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In today’s news: a closer look at Classic FM, the numbers are in for British music exports, the winners of the Gilmore Young Artist Awards have been announced, Facebook is negotiating with the music industry, Cardiff doesn’t want to be European Capital of Culture anymore and a nude violinist raises body awareness. also in the news: a street artists who turns to opera, no winners at the ARD Violin competition and Silbermann Tage have opened in Saxonia.

The Guardian

Classic FM at 25: The sweet sound of success

When it launched 25 years ago, no-one would have predicted that Classic FM would become the UK’s biggest commercial radio station. John Crace goes behind the scenes to find out why Titanic is in, but Gilbert and Sullivan are out

Classical Music Magazine

British recorded music exports at highest level since 2000

British recorded music exports have risen to their highest levels this century, the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has announced.

2018 Gilmore Young Artists announced

Pianists Wei Luo and Elliot Wuu have been named as recipients of the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Awards.

The Telegraph

Facebook to pay music industry millions in royalty fees to protect its users from breaking copyright

Facebook is to pay millions in royalty fees to the music industry to protect its users from copyright violation when they upload videos that contain illegal uses of songs.

BBC News

Cardiff pulls out of European Capital of Culture race

Cardiff has ruled itself out of bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

Limelight

Violinist skydives nude for men’s body image awareness

Australian violinist Glen Donnelly played Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as he fell 15,000 feet in his birthday suit.

Washington Post

This legendary street artist has done walls, shoes and Bieber albums. Now he’s trying opera.

What you see, on the white wall, are elegant sweeping marks, a script you can’t quite make out or have forgotten to learn. What the artist hears is music. His name is Marquis Lewis, better known as Retna […]

BR Klassik

ARD-MUSIKWETTBEWERB 2017 FINALE VIOLINE

Kein erster Preis wurde im Fach Violine vergeben. Ein zweiter Preis ging jeweils an den Italiener Andrea Obiso und Sarah Christian aus Deutschland, die auch den Publikumspreis erhielt.

Codex Flores

Rein durch Gedankenkraft komponieren

Forschende der TU Graz entwickeln ein Brain-Computer-Interface (BCI), mit dem sich durch Gedankenkraft Musik komponieren lässt: Aus einer BCI-Methode, die hauptsächlich zum Buchstabieren dient, hat das Team eine entsprechende Anwendung entwickelt.

Musik Heute

Silbermann Tage in Freiberg eröffnet

Wenige Tage nach der Wiedereröffnung des Wohn- und Arbeitshauses von Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753) haben am Mittwoch in Freiberg (Landkreis Mittelsachsen) die Silbermann-Tage zu Ehren des berühmten Orgelbauers begonnen.

Twitter 

Music History‏ @today_classical

in 1922 FP of Sir Arthur ‘ Colour Symphony in England.

Gottfried Silbermann (1683-17539)

(Written on September 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Judith Weir has her first major commission as Master of the Queen’s Music, the British Composer Awards 2015 shortlist is announced, and Royal College of Music will acquire the English National Ballet headquarters. Also, The Royal Opera House is leading a movement among theatres to stream performances live over the internet

The Times

Can’t afford opera? Watch it on iPad

For people who wish to watch opera on the move, or merely without the need to queue for the lavatory during the interval, help is at hand

Independent

Catrin Finch: Harpist and composer visits Welsh-speaking area of Argentina

The musician, who lives in Cardiff, was marking 150 years since Welsh settlers arrived in the region

BBC Music Magazine

Judith Weir’s first major commission as Master of the Queen’s Music

The anthem Praise Him with trumpets to be premiered in Hampton Court Palace’s Chapel Royal

Classical Music Magazine

NYCGB receive PRS award

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have become the latest recipients of PRS for Music Foundation‘s David Bedford Music Education Award

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards 2015 shortlist announced

Harrison Birtwistle, Julian Anderson and James MacMillan all nominated

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music to acquire English National Ballet headquarters

The Royal College of Music is to acquire Markova House, English National Ballet‘s current headquarters in Jay Mews SW7

