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“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to champion the talent and creativity of their artists through dynamic events in London. There is a spectrum of activities planned for the summer across a range of music forms and disciplines, which we look forward to sharing with the public through our creative services, including PR, marketing, social media & content creation.” – Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing, Olivia Brown.

Established in 1995, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) is a statutory body set up by the Government to support the broad development of the arts in Hong Kong. The major roles of HKADC are to fund, promote and support the broad development of the arts including literary arts, performing arts, visual arts as well as film and media arts in Hong Kong. Aiming to foster a thriving arts environment and enhancing the quality of life of the public, HKADC is also committed to facilitating community-wide participation in the arts and arts education, encouraging arts criticism, raising the standard of arts administration and strengthening the work on policy research.

After several successful overseas exchanges in Seoul, Düsseldorf, Venice, and Adelaide, they now want to take a leap to develop new opportunities for Hong Kong’s most preeminent artist, invest in the territory’s soft power and continue sharing their homegrown talents with the world.

This July 2017, they will organise the “Hong Kong Music Series”, an exceptional music festival to present an outstanding selection of Hong Kong music productions involving over 70 Hong Kong musical talents in London.

They will invite music industry professionals and welcome all audiences to discover the creativity, dynamism and vibrancy of Hong Kong’s artists and talents through five different shows and concerts in several venues across London. Performances and events will range from traditional classical to contemporary music, and from Chinese music theatre to chamber opera and jazz.

By providing opportunities for Hong Kong musicians and composers to showcase their talent on international stage, HKADC hopes that the world will gain higher interest and understanding to Hong Kong’s vibrant music scene. “Hong Kong Music Series” also aims to create a new musical dialogue and forge new cultural exchanges between the two metropolises, Hong Kong and London.

The events will run from 7th to 28th July 2017, so stay tuned for more information about the line-up!

Hong Kong Music Series” is funded by the Hong Kong Government and is one of the celebration programmes of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

WildKat PR will create and develop a PR, social media and marketing campaign for Hong Kong Arts Development Council

 

(Written on March 16, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Glastonbury ticket website crashes, Jonathan Cohen is named music director of Les Violons du Roy, and Peter Allen, a voice on the radio for the Met Opera, dies at 96. Also, Anna Netrebko wins an Echo Klassik award and the Arts Council announces its budgets.

The Guardian

Glastonbury ticket website crashes

Would-be festivalgoers feel frustration as the website selling Glastonbury festival tickets shows up as unavailable when ticket sale was due to begin on Sunday morning.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music Foundation announces new Women Make Music grantees

PRS for Music Foundation has awarded 16 new music creators grants through its Women Make Music programme.

Jonathan Cohen named music director of Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy has appointed Jonathan Cohen as music director. The British conductor, harpsichordist and cellist will take up the position with the 2018/19 season, continuing until 2021. He will begin serving as designated music director in February 2017, taking over from Bernard Labadie.

Arts Council announces budgets for 2018-2022

Arts Council England is to spend an extra £47m each year on its main funding streams until 2022. The organisation will spend £622m per year for its national portfolio, grants for arts and culture, and strategic funds.

Birmingham Conservatoire to host Reger Centenary Festival

The Reger Centenary Festival will take place 14-18 October at Birmingham Conservatoire. The five-day festival will focus on different aspects of Reger’s compositions and those who influenced him, as well as placing his organ works in the wider context of his chamber and solo music.

The Washington Post

Classical artists show that when it comes to new music, pop may be better

How do you get people to like contemporary music? As classical music presenters continue to ask themselves this question, they overlook one salient point: There’s a large body of music that does appeal, easily, to contemporary audiences. It’s called pop music.

The New York Times

Peter Allen, a Voice on the Radio for the Met Opera, Dies at 96

Peter Allen, whose nonoperatically light tenor and precise but not pedantic style introduced more than 500 performances for the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.

Neue Musikzeitung

Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler mit 67 Jahren gestorben

Hamburgs Kultursenatorin Barbara Kisseler (parteilos) ist tot. Die Politikerin starb am vergangenen Freitag im Alter von 67 Jahren nach schwerer Krankheit, teilte Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz (SPD) am Montag in Hamburg mit.

Berliner Morgenpost

Echo Klassik für Anna Netrebko und Campino

Der Echo Klassik ist der wichtigste deutsche Musikpreis im klassischen Bereich. Die begehrte Trophäe, die der Bundesverband Musikindustrie jedes Jahr für neue CDs verleiht, wurde in 22 Kategorien an 57 Gewinner vergeben. Die russische Sopranistin Anna Netrebko wurde diesmal Sängerin des Jahres.

