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We are very happy to announce that we are working with Spitalfields Music Festival this year. Founded in 1976, this annual music festival is now in its 42nd year, bringing artists, audiences and the local community together to explore and share extraordinary music in the heart of East London.

In 2017, the festival received rave reviews from The Telegraph, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard, with the festival flagship project, Schumann Street! also winning a coveted RPS Award for Chamber Music and Song in 2018.

With André de Ridder returning as Artistic Curator for 2018, expect an exciting programme building on the success of 2017; programming authentic performances of classical masterpieces alongside bold new work from trailblazing contemporary musicians with collaborations that blur boundaries between musical genres.

Spitafields Music’s work is founded on three pillars: Perform, Create and Learn. Curating unforgettable live music experiences that put a new sound on classical music. Creating a platform for new and upcoming artists, nurturing their boldest and most insightful work and through their award-winning learning and participation programme which reaches over 5,000 each year across schools, libraries, care homes and community spaces.

Music’s mission is to provide high quality, relevant and inclusive opportunities for people across East London to engage with music as creators, performers and audiences.

We look forward to managing their PR campaign for 2018 and look forward to announcing the exciting line-up for this year’s festival in a month’s time!

In today’s news: a 100-year-old organ which was played in the trenches of the First World War. Sir Antonio Pappano records Bernstein for centenary year. Why you should absolutely be studying music beyond GCSE, a new partnership for Garsington Opera, the Philharmonia and the English Concert. Edinburgh’s new music venue design revealed. The Rhapsody in School project, awarded with an ECHO in 2014, has now also reached the opera houses. Interview with Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds about his new CD.

Classic FM

This 100-year-old organ was played in the trenches of the First World War

Organist Beverley Palin bought the instrument for £45 in a second-hand shop and now regularly performs on this piece of history.

Gramophone

Video of the day: Sir Antonio Pappano records Bernstein

Celebrating the Bernstein centenary with Sir Antonio Pappano, Beatrice Rana, Dame Josephine Barstow and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Classic FM

Why you should absolutely be studying music beyond GCSE

As GCSE and A-Level results have been at the forefront of many students’ thoughts this week, some might be wondering ‘what do I do next?’.

Rhinegold

New partnership for Garsington Opera, the Philharmonia and the English Concert

In the lead up to its 30th anniversary year, Garsington Opera has announced a partnership with the Philharmonia and the English Concert.

Edinburgh’s new music venue design revealed

International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT) Scotland is leading the project to build a new performance venue in Edinburgh.

The New York Times

In Praise of Bernstein as Conductor: Movement That Mesmerized

To his fans, especially the baby boomers who were the target audience for his Young People’s Concerts, his theatrical podium persona was thrilling.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sängertreffen auf halber Strecke

In Maisachs katholischer Kirche geben am Samstag drei Chöre ein gemeinsames Konzert. Der örtliche Männergesangverein empfängt dabei sein Pendant aus Neuenkirchen und den “Coro Peralba” aus Italien.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Der isländische Musiker Ólafur Arnalds

Elektronik, Klassik und ein bisschen Chaos.

Fono Forum

Rhapsody in School

Das 2014 mit einem ECHO für Nachwuchsförderung ausgezeichnete Schulprojekt Rhapsody in School, bei dem inzwischen über 400 Musikerinnen und Musiker ehrenamtlich mitmachen, hat nun auch die Opernhäuser erreicht.

El País

Algunas rarezas para lo que queda de verano

La música rompe el curso de las cosas, te arranca hacia otra parte.

The 100-year-old organ is regularly played by Beverley. (c) Beverley Palin

(Written on August 24, 2018 )

In today’s news: ‘Funding crisis’ poses serious threat to A-level music and languages. ‘He is a true pioneer and visionary’: Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs sign Octavian. An antique machine plays THREE violins at once and we cannot stop watching it. Classical music lovers make the most money: Survey. First opera short film in Virtual Reality. Teodor Currentzis becomes first chief conductor of the new SWR symphony orchestra.

