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In today’s news: Classic FM announces PlayStation Concert, Camden Schools perform at RAM, Gramofy launches as free service, Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases album,Charles Hazlewood reflects on minimalism in music, African-American Double Bassist killed by package bomb explosion in Austin, Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, and Bavaria to cover all expenses for new Konzerthaus in Munich.

Classic FM

Classic FM announces PlayStation in Concert: a celebration of video game music

Classic FM is partnering with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and PlayStation for the live world premiere of PlayStation in Concert, at the Royal Albert Hall!


Camden schools raise the roof at ‘joyful’ Royal Albert Hall concert

More than 2,000 young singers and musicians from Camden schools and youth orchestras gave stunning performances at the Royal Albert Hall last night (Monday, 12 March), covering classical, pop, world music and jazz for an audience of proud parents, friends, school and council staff.

Classical-Music (BBC)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Looking forward to BBC Young Musician 2018

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason released his debut album Inspiration (which will be reviewed in the April issue of BBC Music Magazine) with Decca Classics, featuring the piece with which he won Young Musician, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

The Guradian

Adventures in motion and pitches: how minimalism shook up classical music

Conductor Charles Hazlewood on the sounds that sparked a cultural revolution and redrew musical boundaries

Classical Music

Grammofy relaunches as free service

Classical music streaming service Grammofy, which shut down on 15 November, has been relaunched as a free service. However, listeners will need a Spotify Premium account (£9.99/month) to access the Grammofy catalogue.

The Violin Channel

African-American Double Bassist Killed in Possible Racial Hate Crime

17 year old African-American double bassist Draylen Mason has been killed – following a series of package bomb explosions in Austin, Texas, United States

Candidates Announced for 2018 Paganini Competition – Including 7 VC Young Artists

The 32 opening round candidates for the 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition have been announced – including 7 VC Young Artists


Richard Gill: Principals and Pupils Praise Program

Australian states are now starting to embrace the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, as results from a national survey and study confirm how much is to be gained.

Freistaat Bayern wird alleiniger Träger des Münchner Konzerthauses

Der Freistaat Bayern wird alle Kosten des neuen Konzerthauses in München übernehmen. Das hat der bayerische Kultusminister Ludwig Spaenle (CSU) am Dienstag angekündigt.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorf erwirbt Briefe von Heine an Berlioz

Das Heinrich-Heine-Institut in Düsseldorf hat zwei Handschriften des Dichters (1797-1856) neu in seinem Bestand. Die beiden Briefe gingen an den französischen Komponisten Hector Berlioz, mit dem Heine befreundet war.


Daniel Hope verlängert beim Zürcher Kammerorchester

Die bereits zwei Spielzeiten andauernde Zusammenarbeit des ZKO mit seinem ‘Music Director’ Daniel Hope wird vorzeitig verlängert, teilte das ZKO mit. Hopes Vertrag als ‘Music Director’ läuft nun bis 2021/22.

france musique

Le chef d’orchestre Enrique Mazzola obtient la citoyenneté française

Enrique Mazzola, directeur musical de l’Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, a annoncé avoir obtenu la citoyenneté française.


Music History_@today_classical: #today in 1815 Birth of German-American #composer Josephine #Lang. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony performed by Charles Hazelwood at Glastonbury in 2016 © Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

(Written on March 14, 2018 )

In today’s news, Archie Roach discusses the healing powers of music, and in May the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform as guests in Dresden. Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ proves itself to be a piece of classical music that makes you scream at your own funeral, and Performing Arts Union Equity calls on secretary to intervene on massive art cuts in Bath, England.

The Guardian

Arnold Schoenberg: Do not approach with caution

Schoenberg’s music is too often considered intimidating and inaccessible. On the contrary, argues pianist Pina Napolitano, who finds in it beauty and passion. All you need is an open mind.

Archie Roach on the healing power of song: ‘Music was great therapy for me’

In the lead-up to his Womadelaide appearance, the elder statesman of Indigenous music reflects on 27 years of songwriting and activism.

Classical Music Magazine

Equity calls on culture secretary to intervene in arts cuts

Performing Arts Union Equity has called on culture secretary Karen Bradley to ‘urgently intervene’ following 100% arts cuts in Bath and North East Somerset.


A Piece of Classical Music That Makes You Scream at Your Own Funeral

Besides the musical experience it offers, Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ is also a type of soap opera. A new recording adds an intriguing interpretation to the work’s many performances.


Boston Symphony Plans Extension In Tanglewood

Tanglewood, the music center in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, will undergo a $30 million extension. The new four-building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s Summer Music Academy.


