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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.


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.

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.


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.


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


Radialsystem V, © Sir James unter CC BY 3.0

(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 )

We’re delighted to announce the next Noted Roundtables in Berlin and London on 12th and 14th March 2018 respectively.

Following our initial roundtable on entrepreneurship, which attracted lots of interesting and detailed feedback, we’re very happy to announce our second topic for discussion:

International Women’s Day took places on Thursday 8 March 2018 and with it comes a huge number of initiatives and opportunities for women with the aim of equality across the sector. We want to explore these initiatives and start to develop solutions on how to diversify the administrative structure of the classical music industry to include more minorities.

As part of this discussion we want to find out how to target, engage, and support minorities (including those from BAME backgrounds, low socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, women, and more).

Questions to be answered:

  • How can women in the industry help to diversify the sector even more, helping and supporting other minority groups?
  • What can “woke” male-led companies do to bring in a more diverse workforce?
  • Where does the lack of diversity in the classical music industry start? Is it in the classroom? How can we remedy that?

Rather than discussing the problem, we want to find the solutions.

A huge thank you to our client, the Royal Over-Seas League, for hosting us in one of their beautiful rooms in London. Why not check out ROSL’s Annual Music Competition on Tuesday? Details here.

Also we’re very grateful to Idagio for hosting us in Berlin. We’re sure that you know them already but if you’ve somehow missed this impressive, sleek streaming platform, check them out here.

Sign up for Berlin and London and let’s #PressForProgress!

(Written on March 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: New campaign SWAP’ra targets gender inequality in opera, Albert Einstein’s violin comes to auction in New York, PRS For Music and its European sister societies relaunch #MakeInternetFair petition,  John Williams donates his scores and sketchbooks to Julliard School in New York, the first German Choir center will be built in Berlin-Neukölln, and organist Iveta Apkalna becomes to receive the Annual Latvian Music Recording Award and more.

Classical Music

New campaign targets gender inequality in opera

Supporting Women and Parents in Opera (SWAP’ra) aims to effect positive change by redressing the gender disparity in the opera industry.

The Strad

Violin belonging to Einstein comes to auction in New York

Instrument gifted to scientist in 1933 is estimated to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.

Petition to save Indiana University’s violin making and restoration programme

Responding to the retirement of the current director with no apparent replacement, students and alumni are concerned the Jacobs School of Music intends to quietly shut down the Violin Shop.

M Magazine

PRS For Music calls for copyright overhaul with #MakeInternetFair petition

PRS for Music and its European sister societies have relaunched the #MakeInternetFair petition, calling for EU law makers to protect the rights of music creators’ – in what will be the first copyright overhaul in 17 years.

The Guardian

‘Diversity in classical music: quality and equality’

Committing to giving women composers the same chances as their male colleagues does not threaten excellence – it promotes it.


In Rixdorf ist Musike – In Berlin-Neukölln entsteht das Deutsche Chorzentrum

Selten ist bei einer Pressekonferenz eine so hohe Dichte von Politikerinnen zu beobachten. Doch die der Erteilung der Baugenehmigung für das Deutsche Chorzentrum in Berlin war gewichtig […].

Polen steht bei Festival «jazzahead» im Fokus

Polen steht in diesem Jahr im Fokus des Musifestivals «jazzahead» in Bremen. Zahlreiche Konzerte geben vom 6. bis 22. April einen Einblick in die polnische Kulturszene.

Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas gestorben

Der Basler Musikwissenschaftler Max Haas ist tot. Er starb Angaben seiner Familie zufolge nach kurzer Krankheit in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Haas genoss internationale Anerkennung als Spezialist für mittelalterliche Musik sowie das Musikdenken dieser Zeit.

Thüringer Kompositionspreis für Alex Vaughan

Der australische Komponist Alex Vaughan hat den Thüringer Kompositionspreis erhalten.

Musik Heute

Organistin Apkalna Musikerin des Jahres in Lettland

Riga – Die Orgelvirtuosin Iveta Apkalna ist in ihrer Heimat Lettland zur Musikerin des Jahres 2017 gekürt worden.

