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In today’s news Radio 3 are considering removing BBC branding from new podcasts to encourage more young people to listen. The winner of the 2017 Cliburn Competition has been announced, and a new platform for classical music has won the distribution & discovery category of Midem’s competition for start-ups.

Guardian

Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: can stealth podcasts make classical cool?

Radio 3 is considering removing BBC branding from its new podcasts to trick young people into listening. Bravo!

International Piano

2017 Cliburn Competition winners announced

Yekwon Sunwoo, a 28-year-old pianist from South Korea, has won the Gold Medal in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas

Classical Source

Liam Neeson and Tamsin Greig to perform new ‘Power of Music’ monologues for BBC Music Day

Six short monologues have been co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Writersroom to mark BBC Music Day 2017

Billboard

Midemlab Winner TrueLinked: A One-Stop Platform for Classical Musicians

Classical music is not the most common topic of discussion at Midem, but TrueLinked, a platform created specifically to aid the interaction of classical musicians with bookers and arts organizations, was the winner in the distribution & discovery category of Midemlabs, Midem’s competition for start-ups

Classic FM

Pregnant pianist to be deported because of changes to NZ visa rules

Saber Xie from China has lived in the country since 2013 and been on a skilled migrant visa since last year – but changes to the rules mean she may have to leave

Broadway World

Crested BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL Offers Chamber Music Paired with Beer and Big Gay Ice Cream

The picturesque festival in the mountains of Colorado offers an unspoiled summer destination for bluegrass, opera, classical music, dance, children’s programs, and more

The New York Times

National Endowment for the Arts Names 2018 Jazz Masters

The National Endowment for the Arts on Monday announced its class of 2018 Jazz Masters, awarding the annual fellowship to a broad range of honorees at various stages of their careers.

Klavier.de

Brahms-Preis für Christoph Eschenbach

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 ausgezeichnet worden, der von der Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein verliehen wird.

Pizzicato

Conductor’s epidemic spreads out – Two further cancellations

The conductor’s epidemic, which we reported about yesterday, is spreading out. The London Symphony communicates: Michael Tilson Thomas is unwell and has been advised not to fly to Finland for an LSO concert in Lahti today.

Klassik.com

Georges Bizets Haus in Bougival soll zur Erinnerungsstätte werden

Das Haus des Komponisten Georges Bizet, in dem der französische Komponist unter anderem 1874 seine weltberühmte Oper “Carmen” komponierte, soll gerettet und zur Erinnerungsstätte umgebaut werden.

Musik Heute

Lichtkünstlerin rosalie mit 64 Jahren gestorben

Die deutsche Bühnenbildnerin rosalie, geborene Gudrun Müller, ist am Montag im Alter von 64 Jahren in Stuttgart gestorben. Das teilten die Hamburgische Staatsoper und ein Freund der Familie mit.

France musique

Évacuation des spectateurs et accusations de viol à l’Opéra de Rouen

Vendredi 9 juin, le parquet de Rouen a ouvert une enquête suite à des incidents survenus la veille à l’Opéra qui ont entraîné temporairement l’évacuation d’un millier de spectateurs.

El Mundo

Los Veranos de la Villa se expanden con 90 citas en 60 espacios de todo Madrid

El ciclo cultural de verano del Ayuntamiento, cuya programación de 2017 se ha presentado hoy y que se desarrollará entre el 30 de junio y el 3 de septiembre, renuncia a los golpes de efecto mediáticos para ofrecer 90 espectáculos repartidos por toda la ciudad y que son mayoritariamente gratuitos

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“The 10 quirkiest world records held by British musicians” from :

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Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Photo: International Piano

 

(Written on June 13, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, ROH announce new work by George Benjamin, and CBSO receive a £250,000 contribution for education.  27-y-o Ben Gernon has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Verona’s arena looks set to get protection from the rain at last, and 355 people have back a crowdfunded project to replace a cello destroyed in flight on United Airlines. 

The Guardian

Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will stage the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Benjamin’s third opera will be called Lessons in Love and Violence, and continues his very successful collaboration with the British playwright.

Rhinegold

CBSO receives £250,000 contribution to education programme

Philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have presented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with £250,000 towards its education programme over the next five years.

BREMF announces Creative Marketing and Programming Day

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is holding a free training day on 19 February. Taking place at the Royal Academy of Music in London between 11am and 6pm, the day will be led by William Norris (OAE, Tafelmusik) and will look at creative ways to approach marketing and programming in order to reach new audiences.

