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In today’s news: In Berlin a theatre is replaced by a shopping centre, Rachel Portman wins the German Film music award, Rheingau Festival honours Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a dutch parody of the Eurovision Song contest winner is causing trouble, City Music Foundation is awarded charity fund, Katherine Jenkins to perform at Classic BRIT Awards, Radio 3 Breakfast sees a rise in listeners, and video emerges of Royal Wedding cellist Sheku playing Fauré’s Après un Rêve at aged 15.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation awarded 2018/19 Rhinegold Charity Fund

The scheme offers £10,000 worth of advertising for charities to spend across Rhinegold’s flagship classical music publications and websites, including Classical Music, Opera Now and Music Teacher, as well as marketing, design and account management support from Rhinegold.

Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins and more to perform at Classic BRIT Awards

The full line-up for the June ceremony has been announced, and Katherine Jenkins will be performing a song from The Greatest Showman, alongside a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.Also announced as performers for the Royal Albert Hall show on 13 June are British composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, pianist Beatrice Rana and soprano Pretty Yende.

The Guardian

Radio 3 is winning the breakfast battle with Radio 4 – but the war is not won

The classical music station’s morning programme has seen an 11% rise in listeners, but it must be bolder and broader if it wants to attract new listeners elsewhere

Classic FM

Watch Royal Wedding cellist Sheku play Fauré’s Après un Rêve when he was just 15

He’s become a household name around the world since his performance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding – but here’s the proof that Sheku’s always been incredibly talented

NMZ

Allerletzter Vorhang – Berliner Traditionsbühne wird abgerissen

Die traditionsreichen Kudamm-Bühnen in Berlin werden abgerissen, sie müssen einem Shopping-Center weichen. Am 27. Mai fällt der letzte Vorhang.

Musik heute

Rachel Portman erhält Deutschen Filmmusikpreis

Die britische Komponistin Rachel Portman erhält den Deutschen Filmmusikpreis. Die 57-Jährige habe sich mit ihren kreativen Kompositionen in der von Männern dominierten Filmmusikbranche durchgesetzt, teilten die Veranstalter der Filmmusiktage Sachsen-Anhalt am Dienstag mit.

Klassik.com

Rheingau Musik Preis 2018 für Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Der kanadische Dirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin wird mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2018 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

France musique 

Les premiers violons auraient bien été conçus pour imiter la voix humaine

Plusieurs musicologues ont longtemps soupçonné les inventeurs du violon d’avoir voulu imiter la voix humaine en créant cet instrument. Une idée que des chercheurs de l’Université de Taïwan ont tenté de vérifier.

Le Parisien

Eurovision : une parodie néerlandaise de la chanson gagnante énerve Israël

Elle juge la reprise « honteuse » et de « mauvais goût ». L’ambassade d’Israël s’est plainte mardi d’une parodie néerlandaise de la chanson de Netta Barzilai, la gagnante de l’Eurovision 2018, l’accusant de véhiculer des « allusions antisémites ».

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(Written on May 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spotify remains at a loss despite 75 million paying subscribers, RSNO orchestra to play along viewing of Jaws, combined music-rights database provides more transparency, Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner, almost half UK orchestral musicians cannot make ends meet, and British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as guest of Deutsches Symphonie Orchester.

Classical Music

Craig Armstrong signs to Decca for new studio album

The award-winning film composer Craig Armstrong OBE is to release a studio album as part of a major new deal with Decca Records.

Music Business Worldwide

Global Music Rights Database Pilot Launched with top music companies

A raft of top music companies including, Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell, BMG and Global Music Rights, have joined a pilot by tech startup JAAK, which provides a shared data network that aims to create a public record of rights and a fixed audit trail.

Choir and Organ

Genesis Foundation announces premieres inspired by the Eton Choirbook

Harry Christophers & The Sixteen are to premiere new Genesis Foundation commissions by Sir James MacMillan and emerging composers Phillip Cooke, Marco Galvani and Joseph Phibbs.

The Times

Liam Scarlett on remaking Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet

The choreographer tells Debra Craine what to expect of the Royal Ballet’s first new take on the classic for 30 years

Evening Times

Jaws to be screened with live orchestra

The movie is to be projected onto the big screen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) playing one of cinema’s greatest ever music soundtracks.