Platea Magazine

John Williams lega todas sus partituras a la Julliard School de Nueva York

El compositor estadounidense John Williams, de gan fama y prestigio por sus trabajos en bandas sonoras de películas como Star wars, E.T, Tiburón, Indiana Jones o Harry Potter entre muchas otras, ha anunciado que donará todas sus partituras (bandas sonoras, conciertos, sinfónico… además de sus bocetos).

france musique

Un musicien accuse United Airlines d’avoir endommagé sa viole de gambe

Le gambiste Andrew Arceci a retrouvé son instrument très abîmé après un vol en soute sur la compagnie aérienne United Airlines. Il a déposé une réclamation.


 A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version) in 

SWAP’ra founding member Jessica Cottis

(Written on March 8, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns über die erneute Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bariton Peter Schöne.

Foto: Gisela Schenker

Sei es nun „leuchtender Bariton“ (SZ) oder „exzellenter Sänger mit hervorragender Technik“ (FAZ): Peter Schöne weiß sowohl seine Kritiker als auch sein Publikum zu beeindrucken. Der gebürtige Berliner hat sich als Opern-, Konzert- und Liedersänger in den vergangenen Jahren national und international einen hervorragenden Ruf erarbeitet.

Nach seiner Ausbildung bei Kammersänger Harald Stamm an der Universität der Künste, feierte Peter Schöne sein Operndebüt an der Komischen Oper Berlin. Weitere Engagements brachten ihn auf die renommierten Bühnen von mehr als 20 Opernhäusern. Aber auch bei Orchestern wie dem SWR-Sinfonieorchester oder dem Münchner Rundfunkorchester ist Peter Schöne ein gern gesehener Gast.

Greek von Mark-Antony Turnage war seine erste Oper aus dem 20. Jhd. und offenbarte zugleich sein Talent für die Musik unserer Zeit. Maßgeblich dabei ist auch seine enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem Pianisten Axel Bauni sowie den Komponisten Moritz Eggert und Wolfgang Rihm.

Peter Schönes Interesse gilt besonders auch dem deutschen Klavierlied, das stets einen wichtigen Platz in seinem Repertoire einnahm. Seit 2008 verfolgt er sein ambitioniertes Projekt, eine Gesamtaufnahme aller Schubertlieder zu realisieren.

Für sein großes Engagement erhielt Schöne den Schneider-Schott-Musikpreis der Stadt Mainz, Gewinne beim Schubert-Wettbewerb in Graz und beim ARD-Wettbewerb in München unterstreichen sein enormes Talent.

Foto: Gisela Schenker

Das letzte Jahr war ereignisreich: Nicht nur wurde er am Saarländischen Staatstheater als Hauptbariton des Hauses engagiert und feierte erfolgreiche Premieren wie Guillaume Tell, auch sein Debüt in der Elbphilharmonie blieb von der Presse nicht unbemerkt, als „der exzellente Bariton die Töne mit fesselnder Präzision“ formte (

Aktuell bereitet sich Peter Schöne auf die Premiere der von Jakob Peters-Messer inszenierten Oper Salome in Saarbrücken vor: Die Rolle des Propheten Jochanaan steht im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens, es ist eine der wenigen Opern, die den Bariton in den Fokus rückt und nicht den Tenor. Ebenso soll im Herbst ein neues Doppelalbum u.a. mit Werken von Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss und Justus Hermann Wetzel veröffentlicht werden. Wir freuen uns, Peter Schöne bei diesen vielfältigen Aufgaben zu unterstützen und zu promoten.

(Written on February 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September. Also, San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director and the Austrian music magazine (ÖMZ) will cease publication.

International Piano

Inaugural Wadsworth Piano Competition semi-finalists announced

The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced.

Music Teacher

RNCM appoints Rebecca Tong as junior conducting fellow

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September.

Classic FM

Why do orchestras have so many violins?

We’re so used to seeing a symphony orchestra packed with violinists that we don’t even think to question it anymore. But have orchestras always had so many violins? And why do they need them?

Music Business Worldwide

What the Grammys must learn from the Brits: when you make a mistake, don’t dawdle – fix it

It’s been just over two weeks since the US music business’s biggest night, The Grammys, took place in New York City. The subsequent period has been soundtracked by aggrieved voices making their annoyance felt over the event’s myriad failures.

