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In today’s news: disabled people underrepresented in English arts bodies, what to expect from music this year, Cumnock Tryst appoints Jean Nicholson as festival director. Also, Arvo Pärt is world’s most performed living composer and 20.000 cheap tickets for the Elbphilarmonie.

Guardian

Schools music boost urged as Britons fail to make Menuhin violin finals

Lack of government funding blamed as UK fails to make shortlist.

BME people severely underrepresented in top English arts bodies

Arts Council England figures also show disabled people make up only 4% of staff at major organisations.

Independent

What to expect from music in 2018

A New Year means new music, of course, but what exactly lies ahead?

‘The Brit awards are finally embracing diversity – here’s why we’re not holding our breath just yet’

Last year, after the Brit Award nominations were announced, there was a buzz ahead of the ceremony from every music fan hoping that the #BritsSoWhite uproar had done the trick. That after an overhaul of the voting panel, we might finally see the diversity and innovation in UK music recognised.

Classical Music

Cumnock Tryst appoints festival director

The Cumnock Tryst has appointed Jean Nicholson as festival director.

Limelight

A mouse in the house at the National Symphony Orchestra

Think crinkling candy wrappers are disruptive? A mouse caused quite a commotion at a concert in Washington on the weekend.

Estonian World

Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the seventh year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack.

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Stuttgarts neuer Ballettchef kündigt weitere personelle Änderungen an

Nach mehr als 20-jähriger Intendanz von Reid Anderson am Stuttgarter Ballett will sein Nachfolger Tamas Detrich Traditionen bewahren, aber auch neue Akzente setzen. Zwei Jahre arbeitete der US-Amerikaner an dem Programm für seine erste Spielzeit, das er nun vorgestellt hat. 

Sondierungen: BVMI fordert klare und ambitionierte Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie hat mit Blick auf die voraussichtlichen Koalitionsverhandlungen deutliche und konsequente Maßnahmen zur Stärkung der Kultur- und Kreativbranchen gefordert. 

Welt

20.000 günstige Tickets für die Elbphilharmonie

Eine Stunde Klassikgenuss in der Elbphilharmonie für maximal 24 Euro pro Ticket. Am Montag stehen 20.000 Karten für die „Konzerte für Hamburg“ bereit. Alle Nicht-Hamburger haben aber leider ein Problem.

Klassik.com

Salzburger Mozarteum weiterhin kopflos

Bei der am vergangenen Freitag stattgefundenen Senatssitzung des Salzburger Mozarteums konnte kein neues interimistisches Universitätsrats-Mitglied gefunden werden.

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Décès de l’organiste Pierre Pincemaille

L’organiste Pierre Pincemaille nous a quittés le vendredi 12 janvier à l’âge de 61 ans. Titulaire des Grandes Orgues de la cathédrale de Saint-Denis depuis 1987, il était également un professeur très apprécié. 

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Image: Pierre Pincemaille © Vincent Hildebrandt / france musique

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Radio 3 is pandering to beginner audience, claim classical music fans, contemporary Music partners with Audiotube, and if music gives you goosebumps, you might have a special brain. Instruments owned by WDR-Funkhausorchester have been stolen, Andreas Haefliger signs with label BIS, and 88% of Germans think classical music is part of their cultural heritage.

The Times

Radio 3 pandering to beginner audience, claim classical music fans

BBC Radio 3 is burying classical music concerts in the late night schedules when most people are asleep and offering more “basic” programming at peak times, listeners have complained.

Music Week

PRS Foundation announces 60 female artists and innovators for Keychange initiative

Ten women from six countries across Europe – Sweden, Spain, Iceland, Germany, Estonia and the UK – have been chosen to participate in the new initiative which aims to empower women to transform the music industry.

Music Week

Academy of Contemporary Music partners with Audiotube

Fair trade distribution pioneer Audiotube has been announced as The Academy of Contemporary Music’s official distribution partner.

The Stage

Parents in Performing Arts to form limited company in bid to bring long-term change to theatre sector

The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Society of London Theatre and Stage Directors UK are among the organisations backing the creation of a new company aimed at tackling discriminatory working practices towards parents in the sector.

Classic FM

If this music gives you goosebumps, you might have a special brain

Think of your favourite piece of music, and think about how you might react to it.

