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In today’s news: The welcome return of Proms maverick Harrison Birtwistle, Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students, and cellist prevented from boarding flight with cello. New classical festival ‘new life’ with music of jewish composers, and Schloss Weikersheim offers great opportunity for young singers. Confusion about white powder at the Elbphilharmonie, and Fort Worth Opera names two new directors.

The Telegraph

Harrison Birtwistle: the welcome return of a Proms maverick

Harrison Birtwistle is our greatest living composer. As he prepares for this year’s classical music extravaganza, he talks to Ivan Hewett.

Classical Music Magazine

PRS Foundation names Composers’ Fund grantees

The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Strad

Royal College of Music London to fund scholarships for BAME students

Three UK students from ethnic minority backgrounds who wish to study for the RCM’s BMus course will be eligible for the scholarships from next year.

Pizzicato

Lockenhaus road named after Gidon Kremer

The road leading to the castle in Lockenhaus, Austris, has been named after Gidon Kremer, the founder of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

Classic FM

The cellist Steven Isserlis prevented from boarding flight with cello

Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights.

Tagesspiegel

Vom Glück des Überlebens

Erinnern an die Vergessenen. Das Klassikfestival „New Life“ präsentiert Musik jüdischer Komponisten, die vor den Nazis flohen.

Concerti

Wertvolles Sprungbrett für junge Gesangstalente

Humperdincks „Hänsel und Gretel“ verirren sich in der Jungen Oper Schloss Weikersheim

Pizzicato

Nicholas DelBello named Music Director in Cheektowaga

The Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra has announced Nicholas DelBello as their new Music Director, effective September 1, 2017.

Klassik.com

Weißes Pulver löst Alarm im Hotel der Elbphilharmonie aus

In dem zur Elbphilharmonie gehörenden Westin Hotel kam es am Dienstag zu einem Feuerwehreinsatz. Grund dafür waren drei anonyme Briefe, aus denen in der Poststelle des Hotels weißes Pulver ausgetreten ist.

Star Telegram

Fort Worth Opera names not one, but two new directors

Six months after the general director Darren K. Woods was terminated from the Fort Worth Opera, the board of trustees has named not one but two replacements.

South China Morning Post

How a joint student orchestra event in Hong Kong can break cultural barriers

Seven orchestras from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau will play at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

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The Strad: Royal College of Music London

(Written on July 14, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News: Alan Gilbert to take Hamburg post, The Julliard School unveil new Chinese campus design, Musician thrown off flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin, and gigantic octobass spotted in action.

Choir and Organ

Los Angeles Master Chorale to be inducted into American Classical Music Hall of Fame

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame on 22 June during its Lux Aeterna 20th anniversary celebration concert.

The Violin Channel

The Julliard School Unveil New Chinese Campus Design

The Juilliard School, in New York City, has this week unveiled the preliminary designs for the new Tianjin Juilliard School – set to open in Tianjin, China at the beginning of the 2019 academic year.

The Strad

Musician thrown off Aer Lingus flight for attempting to stow her violin in the cabin.

Freelance musician and Alexander Technique tutor Aingeala De Búrca claims that she was removed from the flight from Bristol to Dublin this week when she attempted to stow her instrument in the overhead locker

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Check out this J.S. Bach Chaconne for Octobass and Four Double Basses

In a recent performance, we spotted a gigantic octobass in action. Compared to the typically enormous double basses, the octobass make them look like little cellos. The size was not the only thing impressive about the octobass but the deep, amazing melody that was previously unheard.

The New York Times

Alan Gilbert to Lead NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg

He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany.

 Der Tagesspiegel

Unter den Linden werdet ihr mich finden

Acht Premieren präsentiert die Berliner Staatsoper in der Saison 2017/18 in ihrem sanierten Stammhaus – auch Placido Domingo ist dabei

 Die Welt

Das ist der neue Chefdirigent der Elbphilharmonie

Die Elbphilharmonie bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten: den Amerikaner Alan Gilbert, der zuvor das New York Philharmonic leitete. Er soll dafür sorgen, dass die Elphie auch innen Glamour verströmt.

