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In today’s news: Alison Balsom calls British Airways a “greedy disgrace”, Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct, new startup syncing music to activities launched. Also, Zubin Mehta cancels concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board of directors and conductor Barenboim speaks out for recognition of the state of Palestine.

The Telegraph

‘Trumpet crumpet’ Alison Balsom leads revolt against British Airways over ‘greedy’ musical instrument charge 

British Airways has been branded a “greedy disgrace” by one of the world’s leading classical musicians after the airline apparently announced it was charging for smaller instruments brought on board.

Classic FM

Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri denies allegations of sexual misconduct 

A pianist has accused Joseph Colaneri of exposing himself to her at a performance of La Traviata in 2001. He denies the allegations. 

Classical Music

Costa Pilavachi joins RSNO board

Costa Pilavachi, former senior vice-president of Universal Music and August’s CM guest editor, has joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) board of directors.

Music Business Worldwide

UK Music Business Accused of ‘Endemic Sexual Assault and Abuse’ in BBC TV Show

Four prominent UK music industry figures have told their personal stories to the BBC – including experiences of serious sexual misconduct by males in positions of power.

Forbes

Bedroom BPM: Meet The Startup Syncing Music To Running, Skiing And–Yes–Sex

Rasmussen—who was working at Facebook in London after creating the technology behind Google Maps in the mid 2000s—and marketing guru Visviki decided to develop a product that changes the tempo of music to fit physical activity.

Klassik.Com

Zubin Mehta sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Zubin Mehta (81) hat seine für Februar 2018 geplanten Auftritte mit den Berliner Philharmonikern abgesagt. Der Dirigent laboriert an den Folgen einer Schulterverletzung und musste bereits mehrere Konzerte mit anderen Klangkörpern streichen.

nmz

Bundesverband Musikindustrie baut Verbandsstruktur um

Der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) ordnet die Verbandsstruktur neu: Die Bereiche „Recht & Politik“ sowie der „Deutsche Musikpreis ECHO“ werden stärker betont.

Grieche Myron Michailidis wird neuer Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt

Der griechische Dirigent Myron Michailidis wird ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 Generalmusikdirektor am Theater Erfurt.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Barenboim für Anerkennung des Staates Palästina

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (75) hat sich für die internationale Anerkennung des Staates Palästina ausgesprochen.

Platea Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel, detrás del nuevo “Cascanueces” de Disney con Keira Knightley y Morgan Freeman 

El director de orquesta venezolano Gustavo Dudamel dirige la banda sonora, con la conocida música del ballet de Tchaikovsky, de la nueva producción de Disnet “The Nutckracker and the four Realms” (El Cascanueces y los cuatro reinos).

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  in 1909 Birth of Danish and music critic Vagn in Horsens.

Image: Philharmonie Berlin © Klassik.Com/Manfred Brückels

(Written on December 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: the lack of interest in opera, British Airways criticised by musicians again, Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021. Also, Apple intends to buy Shazam, clarinet is the less hygienic instrument and Thomas Hengelbrock leaves Elbphilarmonie. 

The Telegraph

Opera isn’t for everyone – and what’s wrong with that?

As if the opera business wasn’t already in enough of a stew, along comes a survey commissioned by Classic FM. Its findings are discouraging: half the respondents couldn’t name a single opera singer and only one in five recognised a photograph of Pavarotti.

The Sun

British Airways ‘force musicians to pay £280 each to fly their instruments to Jersey for a gig’

Violinist Rita Manning was travelling to a gig with her group Lorcian Ensemble when staff told them to put their precious instruments in the hold.

Classical Music

Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been selected as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, beating Paisley, Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea to the title.

Audio pioneer’s estate makes major gift to University of Cambridge

The estate of Ray Dolby, founder of the audio company bearing his name, has presented the University of Cambridge with £85m.

Pocket-lint

Apple to buy music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple is said to be looking at acquiring Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, with an official deal potentially being announced later today.

The New York Times

James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent.

Limelight

The clarinet is the dirtiest instrument in the band

Which instrument is the dirtiest in the band? A study has shown that it’s the clarinet that tends to harbour the most bacteria and fungi.

