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In today’s news: Lost John Coltrane recording from 1963 to be released, Scottish composer is awarded with Queen’s Medal for Music, the Mayor of London has created a map of the music facilities across London, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra signs to Deutsche Grammophon. Plus an interview with composer Helmut Lachenmann, and theatre and orchestra are discussing digital and #metoo.

The Guardian

‘A new room in the Great Pyramid’: lost 1963 John Coltrane album discovered

An album of previously unheard original compositions by the legendary jazz saxophonist has been discovered, 55 years after its recording.

The Sunday Post

Scottish composer Thea Musgrave awarded with Queen’s medal for music

The 90-year-old received her award at Buckingham Palace during an audience with the head of state. Ms Musgrave said: “Although much of my career has been on an international stage, this Medal represents my British heritage.”

Rhinegold

Mayor maps London’s music spaces

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has created a map of the music facilities across London, responding to data which shows that the steady decline in the number of grassroots music venues has stabilised.

Richmond News

Shanghai Symphony signs China’s first orchestra record deal

Deutsche Grammophon on Thursday announced a recording contract with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a first global label deal for a Chinese orchestra. Led by China’s most celebrated conductor Long Yu, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will premiere on the German label next year with a CD of to-be-announced works by Chinese and Russian composers.

Music News

‘British artists continue to inspire fans all around the world’: BPI reports another stellar year for UK music

BPI chief Geoff Taylor has declared music to be the UK’s “international calling card” after new research showed British music accounted for 13% of all music consumed worldwide in 2017. Top-selling albums by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rag’N’Bone Man, Sam Smith – and classic acts including The Beatles and Roger Waters – are credited with boosting the figures, compiled by the BPI.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Helmut Lachenmann im Gespräch

Man hat mich immer wieder in eine Ecke gestellt.

Musik heute

Theater und Orchester diskutieren Digitales und #MeToo

Bei der Jahreshauptversammlung des Deutschen Bühnenvereins geht es vom (heutigen) Freitag an um die Themen Digitalisierung und Geschlechtergerechtigkeit.

pizzicato

Asheville Symphony taps Darko Butorac as Music Director

Asheville Symphony (North Carolina) has announced that conductor Serbian born Darko Butorac will become Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season.

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John Coltrane © Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC

(Written on June 8, 2018 )

Classical News

In our news today, the Prince of Wales pays tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary, and Apple is considering a takeover of Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal and plans to prevent iPhone cameras from functioning during live events. Also, Anahid Ajemian, violinist and new-music champion, dies at 92, and Andris Nelsons withdraws from this year’s Bayreuth Festival.

The Telegraph

Apple ‘considering takeover’ of Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service

Apple is reportedly considering a potential takeover bid forJay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal.

BBC News

Prince of Wales pays tribute to Welsh National Opera

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the Welsh National Opera on its 70th anniversary.
A special concert was staged at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

EveningStandard

A London orchestra is offering anyone the chance to be the conductor… regardless of musical ability

It’s the most important job in the orchestra, with every subtle swing of the baton capable of dramatically transforming the sound.

Adaptistration

Apple Plans To Bach-Block Your Live Event Recording

Your opinion on the pro/con smartphone camera use inside the venue argument may become moot if one or more of Apple’s recently granted patents makes its way into iPhones in the near future. In a nutshell, the patents detail the ability for the phone to receive infrared signal that will effectively disable or otherwise prevent the camera from functioning.

The New York Times

Anahid Ajemian, Violinist and New-Music Champion, dies at 92

Anahid Ajemian, a violinist known as an ardent champion of new music, died on June 13 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

Hoyesarte.com

Muere Juan Carmona ‘Habichuela’

El guitarrista Juan Carmona Carmona ‘Habichuela’ (Granada, 1933) ha fallecido en Madrid a lo 83 años.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Andris Nelsons wirft in Bayreuth kurzfristig das Handtuch

Der Dirigent Andris Nelsons hat sich kurzfristig von den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Der lettische Dirigent sollte eigentlich die diesjährige Festspielpremiere des “Parsifal” in knapp vier Wochen leiten.