 Concerti

Alan Gilbert wird neuer Chefdirigent

Paukenschlag beim NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Nachdem am Montag überraschend bekannt wurde, dass Thomas Hengelbrock, Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, seinen Vertrag nicht verlängern wird, präsentiert das Orchester nun Alan Gilbert als seinen Nachfolger

 Musik Heute

Berliner Staatsoper feiert Wiedereröffnung mit Open-Air-Konzert

Die Berliner Staatsoper feiert die Wiedereröffnung ihres Stammhauses Unter den Linden nach siebenjähriger Sanierung mit einem Open-Air-Konzert. Am 30. September um 17:00 Uhr lädt Generalmusikdirektor Daniel Barenboim bei freiem Eintritt zu einem Konzert auf den Bebelplatz in der historischen Mitte Berlins

 Le Figaro

Solidays 2017 : «On voit l’environnement des festivals changer»

Une affiche attractive et un temps plus soutenable annoncé par La Chaîne météo seront au rendez-vous des Solidays. Mais même avec de telles conditions cette 19e édition, du vendredi 23 au dimanche 26 juin, aura fort à faire pour rassembler autant de personnes que l’année précédente, soit 202.000 spectateurs.

El Mundo

Antonio Serrano abre el jueves en Madrid el festival ‘Clazz de jazz latino’ con un homenaje a Toots Thielemans

Comienza la séptima edición de Clazz el festival del jazz latino que se abre el jueves 22 con el cuarteto de Antonio Serrano, uno de los más brillantes armonicistas del mundo y que contará el día 23 con el bandeononista Claudio Constantini y el quinteto tango-jazz y con el regreso a Madrid de Chano Domínguez que lleva varias temporadas instalado en los Estados Unidos y que ya ha cambiado la costa oeste por Nueva York.

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Classical Music Magazine: Alan Gilbert

(Written on June 23, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

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Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

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Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

klassik.com @klassikcom Mutmaßliches Portrait von Frederic  entdeckt 

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Photo: RCM/ SHCM

(Written on January 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, in order to break the bottleneck on the top of the charts caused by the inclusion of streaming datas, The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates to reflect the rise in music streaming. Academy of Ancient Music is collaborating with Mid Wales Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on MWO’s tour in Wales. The Royal Northern College of Music has announced partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, China. English National Opera finished its financial year with a surplus of £308,000. Also, read about the Stradivari violins, the mystery that even Sherlock Holmes failed to solve.

BBC News

Chart company changes formula to reflect rise in streaming

The Official Chart Company is changing the way it calculates the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming.

Early Music Today Magazine

Academy of Ancient Music to collaborate with RWCMD and Mid Wales Opera

Mid Wales Opera’s second co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is to tour Wales in association with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a partnership with the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM).

Opera Now Magazine

English National Opera reports 75% capacity for 2015/16

English National Opera ended the 2015/16 financial year with a surplus of £308,000, the company’s annual review has revealed.

The Times

Stradivari’s secret could be a drop of fungicide

Even Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t solve the mystery of Stradivari violins. Florian Leonhard says that Stradivari is still way ahead of his modern rivals and researchers believe an ancient fungicide may be the secret of the violins’ unique acoustics.

Der Tagesspiegel

Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft soll Welterbe werden

Deutschland hat seine Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft für die internationale Unesco-Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes nominiert. Deutschland verfüge über die weltweit höchste Theaterdichte, hieß es dazu. Die Orchesterdichte zähle zu den höchsten der Welt.

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ECHO 2017: Verleihung des Musikpreises des Bundesverbandes der Musikindustrie wird im nächsten Jahr neu gestaltet

Die Neuausrichtung wird sowohl den Aufbau der Sendung als auch die Rolle der Jury betreffen und darüber hinaus eine inhaltliche Überarbeitung der Regularien einschließen.

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Alvis Hermanis inszeniert nicht in Bayreuth

Der lettische Regisseur hat sich aus den Verhandlungen mit den Bayreuther Festspielen zurückgezogen. Hermanis war für den “Lohengrin” 2018 im Gespräch gewesen. Hermanis ist wegen seiner Aussagen zur Flüchtlingspolitik umstritten.

Codex Flores

Haimor Chef der Württembergischen Philharmonie Reutlingen

Die Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (WPR) hat mit dem Amerikaner Fawzi Haimor einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Er tritt sein Amt zum Spielzeitbeginn 2017/18 an.