FAZ

Eine neue Tänzergeneration

Eine andere Zeitrechnung soll beginnen: Benjamin Millepied wird in den nächsten fünf Jahren das Pariser Opernballett bestimmen. Jetzt hat er das neue, modernisierte Programm vorgestellt

Pizzicato 

Naxos vertreibt jetzt Orfeo

Das traditionsreiche Schallplattenlabel Orfeo, das jährlich 20-25 Produktionen veröffentlicht, Neuaufnahmen wie auch Mitschnitte von Aufführungen aus Bayreuth, München, Wien und Salzburg, wird künftig von Naxos vertrieben

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Deutscher Musikrat: Medienpolitisches Positionspapier verabschiedet

Vertreter von über 100 Dachverbänden des Musiklebens verabschiedeten auf der diesjährigen Mitgliederversammlung des Deutschen Musikrates den 4. Berliner Appell „Schöne neue Medienwelt: Kreative schützen!“

The Washington Post 

Intense, masterful pianist Evgeny Kissin taking a break from U.S. concerts

Kissin will be taking a two-year sabbatical from the United States after the current season but maintaining a full calendar of concerts in Europe

Broadwayworld.com

Jeffrey Kahane to Perform World Premiere by Andrew Norman

James Gaffigan will make his New York Philharmonic subscription debut conducting the World Premiere of Andrew Norman’s Split, for piano and orchestra, composed for Jeffrey Kahane, who will be the soloist

Twitter

Sinfini Music: ‘We trumpet players all have certain music we love’ answers 10 Questions

In Tune BBC Radio 3: We’re keen to hear from new and emerging classical talent. Performers and composers. Go to and upload your track!

Classic FM: You really do not want to be spending 31st October in any of these:

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Jack Malvern/The Times

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

‘The Accordionist’ Paul Chamberlain, is heading off on a grand tour of the UK this summer. Paul’s flair for his unique instrument has seen him perform to highly engaged audiences across the UK as well as releasing his debut disc ‘The Classical Accordion’ in 2011 to great acclaim. His latest CD is to be released alongside his tour and sees varied repertoire from Weber, Piazzolla, Scarlatti and Zolatariev. Last year saw Paul perform around the UK, where he enjoyed his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long-established Manchester Mid-Day concert series, and abroad in California.

Paul is passionate about the accordion and its place on the classical stage, writing for Gramophone, Paul commented: ‘I believe that the accordion has an exciting future not only as a solo instrument, but also in chamber ensembles. The accordion opens up an interesting multi-textural sound world to composers and I have plans for a future project that focuses on creating new chamber repertoire for the instrument.’

Paul has just announced his Summer 2014 tour to celebrate the release of his latest album, which takes him to some of his favourite venues around the UK. Please see full dates here:

1st July – London – 1901 Arts Club (Album Launch event)

2nd July – London – Apple Store, Regent Street

3rd July – London – St Giles in the Fields

4th July – Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring

5th July – Oxford – Holy Trinity Headington

6th July – Cambridge – Emmanuel Church

10th July – Scotland, Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre

11th July – Scotland, Dundee – Dundee Cathedral

13th July – Scotland, Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall

18th July – Newcastle – Lit & Phil

19th July – Portsmouth, Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre

20th July – Kent – Faversham Parish Church

1st August – Bristol – St George’s Bristol

2nd August – Wales, Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre

3rd August – Wales, Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church

5th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

9th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

 

For any more information visit Paul’s website here. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with his news.

 

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(Written on April 8, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Choir of the Year 2014 opens for entrants

Kallaway has announced the opening of Choir of the Year 2014. Auditions will take place around the UK from March to June in Middlesbrough, London, Bristol, Leeds, Basingstoke, Warwick, Norwich and Glasgow. Any amateur choir of eight to 100 singers can take part.

Gramophone

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday to be celebrated with major singing project

The ‘Singing Shakespeare’ launch concert will take place in April at Stratford-upon-Avon. It will feature three local choirs performing various Shakespeare settings and who all will come together for a finale of Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, conducted by David Wordsworth.

Wales Online

Cardiff cultural venues under threat as subsidies set to be slashed

Two of Wales’ best-known cultural venues – St David’s Hall and the New Theatre – are under threat as part of a huge cuts programme proposed by Cardiff council.

