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The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.

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Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, composer Max Richter calls for a greater appreciation of Britain’s classical music heritage.  Philip Glass, soon to turn 80, discusses his career and his relationship with minimalism.  Design Week explores the story behind the London Symphony Orchestra’s new identity, and London-based start-up, Jukedeck, explains how it composes music without a composer, using artificial intelligence. In Germany the Elbphilharmonie’s soundproofing is put to the test by German rock band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Guardian

Britain must embrace its classical heritage

Max Richter, a leading British composer whose work is used on stage and screen, says UK audiences don’t get the credit for having broad tastes.

Philip Glass on turning 80

‘My problem is people don’t believe I write symphonies.’ About to turn 80, the composer talks about his slow, taxi-driving road to success, and why he is anything but a minimalist…

Design Week

New identity for LSO

The identity for the Orchestra’s 2017/18 season is based on its original conductor logo, also designed by the consultancy, and features a series of animated films by Tobias Gremmler.

The Telegraph

Musicians make the safest drivers

Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.

New York Times

Jukedeck – at the cutting edge?

Jukedeck is one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music. Their computers tap tools like artificial neural networks, modeled on the brain, that allow the machines to learn by doing, rather as a child does. So far, at least, these businesses do not seem to be causing much anxiety among musicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barenboims Botschaft an New York

Die Berliner Staatskapelle spielt in der Carnegie Hall den ersten kompletten Zyklus aller nummerierten Sinfonien Anton Bruckners – und Maestro Barenboim spricht eine Warnung aus

Krieg gegen die Kunst – Trump droht mit Kürzungen bei der Kulturförderung

Der neue US-Präsident könnte die beiden staatlichen Fördereinrichtungen für Kultur NEA und NEH abschaffen

Kreuzwort-Rattle

Im Herbst übernimmt Simon Rattle das London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt verriet der Dirigent seine wichtigsten Pläne für die Zukunft. 

Spiegel

Einstürzende Neubauten in der Elbphilharmonie – auch Tinnitus klingt super

Es wurde gelärmt – aber sie steht noch: Zur Eröffnung des Pop-Programms trat die Experimental-Rockband Einstürzende Neubauten in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf. Der Höhepunkt: Das erotische Knistern einer Zigarette.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Würde der anderen

Moritz Eggerts Oper “Freax” erhält nun fast zehn Jahre nach dem ersten gescheiterten Versuch ihre aufregende szenische Uraufführung in Regenburg

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Classical Music News @classicalmusic Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor

Theater Regensburg @theaterRGNSBRG »Die Würde der anderen« – über am @

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Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

(Written on January 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news round-up, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. Royal Northern College of Music announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera. Also, Bob Shennan has been promoted to Director Of Radio, and will take responsibility of all BBC Radios, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

International Piano Magazine

Benjamin Grosvenor receives inaugural NY Phil piano prize

Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the inaugural recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize.

Reuters UK

Former New Order musician, DJs mix classical and rave for new album

A classical orchestra playing club music alongside DJs may seem like an unlikely mix but former New Order bassist Peter Hook hopes to win over fans with a new album giving a somewhat different twist to rave tunes.

Early Music Today Magazine

OAE invites composers to write for the Night Shift

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is inviting composers to write for 18th century instruments to mark the tenth anniversary of its Night Shift series.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera (PKU).

Choir & Organ Magazine

Sing for Pleasure announces 2016/17 young conducting scholars

Sing for Pleasure has announced its young conducting scholars for 2016/17.

Music Business Worldwide

Bob Shennan Takes Responsibility For All BBC Radio With New Promotion

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the Beeb.

Broadwayworld

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015.

Klassik.com

Köln: Stadt will Straßenmusik verbieten

Straßenmusik und andere öffentliche Kleinkunst soll zukünftig rund um den Dom ganzjährig verboten sein. Das Verbot gilt zudem für den Einsatz von Lautsprechern und elektrischen Verstärkern bei Musikdarbietungen. Darüber hinaus sollen offensive Arten des Bettelns unterbunden werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Insolventes Festspielhaus in Füssen beschäftigt Staatsanwaltschaft

Wie ein Sprecher der Behörde in Augsburg am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist dort ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts auf Insolvenzverschleppung anhängig.

