San Franciscian Herding Music in Mongolia

It’s a globe-girding exercise to follow Dimitri Staszewski’s travels from San Francisco to Mongolia, where he is studying the country’s ancient music, contributing to its preservation


BBC Radio 3Our auction is up! Own original manuscripts from 5 distinguished living composers

ABRSMGood luck to everyone taking their Music Theory exam today!! Here are ten tips for exam day!

Royal Opera HouseIf you’re based in the USA have a look at our cinema website for details of what’s showing near you ^E


Carmen at the Royal Opera House. The cheapest seats for the current production are £11. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/for the Guardian

(Written on November 4, 2015 )

Upholding the playing style of great violinists past, Dunja Lavrova has released her debut solo album My Dusty Gramophone, which promises a nostalgic trip back in time. Launching at OSO Arts Centre in Barnes on 20th February, Dunja will showcase works from the album as well as violin miniatures that didn’t quite make it on the record.

Nodding to the 20th century style of violinists such as Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrakh, My Dusty Gramophone has been recorded using vintage equipment and analog mastering. As well as using the intimate technique of placing the microphone as close to the violin’s sound-hole as possible, all of the pieces have been recorded in live takes, giving a more authentic feel. Dunja also plays a 1914 G.Pedrazzini violin with wound-gut strings.

Born in Russia, Dunja moved to the UK aged 13 to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School upon being awarded a full scholarship. At the age of 10 she entered her first competition, the Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg, and was awarded a special prize. Subsequently, by the age of 11, she toured Germany and Peru, made appearances on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed alongside St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover. In 2004 Dunja was named Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club which led to a private benefactor presenting her with a 1914 G.Pedrazzini violin. Upon graduating from the Royal College of Music she was presented with the Tagore Gold Medal by HRH Prince Charles in 2010.

Dunja’s debut solo album with Solo Musica My Dusty Gramophone is available to buy on Amazon and download from iTunes now.

Dunja will also be holding an album launch concert on 20th February 2015, 7:30pm at OSO Arts Centre in Barnes.

For more information you can visit Dunja’s website, as well as following her on Facebook and Twitter.


(Written on February 10, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Classical music and football – the first XI

Anthony Bateman selects his first XI of soccer-inspired pieces.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos dies aged 80

The Spanish conductor died yesterday at his home in Pamplona, after a long battle with cancer. Born on 15 September 1933, Frühbeck de Burgos first took up conducting while on military service in the army, progressing to the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. He went on to work with orchestras across the world, including the Rundfunkorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony.

The Wall Street Journal

Amazon Launches Music-Streaming Service

Prime music will be free for prime subscribers, without advertising.

Classical Music magazine

Radio 3 will lose staff under radio cuts, ‘almost certainly’ through compulsory redundancy

Sixty-five posts in BBC Radio are to be axed, as part of the cost cutting measures promised three years ago by former director general Mark Thompson in the Delivering Quality First licence fee settlement.

Lorin Maazel leaves Munich early

American conductor Lorin Maazel is to leave the post of music director at the Munich Philharmonic a year early due to ill health.

Die Zeit

Künstler oder Komponiermaschine?

Er war ein genialer Dirigent, zeitweilig Präsident der Reichsmusikkammer und Inszenator des eigenen Ruhms, der auch Schatten warf. Zwei Bücher versuchen eine Deutung.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Was für ein begabter Kegelbruder!

Der vor 150 Jahren geborene Richard Strauss war der erfolgreichste Komponist seiner Zeit. Man hat sich angewöhnt, seine himmlische Musik von seinem spießigen irdischen Lebenslauf sauber zu trennen. Warum?                                          

Die Welt

Star-Dirigent Lorin Maazel tritt zurück

Der weltberühmte Dirigent Lorin Maazel gibt nach nur zwei Jahren seinen Posten als Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker auf. Grund: Gesundheitliche Probleme. Nun muss die Orchesterleitung improvisieren.

Der Tagesspiegel

Doku-Satire ‘Noseland’: Im Schnellkurs Dirigent

Klassisches Konzertleben, mal ganz anders: Aleksey Igudesmans erfrischend dissonante Dokumentation „Noseland“ mit dem Geiger Julius Rachlin.

Fußball-Fans Plácido Domingo und Lang Lang musizieren gemeinsam vor WM-Finale

Insgesamt sechster Auftritt des Tenors im Rahmen einer Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft


Die Musik im Fokus

Die Konzertwelt braucht neue Formate und Rituale? Markus Fein, Intendant der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, im Gespräch.


Classical Records: @Classical_LPs Rare #Classical #Vinyl #LPs in stock at …

Russell Haswell: @Russell_Haswell Earplugs provided as Aldeburgh targets a new audience @aldeburghmusic @RussellHaswell @EXAUDIensemble 

Classical Ear: @Classical_Ear Lots of new musical experiences for less than the cost of a coffee per month: the #Classical Ear app.


Ghanian football fans at the 2006 World Cup

Photo: The Guardian

(Written on June 13, 2014 )

Following a wonderful recital at London’s National Geographic store yesterday, Katherine Bryan is thrilled to announce to release of her second album today. The rising flautist performs concertos by American composer Christopher Rouse and French composer Jacques Ibert, demonstrating her versatility as a artist as well as her virtuosic and astounding technical style. The disc also features Debussy’s Syrinx and Frank Martin’s Ballade.

