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Leading actors, comedians and composers have joined Prince Charles in his campaign to help every child have access to the arts.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Lenny Henry, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Myleene Klass and Meera Syal were among the guests at an event at the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Children and the Arts, a charity that was set up by the Prince of Wales.

Sir Lenny Henry, one of the stars supporting the campaign, told Sky News: “The arts is vital to society. The contribution to gross national products alone is immense – between £8bn and £20bn. So why is the arts in schools being deprivileged? It’s hard to understand.”

Industry leaders, government ministers and headteachers were all invited to join round-table discussions to look at what can be done to reach young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who feel the arts aren’t open to them, and may be missing out on cultural experiences as a result.

The government insists it does take the arts seriously and that’s why music and art is compulsory until the age of 14. But campaigners want more investment and believe there has to be a change in how creative subjects are viewed by schools and wider society.

They realise that not all children will grow up to be performers or work in the industry but believe they should at least have the opportunity to watch or participate if they want to give it a try.


Auf Kommando das Zusammenspiel verweigert

Gibt es einen „rheinischen Originalklang“ für Beethovens Siebte Symphonie? Und wovon singt das Oratorium „Der Sieg des Glaubens“ von Beethovens Schüler Ferdinand Ries? Das Beethovenfest sucht Antworten.

Christoph Spering, der vor dreißig Jahren Das neue Orchester gründete, um Ideen der Originalklangbewegung auf das romantische Repertoire zu übertragen, führte jetzt, am dritten der 24 Tage des Bonner Beethovenfests, die Siebte mit dem Orchester Rheinton auf – einem weiteren neuen Orchester, dessen Mitglieder auf die Erforschung des Instrumentariums und der Spielpraxis der Rheinlande im neunzehnten Jahrhundert spezialisiert sind. Die Ausdifferenzierung des konzertierenden Historismus schreitet also fort, zur regionalhistorischen

Beethovenfest in Bonn, Germany, kicked off this year on 31st August. It featured performances from the Rheinton Orchestra under Christoph Spering. The orchestra specialise in historically informed performance, showcasing their interpretation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.


Pascal Nègre : « Ne sacrifions pas la prochaine génération de musiciens »

Le producteur de musique s’élève, dans une tribune au « Monde », contre l’article 13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur qui menace l’émergence des futurs jeunes artistes.

Cet article, dans sa rédaction actuelle, impose à toute plate-forme de détecter et de bloquer systématiquement toute mise en ligne par un utilisateur d’un contenu potentiellement protégé par le droit d’auteur (pas uniquement de la musique), sauf lorsqu’un accord de licence a auparavant été conclu avec l’ayant droit ou ses représentants.

Cette disposition qui est très large pourrait en fait avoir un impact négatif sur la création puisqu’elle aboutirait à une certaine forme de censure aveugle, automatique et systématique. Trente-cinq années d’expérience dans l’industrie musicale me portent à croire que cette directive s’avérerait négative pour les artistes, pour l’industrie et, à terme, pour le bien public.

Il est essentiel que les plates-formes se comportent de manière responsable et maintiennent leurs accords avec les labels, éditeurs et sociétés de gestion collective. Cela est indéniable. Mais l’article 13 de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur ne prend pas le bon chemin

Music producer Pascal Nègre has spoken out against Article 13 of the European Parliament’s Copyright Directive, stating that it threatens the emergence of future young artists. Currently, the article requires any platform to detect and block the uploading of potentially copyright-protected content, including music, unless a license agreement has already been arranged.

Nègre worries that this could lead to ‘blind, automatic and systematic censorship’, limiting artists’ creativity.

Article 13 will put limitations on uploading content – for example budding instrumentalists may be blocked from uploading their performance of an existing piece of music:

But apparently it’s not all bad, as memes are exempt from copyright.

Whilst Nègre acknowledges that it is important for creators to have access to copyright protection and fair renumeration, he maintains that Article 13 is too broad and must be amended.