NPR Music

Classical Music’s Greatest Love Stories, On And Offstage

“The thing about fictional love stories in music is that, especially in opera, most of them end very badly, you know, with the lovers singing heartrending arias just before they die,” says Miles Hoffman, The American Chamber Players founder and violinist and professor at the Schwob School of Music. “But in real life, there have been tons of musical couples who’ve fallen in love and lived happily ever after — or at least happily for a long while.”


San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director

The San Diego Symphony today announced that Rafael Payare will become the orchestra’s next an 13th Music Director. Payare will begin a four-year contract immediately, serving as Music Director Designate for the first year, and begin the role of Music Director on July 1, 2019.

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift wird eingestell

Die Österreichische Musikzeitschrift (ÖMZ) wird zum Ende des laufenden Monats eingestellt. Das Fachmagazin für Musik hatte sich über Jahrzehnte einen festen Platz in der Landschaft musikwissenschaftlicher und musikjournalistischer Periodika gesichert.


Gewerkschaften: Theater und Orchester auf Dauer sichern

Zur Zukunftssicherung der Theater und Orchester in Schleswig-Holstein haben Arbeitnehmervertreter und Gewerkschaften eine stärkere politische und finanzielle Unterstützung angemahnt.

Musik Heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden mit “Traum voll Lust und Freude”

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden starten in diesem Jahr mit der Oper “Ein Maskenball” von Giuseppe Verdi ihr Programm. Das Festival läuft vom 30. April bis Ende Mai und steht unter dem Motto “Ein Traum voll Lust und Freude”, wie das Staatstheater am Dienstag mitteilte.

Platea Magazine

El Teatro Real de Madrid sube a escena “Street Scene” de Kurt Weill

Cinco primeras funciones, del 13 al 18 de febrero, darán lugar al estreno en el Teatro Real de Street Scene, ópera de Kurt Weill, para repetirse más tarde en otras cinco funciones desde el 26 de mayo al 1 de junio.


NCEM @yorkearlymusic: Young composers, only 3 days left to register for the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award with and . Performance Don’t miss it! Deadline Friday 16 February

Image: Rebecca Tong © Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on February 14, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lutosławski Cello Competition enters its final stage, Madison Square Garden announces a new venue in London, more younger people prefer classical music. Also, composer Johann Johannsson dies at 48 and Sylvain Cambreling is the new chief conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

Classical Music

LSO announces Panufnik Composers intake for 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra has announced the six individuals selected for its Panufnik Composers Scheme 2018.

The Strad

Lutosławski Cello Competition heads into finals

The Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition has entered its final stage with four musicians under the age of 24: Chen Yibai (China), Herbert Oliver (USA), Sato Haruma (Japan) and Ueno Michiaki (Japan).

M Magazine

Under-25s are switching on to classical music, new figures show

The figures, which cover mid-September to mid-December 2017, show that listeners tuned into the station for 40 million hours every week.

Music Business Worldwide

Madison Square Garden company to take on O2 arena in London with new venue

The Madison Square Garden Company has confirmed that it is building a ‘large-scale, state-of-the-art, music and entertainment venue’ in the East End of London.


Can The Apple HomePod Ignite A New Hi-Fi Era?

The initial reports are in and virtually everyone agrees that the Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker is one fine-sounding unit that handily beats the competition in the sound quality category.

Spiegel Online

Johann Johannsson tot in Berliner Wohnung gefunden

Er war einer der vielversprechendsten Filmmusikmacher Hollywoods: Der Komponist Johann Johannsson ist mit 48 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Die Symphoniker Hamburg – Laeiszhalle Orchester geben bekannt, dass Sylvain Cambreling zur Spielzeit 2018/19 Chefdirigent des Orchesters werden wird. Er folgt auf Sir Jeffrey Tate, der am 2. Juni 2017 verstarb.

Der Mozartwettbewerb, der in diesem Jahr zum 13. Mal an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg ausgetragen wird, hat in der Sparte Streichquartett die Gewinner gekürt. Den mit 20.000 Euro dotierten ersten Preis erhielt das französische Quatuor Tchalik.