 

Science Daily

Crocodiles listen to classical music in MRI scanner

What happens in a crocodile’s brain when it hears complex sounds? An international research team has provided the answer to this question. 

Slipped Disc

UK classical musicians ‘cannot make ends meet’

A survey of 285 musicians in seven orchestras across the UK has found that 44 percent struggle to pay their bills.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das Beste kommt zum Schluss

Martinů  und Mozart: Der britische Dirigent Sir Roger Norrington zu Gast beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester.

BR Klassik

Über 300 Millionen mehr eingeplant

Der Bund will dieses Jahr gut 300 Millionen Euro mehr für Kultur und Medien ausgeben als laut Regierungsentwurf im Vorjahr, dies teilte die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters am Donnerstag mit. 

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Spotify gewinnt fünf Millionen Abo-Kunden im Quartal

Der Musikstreaming-Marktführer Spotify hat im vergangenen Quartal fünf Millionen zahlende Abo-Kunden hinzugewonnen und steckt trotzdem weiterhin tief in den roten Zahlen fest.

Pizzicato

Erste Bayreuther Opern Uraufführung seit Parsifal

Der österreichische Komponist Klaus Lang (*1971) komponierte auf Initiative von Katharina Wagner für die Bayreuther Festspiele 2018 die Oper ‘der verschwundene hochzeiter’, nach einer niederösterreichischen Sage. 

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Liam Scarlett with Lauren Cuthbertson © Chris McAndrew for The Times

(Written on May 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed including 101 year old Vera Lynn, ENO to stage Jack the Ripper opera, Joseph Haydn’s opera “Il mondo della luna” at the Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule für Musik, Pianist Yeol Eum Son plays with grace under pressure and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra launches crowdfunding campaign for rehearsal house.

Music Week

‘It has captured the essence of classic music’: Classic BRITs 2018 nominations revealed

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 has revealed nominations for the revived ceremony this summer, including a new category for Soundtrack Of The Year.

The Guardian

Jack the Ripper’s victims take centre stage in new ENO opera

ENO to stage a new opera based on the perspective women killed by Whitechapel’s Jack the Ripper and sheds light on plight of Victorian poor.

The Times

Vera Lynn up for Classic Brits awards aged 101

Dame Vera Lynn, who is 101, has been nominated for two Classic Brit awards and will also be recognised for her lifetime achievement.

Choir and Organ

First ever Leeds International Organ Festival to be hosted by Leeds Cathedral

Between 14 May and 9 July, organists of all ages will have the opportunity to hear, meet, and perform alongside renowned international concert organists, who will join the resident team from across Britain and Europe.

Classical Music 

Friday Afternoons project announces world premiere

The singing initiative has announced the world premiere of MAP: Songs for children everywhere which comprises of 12 songs for young people to sing, and has been written by composer and singer-songwriter Errollyn Wallen.

The Washington Post

Pianist plays with grace under pressure – Yeol Eum Son

The drama of a solo piano recital lies in a performer measuring herself against perilous musical demands.

Limelight

Musical Journey: Hong Kong

With construction of the West Kowloon Cultural District in full swing, and the Xiqu Centre soon to open, Hong Kong is becoming an increasingly lively destination for arts lovers.

Süddeutschte Zeitung

Musik Im Spannungsfeld – Abschlusskonzert der Fürstenfelder Konzertreihe

Es gibt Zeiträume in der Musikgeschichte, in denen es besonders lohnend ist, die gegenseitige Beeinflussung von komponierenden Zeitgenossen zu beobachten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Oper an der Eisler-Hochschule – Nach den Sternen greifen

Furiose Gesangsdarbietungen und eine witzige Geschichte: Joseph Haydns Oper „Il mondo della luna“ an der Hanns-Eisler-Hochschule für Musik.

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Luzerner Sinfonieorchester startet Crowdfunding-Kampagne für Probenhaus

Der Bau eines eigenen Probenhauses für das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester ist ein strategisches Hauptziel der das Orchester tragenden Stiftung. Diesem Ziel komme sowohl künstlerisch wie auch logistisch eine große Bedeutung zu, sagt das Orchester.