(Written on September 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Restoration of Beethoven Concert Hall in Bonn to be more expensive than anticipated. Take a look at how Europe’s opera houses have won over under-30 audiences. Musical director and composer Samuel Adler who fled under Nazi rule returns to Berlin on visit. Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits. Why musicians struggle with mental health problems. Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition – take a look at what is in store. YouTube music now available in UK.

Wall Street Journal

How Europe’s Opera Houses Won Over Millennials

With an escape game and networking events, La Scala and the Paris Opera are attracting under-30 audiences.

Limelight

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition

Sixteen ensembles will battle it out in Melbourne this July. We take a look at what’s in store for competitors and audiences at one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

The Guardian

Fresh crisis at English National Opera as key figure quits

Producing director Terri-Jayne Griffin to leave, with others claiming ENO ‘lacks ambition’.

Rhinegold

University of Glasgow Chapel Choir honour former director

The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir has released a new recording, We Were Glad, in memory of former director Dr Stuart Campbell.

The Guardian

Perfectionism and poverty: why musicians struggle with mental health

Mental illness claims the lives of too many in music. A new helpline seeks to change that. 

iNews

NHS at 70: How Art, from Andy Warhol to Brian Eno, has helped to heal patients

Introducing uplifting art into that environment brings therapeutic benefits for both staff and patients, the NHS has long recognised.

What Hi Fi

YouTube Music is now available in the UK…

Last month, YouTube announced a new, Spotify-rivalling music streaming service that looks set to replace Google Play Music. And now it has launched in the UK, as well as sixteen other countries including US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Pizzicato

Sanierung der Beethovenhalle Bonn wird noch teurer

Die Kostenspirale bei der Sanierung der Beethovenhalle dreht sich weiter. Die aktuelle Kostenberechnung belaufe sich auf rund 84 Millionen Euro, teilte die Stadt mit.

Klassik Heute

Wiener Staatsoper trauert um Hubert Deutsch

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um ihren ehemaligen Vizedirektor Reg. Rat. Professor Hubert Deutsch, der am Samstag, 16. Juni 2018 im Alter von 93 Jahren in Wien verstorben ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Vergeben, ohne zu vergessen

Die Nazis verbrannten die Partituren seines Vaters, die Familie floh in die USA. Jetzt ist der Komponist und Dirigent Samuel Adler zu Besuch in Berlin.

Le Monde

La Sacem déploie ses trésors en ligne

La société des auteurs de musique a créé un musée virtuel pour mettre en valeur ses archives.

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(Written on June 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: BCMG launches call for scores, David Garrett cancels March concerts, Epiris buys Time Inc., Flanders and Gangwon to potentially host the World Choir Games 2020, Holly Harrison and Paul Stanhope to provide new works for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the quiet decline of music in schools and more.

Classical Music

BCMG launches call for scores

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has launched a composition competition to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels more concerts due to injury

The violinist has withdrawn from further concerts as herniated disc keeps him out of action.

Financial Times

Private equity group buys NME publisher Time UK

London-based private equity group Epiris will buy the UK arm of Time for £130 million.

The Economist

The quiet decline of music in British schools

Barely one in 20 pupils took music GCSE in 2017.

Limelight

Two new works announced for the 2018 MICMC

Holly Harrison and Paul Stanhope will provide brand new works for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

nmz

Musikinstrumentenfonds vergibt 23 meisterhafte Streichinstrumente

55 junge Musiker im Alter von 12 bis 28 Jahren kamen aus ganz Deutschland nach Hamburg, um sich eines der Spitzeninstrumente aus dem Deutschen Musikinstrumentenfonds zu erspielen oder die Frist für ein bereits entliehenes Instrument zu verlängern.

Klassik.com

Beethoven-Rundgang in Bonn wird neu gestaltet

Der Bonner Beethoven-Rundgang wird neu gestaltet. Dies hat der Aufsichtsrat der Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft entschieden.