Berliner Zeitung

Eklat beim Staatsballett

Der Protest gegen die Berufung von Sasha Waltz und Johannes Öhmann als neue Doppelspitze für das Jahr 2019 spitzte sich bei der „Nussknacker“-Premiere weiter zu. Vor der deutschen Oper protestierten Ballett-Mütter, drinnen erhob sich eine Welle von Buhrufen gegen den Regierenden Bürgermeister und Kultursenator Michael Müller.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Giant of Italian opera Giuseppe Verdi was born in 1813.

Top Classical News @topcmnews Clayton Piano Festival brings classical music to the masses – News & Observer

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Peter Allen. Credit: Nancy Siesel/The New York Times

Peter Allen. Credit: Nancy Siesel/The New York Times

(Written on October 10, 2016 )

Classical News

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera, the Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition & Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés. Also, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha becomes ENO’s Official Piano Partner

Yamaha has been appointed as the Official Piano Partner of English National Opera in London, making Yamaha the exclusive supplier of pianos to ENO. The partnership sees ENO become the first opera company to use Yamaha’s revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano, now located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

St John’s Smith Square appoints development manager

St John’s Smith Square has appointed Lynn Simmonds as development manager. Simmonds joins St John’s from New Philanthropy Capital, where she supported charities, including cultural organisations, to assess their impact and generate new income.

BBC Music Magazine

Rolston String Quartet takes top prize at Banff

The Rolston String Quartet has won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. ‘I can’t believe it!’ viola player Hezekiah Leung said of his group’s win, ‘It has been a dream of ours even to be here’.

Radio Prague

Czech musicians bring classical music concerts to cafés

Enjoy your coffee while listening to Beethoven, have a glass of wine while listening to Mozart and quench your thirst with contemporary music and mineral water, suggests a new project that brings classical musicians to cafés all around the Czech Republic. The series of concerts, which aim at raising public interest in classical music, was launched on Friday at a café in Prague’s district of Holešovice.

The Irish Times

Opera funding seems arbitrary and unaccountable

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This scheme offers grants of up to €20,000 and supports a truly diverse selection of musical endeavours.

San Diego Reader

The feminine future of classical music

Women continue to balance the disparity in classical music leadership.

NBC DFW

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra votes to authorize a strike

Instead of striking up the band, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. They voted Tuesday night, after rejecting the most recent offer from management over proposed pay cuts.

The Irish Times

Composers on the state of classical music in Ireland today

‘Composing the Island’ celebrates 100 years of music by Irish composers, written between 1916 and 2016. What do composers think about Irish music now?

nmz

SPD-Haushaltsexperte: Bund soll Berliner Staatsoper übernehmen

Der SPD-Haushaltsexperte Johannes Kahrs hat sich dafür ausgesprochen, dass der Bund die Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden übernimmt. „Das wäre für alle Beteiligten die sauberste, klarste und einfachste Lösung“.

Klassik heute

Bayerisches Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko auf Europa-Tournee

Das Bayerische Staatsorchester und GMD Kirill Petrenko gehen im September 2016 auf ausgedehnte Europa-Tournee, bevor das Orchester 2017 wieder nach Japan reist und für 2018 sein Debüt in New York plant.

BR Klassik

Neuer Chef Igor Zelensky öffnet die Ballett-Türen

Negative Schlagzeilen, die seinem Amtsantritt vorausgeeilt sind, bringen Igor Zelensky scheinbar nicht aus der Ruhe, der Russe hat Großes vor – und lässt sich bei der Arbeit gerne über die Schulter schauen. Am Samstag öffnet er allen Ballettinteressierten die Türen zum Probensaal des Bayerischen Staatsballetts.

Twitter

Opera Today @operatoday New Staging of Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met’s 50th Anniversary Season

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ ‘It is a piece for a better world’ – Wim Henderickx on his new work Blossomings

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Photograph: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on September 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the full programme of courses and concerts for 2016, and Harold Budd explains why he’s not scared to sound pretty. Also, The Guardian lists classical music’s highlights of the year, and BBC Store offers an exclusive 25% discount

The Guardian

Harold Budd: the ambient music master floats again

Returning to New York for a rare concert, the composer, whose work with Brian Eno helped shape ambient music, explains he’s not scared to sound pretty

BBC Music Magazine

Enjoy an exclusive 25% discount at BBC Store

We present the best of the BBC Store (according to us…)