Kulturradio Rbb

Unbekanntes Kirchner-Bild entdeckt

Im Städel Museum Frankfurt ist ein bislang völlig unbekanntes Werk des Malers Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) aufgetaucht. Das expressionistische Gemälde zeigt eine Szene in einem Café und war auf denselben Rahmen gespannt wie das Bild “Schlittenfahrt im Schnee” – wurde von diesem aber verdeckt.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Happy birthday to the @RoundhouseLDN! Find out more about its history as a performing arts centre here: https://t.co/FTeBeMxZx4

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline In 1969 @ElvisPresley released his No.1 hit song Suspicious Minds, listen now to our version: https://youtu.be/mZpcvaky0-E

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet An introduction to the music of Steve Reich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-ins … #ROHmcgregor

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Photo: Decca/Sophie Wright

(Written on October 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group appoints new artistic director, International Arts Manager goes behind the scenes at Beares and MPs encouraged to join a new campaign supporting greater access to music events for deaf and disabled music fans. Also, The Spectator questions why classical music has been so gender-biased for so long.

Classical Music Magazine

BCMG appoints Stephan Meier as artistic director

Stephan Meier, founder and artistic director of Hanover’s Das Neue Ensemble, will join the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as artistic director in August 2016.

International Arts Manager

A new deal for instruments

J & A Beare is one of the longest-standing established dealers and connoisseurs in the fine stringed instrument industry. Managing director Simon Morris takes IAM behind the scenes and explains the changing role of the instrument dealer in the 21st century.

The Spectator

Why has classical music been so gender-biased for so long?

For last year’s International Women’s Day, Radio 3 played 24 hours of music by female composers – and it was a revelation

Music Week

Call for MPs to join Attitude Is Everything campaign

MPs have been encouraged to join a new campaign supporting greater access to music events for deaf and disabled music fans.

ITV News

World-renowned ukulele maker hopes to make 1000th instrument despite Parkinson’s diagnosis

Most people are familiar with a ukulele and many people may know it was created in Hawaii but 7,000 miles away in Snowdonia one man and his workshop are creating some of the world’s most sought after instruments.

Metro US

NY-based maker of instrument accessories starts first string recycling program

D’Addario & Company is a family-owned and operated business dating back to the 1600s.

Crescendo

Talent Days 2016: Ran an die Tasten!

Crescendo unterstützt die „Talent Days 2016“, einem Nachwuchswettbewerb inklusive Masterclass mit Benjamin Grosvenor, initiiert von Casio

Musik-heute

Chordirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin geht nach London

Der Erste Chordirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, William Spaulding, geht nach London

Pizzicato

Musik-Gordi 2016: Grösster Schädling des Musiklebens gesucht

Wer erhält in diesem Jahr in Deutschland den ‘Musik-Gordi – den gordischen Knoten des Musiklebens’? Mit dem Preis des Musikforums und der neuen musikzeitung werden Persönlichkeiten ausgezeichnet, die aktuelle oder drohende Missstände im Kultur- und Bildungsbereich zu verantworten haben

France musique

Les représentations de l’Opéra de Paris perturbées par la grève

L’Opéra de Paris a annulé la représentation des “Maîtres chanteurs de Nuremberg” de Wagner à Bastille, et a réduit à la seule version de concert de “Iolanta” la double soirée opéra/ballet (“Iolanta/Casse-Noisette”) prévue au Palais Garnier

Tehran Times

Conductor of Tehran Symphony Orchestra officially announces resignation

Ali Rahbari officially announced his resignation as the conductor and general music director of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra via a letter sent to the Persian media on Sunday

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Twitter

@ClassicFM The Prince of Wales, dressed in his Royal College of Music robes, will confer the awards in @RCMLondon’s ceremony

@M_MagazinePRS .@ISM_music’s survey for composers is open for submissions – submit your views here >> http://ow.ly/ZfNMZ

@GdnClassical Jerusalem: 100 years since Hubert Parry composed an anthem http://d.gu.com/Kl0zK5 

(Written on March 10, 2016 )

Classic FM

John Williams to score new Star Wars movies?

John Williams has commented on the likelihood of him returning to write the film scores for the new Star Wars sequels.

Benjamin Grosvenor nominated for arts breakthrough award

Representing the Classical category in The Times South Bank Breakthrough Award, the young pianist is up against a variety of artists from different genres including TV Drama, Books, Rock/Pop, and Opera, where soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn is nominated.

