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In today’s news: The Barbican announces its 2018/2019 season, RBC to host new piano competition, ENO to be part of Henley Festival this year, new production of Porgy and Bess will not be performed by an all-black cast, the inaugural International Music Competition Harbin enters final round, Apple Music to launch analytics for artists, conductor Robert Spano to leave ASO after 20 years, what will happen after director Dieter Wedel steps down from theatre festival after sex assault claims, Frankfurt to receive a “Museum of Modern Electronic Music”, SPD to chair the committee on Culture and Media of the German Bundestag, big names dominate in the film category of this year’s Oscars, Jean-Luc Choplin to oversee artistic direction of the Théâtre Marigny during its reopening after work later this year.

Classical Music

Barbican announces 2018/2019 season

The Barbican will mark the centenary of the end of the World War I by hosting performances of several commemorative new works by British composers.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to host new piano competition

The first Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition will take place 20-23 November.

The Telegraph

Rita Ora, Grace Jones, and English National Opera to headline Henley Festival 2018

Henley is the UK’s only black-tie boutique festival and will run from 11-15 July.

Opera Now

New Porgy and Bess to break all-black cast directive

A new production of the opera will break the Gershwin estate’s stipulation that the piece should only be performed by all-black casts.

The Strad

International Music Competition Harbin in China enters final round 

Four young violinists from China, South Korea, Russia and the US compete for $50,000 first place in first edition of Chinese competition.

Complete Music Update

Apple Music to launch analytics for artists

Apple Music For Artists will provide artists and managers with stats and data to better understand their fans’ listening and buying habits.

The New York Times

Robert Spano Will Leave the Atlanta Symphony After 20 Years

The conductor Robert Spano, who made the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra a force to be reckoned with in contemporary American music, announced on Tuesday that he would step down as music director in 2021, after completing his 20th season.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Wie geht es weiter nach Dieter Wedel?

Wie geht es weiter mit dem Festspielen in Bad Hersfeld nach dem Rücktritt von Dieter Wedel, dem Schauspielerinnen sexuelle Belästigung vorgeworfen haben? Ein Nachfolger ist da, doch es gibt offene Fragen.


Museum für Moderne Elektronische Musik kommt – aber temporär

Nach mehrjährigen Vorbereitungen ist es amtlich: Frankfurt, das sich als Urzelle des Techno-Sounds rühmt, erhält ein «Museum of Modern Electronic Music». Die Stadt stellt für das MOMEM in den kommenden Jahren Räume an der Hauptwache mitten in der Innenstadt zur Verfügung.

Deutscher Bundestag: SPD wird Vorsitz des Kulturausschusses stellen

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände, ist sehr erleichtert, dass nach einer interfraktionellen Abstimmung der Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestag weiterhin von einer oder einem Abgeordneten der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion geleitet wird.

BR Klassik

Große Namen dominieren die Kategorie Filmmusik

Am Dienstag sind in Los Angeles die Nominierungen für die Oscars 2018 bekannt gegeben worden. Hans Zimmers Musik zu “Dunkirk” und Alexandre Desplats Musik zu “The Shape of Water” sind auch in der Kategorie für die beste Filmmusik nominiert.

france musique

Jean-Luc Choplin pressenti pour diriger le Théâtre Marigny

Jean-Luc Choplin, qui a quitté au début du mois de janvier le paquebot de la Seine Musicale sur l’Île Seguin, devrait assurer la direction artistique du Théâtre Marigny lors de sa réouverture après travaux à l’automne 2018.


Music History @today_classical in 1906 FP of ‘s one-act operas The Miserly Knight and Francesca da Rimini, in Moscow.

Image: Robert Spano © Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

(Written on January 24, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, read about how a composer is to create music based on Antarctic ice data, which he will use infra-gravity sound wave data and convert it into a range we can hear. The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years. Also, read about why Dresden Symphony Orchestra’s performance in Istanbul was cancelled by Germany’s Foreign Ministry.