WELT

Die unterkühlte Monarchin der Oper steigt vom Thron

Renée Fleming ist eine der größten Sängerinnen der Welt. Sie trat in der Sesamstraße auf, beim Super Bowl, sogar ein Dessert ist nach ihr benannt. Nun plant sie ihren Abschied. Es wird Zeit.

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Cmuse.org @cmuseorg Boy battling #leukemia gets chance to conduct symphony #orchestra http://www.cmuse.org/7-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-gets-chance-to-conduct-orchestra/ … #music

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: Andrea Bocelli pulls out of Trump inauguration http://dlvr.it/MwdgSz #ClassicalMusic

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Learn how we’ve supported artists this year through our Creative Programme. RT & share the word

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Photo: Zhejiang Conservatory of Music/ 浙江音乐学院

(Written on December 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, applications are now open for the Queen Elisabeth Competition’s inaugural contest for cellists. A flute concerto written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 21 will receive its world premiere after 239 years, announced by Tutti Mozart. Also, a research conducted in China shows that human brains respond differently to classical music and pop music.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Queen Elisabeth Competition: cello 2017

Applications are now open for the Queen Elisabeth Competition’s inaugural contest for cellists.

Pappano renews contract with Santa Cecilia

Sir Antonio Pappano has extended his contract with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia until 2021.

International Piano Magazine

AFCM appoints Kathryn Stott as artistic director for 2018-2020

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), which takes place in Townsville, North Queensland, has appointed Kathryn Stott as artistic director for its 2018-2020 festivals.

CMUSE

Flute concerto by Mozart to receive world premier after 239 years

Tutti Mozart has announced an exciting upcoming concert on 2 December where a flute concerto written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 21 will receive its world premiere.

Research shows our brains react differently to classical and pop music

Researchers in China have discovered that the brain responds differently to classical music than to popular forms.

The Strad

Norwegian Air refuses to refund extra luggage charge for violin

Violinist Ellen Fjærvoll Samdal claims Norwegian Air refused to allow her entry on a flight to Prague because she was carrying her violin and a purse as hand baggage and the airline has refused to refund a €40 ‘extra luggage’ charge in order for her to carry her instrument as hand luggage.

Neue Musikzeitung

10 000 Euro für Elphi-Karte bei ebay – Spielzeit fast ausverkauft

Sieben Wochen vor Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie am Hamburger Hafen gibt es für die gesamte erste Spielzeit praktisch kaum noch Karten. Es seien aber weitere Veranstaltungen geplant. Angesichts dieser Situation klettern die Preise bei Verkaufsplattformen.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker gehen auf USA-Tournee

Erstmals seit fünf Jahren gehen die Bamberger Symphoniker wieder auf eine Tournee in die USA. Unter der Leitung ihres Ehrendirigenten Christoph Eschenbach treten die Musiker im Februar 2017 in neun Städten auf.

BR Klassik

Anne-Sophie Mutter teilt Sorge amerikanischer Künstler

Anne-Sophie Mutter kommentiert in den sozialen Medien den jüngsten Eklat am Broadway. Dort hatten Besucher des Musicals “Hamilton” den zukünftigen US-Vizepräsidenten Mike Pence ausgebuht – und Schauspieler eine an ihn gerichtete Erklärung verlesen. Anne-Sophie Mutter stellt sich mit einem Eintrag auf ihrer Facebook-Seite auf die Seite der Künstler.

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Drei Emmys für deutsche Produktionen

Das deutsche Fernsehen zählte mit drei Preisen zu den großen Gewinnern bei den internationalen Fernsehpreisen in New York. Die Schauspielerin Christiane Paul, 42, wurde in New York für ihre Rolle in dem ARD-Politthriller “Unterm Radar” zur besten Hauptdarstellerin gekürt.

Klassik.com

Aus für das Orchestra della Svizzera italiana?