Limelight

Cameron Lam wins 2018 Stefan Kruger Scholarship

The composer and founder of new music ensemble Kammerklang has taken home Fine Music 102.5’s $15,000 prize.

Klassik.com

Joseph-Ratzinger-Preis für Komponist Arvo Pärt

Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt erhält den Preis der Stiftung Joseph Ratzinger-Benedikt XVI.

Klassik Heute

Andreas Haefliger unterzeichnet Vertrag beim Label BIS

Der Schweizer Pianist Andreas Haefliger hat beim schweidischen Label BIS einen Vertrag unterzeichnet und wird im Frühjahr 2018 dort erste CD-Veröffentichungen vorlegen.

Musik Heute

Diebe stehlen wertvolle Instrumente des WDR-Funkhausorchesters

Diebe haben einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge dem WDR-Funkhausorchester mehrere wertvolle Instrumente gestohlen. Das bestätigte Sendersprecherin Kristina Bausch der “Bild”-Zeitung (Mittwoch).

France Musique

L’éducation musicale en Allemagne : en avant la pratique !

L’Allemagne, pays de la musique classique ? Oui, pour 88% des Allemands qui estiment que la musique classique fait partie de l’héritage culturel du pays. A l’occasion des élections fédérales outre-Rhin, nous nous intéressons au système d’enseignement musical allemand.

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‘Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music’- Rachmaninov

WDR Funkhausorchester ©WDR/Herby Sachs

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(Written on September 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Cadogan Hall announces Christmas series 2016, Guildhall School awards fellowships to Pappano and Hough, and new study finds classical music has calming effect on horses. Also, “Musikland” conference shows perspectives for refugee musicians, and Academy of Arts Berlin calls on Angela Merkel to support the release of arrested artists in Turkey.

Classical Music Magazine

Christmas at Cadogan 2016

Cadogan Hall’s Christmas series 2016 features orchestras, choirs, soloists and family events. Highlights include performances from the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge or the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School awards fellowships to Pappano and Hough

Sir Antonio Pappano and Stephen Hough were among those to be made honorary fellows of the Guildhall School on 4 November.

The Violin Channel

New Study Finds Classical Music Has Calming Effect on Horses

New research this week out of the University of Caen Normandy, in France has made strong suggestions that classical music can have a significant stress-reducing effect on horses.

Prizes Awarded at American Boulder International Duo Competition

American cellist Julian Schwarz and Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki have been awarded 1st prize at the 2016 ‘Art of the Duo’ Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

WQXR

5 Classical Pieces For the Sting of Election Defeat

Luckily, music can be of comfort and set the mood you need to grapple with all those weird feelings in your soul. The last thing you probably want to do today is look for that music, so we made sure to be one step ahead of you. Here are five works that will ease the pain of electoral defeat.

The Wall Street Journal

Physicist Carlo Rovelli on Composer Arvo Pärt

A three-minute piano piece alters a scientist’s universe

nmz

Musikland-Jahreskonferenz zeigt Perspektiven für geflüchtete Musiker

Um Flucht, Integration und neue Perspektiven für geflüchtete Musiker geht es seit heute auf der zweitägigen Musikland-Jahreskonferenz in Hannover. Dabei soll vor allem die im Juli gegründete Initiative «Welcome Board» helfen.

Offener Brief an Merkel für inhaftierte Künstler in der Türkei

Unter Federführung der Berliner Akademie der Künste haben zahlreiche Kulturinstitutionen in einem offenen Brief an Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel appelliert, sich für die sofortige Freilassung der inhaftierten Kulturschaffenden in der Türkei einzusetzen.

klassik.com

Verleger Bernhard Bosse gestorben

Er starb im Alter von 94 Jahren in Regensburg. Bosse war Geschäftsführer des Gustav Bosse Verlags, dessen Programm er in den Bereichen Musikpädagogik, Laienmusizieren und Neues Geistliches Lied erweiterte. Er war Mitbegründer der Zeitschrift “Musikalische Jugend”, aus der 1969 die “Neue Musikzeitung” hervorging.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Francisco Goldschmidt erhält Musikförderpreis der Stadt Köln

Music History @today_classical in 1901 FP of ’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Moscow

ARTE Info @ARTEInfo  “Unsicherheit”, “Weckruf”, “Werte”: So haben die europäischen Politiker auf Trumps Sieg reagiert. bit.ly/2fxOwRH 

Cadogan Hall. Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton.