Zeit Online

Dirigent der Elbphilharmonie geht im Streit

Der Chefdirigent Thomas Hengelbrock verlässt das Haus im Sommer 2018. Kann sein New Yorker Nachfolger Alan Gilbert schon ein Jahr früher als geplant einspringen? 

Klassik.com

Gabriele Ferro gewinnt Bonner Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb

Der Italiener Gabriele Ferro hat beim diesjährigen Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb Bonn den ersten Preis gewonnen. Der erste Platz ist mit 30.000 Euro dotiert.

Bayerischer Rundfunk rudert zurück: Kein Wellentausch von BR Klassik und Jugendsender

Damit wandert der Klassiksender nicht, wie ursprünglich vorgesehen, in das Digitalangebot DAB+, sondern ist weiterhin über UKW zu empfangen.

France Musique

Julie Fuchs et Gautier Capuçon : leur hommage musical à Johnny Hallyday

La soprano Julie Fuchs et le violoncelliste Gautier Capuçon ont interprété l’Ave Maria de Schubert lors des funérailles de Johnny Hallyday samedi 9 décembre à l’église de la Madeleine.

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 “I remember the moment every time I give a concert in Berlin: the way he entered the conductor’s room, his incredible ability to fill up space and transform it instantaneously.” about firstly meeting Karajan on Dec 11, 1976 

Image: Luciano Pavarotti © Classic FM

(Written on December 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Southampton project brings diversity to classical music, composer Bent Sørensen wins the 2018 Grawemeyer Award, EBU celebrates its 50th birthday. Also, the importance of earplugs for orchestral musicians, the extension of Luxembourg Music Publishers catalogue and Opera Stuttgart moves into a post building. 

Financial Times

Sharp-edged, punchy music from the London Sinfonietta

A concert at St John’s, Smith Square, which exemplified the ensemble’s unique character.

Daily Echo

Ground-breaking project to bring diversity to classic music

More than 280 Southampton children were part of a ground-breaking project to bring diversity to classical music.

The Times

BA grounded me because of my wheelchair, says musician

Gil Dori was stuck in a queue at security when he says that he was told there was no time to load his wheelchair on to the plane.

BBC Music Magazine

European Broadcasting Union celebrates 50th Birthday

BBC Concert Orchestra marks anniversary of the first EBU transmission.

Classical Music

Bent Sørensen wins 2018 Grawemeyer Award

Danish composer Bent Sørensen has won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for a triple concerto.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Hail Fellows, Well Met! 2017 Adlers Finale, 2018 Adlers Arrival

Besides bringing some of Europe’s greatest artists to San Francisco — most of them still unknown in the U.S. — Adler also cultivated local young talent, and he established the Merola Opera Program in 1957.

Limelight

Earplugs essential for orchestral musicians, study finds

A new study from the Netherlands has found that earplugs are essential for orchestral musicians, revealing that physical measures such as placing screens between sections or creating more space between players are largely ineffective.

Pizzicato

Luxembourg Music Publishers enlarge online catalogue

Luxembourg Music Publishers, a non-profit organisation promoting composers announces that it’s catalogue will soon exceed 500 references.

Scala entlässt Mitarbeiter wegen Aktivitäten auf dem Schwarzmarkt

Wegen unehrlicher Geschäfte mit Eintrittskarten hat die Mailänder Scala einen Mitarbeiter seiner Theaterkasse entlassen.

Concerti

Im Tod vereint

Mit Umberto Giordanos Oper „Andrea Chénier“ wird am 7. Dezember erstmals die starbesetzte Saison-Eröffnung der Scala live in deutschen Kinos gezeigt.

Klassik.com

Kunst- und Kulturpreis der deutschen Katholiken für Komponist Mark Andre

Der deutsch-französische Komponist Mark Andre hat den Kunst- und Kulturpreis der deutschen Katholiken erhalten.

Musik Heute

Oper Stuttgart will in altes Paketpostamt umziehen

Nach jahrelanger Debatte haben sich die Württembergischen Staatstheater für das alte Paketpostamt in Stuttgart als Ausweichspielort während der Generalsanierung des Opernhauses entschieden. 

