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In today’s news: RNCM announces French Connections festival, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row gets TV spin-off, and Opera America announces latest grants for female composers. Number of women in artistic productions remains too low, ARD invites German students to the ‘Handel experiment’, and merger of K & K Philharmonic and K & K Symphoniker.

The Stage

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row gets TV spin-off

BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row will be broadcast weekly on television, the Corporation has announced.

Opera Now

Opera America announces latest grants for female opera composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of its Opera Grants for Female Composers.

Music Teacher

RNCM announces French Connections festival

The Royal Northern College of Music’s (RNCM) autumn 2017 season will mark the beginning of a year-long French Connections festival celebrating the music of France and its impact across the world.

The Irish Times

Violin-making refugee shapes a sweeter sounding future

“It’s a miracle really, my life. I came here to Ireland without anything, but now I have a lot. In six months I have got a lot of things and I am sure I will make amazing things in Ireland in the future.”

France Musique

Le nombre de femmes dans les productions artistiques reste trop faible

L’Adami, société de gestion des droits d’auteur, a publié une étude sur la place des femmes dans les productions artistiques de spectacles vivants sur l’année 2016 et les chiffres sont toujours aussi inquiétants.

Limelight

Sydney Symphony Orchestra launches its 2018 season

David Robertson introduces his fifth season with Ax, Freire, Grosvenor, Mutter, Capuçon and Batiashvili among the headliners.

Pizzicato

ARD lädt deutsche Schüler zum ‘Händel-Experiment’ ein

Nach vier erfolgreichen Projekten der ARD-Reihe zur Vermittlung von Musik an Schulen, die sich um Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin und Antonio Vivaldi drehten, folgt im Schuljahr 2017/18 das ‘Händel-Experiment’, ausgerichtet vom MDR.

KulturRadio

– Slowakischer Musiker Marian Varga gestorben

Der Experimentalmusiker und Komponist wurde 70 Jahre alt.

Klassik Heute

K&K Philharmoniker und K&K Symphoniker fusionieren

Die österreichischen Sinfonieorchester K&K Philharmoniker und K&K Symphoniker treten mit Beginn der Konzertsaison 2017/2018 unter dem einheitlichen Namen K&K Philharmoniker auf.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms

Online Promming tickets for Prom 33 are now on sale. Book  ➡️ 

‘Handel-experiment’ makes students into composers © MDR

 

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(Written on August 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Here’s why Alondra de la Parra is one of the most exciting new conductors in years, British startup MelodyVR has scored another coup – signing a partnership with Universal Music Group. A dialogue with artistic director Serge Dorny, Märzmusik Festival: an evening in honour of Julius Eastman, and mezzo-soprano Geneviève Tschumi wins Telemann Competition.

Classicfm

Here’s why Alondra de la Parra is one of the most exciting new conductors in years

The young Mexican conductor is changing classical music from the inside

Music Business Worldwide

UNIVERSAL INKS DEAL WITH MELODYVR FOR ‘REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC VR EXPERIENCES’

British startup MelodyVR has scored another coup – signing a partnership with Universal Music Group to co-produce and distribute ‘revolutionary virtual reality music experiences’ featuring artists from UMG’s roster.

The Guradian

BBC must now do for arts what it has done for science, says R4 culture boss

With mathematicians, physicists and doctors dominating much of the airtime on BBC Radio 4, science coverage has never had it so good. But is it time to restore some balance?

The Violin Channel

American Violinist Joan Field Died On This Day in 1988 – Aged 73

American violinist Joan Field died on this day in 1988 – aged 73.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Zurück in die Zukunft

Retro ist die neue Mode im Operngeschäft: Der Intendant der Oper Lyon verrät, was es mit Zweitverwertung, Meisterwerken und langweiligem Designertheater auf sich hat.

Der Tagesspiegel

Minimale Strukturen, maximale Wirkung

Start des Märzmusik-Festivals: Ein Abend zu Ehren des US-Komponisten Julius Eastman

klassik.com

Mezzosopranistin Geneviève Tschumi gewinnt Telemann-Wettbewerb

Hauptpreisträgerin auch mit zwei Sonderpreisen ausgezeichnet

WXQR.org

Exclusive Music Video: Colin Jacobsen’s ‘Ascending Bird,’ Featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s cello concerto Azul was first commissioned for Yo-Yo Ma by the Boston Symphony, and received its premiere in 2006. Now, over 10 years later, Azul is seeing its first studio release.