Classical Music Magazine

Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2016

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the full programme of courses and concerts for 2016

Sinfini

Sinfini Music on TV

Sinfini Music’s acclaimed animation of Bach’s First Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier is now available to watch via a new TV app

The Guardian

The top 10 classical concerts and operas of 2015

Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle led masterful surveys of Beethoven and Sibelius, the Proms made it great to stay up late, and opera brought moments both comic and surreal. Our combined critics list classical music’s highlights of the year

KlassikAkzente

Die Macht ist stark mit John Williams! – Diese Woche wird der Soundtrack zu “Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht” veröffentlicht

Einen Tag nach Kinostart des brandneuen Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht ist es soweit: Am 18. Dezember 2015 erscheint der originale Soundtrack zum Film aus der Feder der fünffach oscargekrönten Filmmusiklegende John Williams

NMZ

Fast eine Million Euro für zwei Kulturprojekte in Sachsen

Die Kulturstiftung des Bundes unterstützt zwei neue Projekte in Sachsen mit insgesamt rund 990 000 Euro

Klassik.com

Montserrat Caballé wegen Steuerbetrugs verurteilt

Die spanische Opernsängerin Montserrat Caballé (82) ist wegen Steuerhinterziehung zu einer Haftstrafe von sechs Monaten und einer Strafzahlung von 250.000 Euro verurteilt worden

El Mundo 

Alberto Urretxo: ‘La música clásica es la cultura popular

Es desde 1998 Trombón solista de la BOS además de profesor de Repertorio de Orquesta y Música de Cámara en el Conservatorio Superior de Euskadi

The New York Times 

The Operatic Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Shifts His Tone, and His Persona

Two decades into a starry operatic career, Mr. Flórez, at 42, is entering a new vocal phase: He is now singing the role of Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” more heroic than the bubbly coloratura characters that made him famous

Twitter

Arts Council EnglandGreat art & culture brings everyone together at . Even turkeys. Get colouring in!

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Andris Nelsons with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Photograph: Andrew Fox/The Guardian

(Written on December 16, 2015 )

This week, the classical music news has been dominated by articles concerning arts funding. Here is a summary of the latest developments and who has been talking about the changes which could have such a great impact on the creative industries.

Earlier in the week….

The BBC reported George Osborne’s announcement, “Culture is one of the best investments we can make.”

The Department for Culture Media and Sport’s (DCMS) overall budget is to be cut by 5% – far less than some feared; the administration budget will be cut by 20% and entrance to national museums will remain free.

Arts Professional declared that Arts Council England’s grant is expected to rise by between 1-2% over the next five years.

The settlement will enable the Arts Council to invest in it’s 684 national museums, galleries, theatres, dance, opera and ballet companies at the same level until at least 2018.

Classical Music Magazine reports that the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, has announced the reinstatement of funding for arts and sports in Northern Ireland.

Today…..

Classical Music Magazine is concerned that the BBC’s funding will be cut again.

The BBC is the biggest employer of professional musicians and spends approximately £125m per year on music including musicians, composers, orchestras and collective management organisations. Isabelle Gutierrez writes that the licence fee remains the most effective way of maintaining funding. Many jobs in the creative industries are put at risk with each funding round, which does not increase the licence fee in line with inflation. The latest funding deal, agreed in July 2015, reduces BBC funding by making it responsible for the costs of free TV licences to the over-75s, cutting £750m a year from income by 2020.

On a positive note….

Arts professional discussed the UK Cities Culture Report 2015, which demonstrates that cities view culture as key to high quality of life; it also boosts tourism.

The report notes that cities are increasingly committed to using culture as a catalyst for regeneration, either because culture is “an engine for skill enhancement” or because it can “create a ‘sense of place’ which will encourage companies to relocate and enable a city to attract talent”. They are also recognising the value of culture in promoting “tolerance, equality and diversity”. As we head towards devolution, cities are collaborating with their cultural sectors in order to source funding.

Sign the #LetItBe campaign to protect the wonderful music services provided by the BBC!