Project to use music to track melting ice in Antarctic

A composer is currently in the Antarctic with a scientific exhibition to collect data that will be used in the creation of a piece based on melting ice patterns in the region.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra reaches $25 million funding goal

Amid all the news of cuts at orchestras and musicians on strike in defence of pay, it’s something of a relief to hear a successful fundraising story. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which set a goal of $25 million for its musicians’ endowment fund so as to expand the ensemble by 11 players, reached its target two years ahead of schedule.

The Strad

Amaury Coeytaux named Modigliani String Quartet first violinist

The Modigliani String Quartet has appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017, replacing Philipp Bernhard, who is to step down from the role after 13 years.

Winston Churchill cigar box violin sells for six times its estimate

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes has sold for £6,600 – far exceeding its estimate of £500-£1,000. The instrument was sold at an Ingles & Hayday auction on 25 October in London. The successful bidder was the general manager of The Churchill Arms Pub in Kensington, Mr Gerry O’Brien.

Lufthansa forces musician to check her viola into the hold

Finnish National Opera deputy principal violist Sekyeong Cheon says that she was forced to check her viola into the hold on a recent Lufthansa flight from Helsinki.

Music Business Worldwide

BBC Radio 1 has lost 2M listeners in 5 years… as 6 Music keeps growing

BBC Radio 1 has once again failed to draw an audience of more than 10M in the latest Rajars – with its listenership declining by two million people since 2011.

Opera Now Magazine

Met Opera halts performance after ashes sprinkled into orchestra pit

New York’s Metropolitan Opera stopped an afternoon performance of Guillaume Tell on 30 October after an audience member sprinkled a substance believed to be cremated ashes into the orchestra pit.

Classical Music Magazine

Manchester International Festival receives Ambition for Excellence funding

Arts Council England has awarded £640,000 to the Manchester International Festival through its Ambition for Excellence fund.

Eckart Preu to lead Chamber Orchestra

After a two-year search and nearly 200 applicants, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has a new leader. Eckart Preu will be the fifth music director.


Old, Male, and Stale: The Women Fighting Classical Music’s Woman Problem

Since the dawn of time, women have been told they shouldn’t compose because it’s “unfeminine”. A new program out of Sydney is changing that, one talented female composer at a time.

Dresdner Kreuzchor tritt doch im Stadion auf

Das Adventskonzert des Dresdner Kreuzchors im Fußballstadion der Stadt kann dank zusätzlicher Mittel nun doch stattfinden. Anfang Oktober hatte der Chor aufgrund einer Finanzierungslücke das Konzert abgesagt und auf das nächste Jahr verschoben.

Musik heute

Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu Jugendkompositionswerkstatt auf

Die Berliner Philharmoniker rufen zu ihrer Jugendkompositionswerkstatt “Opus One” auf. Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 19 Jahren können sich mit eigenen kammermusikalischen Werken um einen von bis zu vier Plätzen bewerben.

Klassik heute

10. Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb für Blechbläserquintett

Blechbläserquintette aus Spanien, Österreich, England, Polen, Ungarn und Deutschland wetteifern am 12. November 2016 um die Preise im renommierten Internationalen Jan Koetsier-Wettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum zehnten Mal durchgeführt wird.


Classic FM @ClassicFM Our new release featuring 66 of Mozart’s best-loved pieces to celebrate his 225th anniversary – it’s @johnsuchet1‘s new Album of the Week!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Why is a German orchestra’s planned performance in Turkey so controversial? #ClassicalMusic

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall 📢 NEW SHOW! Internet sensations @pianoguys are heading to the Hall on 3 June! Book your ticket now: 


Photo: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

(Written on October 31, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM, the South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians with disabilities and the longest serving orchestra musician Jane Little dies. Also, a violoncello of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini changes hands with a record price and conductor Svjatoslav Luther is found dead in his apartment.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM. Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College.

Arts Journal

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 87-Year-Old Bassist Collapses, Dies During Final Thirty Seconds Of Encore

Jane Little “debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing.” She was the world’s longest serving orchestra musician.

