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In today’s news: The Royal Opera House to reintroduce Proms concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra to release its second piece of Virtual Reality content, and Facebook offers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to labels and publishers for global licenses. ConBrio publishes book “Judaism in Opera”, festival Donaueschinger Musiktage to present new concert concepts, and Speranza Scappucci becomes new chief conductor of Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

Opera Now

ROH to reintroduce Proms concerts

The Royal Opera House is to offer £10 tickets for those prepared to sit on the floor.

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia marks 40th anniversary of Voyager 1 launch with VR release

The Philharmonia Orchestra is to release its second piece of Virtual Reality content to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, and the Golden Records that each carried.

Choir and Organ

Results of ISM-RCO organists’ fees survey revealed

The results of the ISM-RCO survey of organists’ fees show considerable variation between rates paid in London and those paid in the rest of the UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook offers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to labels and publishers for global licenses

Facebook is offering record labels and publishers a quick fix advance which would allow its 2bn-plus users to start legally using music in their videos.


Will the Bolshoi stage Serebrennikov’s Nureyev ballet in 2017?
The Moscow audience will be able to see Kirill Serebrennikov’s Nureyev production in 2017, Russian agency RIA says. Bolshoi’s General Manager Vladimir Urin had cancelled the premiere of the piece, explaining that the production was not ready.


Jüdischer Blick auf die Oper
Im Rahmen einer Veranstaltung im Teesalon der Wiener Staatsoper ist das kürzlich im ConBrio Verlag erschienene Buch „Judaism in Opera /Judentum in der Oper“ vorgestellt worden.


Festival reagiert auf Wandel der Öffentlichkeit mit neuen Angeboten
Applaus, Stillsitzen, konzentriertes Hören, Applaus – so laufen noch heute die meisten Konzerte ab. Doch wenn sich Gesellschaft und Öffentlichkeit verändern, muss sich dann nicht auch das klassische Konzert wandeln?

Codex Flores

Die Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège hat eine Chefdirigentin
Die Italienerin Speranza Scappucci, die in dieser Saison im Dezember am Opernhaus Zürich Donizettis «La Fille du Régiment» leitet, tritt die Nachfolge von Paolo Arrivabeni als neue Chefdirigentin der Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège an.


ARD competition @ARD_competiton

Congrats to Wataru Hisasue, Fabian Müller und JeungBeum Sohn! They will play again on friday!

Ensemble “Kaleidoskop”, ©SWR/Adam Berry





(Written on September 6, 2017 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners


The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

Classic FM

Lark Ascending soundtracks controversial Coronation Street death

The scene, in which Hayley (played by actress Julie Hesmondhalgh) ends her own struggle with pancreatic cancer by mixing a lethal cocktail of medicine, ended with her on-screen husband, Roy Cropper (played by David Neilson) putting on a CD of Hayley’s favourite piece, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Mozart son’s gravestone vandalised in Czech town 

The grave of Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has been vandalised in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins and the classical music stars who please our ears – and eyes

“La Jenkins’s new look can’t disguise what the classical world knows well – sex sells.” Adam Sweeting on sexual objectification in the classical music industry.

BBC Music Magazine

Tugan Sokhiev takes up Bolshoi post

Tugan Sokhiev has been appointed the music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre.

The Oregonian

Cascadia Composers performing “Black Out,” a concert in complete darkness

Paul Safar and Nancy Wood, a husband-and-wife performance duo, will play at “Black Out” a show put on by Cascadia Composers in complete darkness, hoping to stimulate the audience’s aural capabilities by limiting their vision. 

International Arts Manager

Orchestra streams concert to hospital patients

Patients at a Philadelphia hospital will soon be able to view orchestra performances live on their bedside TVs. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, announced earlier this week.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Could a robot stand in for live musicians?

Robot maker Guy Hoffman thinks his machines can simulate a soul.

Classic FM

Classic FM







(Written on January 22, 2014 )

Slipped Disc

Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

One of Mandela’s closest friends was pianist Harold Ruben who refused to play in front of segregated audiences in South Africa before moving to London to teach at the Royal College of music until his death in 2010


Nelson Mandela in British culture

Nelson Mandela cast a deep influence over British culture, from the concerts he inspired to flats that Del Boy and Rodney lived in for the TV show Only Fools and Horses

The Wall Street Journal

Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor

Music teachers, beware. The feds are onto you. Better not try to raise the price of your lessons

BBC News

Bolshoi acid attack: Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko jailed

A Moscow court has jailed Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko for six years for organising an acid attack on the company’s artistic director

Musician falls in Llangollen Canal trying to rescue saxophone

A musician suffered hypothermia and had to be rescued from a canal after he fell in while trying to retrieve his saxophone in Denbighshire

Arts Beat

Serbian-Born Composer Wins $100,000 Prize

Djuro Zivkovic, a 38-year-old composer who was born in Serbia and lives in Stockholm, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his work “On the Guarding of the Heart.” The prize, awarded annually by the University of Louisville, is among the most prestigious international prizes for classical composition carries a cash award of $100,000

Die Zeit

So echt! So intensiv!

