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In today’s Classical News, the London Festival of Baroque Music is to lose its artistic director and festival manager, and an ABO report finds orchestras are playing more, but losing income on all fronts.  Classic FM announces celebrations for its 25th birthday, and musical La La Land leads Oscar nominations with 14.  The President of the New York Philharmonic is to step down, leaving uncertainty regarding renovation projects, and composer Veljo Tormis has died, aged 86.  All over the world today, people celebrate Robert Burns, Scotland’s Bard.


LFBM to lose artistic director and festival manager

Lindsay Kemp and Lucy Bending are to step down as artistic director and festival manager of the London Festival of Baroque Music (LFBM) at the end of the 2017 event.

Orchestras perform more but earn less, report finds

A new report has found that Britain’s orchestras are reaching more people through concerts and youth engagement, but are losing income on all fronts.

Classic FM

Classic FM celebrate 25th birthday

Classic FM will celebrate its 25th birthday year with a composition competition, the world’s first ever dedicated video game music show and the relaunch of And much, much more…

La La Land leads the way in Oscar nominations, including best soundtrack

La La Land has equalled the all-time record for Oscar nominations, with nods in 14 categories in the 2017 Academy Awards, including Best Original Soundtrack.

BBC Music Magazine

Five of the best… settings of Robert Burns poems

Born in Ayrshire on 25 January 1759, Robert Burns (or ‘Rabbie Burns’ to many) enjoys an iconic status as Scotland’s national poet. Best known to most people as the writer of Auld Lang Syne – surely the most regularly misquoted poem in history (there should be no ‘the sake of’ in there) – his work can be cuttingly satirical, lyrical and romantic or just really rather charming.

Der Tagesspiegel

Nachfolger von Barbara Kasseler 

Ulrich Khuon wird Präsident des Deutschen Bühnenvereins

Estnischer Komponist wurde 86 Jahre alt

Komponist Veljo Tormis gestorben

Fono Forum

Ehrung für zu Guttenberg

Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern werden mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld (10.000 Euro) wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

El País

De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín

A Arturo Cardelús le encargó obra un solista de la orquesta tras ver su vídeo en la Red

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic President to Step Down

A much-anticipated, long-delayed cultural megaproject — the gut renovation of David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic’s home at Lincoln Center — is facing new uncertainty. 


Music History @today_classical  in 1909 FP of Richard ‘ opera Elektra at the Hofoper in Dresden.

Classical Music News  @ClassicalMusic The Gesualdo Six launches crowdfunding project for first recording

Philharmonic Society @RoyalPhilSoc HAPPY BIRTHDAY to US! – a sprightly 204 today! 1813

Photograph: La La Land

(Written on January 25, 2017 )

In today’s news, BBC Young Musician category finalists are announced and Ed Vaizey tells orchestras to speed up recruitment of ethnic minorities. Artistic director of Berliner Festspiele Thomas Oberender makes future plans having extended his contract, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha and Landeskapelle Eisenach have plans to merge and St John’s Cambridge launches its own label with Signum Classics.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Young Musician category finalists announced

The 25 BBC Young Musician category finalists have been announced

Classical Music FM

Ed Vaizey tells orchestras to speed up recruitment of ethnic minorities

‘None of us is doing enough for diversity,’ culture minister tells orchestra bosses at ABO Conference in latest call for inclusiveness in the arts

Classical Music Magazine

BBC announces Shakespeare festival 2016

A Radio 3 residency in Stratford-upon-Avon and a series of Shakespeare-themed concerts from BBC performing groups are just a couple of the events planned for the BBC Shakespeare festival


St John’s Cambridge launches new label

The label – produced with Signum Classics – will begin with a disc of music by Jonathan Harvey

Der Tagesspiegel

“Wir brauchen die großen Formate“

Der alte Intendant der Berliner Festspiele ist auch der neue: Thomas Oberenders Vertrag wird bis 2021 verlängert. Wir sprachen mit ihm über die Zukunft seines Hauses

Berliner Zeitung

Ein Weltensemble, das Berlins Musikherz den Takt angibt

Bei Facebook haben Sie mehr Fans als jedes andere Klassikorchester: Die Berliner Philharmoniker sind ein Weltensemble und heute mehr Avantgarde denn je

Der Spiegel

Oratorium mit Heldentenor: Berauschende Visionen von Herrn Schmidt

“One Hit Wonders”, die gibt es auch in der sogenannten E-Musik. Eine klassische Eintagsfliege: Franz Schmidts Intermezzo aus seiner Glöckneroper “Notre Dame”


Stage Entertainment schließt Musicalschule in Hamburg

Der Unterhaltungskonzern Stage Entertainment schließt seine Musicalschule in der Hamburger Speicherstadt. Im Juli werde die 2003 gegründete Joop van den Ende Academy aufgrund von Sparmaßnahmen geschlossen

Das Orchester

Pläne zur Fusion von Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha und Landeskapelle Eisenach

60 bis 64: So viele Musiker könnte langfristig das Orchester haben, das nach den Plänen der Thüringer Landesregierung bei einer Fusion der Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha mit der Landeskapelle Eisenach entstehen soll

France Musique

Pas de Concours Long Thibaud en 2016

La fondation Long-Thibaud-Crespin a annoncé le report de l’édition 2016 du concours de chant lyrique à 2017. Une pause d’un an pour penser la refonte du concours


New Cellist For Indie-Classical Ensemble Brooklyn Rider

The torch — or at least the cello bow — is being passed to Michael Nicolas at indie-classical ensemble Brooklyn Rider, as founding member Eric Jacobsen decamps to pursue his conducting career