Dorset ECHO

Young musicians urged to join first ever orchestra for those with disabilities

The South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young people with disabilities who play a range of musical instruments.

Herald Sun

Car workshops and factories being turned into classical music venues in Melbourne for fundraiser for refugee children

GRITTY old car workshops and heritage-listed meat markets are playing host to classical music concerts, taking the sweet sounds of Mozart and Beethoven to a new audience.

Classic FM

Sold out concerts for 20-somethings: this orchestra chief tells us how it’s done

Classic FM was in Bavaria for the 5th Mahler Conducting Competition, hosted by Bamberg Symphony – an orchestra that has phenomenal success with all audiences but especially with young people.

Ermonela Jaho enjoys Opera Awards accolade

Ermonela Jaho has capped off a wonderful start to 2016 by winning the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. The Albanian soprano (pictured), who won praise earlier this year for her performance in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, collected her award at a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London that was attended by many of opera’s big names.

The Strad

Results announced for 2016 China international violin and bow making competition

Chinese luthiers and bow makers took home most of the top prizes at this year’s China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing from 10–17 May.


Conductor Svjatoslav Luther Found Dead In His Apartment

Russian media report that conductor Svjatoslav Luther (*1971) was found dead in his apartment. Found hanged in a room, he is believed to have committed suicide.

Klassik heute

Bagno Konzertgalerie Steinfurt mit Stars und jungen Talenten

Es ist ein einzigartiger „Musiktempel“ im Herzen des Münsterlandes: 1774 erbaut, ist die Bagno Konzertgalerie der älteste freistehende Konzertsaal Europas.

Klassik heute

Letzte Saison von Ulf Schirmer als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Das Münchner Rundfunkorchester setzt auch in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 auf kunstvolle Vielseitigkeit und innovative Programme, auf die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Gastkünstlerinnen und -künstlern und intensiviert das Ausloten neuer medialer Möglichkeiten. Es wird die letzte Konzertsaison des Orchesters mit seinem Künstlerischen Leiter Prof. Ulf Schirmer sein. Als Nachfolger steht Ivan Repušić fest.


‘Bürger für Beethoven’ wollen Bonner Remigiusplatz zum Beethovenort umgestalten

Auf dem Platz, wo am 17. Dezember 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven getauft wurde, befinden sich heute ein Kiosk und eine öffentliche Toilettenanlage. Das muss sich nach Auffassung der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ bald ändern.

Codex flores

Rekordpreis für ein Guadagnini-Cello

Auf dem Instrumentenmarkt dreht sich die Preisspirale weiter: Das Cello «ex-Havemeyer» von Giovanni Battista Guadagnini mit Baujahr 1743 hat bei einer Auktion für 1,505 Millionen Dollar den Besitzer gewechselt.


Early Music Today  @earlymusictoday @deccaclassics has signed its first #recorder player, 16-year-old Lucie Horsch @klassikcom #Theater #Augsburg von sofortiger Schließung bedroht?

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Köln plant provisorische Bühne auf Großbaustelle  #Kulturnachrichten

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

(Written on May 17, 2016 )

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.


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



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, sleepwalking girl plays piano, work begins on Mexican Arts Complex and the director of Kentucky Opera has been killed in a car crash.

Classic FM

Amazing footage shows a sleepwalking girl playing the piano (and it sounds a lot like Arvo Pärt)

A video of a young girl playing the piano has appeared on YouTube. Nothing unusual in that – but in this video, she’s sound asleep.

The Guardian

Five orchestras, £60m and the Proms: a day in the life of Radio 3 boss Alan Davey

He’s got one of the biggest jobs in broadcasting, and there were plenty of people who questioned if he was up to the task.

Classical Music Magazine

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announces first end-of-year surplus

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has posted its first end-of-year surplus in more than a decade.

Work begins on Mexican arts complex

Work has begun on a new arts complex in Boca del Rio, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Foro Boca will provide a home for the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra (established in 2014).