Cadogan Hall. Photo Credit: Alex MacNaughton.

(Written on November 9, 2016 )

Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
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Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary composer event / stage and cinema.com

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
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Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

Today, Accentus Music releases ‘The Lost Paradise’ – a documentary allowing a rare insight into the life of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

1_Arvo Pärt (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music It is extraordinary that the most performed contemporary composer in the world has taken 80 years to agree to his first international documentary. Indeed, Pärt has often been described as a recluse, given that he rarely makes public appearances, is modest with regard to his music, and spends much of his time in his homeland, Estonia.

Yet, Accentus has successfully accompanied Pärt for an entire year, and this documentary sheds light not only on his collaboration with director Robert Wilson for ‘Adam’s Passion’ – a unique opera production – but also explores Pärt’s methodology, and how spiritual themes have inspired his compositions. Although Pärt declares: ‘I am no prophet, no cardinal, not a monk, not even a vegetarian’, he has been a member of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1980, and his stark religious beliefs actually forced him to leave Estonia in 1980, due to pressure from the Soviet power forces.

Arvo Paert (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music_s

The documentary follows Pärt’s journeys through Estonia, Germany, Italy and Japan, where Pärt was awarded the most prestigious award in the field of music in October 2014: the Praemium Imperiale. Accentus provides a fly on the wall’s perspective of rehearsals for ‘Adam’s Passion’, and also gives a unique insight into Pärt’s personality, and his serene, peaceful life in the forests and at the sea in Tallinn. This same serenity is evident in much of his composition, as is Pärt’s fascination with light and colour. He remarks: ‘I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours’.

Pärt Wilson Noblessner_(c) Kristian Kruuser

Another focus of the documentary is the juxtaposition of silence with the velocity and commotion of everyday life, and how this concept relates directly to Pärt’s music. The documentary culminates in the premiere of ‘Adam’s Passion’, which draws together themes, and – for the first time – sheds light on how Pärt’s personality and life directly correlate to his music.

Buy the DVD online at Amazon and Presto Classical, view the documentary trailer below, and visit www.adamspassion.de. for more information about this unique insight into Pärt’s life.

Photography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times highlights a new “chill-out” movement in classical music, while Klassik Akzente announces that John Williams is composing the soundtrack for the new Star Wars film. Also a conversation with Arvo Pärt in the Neue Musikzeitung, as we celebrate his birthday today, and an interview with Jonas Kaufmann.

The Guardian

Not just a cute girl on a podium: how to get more women conducting

This time two years ago, Marin Alsop was preparing to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms – the first woman to do so.

The Telegraph

British Youth Opera: Footlights Fannies not welcome

It’s the most sensitive moment in any classical singer’s career. You’ve spent up to eight years in training, coddled and monitored and subsidised within the warm embrace of a conservatoire, and suddenly you are on the verge of being flung out into the big wide world without experience or protection.

The Times

An eight-hour lullaby and a yoga opera: classical goes chill-out

A slow movement is emerging in classical music. A manifesto for its soothing power — if we can tune in over the hubbub of our busy lives. And a quiet rejection of the onward march of flashy concert tech.

The Yorkshire Post

Bringing classical music to Leeds: A finely-tuned operation

The return of the Leeds International Piano Competition is welcomed by classical music buffs eager to watch the world’s finest young pianists perform some of the greatest works ever composed.

Neue Musikzeitung

Kult-Komponist Arvo Pärt wird 80: «Musik sagt, was ich zu sagen habe»

Seit Jahrzehnten prägt er die Musikszene und genießt international höchstes Ansehen: Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt gilt als einer bedeutendsten und meistgespielten lebenden Komponisten.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Leipziger Perspektiven

Das Karussell für Chefdirigentenposten bei den großen Orchestern dreht sich rasant. Nächste Neubesetzung: Der 36-jährige Andris Nelsons wird als Nachfolger von Riccardo Chailly Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig.

Klassik Akzente

John Williams komponiert Soundtrack zu “Star Wars 7: Erwachen der Macht”

Die berühmteste Science Fiction-Saga der Filmgeschichte geht in die 7. Runde. Für die musikalische Untermalung des galaktischen Abenteuers sorgt kein geringerer als Filmkomponist John Williams.

France Musique

Entretien exclusif avec Jonas Kaufmann

Pour sa journée spéciale sur France Musique, le ténor Jonas Kaufmann a accordé un entretien exclusif à Stéphane Grant, retranscrit ici.