Paradiesischer Sound aus London

Mit dem London Philharmonic Orchestra ist erstmals einer der großen englischen Klangkörper Orchestra in Residence in Dresden

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Zerstückelung liegt in der Autonomie des Hörers

Ein Gespräch mit Johannes Bultmann, Künstlerischer Gesamtleiter von SWR Classic

The New York Times

Hear How ‘Moonlight’ Got Its Sound: Violins, Chopped and Screwed

Chamber music might not seem like an obvious candidate to be “chopped and screwed”: remixed and slowed down in the style pioneered by DJ Screw when he transformed Houston’s hip-hop scene a generation ago

NPR Music

Beloved Conductor Of The Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Dies

The Polish-born conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led the Minnesota Orchestra for nearly two decades and worked with that symphony for well over 50 years in total, died Tuesday at age 93


Classical Music News‏  Estonia to provide a musical instrument for every child 

Music History   in 1881 FP of ‘s Scottish Fantasy Op. 46, Joseph Joachim soloist in Liverpool.


Image: The New York Times

(Written on February 22, 2017 )

United Press International

Unclean reed instruments can cause ‘saxophone lung’

When instruments are left unclean, musicians can develop ‘saxophone lung,’ a disease with symptoms including persistent coughing and wheezing.

Classical Music Magazine

HMRC repeals NI ruling for entertainers

The Government’s decision to repeal current National Insurance regulations for self-employed musicians and entertainers has been welcomed by the Association of British Orchestras and the Musicians’ Union.

New York Times

New trend: opera fan fiction?

Recent books are speculating about what the characters would do after the opera’s narrative ends, Anthony Tommasini weighs in on opera what-ifs.


Cellist’s tribute to the ‘unsung hero’ who saved his grandfather on Kristallnacht

British musicians’ Vienna concert highlights music the Nazis detested on 75th anniversary of the attacks on Jewish businesses.

Valery Gergiev interview: ‘Berlioz inspired me long before I ever dreamed I would conduct’

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev’s Berlioz season has been marked by protests. Ahead of the Barbican series – and the current controversy – he spoke about the passion he feels for the French composer’s work.

BBC Music Magazine

Llandaff Cathedral proposes choral redundancies

Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff is considering proposals to cut seven jobs in its music department in an effort to cut down a projected deficit of £81,000.

Britons more likely to go to opera or dance productions than Italians or Germans

People in the UK are more likely to have been to see an opera, dance or ballet performance in the last 12 months than people in Germany or Italy.


Yamaha launches series of video interviews with leading pianists and technicians

Yamaha Pianos have published the first batch in a series of exclusive ‘In conversation with…’ online videos featuring leading pianists and technicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Filmkomponist im Porträt

Karim Sebastian Elias bringt Filmbilder zum Klingen. Neuerdings auch den Western “In einem wilden Land”, der Dienstag im Fernsehen läuft. Ein Komponistenbesuch.



(Written on November 11, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

New season at the LSO

After a successful summer residency in Aix-en-Provence, the LSO will be back in town from September

G4’s Mike Christie on writing his first opera

He found fame as part of the pop-opera quartet and X Factor stars G4, but Mike Christie has now gone on to something something quite different – writing his own opera

Artist of the week – Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube, who sold out her debut performance at the Royal Albert Hall after attracting an internet fan base of millions


Sir Kenneth Branagh named campaign patron for Hallé St Peter’s

The actor and director lends his support to the Hallé’s new rehearsal, recording and education venue as the second phase of development begins

Opus Arte to release album commemorating Susan Chilcott

The album, featuring a number of previously unheard recordings, marks 10 years since the soprano’s death in 2003

Britten’s canticles inspire Glyndebourne’s imaginative new chamber opera

‘Wakening Shadow’ to run alongside stunning revival of ‘Billy Budd’

The Telegraph

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 34: Berlioz – Au cimetière, from Les nuits d’été

The latest in Ivan Hewett’s 50-part series on short works by the world’s greatest composers

Classical Music Magazine

Chicago Symphony offers free Verdi stream

Chicago Symphony Orchestra is offering a global audience free tickets to its sold-out concert on 10 October

Kohlberg & Co drops Steinway bid after Paulson makes rival offer

Private equity group Kohlberg & Co has dropped out of the bidding process for Steinway Musical Instruments, after it emerged that hedge fund manager John Paulson had made a higher offer for the grand piano maker

Die Zeit

Ein ziemlich revolutionärer Vorgang

Einschafen, kotzen, heulen: Zwei Tage bei den Festspielen in Bayreuth zwischen Hummerwürsten, Rattenkindern und ewiger Todessehnsucht.


Classical Music Magazine

(Written on August 15, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Let’s have much more opera on the beach

Garsington has proved a hit when beamed to the sands of Skegness.

The chromatic slithering of Delius leaves me cold

Delians claims his music evokes the soul of the forgotten English landscape, but I don’t hear that.

The Independent

Heads up: Wednesday from Light

Opera aims shy hight with 150 performers and 4 helicopters.

Opera al fresco? What could possibly go wrong?

Stag beetles and bats are among the hazards of outdoor performances, says Michael Volpe, head of Opera Holland Park. And don’t get him started on the weather…

The Guadian

A guide to Kaija Saariaho’s music

All composers are dreamers. But very few have dared to dream sonic images of such magnetic power as those that Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has conjured in her music for ensembles, orchestra, opera houses, electronics and soloists.