Daily Mail

Critically-acclaimed director of Kentucky Opera killed in a car crash in Illinois

The director of Kentucky Opera has been killed in a car crash in Illinois.

Der Tagesspiegel

Weißt du, wie das wird?

Der Dirigent Kirill Petrenko, die Aufregung um antisemitische Untertöne und die philharmonische Frage: Am Samstag startet die Wagner-Saison in Bayreuth.

Klassik Akzent

“Das ist ein riesen Ding für mich” – Kirill Petrenko im Interview mit Klarinettist Alexander Bader

Der designierte Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle, Kirill Petrenko, gab seinem neuen Arbeitgeber bereits 2012 eines seiner seltenen Interviews. Dabei gewährte der sonst so kamerascheue Dirigent tiefe Einblicke von immer noch bestechender Aktualität.


Bregenzer ‘Turandot’ morgen im Fernsehen

An einem länderübergreifenden Opernabend zeigt das SWR Fernsehen, in einem gemeinsamen Projekt mit ORF 2, SRF zwei und 3sat, am 24. Juli um 21 Uhr Puccinis letzte Oper ‘Turandot’ live von den Bregenzer Festspielen.

BBW Classical

Grammy Winner Diana Krall Performs with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Tonight 

Five time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall joins musical forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the Thursday Night Icons at Heinz Hall tonight, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Opera News

Beyond Bel Canto

Early in her career, Alex Penda gained notices for her fearless portrayals of bel canto heroines. In recent seasons, her dramatic approach has instigated forays into weightier Germanic repertoire. This summer, she takes on the title role in a new production of Salome at Santa Fe Opera. MARIA MAZZARO speaks with the Bulgarian soprano about learning to love Strauss.


Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Hear tenor Matthew Polenzani discuss his early influences and an important meeting that changed his career path:

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: MORNING! Today we’re all over – this beaut comes from . Send us yours!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3:It’s a swan-themed selection of music today with @Freeland coming up next…

Mexico Hall
Future Mexican arts complex
Photo: Rojkind Arquitectos

(Written on July 23, 2015 )

Classic FM

Great conductor Claudio Abbado laid to rest in his ‘magical place’

Maestro Abbado’s family have moved his body to the Swiss mountains, the scene of some of his finest concert performances.

Dancers for Royal Opera ‘being paid less than Box Office staff’

A performers’ union is claiming that the Royal Opera is paying dancers rehearsing for a forthcoming production less than box office staff.

The Times

Stop studying arts if you want a good job, minister says

Too many teenagers choose to study arts and humanities subjects at A level in a mistaken belief that such subjects are the best way to keep their career options open, the education secretary said yesterday.

The Guardian

Colin Currie: new works, new instruments – the amazing story of percussion is not yet told

The percussionist, whose Metal Wood Skin festival continues in London, explains how music became a lifelong inspiration

The Strad

Atlanta Symphony musicians and management agree on new contract

The four-year deal, which includes provisions for increased musician numbers, ends a two-month deadlock

International Arts Manager

Reinventing the Czech Philharmonic

After a restless couple of decades for the Czech Philharmonic, Mark Powell journeys to Prague and finds a wholly revitalised orchestra


Angedacht, aber nicht frei: Gergiev wäre onehin nicht nach Saarbrücken gekommen. Jedoch…

Die Münchner Philharmoniker reagieren auf die Meldung, Gergiev sei in Saabrücken beim Polen-Festival ausgeladen worden.

Stradivari-Räuber zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt

Der 42-jährige Salah Salahadyn, der am vergangenen 27. Januar in Milwaukee den Geiger Frank Almond überfallen und ihn seiner 5 Millionen Dollar-Stradivari beraubt hatte, wurde von einem Gericht zu 7 Jahren Gefängnis und weiteren 5 Jahren Überwachung verurteilt.

Mariam Batsashvili gewinnt Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerb

Erster Preis des Wettbewerbs in Utrecht ist mit 20.000 Euro dotiert

Villa Vigoni: Gewalt, kulturelles Gedächtnis und Transkulturalität

Goldene Herbstidylle und Themen wie Gewalt und kulturelle Konflikte – wie passt das zusammen?