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Bewerber für die ‘World Choir Games 2020’ stehen fest

Die Region Flandern in Belgien mit den Städten Antwerpen und Gent sowie die Provinz Gangwon in Südkorea mit PyeongChang und GangNeung sind die beiden offiziellen Bewerber um die Ausrichtung der 11. ‘World Choir Games 2020’, teilte der Veranstalter ‘Interkultur’ mit.

Mailänder Scala plant große Rossini-Ausstellung

Die Mailänder Scala plant eine große Ausstellung zu Ehren des Komponisten Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) anlässlich seines 150. Todestags. Es werden Manuskripte Rossinis, Bühnenkleider, Bilder und Elemente aus historischen Inszenierungen der Rossini-Werke im Scala-Museum ausgestellt.

El País

Cómo controlar el caos en la reventa de entradas ‘online

Cultura se reúne con Google para buscar soluciones al limbo legal de un negocio opaco

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Deutscher Kulturrat @DKRKultur: 30. Rote Liste der bedrohten Kultureinrichtungen ist erschienen. Berühmtes -Theater wurde mit , Studiengang und neu aufgenommen:

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(Written on February 28, 2018 )

In today’s news: Australian women sign an open letter against sexual harassment in music industry, a third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, survey says; New York Philharmonic releases its 19th-century archival material. Also, AI and machine learning in music business and Wolfgang Niedecken honoured with the Beethoven Award for human rights. 

The Guardian

Tina Arena and Courtney Barnett join campaign against music industry sexual harassment

More than 360 Australian women, including the Veronicas and Sarah Blasko, have signed #MeNoMore letter recounting harassment, assault and rape.

Classic FM

25 per cent believe women don’t have the same opportunities as men in the music industry

A third of people believe there is sexism in the music industry, according to a new survey on gender inequality carried out by The Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

New York Philharmonic releases archival material

The New York Philharmonic has released all of its 19th-century archival material to mark its 175th birthday.

Opera Now

Irish National Opera announces first appointments

Irish National Opera (INO) has announced a number of key appointments.

Forbes

How To Think About Artificial Intelligence In The Music Industry

In the music industry access to information presents a big challenge, but once you have it, the question becomes, how can you use and manipulate it using machine learning?

nmz

Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs

Sachsens Kulturstiftung vergibt aus ihrem Fonds wieder zwei wertvolle Meisterinstrumente an hochbegabte Nachwuchsmusiker.

Kulturradio rbb

Wolfgang Niedecken erhält Beethovenpreis für Menschenrechte 

Der BAP-Sänger äußere sich immer wieder explizit zu politischen Fragestellungen und nehme öffentlich Stellung, teilte die Beethoven Academy in Bonn mit.

klassik.com

Wiener Konzerthaus mit Besucherzuwachs in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Wiener Konzerthaus hat seinen Jahresbericht für 2016/17 vorgelegt. Gegenüber der vorherigen Spielzeit konnte die Zahl verkaufter Eintrittskarten demnach auf 577.000 gesteigert werden (2015/16: 542.200).

France musique

Françoise Nyssen et Jean-Michel Blanquer annoncent 20 millions d’euros pour la musique à l’école

Invités au micro de France Musique, la ministre de la Culture Françoise Nyssen et le ministre de l’Éducation nationale Jean-Michel Blanquer apportent des détails à leur action commune en faveur de la musique à l’école. 

Le Monde

Mort du batteur Sunny Murray, pionnier du free jazz

Le compositeur et musicien James Marcellus Arthur – dit « Sunny » – Murray s’est éteint le 8 décembre à l’âge de 81 ans.

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(Written on December 12, 2017 )

In today’s news: Music helps children through tough times, Jessica Dandy wins Bach Singers Prize, Refugee ensemble gets standing ovations and 5 music start-up to watch. Also German city Bonn honours Beethoven and  Christoph Eschenbach is the new chief conductor of Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Financial Times

Arts therapy: listening helps children tune into their potential

From Kabul to Hackney, music lessons help the young through tough times.