El País

Ferran Cruixent da vida orquestal a los teléfonos en ‘Deus ex machina’

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La finale de la 4e édition du concours de chant lyrique Voix Nouvelles s’est tenue le samedi 10 février à l’Opéra-Comique à Paris. C’est la soprano Hélène Carpentier, originaire d’Amiens, qui a été désignée grande lauréate de la compétition.


  in 1894 Death in of German and conductor Hans Von

Image: Jóhann Jóhannsson © Jónatan Grétarsson/DG

(Written on February 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: The University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds piano, Steven Grahl appointed as new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, musical instruments in art, Apple Music to overtake Spotify, Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose extra booking fee for musical instruments on board flights, Caramoor Festival takes a contemporary turn, the relationship between music and sparking creativity, representatives of the Hamburg music industry in discussion with representatives of federal politics, Martha Argerich cancels American tour, the globalising of church music, Haitink announces concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Times

Musical instruments in art, chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor

Music, although we rarely think of it as such, is the most abstract of art forms. That is why I love it. Where words can be confining in their literalness, music is flexible, malleable, adaptable: the same notes can be interpreted differently by every individual.

Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via

Choir and Organ

Steven Grahl to replace Stephen Darlington at Christ Church

Steven Grahl has been appointed as the new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He will take up the office in September 2018, replacing Professor Stephen Darlington, who is retiring after 32 years.

The Strad

SAS now charging $60 cello booking fee on top of extra seat price, complains cellist

Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose telephone booking charge, despite not offering an online booking option for cellos.

Business Insider UK

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US

Apple Music has been growing faster than Spotify in the US, and as a result it might overtake the leading music streaming service later this year.


‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

The New York Times

The Caramoor Festival Takes a Contemporary Turn

Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would move both forward and backward in time — giving new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods.


Vertreter der Hamburger Musikwirtschaft im Dialog mit der Bundespolitik

Auf Einladung der Hamburger Landesvertretung in Berlin und der Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft e.V. (IHM) reisten in der vergangenen Woche rund 50 VertreterInnen der Hamburger Musikbranche in die Bundeshauptstadt, um mit Vertretern der Bundespolitik zu sprechen und sich mit Berliner KollegInnen auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.

Musik Heute

Haitink sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Der niederländische Dirigent Bernard Haitink kann in dieser Woche nicht mit den Berliner Philharmonikern auftreten. Der 88-Jährige habe aus gesundheitlichen Gründen kurzfristig abgesagt, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.


Kirchenmusik globalisiert sich

Der evangelische Missionsverbund hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt „Dance – Music – Arts“. In diesem Rahmen und mit Unterstützung der Evangelische Pop-Akademie wird nun der musikalische Austausch internationalisiert.

france musique

Martha Argerich annule sa tournée américaine

Martha Argerich devait effectuer une tournée aux Etats-Unis en mars 2018 avec le violoniste Itzhak Perlman. En raison de problèmes familiaux et de santé, elle ne pourra pas tenir ses engagements.


  in 1851 FP of ‘s Third Symphony Rhenish in Dusseldorf.

Image: Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) © AP

(Written on February 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Joanna Marsh explains her new composition, John Copley fired for ‘inappropriate behaviour’, Sheku Kanneh-Mason becomes this year’s best-selling British debut artist. Also, Sonja Reuter wins the Richard Wagner Award for young talent and costumes sale at the Dutch National Opera. 

The Guardian

Warrior woman: my cantata for suffragette Emily Davison

How do you give voice to the first suffragette martyr? Composer Joanna Marsh explains how her new composition took shape.

The Telegraph

Britain’s leading Opera director John Copley sacked after making ‘sexually inappropriate’ joke about naked ghost

Britain’s leading opera director John Copley has been sacked from his job at the New York Metropolitan Opera after what his supporters claim was a misunderstanding about a “naked” ghost.

Classical Music

Applications open for Haydn Competition

The International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria 2018 will take place at Rohrau, the birthplace of the brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, to commemorate the anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes chart history

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has become this year’s best-selling British debut artist – across all genres – to enter the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart with his album Inspiration.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music has topped 36m subscribers worldwide, adding 6m in under five months

Apple Music’s paying subscriber base has surpassed 36m worldwide – a figure which remains about half the size of Spotify’s equivalent premium audience.