The New York Times

The Opera in Rome Is a Hotbed of Chaos

Riccardo Muti’s Departure Is a Sign of Rome Opera’s Troubles

Le Monde

Toutes les couleurs du jazz

Décidément la scène musicale belge est bien l’une des plus créatives et inventives.


Classical Purist @ClassicalPurist  Belgian orchestra appoints ‘cheapest’ manager + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news

Telegraph Classical @TeleClassical: The world’s most glamorous opera stars 

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: The new sound of space: 21st century film composers go beyond Holst and Strauss 


Czech Philharmonic © Martin Kabat (via International Arts Manager)







(Written on November 11, 2014 )

Classical News


David Trendell obituary

Organist, teacher and director of music at King’s College London who ran one of the best choirs in Britain


Vivienne Price – obituary

Vivienne Price was a violin teacher who founded the influential National Children’s Orchestra

Choir boy collapses at Cenotaph

Young boy faints just yards from the Queen while National Anthem is sung during Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Classic FM

Candy Crush Soda Saga gets a classical power-up with London Symphony Orchestra soundtrack

The multi-billion-dollar puzzle game Candy Crush Saga has a new orchestral soundtrack – and our Orchestra in the City of London was playing it.

BBC News

Violin-playing patient, 93, livens up Forth Valley ward

A 93-year-old man has livened up a Forth Valley hospital by serenading fellow patients and staff with his violin.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wunderjunge

Dirigent Duncan Ward in Orchesterakademie aufgenommen


Valery Gergiev wurde von Saar-Festspielen ausgeladen

In Polen sind die Russen und insbesondere die, die sich offen zu Putin bekennen, nicht besonders gut angesehen.

After A Two-Month Lockout The Atlanta Symphony Starts 70th Season with Freude Schöner Götterfunke

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Saturday that a deal with the musicians has been reached and that, after a two-month lockout, the orchestra will begin its 70th season.

Montserrat Caballé: Steuer-Deal statt Gefängnisstrafe

Die Sopranistin Montserrat Caballé hat spanischen Medienberichten zufolge mit den Behörden eine Vereinbarung erzielt, nach der sie vorerst nicht ins Gefängnis gehen muss.

Codex Flores

Claudio Abbado in Sils Maria beerdigt

Der im Januar verstorbene italienische Dirigent hat laut Angaben seiner Familie seine letzte Ruhestätte in Sils Maria gefunden.

The New York Times

Rising Quartets, Hip and Passionate

Is ours the new golden age of string quartets?


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: COMMENT: Diversity – time to think outside the box-ticking?

Classical Music @ClassicMusic361: ‘The Black Horn’: Blowing Past Classical Music’s Color Barriers – WHQR 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Anyone going to @musicforyouth #SchoolProm tonight at the @RoyalAlbertHall ? Let me know and we’ll give you a mentioned in the #SchoolRun

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital; photograph at BBC News

Violinist Alan Cairney, staff and patients at Forth Valley Royal Hospital;
photograph at BBC News

(Written on November 10, 2014 )

Classic FM

Did Bach’s wife write some of his best-known works?

A new documentary claims that Anna Magdalena was the real composer of her husband Bach’s best-known pieces.

International Arts Manager

Can music heal recovering addicts?

Music outreach programmes for children and the elderly are commonplace. But what about projects for the more vulnerable in society? James McConnel tells Clare Wiley why he created an orchestra of addicts

Pro Arte signs 2014 Grieg competition winner

Pro Arte International Management has signed Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr for general and world management.

Slipped Disc

Everything you need to know about the Met in 10 graphs

The composer Suby Raman has been reflecting on the state of the Met and how it might present itself itself to a graph-oriented society.


Atlanta Symphony Lockout: Musicians Partly Give In To Management Demands For Smaller Orchestra

Limelight Magazine

Sculthorpe memorialised with new fellowship

NSW Government and Sydney Conservatorium announces new $30,000 award


Atlanta Symphony Close To An Agreement

After eight weeks of lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Musicians made a counterproposal that gives hope for an agreement.