UNHCR

Refugee orchestra wins standing ovation

An eight-strong ensemble of performers from five countries performed at the Besançon Music Festival in France.

Music Teacher

Today’s children more musical than parents, research shows

Today’s secondary school children are more likely to be able to play a musical instrument than their parents or grandparents, according to a study by Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH), Birmingham.

Early Music Today

Jessica Dandy wins LBS Bach Singers Prize

Contralto Jessica Dandy has won the sixth London Bach Society (LBS) Bach Singers Prize.

Opera Now

Richard Gaddes receives honorary fellowship from Trinity Laban

Trinity Laban has presented an honorary fellowship to alumnus Richard Gaddes, in recognition of his 50-year career in opera in the USA.

IQ

Unlocking blockchain: 5 music start-ups to watch

Tickets Cloud founder Katerina Kirillova highlights some of the companies hoping to revolutionize the music business using blockchain technology.

The New York Times

Lincoln Center to End Its Namesake Summer Festival

When Jane Moss arrived at Lincoln Center 25 years ago to shake up it’s programming, many people thought that the days of its well-loved but staid Mostly Mozart festival were numbered.

The Washington Post

The concert was about unity; the message was all Russian

It was an unusual event from the outset: a privately funded reception and concert of music by Russian and American composers, all based on an ambiguous premise.

Pizzicato

France plans merger of Orchestre de Paris and Philharmonie

The French Ministry of culture plans the merger of the Orchestra de Paris and the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, France Musique has revealed.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Hewlett Foundation Announces First Winners of 50 Arts Commissions Initiative

The Hewlett Foundation dropped a money bomb on the Bay Area arts scene today, announcing the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative.

Chicago Tribune

Opera ‘As One’ sings a timely tale of being transgender in America

At a time when transgender issues are turning up more often in the national conversation, a recent opera about the journey to self-acceptance of a young trans protagonist is all the more topical than it must have seemed at its premiere three years ago.

Tagesspiegel

Das alles und noch viel mehr

Vom Wunderkind zum Bühnenstar: Der Pianist und Dirigent Daniel Barenboim hat musikalisch wie kulturpolitisch eine glückliche Hand. Heute wird er 75 Jahre alt.

Klassik.com

Musikpreis des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie der Klarinettist Ernesto Molinari sind mit dem diesjährigen Musikpreis des Kantons Bern ausgezeichnet worden.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Bonn entdeckt Beethoven doch noch für sich

Lange hat sich Bonn wenig um den berühmtesten Sohn der Stadt gekümmert. Mit den Feiern zum 250. Geburtstag des Komponisten soll sich das ändern: Ludwig van Beethoven soll zum Aushängeschild der Stadt werden.

Codex Flores

Eschenbach wird Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin

Christoph Eschenbach, der in den 1980er-Jahren auch das Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester geleitet hat, wird ab der Saison 2019/20 für vorerst drei Jahre Nachfolger von Iván Fischer an der Spitze des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin.

France musique

Réforme du ministère de la Culture : des propositions chocs pour la musique

Intégration de l’Orchestre de Paris au sein de la Philharmonie, fin des régimes spéciaux à l’Opéra national de Paris… France Musique révèle les mesures du document du ministère de la Culture qui concernent le monde musical.

Twitter

The 2017 Global Collections Report is now available. Creators’ global royalty collections hit record €9.2 billion. Digital income growth accelerates to 51% as CISAC member author societies drive efficiencies worldwide.

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(Written on November 15, 2017 )

Classical Music

In our news today, one year after the death of Sandra Bland, a classical music concert pays tribute to black lives, Edward Gardner of ENO speaks about Brexit and a member of the award-winning Canadian opera group ignites controversy by holding up ‘All Lives Matter’ sign at MLB All-Star Game. Also, The JACK quartet has announced the departure of two of its founding members.

Huffington Post

Classical music concert ‘Sing Her Name’ pays tribute to black lives

July 13, 2016, will mark one year since the death of Sandra Bland. Three days after she was pulled over for forgetting a turn signal, and subsequently arrested after a confrontation ensued, Bland was found hanged in a Texas county jail cell.

