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In today’s news: Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Also, the Berlin Philharmonic to form an amateur orchestra, tenor Bruce Rankin is dead and artists are getting attacked more often as Unesco reports.

The Times

MBE for paralysed violinist Rosemary Johnson who uses brainwaves to play

A violinist formerly with the Welsh National Opera, who uses brain wave technology to perform despite being paralysed, was awarded an MBE for services to music yesterday.

The Telegraph

Bah Humbug! Why Christmas is ruined by its music

When Dr Seuss wrote his popular tale about how the Grinch stole Christmas, he glossed over the lead character’s backstory. Why did he grow up to be so mean? What exactly happened in his early childhood to make him hate the most wonderful time of the year? Why was he particularly triggered by the yuletide singing of his cheerful neighbours, the Whos?

Classical Music

Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

The appointment was evidence of its continued commitment to making the arts accessible to new audiences, in particular young people.

Highlights of Aldeburgh Festival 2018 announced

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, which will take place 8-24 June, will mark the event’s 70th anniversary, looking back to the year of its launch (1948) with a number of events.

Wales Online

Cardiff is going to be named the UK’s first ‘music city’

Cardiff Council have unveiled the pioneering plans


Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra  announced that German conductor Alexander Liebreich, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from September 2018.


Unesco: Künstler werden zunehmend attackiert

Musiker, Autoren und andere Künstler werden laut der UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco zunehmend angegriffen.

Musik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker bilden Laienorchester

Die Berliner Philharmoniker laden Laienmusiker zum Mitspielen ein. Interessenten zwischen 9 und 99 Jahren bekommen die Chance, mit Mitgliedern des renommierten Klangkörpers und der Karajan-Akademie die 1. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms aufzuführen.


Tenor Bruce Rankin gestorben

Er starb am Montag im Alter von 65 Jahren. Der Tenor war ab 1998 Ensemblemitglied an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

france musique

Les musiciens de Radio France investissent les gares SNCF

Après la signature d’un partenariat entre Radio France et la SNCF, des musiciens de l’Orchestre national de France ont joué dans la gare de l’Est à Paris pour la première performance musicale d’une série à venir.

Twitter @klassikcom Gerichtsentscheidung: Kündigung des Rostocker Theaterintendanten Sewan unbegründet

Classical Music News @Classcialmusic More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

Image: © Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker

(Written on December 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86, Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival, and thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall. Expert Guide to Classical Concerts in NYC 2017 Fall Season, how mice singing determines their social behaviour, and Saxonia Art Minister is called to be in the Richard-Wagner-Foundation. 

The Guardian

Sir Peter Hall, RSC founder and former National Theatre director, dies aged 86

Tributes paid to legendary director and ‘great impresario of the age’ following his death in London

Opera Now

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa quits public performance

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has announced her retirement from public performance.

Music Teacher

NYO announces CPD days

Music education hubs, music services, schools and music education professionals are invited to CPD days run by the National Youth Orchestra.

Classical Music Magazine

Meurig Bowen steps down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival

Meurig Bowen is to step down as director of Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years in the role. He is leaving to take up the post of artistic planning manager at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music is now playable via the new Apple watch

That means people can stream 40m+ songs on their Apple Watch straight from the device – via Bluetooth headphones – just like they can from their smartphone.

Classic FM

Thanks to Facebook, a refugee violinist will play a Stradivarius at the Royal Albert Hall

A young musician and Syrian refugee will be playing one of the world’s finest instruments, thanks to Florian Leonhard Fine Violins and a Facebook post.


Here’s Your Expert Guide to Classical Concerts, 2017 Fall Season

Excitement is building in New York City as major concert halls and music venues prepare to launch their fall seasons.

Codex flores

Lieder der Mäuse helfen ihr Sozialverhalten entschlüsseln

Mäuse haben ein Tonrepertoire über fünf Oktaven. Die Analyse der Mäuselieder kann wichtige Informationen über ihr Sozialverhalten oder für die Erforschung neuropsychischer Krankheiten liefern.