The New York Times

New Leader for Atlanta Symphony

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which has been led by an interim president since its last one resigned last year in the midst of a two-month lockout during a heated labor dispute, announced Thursday that it had selected a new leader: Jennifer Barlament, currently the general manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Damian Marhulets: Hypersuites – Barock meets Gypsy München Gasteig – Carl-Orff-Saal am Do, 01.10.15, 19:30 Uhr

Anneleen Lenaerts: Great fun yesterday with Sean Rafferty!

BR_KLASSIKArvo Pärt zum 80. Geburtstag: Auf der Suche nach der Liebe zum einzelnen Ton

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JJ. Abrams promised a tribute to the old Trilogy and that’s why John Williams was called back to take charge of the soundtrack of the new episode. Photo credit: trailer’s screenshot.

(Written on September 11, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

npr

An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Guardian will be live-streaming tonight’s performance of I Fagiolini’s Betrayal and the Telegraph have provided their expert guide on what to eat, drink and wear to Glyndebourne. Proper Music Distribution, which boasts of being the UK’s largest independent music distributor, has restructured its classical and jazz divisions and Making Music has issued a challenge to people of all ages and any level of experience to try their hand at a new instrument.

Guardian

Live stream: watch Betrayal, a polyphonic crime drama

I Fagiolini, the ensemble who excel in presenting early music in unusual ways, have created a new show based on the life and works of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. The site-specific immersive show fuses polyphonic music, drama and contemporary dance, and will live-stream here at 8.30pm (BST) on 15 May

Telegraph

Glyndebourne 2015: what to eat, drink and wear

Whether you are a fan of fizz, frocks and herbaceous borders, or genuinely interested in opera, our expert advice on what to wear and when to unpack your picnic will guarantee a memorable evening

The Times

Why Peter Pan had to grow up — and become a serious opera

If classical music has a boy who never grew up, it’s Richard Ayres.

Classical Music Magazine

Restructure at Proper Music Distribution

Proper Music Distribution, which boasts of being the UK’s largest independent music distributor, has restructured its classical and jazz divisions, integrating them into its Proper Note company to form a specialist music business.

Sinfini

Making Music’s Grade 1 challenge

Working in partnership with the BBC’s Get Creative initiative, the UK organisation Making Music has issued a challenge to people of all ages and any level of experience to try their hand at a new instrument.

Concerti

Im Testlabor der Profis

Nachwuchsmusiker trainieren im Jugendsinfonieorchester und in der Akademie der NDR-Sinfoniker den großen Auftritt

pizzicato

A Meeting Of Two Great Masters Of Silence

Adam’s Passion by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson was premiered on Tuesday, 12 May, at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn, Estonia. The performance will reach audiences worldwide through international tours, TV and videodisc.

Tugan Sokhiev To Stay In Toulouse Until 2019

Tugan Sokhiev has extended his contract with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse until 2019.

The New York Times

Minnesota Orchestra’s Cuba Trip Puts It at the Cultural Vanguard

They shimmied with dancers on stilts who greeted them in this old city, where book stalls sell comic-book retellings of the Cuban Revolution. Conservatory students welcomed them with flowers and chamber music. And when a band serenaded them at dinner, a few even got up and cha-chaed.

Classical MPR 

Is the era of the celebrity maestro ending?

This past Monday, the Berlin Philharmonic was expected to choose a successor to chief conductor Simon Rattle, who is stepping down from his post in 2018. Instead, the orchestra’s musicians, who govern themselves, failed to reach a decision; we may now have to wait for up to a year longer to learn who will be the next maestro to take up residence behind that prestigious podium.

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Opera North: ‘The end of all good music is to affect the soul’ – Happy Birthday to this revolutionary !

The Amati Magazine: The Tchaikovsky Competition is to be live-streamed in its entirety from Russia. More details:

CityofLondonSinfonia: We’re glad someone else noticed how funny musician stock photos are! Things That Musicians Find Annoying:

Betrayal: A polyphonic crime drama from I Fagiolini, John La Bouchardiere and the Barbican (L-R:Greg Skidmore and Eleesha Drennan) performed at The Village Underground in Shorditch on Tuesday, 12 May, 2015. Photo by Mark AllanI Fagiolini, the ensemble who excel in presenting early music in unusual ways, have created a new show based on the life and works of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Photo: Arts Desk/Mark Allan

(Written on May 15, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Arvo Pärt interview: ‘music says what I need to say’

A rare audience with the monk-like Estonian minimalist who may be the world’s greatest living composer

Classic FM

André Rieu sells out Romanian concert tickets in hours

André Rieu has sold a huge 33,000 tickets for his forthcoming concerts in Romania in just one day.