Codex Flores

72. Concours de Genève: Gewinner des Kompositionswettbewerbs

Der 23-jährige Koreaner Jaehyuck Choi ist Gewinner des Kompositionswettbewerbs des 72. Concours de Genève. Zweitplatziert ist der 32-jährige Israeli Yair Klartag.

France musique

Les femmes qui dirigent des orchestres ? « Pas la tasse de thé » de Mariss Jansons

Dans une interview accordée au journal The Telegraph, le chef Mariss Jansons a déclaré ne pas être habitué à voir des femmes diriger des ensembles, et que cela n’était pas vraiment sa « tasse de thé ». Après la polémique suscitée par ses propos, le chef d’orchestre est revenu sur sa déclaration. 

Mundoclassico.com

Tilson Thomas deja la San Francisco Symphony

El director norteamericano Michael Tilson Thomas (Los Ángeles, 1944) acaba de anunciar que abandona su puesto al frente de la Sinfónica de San Francisco en cuanto finalice la temporada 2019-20.

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   in 1909 FP of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with Walter Damrosch conducting

Image: Southhampton school pupils © Daily Echo/Rachel Adams

(Written on November 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: traveling musicians and British Airways, Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars, Garsington Opera and the 360-degree simulated experience. VocalEssence launches a youth programme, fair pay for Australian artists is still out of reach and the Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up.

The Times

BA tells musicians to buy another seat for their cello

British Airways has caused consternation among some leading performers by making it easier to carry violins and violas but effectively banning most other instruments from the cabin, including guitars, unless passengers buy a second seat.

Classical Music

Sing for Pleasure announces young conducting scholars 2017/18

Sing for Pleasure has announced the recipients of scholarship places on its Young Conductors’ Programme for the coming academic year.Garsington Opera

Opera Now

Garsington Opera unveils 360-degree audience experience

Audiences can immerse themselves in Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch, thanks to a 360-degree simulated experience available on BBC Arts Digital.

Choir and Organ

VocalEssence launches youth programme

VocalEssence, a choral arts nonprofit based in Minnesota, has launched a youth programme.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify, Soundcloud and Deezer join forces as part of new EU lobbying group

Spotify, SoundCloud and Deezer are amongst new members of a European lobbying organization which aims to “advocate for policies that shape a favourable business environment for digital music”.

NYTIMES

Lyric Opera of Chicago Offers Very Theatrical ‘Die Walküre’

CHICAGO — Many productions of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” stage the “Ride of the Valkyries” scene as a rowdy reunion. We see eight Valkyrie sisters, who arrive on their flying steeds, assemble at a mountaintop to greet one another giddily.

Limelight 

Fair pay for Australian artists still out of reach, study shows

Artists earn less than most professionals, with disparities even more pronounced for women and differently abled artists.

Perth Festival reveals its 2018 line-up

The programme includes Jordi Savall, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Taipei’s U-Theatre and the Michael Clark Company.

France Musique

Décès de l’organiste Michel Chapuis

L’organiste Michel Chapuis est décédé à l’âge de 87 ans. Musicien internationalement reconnu, il a notamment été titulaire de l’orgue du chœur de la cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris et de l’orgue de la chapelle du château de Versailles.

Tagesspiegel

Landesjugendorchester Berlin Tänzerische Leichtigkeit

30 Jahre Landesjugendorchester Berlin: Zum Jubiläum spielt das junge Ensemble Mozart und Vasks im Konzerthaus.

Nachfolger von Ivan Fischer Christoph Eschenbach wird neuer Chefdirigent des Konzerthauses

Seit 55 Jahren steht er auf den Bühnen dieser Welt. Mit Christoph Eschenbach übernimmt ab 2019 ein erfahrener Maestro den Taktstock am Konzerthaus. Er wird den Orchesterwettbewerb auffrischen.

Portraits.klassik

Programme abseits der Konventionen beim Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo

Das Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo findet in diesem Jahr zum 37. Mal statt. Auch in diesem Jahr hat der Festivalleiter Marc Monnet mehrere Schwerpunkte gesetzt, die das umfangreiche Programm mit thematischen Strängen durchziehen. 