Das Orchestra della Svizzera italiana steht vor dem Aus. Grund für die dramatischen Aussichten für das Weiterbestehen des Klangkörpers ist der sukzessive Rückzug der Schweizerischen Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft (SRG) aus der Förderung des in Lugano beheimateten Orchesters.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Breaking: A Swiss radio orchestra is killed off http://dlvr.it/MkFrHk #ClassicalMusic

kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb #Obama verleiht zum letzten Mal Freiheitsmedaillen – an @Springsteen, de Niro, DeGeneres u.a. http://www.kulturradio.de/nachrichten/2016/11/Obama-verleiht-zum-letzten-Mal-Freiheitsmedaillen.html … #kulturnachrichten

klassik.com @klassikcom Insolvenzverwalter des Füssener Festspielhauses legt Mängelbericht vor #Kulturmanagement http://klassik.com/?E7pT8

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

(Written on November 23, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Niklas Hoffmann was announced the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition last night. Taxpayer’s bill for English National Opera has risen to £155,000 per show, after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts. Conductor Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020. Also, on Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Classical Music Magazine

Niklas Hoffmann wins Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition 2016

Niklas Benjamin Hoffmann was last night announced as the winner of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO conducting competition.

The Times

Taxpayer’s bill for English Opera hits £155,000 a show

The cost to the taxpayer of each English National Opera performance has risen to £155,000 after the company scaled back its work to cope with funding cuts.

The Economist

China’s newest export hit is classical music

Next month New York’s David Geffen Hall will welcome a visiting orchestra, on a tour including other top venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. But the guest orchestra is not the Berlin Philharmonic or one of Europe’s other esteemed ensembles. It is the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which was founded in Beijing a mere 16 years ago.

The New York Times

An Extra Layer of Dutch for New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic will offer its audiences a taste of new Amsterdam when the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden becomes its music director in the 2018-19 season.

Opera Now Magazine

Bicket to remain with Santa Fe Opera until 2020

Harry Bicket has extended his contract with Santa Fe Opera until autumn 2020.

BBC Music Magazine

Yo-Yo Ma and The Music of Strangers

A new documentary follows the cellist’s international ensemble around the world.

BBC Radio 3 Pass the Baton!

BBC Radio 3 spend a day celebrating BBC ensembles as part of it’s 70th season. On Sunday 27 November, BBC Radio 3 will replace its usual schedule with 12 hours of live concerts, features and interviews to showcase the work of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs.

Los Angeles Times

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

At 27, Ray Chen is regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation. His joy in making music is palpable, his playing is confident, polished and richly characterized.

Sonoma Index-Tribune

Classical Music Society launches season in Sonoma in Nov. 20

The Sonoma Classical Music Society has announced its 13th season of classical music in Sonoma. Its kick-off performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 will feature the Italian Saxophone Quartet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Was die Koalition für die Kultur verabredet hat

Dem wieder eigenständigen Kulturressort kommt eine größere Verantwortung zu als zuvor. Personalentscheidungen sollen künftig mit den Häusern abgesprochen werden.

neue musikzeitung

Der Inbegriff des globalen Musikers

Am 18. November würde Don Cherry 80 Jahre alt

Die Welt

“Es gibt keinerlei Gespräche mit Berlin”

Armin Petras hat als Intendant das Stuttgarter Theater wieder zu einer wichtigen deutschen Bühne gemacht. Jetzt hat er gekündigt. Soll er statt Chris Dercon die Berliner Volksbühne übernehmen?

El Mundo

Escuchar los colores ver la música

El misterio de la sinestesia en la Fundación Juan March.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@aborchestras announces Sirens fund, supported by @AmbacheTrust

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg shortlist for International Classical #Music #Awards released http://www.cmuse.org/international-classical-music-awards-nominations-announced/ … #ICMA #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Classical publishers suffer deadly blow in German courts http://dlvr.it/MhPqh8 #ClassicalMusic

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Niklas Hoffmann

(Written on November 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August, Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies, and Sir Roger Norrington celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms. Also, Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster, and Gstaad Menuhin Festival presents plans for new concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

National Youth Choir to embark on first China tour

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. For its first intercontinental tour in seven years, the 100-strong ensemble will perform in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Chi-chi Nwanoku and Aaron Dworkin receive honorary Trinity Laban fellowships

The honours were presented at the Sphinx Global Symposium on Diversity in Classical Music at the Southbank Centre on 18 July.

Classic FM

Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies

Nicoletta Mantovani warns Republican presidential candidate: ‘The values of brotherhood that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his career are incompatible with the world vision of Donald Trump.’