Katherine is Principal Flute and currently a musician in residence with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, under the baton of Jac van Steen, who she performs with on the CD.

Katherine Bryan plays Flute Concertos by Christopher Rouse and Jacques Ibert can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon.

Keep up to date with news from Katherine through her Facebook, Twitter and regular posts of the WildKat PR blog.


(Written on May 20, 2013 )

The Independent

English National Opera’s beards smell “like wet dog”

…and The Barber of Seville requires 28 of them

The Guardian

The Rest Is Noise festival: the third instalment – Paris

The Southbank Centre’s head of classical music introduces the third part of the Rest Is Noise season – with the action switching to Paris and the worlds of Josephine Baker and Stravinsky

Helen Boaden offered BBC audio and music job

Bob Shennan had been favourite to take the post, but director of news is being lined up for role under new DG Lord Hall

The Guardian Music Blog

Guardian launches Tracks of the Week music service with Rough Trade stores

Want six new music tracks handpicked by the folk at Rough Trade and the Guardian landing in your inbox each week? Better still, for the service’s first month, everything is free if you sign up now

Classical Music Magazine

Michael Brewer found guilty of sexual abuse of former pupil who committed suicide during trial

Mike Brewer, former director of music at Chetham’s School of Music and a founder of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, has today been convicted of sexual abuse at Manchester Crown Court.


London celebrates Richard Wagner’s bicentenary with ‘Wagner 200’

2013 festival, running from May to December, features many of the city’s leading cultural institutions

Classic FM

Thomas Newman’s Skyfall wins BAFTA for Original Music

Composer Thomas Newman has been awarded the BAFTA Film Award for Original Music, beating competition from John Williams, Dario Marianelli and others.

NPR Deceptive Cadence

Remembering Pioneering American Conductor, Poet And Anime Inspiration James DePreist

Pioneering American conductor, National Medal of Arts winner and poet James DePreist died early this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 76 years old.

Limelight Magazine

Julie Andrews to tour Australia

The legendary performer will appear on stage with an old pal from the Sound of Music.

Music Week

Could Amazon sell secondhand digital music?

A patent for re-selling digital content has been granted to online retailer Amazon.

British artists claim one in seven US artist album sales in 2012

British artists secured 13.7% of US artist album sales last year, helped on by the success of acts such as One Direction, Adele and Mumford & Sons.

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The Independent


(Written on February 11, 2013 )

Today we are discussing the responses we got from our new feature What’s your View?” -with the question “Where do you buy classical music and in what form?” It’s interesting to see the variety of forms that people collect music and it’s also interesting to see that the divide in methods is not entirely generational but centres more on how involved and enthusiastic people are about classical music.

Many people still listen to and record music from the radio, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM being the most popular. Is the reason they’re still popular based on how they work? People can call in to request their favourite works or recordings and they will be played. Classic FM also has a weekly chart of the most popular classical pieces, this appeals to a more mainstream classical listener. Do people prefer to listen to the radio as they are learning more in the process? The classical demographic still sees the radio as an essential outlet for their music which is a big contrast to the popular music radio stations, which are dealing with a falling number of listeners. Is this because classical music has a niche audience which will never change and popular music audiences change their preferences regularly?

It was mostly the older generation still buying physical copies of music from shops and they were not limited to CD format, there were people buying LP’s, minidiscs and tapes. We were told about some good shops in Soho, London where classical enthusiasts can hunt for their favourite recordings, one such store is Harold Moores, which is a quaint little store with a welcoming environment. There is of course the corporate stores such as HMV which do have a variety of classical recordings but mostly new releases or albums that have been or are on the classical charts. Does hunting through an old record shop with a large catalogue of classical music excite and stimulate people?

The internet has clearly become an essential in all aspects of communication and purchasing in the last ten years so it’s no surprise that people use it in a variety of ways to buy music. Some people like bargains so they buy hard copies, usually CD’s and sometimes second hand from amazon and eBay. Amazon has an amazing catalogue of classical music and you can find almost any relevant recording and some more conspicuous ones. iTunes is also a front runner of online music purchasing but unlike Amazon there is less variety of classical music on offer and it only comes in digital form. Is the digital form of music on the rise due to iPods and mp3 players that require digital copies? The digital music database Spotify has become increasingly popular with the younger generation as it offers the opportunity to listen to any of the pieces on it’s catalogue for free (if you have an account). Naxos is very popular for classical music listeners as it is strictly for classical music, even universities encourage their music students to use it for their studies!

Does where you access music depend less on convenience and entirely on the actual recording itself? Most people who buy classical music are classically inclined and have particular recordings of certain ensembles, artists and works that they prefer, so they don’t mind having it as an LP or tape. The younger generation are increasingly buying digital copies online is this down to convenience, or could it be that they have not yet ripened their musical preferences? It might also be good to consider where SHOULD we buy music from? If we carry on buying online we will put other outlets out of business, is a happy medium between methods required to keep some industries afloat and to also keep the excitement of hunting for your recording in an old store, whether it be vinyl, tape or CD?

How do you get your music and in what format? Can you relate to any of the above? Would it be fair to say that as classical music is timeless and that it doesn’t matter how or where we get it, as long as we have it?

(Written on September 8, 2010 )