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Mehr als 1000 Musiker beschweren sich bei EU-Kommission über YouTube

Der Konflikt zwischen der Musikindustrie und Googles Videoplattform YouTube wird schärfer. Über 1000 Musiker – darunter Stars wie Coldplay, Lady Gaga oder Ed Sheeran – haben sich bei der EU-Kommission beschwert, dass Dienste wie YouTube mit ihren breiten Gratis-Angeboten auf unfaire Weise Musik entwerteten.

Codex Flores

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb

Eine Studie des Deutschen Kulturrates beschäftigt sich mit der Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Kultur- und Medienbetrieb und der Frage, wie viele Frauen in künstlerischen Fächern studieren und arbeiten und was sie verdienen.

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Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws Apple Under Federal Investigation Over Apple Music Practices http://bit.ly/298cBwI

nmz @musikzeitung Kulturstiftung verleiht wertvolle Musikinstrumente an Nachwuchs:

klassik.com @klassikcom Karriere-News: Hein Mulders (Theater Essen)

 Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

Jay Z unveiled Tidal last year to compete with Spotify. Credit: AFP

(Written on July 1, 2016 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Will Self: ‘Opera remains the preserve of the rich’

Brecht and Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a satire on money and hedonism written in an age of crisis. So can it rouse a Royal Opera House audience to activism, or will it be consumed like just another luxurious treat?

BBC Music Magazine

The A-Z of the piano

We celebrate the world’s most popular instrument with a look at 26 of its greatest features

Hidden treasures in Brahms’s early piano works

Boris Giltburg on rediscovering neglected scores

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Impact Fund puts £7m available to arts organisations in low-cost loans

A new fund combining public and private investment has been launched to promote the wider impact art has on society.

Classic FM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Vladimir Ashkenazy honoured by Royal College of Music

The Prince of Wales presented legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the iconic conductor and composer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, with honorary doctorates at a ceremony at the Royal College of Music.

International Arts Manager

CIPC Young Artists Competition to award top prize of USD25,000 (€22,100)

Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC) has relaunched its biennial Young Artists Competition, repositioning it as a major event on the international calendar.

Zeit Online

“Ich bin doch kein Markenprodukt”

Der Sänger als Regisseur: Rolando Villazón inszeniert Puccinis “La Rondine” in Berlin. Hier spricht er übers Träumen, das Flanieren und das Glücksgefühl beim Proben.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Gericht stellt Verfahren wegen Blasphemie ein

Der Intendant und ein Regisseur des Opernhauses im russischen Nowosibirsk müssen sich nicht mehr vor Gericht für ihre „Tannhäuser“-Inszenierung verantworten. Das Verfahren wegen Schändung religiöser Symbole ist eingestellt.

Klavier.de

Klavierprofessor Lev Natochenny klagt gegen Pensionierung

Hochschulpräsident Thomas Rietschel will 65-Jährigen nicht weiterbeschäftigen.

pizzicato

Reine Elisabeth: 69 Candidates, 27% Coming From Korea

Out of 170 candidates for the 2015 violin competition, sent from all over the world, a jury chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth and composed of Pierre Amoyal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Mihaela Martin, Natalia Prischepenko, Marco Rizzi and Gilbert Varga has selected 69 candidates for the first public round, which starts on 4 May at Flagey in Brussels.

Park Hyun-Jung’s Revenge: Seoul Philharmonic Under Police Investigation

Police raided the offices of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) today in central Seoul, according to the Korean Times. The raid was the consequence of a plea by the former CEO of the Orchestra, Park Hyun-Jung.

El Mundo

Viaje por las entrañas de los genios de la historia de la música

Xavier Güell, alumno de Bernstein, recorre en su debut literario la partitura interior de los grandes fenómenos musicales que forjaron la historia. Una novela diferente porque habla en nombre de ellos.

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Music Education Expo @MusicEdExpo: At 10.10 in the Rhinegold Theare, @mectweets and the major exam boards set out plans for the new GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music

Musical Futures ‏@musicalfutures : Core content to allow innovation, tighter assessment objectives. All exam boards to assess at same standard #MusicEdExpo

Gavin Plumley ‏@gavinplumley : Swan Lake @RoyalOperaHouse tonight and @MarkusWerba and @songpianist @wigmore_hall on Sunday. Not a bad weekend ahead!