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L’Orchestre de Paris sera rattaché à la Philharmonie en 2019

L’Orchestre de Paris, jusque-là entité indépendante, sera intégré à la Philharmonie de Paris, d’ici à 2019, ont annoncé le ministère de la Culture et la mairie de Paris.

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Daniel Lütolf, Head of Crowdfunding bei der LUKB (left), Numa Bischof Ullmann, Intendant of Luzerner Sinfonieorchesters. © ida

(Written on May 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: ISM releases report detailing high levels of discrimination in the music industry, PRS Foundation honoured at annual Music Week awards in London, UMG recruits Spotify EVP, and how Brexit might change touring for musicians. Huguette Tourangeau has died, Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and London Philharmonia Orchestra in Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko multiplies his activities and Art instead of commerce: new criteria for music prize demanded.

Rhinegold

ISM report reveals high levels of discrimination in the music sector

An analysis of the data collected through a survey of the music profession has revealed a culture of predatory behaviour, including sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

M Magazine

PRS Foundation honoured at Music Week awards

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the awards recognise excellence within the music industry and were launched to raise standards across the industry by showcasing top class performance and innovation.

Music Week

Guy Garvey to join Manchester Metropolitan University as visiting professor of songwriting

As part of his visiting professorship, Garvey will offer a master class in writing for music in order to share his expertise young creative writers at Manchester Metropolitan.

UMG recruits Spotify’s Dave Rocco as EVP, creative 

Rocco will utilise established and emerging channels to develop digital campaigns and work with UMG’s labels on coordinated global strategies with its commercial partners.

BBC News

Brexit and music: How leaving the EU could change gigs for artists and fans

What if acts looking to follow in their footsteps, and those from the EU hoping to make it in the UK, had to deal with extra costs and the “royal pain” of stricter border controls?

Limelight

Huguette Tourangeau has died

French-Canadian mezzo soprano Huguette Tourangeau has died at the age of 79. Perhaps best known to audiences as a frequent recording partner of Joan Sutherland’s, Tourangeau was unsurprisingly a virtuosic singer with abundant gifts.

Der Tagesspiegel

Esa-Pekka Salonen in Berlin – Musikalischer Höhenflug

Seltener Besuch: Der finnische Komponist und Dirigent Esa-Pekka Salonen mit seinem Londoner Philharmonia Orchestra zu Gast in der Philharmonie.

BR Klassik

Ausweichquartier für den Gasteig in München – Spitzenakustik für die Ersatzphilharmonie

In getrennten Ausschreibungsverfahren haben das Architekturbüro gmp International – Gerkan, Marg und Partner sowie das Büro Nagata Acoustics International von Akustiker Yasuhisa Toyota den Zuschlag für die Realisierung der Interimsphilharmonie in Sendling erhalten.

WELT – Brugs Klassiker

Die Berliner Philharmoniker 2018/19: Kirill Petrenko vervierfacht seine Aktivitäten

Wer sich rarmacht, der wird auch mit wenigen Auftritten bejubelt: immerhin 13 Konzerte gibt Kirill Petrenko, der designierte Chefdirigent der Berliner Philharmoniker, in der führerlosen nächsten Saison des Orchesters.

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Kölner ACHT BRÜCKEN-Festival sucht schreibende Musikliebhaber – Kritiker per Anmeldung

Warum nicht mal einen Konzertsaal mit selbstberufenen Musikkritikern füllen? Ob PR-Gag oder Saalfüllungsidee: In Köln dürfen alle in ein Konzert, wenn sie eine Musikkritik verfassen.

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Kunst statt Kommerz: Neue Kriterien für Musikpreis gefordert

Wie geht es weiter nach dem Echo-Aus? Verbände und Politiker fordern einen neuen Musikpreis, der künstlerische statt kommerzielle Leistungen auszeichnet – ähnlich anderen Kulturpreisen in Deutschland.

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Françoise Nyssen veut créer un Centre national de la musique pour 2019

La ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen a annoncé mercredi 25 avril 2018, lors de son passage au Printemps de Bourges, la création d’un Centre national de la musique pour soutenir la création française. Un projet qui pourrait voir le jour début 2019.

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(Written on April 27, 2018 )

– “Artistic work is only a pretext for becoming free, and it may be that it is not completely possible in this world to have freedom. In art and in fiction, I can do what I cannot in reality. It is a way to expand on the possibility of freedom.” Hayoun Kwon (participating artist “Non-sense music; borders”) –

We are thrilled to be supporting the upcoming Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“ and many other inspiring projects and events in cooperation with the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin.

