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In today’s news: Jaume Santonja Espinós is appointed assistant conductor at the CBSO, Myleene Klass on cuts to music tuition in schools, Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards. Musical Director Evan Christ takes legal actions against the Staatstheater Cottbus. An interview on how the state funding the arts in Germany may need to be rethought, and three young conductors reach the second phase of the “Maestros of tomorrow” program. The French accordion icon Yvette Horner has died. An Aids researcher debuts as a composer.

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CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has appointed Jaume Santonja Espinós assistant conductor. He succeeds Jonathan Bloxham, who has held the position since 2016.

Classic FM 

Myleene Klass: cuts to music in schools are ‘a travesty’

Presenter and musician Myleene Klass has condemned cuts to music lessons in schools, saying music “helped me with my algebra. It helps with your interpretation and learning of different languages.”

The Telegraph

Male dancer who is gender fluid wins part with English National Ballet’s female ensemble

For the first time in the modern era, a male dancer – who identifies as being ‘gender fluid’ – is performing as part of the female ensemble in The Sleeping Beauty.

The Times

Auctioneer will score big with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto manuscript

A two-page manuscript from one of Beethoven’s most popular concertos is expected to sell for as much as $350,000 when it goes up for auction in New York today. The documents, in the German composer’s own hand, date from 1809 and show ideas for the second and third movements of the Emperor Concerto.

The Stage

Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a special Classic Brit award for his services to musical theatre and arts education. Lloyd Webber will be presented with the special recognition award for musical theatre and education during a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 13.

Slipped Disc

Aids Research Pioneer makes his concert debut as composer

Dr Joseph Sonnabend was among the first to identify the Aids syndrome in New York in the early 1980s and one of the foremost campaigners for the needs of his patients.

Berliner Zeitung

Denkbar: Kunstförderung per Losverfahren Auch unter dem Radar entsteht Bemerkenswertes 

Als Ende Mai im Hebbel Theater vom bundesweiten Fonds Darstellende Künste zum neunten Mal der George-Tabori-Preis für freies Theater vergeben wurde, rechnete der Vorstandsvorsitzende Wolfgang Schneider bei der Begrüßung vor, dass man in den letzten 30 Jahren rund 3000 Projekte gefördert habe – mit insgesamt 17 Millionen Euro.

Deutscher Musikrat

Drei neue Maestros von Morgen

Die Juroren haben entschieden: Gábor Hontvári, Clemens Mohr und Yura Yang erreichen die 2. Stufe im Förderprogramm des Dirigentenforums und werden „Maestros von Morgen“. Zudem kann sich Gábor Hontvári über den Ernst-von-Schuch-Preis freuen.

RBB Kulturradio

Krise am Staatstheater Cottbus beschäftigt jetzt auch Justiz

Im Streit um den Führungsstil wendet sich Generalmusikdirektor Evan Alexis Christ mit einer Kündigungsschutzklage gegen seinen Arbeitgeber.

France musique

Yvette Horner, la reine de l’accordéon, s’éteint à 95 ans

La célèbre accordéoniste et reine des bals populaires Yvette Horner est décédée lundi à l’âge de 95 ans à Courbevoie.

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(Written on June 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Spain’s Valencia Orchestra announce new local chief conductor, and how to make the most of one hour’s practice. Music director Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla gives guest performance in Ingolstadt, and Blomstedt’s 90th birthday. Las Vegas Philharmonic starts selling flex pass, and James Levine replaces Nelsons at the Met.

The Telegraph

Lesley Garret: for 20 years, HRT has been my secret weapon

We now live in a world where experienced women are running countries and captains of industry. So where are they in opera?

Classical Music Magazine

Shortlisted architects for purposed Centre for Music announced

The architects selected to develop a concept design for London’s proposed Centre for Music have been revealed.

The Violin Channel

Spain’s Valencia Orchestra Announce New Local Chief Conductor

The Valencia Orchestra has announced the appointment of Spanish conductor Ramon Tebar as their new Chief Conductor.

The Strad

Making the most of one hour of practice

The Strad’s panel of experts answer your string teaching questions for the Teacher Talk series.

Süddeutsche

Fröhlicher Schlachtenlärm

Die 31-jährige litauische Dirigentin Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla ist seit September 2016 Musikdirektorin des City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – nun gastierte sie mit diesem in Ingolstadt.

Concerti

Bach, Bruckner, Blomstedt

Happy Birthday! Herbert Blomstedt feiert heute seinen 90. Geburtstag.

NMZ

Opernsanierung: CDU, Grüne und FDP fordern Abwahl der Kölner Kulturdezernentin

In Köln wollen CDU, Grüne und FDP die Abberufung der parteilosen Kulturdezernentin Susanne Laugwitz-Aulbach (56) erreichen.

Broadway World

Las Vegas Philharmonic Offers Flex Pass

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will start selling its FLEX PASS to patrons on Monday, July 17, 2017.

New York Times

James Levine to Replace Andris Nelsons in the Met’s New ‘Tosca’

Its star soprano and tenor dropped out. Now the Metropolitan Opera’s hotly anticipated new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” planned for next season, is losing its star conductor — and replacing him with a familiar baton.

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(Written on July 11, 2017 )

 

In today’s Classical News, ROH announce new work by George Benjamin, and CBSO receive a £250,000 contribution for education.  27-y-o Ben Gernon has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award. Verona’s arena looks set to get protection from the rain at last, and 355 people have back a crowdfunded project to replace a cello destroyed in flight on United Airlines. 

The Guardian

Royal Opera to premiere new work by George Benjamin

The Royal Opera House has announced that it will stage the world premiere of a new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp. Benjamin’s third opera will be called Lessons in Love and Violence, and continues his very successful collaboration with the British playwright.

Rhinegold

CBSO receives £250,000 contribution to education programme

Philanthropists Clive and Sylvia Richards have presented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with £250,000 towards its education programme over the next five years.

BREMF announces Creative Marketing and Programming Day

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is holding a free training day on 19 February. Taking place at the Royal Academy of Music in London between 11am and 6pm, the day will be led by William Norris (OAE, Tafelmusik) and will look at creative ways to approach marketing and programming in order to reach new audiences.

Ben Gernon to become BBC Philharmonic principal guest conductor

Ben Gernon has been announced as principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He will formally take up the position in autumn 2017.  The 27-year-old British conductor has worked with the orchestra for two years, conducting interactive concerts as part of The Red Brick Sessions and core repertoire. He has already presented a BBC Philharmonic ‘Meet the Phil’ event for local school children.

The Strad

League of American Orchestras condemns Trump administration US travel ban

The organisation has issued a statement reacting to the Executive Order temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering America.

The New York Times

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award

Jamie Barton, whose sumptuous mezzo-soprano can stretch over long, lyrical lines and cascade down coloratura runs, has won the Beverly Sills Award, the Metropolitan Opera’s $50,000 annual prize for a young singer, the company announced on Tuesday.

BroadwayWorld.com

2017 Composers Now Festival to Open This February at DiMenna Center

The Composers Now Festival empowers living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices, and honors the significance of their contributions to our society. On February 1, the eighth annual festival begins with a celebratory event at the DiMenna Center.

Pizzicato

Plans For The Coverage Of Verona’s Arena Move On

The visitors of the Arena di Verona might soon be protected from rain. The city has announced the winners of a contest for the creating of a huge coverage to be built.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Es ist mir egal, ob sie mich umbringen, ich höre mit der Musik niemals auf”

Ein Frauenorchester aus Afghanistan ist zu Besuch in Deutschland. Die jungen Musikerinnen machen vielen Hoffnung, in ihrer Heimat aber bekommen sie Todesdrohungen.

Spiegel Online

Ein Gebäude wie ein Kommentar

Sein Bau markierte einen Aufbruch in der Architektur: Bis heute wirkt das Pariser Centre Pompidou wie eine bissige Anmerkung zum Kunstmarkt. So politisch und mutig sollte Museumsbau immer sein.

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant der Bonner Oper Jean-Claude Riber gestorben

Der Regisseur und frühere Intendant der Oper Bonn Jean-Claude Riber ist tot. Er starb im Alter von 82 Jahren an seinem Wohnsitz in den Vogesen.

Musik Heute

Germeshausen wird Opernintendant in Dortmund

Heribert Germeshausen wird neuer Intendant der Oper Dortmund. Der Heidelberger Operndirektor soll das Amt zur Spielzeit 2018/19 antreten, teilte die Stadt Dortmund am Dienstag mit. 

Le Figaro

Hippocrate et Bacchus au château de Versailles

Une soirée de gala de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer était organisée dans les Grands Appartements royaux.

France Musique

Une étudiante reçoit le soutien des internautes suite à la destruction de son violoncelle

355 personnes se sont mobilisées sur internet pour venir en aide à une jeune étudiante dont le violoncelle a été détruit lors d’un vol sur la compagnie aérienne américaine United airlines.

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George Benjamin. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd

(Written on February 1, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival, English National Opera is negotiating with new music director, and violin made from Churchill’s cigar box is to be auctioned. Also, Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie gets its own stamp.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre announces Belief and Beyond Belief festival

The Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival will explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. Presented in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Belief and Beyond Belief will consider questions pertaining to life, death, religion and spirituality.

CBSO surprises shoppers and travellers

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave two pop-up concerts on 8 October, which can now be watched online. The orchestra performed at Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre, surprising travellers and shoppers.

Opera Now Magazine

ENO ‘in contractual negotiations’ with new music director

English National Opera is currently negotiating a contract with a new music director. The Sunday Times’ Hugh Canning asserted that Martyn Brabbins has been selected, describing it as an ‘interesting choice’.

The Strad

Violin made from Winston Churchill’s cigar box to be auctioned

A 1950s violin crafted from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes is to be offered for sale this October in London by Ingles & Hayday.

Exhibition dedicated to violin maker Vincenzo Panormo to open in London

Tarisio is to host an exhibition dedicated to Vincenzo Panormo and his sons from 23-24 October. Curated by maker and restorer Andrew Fairfax, the display includes recent archival research in a new biography of the maker.

Global Voices

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

In their formal concert outfits, with masks on to protect themselves from the stench of decay, two classical musicians from Tetovo played Bach’s famous orchestral suite “Air” to protest pollution.

CBS News

How Mozart’s music is improving the grapes in one Italian vineyard

Row after row of Sangiovese grapevines cover the hills of Montalcino in Tuscany, where famed Brunello wine is made. But one of these vineyards is a bit different. The grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music.

Musik heute

Post gibt Sonderbriefmarke “Elbphilharmonie” heraus

Zur Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg gibt die Deutsche Post AG eine Sonderbriefmarke heraus. Die Marke mit einem Wert von 1,45 Euro werde ab 2. Januar 2017 bundesweit erhältlich sein

Bratschisten streiten vor Gericht um Preis einer Viola

Ein Bratschist der Berliner Philharmoniker hatte einem Berufskollegen 2013 die Viola mit der Inschrift “Luigi Mingazzi Ravenna 1923” für 60.000 Euro abgekauft. Zwei Jahre später ergab jedoch ein Privatgutachten, dass die Bratsche gar nicht von dem Meister aus Ravenna, sondern aus dem Vogtland stamme.

Codex Flores

Altstaedt, Bohórquez und Lang unterrichten in Berlin

Mit ihren beiden Alumni Claudio Bohórquez und Nicolas Altstaedt gewinnt die Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler zwei herausragende und international gefragte Cellisten für die Lehre. Auch der Komponist Benjamin Lang tritt eine Professur an.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Composer, writer and teacher Peter Reynolds died yesterday

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

Elbphilharmonie. Photo Credits: Thies Rätzke, Hamburg.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

The UK voted yesterday in a historic referendum and made the decision to leave the European Union by 51.9%. Not only is the country still hugely divided in opinion, but the immediate reaction came with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, followed by Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation earlier this morning.

What implication does Brexit have on the arts industry?

There is one thing that is certain at this time: the outcome and impact of Brexit is unknown.  We have summarised several key points from industry experts (as long as we’ve not “had enough” of them yet) and industry professionals, so that we can begin to evaluate the effect on the arts & culture industry as we begin to move forward.

The Association of British Orchestras released their statement earlier today. They noted that the “prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.” As well as finances, the ABO also highlight the problems that could be caused by restrictions to freedom of movement across Europe’s borders, which is an incredibly important issue for many orchestras, ensembles and even solo musicians.

Will UK acts require a visa for each country they want to perform in and, in return, will European acts be able to tour through Britain as they did before? Rob Hallett, CEO of Robomagic states: “Anyone who has ever tried to go from the EU into Russia to perform will be having nightmares about six-hour border crossings with additional, expensive days off between shows in order to allow for possible delays.” (Music Week). As well as touring and performing restrictions, there will be serious implications for copyright protection throughout Europe (Billboard). BPI’s Geoff Taylor previously stated that as the music business is founded on copyright, copyright rules are fundamental to its future success.

Arts and culture businesses will feel the consequences amongst their employees, as they often have a high percentage of European staff. Universal Music and Beggars Group has previously stood up to encourage the remain in the EU and warned that “a victory for Brexit would be economically, politically, socially and culturally disastrous – for all of us” (Music Business Worldwide).

Here at WildKat PR, we are a truly international company. We have offices in London, Berlin and New York. Our team is made up of people from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and the US. Our clients are based all across the world. We are very lucky to enjoy the perks of European travel and a multi-national community. As with many other businesses in the arts & culture industry, we are anxious to hear what will come from this result.

The UK arts & culture industry has responded in the same way as most, with hope yet concerns for the future:

“Referendum result – Royal College of Music remains committed to our global community of talented students and staff” – The Royal College of Music

“We are very, very good at adapting and surviving. I am absolutely convinced that the British music scene will put its best foot forward and come out of this in the best possible state. But that’s not the same thing as saying, ‘It’s all fine for everyone’.” – Stephen Maddock, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.”  John Kampfner, Creative Industries Federation

“The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.” Association of British Orchestras

Not only the music industry will be affected by Brexit; the entertainment industry is heavily reliant on funds from the EU. Hit series Game Of Thrones relies, amongst others, on an injection of money from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund, which is designed to stimulate economic growth across the EU (The Guardian). With these funds cut off, hundreds of jobs created by the series in Northern Ireland are in danger. Game Of Thrones is, of course, only the most popular of a wide range of projects that have until now received funding from the EU in order to keep them running.

With the decision made, the United Kingdom will now face major changes with an unpredictable outcome.

What are the biggest positives and challenges that Brexit will bring? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @WildKatPR.

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(Written on June 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Lang Lang plans to gather prominent musicians to celebrate New York’s musical history, Ailyn Pérez wins this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are to become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre and Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing.

New York Times

Lang Lang to deliver a love letter to New York, in music

The Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang, one of the few classical musicians to achieve pop-culture status, considers New York his adoptive home. And, as a kind of love letter, he is planning to gather fellow prominent singers and instrumentalists to celebrate the city’s rich musical history.

New York Times

The soprano Ailyn Pérez wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

The soprano Ailyn Pérez has won this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, which offers a $50,000 prize to help foster the careers of young singers who have appeared in solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera.

Classical Music Magazine

NYOGB to become Southbank Centre associate orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre from 2016/17.

Classical Music Magazine

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra receives £500,000 gift

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has received one of the largest single gifts in its history from the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity.

Classicalite

Kathleen Battle returns to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing

Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle has announced she will return to the Metropolitan Opera some 22 years after her famous departure. Peter Gelb, the new general manager, says there’s no ill-will towards the performer.

The Strad

New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist

The New Zealand String Quartet has appointed Monique Lapins as its new second violinist. She replaces Douglas Beilman, who left the ensemble at the end of 2015 after 26 years.

Music Week

PRS Foundation reveals its Talent Development Partners for 2016

PRS for Music Foundation has announced 22 organisations from across the UK, which have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners for 2016.

Pizzicato

Vincent Larderet named Artistic Director of French Piano festival

French pianist Vincent Larderet has been named Artistic Director of Piano at the Musée Würth in Erstein/Alsace.

Pizzicato

Seiji Ozawa, Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vor der gestrigen Generalprobe in der Berliner Philharmonie haben die Berliner Philharmoniker als Ausdruck ihrer langjährigen Verbundenheit Seiji Ozawa in den Kreis der Ehrenmitglieder des Orchesters aufgenommen.

KulturPort.de

Giacomo Puccinis verschollenes Opernjuwel Edgar. KLANGVOKAL Musikfestival Dortmund präsentiert in einer Deutschlandpremiere die Mailänder Urfassung

Große Gefühle, erlesene Stimmen und ein im deutschsprachigen Raum noch nie zuvor aufgeführter vierter Akt – auch ein berühmter Komponist wie Giacomo Puccini hält eben noch Überraschungen bereit.

Klassik Akzente

Zum Schwelgen und Entspannen – Die Klangfarben des Cellos

Das Cello ist seit Jahrhunderten für seinen warmen, berührenden Klang berühmt. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon eine Sammlung großer Cello-Werke aus 300 Jahren Musikgeschichte: Klänge zum Entspannen, zum Träumen und Schwelgen.

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Lang Lang, pianist. Photograph: Adam Dean for The New York Times

(Written on April 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news 92-year-old pianist Harriette Thompson has become the oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon. Opera singer Bryn Terfel will celebrate his 50th birthday with a Royal Albert Hall concert to include stars such as Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans. Also, violinist Alina Ibragimova tells Ivan Hewett that she still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, despite her busy international career.

Telegraph

Alina Ibragimova: ‘My heart is still Russian’

Despite a busy international career, violinist Alina Ibragimova still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, she tells Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

92-year old Carnegie Hall pianist becomes oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon

Harriette Thompson, who is a classically trained musician, completed the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec.

Classical Source

Bryn at 50

Opera star Bryn Terfel to be joined by stars, including Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans, for birthday concert celebration

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces third full season

Saffron Hall has announced its 2015/16 season, which will see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Alison Balsom, Sir András Schiff and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields make their debut appearances at the venue.

Gramophone

Peter Cropper, first violin of The Lindsays, has died

Peter Cropper, the first violin of the Lindsay Quartet (later The Lindsays), has died; he was 69. He was also the founding Artistic Director of Sheffield’s Music in the Round.

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Siemens Musikstiftung + BR + Lucerne Festival = zeitgenössische Musik

Der Förderung zeitgenössischer Orchestermusik dient eine jetzt angekündigte Kooperation der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, des ‘Lucerne Festival’ und ‘musica viva’ des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Belgian [PIAS] To Become The Major Shareholder Of Harmonia Mundi

In the next months an important merger will occur in the recording industry.

MUSIK HEUTE 

Oper Halle: Generalmusikdirektor bleibt bis 2018

Der katalanische Dirigent Josep Caballé-Domenech hat seinen Vertrag an der Oper Halle verlängert.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Invention of Opera?

Boston Early Music Festival’s presentation all three of the extant operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)—“The Monteverdi Trilogy”—with a cohesive artistic and scholarly vision, constitutes a signal moment in the modern revival of Baroque opera. BMInt had conversations with the BEMF publiscist and stage director.

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The Royal Opera ‘The lines become an indivisible part of something else’ Insights into libretto-writing: ^C

(Written on June 2, 2015 )

If you look back at our daily news page on our website, it is not an exaggeration when I say that in the last few weeks almost every day there has been a news story about Sir Simon Rattle. Everyone has had their say on the concert hall rumours and now it is time for WildKat PR to add to the debate with our take on the whole issue.

I have always liked Simon Rattle, maybe it is because my grandparents, who live in Birmingham, are regulars at the Symphony Hall and talked about him when he was at the CBSO, maybe it is his musicianship, or maybe it is our mutual love for Mahler. Either way, I would love to see him back in London after he leaves his post as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018. But what of his concert hall demands? It is generally accepted that London lacks a world class concert hall in terms of acoustics when compared to the likes of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonie. It seems a bit of an oxymoron to have our prestigious orchestras housed in halls that have been described as a ‘complete joke’ by some musicians in terms of acoustics and backstage facilities. So, Rattle’s suggestion is not entirely unreasonable in this sense.

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However, as Ivan Hewett commented in The Times, it is not that the acoustics in London are bad, others are just better. Just talking about acoustics only provides one part of the story and does not take into account the psychological factors when listening to a performance: the emotions we feel and pictures the music conjures up. We do not want the acoustic question to veil the actual music. There is a special something about our concert halls in London which implants itself when you come to a concert here: their history, the grandeur of the building itself and the thrill of who else has performed on that stage. Can you imagine the Proms anywhere else other than the Royal Albert Hall? Pageantry and tradition is something the UK has perfected and our existing concert halls are a part of this.

There is a political side to all of this too. I must admit that part of me agrees with Jessica Duchen, that much of George Osborne’s commitment to a ‘feasibility study’ is probably General Election talk to get us all on side. With the economy still in a tight spot, spending however many millions on a new concert hall is not sensible. Indeed, Charlotte Higgins argued that if we need to spend any money on a new music venue in London, it needs to be a Glyndebourne-esque space for the crisis stricken English National Opera.

And then there is the question of its location. Where in central London is both available and suitable?

As much as I would love to see Sir Simon back in London, building a whole new concert hall seems hard to justify in these times especially when some say the acoustic argument is exaggerated. Spending the money on music education instead sounds like a better idea. If, after May, the new government uphold this enthusiasm then perhaps the idea will be taken more seriously but, how likely this is is left to be seen.

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(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Modest good news for music education as government stick to their word

Hubs funding is to increase, but Arts Council England chief Darren Henley has a fight on his hands if he is to safeguard music education

Telegraph

Is it time to end the distinction between high and low art?

Last week a British university hosted a conference on German electropop pioneers Kraftwerk. Quite right too, says Ivan Hewett

Independent

New BBC Radio 3 Controller promises more airtime to female composers

The new Controller of BBC Radio 3 has promised to give more airtime to female composers and vowed that the station will not “dumb down” in an attempt to copy commercial rival Classic FM.

The Times

Drama at the opera as another chief heads for the exit

English National Opera is feared to have lost its executive director a week after its chairman, Martyn Rose, resigned in what appears to be a civil war at the head of the company.

Classic FM

‘Classical music has an image problem among some influential people’, says Stephen Maddock

Chief executive of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra admits classical music has an image problem, but warns against ‘dumbing down’.

Zeit Online

Wird Pop immer öder?

Netzbasierter Musikkonsum gibt genaue Auskunft über Vorlieben und Trends. Plattenfirmen freuen sich. Experten aber fragen sich, ob das nicht jegliche Popvielfalt tötet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Siemens Musikpreis für Christoph Eschenbach

Er wird in der Musikwelt gleichermaßen geschätzt als Pianist wie als Dirigent und Pädagoge: Jetzt erhält Christoph Eschenbach den mit 250 000 Euro dotierten Siemens Musikpreis 2015.