NEWS RCM

Photo: Chris Christodoulou

 

(Written on March 13, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

London Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet dies in car crash

Rod Franks, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, has been killed in a car crash.

The Guardian

Judith Weir prepares to be a radical master of the Queen’s music

For Weir, the first woman in the position, it means supporting composers and exploring the state of music education.

Classic FM

Universal boss slams ‘unwelcoming, elitist’ classical music concerts

Max Hole singles out Royal Festival Hall for criticism in attack on live classical music.

The Telegraph

JK Rowling abuse over independence ‘frightening’ says Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti, the violinist, reveals she gets trolled on twitter on the issue of Scottish independence even though she has never publicly expressed a view on it.

Classic FM

Queen’s Guards play Game Of Thrones theme at Buckingham Palace

Ramin Djawadi’s Game Of Thrones theme was given an unexpected airing in front of Buckingham Palace over the weekend, when the Queen’s Guards played it during the changing of the guard.

Classical-Music.com

New tenor lined up for the King’s Singers

Famous vocal sextet names Julian Gregory as its latest member.

Classical-Music.com

Watch concerts from Verbier Festival live on our website

Two concerts will be streamed completely free of charge.

New York Times

Youth Is Not Wasted on This Young Orchestra

National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Concerts

KlassikInfo

Rettungsplan für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Das Stiftungsmodell zur Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) ausserhalb des SWR ist gescheitert.

KulturPort

Christian Kellersmann übernimmt Edel:Kultur

Der 53jährige übernimmt als Managing Director die Gesamtverantwortung für den Geschäftsbereich Edel:Kultur.

Klassik.com

Personalquerelen am Theater Vorpommern

Der Intendant des Theaters Vorpommern, Dirk Löschner, kann entgegen einer Empfehlung des Aufsichtsrats nun doch im Amt bleiben.

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Ein Chor, ein Klang

Der preisgekrönte Münchner Frauenchor feiert in diesen Wochen sein 25-jähriges Jubiläum.

El Mundo

‘Las hermanas Wagner me boicotean’

El dramaturgo alemán asegura que las bisnietas del célebre compositor se han extralimitado en sus funciones como directoras del festival.

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London Symphony Orch: @londonsymphony The LSO is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Rod Franks, a member of the trumpet section since 1988. http://lso.co.uk/rod_franks 

Royal Academy Music: @RoyalAcadMusic Rod Franks: ‘incisive understanding, genuine warmth, legendary and remarkable courage’. The Principal writes: http://bit.ly/Umvt0a 

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Judith Weir confirmed as history’s first female Master of the Queen’s Music: http://classfm.co/wvmRyW  #ClassicFMnews

Rod Franks
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(Written on July 22, 2014 )

The Guardian

Google launches Spotify rival Music All Access in the UK

Subscription-based music service aims to undercut Spotify and other rivals with £7.99-a-month offer for early signups

Zubin Mehta to conduct concert in Kashmir

Mumbai-born maestro to perform with orchestra on banks of Lake Dal in Srinigar next month

Classic FM Online

New Zealand Symphony cancels tour to record Hobbit soundtrack

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour of New Zealand because it coincides with recording dates for the soundtrack to the second Hobbit movie

Eric Whitacre on VC4, dubstep and meeting the Royals

Eric Whitacre chats to Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau about the success of Virtual Choir 4 and its premiere at Buckingham Palace

Stephen Fry cites Tchaikovsky in anti-Olympics open letter

Actor, writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry has used Tchaikovsky as an example in an open letter to the Prime Minister and the International Olympic Committee calling them to boycott the Russian Winter Olympics due to LGBT prejudice

Gramophone

Fiona Shaw replaces Deborah Warner as director of Met Opera’s season-opening Eugene Onegin

Warner withdraws due to an unexpected surgical procedure

Rural opera festivals can be serious rivals for the big London houses

Smaller stages at Longborough and Dorset show what can be done with limited resources, bags of enthusiasm – and one Jonathan Miller

Classical Music Magazine

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches 10-day campaign for £70,000 rescue fund

A campaign has been launched to raise funds for the freelance professional Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Klassic.com

Namhafte Künstler engagieren sich für Menschenrechte in Russland

Geiger Gidon Kremer kritisiert Anna Netrebko und Valery Gergiev

 

(Written on August 8, 2013 )