Telegraph

Why Radio 3 is out of tune with its listeners

The BBC’s classical music station is a ghost of what it once was because of an obsession with rival Classic FM, says Micheal White.

La Times

Arizona boarder fence is one musician’s ‘wall of sound’

In southern Arizona, Glenn Weyant ‘plays’ the border fence with a mallet or cello bow to create haunting compositions, using the wall as an instrument of dialogue.

Die Zeit

Peter Gülke erhält Siemens-Musikpreis

Er war Dirigent in Dresden und in Leipzig, die DDR musste der Musikwissenschaftler verlassen. Für sein Lebenswerk wird er nun mit dem wichtigsten Musikpreis geehrt.

LA Times

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(Written on February 3, 2014 )

Opera Australia, Australia’s premier opera company, opens its UK screening season tonight. The season is starting with a spectacular production of La bohème, which was met with critical acclaim on its performance in Australia. It is set in Weimar Germany and the influences of Hollywood can be seen in its undeniable glamour, but the impending doom of a world on the brink of disaster also gives it a fragile quality. Here, the glitter of the Spiegeltent provides a decadent veneer over the hand-to-mouth existence of the era. Café Momus becomes a cabaret joint, all mirrored panels and carnival colours, populated by characters inspired by the paintings of Otto Dix and George Grosz. 

It has a strong cast of international repute, including Ji-Min Park, Taryn Fiebig, Takesha  Meshé  Kizart and  José Carbó. It is conducted by Shao-Chia Lü and directed by Gale Edwards. The running time is 130 minutes including a 15 minute interval.

The screenings are taking place at over thirty towns across the UK. For more information and a list of sites set to screen the series please visit here.

(Written on April 24, 2012 )

Opera Australia and CinemaLive have announced on Friday that their dazzling production of La Bohéme is to be screened by Odeon cinemas. The broadcast will be coming to Odeon cinemas across the UK including:

Basingstoke

Belfast

Blackpool

Cardiff

Colchester

Derby

Dunfermline

Edinburgh Lothian Road

Hull

Kingston

Lincoln

London Panton St

London Greenwich

London Swiss Cottage

Maidenhead

Manchester

Milton Ketnes

Newcastle Silverlinks

Sheffield

Southampton

Taunton

Tunbridge Wells

Wimbledon

This Weimar Germany-set production of La Bohéme, a critical hit in Australia, shows the influences of Hollywood in its undeniable glamour, but the impending doom of a world on the brink of disaster also gives it a fragile quality. Here, the glitter of the Spielgeltent provides a decadent veneer over the hand-to-mouth existence of the era. Café Momus becomes a cabaret joint, all mirrored panels and carnival colours, populated by characters inspired by the paintings of Otto Dix and George Grosz.

For more information on the CinemaLive Opera Australia screenings please click here.

To book tickets for La Bohéme in an Odeon cinema near you, please click here.

 

 

(Written on April 2, 2012 )

This November sees the launch of a 12 day UK tour for Ivor Bolton conducting the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. The tour begins on the 17th November, with the first performance at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.

The 91-strong orchestra builds on the inspirational artistic leadership of principal conductor Ivor Bolton (appointed in 2004), whose musical versatility and high artistic standard has earned him engagements with leading orchestras, opera companies and baroque ensembles worldwide. He is one of the most highly acclaimed and internationally active British conductors. Ivor regularly appears at opera houses around the world including Covent Garden, Madrid, Paris and New York.

Pianist Freddy Kempf will be the soloist throughout this tour. Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. He has built a unique reputation both as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

TOUR DATES AND VENUES:

17 November – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

18 November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

19 November – St George’s Hall, Bradford

20 November – The Sands Centre, Carlisle

21 November – Venur Cymru, Llandudno

22 November – City Hall, Hull

23 November – Town Hall, Middlesbrough

25 November – Cadogan Hall, London (sold out!)

26 November – Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

27 November – City Hall, Sheffield

28 November – Cliffs Pavillion, Southend

For more information, visit Ivor Bolton’s website, facebook page and twitter.

(Written on November 1, 2010 )