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In today’s news many comment on the emotional One Love Manchester concert that took place last night, two weeks after the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert. The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts for the first time in 50 years, and The New York Times looks at the best moments in classical music last week.

BBC News

One Love Manchester: The most emotional moments

There were high emotions at a benefit concert staged by Ariana Grande in Manchester less than two weeks after the terror attack following her gig in the city. But the show also demonstrated the power of pop music to bring people together

Sir Jeffrey Tate: Conductor with spina bifida dies at 74

Sir Jeffrey, who was born with spina bifida, was the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in the 1980s

The Guardian

Liam Gallagher attacks brother Noel for absence at One Love Manchester concert

Oasis brothers’ feud continues as Liam says he is ‘very disappointed’ after Noel fails to join him for concert following Manchester Arena attack

Independent

Manchester One Love: Police dance with members of crowd at tribute concert

Footage of officer dancing with children in a circle at concert goes viral

New York Times

An Ice Cream Truck at Carnegie Hall: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

In addition to reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story

Uncompromising Music Survives on the Brooklyn Waterfront

There is so much new life and affluence crowding the Brooklyn waterfront that traditionalists like Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts of chamber music aboard a handsomely converted coal barge, hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, might be tempted to move. Which he has no intention of doing

Dallas News

Mozart piano concertos begin at the Cliburn competition

Starting Saturday, the semifinal round of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition switched to a half-and-half format each day: two solo recitals each afternoon, four performances of Mozart piano concertos each evening, with Nicholas McGegan conducting the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Classical Source

Royal Opera cast amendment, Otello, Ludovic Tézier

It is with deep regret that French baritone Ludovic Tézier will no longer be making his role debut as Iago in Otello on 21, 24 and 28 June, and on 2, 6 and 10 July

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Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band back at number one

The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one

Washington Post

Can listening to nature improve how we listen to music?

As a species, we have a lot more experience listening to the wind than we do listening to our favorite songs

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Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas and Ariana Grande. Photo: BBC News

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(Written on June 5, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, the full programme of Aldeburgh Festival 2017 will be announced in January 2017, and the 2017 festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has appointed Michael Young as its new Assistant Conductor, effective January 2017. Also, read about the ‘pampered’ turkeys on BBC News, where turkeys were raised listening to classical music, and they might be on your Christmas table this year!

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Aldeburgh Festival 2017

The 70th Aldeburgh Festival (9-25 June 2017) will mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Temple Music Foundation announces 2017 programme

The Temple Music Foundation’s 2017 concert programme encompasses Venetian polychoral works, Bach’s St John Passion and a contemporary composition for church choir, organ and saxophone.

English Symphony Orchestra appoints assistant conductor

The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed Michael Young in the newly created role of assistant conductor.

BBC News

‘Pampered’ Corwen turkeys raised on classical music

Turkeys raised to classical music and fed a home-grown grain mix may be north Wales’ “most pampered”.

The Strad

Violist and teacher Paul Leggett drowns in Central Australia

The long-time violist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic died while swimming in the Northern Territory.

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Nürnberg bewirbt sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2025

Der Stadtrat gab gestern mit großer Mehrheit seine Zustimmung zu der Bewerbung, deren Kosten mit etwa 5 Millionen Euro veranschlagt werden. Nürnberg solle “Kulturhauptstadt der Ideen” werden.

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Erfolg für Bayreuther Festspiele

Das Landgericht Bayreuth weist die Klage von Wieland Wagners Angehörigen ab. Es ging um den Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses und Entscheidungen über die Festspielleitung.

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GVL: Künstler können jetzt noch Vergütungen für die Nutzung ihrer Produktionen in den Jahren 2010 bis 2012 erhalten

Ob Musiker, Schauspieler, Synchronschauspieler, Tänzer oder Dirigenten: Viele Kreative wissen nicht, dass sie für Ihre Mitwirkungen an künstlerischen Produktionen vergütet werden können, wenn ein Dritter (zum Beispiel ein TV- oder Radiosender) diese nutzt.