Classic FM

‘Funding crisis’ poses serious threat to A-level music and languages

A-level music, French and German are in danger of being removed from state schools and colleges in England because of funding cuts, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has warned.

Music Week

‘He is a true pioneer and visionary’: Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs sign Octavian

Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Stellar Songs have signed Octavian to a worldwide deal via their joint venture.

Classic FM

This antique machine plays THREE violins at once and we cannot stop watching it

A machine called the Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina uses a complex automated mechanism to play three violins and a piano at the same time. We simply cannot stop watching it.

The Calgary Sun

Classical music lovers make the most money: Survey

Your music tastes and bank account have a lot more in common than you think, according to TD Ameritrade.

Klassik heute

Berliner Festspiele: Präsentation des Filmprojektes DAU in Berlin

Seit dem Frühjahr 2018 arbeiten die Berliner Festspiele als Veranstalter am Zustandekommen der Präsentation des Filmprojektes DAU in Berlin. Die von den Festspielen als Gastspiel realisierte Produktion ist ein frei finanziertes Projekt, dessen Aufführung Teil eines europäischen Präsentationszyklus unter dem Motto Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit ist.

SWR Classic

“Musik ist eine Mission, kein Beruf.” Currentzis kommt!

Mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2018/19 wird Teodor Currentzis der erste Chefdirigent des neuen SWR Symphonieorchesters.

Klassik.com

Erster Opernkurzfilm in Virtual Reality

Nachdem erste Filme und Videospiele bereits mithilfe von Virtual Reality daran arbeiten, den Konsumenten so nah wie möglich in die Handlung einzubinden, wird nun auch die erste Operarie in Virtueller Realität produziert.

Pizzicato

‘Bayreuther Festspiele’: Das Niveau steigt wieder

Seit Katharina Wagner und Christian Thielemann an der Spitze der ‘Bayreuther Festspiele’ stehen, hat das sängerische, musikalische und szenische Niveau deutlich zugenommen. Die Produktionen wirken ausgereifter, die Rollen überlegter und somit besser besetzt, meint Alain Steffen, der sich für Pizzicato einige Aufführungen angesehen hat.

El Pais

Paladares exquisitos

Durante el verano, la mejor música se puede encontrar en muchos rincones de España en festivales de medio formato que enriquecen la oferta cultural

 

Virtual Reality Brille, © Tatiana Azeviche

 

(Written on August 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: BCMG composing competition winners named. Aretha’s Operatic Triumph: The Week in Classical Music. On TV, Bernstein Opened A Gateway To Classical Music For Young And New Audiences. Home listening: the musical fallout from Brexit is under way. The Ruhrtriennale is trying to limit the losses in an anti-Semitic dispute over the band “Young Fathers”. European composer prize awarded to Agata Zubel

Rhinegold

BCMG composing competition winners named

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has announced nine winners of the Wilde Liede Marx Music international composing competition.

The New York Times

Aretha’s Operatic Triumph: The Week in Classical Music

Her rendition of the aria, recorded live for this album, isn’t opera, but it also isn’t soul or anything easily definable.

Capital Public Radio

On TV, Bernstein Opened A Gateway To Classical Music For Young And New Audiences

For two decades during his extraordinary career, Leonard Bernstein also played the role of TV star.

The Guardian

Home listening: the musical fallout from Brexit is under way

A tale of two European orchestras making changes. Elsewhere, Louis Spohr and the Academy of Ancient Music

Die Welt

Ruhrtriennale-Eklat

Jetzt stellen wir uns mal ganz dumm.

neue musikzeitung

Wuilly Arteaga, Venezuelas Teufelsgeiger fängt in New York neu an

Erst spielt Wuilly Arteaga bei den Protesten gegen die venezolanische Regierung die erste Geige. Er wird zu einem Symbol des Widerstands. Nach Haft und Folter flieht er in die USA. Heute musiziert er in der U-Bahn von Manhattan – und hat einen Traum.

Musik heute

Europäischer Komponistenpreis an Agata Zubel vergeben

Die polnische Komponistin Agata Zubel (40) hat am Sonntagabend den Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2018 erhalten.