Berlin.de

Bachs h-Moll-Messe ist Unesco-Welterbe

Jetzt hat es die Berliner Staatsbibliothek schwarz auf weiß: Das Manuskript von Johann Sebastian Bachs (1685-1750) h-Moll-Messe gehört nun offiziell zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe.

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in 1926 Birth of American computer music specialist Max V.

Image: Choir and Organ

(Written on November 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Help Musicians UK launches Hearing Health Scheme, EUBO responds to ‘Brexit’ vote, and Classic FM’s new weekend line-up results in impressive increase in listeners. Also, Dubai’s first opera theatre opens in August, and cellist Daniel Hass wins 2016 Michael Measures Prize.

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK launches Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has created a Musicians Hearing Health Scheme in partnership with Musicians Hearing Services and the Musicians’ Union.

EUBO responds to ‘Brexit’ vote

The European Baroque Orchestra, which for over 30 years has provided specialist orchestral training to postgraduate students of historically-informed performance from all over the European Union, has issued a statement following the UK’s EU referendum.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 celebrates its highest audience in five years

Figures released today have shown an increase in the number of people listening to Radio 3, with the station now reaching 2.2 million people. This is Radio 3’s highest audience reach for five years and the highest ever figure in the second quarter of a year.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s new weekend line-up results in impressive increase in listeners

Latest listening figures show that more people are tuning in to Classic FM at the weekends, and for longer.

The Jakarta Post

Dubai’s first opera theater to open in August

Dubai’s first performing arts theater is slated to officially open on Aug. 31 with a performance by legendary Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, known as “the King of Opera”.

The Strad

Cellist Daniel Hass wins 2016 Michael Measures Prize, worth $25,000

Daniel Hass has been awarded the 2016 Michael Measures Prize, worth $25,000. A collaboration between the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the accolade recognises promising talent in young Canadian classical musicians.

British Airways denies cello entry to the cabin ‘because it doesn’t have a visa’, claims musician

A cellist was told she needed a USA ESTA visa for her instrument and would have to pay over $4,000 to re-book her flights

Aftenposten

Jazz uten sponsorer

I år feirer Oslo Jazzfestival 30 år med et musikalsk program bredere enn noen gang før. Festivalen er helt avhengig av billettsalg og tilskudd for å leve videre.

nmz

Ruhrtriennale stellt europäische Werte auf den Prüfstand

Das experimentelle Theater- und Musikfestival Ruhrtriennale wird dieses Jahr politisch. Wir können das Nachdenken über unsere Gesellschaft nicht nur den Politikern überlassen’, sagt Intendant Johan Simons.

Klassik heute

Treffpunkt für junge Künstler mit großer Zukunft: Davos Festival 2016 beginnt

Am 6. August ist es wieder soweit: Dann beginnt das Davos Festival 2016. 50 Konzerte mit 80 jungen Musikern aus über 20 Ländern werden bis zum 20. August 2016 das Naturparadies Davos in eine Art künstlerisches Familientreffen verwandeln.

Musik heute

Dresdner Kulturpalast soll mit breitem Angebot Kosten einspielen

Mit einem erweiterten Angebot soll der Dresdner Kulturpalast nach seinem Umbau Ende April 2017 pünktlich eröffnet werden. Neben Konzerten der Dresdner Philharmonie werde dort künftig ein Genremix von Jazz bis Weltmusik sowie Lesungen geboten.

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Top Classical News @topcmnewsVibrant music director of three US orchestras dies, aged 51

Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Vibrant music director of three US orchestras dies, aged 51

klassik.com @klassikcom Steigert Musizieren und Musikhören in der Gruppe die Lebenszufriedenheit?

DanielHaas

Cellist Daniel Hass. Photograph: Classical Music Magazine.

(Written on August 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the first International Youth Choir Festival will take place in 2017, British Airways forces musician to carry his instrument unprotected and Vienna Philharmonic opens their home for refugees. Also, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra comes up with graphic listening guides and more and more musicians are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music.

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB announces first International Youth Choir Festival

The inaugural International Youth Choir Festival will take place on 15 and 17 April 2017.