The Korean Cultural Centre is the cultural department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany, headquartered in Berlin under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST). Its aim is to promote Korean culture and facilitate cultural exchanges to introduce and generate interest in the many diverse aspects of Korean culture.

The Centre organises many programmes, events and courses under the categories of arts, music, literature and film. It creates an active place for cultural mediation. An item of great importance is the organisation and support of cultural events with Korean participation throughout Germany by working closely with the relevant institutions of both countries.

Permanent and alternating exhibitions can be seen in their own premises, at their Gallery damdam and at other external exhibition spaces. In the field of music the Centre curates a wide range of events: from Young Korean talents, the JazzKorea Festival to the International Younghi Pagh-Paan Composition Prize and lunchtime concerts in the “Pavillon der Einheit”.

We begin our campaign with an in-house exhibition by the interdisciplinary and Berlin based, but Seoul born artist, kate-hers RHEE. Her arts project “I like Korea and Korea likes me” will feature at Gallery damdam from 26th April – 16th June 2018.

This solo exhibition is curated by Kahee Jeong and presents two of her projects: the “deutschsprachliche Projekt” and “Transkoreaning” plus some artworks that were especially created for this exhibition. Identity and language are the essential themes in the work of kate-hers RHEE. Her art is transgressive, performative and plays with her “otherness” as an American raised woman with Asian roots in various cultural contexts.

 

 

We look forward to also supporting the Korean Interdisciplinary Arts Festival „Non-Sense Music #2; Borders“. This ten-day interdisciplinary arts festival takes place from 11th May – 20th May 2018 at Kunstquartier Bethanien and explores the politics of space through the micro-history of six Korean artists. Curated by Seoul born Joanne Kim, the artists Nahoon Park (Choreographer, Performance), Soyoung Chung (Video, Performance), Hayoun Kwon (VR), Ryu Biho (Installation, Performance), Helena Parada Kim (Painting) and Kim Hwang (Installation, Documentary film screening) transform the circumstances and conditions of time and space into songs, performance and visual delights.

The multicultural upbringing of Helena Parada Kim – she is half Korean and half Spanish and grew up in Germany – fuels her creative inspiration in various ways. She uses photographs of members of her mother´s family to create her artworks. Using family portraits as fundamental inspiration for her paintings, allows her to present a multidimensional homage to Korean traditions and culture.

 

Helena Parada Kim: Nurses and cranes, 180×250 cm, oil on linen, 2017

 

Artist Hayoun Kwon on the other hand, specialises in film work. At Non-sense music, she exhibits the animated political documentary “489 Years”, a film grounded in personal stories and linked to geopolitical questions of borders and territoriality. With virtual reality glasses, we are being taken to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula to serve as a buffer zone between North and South, immersing us in the personal memories of a soldier. Hayoun Kwon’s film allows us to see a forbidden place, where nature has totally reclaimed its hold.

The WildKat team is very excited to be working alongside the Korean Cultural Centre in Berlin and its many cultural and artistic projects to come, including an in-house exhibition of Thearesa Cha (September 2018), the Grassimesse Leipzig (October 2018) and the Jazz Korea Festival (November 2018).

 

(Written on April 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: BBC Proms 2018 season to celebrate music from 1918, singers from Royal Opera House travel to Dorset, NY Orchestras granted $1.8 million to battle lagging US orchestra diversity, Warner Classics signs deal with IDAGIO, Bundestag Committee of Culture and the Media discussed reactions to the Echo Awards and the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters’ plans for the next four years.

Classical Music

BBC announces 2018 Proms season

The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago, including the anniversary of women’s Suffrage and the end of World War I.

Hellensmusic Festival returns for ‘most ambitious year yet’

The Herefordshire festival will take place 16-20 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church and The Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle.

Opera Now

Singers from the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset’

The Dorset Opera Festival will host ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset,’ a new concert at Milton Abbey Heritage Church.

BBC News

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer.