The New York Times

4,000 Opera Costumes. One Giant Fantasy Sale. 

What’s an opera house to do when it runs out of closet space? Let the public (and wallets and purses) in.


„Eine Atmosphäre der Angst“

Sechzig Schauspieler des Burgtheaters haben ihrem ehemaligen Intendanten Matthias Hartmann einen menschenverachtenden Führungsstil attestiert. Was folgt aus solchen Vorwürfen?

Richard-Wagner-Nachwuchspreis für Sopranistin Sonja Reuter

Die Sopranistin Sonja Reuter hat den diesjährigen Richard-Wagner-Nachwuchspreis gewonnen.


Recording Academy prüft „Hürden und Vorurteile“ gegen Musikerinnen

Die für die Grammys zuständige Recording Academy will Hürden und Vorurteile gegenüber Frauen in der Musikindustrie untersuchen.

Platea Magazine

Fallece el director de escena Gustavo Tambascio 

Según informan fuentes allegadas, el director de escena Gustavo Tambascio (Buenos Aires, 1948) ha fallecido esta noche, posiblemente a causa de un infarto.


Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges/Classical Music

(Written on February 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Things we learnt at the Grammy awards, Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans and David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc. Also, the financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra is guaranteed until 2020 and composer Hans Abrahamse was honoured with the Léonie Sonning music award.

The Times

Things we learnt at the Grammy awards

From the demotion of Bono and the death of rock music to Jay-Z’s anointing as Potus-elect: Ed Potton reports on Sunday night’s bonanza.

The Stage

‘90% of players in West End orchestras are men’ – Musicians’ Union

Just one in nine players in West End orchestra pits are women, according to figures from the Musicians’ Union.

Classical Music

Exit Live launches platform for selling concert recordings

Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans.

Robert Rattray dies aged 67

The world of singing is in mourning for Robert Rattray, one of the outstanding vocal artist managers of modern times.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc

After announcing on Sunday that a series of five upcoming recitals were to be cancelled, David Garrett has today also pulled out of all concerts in February, including a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Spotify Starts Testing A Separate Music Station App

Spotify, the popular streaming music service that has over 70 million paying subscribers and 140 million active users, is now testing an app on Android called Stations as first noticed by app analytics service Sensor Tower.

The New York Times

Met Opera Fires Stage Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

The Metropolitan Opera fired the veteran British stage director John Copley this week after receiving a complaint about what the company described as “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”


EU sichert Finanzierung für Jugendorchester bis 2020

Junge Musiker aus allen EU-Ländern können weiter zusammen in dem prestigeträchtigen Europäischen Jugendorchester spielen. Der Rat der Europäischen Union bestätigte am Mittwoch einen Beschluss des Europäischen Parlaments zur Fortführung des Orchesters.

Arbeitsgericht: Befristete Verträge für Bühnenarbeiter nicht rechten

Drei Bühnentechniker, die vor dem Freiburger Landesarbeitsgericht gegen die Befristung ihrer Arbeitsverträge durch das Theater Freiburg geklagt hatten, haben Recht bekommen.

Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 für Komponist Hans Abrahamse

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen wird den Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 erhalten. Die mit 100.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung gehört zu den bedeutendsten Musikauszeichnungen in Skandinavien und wird von der gleichnamigen Stiftung verliehen.

Musik Heute

Spielfilm über blinde Pianistin “besonders wertvoll”

Der Spielfilm “Licht” über die blinde Pianistin Maria Theresia Paradis hat von der Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) das Prädikat “besonders wertvoll” erhalten.

Platea Magazine

El INAEM acumula casi treinta condenas por abusar de los contratos temporales

Según recoge hoy la Cadena SER, casi una treintena de sentencias dictadas en los dos últimos años pondrían en cuestión la política de contratación del INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas), al haber abusado de la contratación temporal de bailarines, cantantes, técnicos y sastres.


Meet Me At The Opera @MMATOpera: Dear Philip Glass ! Happy Birthday! Happy composing, happy performing . Phillip Glass- a music treasure:

Image: © Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on February 1, 2018 )