The Times

Edward Gardner: out of ENO and into the fjords

Suddenly, in the exciting world of Brexit, everyone is talking about “the Norway solution”. Has Edward Gardner found it? We’re having a beer on a rare sunny day in Bergen, Norway’s second city, at a time of year when it doesn’t get dark until midnight at the earliest.

Daily Mail

Member of award-winning Canadian opera group ignites controversy by holding up ‘All Lives Matter’ sign and changing words of national anthem at MLB All-Star Game

A Canadian singer caused anger at the 87th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday when he changed a lyric in his country’s national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming ‘All Lives Matter’ during a pregame performance.

The family with TWO child geniuses. Good genes – or a jolly pushy mum? Girl, 11, who sings opera and reads Shakespeare aims to beat her brother and be crowned the most know-it-all child in Britain

Like many parents, Hayley Elton has been inching towards the school holidays much like a desert traveller towards an oasis.

The Telegraph

An opera that springs from China but laps distant shores

Even the loveliest and most meaningful tribute may exact a significant toll, as the Chinese opera diva Qian Yi can attest.

Classical Music Magazine

JACK quartet loses two founding members

The JACK quartet has announced the departure of two of its founding members: violinist Ari Streisfeld and cellist Kevin McFarland

The Strad

Viola players must decide whether they want a bright or dark sound, say Bruno Giuranna

The renowned violist talks to Ariane Todes about his educational influences, and shares some of his guiding principles.

nmz

Beethovens 250. Geburtstag wird ein Jahr lang gefeiert

Zum 250. Geburtstag von Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) im Jahr 2020 wird es ein Jahr lang Feierlichkeiten in Deutschland und in seiner Geburtsstadt Bonn geben.

Klassik heute

Mannheimer Mozartsommer startet am 16. Juli

In wenigen Tagen ist es wieder soweit: Vom 16.-24. Juli findet in den Städten Mannheim, Schwetzingen und Speyer die sechste Ausgabe des Mannheimer Mozartsommers statt.

Klassik Open Air Nürnberg – Übertragung in Fernsehen, Hörfunk und im Stream

Das Picknick im Park mit den Nürnberger Philharmonikern und den Nürnberger Symphonikern zählt zu den größten Open-Air-Events mit klassischer Musik in Europa und wird am 24. Juli und 6. August 2016 stattfinden.

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Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall Today marks 75y since the first very Proms concert here! Happy anniversary

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Pokemon at the Sydney Opera House! Hope they caught some music too… ^M

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A demonstrator holds a Sandra Bland sign during a vigil, Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015, near the DuSable Bridge on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Bland died in a Texas county jail after the traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself, a finding her family disputes. The death has garnered national attention amid increased scrutiny of police treatment of blacks in the wake of several high-profile police-involved deaths. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

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(Written on July 13, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes, Berkeley Festival & Exhibition is adding a new dimension, and it’s revealed what Apple Music pays its artists for streaming. Also, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande dismisses composer in residence, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin names Adrian Jones as its new director.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2016: Day one

Deutsche Grammophon is partnering with Apple’s iTunes to tackle one of the key challenges for classical music: Gainining visibility in the vast digital space of the worldwide web, Clemens Trautmann, president of the Germany-based label, announced at the opening of the Classical:NEXT congress in Rotterdam.

Evening Standard

Cinemas across the UK to screen entire Royal Opera House season live

A trip to the Royal Opera House is a prestigious event and comes with plenty of spectacle. But it also involves a fair bit of expense — and that’s if you can even get tickets.

New Statesman

Enescu’s Oedipe at the Royal Opera House: a neglected work worth revisiting

A new production of this little-heard Romanian piece shows that neglected doesn’t necessarily mean second-rate when it comes to opera.

The Economist

From trebles to Take That

Reality television shows such as The X Factor may have forged the likes of One Direction and JLS, but it is from choirs that the next generation of male heartthrobs will emerge.