El País

El difícil ‘tetris’ de los cuartetos de cuerda

La Schubertiada de Vilabertran, un combinado de estrellas y jóvenes talentos.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

«Die Vereinnahmung der Kunst durch die Wirtschaft ist nichts im Vergleich zur Vereinnahmung der Kunst durch die Politik»

Wenn alles Private politisch ist, dann darf die Politik auch alles, und die Kunst ist ihr zu Diensten: Der polnische Künstler Artur Żmijewski sieht die Freiheit seiner ureigenen Domäne in Gefahr. Und wehrt sich – mit messerscharfen Analysen.

 

 

Leonard Bernstein relaxes backstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall with some of his autograph-seeking fans November 23, 1961. (c) AP photo

(Written on August 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: India’s Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns. Musicians honoured at Welsh Music Guild ceremony. 9 well-known left-handed classical musicians – how do they play backwards?! Madonna at 60: a colourful career in pictures. At the Tubax Festival musicians from all over Europe come together. Simon Rattle warns about the situation of the Venezuelan System of Orchestras created by Abreu. Andrew Joon Choi wins Neeme Järvi Prize 2018.

BBC News

India’s Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns

Carnatic musicians in the southern Indian city of Chennai have often been accused of being elitist and upper caste.

Rhinegold

Musicians honoured at Welsh Music Guild ceremony

The Welsh Music Guild held its annual awards ceremony at the opening weekend of the National Eisteddfod.

Classic FM

9 left-handed classical musicians

Left-handed composers and musicians are few and far between, but we’ve found the most notable ones.

BBC News

Madonna at 60: A colourful career in pictures

Celebrated pop star, actress, director and writer Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday on Thursday.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Nationalsozialismus und die Oper

Meister aus Deutschland.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Wer erzeugt die tiefsten Töne?

Beim Tubax-Festival im Klangbüro kommen Musiker aus ganz Europa zusammen.

neue musikzeitung

Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik: die Bestenliste 3/2018 ist erschienen

Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (PdSK e.V.) veröffentlicht die dritte Vierteljahresliste 2018. 157 Juroren aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz sichteten die Neuveröffentlichungen des Tonträgermarktes im dritten Quartal.

El País

Simon Rattle: “Cada vez que escucho lo que ocurre en Venezuela quiero llorar”

El gran director de orquesta alerta sobre la situación del Sistema de Orquestas venezolano creado por Abreu mientras triunfa con la London Symphony en Santander.

pizzicato

Andrew Joon Choi wins Neeme Järvi Prize 2018

At the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland, American conductor Andrew Joon Choi has won this year’s Neeme Järvi Prize.

 

(c) Getty Images. BBC News.

(Written on August 16, 2018 )

In today’s news: Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave. Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed. New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time. In Berlins Jewish Museum Comics are made into classical music. How a young generation of opera lovers uses social media. Another artist has cancelled its appearance at this years Ruhrtriennale. The finalists for the IFAC Australian Singing Competition have been announced.

Music Week

Ticketmaster shutters secondary ticketing sites Get Me In! and Seatwave

Ticketmaster has announced the closure of its resale sites in an effort to stamp out inflated prices online by touts.

Music and Drama Education Expo- A Rhinegold event

Nominate for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Nominations are now open for next year’s Music Teacher Awards for Excellence, taking place on 6 March 2019 at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair.

Rhinegold

Performers of Edinburgh finale revealed

Tenor Nicky Spence and soprano Lucy Crowe will perform songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story at the closing event of the festival on 27 August.

Classic FM

New releases: James Horner – The Classics, Chouchane Siranossian – In Time

Throughout the week Classic FM’s presenters bring you the best new recordings, including world exclusives and premiere broadcasts of latest releases.

Limelight

Finalists announced for the IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition 

The finalists for the 2018 IFAC Handa Australia Singing Competition have been announced. The five hopefuls were chosen from 11 young singers hoping to progress to the next round and win the premier award on offer, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship valued at $30,000.