Broadway World

Greenwich Village Church Converted For Classical Music Concert Series

George Capsis hosts classical music concert series for over 300 hundred of his closest friends and neighbour, including Sara Jessica Parker, to raise money to save the 130 year old Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The Washington Post

Groups partner to increase lagging US orchestra diversity

In attempts to increase diversity in American orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is granting $1.8 million over the course of four years to three organisations joining together for a new initiative.

Billboard

Warner Classics Signs Deal With IDAGIO Classical Streaming Service

The new partnership encompasses the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalog, as well as playlists curated by the labels and their artists.

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Bundestagsausschuss für Kultur und Medien: Reaktionen auf Echo-Verleihung

Jetzt haben sind Wellen um die ECHO-Preisverleihung bis in den Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestags übergeschwappt. Dies wurde ebenso thematisert wie die Vorhaben der Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters für die nächsten vier Jahre.

SWR

Regisseur Serebrennikow weiter unter Hausarrest

Ein Gericht in Moskau hat den Hausarrest des regierungskritischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow bis zum 19. Juli verlängert. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur RIA.

BR Klassik

Erfolg für Clara Shen beim Menuhin-Wettbewerb – 12-jährige Münchner Geigerin im Finale

Die erst zwölfjährige Geigerin Clara Shen aus München hat es ins Finale des renommierten Menuhin-Geigenwettbewerbs geschafft. Beim Finale am Freitag tritt sie in der Genfer Victoria Hall gegen fünf weitere Talente an, wie die Veranstalter am Dienstag mitteilten.

klassik.com

Weimarer Musikhochschule freut sich über wertvolle Gesangbuch-Sammlung

Das Thüringische Landesmusikarchiv der Weimarer Musikhochschule erhält eine wertvolle, bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurückreichende Gesangbuch-Sammlung.

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BBC Proms Launch-Classical Music Magazine © Sanjeet Riat

 

 

 

(Written on April 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, RNCM pledges to make Manchester leading green city, soprano, Julia Bullock battles social injustice, several musicians give their Echo-Awards back and Deutsche Oper Berlin announced its plans for 2018/19 season.

Classical Music

RNCM supports Greater Manchester environmental pledge

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is backing Andy Burnham’s environmental pledge to remove single-use plastics by 2020, with the aim of making Greater Manchester one of the leading green city regions in Europe.

Financial Times

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — the sound of the universe

To celebrate the opening of the new concert hall in Seoul in 2016, Unsuk Chin chose metaphysics whose theme is “our physical relationship with the cosmos”

Pacific Times

Julia Bullock is Fighting for Social Justice One Song at a Time

Bullock, a biracial soprano, sings Schubert and Fauré but also Billie Holiday and Nina Simone—and she’s blazing trails.

The List

Niall Horan recording Flicker songs with Irish orchestra

Niall Horan has teamed up with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a special performance of songs from his solo LP ‘Flicker’ for Irish radio.

Science Daily

Music intensifies effects of anti-hypertensive medication

Anti-hypertensive drugs improving heart rate more in patients who listen to music after taking medication

Fortune

Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win the Pulitzer Music Prize

Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music for his album DAMN., making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the prize.

Zeit online

Mehrere Musiker geben Echo zurück

Preisträger protestieren gegen die Echo-Auszeichnung für Kollegah und Farid Bang. Den Verantwortlichen wird Verantwortungs- und Geschmacklosigkeit vorgeworfen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Oper Berlin: Die Saison 2018/19 – Franzosen, Fontane und Fanale

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat ihre Planung für die Saison 2018/19 vorgestellt. Und sieht sich als einziges Berliner Haus, das französisches Repertoire pflegt.

Musik Heute

Kent Nagano erhält Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude

Hamburg/Berlin (MH) – Der Dirigent Kent Nagano (66) hat am Montagabend in Hamburg den Champagne-Preis für Lebensfreude erhalten. Der US-Amerikaner mit japanischen Wurzeln vermittle durch Musik eine große Lebensfreude, erklärten die Veranstalter.

El País

El PSOE cuestiona la seguridad de un concierto de la banda sinfónica en CentroCentro

La concejal Mar Espinar exige al Ayuntamiento que aclare cómo fija el número máximo de aforo para los músicos en el escenario

Platea Magazine

Fabio Biondi dimite como director musical del Palau de les Arts

Según fuentes próximas al Palau de Les Arts de Valencia, uno de sus dos directores musicales has hoy, el italiano Fabio Biondi (Palermo, 1961), ha presentado su dimisión tras tres años en el cargo.