Herbert Howells Society appoints Stephen Cleobury as president

Stephen Cleobury has been appointed president of the Herbert Howells Society. He succeeds founding president Sir David Willcocks, who served from 1987 until his death in 2015.

The Strad

Violinist forced to carry unprotected instrument on lap on British Airways flight

Cecilia Bernardini was asked by staff to remove the instrument from its case, which was then checked into the hold.

Independent

Can the notion of ‘complete art work’ save English National Opera, and opera itself?

Next week English National Opera opens a new production of Tristan and Isolde, Richard Wagner’s gigantic, groundbreaking hymn to love and Schopenhauerian philosophy. With designs by the artist Anish Kapoor, ENO’s ex-music director Edward Gardner conducting, direction by Daniel Kramer – the company’s artistic director elect – and a starry cast featuring the Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, it promises much.

NY Times

When Classical Musicians Go Digital

Increasing numbers of players are using iPads and laptops instead of sheet music, especially now that the latest generation of tablets come in the same size as a standard score.

Mashable

Blind musicians take the lead in this Thai orchestra

In Thailand, some Buddhists view physical or intellectual disability as punishment manifested for wrongdoing in a past life. The Thai Blind Orchestra, made up of children as young as 9, hopes to help combat this perception through its musical training and performances.

Pizzicato

Vienna Philharmonic’s Refugee House Has Been Opened

The Philharmonic Refugee House in St. Aegyd, an initiative of the Vienna Philharmonic, has been officially opened. The house has three apartments as well as a large meeting room « in which also the local population is invited to seek contact with the families of the house ».

This Is Local London

Children’s choir to celebrate 25th anniversary

Children’s International Voices of Enfield, which is made up of and run entirely by volunteers, will sing on Sunday, July 10 at 3pm, at Palmers Green Union Reformed Church.

SFCV

Symphonic Guides for the Rest of Us

A recent post by Mark Sinclair in Creative Review reveals an innovative approach developed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and a clever graphic designer to provide easier signposts.

Classical-music.com

What is an…Apoggiatura?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music’s technical terms.

klassik.com

Mozarteum: Einvernehmliche Vertragsauflösung zwischen Rektor und Universität

Die Universität Mozarteum Salzburg und dessen bisheriger Rektor Siegfried Mauser haben in gegenseitigem Einvernehmen eine Auflösung des Dienstverhältnisses beschlossen.

BR_KLASSIK

“Parsifal”-Premiere ohne Angela Merkel

Sie zählt zu den Stammgästen auf dem Grünen Hügel, doch dieses Jahr wird Angela Merkel nicht zur Eröffnungspremiere nach Bayreuth kommen und mit ihrem Mann Joachim Sauer über den Roten Teppich schreiten.

Musik heute

Gotthold Schwarz zum Thomaskantor berufen

Der Leipziger Stadtrat hat am Donnerstag mit großer Mehrheit Gotthold Schwarz zum neuen Thomaskantor berufen.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Auktionshaus stellt seltenes Bach-Manuskript aus

Oper Leipzig erwartet neuen Besucherrekord http://bit.ly/1PjQQWu

Top Classical News @topcmnews Vienna Philharmonic opens home for refugees http://bit.ly/1POhFrm

Except from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

Excerpt from TSO’s listening guide for Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”) by Hannah Chan-Hartley, managing editor and musicologist at TSO

(Written on June 10, 2016 )

Classic FM

Karl Jenkins to judge Arts Club’s £4,000 classical music award

Calling all young musicians: entries for the Classical Music Award, launched by the Arts Club in 2013 to celebrate the best performer aged between 18-30 in the UK, close on Friday 17 October.

British Airways pairs in-flight meals with classical music

British Airways have revealed a new strategy to make in-flight food taste better – pairing specific music with their meals.

The Strad

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra receives $400,000 from Andrew W Mellon Foundation

The ensemble will use the grant to launch ‘Next Generation Orpheus’

London stringed instrument dealer J & A Beare launches its first exclusively online auction

The initial sale features 37 instruments, including a Stradivarius violin and two Guadagninis

Classical Source

Wall of Water: world premiere of Violin Concerto by Deborah Pritchard in response to paintings by Maggi Hambling (October 18 at LSO St Luke’s) 

Gramophone

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel tear up the rulebook for Sweeney Todd

Video: a concert performance like you’ve never seen before

Slipped Disc

The string quartet that speaks

Stanford University’s St. Lawrence String Quartet are playing a Haydn Discovery series in which violinist Geoff Nuttall involves the audience in what’s really going on inside those staves.