Dirigent Siegfried Köhler gestorben

Der Dirigent Siegfried Köhler ist tot. Er starb nach Angaben der Allgemeinen Zeitung im Alter von 94 Jahren in Wiesbaden.

Musik Heute

Sachsens Kunstministerin in Wagner-Stiftung berufen

Die Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung hat Sachsens Kunstministerin Eva-Maria Stange (SPD) zum 1. September in den Stiftungsrat berufen.


in 1894 Death of French Emmanuel

Sir Peter Hall
Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

(Written on September 13, 2017 )

Classical News


Women composers: genius is gender blind – and so should we be

Classical music’s past might be dominated by men, but we can ensure its future isn’t. I’m delighted to be part of Radio 3’s International Women’s Day celebrations


Simon Rattle: Maestro with the magic touch

Wherever he has worked, the star conductor has changed the city’s cultural scene. Now he finally returns to Britain

Classical Music Magazine

Cheltenham Music Festival announces 2015 programme with 22 premieres

Cheltenham Music Festival (30 June-11 July) has announced a star-studded programme for 2015, with Sarah Connolly, Edward Gardner and the CBSO, Alina Ibragimova and choral superstar Eric Whitacre all appearing at the festival, as well as award-winning pop singer Laura Mvula.

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Royal Opera House Fanfare competition announced

12 young composers’ compositions to be performed and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House\


Musical celebrations for IWD 2015

The achievements of women in music were brought to the fore this weekend as the UK geared up to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on Sunday 8 March.

Die Welt

Macht Event, macht noch mehr Event

In Hamburg wurde jetzt im Großmarkt ein neuer Veranstaltungsort eingeweiht. Er ist Konzerthalle, Sportarena und Musicalspielort.


Vokalensembles mit frischen Sound gesucht

Klangkünstler und Vokalartisten aufgepasst: Im Rahmen ihres bundesweiten Wettbewerbs zeichnet die HypoVereinsbank 2015 wieder herausragende Vokalensembles aller Stilrichtungen der deutschsprachigen A-cappella-Szene aus.


Österreichische Bundestheater in ihrer Existenz bedroht

Die österreichischen Bundestheater (Wiener Staats- und Volksoper, Burgtheater) befinden sich laut Günter Rhomberg, dem interimistischen Geschäftsführer der Holding, in einer « existenzbedrohenden Lage ».


6. Festliche Operngala erzielt 165.000 Euro Erlös

Mit rund 165.000 Euro erzielte die Festliche Operngala, die am gestrigen Samstagabend zum 6. Mal im Opernhaus Düsseldorf stattfand, ihren bisher höchsten Erlös für die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung.

neue musikzeitung

Singen als Schlüssel zum Erfolg – Deutschlernen mit Hilfe von Musik

Die deutsche Sprache ist der Schlüssel für die Integration von Ausländern. Stupides Vokabellernen oder Grammatik büffeln ist für Kinder jedoch wenig reizvoll. Ein Projekt in Bayern vermittelt die Sprache mit Hilfe der Musik.

The New York Times

Virtual Reality’s Potential Displayed at Game Developers Conference

For game designers, virtual reality became a real business last week when the virtual reality equivalent of Apple’s app store for iPhones and iPads opened its digital doors.


Classicalite @Classicalite: AACM Celebrates and Reflects on 50 Years of Jazz Devotion and Servitude + More! – @klassikcom: Karriere-News: Marc Adam (Oper de Nice)  #Kulturmanagement @Klassikinfo: München hätte bei der Planung eines neuen Konzertsaals die Chance für einen großen städteplanerischen Wurf …

(Written on March 9, 2015 )

Tokaido Road, the superb new chamber opera by Nicola LeFanu with a libretto by Nancy Gaffield, is to be premiered this Sunday 6th July at the Cheltenham Music Festival.