The Strad

How to be an effective orchestral section leader

Sydney Symphony Orchestra co-principal double bass Kees Boersma reflects on the necessary skills and attributes for successful leadership

International Arts Manager

Welsh choir wins UK Choir of the Year Competition

Cardiff-based choir CF1 has been named Choir of the Year 2014 at theNational Choir of the Year Competition.

New York Times

The Biggest Classical Music Stories of 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra ended its 16-month lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra started and ended its second lockout in two years, and the Metropolitan Opera managed to avoid a lockout of its own after months of labor battles.

Neue Musikzeitung

Frischer Wind: Jugend musiziert Berlin sucht Jugend-Juroren

„Jugend musiziert ‑ vor Weißhaarigen”, so wird gelegentlich gespottet.

Klassik.com

Russische Geigerin Lydia Mordkovitch gestorben

International tätige Solistin wurde 70 Jahre alt

Concerti

„Nicht nur Fleisch oder Eiskrem“

Mit Vadim Gluzman debütiert ein großer Fürsprecher der Moderne bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Codex Flores

Wissenschaft, Technik und Musik in Jugendzentren

Ein von Thomas Gartmann und Barbara Balba Weber gemeinsam mit der Stiftung Science et Cité für das Förderprogramm MINT Schweiz konzipiertes Projekt mit dem Titel «Schall und Rauch.

Pizzicato

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Again With Surplus

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that Fiscal Year 2014 achieved a second consecutive modest surplus of $60.000.

Elim Chan Wins 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

The 28-year-old conductor Elim Chan won First prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

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Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: From last night’s ‘EFG Gramophone Conversation at Foyles’. @Sir_J_Galway chatted to James Jolly: pic.twitter.com/Ljd9sX9PfV

Classic FM @ClassicFM: One of the best-known and best-loved of British sopranos joined us for an onlince chat: http://classfm.co/e563ZK 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: 10 of the best (and worst) films about composers: http://bit.ly/1siDP9Y

arvo-part_3132819bThe Estonian conductor Arvo Pärt, photographed in 2008. Photo: Kristian Juul Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images

(Written on December 12, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Sir Simon Rattle leads a revolution at the Royal Opera House

How do you give Poulenc’s opera about revolutionary France an authentic edge? Cast homeless people, ex-offenders and the unemployed.

The Guardian

Lars Vogt to replace Zehetmair at Royal Northern Sinfonia

The Gateshead-based chamber orchestra announce the pianist and conductor as their next Music Director.

The Telegraph

Glyndebourne gardens: ‘They must, simply, look perfect’

The immaculately prepared gardens at Glyndebourne deliver a dress rehearsal to rival the most spectacular opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Peter Moore named LSO co-principal trombone and youngest ever member

The London Symphony Orchestra has appointed 18-year-old Peter Moore as co-principal trombone, the orchestra’s youngest ever member.

Die Zeit

Eine gewichtige Debatte

Wie dick dürfen Sängerinnen sein? Und wie dick Sänger? Ein Kommentar von Christine Lemke-Matwey.

KlassikAkzente

 “Karajan – The Great Vote”: Deutsche Grammophon sucht die beliebtesten Karajan-Aufnahmen

Deutsche Grammophon sucht die 50 beliebtesten Aufnahmen von Herbert von Karajan. Mitmachen kann jeder, der über ein Konto bei Facebook oder Twitter verfügt. Die Top 50 werden in einer Spotify-Playlist veröffentlicht.

Klassik.com

Pianist Lang Lang mit eigenem Parfum

Star-Virtuose macht seinen Namen zu Geld.

Washington Post

At the Kennedy Center, a rock-star welcome for Arvo Pärt

The composer hears Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir perform his work.

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The Cast of Dialogues des Carmélites in rehearsal

Stephen Cummiskey – Guardian

The cast of Dialogues des Carmélites in rehearsal

(Written on May 30, 2014 )