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In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.


100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.


Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.


New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.


„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.


Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’ Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

Image: Broadwayworld

(Written on March 17, 2017 )

The Telegraph

Where should the Arts Council make its cuts?

Rupert Christiansen applauds the resilience of the arts in the face of financial adversity and offers some suggestions as to how best to cope with the latest five per cent cut to the budget.

The Guardian

John Tavener: ‘The days of seven-hour pieces are gone’

Crippling illness has transformed John Tavener’s relationship with music. As his new works premiere in Manchester, he tells Tom Service about how pain has remade his composing, why he finally gets Beethoven – and why he is no spiritual superstar

The Times

Conductor’s half-marathon feat pays for new music

When Martyn Brabbins panted his way over the line in 863rd place in the Stroud half-marathon a few years ago, most onlookers would have thought it a commendable feat for a middle-aged orchestra conductor, but an inconsequential one.


Southbank Centre increases ties with England’s In Harmony programme

London-based In Harmony Lambeth will take up residence in the venue’s new Festival Wing

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra App available for free download

Britten-Pears Foundation launch the programme to inspire a new generation of children

The Spectator

The syphilitic sound of Schumann’s violin concerto is part of its genius

Robert Schumann met a wretched end. He died in a lunatic asylum where he thought the nurses were feeding him human faeces

Music Week

Steinway bought by private equity firm for £288m

Piano maker Steinway is to be acquired by private equity group Kohlberg for $438 million (£288m).

Die Welt

Sag zum Abschied leise Dvořák

Letzte Quartett-Seufzer, Nina Stemmes zweiter Wesendonck-Liederanlauf, Claudio Abbados erste Schumann-Sinfonie und böse Jungs, die sehr gut klingen: die Klassik-CDs der Woche


(Written on July 2, 2013 )

Arizona Daily Star

Poland’s ‘Mozart Of Poetry’ Dies.

Poland’s 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska, whose simple words and playful verse plucked threads of irony and empathy out of life, has died. She was 88.

ArtsJournal: Slipped Disc

Hungarian Conductor Urges European MPs To Exclude His Racist Government.

The conductor Adam Fischer has joined the chorus of cultural opinion demanding the isolation of Victor Orban’s government.


RPS and Britten-Pears Foundation Commission Six New Works.

2013 marks the Royal Philharmonic Society’s bicentenary and Britten’s centenary.


Andreas Scholl: From Bach To Depeche Mode.

Countertenor Andreas Scholl talks to Adam Sweeting about his new CD of Bach cantatas – and his passion for Eighties electropop.

The Guardian

Why Do So Many Musicians Avoid Their Own Recordings?

Almost every performer or composer I’ve met cannot stomach hearing their own recordings – even when they’re the best you could ever hope to hear. Why not? Tom Service writes.

The New Yorker

The Last Don: Remembering the Conductor of “Soul Train”.

Don Cornelius, who died earlier today, apparently by suicide (early reports say “self-inflicted gunshot wound”), was one of the giants of American music, though he never played a note.

(Written on February 2, 2012 )