Am Freitag debütierten sie beide an der Berliner Staatsoper in Verdis “Trovatore”: Anna Netrebko und Placido Domingo. Ein ziemlich dramatisches Gespräch über perfektes Singen, böse Mädchen und die Knochenarbeit im Haifischbecken

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 6, 2013 )

Global Post

EU customs changes rule after seizure of Japanese musicians’ violins

The European Union will exempt musicians entering its territory from declaring instruments intended for professional use after at least two Japanese violinists had their high-priced violins seized at a German airport last year.

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced on Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year.

Classic FM Online

Mozart’s violin donated to Salzburg Foundation

A private benefactor has gifted a violin played by Mozart when he was in Vienna to the Salzburg Mozart Foundation.

Slipped Disc

A medical emergency at the opera

A ENO performance of the magic flute was interrupted yesterday by a medical emergency in the audience.

An Overgrown Path

Why was Marin Alsop’s London concert half empty?

Should reports of a half-empty Marin Alsop concert at the Royal Festival Hall despite the mass media exposure she has received raise alarm bells about classical music audiences?

New York Times 

U.S. Dancer Quits the Bolshoi, Complaining of Bribery

A young dancer from Texas who last year became the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet after graduating from its training academy here has quit the storied company after alleging that she was denied opportunities to perform and ultimately told she would have to pay a bribe of $10,000 to get a solo role.

BBC Music Magazine

György Kurtág and András Schiff to receive Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medals

Composer György Kurtág and pianist András Schiff will each be awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal. The medal, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding musicianship,  was created in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven’s birth.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Am Ende misstraute er allen Religionen

Sir John Tavener hielt Abstand zur Avantgarde. Seine Musik umspielt das Thema der Sakralität. Nun ist der englische Komponist im Alter von neunundsechzig Jahren gestorben.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine





(Written on November 15, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons, interview

Mariss Jansons is reluctant to talk about the horrors of the Soviet system – he’d rather talk about the music he is going to conduct at the Proms and Edinburgh Festival, he tells Ivan Hewett.

The Sydney Morning Herald (via Arts Journal)

Call of opera luring greater audience numbers

It’s music to opera lovers’ ears. In what was a bumper year for opera attendances in Australia, the art form had a greater increase in audience numbers in 2012 than either dance, theatre, orchestral or chamber music, according to an Australia Council survey of the country’s 28 major performing arts companies

Classic FM

Skateboarding set to music in new classical video

Composing has a lot in common with skateboarding, says classical musician Sven Helbig, whose hypnotic new video stars young people in a skatepark.

BBC Music Magazine

Bolshoi violinist dies after falling into orchestra pit

Long-standing member of the orchestra dies of injuries in hospital

Limelight Magazine

Boston Chief knocked out in Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons concussed after “household accident” at Wagner Festival.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre Chairman Completes 300 Mile, 24-Hour Bike Ride And Raises Final Amount For Royal Festival Hall Organ Campaign

Full £2.3 million has now been raised for the Pull Out All The Stops organ campaign to restore the Royal Festival Hall organ

Music Week

Swedish music market grows 12% in H1 2013

Total music sales value in Sweden increased by 12 percent in the first half of 2013, propelled by strong growth in usage of streaming services.

André Rieu breaks record for highest-grossing UK opening weekend takings for a music concert film

An André Rieu music concert screened in cinemas has achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend takings in UK box office history for its genre.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der Anti-Maestro meldet sich zurück

Stürmen, schuften, siegen: Kirill Petrenko wird verehrt, wohin er auch kommt. Jetzt dirigiert er den neuen, von Frank Castorf inszenierten „Ring des Nibelungen“ im Bayreuther Festspielhaus.

Classic FM

(Written on July 23, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Granville Bantock: Britain’s forgotten composer

Ivan Hewett tells the tale of Granville Bantock, a forgotten Victorian composer who is making his presence felt at this year’s Proms.

Bringing the beleaguered Bolshoi to London

As the Bolshoi Ballet returns to London, Sarah Crompton talks to promoters Victor and Lilian Hochhauser, who first brought them to Covent Garden in 1963, about the state of the famous ballet company.


Katherine Bryan – Flute Works

Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto was composed as a direct response to the killing of James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993.

Mahler – Symphony No 4

Christina Landshamer (sop) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly

Classic FM

Singing helps when learning languages 

Can’t get to grips with your French homework? German getting the better of you? Have a go at singing – it just might help you learn.

Metropolitan Opera installing new seats to combat fidgeting

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is to update its seating over the next 10 years with ergonomic seat cushions, to be installed through most of the 3,800 seat house.

BBC News

How do you start a music festival?