SFCV

Berkeley Festival & Exhibition Adds Film Series

The biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition has always been a varied and attractive event, presenting music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. This year it is adding a new dimension.

Tucson.com

Bach Society keeps classical music scene humming

St. Andrew’s Bach Society kicks off its summer series next weekend and if you’re jonesing for classical music, this is the biggest and pretty much only game in town.

Digital Music News

What Apple Music Pays Artists In 42 Different Countries

What is Apple Music paying artists? Digital Music News asked an artist with more than 32,000 streams across 42 countries for the answer.

Le Temps

Un compositeur attaque l’Orchestre de la Suisse romande en justice

Plusieurs projets de résidence et de commandes n’ayant pas abouti, le compositeur Richard Dubugnon se tourne vers la justice contre la direction de l’OSR. La présidente de la fondation se défend

klassik.com

Südfassade des Bayreuther Festspielhauses fertiggestellt

Im Rahmen der Sanierungsarbeiten des Bayreuther Festspielhauses ist die Südfassade fertiggestellt worden.

Klassik heute

Beethovenring für Nicolas Altstaedt

Ob als Solist oder Kammermusiker, Konzerte mit Nicolas Altstaedt versprechen stets herausragende Konzerterlebnisse. Für seinen Auftritt beim Beethovenfest Bonn im Vorjahr wird dem Cellisten nun eine besondere Ehre zuteil.

Kulturradio rbb

Adrian Jones wird Orchesterdirektor beim RSB

Der neue Orchesterdirektor des Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin steht fest: Adrian Jones übernimmt die Position ab Januar 2017.

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Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Jonathan Church quits as Artistic Director

MDR Klassik @MDRKLASSIK Plan & save tix

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Echo #Jazz für Pianisten Wolfgang Dauner

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

From trebles to Take That: Choirs and boy bands. Photo credit: REX Shutterstock for The Economist

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM, the South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians with disabilities and the longest serving orchestra musician Jane Little dies. Also, a violoncello of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini changes hands with a record price and conductor Svjatoslav Luther is found dead in his apartment.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM. Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College.

Arts Journal

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 87-Year-Old Bassist Collapses, Dies During Final Thirty Seconds Of Encore

Jane Little “debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing.” She was the world’s longest serving orchestra musician.

Dorset ECHO

Young musicians urged to join first ever orchestra for those with disabilities

The South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young people with disabilities who play a range of musical instruments.

Herald Sun

Car workshops and factories being turned into classical music venues in Melbourne for fundraiser for refugee children

GRITTY old car workshops and heritage-listed meat markets are playing host to classical music concerts, taking the sweet sounds of Mozart and Beethoven to a new audience.

Classic FM

Sold out concerts for 20-somethings: this orchestra chief tells us how it’s done

Classic FM was in Bavaria for the 5th Mahler Conducting Competition, hosted by Bamberg Symphony – an orchestra that has phenomenal success with all audiences but especially with young people.

Classical-music.com

Ermonela Jaho enjoys Opera Awards accolade

Ermonela Jaho has capped off a wonderful start to 2016 by winning the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. The Albanian soprano (pictured), who won praise earlier this year for her performance in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, collected her award at a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London that was attended by many of opera’s big names.

The Strad

Results announced for 2016 China international violin and bow making competition

Chinese luthiers and bow makers took home most of the top prizes at this year’s China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing from 10–17 May.

pizzicato

Conductor Svjatoslav Luther Found Dead In His Apartment

Russian media report that conductor Svjatoslav Luther (*1971) was found dead in his apartment. Found hanged in a room, he is believed to have committed suicide.

Klassik heute

Bagno Konzertgalerie Steinfurt mit Stars und jungen Talenten

Es ist ein einzigartiger „Musiktempel“ im Herzen des Münsterlandes: 1774 erbaut, ist die Bagno Konzertgalerie der älteste freistehende Konzertsaal Europas.