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Bundesverdienstkreuz für israelischen Geigenbauer Weinstein

Der israelische Geigenbauer Amnon Weinstein hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz für die Restaurierung von etwa 50 Instrumenten von Holocaust-Opfern erhalten.

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Dercon will neues Ensemble an Volksbühne aufbauen

Chris Dercon (58) setzt für die Berliner Volksbühne auf ein festes Ensemble. Das Theater, dessen Intendanz der Belgier im August 2017 übernehmen soll, werde in den nächsten Jahren ein neues Ensemble aufbauen.

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK  Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by @thedarkness is a vastly underrated Christmas song

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(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Michael Church comments that other classical musics of the world need their proper place in the UK concert programmes, violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition receiving the gold medal and the first recording of the fluid piano has been issued. Also, Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and the Strad defines how a grounding in music theory can help musicians during their performance.

Independent

Why it’s high time UK concert programmes opened their doors to music beyond the Western tradition

The British classical-music establishment is full of complacent cultural imperialism. Britain is now a very multi-ethnic society, but you’d never know that from its concert halls. There’s an increasingly need for the other classical musics of the world to be given their proper place in UK concert programmes, says Michael Church.

Violinist Luke Hsu wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition 2016

American violinist Luke Hsu has won the 41st annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition and receives the gold medal, a $25,000 cash prize and a solo performance with the Houston Symphony on July 9, 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

First recording of the fluid piano issued

Utsav Lal has released the first recording on the fluid piano. The instrument, created by Geoff Smith, allows musicians to alter each note individually and separately by precise microtonal intervals per note before or during a performance.

BBC News

Broadway stars record benefit single for Orlando victims

Broadway stars past and present are to record a version of What the World Needs Now Is Love, to support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sarah Jessica Parker, Idina Menzel and Carole King are among those involved in the initiative, inspired by the 1985 We are the World benefit for Africa.

The Strad

A grounding in music theory can help performance

I have heard many students and musicians complain about wasting time on academic music disciplines. They often do not see the importance of music theory, and indeed, most of the time its relevance to musicians is not made clear enough to them.

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Bergen Festival Announces Record Breaking Figures

This year’s Bergen International Festival was again a major success. Organized between 25 May and 08 June, the Norwegian festival presented more than 350 events at more than 40 venues.

The Guardian

Anatomy Theater’s world debut: the goriest opera ever?

There is no doubt the opera stage has seen its fair share of blood through the years, whether it be the mad scene in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the ethereal yet obstinate stain soiling Lady Macbeth’s hand, the crimson droplets that portend the end of Mimi in La boheme, or even the corpses of suitors scattered outside the palace of Turandot.

Musik heute

Wiener Sängerknaben gründen Musikschule in Hongkong

Die Wiener Sängerknaben gründen erstmals eine Musikschule im Ausland. 2018 solle die internationale “Vienna Boys Choir International School” in Hongkong öffnen, teilte die Einrichtung am Donnerstag in Wien mit.

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Deutscher Musikrat Partner des Deutschen Jugendkammerchors

Der Deutsche Musikrat hat das Label «Privilegierte Partnerschaft» ins Leben gerufen – für Einrichtungen und Projekte, die „in besonderer Weise gesellschaftliche Wirkung erzielen“.

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„Das ungespielte Konzert“ – Pianist erinnert an ermordeten Musiker

Der Pianist Karlrobert Kreiten stand vor einer großen Karriere, als er von den Nazis ermordet wurde. Ein Konzert in Heidelberg konnte er nicht mehr spielen. Das Programm wird mehr als 80 Jahre später nachgeholt.

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The Economist @TheEconomist An attack on the attitudes which threaten to marginalise classical music and high art

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic What happens if people give classical music a chance – Braimah talks with

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ A group of opera singers will cycle from Glasgow to London to raise money for

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Photograph: Sebastian Schutyser / Aga Khan Music Initiative

(Written on June 17, 2016 )

In today’s news, the BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform at the Proms, the New York City Opera announces its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy & Graham Parker announced to become the new president of Universal Classics USA. Also, Spotify surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn and Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons.

