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In todays news: Game of Thrones soundtrack becomes a live show, studies show music is good for the heart, BBC Radio 3 & 4 compete for morning audiences, Sarah Connolly’s take on opera’s “ridiculous” harassment anxiety, Oldenburger Staatstheater relocates to a tent, a new concert hall in Munich Werksviertel has been approved, and Bachfest Leipzig gets new director.

The Times

Music to slay dragons by: the Game of Thrones experience

The show’s composer Ramin Djawadi tells us how his soundtrack has become a live show.

The Guardian 

Radio 3 is winning the breakfast battle with Radio 4 – but the war is not won

The classical music station’s morning programme has seen an 11% rise in listeners, but it must be bolder and broader if it wants to attract new listeners elsewhere.

Classical-music 

Royal Wedding 2018: Who is performing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?

What to expect from the music at this year’s most talked-about wedding

Harvard Health

Tuning in: How music may affect your heart

Listening to music may boost exercise ability, ease stress and anxiety, and enhance recovery from strokes.

The Telegraph

Sarah Connolly on opera’s ‘ridiculous’ harassment anxiety and working with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones

Rupert Christiansen interviews mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Connolly.

Broadway World

Five Musicians to Receive Ford Musician Awards From League of American Orchestras

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras at the League’s 73rd National Conference in Chicago.

The New York Times

15 Classical Music Festivals to See This Summer

From Bernstein centennials at Tanglewood to Mahler in the desert, concerts across the country you don’t want to miss this season.

Pizzicato

Cleveland Institute of Music to launch most diverse class in school history

Cleveland Institute of Music will welcome 162 of the world’s most talented classical music students into its inaugural class of the new Minority Artist Fellowship programme for African-American and Latino students.

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Google startet neuen Musikdienst bei YouTube

Google macht einen neuen Anlauf im Musik-Streaming, diesmal unter der Marke der Videoplattform YouTube. Der neue Dienst YouTube Music wird Zugang zu Songs und Musikvideos bieten. Neben einer werbefinanzierten Gratis-Variante gibt es ein Abo-Modell ohne Anzeigen, das auch Downloads erlaubt.

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Oldenburger Staatstheater zieht in Zirkuszelt

Aufgrund von Bauarbeiten zur Verbesserung des Brandschutzes am Großen Haus zieht das Staatstheater Oldenburg bis Anfang Juli in ein Zirkuszelt am Hafen um. Das Zelt verfügt über 1.000 Sitzplätze, fast doppelt so viele wie im großen Haus. Mehr als 40 Vorstellungen soll das Ausweichquartier in dieser Zeit beherbergen.

BR Klassik

Neues Konzerthaus München Grünes Licht für Vertrag mit Architekturbüro

Mit dem neuen Konzerthaus im Münchener Werksviertel geht es voran: Der Haushaltsausschuss des Bayerischen Landtags hat den Weg frei gemacht für eine Auftragsvergabe an die Sieger des Architekturwettbewerbs, das Büro Cukrowicz Nachbaur aus Bregenz.

Musik Heute

Der Musikwissenschaftler Michael Maul wird neuer Intendant des Bachfestes Le

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A live concert spin-off from Game of Thrones will feature a 20-strong choir and 40-odd-piece orchestra © The Times

(Written on May 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic BRITs announce sponsors, BBC radio wary of streaming services, queer Korean opera, orchestra performs Prince’s repertoire alongside Questlove, Conductor Currentzis and his „Fokus“-programme in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Pianists Danae und Kiveli Dörren invite chamber music lovers to their Molyvos Music Festival, and acoustics seem off in the newly opened Elbphilharmonie.

Music Week 

Apple Music, Classic FM and PPL partner with Classic BRITs

The Classic BRIT Awards has revealed its official partners for this year’s ceremony. The awards show, which will air on ITV, takes place on June 13 at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Telegraph 

Radio could be killed by streaming services, head of BBC radio warns

BBC radio is under threat from streaming giants and must reinvent itself to survive, the corporation’s most senior music executive has said.

Classical-music.com

An unusual competition for young musicians

Most people enter a competition in order to win. The Two Moors Festival’s Young Musicians scheme, however, looks for four winners instead of one and provide a mini masterclass to each candidate.

The Guardian

Trojan Women: the Greek tragedy that became a queer Korean opera

A bold new show retells the Euripides classic through traditional pansori, K-pop and the story of ‘comfort women’ in the second world war.

Billboard

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Tour Slated for Fall

Prince will be celebrated with the 35-city 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, comprising of a full symphony orchestra for the first time, playing alongside a live band featuring vocalists.

Broadway World

Pianist Boris Giltburg Joins Pacific Symphony For A Night Of Russian Classical Music

Making his first appearance with Pacific Symphony, Moscow-born Israeli pianist, Boris Giltburg, brings fresh dynamism to one of the world’s best known piano concertos-Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Mehr als ein Dirigent: Der auf den Klippen tanzt

Seit Jahren schafft Teodor Currentzis es schon, die Klassik-Szene in Atem zu halten. Nun beschließt der Dirigent die ihm gewidmete „Fokus“-Reihe in der Alten Oper mit einem Rameau-Programm.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Doktor Faustus

Alfred Huber ist Arzt und im Nebenberuf Komponist.