FAZ

In jedem Bild steckt ein Klang

Im dunklen Saal der W. Michael Blumenthal Akademie des Jüdischen Museums Berlin ist eine einfache Leinwand heruntergezogen. Daneben steht ein Flügel. Kaum vorstellbar ist, dass mit so bescheidenen Mitteln Kunst zum Leben erwacht, die unbeteiligte Zuschauer in ihren Bann ziehen kann.

Tagesspiegel

Verdi auf Instagram

Die U-Bahn ist überfüllt. Hunderte sind unterwegs zum Konzert der Rolling Stones im Olympiastadion. Viele von ihnen sind sichtbar mit der Band gealtert. Zwei ziemlich junge Leute dagegen steigen schon an der Station „Deutsche Oper“ aus.

Welt

Ruhrtriennale: Auftritt Istanbuler Musik-Gruppe abgesagt

Zwei Tage vor dem geplanten Auftritt haben die Musiker des Istanbuler Hezarfen Ensembles ihr Konzert auf dem Kulturfestival Ruhrtriennale abgesagt.

 

(c) Beth Chalmers

(Written on August 14, 2018 )

Today’s News: Glyndebourne appoints new artistic director. Spotify to offer users BBC podcasts. Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018. Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music partner on ‘essential’ classical platform. Classic FM Chart: Einaudi knocks Lord of the Rings off the top spot. An interview with Christian Girardin, manager of classical music label Harmonia Mundi. From composer Sofia Gubaidulina, the scene of contemporary serious music can always learn something new. Finnish festival Kuhmo Chamber Music receives Cremona Music Award in the projects’ category. In its third edition, Leif Ove Andsnes consolidates the Rosendal Festival as one of the most attractive summer events for lovers of chamber music.

Rhinegold

Glyndebourne appoints new artistic director

Stephen Langridge has been appointed artistic director of Glyndebourne, to take effect in spring 2019.

Music Week

‘This is a landmark moment’: Spotify to offer users BBC podcasts

Spotify has been busy making some significant deals as continues its post-IPO growth strategy.

Classic FM

Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Isserlis and Véronique Gens shortlisted for Gramophone Awards 2018

The shortlist for the prestigious Gramophone Awards has been unveiled ahead of a ceremony in London in September

Music Week

Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music partner on ‘essential’ classical platform

Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music have partnered on a long-term collaboration to take the label’s classical repertoire to a global music audience.

Classic FM

Classic FM Chart: Einaudi knocks Lord of the Rings off the top spot

After just one week in pole position, Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Two Towers is unceremoniously displaced by Ludovico Einaudi.

The New York Times

A German Opera Spotlights the Refugee Crisis, With Refugees

“We tell the story of Moses because it is actually our story,” one teenager, a refugee from Afghanistan by way of Iran, said in the Hazaragi dialect to the German-speaking audience at the Bavarian State Opera here on a recent Sunday evening.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Klassik-Label Harmonia Mundi

Es geht um künstlerische Ernsthaftigkeit

concerti

Das Kreuz als Kompositionsauftrag

Ein mächtiges Œuvre mit tief religiöser Verwurzelung: Von Klanggärtnerin Sofia Gubaidulina kann die Szene der zeitgenössischen ernsten Musik immer wieder etwas lernen.

Fono Forum

Das finnische Festival Kuhmo Chamber Music erhält den Cremona Music Award in der Kategorie Projekte

Die Jury lobte das Kuhmo Festival, bei dem rund 100 Konzerte innerhalb von zwei Wochen stattfinden. In diesem Jahr in der zweiten Juli-Hälfte. Auch die Kombination bekannter Werke mit Entdeckungen sowie die Mischung der engagierten Musiker finden Anklang.

El País

Guerra y paz en Noruega

En su tercera edición, Leif Ove Andsnes consolida el Festival de Rosendal como una de las citas veraniegas más atractivas para los amantes de la música de cámara.

 

(c) Getty Classic FM

(Written on August 13, 2018 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award

NPR

Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )