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In today’s news: In Berlin a theatre is replaced by a shopping centre, Rachel Portman wins the German Film music award, Rheingau Festival honours Yannick Nézet-Séguin, a dutch parody of the Eurovision Song contest winner is causing trouble, City Music Foundation is awarded charity fund, Katherine Jenkins to perform at Classic BRIT Awards, Radio 3 Breakfast sees a rise in listeners, and video emerges of Royal Wedding cellist Sheku playing Fauré’s Après un Rêve at aged 15.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation awarded 2018/19 Rhinegold Charity Fund

The scheme offers £10,000 worth of advertising for charities to spend across Rhinegold’s flagship classical music publications and websites, including Classical Music, Opera Now and Music Teacher, as well as marketing, design and account management support from Rhinegold.

Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins and more to perform at Classic BRIT Awards

The full line-up for the June ceremony has been announced, and Katherine Jenkins will be performing a song from The Greatest Showman, alongside a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.Also announced as performers for the Royal Albert Hall show on 13 June are British composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, pianist Beatrice Rana and soprano Pretty Yende.

The Guardian

Radio 3 is winning the breakfast battle with Radio 4 – but the war is not won

The classical music station’s morning programme has seen an 11% rise in listeners, but it must be bolder and broader if it wants to attract new listeners elsewhere

Classic FM

Watch Royal Wedding cellist Sheku play Fauré’s Après un Rêve when he was just 15

He’s become a household name around the world since his performance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding – but here’s the proof that Sheku’s always been incredibly talented


Allerletzter Vorhang – Berliner Traditionsbühne wird abgerissen

Die traditionsreichen Kudamm-Bühnen in Berlin werden abgerissen, sie müssen einem Shopping-Center weichen. Am 27. Mai fällt der letzte Vorhang.

Musik heute

Rachel Portman erhält Deutschen Filmmusikpreis

Die britische Komponistin Rachel Portman erhält den Deutschen Filmmusikpreis. Die 57-Jährige habe sich mit ihren kreativen Kompositionen in der von Männern dominierten Filmmusikbranche durchgesetzt, teilten die Veranstalter der Filmmusiktage Sachsen-Anhalt am Dienstag mit.

Rheingau Musik Preis 2018 für Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Der kanadische Dirigent Yannick Nézet-Séguin wird mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2018 ausgezeichnet. Das Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro wird vom Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst zur Verfügung gestellt.

France musique 

Les premiers violons auraient bien été conçus pour imiter la voix humaine

Plusieurs musicologues ont longtemps soupçonné les inventeurs du violon d’avoir voulu imiter la voix humaine en créant cet instrument. Une idée que des chercheurs de l’Université de Taïwan ont tenté de vérifier.

Le Parisien

Eurovision : une parodie néerlandaise de la chanson gagnante énerve Israël

Elle juge la reprise « honteuse » et de « mauvais goût ». L’ambassade d’Israël s’est plainte mardi d’une parodie néerlandaise de la chanson de Netta Barzilai, la gagnante de l’Eurovision 2018, l’accusant de véhiculer des « allusions antisémites ».



Rachel Portman (c)Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on May 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit, City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists and Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day. Also, more women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, and the acess to the Elbphilharmonie plaza should continue being free of charge in the opinion of the Hamburg Taxpayers Association.

The Strad

Baroque string specialist working for music publisher forced to leave UK after visa non renewal

The decision highlights the lack of seriousness with which the UK visa authorities view the arts world.

Classical Music

Creative industries under threat from no-deal hard Brexit

Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit

City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists

The 5 musicians selected include Lotte Betts-Dean, Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock, Gwenllian Llyr and Rokas Valuntonis.

Programme for Piccadilly Chamber Music Series announced

The Church of St James Piccadilly will host a brand new annual series of chamber music concerts from 2018.

M Magazine

BBC R3 seeks unsigned women composers

Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day.


More women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, including rape

Just a day after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London announced that Charles Dutoit would be vacating his posts as artistic and principal conductor ahead of schedule following multiple allegations of sexual assault, another six women have come forward with further accusations, one of them alleging rape.


Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik 2018 – 20. Jahrgang startet am 17. Januar

Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) und Deutschlandfunk Kultur veranstalten vom 17. bis zum 21. Januar 2018 „Ultraschall Berlin“. Das Festival für neue Musik präsentiert im 20. Jahrgang in zahlreichen Konzerten 18 Ur- und sechs Erstaufführungen.


‘British German Philharmonic Orchestra’ in Bad Homburg gegründet

Die Kurstadt Bad Homburg bekommt ein neues Orchester. Der Organist und Dirigent Marius Beckmann (*1993) hat dort das BGPO (British German Philharmonic Orchestra) gegründet.

Musik Heute

Steuerzahlerbund: Zugang zur Elphi-Plaza kostenfrei lassen

Der Zugang zur Plaza der Elbphilharmonie sollte nach Meinung des Hamburger Steuerzahlerbundes auch weiterhin kostenlos bleiben.

france musique

En Moselle, une école de musique victime du vol de 22 instruments

A Distroff, en Moselle, l’école de musique Mélodia a été victime d’un cambriolage lors de la première semaine de janvier 2018. 22 instruments ont été dérobés.


France Musique @francemusique: 10 petites choses que vous ne savez peut-être pas sur Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Music History @today_classical: in 1894 FP of ‘s String Quintet in Eb, Op. 97 American in NYC.

Image: © Getty / Yenwen

(Written on January 12, 2018 )

Classical News

In our news today, Martyn Brabbins is ENO’s new music director, City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and management plan to get back to negotiating table. Also, youngest opera composer premieres Cinderella under Zubin Mehta in Vienna in December, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra protests against plans to make cuts to the orchestra.

The Guardian

English National Opera names Martyn Brabbins as music director

The British conductor Martyn Brabbins is to take over as the new music director of the English National Opera, in the latest attempt to revive the beleaguered company. The respected conductor takes over from Mark Wigglesworth as company seeks stability after two years of cuts and crises.

BBC News

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune

It’s 37 years since Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus was first seen on stage and it’s now widely accepted as a modern classic. Now Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen are bringing the play back to its original home in London. And this time there’s an orchestra too.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists

Tabea Debus (recorder), Miguel Gorodi (jazz trumpet), Joseph Houston (piano), Hannah Morgan (oboe), Ligeti Quartet, Nérija (contemporary jazz ensemble) and Mihai Ritivoiu (piano) have been selected asfor the 2016 City Music Foundation Artists programme.

Syracuse Opera opens season with Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola,’ a tale of kindness and redemption

Banish all visions of singing mice and magic wands. A story closer to reality is told in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” It stars a Cinderella who relies on wisdom and goodness rather than sorcery to honor the love she feels for the prince.

CBC News

New concert series celebrates B.C. composers

There’s a new place in Vancouver’s West End dedicated to teaching more of us about contemporary Canadian classical composers. The Canadian Music Centre in B.C. opened in 1959. Its mission is to promote the ever-changing world of new classical music in the country. The organisation recently moved to its new home in the heart of Davie Village.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, management plan to get back to bargaining table

The big issue between management and the musicians has been an argument over dollars. Musicians say there are three key items that led to the strike; management requesting they take a 15-percent pay cut, changes to pensions and a freeze on three openings.

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester protestiert gegen Kürzungspläne

Das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester hat mit einem spontanen Platzkonzert vor dem Rathaus gegen die Kürzungspläne des Kantons protestiert. Nach Angaben des Intendanten sei eine weitere Kürzung der Subventionen für das mit 70 Musikern besetzte Orchester existenzbedrohend.

Kulturradio Rbb

Jüngste Opernkomponistin aller Zeiten mit “Cinderella”

Alma Deutscher, ein elf Jahre altes Mädchen aus Großbritannien, hat ihre eigene Version von “Aschenputtel” komponiert. Am 29. Dezember soll ihr Werk unter Schirmherrschaft von Zubin Mehta in Wien uraufgeführt werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Bochumer Symphoniker bekommen erstmals eigenes Konzerthaus

Fast 100 Jahre nach ihrer Gründung bekommen die Bochumer Symphoniker erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte in ihrer Stadt. Mit drei Konzertabenden weihen sie am kommenden Wochenende (28. bis 30. Oktober) das Anneliese-Brost-Musikforum Ruhr ein.

Twitter @klassikcom  Erster Preis beim Wieniawski Violinwettbewerb für Veriko Tchumburidze

Top Classical News @topcmnews  Montreal Symphony becomes first orchestra to own an octobass

Music History @today_classical  in 2003 opening of Walt Disney Hall, home of

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )


Australian opera company drops Carmen over smoking scenes

Decision by West Australia Opera has left fans fuming, while PM Tony Abbott calls it ‘political correctness gone crazy’


The Schubert Project: which are his best songs?

As the marathon effort to perform all of the composer’s songs begins, we ask the performers to pick their favourites


Guildhall School of Music takes on first ever rapper

Jack Derbyshire, who raps under the name ‘Jackaboski’, will study alongside violinists, cellists and harpists – watch his exclusive rap here

BBC Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2014 artists

Three soloists and three ensembles selected for the classical artists programme

Classic FM

Classic FM records charity single for Global’s Make Some Noise

‘Steadfast’ was written by Classic FM’s composer-in-residence Howard Goodall and recorded by a galaxy of classical stars at Air Studios.

International Arts Manager

Huddersfield festival launches health strand

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) will work with refugees and asylum seekers as part of its new Health and Wellbeing strand.

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic to invest $1m Birgit Nilsson Prize in Historical Archives

The award is the largest of its kind in the field of classical music


‘Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France’ Won’t Strike

The musicians of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France threatened to strike for tonight’s concert at Pleyel in Paris, but now they have reached an agreement with the radio station’s general manager.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barrie Kosky bleibt bis 2022 Chef der Komischen Oper

Kurz vor seinem Abgang als Kultursenator hat Klaus Wowereit noch eine wichtige Personalie regeln können: Barrie Kosky, seit 2012 höchst erfolgreicher Intendant der Komischen Oper, wird bis 2022 in Berlin bleiben.


Dresdner Bachfest 2016 finanziell auf der Kippe

Dresden, 10.10.2014. Der Dresdner Kulturbürgermeister Ralf Lunau (parteilos) hat angekündigt, die Bewerbung der Stadt für das Bachfest der Neuen Bach-Gesellschaft im Jahr 2016 zurückzuziehen.

NPR Music

The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to open its 70th season this week, but musicians have been locked out of their workplace since September 7th, when their contract expired.

france musique

Fin de la grève à l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Les musiciens de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France ont décidé de lever leur mouvement de grève prévu.

L’Opéra de Montpellier en difficulté

L’Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier pourrait se retrouver en cessation de paiement à cause d’une subvention de la Région qui tarde à être versée.


Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Happy Stage Management Day! Check out @SMAssoc for details of Twitter takeovers & other events ^E #StageMgrs14

Gdn Culture Pros @GdnCulturePros: Regional arts funding imbalance will worsen significantly, warn arts leaders  #arts #culture

PRS Foundation ‏@PRSFoundation: ICYMI: We’ve partnered with @SteveReidFNDN and launched a new funding programme #SteveReidAward – Find out more:

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: A riveting lunchtime concert with YCAT trombonist @pete_moore_ and pianist @45thompson at @BarberInstitute, today! –


City Music Foundation 2014 Artists.Photo: B Ealovega

(Written on October 10, 2014 )


Courtney Love to make her opera debut in New York

Love ‘wanted to do something challenging’, so she has taken a role in a production at a ‘visionary opera-theatre’ festival


Blow your own trumpet

The pTrumpet is made of plastic, sounds just like a brazen trumpet and costs only £100

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces classical artists for 2014

The City Music Foundation has announced the three soloists and three chamber ensembles which it will support through mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities as part of its 2014 classical artists programme.

Classic FM

Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

Are you Rach-man-enough (sorry) to indulge in a season-long celebration of the great Russian’s music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra are, in their Rachmaninoff: Inside Out concert series, running from October 2014 until April 2015.

Classical Source

Original manuscript of Dvořák’s New World Symphony comes to US for the first time

Five-day display of priceless manuscript is a highlight of week-long events in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

The Strad

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website


Podcast: Igor Levit records Bach Partitas

Igor Levit has followed his acclaimed debut recording of Beethoven’s late sonatas with an equally impressive survey of Bach’s Partitas, available now on Sony Classical. 

Slipped Disc

Star pianist quits competition jury over ‘dishonesty and fraud’

There is no finer living interpreter of Debussy and Ravel than the French pianist Pascal Rogé. He is not a man who seeks limelight or trouble, preferring to focus on the infinite impressionistic possibilities of his favourite composers.


Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Exciting news – next week we begin these incredible auctions & raffles for our new charity, Global’s #MakeSomeNoise:

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: Travel to ‘Small Nations Big Sounds’ with @sinfoniacymru, led by YCAT violinist Bartosz Woroch –

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: October: sounds from another world. Lev Oborin plays Tchaikovsky…

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: Well of course @Pharrell is in the top happy songs of all time . . . #pharellwilliams #happysongs

d93d5497-d2e7-42b9-b818-4f5dda2e920e-460x276Courtney Love … Putting rock’n’roll behind her. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images


(Written on October 3, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation names inaugural award winners

The first awards of the City Music Foundation, which aims to help performers at the beginning of their careers, have been announced

The Guardian

Tchaikovsky’s sexuality ‘downplayed’ in biopic under Russia’s anti-gay law

Makers of Tchaikovsky film reportedly self-censor their portrayal of the composer so as not to fall foul of Russia’s new law


Obituary: Barbara Robotham, mezzo-soprano and teacher

Mezzo-soprano and renowned singing teacher Barbara Robotham has died at the age of 77

The Wall Street Journal

Saving Classical Music: An App for That?

Stuart Isacoff looks at classical music in the 21st century

BBC Music Magazine

Winners of Operalia competition announced

Plácido Domingo’s opera competition celebrates 20 years in Verona

Die Welt

Wenn sich Opern-Fans Freilose ertrampeln

In der Arena di Verona probten Zuschauer den Aufstand, weil sie viel Geld für eine Aufführung von “Aida” bezahlt hatten die, weil es regnete, gerade einmal bis zur Ouvertüre gespielt werden konnte


The Guardian


(Written on August 30, 2013 )

The Guardian

Music, TV and film piracy rises among UK internet users

Almost a third of web users who stream or download content did so at least once illegally in the quarter to the end of January.


The Telegraph

Maria Schneider takes a further step towards ‘classical’ discipline on her new double album

Maria Schneider’s double album is subtle, polished and suggestive, says Ivan Hewett.


Classical Music

Bergen International Festival at Grieghallen, Norway

The themes of the 61st Bergen Festival are journey and water, hence a neat fit with Tan Dun’s opera Marco Polo and the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s continuing Beethoven Journey.


Classic FM

Video game composer conference announced

A new symposium for video games music composers and music fans will feature Jesper Kyd, Jason Graves, Martin O’Donnell and many others when it arrives at London’s South Bank on September 9th.



Two lost Elgar songs discovered

The Millwheel and Muleteer’s Serenade will be performed for the first time at the Elgar Birthplace Museum on June 2.


Classical Music

Jesse Owens in song: The Sharecropper’s Son, 6 July

A song cycle celebrating the life of American athlete Jesse Owens ‒ The Sharecropper’s Son by composer Michael Stimpson ‒ will be performed for the first time on 6 July at the Ashley Wood Festival in Wiltshire.


Planet Hugill

Supporting young musicians in the City

The City Music Foundation has been launched to provide new opportunities for aspiring professional musicians in the early stages of their careers, through financial support and through mentoring.



The Telegraph



(Written on May 29, 2013 )

The Guardian

What does a £2,500 record sound like?

Audiophile Pete Hutchison has gone to extraordinary lengths to reissue golden era classical recordings in their purest form.


Fervor: Remembering Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Ahead of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, we reprint Alex Ross’s essay about the much missed great US singer.


The Telegraph

A night at the country-house opera

Telegraph opera critic Rupert Christiansen on the highs and lows of a summer spent haring between Glyndebourne, Grange Park and Garsington.


Classic FM

London Symphony Orchestra takes Grande One for charity

Members of the London Symphony Orchestra are joining forces with a host of musicians including guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, tenor Wynne Evans, and Mark Bedford from Madness to raise money for Children in Crossfire.


Eric Whitacre: Virtual Choir 4 to be “bigger and better” than ever

The social media-savvy composer has taken to Facebook to ask his fans for video submissions – showing off his Grammy Award to sweeten the deal.


Classical Music

Lord Mayor of London launches City Music Foundation

The Lord Mayor of London has set up a new fund to provide support to musicians at the start of their professional careers.


Planet Hugill

Looking for young talent – BBC Young Musician 2014

BBC Young Musician has launched its search for young musical talent for the 2014 competition which culminates in a final at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 18 May 2014.


Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Theodora

The Guardian

(Written on May 28, 2013 )