Limelight Magazine

Politicians speak out on WA Opera “censorship”

The PM and other high ranking officials criticise “crazy” decision to cut Carmen

11Alive News

ASO musicians send memo of concern to board of directors

More than a month after the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians were locked out following failed contract talks, there is still no progress to report.

Die Welt

Regisseur veralbert Putin mit schwulem Zarensohn

Die Staatsoperette Dresden gönnt sich einen Seitenhieb auf die wachsende Homophobie in Russland – mit einer pikanten Inszenierung von Lehárs “Zarewitsch”.

Heute hätte er längst seinen Oscar

Wagner klaute von ihm, Wagner hasste ihn, Wagner wäre ohne ihn kaum denkbar.

crescendo

Hummeln auf dem Opernplatz

Wer sich den Cellisten Johannes Moser, einen passionierten Kammermusiker, zum „Museums-Solisten“ wählt und ihm die Möglichkeit gibt, sein Residence-Programm selbst mitzugestalten, der muss sich auf die eine oder andere Überraschung einstellen.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wir haben eine gute Zeit!

Wie kommt ein Chor zu diesem Namen? Ganz einfach: Er wurde am Psychologischen Institut der Uni Jena gegründet.

Codex Flores

Australiens Politik übt sich in Schadensbegrenzung

Nachdem sich die Western Australia Opera mit ihrem Bann von Bizets Carmen aus Gründen der politischen Korrektheit zum Gespött der Welt gemacht hat, macht nun die Politik auf Schadensbegrenzung.

classicalite

Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago

Is it possible for artists to influence people’s attitudes toward global concerns through their art?

The Spectator

The drunk conductor who ruined Rachmaninov’s career

The disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has cast a shadow over the work ever since

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Classic FM: @ClassicFM Peugeot have made a piano. Love or hate? (more pics here: http://classfm.co/1fKf2O )

Classical Music: ‏@ClassicalMusic8 Winchester Orchestra of San Jose debuts new season, new leader – San Jose Mercury News http://dlvr.it/7D8lPW

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical BBC Radio 3 doesn’t score highly with Ed Vaizey | Media Monkey http://gu.com/p/42fje 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Why the injustice against Joseph Haydn? http://tgr.ph/1u807FH 

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource Preview: The Marriage of Figaro – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Sat 18

Orpheus‘Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’ Photo: via The Strad

(Written on October 16, 2014 )

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The Guardian

Arts Council Funding decision day summary

English National Opera see funding cut by 29%, 670 arts groups share annual grants totalling 340m a year and only a small increase in funding outside London.

The Independent

English National Opera the biggest loser in Arts Council funding shake-up

The English National Opera was the highest profile loser as its grant was slashed a third in the Arts Council’s three year funding shake up, while concerns were raised over the number of regional organisations to lose funding.

Classic FM

Michael Giacchino reveals pun-heavy Planet of the Apes track listing

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes composer Michael Giacchino’s original score track listing has been revealed, and it’s full of ape and monkey-related puns.

Classical-Music.com

Schubert on the beach

Giant Schubert sand sculpture built for East Neuk Festival

The Indian Express

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sarod goes missing on British Airways flight

The Padma Vibhushan sarod maestro had gone to London along with his wife Subhalaxmi for a performance at Dartington College to celebrate the life of Rabindranth Tagore on June 21 and returned on the night of June 28.

The Ballymena Times

Big Flute Challenge Call

Being held in the province on September 13, the musical extravaganza has real potential to be the World’s biggest event for flautists. Participants will perform together in the Kings Hall Complex in an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Flute Ensemble. The current world record is held in Japan and was achieved by 3,742 flautists in 2011.

klassik.com

Mozartfest Würzburg zieht positive Bilanz

Über 25.000 Zuschauer bei Auslastung von 92 Prozent.

klassik.com

Berliner Staatsoper mit Rekordauslastung 2013/14

Insgesamt 183.000 Besucher und 88 Prozent Auslastung im Schiller Theater.