The Guardian

Sir Roger Norrington: ‘I’m against music being handed down from on high’

No vibrato, principal violinists facing each other, audiences encouraged to applaud between movements … the great conductor celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms this week

The Strad

Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster

The Louisville Orchestra under music director Teddy Abrams has appointed two new violinists to leadership positions – Gabriel  Lefkowitz is the ensemble’s new concertmaster, while Julia Noone is new assistant concertmaster.

‘Teachers should adapt their methods to students’ individual techniques,’ says cellist Sol Gabetta

The Strad’s August 2016 cover star on the importance of being adaptable as a teacher

International Arts Manager

Battle of the Somme remembered

Benjamin Ellin’s new composition One Before Zero will be performed at Maison de la Culture in Amiens, France, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

BR Klassik

60 Jahre Gstaad Menuhin Festival – Vom Konzertzelt zur Kristallgrotte

Als Yehudi Menuhin vor 60 Jahren Benjamin Britten und Peter Pears zu einem Konzert nach Gstaad einlud, ahnte niemand, dass sich daraus einmal eines der traditionsreichsten europäischen Festivals entwickeln sollte.

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Musikalisch zukunftsweisend – Preisträgerkonzert des Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert

Am Freitag, 5. August, sind in der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main Stücke junger Komponisten zu hören und zu erleben. Die 13 Jugendlichen sind Preisträger des diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert.

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Gericht: Kündigung des Semperoper-Intendanten Serge Dorny nicht rechtmäßig

Oberlandesgericht Dresden weist Berufung zurück und bestätigt vorheriges Urteil

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Aldeburgh AYM @AYM_Snape Fancy an intimate evening of music in an old Victorian pumphouse on the edge of a marsh?

nmz @musikzeitung In teilweise neuen Besetzungen und mit neuem Dirigenten: „Das Rheingold“ in : Die…

WDR3 @wdr3 Gibt’s einfach nur mehr Geld? Land NRW will Künstler individueller fördern – Gespräch mit Dieter Gorny

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The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. Photo credit: Ben Tomlin

(Written on July 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM, the South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians with disabilities and the longest serving orchestra musician Jane Little dies. Also, a violoncello of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini changes hands with a record price and conductor Svjatoslav Luther is found dead in his apartment.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM

Sir Mark Elder is to become a companion of the RNCM. Companionship is the highest honour the RNCM can make; it is conferred upon persons of distinction who are deemed to have made an exceptional and enduring contribution to the life of the College.

Arts Journal

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 87-Year-Old Bassist Collapses, Dies During Final Thirty Seconds Of Encore

Jane Little “debuted as a bassist in Atlanta on February 4, 1945, at the age of 16 and never stopped playing.” She was the world’s longest serving orchestra musician.

Dorset ECHO

Young musicians urged to join first ever orchestra for those with disabilities

The South West Open Youth Orchestra is looking for young people with disabilities who play a range of musical instruments.

Herald Sun

Car workshops and factories being turned into classical music venues in Melbourne for fundraiser for refugee children

GRITTY old car workshops and heritage-listed meat markets are playing host to classical music concerts, taking the sweet sounds of Mozart and Beethoven to a new audience.

Classic FM

Sold out concerts for 20-somethings: this orchestra chief tells us how it’s done

Classic FM was in Bavaria for the 5th Mahler Conducting Competition, hosted by Bamberg Symphony – an orchestra that has phenomenal success with all audiences but especially with young people.

Classical-music.com

Ermonela Jaho enjoys Opera Awards accolade

Ermonela Jaho has capped off a wonderful start to 2016 by winning the Readers Award at the 2016 International Opera Awards. The Albanian soprano (pictured), who won praise earlier this year for her performance in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, collected her award at a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Theatre in London that was attended by many of opera’s big names.

The Strad

Results announced for 2016 China international violin and bow making competition

Chinese luthiers and bow makers took home most of the top prizes at this year’s China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition, held in Beijing from 10–17 May.

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Conductor Svjatoslav Luther Found Dead In His Apartment

Russian media report that conductor Svjatoslav Luther (*1971) was found dead in his apartment. Found hanged in a room, he is believed to have committed suicide.

Klassik heute

Bagno Konzertgalerie Steinfurt mit Stars und jungen Talenten

Es ist ein einzigartiger „Musiktempel“ im Herzen des Münsterlandes: 1774 erbaut, ist die Bagno Konzertgalerie der älteste freistehende Konzertsaal Europas.