(Written on November 27, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the results of Sound and Music’s Composer Commissioning Survey are revealed, Royal Scottish National Orchestra relocates to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, ‘La Marseillaise’ is played around the World and Sebastian Schwartz is appointed general director at Glyndebourne. Also, the winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards are announced

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music survey highlights problems faced by composers

The results of Sound and Music’s Composer Commissioning Survey 2015 have been revealed. The survey was first conducted in 2014 in response to increasingly frequent remarks over the worsening environment for the creation of new music

The National

Royal Scottish National Orchestra moves to bespoke new home in Glasgow city centre

Scotland’s national orchestra has relocated to a new home in Glasgow city centre. The construction of a purpose-built rehearsal and recording facility for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and a new 600-seat music auditorium was completed last month

The New York Times

After Paris Attacks, ‘La Marseillaise’ Echoes Around the World in Solidarity

It rang out at the Metropolitan Opera, with Plácido Domingo conducting, and before performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and others. Muslim leaders sang it in Paris at the scene of one of Friday’s deadly terror attacks

Classical Music Magazine

Paul Hamlyn Foundation award winners announced

Composers Brian Irvine, Adem Ilhan and Peter Wareham have been named winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2015. Each winner receives £50,000 over three years, with no obligations or conditions as to how the money is used

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne appoints Sebastian Schwartz as general director

Glyndebourne has appointed Sebastian F. Schwartz as general director. He will take up the new role in May 2016, becoming the opera company’s seventh general director

NMZ

Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung fördert 15 Musikprojekte

In den Projekten erhalten junge Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen die Chance, an kultureller Bildung teilzuhaben und das Miteinander und Verständnis füreinander zu lernen

Klassik.com

Medal of Freedom für Geiger Itzhak Perlman

Der Violinist und Dirigent Itzhak Perlman erhält die Presidential Medal of Freedom, die als höchste zivile Auszeichnung der USA gilt

Codex Flores

Kammerorchester Basel reist nach Australien

Das Kammerorchester Basel gastiert zum ersten Mal in seiner Geschichte in Australien. Eingeladen hat das Australian Chamber Orchestra. Als Solistin reist die Cellistin Sol Gabetta mit

El Pais

“Mi música es una mezcla de lógica y sentimiento”

El compositor Ludovico Einaudi, autor de la música del nuevo anuncio de la Lotería de Navidad, presenta su disco ‘Elements’

Scherzo

Antón Larrauri tiene ya su página web

El 21 de deciembre de este año se celebra el 15 aniversario del fallecimiento del compositor Antón Larrauri. Para tal ocasión un círculo de amigos del compositor ha colgado una biografía suya en Wikipedia junto a la creación de un blog llamado Circulolarrauri en el cual van introduciendo artículos referidos a su figura y obra

Twitter

Arts Council: England ‏@ace_national  Celebrate LGBT arts and culture in Birmingham @shoutfestival #ShoutFestival15 http://bit.ly/1MMJfBM

WhatsOnStage Opera: @WOSOpera  Sebastian F. Schwarz, deputy AD of Theater an der Wien in Vienna, appointed general director of @glyndebourne  w.e.f. May 2016

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L-R: Brian Irvine, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Emma Hart, Peter Wareham, Adem Ilhan, Tina Keane and Will Holder. Photo: Emile Holba, Classical Music Magazine

Paul Hamlyn Foundation award winners, L-R: Brian Irvine, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Emma Hart, Peter Wareham, Adem Ilhan, Tina Keane and Will Holder.
Photo: Emile Holba, Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on November 17, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, ROH has won two Lovie Awards and The New York Times reports that tenor Placido Domingo has had to withdraw from several performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Met. Also, composer, performer and Gramophone critic Duncan Druce has died

Classical Music Magazine

ROH wins at the Lovie Awards

The Royal Opera House has won two Lovie AwardsThe Opera Machine and the live stream of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (presented in association with the Roundhouse/BBC Arts) both won prizes

The Strad

University of Michigan to launch chamber music competition with $100,000 first prize

Sphinx Organisation founder Aaron Dworkin (pictured) is launching a new chamber music competition with a $100,000 grand prize

The New York Times

Domingo to Miss Several Met Performances

Plácido Domingo, the globe-trotting tenor-turned-baritone and conductor, has been hospitalized with an inflamed gallbladder that doctors plan to remove next week, forcing him to withdraw from several performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” that he was scheduled to conduct this month at the Metropolitan Opera, the company announced Wednesday

Gramophone

Duncan Druce, composer, performer and Gramophone critic, has died

Duncan Druce, who has written for Gramophone since 1997, has died at the age of 78

Arts Council England

Arts Council England launches Cultural Education Challenge

Arts Council England today urged all those working in the arts and education industries to work together in offering a consistent cultural education for all children and young people

NMZ

Jeder Musikhochschule ihr Landeszentrum – aber in fünf Jahren werden die Karten in Baden-Württemberg wohl wieder neu gemischt