Tokaido Road has been commissioned by Okeanos, the UK’s unique Western-Japanese musical ensemble. The production is based on the famous set of woodblock paintings The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido by Japanese artist Hiroshige. We follow Hiro’s journey along the road between Tokyo and Kyoto, the story told by a composite of music, mime, poetry, visuals and dance. This ancient journey is brought to life as the audience experiences the dangers of earthquakes and floods which he contended with, and meets the interesting characters who appear along the way. The work also delves deeper into the story – showing that in this seemingly beautiful world, all is not what it seems – with a different story behind every welcoming inn and tea house.

Directed by Caroline Clegg, the production will star Baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes, award-winning young soprano Rapheala Papadakis and the Okeanos ensemble conducted by Dominic Wheeler.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 0844 880 8094.


(Written on July 4, 2014 )


Girls-only course aims to tackle shortage of female conductors

Eight teenagers take part in three-weekend course after furore over first woman to conduct Last Night of the Proms.

Los Angeles Times

Strad Fest LA brings eight Stradivari violins together

Strad Fest LA, which will have eight Stradivari violins playing at events around L.A. over four days, is a rare chance to hear so many.

Classical Music Magazine

Minnesota Orchestra chief to step down

Michael Henson has announced his resignation as president and chief executive of the Minnesota Orchestra. He will step down after seven years in the post on August 31 following a period that brought the 111-year-old orchestra to the brink of closure.

The Times

Mahler strikes a chord in Mumbai

The London Symphony Orchestra are well received in the Indian metropolis.

The Telegraph

Robert Ashley: a great American opera composer

Just weeks after his death, two works by Robert Ashley get their UK premieres – Ivan Hewett remembers a genius whose music stands comparison to Mozart and Verdi’s.

The Korea Times

Korea’s favourite classical musicians

A new survey shows how attitudes towards classical music in Korea have shifted in the last decade.

Die Zeit 

Zurück zu Mozart!

Sie gilt als die Ulknudel der Barockoper und hat dieses Bild auch gepflegt. Jetzt aber soll Schluss sein mit Zirkus und Lärm. Simone Kermes ist wie wild zum Wandel entschlossen. Eine Begegnung in Wien mit der deutschen Sopranistin.


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(Written on March 24, 2014 )

The premiere of Tokaido Road was announced by the Cheltenham Music Festival today. 

Tokaido Road is a multi-media chamber opera commissioned by Okeanos, the UK’s unique Japanese-Western music ensemble. It takes its name from The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, an iconic series of woodblock paintings by Japanese artist Andō Hiroshige. In 1832, Hiroshige famously travelled along the ‘Tokaido Road,’ which linked Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Along the way, fifty-three stations provided weary travellers with a bed for the night, but famine and hardship existed in close proximity to these welcoming inns. In The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, Hiroshige appears as a young man and in old age, reflecting not only on the changing landscape of Japan, but the people he met along his journey. He sketched everyone from samurai to starving peasants, geisha and a whole host of lively characters in intimate portraits.

Tokaido Road follows Hiroshige’s journey through Japan using mime, dance, visual imagery and a mixture of Japanese and Western instruments. The opera is composed by Nicola LeFanu, with a libretto by award-winning poet Nancy Gaffield. Tokaido Road‘s distinguished cast includes Jeremy Huw Williams as Hiroshige, Caryl Hughes as his lover Mariko, and introduces prize-winning young soprano Raphaela Papadakis as Kikuyo, a beautiful geisha.

Tokaido Road will premiere at the Cheltenham Music Festival on 6th July 2014. Tickets will be available from the festival’s website on 24th March. For more information and to keep up to date with the Tokaido Road journey, you can take a look at the Tokaido Road blog and follow Tokaido Road on facebook and twitter.

'Numazu' from '53 Stations of the Tokaido'. Projections of Hiroshige's wood blocks will feature in the opera.

‘Numazu’ from ‘The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.’ Projections of Hiroshige’s woodblock paintings will feature in the opera.


(Written on March 10, 2014 )