Klassik heute

Letzte Saison von Ulf Schirmer als Chefdirigent des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Das Münchner Rundfunkorchester setzt auch in der Spielzeit 2016/2017 auf kunstvolle Vielseitigkeit und innovative Programme, auf die Zusammenarbeit mit renommierten Gastkünstlerinnen und -künstlern und intensiviert das Ausloten neuer medialer Möglichkeiten. Es wird die letzte Konzertsaison des Orchesters mit seinem Künstlerischen Leiter Prof. Ulf Schirmer sein. Als Nachfolger steht Ivan Repušić fest.

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‘Bürger für Beethoven’ wollen Bonner Remigiusplatz zum Beethovenort umgestalten

Auf dem Platz, wo am 17. Dezember 1770 Ludwig van Beethoven getauft wurde, befinden sich heute ein Kiosk und eine öffentliche Toilettenanlage. Das muss sich nach Auffassung der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ bald ändern.

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Rekordpreis für ein Guadagnini-Cello

Auf dem Instrumentenmarkt dreht sich die Preisspirale weiter: Das Cello «ex-Havemeyer» von Giovanni Battista Guadagnini mit Baujahr 1743 hat bei einer Auktion für 1,505 Millionen Dollar den Besitzer gewechselt.

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Early Music Today  @earlymusictoday @deccaclassics has signed its first #recorder player, 16-year-old Lucie Horsch

klassik.com @klassikcom #Theater #Augsburg von sofortiger Schließung bedroht?

WDR 3 @wdr3 #Köln plant provisorische Bühne auf Großbaustelle http://ow.ly/2t9D300gZ0e  #Kulturnachrichten

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

Sir Mark Elder awarded companionship of the RNCM. Photo credit: Simon Dodd

(Written on May 17, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, although China was once the world’s great hope for classical music, its smaller cities struggle to cultivate an interest in classical music, Sakari Oramo remains as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra announced Gavin Reid as the next chief executive.

The New York Times

China’s smaller cities struggle to cultivate an interest in classical music

After more than a decade as the world’s great hope for classical music, China is suffering growing pains. Audiences in many cities remain enthusiastic, virtuosos continue to multiply, and conservatories and concert halls keep mushrooming.

2 stars rejoin Bucharest Opera’s ballet company after clash

The crisis roiling the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera in recent weeks rippled not only through the international dance world but through Romanian politics as well. And ultimately it was a government-brokered plan that paved the way for the return on Wednesday of the company’s two biggest stars: its artistic director, Johan Kobborg, and the dancer Alina Cojocaru, who both resigned this month after clashing with management over the direction of the company.

The Strad

2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition names three finalists

The Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition has named the three contestants selected to perform in the Finals, to be held over two nights on Thursday and Friday at the Odense Concert Hall in Denmark.

Classical-music.com

Sakari Oramo to continue with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Sakari Oramo has renewed his contract as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra until June 2020. The news was announced at the orchestra’s 2016/17 season launch at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Guardian

Mayors from across London gather for evening of classical music in Walthamstow

Mayors from across London are gathering in the borough for a fundraising evening of classical music. The mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud, is inviting mayors from every London borough to attend the Forest Philharmonic concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Sunday.

Classical Music Magazine

Merola Opera Program establishes Brian Asawa Memorial Fund

San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program has established the Brian Asawa Memorial Fund.

Gavin Reid announced as new SCO chief executive

Gavin Reid has been announced as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s next chief executive. He will succeed Roy McEwan, who is stepping down after 23 years in the role.

klassik.com

Mozartpreis 2016 für Pianist Peter Rösel

Der Dresdner Pianist Peter Rösel erhält den Mozartpreis 2016 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll das Schaffen des Pianisten, das sich durch eine kontinuierliche, kompetente und intensive Pflege der Klavierwerke von Wolfgang Amadé Mozart auszeichnet, gewürdigt werden.

Fono Forum

Junger Chinese aus Salzburg siegt in London

Gerade mal 17 Jahre jung und schon mit Preisen überhäuft: Ziyu He hat der Liste seiner Auszeichnungen den Gewinn des Menuhin-Wettbewerbs hinzugefügt.