BBC News

Amateur musicians to play Last Night of the Proms

The BBC is calling for amateur musicians to perform Bizet’s Toreador song, from Carmen, at the Proms. A “virtual orchestra” will be created to play the piece, conducted by Marin Alsop and supported by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Daily Mail

NYC Opera announces 1st full season after bankruptcy

The revived New York City Opera announced its first full season following its emergence from bankruptcy, planning 28 performances of six works in 2016-17 that include the U.S. debut of Antonio de Literes’ “Los Elementos” and area premieres of Peter Eotvos’ “Angels in America” and Tobin Stokes’ “Fallujah.”

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Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday morning, the general manager at WQXR, Graham Parker, announced that after six years at New York Public Radio, he will be stepping down to become the president of Universal Classics, U.S.A. Music.

The Guardian

Spotify revenues surge 80% to more than £1.5bn

Revenues at Spotify, the world’s biggest music streaming service, surged 80% last year to nearly €2bn (£1.5bn) but losses widened as it invested heavily amid tough competition from the likes of Apple Music and Tidal.

Classical Music Magazine

Yamaha offers free Clavinova lessons

Yamaha is offering free 45-minute Clavinova lessons throughout Saturdays and Sundays in June. During each one-to-one session, a Yamaha pianist will demonstrate the features of the Clavinova which can help pianists to learn and improve.

The Irish Times

Classical music: Printed programmes are a convention worth keeping

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there are, of course, performers who shun it. Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda took shunning to an extreme when he once appeared on stage nude.

Classicalite

New Book ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion

Anna Beer’s new book, Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, highlights overlooked but important female composers of the classical music genre.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera’s Oedipe is yet another revived gem to thank Kasper Holten for

Those who deplore the current vogue for shock-horror productions may be rejoicing at the early departure next year of the Royal Opera’s Director Kasper Holten, but there are several things to thank him for – notable among them being his commitment to programming fully staged performances of significant but unjustly neglected repertory of the 20th century.

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Berliner Philharmoniker und Simon Rattle kämpfen für EU-Jugendorchester

Das Orchester in Berlin und sein Chefdirigent in München – gleich doppelt haben die Berliner Philharmoniker am Dienstag gegen eine Auflösung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) protestiert.

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Große Abwanderung beim Bayerischen Staatsballett

Nach dem Ende der Spielzeit 2015/2016 wird Ivan Liška nach 18 Jahren sein Amt als Direktor des Bayerischen Staatsballetts an Igor Zelensky übergeben. Mit Liška werden sich einige bekannte Gesichter von der Bühne des Nationaltheaters und vom Münchner Publikum verabschieden.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert Musikhochschule Detmold mit 14 Millionen Euro

Das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen fördert die Hochschule für Musik Detmold in den nächsten sieben Jahren mit rund 14 Millionen Euro.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Bad news for Boston criticism

Classic FM @ClassicFM The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic are playing tangos on our Album of the Week:

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK 25. Mai 1887: Die Opéra-Comique in Paris steht in Flammen

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(Written on May 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust, Richard Farnes takes on Wagner’s The Ring Cycle as his final assignment with Opera North and the Arts Council England faces renewed pressure over its funding of opera. Also, Isreaeli Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition and fifty percent of the Sex Worker’s Opera are actual sex workers.

Classical Music Magazine

Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust

Lawrence Power will become artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust from the 2016/17 season.

BBC News

Opera North’s Richard Farnes departs with The Ring

There can be few more challenging tasks as a conductor than taking on the whole of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle – but that is the one that has been handed to Richard Farnes for his final assignment at Opera North.

Mirror

Meet the stars of the Sex Worker’s Opera which features REAL working prostitutes

Fifty percent of the cast are made up of actual sex workers while the other half are friends of sex workers who are hoping to dissolve the stigma attached to the industry.

The Stage

Equity to ramp up pressure on opera funding in wake of ENO furore

Arts Council England is to face renewed pressure over its funding of opera, after performers called for increased efforts to protect the genre’s subsidy. The call, at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference, comes in the wake of the dispute at English National Opera, where earlier this year chorus members threatened to strike over cuts to their contracts, enacted by ENO management in response to a £5 million drop in subsidy from ACE.