Ben Gernon to become BBC Philharmonic principal guest conductor

Ben Gernon has been announced as principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He will formally take up the position in autumn 2017.  The 27-year-old British conductor has worked with the orchestra for two years, conducting interactive concerts as part of The Red Brick Sessions and core repertoire. He has already presented a BBC Philharmonic ‘Meet the Phil’ event for local school children.

The Strad

League of American Orchestras condemns Trump administration US travel ban

The organisation has issued a statement reacting to the Executive Order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

The New York Times

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award

Jamie Barton, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano can stretch over long, lyrical lines and cascade down coloratura runs, has won the Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s $50,000 annual prize for a young singer, the company announced on Tuesday.

BroadwayWorld.com

2017 Composers Now Festival to Open This February at DiMenna Center

The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices, and honors the significance of their contributions to our society. On February 1, the eighth annual festival begins with a celebratory event at the DiMenna Center.

Pizzicato

Plans For The Coverage Of Verona’s Arena Move On

The visitors of the Arena di Verona might soon be protected from rain. The city has announced the winners of a contest for the creating of a huge coverage to be built.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es ist mir egal, ob sie mich umbringen, ich höre mit der Musik niemals auf”

Ein Frauenorchester aus Afghanistan ist zu Besuch in Deutschland. Die jungen Musikerinnen machen vielen Hoffnung, in ihrer Heimat aber bekommen sie Todesdrohungen.

Spiegel Online

Ein Gebäude wie ein Kommentar

Sein Bau markierte einen Aufbruch in der Architektur: Bis heute wirkt das Pariser Centre Pompidou wie eine bissige Anmerkung zum Kunstmarkt. So politisch und mutig sollte Museumsbau immer sein.

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant der Bonner Oper Jean-Claude Riber gestorben

Der Regisseur und frühere Intendant der Oper Bonn Jean-Claude Riber ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 82 Jahren an seinem Wohnsitz in den Vogesen.

Musik Heute

Germeshausen wird Opernintendant in Dortmund

Heribert Germeshausen wird neuer Intendant der Oper Dortmund. Der Heidelberger Operndirektor soll das Amt zur Spielzeit 2018/19 antreten, teilte die Stadt Dortmund am Dienstag mit. 

Le Figaro

Hippocrate et Bacchus au château de Versailles

Une soirée de gala de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer était organisée dans les Grands Appartements royaux.

France Musique

Une étudiante reçoit le soutien des internautes suite à la destruction de son violoncelle

355 personnes se sont mobilisées sur internet pour venir en aide à une jeune étudiante dont le violoncelle a été détruit lors d’un vol sur la compagnie aérienne américaine United airlines.

Twitter

Classical Music News @ClassicalNews Pleasance Theatre Trust and SDTN announce new graduate scheme

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1875 Death of English #composer William Sterndale #Bennett #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Co.Design @FastCoDesign “It does break the mold in what’s being done in classical music.” http://buff.ly/2kowOV9

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George Benjamin. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd

(Written on February 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Northern Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra is celebrating their 50th anniversary, and is attempting to perform 50 pop-up gigs throughout Belfast city centre on 28th September 2016. BBC Philharmonic announces their interactive concert series, which will also be streamed live on the orchestra’s website. In addition, Toccata Classics is launching its biggest project to date, ‘Music for my love’. Also, Yamaha is currently seeking piano scholars for 2017.

The Irish News

The Ulster Orchestra’s 50 gigs in one day

The Ulster Orchestra will mark its golden anniversary by attempting 50 pop-up performances in and around Belfast city centre on Wednesday September 28.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Phil announces interactive concerts series

The BBC Philharmonic is launching ‘The Red Brick Sessions’, a series of nine interactive concerts in partnership with the University of Salford. The performances will appear on the orchestra’s website as an enhanced live stream. This will enable the audience to delve closer into the orchestra, allowing them to zoom into specific sections of the ensemble, receive synced information about the music and view a live orchestral score.

Toccata Classics launches ‘Music for my Love’

Toccata Classics is launching its biggest project to date. ‘Music for my Love’ will record more than 100 pieces of new music for string orchestra written to celebrate the life of Yodit Tekle (partner of Toccata Classics founder Martin Anderson), who died of stomach cancer in 2015 aged 37.

Yamaha seeks piano scholars for 2017

Yamaha Music is seeking scholars for the 2017 Yamaha Music Foundation Piano Scholarship programme. The scholarships are open to piano students from the UK and Ireland born after 1 January 1991 and currently studying on a full-time music course at a higher education institution.

Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2016

Spitalfields Music’s 40th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Winter Festival, which will take place 4-11 December.

Entertainment Music News

Students tune in for Classical Music Awards

Launched in 2001, it is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for secondary schools.