Twitter @klassikcom #Haydn-Geburtshaus soll modernisiert werden #Komponist #Musikwissenschaft #Klassik 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic Eine kleine music, enjoy this Best of Mozart playlist on or

Hundert11 @hundert11blog Ein Höhepunkt bei 2016: Schlagzeuger und

Joop van den Ende Academy_screenshot

Foto: screenshot Homepage

(Written on January 25, 2016 )

Classical News


UK’s orchestras to get tax relief

The measure, aimed to encourage performances across the UK, brings British orchestras in line with theatre and film industries


The tragedy of Europe’s great forgotten female composer

Vítězslava Kaprálová was on the cusp of greatness when she died of tuberculosis. On the centenary of her birth, John Allison uncovers a tragic love triangle in Vichy France


ENO’s outgoing chairman Martyn Rose demands artistic director John Berry be sacked

The chairman’s animosity towards Mr Berry was revealed in a private letter sent to the ENO’s president Sir Vernon Ellis

The Times

Michael Morpurgo: ‘Bring children who wriggle and scream’

When the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung interrupted her comeback concert at the Festival Hall last December to suggest to the parents of a coughing child that maybe they “bring her back when she’s older”, reactions ranged from sympathetic to outraged.

BBC Music Magazine

Mozart’s birthday to be celebrated with first ever worldwide virtual recital

Pianists of all ages and abilities invited to join in online

Die Welt

“Da ist Bratsche einfach gnädiger als Klavier”

Die Bratsche war lange ein belächeltes Instrument. Tabea Zimmermann hat es zu Weltruhm mit ihr gebracht. Ein Gespräch in der Trattoria – über eine nicht einfache Kindheit und den späten Beethoven.


WDR 3 Jazzfest mit 14 Konzerten und WDR Jazzpreis-Verleihung am Freitag

Mit insgesamt 14 Jazz-Konzerten inklusive der Verleihung der WDR Jazzpreise macht das WDR 3 Jazzfest von Mittwoch, 28. Januar bis Samstag, 31. Januar 2015 Station in Dortmund.

Neuer Intendant nach Skandal am Palau de les Arts Valencia

Trotz Korruptionsvorwürfen erhält Schmidt Abfindung für zehnjährige Intendanz

Gewerkschaft will Scala-Vorstellung zur Expo-Eröffnung boykottieren

Traditioneller Feiertag wichtiger als Weltausstellung


Flash Mob Generates Audience in Poland

There are many of the so called flash mobs on various Internet platforms, and seldom we learned about any positive result.

El Mundo

Doña Helga S.A.

La polémica gestión en el Palau de Les Arts


Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Facing the music: Iestyn Davies

Classicalite @Classicalite: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ at Café Carlyle, Avant Music Festival + More! – @klassikcom: Mindestlohn: Heinrich-Schütz-Haus in finanziellen Nöten  #Musikwissenschaft #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpoliti

Helga Schmidt Photo via El Mundo

Helga Schmidt
Photo via El Mundo

(Written on January 26, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Judith Weir to be appointed first female master of Queen’s music

Buckingham Palace is set to appoint the first ever woman as master of the Queen’s music. Judith Weir, a 60-year-old Scottish-born composer of several successful operas, will be announced this month as the successor to Peter Maxwell-Davies. It has yet to be decided if she will use the title of master or mistress.

The Guardian

Why are salaries so markedly different between British and US orchestras?

Half a million bucks for leading the New York Philharmonic, while most US orchestral musicians earn around double what their British counterparts do. Why do we value our musicians so poorly?

The Telegraph

Stage fright: classical music’s dark secret

Stage fright is like madness; it comes without warning, out of a blue sky. That’s how it came to Scottish pianist Steven Osborne, one of the most intelligent and sensitive pianists around. About ten years ago, during a performance of Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto, he suddenly started worrying that he was about to forget the next note.

The Telegraph

Karl Jenkins: ‘I am the original Gareth Malone’ 

Britain’s most successful composer explains why he is not a mere choirmaster.

Classical Music Magazine

ACE to announce rule-stretching national portfolio funding allocations on 1 July

Arts Council England will announce its National Portfolio Organisations for 2015-18 on 1 July, with National Lottery funding being used for the first time to bolster ACE’s grant-in-aid funding of portfolio institutions.

Die Zeit

Salonkultur in Popform

Ist das die neue E-Musik? Chilly Gonzales klemmt sich erfolgreich zwischen Pop und Klassik. In Berlin lud er zur Klavier-Masterclass und stellte sein Notenbuch vor.


„Ich brauche Neue Musik wie die Luft zum Atmen“

Die Geigerin Patricia Kopatchinskaja verweigert sich sinnloser Schönheit.


MARFA: Ein neues Opern- und Lifestylemagazin

MARFA wird ein deutsch-russisches Magazin werden, das sich auf gut 100 Seiten mit Oper, Mode und Lifestyle beschäftigt. Die Erstausgabe soll durch Crowdfunding finanziert werden.

El Mundo

‘No hay la menor educación musical’

El director argentino, incansable, cierra el curso en Madrid y abra la temporada estival en Barcelona y Mallorca.


GoClassical: @GoClassicalUK#Classical music #humour

New York Polyphony: @npolyphony Humbled by the faces (framed head shots) staring back at us on the backstage walls of @wigmore_hall. #classical

The ClassicDB: @TheClassicalDB #PieceOfTheDay – Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms. Listen here:  #classical


Judith Weir has written several operas and been resident composer with the City of Birmingham symphony orchestra.

Judith Weir

Photo: Sean Smith for the Guardian

(Written on June 30, 2014 )