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Kendrick Lamar © Tone Deaf

(Written on April 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: St John’s cash reserves are running out, RPO honour victims of Gallipoli, Director of the Berlin Volksbühne gives up his post, James Levine attempts to restore his reputation while lawsuit carries on, “Europäische Wochen” in Passau results in leadership dispute, and Museum Tinguely in Basel to show an exhibition dedicated to the creative reproduction of music and art.

The Times

St John’s, Smith Square, sounds alarm over cash shortage

St John’s, Smith Square, London, is losing £250,000 a year. It does not receive any subsidy and without a fresh injection of cash its reserves will run out.

Classical Music

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives first performance of work to commemorate those who died in the first Gallipoli attack

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Turkish composer Can Atilla’s ‘Gallipoli’ Symphony, The 57th Regiment, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent

St John’s Collective to hold concert to tackle homelessness in Manchester

Since January 2018, a partnership between Manchester Camerata and property developer Allied London has brought together amateur musicians from across Manchester to form St John’s Collective.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 announced

An outstanding line-up of Award-winners includes legendary maestro Bernard Haitink, Berlioz conductor extraordinaire John Nelson and remarkable mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Intendant Chris Dercon tritt zurück

Der umstrittene Intendant der Berliner Volksbühne, Chris Dercon, gibt seinen Posten auf. Kultursenator Klaus Lederer und Dercon hätten sich einvernehmlich darauf verständigt, die Intendanz mit sofortiger Wirkung zu beenden, teilte die Kulturverwaltung am Freitag mit.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Wie ist das Verhältnis von Ton und Unterton?

Mit einer Klage möchte der wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs entlassene Dirigent James Levine seine Probleme lösen. Die Metropolitan Opera bringt derweil zwei seiner Lieblingsstücken ohne ihn heraus.

Welt

So stark unterscheiden sich die Gehirne von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten

Ein Instrument zu spielen ist eine besondere Aufgabe für unser Gehirn. Dabei arbeiten jene von Jazz- und Klassik-Pianisten ganz unterschiedlich, wie Neurologen nun herausfanden. Eine Erkenntnis, die auch unser Alltagsleben betrifft.

BR-Klassik

Vier Weise sollen Frieden stiften bei Europäischen Wochen in Passau

Im Führungsstreit beim Kulturfestival Europäische Wochen in Passau soll jetzt ein Beratungsgremium zwischen dem Festspiel-Intendant Thomas E. Bauer und der Vorsitzenden des Trägervereins Rosemarie Weber für Entspannung sorgen. Eine mit Spannung erwartete Mitgliederversammlung des Vereins ging am Dienstagabend mit einem Burgfrieden zu Ende.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Was hat Musik im Kunstmuseum verloren?

Ausstellungen wie diese sind eine intellektuelle Herausforderung für den Betrachter: Das Museum Tinguely widmet sich der kreativen Reproduktion von Musik und Kunst.

Platea Magazine

La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas estables de Ópera en España anuncia la convocatoria de los I Premios Ópera XXI

La Asamblea de Ópera XXI celebrada hoy en el Teatro Real (Madrid) ha aprobado la convocatoria de la primera edición de los Premios Ópera XXI. La Asociación de Teatros, Festivales y Temporadas Estables de Ópera en España trabaja ya en esta iniciativa, que supone la creación de unos nuevos premios líricos desde la desaparición de los Premios Campoamor.

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The baroque St John’s, Smith Square © Alamy

 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera North launches Orchestra Academy, Classical Music is played in McDonalds to reduce crime, Opera is used to change perception of films, Ian Jackson composes for dogs, Fyfe and Iskra Strings release collaborative EP, Berlin wants to buy the popular centre of cultural events “Radialsystem V” in Berlin Friedrichshain and the International Festival for Time Issues “MaerzMusik” will take place from 16 to 25 March 2018 in Berlin.

Classical Music

Opera North launches Orchestra Academy

Opera North is launching an Orchestra Academy in a bid to support and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians in the north of England.

Evening Standard

Shepherd’s Bush McDonalds turns off wifi and plays classical music 

A McDonald’s restaurant plagued with anti-social behaviour claims to have successfully reduced disorder by playing classical music.