Musical Chairs

Musicians must keep Britain in tune with EU after Brexit, says Ashkenazy

The veteran Russian pianist and conductor defends our common European culture

Twitter

Music History @todays_classical in 1918 Birth of German Bernd Alois .

klassik.com @klassikcom Geraubte nach 35 Jahren wieder vor Publikum erklungen

Einmal im Jahr stellt er an seiner Oper eine große Hausaufgabe: Serge Dorny. © Malte Jaeger_laif

 

(Written on March 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

klassik.com

Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

Neue musikzeitung

Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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Photo: BBC Proms

(Written on January 10, 2017 )

The Telegraph

Vienna Philharmonic: worthy winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize

It’s time to set the record straight on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the deserving winner of opera’s richest prize, says Rupert Christiansen

Sivan Magen – New Music

Sivan Magen is trying to change the perception of the harp with his virtuoso playing, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today

BBC Music Magazine

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs in Washington

The ensemble makes history performing two concerts at the US Library of Congress

Gramophone

Baritone John Shirley-Quirk has died

The English baritone John Shirley-Quirk, one of the singers most associated with the music of Benjamin Britten, has died aged 82

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Drohende Fusion der SWR-Orchester Die Wende? Oder doch nur eine Volte?

Heute Vormittag diskutiert der Landtag von Baden-Württemberg wieder über die geplante Fusion der Rundfunkorchester des Südwestrundfunks. Diese Orchesterabschaffungsdebatte im Süden geht uns alle an

Tagesspiegel

Gedenkkonzert für Claudio Abbado: Die menschliche Dimension des Zuhörens

Im Lucerne Festival Orchester versammelte Claudio Abbado seine musikalischen Freunde. Bei einem Gedenkkonzert zu seinen Ehren spielte es nun ohne Dirigenten sowie unter der Leitung von Andris Nelsons

Concerti

Porträt Marina Rebeka:„Der Komponist kommt zuerst“

Marina Rebeka gehört mit 33 schon zum internationalen Establishment der lyrischen Sopranistinnen – und stellt Musik über Eitelkeiten

 

Classical Music on twitter

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Our top 10 violin concerto recordings – what would you add to the list? http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/top-10-violin-concertos …

Opera Magazine: @operamagazine Henriette Götz appointed as Executive Director of English National Opera http://www.eno.org/news/executive-director … #OperaNews

BBC Radio 4: @BBCRadio4 Five remarkable women are taking over @BBCWomansHour for one week. Find out more: http://bbc.in/1hBzOkh  pic.twitter.com/j41EO1t4D1

a-n News: @an_artnews Sajid Javid, a financial secretary to the Treasury, replaces Maria Miller as the new culture secretary http://ow.ly/vD9GH

Deutsche Grammophon: @DGclassics Legendary pianist Maurizio #Pollini is our #ArtistOfTheWeek! Listen to his recordings: http://smarturl.it/ArtistOfTheWeek_Spo … pic.twitter.com/udlZ7NkYZT

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Sivan Magen – The Telegraph

(Written on April 10, 2014 )

Violinist Daniel Hope’s performance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea last Friday (3rd May) will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this upcoming Sunday.

Newly-appointed Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård marked his first performance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Traüme, along with Schumann’s Fourth Symphony. The programme also included Viennese composer Eric Korngold’s Violin Concerto, featuring Daniel Hope as the soloist. Daniel’s ‘dreamily poetic’ performance received highly praised reviews, comparable with Jascha Heifitz, who premiered the concerto in 1947. Rian Evans’ review for The Guardian can be read here. The Violin Concerto has also been selected as BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week, which can be heard from 6:15pm.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the concert at 2pm on Sunday Concert, presented by Nicola Heywood. The programme will be available both on the radio and online.

Keep up to date with news regarding Daniel Hope through his Facebook, Twitter and regular posts on the WildKat PR website.

Daniel Hope (sitting sofa) - photo Harald Hoffmann

Harald Hoffmann

(Written on May 10, 2013 )

Classic FM

Personal Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin letters to be auctioned

Letters from composers including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin are to be auction in LA next month.