Es war ein wenig überraschendes Ergebnis, das Wissenschaftsministerin Theresia Bauer in Stuttgart verkündete: An jeder der fünf baden-württembergischen Musikhochschulen wird es künftig ein so genanntes „Landeszentrum“ geben

Pizzicato

“Please help!” Says The Montreal Chamber Orchestra

The Montreal Chamber Orchestra has twittered an outcry to save the orchestra which is in a deep financial crisis that may threaten its future. Most of the orchestra’s funding comes from private donations

El Pais

La fotografía retrata el arrebato del jazz

Jazz jazz jazz es la crónica visual de la edad de oro del género musical que es, también, la del arte fotográfico

San Francisco Classical Voice

Free Fun for the Kids at Crowden Community Music Day Free Fun for the Kids at Crowden Community Music Day

This is one of the great annual events in the East Bay. Held every fall, the Crowden School in Berkeley opens its doors to children of all ages, but particularly younger children. This year, music day will be held this Sunday, October 18

Twitter

 Arts Award: @ArtsAward Taking part in this year’s @FamilyArtFest? Check out @ArtsAward‘s new resource for families http://po.st/U0wBDw

The Journal of Music@journalofmusic Sebastian Adams Appointed 2016 RTÉ Lyric FM Composer in Residence. http://ow.ly/TqyAO  @RTElyricfm @KirkosEnsemble

Norman Lebrecht@NLebrecht German singer shares home with 6 Syrian refugees https://shar.es/1ucahV  via @sharethis

Opera Machine, ROH Classical Music Magazine

Opera Machine, ROH
Classical Music Magazine

(Written on October 15, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports how heartbreak caused Tenor Stephen Costello to lose his voice just before going on stage, The Strad announces six finalists of the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, and Graham Keeley discusses unborn babies’ remarkable response to music

The Strad 

2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover names six finalists

The violinists will each perform a substantial concerto on 8 and 9 October before the winner of the €50,000 first prize is announced

BBC Music Magazine

From Bach to Bakes 

Hilary Hahn and Alexandra Dariescu on the art of cake-making…

Classic FM

Heartbreak made this singer lose his voice moments before going on stage 

Tenor Stephen Costello found he was unable to sing moments before performing Verdi’s La Traviata in New York. It was a side-effect of his separation from his wife, Ailyn Perez

The Times

Foetuses can dance to music at 16 weeks

The soothing tones of Mozart or Bach and the operatic rock of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody make foetuses as young as 16 weeks “dance” in the womb, a study has found

Pizzicato 

New York Has A New Venue For Contemporary Music

The brand-new concert hall, a place for exploration and discovery has fulfilled the goal to be a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike

KlassikAkzente

Er ist ein Mann des Understatements, der sympathischen Zurückhaltung. So gewaltig seine Gaben am Klavier auch sind und so sehr er das Publikum mitzureißen vermag, so still, besonnen und überlegt ist der Mensch Maurizio Pollini

Klassik-Heute

Edita Gruberova als Anna Bolena an der Wiener Staatsoper

Kammersängerin Edita Gruberova, die im Februar ihr 45jähriges Bühnenjubiläum an der Wiener Staatsoper feierte, kehrt am Freitag, 9. Oktober 2015 in der Titelpartie von Donizettis Anna Bolena zurück auf die Bühne des Hauses am Ring

El Pais

Santiago inaugura el primer museo dedicado a la cantautora y artista, creadora de himnos como ‘Gracias a la vida

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine What is the best setting of poetry by a composer? #NationalPoetryDay

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #APNews: New ‘Culture Zone’ to open at £22m conference centre in Cambridge

Arts Council England: @ace_national ICYMI: New Artsmark Award & website now open. Made by & for schools to deliver high quality arts & culture provision

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Amalia Hall (New Zealand)
The Strad

(Written on October 8, 2015 )

Classical News

 

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine announces the winner of this year’s Sonning Music Prize, The Strad reports the death of a young violinist who was killed in a car crash & The Huffington Post discuses the importance of classical music in the up-bringing of children

Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Adès wins the 2015 Sonning Music Prize

The prize, which is given annually to a musician, was first awarded in 1959. Laureates are selected by the directors of the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation

The Strad

Young violinist and her sister killed in Florida car crash

A young violinist and her sister have been killed in a head-on collision while driving to their mother’s home in Pompano Beach, Florida