OperaWire

Opera Meets Film: ‘Ombra Mai Fu’ As a Call For Respect in ‘A Fantastic Woman’

This feature is dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema by taking a section or whole film and alter its perception by using music.

Classic FM

Composer finds out what’s the most relaxing music for dogs 

Composer Iain Jackson teamed up with a team of veterinary experts to create the perfect piece of music to calm your dog – the performed the piece at Crufts this weekend

Complete Music Update

Fyfe and Iskra Strings have announced a new collaborative EP

New collaborative EP to be released later this year, blending classical music and pop with uncommonly successful results.

The Violin Channel

Applications Open for Hannover’s 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Comp

Applications are now open for the 2018 10th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, in Hannover, Germany.

American Composer & Musicologist Dr Olly Wilson Has Died – Aged 80

Prominent African-American contemporary composer and musicologist Dr Olly Wilson has passed away – aged 80.

klassik.com

Land Berlin will Radialsystem kaufen

Das Land Berlin plant die Übernahme des Radialsystems V in Berlin Friedrichshain. Der Erwerb des Zentrums für Kulturveranstaltungen wäre möglich, da der private Eigentümer das Areal an der Spree in einigen Wochen verkaufen möchte.

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MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen 2018 vom 16. bis 25. März in Berlin

Am Freitag, den 16. März, starten die Berliner Festspiele MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen (16. bis 25. März). Unter dem Titel „Time Wars“ eröffnet das Festival die Möglichkeit zu außergewöhnlichen Musikerfahrungen und zum Nachdenken über den „Zeitkrieg“ unserer Gegenwart.

Jazzmusiker Walter Eichenberg mit 95 Jahren gestorben

Der langjährige Leiter des Rundfunktanzorchesters Leipzig, Walter Eichenberg, ist tot.

Orgelwoche Nürnberg widmet sich dem Thema «Zeit»

«Zeit» ist das Thema der diesjährigen Internationalen Orgelwoche Nürnberg (ION). Im Zentrum stehen dabei die verschiedenen Arten, Zeit wahrzunehmen – nicht zuletzt die Idee, sich in ihr verlieren zu können.

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Steven Spielberg songerait à réaliser un biopic sur Leonard Bernstein

Selon le journal américain Variety, le réalisateur Steven Spielberg envisagerait de réaliser un film sur la vie du compositeur et chef d’orchestre Leonard Bernstein, dont on célèbre le centenaire en cette année 2018.

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BBC Radio 2_@BBCRadio3:  “I don’t think that music can tell us anything about physics, but it may help us to understand our own awareness of time.” #StephenHawking
http://bbc.in/2Gtn4Ss

 

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(Written on March 15, 2018 )

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, guitarist Michael Poll is releasing his album “7-String Bach”  on 6 April 2018, and WildKat is delighted to be promoting this release in Germany.

Michael’s “Bach Project” brings Bach’s music to life here in the 21st century, fusing modern instrumental practice with historical techniques and doing it all on an instrument that is built specially for the job by American master luthier Robert Ruck.

Bach left manuscripts for two complete instrumental suites for Lute, the predecessor of the modern classical guitar, and for the Bach Project Michael has recorded them using state of the art technology in one of the world’s iconic recording studios: Abbey Road.

A seven string guitar is a special musical creature: the range of the modern guitar plus five notes taken from the double bass. This instrument makes it possible to play Bach’s music in its original register, as he heard it.

Classical guitarist and conductor Michael Poll has performed across North America, South America, and Europe, including in Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the National Theatre of Panama. Active both as a performer and a conductor, Poll’s 2016-2017 season includes headline concerts for the Wilderness Festival with Yijia Zhang, the Bloomsbury festival as both guitarist and conductor, six engagements conducting the Goodensemble orchestra in London including a Gala Performance in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, and guitar recitals in Boston, Washington, San Francisco, London, Philadelphia, and New York. Poll’s collaborators have included pianists Stephan Ciric, David Malusa, John Fisher, and Jason Bae, tenor Peter Devoran, barritone Jake Muffett, and his brother conductor Edward Poll.

The CD, which will be released on Orchid Classics, is available from 6th April 2018.

 

 

(Written on March 14, 2018 )