Classic FM launches new Baroque timeline

Explore a fully interactive musical journey from 1600 to 1750, and get to the best Baroque composers with Classic FM’s brand new timeline.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society announces 200th birthday plans 

The Royal Philharmonic Society has announced a year of events to mark its bicentenary in 2013.

Slipped Disc

The Royal Opera House gets into bed for a quickie with Murdoch’s Sun

Should we, as most decent citizens would, avert our eyes from the celebrity shag of the century?

Exclusive: English orchestra to be abolished in savage local cuts

We’ve been leaked a report, going out tomorrow, which confirms that the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra is ti be abolished under local authority cutbacks.

Sydney violin, stolen in Vienna, is returned to despairing owner

Emma West, assistant leader of the second violins in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, had her violin grabbed by a thief as she rode the Vienna subway in September.

The Independent

The Week In Radio: Radio 3 needs an audience beyond this tiny elite

Is classical music really for everyone? This was the question posed by the writer and presenter Tom Service, chair of a live debate at the Sage in Gateshead as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival, to which the answer is: if only.

Gramophone

Vladimir Ashkenazy to appear on BBC Radio 4’s ‘One to One’ – hear an excerpt!

Pianist and conductor speaks to Olivia O’Leary about how aging affects his career

Classic FM

(Written on November 8, 2012 )

Both this evening and tomorrow, soprano Nadine Mortimer-Smith will be performing in Naked Opera at The Forge, Camden at 7:30pm. The idea behind Naked Opera is to find the bare truth behind opera singers and young professionals, and the reasons why they chose this career and lifestyle, and the challenges and triumphs that they face. A couple of weeks aho on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Nadine spoke to Hardeep Singh Kohli about the show, which narrates the stories of each persona the singers take on, and branching out to tell the stories of other people in opera.

Naked Opera is co-ordinated by charity Unexpected Opera, who create ‘stimulating and engaging’ productions, offering fresh and funny renditions of classic musical works. Accompanied by three other young professional operatic singers, and Unexpected Opera’s resident comic, Nadine reveals the naked truth behind opera, through a variety of classic arias.

Listen to Nadine on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek here.
Unfortuntely, both dates have sold out for Naked Opera, but for more information or details of future shows, visit the website here.

(Written on October 8, 2012 )

Next Tuesday, Raymond Yiu will be featuring on BBC Radio 4’s ‘One to One’ show, sharing his story with Kate Silverton, and discussing the fear of failure and his route into composition. Born in Hong Kong, Raymond began learning the piano at the age of four, and moved to England at just seventeen.

His works have been shortlisted for many awards, and was nominated in three consecutive years by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM). His piece Beyond the Glass, performed and recorded for broadcast by the BBC Singers, was shortlisted for the BASCA British Composer Awards 2004. Raymond was also winner of the chamber category of the British Composers Awards in 2010.

Speaking of his work he states: ‘For me, composing is like exploration. Curiosity and the love of challenge are the two main driving forces’. Raymond also speaks through his music, searching for new and exciting things to say, both honestly and on a personal level, using influences from his Chinese heritage and culture in his compositions.

One to One will be aired on BBC Radio 4 at 9.30am on Tuesday 9th October http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n651k.

On the same evening, three new pieces by Raymond will be premiered at Christ Church Spitalfields as part of the Song in the City series (‪http://songinthecity.eventbrite.co.uk/ ).

Image credit Malcolm Crowthers

(Written on October 5, 2012 )

Cor Anglais player Alison Teale will appear on BBC 4’s Woman’s Hour on the 15th of November at 10 am to speak about, and perform pieces from her new album Cor!,

Alison, Principal Cor Anglais player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oboe Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, began her solo career to raise awareness of the instrument to listeners and composers alike, with the hope of more people becoming aware of the beauty and versatility of this, often, overlooked instrument.  It was this passion and conviction for expanding its repertoire that has placed her amongst other prominent women in the arts who have appeared on the show, such as Judi Dench and Jazz singers Dee Dee Bridgewater and Clare Teal.

The official launch of her CD will be at The Forge in Camden on the 11th of December. For tickets visit The Forge.

Apart from launching her first solo project, Alison continues her engagements with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about Alison, her CD, and upcoming performances visit her website or on her facebook page.

(Written on November 3, 2011 )