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In todays news: A new programme for Spitalfields, Sistema’s Scotland children’s orchestra brings the noise, the Edge is helping out musicians in the flooded Texas area, the Chicago Lyric Opera recieves a suprise funding and you should listen to music while you work. A central place in Leipzig will be named after Kurt Masur, the results are in for this years Concours Nicati. In Florence the Franco Zeffirelli Center will opens its doors this September, while the director of the Rossini Festival in Pesaro quits after 38 seasons.

BBC News

Children’s orchestra makes a Big Noise in Dundee

Sistema Scotland’s fourth children’s orchestra has launched in Dundee backed by a £325,000 funding boost.


The Edge Helping to Replace Instruments for Musicians Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Edge’s Music Rising charity, which provided new instruments to musicians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and restored school music programs in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, is now focusing its efforts on raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The Telegraph

Why you should listen to music while you work, according to scientific findings

Some prefer to labour in peace. Others find blaring their favourite tunes helps keep them productive. Hitherto it has been matter of personal preference. But now scientific research has uncovered that listening to music can actually be beneficial while you work.

Classical Music Magazine

Spitalfields Music announces 2017 festival

Spitalfields Music has revealed the programme for its 2017 Festival, which has been guest curated by conductor André de Ridder.

Classical Music Magazine

Derek Bourgeois (16 October 1941– 6 September 2017)

English composer Derek Bourgeois has died aged 75.

John Maxwell Geddes (1941-2017)

Composer John Maxwell Geddes has died following a short illness.

Slipped disc

Shock as Rossini Festival Boss quits after 38 Seasons

The resignation of Gianfranco Mariotti today came as a shock to the Italian opera infrastructure.

Millionenspende für die Chicago Lyric Opera

Die Chicago Lyric Opera, eines der größten Opernhäuser der Vereinigten Staaten, hat eine Spende in Millionenhöhe erhalten.

Codex Flores

Preisträgerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati

In Bern sind die Gewinnerinnen des diesjährigen Concours Nicati bestimmt worden. Den Hochschul-Wettbwerb für die Interpretation zeitgenössischer Musik haben zwei Klarinettistinnen und eine Geigerin gewonnen.

BR Klassik

Posthume Ehrung für den grossen Dirigenten

Bereits seit 1989 war Kurt Masur Ehrenbürger der Stadt Leipzig. 1997 wurde er Ehrendirigent des Gewandhausorchesters, das er zuvor fast dreißig Jahre lang als Kapellmeister geleitet hatte.

France Musique

Un centre dédié à l’univers de Franco Zeffirelli voit le jour à Florence

Installé dans un ancien couvent à l’architecture baroque, situé juste derrière le Palazzo Vecchio, le Centre International des arts du spectacle Franco Zeffirelli est prêt à accueillir le public.

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the Children’s orchestra in Dundee

(Written on September 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Alan Davey speaks about the lack of diversity in the classical music sector, Prom 19 celebrates Bowie with a reinterpretation of his music, and Cleveland International Piano Competition becomes a quadrennial festival. Also, the Pacific Symphony features Sheena Easton in the music of James Bond, and Hartmut Haenchen talks about having only two weeks to rehearse for the Bayreuth Festival.

Music Week

‘Diversity is crucial for classical music – we’re missing out on creativity’

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has spoken to Music Week about the lack of diversity in the classical music sector and what can be done to address the issue.

BBC News

Is David Bowie the ultimate crossover composer?

Prom 19 celebrates Bowie with a reinterpretation of his music by the Berlin-based, genre-defying musicians’ collective s t a r g a z e and its Artistic Director André de Ridder.


The 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards Shortlist

The Gramophone Awards are the most prestigious in the world of classical music. Here are the 72 shortlisted recordings that will be competing for honours in 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

August’s new music

Falling in the Fire is not the piece Charlotte Bray had planned to write. The original idea was that the concerto would grow out of Perseus – a composition for cello and piano written for Guy Johnston in 2015.