Hochstapelei im Namen Mahlers

Seit 2011 schon lockte ein Verein namens ‘Mahler Philharmoniker’ junge Musiker zur ‘Fortbildung’ nach Österreich.


Greatest Hits

Festival für zeitgenössische Musik auf Kampnagel /12.–15. November 2014

München: Sanierung des Gasteigs mit neuem Konzertsaal?

Ministerpräsident Seehofer schlägt gemeinsames “Leuchtturmprojekt” von Stadt und Land vor

Codex Flores

Musiker protestieren gegen missliebigen Dirigenten  

Ungewöhliches zugetragen hat sich in Spanien: Musiker des Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla protestierten auf dem Podium gegen einen künstlerischen Leiter, der ihnen ihrer Meinung nach aufgezwungen worden ist.

Le Monde

A New York, « La Mort de Klinghoffer » choque toujours

La culture nord-américaine aura connu trois scandales aux tonalités connexes : en 1969, l’écrivain Philip Roth (né en 1933) suscite une tonitruante polémique avec son roman Portnoy et son complexe, une satire carnassière – et pornographique – de la classe moyenne juive américaine

El Mundo

La mujer de Bach escribió parte de algunas de sus obras

Un documental asegura que la segunda esposa del compositor, Anna Madgalena, escribió parte de algunas de las mejores obras del músico


Classic FM @ClassicFM:  Every October half-term, we team up with @PrincesTrust to put on Arts & Kids Week – take a look at what’s on: 

Clarence House @ClarenceHouse: The Prince of Wales meets young musicians in London following a joint performance of @NACOrchCNA & @RPOOnline #Canada

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: In our new blog, @kyungwhachung talks about her amazing return from career-threatening injury: 

OperaSpace @OperaSpace: @CocaCola goes operatic. #TeamWagner. Das #Rheingold. #opera #ThunderousSoftdrink #Gesamtkunstwerk


(Bach and his wife, Anna Magdalena Photo via: Classic FM)


(Written on October 28, 2014 )

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

Calling all young musicians: entries for the Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer aged between 18-30 in the UK, close on Friday 17 October.

British Airways pairs in-flight meals with classical music

British Airways have revealed a new strategy to make in-flight food taste better – pairing specific music with their meals.

The Strad

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400,000 from Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The ensemble will use the grant to launch ‘Next Generation Orpheus’

London stringed instrument dealer J & A Beare launches its first exclusively online auction

The initial sale features 37 instruments, including a Stradivarius violin and two Guadagninis

Classical Source

Wall of Water: world premiere of Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard in response to paintings by Maggi Hambling (October 18 at LSO St Luke’s) 


Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel tear up the rulebook for Sweeney Todd

Video: a concert performance like you’ve never seen before

Slipped Disc

The string quartet that speaks

Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves.

Limelight Magazine

Politicians speak out on WA Opera “censorship”

The PM and other high ranking officials criticise “crazy” decision to cut Carmen

11Alive News

ASO musicians send memo of concern to board of directors

More than a month after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians were locked out following failed contract talks, there is still no progress to report.

Die Welt

Regisseur veralbert Putin mit schwulem Zarensohn

Die Staatsoperette Dresden gönnt sich einen Seitenhieb auf die wachsende Homophobie in Russland – mit einer pikanten Inszenierung von Lehárs “Zarewitsch”.

Heute hätte er längst seinen Oscar

Wagner klaute von ihm, Wagner hasste ihn, Wagner wäre ohne ihn kaum denkbar.


Hummeln auf dem Opernplatz

Wer sich den Cellisten Johannes Moser, einen passionierten Kammermusiker, zum „Museums-Solisten“ wählt und ihm die Möglichkeit gibt, sein Residence-Programm selbst mitzugestalten, der muss sich auf die eine oder andere Überraschung einstellen.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wir haben eine gute Zeit!