Musik heute

ARD-Musikvermittlungsprojekt wird Crossover-Programm

Das Musikvermittlungsprojekt “Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule” wird in diesem Jahr ein Crossover-Programm. Das WDR Funkhausorchester unter seinem Chefdirigenten Wayne Marshall werde “Die vier Jahreszeiten” von Antonio Vivaldi in einer “modernen Interpretation” aufführen.

El Mundo

José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, nuevo presidente de la SGAE

El compositor y músico José Miguel Fernández Sastrón ha sido elegido, por 17 votos frente a los 16 que ha recibido Antonio Meliveo Mena, por la Junta Directiva de la SGAE como nuevo presidente de la entidad de gestión de derechos.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM All morning in @’s show, music to say # – here’s John and Her Majesty in 2001!

The Vinyl Factory @TheVinylFactory .@ & London Electronic Orchestra return with new EP & video for ‘Shikoku’

Top Classical News @topcmnews Some Good Credit News for the Met Opera  #

wildkat-pr-china-classical-musicPhotograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

 

 

(Written on April 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, PRS for Music and PPL announce joint venture and China’s music listening habits are revealed. Also, Classic FM boss tells Radio 3 boss to stop ‘aping’ his station and Classical Music Magazine offers a preview of Garsington Opera 2016

Classical Music Magazine

PRS for Music and PPL announce joint venture

PRS for Music and PPL have announced that they will create a joint venture. Owned jointly by both companies, the new organisation would focus on serving public performance licensing customers

BBC News

China’s music listening habits revealed

More than 977 million people in China – 72% of the population – listen to music every week, according to a new survey of the country’s listening habits

The Strad

Inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition extends deadline for entries

The competition, with a grand prize of $100,000, takes place from 14 August to 2 September 2016

The Telegraph

Classic FM boss tells ‘patronising’ Radio 3 boss to stop ‘aping’ his station

Sam Jackson, managing editor of Classic FM, says his station has seen a huge rise in younger listeners, but calls on Radio 3 to create ‘clear blue water’ between the two networks

San Diego Reader

Nations no longer matter in classical music

Music is about humanity experiencing humanity

Classical Music Magazine

Preview: Garsington Opera 2016

It will comprise Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, and a collaboration with Rambert on a production of Haydn’s The Creation combining music and dance

FAZ

Kippt den Knödelbeschluss!

Die Ergebnisse des Gutachtens zum Bau des neuen Münchner Konzertsaals wurden vom bayerischen Kunstministerium in ihr Gegenteil verkehrt. Ist das etwa egal?

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Neuer Chef der Staatskapelle Weimar stellt Pläne vor

Die traditionsreiche Weimarer Staatskapelle bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Der gebürtige Ukrainer Kirill Karabits stellt sich am Mittwoch im Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar vor

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Naxos schliesst Vertriebsdeal mit ‘Bel Air Classiques’

Naxos gab heute einen weltweiten Vertriebsdeal mit ‘Bel Air Classiques’ bekannt. Die Vereinbarung tritt am 1. Mai 2016 in Kraft

Classicalite

John Cage Award 2016: Joan La Barbara Receives $50,000 from Foundation for Contemporary Arts

On January 19th, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced its 2016 award recipients

I care if you listen

New Music Gathering 2016: Massive Meetup in Baltimore

The venerable Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University on stately Mt. Vernon Square in Baltimore, MD was abuzz with excitement January 7 through 9, 2016 as more than 500 enthusiasts assembled for the second annual New Music Gathering

Wired.com

This Huge Cat’s Cradle Embodies the Great Fugues of Bach

As a child you might’ve played a game called cat’s cradle, in which you take a piece of string and loop it around your hands to produce what’s best described as artfully-crafted knots

Twitter

Fran Wilson@CrossEyedPiano Music into Words – a compilation of tweets from last night’s event, live and online.Thanks to all who participated https://storify.com/CrossEyedPiano/music-into-words-online-discussion

London Youth Choir@LonYouthChoir  Chuffed to be welcoming 30Junior Apprentice members to choir rehearsals and see them doing so well! Thanks for making it happen @youthmusic

Gramophone @GramophoneMag  .@BBCRadio3​ announces plans for 70th anniversary of its predecessor the Third Programme. http://bit.ly/1KUmUht

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(Written on February 3, 2016 )