Klassik heute

Letzte Saison von Ulf Schirmer als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Das Münchner Rundfunkorchester setzt auch in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 auf kunstvolle Vielseitigkeit und innovative Programme, auf die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Gastkünstlerinnen und -künstlern und intensiviert das Ausloten neuer medialer Möglichkeiten. Es wird die letzte Konzertsaison des Orchesters mit seinem Künstlerischen Leiter Prof. Ulf Schirmer sein. Als Nachfolger steht Ivan Repušić fest.

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‘Bürger für Beethoven’ wollen Bonner Remigiusplatz zum Beethovenort umgestalten

Auf dem Platz, wo am 17. Dezember 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven getauft wurde, befinden sich heute ein Kiosk und eine öffentliche Toilettenanlage. Das muss sich nach Auffassung der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ bald ändern.

Codex flores

Rekordpreis für ein Guadagnini-Cello

Auf dem Instrumentenmarkt dreht sich die Preisspirale weiter: Das Cello «ex-Havemeyer» von Giovanni Battista Guadagnini mit Baujahr 1743 hat bei einer Auktion für 1,505 Millionen Dollar den Besitzer gewechselt.

Twitter

Early Music Today  @earlymusictoday @deccaclassics has signed its first #recorder player, 16-year-old Lucie Horsch

klassik.com @klassikcom #Theater #Augsburg von sofortiger Schließung bedroht?

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Köln plant provisorische Bühne auf Großbaustelle http://ow.ly/2t9D300gZ0e  #Kulturnachrichten

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

(Written on May 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Mark Wigglesworth resigns as ENO’s music director, Timothy Ridout wins 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, David Bowie mural in Brixton, London to be listed, the impact of music on early childhood development and more…

BBC Music Magazine

Mark Wigglesworth resigns as music director of English National Opera

English National Opera has revealed that Mark Wigglesworth has resigned as music director and will leave at the end of the current season.

The Strad

Timothy Ridout wins 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

The young violist receives a cash prize, performance opportunities and a viola bow

BBC News

David Bowie mural in Brixton ‘to be listed’

A mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the musician after his death is to be listed by the council to ensure its long-term protection.

Classicalite

“Why Making Music Matters”: Carnegie Hall research paper commissioned on childhood development

As part of a project that is actively trying to understand the relationship between music and early childhood development, Carnegie Hall has commissioned a research paper from Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf called “Why Making Music Matters.”

Los Angeles Times

Musco Center’s sound decisions might make it the best opera house in the West

Yasuhisa Toyota has done it again. The Japanese acoustician became an international sensation with the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall, his first assignment outside of Asia

International Arts Manager

RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio for its students

Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced plans to transform its former Studio Theatre into a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording area by fitting the world’s largest BOXY modular studio system.

International Arts Manager

Oxford University Press announces new head of repertoire promotion

OUP has announced the appointment of Jenny Wegg to the position of Head of Repertoire Promotion in its music department. Wegg was previously senior promotion manager at Music Sales, where she worked for nearly seven years until summer 2015, managing a roster of composers, including Peter Maxwell Davies, John Tavener and Tarik O’Regan.

Die Zeit

Schafft mehr Konzertsäle!

München kriegt jetzt einen, Paris und Bochum haben welche: Diese Häuser sollte man sich leisten, auch an ungewöhnlichen Orten

NMZ

Reformation in Mecklenburg kommt als Oper auf die Bühne

Die Geschichte der Reformation in Mecklenburg kommt als Oper auf die Bühne: Mehr als 50 Mitwirkende der Reformationsoper «Ritter, Tod und Teufel» haben sich am Wochenende erstmals in Schönberg getroffen

Klassik.com

Beethoven-Haus erwirbt Brief des Komponisten

Das Bonner Beethoven-Haus hat einen Brief aus der Feder des damals 43-jährigen Komponisten erwerben können

Twitter

English National Opera @E_N_O: ICYMI – we’re now on #! Be one of our first Snapchat friends. Our username is enopera.