Wie kommt ein Chor zu diesem Namen? Ganz einfach: Er wurde am Psychologischen Institut der Uni Jena gegründet.

Codex Flores

Australiens Politik übt sich in Schadensbegrenzung

Nachdem sich die Western Australia Opera mit ihrem Bann von Bizets Carmen aus Gründen der politischen Korrektheit zum Gespött der Welt gemacht hat, macht nun die Politik auf Schadensbegrenzung.


Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago

Is it possible for artists to influence people’s attitudes toward global concerns through their art?

The Spectator

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

The disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has cast a shadow over the work ever since


Classic FM: @ClassicFM Peugeot have made a piano. Love or hate? (more pics here: )

Classical Music: ‏@ClassicalMusic8 Winchester Orchestra of San Jose debuts new season, new leader – San Jose Mercury News

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey | Media Monkey 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why the injustice against Joseph Haydn? 

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource Preview: The Marriage of Figaro – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Sat 18

Orpheus‘Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’ Photo: via The Strad

(Written on October 16, 2014 )

Classical News


Newlywed Katherine Jenkins denies diva claims

Singer Katherine Jenkins has hit back at claims she was dropped by her music company for being a “diva”

Classic FM

Pascal Rogé slams ‘mafia’ jury at piano competition

The Rina Sala Gallo Association has called for Pascal Rogé to apologise after he quit the jury and accused Italian members of the panel at the Monza international piano competition of corruption.

International Arts Manager

Vienna Philharmonic wins Nilsson prize

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has won the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize.


500 Amateur Musicians Played A Rameau Flash Mob In Dijon

Dijon is the town where composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was born 250 years ago. The city organized a flash mob last Saturday.

BBC News

Live classical ‘off-putting’ says Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has said classical music concerts have had the excitement “squeezed out of them”.

Slipped Disc

Sunday school: Atlanta’s icy silence is broken by a supercool rap

The musicians and the lockout merchants are observing media silence while talks continue with a federal negotiator

Der Tagesspiegel

Müssen Karten für Oper und Theater so günstig sein?

Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner wundert sich über die Ticketpreise an subventionierten Bühnen. Das lässt er sich nun mal ganz genau erklären. Und schon gibt es Kritik.

Teure Halle – Das Konzerthaus ist wiedereröffnet

Das gibt es auch noch in Berlin: Eine Baustelle wurde rechtzeitig fertig. Mit einem festlichen Konzert unter Mitwirkung von Andrey Boreyko und Arcadi Volodos ist das Konzerthaus am Freitag wiedereröffnet worden.

das Orchester

Deutschsprachige Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften besorgt über die Lage der Orchester in Europa

Die deutschsprachigen Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften aus Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland (SMV, DOV, GdG-KMSfB und ver.di) beobachten mit großer Sorge die aktuell um sich greifende Zerstörung von Opernhäusern, -ensembles und Orchestern in Europa.

musik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker übernehmen Patenschaft für Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Ausgehend vom Bamberger Chefdirigenten Jonathan Nott, der ab diesem Jahr auch Erster Dirigent der JDPh ist, sei eine organisatorische und inhaltliche Kooperation geplant, teilten die beiden Klangkörper am Freitag mit.

The New York Times

Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78

Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura soprano admired for the range, flexibility and size of her voice, as well as the intensity she brought to her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan.


The Violin Channel @violinchannel: … London’s Guildhall School Admits Rapper into Classical Music Programme @guildhallschool @londonsymphony

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: Happy Birthday Ralph #VaughanWilliams – ‘an adventurous, unmistakably English composer’ 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Nine things you might not know about Ralph Vaughan Williams: …

Der Tagesspiegel  @tagesspiegel: #Oper & #Theater in #Berlin: Müssen Eintritts-Karten denn so günstig sein, fragt Kulturstaatssekretär Tim @rennersen

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the "Festival of Lights", Photo AFP via Tagesspiegel

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the “Festival of Lights”                  Photo: AFP via Tagesspiegel

(Written on October 13, 2014 )