The Strad

Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition

Israeli cellist Daniel Hass has won the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, MI, US. The 18-year-old, who currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School, received the gold medal, $6,000 and engagements with orchestras across America.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme

Composers are invited to submit their applications for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme. The programme is open to UK-based composers who have completed their first degree and/or left higher education within the last three years.

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Spanish Early Music Association Honours Jaap Schröder

Spanish Association of Early Music Groups (GEMA) announced the second edition of their Awards.

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Gotthold Schwarz wird Thomaskantor

Mehr als ein Jahr wurde gesucht, jetzt steht Gotthold Schwarz als neuer Thomaskantor fest: Schwarz hat den Thomanerchor bereits seit 2015 kommissarisch geleitet.

Musik heute

Bregenzer Festspiele: Drei Viertel der Karten bereits weg

Gut zwei Monate vor dem Start der Bregenzer Festspiele sind schon die meisten Tickets verkauft.

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Milena Wilke gewinnt den Violinwettbewerb Ton und Erklärung

Die deutsche Geigerin Milena Wilke hat den ersten Preis des Violinwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung” gewonnen. Der erste Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

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NightingaleHammerson @NGHHammerson #celebratingartincarehomes introduction from Alastair and Chris having a great day

Opera North @Opera_North Beginning again… cycle 2 kicks off tonight with Das Rheingold!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Barihunk Benjamin Appl signs with Sony Classical

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(Written on May 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth breaks the silence about his resignation as music director of English National Opera, Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years and new opera house in Surrey approved. Also, one in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star and Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision.

Classical Music Magazine

‘I think I have a right to defend myself’ – Mark Wigglesworth

Mark Wigglesworth has broken his silence for the first time since resigning as music director of English National Opera. Wigglesworth announced that he was stepping down on March 22, confessing in a letter to ENO musicians and technical staff that the company was ‘evolving into something I do not recognise’.

Radio 3 achieves greatest reach in three years

Radio 3 has reached its highest audience in three years. RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2016 show Radio 3’s audience reach as 2.12 million (up from 2.05m last quarter and 2.08m last year).

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Joanna Lumley attends meeting as new West Horsley Place opera house gets approved

Plans to build a new opera house in the grounds of West Horsley Place have been approved by Guildford Borough Council. Members of the council’s planning committee were joined by actress Joanna Lumley in the public gallery at the meeting on Wednesday.

Huffington Post

The Lighthouse: Opera Parallèle’s Chamber Opera Considers a Scottish Mystery in San Francisco

After seeing Champion, Opera Parallèle‘s inventive commissioned “jazz opera,” by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, at SFJazz a few months ago, who could fail to be interested in seeing whatever this imaginative company produced next?

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Radio Waves: Contemporary classical music podcast launches fundraiser for third season

Q2 Music’s contemporary classical music podcast “Meet the Composer” — on the heels of its recent Peabody Award win — is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its third season.

Independent

Classical music and studying: The top 10 pieces to listen to for exam success

Classic FM reveals which pieces of classical music will help students get the most out of their revision

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Cliveden’s Jacobean surround sound system to open to the public

Visitors to enjoy new sound installation in chamber under mansion’s south terrace built to channel sounds of invisible orchestra.

BBC News

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star

The huge success of artists like One Direction and Adele means that British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide last year. The UK music industry accounted for 17.1% of the global music market – its highest ever share.

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Andris Nelsons und Deutsche Grammophon verkünden exklusive Partnerschaft

Mit Andris Nelsons unterzeichnet einer der herausragendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit einen Exklusivvertrag mit dem traditionsreichen Klassiklabel Deutsche Grammophon.

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Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters gewinnt Prager Frühling-Wettbewerb

Der britische Trompeter Huw Morgan, Solotrompeter des Basler Sinfonieorchesters, hat den ersten Preis des Prager Frühling-Wettbewerbs gewonnen.

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Streit um Arbeitsverhältnis von Dresdner Chefdirigent beigelegt

Der Streit um das Arbeitsverhältnis des Chefdirigenten der Dresdner Philharmonie, Michael Sanderling, ist beigelegt.