The Huffington Post

In the digital age, young kids need classical music more than ever

Parents have heard about the specific benefits of classical music for developing minds and calming babies for decades — imagine a mother playing Mozart through headphones stretched over her pregnant belly — but the scientific debate has continued to rage

Die Zeit

Dänen lügen nicht

Sie nennen sich Girls In Airports, obwohl kein Mädchen mitspielt. Ansonsten ist ihre Musik durch und durch wahr. Über eine Kopenhagener Band der Stunde

klassik.com

Das Konzert Theater Bern will sich erstmals im Rahmen eines Musiktheaterwerkes dem Thema Demenz widmen. Das Stück mit dem Titel “Alzheim” soll in der Saison 2017/18 uraufgeführt werden und Schauspiel- und Opernelemente vereinen

Classissima

Der Chefdirigent der Nürnberger Symphoniker, Alexander Shelley, gibt seinen Posten zum Ende der Spielzeit 2016/17 ab. Der 35-Jährige werde seinen Vertrag nicht verlängern

El Pais

Antes de revolucionar las redes sociales con un videoclip sobre el papa Francisco, el boliviano Américo Estévez, Saxoman, solía instalarse en las avenidas más concurridas de la ciudad de La Paz con un saxofón o una guitarra

La Monde

Angélique Kidjo ne demande pas de grâce, pas de faveurs. L’Américain Philip Glass a composé pour elle trois longues pièces chantées, sur des poèmes qu’elle a écrits pour l’occasion

Tweets

BBC Radio 3: @BBCRadio3 Learn about Schubert’s ambitious, inspiring, beautiful Symphony No. 9, the ‘Great’

Arts Council England: @ace_national Missed this? Tell us what makes your heart beat faster!

Philharmonic Society: @RoyalPhilSoc Professional musicians or advanced students aged 28 & under can apply to join next year’s Lucerne Festival Academy.

Thomas Adès Photo: Brian Voce

Thomas Adès
Photo: Brian Voce

 

 

 

(Written on October 6, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Gramophone Awards highlights, and Sarah Connolly argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. Also, BBC Music Magazine writes Sir David Willcock’s obituary

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2015 – all the action from the ‘Oscars of classical music’

The stars of the classical world and a night of the best music – let us take you there…

The Guardian

‘The arts makes us well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people’

Singer Sarah Connolly – the principal speaker at an Arts Council event at Westminster earlier this week – argues that the government neglects arts education and funding at its peril. We are facing a national disaster

BBC Music Magazine

Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)

Lengendary King’s, Cambridge choirmaster dies aged 95

BBC

Mozart gets Johnny Rotten makeover

A new portrait of Mozart imagines the composer as a “daring” and “edgy” musician in the mould of Johnny Rotten

Sinfini

Barbican launch Sound Unbound

The Barbican Centre has announced the line-up for a two-day festival aimed at people who have never engaged with classical music before

Pizzicato

Nagano’s Les Troyens from Hamburg available on Arte

Arte concert offers worldwide streaming from Hamburg, in cooperation with Binnenalster Filmfest and City Management Hamburg

Classicalite

Call for Scores: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lars Vogt Seek Chamber ‘Mozarts of Tomorow’

Having stirred the personnel pot earlier with the appointment of pianist Lars Vogt as music director, the Royal Northern Sinfonia–the United Kingdom’s only full-time chamber orchestra stationed there at Sage Gateshead–is now challenging young U.K. composers to stir up its repertoire

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Feiert die Kassette ein Comeback?

Hersteller von Musikkassetten freuen sich in den USA über einen neuen Boom. Der Grund dafür sei ein Trend bei jungen Hipstern. Gibt es den auch in Deutschland? Eine Spurensuche

Der Tagesspiegel

Aus der Schublade gefallen

Dem Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop wird trotz erfolgreicher Arbeit die Förderung gestrichen. Ein Krisengespräch vor der „Orfeo“-Premiere.

Epoch Times

Gergijew gibt umjubelten Einstand in München als Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker

Der russische Dirigent Waleri Gergijew hat am Donnerstagabend mit Gustav Mahlers „Auferstehungssymphonie“ sein Antrittskonzert als neuer Chef der Münchner Philharmoniker gegeben.

Twitter

GramophoneHere is our full report from last night’s wonderful .

Classic FMA stunning duet from & .

Sinfini Music : Pain for the ears, but perfect for near to the end of the day. Some unfortunate classical music fails.

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Cellist Matthew Barley, who will perform at the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Classical Weekender. Image © Madeleine Farley/ Sinfini Music

(Written on September 18, 2015 )