Cleveland International Piano Competition becomes quadrennial festival

IP looks ahead to the finals of this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition on 5 & 6 August. Find out more about an event that’s transforming itself into a quadrennial festival celebrating many facets of the art of piano playing.


Pacific Symphony Features Sheena Easton in the Music of James Bond, August 21

For the second to last concert of Pacific Symphony’s Summer Festival 2016 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre-the audience is sure to hear these words ringing in their ears: The name is Bond…James Bond.

The Inquirer

An era ends: Last Center City store with classical recordings to close

After Aug. 31, the Beanie Boos will be gone, and so will the nicely curated collection of new and used classical CDs, DVDs, and vinyl in the southeast mezzanine space just above the Land Title post office.


‘Ich bin schneller als Toscanini’

Hartmut Haenchen ist eingesprungen, als den Bayreuther Festspielen ihr Dirigent für den „Parsifal“ absprang, zwei Wochen vor Premiere. Das Publikum jubelt. Wie hat er das gemacht? Ein Interview.


Verleihung des Reinhard Schulz-Preises an Theresa Beyer

Nach Patrick Hahn (2012) und Benedikt Leßmann (2014) erhielt die für den Schweizer Radio SRF 2 Kultur arbeitende Musikethnologin den Nachwuchspreis.

Spiegel Online

Jazz-Crossover: Suche nach Sounds

Die heutige Jazzermusiker-Generation wurde auch klassisch ausgebildet. Sie beherrscht neben der Improvisation das Komponieren und experimentiert mit genreübergreifenden Projekten.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Opera doesn’t just move you emotionally

nmz @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Ingolstädter Jazzförderpreis 2016 geht an Simon Mack

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Wagner zum Wochenstart: Hier gibt’s den kompletten “Fliegenden ” aus zum Nachhören!


Conductor Hartmut Haenchen © dpa

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

Classic FM Online

Barenboim to conduct Abbado tribute at La Scala

Daniel Barenboim, the current music director of La Scala, will lead the Milan opera house’s orchestra in a tribute to former La Scala director Claudio Abbado, who died on Monday.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim returns: Southbank Centre launches 2014-15 classical season

With 20 new commissions, a percussion festival and performers including Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle and Maria João Pires, the commitment to contemporary music is core.

BBC News

Canterbury cathedral’s first girls’ choir to make debut

For nearly 1000 years the only voices heard singing in Canterbury Cathedral’s choirs were male – but that will all change when the cathedral’s first girls’ choir makes its debut this weekend.
New York Times

Where a Storied Classical Label Embraces Rockers

Deutsche Grammophon, once the most staid of the world’s classical music labels, is releasing “St. Carolyn by the Sea,” a collection of works by Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist in the National, and Jonny Greenwood, the lead guitarist in Radiohead. The album, recorded by the Copenhagen Philharmonic, led by André de Ridder, is due out March 3.

The Independent

With most lyric theatres in Italy unable to pay bills or wages, the financial crisis afflicting the birth place of the art form appears more serious than ever – and is prompting those involved in opera to call for a rethink on how its theatres are funded and operated.

A look at the homes of classical stars

BBC News

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(Written on January 24, 2014 )

To say that we are excited about working with British composer Max Richter would be an understatement.

You might be familiar with Max’s previous works: his film scoring (Waltz for Bashir, Prometheus, Shutter Island), his artistic collaborations with Tilda Swinton, Julian Opie and Robert Wyatt amongst others, or you might have been lucky to see his dance and ballet music being performed. Max also created the chamber opera Sum, which premiered to great acclaim at the Royal Opera House.

Max’s latest project is daring, contemporary but with a very classical core and sound: He re-imagined Vivaldi’s famous The Four Seasons and ‘recomposed’ it for Deutsche Grammophon’s Recomposed series. Violinist Daniel Hope, conductor André de Ridder and the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin joined Max’s project for the recording.

Recomposed by Max Richter will be released in the UK on 29th October 2012 followed by a concert at Barbican Hall on 31st October 2012 with Daniel Hope, André de Ridder and Britten Sinfonia.

And… Watch out for the #Recomposed Classical Takeover across London this October!

(Written on September 18, 2012 )