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New York Times Arts @nytimesarts Stephen Gosling, Queens New Music Festival, biennial & more classical music in

Music History @today_classical  in 1896 Death of German and composer Clara Wieck

Royal Academy Music @RoyalAcadMusic Behind the scenes at , opening tonight at @.

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(Written on May 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Kah Chun Wong wins the Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Conducting Competition, a campaign has been launched to save the European Union Youth Orchestra and Scottish Opera might have a hit with its new Mikado.

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Masur Protégé wins Mahler Conducting Competition

Kah Chun Wong (*1986) from Singapore won First Prize at the Mahler Competition of the Bamberg Symphony.

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How can you help?

We are beginning a campaign to try to help safeguard a sustainable future of the European Union Youth Orchestra. If you would like to contribute to this campaign there are several ways to do so.

The Spectator

Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado

You have to be quite silly to take Gilbert and Sullivan seriously. But even sillier not to. G&S is still a litmus test for a particularly British type of operatic snobbery: ‘Is there a place for Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st century?’ asked a Radio 3 presenter last year, about the time that ENO’s new Pirates of Penzance broke all audience records for live cinema relays in the UK.

BBC News

Michael Crawford ‘terrified’ ahead of West End return

Michael Crawford says he is “terrified” as he prepares to return to the West End stage for the first time in five years at the end of the month.

Classical Music Magazine

NAfME CEO steps down following remarks on diversity

The executive director and chief executive of the US-based National Association for Music Education Michael Butera stepped down on 11 May.

Kent Music announces technology-focused Project 14 course

Kent Music’s Orchestra ONE Project 14 course will take place 1-5 August at Maidstone’s Cornwallis Academy.

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Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: ‘The Shining’ Is Now An Opera

The Shining was Stephen King’s first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick’s film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera.

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Christoph Eschenbach mit Brahms-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist am Donnerstagabend mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 geehrt worden.

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Querelen um Film über Florence Foster Jenkins

Die Sopranistin Julia Kogan beansprucht Rechte als Co-Autorin am Drehbuch der Neuverfilmung über das Leben von Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Maria Guleghina erlitt Lebensmittelvergiftung in Wladiwostok

Die in Luxemburg lebende russische Sopranistin Maria Guleghina musste nach einer in einem Restaurant in Wladiwostok erlittenen Lebensmittelvergiftung aus der ‘Tosca’-Produktion des Mariinsky Theaters in der am Nordpazifik gelegenen russischen Hafenstadt ausscheiden.

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Petroc Trelawny @PetrocTrelawny Bravo for what sounds like a triumphant last minute rescue job last night.From auditorium to stage

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The Strad @TheStradMag Video: Guy Johnston talks about the moment his string snapped at the in 2000

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(Written on May 13, 2016 )

In our news today, Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has announced the winners of its 2016 awards for live music, awarding a car park orchestra one of the top prizes. Three core team members at Ingpen & Williams will leave over the next few months, and Graham Vick comments that opera’s need to break out of their comfort zone to recruit new audiences.

BBC News

Car park orchestra wins classical award

An orchestra that plays in a multi-storey car park in south London has won a top prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. The Multi-Story Orchestra was praised for its “ingenuity and impact in the local community” as it picked up the audience engagement prize.

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Royal Philharmonic Society Awards announced

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) has announced the winners of its 2016 awards for live music at a ceremony this evening at The Brewery, London, hosted by Radio 3 presenters Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Suzy Klein and presented by Canadian baritone Gerald Finley.

Classical Music Magazine

Major changes at Ingpen & Williams

Three core team members at Ingpen & Williams will leave over the next few months.

The Guardian

Opera companies urged to break out of ‘ghetto’ to find new audiences

Opera companies need to get out of their “ghetto” where they are protected by concepts of excellence and artistic integrity and find new audiences on their own ground, the director Graham Vick has told a gathering of the movers and shakers of Britain’s classical music world.

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Freddie Mercury scholarship at ACM announced

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and Metropolis Studios have announced the introduction of a Freddie Mercury Scholarship, backed by Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May. The award will be presented later this year, in honour of the singer’s 70th birthday on September 5.