Take your seats for Swindon: the Opera

Production with 250-strong cast and crew made up of local people shines spotlight on working-class family life.

BBC Music Magazine

Evelyn Lear (1926-2012)

The soprano who appeared with every major opera company in the US dies aged 86.

LA Times

Woody Allen revisits opera in ‘To Rome With Love’

In his latest movie “To Rome With Love,” Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter’s fiancé.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Boulez is out of the BBC Proms

Pierre Boulez has been forced to withdraw from the BBC Proms as a result of continuing difficulties with his eyesight. He is in doubt for the Lucerne Festival.

The Times

Daniel Barenboim’s hazardous Proms mission

‘You need t be brave to join this opera’, says Daniel Barenboim. ‘Our mission is vital’.

Proms highlights: what to book for 

With the Proms starting on Friday, here are highlights from Berlioz, Beethoven, Boulez, not to mention Wallace & Gromit.

5 minutes with Sarah Connolly

Sarah Connolly, 49, is an English mezzo-soprano, widely viewed as one of the world’s finest.

(Written on July 10, 2012 )

The Telegraph

The opera novice: Richard Strauss’ Salome – a Biblical family romance

Strauss’ opera Salome is a psychosexual drama full of excruciatingly beautiful music.

The Independent

Simon Bolivar Orchestra: Kids aloud

As the orchestra returns to Britain, Matthew Bell sees how music continues to change lives in Caracas… and in south London too.

The Guardian

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa: believe the hype

I suspected Lisitsa – about to debut at Royal Albert Hall – was a case of promotion over profundity. Then I joined her online audience and was wowed by her self-assured virtuosity.

BBC Music Magazine

Haiti launches a music initiative modelled on Venezuela’s El Sistema

Haiti’s government has launched a new project to provide music education for all ages and to encourage the formation of youth orchestras across the country.

Financial Times

The modern maestro

Conductors used to be famously autocratic, inaccessible – and old. Not anymore.

LA Times

Simone Dinnerstein – classical music’s ‘wandering bard’

The pianist isn’t following rules; she’s simply telling a story that begins with Bach.

Jessica Duchen

A good honours day for musos

It’s a bumper year for classical music and opera in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for the Diamond Jubilee.

Szigeti speaks

“The unforgivable sins of big business” – Joseph Szigeti’s opinion of the fact that the record catalogue contained only four recordings of Bartok playing the piano.


Classical music is honoured in the Birthday Honours

A knighthood for opera director David McVicar.

The Times

Gianandrea Noseda triumphs in Britten

He loves the orchestra. The orchestra loves him. So could the Italian maestro take over permanently at the LSO?

The ultimately difficult Troy story returns

War, suicide and pantomime – the Royal Opera House is braving Berlioz’s Trojan masterpiece.

What I’ve learnt: Carl Davis

New York-born conductor Carl Davis, 75, took his first music lessons aged 7 and moved to London at 18.



(Written on June 18, 2012 )

The past year has seen a number of exciting highlights including 9 world-class releases and awards such as the prestigious Diapason d’Or and Choc de Classica. Now, 2012 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for ACCENTUS Music:

A new production featuring Daniel Barenboim sees the pianist perform both of Liszt’s Piano Concertos in a single concert under the baton of Pierre Boulez with the outstanding Staatskapelle Berlin. For both musicians Liszt was one of the most important pioneers of modern music, who influenced revolutionary contemporaries including Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. Two examples of Wagner’s magnificent orchestral work round off the concert programme which celebrates Liszt’s 200th birthday.

Next year also sees a release with Claudio Abbado conducting his ‘super-league’ Lucerne Festival Orchestra in a recording of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony. With this work, which combines a sense of intimate composure with strikingly monumental form, the conductor and orchestra toured around Europe in 2011 giving concerts that were described as “exceptional” by the Financial Times and “glorious” by the Observer.

The premiere of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto took place in Weimar in 1855 with Liszt himself at the piano and Hector Berlioz conducting. The impressive partnership of Barenboim and Boulez on this ACCENTUS Music recording reflects the significance of the work’s first performers.

In addition, 2012 will see the theatrical release of a documentary about the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Germany. This film, directed by Paul Smaczny and Günter Atteln, documents the world-famous 800 year-old boys’ choir as it is today. It follows three members of the choir as well as cantor Georg Christoph Biller, accompanying them as they tour South America, coping with the pressures of professional performance whilst also balancing schoolwork and adolescent life.

Next year also sees the continuation of the partnership between ACCENTUS Music and Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with productions of Mahler Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6, following the successful releases of Mahler 2 and 8 in 2011. Both DVDs were praised with the Choc de Classica, while Symphony No. 2 was awarded the prestigious Diapason d’Or.

For more information please visit the ACCENTUS website here.

(Written on December 19, 2011 )