Klassik.com

Putin-Gegner stürmt Bühne der Metropolitan Opera

Beifall für Netrebko und Gergiev wird durch Protest gestört

Musik Heute

Frankfurter Musikpreis an Schlagzeuger Peter Sadlo

Die mit 15.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung wird am 17. April 2015 im Kaisersaal des Frankfurter Römers übergeben.

pizzicato

The Philadelphia Orchestra Will Begin The 2015 European Tour In Luxembourg

Their 2015 Tour of Europe brings the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to audiences in 10 cities over three weeks.

Le Figaro

Au Festival d’art lyrique d’Aix, les utopies ont droit de cité

Au programme du prochain festival, des chefs-d’œuvre, l’ouverture vers la Méditerranée et les jeunes. La location ouvre aujourd’hui.

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Classic FM @Classic FM: Is the sound of the orchestra becoming more generic? That’s the first #ClassicFMDebate at #ABO15. What do you think?

CityofLondonSinfonia @CityLdnSinfonia: Where do you think is the best place to stream classical music? Good weigh up from @SinfiniMusic in this feature: http://bit.ly/1DjAPuh 

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Unfair to single out the arts for elitism, says National Theatre director | Stage | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jan/30/arts-elitism-social-diversity-nicholas-hytner …

d9a299ad-1dcb-42ec-904d-7c25dd32f41f-1020x612Taking music into schools – The Emperor String Quartet at North London’s The Hall School. Photo: Garry Weaser/Guardian

(Written on January 30, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Manitas de Plata, gypsy guitarist, dies aged 93

Manitas de Plata, the flamboyant gypsy guitarist who sold nearly 100 million records and inspired Pablo Picasso, has died in France

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO to play in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for first time in December

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is to perform in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the first time next month, with concerts on 15 and 16 December.

The Strad

Stradivarius violin is top lot at Beare’s first online auction

The c.1698 instrument went for £1.7m during the sale in Late October

International Arts Manager

LSO PLAY wins Lovie award

LSO PLAY, the London Symphony Orchestra’s immersive online platform, has won a 2014 Lovie Award.

The Herald Scotland

Composers express anger at funding cut for music festival

Prominent figures in the world of classical music have expressed shock and dismay at the cut of funding to one of Scotland’s leading music festivals.

Zeit Online

Ein Skandal? Ein Skandal!

Warum Anna Netrebko nicht in München singen will

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Sax sells

Als Instrumentenbauer und Musiker erfand er einen der Paradiesvögel unter den Instrumenten und war selbst nicht weniger originell.

Musik Heute

Internationaler Berliner Bach-Wettbewerb ausgeschrieben

Die Berliner Universität der Künste hat den zweiten Internationalen Bach-Wettbewerb für Ensembles auf historischen Instrumenten (BBW) ausgeschrieben.

Codex Flores

Solopianistin des Beethoven-Orchesters von Ehemann erdrosselt

Laut einer Mitteilung der Bonner Staatsanwaltschaft ist Kate de Marcken, die Solopianistin des Beethovens Orchesters Bonn von ihrem Mann, der im gleichen Ensemble als Cellist tätig ist, erdrosselt worden.

The New York Times

Manitas de Plata, Superstar of the Flamenco Guitar, Is Dead at 93

Manitas de Plata, a celebrity of flamenco guitar who sold millions of records, befriended Salvador Dalí and Brigitte Bardot, performed for raucous crowds at Carnegie Hall, made and spent fortunes and generally lived a life of fulfilled appetites, all after growing up poor and illiterate, died on Thursday in Montpellier, France.

Twitter

ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro: #APNews: @ArtsCouncilNI prioritises access to the arts in new five-year strategy http://bit.ly/1E8sLvH 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: This orchestra decided to eat the world’s hottest chillies & then play. Watch what happened: http://classfm.co/7IPQlN 

Intermusica @IntermusicaLtd: Rory Macdonald conducts his first concerts with the @RSNO tonight in Edinburgh & tomorrow in Glasgow http://ow.ly/DXwBD 

7Plata-Obit-master675Manitas de Plata performing in Paris in 1983. He wasn’t classically trained, yet went on to sell millions of records. Photo: Dominique Faget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

(Written on November 7, 2014 )