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In today’s news: Music at Paxton artistic director Helen Jamieson to step down this year, and pianist Di Xiao has been named as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year. Also, cash reward offered for return of stolen instruments from Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Australian composer Colin Brumby passes away.

Classical Music

Charles Dutoit denies sexual assault accusations

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled the conductor’s appearances for the immediate future.

Music at Paxton artistic director to step down

Helen Jamieson, who helped to found the festival in 2006 will step down in September this year.

Music Teacher

Pianist among Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the year

Di Xiao (肖荻), a classical piano soloist from China, has been named as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year.

Evening Times

Cash reward offered for return of stolen instruments from Royal Scottish National Orchestra

A reward has been offered for the safe return of Fiona West’s violin and viola, which were taken on December 30 2017.

M Magazine

UK Government to ban bulk-buying ticket software

Ticket touts will be banned from using bulk-buying ticket software under new legislation announced by the government.


Colin Brumby has died

The prolific Australian composer, whose music was frequently performed and broadcast, has passed away in Brisbane aged 84.


Bei Ganztagsangeboten der kulturellen Bildung kooperieren Musikschulen am häufigsten

Um Ganztagsangebote der kulturellen Bildung zu gewährleisten, kooperieren Schulen in Deutschland mit Abstand am häufigsten mit Musikschulen.

Milliardenklage gegen Spotify wegen Autorenrechten

Der weltgrößte Musikstreaming-Anbieter Spotify sieht sich laut Medienberichten mit einer Milliarden-Klage wegen mutmaßlich ausstehender Tantiemen konfrontiert.

Musik Heute

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden will finanziell unabhängig bleiben

Das mit fast 2.500 Plätzen größte deutsche Opernhaus ist ein Unikum – denn der Spielbetrieb kostet kein Steuergeld. Großer Zuschauerzuspruch trotz relativ hoher Eintrittspreise, der Verzicht auf ein eigenes Ensemble und das Engagement vieler Stifter und Sponsoren ermöglichen die weitgehende Unabhängigkeit von öffentlichen Kassen.

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Charles Dutoit ne dirigera pas l’orchestre philharmonique de New York

Charles Dutoit devait diriger l’orchestre philharmonique de New York pour quelques dates au mois de janvier. Mais après les accusations de harcèlement sexuel formulées à son encontre, le conseil d’administration en a décidé autrement.


Music History @today_classical: in 1868 Death of German and teacher Moritz in Leipzig.

AtlasRealisations @AtlasRealMusic: “Happy Birthday George Martin” (3rd Jan, 1926). Best-known for his ground-breaking production and arrangements…

Image:  © neue musikzeitung

(Written on January 3, 2018 )

Classical News

In today’s news, read about the great British conductor and violinist, Sir Neville Marriner, who passed away at the age of 92 yesterday. Also, read about the strikes of several orchestras in the U.S. In addition, the Scottish International Piano Competition 2017 will take place from 1st September to 10th September 2017.

BBC News

Leading British conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies at 92

The British conductor and violinist, Sir Neville Marriner, has died at the age of 92, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields says.

The Guardian

Conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies aged 92

Marriner was still conducting into his 90s, conducting a concert to celebrate entering his 10th decade two years ago, which included a rendition of Happy Birthday. His 90th birthday was also marked by Classic FM dedicating an entire day of programming to his performances.

The Telegraph

‘It was a bit noisy’: the late Sir Neville Marriner on studying violin during the Blitz

In an interview last year, Sir Neville Marriner told Ivan Hewett how a love of Handel took this carpenter’s son from Lincoln to London in 1939.

The New York Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Ends Its Brief Strike

Musicians in the Philadelphia Orchestra play outside the Kimmel Center, the orchestra’s home, after going on strike Friday. The Philadelphia Orchestra ended a brief strike on Sunday, two days after its musicians sent a shock wave through the classical music world by walking off the job just before a season-opening gala.

For Orchestras in the U.S., So Much Depends on Their Communities’ Fortunes

The orchestra world’s Black Friday began on Sept. 30 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra going on strike in the morning and ended across Pennsylvania that evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra walking out as patrons gathered for its opening-night gala. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians, who were already on strike, sent their support on Twitter.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians to launch Northern Ireland brand

Help Musicians is to introduce a new brand in Northern Ireland next month.

Birmingham City University announces partnership with UK Music

Birmingham City University is to become one of the Music Academic Partnership‘s 11 member organisations. Run by UK Music, MAP offers training, placements and networking opportunities for individuals who want to build careers in music.

Scottish International Piano Competition 2017

The next edition of the Scottish International Piano Competition will take place 1-10 September 2017. Pianists aged 18-30 will compete for the £10,000 first prize, which carries with it the Frederic Lamond gold medal and an invitation to perform with the RSNO in 2018.

The Strad

Romanian cellist sustains injuries during police raid

A Romanian cellist jumped from his first floor window and sustained ‘multiple fractures’ as well as cancelled a forthcoming concert, during a police raid of his apartment block in Bucharest.


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@BBCYoungMus finalist @JessGillamSax leads our brass and wind focus in CM October!

ICSOM @ICSOM Philly Strike Ends! #ClassicalMusic #Symphony #Orchestra @POMusicians

Classic FM @ClassicFM Yesterday we lost a truly great conductor – tune in now for our tribute to Sir Neville Marriner…


Photograph: BBC News/ AP

(Written on October 3, 2016 )

Classical News


Edinburgh 2015: Can this man save the Edinburgh International Festival?

The EIF has a new director, 45-year-old Fergus Linehan – but can he steer it back out from the increasingly huge shadow of the Fringe? Rupert Christiansen meets him


10 of the best: Essential Richter recordings

The legendary Russian pianist would have been 100 this week. Tom Service picks ten of his essential performances that introduce you to the genius of Sviatoslav Richter

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber is new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

World renowned former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

Classical Music Magazine

Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s county council grant slashed by 90%

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s grant from Norfolk County Council will be reduced by 90% for 2015/16, it has been confirmed, from £83,400 in the current year to £8,442 in the next. It follows the council’s decision to cut £150,000 from its overall arts budget.


Borealis Festival

Bergen is a small city with big ideas. Alive with culture of all kinds, it shows its most welcoming and adventurous face in the annual Borealis Festival, where a performance in a swimming pool and typewriter art set the tone, as Kate Molleson discovers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Haste Töne?

Eine Begegnung mit dem Komponisten Christian Jost, dessen „Berlin Symphonie“ am Freitag im Rahmen des Konzerthaus-Festivals „Mythos Berlin“ uraufgeführt wird.

Zusatzkosten von 1,5 Millionen Euro pro Jahr in bereits angespannter finanzieller Situation

Wiener Bundestheater beklagen Mehrwertsteuer-Erhöhung

El País

Stradivarius en Copacabana

La violinista clásica Viktoria Mullova se ha hecho célebre por interpretar música brasileña


€50,000 Karajan Music Prize to Period-Performance Start Thomas Hengelbrock

The annual award requires that the cash sum be used by the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians.


B’ham Conservatoire@BirmCons: We’re pleased to welcome @JLloydWebber as our new @BirmCons Principle

ABO@aborchestras:Looking forward to the second UK-Brazil MultiOrchestra Conference, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, 27-29 April. 

PRS Foundation ‏@PRSFoundation: Our Director @Vanessa_PRSF will be at the next @LDNmusicmasters #ClassRaceClassical event on 20 Apr. More info here: 

Fergus_Linehan_3235087bFergus Linehan: ‘I want to target the people who wake up in Edinburgh every morning not knowing what they want to do’. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on March 18, 2015 )