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In today’s news Apple Music has gained 11 million members in the five weeks after its launch. The Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group are standing down in 2016, and the Welsh National Opera have appointed a new managing director to start December 2015.

Guardian

Apple Music has 11m trial members five weeks after launching

Spotify rival is still in its free trial period, so the real crunch will come when those users are prompted to pay

Classical Music Magazine

WNO appoints new managing director

Welsh National Opera has appointed Leonora Thomson as its new managing director. Currently director of audiences and development at the Barbican Centre, Thomson is to take up the position in December 2015.

Classical Source

Stephen and Jackie Newbould to leave Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the end of 2015/16 season

Stephen Newbould, Artistic Director of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Jackie Newbould, the ensemble’s Executive Producer, have decided to stand down from their roles at the end of BCMG’s 2015/16 season (in summer 2016).

The Strad

Students launch crowdfunding website to help musicians travel to auditions

The site offers scholarships of up to $500 for string players travelling throughout the US

New York Times

The Proms, BBC’s Classical Music Festival, Is All the More Important as Austerity Looms

Because of the Proms’ enviable roster of visiting orchestras, its support for contemporary composers, and its accessibility, there remain few larger forces for musical good anywhere. But it is now operating in an atmosphere of some discomfort: Its parent corporation and fellow musical broadcasters in Europe are under pressure. And the British government remains bent on austerity.

ClassicalWorld.com

International Philharmonic Orchestra to Offer Seven Concerts Featuring World’s Best Young Classical Musicians

International Philharmonic Orchestra brings together 100 young talented musicians from 74 countries to represent their countries through music in Seven Epic Concerts, including a concert for Global Peace at Carnegie Hall, New York during United Nations week.

Der Tagesspiegel

Es ist eine Heimkehr

Die 16. Ausgabe des Festival Young Euro Classic beginnt am Donnerstag. Insgesamt 1500 Musiker kommen dafür nach Berlin und musizieren 18 Tage lang im Konzerthaus.

Musik Heute

Musik-Festspiele MV zielen auf neuen Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern haben eine positive Halbzeitbilanz gezogen. Bis zum Ende der 25. Festivalausgabe erwarte man mehr Gäste als im Vorjahr, als mit 73.000 Besuchern ein Rekord erreicht wurde.

Klassik.com

Trondheim: Historische Musikinstrumente fallen Brand zum Opfer

Ein Brand im Nationalen Musikmuseum Ringve in Trondheim hat hohe Schäden verursacht. Angaben des Museumsdirektors zufolge seien zwei historische Klaviere, ein Tafelklavier und ein Flügel aus dem 19. Jahrhundert zerstört worden.

Le Parisien

La Hadopi se sépare de son secrétaire général Eric Walter

La Hadopi, l’autorité anti-piratage dont le bilan fait actuellement débat, a indiqué lundi s’être “séparée” de son secrétaire général Eric Walter, confirmant une information de plusieurs médias spécialisés.

El Mundo

Juan Pérez Floristán, primer premio del Concurso de Piano ‘Paloma O’Shea’

Juan Pérez Floristán, ha sido elegido para ser el primer premio y Medalla de Oro, en Gala de Clausura y Entrega de Premios del XVIII Concurso Internacional de Piano de Santander Paloma O’Shea.

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Sinfini Music: Barbara Strozzi, born this day in 1619, basically totally bossed being a woman in 17thC Venice. Free here:

Tête à Tête: It may not be as hard as you think to get to some shows at tonight, more here:

BBC Proms Team: See how performed his piece “Toilet Brushes – More”:

06PREMIERES1-master675The Aurora Orchestra and the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: Chris Christodoulou/BBC

(Written on August 6, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.

KulturPort.De

Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Klassik.com

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.

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Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.

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Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Heartbroken Frank Peter Zimmerman Surrenders ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Strad to Financial Controllers http://bit.ly/1GsU8TO

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: RT @ruthmackenzie: “@hollandfestival: The programme 2015 has been announced. Featuring Anna Calvi in 12 Hour Prom. ”

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ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Vienna Philharmonic: worthy winner of the Birgit Nilsson Prize

It’s time to set the record straight on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the deserving winner of opera’s richest prize, says Rupert Christiansen

Sivan Magen – New Music

Sivan Magen is trying to change the perception of the harp with his virtuoso playing, says Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

‘Higher standards’ for arts A-levels and GCSEs announced

Music, drama, art & design and dance qualifications in the UK are to be reformed alongside P.E., religious studies, and technology, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today

BBC Music Magazine

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs in Washington

The ensemble makes history performing two concerts at the US Library of Congress

Gramophone

Baritone John Shirley-Quirk has died

The English baritone John Shirley-Quirk, one of the singers most associated with the music of Benjamin Britten, has died aged 82

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Drohende Fusion der SWR-Orchester Die Wende? Oder doch nur eine Volte?

Heute Vormittag diskutiert der Landtag von Baden-Württemberg wieder über die geplante Fusion der Rundfunkorchester des Südwestrundfunks. Diese Orchesterabschaffungsdebatte im Süden geht uns alle an

Tagesspiegel

Gedenkkonzert für Claudio Abbado: Die menschliche Dimension des Zuhörens

Im Lucerne Festival Orchester versammelte Claudio Abbado seine musikalischen Freunde. Bei einem Gedenkkonzert zu seinen Ehren spielte es nun ohne Dirigenten sowie unter der Leitung von Andris Nelsons

Concerti

Porträt Marina Rebeka:„Der Komponist kommt zuerst“

Marina Rebeka gehört mit 33 schon zum internationalen Establishment der lyrischen Sopranistinnen – und stellt Musik über Eitelkeiten

 

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Sivan Magen – The Telegraph

(Written on April 10, 2014 )

PRS for Music Foundation, Britain’s leading funder of music across all genres, today has announced an exciting new opportunity for cross-border musical collaboration within the UK. The scheme, Beyond Borders, supports the creation of high-quality new music which is jointly commissioned by at least two organisations from different UK countries. From Monday, 28th November, applications will be accepted from music creators, performers and commissioning organisations.

The scheme has already overseen several highly successful collaborations, including:

Award-winning Scottish folk trio Lau working with Northern Irish composer Brian Irvine and the Northern Sinfonia to create ‘Strange Attractors’, commissioned by The Sage, Gateshead, Belfast Festival and Celtic Connections.

English composer Luke Bedford, commissioned by The Opera Group, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and The Tramway (Glasgow) to write ‘Seven Angels’, described by the Daily Telegraph as “impeccably crafted”.

Belfast DJ Phil Kieran collaborating with Swansea psyche-rockers White Noise Sound to create a collection of new songs, commissioned by Oh Yeah Music Centre (Belfast), Swansea Creative Hub and the Welsh Music Foundation.

“Beyond Borders’ support of collaboration gives new music a life beyond its first performance and develops the skills of commissioning organisations and music creators across the UK.” Vanessa Reed, Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation 

 

For further information visit the PRS for Music Foundation website here.

See ‘Strange Attractors’ here:

 

 


 

(Written on November 22, 2011 )