Deutsche Welle

Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wird Schirmherr des Orchestercampus

Zum dritten Mal wird beim Beethovenfest Bonn im September ein Jugendorchester aus der Türkei auftreten. Das sei ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zum Ausbau der kulturellen Beziehungen, so der Minister.

Le Monde

Festival d’Avignon : une forte majorité du personnel vote pour le maintien

Près de 80 % des salariés ont voté mardi pour la tenue d’un « festival militant », avec de possibles actions pendant son déroulement. Le Festival doit commencer vendredi.

 

Twitter

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical Jessye Norman: Dress size has nothing to do with opera singing http://tgr.ph/1o6z2B0 

Telegraph Classical: @TeleClassical The Arts Council deserves more credit than it gets http://tgr.ph/1vtnryC 

Barbican Centre: @BarbicanCentre Tip tapping on your keyboard all day? Be more creative… Try Patatap art & music app @Guardian #digitalrevolution http://ow.ly/yDIOc 

A pyrotechnician from Emergency Exit Arts lights a flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Photograph: SUZANNE PLUNKETT

A pyrotechnician lights a flaming depiction of William Shakespeare during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in Stratford-upon-Avon

(Written on July 2, 2014 )

After much controversy and deliberation, the national music curriculum has been overhauled in order to inspire and engage pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Music is a universal language that the majority of children and teenagers have a significant interest in, especially popular music, so why has it taken so long for this important and critical change to happen to music academia in schools? Of course, here at the WildKat office, we have all grown up with classical music and believe that the foundations in theory, composition, listening skills and the ability to read, play and sing music are just as important to the national curriculum as fine arts, sport, drama and creative writing. Despite the fact that some might say that these changes should have been implemented a long time ago, we are delighted that the government has realised the importance – and fun – of learning the basic skills of music to develop in years to follow, along with the history and the ways that it is produced and communicated.

The aim of the new national curriculum for music aims for pupils to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and listen with discrimination to the musical canon. All pupils will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Most children and teenagers will recognise great works in classical music, without even realising the great composers who wrote them or the works that they are from. Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights from his work Romeo and Juliet is identified as the theme to The Apprentice, British Airways is evoked to memory when Léo Delibes’ Flower Duet from Lakmé is heard, and many children will sing along to the music of the Lloyds TSB advert, with teenagers dancing to the dub-step remix, without having any knowledge that it was composed by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and is a piece of classical music. With the introduction of a more deep and engaged curriculum, young children and teenagers may be more intrigued to discover more about the classical works that they hear in everyday life.

Another modification of the national music curriculum is that by the age of seven, all pupils will be able to read music. Having been taught music from early ages – see our previous blog here – we believe that the ability to read and make music is something that should have been incorporated into the national curriculum a long time ago. Music is an art form, which is used in everyday life – from television to films, advertisements to jingles, even in lifts and during travelling – and it is the universal language that the curriculum describes it as. Michael Gove describes the change as a ‘ tougher, more rigorous national curriculum’ that will ‘raise standards across the board and allow our children to compete in the global race.’ With musical protégés popping up younger and more frequently across the world, it is crucial that children in the UK are provided with more equal opportunities to not get left behind.

There have, however, been some concerns over the changes, with “expert groups” advising the Department for Education criticising the change of learning through doing to acquiring knowledge of music, as well as an over-emphasis on the “western classical tradition” and the lack of music technology in the primary curriculum. However, some may argue that is it the core skills and canonical composers that are most crucial to the foundations of music, and more in depth and extensive skills and knowledge can be explored beyond Key Stage 3.

For classical music enthusiasts, the changes to music education are overall quite positive and provide young children and teenagers with the skills and abilities that are only given to a select few pupils who are able to pursue music beyond the classroom. Perhaps more people across the nation will see classical music as more accessible and engaging through the new national curriculum, safeguarding its prominence as an art form in years to come.

Children playing musical instruments at Sistema Scotland

 

The Guardian

(Written on July 12, 2013 )