El Mundo

Ennio Morricone: “Soy tan artesano como artista“

No fue hasta febrero que, con 87 años, ganó el primer Oscar a mejor banda sonora. El compositor de filmes inolvidables celebra 60 años de carrera.

nmz

Daniel Hope neuer Musik-Direktor des Zürcher Kammerorchesters

Der Geiger Daniel Hope ist neuer Musik-Direktor des Zürcher Kammerorchesters. Seine Amtszeit beginne am 27. September mit der Saisoneröffnung in der Tonhalle Zürich.

Musik heute

Staatstheater Wiesbaden: Intendant Laufenberg verlängert bis 2024

Intendant Uwe Eric Laufenberg bleibt bis 2024 am Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Der 55-Jährige habe das Angebot einer Verlängerung seines bis 2019 laufenden Vertrags angenommen.

klassik.com

Komponistin Julia Wolfe erhält MacArthur Fellowship

Die US-amerikanische Komponistin Julia Wolfe wurde zum MacArthur Fellow 2016 ernannt. Das damit verbundene Stipendium ist mit 625.000 US-Dollar (knapp 557.000 Euro) dotiert.

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Can we use technology to enhance classical music performances? http://www.classical-music.com/blog/technology-concert-hall …

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A wonderful way to spend an evening: #ROHnorma in cinemas Here’s the reaction so far, add yours in the comments http://www.roh.org.uk/news/your-reaction-what-did-you-think-of-bellinis-norma-in-cinemas …

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Spitalfields Music’s 40th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Winter Festival

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Photograpgh: The Irish News/ Ulster Orchestra

(Written on September 27, 2016 )

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Covent Garden flashmob – ‘Va, pensiero’ by Giuseppe Verdi

As part of Deloitte Ignite Festival of Voices, Dominic Peckham brought together choral groups, first time singers and workshop attendees in a huge celebration of the human voice  and Verdi 200, performing ‘Va, pensiero.’

Kens 5 San Antonia

10-year-old with disability learning to play flute with help of former musician

An American 10 year old born with one hand undeveloped is learning to play the flute with the help of former musician Clarence Wood

Classic FM Online

The Piano Guys play Chopin on Great Wall of China

Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends is an arrangement of Oogway Ascends from Kung Fu Panda, reworked with Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 – with a video recorded on the iconic Wonder of the World

Silent Opera to perform in Heal’s furniture shop

Silent Opera will perform four different operas in the Tottenham Court Road furniture shop Heal’s in October

BBC Music Magazine

New organisation set up to promote music education and cultural diplomacy

Conductor Riccardo Muti to be honorary president of EMMA for Peace, supported by UNESCO

BBC Radio 3 announces release of two singles for BBC Children in Need ‘Musical Battle’

The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Steve Pycroft’s fusions of well-known pop and classical tracks for charity head-to-head

BBC announces 20 per cent increase in funding for arts television

New brand ‘BBC Arts at…’ to showcase events from around the country

The Guardian

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Can a musician play from art? Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound

Die Zeit

Die Utopie des Ohrwurms

Er ist der bedeutendste Opernkomponist des 19. Jahrhunderts. Er hat eine Moral und ist niemals moralisch. Und er erfindet sein Leben, als spielte es auf der Bühne. Giuseppe Verdi zum 200. Geburtstag

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BBC Music Magazine

(Written on October 11, 2013 )

The Independent

Jenni Murray to conduct BBC Philharmonic orchestra – despite having no musical training

Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray has announced that she will be conducting the BBC Philharmonic orchestra – despite not being able to read music.

Classic FM

Kiri Te Kanawa hits out at skinny culture in opera singers

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has condemned the idea that female opera singers should have to be skinny to be successful.

Gramophone

Winner of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announced

First place goes to 26-year-old Ukrainian Vadym Kholodenko

Classical Music Magazine

PPL announces increase in income despite declining record sales

PPL, the UK-based organisation which licenses recorded music played in public, has revealed and increase in its income by 11% to £170.8m, despite a tough market and declining CD sales.

Guardian

Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones too busy writing an opera for reunion

After talk of a Led Zeppelin reunion, the band’s bassist says ‘2014 is full of opera’, since he is adapting a Strindberg play

Der Tagesspiegel

Koskys “Ball im Savoy” an der Komischen Oper und das Känguru boxt dazu

Barrie Kosky holt an der Komischen Oper Paul Abrahams „Ball im Savoy“ nach Berlin zurück. Katharine Mehrling entpuppt sich als der Star des Abends.

Jenni-Murray

(Written on June 11, 2013 )