Classic FM

Man plays Eiffel Tower like a monumental drum kit for his new percussion piece

An American composer is embarking on a new project, harnessing the sounds of the Eiffel Tower in his latest composition. ‘Tower Music’ by Joseph Bertolozzi uses sounds created by hitting different surfaces of the iconic landmark with mallets.

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Libeskind To Present A Unique Concert Project in Frankfurt

Architect Daniel Libeskind has developed a very special concert project for Frankfurt: On May 21 and 22, One Day in Life will present more than 75 individual concert events at 18 locations in Frankfurt, featuriung 18 basic conditions of life.

Die Welt

Pollini-Konzertbesucher buhen Flüchtling aus

Beim Konzert der Klavierlegende Mauricio Pollini in der Hamburger Laeiszhalle kam es zum Eklat: Der Darbietung eines 18-jährigen Flüchtlings aus Afghanistan über religiöse Unfreiheit folgten Buh-Rufe.

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Rundfunkchor Berlin startet Lounge-Konzerte

Der Rundfunkchor Berlin startet in der Saison 2016/17 eine Reihe mit Lounge-Konzerten. An drei Abenden kann das Publikum mit Chormitgliedern und wechselnden Gästen ins Gespräch kommen, teilte der Klangkörper am Dienstag in Berlin mit.

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Musik als Dauerzustand, als Lebensgarantie

Am 11. Mai jährt sich der Todestag Max Regers zum 100. Mal. Susanne Popp, Leiterin des Max-Reger-Instituts Karlsruhe, hat aus diesem Anlass eine knapp 550 Seiten starke Biographie bei Breitkopf & Härtel vorgelegt.

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Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony  baton has been glued several times – he simply won’t give it up

TownHallSymphonyHall @THSHBirmingham  Conductor of the Year goes to…! See you in May 2017 with

Top Classical News @topcmnews How to be HIP – from listening to Adelina Patti to an 18th century Scots dance band

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Photograph: Amber Vernuccio

(Written on May 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a video of an opera singer performing during a scan revealed, NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs film deal & Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie.

The Telegraph

Real-time MRI captures incredible video of opera singer performing during scan

Researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician’s Medicine have revealed what really goes on inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform.

BBC News

NHS choir signs film deal after topping chart at Christmas

The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 has signed a film deal to tell its story. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir beat the Canadian singer after he urged his 72 million Twitter followers to buy its charity single, A Bridge Over You.

Glastonbury to honour David Bowie and Prince

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie, organiser Emily Eavis has told the BBC. The metal sculpture, inspired by the sleeve for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, will hang above acts like Coldplay and Adele when they play the stage in June.

The Guardian

The best classical concerts and opera of summer 2016

Oedipus finally reaches Britain, there’s a Messiaen marathon in Suffolk, Opera North’s Ring hits the road – and John Luther Adams summons up a deluge.

The Strad

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles

The 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition has named the 10 string quartets shortlisted to take part in its live rounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce plans to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

The ensembles will present L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. They will also perform the Vespers at Basilica dei Frari, Venice, as well as working alongside musicologists and experts in Monteverdi during the anniversary year.

Roger Vignoles announced as accompanist for 2016 International Opera Awards

Roger Vignoles will be accompanist at the 2016 International Opera Awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 May at the Savoy Theatre. He will accompany Stuart Skelton, Anna Bonitatibus and a number of other past and present International Opera Awards finalists and winners.

The Spectator

Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser is one of the ugliest stagings I have set eyes on

Cursed, or perhaps blessed, with almost no visual memory at all, I had almost completely forgotten what the Royal Opera’s current Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery and with set designs by Michael Levine, looks like. Or perhaps it was the natural tendency to repress the memory of unpleasant experiences.

Klassik Heute

Dirigentenwettbewerb “The Mahler Competition” beginnt in Bamberg

Vom 6. bis 13. Mai 2016 veranstalten die Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie zum 5. Mal ihren Dirigentenwettbewerb The Mahler Competition. Der Wettbewerb ist ab der Hauptrunde am 9. Mai öffentlich. Der Eintritt zu den öffentlichen Runden in der Konzerthalle Bamberg ist frei.