In the past decade there has been an “explosive increase” in the number of festivals held across the UK, according to industry promoters, but how do you start a festival?

Die Welt

Bezuidenhout ist der Justin Bieber des Cembalos

Der Südafrikaner Kristian Bezuidenhout spielt auch auf Konzertflügeln, aber seine Liebe gehört dem Hammerklavier. Bei ihm klingt die Tastenwerke Mozarts aufgekratzter, wilder denn je. Ein Porträt.


Classic FM

(Written on July 22, 2013 )

The Independent

Baroque hour on Radio 3 as Dominic West takes to the airwaves to read poetry

Heartthrob actor Dominic West is to go from The Hour to turning back the clock by reading a daily poem from the Baroque era for Radio 3.

The Guardian

The Rest is Noise: out of the shadow of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner

The Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore on what February holds for the festival – and how a rising nationalism inspired composers from Janáček to Holst to embrace folk traditions


The Queen awards Regius Professorship of Music to Royal Holloway, University of London

One of 12 Professorships awarded in different fields to mark the Diamond Jubilee

New Music Box

Composer Assistance Program Awards $33,118

Twice a year, New Music USA receives an influx of applications from composers across the United States who are seeking support for their newly created works.

Classical Source

Whoopi Goldberg And Pamela Thomas-Graham Elected To New York Philharmonic Board Of Directors

Two distinguished women have been elected as new members of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic.

On An Overgrown Path

The buildings in which you play are seen as forbidding

Now let me try to understand this one more time… Universal Music’s chief executive Max Hole tells us that classical musicians “need to think about the way they dress, and to appear more excited and engaged” and “the very buildings in which they play are often seen as forbidding and not places many people think they’d be comfortable entering”.

Slipped Disc

Just in: ‘Unsafe’ Bolshoi pulls out of centennial Rite of Spring

Wayne McGregor’s choreography for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, scheduled for the work’s 100th anniversary in March, has been indefinitely postponed by the Bolshoi.

Music Week

HMV CFO Ian Kenyon among 190 new job cuts

Fired HMV employees have taken to the retailer’s official Twitter account to offer a live blog of 190 job losses across the firm’s head office and distribution network.


Record Store Day cut vinyl in 2013

The organisers of Record Store Day have announced that this year will see a 10% reduction in special physical product releases, with BBC 6Music dedicating a day of programming to the celebratory day of independence.



On An Overgrown Path

(Written on February 1, 2013 )

LA Times

L.A. Phil’s Lionel Bringuier lands conducting gig in Zurich

Lionel Bringuier, resident conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has been made the chief conductor and music director of Switzerland’s Zurich Tonhalle. His post will begin with the 2014-15 season and will run for four years.


Michael Nyman complete chamber works to be released – hear an excerpt from the first recording!

First release includes two world premiere recordings of piano trios

Classic FM

Plácido Domingo announces new pop album featuring Groban, Boyle, Jenkins

Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo has announced details of his new album, due for UK release on December 3rd.

Child prodigy surprises shoppers with Liszt

Pianos have popped up all over Cambridge for members of the public to play – and an 11-year-old boy is impressing the crowds with his interpretations of virtuosic pieces.

Video game music hits the UK: Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth interviewed

Classic FM spoke to Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and conductor Arnie Roth before their ‘Distant Worlds’ concert.

Slipped Disc

Breaking: Two classical agencies are expelled by professional body

The International Artist Managers Association has taken the unusual step of expelling two of its members, both based in Vienna.

Sad news from Russia: Lyubimov is in a coma

The legendary director Yuri Lyubimov turned 95 a month ago and was working on a new Bolshoi production of Prince Igor.

The Independent

Wikipedia-inspired opera containing graphic sexual description to make London debut

A controversial new opera featuring graphic descriptions of sex will make its debut in two weeks’ time at a London church venue.

The Strad

Jack Liebeck’s surgeon opens clinic

Doctor who treated violinist leads team of upper-limb specialists at new musicians’ clinic

Limelight Magazine

“I got into a fight with John Cage,” says Bang On A Can founder

New York composer David Lang talks punch-ups and prepared pianos.

Classic FM


(Written on November 2, 2012 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Independent

Bolshoi reopens after six year closure

For the first time in six years, the strains of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev rang out from the orchestra pit at the Bolshoi last night, as Russia’s most famous theatre reopened after a six-year closure.

New Statesman

Castor and Pollox, English National Opera

A rare and welcome French Baroque Production by an English opera company.

The Telegraph

Maria, Wexford Festival Opera

Audiences at this year’s Wexford Festival are in for a rare treat with Statkowski’s Maria…

The Telegraph

Gianni Di Parigi; La Cour De Celimene Wexford Festival…

The performances of Gianni Di Parigi and La Cour De Celimene prove this is a vintage year for Wexford Festival, but the longer-term forecast for opera in Ireland continues to look cloudy, writes Rupert Christiansen.


(Written on November 1, 2011 )