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Schubert mit Schafen

Die Pianistinnen Danae und Kiveli Dörken laden ihre Künstlerfreunde zum Molyvos Music Festival ein, um auf Lesbos ein rauschendes Fest der Kammermusik zu feiern.

El País

Bioética del instrumento musical

Bernard Sève ahonda en las relaciones entre música y filosofía en un sorprendente ensayo.

The New York Times

Remembering Glenn Branca: Hear 10 of His Essential Works

Glenn Branca died this week at 69. The musician and composer spent decades shaping the worlds of avant-garde rock and contemporary classical music.

nmz

Zumutung oder Offenbarung?

Nicht mehr und nicht weniger als ein gebautes Wunder erwartete die Welt, als am 11. Januar 2017 die Elbphilharmonie ihre Pforten öffnete.

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Prince performs at Skanderborg Festival 2013 in Denmark © PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images

 

 

 

(Written on May 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: British Museum launches first music festival, Wigmore Hall International Strings Competition winners announced, disruption at the Royal Opera House as outsourced security teams threaten strike action. German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn, Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize and Germany’s Echo prize to reconsider award process.

Classical-Music.com

The British Museum launches its first music festival

A two-week festival at the British Museum hopes to combine classical and contemporary music with its global historical exhibitions.

Music of the Holocaust available to watch after 20 years in archive

Acclaimed documentary The Music of Terezín has been recovered to view by the public on the Music and the Holocaust website.

Thoroughly Good

Wigmore Hall competition winner announced after weekend-long finals

International String Quartet Competition attracts string quartets of the highest calibre, with members aged under 35, who are keen to pursue performing careers at the highest level.

The Stage

Unrest at ROH as security staff threaten strike action

Security at the London venue is outsourced to a company called Corps Security, which determines pay for its personnel. The allegations of bullying also relate to Corps Security, not the Royal Opera House management

ATG expands into German venue operation with acquisition of five theatres

Ambassador Theatre Group will acquire five new venues in Germany as it announces a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment.

Music Business Worldwide

GEMA revenue up 5% in 2017 to reach €1.07bn

German collection society GEMA increased its revenues by 5% last year to hit €1.074bn. That’s up 5%, or nearly €50 million from 2016 thanks in part to a rise in income from the public performance of music, radio and TV, as well as a payment for the so called ‘iPhone tax’.

philly.com

Philly Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon now wins $100,000 Nemmers Prize, too

Jennifer Higdon has been awarded the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition for 2018, given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement […].

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Barockes Opernhaus in Bayreuth : Hier könnte etwas Zukunftsweisendes entstehen

In Bayreuth ist das Opernhaus der Markgräfin Wilhelmine aus dem Jahr 1748 wiedereröffnet worden. Warum ist bislang nur eine Gelegenheitsbespielung geplant? Wie Leben in den Weltkulturerbe-Bau kommen könnte.

nmz

Nach heftiger Kritik: Echo-Veranstalter wollen Preis überarbeiten

Wegen des Proteststurms nach der Echo-Verleihung an die Rapper Kollegah und Farid Bang will der Veranstalter das Konzept erneuern.

Musik Heute

Thüringer Bachwochen ziehen positive Bilanz

Rund 18.000 Besucher sind zu den Thüringer Bachwochen gekommen. Die 53 Veranstaltungen seien zu 80 Prozent ausgelastet gewesen, teilten die Organisatoren am Sonntag mit.

Le Monde

Jean-Claude Malgoire, hautboïste et chef d’orchestre, est mort

Pionnier de la musique ancienne et représentant du courant des « Baroqueux », il s’est éteint à l’âge de 77 ans.

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Composer Jennifer Higdon (c) Karli Cadel

 

(Written on April 16, 2018 )

Naomi Belshaw is to take up a newly created position of PR Executive & Manager at WildKat PR from May 2018. Naomi currently works at PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager.

At WildKat, Naomi will provide strategic direction for composers, independent artists and ensembles, in addition to advising on rights, royalties and licensing opportunities. She will also manage the campaigns of specific clients.

Kathleen Alder, Founder of WildKat PR commented:

“We are thrilled to have Naomi join our London team to work across our offices. Her years at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation, both in very different capacities, mean we are developing and strengthening our offerings for independent artists and projects, from vital funding advice to consulting on sync and licensing.

Naomi has always been someone we admire and love collaborating with in the industry, and this is an exciting time for the company, as part of our current expansion and development of our service offerings.”

Naomi commented:

“I am delighted to announce that I will soon be joining the team at WildKat PR. I am really looking forward to working more closely with UK composers, ensembles and artists to help them realise their aspirations and pass on the knowledge that I have gained from working at PRS for Music and PRS Foundation over the last 5 years.”

(Written on February 20, 2018 )