Music Heute

Staatstheater Nürnberg: Neue Saison mit Wagner-Opern und Brahms-Konzerten

Die Nürnberger Oper eröffnet die Spielzeit 2016/17 mit Mussorgskis “Boris Godunow” in einer Neuinszenierung von Peter Konwitschny. Zusammen mit Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch realisiert der 71-Jährige das Stück in der Urfassung von 1869, wie das Staatstheater am Mittwoch mitteilte.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Ludus instrumentalis gewinnt Förderpreis Alte Musik

Der Förderpreis Alte Musik, der von der Akademie für Alte Musik im Saarland und dem Saarländischen Rundfunk vergeben wird, geht in diesem Jahr an das in Köln beheimtate Ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis.

Twitter

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager IAM’s editor is 1 of the 15 women to be selected for the first University Women in the Arts

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Król Roger and Woolf Works nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Bernhard Neuhoff @BernhardNeuhoff Classical music sponsored by Pop stars: donates $ 25,000 to opera house via

EUYO @EUYOtweets Happy 10yr anniversary to our Partner . Looking forward to playing for our friends tonight.

Music News & Facts @musicnews_facts Today is the 28th birthday of a massively successful act and an outstanding singer/song-writer.

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Photograph: FIMM

 

(Written on May 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Soundcloud launches streaming service Soundcloud Go to compete with Spotify, Sebastian Schwarz comments on how the opera should entertain the audience & Ben Goldscheider won the brass category final of BBC Young Musician 2016.

BBC News

Soundcloud launches Spotify competitor in the UK

The company hopes to attract users with a mixture of officially licensed tracks and its catalogue of 125 million covers, remixes, DJ sets and podcasts. Called Soundcloud Go, it costs £9.99 per month in line with its rivals.

The Telegraph

‘Opera must never offend just for effect,’ says Glyndebourne’s new general director

Rumour in the opera world whispers that Glyndebourne bagged a tremendous catch when it signed Sebastian Schwarz as its new general director. “I think Covent Garden is kicking itself that it didn’t get to him first,” an insider friend of mine comments wryly.

Classical Music Magazine

Ben Goldscheider wins BBC Young Musician brass category

18-year-old horn player Ben Goldscheider has won the brass category final of BBC Young Musician 2016.

theguardian

Tales of the Unexpected: saying yes to today’s composers

From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music.

Broadwayworld

Las Vegas Philharmonic Receives Excellence in Education Honor

The Las Vegas Philharmonic was recently inducted into the Clark County School District’s (CCSD) Excellence in Education Hall of Fame, recognizing the non-profit organization for their outstanding and impactful music education programs benefiting CCSD students through their annual Youth Concert Series.

pizzicato

Förderprogramm des Deutschen Musikrates für den dirigentischen Nachwuchs nimmt zehn neue Talente auf

Von insgesamt 63 Kandidaten, die sich um Aufnahme in das Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates beworben hatten, wurden 24 Orchesterdirigenten zum Auswahldirigieren mit den Nürnberger Symphonikern sowie 15 Chordirigenten zum Auswahldirigieren mit dem ‘ensemberlino vocale’ und dem Philharmonischen Chor Berlin eingeladen.

Musik heute

Anwalt: Eventuell kein Prozess gegen Geiger Arzberger

Der in New York wegen eines mutmaßlichen Mordversuchs festgenommene Geiger Stefan Arzberger aus Leipzig kann einem Gerichtsprozess in den USA möglicherweise entkommen.

BR Klassik

Beethoven gegen die AfD

Weil Mitarbeiter des Mainzer Staatstheaters lautstark Beethovens “Ode an die Freude” angestimmt und damit eine AfD-Demonstration gestört hatten, wurde ein Strafverfahren eingeleitet. Jetzt ist das Ergebnis bekannt geworden.

Twitter

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Festival 2017 line-up announced. Full details here:

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK See some lovely photographs of our ‘The King, the Cat and the Fiddle’ project, from

bigshotmagazine @bigshotmagazine 12 Albums for May

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Sebastian Schwarz, the new general director of Glyndebourne Photograph: James Bellorini

(Written on May 3, 2016 )