Classical Music Magazine

Malcolm Layfield leaves ‘untenable’ RNCM position

Malcolm Layfield, one of a reported nine former or current teachers at Chetham’s and the Royal Northern College of Music who are under investigation by Greater Manchester Police in the aftermath of the conviction of Michael Brewer, has left his position as head of strings at the RNCM.

Classical Source

Vladimir Ashkenazy Receives A Copy Of His First 1963 Decca Contract From Paul Moseley‏

Vladimir Ashkenazy receives a copy of his first 1963 Decca contract from Paul Moseley, Decca Classics’ Managing Director, at a special lunch held in London to celebrate 50 years on the British label.

Planet Hugill

Cardiff Singer of the World

The 20 finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World have been announced. They will take part in the biennial contest this year, which also celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Metro

Harlem’s Carmen opera star Noah Stewart: I love shocking people

The tenor in the Royal Albert Hall production hopes he will inspire people to follow their dreams.

Music Industry News Network

Industry Experts Deliver BA (Hons) In Music Business At The Institute, London

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is preparing for a new intake of students for its esteemed Music Business degree*.

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(Written on February 21, 2013 )

Gramophone

2012 British Composer Awards shortlist revealed

Winners to be announced at a ceremony in London on December 3

London Symphony Orchestra record music for The Shard

The London Symphony Orchestra have recorded an exciting soundtrack to entertain visitors at The Shard, London’s newest landmark.

Alan Gilbert extends tenure as New York Philharmonic music director

New contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 season

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Hans Werner Henze, 1 July 1926-27 October 2012

Hans Werner Henze, the German composer whose output includes ten symphonies and more than 40 stage works, has died aged 86 in Dresden.

Slipped Disc

Breaking: Iran abolishes national symphony orchestra

The ensemble, relaunched earlier this year after a two-year quietus, has been disbanded. No reason has been given – except that some officials have been quoted as saying ‘we have no budget’.

Welsh lad, 16, wins international piano competition

Luke Jones from Wrexham, a pupil at Chethams, has come top in the under-19 section of  Slovenia’s first Aci Bertoncelj piano contest. All other winners were from the eastern half of Europe.

Classic FM

Kids sing pop lyrics to classical music, create YouTube hit

A new musical experiment called ‘How To Get Kids Into Classical Music’ shows a novel way to get young people acquainted with classical music – with a little help from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, One Direction and more.

The Independent

Benjamin Grosvenor: The piano prodigy who keeps fame at arm’s length

Lauded and awarded, the 20-year-old pianist is a grounded nine-to-fiver, finds Michael Church

The Guardian

Could the waltz be the next dance craze?

Acid house pioneer Adamski wants to get us all dancing in 3/4 Viennese time and ‘partying like its 1799’

The Telegraph

Nun’s 800 year old chants top charts

A series of compositions by Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine abbess who died in 1179, have been released as an album.

The Guardian

(Written on October 29, 2012 )

Classic FM

Benjamin Grosvenor’s extracurricular activities 

Jamie Crick talks to the 20 year old pianist and conductor Benjamin Grosvenor.

Arts Journal 

Russia’s foremost chorus conductor has died  

A memorial concert for Boris Tevlin has been announced for September 6th in the Great Hall of the Conservatory.

Share the pain: Atlanta musicians propose equal cuts for players and staff 

The Musicians of the ASO are threatened with a lockout next Monday unless they cave in to a massive pay cut.

Singapore opens magnificent Performing Arts Centre… with pop trash 

Michael Bublé amongst others to perform at opening of new Performing Arts Centre in Singapore.

Breaking: Covent Garden cuts new music team

The Stage reports that the Royal Opera House is shutting down ROH2 as a separate entity.

Just in: Domingo caught in storm over non-existent Norway millions 

Placido Domingo is recipient of the Kirsten Flagstad Prize next year, but there is no prize money …..

Jon Lord concerto is finally on its way

The concerto for group and orchestra by Deep Purple’s Jon Lord is to be released in October.

Gramophone

Edinburgh hosts first International Culture Summit 

Representatives from around the world discuss the harmonising effect of culture and the arts.

BBC Music Magazine 

Marin Alsop

Jeremy Pound Talks to the conductor on bringing the São Paolo Symphony Orchestra to its first ever BBC Prom.

(Written on August 16, 2012 )