Royal Music College @RCMLondon: We welcome back the outstanding @ for music by @, # & # on 14 April – book now:

BBC Music Magazine @Music Magazine: ENO misery continues. Now Mark Wigglesworth has resigned as music director:

Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Mark Wigglesworth became Music Director at English National Opera in 2015. Photograph: Sim Canetty-Clarke

(Written on March 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news David Hare is to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne and formidable Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes tells Ivan Hewett why he’s bringing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos to the Proms. Also, Neil Fisher picks his top 12 proms to book, Ben Morfitt has created the ultimate CGI one-man band and a record number of tickets were sold on Saturday for the BBC Proms. Die Zeit tells us how a musician must feel when they aren’t as popular as their instrument, as well as portraits of a Stradivari Cello. As new Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Valery Gergiev plans a conducting marathon and the question of who will be Stefan Blunier’s successor in Bonn becomes a strong debate. Furthermore, Sewan Latchinian wants to continue to work as a director and Hélène Grimaud talks about the risks of being alone in an interview by the Epoch Times.

Guardian

New David Hare play to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne

The Moderate Soprano will star Roger Allam as John Christie, the war hero and producer who aimed to lift the nation’s spirits by building an opera house on his own estate

Telegraph

Leif Ove Andsnes: my key to a modern Beethoven

The formidable Norwegian pianist tells Ivan Hewett why he’s bringing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos to the Proms

The Times

12 Proms to book now

As booking opens for this summer’s Proms, Neil Fisher picks his top 12

Classic FM

Musician records every part of 70-piece orchestra from his bedroom. And the result is incredible

Musician and composer Ben Morfitt has created the ultimate CGI one-man band after conducting, playing and filming a full orchestra performing his own composition.

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

A record number of tickets were sold on Saturday as booking opened for the 2015 BBC Proms.

Die Zeit

Oh, Mara!

Wie geht es einem Musiker, der niemals so berühmt werden kann wie sein Instrument? Stradivaris Mara macht die Musikwelt nervös und hinterlässt Spuren der Wehmut. Porträt eines Cellos

klassik.com

Sewan Latchinian will als Intendant weiterarbeiten

Der im März fristlos gekündigte Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, will sein Amt erneut übernehmen. Oberbürgermeister Roland Mehtling (parteilos) hatte ihm zuvor eine Frist bis Mittwochabend gesetzt, um zu entscheiden, ob er der von der Bürgerschaft beschlossenen Wiederberufung zustimmt.

pizzicato

Gergiev plant Dirigier-Marathon in München

Den Rekord des Dirigenten mit den meisten Terminen im Jahr hält er schon lange. Jetzt will Valery Gergiev als neuer Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker am 15. November ein Orchestermarathon in München durchführen.

Bonn: Orchester und Findungskommission uneinig, Märkl gegen Piollet

Das Orchester will Jun Märkl, die Findungskommission nicht. Im Beethoven Orchesters ist die Nachfolge von Stefan Blunier zum Zankapfel geworden.

Epoch Times

Pianistin Hélène Grimaud weiß um die Gefahren des Alleinseins

Die französische Pianistin Hélène Grimaud ist gern für sich – weiß aber um die Gefahren des Alleinseins. “Sehr schnell wird es leichter, allein zu sein, zu leben, wo man will, wann man will, wie man will”, sagte sie in einem Interview mit der “Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Samstag).

Twitter

Classical Today: @ClassicalToday Schedule and Repertoire Announced for Queen Elisabeth Competition Final

BBC Press: @bbcpress Record-breaking opening day of booking for 2015 with over 118,000 tickets sold

klassik.com:@klassikcom Fünf Preisträger bei Orchesterwerkstatt Halberstadt

A vision that became reality … the audience at Glyndebourne in 1934. Photograph: Glyndebourne Archive

A vision that became reality … the audience at Glyndebourne in 1934. Photograph: Glyndebourne Archive

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 18, 2015 )